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Coastal Properties Group International is the Leader in Luxury Real Estate in the Tampa Bay Area from St Petersburg to St Pete Beach to Clearwater Beach to Tampa! For two years in row, Coastal Properties Group International has been the affiliate of the year for Christie’s International Real Estate. I rarely toot my own horn, but I am so proud to be a member of such a wonderful group of Real Estate Advisors. This is the beginning of my 5th year with Coastal Properties International and I plan to be with them for many more years. As an invitation-only boutique brokerage, we specialize in beach, waterfront and luxury properties. We understand what it takes to market and sell a luxury home or estate. Coastal Properties Group sells an average of five properties per day; and a waterfront property every day.

Sounds of Brazil in the Tampa Bay Area ūüáßūüá∑!! A program with vocal artist Daniela Soledad, jazz guitarist Nate Najar and saxophonist Jeff Rupert called From Rio with Love, Bossa Nova will be performed on April 18th at the Palladium Theatre in St Petersburg.

Daniele Soledad was born in Rio but moved to Tampa when she was 16 when her mother married a Cuban American man from Tampa.

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Local artist alternative holiday market in St Petersburg, Florida waterfront park

Takes place in South Straub Park November 24.  Shop local. Support local. Enable the makers and collectors in the Sunshine City to prosper while picking up a totally unique gift for a loved one. 10-5pm for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/374707542937157/

Santa Parade & Tree Lighting
The parade begins at Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Dr. SE., and runs along Bayshore Dr. to Fifth Ave. N. Following the Santa Parade, Mayor Rick Kriseman lights up the downtown waterfront around 8pm in North Straub Park for St. Petersburg’s annual Tree Lighting. Stay after the Santa Parade & Tree Lighting to enjoy a night in the park with games, a marching band performance, concessions and more! Starts 5:30pm.¬†Take the downtown looper FREE¬†to avoid the hassle of looking for parking along Beach Drive.

Tampa-based Argentinian restaurant expanding to the Burg – I Love the Burg
‚ÄĒ Read on ilovetheburg.com/tampa-based-argentinian-restaurant-expanding-to-the-burg/

Glass House, a tri-level penthouse in downtown St. Petersburg\u2019s Signature Place condo tower, is on the market for $3.1 million. [Courtesy of Becky McConnell]

ST. PETERSBURG ‚ÄĒ For a limited time, you could own the loftiest penthouse in the Tampa Bay area.

Glass House, a tri-level condo in downtown St. Petersburg’s Signature Place, just went on the market for $3.1 million. Spanning the 34th through 36th floors, it will be the area’s most skyward condo until the 41-story ONE St. Petersburg tower is completed later this year.

Since listing the unit last week, “I‚Äôve already had two showings with potential,‚Äô‚Äô agent Becky McConnell said.

The seller, who is building a home on Snell Isle, is asking $1.265 million more than he paid for the condo three years ago. He has not made any changes to the 4,177-square-foot unit, which had undergone a massive renovation by its previous owners, interior designer Rob Bowen and Bob Glaser, CEO of Smith & Associates Real Estate.

They paid $1 million for the unit in 2012. Bowen’s team then spent 18 months stripping it down to bare concrete and eliminating all but one wall on the unit’s first floor to maximize the space and views of the city and the bay.

The condo’s base level, which has a wraparound balcony, contains the kitchen, living and dining areas with black-veined marble floors. An elevator provides access to a family room, home office, guest room and laundry on the second floor, and the master bedroom and guest suite on the third floor.

The most striking tower in downtown St. Petersburg, Signature Place at 175 First St. S also has been among the most problem-plagued.

The project was announced in 2005 at the peak of the real estate boom and neared completion just as the market collapsed in 2008. Plagued by slow sales, developer Joel Cantor had to slash prices and finally resorted to an auction to unload dozens of the 244 units.

In 2014, the condo association sued Cantor and others alleging that the building had numerous construction and design defects. For well over a year, much of the facade was sheathed in scaffolding as workers replaced stucco in danger of falling and made other repairs.

The case was settled last year and now “the scaffolding is down, everything is remediated and everything is paid for,” McConnell said.

Sale prices in the tower, which had tumbled during the repair work, have rebounded, although not to the level of condos with addresses on nearby Beach Drive. In the past six months, Signature Place units have sold for as little as $390,000 and as much a $1.225 million.

Glass House is the third-priciest downtown condo currently on the market, exceeded only by two units in Ovation on Beach Drive. The top asking price is $3.95 million for a condo owned by Mindy Grossman, former head of St. Petersburg-based HSN and now CEO of WW (the recently renamed Weight Watchers International).

https://www.tampabay.com/news/business/realestate/St-Pete-s-Glass-House-condo-hits-market-for-3-1-million-_172170874

Contact Susan Taylor Martin at smartin@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8642. Follow 
@susanskate.

Some great things to do this weekend in beautiful, sunny, warm St Petersburg, Florida-enjoy!!

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

First Friday in downtown St Petersburg 
Tampa Bay Beer Week starts with First Friday with special craft beer tastings from Cycle, Crooked Thumb, Cigar City, Lagunitas, New Belgium, and Sierra Nevada. Get a taste of St. Patrick’s Day luck with Jameson’s special Cask Mates IPA! The Tempests will be playing.  5:30-10pm.  Central Ave Between 2nd & 3rd St.

The Soul Rebels return to the Witch Friday 3/2 for a free show
The Soul Rebels, an Eight piece brass ensemble from New Orleans, returns to the Witch for a very special concert on the First Friday of March. We will be kicking off the Tampa Bay Beer Week a day early with this show as we jump start the festivities in style Friday March 2nd. 9-11:30p.m. The Ale and the Witch 111 2nd Ave NE

Saturday, March 3rd

Saturday Morning Market Moves to Williams Park March 3; Closes For Grand Prix March 10 temporarily relocating to Williams Park, 350 2nd Ave. N., as the city finalizes preparations for the March 9-11 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Williams Park is only four blocks from the Market’s regular location in the parking lot of Al Lang Stadium. Market hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Market is held weekly on Saturdays from October through May from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 


St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival –¬†March 3-4¬†(Saturday¬†and¬†Sunday)
On the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg-delicious fresh Florida seafood, drinks, and the sounds of some of Florida’s top artists and bands from both the local and regional circuit. General admission $7 at the gate, $5 in advance, with children under the age of 12 admitted free. Saturday 11 am-8 pm and Sunday 11 am-7 pm; Vinoy Park 701 Bay Shore Dr NE     For more information, including VIP admission rates,  go to http://www.paragonartevents.com/

St Pete Indie Market
90+ Vendors featuring artists and makers, vintage collectors, plants, handcrafted goods, small business, food and more! 11a.m.-4p.m.
Green Bench Brewing Co. 1133 Baum Ave N

6th Annual Awakening Into The Sun Wellness Festival
South Straub Park for a combination of health and wellness activities, spiritual connection, artisan vendors, healthy food, and fun in the sun at St. Petersburg’s beautiful waterfront 9a.m.
Starub Park- Downtown Waterfront Park 400 S Bayshore Dr

Flogging Molly
Irish-American seven-piece Celtic punk band from LA and led by Irish vocalist Dave King,  Jannus Live. 200 1st Ave N

Sunday, March 4th

Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio, St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Fest.
Foods and drinks with musical performances by local and regional musicians from jazz to rock, jazz, calypso, reggae and more. 1:30-3p.m. 701 Bay Shore Dr NE

Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra
Light classical, show tunes and pop  7:30-10p.m. Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave N

Clear blue waters and long stretches of sand have always been the appeal of St. Petersburg, Fla. But these days, visitors are just as likely to dive into the Tampa Bay town’s vibrant arts and culture scene.

Over the last decade, the Sunshine City has evolved into a creative hub, with world-class museums, thriving galleries and bold street art that have the once-neglected downtown booming again. And soon there will be much more to admire: Three ambitious new museums will open in St. Pete over the next two years, cementing its reputation as one of Florida’s cultural hot spots.

Here’s how a short trip to the ’Burg should look:

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A hot glass demo at the Duncan McClellan Gallery.

After a blissed-out day at the beach, head into town for a late-afternoon stroll through the dazzling collection of glass sculptures crafted by Dale Chihuly at the Chihuly Collection. Stock up on colorful wares at its gift shop, then hit nearby Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails for oysters and craft cocktails.

In the mood for something sweet? Grab a gourmet ice pop at¬†The Hyppo, which boasts a staggering array of flavors from pumpkin cheesescake to pineapple cilantro. After the sun sets, savor a fresh catch at one of St. Pete‚Äôs fine restaurants; you can‚Äôt go wrong with the olive oil-seared grouper at¬†FarmTable Cucina¬†($30). After dessert, shuffle on over to the historic¬†St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club‚ÄĒ known as the world‚Äôs largest club for the sport ‚ÄĒ for a few late-night matches.

Thanks to St. Pete‚Äôs laid-back yet imaginative spirit, there‚Äôs more art to check out the next day. More than 80 ‚ÄĒ and counting ‚ÄĒ eye-catching outdoor murals wrap buildings, walls and a main downtown intersection. ‚ÄúThey create a sense of community,‚ÄĚ says Derek Donnelly, a local talent behind a number of works. ‚ÄúI credit the art with helping turn around St. Pete.‚ÄĚ

Donnelly helps promote the annual Shine St. Petersburg Mural Festival, which wrapped its third iteration last month and is gearing up the next one in the fall of 2018. Local, national and international street artists from as far away as Australia gather to create large-scale, open-air works over 10 days.

According to Donnelly, the best place to start a mural tour is the alley behind the stores on the 600 North block of downtown‚Äôs Central Avenue. The lane is so jammed with trippy wall tattoos ‚ÄĒ including several of his compositions featuring dinosaur and sea creature ‚ÄĒ that even the dumpsters are decorated.

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The Dali MuseumDana Hoff

Don‚Äôt forget a visit to St. Pete‚Äôs popular¬†Dali Museum, ($24 for adults), which houses the largest collection of works by the mustachioed genius outside his native Spain. On a smaller scale, more than 75 galleries dot the town‚Äôs seven arts districts. In the¬†Warehouse Arts District, don‚Äôt miss the astounding glass works at¬†Duncan McClellan Gallery¬†‚ÄĒ or its romantic sculpture garden, or its hot shop demonstrations by a team of artists.

Best of all, St. Pete has much more creative capital in the pipeline.

The first outpost ‚ÄĒ the¬†Imagine Museum, which centers on glass art ‚ÄĒ opens its doors in January. A repurposed school will exhibit pieces from 55 renowned glass artists, including Harvey Littleton and Marlene Rose.

The¬†James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art¬†will also debut early next year. Occupying most of a city block, it will showcase works in oil, ink, stone and steel ‚ÄĒ evoking the frontier spirit and celebrating life in the wild. The works were collected over decades by Tom James, chairman emeritus of investment company Raymond James, and his wife Mary.

The biggest passion project of all is downtown’s $70 million Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, scheduled to open in spring 2019. The monumental building, designed by Cuban-born local architect Alberto Alfonso, is being purpose-built to display businessman Rudy Ciccarello’s extensive decorative arts collection.

With so much art on tap ‚ÄĒ as well as year-round sunshine and those irresistible white-sand beaches ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôs worth adding St. Pete to your vacation short list.

Where to eat and sleep

From landmark hotels to catch-of-the-day restaurants, St. Petersburg has the hospitality waterfront covered. Here’s a look at some local favorites:

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Base yourself at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach.HP

Active much? Take your pick of four sports at the historic Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, which features 18 holes, tennis courts, a private 74-slip marina and two pools (from $264).

For a chic sleep, book a reservation at the 18-room¬†Birchwood Inn. You can‚Äôt beat the elegant rooms with four-poster beds ‚ÄĒ or the spectacular rooftop lounge (from $310).

The Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach is about 40 minutes outside of downtown St. Pete but mere seconds from a spectacular beach. (Clearwater Beach, in fact, was rated the best in the country by TripAdvisor last year.) With a pool and a spa onsite, it’s easy to unwind here (from $174).

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The Reading Room’s stylish staff.Partho

Cool and creative, the Reading Room serves delicious garden-inspired and wood-fired fare. Many of the herbs and vegetables are grown in the beds outside.

The seafood-centric menu changes daily at swanky Sea Salt, but the dishes are always fresh and succulent. Don’t miss the happy hour.

Here are a few things to check out in St Petersburg & St Pete Beach today, Friday, October 13th and tomorrow Saturday, October 14th. Ooooo, Friday the 13th…good luck & have fun!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Friday Night Music Series at Sundial
Free Friday Night Music Series with Ella Jet, a jazzy neo-soul singer/songwriter from St. Petersburg and in 2014 was selected for the Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project.  6pm-10pm. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Concert in Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach

Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy live music under the stars. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase. Featuring the Alter Eagles. 7pm Free.

Make a Clay Pumpkin at Morean Center for Clay
2-hour introduction on wheel-throwing, for a limited time learn to make your own ceramic Jack O’Lantern. Bring a towel, your favorite beverage. All clay materials included. At the end of class and they will bisque & glaze your piece. Cost is $100 for up to 4 people, $25 per additional guest. Register at¬†(727)821-7162.¬†420 22nd St South.

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

St. Pete Beach Fire Rescue, 7301 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach

Families can meet local firefighters and Sparky the Fire Dog with fire station tours, child fingerprinting, face painting, games and fire safety information. 11am Free.

Mastry’s Brewing Company Birthday OktoBeerfest

7701 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach

St.¬†Pete¬†Beach’s first and only brewery turns one year old, live music, new beers on tap, food & other local beermakers that helped get the brewery started. 12 noon


Zine Fest & Cassette Store Day 
at Daddy Kool Records

Join Daddy Kool Records celebrates zines and cassettes! Local zines (small publisher magazine-fanzine, webzine) sell their zines, prints, shirts, pins & patches. It is also Cassette Store Day so there will be exclusive cassette releases, a cassette-based DJ, & free cassette mixtape of local bands curated by Ricky of Reality Asylum! 1pm-6pm. 666 Central Ave, St. Pete

Oktoberfest Ride at Hofbrauhaus St. Pete
‘Burg Pub Riders are back for Oktoberfest-Dirndl dresses & Lederhose. Meet at¬†5pm¬†and leave around¬†6pm¬†for Hawthorne Bottle Shop and end at the Independent. Please make sure to bring lights since this will be a night ride.¬†123 4th St South.

Inaugural ArtsXchange Gallery Art Show at the Warehouse Arts District
The Inaugural ArtsXchange Gallery Art Show with artwork from 22 of the ArtsXchange’s new artists. ‚ÄúWhere Art Is Made‚ÄĚ Show starts at¬†5pm.¬†515 22nd St¬†South.¬†

ArtWalk at St. Pete Artworks, 635 Central Ave., St. Pete

David Larson Evans’ solo exhibit, “On Being Human,” with indie-folk-pop music of AmandaLynn. ¬†5pm Free.

Florida Holocaust Museum:The Book of Fire Reception

55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg

Reception for an exhibit of paintings, drawings, prints and artist’s books designed to propel viewers into a world of fire and devastation. In conjunction with Keep St.¬†Pete¬†Lit, nine writers perform their short stories, poems and imaginings inspired by this exhibition. Complimentary beer, wine & light snacks. 5:30pm Free.

The Florida Orchestra POPS: Swing is the Thing at the Mahaffey Theater
Jump ‚Äėn‚Äô jive from the 1940’s to the ‚Äė60s with hits like Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy & Rock Around the Clock. Featuring dancers, vocalists, on clarinet Dave Bennett. ¬†8pm.¬†¬†400 1st St SE.

Listed here are just a few things to do and see to celebrate this Labor Day weekend in the St Petersburg area. Enjoy!

Friday, September 1st, 2017

St. Pete Shuffleboard Club  7pm    559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg.

Family-friendly shuffleboard with all equipment provided. Instruction available. Well behaved dogs welcome.

Lil Wayne, A Milli and Fireman rapper   Jannus Live  7:30pm

200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, Starting at $75.

An Evening of Improvised Music  Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Pete

Featuring St.¬†Petersburg‘s Sean Hamilton, Infinite Third and Crux. $10.

Maxwell-Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Pete 8pm

R&B and soul, $45-$300.

Bourbon and Bluegrass-Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club 9pm

501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Pete. The third annual dinner and concert series features five dining stations, full bar, bourbon and live music, through Sept. 9. $38 prix fixe menu.

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017  

License-Free  Saltwater Fishing Day    12:01am       Skyway Fishing Pier State Park

4905 34th St. S, St. Pete. Free fishing day providing an opportunity to introduce everyone to fishing. License requirement waived for all recreational anglers. All other rules apply.

Morning at the Museum  9:30am

Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Dr SE & Fifth Ave SE), St. Pete

Families with children ages 6 to 12 can privately explore the galleries before the museum opens. Reservations required and regular admission applies.

Canopy Tree Climbing  10 am, 1310 22nd Ave. S, St. Pete

Climbers ages 6 and older can climb into the canopy of a live oak tree using harnesses and a rope pulley system. $10.

The Holocaust & the Book of Fire, Florida Holocaust Museum,

55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg

Opening day for an exhibit of paintings, drawings, prints and artist’s books. Remains on display through Dec. 31. Included with admission. $16, $14 seniors, $8 ages 7-17, military/USF students/ages 6 & younger free.

St Pete Indie Market, State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Pete  11am

Indoor market with more than 50 artists selling their artistic creations.

CraftyFest at ARTpool Gallery (Saturday and Sunday) 11-5pm
Crafty Fest Market is ARTpool’s buy local, handmade & vintage fabulous monthly event! ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave.

Brocante Market (Saturday and Sunday)  9am
St. Pete’s first permanent monthly vintage market. Housed in a 15,000 square foot former piano factory. Open the first weekend of each month. 9am-7pm¬†Saturday¬†and¬†9am-5pm¬†Sunday. Brocante Market, 2200 2nd Avenue South.

2nd Annual Crab and Music Festival at Albert Whitted Airport 1-10pm
Live music and all the crab and seafood you can eat hosted by 95.7 The Beat’s Queen ‘B’ and BET Comicview and Atlanta’s Own ‘Tiny.’ Tickets are $20.¬†Albert Whitted Airport, 480 Bayshore Dr SE

September 5th, 2017


The Melting Pot Presents Uncorked 2017

Five notable wines made by women who are making their mark on the wine industry today. September 5th. The Melting Pot, 2221 4th St N.

Tibetan monks with horns Florida CraftArt st petersburg

Sacred Art Tour of Tibetan Monks 2017

From January 31-February 5th, Florida CraftArt welcomes eight exiled Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India who will create a Sacred World Peace Sand Mandala that was designed by the Dalai Lama and depicts all religions in harmony.

World Peace Sand Mandala

Saturday, February 4, 2017 10:00am
Creation of Mandala
Sunday, February 5, 2017 12:00pm
Finalization of Mandala
Sunday, February 5, 2017 1:00pm
Dissolution Ceremony

During the closing ceremony on Sunday, February 5 at 1 p.m., the monks will dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the colored sand to symbolize the impermanence of all phenomena. It is meant to be a teaching to show that everything that exists has a beginning, a middle and an end. Then monks will then lead a procession to Tampa Bay where they will deposit the sand and perform a Buddhist blessing.

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – Saturday & Sunday 3pm

American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theatre-163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg

August Wilson’s Century Cycle, owners of a boarding house play host to a makeshift family of people with connections to slavery. Some stay days, some longer. Through Feb. 26. $39-$49.

The Golden Ticket – Saturday

Coliseum-535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg

The 86th annual All Children’s Hospital Charity Ball features dinner, dancing and an auction. Benefits Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Starts at 6 or 6:30 p.m.¬†$250.

Frida Kahlo at The Dali     through April 17th, 2017  http://thedali.org/   downtown waterfront of St Pete

This exhibits gives us some insight into the extraordinary career and life of the great 20th century Mexican artist. More than 60 Kahlo pieces are on display, including 15 paintings, seven drawings and numerous personal photographs from the celebrated female artist. The outdoor portion of the exhibition includes a special collection of flowers and plants representative of those in Kahlo’s own garden at Casa Azul. I have been lucky enough to visit her beloved Casa Azul in the Coyoacán district of Mexico City with a dear friend. I was in cielo (or heaven)!

 

Annalisa Weller, Realtor¬ģ, Certified International Property Specialist

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