Move to Downtown St. Pete

The Salvador is a new condo tower in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, FL that is scheduled to be completed in early 2017. This luxury condo tower is almost sold out. We still have homes available with our beautiful 2 bedroom and 2 bath C1 floorplan for a value of $450,000 – $550,000 as well as a special year end incentive until 12/31/16. Check out our photo gallery and see what artful living can look like. Our Smith & Associate Real Estate broker is available to assist you with your downtown move.

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Condo Entertaining in Downtown St. Pete

Our brand new condo homes are built with your active lifestyle in mind. We know that some of our residents will be downsizing from larger homes to simplify and live a more urban lifestyle in downtown St. Pete. We also know that you don’t want to feel like you are missing out on the comforts that a larger home may have offered to you.


One of the reasons we often hang onto homes that have outsized our needs is so we can entertain and have our friends and family over. Enjoying meals and the company of friends is one of the greatest pleasures in life.


The Salvador condos are built to support a spontaneous night of entertaining or a standing Sunday family dinner with ease. Our kitchens have an open floor plan giving you easy access to living and dining room options for guests to relax and fill. The Bosch stainless steel 5-burner gas range with built-in warming drawer will allow you to whip up a spectacular meal for your guests, while the Bosch stainless steel ultra-quiet dishwasher allows for a clean up that doesn’t echo through your party.


We also made sure you have amenities outside of your condo home to enjoy with your guests. Besides a day of sunbathing and swimming in the solar heated saltwater pool, you can have an alfresco meal with your friends at the outdoor dining area with gas range, furniture, and large umbrellas.


The outdoor amenity deck also has an outdoor firepit conversation area for those cooler Winter nights. Sit outside with your friends sharing conversation and an evening under the stars. There is also a dedicated outdoor yoga space for a morning stretch with friends and neighbors.


Your friends and family will love to hang at your city home or walk to one of the happening places nearby for a night of live music, art or fresh food. St Pete has it all, and so does The Salvador.
Come see how luxurious and lively downtown urban living can be.  Only a few homes remaining!

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, – NEW CONDOS FOR SALE.

Our St. Pete Condos Have NEW Financing Options

The Salvador is proud to announce that we have received a Conditional Approval from Fannie Mae for The Salvador Condominium.


This conditional approval means that once construction is complete The Salvador will qualify for conventional 30-Year Fixed Fannie Mae financing.  The final approval will offer opportunities for smaller down payments for conforming and jumbo loans. Shorter term and adjustable-rate mortgages will also be available to provide more options for you to finance your dream home.

The Salvador truly is one of the best values in Downtown St. Petersburg! With spectacular city and water views, top of the line finishes, and unparalleled attention to detail, don’t miss the opportunity to make The Salvador your future home.

For more information about this great financing opportunity, please contact Jason Nordin at 813-508-5456 or

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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.

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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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New Condos Downtown St. Pete

Construction on our new condo tower in downtown St. Pete is moving along quickly with 80% of our luxury condos already sold as demand for urban living is exceeding the current volume of residential possibilities. Location is key and The Salvador’s 74 residences are in the heart of the Innovation District. Inspired by the art of Salvador Dali, the architects at MESH Architecture + Fabrication have designed a building that brings artful & innovative living with modern finishes and an abundance of amenities.

Known as the Sunshine City for it’s 360 days of sunshine a year, we haven’t taken a cloudy drone shot yet of our construction site. The sun is shining and we are building…

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5 Incredible One Day Road Trips from St. Petersburg


The great thing about living in downtown St. Pete is that you get all the advantages of city living like nightlife, great restaurants, and diverse cultural scene plus the benefits of urban escapes only a short car ride away.

Here are our Top 5 places to visit when you need a break from the city:

Venice Beach

Just a little over an hour drive away on Florida’s white-sanded Gulf Coast,  Venice Beach is known as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World. The Venice coastal area sits on top of a fossil layer that runs 18-35 feet deep and was once teeming with sharks. Bring a shovel and a straining basket and you might find all kinds of shark teeth along its 14 miles of beaches to take home with you, even ones from the pre-historic giant Megalodon shark! The Venice Pier is a good place to start your hunt. Be sure not to miss Venice’s downtown, with Italian architecture and landscaped boulevards dating back to 1925 and similar to the Italian City which it is named after.

Myakka River State Park

If hiking, biking, or canoeing are more your speed, you’ll enjoy Myakka River State Park.  Located nine miles east of 1-75 in Sarasota, Myakka River State Park is one of the oldest and largest state parks in the United States and is abundant in native Florida wildlife like wild pigs, beautiful sea birds, and crazy big alligators. The park has trails to bike or hike with an elevated boardwalk giving you views of the Myakka River and the Florida vegetation. There are bike and canoe rentals available and airboat rides running throughout the day.

Weeki Wachee

Touted as the only city with live mermaids, Weeki Wachee is one of Florida’s oldest and most unique destinations.  While it is famous for its aqua clear spring water, mermaid show and water park, Weeki Watchie also makes for the perfect natural getaway.  Visitors can canoe, kayak or rent boats to travel down the Weekie Watchie River and into Old Florida, where otters, turtles, fish, and manatees can be seen.  Take a drive north of Tampa to experience one of Florida’s newest state parks.

Crystal River

A six-mile waterway fed by local springs and connecting Kings Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Crystal River is often called “Manatee Haven” due to the fact that in the winter months, when the water temperature cools, Crystal River can be home for over 400 manatees.  The springs, river, bay, and Gulf combine to allow for swimming, diving, boating, kayaking, water skiing, and fishing.  A trip here still offers a day of beauty and a glimpse of Old Florida in the heart of the Nature Coast. In addition to aquatic activites, miles of hiking/biking trails, and a quaint downtown will make you glad you visited. During scallop season (July 1-Sept 24) you can dive in less than 8 feet of water and go on a treasure hunt for bay scallops that will make for a yummy meal at the end of the day. Do the research on the fishing licence required, best areas, or guide rental if you plan on scalloping.

Don Pedro Island State Park

Don Pedro Island State Park, a barrier island located south of St. Pete and across the Intracoastal Waterway from Cape Haze, is only accessible by boat, kayak or Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP). Taking an eco-tour by kayak or SUP here makes for a great outdoor adventure, or visitors can choose to unwind and sunbathe on the mile-long white sandy beach. The area is teeming with starfish, dolphins, manatees, tortoises and a variety of seabirds.

The Salvador Penthouse Living

Penthouse Downtown St. Pete

Inventory of penthouses in downtown St. Pete is at a premium, and ours is worthy of your attention. Our penthouse offers affordable luxury living in the heart of downtown with 2,537 square feet of living area and a large balcony, this three bedroom and 2.5 bath penthouse will give you the space and luxury you need close to everything you want.

But, we only have one remaining!

Here are some additional features you will find in our last remaining penthouse:

– 9’ high by 90’ long glass window wall offering spectacular water views
– 10’ ceilings in Great Room, Family Room, and Bedrooms; 9’ ceilings in Kitchen, Library, and Bathrooms
– Separate Family Room and Library in addition to Great Room
– Two large balconies
– Walk-in Laundry Room with sink
– Extra large walk-in closet (over 100 square feet) in Master Suite
– Extra large Master Bathroom with walk-in shower and naturally lit tub alcove

The Salvador residents also get the shared amenities of a solar heated saltwater pool, outdoor firepit, dog washing cleaning station and walking area, sculpture garden, secure parking garage, concierge and on duty property manager, state of the art fitness room with yoga area.

There is no doubt that you will love living here. Visit our website for more information on penthouse living at The Salvador.

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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.


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The Salvador Outdoor Features

While there are many benefits to living in downtown St. Petersburg on the west coast of Florida, most people are going to say that the sunny weather is one of the best things about living here. It is called the Sunshine City since there is sunshine almost every single day of the year. Even in the Winter months, many days are blue skies with the sun setting around 6:00 pm, much different than a northern city with gray skies and early night falls.


The Salvador, a new condo tower being built in the Innovation District in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, created their artful design with outdoor living as an essential part of the quality of life.

Every condo has Great Rooms with expansive 8’ high window walls with glass doors leading to private balconies so residents can have easy access to spectacular vantage points and fresh air. Even the Bedrooms have at least two large 7’ high by 2’-8” wide windows offering views of the city.


The outdoor amenities give you every opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and hang out with your neighbors of friends. The Salvador’s outdoor area includes:


  • Expansive 11,000 square foot third-floor amenity deck
  • Outdoor firepit conversation area
  • Outdoor dining area with gas range, furniture and large umbrellas
  • State-of-the-art gated dog walk area with cleaning station
  • Outdoor yoga space on amenity deck
  • Elevated pool deck with spa and heated saltwater pool
  • Sculpture garden
  • Ground level rock and bamboo water garden
  • Custom architectural metal art screen on the south wall of the parking garage


Downtown St. Petersburg also offers miles of waterfront wide planked sidewalks, water sports on the Bay, plenty of green space, parks, aquatic center, and, even more, outdoor options that will make your weekend and free time feel rejuvenating and healthy.

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.

Interior Design at The Salvador St. Pete

Our development company, DDA Development, understands the value of artful design and has implemented the concept into every aspect of The Salvador. They hired local architects at MESH Architecture and Fabrication to design the Salvador with inspiration from the artist, Salvador Dali, and have hired local interior design firm, Touche Design Studio, to help you complement the interior of your condos with art and function. Every aspect of design in our brand new condo tower in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, is there to enhance the quality of life you feel in our space.

According to the Interior Designers at Touche, there are four reasons you should hire an interior designer:

No. 1: Interior Design Is More Affordable Than You Think

When it comes to setting a budget, you are in the driver’s seat. You tell us how much you are willing
to spend and we will stick to that budget. In fact, designers can help save you money by helping you avoid costly mistakes such as buying a sectional that is too large or a chandelier that is too small. You will save time, headaches, and money.

No. 2: Designers Bring Your Vision to Life

Most homeowners have an idea of what they like. You probably know whether your style is traditional, coastal, modern or eclectic. The difficult part is translating that vision into real life. If you’ve ever tried
to do your own decorating, you know how tough it can be. Designers not only have natural instincts about what pieces work together; we can envision an overall picture the way an untrained eye cannot.

No. 3: Designers Make the Most of Your Space

We understand how certain items will affect the flow and feel of a room, and we can quickly identify aesthetic problems that might not be obvious to you. We’re also experts in determining the best size and positioning of furniture to make the most out of your space, whether it’s large or small. Scale is extremely important to the look of the room, and getting it right takes years of practice.

No. 4: Access to Resources Unavailable to the Public

There is a world of furnishings, fabrics, accessories that are available to the trade only. Working with us as your interior designers gives you access to these items.

As Monica Greenberg of Touche Design Studio says, “your home tells a story… about you, how you live, where you’ve been and where you dream of going!”

Contact our team of experts about telling your story and creating an interior that is inviting, inspiring and a reflection of you.



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.

Growth Predictions in Downtown St. Pete 2016

2016 has arrived and if you are thinking of purchasing a home or condo this year, downtown St. Petersburg is the place for your real estate investment. This area is gaining global attention as a city to watch and we are not done growing. When you compare home buying prices and ease of movement within the city, St. Petersburg is winning as the warm Florida city to buy in. According to Trulia, the median home sale price increased 3.2% in the period from October 2015-January 2016, with the average listing price in the downtown St. Pete zip code at $595,284. Predictions for the next year, forecast an increase in the median home sales and in the cost per square foot for the popular downtown neighborhoods.

According to the Tampa Tribune, 1,100 new apartment units will be finished downtown this year with an expected influx of more people living in the city center this year with median incomes of $53,000. The New York Times listed the “Sunshine City”, as St. Petersburg is often referred to, in it’s list of Top 50 Destinations to See and The Independent reported that “Miami has a rival for the finer things”.

The Salvador is a brand new condominium tower that will be rising in the south end of downtown known as the Innovation District. The Innovation District is a cluster of higher education, marine science, healthcare, business incubation, and media institutions.

Here is how the City of St. Petersburg describes the Innovation District in their economic development report:

Within the Innovation District, St. Petersburg’s marine and environmental sciences institutions flourish in downtown’s Bayboro Harbor area, ideally located on Tampa Bay near the Gulf of Mexico. Anchoring the district is the St. Petersburg Ocean Team – the premier consortium of marine science, oceanographic, and environmental research agencies and institutions in the Southeastern United States.

The Ocean Team includes public and private non-profit agencies, such as NOAA, University of South Florida (USF) College of Marine Science, SRI – St. Petersburg, United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) that are devoted to marine and environmental research in Florida, the Caribbean, and beyond.

Ocean Team agencies employ more than 1,600 people whose spending generates an additional 1,800 employees and leads to a total impact of $251 million in gross county product. As the district evolves, firms in related industries have the opportunity to capitalize on technology transfer and research commercialization by locating near the district with access to a growing, specialized workforce.

Other institutions and owners within the district includes:
All Children’s Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine, Bayfront Hospital, University of South Florida St. Pete, University of South Florida – College of Marine Science, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Geological Survey, US Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Albert Whitted Airport, and SRI International 22

The possibilities for the Innovation District include a rich tapestry of urban form that can enhance the profile of each institution, support business development and recruitment, provide energy for neighborhood reinvestment and jobs at all salary and education levels. The Innovation District is a central asset to the future of the St. Petersburg community.

More shops, boutiques, cafes, green spaces, and a renovated pier are all in the city plans with the growth plan to make pockets of towns and neighborhoods throughout downtown easily walkable, connected, and intermodal. And with the cost of living in the Tampa Bay area last year 8 percent lower than the national average, the city make for an ideal real estate investment, retirement option or relocation.

See what we have planned…

Feeling Safe at The Salvador

While cities offer exciting opportunities and cultural enrichment, feeling safe and comfortable in a city is invaluable. The Salvador will be the first upscale, green certified condominium tower located in Downtown St. Petersburg and features a wide range of security features for our residents.


The architects at Mesh Architecture + Fabrication merged function with innovative design for the Salvador’s 74 residences that are inspired by the art of Salvador Dalí. You can rest assured knowing that the amenities of our building will enhance your level of comfort and enjoyment of all that the vibrant downtown has to offer:


  • Secure two-level parking garage; 2 parking spaces each for B, D, E, F and G units; 1 parking space each for A and C units, with additional spaces available for purchase
  • Two-story Lobby with concierge station
  • Controlled building access (lobby/garage) with key-fob system to provide peace-of-mind, including visitor call station
  • Security system integrated into the building
  • Secure bicycle parking within parking garage
  • Professional property manager and 8-hour per day (5 days per week) concierge staff
  • State-of-the-art gated dog walk area with cleaning station for late-night potty calls
  • Emergency generator to operate all life-safety systems
  • Elevated pool deck with spa and heated saltwater pool for privacy


Close to everything you need, The Salvador offers peace of mind and artful living in the heart of downtown St Pete.

Home sizes range from 964 – 2,795 SF and will feature modern finishes…

The Salvador Provides Dog-Friendly Amenities

Our pets become a part of our families and enrich our lives. When you walk through downtown St. Petersburg, it’s evident that dogs are a big part of the downtown lifestyle. Almost every shop along Beach Drive in Downtown St. Petersburg has a water bowl in front of their stores. You will also see people strolling the waterfront with their best buddies or throwing a ball to them in Beach Front Park or even bringing them to the cafes Downtown St. Petersburg. We love our pets and so do the locals, so don’t be surprised if they offer your best-friend a special treat.


While designing The Salvador, DDA Development and Mesh Architecture were committed to creating a community that complimented and enhanced the culture of the neighborhood, so this included enhancements like a Green-Certified Design, spacious and affordable luxury and building a dog-friendly home for their residents. The Salvador has plenty of green space for your dogs to play including a state-of-the-art gated dog walk area. It’s convenient and helps build a sense of community within your new community. The area also offers the convenience of evening bathroom breaks without having to exit the building.


Placing a premium on making sure our amenities made our residents lives easier, we made sure to have a dog washing-station built into our design. You will be able to clean your dog outside with an area set-up specifically for that purpose, so your home can stay tidy and your dogs stay clean. We assume this might come in very handy, since there is a dog-friendly beach your dog can swim and frolic in that is only a short walk from The Salvador.
Live the luxury urban lifestyle, buy a condo in Downtown St. Pete. To learn more about new condos for sale at The Salvador, please, call 727-475-7451.

Winter in St. Petersburg, Florida

Wintertime in St. Petersburg, Florida is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Most locals (and snowbirds for that matter) will tell you wintertime is their favorite season. For us Floridians, the running joke is that it’s boots and scarf weather if the temperatures dip below 70. We think that one of the best parts of our winter is the bright sunshine with amazing sunsets that occur an average an hour later than our friend’s sunsets in the Northeast. While it’s getting dark at 4:30 pm up North you can almost squeeze another 9 holes in before our sunsets.


Here are some ways Downtown St. Petersburg residents spend the Winter:


Bike Riding

There are miles of trails that connect throughout downtown St. Pete and beyond. The downtown trails have scenic waterfront views and give you an opportunity to stop for a lunch break at one of the many outdoor cafes. Taking your bike to a nearby nature preserve or state park makes for a great day to experience the true beauty of Florida. You may even get to see a real Florida gator!



The St. Petersburg Yacht Club has Adult Learn-to-Sail lessons every weekend for the beginner adventure seeker. Getting out on the water with the winter breezes is a thrilling way to spend an afternoon.



St. Petersburg residents can always find a golf course to play on. There is never concern of snow on these courses!



Yes, the beach in the wintertime! Our winter days are filled with a warming sunshine making it a wonderful time to walk the beach and collect shells. Our spectacular sunsets are filled with shades of pink, red and violet streaks that reflect on the water and the sky for the most photo perfect way to make your Northern friends jealous.


The winter lifestyle is easy in St. Petersburg, Florida. We relax, enjoy life and feel thankful that this is “home”.


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Open Call for USF Artists

Open Call for USF Artists!

Digital Sculpture Contest

Overarching Theme: Surrealism

The Salvador is looking for your best surrealistic sculpture designs.

The Salvador is a new Green- Certified Condo Tower in the heart of the Arts and Innovation District of Downtown St. Petersburg, FL. Developed by a local development firm, DDA Development, with local architects from MESH Architecture & Fabrication, this residential building is inspired by the art of Salvador Dali and features a modern, artful design in the building and the individual units. Read more about the architect’s inspiration here.

The Salvador is calling artists from USF to come up with an innovatively designed sculpture that can be transformed into a 3-D printed sculpture. Winning sculptures will be displayed in The Salvador lobby with a cash prize being offered. 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. See below for all the details and contest rules!

Deadline: Entries must be submitted by February 5, 2016 | Winners announced on February 10th


  • Flies must be submitted on a DISK or USB drive
  • Files must be delivered by 5:00 pm February 5, 2016 Sabatia Cowden, FAH 231 College of Arts
  • File Formats (.obj or .stl).
  • All entries must also include a half-page Artist Biography and half-page Artist Statement. Text file needs to be submitted as (PDF or Word .doc).
  • Final sculptures will be 3D printed in artist’s choice of Brass, Bronze or Copper.
  • Maximum print size cannot exceed 10in X 10in x 10in.
  • The Salvador Logo and artist’s signature required on the piece (may be on the base or bottom or wherever the artists chooses).
  • The Salvador’s logo file can be downloaded HERE.
  • Digital .stl logos can be downloaded HERE.
  • Only winning entries will be 3D printed.

WORKSHOPS: Will be held at the USF Tampa Campus and will provide opportunities for sculpture artists and digital artists to collaborate.

$250 Cash For the Winner and $150 for two Runner-Ups and $75 for 4th and 5th place!

Note: Winning Sculptures will be displayed publicly in The Salvador’s Lobby in Downtown St. Petersburg. The five winning sculptures will each have five limited edition 1/2 sized 3D replicas printed.

Curators: Hank Hine, Curator and Executive Director of the Dali Museum, Yann Weymouth, Architect of the Dali Museum, Sarah Howard, Curator of Public Art and Social Practice.

For more information about The Salvador please visit:

Contact: Please contact Sarah Lesch | 813-727-4077 | with any questions or for more information (email answered more quickly).

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!

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