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Ringling International Arts Festival 2017

by Roger Pettingell

International Arts Festival is next month

Four days of festivities by international performers through October 21

Courtyard at the Ringling
RIAF 2017 - The courtyard at the Ringling will spring to life with the Last Night gala of music and dancing.

One of the most prestigious festivals of the year in Sarasota is taking place next month, The Ringling International Arts Festival. Over the four days beginning October 18, eight different performances will take place to showcase Expect the Unexplored, Explore the Unexpected, the adventurous art theme for the year to be held at various locations on the campus of the Ringling. A few of the acts will take place over multiple days so it is conceivable that you can see them all, even twice if so desired.

It is an international festival with performances by artists from Belgium to Zimbabwe alphabetically. And it all kicks off in the West Courtyard. The First Night: Wanted celebration on Wednesday will be a spectacle of guest artists performing for 60 minutes in a combination of computer graphics and aerial acrobatics. The story of Wanted by eVenti Verticali of Italy is a representation of two men on the run. The networking festivities with hors d'oeuvres and beverages begin at 6:30 PM, while the performance starts at 8 PM. Wanted will return in the West Courtyard Thursday and Friday nights at 8 PM.

There are three, two-night performances and five other, three-night performances during the festival. It all begins October 19 at 2 PM with an a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe. The acclaimed quintet Nobuntu offers songs from their native African country in the Historic Asolo Theatre. You can listen to these pure voices at 8 PM on Friday and they will be back at 2 PM on Saturday. Also on Thursday at 2 PM the show White Rabbit Red Rabbit is a combination effort by the Ringling and The Urbanite Theatre in Sarasota. Each actor is delivered a script at the beginning of each play written by Nassim Soleimanpour, to be performed without rehearsal and in real time. A second showing on Thursday in the Circus Museum Backyard is at 8 PM, followed by 2 PM performances on Friday and Saturday. White Rabbit Red Rabbit will continue its run after the festival at the Urbanite Theatre, October 25 through November 5.

There are three performances at 5 PM on Thursday, October 19. The winner of the Total Theatre Award for Innovation at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Volker Gerling will present a flipbook of portraits from his journey across Germany in the Historic Asolo Theatre. He returns on Friday with his Portraits in Motion performance at 2 PM. At the same time on Thursday in the Circus Museum Backyard, the group Monica Bill Barnes & Company will perform Happy Hour, the story of two guys who crash an after-hours party. The group returns Friday for two shows at 5 PM and 8 PM, and finish with their fourth show at 5 PM on Saturday.

The Space Around You: Musical Reflections is presented at 5 PM on October 19 and 20, a concert in the Turrell Skyspace Ringling venue associated with the ensemblenewSRQ: Program One performances. Based in Sarasota, this group explores current generation music and transforms the music into contemporary classical masterpieces. The second ensemblenewSRQ: Program Two is scheduled for three concerts in two days inside the Huntington Gallery. The Magical World of Berio’s Sequenzas will be performed at 2 PM on Friday and Saturday with a third performance at 5 PM on Saturday.

Ready for some choreographed dance that is molded into a love story? Belgium operatic choreographer James McGinn brings Ing an Die to the Historic Asolo Theatre stage for three performances beginning October 19 at 8 PM. This love story set before the apocalypse is woven with symbolisms to express the emotions associated with a time of distress. There are two more performances of Ing an Die at 5 PM each day on Friday and Saturday.

The ninth annual RIAF comes to a close Saturday night beginning at 7 PM where it started in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Music will entice dancers in the audience for the Last Night festivities. The fun continues until 10 PM when the festival closes and preparations begin for the 2018 Ringling International Arts Festival. To purchase tickets for any of the shows during the festival visit their website at

Home Showcase VIII - The Promenade

by Roger Pettingell

On the Gulf beach in a great location

This forward-thinking community recently completed many updates

Promenade updates in REALTALK™ #118

This is a tale of three unique residences in an upgraded community on Longboat Key. It is the theme this week for the Home Showcase, the eighth in the series of articles. The three are in the Promenade, a community on Longboat Key that was recently upgraded with a new lobby area and new walls in the corridors for a fresh, new look. There is the Penthouse that I discussed in the Home Showcase II article, it qualified as a Coldwell Banker Global Luxury property. There is a residence that closed two weeks ago, but it was replaced last week with a new listing.

As I discussed in my REALTALK™ #118 video, the Promenade was originally designed for three buildings with a central Promenade. The designs changed, and two of the buildings were separated out into the Water Club community. In all, there were 11 stories for the Promenade, completed in 1985 with 112 units. Because the designs were for three buildings, the amenities were to be sufficient to support three buildings. That created a high attraction for buyers wishing to live or vacation on Longboat Key.

Many of the luxury waterfront resident communities on Longboat Key are private and secure. They have on-site management and guard gates that are manned 24/7. The Promenade adds full concierge services so you will always be greeted with a friendly face. Each residence also has its own storage space and secure under-building parking.

Promenade - On the Gulf of Mexico beach

You can split your time among the many fine amenities at the Promenade. The building overlooks the white sandy Gulf of Mexico beach to relax or take a swim in the refreshing azure colored waters. Or you can swim in the over-sized pool for more recreation. Need more relaxation? Gaze out over the Gulf and watch the sunset from the beach-side spa. When friends visit, entertain them at an outdoor gazebo with grilling stations. There are social rooms to gather with friends or continue to honor your guests.

For those that want to keep their athletic form, there are plenty of opportunities for that at the Promenade. On-site are four Har-Tru tennis courts. There is a fitness center with state-of-the art exercise equipment. There is even a men’s and a women’s health club. If you need more, consider a membership in the Longboat Key Club with two championship golf courses, both of which are nearly outside of the gates of the Promenade. Club members also enjoy many benefits of fine dining, athletics and events.

When night rolls around venture out to St. Armands Circle with its fining dining. Drive a short distance to Sarasota and enjoy more fine dining and take in a play in the city rated Number One in the nation for its cultural arts among small cities. There you can listen to a symphony orchestra, catch an opera, watch a ballet performance or take in one of the many international performances that are booked at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Its location is perfect, with all of this and located near the shopping center that has a CVS pharmacy and Publix store.

New listing with many updates to this Promenade residence

1211 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #609
New listing at the Promenade, #609

The property listed last week in the Promenade is a sixth-floor residence at 1211 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #609. It has two bedrooms and two full baths in 1,827 square feet of living space. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliders open to the wraparound Gulf terrace. Along with the Promenade upgrades, this residence has new diagonal porcelain tile flooring with custom inlay, newer lighting and fixtures, Hunter Douglas window treatments, storm shutters and designer tile work in both bathrooms. The newer chef’s kitchen offers custom cabinetry with soft-close drawers, Cambria granite countertops, glass subway tiled backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and a charming breakfast nook. Call me for a showing of this residence listed at $949,000.

Penthouse with Global Luxury credentials

Penthouse condominium at the Promenade
Promenade - 1211 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #904

This Promenade penthouse offers 2,600 square feet of stunning Gulf-to-bay views and can also be seen on the Global Luxury website of Coldwell Banker with more details in the Home Showcase II, or on our website at 1211 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #904. It is a true three-bedroom residence with extensive immaculate upgrades. There are two terraces and it includes two parking spaces listed at $1.289 million.

The third Promenade residence closed on August 25 for $650,000. The two bedroom, two bath furnished getaway had its own upgrades with a newer kitchen that included stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry. The split bedroom plan offers guest privacy.

I hope you have enjoyed your Labor Day weekend and any friends or relatives you may have in the storm-hit areas of the country are safe with good shelter. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of these active listings or if you have a property to sell or buy.



Home Showcase VII – Grand Bay

by Roger Pettingell

Secure community in a great location

Six buildings in Bay Isles overlooking golf course, marina and bay

Six buildings of Grand Bay
Grand Bay - Overlooking Harbourside Golf Course and Sarasota Bay, this community is secure and offers picturesque views throughout.

Grand Bay, a gated community of six buildings on Longboat Key, is in a great location with the championship Harbourside Golf Course outside your door, the Moorings Marina to the south and shopping center with Publix as you depart the gates of Bay Isles. And with most Grand Bay properties you get a stunning view of Sarasota Bay and the skyline of the city. Today I am highlighting two featured residences for sale in this Home Showcase VII series. In the last 12 months I have closed on six properties there for $6.178 million, an average closing price of nearly $1.03 million each. I discussed opportunities in the Grand Bay community in REALTALK™ #117.

This community has its own 24/7 manned gates within the Bay Isles security gates. With each property there is deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club. There are a combination of single-family homes, villas, townhouses and bay-front residences in this community with two gated entrances in Bay Isles. The beach club is on the Gulf of Mexico side, is private and gated. There you can watch the sunset, work on your tan, or swim in the gulf while enjoying the white sand beach of the Gulf.

Membership in the Longboat Key Club provides access to two championship golf courses including Harbourside that you overlook from the balcony of your home. The Links on Longboat is a short trip south off Gulf of Mexico Drive. As a club member you have access to four fine restaurants, spa, tennis courts, gulf-front pool, fitness center and high quality events throughout the year. The Longboat Key Club Moorings is a full service marina, the largest deep-water moorings on the Gulf coast. You can park your super yacht there as they can accept boats up to 150 feet in storm-protected slips.

Amenities of Grand Bay are some of the best on Longboat Key. Two heated swimming pools are on the grounds of this community, each with a spa for relaxation. There are two tennis courts that are centrally located. There is a fitness center and the community center has its own stylish clubhouse with game room and library. Under-building parking is provided with ownership. Add on-site management and you have a full complement of amenities.

Built in phases from 1994 to 1999 by the Arvida Corporation, there are five floor plans and penthouses available among the 272 residences at Grand Bay. The Antigua floor plan is one of the largest and most desired with 2,925 square feet of living space under air. This floor plan is configured with three bedrooms, three full baths and one partial bath. The Cayman is offered with 2,550 square feet of living space, three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The Bimini and Biscayne are close in the amount of living space in each residence, and are configured with three full bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one partial bath. The Aruba floor plan is a cozy residence with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Cayman floor plan on eighth floor of Building III

3030 Grand Bay Boulevard, #384
3030 Grand Bay Blvd, #384, Longboat Key

The first featured residence in this community is a Cayman floor plan in building III, built in 1998 at 3030 Grand Bay Boulevard, #384. Its eighth-floor location is ideal for stunning panoramic views of the best that Grand Bay has to offer. This beautiful residence is a showcase of lovely details and custom finishes throughout. The charming three-bedroom layout lives like a single-family home, offering walls of floor-to-ceiling glass and an eat-in kitchen. The split-bedroom plan offers guest privacy. It is listed at $1,199,000.

Wraparound terrace for spectacular panoramic views

3080 Grand Bay Boulevard, #536
3080 Grand Bay Blvd, #536, Longboat Key

The wraparound terrace at 3080 Grand Bay Boulevard, #536 offers spectacular views in nearly every direction. This lovely two-bedroom residence has an open layout with walls of floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that lead out to the terrace from practically each room. Take the private elevator from secure, under-building parking directly up to the foyer entry. Entertain with ease in the generous living/dining room and the kitchen that overlooks this space. The split bedroom plan is excellent for enhanced privacy. The south-facing master suite features its own terrace access, walk-in and linen closets, as well as a spacious bathroom. The guest bedroom, equipped with walls of built-ins is currently being used as a den, is perfectly situated in the north corner of the residence, offered at $679,000. 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 VI - Sarasota featured homes

by Roger Pettingell

Featured homes in Sarasota County

Three homes in three highly sought communities with unique features

Eclipse on Longboat Key
Natural art - Outside our Longboat Key office where light through leaves created many eclipse views.

In this sixth installment of the Home Showcase I selected three featured homes in Sarasota County, in three distinctly different areas of the county. There is a home on Lido Shores, one in Osprey and one on Bird Key. The first two meet the criteria of the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury brand. Homes that meet criteria established by the campaign are considered a luxury home.

Today nearly 200 million Americans were in an area that was able to see at minimum a partial eclipse of the sun. On Longboat Key we did not witness a total eclipse, but we were able to watch nearly 80 percent of the sun blocked by the moon. There were many ways to safely view the eclipse from pinhole projections to special glasses. Outside our office we found a natural way to capture the moment. Nature combined the sun with the moon, and hundreds of pinhole projections through leaves to create an artistic view on light pavement. You will have another United States opportunity for a total eclipse in 2024.

Lido Shores, homes built for architecture style and functionality

1222 Center Place on Lido Shores
This home at 1222 Center Place on Lido Shores, renovated for function has plenty of charm and history

Traveling from St. Armands Circle to Longboat Key you will pass the small enclave of Lido Shores that I highlighted in REALTALK™ #133 video. This community of 115 homes were designed by some of the most famous architects from the Sarasota School of Architecture. Many of the homes are named, including one of the most visible and recently renovated on the John Ringling Parkway, the Umbrella House designed by famed architect Paul Rudolph.

My featured home at 1222 Center Place is a home of charm and history, designed by Erwin Gremli II. It was built in 1962 but recently renovated in 2012 for form and function. It was once the guest quarters of Dr. Marion Hoppin, one of the founding members of New College in northern Sarasota. The features of this stunning home with open layout are something to see. It has natural lighting with skylight and walls of glass sliders, that open to the pool deck and spa area. The private beach access is a short walk away. A three-car garage was added in the renovation of this home on Lido Shores. Make an offer on 1222 Center Place, listed at $1.549 million.

The Florida scrub jay, protected in Osprey

416 Bayshore Drive in Osprey
Osprey home on the water - Consider this home for sale on Little Sarasota Bay at 416 Bayshore Drive

Osprey may have been named for a bird of prey, but the Florida scrub jay takes center stage as two areas of the community offer protection for the threatened bird. Oscar Scherer State Park and Scherer Thaxton Preserve maintain a habitat for the scrub jay. The Blackburn Point Bridge is a swing bridge that leads to Casey Key and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Osprey is said to have 10 percent of its area on water and the home at 416 Bayshore Drive overlooks Little Sarasota Bay in Bay Acres that wraps around the recently renovated home on three sides at 416 Bayshore Drive. The unique circular design of this home on nearly an acre of land offers much for relaxation. It has two bedrooms and three full baths within 3,858 square feet of living space. Six cars will fit into the oversized garage. Look out over the pool, spa and bay from the second story deck that circles the home. You can get all this for the $1.395 million listing price, and you can find it on the Global Luxury website.

Bird Key, stunning property for budget-minded home buyer

637 S Owl Drive on Bird Key
Garden home at 637 South Owl Drive on Bird Key

Bird Key is known for its celebrities who called it their home. Lucille Ball, Jerry Springer and Brian Johnson have lived there. The first home was built on the island in 1914 but full development of canals and new construction didn’t take off until 1959 when the Arvida Corporation purchased the land. The original Arvida plan was for 291 water-front homes on canals or bay and 220 garden homes off the water.

John Ringling built a bridge in 1925 that spanned from Sarasota to Bird Key and then on to St. Armands Circle. The bridge closed the gap to areas that he had owned property. Ringling donated it to the city of Sarasota two years after its completion. The current bridge is the third and was completed in 2003.

With all of its history, Bird Key and the John Ringling Bridge have been the awe of many over the years. The third home of this series is a garden home on Bird Key at 637 South Owl Drive, one of the few homes for sale on Bird Key under one-million dollars, listed at $849,000. But you get a lot for the price. The three-bedroom, three-bath home is built on a split bedroom plan for guest privacy. The updated kitchen with newer stainless steel appliances overlooks the family room and dining room for optimal entertaining. Sliding glass doors open to the screen-enclosed pool area. The location of Bird Key is one of its key features, and the location of this home is conveniently located near the Bird Key Yacht Club where members enjoy a vast array of amenities.

Home Showcase V - Featured homes on Longboat Key

by Roger Pettingell

Longboat Key homes highlighted

The largest of four towns in Florida split by two counties

Links on Longboat at Longboat Key Club
Longboat Key Club - Longboat Key homeowners enjoy a membership for its golf courses and amenities.

In the Home Showcase V, the series of articles highlighting featured homes in the area, this week will cover three featured homes that are on Longboat Key. Longboat Key is highly desirable as a winter residence for its wonderful sunsets, views of the Ringling Bridge and Sarasota at sunset, and of course the white sand and winter warmth on the Gulf of Mexico beaches. Visitors and home owners enjoy the barrier island for its fishing, golfing, swimming, tennis and its close proximity to fine dining and boutique shopping at St. Armands Circle. And of course there is the Longboat Key Club. With a membership you have access to two championship golf courses, four fine restaurants, tennis and much more.

On the Gulf of Mexico shoreline

4239 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Manor House #2
Manor House #2 in Pelican Harbour

Longboat Key is one of those rare towns in Florida divided by two counties. It is the largest of four that are split in the state. The first featured home is in the northern part of Longboat Key, in Manatee County at 4239 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #MH2. The island is divided between counties in the 4100 block of the main road that is Gulf of Mexico Dr. The home is a beach retreat on the Gulf of Mexico shores. It has been recently updated with more spacious rooms and a new full bathroom. The many updates to this home provide modern comforts. Although it is a single-family home, the offerings in this pet-friendly community of Pelican Harbour provide many amenities only available in other condominium communities on the island. This two bedroom home is worth a look, on the water at $1.195 million.

A sense of Key West in this Triton Cove home

3030 Gulf of Mexico Drive in Triton Cove
3030 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

If a Key West style home inspires you, the home for sale at 3030 Gulf of Mexico Drive in Sarasota County is perfect for your enjoyment. This three-bedroom home with three and one partial bathrooms has been beautifully updated. There is much to enjoy in this home including its own heated swimming pool and spa. It is elevated to help protect from storm surges and the five-car garage add to the functionality of this home. If you are a fan of gorgeous sunsets, the beach is a short walk away.

Behind secure gates and amenities of Bay Isles

3490 Bayou Sound
3490 Bayou Sound in Bay Isles

Bay Isles is a popular location for its security behind manned guard gates and access to the amenities offered through the Bay Isles Beach Club. There are separate communities in Bay Isles, each with their own charms and amenities and all in Sarasota County. The home at 3490 Bayou Sound offers that and much more under 2,500 square feet of living space. The split bedroom plan of three bedrooms and three bathrooms are wonderfully placed for guest privacy. The master suite has a walk-in closet and direct access to the heated swimming pool with screen enclosure. The private championship golf course of Harbourside Golf Course is outside of your front door step. Membership in the Longboat Key Club gets you access to the course and all that this private club offers. The home is ready for showing, listing at $850,000.

Last week I listed two more residences including a newer property built in 2015 at 188 Golden Gate Point, #102. The home overlooks the Sarasota Bay with spectacular views of the Ringling Bridge at sunset and with its lights on at night. This smart home is within a short walk to Marina Jack and downtown Sarasota. If your budget is under $500,000 for a home on Longboat Key then the residence in the Sand Cay community on the north end is worth a good look. Your view of the swimming pool and beach for sunset vistas is exquisite from this second-floor unit. Enjoy this fully furnished residence for yourself or use it as a rental with the generous opportunities this community provides. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of any of these homes or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
188 Golden Gate Point, #102 $2,795,000 Video Photo Slideshow
4725 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #207 $479,000   Photo Slideshow


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Home Showcase IV - Buildable Lots

by Roger Pettingell

Listings with land that is ready for building

Build your waterfront luxury dream home on vacant land

622 and 626 South Owl Drive on Bird Key
Bird Key - The landscaped lot and home is offered together at 622 and 626 South Owl Drive.

Humorist and philosopher Will Rogers is paraphrased with the quote, “Put your money in land, because they aren't making any more of it.” That line has often been repeated and is just as applicable today as it was in 1930 when he first said it. Which brings me to the subject for the Home Showcase theme this week, which which focuses on vacant land ready for a new single-family home. It makes sense sometimes to buy a home where the land has more value than the home and the land. The tear-down project has its own costs, and I have four vacant properties ready for construction.

There are some considerations in buying land and the same logic begins with any property purchase, location, location, location. Other considerations are adequate utilities, whether the land is set up for city water and sewage or will a septic tank and well be required. Is the land zoned for the purpose you intend it? In this case it would be a single-family home. Will it make sense to subdivide a large lot, or if it can be subdivided. Are there any easements that you should be aware of? Is there a survey or permits needed to build on the lot? Is it in a flood zone?

Once you feel confident knowing the answers to the questions above you can get a basic understanding of the value of the land on which you are going to build. It is called the Residual Land Valuation, developers use it to determine potential profit. You basically subtract any sales cost from the sales price determined by comparables in the area. Subtract the cost to build, developers will also figure in their profit. The Residual Land Value is what is left. You can work the process in reverse to determine if the final home value and land is comparable to homes in the area.

Bird Key home and vacant lot together

The first buildable lot I have is listed as a home and a lot. The location on Bird Key is perfect with fantastic views of Sarasota Bay. I highlighted the home in my first Home Showcase in this series and is at 622 South Owl Drive. The empty lot next door at 626 South Owl Drive is also included in the sale. The lot size for both is over one and one-quarter acres. Currently the lush landscaping is a wonderful addition to the total property, but an investor may see it for its potential profit. Together they are listed at $9.995 million.

Location at Links on Longboat

1021 Longboat Club Road
Vacant lot overlooks the Links on Longboat.

We had a similar situation with two properties behind the secure gates of Longboat Key Club. The same owner was selling the home at 1011 Longboat Club Road and lot at 1021 Longboat Club Road. In this case they were listed as two separate sales. The home sold and the vacant lot is available by itself. The land overlooks a pond that is part of the championship golf course, Links on Longboat. There are many amenities associated with a Longboat Key Club membership, having the golf course outside of your door is one of them.

The corner lot is oversized at 22,731 square feet with mature landscaping, listed at $999,000. It is also just steps to the white Gulf of Mexico sand shores on Longboat Key and near home values in that area that are listed over $1 million. Call our office at (941) 387-1840 if you are looking for a fully constructed home on the street, an exclusive showing of the home at 891 Longboat Club Road, listed at $8.5 million or the home at 845 Longboat Club Road, listed at $26.5 million.

Cape Coral waterfront lot ready for your dream home

1617 Edith Esplanade with nearly 200 feet of water frontage
Cape Coral lot - 1617 Edith Esplanade.

A property I have listed in Cape Coral at 1617 Edith Esplanade is cleared and primed for a new single-family home. It is also oversized on 23,035 square feet of land that has 188 feet of frontage on the protected waters of Bikini Basin that open to the Caloosahatchee River and Sarasota Bay. Many of the homes in this Cape Coral community are custom built. The lot is all set with utilities ready to go.

Surveys, permits, utilities and floor plans ready on Lido Key

221 Grant Dive on Lido Key
This Lido Key vacant lot at 221 Grant Drive is ready.

Surveys, permits, utilities and floor plans are all ready for this lot in a wonderful location, just steps from the Lido Key beach at this 221 Grant Drive property. One of my newest listings, this lot is near the famed St. Armands Circle, and just a short drive to the cultural arts center of Sarasota. The site is cleared and ready to begin construction of your dream home. This lot won’t last long at $479,000. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.


Home Showcase III – Global Luxury homes

by Roger Pettingell

Local single-family homes featured

Two homes on Siesta Key and two homes in Sarasota highlighted

In the third installment of the Home Showcase we took a look at Coldwell Banker Global Luxury homes on Siesta Key and in Sarasota. The Global Luxury brand has been a successful campaign since it was launched in April. Homes that fit the criteria is based on the area of their location. Among other criteria, in order to meet the standards for Sarasota County the homes must have a listing price above $1.2 million.

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

MTV premieres its next reality television show tonight at 10 PM based on the lives of young adults living on Siesta Key. Homeowners on Siesta Key enjoy beaches that are 99% quartz. The sand feels cool on the feet as the heat is reflected and not absorbed in the white sands. The beach is popular at sunset for its panoramic views of the sun as it drops into the Gulf of Mexico. The facilities and parking have been upgraded the last couple of years increasing its popularity. As a result the beach has been at the top of everyone’s list for best beaches. Tourism plays a major role in the economy. Boutique shopping, fine dining and an active nightlife appeal to vacationers.

Nearly two acres directly on the beach

636 Beach Road on Siesta Key
New reality show premieres tonight - National attention to Siesta Key may affect home values

The barrier island is primed for a resurgence in popularity and land value brought on by the anticipation of the MTV show. Last week we adjusted the price of a home for sale at 636 Beach Road on Siesta Key, appropriately named The Belle of the Beach. The home has 100 feet of beach frontage, four bedrooms, with 4.5 bathrooms in 4,163 square feet of living space. The home was built to the highest standards by McGuinness Construction and designed by the Tichenor Group. A gourmet kitchen overlooks the living and dining areas which makes an ideal space for entertaining. It is priced at $7 million.

Completely remodeled bayside Siesta Key home

5151 Jungle Plum Rd
Home in Hidden Harbor is a boater's paradise

The boater’s paradise home at 5151 Jungle Plum Road in Hidden Harbor is attractively priced at $2.995 million. Boat dockage consists of 150-feet of water frontage, multiple lifts, shore-power and water. Just a couple minutes to the Siesta Key beach, there is a custom main home and separate guest cottage. Pass through the French doors of the main-floor master suite for access to the pool deck. A spiral staircase leads to three bedrooms upstairs. Entertaining is made easy with the open pool deck, Tiki bar and outdoor dining areas. The guest cottage has two full bedrooms and kitchen. You can expect a manatee to swim by in the summer months or an occasional dolphin in the bay or intracoastal waters.

Sarasota, attractive in many ways

1654 Landings Boulevard
1654 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota

Sarasota has become a cultural arts city over the years with everything from ballet and contemporary dance to opera, pops and symphonies. A few hundred thousand visitors walk through the Ringling Museum of Art’s doors each year and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is active almost every night with internationally renowned performers. Sarasota has also been attractive for its wonderful homes built to high standards.

The home I have listed in the Landings in southern Sarasota, a short drive to Siesta Key meets the high standards of the Global Luxury brand. Walking into this home is like entering a palace with its double staircase that greets visitors. Owners of this home at 1654 Landing Boulevard will have confidence knowing that the wonderful views of the foliage in their back yard will not be developed as it sits on non-buildable conservatory land. It is a smart home with most conveniences or home entertainment accessed with the touch of a button. The master suite includes a fireplace, three closets and spa-inspired bathroom. The back yard is a combination of function and luxury. It is complete with a summer kitchen, swimming pool, raised spa and safety padding on each side to protect children. It is listed at $2.195 million.

The heritage of William Henry Whitaker

975 Whitakers Lane
975 Whitakers Lane in Sarasota

William Henry Whitaker was an early settler in Sarasota, arriving in the 1840s to build a log cabin and begin raising cattle on land that was once part of Hillsborough County. County lines were redrawn and this land became part of Manatee County, until 1921 when the land was annexed as part of Sarasota County. An enclave of homes, bayou and cemetery are named for the Whitaker family. The elder was a patriot to the confederate cause and earned his reputation in its support. The estate at 975 Whitakers Lane on Whitaker Bayou was built with quality workmanship in 2006. Look out through a generous amount of glass windows from any of the four guest bedrooms on the second level to view the swimming pool, spa and boat dock. The bayou opens up to Sarasota Bay for your boating pleasure. The master suite is on the first floor and features walk-in closets and a marble bath. Listed at $2.095 million, this home has more than 5,300 square feet of living space. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of these homes or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Home Showcase II - Global Luxury Residences

by Roger Pettingell

Condominiums with a common theme

Three residences on Longboat Key and one on Golden Gate Point highlighted

1281 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #701 at Water Club North
Water Club residence - The Arlington floor plan at 1281 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #701 is one of four floor plans at Water Club North on Longboat Key.

In the second Home Showcase series I highlight some residences that have a few features in common. They are all on the water with at least three bedrooms and they all meet the Global Luxury requirements for Coldwell Banker and are featured at There are four this week on the theme in four different communities, a unique situation to highlight the community and the residence within. Last week I covered Global Luxury single-family homes on Bird Key in the first Home Showcase.

Rare residence in the Water Club North community

The first is a rarely available residence in the Water Club North community directly overlooking the white Gulf of Mexico sand beaches. The panoramic views of the sunsets are breathtaking from this seventh-floor residence. Built in 1999, The Water Club is in a great location on the southern end of Longboat Key, was designed as a new concept, bringing the club-like experience that was trending in the Miami to the southwest region of Florida. The spacious and beautiful club house is alive with fitness activities and a ballroom upstairs that I have always thought would be a great destination wedding location.

The residence at 1281 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #701 in the north building is an Arlington floor plan with three bedrooms, plus den in a split bedroom plan for guest privacy. The great room in this open floor plan is great for entertaining with dining areas and a wet bar. There are three terraces with access from the master bedroom and the two guest bedrooms. You will feel the luxury of its hardwood and tile flooring, tray ceilings and marble bathrooms. This wonderful home is listed at $3.295 million and featured in its own video.

Majestic Bay residence on Golden Gate Point

Majestic Bay condominium on Golden Gate Point
Majestic Bay residence at 258 Golden Gate Point, #201

Majestic Bay is an exclusive community on Golden Gate Point, situated directly on the bayfront of Sarasota. The nine residences here were built to the highest standards in 2004 and feature the best views of the John Ringling Bridge with its beautiful sunset and nighttime vistas. Golden Gate Point is in a great location with its proximity to Marina Jack, downtown Sarasota and the beaches of Lido Key. Its true development started after developer Owen Burns purchased the land, increased its size to 22 acres and in 1922 added a seawall to protect the peninsula. The pet-friendly community of Majestic Bay has a pool, spa, fitness center, media room and residents have access to on-site boat dockage.

My featured listing at Majestic Bay is a three bedroom condominium with three full baths and one partial. It is immaculate with hardwood flooring throughout. The gourmet kitchen is upgraded with granite countertops, high quality appliances, breakfast bar and walk-in pantry. The residence lives like a single-family home with split bedroom plan, the secluded master has its own terrace access. There is an additional room used as a home office. This is a new listing for me in June at 258 Golden Gate Point, #201 and may not last long at $1.695 million.

Luxury Longboat Key community on Sarasota Bay

Grand Bay #221
Longboat Key - 3040 Grand Bay Boulevard, #221.

Grand Bay is another of my favorite communities on Longboat Key and I’ve sold many residences here in each of the six buildings overlooking the bay and the skyline of Sarasota. A portion of the world-class Harbourside Golf Course flows past the community and adds to the beauty of Grand Bay. This community is secure and private behind the gates of Bay Isles, with its own 24/7 manned security gate. Each owner has deeded access to the beach club on the Gulf of Mexico shores. But its community has plenty of amenities with fitness center, heated swimming pool, spa, tennis courts and social rooms.

The property at 3040 Grand Bay Boulevard, #221 in building 2 has one of the most sought-after Antigua floor plans in this community. It is offered turnkey furnished with designer upgrades including a more open floor plan with the kitchen opening up to the living room and dining areas. One of the most striking renovations include a marble wall with fireplace. There are two parking spaces offered, increasing the value of this condominium. Building II was constructed in 1996 and features lush landscaping, one of the center buildings close to most amenities. This home just went into contract. It overlooks the golf course and owners can join Longboat Key Club for access to the course and its many offerings that include restaurants and spa facilities. The club moorings near the units offer deep-water dockage for yachts and is a safe harbor from storms.

Penthouse at Promenade on Longboat Key

Penthouse condominium at the Promenade
Promenade - 1211 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #904

I offer a stunning penthouse with Gulf-to-bay views at Promenade on Longboat Key. The community itself is in the final process of upgrading its common areas. I have two listings here at this wonderful community with many amenities originally designed for three communities. The two buildings of the Water Club were separated after the original plans were drawn. Amenities include on-site management, 24-hour manned guard gate, a stylish club with game room and catering kitchen, library, fitness and tennis. The Gulf-front pool deck offers grilling areas, gazebos, heated swimming pool and spa. Just a few steps away is a boardwalk leading to the beach.

This penthouse with over 2,600 square feet of living space is also offered with two protected parking spaces. It has been extensively upgraded with high-end finishes throughout. The new kitchen features top-of-the-line appliances and designer details. There are two terraces, one off the master suite that also features walls of glass, two walk-in closets and marble flooring. This residence at 1211 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #904 is a must see with all its upgrades, offered at $1.289 million.

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

Last week I listed a single-family home in Country Club Shores and another residence on Golden Gate Point. The home at 521 Bowsprit Lane has been completely updated in a four-year construction period ending in 2009, and is on the canal with deep-water access to the bay. The condominium in the Harbor House community, 174 Golden Gate Pt, #31, is in a great location with many amenities and access to on-site boat dockage. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of any of these properties or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
521 Bowsprit Lane $1,185,000 Video Photo Slideshow
174 Golden Gate Pt, #31 $719,000   Photo Slideshow


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Home Showcase I - Bird Key Global Luxury

by Roger Pettingell

Homes that deliver on luxury and price

First showcase features Bird Key Global Luxury homes

Bird Key laid out
Bird Key design - Arvida Corporation purchased the island in 1960, took its original plans and laid out streets with many homes on canals that lead out to Sarasota Bay. Its history is discussed in my REALTALK™ #99 video in August of 2016.

When Coldwell Banker launched its new Global Luxury brand this spring they set the criteria for homes that qualified for the program. Among other features, the homes in the Sarasota area that qualified were homes that were listing over $1.2 million. I currently have 18 homes and four residences that are marked with this distinction. This is the first REALTALKplus™ article in a series that will showcase the homes and residences that not only qualify, but meet some other criteria in the theme for the upcoming weekly articles.

This week’s theme is based on the top homes on Bird Key I have listed that are featured on the Global Luxury website at Bird Key is in a great location, centered between the white sand beaches of Lido Key and fine dining with boutique shopping of Sarasota. St. Armands Circle is a short bike ride away. Bird Key has a rich history since Arvida Corporation purchased the land in 1960 and began developing homes for an affluent society. Lucille Ball, Jerry Springer, Brian Johnson and Martina Navratilova have once called Bird Key their residence. I have five of the 22 homes listed for sale here, four of which meet the Global Luxury standards. All four are directly located on Sarasota Bay or are a short boat ride on a Bird Key canal. Boaters will appreciate the Sarasota Yacht Club and its excellent amenities.

622 S Owl Drive
622 South Owl Drive.

At the top of the list is a wonderful home with a landscaped lot in a spectacular location overlooking the bay. There is over 450 feet of water frontage, most of which is navigable waters for sailboats. Built in 2003 with over 5,300 square feet of living space, this home has everything that is generally associated with a luxury lifestyle. The home at 622 South Owl Drive is adjacent to the lush tropical landscaping at 629 South Owl Drive. When purchased together, the parcels can be separated representing a higher value for the potential buyer.

Famed architect Cliff Scholz designed this home that is a split level interior that offers four bedrooms with four full baths and one partial. Perrone Custom Home Builders detailed this residence with solid, wood-beamed ceilings and three-piece crown moldings. The gas fireplace features a custom made mantle. The kitchen makes this home a unique place to entertain with its open connection to the family room. Entertaining guests can be a way of life here with a lanai, its own summer kitchen, gas fireplace and lounge areas that overlook the heated swimming pool and spa. The attached two-car garage completes this home listed at $9,995,000, a must see for the buyer that has it in their budget.

670 Mourning Dove Drive
670 Mourning Dove Drive

The second home at 670 Mourning Dove Drive has 100 feet of water frontage on an open canal to the bay with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. A 37-foot long lap pool is surrounded by brick pavers that also lead to the newer seawall and dock with shore power and 16,000 pound boat lift. The residence is decadently laid out and features a French inspired gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and imported tile backsplash. There is a 700-square foot bonus room on the second level with an extended terrace that is currently being used as a perfect media room.

Built in 2006, the home has three bedrooms and three full baths in over 4,300 square feet of living spacing. As you enter the home you will immediately be drawn to the quality of its construction with exposed maple beams on the ceiling of the living room. What you may not be able to see readily is the concrete framework, impact glass windows and superior insulation. The spa-inspired master bath is the epitome of luxury living. Complete with a three-car attached garage, this home sells for just under $3 million.

438 Partridge Circle
438 Partridge Circle

At $2.195 million, the luxury home at 438 Partridge Circle is sure to please with its 14-foot ceilings and stone marble accents. Built in 2004 by Las Casitas luxury home builders, there is over 5,900 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and three baths with one partial. The gourmet kitchen features solid-wood cabinetry, granite countertops, gas cooktop, island, breakfast bar, built-in planning desk and a massive walk-in pantry. A theatre room is sound-proof for a full movie experience, without disturbing other residents in the home.

The exterior features are something to behold. The landscaping and brick pavers surrounding the home creates wonderful curb appeal. The screened lanai with tranquil water fountain and lounging areas are perfect for entertaining. A heated swimming pool and spa are located in another section of the back yard. There is a 28-foot boat dock and lift, this is another must see home.

386 Bob White Drive
386 Bob White Drive

The last Bird Key home I have listed that qualifies under the Global Luxury standards is one on a canal with plenty of interior open spaces at 386 Bob White Drive. It has three bedrooms and two full baths under 2,980 square feet of living space. The split bedroom plan is great for guest privacy. The eat-in kitchen has plenty of space for a breakfast and built-in planning desk. It is also stylish with granite countertops and solid wood cabinetry that are coordinated with the stainless steel appliances.

The covered outdoor dining area is perfectly situated on brick pavers next to the heated swimming pool and deep-water dockage on a canal with direct access to the bay and Gulf. This luxury residence is located a few short blocks from the yacht club. It has a 2-car attached garage accessible by the brick-pavered circular driveway, and is listed at $1,499,000.

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

Here is a list of homes for sale on Bird Key. On our website are monthly Comparative Market Analysis reports for the Bird Key market dating back to 2008. You can review any month to see how pricing has changed over the years. I currently have 20 different communities represented with these CMAs.

Last week I added two more properties to my inventory. The first is a sixth-floor residence at the Islander Club overlooking the Gulf, attractively priced at $625,000. This home would make an excellent rental property, has two bedrooms, two baths and is offered with a covered car port for one car. The second on Lido Key is a vacant lot near the beach and St. Armands Circle that is prepped with utilities and permits to build a single-family residence. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of any property I listed here, or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
2295 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #62S $625,000   Photo Slideshow
221 Grant Drive $479,000   Photo Slideshow


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Bayfront Park has its official opening

by Roger Pettingell

Grand opening planned for this fall

Second Longboat Key project accomplished through cooperation

Bayfront Park pavilion
Bayfront Park - Panoramic views of Sarasota Bay from the picnic area and sidewalk.

There are two public projects on Longboat Key that are getting a lot of cooperation from private and government organizations. And while one hasn’t been started, the other is officially open to the public. In June I wrote about the cooperation that was needed to seed a new arts center and expand its mission and name to Longboat Key Center for Arts, Culture and Education. It was the kind of cooperation that was necessary for Bayfront Park, which officially opened this month.

Donations from the Rotary Club, Garden Club and Kiwanis Club provided funds for some specific projects in the park while the town of Longboat Key and Sarasota County funded construction and land acquisition costs. The result is a wonderful park that is nearly complete on 3.54 acres of Gulf to bay Land that was acquired in 2007.

Nearly complete: The bay side is open with plenty of activities that include basketball, tennis, pickleball and shuffleboard. Two dog parks are open with plenty of open space for pooches to jump and play. There are kayaks for rent through an on-site local company that was selected as the official park vendor, Happy Paddler Kayak Tours & EcoVentures.

Dog park
Two separate fenced dog walking areas are in Bayfront Park with plenty of shade and plenty of room.

A covered pavilion was constructed for family gatherings, accessible by a winding sidewalk that parallels the shoreline of the Bay. There is a playground for the little tykes and a fishing pier for the outdoorsman in everyone. Restrooms, a rain garden and storm-water treatment center were constructed.

What isn’t completed is the Gulf of Mexico side, and that requires a little more government cooperation. The town needs approval with a permit from the Florida Department of Transportation because there are plans for a construction vehicle ramp.

There will be public beach access to the white sands of the Gulf, something that is in high demand on Longboat Key. For those who savor a beautiful sunset there will be an observation deck, which will be handicap accessible. There will be a bridge that leads to the beach over the dunes, and a sidewalk that connects the bay side to the Gulf of Mexico.

Years of planning, funding and renovations

The entire project has been 14 years in the making, starting in 2003 when a citizen’s committee was formed to study the project. The next year their recommendation for a $6.4 million bond to fund a community center was rejected by island voters. In 2009 Sarasota County and Longboat Key agreed upon a plan for the park, but three years later put those plans on hold.

Bayfront Park is on the northern edge of Sarasota County at 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. While town officials wanted a community and cultural center, an Urban Land Institute panel recommended that the center would be of more use more centrally located on the island, and suggested the Bay Isles area. That is the tie-in with the Longboat Key Center for Arts, Culture and Education. It is to be constructed in the area that was once the Amore Restaurant, behind Publix and centrally located on Longboat Key.

Tennis court
The park opened in phases with the tennis courts one of the first to be completed.

The project received a big boost in 2015 when the county gave approval for $2 million. Longboat Key contributed $1.02 million, while specific projects were funded by local organizations. Ground was broken in July of last year. Courts for tennis, pickleball and basketball were opened in phases this year. A grand opening celebration for the park is expected this fall.

Last week I listed two homes that are at opposite ends of the price market. The first at 1654 Landings Boulevard in the Landings is a Smart Home in a prime location of Sarasota. The property backs up to conservatory land and cannot be developed for residential or commercial use, so the tranquil setting will not be upset. The second on Longboat Key will make a wonderful retreat or a great rental property in the Cedars East community. It has two levels of living area and comes complete with a full garage. 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
1654 Landings Boulevard $2,195,000 Video 3D Floor plan
511 Forest Way, #511 $389,000   Photo Slideshow


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