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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!!!

 

 

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 Retirement Home

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

If you are looking for a retirement home, the Clearwater/Palm Harbor area has what you need.  There are lots of 55+ communities with the active Florida lifestyle you are looking for.  You can search for exactly what you are looking for, in the price range you want, in the location you want to be, and do it for free.  Do you want your Florida lifestyle by living in a condo, a single family home, a villa, or a townhouse?  Senior living in the Clearwater and Palm Harbor area does not mean living a sedentary life.

The Florida lifestyle options are bountiful.  The Pinellas Bicycle Trail offers lots of opportunity to get exercise, see beautiful scenery, and not have to share the road with car traffic.  The Pinellas Bicycle Trail runs from Tarpon Springs in north Pinellas County, all the way to St. Petersburg, in south Pinellas County.  There are off-shoots along the way: ride along the Anclote River, stop for a picnic, go fishing; or take a pleasant detour to Honeymoon Island, Florida's most visited state park, with it's wonderful white sand beach, lots of opportunity for fishing, and just plain relaxation.  Or ride across to Clearwater Beach, do all the beach things you want to do, head back to the Pinellas Trail, and maybe stop an any of the many restaurants along the way.

Several retirement communities are pet friendly, some prefer no pets so you can choose which you prefer.  The prices in these 55+ communities range from as low as $25,000 to over $250,000.  Some offer community pools, travel clubs, golf, various alumni associations, movie nights and so much more.

Of course, you can save a lot of time and call us.  We'll do most of the work for you.

 

 

 

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.

 

Ten Favorite Breakfast Restaurants

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

This is a listing of ten of our favorite breakfast restaurants in Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs and Dunedin.  This is by no means comprehensive and they are in no particular order.  This list has been compiled by going to each one several times, with our parents so we get additional input.  So let’s get started.

Tiffany’s Restaurant in Palm Harbor offers breakfast all day.  They have wonderful crepes and all their portions are plentiful.  Get coffee and your cup is never empty.  With each breakfast comes a basket of mini-corn muffins that are simply delicious.  Tiffany’s is on the west side of US 19, just south of Alderman Road.  Check out their website: http://tiffanysfamilyrestaurant.us/

The Lucky Dill Deli in Palm Harbor is also on the west side of US 19N.  This is a true New York deli with New York breakfasts and incredible portions.  The Dill, as many of the locals refer to it, offers a full menu and lunch sandwiches are easily good for two meals.  Check out the breakfast menu: http://luckydilldeli.com/images/breakfast-menu.pdf

First Watch in Alderman Plaza, on the west side of US 19, offers fresh ingredients and excellent breakfasts, with as good a cup of coffee as you’ll find in any restaurant.  Their breakfast crepes are on our list of best of the best. They also offer brunch and lunch.  Check out the locations around the area: http://www.firstwatch.com/locations

Rodies Restaurant and Pancake House, on Alt 19 in Tarpon Springs also has breakfasts worth going out of your way to eat.  And, they top the list of my wife’s favorite for crepes.  ‘Nuff said there.  The breakfast skillets are enough for two, and are delicious.  Take a look at their breakfast menu: http://rodiesrestaurant.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Rodies-TarponSprings-Breakfast.pdf

Our Place on Route 580 in Dunedin is the place for home cooking comfort food for breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner.  The breakfast is cooked to order and the staff is really friendly.  Plus, they offer New York water bagels, can it get any better?  Take a look at their breakfast menu: http://ourplacedunedin.weebly.com/breakfast-1.html

Chatterbox North on Alt. 19 at the intersection of Alderman Road in Palm Harbor has the friendliest staff you could ask for.  The breakfast is wonderful, as you can tell because the place is full every Sunday morning.  The coffee keeps coming, the food is served quickly and is delicious.  You can’t beat the price either.  Check out the comments on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/chatterbox-north-family-restaurant-palm-harbor

Chloes Family Restaurant on Alt. 19 in Tarpon Springs, just across from Helen Ellis Hospital offers delicious breakfasts and huge portions at very reasonable prices.  The place is very clean, the owner also waits tables and is happy to talk with everyone.  This is another restaurant where if you leave hungry, it is not their fault.  Check out their menu on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/menu/chloes-family-restaurant-tarpon-springs

George’s Breakfast Station on Alt. 19 in Tarpon Springs is easy to miss, however the locals definitely know where it is.  They focus on great service, keeping your coffee filled, and delivering freshly cooked and hot breakfast,  and offer specials all the time.  It is clean, the staff is friendly, the service is really fast, and you get a great breakfast at a great price.  Give them at try on S. Pinellas Ave. http://www.georgesbreakfaststation.net/

Kelly’s on Main Street in downtown Dunedin is in the middle of the action of the Main Street section of downtown.  The breakfast is outstanding, and the portions are enough for the biggest appetite.  You can eat inside, or when the weather is pleasant (when is it not in Florida) you can eat on the outdoor patio.  The staff is wonderful, the locals eat here and the prices are good.  Check out Kelly’s for a wonderful meal. http://www.kellyschicaboom.com/menus/breakfast

Bob Evans on US 19 in Clearwater has wonderful breakfasts, as evidenced by the crowds every morning.  Yes, this is a national chain, and we do eat there, and it is good. The staff is pleasant and the service is very good.  Besides, it made the top four for Gwen’s favorite breakfast crepes. With the total makeover the restaurant had last year, dining in is more pleasant than ever. Check out their menu: http://www.bobevans.com/menu/default

So there is our list of ten favorite breakfast restaurants in the Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater and Tarpon Springs area.  Now go out there try these, then find ten of your own favorites and let us know what you think.  The area has lots more restaurants that are outstanding, these are just some of the many we really like.  Any list that has more than ten places gets watered down.

Does New Home Construction Work for You?

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

If you are looking for a new home to purchase in Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Oldsmar or Tarpon Springs and can't seem to find one, have you considered new home construction? Are you thinking a new home is beyond your budget?  You might be surprised.  If you are looking in a built out area, such as Pinellas County, Florida, and are willing to go out a little farther, new construction could be the answer.  What might be the advantage you ask.

Well, how about everything is brand new and comes with a guarantee!  Try that in a 50 year old home.  How often have you previewed an house that you liked, except that the appliances were almost as old as you are?  And the seller wouldn't give any consideration because it worked for him.  New home construction prices are often surprisingly affordable and well within many price ranges.  

Or how about the perfect house, except it needs a new roof?  Or needs a new air conditioner?  Newly built homes have all this, new roof, new A/C, new appliances, new flooring, fresh paint, energy efficient windows, and generally state of the art construction.

One excellent builder in the area,  Marc Rutenberg Homes even offers zero energy new homes.  These are so well built and efficient, there is no electric bill.  Imagine that.

We have a complete list of new home construction throughout the area.  You could spend hours in the car and burn many gallons of expensive gasoline looking for new home construction, or even longer on the internet searching for a home or you could give your Realtor (us I hope) a call if you want to think outside the box and consider a new home.  You might find that it is a great solution to your search.  

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Would you like something newer?

The drawback might be living a few minutes farther away from the office than where you want to be or maybe driving a little more to go to the mall.  Or new construction may not be for you. So if Palm Harbor or Dunedin, or Oldsmar or Tarpon Springs just don't seem to have the house you want, think about looking at new construction.  You just might like it.

Oak Tree Plaza in Dunedin, a New Park

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The Tampa Bay Times reported that a new park in Dunedin will be officially opened on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 11 AM.

The public is invited to the Thursday grand opening of Oak Tree Plaza, a new park at the intersection of Main Street and the Pinellas Trail in downtown Dunedin. Once a driveway, the plaza now features a linear brick-paved walkway highlighting access to storefronts, benches and landscaping intended to preserve a vintage oak tree that serves as the plaza's focal point. Thursday's 11 a.m. ceremony will include speeches by city and community leaders, as well as the dedication of a commemorative plaque at the base of the 150-year-old tree.

Dunedin has numerous parks that take advantage of the Pinellas bike trail, or the beautiful waterfront along the Gulf of Mexico, or a combination.  Living in Dunedin can be a unique lifestyle, with historic homes, the proximity to beaches, fishing and all sorts of water related recreation, and the vibrant downtown of Dunedin on Main Street.

Dunedin Real Estate - It's a Lifestyle

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Every community in the nation has 3 bedroom, 2 bath with 2 car garage houses.  The Dunedin real estate market is no exception.  What is unique about the Dunedin real estate market is the Dunedin lifestyle.  Dunedin is located in Pinellas county, on the Gulf Coast.  It has shopping centers, restaurants, boutiques, grocery stores, good schools, and everything all communities need to thrive.  The Dunedin lifestyle is a little different.

Since Dunedin is on the Gulf Coast, it is a waterfront community.  There are stately mansions along the waterfront.  There are numerous city parks for all to enjoy.  The Toronto Blue Jays farm team is in Dunedin.  Dunedin has its own city marina.  And festivals, if you like festivals, you will love Dunedin.  There is a Wine the Blues festival, a Mardi Gras festival, a Cinco de Mayo festival, arts festivals, antique festivals, Olde Fashioned Christmas festival, Music in the Park, and so much more.

Buying Dunedin real estate is your key to a lifestyle that is so much more than just having a house, it is having a home and a unique lifestyle.  There are bricked streets lined with stately live oak trees, the magnificent Gulf of Mexico coastline, Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island and more.  If you want a lifestyle, and a waterfront community, you need to take a serious look at the Dunedin real estate market.  There is something for everyone.

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A little reflection of what is really valuable.

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Gwen and I are a very good team of Realtors. We are reliable, prompt, honest and all the other stuff one would expect from a really good Realtor. This weekend gave me pause to consider what is the real value of my profession and my life. For the second time in a month we attended a memorial service for a friend who was taken too early by cancer.

At the services for both of these truly gentle men, who also personified the word "gentleman", time after time friends and family members stood up to offer a few words. And time after time they talked about how much they loved their wives and their families, people told funny stories of how both men interacted with friends, and how at the end both men, knowing the end was very near, talked about how much they would miss their wives and their children.

Not once did anyone talk about how these truly wonderful, and successful men, wished they had spent more time away from their family working at their jobs.

The stories of devotion to family and sharing their time with the communities they lived in made me wonder how important is it not to be at a child's birthday party because someone really needs to see a house they truly won't buy on Saturday afternoon. Should a really successful Realtor invest a full day driving people around to look at as "many houses as I can see today" so they will know what is available. We don't often do this, since we usually can give our customers more than enough information to make informed decisions before even getting in the car. Do you do it?

How many agents give up their family time, especially on a weekend, in the hopes of getting a commission? We have set boundaries for our customers, and are thinking about re-setting them. Even a Realtor has the right to quality of life. The market isn't as bad as the media makes it out to be, people are still buying houses. Set the expectations of your customers up front and it is amazing how almost all of your customers will accept them. If someone wants you available 24/7, just maybe you don't need that particular commission check. Think about what is the real value of your profession, and your life.

I always plug in a hotlink to my website to promote a listing. For this particular message, I am simply asking you to visit our website, www.SunBayAssociates.com.

Are you living to work, or are you working to live? Have a great week.

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Gwen and Doug Campbell - Sun Bay Realty Group
at Keller Williams Realty
30522 US Hwy 19N, Suite 107 S
Palm Harbor FL 34684
Doug's Cell 727-741-4189
Gwen's Cell 727-741-7260
Fax: 888-447-7908