Waterfront home in Westshore’s Beach Park Isles sold for nearly $3 million

The recent sale of a waterfront home in Westshore’s Beach Park Isles neighborhood illustrates the urgency in Tampa’s luxury housing market.

A home on Beach Park Isles sold for $2.7 million on April 3, according to a Hillsborough County deed filed Friday. The seller, Christina Lavery, paid $2.025 million for the home in 2012. The buyer was Craig Turnbull.

The property was on the market for 10 days before it went under contract, said Stephen Gay, an agent with Smith & Associates who had listed the… …read more

Jeff Vinik’s C-suite blends new blood and Tampa’s old guard

It’s nearly dusk as Jim Shimberg walks onto the riverfront lawn at Ulele, where hundreds of people are congregating to celebrate Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s re-election. Shimberg can’t take more than a few steps without shaking another hand, greeting another familiar face.

They’re real estate developers, attorneys, political connections, family friends: These are relationships that span decades, bolstered by a father and uncle who were prominent developers in Tampa.

This is the network that landed… …read more

A miniature city in the heart of suburban St. Pete

Darryl LeClair wanted to build it, but they didn’t come. LeClair, chairman of Echelon LLC, in 2012 proposed land in St. Petersburg’s Carillon Park as a site for a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium.

The Rays never engaged with Echelon. As the real estate market improves, Echelon feels now is the time to pursue a massive-mixed use development on the site.

The first phase of the project is slated to break ground this fall, a 14-story apartment tower with 198 units and 16,000 square feet of retail space. …read more

Longboat Key estate known as Bayside Villa, complete with 14-car garage, sold

A bayfront mansion on the Manatee County side of Longboat Key has been sold.

The estate, known as Bayside Villa, sold to an undisclosed buyer for $3.25 million, Michael Saunders & Co. said Wednesday. The seller, according to Manatee County property records, was Irene Pompliano.

Richard Perlman, an agent with the Longboat Key South office of Michael Saunders & Co., had the property listing. Kary Andrew of Bayshore Real Estate represented the buyer.

The house at 5030 Gulf of Mexico Drive includes… …read more

Carillon developer shares more details on behemoth plan: ‘We’re building another city’

The nearly 3-million-square-foot development Echelon LLC is planning in Carillon Park is designed as a miniature city in the heart of suburban St. Petersburg.

The buildings proposed for on the 16.5-acre site maximize the available land with dense, urban buildings — 20-story office towers and apartment towers atop parking decks with street-level retail. Echelon City Center, as the project is named, will commence this fall with the construction of a 14-story apartment tower near the Publix Super… …read more

Buckhorn: TECO Line Streetcar, regional transit a priority for second term

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will continue to trumpet mass transit as a necessity for the Bay region in his second term.

Inaugurated Wednesday in a ceremony at the Tampa Convention Center, Buckhorn said the city will “transform the streetcar into a real means of transportation for residents and visitors.”

“Our investment in the streetcar is only one step forward,” he said. “We need more choices, walkable streets, more bike lanes, rail to the airport, job centers and eventually to St. Petersburg.”

Buckhorn… …read more

Lawyers on the Move: Jonathan H. Bernhardt

Jonathan H. Bernhardt

May 7, 2014

New hire

Employer: Blalock Walters PA

Position: Attorney

Summary: Bernhardt joined the firm’s real estate law services group in Bradenton where he will serve clients as counsel in commercial and residential real estate transactions, as well as commercial leasing.

This is part of the Lawyers & CPAs on the Move section featuring new hires and promotions in 2014. …read more

Former HUD secretaries want to help more senior citizens live at home

Two former HUD secretaries are leading a Bipartisan Policy Center task force that will look at how meeting the housing needs of senior citizens can also reduce health care costs.

Henry Cisneros led the Department of Housing and Urban Development during former President Bill Clinton’s administration. Mel Martinez was HUD secretary during former President George W. Bush’s administration. Cisneros is a Democrat, and Martinez is a Republican, but both agree on the need to help more senior citizens… …read more

Good spring ahead for housing? Pending home sales up 3% in February

More good news for the housing market: Pending home sales increased 3.1 percent in February to their highest level in 20 months.

A National Association of Realtors’ index based on contract signings rose to 106.9 in February. That’s 12 percent over where it was a year earlier. The Pending Home Sales Index has been above 100 — the level indicating average activity — for 10 straight months.

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said the increase in pending home sales was “driven by a steadily… …read more

Lawyers on the Move: Robert “Bob” Schumaker

Robert “Bob” Schumaker

Sept. 1, 2014

New hire

Employer: GrayRobinson

Position: Of counsel

Summary: Schumaker joins the firm’s real estate practice with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. Schumaker has represented numerous developers and owners in the Tampa Bay area, and throughout Florida, in the acquisition, sale, assemblage, documentation and negotiation of their property.

This is part of the Lawyers & CPAs on the Move section featuring new hires and promotions in 2014. …read more