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Why Live in Dunedin, FL?

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Why live in Dunedin, FL? The question really should be, "Why not?" Dunedin is on the west coast of Florida, right on the Gulf of Mexico. Just to the west are Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island.

There are so many things to do in Dunedin that most people can't get to them all. Starting with January, every Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, there is an open air farmers market in Pioneer Park. This market, with local farmers selling fresh produce, meats, breads, honey, hand-crafted items, spices, sauces and so very much more, is right on the downtown Main Street. Admission is free, so you can browse the area until something tickles your fancy. Or, just walk around to each vendor, chat for a bit, and sample their wares. This way, you know exactly what you are getting.

If the Farmers market doesn't do it for you, there is the second Friday Wine/Art Walk. This starts about 5:30 in the evening and shops stay open late for downtown visitors. Stroll along the sidewalks, sample some wine at various shops and locations, have a nice meal at any of the many restaurants - even outdoor patio dining at several establishments.

There is a huge Arts and Crafts Festival in January, in downtown Dunedin Main Street. This is one of the best crafts festivals in the Southeast so you really don't want to miss it. Check out the various hand-made products, from knit scarves to cutting boards, to blown glass, to beautiful artwork paintings, to metal sculpture and so much more. Of course, there is lots of great food to eat as you amble along. Because Dunedin is very dog friendly, bring your favorite canine along, to socialize with the other dogs.

February brings one of the year's most anticipated events - the Mardi Gras parade. There will be more than 50 floats from around the area. There will be all kinds of things going on, pirates, fun, LOTS of beads and when it is all over, the crowds will head to downtown for fine food and drink. Top it all off with a visit to Strachan's Hand Made Ice Cream shop and you have a perfect February evening. And for the Snowbirds, there is NO snow.

March brings something different, the Trashy Treasures event. This is held at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center on Friday and Saturday. It is lots of fun. Naturally, the Open Air Market is going on Friday and Saturday, the second Friday Wine/Art walk is still on as are all the other normal activities in the area. And you simply can't forget the annual  St. Patrick's Day celebration, hosted by Flanagan's Irish Pub. There will be a full day of music, food and perhaps a wee bit of beverages. For this day, everyone has their Irish on.

March also is spring training for Major League Baseball and Dunedin is the home of the Toronto Blue Jays for spring training. Come to the ballpark to watch your favorite players and future stars warm up for the coming baseball season. For the snowbirds, it is great entertainment, and they can break out the tee shirts and shorts a couple months early. Just might want to check out real estate for sale in Dunedin, as a thought.

Moving into April, Films in the Park take center stage. These are held in Pioneer Park each Friday evening for the month of April. The movies begin at dark. Bring your own chairs, folding chairs are great. Bring your own snacks too. It is all FREE, so don't hesitate. It is a great evening of family fun and entertainment. You can even bring your dog. And for the summer, the Dunedin Jays play almost downtown against other budding baseball stars. It is great entertainment, and the cost is very low. You just might catch a souvenir baseball.

May brings outdoor concerts to Weaver Park, on the water. The music starts at 7 pm and goes 'til 9 pm. There are snacks available for sale, or bring your own. Again, your own chairs are welcome. Just get there early as the whole area fills up quickly. While enjoying the outstanding music of some of the area's finest musicians, catch the sunset and realize how great it is to be living the Dunedin lifestyle. And it is all free, the music, the sunset, and the seating.

Bring your camera, you might see a musician who played with some of the biggest bands in rock 'n roll, playing on stage just for your delight and edification, and because they just love to play music.

By the way, the hand cut fries are hot and delicious. We are just getting warmed up on why live in Dunedin. You just might want to find out what a house you are looking at is worth, and if you do, click on the sunset.

June brings yet another Arts and Crafts Festival to downtown. It will be Friday and Saturday with lots of interesting hand crafted items to touch, smell, and buy. There just might be some food and one never knows, but the hand squeezed lemonade really tastes good on a warm June afternoon. Then the Open Air Market has it's last month of fresh produce and other tasty offerings in June, since the summer is just a bit warm for open air market. This means it is your last chance to stock up on some of your favorite sauces, specialty coffees and teas, and why not get just one more loaf of hand crafted bread or other simply scrumptious baked goods.

Come July, people are thinking of the beach. There is the Dunedin Causeway, with fishing, wind-surfing, jet-skiing, sun bathing and swimming to offer. Or drive across the Causeway to Honeymoon Island and enjoy the stunning beach, dubbed the best beach in America by Dr. Beach in his annual rating. Stay tuned for more on Honeymoon Island in another post.

August sees the end of school vacations and families are getting ready for that. Football is in the air, with pre-season getting fired up. High schools are geared up for football, the NFL is all atwitter about the coming season. The Tampa Bay Bucs are an easy drive away from Dunedin. And the minor league baseball teams are jockeying for their playoff positions. Sports are big in the area this time of year.

If sports are not for you, get involved. There is the Fine Arts Museum, Friends of the Island - for Honeymoon Island, or clubs such as the Dunedin North Rotary, whose motto is "Doing good and having fun."

September finds some of the best outdoor weather of the year. Boating and fishing are exceptional. You can kayak on the grass flats to relax, or fish for redfish and speckled trout, or paddle across to Honeymoon Island. Or drive across the Dunedin Causeway to Honeymoon Island, then hop on the ferry to Caladesi Island for an afternoon picnic.

October finds Halloween. There are events for the children all month. There is the big Our Lady of Lourdes Fall Festival, with a huge carnival midway with rides, games of chance, cotton candy and more, a massive flea market tent with outstanding bargains, and barbeque. The fires start a couple days early so the pits are ready for hundreds of pounds of ribs, pulled pork and more, all cooked on site.

Then November comes and people are getting ready for Thanksgiving. The weather is cool, still no snow though, for you snowbirds. The Open Air Farmers Market starts up again, so you can get the unique blend of coffee beans, or that special cheese or loaf of bread you couldn't find in the grocery store.

December brings another special and signature Dunedin event, the Old Fashioned Christmas. There will be S'Mores made to order over hot coals, games and toys from the 1890s for the young at heart to try out, outdoor concert, and even "snow" over Main Street by the historical museum.

Then the incredible boat parade with dozens of elaborately lighted boats to celebrate the holiday season. The boats parade off-shore a bit, from the north down to the Clearwater Causeway, turn around and take turns coming into the Dunedin Marina so all can see the fun handiwork on each decorated boat. The culmination of the parade is the last boat, bringing in Santa Claus to light the holiday tree in Edgewater Park.

Yes, Dunedin is a unique, fascinating and fun place to live. You too can share the Dunedin lifestyle, which is what makes it such a great place to live. There are always things to do in Dunedin, and the people love to share.

Dunedin and the Holiday Season

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Dunedin, FL is a great community, especially in the winter when the snowbirds are in town to keep their toes warm until the north thaws out in the spring. Events coming this month include the weekly Green Market in the Pioneer Park.  Farmers bring their fresh produce and other products for a wonderful variety of goods in an outdoor market. Great foods, fresh foods, and a great experience.

December 3 is the Dunedin holiday boat parade.  This favorite Olde Fashioned Christmas event starts at the Dunedin Marina and lasts from 6 - 9 pm. Come see the boats that are decorated with creative holiday lighting as they sail across the intracoastal waterway. Everyone has a great time. Also, on Dec. 3 the Dunedin Youth Group hosts the Holiday Tour of Homes.  See these beautifully decorated homes in historic Dunedin.

Then, on Dec. 4 there is a concert by the Dunedin Pipe Band in Pioneer Park at 1:30. Come listen to the bagpipes, then visit the many nearby restaurants for a bite of food or perhaps an adult beverage.

And on December 10, from 4 pm to 9 pm, there is an Olde Fashioned Christmas and Holiday Parade in downtown Dunedin. The theme is Christmas from days gone bye. There will be children's games typical of a century ago. There will be carolers, food and beverage, shops will be open to welcome those who want to remember perhaps a less commercial Christmas. And there has been in the past - SNOW!!  Right there on Main Street in Dunedin.

Not only is Dunedin a fun place to visit and find things to do, Dunedin is a wonderful community to live in. So, mark you calendar and plan to visit Dunedin for an Olde Fashioned Christmas. You will be glad you did.

Dunedin Isles a Real Estate Update

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Dunedin Isles is a wonderful reflection of the variety of Dunedin real estate on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  Homes for sale in Dunedin Isles range from $47,500 for a Dunedin Isles foreclosure property to almost $4 million for a 5,700 square foot Gulf front estate home.

For this last 30 day period, there are 24 homes for sale in Dunedin Isles.  Of these, there are 4 that are Dunedin Isles short sale houses and two others are Dunedin Isles foreclosure houses. 

The list prices for all homes for sale range from a low of $47,500 for a foreclosure to a high of $3,995,000 for a spectacular Gulf front estate with a dock large enough to accomodate a 60 foot yacht.  For information this neighborhood, or any other specific neighborhood, visit Sun Bay Associates Market Snapshot, enter the name of the neighborhood and get real time information on the Dunedin real estate market for that area.  For this 30 day Dunedin real estate update, there have been 4 new homes listed for sale.  Two are waterfront homes for over $1 million, one is a 1,537 square foot home with 2 bedrooms and one is a Dunedin Isles foreclosure listed for $47,500.

There currently are 5 houses under contract in Dunedin Isles.  Two are Dunedin Isles short sale houses, listed for $99,000 and $109,900 with 151 and 60 days on market respectively.  The other three houses under contract were listed for $139,000 and 101 days on market; $184,000 and 123 days on market; and $375,000 and only 36 days on market.  This last home is a pool home with 1,804 square feet and the 36 days on market is a strong indicator that the list price was just right.

Two houses sold in Dunedin Isles in this 30 day Dunedin real estate update.  One was a Dunedin Isles short sale, listed for $75,000 and sold for $61,700 with only 10 days on market.  The other is a Dunedin foreclosure listed for $94,900 and sold for $90,000 after only 60 days on market.  Both are 2 bedroom homes with one car garages.

Fifteen of the houses in Dunedin Isles that are for sale are less than $200,000, four are between $250,000 and $600,000 and five homes are listed for more than $1,000,000.  To perform your own unique search of Dunedin real estate, or any other area in the greater Tampa Bay real estate market, visit Sun Bay Associates FREE home search link.  At this site you will get real time price information on what is for sale and more importantly what has sold and for how much, so you can see for yourself what the market values really are.

Happy House Hunting!

Dunedin Isles, Dunedin, FL - a 30 Day Real Estate Update

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Dunedin Isles in Dunedin, FL is a blend of affordable homes with some spectacular waterfront homes in the mix as well.  The benefits of being in Dunedin are available to all, including the marina, the downtown area, the Pinellas Trail, the waterfront parks and much more.

For specific information on houses in this neighborhood, or any other neighborhood you would like to learn more about, visit Sun Bay Associates Market Snapshot to get the latest real estate prices, what is selling, what amenities are nearby, and more.

For the last 30 days, there are 20 houses listed for sale in Dunedin Isles.  Of these, 4 are distressed properties, two are bank owned or foreclosed properties and two are Dunedin Isles short sales.  The two foreclosures are the lowest priced listings in Dunedin Isles, one for $52,500 and the other for $69,900.  Three houses have been listed in Dunedin Isles in the last 30 days, none of which are short sales.  The list price per square foot ranges from $69 to $701 and the average list price per square foot is $181 for the houses listed for sale.

For this 30 day period, there are 7 houses under contract in Dunedin Isles.  Of these, one is a foreclosure and there are 4 short sales.  Of the 5 distressed properties in Dunedin Isles, only one is priced above $100,000 and it is listed for $109,900 with 60 days on market.  The one foreclosed house is listed for $94,900 and went under contract after only 60 days on market.  The list price per square foot for the houses under contract ranges from $48 to $208 and the average list price per square foot is about $105.

Two homes in Dunedin Isles sold in the last 30 days.  1385 Davis Rd., listed for $45,000 and sold for $41,000 after 263 days on market.  The other, 644 Melissa Rd., listed for $55,000 and sold for $45,000 after only 23 days on market.  The average price per square foot for these two sold houses is $36.

For information on houses avaliable in the greater Tampa Bay area, visit Sun Bay Associates FREE home search and create your own unique real estate search.

Happy House Hunting!!

Investor Alert, Dunedin Isles 30 Day Real Estate Update

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Investor Alert!! Here is today's 30 day real estate update for Dunedin Isles, Dunedin, FL.  There are a good number of opportunities for investors to capitalize on in today's real estate sales market with quality houses in the highly desirable Dunedin area.

For the latest 30 day period, there are 25 properties listed for sale in Dunedin Isles.  Of these, 2 are bank owned, or REO distressed property.  There are six distressed property short sales.  With the pressure on sales from distressed property, the list prices of houses that are not distressed are being held down by the distressed property listings.  This is an interesting scenario in this area for the investor to purchase potentially excellent investment properties.

The average list price of the listed houses is $400,272, with three houses at or above $1,000,000 and none of the three are distressed.  The prices drop from there to the next lowest list price of $499,999 and $450,000 then down to $257,000.  The list price range is from $3,995,000 to $52,500.  The average list price for the 25 houses for sale is $400,272.  The range for days on market is from 22 to 482, and the average days on market is 153.

There are 6 houses under contract in Dunedin Isles for this 30 day period.  Of these 6, 5 are distressed property.  One is an REO, or bank owned property.  The other 4 distressed properties are short sales.  The list price range for these under contract houses is $69,040 to $375,000 and the range for days on market is 9 to 60.

For this 30 day period, the real estate sales reflected only one closed transaction.

322 Rowena Ln., Dunedin, listed for $99,000 and sold for $92,250 after only 21 days on market.  This is a 1,104 square foot house with 3 bedrooms and a one car garage.

For sellers interested in information on distressed property, visit Sun Bay Associates' distressed property site for information on short sales, foreclosures, deed in lieu and other distressed property issues.  All this information is free with no obligation.

To get information on a specific neighborhood, visit Sun Bay Associates' Market Snapshot and get real time real estate sales information on the neighborhood of your choice.

To get information on real estate sales in the greater Tampa Bay area, visit Sun Bay Associates' FREE home search and create your own unique real estate search for the perfecthome or investment vehicle.

Happy House Hunting!!

Dunedin Isles, Dunedin, 30 Day Update

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Here is today's 30 day update on real estate activity in Dunedin Isles, Dunedin, FL.  As of today, there are 28 properties being actively listed.  Of these, 11 are distressed property.  They include bank owned houses and short sales.  With prices so competitive and interest rates so low, now is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to buy a home at the very best possible price in historic waterfront community of Dunedin, FL.

Dunedin Isles has waterfront homes on the Gulf of Mexico and smaller homes for less than $100,000.  In the past 30 days, there were 8 new listings, and 4 of the 8 are distressed property.

There are 6 homes in Dunedin Isles under contract:

1675 San Mateo Dr., listed for $75,000 with only 10 days on market.  This is a short sale distressed property.

1503 San Mateo Dr., listed for $64,000 and 37 days on market.  This is a bank owned distressed property.

1726 Bayshore Blvd., listed for $79,000 with 29 days on market.  This is a short sale distressed property.

1430 San Charles Dr., listed for $124,500 with only 9 days on market.  This is a bank owned distressed property.

934 Gulf View Blvd., listed for $124,900 with onlyl 11 days on market.  This is also a short sale.

152 N. Buena Vista Dr., listed for $484,000 with 105 days on market.  This is a waterfront home, with water access and spectacular water view of the Gulf of Mexico.

Two homes sold in Dunedin Isles in the last 30 days:

860 Michigan Blvd., listed for $122,500 and sold for $112,500 after 101 days on market.  This was not a distressed property.

2016 Culbertson Ave., listed for $126,000 and sold for $127,000 after only 16 days on market.  This was not a distressed property.

For anyone who is interested in tracking real estate activity in a specific neighborhood, whether it is Dunedin Isles or your own, please visit Sun Bay Associates' Market Snapshot.  If you would prefer to do your own real estate search in the Tampa Bay area, visit Sun Bay Associates' FREE home search and design the search for your specific needs.

Happy House Hunting!!

Dunedin Isles, Dunedin, FLorida

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Dunedin Isles, in Dunedin, Florida, is a quaint waterfront community with parks, the Pinellas Bike Trail and quiet tree lined streets.  The homes average about 1250 square feet.  A great benefit to living in Dunedin Isles is that almost every home is just a short walk to downtown Dunedin with all its shops, restaurants and festivities including boat parades, wine tastings, Mardi Gras parade, Old Fashioned Christmas and much, much more.

There are many affordable homes in Dunedin Isles, especially for those looking for waterfront homes or something very close to the waterfront.  As of Nov. 10, there are 22 homes listed as active for sale with an average days on market of 113.

There are three houses listed as active with contract:

1675 San Mateo Dr., listed at $75,000 with only 10 days on market.  This house is a short sale.

2016 Culbertson Ave. is listed at $126,000 and went under contract after only 16 days on market.

152 N Buena Vista Dr., is truly a waterfront home, is listed at $484,000 and was under contract after 105 days on market.

Real estate that is listed as pending sales include 4 properties:

1744 Santa Anna Dr., listed at $49,900, a bank owned property that was 140 days on market.

1503 San Mateo Dr., listed at $64,000, also a bank owned property that was only 37 days on market.

1726 Bayshore Blvd., listed at $79,000, a short sale, went under contract after only 29 days on market.

934 Bulf View Blvd., listed at $124,900, also a short sale, went under contract after only 11 days on market.

The sold real estate in Dunedin Isles has been moving quickly also.  In the past 90 days, 9 homes have sold in Dunedin Isles, including:

1429 San Mateo Dr., listed at $65,000 and sold for $58,500 with 0, yes, 0, days on market.  This was a short sale.

1305 Davis Rd., listed at $77,000 and sold for $65,000 after 161 days on market.  This is a repaired sinkhole home.

1757 Bayshore Blvd., listed at $96,000 and sold for $83,000 after only 14 days on market.

651 San Salvador Dr., listed at $116,000 sold for $113,500 after only 12 days on market.

1540 San Roy Dr., listed at $124,900 and sold for $118,000 after only 33 days on market.

1855 Douglas Ave., listed at $150,000 and sold for $142,000 after 154 days on market.  This was a short sale.

1675 Paloma Lane, listed at $175,000 and sold for $155,000 after 186 days on market.

327 Rowena Lane, listed at $179,900 and sold for $165,000 after 123 days on market.

1837 San Mateo Dr., listed at $185,000 and sold for $175,000 after 49 days on market.  This is a pool home.

Based on the real estates sales in Dunedin Isles, sellers are pricing their homes right and buyers are finding this unique waterfront neighborhood, which is one of the best kept secrets on Florida's west coast.

If you would like to find out about prices in your neighborhood, visit Sun Bay Associates home page and select the Market Snapshop.  If you are interested in doing your own search for homes in the greater Tampa Bay, Florida area, visit Sun Bay Associates FREE home search and design your own search.

Happy hunting!!

 

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