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Home Design 2020: The spectacular penthouse at Bliss

The wall installation in the dining area is the work of artists at the Morean Arts Center.
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Smith & Associates Realtor Christopher Pitre is known for spicing up his video home tours with a touch of salsa (the dance, not the condiment). It’s close to irresistible as a sales gimmick. As he sidesteps and swivels through his properties to a salsa soundtrack, smiling all the while, he looks like a fun guy to hang out with. More importantly, he makes the houses he’s selling seem like fun places to hang out.

But when it comes to one of his latest offerings — the spectacular two-story penthouse at Bliss, which he’s co-listing with fellow Smith Realtor Ali Bearnarth — it’s likely the homebuyer who’ll be doing the dancing.

Bliss is an 18-story luxury condo tower at 176 4th Ave. NE in downtown St. Petersburg. Built in 2017, the tower has only 29 residences with no shared walls, a host of amenities (heated pool, fitness center, rooftop club room) and a prime location just off Beach Drive.

But where it fully lives up to its name is in the penthouse. A wide-open two-story space with exhilarating, unobstructed views at every turn — yup, this is bliss. And oddly enough, despite the marina and the museums and the new St. Pete Pier spread out below, it doesn’t feel like you’re in St. Pete. The 4,300-square-foot residence has the kind of up-to-the-minute glamour more commonly associated with Manhattan or Miami.

Floor-to-ceiling windows on both floors (and the glass wall in the upstairs master bedroom loft) contribute to the feeling of openness. The owner of the penthouse worked with developers Brian and Debbie Taub on the floor plan; Robyn Greenberg did the interior design.

“This has a very New York penthouse loft vibe,” said Pitre, who moved to St. Pete from his native Brooklyn six years ago. “It has that very distinct feel to it that’s not necessarily St Petersburg but offers everything St. Petersburg has to offer.”

Its proximity to the walkable downtown and waterfront parks of St. Pete is what distinguishes this condominium from its equivalent in a glitzier metropolis.

“Miami to me is a concrete jungle,” says Bearnarth, a lifelong St. Pete resident and a Realtor for 16 years. “Here you’ve got a flair that you don’t have anywhere else.”

Oh, and you don’t have to worry about scouring downtown for a place to park; the residence comes with four-count-‘em-four parking spaces.

You could simply relax and take in the view from the king-sized bed in the master bedroom suite, but there’s also a TV concealed in the footboard. If you just want to sleep in, press a button and lower the automated blinds on the windows and the glass wall.

Each of the condo’s four bedrooms has an en suite bathroom.

Balconies off the living room and the master bedroom afford panoramic views. “You really connect with everything,” says Pitre.

The gourmet chef’s kitchen has Wolf appliances, a six-burner gas stovetop, Sub-Zero refrigeration, a wine refrigerator, solid wood cabinetry, solid stone countertops and an oversized island with ample seating.

Every bedroom has either a view of the city or the water. The floors are connected by
both a custom-designed staircase and an in-residence elevator.

Smith & Associates’ Christopher Pitre and Ali Bearnarth. Photo: David Warner.

The above story is in the Fall 2020 issue of duPont Registry Tampa Bay. Hard copies are due to be showing up in fine mailboxes near you any day now, but meanwhile, enjoy the digital edition.

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