Home — where our treasured belongings and memories live, where we’re free to roam about in our most comfortable clothing and most importantly, where we decompress after a long day. The place we choose to live is the single most impactful decision on our well-being which is why you should seriously consider the health benefits of living by the water.
Humans are naturally drawn to blue spaces — a natural biological connection that science has linked to improved cognitive, emotional and physical health. Just looking at the water releases a flood of neurochemicals that increase blood flow to the brain and heart, creating an instantaneous feeling of relaxation.
Urbanization and constant technological connectivity contribute to anxiety and moodiness — so it makes sense that a home by the water can combat the sometimes-stressful effect of daily life.
Imagine getting home from a busy day and being able to relax with a beautiful view of the sunset or see a dolphin on your evening run … or taking a night off of cooking and enjoying a meal at a waterfront restaurant just steps from your building door. Such experiences can turn a bad day into a lovely evening and help you find a healthy balance between obligations and personal time.
Any dwelling is made more beautiful with a backdrop of a waterfront setting peeking through the windows. While there are plenty of ways to improve your health and lifestyle, moving near the water can elevate both without any major change to your typical routine.
Overlooking a deepwater yacht basin, Marina Pointe offers the best of contemporary waterfront living in the heart of Tampa Bay. This carefree condominium lifestyle features breathtaking views, luxurious amenities, a state-of- the-art marina and extraordinary values at the pinnacle of South Tampa’s exciting new walkable waterfront neighborhood – Westshore Marina District.
A limited collection of waterfront luxury residences is available from the $700,000s.
Information is available at MarinaPointe.com, and (813) 344–3456.
Tampa Bay is renowned for its exciting and eccentric array of activities on the water. In addition to world-class boating, fishing, paddle boarding and other invigorating water sports, the area offers a broad selection of restaurants that welcome boaters to dock and dine.
Here is a collection of local favorites along the bay, the beach and on boat-friendly rivers. Stopping by for flavorful fare and refreshing drinks is the perfect complement to a day on the water with friends and family.
HULA BAY CLUB
Bayside haunt for Hawaiian-style food, featuring a lively poolside lounge & dockside dining.
5210 W Tyson Ave, Tampa, FL 33611
Popular waterfront bar and restaurant with stone crab claws, great fresh seafood and soft-shell crab.
13040 Gandy Blvd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 914- 4087
Upscale eatery in the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay with a menu of steak & seafood amid water views.
2900 Bayport Dr., Tampa, FL 33607
Laid-back eatery featuring Caribbean entrees & tropical cocktails amid beachy decor.
3045 N Rocky Point Dr. E., Tampa, FL 33607
Relaxed, colorful bayside Tiki Bar offering coastal favorites, tropical cocktails & craft beers.
13090 Gandy Blvd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
FRESCO’S WATERFRONT BISTRO
Relaxed dockside spot serving global eats & drinks in casual digs featuring a deck with bay views.
300 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Beachfront eatery with American fare & seafood, plus daily breakfast & a Sunday champagne brunch.
602 Bahia Del Sol Dr., Ruskin, FL 33570
CIRCLES WATERFRONT RESTAURANT
Modern seafood-focused American restaurant with outdoor seating & water views.
1212 Apollo Beach Blvd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572
RIVERS EDGE BAR AND GRILL
Low-key outpost offering a casual burger-&-seafood menu, pool & live music, plus a water-view deck.
6226 Ohio Ave, Gibsonton, FL 33534
AJ’S ON THE RIVER
A relaxed local favorite on the Alafia River with good music, delicious food & tasty cocktails.
9808 Vaughn St, Gibsonton, FL 33534
JACKSON’S BISTRO & SUSHI BAR
Waterfront spot with an eclectic menu, including sushi — nightlife, private rooms & patio.
601 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
Rustic-chic site for native Floridian fare, with barbacoa grilling & house-brewed beers.
1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
RICKS ON THE RIVER
Casual riverfront pub where raw oysters & classic bar bites are complemented by live music daily.
2305 N Willow Ave, Tampa, FL 33607
SEA CRITTERS CAFE
Seafood cafe on the water with deck dining & free boat dockage for diners.
2007 Pass a Grille Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706
THE WHARF RESTAURANT
Festive restaurant & bar pairing classic American & seafood dishes with water views.
2001 Pass a Grille Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706
O’MADDY’S BAR & GRILLE
Free-spirited hub for drinks & varied American bites in an indoor-outdoor space across from the water.
5405 Shore Blvd S., Gulfport, FL 33707
Overlooking a deepwater yacht basin in the heart of Tampa Bay, Marina Pointe is an ideal address for those with a passion for boating. This carefree condominium lifestyle features breathtaking views, luxurious amenities, a state-of- the-art marina and extraordinary values at the pinnacle of South Tampa’s exciting new walkable waterfront neighborhood.
Two years ago, Westshore Marina District was nothing but 52 weedy, empty acres. Now, the first group of townhomes is ready and hundreds of other residences will be finished over the next 12 months.
Nearby, the ramp to the new Lee Roy Selmon Expressway Connector rises 30 feet, part of a project that will slash traffic on surface streets and let motorists zoom almost nonstop from St. Petersburg to Disney World.
In all, $1 billion in changes are coming to the Tampa end of the Gandy Bridge.
“It’s very exciting,” said Tampa City Council member Harry Cohen, whose district includes the area. “We have the opening up of a whole new waterfront community, and the Gandy connector is going to be a huge alternative for people who are now getting off Gandy (Boulevard) and cutting through residential neighborhoods to get to Westshore and downtown Tampa.”
Tampa is in the midst of several transformative projects, led by the $3-billion-plus redevelopment of the southern part of downtown and the revitalization of the city’s long-neglected riverfront. But with St. Petersburg blossoming at the same time, it was inevitable that areas closer to Pinellas County would also see dramatic changes.
The most striking of those is Westshore Marina District.
The developer of Westshore Marina District is nearing deals for a dual-concept, boat-up restaurant as well as neighborhood retailers.
BTI Partners, based in Fort Lauderdale, is in active negotiations with a Tampa restaurant group that will bring two concepts to a multilevel waterfront restaurant along Gandy Boulevard.
The Westshore Marina District is a 52-acre mixed-use development on the Gandy waterfront, just off of Westshore Boulevard. It will include apartments, condos and townhouses in addition to the restaurants and retail.
Beck Daniel, executive vice president of development for BTI, said that one operator will run both concepts — an upscale restaurant on the second story and an open-air, more casual space downstairs. He declined to identify the group but said a deal could be finalized within eight weeks; negotiations have progressed beyond a letter of intent, he said. (A LOI in commercial real estate is a non-binding proposal that outlines the terms of the deal.)
The Westshore Marina District is directly north of Rattlesnake Point, where another group is planning a new boat-up restaurant.
There’s also high interest in the storefronts within the district, Daniel said. The town center-style retail is just over 22,000 square feet and will be home to neighborhood-oriented, service-based retailers like coffee shops, wine bars and spas.
“We have 15 LOIs for not that many spaces, so we’re now honing in on the best mix for our product,” Daniel said. “And we are advancing with our permitting.”
Those tenants could be announced late in the first quarter of 2019. Daniel said BTI is in talks with a small market, around 3,500 square feet — the type of place with a deli counter, where residents could grab supplies for a quick dinner.
The retail space will be built so that “people don’t have to leave the community for their essentials,” Daniel said.
The focus is on local tenants, said Noah Breakstone, managing partner of BTI Partners.
“We’re trying to make the majority that we have here be locally based,” Breakstone said. “It’s more homegrown, more quality. It’s more comfortable as you walk around instead of the typical run of the mill.”
As the crown jewel of Westshore Marina District’s 52 waterfront acres, Marina Pointe was imagined by the internationally recognized Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design, which drew inspiration from intriguing sources that include the bay, boats, and most surprising of all, boomerangs.
The design challenge started with maximizing views for three 16-story towers along the scenic waters of Tampa Bay. Noah Breakstone of developer BTI Partners said, “To find 1.5 miles of waterfront living in the city of Tampa was truly unique. When we looked at this on peninsula, and we talked about having a luxury residence that was livable and walkable … that people could enjoy the surroundings and natural environment. But the question was how do you do that today to have something that really is timeless?”
A design that makes a splash
Architect Kobi Karp’s vision is helping to develop the skyline. He said, “This site is truly the crown jewel of the area. We wanted to create an iconic signature that honors the city’s culture and heritage, and also comes to represent its future in the decades to come.”
In a sense, the Marina Pointe residential buildings rise up from the water. Therefore, it was fitting that the boats that ply these protected waters would provide design inspiration. “When you look at these crystalline sculptural towers,” said Karp, “you can see the unmistakable lines of a ship’s bow and the graceful lines of its sails.”
Beyond the style and beauty reflected in the silhouette of Marina Point’s residential buildings, the architecture accomplishes important functional considerations. Just as the bow of a ship advances forward as it rises from the water, the profile of the towers gradually extends out as it elevates from the ground floor to the penthouse. This serves to ensure that every residence boasts optimal views of the bay, the coastline and the energized urban setting beyond.
The boomerang solution
Maximizing views for residents was a primary goal in designing Marina Pointe. Noah Breakstone said’ “One of the incredible things that Kobi Karp brought to the table is what they called the boomerang design – three wings that extend from a central point. As the residential buildings move westward on the peninsula from the coast toward the water, they rotate to the perfect position for panoramic views. No tower blocks views of another. It is truly an innovative idea to achieve a very important result for those who will call Marina Pointe home.”
Kobi Karp said, “Then residents enter their condominiums, a vision unfolds of expansive glass walls and the breathtaking views beyond. Whether they’re in the living room, or having breakfast and morning coffee, sitting in your kitchen looking out, in the master bathroom … they are blessed with amazing views to the outside. Great view 360 degrees, 365 days a year.”
Overlooking a deepwater yacht basin in the heart of Tampa Bay, Marina Pointe’s carefree condominium lifestyle features breathtaking views, luxurious amenities, a state-of-the-art marina and extraordinary values at the pinnacle of South Tampa’s exciting new walkable waterfront neighborhood.
A limited collection of waterfront luxury residences is available from the $700,000s. Information is available at MarinaPointe.com, and 813-930-9800.