Real Estate Musings from St Pete, Florida

Real Estate Agent - Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International
Information on Real Estate, Properties, Traditions, Neighborhoods, Market Activity and other items of interest in the Tampa Bay area (St Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Bradenton) and the Gulf Beaches, Florida.



Each night when I drive past this section of the Grand Prix racetrack (not blocked off) I'm tempted to step on the gas and race away ... but I don't. Some of our downtown streets and part of our downtown airport become the Grand Prix racetrack each year. The first weekend in April is this year's ...
Since a potential buyer contacted me today for available listings in Bayfront Tower, it seems an appropriate time to do a Market Update for Bayfront Tower condominium in downtown St Petersburg Florida There are currently 9 active listings in Bayfront Tower, ranging from $299,900 for a 1 bedroom u...
Market Update for Broadwater waterfront homes as of March 21, 2009 Broadwater waterfront home sales have been slow so far this year - in the first quarter there has been only one sale, a bank owned property that was listed at $350,000 and sold at $275,000. Prices are stimulating activity, though ...
Elizabeth Anyaa is a talented and charming woman who has won the Fashion Group International Award. Tami and I visited her studio in Dallas while brainstorming with the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. Anyaa grew up in Sierra Leone and Ghana, and studied textile design at The Rovaniemi Instit...
  Of course neighbors aren't happy about foreclosures because of the prices, but they also don't like properties that are vacant, abandoned, and not taken care of. This is the pool behind a beautifully renovated waterfront home. Fortunately the lender has secured the pool so that children won't ...
Every year Broadwater, a waterfront neighborhood in southwest St Petersburg Florida, has a neighborhood garage sale. It usually generates a lot of traffic because there are so many homes with things set out to sell. It starts at 8, but of course people start arriving between 6 and 7.  Today was B...
With the window lettering now done, we're ready for our Grand Opening of ALVA International, our new real estate company on Friday, March 27th, here in downtown St Petersburg Florida. "What does ALVA mean?" is a question we're often asked. ALVA is my maternal grandmother, Alva Swanson Lagerberg, ...
This view of Playa Hermosa is very similar to the view from a condo I crave in Playa Panama in the Guanacaste region (north Pacific coast) of Costa Rica. When I was there in January, Mike Simons told me - no, showed me - all that's happening in this region of Costa Rica. We hear that prices are d...
Michael Cannell of Fast Company write an article entitled, Suburbia R.I.P. Though his vision of subdivisions as "ghost towns patrolled by squatters and looters" seems extreme, there is food for thought in the massive overbuilding in some states, where subdivision after subdivision gets further an...
A year ago a waterfront pool home in the Broadwater neighborhood in St Petersburg was listed for $809,000. It wasn't large at 1,900 sq ft, but it was beautifully renovated - custom cabinetry, granite, Tuscan style. From the circular paver driveway to the private, lush pool area, this was a beauty...

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