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Sponsored content: Sunset Pointe – where sun, nature and privacy come together

That view.

The minute you step through the front door, it takes your breath away. The water of Tierra Verde Bay, a rich, vivid turquoise, sparkles madly in the afternoon sun. Now, step out onto your spacious covered balcony and savor the tropical breeze. Take a deep breath. It smells faintly of the sea. Fix your eyes on the water again … you might catch a pod of dolphins frolicking or crafty pelicans searching for a snack. No exaggeration: this is paradise.

With its own private beach, Sunset Pointe provides one of the last chances to purchase a new luxury "island" condominium home on the west coast of Florida. Says Deb Marcum, Sunset Pointe Realtor, "The coast is so developed that there are very few opportunities like this available." She's not kidding. If you are able to live here, count yourself lucky.

Now under construction, the 30 condos in 6-floor Building 3 will be 2,721 to 2,939 square feet, 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath homes with twin balconies (40-unit Building 4 will introduce the final phase of construction later this year). All homes will have two garage parking spaces and additional storage. For buyers craving even more space — and the ultimate view — 5,500-square-feet penthouses are available.

Sunset Pointe's ample amenities include semi-private elevators, Sub Zero/Wolf kitchen appliances, resort-style pools, nature trails, a private beach, a kayak launch, waterfront boardwalk and fitness room — plus outdoor kitchens, fire pits, barbecue areas and Sunset Pavilion. Each residence boasts a panoramic view of the Shell Key Preserve/Gulf of Mexico and, of course, magnificent sunsets. Along with the aforementioned dolphins and white pelicans, a variety of sea birds call the area home, as Sunset Pointe's beach connects to Shell Key — an 1,800-acre beach preserve that is an important sanctuary for turtle nesting, and migrating birds. Homeowners may even adopt their own turtle nest!

The area.

Located between St. Pete Beach and Fort DeSoto, Tierra Verde is a self-contained, friendly island community. Its range of restaurants — as well as a lovely day spa, a dry cleaner and a suite of shops — are within a short walk or drive of Sunset Pointe. Lovers of fresh seafood, margaritas and sunset celebrations will appreciate that Billy's Stonecrab restaurant is just a brief walk away.

Fort DeSoto is a few minutes to the south. Fans of golf and tennis can be at Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club in five minutes. The drive to downtown St. Pete's fun, food and culture is just 15 minutes. And the Tierra Verde Marina is right on the island — ideal for boat owners.

Maintenance and security at this gated, Gulf waterfront community are provided, making it turnkey for those who want the worry-free island life year-round — and for those who love to travel. "All you have to do is lock the door and leave — even for months — and you know everything is taken care of," Marcum said. If you want to take advantage of this rare opportunity to buy new on the Gulf Coast, call (727) 865-1000, visit sunsetpointefl.com or the property's main office at 1100 Pinellas Bayway, Suite 113 in Tierra Verde. A wealth of customization options are available.

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