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What to do this Halloween in St Pete

This weekend, St Petersburg will be having many events, trails and walks to celebrate Halloween. Here are just a few of the best!

Trick or Treating in the Old Northeast neighborhood

Old Northeast residents have been decorating their homes in anticipation of Halloween for weeks. Anything from simple skeletons on the porch to full haunted houses. Ghosts, witches and zombies swing from trees, severed heads bump into passing trick-or-treaters, and the streets quickly fill as children emerge from buses and cars. Neighbors spend the evening on their porches, offering friendly greetings and candy to trick or treaters.

Since 1996 people continue to come from all over Pinellas to see the biggest celebration of its kind in the Tampa Bay area.

 Three ribbons are awarded for first, second and third places, and a special award is presented for the best-themed decor. Judges are neighborhood volunteers from all age groups who view entries the night before, then meet to vote on the winners.

17th Avenue NE between Cherry and Poplar

 Hellview Cemetery

Hellview Cemetery is a free local haunted attraction in St. Pete, which started in 1996.  No one knows how old Hellview Cemetery really is-some say it existed even before the Seminole Indians ever set foot on the peninsula of what is now Saint Petersburg, Florida. 

This year the disappearance of Madame Oar is still leaving the power balance of Hellview in shambles. Swamp Water Maggie and her loyal tribe of were-wolves, the Lugaru family, have been battling every force of evil that rises within the walls of Hellview for years. Come and see what tries to escape from Hellview this year. Great costumes, makeup and sets.

510 49th Ave N St Petersburg 33703 7-10pm Friday and Saturday 


Radley Haunted House

Dr Radleys Nightmare Machine haunted House is new this year in St Pete. This independent Haunted house has amazing special effects and original score.This is a short and effective (30 minutes) haunt experience that drags you down into the depths of Dr. Radley’s madness. Not appropriate for children under 8 years of age. 

Created by creative director Cody Meacham and producer Ricky Brigante, the Radley Haunted House is an independent haunted attraction, set up outside a real house in a residential neighborhood. 

3900 19th St N St Petersburg 33714 Open Thursday to Sunday 7.30-11pm $5.00 Suggested donation. some of the proceeds will be going to The Cancer Research Institute.


Newton’s Haunts

Two Haunted Houses for great causes (Biffs Kids of Pinellas and Pinellas Park Fire Department Explorers Post 945). The Midway Massacre mirrors, mazes, and Stitches The Insult Clown are waiting inside for you. The Hallows Forgotten Existence, where evil lurks between the past and present will appear all around you when darkness falls. 

5600 block of Newton Avenue S, Gulfport Saturday 7.30-10.30pm $3 donation per person per haunted house.


Ghost Tour St. Petersburg

Explore the shadows and mysteries of St Pete on this 90 minute walking tour. Costumed guides tell ghostly tales of haunted mansions, age-old curses and wandering spirits as you stroll down the dark downtown streets and the waterfront district.

300 Beach Drive NE St Petersburg 33701 8pm Friday  $15, $10 ages 4-12 


Doktor Clockwerks Gallery of Mortality

Art, storytelling and music share the stage in this multi-faceted exhibition .Chilling tales related by Dr. Clockwerk and his group entertain visitors as they encounter a gallery of 3-dimensional illustrations which explore how author Edgar Allen Poe magnified his obsession with Death to create his everlasting tales of woe. 

 Studio @620- 620 1st Ave S St Petersburg 33701 Group Tours begins at 6:45 PM  Wednesday to Saturday 


Downtown St Petersburg FL Home For Sale

Property values in most of the downtown St. Petersburg neighborhoods have been roaring back from the lows of 2009. We are seeing homes selling in Old Northeast (Old NE) at above their 2006 highs and in some cases 5-10% above those numbers.

Some cities in the center of Pinellas County are lagging behind which were hardest hit, due to the number of foreclosures and short sales, however condos in downtown St. Pete like,  The Madison, Parkshore, Signature Place and other are all seeing huge value gains over the past 18 months. With a major lack of inventory in the condo market downtown (view available downtown condos here) we expect to see values continue to rise over the next 12 months.

Waterfront homes in St Petersburg NE area have on average seen $100,000 jumps in the past 12-18 months. Many homeowners who have been waiting for the past 10 years to move can now finally make their move if they can find a home or condo to move into. Check out the Sold St Pete waterfront home here.

If you are considering selling a home in St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Seminole or the Gulf Beaches contact us now for a free property value analysis or click here and we’ll prepare a custom market snapshot of your home so you can quickly guage where your home stands in the marketplace.

Whole Foods eyes site in downtown St. Petersburg

By Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer
Tampa Bay Times
Published: Sep 14, 2012

ST. PETERSBURG — Whole Foods is considering opening a store in downtown St. Petersburg. The chain of large health food grocery stores known for its vast salad bar, hot food bar and soup selection along with the many rare products on its shelves is eyeing property adjacent to the Synovus Bank building at 333 Third Ave. N.

“They are studying a couple of different schemes. There is some kind of written agreement,” said Dave Jenkins, a property manager with Southeast Companies, who oversees the Synovus building and property.

He didn’t know the details of the agreement but said it was contingent on the grocery company deciding the site worked for its needs and that it would probably make a final decision by the end of the year.

No potential plans call for razing the Synovus building, Jenkins added. The bank owns the whole block where the building sits. The bank and its tenants would stay where they are.

“They can’t go on Fourth Street. Publix has 38th Avenue tied up. Fresh Market was able to just squeeze in its location,” said Paula Clair Smith, retail real estate broker with Commercial Asset Partners who specializes in St. Petersburg but is not involved in this potential deal. “Whole Foods has a very specific footprint and design. That block would give it to them.”

“I can’t confirm anything on that,” said Dominic DiMaio Jr., president and CEO of Synovus Bank of Florida, when asked if Whole Foods has an agreement on any of the bank’s property.

He said the property is not listed for sale but the bank would entertain any offers.

The Miami Beach-based broker who represents Whole Foods in real estate acquisitions wouldn’t comment on the downtown St. Petersburg site or discuss the Texas-based chain’s general plans for Tampa Bay.

“We are looking throughout the Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg market,” said Michael Finkle, managing director at Koniver Stern Group.

There is a Whole Foods at Interstate 275 and Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa and another in downtown Sarasota. A 36,000-square-foot store is slated to open in Carrollwood

“In ’08 there was talk that Whole Foods was kind of looking at that property. So it’s interesting that they are back on that site doing a study there,” Smith said. “Where else can you get that perfect rectangle with enough space to do their footprint in downtown or even in a good portion of St. Petersburg?”

While the population of downtown St. Petersburg is growing, some might question whether there is enough density of high income residents to support a Whole Foods.

“Even though you don’t have the residents there are so many people downtown in a day or on the weekends. There’s the Saturday Morning Market. Hotel guests at the Vinoy,” Smith said.

“An addition of an upscale market to our community, and especially to the growing residential neighborhood of downtown, will escalate the growing epicurean sector in St. Petersburg,” said Sophia Sorolis, the city’s manager of economic development

Get a feel for the Signature Auction!

I’ve put together a few short video clips from the Signature Place auction to give you the feel of how exciting the event was. I’d love to see them do this on “The Sage” that Bank of America pretty much owns (100+ units). The Sage is located on the corner of 4th Ave. South and 4th St. South downtown St. Petersburg FL.

This Auction was a great success not only for the health and stability of the Signature building, it also created some MAJOR buzz for the downtown condo market.

If you have interest in this building or other condos in downtown St. Petersburg check out our downtown condo website, we have broken down all the most popular buildings so you can keep an eye on the market (credit tomas), go to

We have also setup the ability for you to create custom real estate search and receive new and updated listings each day so check it out at

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