The Ventana

Floors: 11
Height: N/A
Groundbreaking: early 2005 (projected)
Completion: late 2006 (projeceted)

Type: Residential
Status: Proposed



Refined condominium residences from 1.100 to more than 2.600 sq. ft. TWO reserved secure parking spaces, as well as a private personal, storage unit. An intimate collection of stylish condominium residences. A distinctive architectural statement. A landmark location. Each meticulously planned unit is enhanced with refined amenities, sprawling verandahs, striking floor plans and picture windows. Ventana provides an oasis that transforms the urban landscape info a window to everything that downtown Tampa has to offer.

The Ventana project was announced in July, 2004. The development calls for two 11 story condo buildings with 84 units. Retail and parking will fill the first two levels, tying in the Ventana with the Grand Central project just across the street. The name "Ventana", which means window in spanish, was chosen because over 50% of the buildings' exteriors will be glass. Condo prices start at about $250,000 on this $34 million project. Construction should begin in early 2005 for a late 2006 opening.

now is the time for mixed-use residential. newest project, called Ventana, will consist of 84 units in 11 stories on a little more than an acre. The property had been in Ware's family for four decades, but it wasn't until the last few years that Ware decided the time was right for residential in south tampa. there never really seemed to be a demand for downtown residential,"

"A lot of things have occurred in a very short timeframe. There's a continued migration of people to the area, and now there seems to be a huge interest to live, work and play from where people work. The demand just seems to be increasing." The demand is measurable due to the fact that newly announced projects in the area have either sold out or have received a great deal of buyer interest. Ventana is just one of 12 projects in various stages of development.

When the District residential community was envisioned, the idea was to have lofts across from cruise terminals. Prices announced less than two years ago were starting at $155,000 at 212 Lofts on 12th Street and $150,000 in Victory Lofts at 12th All units at Victory Lofts and 212 lofts have sold and are under contract. All 260 units at the mixed-use The Towers have been reserved.

Now the emphasis is on larger, more expensive units with loads of amenities, such as concierge services and terrace pools with spa areas. city planners expected that the District would be more lower priced than most of South Tampa, but that the area now has taken on a life of its own.

the city's economic development manager, said the new mixed-use projects near downtown Tampa will add to the area's current entertainment offerings. "The fact of the matter is that the downtown does have a great many things to offer the community," "There's the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, the aquarium and the Channel District Square that attract and keep people downtown.

Prices of the Ventana units start in the mid-$200,000s, with the four penthouse units pushing $1 million. Units will range from 1,125 to 2,600 square feet. Each residence will feature open floor plans and upgraded finishes, along with mezzanine terraces. Community amenities will include a pool and spa, fitness center, sauna and clubroom. The project also will include boutique retail on the street level in two retail bays, both approximately 4,200 square feet. "We will break ground in first quarter 2005 and expect buildout within 15 months,"

A window to a world of your own VENTANA.

Embraced by a soothing ambiance and the ultimate in refined amenities. Enhanced by striking floorplans, gracious verandahs and natural light cascading through expansive picture windows. With terrace level gardens, sparkling pool and spa, fitness center, clubroom and generous reserved parking. This is the urban oasis you've been waiting for.

A Window to Downtown, Ybor City and Channelside. You’re ready for this. An intimate collection of 84 refined condominium residences. A landmark location. Residences and penthouses from 1,100 to more than 2,600 square feet. Priced from the $300s. The latest in media, electronics and entertainment are available to residents in the sophisticated clubroom, where cozy seating creates a comfortable environment for relaxing with friends. A fully-equipped fitness center and sauna encourage health and well being.

Ventana provides the privacy of enhanced security features, including private entry and a monitored residents-only parking garage with two reserved parking spaces per residence. Flowing water features welcome residents into the inviting terrace level, featuring a spacious sundeck, refreshing pool and spa. Private nooks and breezy social areas are surrounded by lush landscaping. The covered outdoor dining area with grill and casual seating offers just the place for friends and neighbors to gather.

With an intimate collection of only 84 unique residences ranging from 1,100 to more than 2,600 square feet, Ventana is a window to a world all your own. Expansive picture windows illuminate each residence with natural light and are the focal point of open and spacious floor plans. Stunning views of downtown Tampa and beyond are showcased through Ventana’s generous verandahs.

The well-appointed residences include upgraded features and finishes not found in most other urban residential offerings. Ventana is the window to everything downtown Tampa has to offer. Convenient to work and play, the downtown waterfront and Channelside’s emerging arts, culture and residential scenes. Minutes from the Channelside entertainment complex, Florida Aquarium, St. Pete Times Forum, Harbour Island, Davis Islands, Bayshore Boulevard and charming Hyde Park Village. And with a streetcar station across the street, Ventana is just a short ride to historic Ybor City.


 If location is the key to prime real estate, then Ventana is a community that will be second to none, a co-owner of one of Tampa’s newest condominium developments.

"We are strategically located on the northwest corner of the highly visible, and conveniently accessible to south Tampa, north Tampa and downtown Tampa," says Ware.

"The convenience of a streetcar station is located right across the street. Our intersection is what the city calls a ‘gateway’ into downtown," Ware, who along with Don Edington, owns and is developing the community that will feature 84 residences once it is competed in late 2006.

The Ventana sales center opened in mid-December, adding that "pre-sales are occurring at a pace greater than our expectations. This, we believe, is a result of several unique qualities."

The community is only 84 residences, not 200-plus like other proposed developments, which provides a much smaller scale and a sense of intimacy for our residents, Ware. Additionally, residences come with two parking spaces and a personal climate-controlled storage unit, he adds.

Ventana offers eight floor plans ranging from a one-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,143-square-foot floor plan to a two-story, three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,660-square-foot penthouse residence, Prices range from the $400,000s to more than $1 million, he says. Some residences have dens, all have a private balcony and separate laundry room.

"We’ve had more compliments on our floor plans," he says. "All residences have floor-to-ceiling windows in the main living areas to capitalize on the tremendous views of the downtown skylines and channels that surround the area.

"We chose the name Ventana for its meaning of ‘window’ in Spanish."

The community is divided into two 11-story buildings that are joined on one level by a landscaped terrace. Each building has 42 residences, with private elevators leading from the secured and exclusive resident parking levels,

"Our fourth-floor terrace level will offer a swimming pool and Jacuzzi, outdoor grill and dining area, clubhouse, fitness center and sauna, and clubroom. A concierge also will be available in the clubhouse," he says. "We’ve designed the community to be as comfortable and livable as possible, in an exclusive and intimate way."

The bottom floor of Ventana will feature 7,600 square feet of boutique retail space that is expected to include a day spa, deli and coffee shop for residents’ convenience,

that Ventana also will feature a "smart home" system that will allow the residents to turn on or off items such as lighting and air conditioning from their cell phones.

Interested buyers are professionals who have ranged from young singles, couples and empty nesters who no longer want to deal with maintenance issues,. Some are buying a Ventana residence as their first home, while others are choosing one as their second. and that financing is arranged and the company has started site work.

"We have spectacular residences still available," "We are excited to bring this unique community to the Channel District and downtown Tampa."

 At the ontersection of cool and comfortable comes channelside's most intimate and inviting address.

A soul-soothing array of amenities awaits you, including two parking spaces and individual climate -controlled storage for each unit, pool, spa, sauna, fitness center, and a welcoming clubroom

Our 84 stylish residences feature expansive floor plans, towering picture windows and gracious balcony view. A mix of boutiqu shops and services joins the district's vibrant pedestrian landscape.

It's the lifestyle you've been waiting for. But don't delay. This window of opportunity is about to close.