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Best Pizza in Palm Harbor and the Best Pizza in Dunedin??

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Where is the best pizza in Palm Harbor or where is the best pizza in Dunedin is a question buyers ask all the time when looking for homes for sale in Palm Harbor or homes for sale in Dunedin. Instead of giving them my opinion, 'cuz I've never met a pizza I didn't like, we polled over 500 people for their opinions on the best pizza in the area. Below are the results of the poll, and this is not to exclude anyone, it just is a great place to get started. Notice that the big name national chains are not here. Home cooking almost always is the best. Read on, and "mangia".

Drum roll, the results of our very informal poll say that Queen's Pizza tops the list for best pizza in Palm Harbor. Not to mention it is also named best pizza in Dunedin. Queen's Pizza has three locations.  This is a family owned business that started as a corner pizza restaurant in 1978 and has grown into a very popular place to go for excellent pizza and pasta. the crust is incredible, the topping are plentiful, and the price is competitive. It is hard to get a better value for your pizza dollar.
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The next most named restaurant for the best pizza in the area is Galley Pizza, located in an unassuming strip mall at 509 Alt. 19 in Palm Harbor. Galley Pizza has great salads and incredibly good pizza. And practically next door is a local produce market so you can buy fresh produce on the way home right after downing your pizza.

Next we come to another local favorite, Fireside Pizza, located in downtown Palm Harbor.  Fireside Pizza is a casual restaurant that features simply delicious pizza, salads and sandwiches. You need to try the caprese salad or the garlic knots before you dive into their specialty pizza. The atmosphere is friendly, very casual, and you can order many craft beers, for those who like to indulge is such things. Or try the dry rubbed chicken wings served over fire roasted onions. You will not be disappointed.

And the list grows longer, and everyone is delicious. Personal tastes will help you decide which is really the best pizza in Palm Harbor, so give it a shot and try every single pizza restaurant we mention. Just not all in the same week.

Next on our list for best pizza in Dunedin is Tony's Pizza on Main Street in downtown Dunedin. Whenever there is a festival in downtown Dunedin, be sure to stop in at Tony's Pizza for a slice of white pizza or a stuffed calzone that is plenty of food for the biggest appetite. Tony's Pizza has a small-ish dining area and really does the take out super well. Stand on the sidewalk and watch through the front window as the chefs create your special pizza, or sandwich. The atmosphere is casual, and very friendly. Get a slice, and I mean a big slice, for less than $2.50.

Country Pizza Inn is another very popular local pizza restaurant that pops up on many of the best pizza in town lists. They have three locations, in Clearwater, Largo and New Port Richey and the locals won't hesitate to drive to the nearest location for wonderful pizza or pasta. If you like stromboli, make Country Pizza Inn a destination. The take out door is always busy, so you know that people are eating lots of pizza at home, during football games or just to have a convenient yet delicious meal.

Here's a bit of a surprise. This is the national chain that got the most mentions, the Mellow Mushroom. It is a little bit on the funky side, yet the food really is good. Mellow Mushroom is located on Gulf to Bay Blvd. (Rte. 60) in Clearwater for those who are coming off the Courtney Campbell Causeway heading west to the beaches, stop by the Mellow Mushroom for something to eat before heading to Clearwater Beach.

There were several smart alecks who suggested anyplace in Chicago has the best pizza. Well, for those of you who really want a Chicago style pizza, try Pauls Chicago Pizza in Clearwater, on McMullen Booth Road. Pauls is another family owned pizza restaurant that boasts the best Chicago style thin crust pizza in the area. For those who are really hungry,  try the lunch buffet. There are various pizza slices, home made meatballs, pasta and so much more that you cannot possibly leave wanting more. And Pauls can cater for 10 to as many as 400. 

The best pizza in DunedinAnd another outstanding pizza restaurant is Fairway Pizza in Palm Harbor on Alt. 19. Not only can you get great pizza, Fairway has multiple TVs so you won't miss any of the games that night. And there is live music every Thursday thru Saturday. Be sure not to miss the local trivia contest held every Wednesday from 7-9 pm. Or take advantage of our wonderful Florida weather and enjoy the outside deck while having pizza or a beverage while listening to the entertainment. Fairway features northern style pizza and they have a truly excellent seafood pizza. It may sound odd but really is tasty.

If you have been reading this far and are not yet hungry for a slice or a whole pie, keep reading.

The only other "national" chain that got significant mentions in our little survey is Jet's Pizza. There are a few locations in the area, including Jet's on Main Street in Dunedin, on US 19N in Palm Harbor and on Gulf to Bay in Clearwater. Jet's Pizza is strictly take out or home delivery. The deep dish crust is wonderful. Even though it is a chain, the pizza is really good and the people are super friendly. Jet's garlic bread sticks or the cinnamon bread are a nice extra treat.

The Plum Pizzeria on Alt. 19 in Tarpon Springs offers gourmet pizza.  If a shrimp florentine pizza or margherita pizza makes your mouth water, give Plum Pizzeria a try. How about something a little different and try the Tarpon Greek pizza, with feta cheese and gyro as the toppings. This gem is located in a little strip mall that also has a convenience store. So if you are going to stop to gas up the car on the way home, why not check out Plum Pizzeria and bring home dinner.

Does coal fired pizza appeal to you? It should and one of the best places for it is Cristino's coal oven pizza in Clearwater. A sure fire sign that a restaurant is a good one is when you can't get in the parking lot on a Tuesday night. It's that good If pizza isn't always on your mind, try one of their panini sandwiches. Get it served hot or cold. Either way, it is a totally rewarding meal. And when you have finished having your meal, there is always room for gelato.

What list of favorite pizza restaurants would be complete without Umberto's of Long Island, located on Patricia Avenue in Dunedin. Umberto's has been dishing out superior pizza, New York style of course, since the early 1970s. Umberto's offers both eat in and take out services and is the longest established Italian restaurant in Dunedin. And the people of Dunedin know good food!! You know they use fresh ingredients when they tell you right on the menu, you can get basil pizza - in season only.

Almost everyone of these pizza restaurants are in unassuming strip malls. Don't be fooled. Some of the very best places to eat are there. They don't focus on the glitz. They focus on the quality of the pizza, pasta and desserts, not to mention the friendly and outstanding personal service. If you are looking for the very best pizza in Palm Harbor, or the best pizza in Dunedin or Clearwater, stop in at any of these local and mostly family owned pizza restaurants. You will be delighted and your wallet will also be delighted.

As an aside, we did have several people who could not resist the temptation to name their favorite pizza places - from where they used to live. Several people said "anywhere in Chicago". That may be true, however if you are in Dunedin, FL, it is not that convenient to head to Chicago. We also got feedback that the Linwood Cafe in Randolph, MA serves great pizza in a friendly atmosphere. I would dismiss that, except I know from personal experience that is totally true. One of my personal all time favorite places for relaxing and enjoying a great pizza. 

For northern style pizza, we got a recommendation for Sofia's in Cornish, ME. 

The long distance winner is a suggestion for Fat Olives, in Homer, Alaska. I am afraid that is one I can't testify to, although if/when I ever get to Homer, I will definitely try it out.

It looks to me like we need to plan a road trip to Chicago, Maine and Alaska to sample more pizza!!  Who's game??

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Restaurants to Eat in Dunedin

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Great Restaurants to Eat in Dunedin, FL.

 

How often do you visit a community and need to find a restaurant that will serve a good meal at a fair price. Do you automatically head to the closest national franchise place, where you know the food will be decent, the prices will be generally reasonable and the service may be pretty good? Or do you prefer to be a bit more adventurous and seek out a good place where the locals like to eat and sometimes treat it more as a social event than just a place to go eat.

 

If you are one of the latter, and you are ever in the Dunedin area, here are some really good establishments that provide a nice local flavor. And the locals love them!!

Casa Tina Gourmet Mexican and Vegetarian Restaurant in the heart of downtown Dunedin on Main Street. The food is wonderful and fresh and authentic. Javier, the co-owner with Tina, is from Mexico and the food is true to his heritage.  If you are in town on Cinco de Mayo, the block of Main Street in front of Casa Tina is closed for the day long festival of music, fun, and food.  Visit www.casatinas.com or call 727-734-9226.

Sea Sea Riders Restaurant is just west of the immediate downtown area of Dunedin, and only a block from the Gulf of Mexico. There is dining on the porch, where you can have a drink and dinner while you watch the people walking by on their way to whatever event is happening in town that evening, or enjoy the newly remodeled and expanded bar inside. The seafood is fresh and the service is really friendly. Come in for a friendly beverage and enjoy the live music. Visit the website for this week’s activities  www.seaseariders.net  or call 727-7347-1445

Bon Appetit Restaurant is right on the Gulf of Mexico at the marina in Dunedin. The outside bar is covered and has several TVs so you can watch our local teams, Rays, Bucs or Lightning when in season. It is a favorite gathering place for locals to meet, have a beverage and catch the sunset. The outdoor dining area is another place to enjoy the Florida lifestyle, have a delicious meal, and again, catch another free and spectacular sunset provided by nature. You can take advantage of the valet parking service too so your evening will be all the more carefree. Bon Appetit has been voted as Tampa Bay’s best waterfront restaurant.  Visit www.bonappetitrestaurant.com/  or call 727-733-2151

Cafe Alfresco is right in the mix of what’s happening on Main Street in Dunedin AND it is at the crossing of the Pinellas bike trail and Main Street. Enjoy the sidewalk cafe for the alfresco dining experience.  Watch the bicycle traffic whizzing by on the Pinellas Trail, or dine inside. The food is really good, the servers are excellent with personality, and the prices are very reasonable. Just outside the entrance is one of several custom made bicycle racks you can find all over the city. This one looks like a locomotive. Watch around town for these interesting bike racks, made by the local Institute for Creative Arts. Visit the website  www.cafealfrescoonline.com or call 727-736-4299.

For a dining experience that will be a highlight of your visit to Dunedin, make reservations at the Black Pearl of Dunedin.  This is a Mobil Guide rated restaurant with limited seating.  It is worth it!! The food is freshly prepared and it is high end quality. The Black Pearl is also right on Main Street in Dunedin so after dinner, stroll the downtown area to get a true taste of what makes Dunedin so special. Visit the website at  www.theblackpearlrestaurant.com  or call 727-734-3463.

At the other end of the spectrum, visit the sometimes raucous Flanagan’s Irish Pub. The food is hearty, the drafts are cold, and the music is Irish. Flanagan’s is Dunedin’s oldest and best Irish pub. Locals flock to this colorful pub, and if you want to have a seat on Friday or Saturday evening, get there early. Visit the website at  www.flanagansirishpub.net/  or call 727-736-4994.

Kelly's Chic a Boom Room is casual chic. It is also a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner. The outdoor patio is wide open for a wonderful dining experience. Lots of space so you won’t feel crowded by other tables, and at the same time the friendly atmosphere will make your meal fun and entertaining. Not to mention that the portions are more than enough and delicious. Kelly’s is most assuredly a favorite of the locals in Dunedin. For Sunday brunch, get there early or be prepared to wait. The good news, the brunch is worth the wait. Kelly’s is in the heart of downtown Dunedin on Main Street.  Visit the website at  www.kellyschicaboom.com  or call 727-736-5284.

Umberto's of Long Island is a little bit off the beaten path. This family owned hidden gem is on Patricia Avenue. The pizza is terrific New York style.  Visit their website,  http://www.umbertosoflongisland.com/ or just call them at 727-736-3138. It’s worth a little drive from the downtown area. You won’t be disappointed.

If you like comfort food that is served with a smile, try Country Boy Restaurant. This is yet another restaurant that the locals flock to, and Sunday morning brunch is very busy. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, stop by and enjoy a really solid meal.  This gem has been a family owned and operated establishment since 1985. Visit their website at http://www.countryboyrestaurant.com/ or call them at 727-734-9108. Country Boy is on 1353 Main Street in Dunedin.

Our Place Restaurant of Dunedin is an unassuming eatery in a little strip mall on 1336 Main Street. The food is fresh, the servers treat you like family, and the owner will seat you and fill your coffee cup all the while making you feel like you’re a long lost friend. Don’t be misled by the not flashy decor, the food is great and the prices are unbelievable. Watch for the daily specials. And be sure to stop at the bakery display case. The pies, oh my, the pies. The cinnamon buns are only a taste of heaven. Our Place is a winner of the 2015 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. Visit the website http://ourplacedunedin.weebly.com/ or call 727-239-7886.

Olde Bay Cafe is the definition of Florida’s casual lifestyle. Stop in for dinner on the open air patio, which is also dog friendly or just enjoy a beverage and the fresh catch of the day while sitting literally over the water of the Dunedin Marina.  In the evening, while having the freshest fish or one of Dunedin’s local micro-brewery products, enjoy yet another sunset. The atmosphere is as friendly as you could ask for, and just as casual. Watch the boats coming into and going out of the marina while you contemplate your next day’s activities. Visit the website  http://oldebaycafe.com/ or call 727-733-2542.

Right at the gateway entrance to Dunedin’s Main Street is the Clear Sky Draught Haus. This is so much more than a draught haus, serving 37 craft beers on tap and another 60+ brands of bottled beers and a full bar. And the food, awesome. The lobster mac ‘n cheese is divine, maybe not heart healthy, but, we all need a little temptation once in a while. Besides, it really is worth it. Everything for breakfast is really tasty, from the Mexican flatbread to lox and bagels. There is something for everyone at the Draught Haus. Visit the website http://www.clearskydraughthaus.com/ or call 727-286-6266.

With all these restaurants, you have a wide range of delicious eateries in Dunedin. So whenever you are in the area, pick one of these places. We feel they are among the very best places to eat in Dunedin. We are locals, and lots of other locals feel that these are among the very best places to eat in our little town. These eating establishments are one of the many reasons we love living here. Check it out. If you are looking for a house, you might find a place you want to call home.(727) 286-6266(727) 286-6266



 

Fourth of July Fireworks Around Dunedin and Clearwater

by Doug Campbell

This week we celebrate America, culminating with the Fourth of July on Saturday. There will be fireworks everywhere, well, almost everywhere. Families will be gathering to celebrate our freedom, and they just might have a great picnic along the many beaches in our area. People will be out boating, soaking up the sun, and just having fun.

Fireworks will be in many communities, here are a few of them in our area.


Dunedin: July 3 at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, home of the Dunedin Jays, on July 3 there is a ball game and special event for Beer, Bacon and Fireworks. For a $10 game ticket, get in the park, sample craft beers for $1, and taste bacon treats from local restaurants. Then after the game, enjoy a wonderful fireworks display.

Clearwater: July 4 at Coachman Park there is the Brighthouse/Clearwater Spark the Sky event. Free admission to the park. Festivities begin at 4 pm with specialty foods and kids' activities. There will be a Clearwater Pops concert at 7:30, featuring the Wilsons. Then at 9:30 the fireworks display will Spark the Sky. Bring the whole family and enjoy.

Safety Harbor: July 4 at the Safety Harbor Marina there will be festivities for the family, including children's activities, live entertainment, food vendors, and FUN. The fireworks will go off at 9 pm.

Tarpon Springs:  July 4 there will be a huge fireworks display and the very best place to view the fun will be from Howard Park and along the approach to Sunset Beach. Bring a picnic and some chairs. Spend the day at the beach at Howard Park. Have a blast!!  (Sorry about the pun.)

Come on out and celebrate America, have a picnic on the beach or in one of our many state parks, or spend the day boating in the gulf of Mexico or on  Tampa Bay. Then after sunset, while winding down from a day of fun and relaxation, enjoy the fireworks at the many locations around our area.

The greater Dunedin/Clearwater area is a great place to live or visit. Take the time to enjoy life this weekend.  While you're at it, maybe you want to take some time to find a home in the area.

Happy Fourth of July, or Independence Day!!!

 

 

Condos for Sale in Dunedin

by Doug Campbell

If you are looking for a wonderful community to live in, and don't want the inconvenience of maintaining a single family home, try looking at condos for sale in Dunedin. There is something for every taste and pocketbook in the condos for sale in Dunedin. Not to mention the unique lifestyle that this Gulf Coast community has to offer.

The Dunedin lifestyle has an eclectic blend of the new, the old and the best part is that it is all fun. There are all kinds of events, from a local seafood festival, to a Wines the Blues festival, to multiple arts and crafts festivals, to movies in the Park on Friday nights, to Mardi Gras, to Cinco de Mayo, to Old Fashioned Christmas, to the Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade, to a rollicking St. Patrick's Day celebration, to Spring Training for Major League Baseball, to an Open Air Farmers Market and so very much more.

The downtown area of Dunedin offers boutique shops, a Mobil Guide rated and nationally known restaurant - the Black Pearl, many other very good restaurants offering food from New York style Pizza to seaside dining to open patio dining. You cannot go hungry if you just walk a couple of blocks through downtown Main Street in Dunedin. Strachan's Hand Made Ice Cream is a must do on Main Street. There is a wide variety of hand made ice cream to choose from, and as a bonus, bring your dog for a special doggie cone from the take out window.

But I digress, you wanted to learn about condos for sale in Dunedin, so there are many that are affordable, priced up to $150,000. These include condos that are in 55+ communities that won't break the budget of retirees. Some of the 55 plus communities have no pets policies, so it is smart to learn about the specific policies of each community. Most condos have rules about pets, with limits on the size and number of pets, with some being small pets only, or even no dogs with one cat OK. Have your Realtor obtain the condo documents so you can determine if the lifestyle of that condo community is right for you.

Dunedin is such a welcoming community. There are lots of parks in the city. Pioneer Park hosts the open air Farmers Market every Friday and Saturday except during the summer. You can find custom roasted coffee beans, specialty breads, fresh local produce and fresh meats and seafood. Friday night movies are a feature in Pioneer Park in the month of April, and it's free.  Weaver Park, right on the water of St. Josephs Sound, hosts the Sunset Concert Series every Friday evening in the month of May. And there is Edgewater Park, by the Dunedin Marina, that hosts the annual Craft Beer Festival. Hammock Park is several acres of quiet walking trails.

If you are an exercise lover, there is the Pinellas Bike Trail. This paved bikepath runs the length of Pinellas County, from Tarpon Springs in the north to St. Petersburg to the south and the Pinellas Bike Trail runs right through downtown Main Street in Dunedin. As you ride along the trail, on the north end of Dunedin, stop at Eli's Bar-B-Que from Thursday thru Saturday for the very best mouth-watering bbq pork and chicken you could ever hope to taste. then ride a little farther south along the trail for the downtown experience, or take a detour over to Honeymoon Island by riding out on the Dunedin Causeway.

Of course, it is not all lifestyle, since you really are looking for condos for sale in Dunedin. There are condos from between $150,000 to $500,000 if you are looking for perhaps waterfront living. One community, Mediterranean Manor, is situated on the water of St. Josephs Sound and is a short walk to the Dunedin Causeway. It has its own private beach and includes free mooring off the beach. There is a park and you can grill with Honeymoon Island only a short distance offshore for a wonderful backdrop.

Royal Stewart Arms is a 55+ community on the Dunedin Causeway in the $150,000 to $250,000 price range. This community is at the entrance to Honeymoon Island, with it's own fishing pier, clubhouse, tennis courts and an incredible view of St. Josephs Sound. This is a no pets community.

For those who are looking for the luxury condo market, Dunedin has that too! The Dunedin Grand is right on the water of St. Josephs Sound and offers spectacular views of Honeymoon Island and our magnificant Dunedin sunsets, which by the way, are free of charge. And there is a new development in Dunedin, 200 Main Street so you can enjoy the latest in building technology and still have the best lifestyle Dunedin has to offer.

Every city has condos for sale. Dunedin not only has condos for sale, it also offers a unique lifestyle to support the condo you buy and call home. Check out Dunedin, you'll be glad you did.

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.

Looking for a Home in Pinellas County

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Are you looking for a home in Pinellas County and having trouble finding a good school in Pinellas County? Do you have kids in elementary or high school, or both? Are you debating about whether to look for a home in Seminole, or Palm Harbor, or Dunedin or Tarpon Springs? When deciding on a home and you have children, the location, as it always is in real estate, is critical.

Did you find a house that you really like and want to know what schools it is zoned for? Try this link and get it straight from the county school district. Are you looking for general information on the area, to see if you really want to look for a home for sale in Palm Harbor, or homes for sale in Dunedin? What about  houses for sale under $250,000 in Dunedin or maybe look for Palm Harbor houses for sale under $350,000.

Maybe you are looking for a home for your parents, your kids' grandparents, so someone trustworthy will be available to watch the kids, or help out when time becomes an issue. Find the parents a home in an active 55+ community and then rest comfortably knowing they are just a short drive away to share family time with the kids, or attend the school science fair, or recitals or watch your child in the lead in the school play.

If you want to find out about individual schools in Pinellas County, visit the Pinellas County school system website and search for each school to find out all you would want to know about that school.  In the meantime, enjoy looking for homes for sale in Dunedin, or homes for sale in Palm Harbor or anywhere else in Pinellas County you want to live.

Dunedin Retirement Communities

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Are you looking for Dunedin retirement communities, or your winter home away from home? Dunedin is the place.  It has the lifestyle, the location, affordability, and almost every amenity you could ask for.  Do you want an active adult community?  You can use our Market Insider to follow the real estate trends in Dunedin.

There is the Pinellas Bike Trail, for those who like to get exercise and go somewhere.  You can ride the Pinellas Bike Trail the length of Dunedin, take a side trip over to Honeymoon Island state park, or just stop on the Dunedin Causeway to watch the boaters, or the windsurfers, or other people simply enjoying the view. There is the Dunedin Golf Club, which is the former home of the PGA, with a wonderful clubhouse and restaurant.  Downtown Dunedin has lots of shops, restaurants and plenty of festivals and events during the season.  Coming in November is the Arts Harvest, a major event with juried artworks available for purchase, lots of good food to eat, and many people just enjoying the fall weather.

So, you ask, what about the Dunedin retirement communities in the area with property for sale?  The Douglas Arms is a 55+ community that is very affordable, with prices typically under $75,000.  Douglas Arms is a no pets community.  There is also the Heather Hill Apartments.  Heather Hill Apartments are villas, have a no pets policy and also are generally priced in the under $75,000 range.  Heather Lake condos, Patrician Oaks and Pinehurst Village are also 55+ communities typically priced under $100,000. You can use our automated price estimator for the estimated value of your home, or any other home you might be interested in purchasing.

Edgewater Arms condo is on Edgewater Drive in Dunedin, with prices in the general range of $150,000 to $225,000.  Edgewater Arms is right on the Gulf coast with spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico and the nightly sunset show, which is free.  Edgewater Arms is also a no pets community.

Another outstanding Dunedin retirement community is Royal Stewart Arms.  Royal Stewart Arms is located on the Dunedin Causeway, just before the entrance to Honeymoon Island state park.  The Pinellas Bike Trail goes right by the community, so residents can walk along the Dunedin Causeway to Honeymoon Island, or head east on the causeway to the beach, or over to the mainland for a meal at Frenchy's Island Outpost, and dine on the open air patio.  The listing prices for condos in Royal Stewart Arms are generally from about $175,000 to $250,000.  Some of the condos in this waterfront community have simply incredible views of the Gulf and the intra-coastal waterway.  There is even a community fishing pier where people gather for fishing and conversation, or to watch the dolphins swimming around.

The lifestyle is there, you simply choose the value.

 

Dunedin Condos for Sale

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Dunedin condos for sale.  Is this an exciting sentence or not?  It is if you are looking for a condo in Dunedin, FL.  If you are interested in the Florida lifestyle, Dunedin is the city for you.  Dunedin is a small city or just under 50,000 people, it is located on the Gulf of Mexico, just north of Clearwater Beach and just south of Tarpon Springs and Palm Harbor.  Actually, if you go to the west edge of Dunedin, on the Gulf, and look across the water, there is Clearwater Beach and Caladesi Island.

Caladesi Island is accessible by boat only.  No cars, no roads.  There are nature paths for walking, and you can observe bald eagles, various sea birds, tortoises, dolphins just off the beach, osprey, and other forms of wildlife.  Caladesi Island has been named by Dr. Beach as the best beach in the country.  If you are a sportsman, the fishing off Caladesi Island is excellent, and includes redfish, snook, and for excitement the occasional shark.

Of course, Clearwater Beach is a world famous beach destination, with a wide sandy beach with lots of things to do, including watch stunning sunsets, Pier 60 and its attractions, various restaurants and attractions such as dolphin cruises, dinner cruises and parasailing.  Clearwater Beach is a very short drive from Dunedin and provides a good bit of extra entertainment for those who are looking for Dunedin condos for sale.

Oh yeah, we were talking about Dunedin condos for sale, weren't we.  The prices range from the very affordable to the luxury market.  Look at the listings below to see what is happening with Dunedin condos for sale.

And did we mention the lifestyle?  Dunedin's Main Street has great restaurants, interesting and unique shops, hand-made ice cream, lots of parks with outdoor concerts, green markets and an endless schedule of arts and crafts fairs, special events festivals - Cinco de Mayo, Mardi Gras, Wines the Blues, juried arts fair, and lots more.

Check it out.  Dunedin is a great place to live.  And there are Dunedin condos for sale.

Dunedin Homes for Sale

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Today, just after Valentine's Day, there are over 140 Dunedin homes for sale.  They range in price from $62,000 to $4.5 million.  If you are looking for variety, Dunedin has it.  All of these are single family homes, there are lots of condos also available, we just won't address them here.  The smallest house is 780 square feet, and is listed for $84,000.  The largest house is over 7,600 square feet and is listed for $4.5 million.  It is in Dunedin Isles, has 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms and is on the St. Joseph's Sound, on the Gulf.

There are 12 Dunedin homes for sale for less than $100,000, 64 for between $100,000 and $200,000, another 30 homes for sale between $200,000 and $300,000, so there are lots of options for many price ranges.

Why would you want to live in Dunedin?  It is a waterfront community, the downtown area is vibrant, with lots of interesting shops, some might call some of them quirky, outstanding restaurants - from the Mobile Guide rated Black Pearl, to several restaurants featuring sidewalk patio dining, to "New York" pizza, to hand made ice cream, to dining on outdoor patios overlooking the Gulf.

Then there are the festivals during peak season, or snowbird season, where almost every weekend there is a crafts fair, arts festival, movie in the park, farmer's market, or some other street festival where the City of Dunedin simply closes downtown to cars and there is music, fun, food, happy people, beverages, and lots to do.

Dunedin is a charming community full of welcoming people, and it is business friendly too.  Take a look at living here, find something you like in the Dunedin homes for sale, and get ready for a wonderful lifestyle.

Dunedin Homes for Sale Between $150,000 and $250,000

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Are you looking for Dunedin real estate in the $150,000 to $250,000 range?  You might want to take a close look at Dunedin, FL.  Dunedin offers a great lifestyle.  This gem of a city is on the Gulf of Mexico, has a population of about 45,000, has a small town feel with some big city features – especially top flight restaurants, a downtown that is often closed to motor traffic during the many arts festivals, various holiday celebrations ( Cinco de Mayo, Mardi Gras, Wines the Blues, juried crafts fairs, Old Fashion Christmas, among may others, great beaches, including Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island state parks, and on and on.  The life style is all Florida.

Oh yeah, the houses for sale.  As of today, there are 91 homes for sale, including single family homes and condos, 39 properties under contract and 10 homes sold in the last 30 days. That is only in the $150,000 to $250,000 price range.  For a more detailed outlook of Dunedin homes for sale, check our Sun Bay Associates home search link.

Of the homes for sale, they range from a 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 695 square feet condo in a 55+ community for $150,000 to a 3,050 square foot single family home zoned as an Assisted Living Facility, for only $189,000 or a 1761 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2 bath single family home on a highly desirable brick street for $249,900.

The ten properties that sold in the last 30 days range from a high of $249,900 for a 1370 sq. ft. condo on the Dunedin Causeway to a 1515 sq. ft. townhouse condo in a Gulf front community.

Now, back to the lifestyle.  The downtown area has terrific options, from a Mobil Guide rated restaurant, the Black Pearl, to some of the very best barbeque anywhere at the Dunedin Smokehouse, to homemade ice cream at Strachan’s Ice Cream, all on Main Street.

If you like to watch the sunset and enjoy a meal or beverage, try the Old Bay Café at the Dunedin Marina or Bon Appetit, both overlooking St. Joseph’s Sound.  Old Bay Café offers a Florida casual atmosphere with the fresh caught fish of the day on the menu.  Or Bon Appetit has an outdoor café and terrace for your enjoyment, including live entertainment, or retreat inside to the more formal dining room. 

This is just a sampling of the Florida lifestyle in Dunedin, FL and of the availability of Dunedin real estate.  Check it out for more of what you’re lookin’ for.

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Gwen and Doug Campbell - Sun Bay Realty Group
at Keller Williams Realty
30522 US Hwy 19N, Suite 107
Palm Harbor FL 34684
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