Naples developer plans Altura Bayshore condo tower in South Tampa

Tampa’s building boom continues with Altura Bayshore, a planned 22-story luxury condominium tower overlooking Hillsborough Bay near the intersection of Bayshore and Bay to Bay Boulevards.

The Ronto Group, the Naples developer behind the project, plans 73 residences, including six penthouses, priced from approximately $1 million to $2.9 million.

The family-owned and operated company has developed projects in southwest Florida for more than 50 years but has never previously ventured north of Sarasota.

“We’ve looked at the Tampa market for a long time but just haven’t found the right opportunity,” says Anthony Solomon, the Ronto Group’s owner and executive VP. “But we found this site and were attracted to it. Obviously, south Tampa is a great area. The views are incredible and that’s what we look for first. It’s in a really prestigious neighborhood and very close to downtown where so much is happening now. Hyde Park and Bay to Bay are right there. We thought it was just an excellent location as far as views, livability, and walkability. It caters to the trend now where people want maintenance-free living in the middle of everything, as far as walking to shops. We love the site and what’s going on in Tampa, the renaissance happening in downtown Tampa. It’s exciting with the restaurants, the activities, and sports.”

The plans for Altura come with condo towers such as Sanctuary at Alexandria Place, Aquatica on Bayshore, and the Virage now under construction along Bayshore Boulevard south of downtown.

Solomon expects the Ronto Group’s approach to amenities will set Altura apart. The rooftop will be open to all residents and, in addition to the view, will offer a social lounge with a sunset terrace, pool, cabanas, a bar, and grills.

“We’re doing something a little different,” Solomon says. “It’s going to have a real resort feeling where everyone gets to enjoy the amazing views, the pool, and the lifestyle. Then on the parking deck on the back, we’re going to put a couple of pickleball courts, some bocce courts, a dog walk. We’re trying to turn this into an amenitized downtown community where they can get the best of both worlds -- the gated community lifestyle that Florida has become popular for and amazing views of downtown. We are really trying to capture the best of everything -- the downtown livability, the prestigious nature of Bayshore, and this amazing amenity package you can usually only find in gated communities.”

The Ronto Group’s portfolio includes condo tower, gated single-family and townhome developments, and golf communities in Naples, Bonita Springs, Marco Island, Sarasota, and other areas of southwest Florida.

The Tampa firm Curts Gaines Hall Jones is the architect designing Altura Bayshore.

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Chris Curry is a freelance writer living in Clearwater. Chris spent more than 15 years as a newspaper reporter, primarily in Ocala and Gainesville, before moving back home to the Tampa Bay Area. He enjoys our local music scene, great weather, and Florida's wealth of outdoor festivals.

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