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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



 

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.

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.

 

5 Things To Do in Palm Harbor

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Palm Harbor is a wonderful community in Florida, just a little west of Tampa and north of Clearwater and Dunedin.  The schools are excellent, the location is outstanding and close to beaches, the Tampa airport and several beautiful parks.

Here are 5 things to do in Palm Harbor, and they are just the tip of the iceberg.  They are in no particular order.

Wall Springs Park. This park has nature walks, an observation tower to walk up and look out onto St. Joseph's Sound, playground for the kids, several fishing piers for your enjoyment, public restrooms and plenty of parking.  The Pinellas Bike Trail goes right by Wall Springs Park so riding to the park is easy.

Innisbrook Golf Club.  Innisbrook is home to a PGA tour event every year.  The clubhouse and course are excellent and the rates for the summer season are really good.  This is a true test of your golfing skills, and is a stunningly beautiful course.

Suncoast Primate Sanctuary.  This is home to former movie and retired zoo apes, mostly chimps.  Ride by the Sanctuary on the Pinellas Trail, or drive to it and then walk through to see the wonderful things the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary does for these beautiful animals.  Learn about the lives of these creatures.

Sun West Cyclery.  This is a great bicycle shop where you can rent bicycles to take a trip on the Pinellas Trail.  You can even rent a recumbent bike for those who want to lie down while getting their biking exercise.  Of course you can purchase a bike here too.

The YMCA.  The north Pinellas chapter of the YMCA is in Palm Harbor.  There are lots of activities for kids and the entire family.

Palm Harbor also has tons of other things to do, so keep coming back to see what is next.  We'll talk about the schools, restaurants and other exciting things to do in Palm Harbor as time goes by.

If you would like to learn about home values in Palm Harbor, check out our home valuation link for any house that interests you.

This is a map of Baywood Village, one of the waterfront communities within Palm Harbor. Click on it to see what real estate is available in Palm Harbor.

Dunedin, Where It Is

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Today in Dunedin it is 56 degrees.  It is only 49 degrees in Boston, MA right now.  Thing is, this Saturday, it will be 74 degrees in Dunedin, and it still will be only 49 degrees in Boston.  This evening, Gwen and I will stroll along the Pinellas Bike Trail to downtown, stop in a local place and perhaps enjoy an adult beverage, or tonight maybe a hot cocoa.  Then we'll walk back home, or head west two blocks to watch the sunset.

The Dunedin lifestyle allows us this privilege, of being close to work, having the Florida lifestyle in our favorite little city, enjoying fresh seafood, al fresco dining (although we'll wait for the weekend when it is a  tad warmer), watching the sunsets over Honeymoon Island, and never having to open a car door.  We can go for a healthy walk on the Pinellas Bike Trail, stroll around downtown for ice cream, or cocoa, or Tapas at Casa Tina's, or fresh catch of the day at the Dunedin Marina restaurant, or savor a unique local brew at Dunedin Brewery, and then just walk home.

The Dunedin lifestyle is what we have been looking for for years.  Now we are living it.  Quaint cottages and Craftsman homes, tree lined streets, excellent restaurants, street festivals seemingly all year round, spectacular coast sights such as Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island with the sun setting over both, and always meeting someone we know on our walks.  It is a wonderful place to live and be.

Indian Trails, Palm Harbor

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

There is a charming community called Indian Trails, Palm Harbor that is centrally located for beaches, the Pinellas bike trail, shopping, restaurants and good schools.

This community, within the unincorporated borders of Palm Harbor, is currently zoned, in 2012-2014, for Sutherland Elementary School, Palm Harbor Middle School, and Palm Harbor University High School.  All are excellent schools.

Palm Harbor real estate has plenty of benefits and lifestyle advantages.  Among these are the Pinellas bike trail is just a short bike ride away and from there, access to the entire bicycle system in Pinellas County with more than 45 miles of bike trails is available.  You can easily ride to the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, head out to Honeymoon Island via the Dunedin Causeway arm of the bike trail, or go to the very friendly downtown Dunedin, with its specialty shops, restaurants and micro-breweries.

Here is a summary for real estate in this neighborhood.  At present, there is only one home for sale in Indian Trails and it is listed for $285,000.  There are three houses currently under contract and in the last 90 days, four homes sold.  The average sale price in Indian Trails, Palm Harbor was $224,425 and the average square footage was 2,738.  Average days on market for these 4 sold homes was only 79 days.

The highest sale price in the last 90 days was $275,000 at a price per square foot of $98.80.  The one listing at $285,000 is a 2,796 square foot home for $102 per sf.  It has been on the market for 705 days.

Check out Indian Trails in Palm Harbor.

Dunedin Isles, Dunedin, FLorida

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

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

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

There are three houses listed as active with contract:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy hunting!!

 

Old Palm Harbor, Florida

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Palm Harbor, Florida offers a whole lot of great reasons to live there.  Of course there is US 19 with all the shopping and restaurants lining both the east and west sides of US 19.  Then there is the Old Palm Harbor, with no major highway running through it or the traffic that goes with it.  There is County Road 1 and Alt. 19 with the best parts of Old Palm Harbor lining the side streets between CR 1 and Alt. 19. 

Florida Avenue offers a great selection of restaurants and coffee shops all in the same one block area.  There is the Thirsty Marlin and Peggy O'Neil's Irish Pub and Eatery just across the street from each other.  Both offer great food, plenty of variety in the adult beverages, and camaraderie.  And they have dining outdoors. 

Right beside the Thirsty Marlin is a wonderful coffee shop with absolutely wonderful coffee blend, Baby's Coffee that is available at the Old Town Cafe in Palm Harbor, and the only other places Baby's Coffee can be had is Key West and Miami.  Plus Old Town Cafe serves wine or beer and great smoothies.  They also have Cuban sandwiches, panini, burritos, bagels and much more.  Check out the Old Town Cafe.

Locals love the Old Palm Harbor areas, shops and restaurants.  It is readily accessible from the Pinellas bike trail too.  If you are looking for a place to call home, find a little bit of real estate heaven and settle in Old Palm Harbor.

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35095 US Hwy 19N, Suite 100
Palm Harbor FL 34684
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