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Places This Week: A Pinellas Point ‘birdcage home’

Bill DeYoung



711 Pinellas Point Drive S., St. Petersburg. Photo: Realtor.com.

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 A mid-century home designed by renowned architect Glenn Q. Johnson, located at 711 Pinellas Point Drive S., St. Petersburg, has listed for $800,000. Johnson, who died in 1999 at the age of 90, was a Chicago native whose designs include the Pinellas County Judicial Building, the St. Pete Beach Library, the Snell Isle shopping center; and a dozen schools, including Gibbs High School and Azalea Middle School in St. Petersburg, Oak Grove Middle School in Clearwater and Oakhurst Elementary in Largo.

The two-story, 1,424 square-foot property, sitting on a quarter-acres of land is one of only 13 homes built with Johnson’s Vision-Aire Birdcage design. All of the properties are oriented to face the southeast in order to catch the sun in the winter and to take advantage of cross-ventilation.

The living and dining areas on the second floor feature vaulted ceilings and skylights. The kitchen has been modernized to include illuminated cabinetry, quartz countertops and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances. The primary bedroom, also on the second level, features original built-in closets and cabinets and oversized windows. The primary bath has been updated, but preserves the mid-century character. Two additional bedrooms are located on the ground floor and open up to a screened-in porch.

The property was last purchased in 1991 for $58,700. The listing agent is Jacquelyn Reina with Smith & Associates Real Estate.


1803 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. Photo: LoopNet.com.

 Indian Rocks Beach Sea Star Motel listed for sale

The Sea Star Motel, located at 1803 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, has listed for sale with an asking price of $3.5 million. Family-owned and operated for the past 25 years, the boutique hotel offers 13 units, as well as the owner’s home.

The sale includes four structures built in 1940, 1946 and 1991. They total 8,100 square-feet of living space across three parcels of land, two of which face Gulf Boulevard. Accommodations include efficiencies and one and two-bedroom apartments, each with either a kitchenette or full-size kitchen. Multiple laundry facilities are on-site. The owner’s home features two bedrooms and two baths, a large office, living and dining room.

Several opportunities exist for a new owner or developer. They can rebrand the motel, renovate the units, bring in professional management, add a new pool and live on or off site; offer short-term rentals for some of the units and/or reconfigure and lease the single-family home to allow eight or more guests;  or rezone the three parcels to build eight to ten luxury townhomes with the opportunity to purchase neighboring parcels, increasing the number to twelve or more.

The property was last purchased in 2000 for $459,500. The listing agent is Ben Mitrano with LPT Realty.



1425 4th Street N., St. Petersburg. Photo: Crexi.com.

Guidewell Emergency 4th Street property sells

A property occupied by GuideWell Emergency Medical Center, located at 1425 4th Street N., St. Petersburg, sold May 15 for $4.35 million. It had previously been purchased by Belleair Development Group (BDG), a Pinellas Park family business which focuses on commercial retail and multi-family development, in Jan. 2021 for $1.47 million.

The one-story 7,531 gross square-foot structure was originally built in 1920. BDG redeveloped the site for approximately $430,000. GuideWell, which signed a 10-year lease, invested over $2 million of tangible personal property to custom redesign the building to their specifications. Guidewell’s doors opened in Dec. 2021.

The sale of the 0.34-acre property also includes a parking area across a small side street. The purchaser, Guide 1425 LLC, was established as a limited liability company with the State of Florida May 2, 2024. Their principal address is care of Cornwall Management in Sarasota. The seller was represented by Jonathan Gerszberg with  Marcus & Millichap.


1656 N. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. Photo: LoopNet.com.

Three commercial buildings and vacant lot sell in Clearwater

A general warehouse, a strip mall, a vacant lot and a retail store with an upstairs apartment, located at 1692, 1680, 1668 and 1656 N. Ft. Harrison Ave., respectively, have sold for a combined price of $750,000. The properties were listed with an original asking price of $899,999.

1692 N. Ft. Harrison Ave. is a one story, 1,500 square-foot general warehouse built in 1925 and sits on an 8,316 square-foot parcel of land. It was previously purchased in 1993 for $42,000. 1680, a one-story, 1,980 heated square-foot strip store on a 4,922 square-foot lot built in 1952; 1668, a 4,905 square-foot vacant commercial lot; and 1656, a two-story, 3,763 gross-square-foot retail space with an apartment upstairs that was built 1954 were purchased together in 1994 for $125,000.

All of the lots sit two blocks from the Intracoastal Waterway, between downtown Clearwater and downtown Dunedin. The seller, the estate of Cheryl Ann Whitney, was represented by Alex Caballero and Curt Chandler with Alight Right Realty. The purchaser was Affordable Properties Management and Realty LLC with offices at 321 28th St. S., St. Petersburg.


128 Carlyle Dr., Palm Harbor. Photo: Realtor.com.

Three-story Palm Harbor estate lists

A 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath Tuscan-style estate located at 128 Carlyle Dr., Palm Harbor, has listed with an asking price of $2.35 million. The 3,434 square-foot property is situated on a 0.33-acre of land with unobstructed water views of the Gulf of Mexico.

The open great room features a fireplace, beamed ceilings, porcelain tile floors and glass doors that open to a screened porch overlooking the Gulf. The eat-in kitchen has white-stacked cabinets, a walk-in pantry, a six-burner gas range and double ovens. The entire third level is devoted to the master suite featuring a private enclosed screened veranda and his-and-her separate bathrooms with a jetted tub and a shared walk-in shower.

An enclosed in-ground pool is located on the main level. Outdoors is 88 feet of waterfrontage with a private dock and fishing pier. The home, built in 1990, was previously purchased in 2019 for $1.13 million.

The listing agent is Terry Tillung with Coldwell Banker Realty.


2420 Margolin Lane, Clearwater. Photo: Homes.com.

2.23-acre Clearwater home sells

A 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath home located at 2420 Margolin Lane in Clearwater sold May 15 for $1.9 million – $100,000 over the asking price. The 4,964 square-foot two-story home was built in 1979 and is situated on a 2.23-acre plot of land in the heart of Clearwater.

The circular driveway, with a pond and fountain, leads to an entryway on the main level with a traditional floorplan. The living area is designed with millwork and molding and a private dining room is spacious enough to host dinner parties. The eat-in-kitchen offers a large island with a cooktop, top-of-the-line appliances, a large walk-in pantry and sliders opening to multiple outdoor entertainment areas. The family room has vaulted ceilings, a fireplace, a wet bar and expansive windows overlooking the landscaped grounds. The primary bedroom, with his-and-her closets, features an ensuite bath with double sink vanities, a soaker tub and a walk-in shower with multiple shower heads. Two additional bedrooms with a jack and jill bath are also on this level. Upstairs is a loft with an additional bedroom, full bath and a library/office. Outdoors is an attached garage, an in-ground pool and tennis courts.

The listing agent was Martha Thorn with Coldwell Banker Realty. The buyer was represented by Rachel Landon with Pristine Florida Properties.

Real estate agents: Please forward all news for Places This Week to Amy Kagan at amy@stpetecatalyst.com. Thanks!






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    June England

    May 17, 2024at3:29 pm

    I used to.live there at 725 69 Ave south the only BIRDCAGE on one level.
    It was the builders home. We loved it paid 60,000.00 for it in 1976….

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