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Consumer Electronics Show - 2018 Recap

by Roger Pettingell

Coldwell Banker promotes Smart Homes

Four days in Vegas as a company delegate and technology reporter

Consumer Electronics Show 2018
Reporting outside the Google pavilion at CES. There was a lot to see and do this year at the show.

It was a privilege to be selected from 84,000 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate associates worldwide to represent our company at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show held last week in Las Vegas. Our Blue Crew team of five reported on the topics that affect home buyers, home sellers and technology that could make a home more efficient. By efficient, I refer to a Smart Home that has its entertainment, climate and security controlled in one location.

Coldwell Banker had a big presence on the floor with its marketplace in the convention center. So did some of the biggest company names in hardware and software. There were autonomous cars, robots, large screen TVs, drones and software that were fiction a few years ago. I attended presentations at Google, Intel, Microsoft and smaller companies hoping to make a splash in the technology market.

The show had its challenges too. The rain storm that was wreaking havoc with mudslides in California was far enough to the east to cause torrential rains in Las Vegas. Streets had become a hassle and even treacherous at times. It even affected the power grid and cause a blackout for a couple hours. It slowed our pace a bit and challenged us to see all that we wanted in the four days of the show. There were 300 different conferences during the show. We couldn’t see it all, even if it had been bright and sunny.

REALTALK discussion of CES 2017
Intel was promoting and handling damage control

This was not my first time to witness the awe of the CES. I love technology and reported on the 2017 show in REALTALK™ #114 last January. How much one year makes a difference? There were advancements to technologies that were big last year, such as the numerous cars in the autonomous vehicle section. The bigger companies that weren’t present last year were making big announcements this year, while other companies such as Intel wanted to have a big promotion but got stuck in damage control with the announcement of a bug in their chips. Big SmartPhone companies including Apple had similar problems with its security problems in their chips. The Spectre flaw discussion was a topic here.

Last year Coldwell Banker sponsored a Smart Home technology section too. I think the most important innovation in 2017 was the integration of the Smart Home technology through a single app controlling multiple devices. It appeared that Google stepped up its game this year with a big presence promoting its integration with Smart Home technology. Its Recognized Speech programs were in many demonstrations of integrated homes. Recognized Speech was called “Wreck on the Beach” just a few years ago by Microsoft founder Bill Gates while it was in its infancy, now it is becoming ubiquitous in higher end homes and SmartPhones.

Ok, there was the funny and somewhat absurd technologies demonstrated in this pavilion. Can you imagine a $1,000 cat box that sent a message to your SmartPhone indicating that it was time to change the litter. Or a $5,600 toilet that flushed itself through a phone app. In the robot section there was a pole dancer that I can’t imagine appealed to any prurient interests. I guess what goes on in Vegas, stays in Vegas. I think some of this technology will stay here too.

$1,000 cat litter box that reports its condition
$1,000 Cat Litter Box - A litter box that reported its condition was one of my favorites in this category.

The Coldwell Banker Smart Home marketplace section was in the Sands Hotel convention center, one of the three venues of the CES this year. There was an estimated 170,000 attendees, so an exposure here can have a big impact on business with the right message. That message is in front of potential home buyers and sellers from 150 different countries. Coldwell Banker has its message to the innovators too. If you build it, we will embrace it. They have a program for its agents to get certified in selling homes through Smart Home technology, of which I was one of the first.

This year there was a focus on selling homes through virtual reality programs. I discussed the Matterport 3D floor plan system I use in REALTALK™ #86. Coldwell Banker has conducted surveys that suggests selling through these VR programs will soon replace homes sold by video tours. I ordered a new 3D camera that I saw at the show in hopes that it will bring this level of sophistication as another tool for home selling agents. The VR headsets were big too, but most demonstrations were for gamers. I can imagine their integration into the home selling programs where you can walk through a home for sale, rather than using a trackball to navigate through a virtual home.

Microsoft and Amazon were demonstrating their integration of Cortana with Alexa. Cortana, you may remember, is the Microsoft digital assistant that is an integral part of current Microsoft operating systems. Many desktop owners may not even know of its existence. Now either assistant can request assistance from the other through voice commands. This makes sense for Microsoft, Alexa has many more capabilities. Cortana brings to the table Amazon’s ability to access Microsoft Outlook calendars and eMail through Alexa requests.

Autonomous and electric vehicles were a big draw
Autonomous and electric vehicles were a big draw at CES 2018. Look for a recap on Thursday in my REALTALK™ #153 video.

It wouldn’t be a CES without consumer electronics. Smarter TVs with larger screens and higher resolutions through 8K transmissions were a driving force this year. Smarter TVs not only listen, but respond through digitized speech. The autonomous and electric powered vehicles were in popular exhibits. The new 5G technology was widely discussed in the car industry as a means to get more data to the self-driving cars faster for quicker response time.

There was much to see and do at the 2018 show. The presence of Coldwater Banker with their promotion of Smart Home technology in the marketplace had a major impact. Home owners got a glimpse of the future and what was available now. Home buyers were introduced to technologies that they should look for in a Smart Home. Look for a recap on Thursday in my REALTALK™ #153 video. I have some homes for sale that have these technologies integrated. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Circus Arts Conservatory

by Roger Pettingell

Longest running youth circus program

Program of Performance, Training and Outreach Legacy

Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis
Circus Arts Conservatory founders - Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis open the night by highlighting the programs and young artists at a recent show.

When John Ringling brought his famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to Sarasota in 1927, a new era for the city was started that continues to this day. When the owners of Feld Entertainment closed down the Ringlings’ creation last year, the circus continued to thrive in Sarasota as the Circus Arts Conservatory was already dominant entertainment. The non-profit founded in 1997 includes Circus Sarasota, the Sailor Circus Academy, Education and Humor Therapy programs.

The Sailor Circus Academy already had a 48-year history when circus performers Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis started programs that later would become the conservatory in 2013 to promote their mission of performing, training and outreach. Since Sailor Circus was brought into the conservatory, over 20,000 students from ages eight to 18 have been educated by the teaching artists. The students pick up life skills such as grace, discipline and athleticism.

Aerial Silks - Sailor Circus Academy
Sailor Circus Academy - Student acrobats perform with aerial silks at a recent performance. The show High Flying Holidays pulled together 87 budding artists for aerial and acrobatic displays.

Sailor Circus started as a physical education program at Sarasota High School and is the longest running youth training program for circus arts in the nation. It expanded to enroll students from other area schools, some had to travel by sail boat to attend classes. The school name was picked up for their mode of travel. Now students spend up to 30 hours a week in training for the performances. The most recent was the High Flying Holidays, four days of shows that ended December 30. Although the dates have not been set for the Spring performance, students are already practicing their aerial, clown and tumbling acts.

This is a good week to celebrate the circus arts as there are three events starting Friday to feature the performers. You can get a glimpse of high school student abilities this Sunday at their afternoon of free circus acts and music by the Windjammers Unlimited (tickets are required). To prepare for these performances volunteers and coaches donate up to 6,000 hours per year and over 500 volunteer positions are filled with each performance. The conservatory and sailor circus artists were honored this summer with performances at the Smithsonian Center’s Folk-life and Cultural Heritage Festival in Washington D.C.

Circus Sarasota is our hometown professional performances in a circus tent by the UTC Mall at Nathan Benderson Park. For these shows the artists perform under the Ulla Searing Big Top, a one-ring, five-star, European-style tent. The next series of shows begins February 9 and runs daily through March 5. Ovation! Celebrates 250 years of the circus with artists from around the globe.

The annual gala, Circus Arts Winter Wonderland is a celebration of Sarasota’s Circus Royalty under the Big Top, January 27, hosted by Jacobs and Reis. Dance the night away with the popular band Soul R Coaster at this event catered by Michael's on East. The weekend of March 23, Cirque des Voix, will be under the Big Top for three days of circus performances in combination with the Key Chorale group. Circus of the Voices, is a celebration of music from film score composer Danny Elfman.

Circus Ring of Fame
Circus Ring of Fame - Five groups and individuals will be inducted Saturday, including local clown, Chucko. The Ring of Fame in St. Armands Circle is in its 31st year honoring those who have contributed so much.

Jacobs and Reis are both inducted into the Ring of Fame on St. Armands Circle. A group of five more individual and groups will be inducted this Saturday in the park, starting at 1:15 PM with the Windjammers Unlimited. Now in its 31st year, The Ring of Fame will once again honor those who have devoted their lives to the circus. Each of the inductees will attend a panel discussion at 10 AM on Friday at Showfolks of Sarasota. Meet the performers and attend a circus flea market starting at 9 AM.

Among the inductees will be The Fredonias, who built Professor Risley’s human juggling acrobatics into their act. Inductee Cedric Walker has brought together circus artists from around the world to perform in his UniverSoul Circus. German polar bear trainer Ursula Böttcher will be honored posthumously. Members of The Flying Españas, a world famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey trapeze family for many years will be inducted.

The circus wouldn’t be family entertainment without the clowns. This year local celebrity clown Chuck “Chucko” Sidlow will be inducted into the Ring of Fame. Chucko is active in the Circus Arts Conservatory with his outreach program Laughter Unlimited. He and his wife Noriko visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities to promote the circus through laughter as the best medicine. Outreach programs from the conservatory have provided 7,000 humor therapy visits to area facilities since 2002.

High wire act - Sailor Circus Academy
High Wire Act - Students traverse the wire in a pyramid at a recent Sailor Circus show. The Sailor Circus Arena is in need of a $4 million renovation project.

And now the Sailor Circus Arena needs a renovation. So far they have $2.5 million of their $4 million campaign goal to make the iconic arena on Bahia Vista safe and with air conditioning. To get involved in donations, IRA retirement contributions in their legacy program or to volunteer visit the website at CircusArts.org. Your support will keep the conservatory and the Greatest “Little” Show on Earth successful for many more years.

I have four listings at the popular Beachplace community on Longboat Key with the addition last week at 1055 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #306. There are stunning sunsets from this rarely-available three-bedroom residence. 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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1055 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #306 $1,295,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Home Showcase XIX – The value of land

by Roger Pettingell

Vacant land or teardown purchase

Buyers have some options with homes on high land values

Pettingell sets another Sarasota record
Congratulations from the Longboat Observer - The local paper had this advertisement on December 28, 2017

I hope your new year’s celebration was joyous and you were able to spend it with friends and relatives. We could see the fireworks from Bird Key and knew there were many celebrations around Sarasota with something for every member of the family. Happy new year! I have already set my goals for 2018 in luxury waterfront property sales and hope I can hurdle my $105 million record sales in 2017 for an individual agent in Sarasota.

Today I am going to focus my Home Showcase series on homes where the land value is more than the home on it. A wise investor can tear down the home and increase the property value for resale. I have also seen that the location of the home was more important so a buyer is content with living in the home. A third option is living in the home until the buyer has a financial comfort level to renovate in time. The three properties I selected today are in different stages of this process for my Home Showcase XIX article. Bargain hunters looking for a good value might be interested in these properties.


The value of a Gulf-front buildable lot on north Longboat Key

5809 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key
Vacant lot at 5809 Gulf of Mexico Drive

The first home is a Gulf-front site ready to build upon! Buildable lots are wonderful because the cost of tearing down the structure has already been absorbed by the buyer. The property at 5809 Gulf of Mexico Drive on the northern end of Longboat Key is in a wonderful location to begin your dream. This quarter-acre property is steps to the beach. You can work from own plans, but this one includes existing plans for a designer, two-story beach home, ready for you to customize. The importance of this home is that you have your own beach to watch the brilliant sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico waters. It is listed at $1,195,000.


Home in Harbor Acres, close to everything in downtown Sarasota

1571 Hillview Drive in Harbor Acres
Choices - 1571 Hillview Drive

Located on an oversized, corner homesite in the exclusive community of Harbor Acres, this 5BR garden home is in a prime spot. Harbor Acres is a private gem, nestled just minutes from the bustling city lifestyle of downtown Sarasota, as well as pristine beaches at Siesta and Lido Keys. Welcoming you with lush tropical landscaping, pavered walkways, the 3,300+ SF open layout of this home can be a great home improvement project or wonderful space for new construction. This is a good value considering the average asking price in Harbor Acres is $2.08 million for a vacant lot. The only vacant lot sale in 2017 here was $2.65 million and the highest home sale in this community was $6 million. The home at 1571 Hillview Drive is listed at just under $1 million.


Recently updated home in Weston Pointe, with dock and lift

610 Weston Pointe Court on Longboat Key
Updated - 610 Weston Pointe Court

Fall in love with the ease of maintenance-free living in the rarely-available Weston Pointe community of Longboat Key. This lovely 3BR/3BA home has recently been updated, newly-furnished, and is now ready for you to enjoy. Recent renovations include two new air-conditioning systems, upgraded eat-in kitchen, freshly painted walls, and newer pergola on the open lanai. Weston Pointe residents adore this special neighborhood, featuring its own marina, with deeded access to private docks and lifts. This home at 610 Weston Pointe Court is specially priced at $999,000, a good value for its upgrades and community amenities.


The Weston Pointe home is a new listing last week. It is a good addition to my inventory for sale, adding to a good variety of homes, prices and locations. I also talked about a residence makeover project in the Beachplace community on Longboat Key, with before and after photos last week in my REALTALK™ #152 video. It shows what can be accomplished to increase the value with a little vision of what buyers are looking for. I discuss this topic also in REALTALK™ #50 when I talk about pricing waterfront property and REALTALK™ #54 in a discussion of tearing down a mansion for the value of the land. Have a good year in 2018. 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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Local New Year's Eve celebrations

by Roger Pettingell

Local parties and festivals to attend

There is a celebration with something for all next Sunday night

Holiday Village at the Mall at University Town Center
Ice Skating - Holidays on the Green at UTC Mall

I hope your holidays are going well. There are more chances to celebrate in the days ahead as we approach the strike of midnight next Sunday and head into 2018. Whether you like to celebrate with bubbly cheer or prefer a family-oriented celebration, you may be able to find the right place to ring in the new year.

There is true ice skating on an outdoor rink until January 15 in the Holiday Village at the Mall at University Town Center. They are closed today for Christmas but will be open New Year’s Eve until 8 PM, and will open again from 10 AM to 10 PM New Year’s Day. Skate rentals are $12 for 90 minutes. They started their Holidays on the Green celebrations in November and had holiday movies Fridays and Saturdays, ending with Miracle on 34th Street last Saturday. In addition there are free train rides and other activities for the kids. The full schedule is on their website.

The night for excitement on Sunday has many activities, some free to the public and some with full service that generally ends with champagne flowing at midnight. If you can’t make Times Square for the annual ball drop, one of the free events is somewhat comical involving a giant Pineapple drop at midnight. I’ve heard of other cities with similar drops, even a 20-foot walleye at the stroke of midnight on the shores of Lake Erie. There is even a Kumquat Drop at midnight mentioned later in this article. Our event will take place at Lemon Avenue and Main Street in downtown Sarasota. Arrive early for the celebration with live music, concessions, amusement rides and fireworks following the pineapple drop.

Reverend Barry and the Funk
Reverend Barry & Funktastic Soul at the Municipal Auditorium for Sarasota's revived New Year's Party

Sarasota revives its New Year’s Party in the municipal auditorium starting at 9 PM and lasting until 1 AM on the first day of 2018. Jonathan Cortez (JAC of All Trades) will be spinning records and the popular Reverend Barry and Funktastic Soul, featuring the Hellacious Horns, is a high-energy dance band to take you into the new year. Your advance ticket of $140 available through December 30 includes champagne, entertainment and catered appetizers. There are other reserved tables and VIP balcony seats available at www.THESRQNYE.com.

The New Year’s Eve Celebration at Selby Gardens is a black tie affair that starts at 8 PM and finishes at 1 AM. This is a sophisticated party and one last look at the Lights in Bloom display throughout the gardens. You can expect hors d’oeuvres, a seated four course dinner, live entertainment and dancing at Michael’s on the Bay. Then countdown to 2018 that ends with a champagne toast. It is also the place for a good view of fireworks over Sarasota after midnight.

McCurdy's Comedy Theatre in downtown Sarasota is having a special night with Dwight Slade, hosted by Les McCurdy. Slade is a comedy legend and winner of this year’s Boston Comedy Festival. From Portland, Oregon he has opened for Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Beck and Dave Chappelle. On Sunday night the Green Room Lounge doors open at 8:30 PM. Raffles are planned and the New York Times Square ball drop will appear on a 70 inch screen at midnight, when there will be a champagne toast and party favors.

WSLR will host their New Year's Eve Surf Party starting at 8 PM in the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center at 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota. The Surf Tones will take you back to the 60s with its brand of surfing music, Do You Wanna Dance? Also planned is a version of beach blanket bingo with Elissa Bello and Ed, the Music Librarian, will spin music of the era while the Surf Tones are on their only break of the evening. Ready for this, there will be a Kumquat Drop at midnight.

Other area cities are having their celebrations as well. Old Main Street in Bradenton will have all their businesses open and food trucks that will line the street for their regular free Main Street Live celebration, but kick it up few notches for New Year’s Eve. The Dram, a group of six that has their own original songs of southern rock and folk music, will perform from 6PM to 10PM. Have Gun, Will Travel will take you to midnight with their blend of folk, rock and country music.

Just a little further north in Manatee County is the New Year's Eve Masquerade from 7 PM to 12:30 AM at the Blu Mangrove in Palmetto. The Eric Stone Band will perform their mix of rock, country, pop and reggae. There is no cover for this party but reservations are recommended by calling (941) 479-7827. The menu is limited that evening but still there is a good selection of seafood, steak and sushi plates.

Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio
Twinkle - Will ring in the Englewood New Year

The New Year's Eve Celebration in Olde Englewood Village is spread over three days to conclude at 1 AM on Monday with music from Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio. It all starts in Pioneer Park at 2 PM on Saturday with food vendors, a beer garden and carnival rides. Tom Brooks will be spinning records with music from the 70s and 80s for this free celebration. Dearborn Street will be closed for these days, opening at 4 AM on Monday.

These are just a few celebrations to select from, other venues will announce their parties and I have listed a few more on my upcoming events page. Have a wonderful Christmas day and I hope your new year will be filled with happiness. We would be glad to share this paradise, beginning in 2018. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
3030 Grand Bay Blvd, #395 $1,095,000   Photo Slideshow
1571 Hillview Drive $999,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1125 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #604 $794,000   Photo Slideshow
6701 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #307 $699,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Home Showcase XVIII - Residence Rentals

by Roger Pettingell

Rentals of Longboat Key residences

Wonderful opportunities for waterfront condominiums under $1 million

Fairway Bay #101
Fairway Bay - 1900 Harbourside Drive, #101

Last week in my REALTALK™ #151 video I discussed the opportunities for using your property on Longboat Key as a rental. I have four properties today that I am highlighting, and all of them have rental possibilities. They are all on the water, increasing their value and remarkably they are all listed under $1 million. Two of these residences for sale are on the Gulf of Mexico shoreline and two are on the Sarasota Bay side, a good mix of north, middle and south ends of Longboat Key. While some communities have one month and three month minimum rental restrictions, the two residences on the Gulf side in the Silver Sands and Sand Cay communities can be rented on a weekly basis, two of the least restrictive associations.

Fairway Bay residents appreciate wonderful amenities, including 24-hour manned guard gate, security, on-site management, clubhouse with library and social room, fitness, tennis, swimming pool and heated spa. Bike to deeded beach access at the private Bay Isles Beach Club. The spacious waterfront townhouse at 1900 Harbourside Dr, #101 offers a 3BR plus office interior with three terraces, peaceful views, its own deep-water dockage on Sarasota Bay and many community amenities. This property includes a two-car garage. Bike to enjoy deeded beach access at the Bay Isles Beach Club offered at $789,000.


Grand Bay is a secluded community with views overlooking Sarasota Bay

3080 Grand Bay Blvd, #515
3080 Grand Bay Blvd, #515, Longboat Key

The second featured listing is at Grand Bay, a socially-active community located behind the gates of Bay Isles. Residents enjoy the privilege of access to first-rate amenities including a wonderful clubhouse, game room, library, fitness center, four Har-Tru tennis courts, heated swimming pools and spa. This secluded neighborhood is centrally located just a short drive from the gorgeous grounds of Longboat Key Club's Harbourside and Islandside facilities, Harbourside Moorings Marina, St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota.

This charming Bimini residence in Building V at 3080 Grand Bay Blvd, #515 offers beautiful views of Sarasota Bay and downtown that stretch on forever. The south-facing, light and open two-bedroom layout features oversized tile flooring, a neutral décor ready for you to move right into and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass sliders that open to the impressive, extended wraparound terrace from every room. Deeded access to the private Bay Isles Beach Club and two premium, under-building parking spaces are also included for the asking price of $599,000. What a great value in this wonderful secluded community.


North end community of Silver Sands, great residences to enjoy or rent

5841 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #245
5841 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #245, Longboat Key

Silver Sands is situated on the north end shores of Longboat Key beaches. Residents enjoy delightful amenities including shuffleboard, a small putting green to perfect your stroke, heated swimming pool, Gulf-front hammocks and picnic areas. Residents also have the option to lease on a weekly basis all year long. Resort-style living at this two-bedroom Gulf-front retreat will be hard to ever leave. Ideal as a year-round getaway or rental property, this residence at 5841 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #245 listed at $479,000 is ready for you, equipped with a full-sized kitchen, offered turnkey furnished, with ceramic tile flooring throughout and screen-enclosed lanai that opens to the lush community grounds.


Many amenities offered in the Gulf beachfront community of Sand Cay

4725 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #207
4725 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #207, Longboat Key

Also toward the north end, Sand Cay is a quaint beachfront community offering delightful amenities including shuffleboard, tennis, heated swimming pool and a Gulf-front patio deck equipped with barbeque area. Deep sea fishing, boating, fine dining, full-service spa and golfing opportunities are also offered at the renowned Longboat Key Club, just minutes away. This community boasts excellent rental options with on-site rental program management and the option to lease on a weekly basis, all year long. A light and bright beach getaway, this second-floor, furnished Sand Cay residence at 4725 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #207 is the ideal vacation retreat, simply waiting for you to enjoy or rent.


We are thrilled to have broken our annual real estate sales record, wrapping up 2017 with $104.6 million in individual total sales volume throughout the year. The year-end total sets a record sales volume sold by any individual agent ever over a one-year period in Sarasota. Breaking the $100 million mark is extremely exciting for us, especially because it means an almost 25% increase over last year’s record! Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of these properties or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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Home Showcase XVII - Three featured homes

by Roger Pettingell

Three homes within a short price range

Home Showcase and website menu overhaul for quicker information access

468 Walls Way
468 Walls Way - Stunning home in The Oaks

Today I showcase three single-family homes in different areas of my listing territory with a short price range around one million dollars. That is the theme for my Home Showcase series, the 17th in 2017. The homes are in The Oaks in Osprey, Queens Harbor community in the Bay Isles section of Longboat Key and Bayview Estates in the northern end of Longboat Key.

Nestled on more than a half-acre of property overlooking tranquil lake waters and golfing greens of The Oaks, this elegant four bedroom home is a showcase of majestic decor, intricate details and custom finishes. The sprawling, nearly 6,000 SF layout offers an abundance of space, where each room effortlessly flows to the next. Entertain with ease on the open, tiled pool deck with views of lush manicured landscaping and the lake, offering swimming pool and spa with waterfall feature. This is a good value for $1,395,000 at 468 Walls Way in The Oaks Bayside community.

The Oaks Bayside is a wonderful enclave of 135 homes in Osprey, one of three communities in The Oaks. This land is plentiful with foliage and wildlife animals, the home for bald eagles in a protected eagle preserve. It also has its own community dock.


Maintenance-free living at this four-bedroom Queens Harbour estate for sale

3545 Fair Oaks Lane
3545 Fair Oaks Lane - Queens Harbour

Enjoy the ease of maintenance-free living at this four-bedroom Queens Harbour residence. Offering peaceful lake views and overlooking the rolling greens of the Harbourside golf course, this charming 3,500 square-foot residence is ready for you to move right in. You will adore the convenient proximity to Harbourside Moorings marina, golf course and Longboat Key Club, with deeded access to the private Bay Isles Beach Club only a sunny bike ride away. Purchasing a home in Queens Harbour is a good choice for those who travel or have a residence here as a second home. Exterior home maintenance and landscaping is meticulously handled by the staff. The private Bay Isles Beach Club offers many amenities, beach volleyball and showers on the white sandy Gulf of Mexico shores. The homes in Bay Isles are behind the 24/7 manned guard gates, conveniently located next to the Publix, CVS and boutique shopping. This home at 3545 Fair Oaks Lane is listed at $1,195,000.


Elevated waterfront home for sale at 519 Bayview Drive on Longboat Key

519 Bayview Drive
519 Bayview Drive, Longboat Key - Home for sale

Lush, manicured landscaping, as well as a light and open, two-story layout are wonderful introductions to this elevated, waterfront home at 519 Bayview Drive in Bayview Estates. Listed at $995,000, this well-maintained, four-bedroom residence is ready for you to enjoy. Wonderful for entertaining, the open concept naturally flows from one room to the next. The home has a two-story protected lanai over the heated saltwater pool, boat dock and 7,000-pound lift, offering easy bay and beach access. The canal in Bayview Estates leads out to Bishops Bayou, Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.


Overhaul of LongboatRealEstate.com completed last week

In January of this year we released a complete redesign of LongboatRealEstate.com. The website featured more video including a main video that stretches the width of the screen on the home page. It was designed with a responsive format that adapts to the size of the screen, making it ideally suited to respond to smartphone and tablet screen sizes. The back-end, along with the responsive design is attractive to the algorithms of the search engines.

Last week we overhauled the menu system with the goal to make the site more user-friendly. Now with one, possibly two clicks, you should be able to navigate to your most desirable location. For visitors who wish to search homes, you can find properties for sale in most Sarasota and Longboat waterfront or luxury estate communities in your price range by finding the community, then the price range. City information and monthly Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) reports back to 2008 are also one-click away.

We still have an advanced search function for those who have an exact idea of what they are searching for. If you want a lifestyle, such as having the Harbourside Golf Course outside your front door, open the Lifestyle Listings and scroll to the Harbourside Golf Course. These links pull from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) so are updated when they are put into the system. And if you find what you are looking for, 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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Holiday events this weekend

by Roger Pettingell

Get into the spirit of the season

From boat parades and tree lightings to festivals and concerts this weekend

Tree lighting in St. Armands Circle, December 1, 2017
St. Armands Circle Tree Lighting - Santa's entrance and entertainment delighted the crowds on Friday night. Click the image for a short video of weekend highlights.

There certainly was plenty of holiday cheer this past weekend. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall had An Irish Tenors Christmas on Saturday and LeAnn Rimes Sunday with her Today is Christmas Tour. Then there were boat parades, the Seafood and Music Festival on the Siesta Key Beach, downtown Sarasota holiday parade, and the annual Holiday Night in St. Armands Circle to kick off the season with lighting of the tree. If you want to get into the holiday spirit but missed these events, there are plenty more this weekend in Sarasota and surrounding areas. And many of these events are free to the public.

There are two boat parades on Saturday. Line the shores of Sarasota Bay in downtown Sarasota for good viewing of the Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, now celebrating 32 years. Marina Jack will also provide an excellent viewing of the boats in the parade that starts at 6 PM. There is a $20 fee to enter your boat and cash and awards will be presented in five categories. There will be a captain’s meeting on Thursday at 5:30 PM in the Marina Jack Restaurant. For more information go to the website. Proceeds will benefit Suncoast Charities for Children.

Either side of the Manatee River in Palmetto or Bradenton near the Green Bridge will be prime viewing for the Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade that starts at 6:30 PM. The boats will pass the Pier 22 restaurant at 8:30 PM where the judging will take place. Call in advance for dinner reservations and the best parade view. Up to $1,900 for first and second place will be given away in two categories of boats, under 40 feet and over 40 feet. There is no fee to enter but tomorrow is the deadline. Go to their Facebook page for more information and to enter.

While you are in Bradenton on Saturday check out the Sounds of the Season just a block from the river on Old Main Street. From 6 to 10 PM there will be live music and movies. Santa will be there in his village and you can catch some machine-generated snow flakes.

Looking for a holiday treat before the weekend? Catch up on your holiday shopping on Thursday night from 5 to 8PM at the Downtown Venice Christmas Walk. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be there, as well as live music and discount shopping. Head to Lakewood Ranch on Friday night for Holidays Around the Ranch from 6 to 9PM on Main Street. Catch Santa and a slide made of snow. There will be local vendors and entertainment.

Three wise men at live nativity scene
Live nativity scene Friday night with the three wise men in front of the St. Armands Key Lutheran Church

There are more events on Saturday including the annual Privateers Christmas Parade at 10 AM on Gulf Drive from Bayfront Park to Coquina Beach. North Port will have a parade of Poinsettia covered floats and tree lighting from 5 to 9:30PM in its Poinsettia Festival. Santa will make his appearance and there will be much to do for children. The Gingerbread Land contest will be on the second floor of City Hall. Venice will light their tree in a celebration from 5 to 7PM Saturday in West Blalock Park. The lighting will mark the first day for the tree to stay lit nightly until 10PM through January 1, 2018. That night there will be a ballet performance of the Nutcracker in the Performing Arts Center in Venice.

Saturday and Sunday head to Lido Beach for their Holiday of the Arts Festival. This is a juried arts festival sponsored by the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association with 80 artisans from across the country showcasing their original works. The event and parking is free to the public, open 10AM to 5PM each day at 400 Benjamin Franklin Drive.

If you are curious about the dress for Christmas in the 1840s through 1870s go to Ellenton for the Gamble Mansion Christmas. The Ladies of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will be in dress of the period surrounding the Civil War. There will be a confederate encampment as the 4th Florida Volunteer Infantry will be in military uniforms of the era in Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, from 10 AM to 3 PM on Sunday.

The Masterworks Series Symphonic Carnival, under the direction of Anu Tali, will be at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Friday and Saturday at 8PM with a third matinee performance on Sunday at 2:30PM. Guest conductor Larry Rachleff will lead the Sarasota Orchestra and feature violin soloist Benjamin Beilman. On Monday, the quartet 98 Degrees At Christmas will hold their Sarasota premiere performance in a 31-city tour to promote their holiday album, Let it Snow, at the Van Wezel starting at 8PM. The group has sold more than 10 million records.

There are other events this weekend worth checking into. Visit St. Armands Circle for Porches in the Park or the concert Messiah at the Church of the Palms in Sarasota, both on Saturday. These events promote life in our little paradise of land in Sarasota and the barrier islands. To date this year I have closed on over $90 million in residential sales, surpassing the personal record I set for myself in 2016 of $77 million. Last week I listed a wonderful residence in building V of Grand Bay, a good value for panoramic views Sarasota Bay and downtown. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy. Enjoy the holidays.

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Home Showcase XVI - Global luxury homes

by Roger Pettingell

Homes meeting the Global Luxury brand

In the news is a good thing when it's for good reasons

1505 Hillview
A surprising discovery - Herald-Tribune article yesterday on this Harbor Acres home

It’s good to know that you have listed homes that catch the attention of newspaper editors. I’ve had a couple the last two weeks where the properties were predominantly covered on the front page of the real estate section of our local newspapers. The first was an article by real estate editor Chris Wille of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Circus couple turning the page on striking Gulf-front condo. The second appeared yesterday, A surprising discovery, which covered three pages of the Herald-Tribune written by correspondent Marsha Fottler.

I have been mentioned a lot in the press lately. Today there was a short article of my listing $47.7 million in October local real estate, a record for one month. To date this year I have closed over $87 million in volume sales, already surpassing last year’s record of $77 million. My sales will be approaching $100 million if all my sales pending close by the end of the year. In these times of high sales volume editors have sought my advice in recent articles for emerging trends in real estate, hurricane panel discussions and high profile sales.

Today I focus on three of those new listings as a continuation of my series with this announcement in my Home Showcase XVI article. They are three homes that qualify as Coldwell Banker Global Luxury home sales, with a minimum criteria of $1.2 million.

Luxury waterfront and Longboat Key Club privacy at 891 Longboat Club Road

891 Longboat Club Road
891 Longboat Club Road waterfront estate

We are proud to introduce you to this spectacularly positioned beachfront estate with 134-feet of frontage, in the coveted community of Regent Court, behind the south gates of Longboat Key Club, listed at $8.4 million. Situated on over an acre of Gulf-front property, this five-bedroom home offers 6,000-square-feet of luxury living. Soaring ceilings and walls of glass allow for endless powder sand and azure water views from most every outlook. You are conveniently within walking distance to Longboat Key Club, where members adore the first-class amenities including championship Islandside and Harbourside golfing, fully-equipped tennis center with Har-Tru courts and pro shop, fabulous dining locations, fitness and spa services, plus many social events.


Famed builder and architect offer this dream home at 4509 Camino Real

4509 Camino Real
Oyster Bay - 4509 Camino Real.

Built by Bruce Saba and designed by famed architect Guy Peterson, this 4BR “West of the Trail” home is a private gem nestled among lush gardens, spacious tiled verandas, vine-covered pergola, pavered walkways and a stunning courtyard entry that you will find hard to ever leave. This contemporary villa boasts an interior best described as a relaxing sanctuary, expertly blending beautiful wood accents with modern classic decor. This with three-car garage is offered at $2.295 million.

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Upgraded home near the Bird Key Yacht Club

319 Bird Key Drive
319 Bird Key Drive

The lovely upgrades and inspired outdoor entertaining areas at this 4BR Bird Key home create a wonderful environment for immediate enjoyment. Situated on a double, half-acre lot just one block from the Bird Key Yacht Club. Relish the beautiful portico overlooking an open pavered lanai surrounded by tropical foliage, with vine-covered pergola, tranquil fountains, space to lounge and dine, and an infinity-edge swimming pool. This home at 319 Bird Key Drive is listed at $1.695 million.


I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was a good one. I added another home in the shortened work week in one of my favorite Longboat Key communities, Queens Harbour. The home mentioned above at 891 Longboat Club Road was also added last week. 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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Home Showcase XV - Global Luxury listings

by Roger Pettingell

Global Luxury waterfront homes featured

Spectacular homes on Bird Key and Hidden Harbor have their own charm

Bird Key island
Early Bird Key - The island, known for its volume of birds, is shown with the first home built there in 1911.

I listed six homes in the last three weeks that qualify for Coldwell Banker Global Luxury branding, homes that are distributed more prominently worldwide on ColdwellBankerLuxury.com. This will be a good theme for the next two weeks in my series, Home Showcase XV and XVI articles. Today I have two wonderful homes on Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key and one home on Siesta Key to discuss.

Mourning Dove Drive is one of the most sought-after roadway locations on Bird Key. The two homes I have listed here are on the water with great views of Sarasota Bay for spectacular sunset displays. Bird Key is a popular location for movie stars, pro athletes and rock stars. It is mostly man-made with John Ringling starting the development process and Arvida Corporation laying out the current plats of land after its purchase in the late 1950s. It was Ringling who built the first of three bridges that span from Sarasota to St. Armands, bearing the name of Ringling. There is more history of Bird Key in my REALTALK™ #99 video.

Sprawling views of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico on Mourning Dove Drive

663 Mourning Dove Drive
663 Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key

The home at 663 Mourning Dove Drive has direct access and sprawling views of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. This estate has an expansive, five bedroom, 6,300 square foot interior as an ideal environment to immediately enjoy. Lovely details inside and out, include pavered driveway and gated entry, coffered and tray ceilings, solid-wood beam work, chef’s kitchen with granite countertops, custom built-ins, elevator, solar water heater and panels, brick patios and an open pool deck. The chef’s kitchen overlooks the family room and offers granite countertops, wraparound peninsula, island with veggie sink, Wolf gas range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and Butler’s pantry. The pool deck offers sensational sunset views. Picture yourself in this home with a three-car attached garage listed at $3,995,000.


Five bedroom estate abounds in sprawling views of Sarasota Bay and downtown

639 Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key
639 Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key

The second home on this stretch of road at 639 Mourning Dove Drive is a beautifully-updated five bedroom estate that abounds in sprawling views of Sarasota Bay and downtown. The direct-bay location, custom upgrades, as well as deep-water dock and lift are just a taste of what this lovely estate offers. The cook’s kitchen was redone in 2004, featuring custom cabinetry, granite countertops, built-in Wolf ovens and cooktop, warming drawer, full-size wine cooler, island with prep sink and breakfast nook. Enjoy the perfect ending to any day on the brick pavered lanai. The salt-water swimming pool and spa are a few steps from boat dockage and lift on sailboat waters. You can enjoy all of this for the asking price of $3,659,000.


Siesta Key, widely known as the number 1 beach in United States

5151 Jungle Plum Road
5151 Jungle Plum Road in Hidden Harbor

Siesta Key is widely known for its magnificent white sand beach. Since it is 99 percent quartz, the sun’s rays are reflected for comfortable bare-foot walking. The beach park received a $17.5 million upgrade of its facilities, parking and amenities two years ago. It has been named the number 1 beach in the nation. The Siesta Key village has quaint boutique shops, dining and a thriving night life.

I discussed the manatees and intracoastal waterway in REALTALK™ #87. The home at 5151 Jungle Plum Road in Hidden Harbor has it all with 150 feet of waterway frontage, deep-water dock and multiple boat lifts. Delight in serene bayfront living at this wonderfully spacious six bedroom estate, minutes from the renowned beach and bustling life of the village. This secluded boater’s paradise with main and guest houses offers many updates throughout, as well as glass French doors lining the walls and leading out to the open, pavered pool deck, only a few steps from the boat dockage. The pool deck offers a Tiki bar, dining areas, space for entertaining and sunbathing, swimming pool and heated spa with a waterfall. The master suite is on the main floor, featuring a double-sided fireplace, spa-inspired bathroom, walk-in closet and its own lanai access. Use the porte cochere as a convenient pass-through to the guest home or mother-in law suite. This 6,800 square foot set of two homes has a list price of $2,995,000.

Next week I will highlight more luxury homes that meet the Global Luxury standards in the Home Showcase XVI article. Two other luxury homes I have added to my inventory last week are listed below. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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708 Hideaway Bay $1,649,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Sarasota weekend events continue

by Roger Pettingell

Events over the Veteran's Day weekend

Some of the multi-day festivals in Sarasota continue through the week

Westin Hotel view from the rooftop bar
Rooftop view - The 19th floor view of the entrance from the newly opened hotel Roof Bar & Eats open cafe

There were a lot of events this past weekend, some coordinated with Veteran's Day, and others to kick off the festival season as Snow Birds flock to the area. There was something for everyone, art festivals, sand sculpting, lawn bowling, Sarasota MOD and artistic street chalk competitions. A couple of these events are still going strong and worth observing.

Even a visit to the newly opened 255-room Westin Hotel in downtown Sarasota was a worthwhile endeavor. The 19th floor rooftop bar and grill and EVOQ dining room are now open to the public. The views are spectacular from the rooftop and the casual elegance of the restaurant will be a splendid destination for many residents. EVOQ serves steaks and fresh seafood under the supervision of Chef Craig MacAvo, a Chicago native who has worked in some of the finest restaurants in the world.

A half dozen residences are now occupied in the VUE Sarasota Bay, the Westin Hotel companion with 141 properties of three different residences, plaza residences and penthouse floor plans. One of the three remaining open is a 3,415 square foot penthouse with three bedrooms and three full bathrooms. Amenities include a club room, fitness center, pool, lounge and conference room. The Westin Spa is open to VUE residents. The views are spectacular and the location near Marina Jack and downtown is very attractive to potential home buyers.

The seventh annual Bacchus on the Beach celebration Thursday and Friday was the event that seemingly flared the start of weekend festivities. A reception and dinner on the North Beach of the Longboat Key Club resort combined wine tasting and multi-course dinner with music under the stars. Or you could have attended the Breganze Harvest at the Portofino Restaurant later in the evening. The Portofino is one of four fine restaurants at the Longboat Key Club. Friday’s festivities started at 2 pm with a wine blending seminar. The highlight of the evening was the Bacchus on the Beach Stone Crab Celebration & Winemaker Auction. Proceeds of this festival went to help fund research at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.

St. Armands Circle events
Despite some rain on Sunday vendors at the St. Armands Circle Art Festival reported heavy sales

Events on St. Armands Circle continued with the 29th annual Fine Arts Festival attended by thousands of visitors Saturday and Sunday. Over 175 artists attended this year with photography, ceramics, paintings, jewelry and sculpture sales. This art festival was chosen as one of the best in the country of the 10,000 shows each year. St. Armands Circle stores joined in on the fun with goods for sale at the Annual Fall sidewalk Sale. Holiday Night on St. Armands is the next big scheduled event with the lighting of the Christmas tree and Santa Claus on December 1. Porches in the Park follows the next Saturday. The weekends in January are filled with the Circus Ring of Fame, Taste of St. Armands and the Winter Art Festival.

There were plenty of events to honor our veterans on Saturday including Veteran’s Appreciation Day on St. Armands Circle. A parade on Bay Isles Road on Longboat Key was filled with fanfare for veterans. A parade in downtown Sarasota paid tribute to women in the military and ended in Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park with the current director of veteran services for Goodwill Manasota, C.J. Bannister as keynote speaker.

US Open lawn bowling competition
Competition began Sunday for the week-long lawn bowling US Open at the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club

Just north of the Municipal Auditorium it was hard to miss the action at the Historic Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club. The best lawn bowlers in the country started competition November 5 with preliminary events in the US Open. Sarasota was selected by Bowls USA for the US Open this year. The week-long tournament competition began on Saturday and runs through this Saturday. The Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club was established in the days of John Ringling in 1927. It is said to be one of the oldest sports clubs in the state.

Two weekend events attracted thousands to the southern part of Sarasota County. The Siesta Key Crystal Classic features some of the best master sand sculptors in the world. This competition attracts artists that create some amazing sculptures from sand proclaimed as the number one beach in the country. Get your vote in today for the People’s Choice Award in this International Sand Sculpting Festival. The festival is ADA Compliant with Mobi-mat trails and beach wheelchairs available.

Large crowds also were in attendance for the 10-year anniversary of the Chalk Festival on the fairgrounds of the Venice Airport. Evanescent, a word that means passing out of existence, is the theme for the festival this year. The Chalk Festival has won the Sarasota Magazine’s Readers Choice Award for Best Event in Sarasota County the last six years and attracts nearly 50,000 visitors. It also finishes today with Kim Jenkins music from 5 to 6 PM.

Hiss Studio
The Hiss Studio was toured as part of Sarasota MOD

I highlighted Sarasota MOD last week, a weekend of tours, panel discussion, and an honor to legendary architect Edward J. “Tim” Seibert. Seibert was featured with his architecture through an art exhibit at the Blue Pagoda and a film screening of The Seibert Factor on Saturday. Tours of the Hiss Studio and Umbrella House on Lido Shores were open Saturday and Sunday. Two sets of trolley tours examined the architecture of Seibert and other architects.

Last week I listed five residences for sale in Sarasota and Longboat Key. Four of these homes qualify for the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury brand, two of them on the waterfront of Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key. A home at 4509 Camino Real and 708 Hideaway in Sarasota and another on the water at 708 Hideaway Bay Lane are luxury properties worth your look. 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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663 Mourning Dove Drive $3,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
639 Mourning Dove Drive $3,695,000 Video Photo Slideshow
4509 Camino Real $2,295,000    
708 Hideaway Bay Lane $1,649,000 Video Photo Slideshow
101 S. Gulfstream Ave, #11E $369,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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