EDGE District Designated Florida Main Street Program of the Month

EDGE DistrictSecretary of State Ken Detzner announced yesterday that EDGE District Main Street in St. Petersburg has been designated the May 2018 Florida Main Street Community of the Month. Communities are selected based on their development achievements and participation in the Florida Main Street Program.

“The EDGE District has made a big impact in the four years it has been a Main Street program,” said Secretary Detzner. “Their Main Street team has worked hard to preserve the community’s history and to create a vibrant district with a variety of retail, restaurants and activities.”

Since its designation in 2014, the EDGE District has received eight awards for outstanding programs, business and volunteers.

EDGE is an acronym for “Entertainment, Dining, Galleries and shops, Etcetera.” Nestled between First Avenue North and Central, from MLK to 16th Street, the district encompasses about nine blocks. An area once almost deserted has now become a place with dozens of active businesses ranging from galleries and shops to restaurants and bars.

Read the full press release here

Active communities are chosen on a monthly basis based on their developmental achievements and participation in thFlorida Main Street Program.

Neighborly Downtown St Petersburg

Vinoy Club Near Downtown St Petersburg

By Nick Stubbs, Tampa Bay Times:  If you like what big cities have to offer but value quiet, friendly and neighborly communities, then the downtown area of St. Petersburg may have it all.

The city, founded in 1888, is famous for surprising people with its art culture, abundance of historic homes, brick streets, hexagon- paved sidewalks, decorative iron street lamps, and shady oaks. Many of the neighborhoods are a short walk from downtown and are on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. They are easily identified by the word “historic” preceding their names. Their charm and character have wooed many.

A little farther from the downtown hub, but still in biking distance, are neighborhoods like Magnolia Heights and Snell Isle to the north, where many of the homes were built between the 1950s and 1970s. To the souththere’s Bartlett Park, Harbordale and Cromwell Heights, with a mix of mostly older homes. These outliers are nearly asaccessible to downtown, thanks to networks of sidewalks and biking trails. In all directions there are many small studios, larger apartments and condos for rent for those not ready to make the plunge into ownership.

All offer an eclectic city lifestyle without the drawbacks associated with big cities, said Chris Steinocher, president and CEO of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. It has all the amenities and cultural draws of a big city, but “it works because its scale is not intimidating.” “We are blessed,” he said, adding that St. Petersburg is the ‘largest little city on Earth.”

Steinocher lives in the historic Crescent Lake community just north of downtown. To the east is the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood, established in 1911; to the west is Euclid Place-St. Paul’s, a historic district nearly as old.

What’s great about these neighborhoods is that each has a local park or public green space, and everything downtown has to offer is within biking or walking distance. Steinocher said it’s the reason the area is drawing so many younger residents.

“It’s unlike anything you’ll find anywhere in Florida,” Steinocher said. “It’s a place where you can divorce your car; it’s pedestrian- safe and bike-friendly.”

Katie Shotts, chief operating officer of the Pinellas Realtor Organization, agrees. She bought a home in Shore Acres north of downtown. She can’t part with her car because she works in Clearwater, but gets to downtown St. Pete by the bike route through Snell Isle and merges onto Beach Drive heading south.

Shotts did a lot of research to whittle her dream community down to St. Pete. “I run, bike and swim and this area is extremely pedestrian friendly,” she said. “There’s always a lot of people out (walking or biking) and there is a lot of respect for pedestrians among drivers.”

But there is a lot more about living near downtown that helped close the deal, said Shotts. “It’s a strong community with people who really care about their neighborhoods—people who care about their quality of life,” she said. Socializing with fellow walkers and bikers brings people together, Shotts said, but in addition to all the people to see, there are places to go—plenty of them.

Steinocher notes that the city has six museums, hosts the largest Salvador Dali collection outside Europe and is home tothe Florida Orchestra and Mahaffey Theater. It also is home to the Tampa Bay Rays MLB team and the Tkmpa Bay Rowdies soccer team, and SunkenGardens. Artists are drawn to the “Burg” forits architecture, its “scene” and its scenery.Downtown buildings themselves are art canvases adorned with murals; there’s avibrant nightlife; and

the downtown region is overflowing with microbreweries, restaurants and shops. Some 1,000 events are held every year, drawing as many as 10 million visitors.

Many residents are former visitors who discovered the charm of the downtown area. Some of those areas include:

• Historic Roser Park is just south of downtown. Founded in 1911 by Charles Roser, inventor of the Fig Newton, upon entering the enclave one is transported to another world of rolling hills that emerge like magic from the surrounding flat topography.

• Old Southeast was officially established in the 1950s and has some 1,300 residents. It surrounds picturesque Lassing Park on Tampa Bay.

• Historic Kenwood is a 375acre neighborhood and an artists’ enclave with ornamental street lights and Craftsman bungalows dating from 1913. Many of them have been highlighted in the community’s annual Bungalow Fest.

• The Round Lake Historic District is six blocks west of Vinoy Park. With its 1,000 historic buildings, it was named a U.S. historical district in 2003.

Many other neighborhoods, newer and older, surround downtown. Buyers and renters can expect most single-family homes to date anywhere from around the turn of the century to the 1970s or ’80s. There are limited numbers of new homes and townhomes on the market at any given time, along with newer condos and apartments.

The bad news for buyers? Downtown-area residents are settled into their “forever homes” and availability can be a problem, said Brad Billings, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in St. Pete. “The biggest problem is there just isn’t enough inventory,” he said. “Downtown is exciting and vibrant; those already here don’t want to leave, but buyers keep coming.”

Buyers need to be preapproved, know what they want and be able to pounce when they find it, said Billings. Be prepared for potentially protracted house hunting, he warned. One of his clients is renting while searching for a home, even though it could mean having to pay a penalty for breaking a rental lease when the right home comes along. Another client waited two days to think about a deal and lost out.

The market will likely soften for sellers going forward, and there are a couple of new townhome developments in the works, Billings adds. There also are opportunities to buy older homes that can be approved for demolition to build a new house. He advises working with a Realtor to ensure access to the newest listings, and discourages snoozing.

“Move quickly” when you find what you like, he said. Right now, “the days of thinking about it overnight are over” when it comes to the “hot” downtown St. Petersburg market.

via Tampa Bay Times’ correspondent Nick Stubbs 

Movin’ On Up To A High Rise?

High Rise Living… Have You Thought About Transitioning From Your Single Family Home? 

High-Rise Lifestyle

Urbanization has been a dominant force in U.S. real estate over the past decade, with cities, such as our own St. Petersburg, seeing an influx of residents transitioning from a detached home to a high rise.

For example, Washington, D.C has added more than 100,000 people since 1998 and San Francisco has gained 45,000 residents since 2010. In Miami, the downtown population has grown by nearly 50,000 since 2000 – a 100 percent increase.

While conventional wisdom tells us urban areas are swelling as working professionals prioritize factors like location and access to jobs over the sheer size of their home, city living is also appealing to retirees and empty nesters. In a recent study conducted by the AARP, half of adults age 45 or older said living in a walkable area was important to them during retirement. With land in metro areas becoming scarce, developers are taking to the skies to meet housing demand in urban neighborhoods – especially when it comes to catering to buyers age 50 and up, which are projected to control 70 percent of the nation’s disposable wealth by next year.

The skylines of major cities across the country are welcoming new cranes at a fast clip, leaving homebuyers with a dizzying array of options when it comes to choosing a high rise condominium or apartment. That’s good news for buyers and renters, but any search for a new home should begin with a clear list of priorities that will help cut through the clutter.

Here are 5 factors to consider when weighing a move to a high-rise.

1. Think about what’s outside your front door: Life in a high rise is often a trade-off: what you give up in private space, you gain in amenities and access. Many residents improve their quality of life by treating the surrounding neighborhood as an extension of their home. In places like Miami’s Coconut Grove, that means living within walking distance of parks, cafes, bookstores, museums and the city’s top public and private schools.

2. Crunch the numbers: Moving into a high-rise can mean reducing the budget (and stress) that comes with maintaining a home. Gone are the days of mowing the lawn, cleaning the pool, shoveling snow, and hiring a house sitter during your next vacation. While homeowners association fees, taxes, and insurance can add-up, most residents experience lower maintenance and utilities costs in a high-rise versus a house. Be sure to create a budget before buying.

3. The latest technology: Since retrofitting a high rise tower with new technology is often cost-prohibitive, residents should seek out buildings equipped with the latest advances when it comes to energy efficiency, wiring, and construction materials. Take electric cars, for example. They may not be everywhere today, but they’re expected to account for up to 35 percent of all new car sales by 2040. Forward-looking developers are planning their building garages to accommodate this shift, and savvy buyers are following their lead.

4. Services and staff: All high-rise buildings are made of glass, steel and concrete. What sets one building apart from another comes down to the services offered on-site and the people who deliver them. Amenities like pet spas, private dining rooms, wine cellars, manicured gardens, direct beach access, rooftop decks and premium fitness centers can mean the difference between a best-in-class building that gains value over time, and a run-of-the-mill building that’s little more than a commodity.

5. Creature comforts: The urbanization phenomenon has taken the country by storm over the past decade, meaning today’s homebuyers are more likely to have grown up in a suburban home. Rest assured, moving into an apartment or condo doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing the elements that make a home feel like ‘home.’ Many developers are introducing high ceilings, expansive floor plans, outdoor green spaces and even private garages in an effort to win over buyers accustomed to large, spread-out homes.

In addition to these factors, advances in architecture and construction are also dramatically improving the way developers design and build their projects. Factor in the lifestyle advantages found in many urban neighborhoods – including a tight-knit sense of community that converts strangers into neighbors – and you begin to see how high rise living can mean heightened quality of life and added convenience.

Contributed to Forbes magazine by David Martin

Historic St Petersburg Neighborhoods

Pink streets and red brick roads, towering oak and palm canopies, an Indian burial ground and a flowing creek are just some of the surprising features of these St Petersburg neighborhoods that charm residents and visitors alike.

Meet some of the residents and enjoy the history, beauty and uniqueness of the Pink Streets, Driftwood and Roser Park neighborhoods.

Enjoy this terrific video.


via www.VisitStPeteClearwater.com 


New Construction: 646 34th Ave N St Petersburg, FL 33704

Beautiful New Construction in Northeast St Petersburg, designed by nationally renowned architect, Sharp Design Studio

646 34th Ave N St Petersburg Fl 33701This brand new 4 bedroom, 3 bath two-story Coastal-Craftsman style home, with a front porch, has 10’ ceilings with 8’ doors and hardwood floors on the 1st floor.

2,920 AC/SF (4,125 SF Total Under Roof)  


The 1st floor of this spacious home has a Great Room with Open Kitchen and Walk-in Butler’s Pantry, Dining Room, Bedroom/Den and Full Bath. The 2nd floor houses an oversized Master Suite, two additional bedrooms, a bonus/flex room with balcony, large laundry room and secondary bath with dual vanities.

Sound proofing between bedrooms and floors.  Energy efficient low E windows.  The open kitchen has stainless steel GE ENERGY STAR® appliances, gas cooktop, shaker stained cabinetry with 42” uppers and granite countertops.  Ceiling fans are throughout and the home is pre-wired for alarm and speakers.  Dimmer light switches.  HVAC with heat pump and programmable thermostat.  Tankless water heater.

646 34th Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33704 - BURG 2 Coastal-Craftsman Floor Plan - New ConstructionDetached 2 ½ car garage with alley access and a covered breezeway to home. Sodded and landscaped homesite with a zoned and metered irrigation system.

The home is located in a Non Flood Zone, minutes from downtown and seconds from the shops, grocery stores and restaurants along 4th and 9th Streets N.

MLS #U7758921

For additional information and photos, please click here or call 727-580-4143

646 34th Avenue N., St Petersburg, FL 33704


New Coastal-Craftsman Home In NE St Petersburg


PrintDesigned by nationally renowned Sharp Design Studio, this 4 bedroom, 3 bath two-story Coastal-Craftsman style home, with a front porch, has 10’ ceilings with 8’ doors on the 1st floor and 9’ ceilings on the 2nd floor.

2,920 AC/SF (4,125 SF Total Under Roof)

The 1st floor has a Great Room with Open Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry, Dining Room, Bedroom/Den and Full Bath.  The 2nd floor houses an oversized Master Suite, 2 add’l bedrooms, a bonus/flex room with balcony, laundry room and bath with dual vanities. Sound proofing between bedrooms and floors; energy efficient windows; large open kitchen with stainless steel GE ENERGY STAR® appliances; gas cooktop; shaker stained cabinetry with 42” uppers; granite countertops throughout; pre-wired for ceiling fixtures, alarm and speakers; HVAC with programmable thermostat and a gas tankless water heater.

Burg 2 Coastal-Craftsman Floorplan

Detached 2 ½ car garage with alley access and a covered breezeway to home. Sodded and landscaped homesite with sprinkler system. Anticipated completion is early January, 2016.  Located only minutes from downtown and seconds from the shops, grocery stores and restaurants along 4th and 9th Streets N.

For additional information, please click here or call 727-580-4143

646 34th Avenue N., St Petersburg, FL 33704

Welcome Home To Historic Kenwood

Located just west of downtown St. Petersburg, Historic Kenwood is a charming neighborhood filled with historic bungalows and tree-lined brick streets, where residents enthusiastically embrace the arts, and actively cultivate an authentic, friendly culture where people are welcoming, diverse, and engaged.

Historic KenwoodThe neighborhood association actively promotes a wide range of activities aimed at making Historic Kenwood a better and better place to live and work.

The Kenwood Historic District is a 375-acre residential area best known for its historic bungalows with architecture typical of St. Petersburg in the 1920s through the 1950s. A housing survey completed in 1995 identified 1104 structures in Historic Kenwood. Of these, 95% are considered contributing structures to their official entry in the National Registry of Historic Places. Although almost 100 years have passed since the original development of Historic Kenwood, very few homes have been destroyed and most renovations have kept the architectural integrity of the original structures intact.

A Historic Kenwood Christmas

The neighborhood is greatly enriched by the artists who live, work, and sell their wares here. Here you’ll find galleries and working studios in the Grand Central District on on the southern border. Throughout Historic Kenwood, you’ll find painters, potters, quilters, jazz musicians, opera singers, concert pianists, writers, poets, dancers, and many others living in our midst. This is a more vibrant, creative community because it embraces the arts and their artists. In Oct. 2014, they became an Artist Enclave Overlay District, in which artists benefit by being able to work, teach, and sell their wares in home studios.

We would love to help you find the perfect home in this wonderful neighborhood.  Please give us a call… 727-895-6200.

Information and photos via http://www.historickenwood.org 

New Construction In Northeast St Petersburg

NEW Construction Listing in NE St Pete… Completion Anticipated by Early January.

BURG Development, LLC, St Petersburg, FLDesigned by nationally renowned architectural firm Sharp Design Studio, this 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath with Bonus Room home includes a large front porch and a covered Breezeway leading to an Oversized 2-Car Detached Garage.

2,791AC/SF (3,916SF Total)

NEW CONSTRUCTION: First floor has a Great Room with Open Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry, Dining Room, Bedroom/Den and Full Bath. The 2nd floor houses an oversized Master Suite, two add’l bedrooms, a bonus/flex room, laundry room and bath with dual vanities.

BURG 1 Craftsman FloorplanSound proofing between bedrooms and floors; energy efficient windows; large open kitchen with stainless steel GE ENERGY STAR appliances; gas cooktop; shaker stained cabinetry with 42″ uppers; granite countertops throughout; pre-wired for ceiling fixtures, alarm and speakers; HVAC with programmable thermostat and a gas tankless water heater.

Detached 2 1/2 car garage with alley access and a covered breezeway to home. Sodded and landscaped homesite with sprinkler system. Anticipated completion is early January, 2016. Minutes from downtown and seconds from the shops, grocery stores and restaurants along 4th St. and 9th St.

Please give Steve McAuliffe a call if you want to take a peek. 727-580-4143.

If you’d like additional information. please click here.

Welcome To Our Neighborhood: Driftwood

Driftwood Neighborhood

The Driftwood Neighborhood on the northern edge of St Petersburg’s Big Bayou provides history and a hidden creative community for residents.

Driftwood is a neighborhood that draws like-minded creative types: artists and teachers, writers and poets, actors and theater people.

There were 19 original homes built in the 1930s in the enclave surrounding the Mullet Farm, which was built in 1910 by shipbuilder Barney Williams, who was the son of John Williams, a co-founder of St. Petersburg and namesake of Williams Park.

Big BayouDriftwood’s colorful past makes it all that much more appealing to its bohemian residents. It was once a landing site for bootleggers smuggling in alcohol during Prohibition. It also claims the distinction, detailed in a historic marker, of being the only site in Pinellas County that was fired upon during the Civil War.

All sorts of artifacts have been unearthed in Driftwood. A shell fort believed to have been used by American Indians. A Civil War cannonball. An old rosary box. Prehistoric stone tools and arrowheads. Items continue to be found in periodic archaeological digs in the neighborhood.

Driftwood NeighborhoodThe arching Driftwood sign sits at the main entrance of the neighborhood off First Street SE, about a block beyond is a wooden gate that displays a “No Trespassing” sign. Beyond the gate is a short, canopied path leading to a wooden landing at the Big Bayou water’s edge. From the lawn chairs scattered about on it, one could see across the bayou to Coquina Key and beyond the inlet, the expanse of Tampa Bay.

The path and the view at the end of it are communal property, giving all residents a bit of “waterfront property” on this little tropical slice of heaven.

Partial Edited Reprint from Tampa Bay Times. Patti Ewald is a freelance journalist living in Gulfport. Contact her at pagewald@hotmail.com.


St. Petersburg Rocks!


St Petersburg's Fun Facts

St.Petersburg is gaining more and more traction as one of the most popular mid-sized cities in the U.S. From corporate relocations and multi-family development to arts to craft beers and trendy dining. Here are some April articles/posts singing the Burg’s accolades.

To begin, here are 50 cool facts you probably didn’t know about St. Petersburg…

St Petersburg is a Hip DestinationSt. Pete gaining global fame as a hip destination.  According to a British newspaper, “Miami now has a rival for the finer things.”  St. Petersburg, Fla. — not Russia — made The New York Times list of 52 destinations in the world to see in 2014, ranking the city among exotic and famed urban centers such as Dubai and Athens.  “The Sunshine City” has reinvented its reputation.


St. Petersburg HipstersHipsters take over St. Petersburg ~The Globe & Mail. In the past few years, though, the arts scene in St. Petersburg has become rather hip, and there is a proliferation of new art happenings and events that are helping redefine the city – and bringing in a fun, young vibe. In St. Petersburg’s old industrial area, artists and craftspeople have set up work spaces, and consequently the area has been relabelled the Warehouse Arts District. Because looking at art is thirsty work, you’ll be glad to know that the craft beer scene in St. Petersburg is growing.


St Petersburg Will Have 2 Downtown Grocery StoresA downtown capable of hosting two full-blown grocery stores is ample proof that St. Petersburg’s urban core has hit a critical mass in the eyes of a supermarket industry that thinks long and hard before opening new stores.