Virage Luxury Condominium Tower on Bayshore Boulevard Tops Off

Strong demand from buyers leaves only four residences left. Ceremony places oak tree sapling on the top floor.

TAMPA, Fla. (May 14, 2019) – With brisk work over the last year, construction crews “topped off” the Virage luxury condominium tower on Bayshore Boulevard this week, reaching the full height of 24 stories on time for a grand early next year. Strong demand from buyers has left the tower with only four residences unsold. 

To commemorate the milestone of topping off, workers are following a long tradition in the construction industry by hoisting a small tree to stand atop the tallest point of the tower, a symbol of luck and prosperity. In this case, crews will place oak tree sapling in tribute to the large grand oak on site that developers saved and made part of the landscape design.

“Topping out a tower is always a special moment,” said Jay Tallman, Principal of Ascentia Development Group, which is building Virage in partnership with Batson-Cook Development Company, (BCDC). “Buyers have clearly fallen in love with Virage and this special site on Bayshore, and we are so thankful for the support we have had from the community.”

Virage has just 71 residences, priced from $1 million to $5 million. Construction began just 19 months ago with a groundbreaking ceremony led by developers, neighbors, future residents and partners. Now the tower is expected to open to residents by early next year.

“This project is setting a new standard of luxury and quality, and we are so proud of all our designers, builders, partners and stakeholders who have worked so creatively to bring this iconic tower to life,” said Litt Glover, President and Chief Executive Officer of BCDC. 

The Virage tower has set sales records in the Tampa Bay region and is one of the last unclaimed parcels on Bayshore zoned for a high rise. Smith & Associates Real Estate is the exclusive listing agent, with a team led by Dave Traynor. With the Smith team representing the project, more than half of residences were already under contract before groundbreaking. Only four unsold residences remain.

Virage was designed by local architect Curts Gaines Hall Jones, a firm well known for its inspiring residences, all of which in Virage are oriented to maximize views of downtown Tampa and the bay.

Among the premiere features, the top two floors have a single penthouse residence each, with 6,700 square feet of space and 360-degree views of Hillsborough Bay, South Tampa and downtown.

Other residences range in size from 2,400 square feet to 34,00 square feet. Every residence has a private elevator entrance, 10-foot ceilings, and access to resort-style amenities such as an infinity-edge pool overlooking Bayshore, state-of-the-art wellness center, pet grooming facilities, and 24-hour staffed reception.

About Ascentia Development Group

Based in Sarasota, Ascentia Development Group (ADG) has created some of Florida’s most stunning luxury developments, brought to fruition by vision, integrity and passion. ADG’s projects include “Beau Ciel” in Sarasota, “Orchid Beach Club” on Lido Key, En Provence” and “Aria” on Longboat Key.

About Batson-Cook Development Company

Founded in 1963, Batson-Cook Development Company (BCDC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kajima USA. It is a fully integrated real estate organization providing development and capital solutions, primarily through partnerships on commercial real estate projects in the Southeastern United States. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, BCDC offers a wide variety of real estate services from development and construction to equity and credit enhancements, to brokerage and property management.