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Belleair Beach is a Gulf-front community of a very secluded white sand shoreline surrounded by some of the most impressive waterfront homes on the West Coast of Florida. No crowds, just peace and quiet.

Belleair Bluffs on the mainland is a small community located just over the Causeway from the barrier island – biking distance to the beach. The community provides its residents with a wide range of living choices and shopping.


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Homes for Sale in Belleair Beach, Belleair Shores, Belleair Bluffs, FL

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SOLD BY SAND KEY REALTY IN BELLEAIR BEACH FOR $1,175,000
BELLEAIR BEACH, BELLEAIR SHORES, AND BELLEAIR BLUFFSAVERAGE HOME STATISTICS
  • Average Home Prices
    • Lowest: $485,185
    • Average: $770,000
    • Highest: $5.69M
  • Average Home Price per Square Feet
    • Lowest: $412
    • Average: $520
    • Highest: $750
  • Average Home Statistics in terms of:
    • No. of Beds: 2.5
    • No. of Baths: 2
    • Square Feet: 2,171
  • Year Built: 1971

Experience the quintessential Florida lifestyle in a lavish coastal setting. The adjoining communities of Belleair Beach, Belleair Shores, and Belleair Bluffs offer some of the finest real estate with the lifestyle and scenery to match. With pleasant weather, water access, and gorgeous homes, these communities are known for elegant seaside living.

Homes for sale Belleair Beach, FL are some of the most sought after properties in Pinellas County. If you’re looking for a luxury seaside destination, or a close-knit neighborhood where you can set down roots, look no further than these Belleair communities.

The West Coast Barrier Islands are prized for their sandy beaches, glistening waters, and green spaces. With plenty of sunshine throughout the year, the islands lend themselves well to fishing, swimming, kayaking, boating, beach volleyball, and other fun activities.

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Own a piece of paradise in west-central Florida. Known for spectacular scenery and outdoor recreation, the West Coast Barrier Islands harbors some of the world’s finest beach communities. These include Belleair Beach and Belleair Shores as well as the communities of Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, St. Pete Beach, Island Estates, Treasure Island, Sand Key, Indian Shores, and Redington Shores.

  • Belleair Beach was incorporated in 1950. Nestled along the Intracoastal Waterway, this laid-back community is conveniently located between Indian Rocks Beaches and Clearwater. Its proximity to the St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Metro Area make it a top choice for many buyers. Homes for sale Belleair Beach, FL are available in a wide range of layouts and architectural styles.

  • Belleair Shores offers an excellent selection of homes on the eastern shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The community consists of about 57 properties along a mile of prime beachfront. Located about a mile west of Belleair Bluffs and roughly four miles south of Clearwater Beach, the town provides access to a wide range of dining and entertainment options.

    Located on the west side of Gulf Boulevard, it is a primarily residential area and the development of commercial and multifamily high rise buildings is limited. The town also imposes height and set-back limitations to preserve the area’s natural beauty.

  • Belleair Bluffs is an exclusive community encompassing less than half a square mile of land. It is almost fully built-out with 540 single-family homes, 650 condos, and 320 apartments. With a tight-knit population of about 2,200, the community is known for seasonal events such as the annual tree lighting and carol singing.

    Known as one of the gateways to the Gulf beaches, Belleair Bluffs offers countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. It is served by over 200 businesses and offices offering world-class retail, dining, and services.

Location and Geography

Located west of Tampa, the West Coast Barrier Islands are easily accessible via bridges and causeways. These “finger islands” — as they appear on the map — were developed between the 1940s and 1960s through dredging. The islands were designed to accommodate residential properties and cul-de-sacs on either side. This period ushered in a second land boom with the development of new suburban and waterfront communities on the finger islands and canals.

Pinellas County itself is situated on a peninsula spanning over 280 square miles along Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It features over 20,000 acres of greenery, including parks, play areas and nature preserves. It also provides access to white sand beaches, gleaming lakes, and various recreational facilities. The Sunshine Skyway connects Pinellas to Manatee County.

Buyers can choose from a diverse array of towns, cities, towns, and communities throughout Pinellas County. This real estate destination has vibrant businesses, excellent schools, and stunning waterfront properties.

belleair beachWhat the Area is Known For
  • Belleair Beach was founded in the 1890s and re-established in the 1950s. It is largely known as one of the best preserved residential beach communities in Pinellas County. Its approximately 4,500-foot white sand beach is a safe haven for nesting turtles.

  • Belleair ShoreS is considered as one of the smallest towns in Florida. However, it consistently ranks among the most expensive cities in the United States, and rightly so — just about every home in this community is a gulf front property with a highly desirable Gulf Boulevard address.

  • Belleair Bluffsis known for fundraisers and community events such as the annual Bluffs Wine Walk, which draws over a thousand visitors and with the participation of local businesses. It is also known for its fantastic coffee shops and boutiques.

Climate

Belleair Beach and the surrounding communities have mostly warm weather year-round. The area is known for long, hot summers and short and partly cloudy winters. Some of the best months for outdoor activities are March to May as well as October to December. The latter season is typically associated with lower humidity and fewer tourists. While these months fall within hurricane season, they are not peak hurricane months.

Buyers can expect frequent rain storms during the months of July, August, and September as well as a large crowd of snowbirds from the northern states in February and March.

April, May, and June are some of the best months for wildlife viewing in the area. There are many opportunities to observe migratory birds, sea turtles, and stingrays during this time.

Getting Around

Residents typically get around by car. Motorists take the Belleair Beach Causeway, a concrete bridge that extends across the Intracoastal Waterway and serves as an important connection between the mainland and the communities of Belleair Beach, North Indian Rocks Beach, Belleair Shores, Belleair and Sand Key. It also serves as a local landmark and gateway for visitors coming to the area.

Pinellas County offers regional access via Interstate 275 and Port Tampa Bay, the largest port in Florida. For domestic and overseas travel, the closest airport is the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE / KPIE), which is approximately nine miles away; and Tampa International Airport (TPA / KTPA), which is about 21 miles from the area.

OVERVIEW OF THE REAL ESTATE MARKET

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SOLD BY SAND KEY REALTY IN BELLEAIR BEACH FOR $2.82 MILLION

Homes for Sale in Belleair Beach, FL

Belleair Beach is an upscale community with spacious properties right on the water. Located along Gulf Boulevard, this affluent enclave offers a wide range of residential properties, including single-family homes and condos. Some of the most desirable properties in the community are the spacious waterfront homes on the finger islands or inlets along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Some of these properties were built in the 1960s or torn down and rebuilt with newer construction. The most sought-after waterfront properties in Belleair Beach typically feature oversized garages as well as private docks and piers that can accommodate larger boats or smaller yachts. There are several condos along the water’s edge, offering sweeping views of the surrounding areas.

Buyers will also find a selection of custom-built homes and condos that are not on the water. Architectural styles include Ranch, Traditional, and Contemporary. As of October 2023, the median listing home price is $1.2 million, which has stayed flat year-over-year. The median price per square foot is $751, according to data from Realtor.com

Homes for Sale in Belleair Shores, FL

This private community is known for its million-dollar mansions and beachfront properties that have been designed and crafted by leading builders. Some of the most in-demand properties feature outdoor pools, viewing decks, fire pits, and sweeping views of the Gulf. The community is a favorite among high-profile buyers like former MLB player Ryan Howard, who sold his waterfront mansion for a cool $16.5 million in 2019.

Belleair Shores is one of the most exclusive communities in the area. There are no public access beaches in the community and only residents may use the beach. This gives homeowners an unparalleled level of privacy and security as they enjoy outdoor recreation.

The median listing home price is $1.3 million, or $769 per square foot — up 12.8% year-over-year as of October of 2023, according to data from Realtor.com. The average home in Belleair Shores typically sells after 47 days of being on the market.

Homes for Sale in Belleair Bluffs, FL

Belleair Bluffs offers single-family homes, condos, and apartments. Vacant lots are also available. Its waterfront properties are highly coveted with stunning views and first rate amenities. Popular architectural styles include Ranch, Contemporary, and Mediterranean.

This elegant coastal town provides access to the beach as well as a selection of shops and restaurants across the following areas:

  • Indian Rocks Road is located within proximity to the coast and provides easy access to beach activities. It also has an array of shops and restaurants.

  • West Bay Drive is a vibrant commercial area with hotels and bed and breakfasts as well as several bars and restaurants.

  • Bluffs Boulevard is a laid-back residential area with boutique hotels, guest houses, and stunning properties along tree-lined streets. It is also located within close proximity to the beach and other outdoor attractions.

According to data from Realtor.com, the median house value in Belleair Bluffs is $384,700, which is higher than the national median of $338,100.The average home typically sells after 40 days on the market.

Schools

The communities are served by the Pinellas County School District with reputable schools and highly trained staff. The district provides education to students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. As for higher education, some of the nearest colleges and universities include St. Petersburg College, Trinity College of Florida, Eckerd College, University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus, and the University of Tampa.

Outdoor Recreation

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  • Belleair Beach – This gorgeous white sand beach spans more than 4,500 feet with sea turtle and bird nesting sites scattered across the pristine shoreline. It is less crowded than other famous beaches in the area, offering a tranquil environment for swimming, strolling, and sunbathing. It is also a boater’s destination with the Municipal Marina and 7th Street Park Boat Ramp located just across the beach.

    Residents can access the beach at 157th, 158th, 160th, 162nd, and 163rd avenues. With three resident-only parking areas, visiting Belleair Beach is a convenient and enjoyable experience.

    In addition to Belleair Beach, the community provides access to 11 well-maintained parks and various recreational facilities. These include Morgan Beach Park, Causeway Beach Area, a playground, community center, and two tennis courts.

  • Clearwater Pass – Located north of the community marina, Clearwater Pass provides access to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico from the Intracoastal side of Belleair Beach. Enjoy boating and fishing in your own time.

  • Bayside Park – Located at Harbor Drive’s northernmost point, this park provides access to a small beach on the Intracoastal side and offers breathtaking views of the water.

  • Belleair Causeway Boat Ramp and Coastal Area – This boating facility is open 24 hours with a fishing pier, courtesy docks, boat launching lanes, and more than a hundred boat trailer parking spaces. Residents can also take leisurely walks or bike rides along the scenic causeway, which offers stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico.

  • The Belleair Bluffs Park – This popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts, featuring a playground, picnic areas, and a fishing pier.

  • The Belleview Biltmore Golf Club – This esteemed golf club features an 18-hole course surrounded by impeccable greenery and meticulously landscaped grounds. Guests may join golf lessons and visit the pro shop.

  • Indian Rocks Beach – This white sand beach is within driving distance of Belleair Bluffs and offers numerous opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and sight-seeing.

  • The Pinellas Trail – This 34-mile walking and biking trail connects many historic downtown areas across Pinellas County.

Pinellas County offers access to the following outdoor destinations and facilities:

  • 35 miles of white sand beaches
  • 588 miles of coastline
  • 135 marinas and dock facilities
  • 20,000 acres of green spaces
  • 250 parks
  • 623 tennis courts
  • 52 golf courses
Visit the Pinellas County website for more information.

Cultural Attractions and Events

There are a number of art galleries and creative spaces that showcase the work of local and regional artists in the Belleair area. The Belleair Bluffs Art District features galleries and studios that host exhibitions and other events.

Pinellas County offers a wide range of entertainment and cultural experiences with year-round events. When it comes to arts and culture, Pinellas hosts over 2,000 events annually with 15 performing arts venues, 17 museums (including the prestigious Salvador Dali Museum), and 20 theater companies. It is also home to the world-renowned Florida Orchestra.

Pinellas County also has a vibrant sports culture. It is home to the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers, MLB Tampa Bay Rays, and NHL Tampa Bay Lightning. It hosts the Firestone Grand Prix and other major sports events throughout the year.

Local Shopping and Dining Scene

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Belleair Beach and the surrounding communities offer a wide range of shopping and dining options:

  • Downtown Belleair Beach is lined with shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, and other local businesses. It hosts community events and celebrations such as Memorial Day Weekend.

  • The Belleair Bluffs Shopping Plaza provides access to a variety of shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants for the whole family to enjoy.

  • The Alley at Belleair Bluffs features several shops selling furniture, antiques, decor, apparel, and gifts. The shopping center also hosts seasonal events such as the Easter Market and Holly Jolley Christmas Market.

  • Market in the Bluffs is a farmers market that takes place every Saturday in front of Belleair Bluffs City Hall. The market features outdoor seating and local vendors selling baked goods, children’s toys, artwork, jewelry, and more.

Belleair Beach and the surrounding communities are known for fresh seafood with restaurants serving steamed mussels, pan-fried salmon, and other sumptuous dishes. Diners can also choose from a wide range of flavors ranging from international cuisine to Southern cooking. Belleair Bluffs, in particular, is home to many fantastic restaurants. Here you’ll find steakhouses and bistros serving New American, French, Japanese, and Italian fare amidst elegant interiors.

FIND HOMES FOR SALE IN BELLEAIR BEACH, FL WITH SAND KEY REALTY

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SOLD BY SAND KEY REALTY IN BELLEAIR BEACH FOR $3.8 MILLION

If you’re ready to buy waterfront property in Belleair Beach and the surrounding areas, contact Sand Key Realty at 727.256.5336 or send an email for any inquiries on Belleair Beach real estate. As the largest and longest running real estate brokerage in Pinellas County, we’ve been serving clients in the area since 1978.

Our company is the most established independent brokerage specializing in luxury real estate and beachfront properties. We don’t answer to a corporation. We answer to our clients. Whether you’re looking for a primary residence, vacation home, or investment property, our subject matter experts will help you make informed decisions through professional guidance and client-focused service.

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