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by Roger Pettingell

Craft beer finds its own in the area

Microbreweries rise up around many areas of Sarasota and Manatee counties

Motorworks in Bradenton
Motorworks - Co-owner Frank Tschida enjoys one of his own creations from his brewery in Bradenton

Do you want to make and sell craft beer as a living? The rise of microbreweries in Florida has been constant, now almost every major city in the state can claim multiple breweries where consumers can order the beer made on site. The name brewpubs is the shortened combination of brewery pubs, but you likely won’t find that in marketing. They just advertise the brewery in the name.

Typically multiple flavors of beer display the taste and invention of the brewmaster in these microbreweries. In the local breweries it is common to see up to 22 different tastes of ales, IPAs and stouts. Some are marketed with fruity flavors or seasonal based on the holiday, pumpkin in the fall is popular.

And the alcoholic content varies as much with the taste. What used to be 6 percent Alcohol by Volume, now is pushing 9 percent by some breweries. Although common wisdom in the brewing industry is that 14 percent ABV is the upper limit, Samuel Adams introduced the Triple Bock in 1994 that contained 17.5 percent ABV. The higher content beers are also considered premium liquids and can get a higher price. Local breweries have also introduced their own high content beers.

So why has the phenomenon taken off in recent years? Since 1979 the number of microbreweries have climbed, federal laws deregulated the industry that year under President Carter. It was left up to the states to set their own limits which Florida has done. With a $500 license you can brew up to 10,000 kegs per year. That is more than enough for personal consumption. You can opt for a higher license and become a distributor of your own craft beer. Before jumping in though, you will need to check zoning laws and register with state and federal agencies for permits.

You can actually see some of the beers on shelves at your local grocery stores. In 2016, 99 percent of the 5,301 breweries in the United States have been classified as microbreweries. The growth has slowed a little in the past three years but still represents a significant number.

You can find a number of these breweries locally in wet zones around the city. JDub’s in Sarasota is located near the Ed Smith baseball stadium, while Motorworks and the Darwin Brewing Co. are within a block of each other around the LECOM baseball diamond in Bradenton. Baseball fans do love to consume: peanuts, Cracker Jacks and beer.

Other breweries are off the beaten path. The Naughty Monk in Lakewood Ranch is located miles from Main Street. Big Top Brewing is located near I-75 in Sarasota but thankfully away from any entrance ramps. The Corporate Ladder Brewing Company in Palmetto is near an I-75 ramp on Moccasin Wallow Road.

Owners join organizations that promote the industry, a camaraderie all to itself. Many join the Florida Brewers Guild that is devoted to advocacy and education. The Brewers Association is a national group that promotes craft beers. This month six breweries gathered at Off the Wagon Bar in Venice for a Brewery-vs-Brewery Family Feud. Teams from the Naughty Monk, JDub’s, Darwin, Corporate Ladder, Big Top and Off the Wagon faced off against each for charity.

JDub's beer garden
JDub's Beer Garden - Near Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, this brewery has special events and food truck rallies when it opens up its grounds.

JDub’s is popular with its Food Truck Rallies. Food trucks are the main source of restaurant food at most of the local breweries and it’s not bad either. The trucks compete for bragging rights in the parking lot of JDub’s while patron parking is moved to the side lots, of which there is plenty. During regular business days the trucks rotate so there is one in the parking lot on most open days. The pub and beer garden courtyard serve as gathering points for guests. This brewing company has four flagship beers around 5 percent ABV and two yearly offerings of 10 and 11 percent ABV. They also promote a fruits of Florida series.

Formerly a Hudson Motors car dealership, some of the motif can still be seen in the taproom of Motorworks in Bradenton. Owners Frank and Denise Tschida have created an arena for beer competitive sports such as corn bag tossing and bocce ball in their beer garden with a 150 year old oak tree in the center. The food truck is the 9th Street West side of the building, opposite the main stage. Sporting events are projected on two large screens, one in the tap room and one in the beer garden. They have a number of award-winning beers to choose from and a full liquor bar. Also, check out their Groupon deals on a flight of beer tastings.

Darwin Brewing Company
Darwin Brewing - A second brewery near LECOM baseball stadium in the heart of Bradenton

Down the road and across from LECOM field is the Darwin Brewing Company. Its crafted IPAs, ales, stouts and pilsners are highly respected artisan ales and lagers. This brewing company opened its doors in 2012 serving Andean cuisine. Craft beers were added later when the brewery began its operations soon after the opening. They have a good selection of seasonal and core beers to select from. Darwin is closed Mondays and Tuesdays and may have seasonal hours so you may want to check ahead.

Get your circus mind in gear under the Big Top Brewing Company in Sarasota. One of the first breweries in Sarasota, this company near Nathan Benderson Park will coordinate some of its big events around rowing championships there. They are open seven days a week until 10 PM on weekdays but are open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. They have a special blend of 22 special night, core and specialty brews on tap. Join the Big Top Beer Club to receive news about events and new offerings on tap.

Off the Wagon
Off the Wagon - This bar serves Three Bridges Brewing selections from its location in Venice

Head on down to Venice on Tamiami Trail to the Off the Wagon Bar and its own award-winning 3 Bridges Brewery serving high quality cuisine at good prices and cocktails. Open seven days a week, this venue books some of the best entertainment in the area and has something for everyone every night of the week. Mondays are trivia night and karaoke spins with DJ Tony on Thursday nights.

The Corporate Ladder Brewing Company in Palmetto where the owners boast they quit work and started brewing beer. They are open seven days a week until 10 PM, midnight on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is their day of rest when they close at 8 PM. They have 15 of their own beers on tap and 8 guest taps, including a Fruit-Full Fort, a strong ale with 17.2 percent ABV. Of their own brewing, the Nepotism stout is an 11.9 percent ABV and the Where’s My Bonus Check is an ale served with 9.1 percent ABV.

Naughty Monk Brewing
Naughty Monk - The brewery is in full view from the taproom in Lakewood Ranch

Brewmasters have crafted 22 flavors of Belgian-inspired beers and one cider on tap at the Naughty Monk in Lakewood Ranch. A variety of wines are also available for consumption. The taproom is nicely configured with plenty of seating, activities and two prestigious Diamond pool tables. You have a full view of the brewery through glass walls and possibly arrange for a tour. Check out the daily food truck for food, but outside restaurant orders are encouraged. Gather on Tuesdays for 2-for-1 beer specials and Thursdays for trivia competitions. The Pump Queen is an ale that boasts 9.8 percent ABV with a pumpkin pie aroma.

If you are thirsty for a good craft beer check out any of these breweries or do your own search for more discoveries. While on a discovery tour, check out my three new listings last week including this stunning home on Yawl Lane in Country Club Shores. I increased options for Grand Bay with a listing there and now have a new listing at the popular Promenade, which has recently undergone a renovation. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
536 Yawl Lane $1,825,000 Video Photo Slideshow
3030 Grand Bay Blvd, #332 $879,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1211 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #810 $829,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Real estate videos for our market

by Roger Pettingell

The past four years of REALTALK™

Approaching 2019 and our 200th episode of real estate discussions

Episode Number 1
First Episode - We discussed the 2013 and 2014 Sarasota real estate market on April 23, 2014.

When I launched the REALTALK™ video series on April 23, 2014 I wanted to discuss important topics that affected home buyers and sellers in the Sarasota and barrier islands. Now 187 weekly episodes later we have done just that. The videos have covered 47 different communities from the Oaks Bayside in Sarasota to the Lands End neighborhood on north Longboat Key. Many times Mary Kay Ryan and I have recorded our episodes from the homes in the neighborhood we were discussing.

There is so much to discuss as each community has its own atmosphere. In our videos of residences on Longboat Key I try to address those unique features that would make it attractive to buyers. We can explain the difference between the luxury beachfront lifestyle of Beachplace and why Grand Bay on the bay side might offer a different attraction.

We covered the Ritz-Carlton downtown from the penthouse there in REALTALK™ #71, then followed up with a spotlight on the Ritz-Carlton Beach Residences two years later in our #154 episode. Someday I hope to have a review of the new Ritz-Carlton that is under development in the rejuvenation of the Quay district downtown.

And we have gone into areas that the casual home buyer may not be aware of. We recently discussed Tremont Estates on Lido Key, just blocks from St. Armands Circle, and Bungalow Hill, west of trail in Sarasota. We thought it would be important to discuss areas like Sapphire Shores on Indian Beach in Sarasota and the luxury homes that were built in the Sanderling Club on Siesta Key.

We have also directed our attention to the gated communities of Bay Isles and homes that have beach access through deeded titles. You can get a glimpse of Queens Harbour, Fairway Bay and the Bayou neighborhood in our community spotlight series.

Topics by the experts in the purchase process and home insurance

REALTALK interview with Mike Mailliard
Interview with experts including Mike Mailliard of MIC Insurance discussing Florida home insurance.

But we have also taken on the serious business of home buying and invited local experts to discuss topics that impact a sale or the value of a home. Real estate attorney Thomas Luzier of the Sarasota firm Dunlap and Moran took on the discussion of state Doc Stamps and Title Insurance in REALTALK™ #38. It has been one of our most viewed videos. This is one I send a link to customers who have questions about these two topics as Thomas did an eloquent and concise review of these two sometimes confusing areas of Florida real estate law.

Insurance in Florida is also unique and sometimes misunderstood. Mike Mailliard of MIC Insurance has been an expert and a frequent guest. In the fall of 2014 we recorded a two-part series where he discussed some important features to look for while insuring a condominium, and then followed it up with part II on insuring single-family homes. He returned for another two-part series as we approached the storm season two years ago. His June 2016 series was timely as he first discussed changes in Florida law that affected home owners, then followed up the next week on actions that needed immediate attention in preparation of the summer months. This episode is one I highly recommend as he discussed protecting your most valuable assets before disaster hits. On September 21, 2017 he provided an update on Florida insurance just days after Hurricane Irma made its path through central Florida.

We have had other experts discussing different topics. A good discussion on the ease and use of a Smart Home was presented in an interview with Wicked Smart Homes president, Mark Bolduc. Sea wall construction has changed over the years so we invited Jim Smith of Custom Dock & Davit to discuss and demonstrate new technologies that offer more longevity. We discussed the advantages of buying new construction in Sarasota with guest Amy Drake, in REALTALK™ #52. I am no lawyer but have enough knowledge of common questions customers ask me so I discussed TRIM notices and preparing for taxes in REALTALK™ #57.

Local programs that have a great social benefit have been discussed. There was no one better to explain the world renowned St. Armands Circle than Diana Corrigan, Executive Director of the St. Armands Circle Association in REALTALK™ #58. Titus Herman, CEO of Southeastern Guide Dogs discussed his program of service to the blind and veterans of war. Juliette Valin, director of membership at the Longboat Key Club was in an episode to discuss the benefits of joining this highly recognized organization. The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe was highlighted in REALTALK™ #101 in an interview with Nate Jacobs, founder and artistic director, which finished with a duet.

Market updates for sellers and buyers as we see it

Max and Jake guests
Sons Max and Jake - I receive many good comments when sons Max and Jake join me in REALTALK™ discussions, especially around the holidays.

We sometimes think that buyers are only here during peak season from November to mid April. If that were the case we wouldn’t have any home sales in the summer, of which we had a brisk season in those months too this year. As peak seasons come and go I discuss the market and prepare sellers on expectations for their homes on the market. I discuss timing and any perceived fluctuations that might have an impact on the sale of luxury homes or residences. In these updates I provide my best estimate of market timing and how to best present your home for the upcoming season. These updates have been very popular and are some of the most viewed videos.

We like to have fun too. Sons Max and Jake have grown up as guests the past four years, and they discuss serious topics. These videos receive the most comments from viewers, whether they like the way Jake and I discussed the home-buying process or Max asking me questions about home pricing. We present these videos around holidays, particularly at Thanksgiving when I promote Roger’s Great Pie Extravaganza. I learned of their aspirations for the future in a year ending 2016 holiday greeting and magic trick in REALTALK™ #112.

But what could be more fun than the bloopers episode put together by our videographer Detlev von Kessel for our first year anniversary. Catch all the episodes, with their transcripts on our REALTALK™ page. You can also subscribe to these videos from our YouTube playlist. We have enjoyed bringing these two-minute videos to you over the years and hope that the information has been valuable to you. Look for more episodes brought to you on Thursdays. Please email me if you have a suggestion for an upcoming REALTALK™.

We also listed three new properties recently in the Sanctuary and Beachplace on Longboat Key, and a single-family residence in the Oaks. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
535 Sanctuary Dr, #C308 $1,695,000 Video Photo Slideshow
76 Osprey Point Drive $849,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1075 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #203 $549,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Value priced homes on boating water

by Roger Pettingell

Beach access on Longboat Key's bayside

Four homes that offer plenty for less in our Home Showcase XXX this month

Dredging in New Pass
Dredging in New Pass - The current project will create a viable boating pass and renourish Lido Key beach.

Over the years I’ve sold many single-family homes in Country Club Shores and I have two listed there that are offered at a good value for a home buyer that wants to be on the water for boating with beach access. Longboat Key has plenty of opportunities to be on the water, so I am highlighting two more in Manatee County on the northern end of the island. One is in Bayview Estates and the fourth is in Cedars East.

Consider yourself fortunate for an easy stroll to the Gulf of Mexico beach from any of these four homes. Country Club Shores is known for its canals that have access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf. Now that dredging of 185,000 cubic yards has commenced in New Pass, sailboaters in Country Club Shores will have an easier travel through the sometimes treacherous pass on the south end of Longboat Key. The sand from this $3.9 million project will help renourish Lido Key beaches.

Country Club Shores is also known for its proximity to St. Armands Circle and the lifestyle of Sarasota. Created in the 1960s by the Arvida Corporation, Country Club Shores has seen its share of single-story homes upgraded or replaced with sleek multi-story homes. Deeded beach access is granted through entry points off Gulf of Mexico Drive. It is a community that is ever evolving and worthy of a look by home buyers.


Prime corner lot in Country Club Shores with deep-water dockage

1055 Bogey Lane of Country Club Shores
Country Club Shores - 1055 Bogey Lane

The first home on this list is situated in a prime corner lot location at 1055 Bogey Lane of Country Club Shores. This lovely three-bedroom plus bonus room home abounds in elaborate Florida-sourced gardens and offered at $899,000. This home offers a newer roof in 2014, Porcelain tile flooring, hand-painted murals, eat-in kitchen with formal and informal dining areas, and walls of expansive windows and sliders equipped with storm shutters. Stone pavered walkways and vine-covered pergolas surround this private residence. Dockage and deep-water access to the bay is a highlight. While not boating, relax by the pool with screened-patio.


New seawall and screen-protected lanai a few steps from boat dock

570 Yardarm Lane
Country Club Shores - 570 Yardarm Lane

Just a stone’s throw away from Sarasota’s open bay waters, this three-bedroom Country Club Shores home at 570 Yardarm Lane is ready for you to add your personal touches. Offering a brand-new seawall, the screen-protected lanai is a few steps from the boat dock and deep-sailboat waters. The open layout features tile flooring, crown molding, plus the most recent updates include a newer kitchen with solid-wood cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, breakfast bar and recessed lighting. Enjoy a short walk to the beach, also offered at $899,000.


Light and open, two-story, elevated, waterfront home in Bayview Estates

519 Bayview Drive in Bayview Estates
Bayview Estates - 519 Bayview Drive

Shifting to the northern end of Longboat Key is this home for sale at 519 Bayview Drive in Bayview Estates. Lush, manicured landscaping, as well as a light and open, two-story layout are wonderful introductions to this elevated, waterfront home. The bright interior features cathedral vaulted ceilings, tiled flooring throughout, living/dining and family rooms, as well as an eat-in kitchen. Boating enthusiasts will love the 100 feet of water frontage, boat dock and 7,000-pound lift, offering easy bay access. This well-maintained, four-bedroom residence is ready for you to enjoy, poised for sale at $849,000.


Move right in to this furnished townhouse in Cedars East in north Longboat Key

570 Yardarm Lane
Cedars East - 810 Evergreen Way

Offered furnished, you will love the convenience of moving right in and immediately enjoying this townhouse in Cedars East, including its own one-car garage. Comprising the second level are two bedroom suites in a split plan for a wonderful amount of privacy. Wood flooring, an open split-level layout and protected water views welcome you to this home at 810 Evergreen Way, pleasantly priced at $349,000. Cedars East is a private enclave of townhomes located on north Longboat Key’s bayfront, within the Cedars Tennis Resort community. Walk to the beach!

I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was a great one. Although the break was short-lived, we had plenty of activity around the office this past weekend including this new listing at the Gulf-front community of the Sanctuary. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of any homes here at (941) 387-1840 or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
535 Sanctuary Dr, #C308 $1,695,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Condo on the Bay community overview

by Roger Pettingell

Amenity-rich community has a lot to offer

One of the first communities to change the skyline of downtown Sarasota

REALTALK™ #186, Condo on the Bay
Condo on the Bay - This unique community was disussed in REALTALK™ #186 last week.

When it comes to sunset views of the Ringling Bridge and Sarasota Bay, there is nothing better than the Condo on the Bay community downtown. Add in the amenities and proximity to the best that downtown Sarasota has to offer, and your life is good. The twin towers of these large high-rise homes at 888 Boulevard of the Arts in Tower I and 988 Boulevard of the Arts in Tower II, are flanked by a row of townhouses, with deep-water marines on both sides of the peninsula.

These structures changed the skyline of the bayfront with 19 floors erected on the waterfront. Consider that many of these 272 residences have been upgraded from their 1982 beginnings, there is plenty of value in these properties with prices under $1 million. You can lease out your residence, one time a year in both towers for a minimum of four months in Tower I and one year in Tower II. The larger townhouses can be spacious with over 5,000 square-feet of living space.

Your community is secure with a 24/7 manned guard gate and under building secure parking with electric vehicle charging stations for your convenience. Guest parking is also available. If you need to park your boat, dock space with electric is offered on a first-come, first-served bases. Relax while fishing from the pier that is on the grounds, protected by a seawall.

For a more active lifestyle, owners have access the two tennis courts, two resort style heated swimming pools and spa, and three fitness rooms with contemporary exercise equipment. There are social rooms with library for some downtime. Take advantage of the generous concierge service. And a short drive to the keys for the beaches or to St. Armands Circle is a delightful adventure of fine dining and boutique shopping.

But you might think, what about the barren 15 acres between the Condo on the Bay community and Tamiami Trail? It is the old Quay, soon to be alive with new residences, hotels, restaurants and businesses in a multi-use development program. It may become the new entertainment center of Sarasota, but is certainly exciting to watch the area grow. Even the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall that is within a short walk is in the revitalization discussion.


Upgraded two-bedroom for sale on fifth-floor at 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506

888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506
The sunset and panoramic views of the Ringling Bridge and Longboat Key are highlights of this two-bedroom residence at 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506.

I have a listing in Tower I, one of 10 active properties for sale there. Primed and ready for you to make it your own, this two-bedroom open concept plan is on the fifth floor at 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506. It offers lovely upgrades including oversized diagonal tile and hardwood flooring, newer bathrooms and eat-in kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, inset solid wood cabinetry, crown molding and tile backsplash.

The master suite is in the northeast corner, offering two standard closets and one walk-in closet. The guest suite is down the hall on the west side. Idyllic bay breezes and breathtaking dusk views on the terrace can be the perfect ending to any day.


Penthouse at #1906 in preparation for the market

888 Boulevard of the Arts, #1906
REALTALK™ #186 - The residence at 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #1906 was discussed in this video last week.

A second residence on the 19th-floor is being prepped for the MLS as an active listing. Every aspect of this downtown penthouse residence at 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #1906 has been meticulously upgraded. Walk in and fall in love with the direct bay views, hardwood floors, modern all-white kitchen, LED lighting, custom built-ins, beautiful tile work in both new bathrooms and tiled terrace space. The residence was discussed in this REALTALK™ #186.

This is a holiday week, many wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. We will be here during the week and this weekend, ready to take your call and set up an appointment. I know some of you may be in for just the week so we can accommodate you if you are looking to buy or sell in the Sarasota area. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of any homes on the market including this new listing last week at 236 Tremont Lane.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
236 Tremont Lane $3,495,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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New Global Luxury listings

by Roger Pettingell

Three listings certified as luxury homes

Exquisite estate in Lakewood Ranch to northern edge Longboat Key home

REALTALK™ #185
REALTALK™ #185 - We discussed the beginning of the 2018-19 peak season and introduced one of three properties highlighted in this REALTALK™ last week.

We are certainly feeling peak season as snowbirds are returning, homes are listed and contracts are being written for home purchases. Our inventory variety has increased to include homes from nearly $8 million to residences that would make fine rental properties on the Gulf of Mexico. I listed three homes last week that qualify for the Global Luxury brand of Coldwell Banker, highlighted here in this Home Showcase XXIX article.


Look at what is offered for the most expensive home in Lakewood Ranch

16416 Baycross Drive
Lakewood Ranch - 16416 Baycross Drive

The first is a grand estate in The Lake Club of Lakewood Ranch, and is a private playground for adults in an opulent setting of luxury. Built in 2015, this home for sale at 16416 Baycross Drive offers an immaculate lifestyle, including its own professionally designed five-hole golf course, 1/8 mile running track, tennis court, basketball court, gym, motor courtyard, car museum, billiards and media rooms, plus a 1,000-bottle wine cellar. If that isn’t enough for an active lifestyle, it includes a brick pavered 35-foot high protected lanai, with cabana, summer kitchen and bar, fireplace, designer pool and raised spa. This is the most expensive home in Lakewood Ranch, deservedly so with all its features and Lake Club amenities. It is listed at $7,995,000.


Rare nearly one-acre property with home overlooking Sarasota Bay

1509 South Lodge Drive
Cherokee Park - 1509 South Lodge Drive

The spectacular location of this waterfront home in Cherokee Park is a rarity. There is an aspect at this designer residence for the entire family to enjoy at 1509 South Lodge Drive. This home listed at $4,995,000 rests on nearly one-acre of property overlooking Sarasota Bay with views that stretch to John Ringling Bridge and the twinkling lights of downtown. Completely renovated inside and out in 2011, this 4BR plus family and media rooms layout offers custom finishes including tongue-and-groove ceilings with expose beams, Travertine and wood flooring, gourmet kitchen, designer fixtures and much more. A heated swimming pool, spa and sunbathing areas are only steps away from the dock and lifts on sailboat waters.


Panoramic views from the northern edge of Longboat Key in Lands End

749 Lands End Drive
Lands End - 749 Lands End Drive on Longboat Key

I discussed how our October with season has started in my REALTALK #185 video last week and introduced the third home on this list at 749 Lands End Drive, on the northern edge of Longboat Key in the Village community. The contemporary design and secluded location of this direct bayfront residence creates an ideal, move-in ready environment. Surrounded by tropical, Florida-sourced vegetation and located at the end of a private cul-de-sac, every aspect of this elevated home was completely renovated. Beautiful features include exterior Cemplank siding, durable IPE wood decks, plus an upgraded interior featuring Brazilian cherry wood flooring, Andersen impact windows and sliders encased in solid wood, Cypress ceilings and much more, listed at $1,995,000. You will love the view of the Longboat Pass bridge, Anna Maria Island and panoramic water views.

I listed three other residences last week with water views that I will showcase in future articles. If you are looking for an ideal location in downtown Sarasota call us about 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506. Within a short walk to downtown and Marina Jack from Golden Gate Point, the residence No. 11 in Harbor House is nearly brand new with its upgrades. The third has gorgeous beach-to-bay views from the seventh floor in the Beaches community on Longboat Key. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
174 Golden Gate Point, #11 $879,000 Video Photo Slideshow
775 Longboat Club Rd, #705 $799,000 Video Photo Slideshow
888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506 $625,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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The eventual rise of Longboat Key

by Roger Pettingell

Longboat Key: Circus times to today

Our story picks up from last week on the history of Longboat Key

Ritz-Carlton hotel in 1952
Ritz-Carlton - Ringling's dream of a grand hotel on Longboat Key ended in the late 1920s. The structure was demolished in 1964 to make way for Arvida's new Longboat Key Club with its many amenities

While John Ringling had eyes on developing his circus on the mainland, he had a keen sense for the barrier islands as a real estate developer. He was the visionary for bringing his circus to Sarasota in 1927 and purchasing land in the Sarasota area. It was that period before then in which he purchased much of the south end of Longboat Key, an undeveloped Bird Key, St. Armands Key and a couple smaller keys. He set out to create a grand playground for the rich to vacation in this slice of paradise.

A short time before then, another developer Owen Burns had his own plans for developing Sarasota and the barrier islands, starting with the development of the Lido Key Beach. Before World War I, under his Burns Realty Company and the Burns Construction Company he was instrumental in its development and the area now known as Burns Court in Sarasota.

He and Ringling together were working together to manage the tremendous growth they had seen for the area. This is where we pick up from last week on the early years of Longboat Key, and progress to what is today Longboat Key.

St. Armands Circle was a vision Ringling had for shops and dining. He purchased a home under construction to be used for Warren G. Harding as a winter White House for the president. This was a great growth spurt for the area during this period of the roaring twenties. Ringling also set out to construct the first Ringling Bridge from Sarasota to St. Armands Key in 1925. It was then that his grandest illusion was forming, the construction of a Ritz-Carlton branded hotel that would be the invitation for the rich and famous.

Tragedy struck in many forms. In 1921 a hurricane devastated the area and created a New Pass inlet that now separates Lido Key from Longboat Key. Ringling may have used this as an omen to build his Ritz-Carlton on the southern edge of Longboat Key overlooking New Pass. A bigger set-back may have been the economic breakdown and land bust during the Great Depression that started in 1929. It didn't stop there, there was the death of his beloved wife, Mable, also in 1929. The project was abandoned and the empty shell of this great hotel would sit idle for many years. John Ringling himself would pass on several years later.

One of the remaining Whitney Beach Cottages
Progress Continues - One of the remaining Whitney Beach cottages on the Longboat Key Arts Center site was moved to make way for a new development. A new Arts Center behind the Publix is in development.

One of the first developments on the island began in 1935 when Gordon and Lora Whitney purchased Gulf to Bay property on Longboat Key and built 13 cottages on the northern end of island. These were resort-style properties with a tennis court for use by guests. Whitney Beach was popular and even used during WWII to house servicemen. The resort would close in 1957 and some of the cottages moved to different locations. One of the last remaining cottages was moved to the northeast corner at Gulf of Mexico Drive and Broadway Street. It will be repurposed as a Longboat Key historical museum and greeting center for visitors entering from Bradenton and Anna Maria Island.

Longboat Key would make modest gains in the years following, certainly not at the fervor pace that Ringling had set. Development was slow to a point that even in 1942 the U.S. Air Force saw the barren land on Longboat Key and determined it would be a great location for use as 50-caliber target practice at the beginning of World War II. For a few hours a day P-40 aircraft would strafe the mid-section of the island in their practice sessions.

The town had seen moderate growth following the war and the town would vote to incorporate in November 1955 by nearly a unanimous vote of nearly 100 citizens. Eight commissioners were elected that day, the Honorable Wilfred LaPage was selected among them as the first mayor of Longboat Key. The anniversary is next week.

Longboat Key was to see its next growth spurt. Arthur Vining Davis, with his namesake company by combining the first two letters of his name, Arvida Corporation, made a major investment in Longboat Key by buying up Ringling property holdings from Bird Key to mid-Longboat Key. In the years following the 1958 purchase, the 91-year old Davis with his corporation made great strides in the development of Longboat Key. It was a modern era of growth.

Under Arvida's commitment, Bird Key was forming from a small area of land to a tropical island of well-planned canals and streets. Dredging and land fill expanded the land mass from 12 acres to 250 acres by the early 1960s. Stately homes were built to attract celebrities. The Bird Key Yacht Club was formed in 1959 to become a center post of activity. Today Bird Key is a family-oriented community where you can visit with neighbors on the street, walk your pet or take a relaxing ride on a bike in this gated community.

Arvida was also responsible for the development of Country Club Shores on the south end of the island with its series of canals with direct access to the bay. Arvida was responsible for much of the Bay Isles development, with communities that were distinctly different from each other. Bay Isles is a gated set of communities and its owners have deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club. Grand Bay, with its six buildings on the bay is a prime example of this luxury development. Fairway and Marina Bay offer similar lifestyles. Corey’s Landing has its villas with maintenance-free living. Next door is Queens Harbour with single and two-story upscale homes.

New Guard Gate
Longboat Key Club - The old guard gate to Longboat Club Road is in the foreground of the new entrance structure under construction by Ocean Properties

Arvida soon began one of its biggest projects where the abandoned Ritz-Carlton hotel started by Ringling sat deteriorating. It demolished the structure in 1964 and started its plans for the Longboat Key Club where the degrading structure stood. An 18-hole golf course was built near the structure. The Longboat Key Club is now comprised of two championship golf courses, marina in a protected harbor, tennis courts and fine restaurants. Ocean Properties purchased the resort in 2012 and plans are underway to expand with hotels and family residences, discussed in this REALTALKplus™ article.

The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort was also beginning its rise in the 1960s. It would grow to become one of the world’s renown centers for training rising stars in professional tennis. Celebrities gathered there to relax. George Bush stayed at the resort on September 10, 2001 before attending a class demonstration at Booker Elementary School the next day. It was there that he was informed of the hijacking of American airplanes. The Colony fell into bankruptcy and eventually closed in 2010.

Longboat Observer update
Colony Beach & Tennis Resort - Developers faced with obstacles to develop the abandoned property.

But the Colony may rise again. The Orlando company, Unicorp National under its president, Chuck Whittall, have plans to demolish the existing buildings to build a set of 78 luxury residences and a 166-room hotel on the site. Many of the buildings have been taken down, but Unicorp faces some legal hurdles with ownership rights of some units. The completed resort will be run by St. Regis, which manages some of the top hotels in the world and is part of the discussion in this REALTALKplus™ article.

This new growth helps to spurt some luxury home sales, including four new listings last week. Three qualify as Coldwell Banker Global Luxury properties for their price and luxury features. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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604 Mourning Dove Drive $2,495,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1465 Hillview Drive $1,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
260 N. Shore Rd, #4 $1,695,000   Photo Slideshow
519 Bayview Drive $849,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Longboat Key Early Years

by Roger Pettingell

Beginnings from Indians to Depression

The Longboat Key formation by early settlements of migrating northerners

Shell mounds in Sarasota and Longboat Key
Early Shell Mound - This mound in Sarasota is evidence that Indians once inhabited Longboat Key

As in today, Longboat Key was used as a vacation destination long before the European explorers landed on the island. As comical as that may sound, there is evidence that native Indians came to Longboat Key to escape persecution or as we do in modern times, travel to a warmer climate. Studies of bone, pottery, with hunting and fishing artifacts lead archaeologists to believe that these early settlers were living on Longboat Key anywhere from 1,000 BC to 800 AD.

There is even evidence they vacationed here. But not from the north, but from the neighboring mainland areas that surround Longboat Key. It may have been paradise to them then just as it is now. Most of this evidence has been gathered from the area around what is now known as Bay Isles. This includes the area of Queens Harbour, Corey’s Landing and Grand Bay.

The skeletons that have been found depict a tribe of very large people. The remains of Indians as tall as 7 to 8 feet have been uncovered. Of the five tribes in the area, anthropologists suggest that either the Timucan or Calusa tribes were most likely these early settlers. Their diet consisted of mostly seafood as you might expect, but I read one account that indicated tiger and deer bones have been unearthed.

It is suggested that any remaining Indians were forced out when European settlers discovered the island and began inhabiting it around the time of Hernando de Soto. The two tribes either fled or were wiped out by small pox and other diseases. Although no official historical records were kept, de Soto’s chief scout Juan Anasco may have been the first. He was commissioned by de Soto to explore the area of Tampa Bay and the surrounding islands.

There is no confirmation but wrecked vessel parts found in the area of Whitney Beach on the Manatee County northern end were believed to belong to Anasco. A current Longboat Key road was named for the scout, Juan Anasco Drive is on a canal that opens to Bishops Bayou. It is even suggested that de Soto himself explored Longboat Key with Anasco in 1539 but moved north to the Palma Sola area when they could not find fresh water.

Thomas Mann home
First settler Thomas Mann and his thatched roof house

Although some locals from the mainland traveled to Longboat Key in the years after, it wasn’t until 1888 when Thomas Mann acquired 144 acres through a homestead claim that Longboat Key had its first full-time settler in recorded history. A few years earlier, Colin Witt was granted 7 acres on the north end and Rolin Witt claimed 57 acres on the south end. Their settlement on the island was postponed. Elizabeth Mann, the wife of son James Mann, was granted land in 1892 and along with others, Longboat Key had its first population growth. The Mann’s meager survival came from farming the land on Longboat Key.

Communities were seeing their first formations. Longbeach on the north end was platted on old maps. Other plats were named Long Beach, Long Boat Beach, Long Boat Key and Longboat Key. They converged and is now considered one town Longboat Key, celebrating its 63rd anniversary as an incorporated town on November 13. The island town is divided into two counties, Manatee and Sarasota. It is one of three cities in Florida with this distinction.

The beginnings of Corey’s Landing, now behind the gates of Bay Isles was forming its growth in 1904. Corey’s Pier was a stopover of the first regular steamer to frequent the island, the Mistletoe. Byron Corey was operator of the pier and the location of the island’s first post office in 1907, with Corey as its first postmaster. His regular trips to Sarasota for mail was on his own boat the Vilas. Corey was also a produce farmer and shipping entrepreneur. Today Byron Lane in Corey’s Landing offers exclusive views of the bay and flows through a stretch of Harbourside Golf Course, one of two championship courses of the Resort at Longboat Key Club. Named for the steamship, Mistletoe Lane runs parallel to Byron Lane.

At the turn of the century Longboat Key experienced more growth and was becoming known for its resorts and winter homes. The fertile soil made for tropical fruit growth which was transported by steamship for sail on the mainland. Boat was the only transportation for tourists to visit Longboat Key but had limited room accommodations. The Jordan Hotel on Broadway began its operation in 1913 and had become the place to stay on the island. Named for its first owner, Rufus Jordan, the hotel was renamed the Longbeach Hotel after its 1925 sale.

Soon after, famed circus promoter and real estate magnate John Ringling put his eye on Longboat Key and sought to create a destination for the rich to come and play. His first bridge to Lido Key was built in 1925 so his target audience could find their way to the key. The bridge was replaced two times after the initial bridge, the most current is a Sarasota landmark 60-foot segmental bridge completed in 2003. Ringling started his grand endeavor in 1927 to build the best destination hotel in the world, and market it under the Ritz-Carlton trademark. But the great depression plunged the country into economic chaos and the project was abandoned months after its start. Its shell was demolished in the 1960s and a new wave of development started for the next chapter of Longboat Key.

The Legacy of John Ringling was covered in my 2016 REALTALKplus™ article and the iconic bridge in this 2018 REALTALKplus™ article. A light and lively poem in 2016 on the History of Longboat Key was penned by our own Mary Kay Ryan, director of customer care.

Much of the history of Longboat Key has been preserved by the Longboat Key Historical Society. The organization has been looking for a new home and is hoping to receive enough funding to purchase the land at the intersection of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Broadway Street. There they have moved a displaced cottage that once belonged to the historic Whitney Beach Resort. This was one of 13 cottages built in the 1930s by Gordon and Lora Whitney.

1710 Kenilworth Street
West of Trail - 1710 Kenilworth Street, Sarasota

I listed three new homes for sale on Longboat Key and Sarasota last week. The first is a rarely-available 3BR townhouse residence located directly on Longboat Key’s Gulf shores at 260 N. Shore Rd, #4, offering stunning modern upgrades. Begin your dream home or a renovation project in my second listing at this waterfront site in Country Club Shores. Just a stone’s throw away from Sarasota’s open bay waters, this 3BR/3BA is located at 570 Yardarm Lane. In my third listing immediately enjoy a luxurious lifestyle West of the Trail! This newer, 4BR home at 1710 Kenilworth Street is in a sought-after, centrally-located neighborhood. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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260 N. Shore Rd, #4 $1,899,000   Photo Slideshow
570 Yardarm Lane $899,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1710 Kenilworth Street $889,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Southern Keys of Sarasota County

by Roger Pettingell

Three keys with distinct personalities

Siesta, Casey and Manasota keys provide different means of relaxation

Siesta Key Beach pavilion
The Siesta Key Beach pavilion, one of many renovations with $21.6 million completed in 2016

The barrier islands of Sarasota County are a series of six keys that begin with Longboat Key to the north and stretch to the south where Manasota Key finishes the tour of the islands in the south. Longboat Key is a part of Manatee County too, only one of three municipalities in Florida that is split among two counties. There is movement to change county boundary lines so the entire island is in Sarasota County.

There is a seventh inhabited key that does not receive much attention. Tourists typically bypass Coon Key as it is a small plot of land between Lido and Bird keys. But residences of the area know it for its landmark building, the 25-story Plymouth Harbor with special services for aging retirees. Coon Key is also home of the Sarasota Yacht Club and a few resident communities on the north side of the island.

You might think that you would be able to drive from north to south without interruption but passage to Siesta Key from Longboat Key requires a trip through downtown Sarasota, by way of Lido, Coon and Bird keys. Our journey begins in Siesta Key for the three southern keys of Sarasota County.

Siesta Key, world famous for its white sand beaches that reflect the light with its 99 percent composition of quartz. Tourists love it because the sand is pleasurable on the feet, even on the warmest of summer days. Hundreds flock to the beach on Sunday nights to participate in the drum circles, a spontaneous group of drummers that are entertaining and fun to watch as dancers break out for further entertainment.

This uninhabited island in the 1800s went through a series of name changes originally referred to as Clam Island. It advanced to names such as Little Sarasota Island and Sarasota Key. It wasn’t until the year 1914 the name was changed to Siesta Key following the popularity of the Siesta Inn. A bridge to the mainland was constructed three years later, a second in 1927.

The beach was purchased by the county in 1954, setting the stage for large tourist spurts. The beach was comfortable and the sunsets were spectacular. In February of 2016 over $21 million of renovations revitalized the beach with more parking, concessions and lifeguard main station.

Today it continues as one of the top beaches in the world as anointed by groups designating the top tourist attractions. Siesta Beach is home to two sand sculpting competitions, The Siesta Key Crystal Classic for professionals from around the world the weekend of November 9 and the annual Siesta Sand Sculpture Contest each May. Beach volleyball is popular with some of the best competition tournaments in the country. It was a part of the USA National Beach Tour in July.

The town of Siesta Key flourishes as well with its festivals and occasional pub crawls. As famous as the beach is, tourists also visit Siesta Key for the nightlife in places such as Gilligan’s Island Bar & Grill, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Crescent Club, Daiquiri Deck and the Beach Club. The young scene is so popular that MTV created a reality show around it, appropriately named Siesta Key. More episodes were ordered by the network of this scandalous group of adults involved in their own set of love affairs.

Map showing Siesta Key, Casey Key and Manasota Key
Three keys of Sarasota, from Siesta to Manasota Key

Travel south on Midnight Pass Road from Siesta Key to encounter a land of high-profile luxury estates with a mix of historic landmark homes on Casey Key. An occasional cultural star from TV, movies and literature find the island relaxing for its segregation from the mainland. Like Longboat Key with its main road Gulf of Mexico Drive, Casey Key is fed by Casey Key Road. This eight-mile thoroughfare is lined with wonderful views, homes and trees that create a canopy of shade over the road pavement.

The northern part is reserved for the islanders while a few restaurants and hotels on the southern end attract tourists who visit for the beach bathing, fishing and dining. A wildlife sanctuary was created in 1970 through the Casey Key Conservation Act. Bird watching is particularly popular here on the key. The sphere of wildlife conservation continues on the mainland with the Oscar Sherer State Park and its 15 miles of nature trails. Accessible on the north end of Casey Key through Blackburn Point Road, this park has plenty of canoe water on South Creek and a lake shared by swimmers and fishermen. The much larger Myakka River State Park is further to the east. Venice to the south separates Casey Key from Manasota Key.

On the southern end of Casey Key take Albee Road West to 41 (South Tamiami Trail) and head south. Turn right to 776 where you will pick up Englewood Road, through a series of side roads to Manasota Beach Road and your final destination key in Sarasota County. Manasota Key Beach rests on the Gulf of Mexico at the end of the beach road. Manasota Key is north and south of this beach.

Manasota Key is home to the largest population of endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle nests on the Gulf of Mexico coast. The island is splattered with homes in a relaxing atmosphere with a few quaint hotels for visitors who look for the enjoyment of a good sunset view. If your mood is to mingle with the locals then visit the White Elephant Pub or the Flounder’s Restaurant and Tiki Bar. The Stump Pass Beach State Park offers a relaxing nature hike on the south end of Manasota Key.

8220 Manasota Key Road
Englewood - 8220 Manasota Key Road

I have two listings on Manasota Key, one in which I previously presented in this series of articles located at 6155 Manasota Key Road. Just south of Manasota Key Beach is my newer listing at 8220 Manasota Key Road in Englewood. Offered at $2,095,000, this Gulf-front estate is in an ideal location, situated on more than a half-acre with 100 feet of direct beach frontage. It is waiting for you to appreciate it as is, renovate or begin your dream home with its four bedrooms and six full baths and over 4,100 square feet of truly wonderful living space. Captivating sunset views stretch on forever from the various tiled terraces and the west-facing guest residence.

I haven’t forgotten about Otter Key, an uninhabited island in Sarasota Bay southeast of St. Armands Circle. In 1959 the Arvida Corporation purchased the southern part of Longboat and Lido keys, and all of Bird, Coon and Otter keys from the Ringling estate. The Arvida Corporation went on to develop many of the prominent communities in that purchase but did not touch Otter Key, although its purpose was for single-family homes with an east-end park. It now serves the county as a natural area and nature center with plenty of wildlife to see.

See my new listings last week below, including one in downtown Sarasota overlooking the bay at the Savoy on Palm residences. There are two on Longboat Key, a single-family residence in Country Club Shores and a residence in the very special Grand Bay community. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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401 South Palm, #402 $2,295,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1055 Bogey Lane $899,000 Video Photo Slideshow
3080 Grand Bay Blvd, #515 $529,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Wide range of pricing in single family homes

by Roger Pettingell

Home Showcase XXVIII - Good variety

Inventory is growing with something for most in price and home type

675 Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key, Sarasota
Bird Key - 675 Mourning Dove Drive

Last week I discussed new listings that met the criteria set for the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury brand in my Home Showcase XXVII article. This week I highlight three communities and single-family home new listings that show the range of prices, from $779,000 to $6,795,000, and from Sarasota to Longboat Key. Our inventory is swelling to include a wide range of prices, locations and home types.

The paradise centrally located between downtown Sarasota and the beaches

There was a master plan when land fill was used to start the formation of Bird Key and the first home was built. Canals were formed so most homes on this 250 acres of island would have boating access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Arvida Corporation, developers of many area communities, purchased Bird Key and began its process of building over 500 homes on the island in 1959.

Automobile access to downtown Sarasota and the beaches was possible by traveling over the John Ringling Causeway and bridge, the second of three bridges that would span the two land masses. The most current bridge that is a landmark for Sarasota was built in 2003. The roads that wind through the community are named after popular Florida birds. Many of the original homes on Bird Key have been replaced with modern mansions. Others have been updated so today Bird Key remains an exclusive luxury neighborhood, complete with a park and yacht club.

Fabulous features abound throughout this designer residence. Ideally situated just three homes in from Sarasota Bay is the home for sale at 675 Mourning Dove Drive, on one of the widest waterways in Bird Key. Offering unobstructed access to the Gulf of Mexico, the avid boater will appreciate the 100’ of bay frontage on sailboat-deep waters, newer seawall and dock with shore power, plus a 16,000-pound lift. Built in 2006, this specially-designed estate of 4,000 SqFt will impress you at every turn, featuring custom, imported finishes inside and out and priced at $6,795,000.


Over 285 homes, most with Sarasota Bay boat access on Longboat Key

592 Ranger Lane in Country Club Shores on Longboat Key
Country Club Shores - 592 Ranger Lane

The same Arvida Corporation that developed Bird Key also was responsible for the beginning of over 285 homes in Country Club Shores. While Bird Key roads are name after birds, Country Club Shores roads are named for nautical and golf terms. Many of the original homes in in this community were constructed as single level, ranch style buildings in the 1960s through five phases of development. On the south end of Longboat Key, this community is popular for its proximity to St. Armands Circle and the Publix shopping center to the north. Across Gulf of Mexico Drive is the Links on Longboat, the very popular championship golf course of the Longboat Key Club. With the exception of Bogey Lane that runs parallel to Gulf of Mexico Drive, the neighborhood is unique in that canals were formed off each street so that nearly every home has boating access to Sarasota Bay.

Wonderful waterfront value! This charming three bedroom, pool home in Country Club Shores is primed and ready to enjoy, rent or renovate at 592 Ranger Lane. Just a stone’s throw away from Sarasota’s open bay, offering deep-water dock and beach access only a sunny bike ride away. Recent updates include a brand-new seawall in 2017, adding great value to this home listed at $895,000.


Privacy and large parcel of land in Hidden Forest near shopping and recreation

4646 Hidden Forest Drive, Hidden Forest community of Sarasota
Hidden Forest - 4646 Hidden Forest Drive

Hidden Forest is a quaint community with lush foliage and larger homes in Sarasota heading toward Interstate 75. Buyer interest increased in this area, first with the building of the Mall at University Town Center just three miles away and then the many shopping plazas that line University Parkway. Homes are close enough to enjoy the many benefits of this shopping mecca, but secluded to avoid the hustle and bustle. Nathan Benderson Park, now a world-class venue for rowing championships is near the mall, and Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium have plans to move most of its activities to this site. The very fine and public, Groves Golf Course, is also nearby.

The private residence at 4646 Hidden Forest Drive is perfectly situated on a one-acre parcel, surrounded by lush vegetation. Completely upgraded, inside and out, this beautiful, custom-built four-bedroom ranch home with nearly 3,500 SqFt of living space priced at $779,000 in Hidden Forest is immediately ready for the entire family to enjoy. It has a three-car attached garage and pool with a screen enclosure for relaxing or entertaining.

Please check my website often in October as I will be bringing on more new listings. Contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of these properties or if you have a property to sell or buy.

 

 

Home Showcase XXVII - New luxury listings

by Roger Pettingell

Homes deserving the luxury brand

Good range of new quality listings as we approach peak season

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo

I presented a strategy for new listings in the fall season in REALTALK™ #182 and in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune over the weekend. Now that we are approaching the “shoulder” season in which we carry more listings on the market, we are kicking into high gear. That includes four listings in the past couple of weeks that qualify as Global Luxury listings. These high quality properties appear on the Global Luxury website based on their listing price and features.


Sixth-floor listing in the luxury community of L'Ambiance

L'Ambiance #C604
415 L'Ambiance Dr, #C604, Longboat Key

On this list are three residences and one home, the first of which is L’Ambiance on the southern end of Longboat Key behind the gates of the Longboat Club Resort. This community is on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, is close to St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota, and offers high-end amenities that are relished by privileged owners. There is a full concierge service and 24 hour security with manned guard gates. Many of the 190 residences here offer striking sunrise and sunset views at every turn.

That is the case in this sixth-floor residence at 415 L'Ambiance Dr, #C604. With its nearly 3,000 SF of interior, the 3BR Sabal floor plan offers beach-to-bay living. East and west-facing terraces overlook the Gulf of Mexico, Links on Longboat golf course at Longboat Key Club, Sarasota Bay and downtown, with stunning vistas that stretch on forever. You can take advantage of the community pool, Har-Tru tennis courts or become a member of the Longboat Key Club and expand a golf membership to two championship golf course, one of which is a short walk from the L’Ambiance lobby. Call us today for this listing at $2,395,000.


Open bay access with newer boat dock in San Remo Estates

1363 Tangier Way
1363 Tangier Way in San Remo Estates

A project started in the boom years of Sarasota with John Ringling and Owen Burns at the forefront, San Remo Estates began a significant growth spurt over 30 years later in the 1950s. The 50 acres of previously submerged land would see its first development and San Remo Estates grew into an exclusive location with many waterfront homes overlooking Sarasota Bay or the harbor with direct boating access to bay. The community is conveniently located on the mainland with access to Siesta Key over the North Bridge or Sarasota a short drive to the north.

Delight in the coveted location of this 3BR waterfront home at 1363 Tangier Way in San Remo on more than a quarter-acre of lush, manicured property. This home offers views that stretch out to Sarasota Bay and is listed at $2,395,000. Originally built during the land development boom in 1956, recent upgrades include newer brick pavers, air-conditioned garage, crown molding, stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, custom built-ins, master bath and hardwood flooring. it was updated with new seawall, deep-water dock and lift in 2014.


Spectacular beach and bay views at the Sanctuary on Longboat Key

535 Sanctuary Dr, #B705
535 Sanctuary Dr, #B705 on Longboat Key

Back to Longboat Key and the Sanctuary community, another set of residences behind the Longboat Key Club Resort gates with its own manned guard gates for additional security. This is a wonderful community on the sandy white beaches of the gulf with direct access to the Longboat Key Club and its fine membership amenities of fine food, golf, tennis and swimming. This community of 181 homes in five buildings has its own high-quality amenities including fitness center and clubhouse. Private elevators which you to your residence from the assigned under-building parking spaces provided below.

Enjoy spectacular sunset-to-sunrise views in this 7th-floor Sanctuary residence, offered furnished and ready for you to make it your own. The nearly 2,600 SF of this residence’s interior lives like a single-family home, with east and west-facing terraces. The open floor plan, with its living/dining room that flows to the eat-in kitchen is a wonderful entertaining space. The master and guest bedroom suites are adorned with beautiful hardwood flooring, as well as walls of glass that open to the west and east terraces. This residence at 535 Sanctuary Dr, #B705 is offered at $1,499,000.


Central location of Longboat Key, on the beach close to shopping at Veinte

Veinte 501
2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #501 at Veinte

Looking for it all, consider the Veinte community. With its direct beach access and Publix shopping within a short walk, residents here enjoy many fine amenities this community built in 1979 has to offer. Veinte is close to St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota, where you can find fine dining and boutique shopping. Comprised of 20 beach homes, Veinte owners appreciate the on-site management, Gulf-side swimming pool, updated tennis courts, pickleball, under-building parking and additional storage space.

Here is your opportunity to enjoy living here in this three-bedroom, direct beachfront getaway. A few steps from the pristine shores of the Gulf of Mexico, this 5th-floor penthouse residence at Veinte is a unique chance to enjoy a beach home in a central location. This home at 2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #501 is offered furnished for the value price of $1,250,000.


Wide range of price selection in more listings

Below I have included three other homes listed last week as part of 21 new listings that includes over $40 million of premium real estate. Consider the range of these luxury homes, starting at $549,000. Soon to be listed is a magnificent Bird Key home that will be available at $6.795 million. There will be something for everyone that would like to live in this special area of paradise. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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6941 Bayside Drive $995,000   Photo Slideshow
4646 Hidden Forest Drive $779,000 Video Photo Slideshow
4825 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #C503 $699,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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