Archive for October, 2014

Haunted Houses: Can You Sell One?

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

by Sean Hess (, Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty ( Join us on Facebook.

Can you sell a haunted house in Florida? Yes you can.

Does the seller have to disclose that the house is haunted? No he does not.

So if you are a buyer what are you to do? Watch the short video that my partner Kate Stevens and I did for all the spooky details!

Quick tip: St. Augustine has eight ghost tours. Take one to see if the house you want to buy is on the tour…

All treats and no tricks with St. Augustine when you go to buy or sell. Just contact me at the email up top or email Kate Stevens, my partner in the video and Broker Associate (904-377-2276).

Yes, we know Google killed Authorship, but the best minds say Big G still looks at the code. So here it is.

Spanky’s Closed: Where Everyone Knew Your Name

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

by Sean Hess (, Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty ( Join us on Facebook.

Spankys Pizza St Augustine

Spankys Pizza St Augustine

Spanky’s pizza house is closed.

When my four-year old and I walked by he asked, “Do you mean we can’t go there anymore?”

When I told him that was the case, he said, “Awwwwwwww…..”

Spanky’s sat in the plaza at the corner of US 1 and Wildwood, just a few doors down from Publix. It’s been in the same spot since I’ve been a resident of the (unfashionable) south end of St. Augustine, which is over 14 years now. Officially it was called Spanky’s II, but since there never was a Spanky’s I, well, that’s what made it charming.

What made it even more charming is that they remembered my kids since they were infants. The kids and I ate lunch there a lot before they went to school. While my son was in morning pre-K we probably ate there once a week. It was nice because they knew who you were.

We had a lot of fun conversations there, me and the kids. Once for an entire month I tried to explain who Spanky McFarland of the Little Rascals was. Then I had to explain that Spanky had since died. This was hard for one of them to grasp.

“Spanky McFarland was a little kid, right?”


“But now Spanky is dead?”

“Yes, but he was an old man when he died.”

“So Spanky is not a little kid?”

It went around and around like this for awhile.

Spanky’s was also the place my children first accused me of “being addicted for diet coke.”

When Little Ceasars opened nearby last month it probably took some of the local pizza business. Even if the two weren’t competing directly (Spanky’s was sit down and Ceasars is takeout), when you take money out of a market it has to come from somewhere. Maybe the contractors we always saw in there for lunch grabbed a pizza from Ceasars and ate in the truck instead. Maybe people who would have sat for lunch grabbed take out for home. Who knows?

We will miss the place. Like my four-year old said, “We can’t go anymore? Awwwwwww….”


Belle Haven Condos and Southwood Homes in St. Augustine

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

by Sean Hess (, Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty ( Join us on Facebook.

Palms at Sunset, Belle Haven Condos, St. Augustine

Palms at Sunset, Belle Haven Condos, St. Augustine

Earlier this week we created a new specialty search for homes in Southwood and condos in Belle Haven. The two communities are part of the same development, and are located on U.S. 1 South right next to the Mayo Clinic.

The communities are gated, and share a community pool and tennis courts. There are several lakes, sidewalks, and plenty of trees, which make either a lovely place to live!

Click here to see homes for sale in Southwood, and condos for sale in Belle Haven.

Search for Condos in The Preserve, St. Augustine Beach, Florida, including Sunset Point

Friday, October 17th, 2014

by Sean Hess (, Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty ( Join us on Facebook.

The Preserve condos, St. Augustine, Florida

The Preserve condos, St. Augustine, Florida

We just created a new search this morning for The Preserve and Sunset Point in St. Augustine.

Located about halfway between the beach and Flagler Hospital, The Preserve (and adjacent Sunset Point) are ideal for beach lovers, hospital staff (imagine going home for lunch each day!), and students at the University of St. Augustine. The Preserve includes 1-3 bedroom condos, while Sunset Point typically has 2-3 bedroom townhouses.

Click here to search for condos and townhomes for sale in The Preserve and Sunset Point.