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Madeira Beach Mario's Ristorante Italiano

We've seen Mario's many times on our way to and from Madeira Beach. It had pretty good reviews, so we stopped in for dinner one night on our way to the beach.

We don’t really like being food critics but want to be candid about our experience, so here goes …

Is it a cozy little place with limited seating, warm and inviting. But, unfortunately, our meals were disappointing. The soup was pretty good, but the salad was nothing special. To us, the salad dressing was too strong with too much vinegar. The bread was okay but seemed more like a mass-produced bakery good than something made in-house. 

The main entrees were the biggest disappointment. I had spaghetti with marinara sauce and Italian sausage. Cindy had spaghetti carbonara. The Italian sausage was very bland and had almost no flavor. Cindy's carbonara was very runny and did not have a traditional rich cream and cheese sauce.

It may be too far to go if you're in Madeira, but we must prefer Caesars in Clearwater Beach or Forlini's in the heart of Clearwater Beach. 

I guess we'll have to try out some other talion places closer to Madeira Beach :-) 

Below are some images from our visit.

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Alligator Near Pond In St Petersburg

This alligator was spotted sunning on one of the ponds of Terrace Park At Five Towns.

We took this with a telephoto lens so the gator looks a bit scarier than he really was. The Florida Fish And Game commission is great about coming and getting any big alligators that would pose a significant threat.

See all the 55+ condos for sale at Five Towns in our 55+ section.

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Rick's Reef Restaurant - St Pete Beach Florida

We went to Rick's Reef Restaurant here in St Pete Beach Florida the other evening and I just wanted to share with you some scenes from the restaurant and why you might want to try this wonderful St Pete Beach restaurant!

Please give me a call at 727-291-4164 if I can answer any questions or help you with any of your real estate needs :-)

Jami

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Alligator Sighting At Terrace Park of Five Towns In St Petersburg

We caught this little guy via a long telephoto lens getting some sun at Terrace Park at Five Towns Condos in St Petersburg, FL. It is always amazing to see one of these out in nature.

We don't see many of these, and if they are large, the Fish & Game commission re-locates them to an environment that is safer for all of us :-)

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Price Trends - Beachfront Condos For Sale In Florida 2021

People often ask us to compare the markets compare for beachfront condos for sale in Florida.

So we pulled market numbers for beachfront condo sales for Florida Gulf Coast condos sold in 2021 for three popular markets: Clearwater Beach, St Pete Beach, Longboat Key, and Siesta Key. All of these areas have beautiful oceanfront condos for sale in Florida.

Below are the unit sales for beachfront condos in each market. As you can see on the top line of the graph, Longboat Key consistently has the most sales of beachfront condos for any beach in the nearby area.

Florida Beachfront Condos Sales Trends For 2021

Based on ten-year data, Longboat Key consistently had the highest number of beachfront condo sales followed by Siesta Key. Clearwater Beach and St Pete...

Awarded Coastal Properties Group 2021 Chairman's Club

We are very proud to have been awarded the Coastal Properties Group Chairman's Award for 2021. Coastal gives this award to its top real estate agents annually.

Given that Coastal is an invitation-only brokerage, with some of the most experienced real estate agents in the County, we feel really honored to have earned this award.

We are so grateful for the wonderful agents on our team whose hard work helped us achieve this award. They are true professionals, great people, and are such a joy to work with :-)

Thanks also to all of our customers for helping us have achieved this award! 

Rich & Cindy

Coastal Properties Group Chairman's Award 2021

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The New Art House Condo Building Is Coming to Downtown St Pete

Now Taking Contracts!

Downtown St. Pete is growing again! The Kotler group is building another beautiful highrise in downtown St. Pete. After their successful condo projects at ONE St.Petersburg and Saltaire - the dynamo development group is wasting no time adding to the downtown skyline. Art House is coming to 200 Central Avenue and is expected to be complete at the end of 2024.

ART House Condo Proposed Location

The building will be 42-stories tall and have 244 luxurious residential condo units, along with ground-floor retail space. There will be two and three-bedroom condos ranging from 1,380 and 2,637 square feet and amazing amenities for its residents.

Art House is offering eight different floor plans with modern and open design concepts. All are complete with top-of-the-line appliances and floor-to-ceiling windows. The 9th floor “Cloud 9” amenities deck will help residents live the life of luxury with its resort-style pool and spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga studio, gaming lounge, catering kitchen, and even a massage/spa room.

Condos in this highly anticipated building are now starting at $800K’s and are sure to get reserved up quickly. Art House is now accepting contracts and there is no time to waste if you want to get in this beautiful building at pre-construction pricing.

Reach out if you’d...

Market Update For St Pete Beach Condos 2021

Overview

Jami McAfee Our St Pete Beach ExpertAs was the case in a lot of our Gulf Coast markets, 2021 was a record-breaking year for St Pete Beach condo sales. There were 321 condo sales for St Pete beach in 2021 at an average price of over $470,000. This was the most active year in the last 10 years. Below is an overview of what we think are the important aspects of what happened in the St Pete Beach market. In our summary at the end, we also attempt to give you an idea of what this might mean to you as a condo buyer.

Number of Sales

There were a record-breaking 321 condo sales in St Pete Beach in 2021. This is 40% higher than the prior 9-year average of 228 condos sold per year. This is 15% higher than 2020 when 280 condos were so sold. There has been much discussion about the extremely low inventory of condos in our area which is absolutely true. But as you can see from the graph the low inventory is a function of extremely high buyer demand not lack of sellers.
Number of Sales For St Pete Beach Condos By Year

Average Sale Price By Year

The average sale price for a condo on St Pete Beach has risen dramatically from about $266,000 in 2012 to over $470,000 in 2021. This represents over a 6% annual compounded increase in condo prices over the past 10 years. As you can see on the graph, recent increases in price are more dramatic than ever....

Clearwater Beach Condos Market Update 2021

Overview

2021 was a record-breaking year for Clearwater beach condo sales. With 246 sales for an average price of over $800,000, this was the most active year in recent history. Below we go over some of the most important details of what happened in the Clearwater Beach market and attempt to give you an idea of what this might mean to you as a condo buyer. 

Number of Sales

There were an amazing 246 condo sales in Clearwater Beach in 2021. This is 50% higher than the 10-year average of 160 condos sold per year. The next highest sales year in recent history is back in 2017 when 188 condos were so sold. There has been much discussion about the extremely low inventory of condos in our area which is absolutely true. but as you can see from the graph the low inventory is a function of extremely high buyer demand not lack of sellers.
Clearwater Beach Condo Sales By Year (2021)

Average Sale Price By Year

The average sale price for a condo on Clearwater Beach has risen dramatically from about $400,000 in 2012 to over $800,000 in 2021. This represents over a 7% annual compounded increase in condo prices over the past 10 years. As you can see on the graph, recent increases in price are more dramatic than ever.

One of the implications of this dramatic rise in prices is that Competitive Market Assessments that base offers only on “comparable” sales are not really really good tools to make offers in this market. This kind of analysis...

New St Pete Pier 2021

Hello. I’m Morgan Preston - and I’m a Realtor with Coastal Properties Group and the My Florida Coastal Team. I specialize in the vibrant Downtown St Pete area - here in Sunny Florida. If you haven’t visited this gem of a city yet - I highly recommend you plan a trip. I am confident you’ll fall in love with this beautiful social city - just as I did. One of the most popular attractions and must-see stops I recommend visting is The Downtown St Pete Pier! This beautiful 26-acre waterfront masterpiece is packed full of entertainment and delicious restaurants. Along with its breathtaking views of Tampa Bay and the St Pete city skyline - the pier is complete with a splash pad, discovery center, marketplace, beach, and 6 different restaurants. It truly is a go-to spot for both locals and tourists alike.

Pier Location

The entrance of the pier is located at the intersection of Bayshore Dr and 2nd Ave N in downtown St Pete. You can find paid parking on the pier itself or along the surrounding waterfront.

First Stop - Restaurants!

Frescos Waterfront Bistro

At the entrance of the pier is one of my favorite restaurants - Frescos Waterfront Bistro. They have a delicious menu focusing on Italian and Seafood dishes - with a bit of a cajun/creole twist. Frescos has a Pet-friendly waterfront dining deck and even a few boat slips reserved for guests. So just pull up by water and enjoy a drink at one of their bars or stay on your boat and enjoy dockside service.

Hops and Props

Across the way from Frescos is another great stop for food and drinks. Hops and Props! This quaint...

New Listing - Tour of Cove Cay Village Condo 4A in Clearwater FL

This is 800 Cove Cay Drive unit 4A. It's a three-bedroom, two-bath condo in the community of Cove Cay Village III.

It's a golf course community, it is public, you don't have to join, but you are welcome to use it for extra fees. They have a clubhouse, dining area, marina, lots of amenities, couple of pools.

This is the master bedroom. Again, with the nice pretty view of the golf course. Laminate floors, tile in the bathroom, shower.

The condo fees here are 385 a month. They do allow cats, but no dogs.

You have a washer and dryer. The second bath is also updated. AC was done in 2017. Second bedroom. And the laminate flooring. And this is your third bedroom, end unit, so you have extra windows, beautiful views out of all the windows, extra closet storage space. Again, 800 Cove Cay Drive, unit 4A.

For more information about Cove Cay
or other popular Clearwater Condos,
call (727) 619-2799 and ask for Michele.

See all the Clearwater Condos for sale at:
https://www.mygulfcoastproperty.com/clearwater-condos/

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VIDEO UPDATE - Clearwater Beach Condo Sales - First Six Months 2021

Are you interested in buying a Clearwater Beach condo and wondering what is going on in the market? What are the pricing trends? Are sellers negotiating on low offers? What is the difference in cost between a 2 bedroom condo and a 3 bedroom? How much can I save by getting a waterfront condo instead of a beachfront condo?

Learn the answers to these and other questions in the video below.

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Thai Star Sushi Madeira Beach

When we were staying at the Madeira Towers, we went to a Thai Star Sushi and got some takeout and it was just fabulous. So we want to tell you a little bit about this Madeira Beach restaurant. Keep reading, or watch the video below.

Thai Star is located on Gulf Boulevard, just north of where the Tom Stuart Causeway comes onto the beach. So it's a very convenient place to get to. 

It's in a little shopping center. It's just a few blocks north of the Ocean Sands condos which are at the end of Tom Stuart Causeway. And it's right across the street from the Sereno Condo, literally right across the street. And it's just south of Madeira Towers. 

It's a small cozy place and it's nicely appointed. It doesn't seat a lot of people. That's one of the reasons we did take out that night. There's also a small bar area to the left, where you can have a drink or you can eat if you're by yourself. 

It's got a great selection of beer and wine to choose from. And it's got a nice Thai menu, pretty full, and it's also got daily specials. All in all it's just a great place to eat. We really enjoy the food there. 

Please give us a call at 619-2799 if you need help with real estate or if you just have questions about the area.

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Recent Condo Sales - St Pete Beach

Below are the condo sales on St Pete Beach for the past 3 months for all real estate brokers on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

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Recent Condo Sales - Clearwater Beach

Below are the condo sales on Clearwater Beach for the past 3 months for all real estate brokers on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

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