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PAG Homeowners to Share Their Treasures

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pass1By TIR Staff - Photos Courtesy of PAG WC - Publisher’s Note. TIR offers a special thanks to Judy Brett for assisting with this article.

“What was once a little fishing village and now is one of Florida’s best kept secret enclaves of residences, small shops and special restaurants will once again open its doors for a peek at its lifestyle,” says Judy Brett, chairman of the Pass-a- Grille Women’s Club (PAGWC) Home Tour committee.

She says with the planned reconstruction of the main road into the area beginning later this year, this could be the last opportunity to view homes here for quite some time. Tickets are limited, but are now available online for the Feb. 28 tour.

“We will have busses, but this year’s tour can easily be done walking.” All the houses are between 13th and 28th Avenues.

In its 18th year, this tour is showcasing six homes including three of the neighborhood’s “cottages.” “They always seem to be the most popular with our visitors,” says Brett, “perhaps because they can visualize themselves owning or renting these vintage beach houses for weekend retreats on the number one beach in Florida. 

“There will also be three beautifully updated residences, all just a stones throw away from that same white sandy beach,” she adds.

pass2105 and 109 20th Avenue: Built in 1949, these two brick cottages are the homes of sistersin- law and while the one-story exteriors are similar, the interiors are very differently designed.

2502 Pass-A-Grille Way: The third “Cottage on the Grille” has all the charm of its 1950s origin including a tropical garden. In addition, the new owner has added updating to make it the perfect retreat.

1807 Pass-A-Grille Way: Right on the Intracoastal Waterway, this is the home of a bachelor with a talent for design who has created a piece of art on the inside and out. Color and art are the essence of this home, and visitors will come away having experienced something truly creative.

2800 Pass-A-Grille Way: This colonial-looking home has been completely renovated on the inside to a most functional and contemporary home. There owners saved many elements from the original design making it even more special. This four bedroom, four bath home is 70 steps from the Gulf. Visitors will love seeing how this home has been transformed.

pass31306 Pass-A-Grille Way: This latest addition to the tour is a great example of a true coastal home. In the style of the south-seas, this house seems to sway with the tall historical Washintonia Palms surrounding it. An integral part of PAG, this home has views of both the Gulf and the Intracoastal Waterway and has a completely updated interior.

The homes are open from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., rain or shine. The buses will shuttle visitors from two free parking lots, one adjacent to the Don Cesar and Sun Tan Art Center on Cabrillo Avenue and one at the PAG Community Church at 16th Avenue.

The busses will also be available to take visitors down to the shops and restaurants on historic 8th Avenue, the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum and Suntan Art Center. There will be light refreshments at PAGWC clubhouse and visitors can enter into drawings for a number of prizes including a one-day trip to Key West via private plane.

Tour tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on tour day, if available. Tickets can be purchased online or at multiple retailers in St. Pete Beach, Madeira Beach and St. Petersburg. To purchase tickets or see a list of retailers selling them go to www.pagwc.com.

 
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