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Places This Week: Tarpon Springs Castle Winery for sale

Amy Kagan



320 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. Photo: Homes.com.

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The owners of the Tarpon Springs Castle Winery, located at 320 E. Tarpon Ave., are selling their land, building and business for an asking price of $1.2 million. The winery has been a fixture in the heart of the Tarpon Springs historical district for the past 20+ years.

Joseph and Diana Marks purchased the land in 1998 for $39,900. The building was constructed in 2001 to resemble an 1820 federal building. Diana Marks consulted with the Tarpon Springs historical society as well as historical boards in Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, North Carolina to ensure the authenticity of the colors and details.

The two-story, 3,330 square-foot structure sits on a 6,756 square-foot corner lot with an Italian-style walled-in courtyard, fountains and a wrought-iron gazebo. On the first level is a retail store, a European-style tasting room, a bottling room and two half-baths. Outdoors is a patio that seats between 50 and 75. Upstairs is a studio-style apartment with a complete kitchen and full bath. A 468 square-foot open porch on this level wraps around the front and side of the building. Four parking spaces are on-site and additional public parking is just steps away.

 The mixed-use zoning offers many opportunities, including townhomes or an apartment complex, a brewery, restaurant or bar. The sale includes all winery equipment, recipes and training.

 The listing agent is Deanna Sapp Phillips with Century 21 Coastal Alliance.


4450 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, Unit 311. Photo: Homes.com.

The Lido St. Pete Beach condo sells for $1.52 million

The Lido condos, a six-story building situated on the beach at 4450 Gulf Blvd. offer a unique U-shaped architectural design that provides every residence in the building with unobstructive views of the Gulf of Mexico. Unit 311, located in the center of the building and overlooking the pool and hot tub, sold April 15 for $1.53 million, $25,000 above the list price.

 The 74-unit condo complex was built in 1985. This 3-bedroom, 2-bath, 1,692 square-foot unit was completely renovated between 2019 and 2022. Updates, valued at over $200,000, include new wood flooring in all of the main living areas and bedrooms, new hurricane-rated sliders and windows, Porcelanosa flooring in the bathrooms and seven-inch baseboards throughout. The kitchen features an over-sized island, Porcelanosa countertops and backsplashes, stainless steel KitchenAid appliances and a separate dining area. The primary bedroom has new automated curtains, a large walk-in closet and an ensuite bath with dual sinks, a walk-in shower and a heated towel rack. Two additional bedrooms provide space for guests.

Community amenities include outdoor tennis and pickleball courts, a fitness center, a Gulfside pool and deck that were replaced in 2022 and a private walkover to St. Pete Beach. The unit was last sold in 2019 for $705,000.

 The listing agents were Melinda Persuitte and Sheila Geer with Compass Florida LLC. The buyer was represented by Julie Yonan with Century 21.


2046 Bayshore Blvd, Dunedin. Photo: Crexi.com.

Dunedin bank building sold

A former First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company building, purchased by Penny Lane Beatles Museum Inc. in Jan. 2022 for the purpose of moving and expanding the museum’s Beatles memorabilia collection, returned to the market late last year and sold through an auction in December for $945,000. The deed for the sale was recorded April 16 with the Pinellas County Clerk of the Court.

Dr. Robert Entel, founder of the Beatles museum and chairman of the nonprofit’s board, purchased the property at 2046 Bayshore Blvd. in 2022 for $1.6 million. At the time, he told the St. Pete Catalyst that the museum was outgrowing its 560 square-foot space on the 2nd floor of Stirling Commons at 730 Broadway. “I’m only exhibiting maybe 20 percent of the memorabilia,” Entel said. “Most of it’s in storage. We’ve got three pinball machines, a huge Yellow Submarine jukebox, a slot machine … So much other memorabilia, hundreds of things that we just don’t have the space for.” The museum never moved to the Bayshore Blvd. location and remains in the former art gallery space in Stirling Commons.

A spokesman for the museum said it will be relocating to Ybor City “in about a year.”

The 4,316 square-foot bank structure was built in 1979 and sits on a .6-acre lot. The property’s zoning allows for a variety of commercial uses, including a bank, pharmacy, laboratory facilities, medical clinics, a restaurant or daycare. 

Alex Zylberglait and Michael Crocchiola with Marcus & Millichap were the listing agents for the sale.



6733 4th St. N., St. Petersburg. Photo: LoopNet.com.

El Patio Motel in St. Petersburg sells

 El Patio Motel, located at 6733 4th St. N., along with two vacant lots to the rear of the property on 3rd St. N, sold April 12 for $1.55 million – $100,000 below the asking price.

 The one-story, 5,354 square-foot concrete block motel was built in 1946 and sits on a 12,445 square-foot parcel of land. It includes ten units consisting of eight motel rooms, one 2-bedroom motel/apartment and one 2-bedroom unit for the owner. The two vacant residential lots, currently used as a recreation area, total 11,024 square-feet.

The motel is operated as a daily or weekly rental and is zoned as Neighborhood Suburban, allowing for a variety of commercial or residential uses, including single family homes. The buyer, MM Johnson Group LLC, filed as a Florida Limited Liability Company March 25, 2024. The seller purchased the properties in 1995 for $230,000.

The listing agents were Patrick Calhoon and Chris Calhoon with Smith & Associates Real Estate.


6785 Burning Tree Dr., Seminole. Photo: Homes.com.

Seminole Lake Country Club home for sale

A waterfront Key West-style home in the Seminole Lake Country Club community has listed for sale with an asking price of $2.6 million. The three-story, 7,975 square-foot residence, located at 6785 Burning Tree Dr., has four bedrooms and five baths. It sits on an oversized 37,414 square-foot lot, including “submerged” land. A separate parcel adjacent to the property is also for sale, allowing for the opportunity to own over five acres.

The home was built in 2006 and updated and remodeled in 2020 and 2021. The entrance on the main level, with 25-foot-high ceilings and knotty pine floors, leads to a great room with a travertine marble gas fireplace, a kitchen with custom cabinets and polished marble countertops, a large dining room and a home office. The owner’s suite has contoured ceilings, a cherrywood decorated walk-in closet, and an ensuite bath with a marble-encased jetted tub and a glass shower with dual fixtures. Upstairs is a family room that opens to a deck with waterfront views, two additional bedrooms and two baths. The ground level features a game or music room, a billiard room, a four-car garage and a guest suite with a full bath.

Outdoors is a saltwater pool with cascading waterfalls and a tiki and wet bar with travertine counters. Other features include a whole-house gas generator, a tankless gas water heater and a new water filtration system and softener.

The home was last purchased in 2020 for $1.325 million. The listing agent is Fred Bullard III with Bullard Realty.


8301 Blind Pass Rd., St Pete Beach. Photo: Crexi.com.

Blind Pass Rd. Boutique Motel hits the market

The Sun Island Motel, a 12-key boutique property located at 8301 Blind Pass Rd., St. Pete Beach, has entered the market with an asking price of $3 million.

The 12 rooms include four deluxe studios with one king bed, a futon and a galley-style kitchenette with an apartment-sized refrigerator; two family studios with one queen and one twin bed and a kitchenette with a mini-fridge; three standard studios and two smaller basic studios, each with a queen bed and a kitchenette with a mini-fridge; and one two-bedroom unit with a full kitchen. All studios are equipped with cookware, dishes/utensils, hot plate, coffee maker, microwave and toaster.

The one-story, 4,450 square-foot concrete structure was built in 1952. The outdoor pool and deck area adds another 1,242 square-feet. Renovations valued at $50,000 were made between 2017 and 2023.

Highlights include a turn-key property, new furniture and furnishing and fresh landscaping.

The listing agent is Michael Wyckoff with Engel & Völkers Madeira Beach.

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

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