Explore Downtown St. Pete

One of the benefits of urban living is that you are close to it all – arts and culture, sport venues, parks and recreation, shopping, dining, and nightlife. At The Salvador, you can enjoy all that downtown has to offer within walking or biking distance, plus all of the luxury amenities that our residences provide. St. Pete is named “The Sunshine City” for its 360 days of sunshine a year. So, get outside and explore your new neighborhood. We promise there is something new to discover at every turn.

First Friday Block Party
Every month begins with First Friday, a block party along Central Avenue, with live music, food, drinks, and fun. In the heart of downtown, Central Avenue is closed to traffic and the weekend is kicked off in style by locals and visitors alike. Enjoy alfresco sidewalk dining at popular restaurants, walk through the streets and sample everything from freshly shucked oysters to microbrews, or secure a highly saught-after balcony table to get a bird’s eye view of the action and enjoy a drink with friends.

Moscato’s Underground – 475 Central Avenue N.
A hidden gem of downtown St. Pete, Moscato’s Underground is a 2,500 square foot cavern at the foot of a grand staircase underneath Moscato’s Bella Cucina. This hip and local bar/nightclub hosts local jazz and cabaret talent every Tuesday, Saturday, and first Friday of the month. Moscato’s Underground is adorned with vintage couches and loveseats and is the perfect oasis for a nightcap after dinner.

Furnish Me Vintage – 1246 Central Avenue
In the market for furniture that’s eclectic, collected, and just off the beaten path? Then make sure to stop by Furnish Me Vintage to uncover their mid-century modern, contemporary, and vintage treasures. Even if you’re not a buyer, Furnish Me Vintage is a place to stop, browse, and discover. The shop is brimming with beautifully crafted furniture and the owners are always happy to talk about their vintage and restored pieces.

The St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club – 599 Mirror Lake Drive N.
All things retro are cool again. As is the case with shuffleboard. Once a popular spectator sport, shuffleboard has made a comeback, thanks to hipster millennials. The Mirror Lake Shuffleboard Club complex was built in the 1920’s and restored to the grandeur of its heyday. With 65 courts, grandstands, and over 600 members, the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club is the oldest shuffleboard club in the world. You can experience the St. Pete Shuffle every Friday night from 7-11pm or open courts on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6-9pm, when the club opens its doors to the public.

A Taste of Downtown St. Pete

Our Favorites – A Taste of Downtown St. Pete

One of the benefits of living at the Salvador is that you are in the heart of Downtown St. Pete and can enjoy the conveniences of an active urban luxury lifestyle. St. Petersburg is recognized as of the most livable cities in the United States, with world-class arts, dining, music, sports, shopping, education, and healthcare all at your fingertips.

Downtown St. Pete is hotter than ever, with new restaurants opening every month. At The Salvador, you can easily walk or bike to discover new hotspots or neighborhood hidden gems. Here’s a list of our favorite spots just steps away from your front door.

The Mill – 200 Central Avenue

This award-winning restaurant and Downtown St. Pete hotspot is just a short walk from The Salvador. Downtown St. Pete was listed by Huffington Post as one of the “Top 5 Reasons Why America’s Hottest City,” The Mill consistently offers upscale, innovative, and delicious food and drinks in an artful and original setting. Each dish seems better than the last and the staff – both in the kitchen and behind the bar – are always pushing themselves to deliver more. The Mill restaurant is a winner; you’ll be happy you live so close.

Locale Market – 179 2nd Avenue North

The locale is a grocery market dining experience. Here, diners can eat, shop, and learn about various foods through in-house small specialty shops ranging from fresh pasta to microbrews, to artisanal cheeses, and delectable desserts. Recently added was Farmtable Kitchen, which provides the same fresh, gourmet offerings as Locale Market, but in a more traditional restaurant setting. A trip to Locale Market is an experience unto itself – and one not to be missed!

The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge – 540 1st Street SE (at Albert Whitted Airport)

There are few places more exciting and magical than an airport. Located inside a private terminal at Albert Whitted Airport, and just a few short blocks away from The Salvador, The Hangar offers their famous burgers and breakfast with views of the planes taking off and landing on the adjacent runway. Walk, bike, or fly in for breakfast or lunch or enjoy a sunset cocktail with friends. At night, turn your sights to the glittering St. Pete skyline for a romantic and remarkable dinner.

Paciugo Gelato & Caffe – 300 Beach Drive

Are you looking for a delicious mid-day treat to help cool you off from the Florida heat? Then look no further than Paciugo Gelato. Handcrafted from family recipes, Paciugo offers a wide assortment of homemade gelatos and sorbets, their original blend of coffee, and even pastries – meaning you have an excuse to come in for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or after dinner dessert! Enjoy your gelato alfresco and watch the boats pull in and out of the marina, or take it to go and enjoy a stroll through the neighborhood back to The Salvador.

And on the nights when you want to eat at home, your condo at The Salvador is equipped with stainless steel gas ranges and state-of-the-art appliances. Move to downtown St. Pete, www.thesalvador.com – NEW CONDOS FOR SALE.

Art Winner Announced for Student Digital Sculpture Contest

St. Petersburg, FL. — The Salvador, a new condominium tower under construction in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg’s Arts and Innovation District, announced the winner of the 3-D Print Digital Art Sculpture Contest in partnership with the University of South Florida (USF) and Tampa Bay Business for Culture and Arts (TBBCA). Tina Piracci, currently a Junior at USF pursuing her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in sculpture, won the top prize with her bronze sculpture, “Don’t Wake Gala,” which represents the marriage of a dreamlike narrative with science and research. Ms. Piracci’s sculpture will be on display in the lobby of The Salvador later this year.

3-D Printed Sculpture St. Pete

Winning Sculpture created by Tina Piracci with 3-D printer, Brass

“Dreams have always been a clairvoyant phenomenon for me,” said Ms. Piracci, who also won a $200 cash prize. “They have taught me that time is a variable, and that fate is real. Where the mind goes when we sleep is a place that we cannot access while conscious. There, I have seen the faces of unborn toddlers, and even deaths of loved ones, including my brother. Dreams give me comfort that our lives do have direction.”

In February, The Salvador partnered with USF and TBBCA to call for student artists to design and create sculptures using a 3-D printer. Interested students were asked to design an innovative sculpture inspired by the Surrealist art of Salvador Dali that could be transformed into a 3-D printed sculpture. For many of the students, this was the first time they worked with the 3-D printer at USF and had to consider how their art would transfer to the materials used in the 3-D printer. The runner-ups for the contest were Jessica Menchon, with her sculpture in bronze and Harish Kumar Chittam, with his sculpture in brass. Each runner-up will receive a $100 cash prize.

“TBBCA is pleased that The Salvador and its developers are leading the way and integrating arts education and technology in their project,” said Susana Weymouth, Executive Director at TBBCA.

Howard Kaplan, Visualization Specialist in the Advanced Visualization Center for Research at USF, led the student artists with 3-D printing workshops and completing the sculpture printings. According to Kaplan, “This contest gave our students a unique real-world opportunity to take their drawings into the digital framework of the 3-D printing and see the results. There were many things they had to consider from design to printing in order to achieve good results.”

The award curators were Hank Hine; Curator and Executive Director of the Dali Museum, Yann
Weymouth; Architect of the Dali Museum, and Sarah Howard; Curator of Public Art and Social Practice.

“Downtown St. Pete is a community that is merging innovation and arts in a very unique way. This contest allowed local student artists access to the 3-D printing innovation that we are sure to see more of in the upcoming years,” said the architect of the Salvador Dali Museum, Yann Weymouth.

Bowen Arnold, DDA, ”Being a part of the arts community in downtown St. Pete and right next door to the USF St. Petersburg campus, The Salvador is a part of and supports the innovation and arts community that defines this area. The building itself is inspired by the art of Salvador Dali and features a modern, artful design in the building and the individual units. DDA Development is committed to hiring local architects, contractors and artists. We were so pleased our contest could inspire local students in a fresh, artistic way.”

Below are the winning artists’ initial design plans for printing. We are impressed with the creativity and innovation shown by our student artists.

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Digital Sculpture Design St Pete

Worth The Drive: Food and Scenery

While downtown St. Pete is teeming with great restaurants, sometimes you want to get out of your urban zone and try something new. Lucky for us, The Salvador is very close to I-275, which connects you to nearby cities, each with a variety of restaurants and incredible water vistas. Here are are our top restaurants with great food and scenery, all within 30 minutes of downtown St. Pete:

 

Ulele

Located inside the former Tampa Water Works pumping station and adjacent to Water Works Park with views of the Hillsborough River and Ulele Springs, this restaurant is a Tampa gem. Their food is award winning and their on-site brewery is fed by the waters of the Spring. The indoor main dining room also includes art and sculptures by local artists and the outdoor seating area allows you to dine alfresco to enjoy the pleasant Florida weather or a star-filled night.   After your meal, hang out in the park or take a stroll along the brand-new Tampa Riverwalk.

Rowe Bar

Located in the historic Lowes Don Cesar Hotel, this restaurant has tasty cocktails and waterfront dining. Grab a burger and a drink and enjoy a day at the beach.

Frenchy’s

Known all over the country for their Grouper Sandwiches, Frenchy’s is a Clearwater Beach tradition. Not only can you enjoy one of their fabulous grouper sandwiches, but afterwards, you can stroll the sugar sand beach of Clearwater for an entirely enjoyable day at the beach.

Hella’s

Tarpon Springs is known for their authentic Greek cuisine, and this restaurant is always listed as one of the top Greek restaurants in the area. Eat here and then visit the historic Tarpon Springs Sponge docks for a unique day in the Greek village of Tarpon Springs

Lobstah’s

Lobstah’s is located on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach and has a reputation for the best lobster rolls in town. Fill your belly and then take in the calming blue waters of Ana Maria Island for a relaxing day in the sun.

The options for great food and scenic views are boundless when you live in the Sunshine City. www.thesalvador.com

St. Petersburg is a GREEN City

St. Petersburg is a city that is quietly becoming known across the globe as a city of innovation and high standards. It is the first American city to be designated a GREEN city. The designation is earned through Florida Green Building Coalition using LEED criteria and partnerships with Florida Green Building Coalition, Green Building Council and the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

Living here, you get the sense that there is a deep level of care in the quality of life for this generation and future generations living in what locals affectionately refer to as, “The ‘Burg.”

 

Here are a few of the sustainability initiatives:

  • Water Conservation
  • LEED standards for new construction
  • Fuel-efficient cars in city fleet
  • Conversion of traffic signal lights to LED saving energy lighting
  • Waste to energy plant
  • Increasing use of solar power
  • Green space preservation with 2,292 acres of park land
  • Building largest bike/ped path in Southeast US
  • Named Florida’s best walking city by Prevention magazine
  • Street sweeping and street scaping with trees and flowering plants

And the list goes on and on. But what truly makes this city green are the people that live here. THEY LOVE TO BE OUTSIDE!!! And the City of St. Pete makes sure that when they do it will be easy for them to get around and lovely for all to experience.

 

Move here… New condos at www.thesalvador.com
More info on the Green City designation at: http://www.stpete.org/stpete/Discovery_Presentation.pdf

Making an International Move to St. Pete

When it comes to the state of Florida, Miami has always been the city that attracted the most international homebuyers. But, that demographic is changing. With St. Petersburg’s walkability, waterfront trails, outdoor cafes and access to culture, there has been an influx of people from all over the world purchasing homes in this growing Florida city.

Walk through downtown on any Saturday afternoon and you are sure to hear a variety of languages spoken as the diversity of the international population grows. People from other countries enjoy the pleasant Florida weather, the security and safety here and the convenience of direct international flights into Tampa International Airport.

According to Bob Glaser, President and CEO of Smith & Associates Realty, “We’ve been developing strategies, thinking about those direct flights and how to put our properties in front of these folks and build a presence. People are a lot more likely to purchase property in an area they can fly to directly, and the recent addition of direct flights such as those from Frankfort, Germany could be game changers.”

These new flights are bringing people from Canada, Latin America, and Europe, who are eager to purchase a second home for vacation or to meet investment or future retirement needs.

St. Pete is the place. Call our Realtors today to learn more about living at The Salvador in Downtown St. Petersburg. We are over 70% sold and have Realtors that are very skilled at helping the international buyer.

Downtown St. Petersburg – The Changing Face of Paradise

Downtown St. Petersburg – The Changing Face of Paradise

Florida Trend Magazine describes the city of St. Petersburg as, “The Changing Face of Paradise.” Downtown St. Petersburg is experiencing a renaissance which has been in the making for the ten years and is still evolving. The city is feeling a boom in every sector, Marine Science, Medical, Technology, Arts and Higher Education, with a focus on the quality of life and community at the heart of it all. Residents are proud of their city and want to be a part of making it an even better place for future generations to enjoy.

According to Bob Glaser, President and CEO of Smith & Associates Real Estate, “There is really no other West Coast city offering what this one has in terms of waterfront parks and cultural amenities.” The City boasts seven miles of downtown waterfront with double wide sidewalks, lush landscaping and outdoor cafes. There are over 35 miles of bike trails in St. Petersburg and an impressive $46 million Pier project, which will feature a waterfront multi-use park in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg, once construction is completed.

Monthly art walks, a variety of world-renowned galleries and museums, including the Salvador Dali Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, bring the artistic lifestyle into every aspect of living here. The SHINE Mural Fest re-invigorated the landscape of many facades with giant murals on buildings throughout the downtown district. And the art scene continues to grow, with the Museum for Arts and Crafts Movement already breaking ground on what will be the will be the largest museum of its kind in the United States. Mahaffey Theatre hosts The Florida Orchestra as well as artists from all over the country that enjoy playing there or one of the many other venues located in Downtown St. Pete.

Companies searching for cities that offer their employees enhanced quality of life are flocking to St. Petersburg. Jabil, one of the largest electronics manufacturer in the world, has their corporate headquarters here. Major medical facilities, like All Children’s Hospital John Hopkins Medicine, Bayfront Medical Center and St. Anthony’s have all seen expansion and growth in the last few years.

With waterfront views, sunshine most every day of the year, plenty of green space, a booming job market, and a diverse population that includes people from all over the world, St. Petersburg is on the map as one of the greatest cities in Florida, or maybe in the entire United States!

Here are just a few of the accolades that St. Petersburg has received in the past two years:

#1 Fittest Metro in Florida/ #27 in the US (American College of Sports Medicine 2015)
#2 Most Beautiful City in the US (The Culture Trip 2015)
#12 US Metro for Small Business (Biz2Credit 2014)
#1 Town for Craft Lovers (American Craft Week 2015)
#8 Best City for Hispanic Entrepreneurs (WalletHub 2014)
#4 in Top 10 List of America’s Most Underrated Cities (Conde Nast 2016)

To ready the Florida Trend article in its entirety and for more information on Downtown St. Petersburg, please, click here.

Top Places for Brunch in DTSP

Nothing says weekend more than a great brunch. Brunch gives you a meal that is satisfying and filling, where you can linger over conversation and have that extra cup of coffee that you might not allow yourself during the work week. From The Salvador, there are so many places to walk to for Sunday brunch that your toughest part of the morning will be which one to choose! Here are our top places to walk to for brunch:

 

Red Mesa Cantina (128 3rd St S) – Red Mesa Cantina has a fabulous brunch menu. Offering the best breakfast burrito in town and delicious flavors of mimosas, this is a delicious way to start the day.

 

Queenshead (2501 Central Ave.) – Every Sunday, the Queenshead offers the Brady Brunch from 11 am to 3 pm. The brunch offers smoked salmon, fish and chips, and other dishes that go along with the Queenshead vibe that is “a stylish yet homey reinterpretation of the British pub”.

 

400 Beach (400 Beach Drive NE) – 400 Beach offers a brunch buffet that is out of this world with incredible seafood selections, an international table, and a dessert room. You will leave feeling full and happy you get to walk home after this brunch!

 

Marchand’s at the Vinoy (501 5th Ave NE)– This is the brunch buffet to treat yourself and any out of town guests to. With a waffle station, a carving station, and a variety of pastries, you are sure to leave with a full belly and a feeling that the day is off to a blissful start.

 

Kings Street Food (937 Central Ave)– This “new age” diner is a hip spin on the classic diner atmosphere. Start your day here with crispy fried chicken and donuts. Comfort food at its finest!

Live well…move to downtown St. Pete

 

City Living In Downtown St. Pete

Downtown St. Pete is one of those cities that has the charm and conveniences of a small town mixed with the energy and culture that comes with big city living. Unlike big cities where you feel locked in and almost trapped by the buildings, St. Pete offers miles of waterfront sidewalks, water sports and green spaces with parking and transportation in and out the city being mostly headache free.

 

Waterfront living coupled with all the things you would expect from a big city are making this Florida town a thriving community. With world class museums like The Dali Museum & The Chihuly Museum and top entertainment through the Mahaffey Theater & Jannus Landing, the culture scene offers something to do 24/7. Looking for fine dining? Check out Z-Grille, Parkshore Grill or Rococo Steak House.

 

If you like sports, St. Petersburg is home to the major league baseball franchise, the Tampa Bay Rays as well as the minor league soccer team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Beach Drive, Central Avenue, and The Sundial provide unique shopping districts, with plenty of cafes along the way. The Pier is currently undergoing major renovation promising to be a top landmark for years to come.

 

Because of this variety, this Florida city appeals to people of all age groups. The USF St. Pete students and other twenty-somethings keep the bar scene thriving and fill up the free outdoor yoga classes offered by Lululemon at the Sundial. The young families, baby boomers and professionals can enjoy spending on the water with SUP, canoes, and sailboats all making fine options for a day in the city. There is even an excellent aquatic center for swimming laps.

St. Pete has it all.

And The Salvador is in the heart of it all. The Salvador’s orientation provides rich city views. The Northern skyline can be seen from a majority of our homes that will light up at night and make you feel like you are in the biggest of cities. Balconies allow direct Eastern views of Tampa Bay. True to form, The Salvador combines the classic Florida lifestyle close to the water with an urban city view.

Live the life, move to Downtown St. Pete… #condosforsale #dtsp

5 Ways To Get Fit In St. Pete #condosforsaledowntownStPete

When you walk through downtown St. Pete, the core of city living seems to be embedded in a healthy lifestyle. There are organic pizza places, places to purchase local fish, people taking their dogs for a walk, sunset sailing, and so much more to experience. In this city, you don’t need a traditional gym to get fit.

Here are our Top 5 Ways To Get Fit In St. Pete Without Going to the Gym

1.     Go for a Walk or Ride Your Bike
Our city has 360 days of sunshine thus dubbing it the “Sunshine City”. With all that sunshine and the consistent bay breezes, a walk or bike ride outside is a perfect thing to recharge your body and mind. There are miles of trails with waterfront views that sure beat staring at a TV screen while you walk on a treadmill. You can stay around the city or go to nearby Boyd Hill Nature Park with six miles of trails that include a Sand Scrub Trail and a Pine Flatwoods Trail to experience the beauty of Florida.
2.     Climb a Wall
Vertical Ventures just opened its doors in St. Pete and has over 18,000 square feet of climbing spaces. They have rock climbing classes that will help you reach the top of their 40-foot tall mountain climbing walls and get in shape. These classes literally rock!
3.     Do Yoga
Every weekend, The SunDial hosts a free outdoor yoga class with Lululemon and some amazing local yoga instructors- for free. There is also a variety of special classes taking place in Vinoy Park, like the one the eve of the St. Anthony’s Triathalon. Tropicana Field is the stage for an annual yoga class that takes place before the Tampa Bay Rays play. A little yoga mixed with your favorite local team makes for a very relaxed fan!

4.     Get on the Water- SUP style
With the city being surrounded by water, many people are choosing to get off the land and onto the water for their fitness. C-Ride SUP store hosts weekly Stand-up Paddleboard Classes for beginners and more advanced athletes. The Body Electric Yoga Studio has a weekly SUP Yoga class for those that want to do their yoga on the water.

Life is fun when you exercise outside. Guaranteed that an outdoor exercise class will bring out the thoughts, “Wow! I am so lucky to live here!”.

The Salvador has breathtaking city views and an outdoor yoga deck. Check out all our amenities at http://thesalvador.com/

Downtown St. Pete Is A Dog-Friendly Town #condosforsaledowntownStPete

dogs5Downtown St. Pete is a dog-friendly kind of town. Your dog will have plenty of places to explore with miles of waterfront trails to walk and grassy parks to play in. No matter what time you are out and about, there always seems to be someone walking their dog.
Dog owners in this town are courteous and encouraged to pick up after their dogs. You will often see the owners seeming just as happy to be hanging out in the dog parks as the dogs are! And if your dog like to swim, North Shore Park is going to be his/ her new favorite hangout. This dog-friendly park has a beach where they can run in the sand and frolick in the surf.

 

There are so many dog friendly restaurants in this town, that it is hard to list them all. But area favorites like Parkshore Grill, Ceviche, and 400 Beach Drive are all dog-friendly. You will see many people hanging with their dogs at the outdoor cafes that dot downtown St. Pete.
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At our condo tower, The Salvador, we know how important your dogs are to you and we want to make it as easy as possible to take care of them. We have a state-of-the-art gated dog walk area with outdoor cleaning station. After getting dirty playing at the park, you are going to love cleaning your dog off before you reach your condominium.

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In our town, dogs are welcome!

St. Pete’s Waterfront- Living in Florida #condosforsaledowntownStPete

Living in Florida? Why not St. Pete’s Waterfront?

For thousands of years, people from all over the world have written about the beauty and calm experience of being near a water’s edge. We take beach vacations and go back to work feeling changed from the relaxation experienced being near the water.

Well, in downtown St. Pete, we urban dwellers get to experience the beauty of the waterfront on a daily basis. Our condominium tower, The Salvador, has condo balconies that offer a view of these waterfront vistas, and the area has a seven-mile stretch of waterfront trails to walk and bike.

Because this waterfront area is such an asset to the city, the city of St. Petersburg is envisioning expanding the waterfront area and the ways we can experience it. According to the local paper, “The plan envisions a mixed-use promenade for Bayshore Drive that could accommodate vehicles, bikes and pedestrians and could be closed easily for special events.”

While there are many sections of town that will benefit from the plan, we are going to see some wonderful enhancements to our area near the Innovation District.

They include:
-Retail and concession nodes along the water at Demens Landing
-Expanded dockage and linked pedestrian trails near the Salvador Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater
-Dock installations where kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards can launch
-More benches and swings
-Possibility of a cross-bay ferry terminal

And also in our neighborhood, the Innovation District plenty of room allowed for USF St. Pete to keep expanding

The growth of this area is going to be tremendous making St. Pete a destination for people all over the world who seek the beauty of the water and the vitality of a bustling metropolitan city.

Retiring in Downtown St. Petersburg #condosforsaledowntownStPete

Retiring In Downtown St. Petersburg

#condosforsaledowntownStPete

As the Baby Boomers are hitting their 60’s, a large majority are opting to take their retirements from a busy life of work. Not because they are incapable of work, but because they are ready to do something else. According to the writer, Landon Jones of “Great Expectations: America and the Baby Boom Generation, this group is thought to be the most active, healthiest, and wealthiest generation. In broad terms, this group is not ready to sit around when they retire. They want to be busy, have fun, be active, and maybe even find another job opportunity to explore.

When this group is finding their ideal retirement town, they are looking for places that have active, healthy options. For this reason, St. Petersburg, FL is becoming a sought out destination for the active retiree. Consistently found in “top places to retire” lists, such as the ones found in the Huffington Post or Money Magazine, because of the city’s access to culture, affordability, and incredibly beautiful weather.

There is always something going on in downtown St. Petersburg with numerous outdoor music and art festivals, museum events, foodie delights, sports events and theatre performances. Downtown St. Petersburg is a city that is bustling and vibrant with plenty of opportunities to stay mentally sharp and fit.

There are miles of waterfront trails and wide sidewalks making biking and walking easy and enjoyable. You are not going to find sidewalks covered in snow here- the weather is mild with over 360 days of sunshine per year. People paddleboard, kayak, sail and fish in the waters of the bay or they travel 15 minutes to the Gulf of Mexico. Either way, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the Florida waters. .And with real estate values consistently lower than a city like Miami, this is the ideal city location for your Florida retirement.

St. Pete Wine and Food Festival is Coming to Downtown St. Pete

#dtsp #thingstodoinstpete #downtownstpete #eatinstpete #drinkinstpete

The St. Pete Wine and Food Festival is a culinary adventure of wine tastings and food pairings taking place in North Straub Park. This festival kicks off Thursday night, September 24th 2015, with a charity wine pairings dinner at the Birchwood Inn followed by a Beer Night the following evening in the park.

The Grand Tasting events take place over the course of the weekend of September 26th-27th with full days of wine tastings and delicious food pairings. Local chefs from some of the best restaurants in town provide a variety of tasty food to accompany the amazing drink assortment.

Taking place in the beautiful setting of the waterfront along downtown St. Pete, this event is a must. Always a blast and perfect for the person who appreciates good food and the pleasure of fine wine.

Get tickets and more information at: http://www.stpetewineandfoodfest.com/

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The Salvador in downtown St. Pete: Dali Museum features M. C. Escher exhibit

Escher at the Dali

August 22, 2015 – January 3, 2016

The Salvador, located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg Florida, is within walking distance of a rich mix of local color, entertainment, fine dining and world-class culture and art on a par with the largest cities in the United States.

One nearby venue, the world-famous Dali Museum, will feature an exhibit for the next 4 months displaying the art of M. C. Escher entitled Escher at the Dali

Escher’s mix of the surrealism and whimsy is a perfect fit for the Dali, and The Salvador residents have a front-row seat to this momentous cultural event.
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Shopping in the ‘Burg #condosforsaledowntownStPete

When you think of a cosmopolitan city, one of the first things that come to mind is great shopping. Spend a day walking around Downtown St. Petersburg, and you will find a wide assortment of quality shopping options that will satisfy people of all ages.

With the opening of the SunDial in downtown St. Pete, the choices have never been more abundant. The Sundial is an open air mall filled with retail stores and restaurants. Walking around the SunDial means that you could buy yourself a great pair of yoga pants from the Lululemon showroom or a perfect fitting pair of jeans from the Florida Jean Company. Also, the Locale Market has a large selection of hand crafted marinades and sauces for the home chef to experiment with their culinary creations.

Central Avenue is the place to go for local, funky shops to satisfy the hipster in all of us. Stroll the avenue and you will find vintage clothing, local art for sale, and even a great board store for all your skateboarding needs. The 600 Block is known for the art walks they coordinate and the store Blue Lucy even sells their own, World TEE, T-shirt design putting St. Pete up there with cities like Tokyo and Paris.

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The art galleries in the downtown area, like the Chihuly, the Dali, and the Museum of Fine Arts all have wonderful gift shops that are open to the public. All three museums are just a short stroll from each other along Beach Drive, which has many cute boutiques that will pique your shopping interests.

If it is antiques that you are interested in, then the Grand Central District is the place to go. Just like any city, finding great shops in the ‘Burg is all about walking and exploring. With an average of 360 days of sunshine, you have the perfect weather for shopping and walking.

Top Ways to Get Fit In St. Pete

When you walk through downtown St. Pete, the core of city living seems to be embedded in a healthy lifestyle. There are organic pizza places, places to purchase local fish, people taking their dogs for a walk, sunset sailing, and so much more to experience. In this city, you don’t need a traditional gym to get fit.

Here are our Top 4 Ways To Get Fit In St. Pete Without Going to the Gym:

1.     Go for a Walk or Ride Your Bike
Our city has 360 days of sunshine thus dubbing it the “Sunshine City”. With all that sunshine and the consistent bay breezes, a walk or bike ride outside is a perfect thing to recharge your body and mind. There are miles of trails with waterfront views that sure beat staring at a TV screen while you walk on a treadmill. You can stay around the city or go to nearby Boyd Hill Nature Park with six miles of trails that include a Sand Scrub Trail and a Pine Flatwoods Trail to experience the beauty of Florida.

2.     Climb a Wall
Vertical Ventures just opened its doors in St. Pete and has over 18,000 square feet of climbing spaces. They have rock climbing classes that will help you reach the top of their 40-foot tall mountain climbing walls and get in shape. These classes literally rock!

3.     Do Yoga
Every weekend, The SunDial hosts a free outdoor yoga class with Lululemon and some amazing local yoga instructors- for free. There is also a variety of special classes taking place in Vinoy Park, like the one the eve of the St. Anthony’s Triathalon. Tropicana Field is the stage for an annual yoga class that takes place before the Tampa Bay Rays play. A little yoga mixed with your favorite local team makes for a very relaxed fan!

4.     Get on the Water- SUP style
With the city being surrounded by water, many people are choosing to get off the land and onto the water for their fitness. C-Ride SUP store hosts weekly Stand-up Paddleboard Classes for beginners and more advanced athletes. The Body Electric Yoga Studio has a weekly SUP Yoga class for those that want to do their yoga on the water.

Life is fun when you exercise outside. Guaranteed that an outdoor exercise class will bring out the thoughts, “Wow! I am so lucky to live here!”.

The Salvador also has an outdoor deck with yoga space. Check out all our amenities at http://thesalvador.com/

Win Tickets to The Rowdies 4th of July Block Party

JULY 4, 2012 - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA: The Tampa Bay Rowdies match against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on July 4, 2012 at Al Lang Field. The Rowdies won the match 3-1. Photo by Matt May/Tampa Bay Rowdies

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The Salvador Condominiums in Downtown St. Petersburg are giving away 2 tickets to the Tampa Bay Rowdies 4th of July Block Party! The match starts at 6:00 pm,  at the beautiful waterfront Al Lang Stadium in Downtown, St. Petersburg. The Rowdies 4th of July Block Party Festivities include:

The Tampa Bay Rowdies 4th of July Block Party Festivities include:

  • Budweiser Rally Towels to the First 750 Guests
  • Pre-GameBudweiser Tailgate Party
  • Prime View of St. Petersburg Fireworks Display
  • Post Match Concert

The contest winner can pick up their tickets at the Smith & Associates Real Estate office, 300 Beach Drive in ‪#‎dtsp‬.

The Salvador, Condos For Sale in Downtown St. Petersburg.

Photo Credit- JULY 4, 2012 – ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA: The Tampa Bay Rowdies match against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on July 4, 2012, at Al Lang Field. The Rowdies won the match 3-1. Photo by Matt May/Tampa Bay Rowdies

Emeril Loves Downtown St. Pete

BAM!! Emeril Loves Downtown St. Pete Too!

Downtown St. Petersburg continues to gain national recognition as a cool hip spot to live and work. On May 13th, Emeril Lagasse visited Downtown St. Pete’s Locale Market to explore and learn about this foodie haven. ‬ Emeril filmed a segment for his fourth season of Emeril’s Florida!  Stay tuned…The Locale Market featured episode will air in January of 2016.

Walk to Locale Market from your new home at The Salvador – Condos For Sale in Downtown St. Petersburg

Walk to Locale Market, the Saturday Market, and all the other foodie delights in Downtown St. Petersburg! If cooking is your thing, then you will be thrilled to learn that every home at The Salvador will have gas ranges in every home.

 

Innovation District in Downtown St. Petersburg

Why is the Innovation District the best Neighborhood in Downtown St. Petersburg?

Downtown St. Petersburg’s (DTSP) exponential growth is giving rise to new neighborhood districts that are quickly establishing their unique identities and resident cultures. An area known as the “Innovation District,” is at the forefront of downtown’s growth, and the art-inspired mid-rise condominium tower, The Salvador, will be the residential cornerstone of this rapidly changing neighborhood.

The Innovation District is located in the south end of Downtown St. Petersburg and is near the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg campus (USFSP), The Poynter Institute, All Children’s Hospital, Mahaffey Theater, The Dalí Museum and Bayfront Medical Center. And with the announcement of the latest addition to the neighborhood, the Innovation Lab @Poynter, the neighborhood’s identity continues to be linked with innovation.

The Poynter Institute is a global leader in journalism education, and their recent announcement of the newly created Innovation Lab @Poynter means that nine cutting edge, digital startup companies will reside in the Innovation District. It is one of the largest clusters of startup companies in the Tampa Bay region and will help to invigorate DTSP and the entire region.

To describe the cluster of businesses moving into the Innovation District, Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin explained on Fox News that they are all, “innovators who move the ball forward in their specific sectors.”

Vibrant startups, education institutes, world-renowned museums, outdoor cafes and nightlife, healthcare facilities and a grocery store all within walking distance, will make the Innovation District a sought out area of town for business and pleasure.

The Salvador will be the first condominium tower in DTSP to achieve Green certification, incorporating sustainability into its unique, art-influenced design. The outdoor amenities will continue to link sustainability to quality design with a solar heated pool, a dog-friendly area with washing station, yoga area and fire-pit. All of this and more, keep The Salvador Condominiums a part of the innovation that you would expect from this vibrant neighborhood.

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