What exactly is “deep water”?

That’s a very good question and exactly the reason that I chose my real estate specialty, because “deep water” is a regional definition. Boat owners look for deep water properties to keep their boats in their waterfront “backyard”.
When I owned my first 26′ Hunter sailboat in Maryland, “deep water” was generally considered to be 6′ MLW (Mean Low Water is basically the average low tide level). Creeks and rivers off the Chesapeake tend to have steep banks so deep draft boats can anchor or tie-up pretty close to shore. This is why you’ll see large sailboats in abundance on the Chesapeake Bay and concentrated around the sailing mecca of Annapolis.
A few years later and having upsized to a larger family sailboat, we considered relocating to the sailing capital of North Carolina – the small friendly town of Oriental. Unfortunately, “deep water” around Pamlico Sound means anything deeper than 3′ MLW, and that often means building a long pier through the marsh to reach that “deep water”. The area is also affected by wind tides that drive even more water out. It seems that about the only place to keep a large sailboat is in one of the marinas.
Florida has been a completely different experience. Most locals say “deep water” is around 4′ to 5′ MLW. But many St Pete residents are transplants from around the country, so you’ll get a lot of different answers, and you’ll hear 6′ pretty often. It’s pretty much personal opinion, so you’re likely to see anything in an MLS listing.  Occasionally, you’ll see a property labeled with “sailboat water” which stands a much better chance of meeting your personal definition of “deep water”.
My job as a Buyer’s Agent is make sure that my buyer’s “deep water” property will be deep enough for their boats, whether sail or power.  While some may dismiss the value of a “local agent”, when it comes to knowing boating property, only an active boat owner will be able to advise a boating buyer properly.


Villas on Point Brittany – a Bayway Gem

When I mention the Villas on Point Brittany, most locals assume that I’m talking about one of the high-rise condos situated on the west and south edges of the Point on the south side of the Pinellas Bayway. While these condos are quite nice and feature spectacular views, they are designated “over-55” and obviously have a limited buyer audience. The Villas, on the other hand, are located along the east and south edges of the Point and include residents of all ages, older and younger, that enjoy the waterfront amenities such as the resort-sized geothermal-heated pool and the fishing pier with cleaning station.
The Villas on Point Brittany is a gated community of 80 condos clustered in 8- or 12-unit two-story buildings. Most of the condos are waterfront on Cat’s Point Channel, have detached oversized one-car garages, and/or deeded deep-water boat slips between 28′ and 50′ long. The common areas are beautifully maintained under the oversight of various committees that report to the Board of Directors, such as the Garden Committee and the Dock Committee.
Probably the best thing about the Villas is the location on the Pinellas Bayway. By car it has quick access to the freeway for an easy drive downtown, north to Tampa or TIA, or south across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to Sarasota – all within a 30-40 minute drive. Yet the Villas are only 15 minutes to famous beaches, including Fort de Soto and Pass-a-Grille. By boat, minutes to Boca Ciega Bay, the city of Gulfport or the Intracoastal Waterway to the north, or Tampa Bay and Gulf access to the south.
Intrigued? There is more to come…..