Top Five Best Golf Courses Near South Tampa

One of the most popular hobbies in the Sunshine State is playing golf. This outdoor sport is an excellent pastime for people of all ages. Whether you are retired and playing with neighbors, planning a weekend trip, or just working on your short game – here are the Top 5 Best Golf Courses Near South Tampa.

Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club

One of the most iconic and stunning golf courses in South Tampa is Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club. Located minutes outside of Downtown Tampa, this private golf and country club has been a historic course for over 100 years. Opened in 1916, this tropical golf course has withstood the test of time and golfers love to play this challenging track. Designed by Donald J. Ross, the par 70, 6,211-yard course features small greens and narrow fairways – an exciting challenge for golfers of all skill levels.

Bay Palms Golf Complex

Bay Palms Golf Complex is home to two 18-hole golf courses at the southern tip of Tampa. These golf courses are the perfect courses to “play the bay” with waterfront views and the ability to watch planes land and depart from MacDill Air Force Base just a couple of blocks away. Whether you’re learning the game or lowering your handicap, the North and South courses at Bay Palms are a great place to do so.

The complex is also home to a massive driving range, full-service clubhouse and summer youth camps for children looking to get their start in the sport.

Rocky Point Golf Course

Another amazing course near South Tampa is Rocky Point Golf Course. Located near the Tampa International Airport, this course was one of the first built in the state. Since 1911, Rocky Point has been a staple in the Tampa community and locals continue to love playing here.

For those visiting Tampa, this is a great public golf course to play after touching down in the Sunshine State. As a par 71, 6328-yard course, golfers of all skill levels will enjoy the tropical fairways, challenging bunkers, and crafty greens. Surrounded by luxury hotels and the blue waters of Old Tampa Bay, players will always enjoy a great day at Rocky Point.

Babe Zaharias Golf Course

Babe Zaharias Golf Course, or “The Babe” as locals like to call it, is an enjoyable course minutes outside of Downtown Tampa. This par 70, 6,163-yard, public course is an exciting track surrounded by a tree-lined residential neighborhood, ponds, and creeks.

For those looking to book a tee time with friends, “The Babe” is a great place to do so. With twilight fees and a “Fairway Café” with happy hour specials, this course is a place to not only make putts, but also to make memories.

Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club 

Another amazing golf course near South Tampa is Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club. For members, this course is truly a “home away from home” as it is a short drive outside of South Tampa. This par 72 course is a perfect retreat outside of the hustle and bustle of the city for an afternoon round or early morning tee time.

Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club has the distinct honor to be officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S Government, meaning that every round you play, you’ll be making history.

Golfers will make history while challenging themselves on Temple Terraces’ small greens, lengthy par 5s, and stunning tee boxes overlooking Florida scenery.

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Live at Altura Bayshore

For those looking to live an active lifestyle in South Tampa, discover the new high-rise condominiums at Altura Bayshore.

This 23-story sky-rise offers breathtaking views of Hillsborough Bay and the Tampa skyline and is just a short drive away from all the previously mentioned golf courses.

The luxury high-rise is designed with 67 residences and 6 penthouses for a South Tampa lifestyle that is second-to-none. Ranging from 2,403 to 3,848 square feet, owners will love their generously spaced, open concept living areas with breathtaking high-rise views.

For the residents looking to work on their game, Altura Bayshore has an outdoor putting green on the 4th floor amenity deck that will be sure to amaze. Now you’ll be able to work on your short game as you revel in all that Altura has to offer.

The 4th floor amenity deck will also have a pickleball court, half-court basketball, and dog park for you to enjoy all year long.

The amenities continue to the 24th floor with a rooftop pool complete with lap lanes and a sun shelf, trellis-covered spa, private shade cabanas, covered bar area with BBQ grills, a private clubroom, and more.

Altura Bayshore is now under construction and is accepting contracts. For more information, contact the sales team at (813) 492-2420 or visit alturabayshore.com.

Altura Bayshore Celebrates Tower Construction with 60 Percent of the Development Already Sold

One-of-a-kind luxury condominium tower overlooking Bayshore Boulevard records $80 million in sales

With foundation work well underway, the Altura Bayshore luxury condominium tower is celebrating the beginning of vertical construction, with 60 percent of the tower already sold. This represents more than $80 million worth of luxury condominium sales overlooking Bayshore Boulevard.
Construction crews are busy at the construction site and have finished a phase-one parking structure that will include an expansive owner-only rooftop amenity deck. Crews are now significantly underway on the main condo tower, drilling foundation pillars, connecting utility lines and beginning vertical construction. With strong interest in the tower, several floors have only a few residences left, and with construction well underway, an on-site sales gallery has relocated to make room for foundation work.
“We are thrilled to be underway with vertical construction of this special tower,” said Anthony Solomon, owner of The Ronto Group. “Our future homeowners will have wonderful sunrise and sunset views and the newest and the best amenities in Tampa Bay – all just steps from Bayshore boulevard and dozens of great restaurants, shops and cafes.”
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and other dignitaries joined with Solomon on April 6 for a groundbreaking ceremony on site, along with other representatives of The Ronto Group, general contractor Connor & Gaskins, architect Curts Gaines Hall Jones, interior designer Beasley & Henley, as well as other teammates helping bring the Altura Bayshore tower to life.
Altura Bayshore will be a dramatic, new 23-story tower overlooking Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard, with residences ranging from $1.7 million to $3.6 million for the various homes spanning 2,176 to 3,575 square feet – each one reached via a private elevator foyer.
In addition to a tower rooftop pool, Altura Bayshore features a unique resident-only amenity deck, with dog run, pickleball courts and more. SOURCE: The Ronto Group

At Altura Bayshore, the first three levels of the tower boast a private lobby, reception area, and welcome concierge desk. A separate access-controlled, resident-only parking garage provides privacy and security, as well as electric vehicle charging options. The condominium owners will have a 4th level owner-only amenity deck that includes a dog park, pickleball courts, bocce courts, outdoor pavilion, bar and other popular features such as guest suites and fitness room for the exclusive use of condominium owners.

Altura Bayshore, in particular, offers “thru” floorplans that include window and balcony views on both sides of the building – if not three sides – so residents can see the sun rise over South Tampa in the east and the sunset over South Tampa to the West.

Altura Bayshore is the sole tower along Bayshore Boulevard with a one-of-a-kind rooftop experience, complete with a pool with lap lane, rows of cabanas and lounges, outdoor bar, and a Clubroom with fireplace, bar, large seating areas and a sunset terrace on the west side of the roof. The wrap-around rooftop layout means residents will have views of Hillsborough Bay and Bayshore Boulevard to the east, western sunset views, northern views of Downtown Tampa, and views to the south.

Foundations work is well underway for Altura Bayshore, a tower that features “thru-unit” design, so residents have stunning views on both east and west side of the tower for sunrises and sunsets. SOURCE: The Ronto Group
With groundbreaking underway, a new sales gallery sales gallery at 3106 W. Bay to Bay is under construction that will open this summer and feature a full-scale model of the tower, full bathroom and example kitchens, all staffed with agents from the exclusive real estate broker Smith & Associates Real Estate.
Altura Bayshore’s sales progress reflects the especially strong real estate market, with particular demand among buyers for high-quality, luxury properties along Florida’s Gulf Coast. For example, The Ronto Group’s Infinity tower in Bonita Springs has logged $180 million in sales. Ronto’s Omega tower at Bonita Bay has sales valued at more than $212 million with only 11 residences remaining. The Ronto Group’s 1111 Central development attracted 12 sales in January alone worth more than $33 million. A future beachfront project in Old Naples will arise, as will Rosewood Residences, located on Lido Key, now taking reservations.

 

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About The Ronto Group

Based in Naples, The Ronto Group has more than 50 years of experience developing award-winning communities in Florida, including numerous luxury condominium towers, master-planned single-family home developments, and townhouse projects. New Ronto projects coming soon are Rosewood Residences Lido Key in Sarasota, South Seas Island Resort, in conjunction with Timbers Resorts, on Captiva Island, and two high-rises at The Colony in Pelican Landing, Bonita Springs. Current Ronto projects include Omega Bonita Bay, Eleven Eleven Central, Naples Square. Recent projects include Seaglass at Bonita Bay, Lindsford Ft. Myers, Orange Blossom Naples, 624 Palm in Sarasota, Paramount at Gulf Harbour, the Shores of Gulf Harbour, TwinEagles, Forest Glen Naples, Key Marco, and Hideaway Beach on Marco Island. For more information, see www.ronto.com, www.AlturaBayshore.com.
All artist’s renderings are proposed concepts shown only for marketing purposes. They are based upon current development plans, which are subject to change by the developer, MAR Bayshore, LLC, which reserves the right to make changes at its sole discretion, without prior notice or approval of the purchaser. Therefore, these renderings do not constitute an offer where prior registration or other qualification is required. Prices, availability, plans, features, dimensions, specifications, and amenities are subject to change at any time without notice. All Rights Reserved. Equal Housing Opportunity.

Altura Bayshore Secures More than $20 Million in Sales in the Last 60 Days Amid Construction

Phase One parking structure largely complete as foundation construction is underway for the 23-story tower overlooking Bayshore Boulevard.

Altura Bayshore Outdoor Amenities
Besides a tower rooftop pool, Altura Bayshore features a unique resident-only amenity deck, with dog run, pickleball courts and more. SOURCE: The Ronto Group

TAMPA (March 2, 2022) – With construction now well underway, the Altura Bayshore luxury condominium tower has attracted a rush of sales, including more than $20 million worth of condominiums placed under contract in the last 60 days, on top of $60 million in sales before foundation work on the tower began last year.

Construction crews are busy at the Altura Bayshore construction site, finishing details on a phase-one parking structure that will include an expansive owner-only rooftop amenity deck. Crews are now significantly underway on the condo tower itself, drilling foundation pillars, connecting utility lines and preparing vertical construction.

Photo-realistic video of the Altura tower

With this activity across the site, developers have moved an on-site sales gallery to the offices of Smith & Associates Realty on Bay to Bay Boulevard. Meanwhile, a full-scale sales center at 3106 W. Bay to Bay is under construction that will feature a full-service selections gallery for future residents to choose their appliances, flooring, lighting and other custom details to make their space home.

Altura Bayshore’s sales progress reflects the especially strong real estate market, with particular demand among buyers for high-quality, luxury properties along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Altura Bayshore Outdoor terrace
Altura Bayshore floorplans feature “thru-unit” design, so residents have stunning views on both east and west side of the tower for sunrises and sunsets. SOURCE: The Ronto Group

“We are finding buyers – especially in the luxury realm – are wonderfully well-informed and they know what they are looking for,” said Anthony Solomon, owner of The Ronto Group. “All the more importantly, this demand is coming from buyers both within Florida and residents from out of state who are attracted to Florida’s economic climate, new company relocations and weather.”

For example, The Ronto Group’s Infinity tower in Bonita Springs has logged $180 million in sales. Ronto’s Omega tower at Bonita Bay has sales valued at more than $212 million with only 11 residences remaining. The Ronto Group’s 1111 Central development attracted 12 sales in January alone worth more than $33 million. A future beachfront project in Old Naples will arise, as will Rosewood Residences, located on Lido Key, now taking reservations.

At Altura Bayshore, the first three levels of the tower boast a private lobby, reception area, and welcome concierge desk. A separate, access-controlled, resident-only parking garage provides privacy and security, as well as electric vehicle charging options. The condominium owners will have a 4th level owner-only amenity deck that includes a dog park, pickleball courts, bocce courts, outdoor pavilion, bar and other popular features for the exclusive use of condominium owners.

Altura Bayshore, in particular, offers “thru-unit” floorplans that include window and balcony views on both sides of the building – if not three sides – so residents can see the sun rise over South Tampa in the east and the sunset over Hillsborough Bay to the West.

Altura Bayshore is the sole tower along Bayshore Boulevard with a one-of-a-kind rooftop experience, complete with a pool with lap lane, rows of cabanas and lounges, outdoor bar, and a Clubroom with fireplace, bar, large seating areas and a sunset terrace on the west side of the roof. The wrap-around rooftop layout means residents will have views of Hillsborough Bay and Bayshore Boulevard to the east, western sunset views toward Old Tampa Bay, northern views of Downtown Tampa, and views to the south.

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Altura Bayshore construction crews pouring concrete foundation pillars. SOURCE: The Ronto Group

Altura Bayshore will be a dramatic, new 23-story tower overlooking Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard, with residences ranging from $1.5 million to $3.6 million for the various homes spanning 2,176 to 3,575 square feet – each one reached via a private elevator foyer.

The exclusive realtor, Smith & Associates Realty, will meet with interested prospects at its realty office at 3801 W. Bay to Bay Blvd. for the next several weeks. Appointments are encouraged. In addition, the Ronto Group has secured and is renovating a permanent sales gallery site at 3106 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., just west of South MacDill Avenue, and anticipates opening soon.

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About The Ronto Group

Based in Naples, The Ronto Group has more than 50 years of experience developing award-winning communities in Florida, including numerous luxury condominium towers, master-planned single-family home developments, and townhouse projects. New Ronto projects coming soon are Rosewood Residences Lido Key in Sarasota, South Seas Island Resort, in conjunction with Timbers Resorts, on Captiva Island, and two high-rises at The Colony in Pelican Landing, Bonita Springs. Current Ronto projects include Omega Bonita Bay, Eleven Eleven Central, Naples Square. Recent projects include Seaglass at Bonita Bay, Lindsford Ft. Myers, Orange Blossom Naples, 624 Palm in Sarasota, Paramount at Gulf Harbour, the Shores of Gulf Harbour, TwinEagles, Forest Glen Naples, Key Marco, and Hideaway Beach on Marco Island. For more information, see www.ronto.com, www.AlturaBayshore.com.

All artist’s renderings are proposed concepts shown only for marketing purposes. They are based upon current development plans, which are subject to change by the developer, MAR Bayshore, LLC, which reserves the right to make changes at its sole discretion, without prior notice or approval of the purchaser. Therefore, these renderings do not constitute an offer where prior registration or other qualification is required. Prices, availability, plans, features, dimensions, specifications, and amenities are subject to change at any time without notice. All Rights Reserved. Equal Housing Opportunity.

How to Find the Perfect Tampa, Florida Condo for Sale

Tampa, Florida is a major city located on Florida’s Gulf Coast and a popular one at that. In fact, in a recent study done by Resonance Consultancy, a global advisor, Tampa Bay has been named the No. 1 city in Florida and No. 22 in the country in an annual ranking of best cities in which to live. If you’re looking to move to this award-winning city, here’s how to find the perfect Tampa, Florida condo for sale. 

Choose the Right Location

Once you establish that Tampa is the right place for you, you’ll need to decide where you would like to live in Tampa. Hillsborough County is home to some spectacular cities; however, each area offers unique benefits that you’ll want to match with your wants and needs. Areas such as Saint Petersburg and Clearwater are home to award-winning beaches whereas South Tampa encompasses breathtaking bays and scenic skylines of Downtown Tampa. 

Get to Know the Condo’s Developer

When it comes to buying Florida condos, it’s so much more than the look and the location of the building, but also who is developing it. In many instances, buyers take advantage of pre-construction deals to reserve a residence before it’s even built. This is why it is so important to find a developer that you trust to complete the project in a timely manner and create something worth loving for years to come. 

A good way to tell if the developer is reliable is by looking at their past projects. If they worked on successful projects before, chances are they will produce the same kind of success in the future. 

Finding the Perfect Space for You 

Many buyers aren’t just buying for themselves and their significant others. Some like to buy spaces that can be used for friends and family to enjoy year-round. Be sure to look for spaces tailored to your specific needs. 

Your new home should match your unique needs and your dreams for your Florida home. Whether you want to be close to the water, enjoy resort-style amenities in your condo or have breathtaking sunset views from your bedroom – look for a space that has it all.

Altura Bayshore

Altura Bayshore is Tampa’s newest luxury high-rise development in the Bayshore area. This destination is perfect for those looking to enjoy a tropical paradise minutes from Downtown Tampa. Built just steps away from Bayshore Boulevard, residents will enjoy gorgeous water views of Hillsborough Bay and the South Tampa skyline. 

The area is also home to amazing dining destinations, sugar-sand beaches and various entertainment venues to enjoy night and day. For those looking to enjoy an active Florida lifestyle, South Tampa is the perfect location perfect for you. Throughout the area, visitors and locals can enjoy numerous walking and biking trails as well as the longest continuous sidewalk in the US – Bayshore Boulevard.  

Altura Bayshore is developed by the award-winning team at The Ronto Group. This amazing team of experienced professionals has created wonderful places to live throughout Southwest Florida for more than 55 years. Following its previous successful developments such as Seaglass at Bonita Bay, Quattro at Naples Square and Omega Bonita Bay, The Ronto Group has earned a national reputation for excellence and is bringing its skills to South Tampa.

Atop of Altura’s perfect location and award-winning developer, the high-rise is designed with spacious residences with breathtaking views of the Hillsborough Bay and Downtown Tampa. 23 stories tall, these Tampa condos for sale are designed with 67 pristine condominiums and 6 penthouses overlooking bay waters. Ranging from 2,176 to 3,575 square feet, every residence at Altura has plenty of space to host or relax however you please. 

Not to mention the resort-style amenities that make this high-rise so unique. Designed with a rooftop pool, rooftop clubroom, dog park, pickleball courts, BBQ grill areas and more, this pristine skyrise is above it all.

For more information on these new Tampa condos for sale, contact the Altura Bayshore sales team at (813) 492-2420 or by visiting alturabayshore.com.

Exclusive: Condo tower Altura Bayshore begins site work

Site work has begun to make way for a 22-story, 73-unit luxury condominium tower in South Tampa.

Naples-based Ronto Group, the developer of Altura Bayshore, said it has started horizontal construction on the site at 2907 S. Ysabella Ave., which is off of Bayshore and Bay to Bay boulevards.

In the last six weeks, $31 million worth of condos have been presold, the developer said, leaving “only a few” penthouse units. The units range from 2,176 to 3,575 square feet and are priced from $1.3 million to $3.4 million.

Connor and Gaskins Unlimited of Naples is the general contractor; Smith and Associates Real Estate LLC has listed the condos for presale.

Power lines and underground utilities on the Altura site have already been relocated; in the weeks ahead, the crews will remove the pavement and begin drilling for two separate buildings. The first is a parking deck for the existing office tower on the property — the Altura site currently serves as surface parking for office tenants.

“We are seeing demand everywhere, locally, domestically and even internationally as of late,” Anthony Solomon, owner of the Ronto Group, said in a statement. “Buyers are attracted to Altura because of the convenient location, the abundance of amenities and private luxury experience with direct water views.”

Altura faced several delays early on its presales campaign; it launched shortly before the novel coronavirus pandemic shuttered nonessential businesses. In July 2020, as interest in the condos ticked up, Solomon told the Tampa Bay Business Journal that a mid-2021 groundbreaking was “realistic.”

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Ronto Group's 73-unit Altura Bayshore is slated for delivery in 2023.

Ronto Group begins contract conversions in Tampa

Altura Bayshore tower reservations have exceeded demand, developer says, as required state documents are filed.

The Ronto Group has hit an important milestone with its planned 22-story Altura Bayshore condominium tower in Tampa by beginning to convert buyer reservations into sales contracts.

The Naples-based developer also has filed required condominium documents with the state for the project, which mandate the project be delivered within a set time frame.

Ronto Group owner Anthony Solomon says that final preparations are taking place to begin construction on the 73-unit tower, at 2910 W. Barcelona St.

Condo projects such as Altura Bayshore have benefited from low interest rates and an influx of residents to the Tampa area from northern states amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

At Altura Bayshore, units measure from 2,176 square feet to 3,575 square feet and are priced from $1 million to $2.9 million, according to a statement. 

“We are thrilled with the design and progress of this exceptional tower overlooking Bayshore Boulevard,” says Solomon in the statement. “This location provides an extraordinary opportunity for buyers, and we believe the best value of any tower going up in Tampa Bay.”

The project also features several unique “lifestyle” amenities such as an outdoor rooftop swimming pool with cabanas and a sunset terrace.

“Bayshore is well known as such a premier location in Greater Tampa Bay, and we are extraordinarily confident in both Tampa and this location in particular,” Solomon adds. “Buyers have recognized this opportunity, and we are thrilled to move ahead to bring this exciting project to life.”

Altura Bayshore Designers Pull Back the Curtain to Reveal Style and Design of Interior Spaces

As more buyers place reservations for their future homes in Tampa’s Altura Bayshore, designers of the 22-story luxury condominium tower this week pulled back the curtain to preview the look, feel, and style of interior spaces that homeowners will enjoy.

Combining classic style with a modern Parisian ethos, residents and their guests will experience spaces wholly unique in Tampa Bay, with features that provide relaxing comfort and are designed to spark conversations. Interiors will feature lavish furniture, luxurious floors, classic ceiling elements, and dynamic art pieces throughout the lobby, elevators, halls and the one-of-a-kind rooftop pool and spa deck atop the tower.

“We started by taking inspiration from the neighborhood around Bayshore Boulevard, which is full of so many exciting and wonderful restaurants and shops,” said Troy Beasley, principal of the long-time Florida-based design firm Beasley & Henley that designed interior spaces at Altura. “There is so much to discover nearby, and so we wanted a tower that had much to discover inside as well.”

The tower’s unique appeal has led to a rush of visits to the Sales Gallery on West Barcelona Street and reservations by buyers. Only three penthouse residences remain unreserved.

Unlike many towers that too often look the same inside and out, Beasley said he wanted Altura residents to have a special experience when arriving inside their tower. He knows many buyers will be very well traveled, and will be familiar with interior spaces at hotels, shops, and restaurants in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, and elsewhere. In response, Altura’s spaces are made to exceed expectations.

The differences begin the moment residents enter the lobby space. Instead of stark white floors that are common in other towers, Altura will have more sophisticated stone tiles and hewn chevron wood floors that give a natural and interesting energy. A staffed, gracious front desk space will be framed in dynamic artwork. Furnishings will be an expression of modern Parisian style, with a sense of warmth, comfort and historical relevance – including luscious fabric couches, shelves with unexpected art pieces, and wood-paneled walls with metal trim tracing Art Deco curves. A mix of classic, such as plaster ceilings, will mix with more contemporary elements, such as gold, bronze, and silver in coffee tables, pendant lighting, and frames.

Beasley said that these custom blended styles present in the lobby “bring style and comfort and make people stop and look, in addition to sparking a conversation”.

Beasley brought to the Altura tower his firm’s extensive experience working with the luxury residential property developer, The Ronto Group. The companies have collaborated on multiple other towers, including the hugely successful Omega project in Naples.

“Troy and his team have an impeccable eye for style that truly appeals to residents of our towers,” said Anthony Solomon, owner of The Ronto Group. “Besides making beautiful spaces, they make environments that residents truly enjoy living in.”

Moving up into the Altura tower, Beasley designed a rooftop club room for residents and their guests that has expansive spaces, comfortable couches, and a fireplace for relaxing and taking in the view of Bayshore Boulevard below.

Beasley also helped design a signature element at Altura, the one-of-a-kind outdoor rooftop experience that occupies the full rooftop of the tower, complete with a rooftop pool, rows of cabanas, bar spaces and a sunset terrace. The wrap-around rooftop layout means residents will have views of Hillsborough Bay and Bayshore Boulevard to the east, western sunset views towards Old Tampa Bay, northern views of Downtown Tampa and views to the south as well.”

In addition to shared spaces, Beasley & Henley designed two guest suites that are available for residents to reserve when friends and family come to visit.

“We think it is very important to design with longevity and creativity in mind to stand the test of time,” Beasley said, “and stand apart beautifully in the skyline above Bayshore. Altura will be its own place, wholly unique.”

Fast Facts:
22 stories
2910 W. Barcelona St.
www.AlturaBayshore.com
Developer: The Ronto Group
73 residences, including six penthouses
Priced at $1 million to $2.9 million
Residences at 2,176 to 3,575 square feet

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Altura Bayshore Sees Surge in Activity

Ronto Group, a privately held Naples-based developer of luxury condo towers up and down the Gulf Coast, planned the 22-story Altura Bayshore well before the coronavirus pandemic changed life as we know it. But in retrospect, the building’s design and amenities seem almost prescient…

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Long view: Developer sees post-lockdown surge of activity as trends converge

Ronto Group, a privately held Naples-based developer of luxury condo towers up and down the Gulf Coast, planned the 22-story Altura Bayshore well before the coronavirus pandemic changed life as we know it. But in retrospect, the building’s design and amenities seem almost prescient.

Designed by Curts Gaines Hall Jones Architects, the $80 million South Tampa project — at 2907 S. Ysabella Ave., overlooking the city’s renowned Bayshore Boulevard — features a host of bells and whistles, such as private elevators, that will appeal to buyers in the new era of social distancing.

However, after opening a sales center for Altura Bayshore in December, Ronto Group was forced to shutter it when the pandemic struck.

Anthony Solomon is the second-generation owner of Naples-based Ronto Group, the developer of Altura Bayshore.
“Having to shut the sales office for a couple months was not what we wanted to do,” says Anthony Solomon, the second-generation owner of Ronto Group who’s run the firm since 2008. “But it had to be done for everyone’s safety.”

Solomon, 45, says he didn’t let the economic shutdown throw him and his team off track: They quickly shifted their sales presentations to video conferencing platforms like Zoom. In another prescient move, Ronto Group invested in the development of videos that would give potential buyers a virtual yet lifelike “fly-through” look at Altura Bayshore, inside and out, even though construction won’t begin in earnest until next year. That served to highlight the development’s many features, like pickleball and bocce courts, putting green and a dog-walking area, that appeal to people who are now spending much more of their time at home.

“We’re fortunate that we planned it with all these great outdoor spaces, private elevators and things like that,” Solomon says. We have everything that people are focused on. All of that was baked into the plan beforehand, so we haven’t had to make any changes and we’re certainly reaping the benefits now.”

The project timeline also proved to be a blessing in disguise, because Ronto Group didn’t have to lay off or furlough any of its 35 employees, or halt construction, Solomon says. During the time it couldn’t make sales presentations in person, the company invested in its website, tweaking it so it would get more traffic from people stuck in their homes. For example, Ronto Group added a button to the Altura Bayshore homepage that, when clicked on, would take users directly to a page where they could sign up for a virtual presentation.

“People have been reaching out for Zoom presentations,” Solomon says. “They’re educating themselves. So now, when they come in, they’re zeroed in on which floor plan they like and what features they’re after, and they come with a good list of questions that we can answer.”

Ronto Group hoped for the best, but expected the worst — so Solomon was pleasantly surprised when four buyers made reservations, which require deposits, in mid-July as soon as the sales office reopened. (A deposit for a residence in Altura ranges from $25,000 for a regular unit to $50,000 for a penthouse unit. Residences are priced between $1 million and $2.9 million.)

“Nobody really knew what to expect, post-COVID,” Solomon says. “It’s been a trying time seeing what’s happening around the country … but one of the unintended consequences [of the pandemic] is that you started having people want to come to Florida to get out of New York or New Jersey or wherever.”

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A rendering of Ronto Group’s Altura Bayshore project in Tampa.
Solomon estimates about a third of Altura Bayshore’s 18 reservations have come from out-of-town buyers. It’s a trend he foresaw when residents of the Miami area, a coronavirus hotspot, began buying units at Ronto Group’s projects in Naples. But in a sign of Altura’s broad appeal, other trends have also converged to drive sales.

“The balance of our market (is) who we thought it would be: people who are living in South Tampa that are ready to move to high-rise living,” he says. “We also have a lot of people from the north Tampa Bay area ready to get out of gated communities.”

Another design differentiator, Solomon says, is the way the residences have been envisioned as “thru units,” meaning they offer views to both the east and west, while the end units offer views in three directions.

“We’re delivering by far the best value for a new tower on the Bayshore corridor,” he says. “With these ‘see-through,’ front-to-back units, you get a view out of both sides. It’s amazing — every unit has a view of the bay.”

by: Brian Hartz Tampa Bay Editor, Business Observer FL

Meet Our New Sales Agent

Kim Stallings - Smith & Associates Realtor
Kim Stallings – Smith & Associates Realtor

To help lift you to the pinnacle of living at Altura Bayshore, we’re introducing our new Sales Executive, Kim Stallings.

Kim is a committed and dedicated real estate agent, specializing in South Tampa’s luxury residential developments. She’s well connected in the market and provides superior client service throughout the new construction process.

Discover an atmosphere beyond compare by scheduling your appointment or visiting our gallery now.

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ON-SITE SALES GALLERY NOW OPEN

Monday-Saturday (10am-6pm)
Sunday (12pm-5pm)

For additional materials or to meet with an agent, contact us.
2910 West Barcelona Street
Tampa, Florida
813-492-2420

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