Charbel Barakat, 2019 Top Corporate Counsel honoree, public companies

Charbel Barakat is the vice president and chief counsel for the Florida region of D.R. Horton and a 2019 Top Corporate Counsel honoree.

South Tampa attorney lists Beach Park estate for $11 million

South Tampa attorney James Wilkes has listed his home — a sprawling 9,296-square-foot estate in Beach Park — for sale for $11 million. The house at 415 South Royal Palm Way, which sits on a .72-acre lot, boasts “five bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and one half bath, two laundry rooms, a four-car garage, a chef’s kitchen with top of the line appliances, game room, music room, home gym and theater room,” according to Smith and Associates Real Estate, which is marketing the property for sale. The…

The hammers will keep swinging: Expect the momentum in Pasco County’s housing market to roll on

Population growth will drive steady demand for housing throughout Tampa Bay and particularly in Pasco County.

Wrestler Chris Jericho buys $3.25 million house in Tampa suburbs

Professional wrestler Chris Jericho and his wife have purchased a home in the Tampa suburbs. Jericho — whose legal name is Christopher Irvine — and his wife, Jessica Irvine, paid $3.255 million for a waterfront home on Roberts Road in Odessa, according to Hillsborough County property records. The sale closed Feb. 13; the deed for the transaction was filed Tuesday. The Irvines own another home in Odessa, on Patterson Road. They have owned that property since 2004, according to Hillsborough…

Water Street unveils new apartment tower for ‘price-conscious’ renters (Rendering)

The developer of Water Street Tampa on Wednesday released more details on a residential tower within the urban district — one that it says will appeal to “price-conscious” renters. Strategic Property Partners, controlled by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Cascade Investment LLC, said 1010 Water Street will include 481 apartments and 32,000 square feet of street-level retail space at the southwest corner of Water Street and Cumberland Avenue. The target demographic, SPP said, is “younger”…

Housing is already in a slump. So it (probably) can’t cause a recession.

The United States may or may not enter a recession this year, but if it does, housing is unlikely to be the cause, because it never really recovered in the first place.