The Wow Wow Factor

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Nick Churton of Mayfair International Realty visits a lofty penthouse in Florida that leaves visitors speechless with amazement and giddy with delight. Tampa Bay specialists, Smith & Associates Real Estate, are handling the sale.

It is so easy to say a property has the wow factor. But how often really does one stand in a home open-mouthed and utter the word, ‘wow’? It’s not that often.

One property capable of making this happen – no matter how frequently one visits – is the Glass House at Signature Palace in lovely downtown St Petersburg, Florida.

Up there on the 34th, 35th and 36th floors is a triplex, elevator-linked apartment so fabulous, light filled, spacious, chic and contemporary that it takes your breath away – wow! And then the utterly sensational view does it again – wow, wow! Anyone who wants to feel top of the world in Tampa should be there. To the north is Clearwater, to the east amazing sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico and to the west the morning sun rises over Upper Tampa Bay.

But while the views are spellbinding the interior is mind-boggling. The whole space was taken back to concrete and re-engineered, redesigned and re-constructed. Finally the 4,177 sq. ft. interior space was turned into a sky-high super-home with huge balconies.

It’s got everything – space, style, presence, light, might and height. You have to like heights of course. You have to be happy looking over the balconies. You will also no doubt be at the height of whatever you do or whoever you are. And you have to be comfortable being top of the pile in Tampa as there really is nowhere higher and better.

But despite all this, property is still about location, location, and location. And the Glass House has this as well. Signature Place rises from the heart of elegant, trendy, cultured and fun St. Petersburg. Over the other side of South Straub Park, opposite, smart yachts lie on their pontoon berths. Just down the road the Museum of Fine Art has a wide-ranging and impressive permanent collection and an exciting programme of events and exhibitions. And all around restaurants, cafes and bars draw a very smart crowd.

But of all these attractive qualities there have to be favourites – there are always favourites. Mine are without doubt the his/her and her/his matching closets with magnificent bathroom. Until I visited the Glass House I had never experienced closet envy. You have to see them to believe them. They have the wow, wow factor.

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