The House Where Ruth Lived: The Babe’s Historic Spring Training Condo is on the Market

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130 4th Avenue North, #702, St. Petersburg, Florida

Situated in St. Petersburg’s historical  Flori de Leon tower, condominium #702 was leased each spring by baseball’s premier player, Babe Ruth, from its opening in 1927 until his last season with the New York Yankees in 1934. The unit is still decorated with a variety of photos of the Babe, plus antiques from the period. It has been recently renovated with a gourmet kitchen, but still has the original hardwood floors, bathroom tile, tub and separate shower, sink and medicine cabinet used by the Babe — as well as the facade of the original fireplace. During Ruth’s residence there, he was joined by legendary teammate Lou Gehrig, who leased a neighboring unit on the floor. The iconic pair, who played in four World Series together and set countless records, practiced at nearby Crescent Lake Ballpark and Waterfront Park. The famed building continues to pay homage to baseball’s royalty with two lounges on the top floor: the Babe Ruth Lounge and the Lou Gehrig Lounge.

Green House, Blue Waters

Constructed and maintained with water and energy conservation in focus, this gorgeous Gulf-front estate epitomizes green living — while overlooking blue waters.

16660 Captiva Drive, Captiva, Florida

This stunning beachfront estate is the ultimate retreat. Situated on 2 pristine acres, the Caribbean-style home offers over 200 feet of Gulf frontage. With over 14,000 square feet of custom-designed living space, the luxury is truly in the details. Its exquisite features are complemented by a green, environmentally-friendly footprint that has been thoughtfully executed inside and out. From the day construction began, energy conservation has been a top priority. The recent installation of new, high-efficiency zone air handlers and outdoor units save significant resources. The landscape has been customized with salt-tolerant plantings and turf, which are watered primarily with unusable saline ground water. The serene, Gulf-front pond requires non-potable water, and any needed additions during the dry season can be filled 100% by saline ground water. In addition, two, 100-watt air pumps provide most of the circulation needed — the output being equivalent to the use of  just two light bulbs.

Mercato’s Brew-Ha-Ha Craft Beer Festival Great Day for Ronald McDonald House Charities

More than 800 Naples residents came to Mercato Saturday afternoon for the third annual Brew-Ha-Ha Craft Beer Festival to sample over 50 craft beers, including offerings from six local Florida breweries. The event, which also featured live music from Rockin’ Horse, helped Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida raise necessary funds to support families with hospitalized children and provide mobile medical care to children in need. #brewhaha #mercatonaples

 Photos: Brianna White

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