The Wright Stuff: A masterpiece in Culbreath Isles

The sweeping lines. The elegant geometry.  The stunning use of wood and stone. Think of 4937 Lyford Cay as Florida’s Fallingwater, a tropical counterpart to the legendary Pennsylvania residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Except it wasn’t designed by Wright, and it’s not perched above a waterfall — it sits on a unique waterfront property […]

The Midtown Tampa Miracle

The densely trafficked junction of Interstate 275 and Dale Mabry Highway has long had just one distinction — it’s the midway point between downtown Tampa and Westshore. The lackluster landscape surrounding the intersection never possessed an identity of its own. Two years ago, that began to change. Ground was broken on a project occupying one […]

A storied mansion for sale in Hyde Park: The Himes-Griffin House

If you’ve spent any time in the shady environs of Hyde Park in South Tampa, you likely know the Himes-Griffin House at 801 S. Delaware Avenue. At 9,431 square feet on three lots (more than half an acre), it’s hard to miss. A sprawling brick edifice built in 1910 in classic Queen Anne Revival style, […]

Every House Tells a Story: Editor’s Letter on the 2020 Real Estate Issue

I’ve got a pile of books about houses: Virginia & Lee McAlester’s A Field Guide to American Houses. Tracy Kidder’s House. Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House. I’m not quite sure the appeal. My mother would have said it’s because I’m a Cancer, the most domestic of signs, but I think it’s because houses stir my […]

Steve Rogai and girlfriend Astrid Chas at last year’s virtual reality “block party” for a spec home in Sunset Park. All photos courtesy Modern Capital Group.

Home Design 2020: Steve Rogai wants to build your dream

When Steve Rogai builds a home, he pays attention to every detail. Even the view from the toilet. “I will try to explain this one to you without being crude,” he says as he shows me the underside of a windowsill that’s only visible from where he’s sitting — on the toilet in a luxury home he built in South […]

The Thorn Collection's Patricia Valladares, Martha Thorn and Kandra Covert.

People Helping People: The Thorn Collection keeps things safe

Realtor Martha Thorn knows that it’s important these days for everyone to feel safe during a property showing, whether they’re Realtors or prospective buyers. That’s why she and her team at The Thorn Collection | Coldwell Banker provide Safe Showing Kits, each one containing gloves, a mask and hand sanitizer. The color choice for these useful […]

Smith & Associates' Leslie Minder and Mary Beth Byrd.

People Helping People: Smith & Associates Gives Back

During these unprecedented times, Smith & Associates Real Estate is doing its part on multiple fronts to help those in need. Each office location is equipped with a food collection site which Smith team members fill. Every week the Realtors present donations to various organizations across Tampa Bay “to make our home and community a […]

dRTB Publisher Tom duPont (left) and Smith & Associates CEO Bob Glaser chat during an episode of the magazine's "Tampa Bay Talks."

R is for Real Estate: Success and safety in a seller's market

For the last several weeks, we’ve been teasing the content of this year’s A to Z Issue, a celebration of people and businesses who have been successfully riding the turbulent waves of change and offering service and hope to the community at large. The print edition is now arriving in local mailboxes, but if you can’t wait for […]

An aerial view of Villa Tramonta Rosa. Photo courtesy Nyoman Photography.

Viva Tramonta Rosa! An historic Snell Isle mansion stirs the imagination

If you’ve ever driven around Snell Isle, you know the house at 307 Brightwaters Boulevard NE. Or rather, you know its gazebo. Before being purchased from the City of St. Petersburg in 2017 by the home’s present owners, Mary and Kevin Semcken, the gazebo was a favorite public gathering spot — the first structure built […]

As seen from the terrace, the salt-water infinity pool, sunken spa and the Braden River beyond look like one continuous stretch of water. Plus, the property lines extend over the river to a parcel on the other side so the view will remain unspoiled. Photos courtesy Michael Saunders & Company.

A Riverside Retreat in Bradenton: A country estate that's minutes from the city

Editor’s Note: No matter where you are on this Bradenton property, there’s a seamless sense of being at one with the surrounding landscape — which made it the ideal house for us to feature in our Spring 2020 “Great Outdoors” Issue.  You can’t make up your mind. You want to live in the country, with […]