Two Tampa Bay Homes Selected as Finalists in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt

The national online promotion highlights extraordinary real estate listings

TAMPA, Fla. (July 2, 2020) –Two Tampa Bay homes, one located in the Beach Park neighborhood of Tampa and one in the Old Northeast neighborhood of St. Petersburg, have been selected as finalists in the 2020 HGTV Ultimate House Hunt. The Ultimate House Hunt is a month-long online promotion held on annually, showcasing extraordinary homes for sale in eight categories: Amazing Kitchens, Beachfront Homes, Big City Digs, Countryside Retreats, Curb Appeal, Homes with a History, Outdoor Escapes, and Waterside Homes. The contest is one of the channel’s most popular contests, generating more than one million votes last year.

The Smith listing in Beach Park was selected by HGTV’s editors as a finalist in the Curb Appeal category. The home is is a Stucco, Italianate Home that features meticulously landscaped hedges and tall trees. Represented by the Pond/Gunning sales team at Smith who says the home is “a wonderful example of one of Beach Park’s original Mediterranean grandes dames built by a South Tampa prominent pioneer family in the 1920s”. 

The home’s beauty continues from curb to interior. French doors open from the family room onto the Italian inspired loggia overlooking a beautiful saltwater pool with tumbled marble decking, LED pool lighting, and 3 fountains- perfect for al fresco dining! The brick detail throughout the backyard compliment the Italianate architecture and creates a private entertainment area plus there is a custom grilling area and a luxurious pool bathroom and shower.

To cast a vote for this home, visit:

Another home that was selected, located in the Old Northeast neighborhood and represented by the Smith & Associates Real Estate sales team Kantner/Waechter, is a finalist in the “Homes with a History” category. It is a cheery Craftsman and Carriage house with a shingle roof, three porches, and landscape lighting. The exterior moldings, columns, and porch railings stay true to the Craftsman style. Says listing agent Sharon Kantner,This 1910 Craftsman home is a historic gem in Old Northeast and a quintessential example of doing a historic restoration the right way!”

From foundation to finish this gem exudes the highest quality in architectural design and craftsmanship while maintaining the period moldings, finishes, and heart pine wood floors throughout.  The property sits on a corner lot and boasts 3 porches, 4 gas fireplaces, heated and cooled swimming pool, legal detached income-producing one-bedroom Carriage House with full kitchen and bath, a two-car garage and a privately fenced motor court with electronic gate.

To cast a vote for this home, visit:

During the contest period which runs from June 30 through August 4, consumers vote for their favorite homes among 89 finalists in the eight different categories. A winner will be chosen in each category based on the highest number of votes received, and an overall favorite will be awarded for the listing receiving the most votes. All nominees are represented by members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International®. 


Front of home wit curb appeal located at 4510 W Beachway Drive Tampa

Mediterranean-Style Home With Terra Cotta Roof is selected in a national contest on HGTV for its beautiful curb appeal.

Located at 4510 W Beachway Drive Tampa, FL 33609.


Front of historic home located at 756 Bay Street NE St Petersburg

Craftsman style home in the Old Northeast neighborhood of St. Petersburg is getting national attention.

Located at 756 Bay Street NE St Petersburg, FL 33701.





Posted on July 6, 2020 at 12:40 pm
Aimee Albright | Category: Community News, Company News | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Smith Pivots to Virtual Open House Event to Reach Thousands Event Becomes Model for Real Estate Agencies Around the Country

Smith Pivots to Virtual Open House Event to Reach Thousands

For Immediate Release


Tampa, FL (June 23, 2020) – The pandemic has disrupted the very personal experience of buying and selling real estate and become the spark for real estate companies to pivot into virtual modes of operation. Ahead of the technological curve is Tampa Bay’s largest locally owned real estate brokerage firm, Smith & Associates Real Estate. The company quickly adapted and was already prepared to offer a highly-personalized approach through digital means. With online concierge services staffed by real estate professionals, increased virtual tour offerings, 360-degree views of listings, and an Offer Optimizer for online buying and selling, Smith’s navigational tools along with Virtual Open Houses have met the needs of buyers and sellers in Tampa Bay.


This past weekend, the organization held its second Company-wide Virtual Open House Event featuring twenty one Tampa Bay properties. How it worked… The Smith real estate agents signed up for an 8-minute time slot per property. On Sunday, all the agents joined the Zoom conference. During their 8 minute window, they were spotlighted on Zoom and took over the screen. Each agent gave a walkthrough of their property to showcase the home’s finest features and help the live audience feel the experience of being in the home. Simultaneously, Smith streamed the Zoom conference on Facebook LIVE to increase viewership. Social ads, digital ads, and an email blast to website subscribers all linked back to the, which included event information. The link has all the properties, agent names, and Facebook links for future viewing.


“We recognized early on that merging technology with the wisdom of our expert agents was going to be invaluable to offering our clients the safety and customer service they deserve while buying or selling real estate. The work we did to host a company-wide Virtual Open House event has become a model for how real estate companies around the country can pivot into a comprehensive experience for buying a home with safety prioritized,” says Bob Glaser, Smith & Associates Real Estate President and CEO.


Trendsetters and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World are two of Smith’s global affiliations that are looking at implementing this Virtual Open House approach with other agencies needing to shift their Open House events to digital hosting. All 350 of the Smith employees were supplied with social media graphics, webpage link, and the email campaign.


Almost 5,000 people viewed the Virtual Open House page with more than 200 individual clicks on listings during the event. The video continues to get reach and views on the Smith Facebook page.


By quickly adapting to a virtual mode of operation, the navigational tools and Virtual Open House events allow potential Tampa Bay homeowners to step into lush interiors, view amenities and enhances their knowledge of the home’s neighborhood all while taking precautions in our post-pandemic environment.


Ad creative for smith virtual open house event on sunday, june 7th





Posted on June 23, 2020 at 12:26 pm
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Historical Belleair Home Once Owned by Morton Plant Hits The Market

1570 Alexander Road, Belleair, FL 33756

Front Of Home 1570 Alexander Road Belleair


For sale, the Victorian mansion named Shady Oaks is one of the oldest yet best-preserved examples of Victorian architecture in Florida and is still standing in pristine condition as it has for over a century. The historical marvel is steeped in history dating back to one of its owners, Morton Plant, son of the renowned Henry B. Plant, railroad magnate, and developer of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel. Perhaps the most enduring part of Plant’s legacy can be found in Clearwater, Florida. Plant is responsible for the creation of the Morton Plant Hospital, designated as one of Reuters’ Top 100 Hospitals in the United States.  

Located at 1570 Alexander Road, Belleair, FL 33756, the 4 bedroom home is listed at $649,900. Its current owner was careful to preserve its elegant historical features while modernizing the home to meet today’s needs. Situated on a double lot, Shady Oaks has gorgeous moldings, millwork, stained glass windows, and other unique features that true Victorian homes posses. 

“Shady Oaks is one of the original homes on Bellair Beach and has been preserved and modernized with the utmost attention to detail and care. With over 3,776 square feet of space and a large lot, this Belleair home is a rare gem that holds a story of Florida’s history and growth,” says the listing agent for the home, Tricia Smedley, Smith & Associates Real Estate.

With its close proximity to Clearwater’s white-sand beaches and within steps of the well known Belleair Country Club, this home’s prime location and history make it an impressive new listing. 

For more information on this home, please click here.






Posted on June 17, 2020 at 5:53 pm
Aimee Albright | Category: Community News, Company News | Tagged , , ,

Video Blog Series: Hottest Home Paint Colors From The Experts


After spending months sequestered in our homes, it may be apparent that your home’s interior is due for an update. One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to refresh the feel of your space is through paint. A kitchen can be instantaneously brighter, a bedroom cozier, and a living space more modern with the right shade of paint. We went to area paint expert, Walker Tanner, owner of Tanner Paint Company, to find out what is the hottest palette of colors for homes in Tampa Bay.



Get re-inspired to love the home you live in or get it move-in ready for someone else to enjoy by putting a weekend of sweat equity into your paint colors project!

Tanner Paint is located at 4917 N Armenia Ave. Walker Tanner is the President and 4th generation owner of Tanner Paint, Florida’s oldest paint store.



Looking for additional home improvement projects? Check out these helpful topics:

The 7 Most Profitable Home Improvements You Can Make

How To Install A Home Tennis Court

How To Automate Your Home Inside And Out

Adding A Lighting Control System To Your House



Posted on June 12, 2020 at 12:16 pm
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Smith & Associates Virtual Open House Event | June 7th, 2020


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Stay tuned for more details on our next Smith Virtual Open House Event and visit for more information.






Posted on June 4, 2020 at 5:01 pm
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How to Install a Home Tennis Court


A tennis court can be a great addition to any home, especially million-dollar homes in Florida. If you like being active and healthy, a home tennis court can also enhance your property’s value for resale. In Florida, swimming pools in backyards are common, but there are fewer homes with tennis courts, so they’re a luxurious feature.

This article will look at some of the things you need to consider when planning to install a tennis court on your property.


Orange tennis court


Tennis Court Basics

First, when planning to build a tennis court on your property, you need to take care of some basics. This includes setting your budget, determining where to build, and researching the laws in your area.

When creating your budget, don’t forget these items: in addition to construction costs, you need to plan for windscreens and backboards, a freestanding rebounder, the tennis net system, possibly a storage shed, seating, and the costs of upkeep. 

Your actual budget will depend on several factors, including the type of work that needs to be done to prepare the court surface. Some excavation will be required to prevent the court from shifting and cracking because of natural movements of the soil layers underneath it. Other variables include the type of surface you select, the quality of the lighting, and extra features mentioned previously.


Research Your Local Ordinances and HOA Rules

Your community may have municipal ordinances or your homeowners association (HOA) may have CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions) that restrict or prohibit the construction of a tennis court on your property. There also may be a restriction as to the type of court surface. In addition, your HOA may dictate fencing (maximum height) and lighting (hours of use). A big issue for many Florida property owners is the set-back, or how close to the property line the tennis court may be located. Some communities have a set-back of 20 feet.

Don’t start construction until you have the answers to all of these questions. Consult with a knowledgeable property law attorney to verify what’s required to build. You’ll also most likely need to obtain permits from the city.


Plotting the Court’s Location

Assuming you’ve received the proper approvals from the community and HOA, you’ll need to determine precisely where your property boundaries are, so that you can comply with any set-back restrictions. You may need to hire a surveyor for this. One best practice is to try to have your court oriented to run north and south—that way neither player will have the sun in their eyes. You’ll also need to allow for some space around your court. The average annual rainfall in Florida is 54 inches across the state, with more precipitation in the summer. Consider drainage, so that you won’t have to walk across a marsh to access the court or wait for the surface to dry to play a match.


Selecting the Court Surface Material

The surface of your court is an important decision. A significant factor in your choice may maintenance, as this cost, along with installation, can vary substantially. Provided there are no restrictions on the type of surface you can install in your neighborhood, know that grass courts are usually the most expensive, followed by clay courts, then cushioned surfaces. In fact, a grass court can cost ten times more than a clay court to install, with a cushioned surface running much less. And the maintenance for a grass or clay court might cost several thousand dollars year. 


Choosing Fencing and Lighting

You don’t want to spend the majority of your court time chasing down balls, so you’ll need a fence. This should be one of the last steps because your construction crew will need access with their equipment. A standard chain-link fence is preferred for enclosing a tennis court because they make the installation of windscreens much easier. (Windscreens can provide shade and privacy—and they keep balls from getting stuck in the fence.) The installation of backboards let you practice by yourself by providing a hard surface that returns balls. With the proper approvals, tennis court lighting should be installed at even intervals on both sides of the court area.



Installing a tennis court can be a great feature for your property. With some preparation and planning, you’ll be able to enjoy family matches and entertain guests, while improving your home’s value. 

Consult with knowledgeable professionals, such as an attorney, surveyor, architect, and tennis court contractor to make certain that your court is installed correctly.




Posted on June 3, 2020 at 5:08 pm
Aimee Albright | Category: Company News | Tagged ,

The 7 Most Profitable Home Improvements You Can Make


Couple sitting on floor making Home Improvements


We all know that making improvements to your home can increase its value and add to its price at resale. However, knowing which types of improvements get the best return is important. This article will discuss the seven home improvements that will get you the most bang for your buck.


1. The Kitchen Remodel. When selling your home, the kitchen is a critical room. This is the best place to put your home improvement budget. An outdated kitchen with 15-year-old appliances could be a non-starter for many prospective buyers. HGTV says that you can anticipate recouping anywhere from 60% to 120% of your investment on a kitchen remodel. But the remodel should be within limits because you don’t want your kitchen to be head and shoulders above the rest of the house or the neighborhood. Your renovation projects should enhance your home—not price it out of the local market. A kitchen remodel should consider replacing old appliances with new, more energy-efficient models, refacing or replacing cabinets, installing new countertops, updating the hardware, installing a new sink and faucet, as well as updating the flooring and repainting.


2. The Bathroom Situation. Second only to the kitchen is the bathroom situation. And it’s a situation if your three- or four-bedroom home has only one loo. You can recoup the majority of your investment by adding a second bathroom. HGTV estimates that you can recoup 80%-130% of whatever you spend adding a bathroom… and if you have the space, a full or three-quarter bath is preferable. If you’re updating an existing bath, focus on a new sink, toilet, and fixtures. You should also consider updating the lighting and tile. One more improvement you can make to your bathrooms is reconfiguring your standard bathroom into an accessible one with wider doorways for wheelchairs, adding a walk-in shower, lowering light switches, and installing support bars.


3. Garage Door Replacement. A spanking new garage door can really make a statement and increase your home’s curb appeal. Research shows that recoupment is near 100% nationwide, and Remodeling Magazine says that a garage door replacement in the Tampa area is 95.1%,—making it a great project.


4. Siding and Window Replacements. Siding and windows that are old or damaged can have a dramatic negative impact on your home’s curb appeal and a potential buyer’s first impression. And as far as new windows, buyers are looking for homes with high energy efficiency ratings. Plus, because of our weather, windows in Florida must be impact-resistant.


5. Deck Addition. HGTV says that homeowners recoup 65%-90% of their investment by adding a deck. That’s good news because this is another home improvement that can be enjoyed year-round in Florida. Locally, you’ll recoup about 78% of your investment in a wood deck.


6. Repurposing a Room. Another valuable home improvement is to “reinvent” an existing space in your home. This might look like making a bedroom out of unused attic space or adding a small apartment in or over your garage—which may appeal to a larger family looking at buying your home.


7. Adding Energy-Efficient Insulation. In Florida, we know that climate control is a must. You can cut those costs by installing energy-efficient insulation that keeps you from heating or cooling the outdoors. Fiberglass, cellulose, and rigid foam board are frequently used, with blown cellulose and loose-fill fiberglass being the preferred methods in Florida.


Sprucing up your home for resale—or to enjoy before you put your home on the market—is a great idea. Use these tips and consider the areas of your home that a home improvement project will bring you the greatest return on your investment (ROI).

And just in case you’re wondering, renovating your backyard patio is seen as one of the least valuable home improvement projects, with a return of just over 50%.

Consult with a knowledgeable realtor in your community to learn what improvements will be of the greatest value and the highest return for your home. A realtor will analyze your market and see what has the greatest potential to make your property stand out.

Contact a Smith & Associates Real Estate Realtor, here.




Posted on May 20, 2020 at 2:26 pm
Aimee Albright | Category: Company News, Industry News | Tagged ,

Smith & Associates Virtual Open House Weekend | Sunday, May 17, 2020


We love virtual open houses


To better protect our clients, associates, and community, Smith & Associates Real Estate has moved to fully digital showings. Please join us for a virtual open house event, Sunday, May 17th at 2:00 pm on Zoom. The event will also be streamed on our Facebook page LIVE!

We invite you to take a tour of some of Smith & Associates Real Estate’s finest properties from the comfort and safety of your own home. After the live event, take a peek at our associates’ Facebook pages to see additional live streams or videos.



Sunday, May 17th at 2:00 pm




Smith & Associates Real Estate’s Facebook Page:


View The List Of Virtually Open Homes

Property Address   Price           Agent Name                                        Link To Facebook 
1044 Royal Pass Rd $1,175,000 Traci L. Burns, PA Facebook
208 Arlington Ave E $519,500 Robert Keppel Facebook
2471 E Vina Del Mar Blvd $1,650,000 Melinda Pletcher Facebook
4219 W San Pedro St $959,000 Nelson Bosque, PA, MBA Facebook
3232 W Horatio St $470,000 Mary Beth Byrd & Leslie Minder Facebook
2808 45th St S $419,000 Bethsabé Bockman-Pedersen Facebook
1 23rd Ave #1 $825,000 Cole Phillips Facebook
5905 S Elkins Ave $564,900 Laura Blake Facebook
3505 W Granada St $950,000 Sheila M. Awad Facebook
4413 W Fair Oaks Ave $329,900 Nelson Bosque, PA, MBA Facebook
3820 W El Prado Blvd $739,900 Greg Margliano (hosted by Erica Green) Facebook
2446 6th Ave N $350,000 Janelle Chmura Facebook
673 Segovia CT NE #702 $360,000 Bethsabe Bockman-Pedersen Facebook
32230 Watoga Loop $525,000 Amanda Siftar Facebook
13704 Plainview Rd $829,000 Laura Baccarella Facebook
909 Crows Nest Ln $499,000 Mary Beth Byrd & Leslie Minder Facebook
6039 Printery St #108 $539,000 Barb Izzi Facebook
416 11th Ave NE $750,000 Christopher Pitre Facebook
715 W Orient St $359,000 Sterling Remer & Grant Patterson Facebook
106 Huron Ave $785,000 Becky Slocum Facebook
141 78th Ave N $445,000 Amy Drehsen Facebook
1014 Emerald Creek Dr $539,000 Steve Armstrong Facebook
211 Marcdale Blvd $415,000 Melissa Stiles Facebook


















We look forward to seeing you virtually on Sunday!



Posted on May 14, 2020 at 5:36 pm
Aimee Albright | Category: Community News, Company News | Tagged , , ,

The Art of Wellness: Health-Inspired Home Design

A home is a sacred space. It is where we connect with our families, unwind from stressful days, strengthen relationships, laugh, cry, hug, play, and decompress from the demands of life. More and more, people are seeking to incorporate wellness into the design of their luxury homes. Homeowners want to create spaces that offer a holistic approach to health and complement the balance of mind, body, and soul.

The modern homeowner knows that wellness contributes to overall happiness and is a key to managing stress. They want a home that helps them feel good as they grow older and is a reflection of a healthy lifestyle. These homes for sale in Tampa Bay offer health-inspired home design and create a refuge for self-care and living a well lived life.


Make healthy meals at home that are less processed and use fresh ingredients in this kitchen.

Beautiful white kitchen at 3262 Nicks Place

3262 Nicks Place | Clearwater



Enjoy the company of your friends with a glass of wine and charcuterie plate as you gather around this waterfall bar.

Waterfall bar at 308 Blanca Avenue

308 Blanca Avenue | Davis Islands



A good filtration system is a priority for fueling your body with purified water.

Water filtration system at 901 Rafael Boulevard NE

901 Rafael Boulevard NE | Snell Isle



Sleeping well is a key to health and this master bedroom is designed for comfort.

Master bedroom at 3005 W Euclid Avenue

3005 W Euclid Avenue | Belle Vista



This private terrace off the master bedroom will give you space for private time and contemplation.

Water view off private terrace at 404 8th Avenue N

404 8th Avenue N | Tierra Verde



A spa-like bathroom takes wellness to the next level.

Master Bath in 176 4th Avenue NE 1701

176 4th Avenue NE #1701Downtown St. Petersburg



Home spas create a retreat for detoxing and managing stress.

Master Bath Spa at 4219 W San Pedro Street

4219 W San Pedro Street | Virginia Park



Getting off-line and enjoying your outdoor areas is the best way to recover from a demanding week.

Outdoor sitting area and pool at 2471 E Vina Del Mar Boulevard

2471 E Vina Del Mar Boulevard | St. Pete Beach



Outside space for reflection and meditation offers zen-like calm.

Outdoor meditation space overlooking waterfront by pool at 5120 W San Jose Street5120 W San Jose Street | Sunset Park



Do your yoga outside on the lawn and watch the sunset.

Outdoor lawn perfect yoga space on the waterfront at 581 Marmora Avenue

581 Marmora Avenue | Davis Islands



A dedicated work-out space will make sure that you are physically healthy to perform at your best.

998 Lake Placido Court NE Workout Room

998 Lake Placido Court NE | Placido Bayou



Success breeds stress but it doesn’t have to diminish quality of life. Bring the art of wellness into your home and you will find a comfort and ease that makes life feel delightful. Luxury living is all about living well.

Find an agent today to assist you in finding the health-inspired home design that best suits your lifestyle, click here.



Posted on April 29, 2020 at 1:01 pm
Aimee Albright | Category: Community News, Company News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Historic 1900s Fully Restored St. Petersburg Home For Sale

756 Bay Street NE

Front of 756 Bay Street NE


This completely modernized and updated 110-year old home is more than a beauty to the eye, it is an element of history. It is a place of safety and refuge where families through the decades have created cherished memories between the walls. More so, this beautifully restored home is a rare opportunity to own a crown jewel in Old Northeast steps away from the vibrant downtown and waterfront.

The Craftsman-style home, located at 756 Bay Street NE and built-in 1910, has been meticulously restored and completely preserved, while simultaneously providing all of today’s modern conveniences and technology. The property boasts three porches, four gas fireplaces, heated and cooled swimming pool, legal income-producing one-bedroom Carriage House with a full kitchen and full bath, two-car garage and sits on a 64’ X 120’ corner lot. It sounds like a dream come true, right?

The magnificent restoration was mastered over four years by a local award-winning preservationist. From foundation to finish, this gem exudes the highest quality in architectural design and craftsmanship while maintaining the period moldings, finishes and heart pine wood floors throughout. 

Coinciding with its historic feel, the home also boasts modern functionality. The updated kitchen/great room features a Sub Zero fridge, a six-burner Thermador range, and Fisher Paykel dish drawers. The high-end appliances were also carried into the Carriage House with a Viking range, Miele Dishwasher, and ULine under-counter refrigerator. The corner property total square footage consists of 3,654 SF. To top off its impeccable curb appeal, the property is rounded out by newly added fencing with brick pillars and professional xeriscape landscaping.

The historic home was awarded on multiple occasions including by the City Home of the Year for Beautification, Historic Preservation Award, and was featured in the Northeast Candlelight Tour of Homes. This home is a beautiful piece of St. Petersburg history and is waiting for the next family to make priceless memories between its sturdy walls.

With a Matterport tour available, you are able to walk through the updates of this masterpiece from the comfort of your own home. Click here to take a virtual tour of the main house. Click here to take a virtual tour of the carriage house.

Click here for more details on this exclusive luxury home.

This home is a NEW old home, complete with the best of modern creature comforts, paired with the finest in preserved period details. You don’t want to miss your chance to see this historic gem. Schedule a private showing today!


Listed by:

Sharon Kantner & Brian Waechter, REALTORS®

Sharon Kantner | 727.278.5866 | [email protected]

Brian Waechter | 727.643.2708 | [email protected]


756 Bay Street NE Front of Home

Photos of 756 Bay Street NE, listed by Sharon Kantner & Brian Waechter, REALTORS®



Posted on April 24, 2020 at 6:12 pm
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