hill tide estates groundbreaking(Nov. 2, 2016) — So if we just have to be out of the office on a workday, it might as well be somewhere we can take in the wonders of nature and enjoy the breezes off the southern tip of beautiful Gasparilla Island — Hill Tide Estates.

And so it was Nov. 1 for a continent of Spiro & Associates Brand Architects as we spent a good part of the day in Boca Grande orchestrating the big groundbreaking event for Hill Tide Estates.

Seagate Development Group and BCB Homes, the developers, are bringing this nearly 10-acre community to life. With just 19 home sites available from $1.4 million, Hill Tide Estates at 890 Belcher Road is sure to bring its own legacy to the historic city. Land clearing is complete, site work and underground utility development is underway, and the community’s exclusive real estate firm, Gulf Coast International Properties, is already entertaining inquiries from potential buyers.

“We genuinely envision something phenomenal for this parcel of land,” said Bill Price, CEO of Seagate Development Group. “It will always be the only community in Boca Grande with views of Charlotte Harbor, Boca Grande Pass and the Gulf of Mexico, in a single, unobstructed panorama.”

Luxury Custom Homes at Hill Tide Estates

Buyers can choose Seagate Development, BCB Homes or their own builder, and customize their home within a set of architectural guidelines. Seagate Development Group will be creating several sample floor plans and elevations, designed with pitched metal roofs and island architecture.

hill tide estates groundbreaking setupLocation, Location, Location

Of note is the fact that this property is a one-of-a-kind anywhere on the island in that it offers views of the Gulf of Mexico, Charlotte Harbor and Boca Pass. Imagine the water access and views from each resident’s luxury home. An observation deck (replacing an industrial loading dock), and a community boat dock with lifts have been proposed.

Located on a barrier island off the Cape Haze Peninsula, Hill Tide Estates looks out on Charlotte Harbor, the historic Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum and endless Caribbean blue-like water. Residents will also enjoy picture-perfect views of the Boca Grande Pass.

The south side is bordered by Gasparilla Island State Park, with unobstructed sight lines of the island Cayo Costa State Park, and the Gulf of Mexico with its 14 beaches nearby. Nature enthusiasts can also stroll numerous walking paths from Gulf Boulevard just outside the community’s gate to arrive on the great expanses of white-sand beaches.

Hill Tide Estates: “The Phenomenon”

Hill Tide Estates gets it name from one of the most celebrated activities on the island — tarpon fishing. A “hill tide phenomenon” occurs every May and June whereby the tides flush out crabs, which in turn attracts the massive world-class game fish for which Boca Grande is world famous. While there are few buildable home sites available dotting the island — land vacancy is 10 percent or less — Hill Tide Estates is the single largest and last contiguous parcel.

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Boca Grande, FL

Boca Grande has been likened to “small-town America,” with no stoplights, billboards, high-rises or fast-food chains. Instead, the island lifestyle includes unique shops and art galleries, championship golf courses, Boca Grande Bike Trail, boating and fishing excursions, and casual and fine-dining establishments known for their just-caught seafood. For air transportation, the privately operated Coral Creek Airport is just 10 miles away.

Another unique point about Boca Grande is there are no gas stations, with the exception of a street pump at Boca Grande Marina. Many residents use a golf cart as their main mode of transportation.

“Boca Grande is a small, tightly knit, family-oriented destination that attracts buyers who are seeking a quiet, elegant and intimate lifestyle,” said James A. Nulf, Jr., Chief Operating Officer and Partner at Seagate Development Group. “We are already seeing that same demographic interested in embracing life at Hill Tide Estates.”

Hill Tide Estates residents who want to broaden their recreational options and social lifestyle may have the opportunity to join any of the three prestigious private clubs in Boca Grande — Boca Grande Club, Coral Creek Club and The Gasparilla Inn & Club.

Former Florida Power & Light Site

OK history buffs, this one’s for you: FP&L previously owned the property, where from 1958 to 2002 they operated the FP&L Boca Grande Terminal, a tanker receiving and transshipment facility. When FP&L “repowered” its Fort Myers plant using state-of-the-art technology and natural gas in the early 2000s, the facility was no longer needed and its four storage tanks were decommissioned. The electric utility sold the property to the current owners in 2015.


Hill Tide Estates: (877) 244-5584, www.hilltideestates.com
Gulf Coast International Properties, Boca Grande: (941) 964-1778, www.gcipbocagrande.com
Web Cam: The Building of Hill Tide Estates



Morton’s Gourmet Market in Sarasota provided pastries, fruit and beverages.


moving sand

Getting the sand ready for the big groundbreaking.



Shovels created by students of The Island School in Boca Grande.


Guests from the news media and representatives of various organizations attended the Hill Tide Estates groundbreaking on Nov. 1, 2016.


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Bill Price is CEO of Seagate Development Group.

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Some of the team from Seagate Development Group, BCB Homes and Gulf Coast International Properties.