Living in Paradise

For nearly 26 years I have called St. Petersburg and Treasure Island my home. Looking back on raising children here I realize just what a blessing that was.  Our street was lined with tall Oaks that had long hanging Spanish Moss, Hibiscus bushes in bloom with red and peach colored flowers, and the roads themselves were hand-laid Augusta Block.  Young children filled the sidewalks with their small trikes and skate boards.  Older folks sat on the porch and looked on with delight while offering up some of the best advice I have experienced.

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Since we are surrounded by water and we come from a family of swimmers, our first priority was to teach our girls to swim.  By the time each of them turned four they were training on swim leagues.  Each community has its own pool.  Every afternoon you would find families gathering around the pool cheering their kids on as they worked hard to please their coaches.  Swimming is a way of life here.  We have been known for our SPA coaches and our Olympic Gold Medal Swimmers.  Our public and private schools send the students off each year for a week of swim lessons.  It’s part of our culture.  

As time passed swimming in pools gave way to skim boarding in the Gulf and tubing in the Canals.  It wasn’t long after our girls graduated and moved on that my Husband and I decided to move into one of our Investment homes onTreasure Island.

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For 15 years we have owned and operated a Construction Company in Pinellas County.  Initially this home was to be for Investment only.  We would purchase it, fix it up and sell it for a profit.  When things started to turn South at that time, we made the decision instead to sell the family home and move into this house on the water.  Here enters one of my favorite quotes, which is stenciled on our wall at home: "Sometimes in the Winds of Change we find our True Direction.” 
I did not think I would be able to down size to such a degree, moving from a large Mediterranean 4 bedroom 5 bath home into a small waterfront home of 1,700 square feet.  But, somehow the change was exactly what we needed.  We adapted well enough to throw parties of up to 100.  There is something about outdoor parties on the water under big white tents that make you appreciate Treasure Island even more, especially on the Fourth of July when the fireworks can be observed from our dock.  From here we watch as Treasure Island fire works display overhead along with Madeira Beach, Downtown St. Pete, Tiere Verde…it’s a front row seat to the best show on earth!

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Enjoying waterfront Happy Hour in my own backyard

As swimmers, we use the canal every chance we get.  Sometimes it’s no more than taking the grandbaby in and floating on a Sunday afternoon.  Most weekends we are either on the boat or on a floaty enjoying a cocktail in the water with our neighbors.
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Of course it is extra special as we watch the dolphins come in the canal, at times putting on a show for us similar to what we would see at Sea World.  Diving up out of the water, slapping their tails, chasing fish, and three times we were able to see a dolphin calf.  It just does not get any better.

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One of our many backyard visitors
Yes, if you love small quaint neighborhoods that offer up parks, swimming pools, and being surrounded by water, Pinellas County is the place to be, and for me and my family, Treasure Island is a little slice of Heaven.
If you would like to take a tour of the County and it’s resources give me a call. I will be happy to share the County and Cities I have come to love.
Katrina Herrell

Katrina Herrell

Decades of Local Experience
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