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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.

Live in Palm Harbor, Lots of Things to Do

by Doug Campbell

Why not live in Palm Harbor and find that there are lots of things to do in this Gulf Coast community? How often do you wonder if there are things to do in Palm Harbor? Well here is a list, although not complete, but it will certainly give you the idea that Palm Harbor is a community that offers a great quality of life. And by the time you are done reading this blog, you will want to look for real estate for sale in Palm Harbor.

Is a day at the park something that appeals to you? You can bring a picnic with you for a full day of family fun. Palm Harbor offers several parks, including John Chestnut Park and Wall Springs Park. John Chestnut Park is on the east side of Tarpon Lake and admission is free to all. There are many covered pavilions with picnic tables and charcoal grills so you can enjoy the day and be in the shade while you grill your burgers and hot dogs. The go take a stroll on the boardwalk along the lake and if you look really hard, you might see a gator. Just don't feed them! Or, catch a bass in the lake. 

If you prefer the salt water life over the fresh water of Lake Tarpon, take a trip to Wall Springs Park, again with free admission. There are walking trails that lead to several fishing piers that you can introduce little children to the fun of catching their first fish. Also, Wall Springs offers lots of areas for kayakers to investigate the mangrove forests and maybe see egrets, or dolphin, or lots of fish. Wall Springs is open until dusk every day. There is even an observation tower to climb for a panoramic view of St. Joseph's Sound. You can ride your bike on the Pinellas trail and get to Wall Springs Park easily, the entrance to the park is right along the Pinellas Trail. These are great reasons to look for homes for sale in Palm Harbor, so let's find a few more.

Looking for something more competitive than a day in the park, try golf. Palm Harbor has lots of golf courses, to test every skill level. There is the Innisbrook Golf Resort, host to the Valspar PGA golf tournament on the famous Copperhead Course. The restaurant is a world class steak house, there are three other championship courses within the resort to complement Copperhead. You can buy a luxury home within the resort, there are vacation rentals also available and all the amenities are available. During Spring Training, there are major league teams just a short drive to see the Blue Jays, or Phillies or the Yankees get ready for the major league baseball season.

Other golf courses include the Countryside Country Club, Lansbrook Golf Club, East Lake Country Club and all offer spectacular golf experiences with beautiful and manicured courses.

Maybe you prefer a little indoor fun, such as eating and enjoying a beverage. In Old Palm Harbor there is Peggy O'Neill's for really great food in a fun atmosphere. And Peggy's really rocks on St. Patrick's Day. Or try the Thirsty Marlin. Enjoy fresh local seafood in a very relaxed setting, including the outdoor patio where you can enjoy your meal and even have a tasty cold beverage, all while enjoying our beautiful weather. Still need more things to do in Palm Harbor? Try the Stilt House brewery, the latest craft brewer to our area. Do you yet have enough reasons to look for real estate for sale in Palm Harbor?

Not yet? OK, here is more information. A hidden little area is Ozona, west of Alt. 19 and nestled on the Gulf Coast. For a true feel of Florida, try Molly Goodheads restaurant, even get a bite of gator if you dare. Molly's has been around for many years and is definitely a favorite of the locals, so get away from the mainstream tourist areas and have a great experience at Molly Goodheads. If you would rather dine on the water, there is Ozona Blue, serving the freshest Florida seafood overlooking the Ozona marina.

Here is something that you aren't going to find many other places - The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary. this is a place where chimpanzees, orangutans and monkeys can "retire" after they are no longer suitable as pets, or retire from laboratories or the film industry. Visitors can come to the Sanctuary to view the animals from 10 AM to 4 PM, Thursday thru Sunday. Donations are accepted, with adults at $10, children $5, and kids under three are free. The Pinellas Bike Trail goes right by the Sanctuary so take a break from your ride and visit.

Are you tired yet? How about other things to do in Palm Harbor, like a night at the movies or head to any of the many, many fine restaurants in the area? Muvico in Palm Harbor has ten screens for the latest movies, or cross US 19 for the Cobb Countryside 12 Cinemas at the Westfield Countryside Mall, where before or after the movie, stop in at PF Changs for super Chinese food, or Red Robin for a great burger and all the fries you can eat, or Bar Louie or BJ's Brewhouse or Grimaldi's Pizzeria or any of the other many restaurants offering good food, and great fun.

So, if you really want to look for real estate for sale in Palm Harbor to fit your lifestyle, go ahead and do it. Palm Harbor has multiple terrific lifestyles, from country club living and playing on excellent golf courses, to living on the water so you can see the best sunsets every evening, for free, or take a boat out to maybe catch dinner, or just stroll along the beach for quiet time. 

Oh wait!! Forgot to mention the Palm Harbor schools. Simply put, they are excellent. Palm Harbor University High School is a sought after magnet school on the west side of US 19. then in the East Lake area is the well thought of East Lake High School. Both schools have excellent academics and very good athletic programs. There is so much to talk about the good life in Palm Harbor that we'll save it for another time to cover even more reasons to want to live in Palm Harbor and to look for homes for sale in Palm Harbor. Stay tuned, we just might find what makes you want to be here.

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.

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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
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