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72% of vacation property owners and 71% of investment property owners believe now is a good time to buy. 33% bought their property in a beach area. Location, location, location!! We have some of the best beaches!! Plus we have music venues, a multitude of sports options, first rate museums, art venues, waterfront festivals, brew-pubs, incredible restaurants and much more!

Think St Petersburg, Florida; Clearwater Beach and the Tampa Bay Area!!

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sailboats & sunset

Imagine relaxing on your own balcony watching the sun set on the Gulf of Mexico  while the boats cruise past. Welcome home to your own private paradise on Tierra Verde, in St Petersburg, Florida. Enjoy beautiful views of the Intracoastal waterway from the front balcony or the Gulf of Mexico from the back balcony of your corner penthouse.

view of the Gulf of Mexico from your balconyThe semi-private elevator opens up into your own private foyer.  This meticulously maintained 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo has an additional bonus space that could be use as a den or office.







Flooded with light from windows on two sides and the open floor plan, the living room is great for entertaining.

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The spacious kitchen has a breakfast bar with views of the Gulf of Mexico.



In the formal dining room, there is enough space for a corner cabinet.

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The master bedroom has superb water views of the Gulf of Mexico and a door that opens up to the balcony plus a walk-in closet. The master bath has a large skylight.

master bedroom


master bath with skylight vertical



community pool 1

The current owner has replaced all of the windows and sliding glass doors with impact glass. The newer A/C unit has a UV light for cleaner coils which improves the cooling efficiency and therefore reduces the electrical costs. Another special feature is the reverse osmosis water system.

3rd bedroom

3rd bedroom


front of buildingFishing pier & boat docks






See what’s happening in St Petersburg, Florida’s Old Northeast neighborhood and downtown St Pete by checking out the latest issues of the St. Petersburg’s Northeast Journal . There are articles on local events, people, history, real estate, the arts, restaurants and much more. The journal is bi-monthly and has been published since 2004.


One of the perks of being a Realtor in the Clearwater Beach-St Petersburg area is the view on your way to and from work. The other day I had a home inspection on a lovely waterfront condo in Dunedin. Yes, it took over an hour’s drive to get there but oh, how gorgeous was the scenery once I arrived. By the way, the temperature was 74 degrees and sunny with a nice breeze. Not bad for December. Ah, life can be so good!! Thank you.



Years ago I lived in St Thomas and St John, in the US Virgin Islands. Believe me, there was nothing like this home on the island then. What a beautiful area of the world! Sometimes I wonder why I ever left. Anyway, excuse me while I reminisce but I came across this article that I thought I’d share. Ahhhhh, the Caribbean Islands.

St. Thomas Mansion Sells for Record $8.9 Million Via Remote Auction


Platinum Luxury Auctions announced this week the closing of Villa Whydah, a four acre pirate-themed property sitting on the westernmost tip of St. Thomas.  The final sales price was $8.9 million, which is a new record for residential properties on the island of St. Thomas.

Residential News » Saint Thomas Edition | By Michael Gerrity | January 8, 2015 – See more at:
3_PLA_NML-Arial-Imaging.pngAlthough Platinum planned for the auction to be held at the property, all of the bidders elected to participate in the auction remotely. “Given the nature of the bidding audience, we created a virtual auction environment, with a live bidding room digitally streaming an audio/video feed to each bidder,” stated Bradley Pruitt, Platinum’s director of sales. The buyer purchased the property site-unseen, a scenario that the firm says is exceptionally rare, especially for a record sale.

Trayor Lesnock, Platinum’s president and founder added, “This is an exceptional testament to the potency of the luxury auction process, and to the power of the purchase motivation it produces for even the most unique real estate assets.”

Villa Whydah received more than 105,000 website visitors and 141 bona fide buyer inquiries during the auction’s marketing period. The virtual bidding process lasted only 15-20 minutes, and included 4 bidders who were scattered throughout the United States.

“This is a huge sale for both St. Thomas and the broader USVI market,” stated Lee Steiner, cooperating listing broker and principal of USVI Sotheby’s International Realty. “Along with a number of other high-priced transactions this year, this auction sale demonstrates the strengthening luxury market in the USVIs. We’re already looking forward to the next auction with Platinum’s team.”

1_PLA_NML-Arial-Imaging.pngLesnock credited the sale’s success to his project management team, led by Pruitt and associate David Ashcroft, as well as to the owner’s faith in the auction process that allowed them to use enticing terms to sell the property. The firm also employed a unique marketing strategy, which included mailing a custom-designed scroll that displayed a property treasure map, nodding to Villa Whydah’s pirate decor.

Considered one of the finest Caribbean properties on the market, Villa Whydah consists of seven structures spanning more than 15,000 interior, and 4,000 exterior square feet. The structures include a main residence with an in-law suite, an outdoor entertainment complex, a stone gazebo, two guest cottages, a stone tower, and caretaker’s quarters with a 4-car garage. There are a total of 8 bedrooms, 9 full and 2 half bathrooms, in addition to 3 outdoor showers. Decor and furnishings offer pirate-themed accents throughout the home, including an office meant to resemble a captain’s chambers on a ship, and a “dungeon,” serving as storage space or a playroom. – See more at:

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This is Florida Coastal Living…

Overlooking a nature preserve offering unsurpassed tranquility, this spectacular custom-built Key West style home, located on prestigious Oceanview Drive in Tierra Verde’s exclusive West Shore community exudes coastal Florida living at its very finest. 23 Pool


Superb open floor plan offers total comfort, spacious living and attention to detail at every turn. Whether you are hosting an intimate dinner party or a large gathering, this home is an entertaining masterpiece, both indoors and out. Breathtaking living room with 2 story high coffered ceilings and gas fireplace.

Perfectly chilled custom wine room for up to 2,000 bottles with beautifully made bar area.


06 Wine CellarInviting gourmet kitchen with generous island, gas range, built-in refrigerator, eat in area, plus breakfast bar.

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Large formal dining room. First floor spacious master suite with reading nook, his and hers walk in closets, master bath with walk in shower and exquisite bath tub with marble surround, private office with custom-built in furniture, 2 half baths and laundry room.

Second floor quiet sitting area overlooking the living room, plus 3 more spacious bedrooms and 2 full baths. Elevator serving all 3 floors. Ground floor 3 car garage, plus over 3,500 sf of indoor space with potential to finish.


Spend hours outside, year round, in this wonderful oasis retreat with expansive first floor covered balcony and outdoor kitchen. Kayak and fish in the lake right from your backyard, exercise in the lap pool or simply relax in the heated jacuzzi, enjoying the serenity of the tropical landscaping and surrounding natural habitat.

Minutes from world renowned Ft. DeSoto Park, first class beaches, shops and restaurants, Tierra Verde is a fantastic waterfront community in which to live, play and relax, and while you will feel you are a world away, you are just a short commute to downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa International Airport. This magnificent property has it all. Contact me today to schedule your private showing.

Oceanview Drive, Tierra Verde, Florida presented by Coastal Properties Group International-Christie’s International Real Estate, 238 Beach Drive NE, St Petersburg, Florida

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Unit #2 is one of only 9 residences in a unique boutique condominium called  Butlerhouse.  This lovely 3 story historic building is listed  on the State Inventory and Local Register of Historic Landmark Sites, and was built entirely of heart of pine a hundred years ago, stationed where it  still  graces the  awesome natural dunes on the Gulf of Mexico in Pass-a-Grille.  It is located  within a rare 10 block stretch of relatively  private beachfront and among alleyways with no public parking.  This building was once the guest and staff quarters for the original Pass-a-Grille Hotel which fronted the dunes to the south, and once upon a time a man named Butler owned it. The name has stuck, and rarely is anyone ready to leave.

Price:  $499,000

107 26th Avenue, #2

Pass-a-Grille, Florida

  • West corner 1 Bedroom/1.1 Bath
  • Fine nautical theme
  • Updated, custom built-ins/granite
  • Furnished as needed
  • Beautiful storm resistant windows and doors
  • Wrap around decks

Unit2Kitchen looking west







Listing & Information provided by Joan H. Walker, Frank T. Hurley Associates, Inc., Realtors

This post is a good list to start with when purchasing a home near the water. Of course, you will have other concerns that are specific to your needs and the area in which you wish to purchase. Let me know if you would like more information. Thank so much. Annalisa

By Shannon Petrie,

Evaluate your lifestyle and needs to find that perfect place by the water.

With any home purchase, it’s important to figure out exactly what you want and need in a home to make smart decisions. But a waterfront home is not just any home. Special considerations need to be taken to ensure that your property will suit your lifestyle and let you enjoy the activities you love. Use this primer to help you get on the right track to buying your dream waterfront home.

Step 1: Determining Your Needs

“This is probably the most critical part of looking for waterfront property,” says Ramara Garrett, in Daytona Beach, Fla.

When potential waterfront homebuyers come to Garrett, the first step she takes is finding out how they want to use the property. “The most important thing is determining what their passions are, what they care about, and what their priorities are when it comes to waterfront living,” Garrett says. “From there, we can figure out what area they need to be in and focus in on specific properties.”

Start by asking yourself some questions to get a feel for your expectations of a waterfront property:

What types of activities do you enjoy?

This is a huge factor in choosing a waterfront property because you’ll want to choose a property that makes it easy for you to enjoy your favorite pastimes.

  • Boating. For avid boaters, the size of the boat becomes a crucial part of finding a waterfront property. “There are a lot of properties that you can’t put a large boat behind, or accessing that property is not feasible because of the river depth, oyster beds or tides,” Garrett says.
  • Fishing. Fishermen will want to stick to properties with easy access to the water. For a wider variety of fish, buyers should also look for deep bodies of water that support cold water fisheries.
  • Kayaking or canoeing. While large, active bodies of water are a good fit for many boaters, some buyers may be looking for a more intimate waterfront experience. “If they want to go kayaking and canoeing and commune with nature, they would hate being on a big, busy lake with jet skis and all that stuff,” says Tom Ferent, broker of Mr. Lakefront, which specializes in lakefront properties in Maine.

How often do you plan to be there?

Some properties aren’t meant for year-round use. In rural Maine, for instance, seasonal homes called “camps” are great from mid-spring to mid-fall, but often lack proper insulation, central heat or a year-round water source, making them unsuitable for winter use.

In Florida, Garrett finds that most buyers looking for a seasonal home prefer oceanfront homes over intercoastal homes. “It’s something they can bring their family to and enjoy as a family getaway,” Garrett says.

What other lifestyle needs do you have?

Besides allowing you to enjoy the activities you love, your waterfront property should meet any other needs you have as well. If you have medical needs, be sure your property is convenient to a hospital. If you travel often on business, limit your search to properties within an hour of an airport. This is a good way for families to find compromise: if one person loves the lake and another loves the ocean, buying a lakefront property near the ocean will make everyone happy.

Step 2: Scoping Out Properties

As with any other real estate purchase, the old adage holds true: location, location, location. After determining your needs in a waterfront home, it’s important to visit different areas and see what feels right to you.

“As much as owning a waterfront home is great, you’re still in a community, and you have to love the community as well,” Garrett says.

Once you focus on an area and start looking at specific properties, the most important thing to remember is to put your emphasis on the property rather than the house.

“If you’re buying a normal house, the real value is in the house, not the land,” Garrett says. “With waterfront properties, almost your entire value is in the land.”

Not all waterfront properties are equal; certain attributes make some waterfront properties more valuable than others. When helping clients shop for lakefront homes in Maine, Ferent ranks properties on a 50-point scale, giving a maximum 10-point value to each of five attributes he considers most important in lakefront homes:

  1. Sandy beach. A sandy beach equals a more pleasant lakefront experience for the whole family. “If they have young kids in the family, they want the toddlers playing in the sand,” Ferent says. “If they have seniors in the family, it’s easier to enter the water.” This is a rare quality of lakefront properties in Maine, making it especially valuable.
  2. View. This attribute lets you enjoy your waterfront property as you get older and become less active in the water. “It’s sure nice to be able to sit back in an Adirondack chair with a beer and look at the setting sun over the mountains,” Ferent says.
  3. Level lot. The flatter the lot the better; it makes access to the water easier. “Some lakefront lots are steep, and as we get older, it gets difficult to get up and down to the lake,” Ferent says, “All of a sudden they don’t want to go to the lake anymore because it’s difficult for them to get down to the water.”
  4. Proximity to water. Since 1990, all waterfront properties in Maine must be built at least 100 feet from the water, but homes that are closer to the water allow you to be closer to wildlife and to keep an eye on your kids from your home.
  5. Privacy. This often corresponds to the amount of lake frontage the property has. Some lakefront properties have as little as 50 feet of frontage, which offer very little privacy. “One hundred feet starts to give you some privacy, while 150-200 feet gives you wonderful privacy from your neighbors,” Ferent says.

Very few properties earn a perfect score on the scale, Ferent says, but homebuyers should seriously consider properties that rank high in these five attributes.

Depending on the area and the type of waterfront property you buy, other issues will present themselves in your search. In rural areas, for instance, you’ll have to make sure you have access to utilities, roads and an adequate septic system. Don’t just assume these things will be available. For oceanfront properties, it’s often best to buy a property that already has a seawall and a dock, as obtaining permission to build these structures can be difficult.

With all of the considerations that go into buying a waterfront home, having a real estate agent who specializes in waterfront properties in your area is crucial. Your agent can help you sort through the complex issues and get you on the right track to finding the right waterfront home.

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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