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Why Live in Dunedin, FL?

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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, 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.

Royal Stewart Arms 55+ Community

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Royal Stewart Arms 55+ community is situated on Dunedin Causeway, which is the gateway to Honeymoon Island state park. Dunedin, FL is a community on the Gulf of Mexico, with Tarpon Springs to the north and Clearwater Beach to the south.

Royal Stewart Arms is a condo community with 454 condos, ranging in size from a 1 bedroom 1 bath unit of 539 square feet to a larger 2 bedroom 2 1/2 bath condo with 1,181 square feet. Most of the units are 2 bedroom 2 bath condos and all are equipped with natural gas for cooking. This waterfront community offers shuffleboard, tennis courts, a recreation building, and a fishing dock where people gather to catch dinner and while away the time telling fish stories.

Dolphins along the seawall at Royal Stewart Arms 55+ community

Among the benefits of living in Royal Stewart Arms 55+ community are the location at the entrance to Honeymoon Island state park, wind surf rentals on the Causeway, the beaches along the Causeway not to mention the former #1 beach in the United States, Honeymoon Island. The Pinellas bike trail, which goes from Tarpon Springs to St. Pete also has a spur from the mainland out to Honeymoon Island state park and goes right by Royal Stewart Arms. The Pinellas bike trail offers exercise to bicyclists, roller blade enthusiasts, joggers and just plain walkers - all for free. There are also restaurants on the Causeway that are social gathering places for the many residents in Dunedin, FL who live on the Causeway or in Royal Stewart Arms.

The condo association monthly dues range from about $360 to $446 and cover the recreation center, shuffleboard, tennis courts, building and grounds maintenance, building insurance, elevators, and laundry rooms on every floor in each building. Each building has its own association and board of directors who plan the budget and social events.

The Royal Stewart Arms 55+ community is a wonderful place to live and play. The City of Dunedin, FL provides the normal services, trash pickup, water and schools. So if you are looking for a great place to live, come to Dunedin, FL. You'll be glad you did!

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Royal Stewart Arms Real Estate Update

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

This Royal Stewart Arms real estate update covers the last 60 days.  This is a very active 55+ community at the entrance to Honeymoon Island state park in Dunedin, FL.  There are several 55+ communities in Dunedin, however, this is the one on a beautiful island in the intracoastal waterway in the Gulf of Mexico.

Today there are 10 condos for sale in this 55+ community in the Dunedin real estate market.  Two of these are one bedroom condos and have 302 and 184 days on market.  This simply means that they have been listed for sale for that many days.  The prices for the 10 condos listed for sale range from $89,000 (with 316 days on market) to $209,000 with 240 days on market.  The longer a property is on the market, whether it is in Royal Stewart Arms or anywhere else, is a very good indicator in today's market that the price is too high for the buying market.

There are 2 condos under contract in Royal Stewart Arms.  Both have covered parking.  Of course all condos have ready access to Honeymoon Island state park as well as the amenities of Royal Stewart Arms, including the fishing pier, fitness center, tennis courts and more.

And in the last 60 days, 6 properties have sold in Royal Stewart Arms.  The average sale price per square foot for the three 2 bedroom/2 bath condos that sold is $109.  The sold prices for these condos were $155,000, $120,000 and $110,000.  There were three other condos that sold in Royal Stewart Arms, and these other three are one bedroom units.  The sold prices for the three one bedroom condos were $118,000, $100,000 and $92,000.

For more information on Royal Stewart Arms or other areas in Dunedin or elsewhere in the greater Tampa Bay area, visit our Sun Bay Associates web site and click on the search listings tab.

Happy House Hunting!

Rare Find

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Every once in a while there comes along a rare find in real estate.  This is one of those.  This is an original Victorian home, built in 1892 in Dunedin, FL.  It has spectacular Gulf front vistas of Honeymoon Island.  It has a private fishing dock.  All told, there are 10 bedrooms, a couple of fireplaces, original wood floors throughout this incredible home.

The craftsmanship in this Victorian home is rarely seen today, mostly due to the cost to create the added features, hand-carved woodwork on the stairways, stained glass windows and more.

If you are the type who loves history and restoring homes, this is the house for you.  Some tender loving care and this house will be the crown jewel of Victorian homes in the entire area.  On top of its stunning location with the unparalleled Gulf front views of Honeymoon Island, not to mention the daily nature show of sunset over the Gulf, this home is located just a short walk from historic downtown Dunedin.  This means lots of festivals, crafts fairs, good restaurants, and many, many activities for all interests.

You really have to see this house to believe it.  Come, feel the Gulf breezes, admire the craftsmanship, and most of all, re-live the lifestyle of a bygone era. 

Royal Stewart Arms, Dunedin, FL

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Royal Stewart Arms, Dunedin, FL is a 55+ condo community with spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico and the intracoastal waterway.  This community has it all, including tennis courts, shuffleboard, fishing pier and an active community association.  Royal Stewart Arms, Dunedin, FL is on the Dunedin Causeway and is the last development before entering Honeymoon Island state part.  

Today's 30 day real estate update for Royal Stewart Arms will cover the latest real estate listing and sales activity for this 55+ condo community.

Currently, there are 21 active listings in Royal Stewart Arms.  Of these 21 listings, 7 are one bedroom one bath condo units.  The other 14 listings are 2 bedroom units.  All together, the average days on market for all 21 condos is 201 days on market.  For the one bedroom units, the average days on market is 177 days on market.  Five of these listings have more than 120 days on market, which is a sure indicator that the price is higher than the market is willing to pay.  

The average price for all the condos in Royal Stewart Arms, Dunedin is $148,643 and coupled with the average of 201 days on market certainly indicates the market is rejecting these list prices.

There are only 3 condos under contract, 2 listed at $129,900 - both of which are 2 bedroom 2 bath units.  The other unit under contract is listed for just under $175,000 and has been updated, with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, newer A/C and water heater, and much more.

There was no sale in Royal Stewart Arms in the last 30 days.  If you are looking for a great location for a very competitive price, Royal Stewart Arms is definitely worth a look.  It is not a landlease complex.  Pets are not allowed.  What is allowed is the Florida lifestyle of a 55+ condo community, including the beaches, easy access to Honeymoon Island, fishing, and the benefits of being so close to charming downtown Dunedin.  

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