A French-inspired estate home currently under construction in Hillsboro Beach, Florida called Le Palais Royal has just been listed for sale at $139 million, making it the most expensive palace in the continental U.S. currently on the market.

By Michael Gerrity | September 5, 2014 – See more at: http://www.worldpropertychannel.com/north-america-residential-news/le-palais-royal-most-expensive-home-in-us-william-pd-pierce-luxury-estate-homes-for-sale-in-miami-palace-for-sale-8481.php#sthash.C8UnGf3V.dpuf

The 60,500-square-foot palatial estate sits on over 4 acres and 465-feet of beachfront on Millionaires Mile. Le Palais Royal boasts a 492-foot private dock that can accommodate up to a 185-foot mega yacht, and an underground garage with parking for over 30 cars. Currently under the final phase of construction and slated for completion before the end of 2015, the price tag includes the finishing.

Listing agent William P.D. Pierce of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate tells World Property Channel, “Le Palais Royal is to be the most expensive listing on the market in America, and was designed to be fit for royalty and the upmost refined individual. It is a true extension of a life well-lived. This grand palace will be a landmark that rivals Europe’s greatest palaces. A true masterpiece, it is adorned with custom detailing exclusive to its design and incomparable finishes.”

A 13-foot, 22-carat gold-leaf gate and 26-foot entrance fountain transports visitors into a world of opulence and luxury. The magnificent fountain is just one of six waterfalls that adorn the exterior. The entryway features seamless double “day and night” custom-designed doors, one of bronze-encased glass and the other of solid mahogany inlayed with 22-carat gold leafing. The doors open beneath a $2 million marble staircase with steel-iron railing and gold leaf, which took craftsmen more than two years to construct. The grand entrance and lobby open up to the expansive Le Salon with mesmerizing panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.


Le Palais Royal beach veiw (Hillsboro Beach, Fla)

This oceanfront palace features 11 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms and the first-ever IMAX Theater contracted for private use, featuring a 50 by 27-foot screen and seating for 18 with a bar and IMAX lounge. Other exceptional features include three master bedroom suites and one presidential master suite, each with a Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean or Intracoastal Waterway.  La Cuisine du chef will feature a La Cornue Grand Palais custom range and custom cabinetry made of solid mahogany accentuated with 22-carat gold leafing. The family room will feature a 1,300-gallon Living Color aquarium enclosed within custom cabinetry that will accommodate a high definition 3-D television.

This royal palace features a 4,500-square-foot infinity edge pool with a 12-foot cascading waterfall, double loop LED-lit waterslide, fire pit and swim-up bar for outdoor entertaining. The pool was designed with state-of-the-art technology including an automated temperature gauge sensor and triple sanitation system, which utilizes saline, chlorine and ultraviolet light. An outdoor Jacuzzi is positioned above a waterfall, and there is also a plunge pool off the master suite on the second floor of the exterior terrace. The courtyard also features an outdoor summer kitchen with a pizza oven, outdoor lounge for royal entertaining, and entrance to indoor spa massage rooms.

Designed and inspired by fashion dynast Joseph Leone and in-house architect Denio Madera Design, every detail, including the construction techniques and infrastructure, has been taken into account on this palatial project. A proprietary security system was custom-designed for the upmost protection of the property. Security guard accommodations have been built on property as well as an air-conditioned kennel for on-site guard dogs. Le Palais Royal also features complete and sophisticated soundproofing from the slab to marble, including all flooring, plumbing and air conditioning to ensure a quiet tranquility throughout. For seamless maintenance, the property utilizes unique software that digitally documents every step and every square inch of the construction through photography and video. – See more at: http://www.worldpropertychannel.com/north-america-residential-news/le-palais-royal-most-expensive-home-in-us-william-pd-pierce-luxury-estate-homes-for-sale-in-miami-palace-for-sale-8481.php#sthash.C8UnGf3V.dpuf

Just a few of the many things to do and see this weekend in te St Petersburg-Tampa Bay area:


Saturday, September 13, 2014 1:00pm   Dali and Beyond Film Series

Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg, FL


Brother Against Brother: The Spanish Civil War. The documentary  features archival film and location footage as well as eyewitness accounts. This surreal film series lets you see a film for free in the museum’s lobby theater.


Saturday, September 13, 2014 2:00pm   One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Pete

When a man decides to serve his sentence in a mental institution thinking it will be a better alternative to prison, his plan doesn’t account for the nurse who rules the  hospital with an iron fist. Through Sept. 14.  $20-$44; package deals available.  (727) 498-5205


Saturday, September 13, 2014 4:00pm   Walking Mural Tour

Florida Craftsmen Galleries , 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

Hear the inside stories of the making of more than 20 murals found in a four block area of the Central Arts District. Reservations required at esifloridafoodtours.com. $19, $11 ages 6-18, 5 and younger free.


Saturday, September 13, 2014 5:00pm  Frank Bolock Art Reception

Art on First, 550 1st Ave. N, St. Pete

Works of realism, fantasy and surrealism, and will be on display during the month of September. wine and refreshments


Saturday, September 13, 2014 5:00pm   Second Saturday ArtWalk

Regions Bank, 510 Central Ave, St. Pete

Rollins Fine Art partnered with Regions Bank to organize two exhibits at the bank. The September show will feature glass artist, Susan Gott, mixed media artist, Rocky Bridges, painter David Williams and photographer Ken Rollins. All art is for sale.


Saturday, September 13, 2014 5:00pm   Spathalicious: A Retrospective

Station Number Three Art Gallery, 2701 Fifth Ave. S, St. Pete

George Medeiros and Scott Durfee, founders and creative minds behind the brand, Spathose, will host this event with cuisine from Maggie on the Move, Tropicool, raffles and more. Their evolution of wearable sculpture, made from Florida native organic palm tree spathe, items available for buying during their trunk sale. Proceeds will benefit The Warehouse Arts Enclave and Venture House.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 5:00pm   Eclectic Exhibit Opening

Michele Tuegel Contemporary, 320 Central Ave , St. Pete

Internationally-recognized for his 30 years of fine craftwork from alternative materials, artist John Garrett will open the season with a solo show of metal and mixed media constructs. Opening coincides with the Greenlight Pinellas Second Saturday ArtWalk.


Saturday, September 13, 2014 5:30pm   Glass Exhibit Opening

Duncan McClellan Gallery, 550 24th St. S, St. Pete

The opening for “The Texture of Glass,” an exhibit by glass artist David Royce, includes glass blowing demonstrations and refreshments. Also at Fine Arts Museum, 255 Beach Dr, on Sunday, Sept 14th at noon.


Sunday, September 14, 2014 7:00pm   Bow Down Tour

The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Pete

Rappers Deniro Farrar and Denzel Curry $15, $30 meet and greet.



World Property Channel Residential News, North America Edition | By Michael Gerrity | August 2014 – See more at: http://www.worldpropertychannel.com

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing-home sales in the U.S. increased in July 2014 to their highest annual pace of the year, as the ongoing decline in distressed sales continued.

Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 2.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.15 million in July from a slight downwardly-revised 5.03 million in June. Sales are at the highest pace of 2014 and have risen four consecutive months, but remain 4.3 percent below the 5.38 million-unit level from last July, which was the peak of 2013.

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Lawrence Yun

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says sales momentum is slowly building behind stronger job growth and improving inventory conditions. “The number of houses for sale is higher than a year ago and tamer price increases are giving prospective buyers less hesitation about entering the market,” he said. “More people are buying homes compared to earlier in the year and this trend should continue with interest rates remaining low and apartment rents on the rise.”

Yun does warn that affordability is likely to decline in upcoming years. “Although interest rates have fallen in recent months, median family incomes are still lagging behind price gains, and mortgage rates will inevitably rise with the upcoming changes in monetary policy,” he said.

The median existing-home price for all housing types in July was $222,900, which is 4.9 percent above July 2013. This marks the 29th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains.

Total housing inventory at the end of July rose 3.5 percent to 2.37 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 5.5-month supply at the current sales pace. Unsold inventory is 5.8 percent higher than a year ago, when there were 2.24 million existing homes available for sale.

Distressed homes- foreclosures and short sales – accounted for 9 percent of July sales, down from 15 percent a year ago and the first time they were in the single-digits since NAR started tracking the category in October 2008. Six percent of July sales were foreclosures and 3 percent were short sales. Foreclosures sold for an average discount of 20 percent below market value in July, while short sales were discounted 14 percent.

Yun says the deepest housing wounds suffered during the Great Recession are beginning to fully heal. “To put it in perspective, distressed sales represented an average of 36 percent of sales during all of 2009,” he said. “Fast-forward to today and rising home values are helping owners recover equity and strong job creation are assisting those who may have fallen behind on their mortgage due to unemployment or underemployment.”

All-cash sales in July were 29 percent of transactions, down from 32 percent in June and representing the lowest overall share since January 2013 (28 percent). Individual investors, who account for many cash sales, purchased 16 percent of homes in July, unchanged from last month and July 2013. Sixty-nine percent of investors paid cash in July.

According to Freddie Mac, the average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage fell for the third consecutive month to 4.13 percent in July from 4.16 percent in June, and remains the lowest rate since June 2013 (4.07 percent).

The percent share of first-time buyers in July rose slightly for the second straight month to 29 percent (28 percent in June), but remain historically low.

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Steve Brown

NAR President Steve Brown says the new credit scoring calculation recently announced by Fair Isaac Corp., or FICO, will improve access to homeownership. “NAR supports efforts to broaden access to credit for qualified homebuyers, especially those who have been shut out of the housing market or forced to pay higher interest rates because of flawed credit scores,” he said. “A solid credit score is necessary to keep borrowing costs down.”

The median time on market for all homes was 48 days in July, up from 44 days in June; it was 42 days on market in July 2013. Short sales were on the market for a median of 93 days in July, while foreclosures sold in 58 days and non-distressed homes typically took 45 days. Forty percent of homes sold in July were on the market for less than a month.

Single-family home sales increased 2.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.55 million in July from 4.43 million in June, but remain 4.2 percent below the 4.75 million pace a year ago. The median existing single-family home price was $223,900 in July, up 5.1 percent from July 2013.

Existing condominium and co-op sales remained unchanged in July from June at an annual rate of 600,000 units, and are 4.8 percent below the 630,000 unit pace a year ago. The median existing condo price was $215,000 in July, which is 3.3 percent higher than a year ago.

Regionally, July existing-home sales in the Northeast stayed at an annual rate of 640,000 for the second consecutive month and are now 9.9 percent below a year ago. The median price in the Northeast was $273,600, an increase of 2.4 percent from July 2013.

In the Midwest, existing-home sales increased 1.7 percent to an annual level of 1.22 million in July, but remain 4.7 percent below July 2013. The median price in the Midwest was $175,200, up 4.1 percent from a year ago.

Existing-home sales in the South rose 3.4 percent to an annual rate of 2.12 million in July, and are now up slightly (0.5 percent) from July 2013. The median price in the South was $192,000, up 5.0 percent from a year ago.

Existing-home sales in the West climbed 2.6 percent to an annual rate of 1.17 million in July, but remain 8.6 percent below a year ago. The median price in the West was $304,100, which is 6.3 percent above July 2013. – See more at: http://www.worldpropertychannel.com

http://www.worldpropertychannel.com   Residential News » Europe Edition | By Michael Gerrity | August 29, 2014



Besides being a tax-haven and playground of the world’s rich and famous for decades, Monaco will soon have a new title: home to the world’s most expensive condo.Tour Odeon, a twin high-rise condo project built by Groupe Marzocco SAM on Monaco’s Mediterranean coastline will set a new world record penthouse sales price when their 5-story penthouse sells for an estimated $400 million plus price tag. When sold, it will easily eclipse the current world-record penthouse sales price of $237 million recorded earlier this year in London’s One Hyde Park.

While the developer did confirm to World Property Channel the penthouse is now actively on the market and available for purchase, they would not confirm the price. But based on the recent uber-luxe penthouse sale in London’s One Hyde Park at less than half its size in terms of square footage (16,000 square feet) for $237 million, a $400 million to $450 million price point is possible for Monaco’s 35,500 square foot penthouse. According to Groupe Marzocco, condo sales have continued to be strong in Monaco’s newest and tallest residential skyscraper.

Video of Tour Odeon  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7whlJXEfeE0

Tour Odeon building facts: Height of tower: 170 meters Number of stories: 49 (plus 10 underground levels) Number of private residences: 70 luxury apartments, sky duplexes and 1 five-story penthouse Total size of project: 60,000 sq m/645,800 sq ft Total size of private residential space: 28,000 sq m/301.382 Total size of commercial space: 4,400 sq m/47,360 sq ft Work started: End of 2009 Completion date: Expected end of 2014 Developer: Groupe Marzocco Architect: Cabinet Giraldi General contractor: Vinci Construction Interior designer: Alberto Pinto Landscape architect: Jean Mus Car parking spaces: 543

To date, the developer says 25 luxury apartments at Tour Odeon have been sold (out of 73 total units) to a range of nationalities from across Europe with prices reaching over €75,000 per square meter ($10,000 per square foot). Luxury apartments start at $25 million per unit, and go up significantly from there.The main structure of the building was completed in late 2013. The sculpted 170 meter double tower rises over 49 stories, making it one of the tallest residential towers in Europe.Niccolo Marzocco, Director of Groupe Marzocco says, “Property in Monaco is selling well. Prices have been said to have risen by 10% in the first few months of 2014 and there is no sign of the market slowing down. The principality has been flooded by many new nationalities either looking to live in the most glamorous and sought-after location in the world or to make an investment in the booming property market in Monaco. Tour Odeon has been incredibly popular and we have seen interest from buyers from all over the world. Not all of the apartments at Tour Odeon are going to be brought to the open market so we are thrilled with the sales success to date.

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The stunning scheme features 70 exceptional apartments (with one to four bedrooms), two magnificent 1,200 sq m (12,900 sq ft) sky duplexes and a spectacular 3,300 sq m (35,500 sq ft) penthouse arranged over five floors with a private swimming pool. All of the apartments are located between the twentieth and forty-ninth floors and feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls and elegant terraces which offer breath-taking panoramic views over Monaco city and the glistening Mediterranean beyond.This project is the vision of established Monaco developer Groupe Marzocco, legendary Monégasque architect Alexandre Giraldi – and has the backing of the Monaco Government, which has guaranteed the delivery of the largest construction project currently underway in the Principality of Monaco.The sophisticated interiors by leading interior designer Alberto Pinto are stylish and tasteful – enhancing space and making the most of the tower’s abundance of natural light. The finest natural materials such as marble, bronze and wood have been used throughout – with the very highest interior specification and the latest technology.Residents of Tour Odeon will enjoy the ultimate luxury lifestyle. The development includes a wellness centre with private spa suites, a hammam, sauna, Russian bath, a well-equipped gymnasium and a choice of swimming pools.

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A full-time dedicated concierge service will be available to ensure residents enjoy a five-star hotel experience on a daily basis. Every possible need has been considered, including a state-of-the-art business centre for residents, an entertainment area with a private movie room and lounge and a chauffeured limousine service.A luxury on-site food shop and catering service, day-to-day housekeeping, dry cleaning, valet and vehicle washing services will be available at the touch of an integrated screen inside each residence. Owners will also benefit from a discreet management service, taking care of the smooth running, maintenance and security of the building.One of the world’s most glamorous and compelling locations, Monaco has long been a magnet for the most discerning international buyers attracted by its security, quality of life and advantageous tax environment. Its star-studded annual event calendar includes the Formula One Grand Prix, the Monte Carlo Arts and Jazz Festivals and The Rolex Tennis Masters.

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Tour Odeon is ideally located for experiencing all that Monaco has to offer. It is just a few minutes’ walk from Monaco’s landmark destinations including Place du Casino, the world famous Hôtel de Paris and Hôtel Hermitage. Monaco boasts no less than five Michelin starred restaurants including Alain Ducasse’s three-Michelin star Le Louis XV. Monaco’s famous boulevards, such as Avenue Princess Grace, and its Carré d’Or boutiques offer the very best in luxury shopping. For international travel, Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport is just 30 km away – offering daily flights to major cities all over the world – around 7 minutes by helicopter, 25 minutes by car and an hour by bus.


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Private lobby (Tour Odeon)




http://www.worldpropertychannel.com   Residential News » Europe Edition | By Michael Gerrity |   Tour-Odeon_renderings_private-lobby.jpg

Tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual Suenos de Dali!  Guests will travel to Barcelona & Paris during this 1920s bohemian soirée. http://shar.es/11msgY

Tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual Suenos de Dali! Guests will travel to Barcelona & Paris during this 1920s bohemian soirée.

“From Barcelona to Paris: A 1920′s Bohemian Soirée”

Paris in the 1920’s was the center of the artistic universe and marked a transition to artistic maturity for Salvador Dali and many other famous artists who were drawn to the city for its rich, creative inspiration. It was the hub for new ways of thinking and marked the birth of Surrealism, the “Art Deco” movement, and the Paris Jazz Age.

Parisian night life was characterized by personal freedom, a revolution of fashion, luxurious parties, theater shows, and jazz music – people lived luminous lives and knew how to have fun. The 2014 Suenos de Dali will leverage the defining elements of Parisian night life in the 1920’s with a modern twist. This year’s soiree entertains the combined identities of two extraordinary cultures as guests revel in the décor and fashion that defined the Spanish and Parisian night life from different eras.

Donning incredible costumes, guests will enjoy a dreamlike soiree filled with illusory sensations,  signature cocktails, gourmet cuisine, and more.

2014 Suenos de Dali Tickets: $125 Member | $150 General Admission | $600 Avant-Garde VIP

Member & General Admission tickets include: Unlimited craft cocktails, gourmet food tastings, free valet parking and access to the galleries.

Avant-Garde VIP ticket includes the above (unlimited cocktails, food tastings, free valet parking and gallery access) plus: Early access to the event, four [4] complimentary tickets to The Dali (for use any time throughout the year), an invitation for one [1] to the private showing of the movie “Midnight in Paris” at the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, an invitation for one [1] to a sponsor appreciation party, and an invitation for one [1] to a private preview tour of the Museum’s upcoming exhibit “Picasso/Dali, Dali/Picasso” on Monday, November 3, 2014.

- See more at: http://thedali.org/event/suenos-de-dali/#sthash.bzh7YmzG.xNMgEPcT.dpuf

Don’t forget to sign up for the Certified International Property Specialist class of The Americas and International Real Estate. It’s just a week away!! Do you have business with buyers from Canada, Mexico, Central or South America? Then you will want to learn the proper way to conduct business. And don’t forget more and more baby boomers are buying second or retirement homes in Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica & Panama. Find out how you can cash in on the referrals. Carlos Fuentes, our instructor, presently serves as NAR Regional Coordinator for North America, Central America and the Caribbean so you will be learning from one of the experts on our hemisphere.

Mr. Fuentes has been involved in commercial and international real estate for the last 25 years, having earned the CCIM (Commercial R.E. Specialist), CIPS (International R.E. Specialist) and TRC (Transnational Referrals Certification) designations.  His travels have provided opportunities for international deals in the Caribbean, Latin America and the U.S.  He has successfully completed a significant number of 1031 Exchanges.

Carlos Fuentes has published articles in several national and international magazines and been a presenter at both national and international seminars and panels. He is a member of the NAR Speaker Cadre, a Certified CIPS and TRC Instructor as well as a Federal Court Certified Interpreter (Eng/Span).  Mr. Fuentes has served as 2011 NAR Executive Committee Liaison to Global, Resort and Second Home Real Estate Group; Past President of My Florida Regional MLS (with 34,000 users) and the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS®.  Mr. Fuentes received the 2003 NAR International Outreach Effort Award and the 2006 NAR President’s Liaison Award.  He was the recipient of the 2008 GTAR Deal of the Year Award, recognizing a unique transaction, and named 2009 GTAR REALTOR® of the Year.

Thousands of investors from the Caribbean, North, Central, and South Americas buy property in Florida every year. Do you want to learn the skills necessary to work with them? This class is for you! You can also apply for a scholarship to learn these new skills.

This is one of three elective courses required to earn the prestigious Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation from National Association of Realtors. You may take this class even if you don’t plan on earning the designation – instructor Carlos Fuentes is an excellent teacher and you will learn about:
•Social, historical, political, geographical, and cultural characteristics of the Americas
•Skills for researching the Americas real estate market factors and assessing global business opportunities
•Adapting business and social behavior to conform to customs and cultural norms that facilitate global real estate transactions

WHAT: CIPS course – The Americas and International Real Estate
WHEN: Wednesday, September 10 | 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: PRO – 4590 Ulmerton Rd in Clearwater
COST: $99 – but scholarships are available!
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided

REGISTER: on Pinellas Realtor Organization website  http://pinellasrealtor.org/  look either under Upcoming Events CIPS: Americas and Intn’l R.E. or under the tab Education-Education & Events  http://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/



August 26, 2014  http://www.inman.com   Insights from Real Estate Connect 
Hear what title insurers and settlement services providers are doing to streamline the closing process for homebuyers and sellers from Matt Morris, CEO of Stewart Information Services Corp., and Patrick Stone, president and CEO, Williston Financial Group.

How to streamline the closing process for your buyers and sellers | Inman News
Matt Morris, CEO of Stewart Information Services Corp., and Patrick Stone, president and CEO, Williston Financial Group, talk about how to streamline the closing process for homebuyers and sellers.




The 14th Annual GeckoFest will take place this Saturday, August 30th, 2014 from 10am until 10pm in Gulfport, Florida. There will music, artists, craftsmen, dancers, magicians, jugglers costume contest, plenty of food & drinks and much more. It is located on Beach Boulevard from 22nd Ave South to Gulfport beach and the Gulfport Casino. Each year, Gulfport celebrates the end of summer with its largest festival of the year, dedicated to the town’s unofficial mascot and favorite reptile-the Gecko!

For more information on GeckoFest : http://www.gulfportma.com/gma-events/geckofest

Gulfport is located between St. Petersburg and Boca Ciega Bay. Originally, it was called Disston City when Hamilton Disston first purchased land in 1884. Since there was already a city named that in Hillsborough County, the name was changed to Bonafacio. Then in 1890 it was changed to Veteran City and finally in 1910 it was officially named Gulfport. That’s a lot of names for such a small town. Glad that Gulfport was the final name chosen.

Gulfport has always had a high concentration of artists and musicians. Some say they are inspired by the beautiful light, tropical scenery, relaxed atmosphere and that “Old Florida” feel. There is a great mix of small cottages, boutiques, independent restaurants and businesses scattered along Beach Boulevard down to the beach.

The first Friday and third Saturday of each month “Art Walk” is held. Tuesdays are Fresh Market days in the Gulfport Waterfront district from 9 am to 3 pm, on Beach Blvd. The market has fresh produce, cheese, seafood, honey, nuts, baked goods, plants, art and crafts, and local entertainment and it takes place all year. If you haven’t been to Gulfport yet, this weekend might be a good time to check it out.



Tampa Bay Times-Saturday, August 2014
Two projects recently announced in St. Petersburg will help grow the city’s reputation as a place that values artistic expression, but the projects also excite because they bring new investment to the city’s core.

The Warehouse Arts District Association is spending just under a million dollars to purchase the former Ace Recycling property and several nearby warehouses and offices in the 500 block of 22nd Street S, within sight of the Morean Center for Clay and close to glass artist Duncan McClellan’s hot shop. The association has long-term plans for gallery space, classrooms and a metal-casting foundry, but it will begin by creating about 20,000 square feet of studio space for 30 to 40 artists. A foundry at what’s been named the Warehouse Arts Enclave would create “a triad of fire art that would put us on the map nationally,” association president Mark Aeling said.

It’s an ambitious plan with a high price tag for a nonprofit group founded just two years ago. The group has been raising funds from private donors. A first public fundraiser at the property, 515 22nd St. S, is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday. The association hopes to raise $350,000 by Nov. 1 for the down payment and first phase of renovations.

The property, which is across the street from the Pinellas County Job Corps campus, needs rehabilitation and is surrounded by industrial and commercial buildings, some of them empty. Its conversion to a complex that eventually could host classes and arts events will bring new energy to that stretch of 22nd Street.

The second announcement involves a public investment of nearly $2.3 million for an “art-in-transit” project along Central Avenue. Its goal is to make mass transit easier and more comfortable to navigate and also to enliven and visually unify Central Avenue. The Mickett/Stackhouse Studio, hired by the city to develop a master concept for the project, showed off its work at a recent City Council meeting. And while nothing has been designed yet, just the concepts the team showed excited council members, who unanimously moved the project to the design phase.

The concept showed tall, lighted glass pillars clustered on the east and west ends of Central Avenue — “welcoming portals” to the city’s central street. Each column was a different color to represent the seven character districts along Central. The team’s work included artistically designed bus shelters at 10 Central Avenue Trolley stops east of 28th Street, each with the lighted column motif and a lighted transit map. Trees would shade passengers waiting for the trolley.

The art-in-transit project will be funded with a $975,000 federal transportation grant, $500,000 from the Penny for Pinellas sales tax, $500,000 in transportation impact fees paid by developers and $300,000 from the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. If the Greenlight Pinellas referendum passes Nov. 4 and Bus Rapid Transit lines are created to move passengers along First Avenue North and First Avenue South, the city will use some of the “art-in-transit” components on those corridors, too.

Though the eventual design could differ from the concept the team showed, representatives predicted that light and color will remain important components. Light was requested by downtown merchants to give Central Avenue visitors a greater sense of safety. The bright colors and unique bus shelter designs would further the city’s emphasis on art and artistry.

Art is a proven mechanism for renewing neighborhoods, bringing color and energy to moribund areas and attracting visitors and investment. These two plans hold out promise of continuing St. Petersburg’s string of successes in those areas.

Tampa Bay Times Editorial: Projects invest in St. Petersburg’s core


For sale a beautiful Key West style waterfront home with 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths plus an additional bedroom & full bath downstairs.  The finished square footage downstairs is not included in the heated 2683 sq ft or the overall 2848 square footage.



The kitchen is a chef’s dream with a gas cooktop, double ovens, center island, an abundance of cabinets plus a breakfast bar. There is space for a table in the kitchen nook overlooking the water. With the kitchen, dining room & living room open to each other, there is plenty of space for entertaining. A guest bath is conveniently located nearby. To add to the entertaining experience, the home offers open living areas with water views looking straight down the canal.1165044

The master bedroom has sliding glass doors that open onto the waterfront balcony. There are 2 additional bedroom, a full bathroom, an office with built-ins and laundry room.



The extra finished space downstairs could be used as guest quarters or media room. As an extra bonus, the house has its own private elevator.   1165047 The 3 car plus garage has room for extra storage as well as an area for games. The garage has a third garage door that opens to the waterside for easy access.

The home is elevated for lower flood insurance. The HOA is $185/monthly.



This home is located in the only gated community that includes single family homes on the beaches.  The gated community offers a clubhouse which includes an exercise room, meeting room, kitchen, pool, spa & 2 tennis courts. Redington Shores has 1.19 miles of pristine beaches overlooking the Gulf of Mexico which are just across the street from this home. Enjoy the beaches, fishing, boating, parks, shops, restaurants & more. Midway between Clearwater Beach to the north and St. Pete Beach to the south, Redington Shores is just 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport and museums, music venues, professional football, hockey, soccer and baseball.

Don’t miss the opportunity to own this great home!  You could be enjoying this beautiful beach daily.1165048

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

(727) 804-6566

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  • Casting call: HGTV looking for Realtors September 16, 2014
    A producer with HGTV recently reached out to PRO for help in looking for Realtors to be a part of some new shows. Read on to see if you are interested: 1. A new show about couples, families and friends that have gone in together to purchase a vacation home.  They’re interested in those currently [...]
  • SavvyTips: How a Realtor Sells on Mobile September 15, 2014
    Bonnie Strickland is one of the most successful REALTORS® in Pinellas County. As head of the Strickland Group sales team, she deals with some of the area’s top-tier properties. She’s also an active user of SavvyCard for REALTORS®, and recently, she confirmed just how powerful SavvyCard mobile web apps are. Bonnie was showing a property [...]
  • ‘Welcome’ to all our members who joined us in August September 2, 2014
    The Pinellas REALTOR® Organization would like to welcome all of our new REALTORS® that joined us in August! We are happy to have you as a part of our organization and wish you much success in your careers. Nancy P. Galindo Allen Collins Realty Robert Milligan Allison James Estates & Homes Christopher Paradis Allison James [...]
  • SavvyTips: 6 reasons a mobile website beats a business card for networking August 29, 2014
    We’ve all been there. You get to an important networking event, conference, or dinner, and suddenly realize you’ve forgotten your most important networking tool – your business cards. Disaster, right? Now you’re going to be stuck writing your phone number on cocktail napkins, more likely to end up in the garbage than anyone’s contact list. [...]
  • SavvyTips: How YES Homes gets real, precise ROI on print advertising with SavvyCard August 25, 2014
    Magazine advertising is perennially effective, but it has its shortcomings. Unless a new prospect happens to mention that they saw an ad, it can be difficult to gauge exactly how effective it is. And second, once the magazine leaves someone’s hand, it can be harder for them to connect to you. With this full-page ad [...]

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