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St Pete Beach named #1 beach destination in US


St Pete Beach #1 in US

Sugary-white sand at St Pete Beach

TripAdvisor named St Pete Beach the top beach destination in the United States and also named it #5 on the list of top beach destinations in the world!

In 2005 Dr Beach named Ft DeSoto Park beach, just south of St Pete Beach as America’s best beach that year.

 The Don ce Sar Hotel recently finished a $7 Million renovation, upgrading both rooms and common areas. The fountain is gone, as well as the tropical decor of the lobby and restaurants. The hotel is geared now toward younger guests and has a “cleaner, sleeker, hippier look”.

The Tradewinds Island Grand just finished a $20 million renovation of its rooms, moving from a “casual Florida” look to a more upscale look. The Tradewinds Sandpiper is in the midst of a $3 million renovation which will capitalize on being a Guy Harvey Outpost.

Looking for soft, white sand? St Pete Beach is the place to go. Walk along the curving beach from Upham Beach on the north to Pass-a-Grille Beach on the south.

For those of you in downtown St Pete, you can take the trolley from downtown St Pete to St Pete Beach. Great for residents and visitors alike.


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Seacrest condos – Indian Shores

Notes from Rob:

Seacrest condo Indian Shores

I have finally moved to the beach and am loving the view every time I look out my balcony.  I hear the waves hit the beach and watch fabulous sunsets every night.  To say we are happy would be an understatement.  With all of that in mind, I am going to start writing about the different beach condo’s to let everyone know something about the different complexes.  I will start with Seacrest.

Seacrest is on Indian Shores.  The complex is nice and small.  Only eight units.  Each unit is just under 2,200 square feet.  They all have three bedrooms and three bathrooms.  The master bedroom and living room look directly at the Gulf of Mexico.  The kitchens are large, upgraded and open to the living room and gulf.  It is a joy to do the dishes as you look out at the beach.  Each unit has two parking spaces (one under cover), private storage room, and its own laundry unit (you would be surprised how many of the beach complexes still have community laundry rooms for all of the residents to use).  The complex has a swimming pool, spa, and BBQ grill for all the residents.  The pool area has a private gate to the beach, and has an outside shower to so you can wash off the sand before heading back into your unit.  You are a short walk to Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf and the Salt Rock Grill restaurant.  The building has a 30-day rental minimum, so you can rent out your unit if you are not a full time resident, but it does not allow the very short term rentals that make you feel you live in a hotel.

The building was built in 2003.   Originally the units sold for between $639,000 and $860,000.   Generally, the higher the floor (and upgrades) the higher the price.  In the six years since the building was open, 4 of the units have resold.  Prices went up, to a high in 2006, when one of the 4th floor unts sold for $1,200,000.  Currently, there is only one unit for sale in the building, and it is listed for $879,000.

I give the building a top rating and would recommend it to anyone looking for an updated, beachfront condo.

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