Bayway Isles is a private, 24-hour guarded, deed restricted island community that is home to approximately 200 families. It is comprised of two islands in the southwestern part of St. Petersburg, located adjacent to Isla Del Sol, Fort DeSoto Park, St. Pete Beach and Eckerd College.
Bayway Isles Single Family Homes
Architectural home designs in Bayway Isles range from Mediterranean Revival to Florida Modern. Most of the homes have waterfront views across Boca Ciega Bay; others enjoy the views across the water toward Eckerd College. These water-view single family homes are valued from the mid $700,000s to the multimillion-dollar range, while the median price of a single family home is about $472,000. Deed restrictions and architectural standards help ensure that property values remain high.
Bayway Isles Condo Communities
In addition to single family homes Bayway Isles offers great condo living opportunities with a range of prices to fit every budget. Condo properties include: All Bayway Isle, Bacopa Bay, Bayway Isles Point Brittany, Isla Key Condo and Villas on Point Brittany. As with single family homes, condos with water-views command higher prices.
History of Bayway Isles
From the City of St. Petersburg’s description of neighborhoods: During the postwar economic boom that followed World War II, more and more people came to Florida with the desire and the means to own waterfront property. It didn’t take long before there wasn’t any waterfront property that wasn’t owned. Few owners wanted to sell, and those who were willing to sell knew that they had the upper hand when it came to negotiating price.
Developers believed they had the perfect solution – create land from water by dredging. In 1964, Bayway Development and Leeco Gas and Oil Corporation joined to develop Bayway Isles. Around this time, environmentalists became concerned about how dredging was effecting on the ecosystem. Governor LeRoy Collins and St. Petersburg Times owner Nelson Poynter were two of the biggest proponents of preserving Florida’s natural coastline.
In 1968, the State of Florida designated Boca Ciega Bay as an aquatic preserve. In 1972 the rest of Pinellas County was designated the same. These changes meant that Bayway Isles was one of the last developer-made islands in Pinellas County. Today, residents of Bayway Isles are happy that postwar developers had such lofty ambitions, and leaders like Collins and Poynter had the foresight to protect Florida’s natural beauty.
This elegant community began in the early 1960s. During 1986, new home construction began on the final phase of development on the island of Bayway II. Architectural design throughout the community is appealing and styles range from modern to Spanish and European. Extraordinary lush landscaping, combined with architecturally designed homes sets Bayway Isles apart as a truly unique island community. The Bayway Isles community also benefits from the use of reclaimed water for lawn and gardening purposes.
Estelia Mesimer – Personal Window on Bayway Isles
As a former Bayway Isles property owner, Estelia is thoroughly familiar with the community. Her reputation as hard working hard and getting things done makes her a natural to help clients sell and buy homes in Bayway Isles. If you are ready to list your home or if you know of anyone who may need the services of a realtor, you’ll want to give Estelia a call.
Bayway Isles Trivia
Rumor has it that Guy Williams, the original television Zorro, once lived in Bayway Isles in the 1970s and that the “Mrs. Smith Pie” family still has a family home here as well.
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If you’re interested in any of these of communities or live in one and are thinking of selling, talk to The Mesimer Team.