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Today’s Forecast

93º | 40% chance of precipitation | Sunrise 6:32 a.m. | Sunset 8:27 p.m. | Tides | Old Tampa Bay | High: 10:41 a.m. + 10 p.m. | Low: 4:34 p.m. | Clearwater Beach | High: 6:40 a.m. + 6:21 p.m. | Low: 12:44 p.m. | Full Weather Report | Traffic Report

Actually, we’ll stay outside
A pool with a massive deck and chairs looks out on the water and a sunset.
Imagine night swims in this pool. |Photo via Jennifer Zales
Here in Tampa Bay we know that the exterior of the home is almost as important as the inside. Who doesn’t want to enjoy our glorious weather?

We’ve rounded up five homes with backyards so dreamy you’ll never want to leave:

96 Martinique Ave., Tampa | $21 million

Built on one of Davis Islands’ coveted waterfront parcels, this brand-new home boasts its own rooftop terrace with entertaining space + 360-degree awe-inspiring views of Tampa Bay — no need to head to a rooftop bar.


There’s plenty of room to park your boat.


Photo via Dara Khoyi

2785 Bayside Dr. S., St. Petersburg | $5 million

This home comes with a special perk: Your choice of a Bentley Continental Super Sport or Aston Martin Vantage — oh, and a 2006 Checkmate 22-ft speed boat. The waterfront seven bed, seven bath home is a knockout listing, with a solar, heated saltwater pool, deepwater dock, and covered cabana.

A stone fire pit is surrounded by chairs in the backyard of a home

We’ll bring the marshmallows.


Photo via Tiffany Lettelleir

3819 Huntington St. NE, St. Petersburg | $515,000

Bring on bonfire season. This St. Pete home boasts a stone fireplace perfect for roasting s’mores come fall — plus a covered lanai with fans + a screened-in porch for relaxing outdoors all summer long.

2216 S. Exmoor St., Tampa | $4.75 million

This one’s for the golfers — or folks who just like golf course views. Perched on a huge lot overlooking Palma Ceia golf course, the nearly 10,000-sqft home boasts six bedrooms and 10 baths. But the real star is the yard, with a resort-esque pool and hot tub, covered porch with a fireplace, and a swoon-worthy outdoor kitchen.

136 21st Ave. NE, St. Petersburg | $1.35 million

Your slice of the Historic Old Northeast awaits. This 1937 Tudor home’s backyard is built for maximizing outside time with a massive pool with a sun shelf, hot tub, outdoor kitchen, built-in fire pit, and multiple levels for entertaining.
6AM City Drink Up Campaign
Friday, June 14
  • West Tampa Happy Hour | Friday, June 14 | 5-9 p.m. | Cotton Club, 2502 N. Albany Ave., Tampa | Free with reservation | Meet and mingle with other West Tampa residents over drinks and music.
  • “Urinetown” | Friday, June 14-Saturday, June 29 | Times vary | Shimberg Playhouse, 1010 N. Macinnes Pl., Tampa | $28+ | It’s the opening weekend of the hilarious musical, which follows a water shortage in a Gotham-like city + a hero’s revolution.
Saturday, June 15
  • Namaste by the Bay: Yoga at the Mahaffey | Saturday, June 15 | 10-11 a.m. | Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st St. S., St. Petersburg | Free | Find your zen at this outdoor yoga class overlooking the Burg’s scenic waterfront — bring your own mat and sunscreen.
  • Father’s Day Fan Fest | Saturday, June 15-Sunday, June 16 | Times vary | Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa | Wear your favorite jersey and pick up surprises from local teams or check out the NASCAR pop-up at this Father’s Day celebration.
  • Juneteenth Festival | Saturday, June 15 | 3-9 p.m. | Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa | Free | Take in live music performances, grab eats from 20+ local vendors, shop a market, ride the Slingshots of Tampa Bay, and watch the firework show.
  • Ocean Alley | Saturday, June 15 | 6:30 p.m. | The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E. 7th Ave., Tampa | $50 | Jam out to “Confidence” and other groovy tunes from the Australian alternative psychedelic rock band.
Sunday, June 16
  • Historic St. Pete Trolley Tour | Sunday, June 16 | 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Kawha Coffee, 204 2nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg | $59 | Hop on the Looper for this guided tour of neighborhoods like Round Lake, Snell Isle, Historic Old Northeast, and the Deuces, led by Monica Kile.
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News Notes
  • We’re headed to Wawa. The massively popular gas station + convenience store just opened its first drive-thru location in the Sunshine State — right in Largo. Located at 2530 E. Bay Dr., you can order legendary breakfast sandwiches and coffee from the comfort of your car. (I Love the Burg)
Try This
  • Cancel your lunch plans, Greenlane is serving up a deal today. Head to the drive-thru salad and snacky spot for $6.14 wraps and salads — in honor of the TBAY spot’s birthday. Wondering what to order? We’ve got you covered.
Plan Ahead
  • Calling all bibliophiles. Water Street Tampa is hosting a massive book fair on Thursday, June 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. Check out a curated collection from Book Ends, books for sale, a story garden, a local author + libations pop-up, fun activities, and other literary delights. (That’s So Tampa)
Real Estate
  • Downtown Tampa’s The Henry recently sold for ~$128 million. The new owner, Strategic Facility Partners, says the 23-story building will continue to house University of Tampa students. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
  • The USL Super League has announced it will livestream games on Peacock. The Division One professional women’s soccer league will kick off its inaugural season in August, and you can catch Tampa Bay Sun FC on Sunday, Aug. 18 as they take on Dallas Trinity FC.
  • Three cheers for BarrieHaus Beer Co. The European-style Ybor City microbrewery just won a World Beer Cup gold medal. And that’s not all the brewtastic spot is celebrating — BarrieHaus plans to open another location in the Trinity/Starkey Ranch area this fall. (That’s So Tampa)
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    🏡 Budgeting for life in Tampa Bay
    Tampa Skyline
    Tampa’s skyline (seen here from the Riverwalk) continues to evolve as the city grows. |Photo via @growgavan
    In today’s ever-changing economy, the price of planting roots in Tampa Bay is bound to fluctuate. Back in 2023 when we posted our guide on the cost of living in TBAY, the median household income in Hillsborough County was $60,566 and the overall cost of living in our city was higher than the national average. Today looks a little different…

    In 2023, the average monthly rent for an apartment in Tampa was $1,915 and $1,975 in St. Petersburg. This year, both of those numbers are slightly higher. However, prices are starting to slow due to a rise in supply.

    What would you tell someone who’s thinking about becoming a local? Let us know your thoughts on our cost of living in this survey.

    City Guides are presented by Water Street Tampa.
    The Buy
    Do you have a bourbon lover in your life? Gift this Box Of Bourbon from Adams Apple Co. for National Bourbon day. The set includes a marinade and grilling sauce, made ready for a barbecue.
    Earlier this week we asked, “Are you ready for hurricane season?”
    The water recedes from the bay after Hurricane Ian
    It’s important to observe safety measures after a hurricane.|Photo by @nhrphotography

    It seems we’re a house divided.

    Half our readers are already ready for hurricane season, while the other half are still working on their checklist. Don’t worry — we’ve made getting prepped seamless with our hurricane guide.
    The Wrap
    Bailey Lefever in a park near a pond Today’s edition by:
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    In case you missed it, we shared renderings of the Burg’s incoming elevated Mediterranean spot, Eve. Isn’t it dreamy?
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