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Summer home inventories for Sarasota

by Roger Pettingell

Unlisted properties and pre-listings

Available off-market properties as we prepare for peak selling season

The summer inventory and buyer market in REALTALK™ #209
Summer Inventory - Strategies for off-market listings are discussed in this REALTALK™ #209 video

When you move from the northern states it may take some time to adjust to the peak selling cycles here in Sarasota. As the snow melts and the grass begins to turn green might be the best time to list in the Midwest and Northeast states. But October to Easter are the hot sales months for the market in Florida. It is a simple concept, snowbirds that are here during the winter months have a desire to stay once they are exposed to what there is to offer in climate, entertainment and recreation under these sunny skies.

The summer allows us time to relax and to plan for the peak season. Before we know it, October is here and we start the daily routines of showings and listings. The inventory is low in August and with good reasons. Accumulating a high number of days on the market may be less appealing to potential buyers so sellers will take them off the market in order to reset the number of days to zero. These homes are still available as inventory, buyers may have to search a little harder or call a Realtor who likely has knowledge of these homes ready to sell. I discuss these strategies in REALTALK™ #209.

Some properties remain on the market. Sometimes they are listed in the summer because there may be a limited supply in a particular community. That’s an opportunity some sellers don’t want to pass up. There are buyers in the summer and unable to find anything in a neighborhood they like is discouraging. There are a variety of other reasons why sellers prefer to list their homes any time of the year. All are valid, and if attractive and priced right will offer a good home to a potential buyer.

We have listings that are available for sale that you will see reenter the market starting in the fall. We also have several new listings that are off the market now but poised to be listed in MLS soon. Please contact us at (941) 387-1840 to schedule a showing of these properties or to see the other residences in our inventory.

 
415 L'Ambiance Dr, PH-F

The stunning sunrise-to-sunset panoramic views offered at this designer penthouse residence are breathtaking! You will fall in love with the upgrades, elaborate terrace space and custom features at this 4,900+ SF beach home.
$7,495,000 - Click here for the video

415 L'Ambiance Dr, PH-F - Click here for the website
3010 Grand Bay Blvd, #461

This updated Antigua residence is a rare opportunity to enjoy a direct-bayfront lifestyle in designer luxury. Offering nearly 3,000 SF and a wraparound terrace, you will love the direct bay, golf course, downtown and marina views.
$1,895,000 - Click here for the video

Grand Bay 461 - Click here for the website
3531 Fair Oaks Lane

The treat of maintenance-free living behind secure club gates can be yours to immediately enjoy at this 4BR Queens Harbour residence. Cathedral ceilings, a neutral decor, lovely updates and lush lake views welcome you.
$1,295,000 - Click here for the video

3531 Fair Oaks Lane - Click here for the website
2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #103

Walk out directly from this beautiful 3BR beach getaway to enjoy pristine Gulf beach and azure waters. You will love the modified layout and open concept, tile flooring, impact windows/sliders, new kitchen, plus three designer baths.
$999,000 - Click here for the video

2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #103 - Click here for the website
3988 Losillias Drive, Sarasota

Relax in the backdrop of the private TPC Prestancia Golf & Social Club off the golf course fairway in this four-bedroom, 4,800+ SF dream home. Complete with three-car attached garage in this prestigious gated community.
$949,000

3988 Losillias Dr
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #262

Panoramic 6th-floor direct bay views that stretch out to downtown and the Gulf of Mexico welcome you to this lovely 3BR residence. Relax the day away on the wraparound terrace and relish bay breezes.
$799,000

Grand Bay 262
1115 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #502

Fifth-floor views of tranquil lakes, fountains, the lush Beachplace community and reaching out to the Gulf of Mexico, that create a wonderful move-in ready environment at this 2BR residence, waiting for you to make it your own.
$519,000

1115 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #502 - Click here for the website

The classic and historic Sarasota Opera House

by Roger Pettingell

Opera House: More than just live opera

Film festivals, classic movies, concerts and more in downtown Sarasota

Opera and more in downtown Sarasota
Opera House - A venue for a variety of performances located at 61 N. Pineapple Ave., downtown Sarasota

The live opera season begins November 1 with six performances of Rigoletto and continues through March 22 with 41 days of opera, a five-opera season for the organization. This downtown venue is home to the Sarasota Opera, now in its 59th season. Opera was first performed in the Historic Asolo Theater on the Ringling grounds, but it wasn’t until 1982 that a permanent home was established when the former A.B. Edwards Theater was purchased and opened as the Sarasota Opera House.

The Opera House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, continues as host to a variety of events and live performances. In 2008 the Opera House underwent a $20 million restoration project to bring it up to its original glory of ornate fixtures, luxury carpeting and interior that brings out the classic opera look but presents itself as a 21st century structure. Under the artistic direction of Victor DeRenzi and Executive Director, Richard Russell, the cultural arts of Sarasota will be preserved for many years.

It has been the home of many different performances and movies, each year with a schedule of classic movies, concerts and lectures. Upcoming events this month include the 1948 classic movie, Key Largo, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, on August 23. On August 25 at 1:30 PM, the opera film Die Walkure is on the big screen.

Throughout the year there are more shows including the last classic movie of the summer season, Young Frankenstein, September 6 followed by the Nutcracker ballet on film that Sunday. Two weeks later, La Traviata, an opera film will be shown. There are other events too, the sixth annual Taste of Downtown is becoming a tradition in Sarasota. The September 21 event ends the summer in Sarasota with entrees prepared by downtown restaurants and craft beers from local breweries.

The concert East Marries West on October 4 brings together Pandit Shubhendra Rao on sitar, Vidushi Saskia Rao-de Haas on the Indian cello, and accompaniment of Aditya Kalyanpur on the tabla, an Indian percussion instrument with a set of drums played like bongos. This world-class performance at 7 PM has tickets available now through their box office.

In October there is a series of discussions with opera themes to help understand opera at the Kamlet Library, including a discussion on how things change have changed, ensembles in opera and Walt Whitman with his passion for the opera. The series of four sessions concludes with a discussion long-time opera fans Richard and Greg.

Opera and more in downtown Sarasota
2008 restoration - A return to the classic opera house

The Jonas Kamlet Library is one of six event spaces that includes the main William E. Schmidt Opera Theatre with its capacity of 1,174. The Kamlet Library is popular for business meetings with seats for 150 guests and a large-screen TV for presentations. The library and Felding Hall & Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt Courtyard with a 125-person capacity are both available rental venues in a stunning setting.

Three other rooms in the Opera House are lesser known. The Worthington Board Room has 24 seats for a reception or 40 seats set up in banquet style. The Joy Culverhouse Room has a capacity of 95 set up as a theater of 50 when arranged as a classroom. It makes a classic board meeting or retreat room. The large 339-seat Lee and Bob Peterson Great Room has a wide variety of uses for business or personal use such as wedding receptions.

Tours of the Opera House are scheduled on select days in November, February and March. Concerts at noon by apprentice and studio artists are scheduled in the Peterson Great Room, November and March. Visit the Sarasota Opera House website or call (941) 328-1300 for dates and times and to reserve a rental of these facilities, the theater or to rent a set and costumes.

The Sarasota Opera House has played a pivotal role in the annual Sarasota Film Festival, which will be in its 22nd year when it opens March 27, 2020. In past years, the Opera House has been the venue for the opening night film when the red carpet is rolled out for actors, directors and other dignitaries. The Opera House is host to other events during the 10-day festival. This year the Sarasota Film Festival starts out with three screenings this month at SFF Cinematheque, 500 Tallevast Rd, #105. Two classics, The Godfather movie appears August 24 and 2001: A space odyssey will be shown August 31. A special screening of Surviving Lunch is the fictional story of a girl who is moved to Florida by her mother following the death of her father in a mass school shooting. She takes on school bullies in this movie showing on August 24. Each of these SFF screenings is preceded by a film historian discussion and followed with a Q&A session.

Mezzanine level
Mezzanine level view - Total theater seating is 1,174

The Opera House is the place where The Greatest Show on Earth, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Charlton Heston made its Florida premiere when the movie house was named the Florida Theatre. It was mostly filmed in Sarasota during six months of local production in 1950 and made its award winning debut in 1952. The premiere was reenacted in 2017 to kick off its classic movie series. Members of the Circus Arts Conservatory were on hand to perform before the movie. You could feel the excitement from the local audience guests, particularly when the circus made its way through Sarasota and evoked memories from some of the classic businesses shown in the scene.

As for live opera, there is no disappointment there. The Opera House has become world renown for its rejuvenation of classic opera and the Verdi Cycle, his complete works performed. It begins this year with Rigoletto, one of the greatest musical works by Giuseppe Verdi. Love is Dangerous starts a run of Love operas, the second La boheme with Love is Fragile, 13 shows February 8 through March 21. Romeo and Juliet, Love is Forever, February 15 with nine performances ending March 20. The Elixir of Love, Love is Intoxicating, runs February 22 through March 21, with the finale Love Hurts a new production that begins February 7 and ends March 22. Each opera is sung in Italian or French with subtitles flashed along the top of the stage. The complete set of performance dates are on our upcoming schedule of events.

If your passion is the love of the arts, Sarasota is at the center. Named by American Style Magazine as the top arts destination in the country for populations under 100,000, Sarasota produces theatrical arts in opera, orchestra, ballet, concerts and top-quality plays. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

 

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Update on new Sarasota development projects

by Roger Pettingell

Projects with updated completion dates

These communities are shaping the new skyline of downtown Sarasota

Ritz-Carlton in downtown Sarasota
The Grande - This view from the Hyatt Regency shows the Grande with the current Ritz-Carlton next door.

Downtown development is progressing well. Seemingly one story of construction is unfolding before our eyes each week at the Grande and the BLVD in downtown Sarasota. They are on Tamiami Trail in the most visible area of downtown. The landscape of the Sarasota skyline is changing.

These are the numbers. There are 21 projects under construction citywide and seven have been completed. Of the 84 total construction projects citywide that are in proposal to completion status, 23 are residential and another 20 are mixed-use properties that will support residences and commercial offices or retail stores.

According to a Q1 2019 report by the Economic Development Office, that breaks down to 1,331 residential units in development, 517 under construction and 12 completed for a total of 1,860. That is a lot of inventory for you to review if looking downtown for a great place to settle in Sarasota. The price ranges also from a penthouse suite in the new Grande, the Ritz-Carlton expansion in the development of the old Quay, to more modest residences in the Enclave at Laurel Park. Here are three prominent development sites downtown.

Ritz-Carlton in downtown Sarasota
The Grande - The view from the current Ritz-Carlton

The Grande is one of the first developments in the Quay, poised to make a statement in the world of real estate. Its connection to the Ritz-Carlton by ownership and an eventual physical elevated bridge link will provide its owners with luxury pleasures that Ritz owners come to expect. It is a mixed use development with 72 residences, restaurants and parking garage space for 159 cars, enough for two parking spots for every home owner. Select from a choice of seven floor plans, from a two-bedroom, 3,197 square-foot Plaza 301 plan to the Worthington with four bedrooms and 4,855 square feet of living space.

I have one of the penthouses pending, there is a second one active listed for $6.2 million with four bedrooms, five full baths and a spacious 4,855 square feet of living space. But there are seven other residences available from the fourth floor to the 16th floor of the 18-story building. The views are spectacular of the Sarasota Bay and the amenities are first-rate Ritz-Carlton class. That includes concierge services, a roof-top infinity pool and a state of the art fitness center. The Grande is also marketed as Block 6 of the Quay and Quay Commons. If your plans are for a late 2020 occupancy, the Grande is one of your best options in luxury ownership.

BLVD in downtown Sarasota
BLVD - This 37 residence pet-friendly community is expected to be completed early in 2020.

Across Tamiami Trail and up a couple of blocks, the BLVD Sarasota (aka Boulevard Sarasota) is rapidly approaching its 18-story finished structure. It is also a mixed-use development of residences with a Beach Bistro restaurant and space for retail shops or offices. It is expected to be completed early next year. The BLVD has some unique features not available in other developments. For the golfer, there is a simulator with over 80 courses to play. This is a pet-friendly community with its own pet salon and fifth-floor dog park. Add to that that such amenities as the roof-top infinity pool, outdoor kitchen and fire pits. Its Peloton enhanced fitness center is state of the art.

These three-bedroom residences have floor plans of B, L, V and D, which should be easy to remember. The B plan has a spacious wraparound terrace of 1,700 square feet and 3,630 square feet of living space. The largest floor plan is L, at 3,900 square feet under air. The V and D plans have 3,700 square feet and 3,550 square feet respectively with the blvD plan under construction with a wraparound terrace of 1,530 square feet. There are three active sales of the 37 residences at BLVD.

The Mark in downtown Sarasota
The Mark - This structure is nearing completion in downtown Sarasota with Main Street in the foreground

Off the water a couple blocks in the heart of downtown is The Mark with 157 residences in an 11 story community development. There are multiple floor plans associated to the Plaza, Edge and Landmark 5 residences. Near Main Street and Pineapple Avenue on State Street, this dream location is near everything great that Sarasota has to offer including its restaurants, art galleries, shopping and entertainment venues. Surrounding the lap pool are private cabanas and fire pit lounge area. The 13 penthouses are under contract. This project is nearing completion and has just one active listing in MLS at $925,000, a fifth-floor residence #516. There may be others available, call our office at (941) 387-1840 for a full list or if you have a property to sell or buy. I will be updating the New Construction page of our website this week that has a comprehensive list of projects.

There is a significant update on the Colony development of Longboat Key. In the last couple of weeks the court has decided that it will allow Unicorp Development Co. to submit plans for the dissolution of the Colony Association of Unit Owners, one of the final hurdles to proceed with developing the 17.3 acre site where the famous Colony Beach and Tennis Resort once stood. A final court decision is expected in April of 2020. Plans call for 78 luxury residences and a hotel with 166 rooms operated by St. Regis Hotel and Residences, including luxury services for its guests.

 

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A great place for animals, plants and kids

by Roger Pettingell

Sarasota's favorite family attraction

The gardens started in the 1930s has grown to accommodate thousands

Jungle Gardens in Sarasota
Sarasota Jungle Gardens - The entrance is on Bay Shore Road near Myrtle Street and Tamiami Trail.

Since the 1930s this attraction has been visited by such notorieties as Albert Einstein and Eleanor Roosevelt. And through this time the Sarasota Jungle Gardens has grown to become Sarasota’s favorite family attraction. It is more than a zoo, here visitors interact with the animals and stroll through the many plants through pavered walkways on this 10-acre jungle. Indigenous and transplanted plants from around the world line the walkways easily accessible to all, young and old. Over 3,000 varieties of plants are on display as you stroll along. In current years many of the transplants were replaced with Florida plants to help survive the climate we all know as paradise.

The animal kingdom is plentiful and on safari display too. Some of these animals are free to be fed by hand. One of the most popular spots is the feeding pond where a gathering of flamingos, ibis and gulls gather for daily treats. The birds will literally peck pellets of food from your hand. If you are skirmish at first, watch others as they hold the food in front of the birds and notice they are gently pecking at their lunch.

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo
Frosty - This Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo born in 1936 continues to entertain the public daily at the gardens.

There are famed animals as well. An 83-year-old Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo with the name of Frosty has been a starlit of fame over the years. Acquired from the Folsom State Prison of California in 1971, Frosty was trained by inmates as a hire-wire unicycle entertainer. The program was a learning experience for inmates as they were taught patience, responsibility and care for others. Frosty performed his tricks at events and appeared on the Ed Sullivan show.

Other birds perform at daily presentations in the outdoor pavilion. They sing, talk to the crowd, imitate other animal calls and two brother parrots even compete with a race to be the first to put rings on two separate rods. The Jungle Bird Show begins at noon each day as the birds demonstrate their intelligence in each performance.

The main shows continue in the pavilion with the Wildlife Wonder at 1 PM, a lineup of local and exotic animals exhibited on stage as a strong lesson in conservation. Two times a day at 11 AM and 3 PM the Reptile Encounter feature snakes to alligators, live on stage to excite and educate visitors of all ages. After each show guests are encouraged to interact with the characters, close-up animal encounters and further discussions with human performers. The pavilion has around 100 seats with plenty of standing room.

Jungle Gardens in Sarasota
Otto the Opossum - Guests are invited to interact with the animals and ask questions after each demonstration

Demonstrations throughout the park educate and entertain. There is plenty to see as you venture past many of the exhibits in the gardens. Spend some time at the Butterfly Gardens, see some large and small crocodiles and alligators, catch a red-tailed hawk as the first in the Birds of Prey exhibit, allow your youngsters to feed the goats and pigs in the Petting Zoo, but always allow some extra time to spend in the Flamingo Feeding Area. A special area has been set aside as a playground for children.

David Breed Lindsay first purchased the parcel of land in what is now the Bayou Oaks and Sapphire Shores area of Sarasota. He and Pearson Conrad were the original architects for streams and pathways through a uninhabited swamp land of banana groves. They built a lake where the flamingos and swans have their habitat. They began charging a minimal amount to visit the gardens in 1936 and by the beginning of 1939 the gardens were fully open to the public.

Koi pond
Swimming pool or Koi Pond? - It has been both.

Admission was collected by the home that was built on the grounds as a succession of owners added their own touches to the gardens over the years. A swimming pool was built next to the house. The original home now serves as the Flamingo Café, the garden’s grill and oasis where you can purchase refreshments and take a restroom break. The swimming pool is now an attractive koi pond with water lilies.

The daughter of Chicago businessman Arthur C. Allyn currently operates the jungle gardens. It is said that Allyn, the former president of the Chicago White Sox, had more passion for butterflies than baseball, so he sold the team to his brother in 1969 and moved to Sarasota where he purchased the gardens two years later. He may have developed his love for Sarasota after purchasing a motel here as spring training accommodations for his players. Dorothy Allyn Tinney is actively involved in the daily operations of the organization.

Getting involved in Sarasota Jungle Gardens is easy with multiple options

The gardens have many ways to get involved. The park is open daily 10 AM to 5 PM, but closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Individual daily rates start at $17.99 for an adult pass to free for children three and under. There are student and senior discounts, and group rates for 10 or more visitors. Visit the Sarasota Jungle Gardens website for daily rates, annual passes and rentals on wheelchairs and strollers.

Kids Park
Children's play area - Kids love the jungle gardens

Their adopt-an-animal program shares the love between you and your favorite animal. There is a wide range of animals to adopt and are offered at five different levels, from the Zoo Friend at $50 to the Kingdom Keeper at $1,000. They make great gifts and serve to continue the educational programs at the gardens.

The Sarasota Jungle Gardens is also a great place for birthday parties. With each theme the birthday guest chooses the favorite animal from the list, either be it an alligator, flamingo, parrot or tortoise. The party receives an up-close encounter with the animal of choice. Each party girl or boy receives more favors and treats in the reserved picnic area, and the guest of honor receives free admission, T-shirt and sport bottle.

Zoo Camp is a great adventure with weekly themes presenting wildlife in their habitats, conservation orientation and even one to explore our oceans. Their school break fun is coordinated with the school calendars of Manatee and Sarasota counties. It may be the first stage of zookeeper training at two levels for beginners, ages 6-13 and a Junior Counselor program for ages 14 and 15 year-olds.

Jungle Gardens Gift shop
What to find in the gift shop? - Flamingos, of course

The Sarasota Jungle Gardens is located at 3701 Bay Shore Road, just south of SRQ airport. At the intersection of Myrtle Street and North Tamiami Trail is a sign at the CVS directing you to the gardens, just a short couple of blocks off the trail.

If you are visiting the gardens and fall in love with Sarasota as Arthur Allyn did, please take notice of my new listing last week at 2165 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #123. It is a rarely available, direct 3BR/3BA Gulf-front residence at Villa di Lancia on Longboat Key. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
2165 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #123 $1,495,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Home series continues with luxury listings

by Roger Pettingell

Four Global Luxury homes highlighted

Home Showcase XXXVII begins in the Cherokee Park community of Sarasota

1606 North Drive in Sarasota
Cherokee Park - 1606 North Drive

Today we are highlighting four homes that meet the standards for inclusion in the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury marketing brand. They qualify based on price and features. Two are in prime locations of Sarasota while the other two are in prime waterfront locations on Longboat Key. The first is in one of Sarasota's most sought-after family neighborhoods in a central location, within the prestigious Southside school district. Homeowners love the proximity to downtown, luxury shopping, fine dining, theaters, museums and only minutes to pristine Gulf beaches at the Keys.

This 1920s Cherokee Park community took off in the late 1940s and many of the homes have been rebuilt or remodeled since then, including this home in our Showcase XXXVII series built in 1998 at 1606 North Drive. Delight in a “West of the Trail” lifestyle at this five-bedroom custom home. On a quiet street near the end of a cul-de-sac, brick pavered walkways and manicured landscaping welcome you. Wine enthusiasts will adore the temperature-controlled wine cellar. Walls of French doors open to the gorgeous pool deck, with its heated saltwater swimming pool, spa and plenty of space to sunbathe, lounge or dine are complemented by the lush foliage surrounding this private residence. It recently had a price change to $2,199,000.


Waterfront luxury home on the canal of Country Club Shores

610 Bowsprit Lane
Country Club Shores - 610 Bowsprit Lane

Over the years I have sold many homes in the Longboat Key community of Country Club Shores. Homes here are astonishing, with many upgraded homes on the canals that feed out to Sarasota Bay. Originally developed by the Arvida Realty Company in the 1960s with 396 plats, Country Club Shores has continued to flourish through its close proximity to St. Armands Circle and the Avenue of the Flowers shopping center to the north, home to Publix, CVS, Chase Bank and boutique shopping. Homeowners love the easy access to the Gulf of Mexico beaches. I featured this community in my REALTALK™ #188 video. An added interest is that this neighborhood promotes a recreational lifestyle, the roads are named for golf and sailboat terms.

This newer-built 2008, four-bedroom home in Country Club Shores at 610 Bowsprit Lane is a boater’s paradise listed for $1,995,000. Located near the end of a private cul-de-sac, just one home in from the point-lot location, this home offers 113 feet of water frontage, newer seawall, dock and lift on sailboat-deep waters that flow out to Sarasota Bay. You will love the cathedral ceilings, open layout, gourmet kitchen, impact windows and sliders, three-car garage, plus the two-story pool cage housing heated swimming pool, spa and covered dining areas.


Wonderful location in the Avondale community of Sarasota

West of Trail in Sarasota at 1835 Lincoln Drive
Avondale - 1835 Lincoln Drive

I featured the Avondale community in Sarasota in a recent REALTALK™ #208 video. This “West of Trail” neighborhood of 75 properties opened for development in the 1920s at $250 each with a $50 down payment. It is well positioned with its border roads of South Osprey, Lincoln Drive and Bahia Vista. Professionals love the area for its proximity to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. It’s also close to fine dining, shopping and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Brimming with recent upgrades, this four-bedroom move-in ready waterfront home is in a central spot, near Southside Village and within walking distance to downtown. Skillfully blending traditional architecture with trendy interior and exterior, this beautiful family-living home at 1835 Lincoln Drive listed for $1,799,000 provides aspects for the entire family to appreciate.


Secluded waterfront enclave with 20 luxury homes on Longboat Key

705 Hideaway Bay Lane
Hideaway Bay - 705 Hideaway Bay Lane

Near Cannons Marina and behind the Christ Church of Longboat Key on the northern end of the island, Hideaway Bay is a secluded gem among the mangroves and Australian pines that surround the peninsula. Most of the 20 homes here have direct access to the channel that feeds out to Sarasota Bay through Millar Bay and the intracoastal waterway. Your neighbors are enjoying the luxury lifestyle and relish their private swimming pools, recreational fishing and boating.

This private waterfront residence at 705 Hideaway Bay Lane is tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac in this secluded community. A tropical oasis, this three-bedroom home offers walls of lush foliage surrounding the property, complemented by pavered walkways, charming gardens, a hammock, plus newer dock and lift on sailboat-deep waters that enhance its seclusion. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing, it is listed for $1,495,000.

 

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Best places to live near Longboat Key Club

by Roger Pettingell

Owners near Resort in these communities

Stay at the Resort and enjoy life while searching for your dream home

Lobby entrance at the Resort at Longboat Key Club
Resort 2020 artist rendering - Special resort discounts at Longboat Key Club while renovations continue.

The Longboat Key Club has received many accolades over the 30 years, one of the best places in the country in multiple categories. Their amenities include top ratings in golf, tennis and restaurants put it at the top of the bucket list of many. Country Club Shores homeowners literally walk across Gulf of Mexico Drive to access the Links on Longboat. Owners at L’Ambiance walk out of the front lobby to many activities of the club. Near Harbourside Golf Course are the homes in Bay Isles and Grand Bay owners can walk to the storm-protected marina with berths for larger yachts. Tennis, the Portofino Restaurant and the Whiskey Bar are nearby. Membership certainly has its privileges.

There is another side to the Longboat Key Club, its resort. Buyers of homes on Longboat Key may start their search by first lodging at the Resort on Longboat Key Club. And with its current renovations, rooms are reduced up to 40 percent while maintaining its high level of activities and services. At times the lobby, Barefoot's Bar & Grille, pool and pool deck may be closed for some of the renovations. Complete remodeling will be finished in the early months of 2020 and all 226 rooms are expected to be open.

Although the exact plans haven’t been released to the public on a voter-approved expansion through a May 2015 referendum. Approved are plans for 259 hotel rooms and 93 residences. Work has finished on the Links on Longboat golf course and a major project to replace the aging guard gate and entrance. Moving the entrance road will make acreage available for the new hotel project. Visit their website for discount rates during the renovation.

REALTALK interview with Juliette Valin
Club membership is discussed with Juliette Valin, director of membership, in REALTALK™ #36.

Meanwhile, membership in the Longboat Key Club for area homeowners has its many privileges. The landscaped Tennis Gardens has 20 Har-Tru courts, pro shop and experienced professional coaches to develop your skills. The courts are highly rated in the world with its Pro Shop, staff and game arrangements that are ranked in the top five in the world by Tennis Resorts Online. Homes on Bayou Sound, in Winding Oaks or Sabal Cove are in close proximity to the Tennis Gardens.

These homes are also close to the Harbourside Golf Course, consistently rated as one of the best in the country. This course, designed by William Byrd, has 27 holes in three courses and is part of your back yard at some of the homes in Queens Harbour, Corey’s Landing and Harbour Oaks. Grand Bay owners overlook some of the beautiful fairways on Harbourside Golf Course.

If you live on Longboat Club Road you likely have the Gulf of Mexico beach in your back yard and a section of 18 holes associated to Links on Longboat, formerly named the Islandside Course, out your front door. It is the best of two worlds. Residences include the Pierre, Sanctuary, the Beaches, Longboat Key Towers, Privateer and previously named L’Ambiance. Tangerine Bay and Bay Harbour residences are located on the Sarasota Bay side across Gulf of Mexico Drive near the south end of Longboat Key. These courses are rated as Best Places to Play by Golf Digest. Whenever you play the 45 holes of golf at both locations, make sure to make some time to brag at the Spike 'n Tees club house, part of the Longboat Key Club.

The list of Longboat Key Club amenities is long. There are six restaurants and bars to socialize with friends. To build your body and your mind there are swimming pools, a 9,000 square-foot spa, mind and motion studio and fitness center. A full-service beach experience on the Gulf of Mexico is an enjoyable and relaxing part of the day, while finishing with a sensational sunset overlooking the Gulf. Members have access to private catering and concierge services. There are over 250 member events each year. Members have access to the Longboat Key Club Moorings, a marina with many services, 24-hour security, repair services, boat sales, store and a full slate of top utilities.

Harbourside Golf Course, Marina and Moorings of the Longboat Key Club
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #275 - Many communities on Longboat Key are close to member services including this listing that overlooks Harbourside Golf Course.

If a luxury lifestyle is your goal, a Longboat Key Club membership is one way to fulfill your dreams. Full membership includes all the amenities listed here, including complimentary daily dockage at the moorings. The golf membership includes many of the amenities of the club, access to both driving ranges and your private golf locker. Other memberships include a social option. This includes many of the activities but has limited access to the golf courses and tennis courts. Enjoy a summer membership, designed for those who are here from May 15 to October 15. It includes many of the services, with tennis and sports camps for ages 4-17. There is a special Golf and Tennis Summer Membership. Membership information is available through their website.

While staying a week or two at the resort and would like to look at properties to buy in Sarasota or Longboat Key, be sure to contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing. Find homes near the Longboat Key Club courts, courses, marina and services:

 

Sensational festivals, on sensational beaches

by Roger Pettingell

Our beaches, sunbathing and more

Events such as the Powerboat Grand Prix attract thousands to the area

Lido Beach fans
Powerboat Grand Prix - Thousands lined the beach of Lido Key with canopies to watch the races Sunday

There are many reasons why tourists visit Sarasota and it is rated as one of the best places in the country to retire. It is simple to argue that our beaches is the biggest draw. Just sticking your toes in the quartz-rich sand that reflects 99 percent of the sun is a delight in itself. But our beaches also attract thousands for some of the best events in the world.

Case in point is the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix this past weekend where eight days of land activities culminated in the races on the final day off Lido Beach. There thousands lined the sands off Lido Key for nearly a half mile of canopy tent next to canopy tent and nesting black skimmers to watch the spectacle over the water where powerboats screamed their engines traveling at speeds up to 160 mph. The spectators seemed unaware of the rain drops and cloudy skies to catch a full day of racing.

The events of the 35th annual Grand Prix attracted visitors to the hotels, restaurants and bars, last year bringing in $20 million to the area and tax benefits to local governments. This year crowd favorite Miss GEICO and the boat Victory flipped during the Class One last race on Sunday. The races will air on CBS Sports at 3 PM on August 4 and on Fox Sports at a later date to be announced. The races were sanctioned by the Offshore Powerboat Association and P1 Offshore.

The Tachi Palace World’s Strongest Man in Bradenton, Florida
The world took notice of Bradenton Beach during the Strongman competition on the beaches June 14-16.

The Grand Prix followed another world class event just weeks before on the beaches of Anna Maria Island. On the public Bradenton Beach, USA contender Martins Licis defeated Mateusz Kieliszkowski of Poland, reigning champ and Game of Thrones star Hafthor Julius Bjornsson representing Iceland, and Tom Stoltman of the United Kingdom in the World’s Strongest Man competition.

This multi-day competition enticed fans to downtown Bradenton, Coquina Beach and the finals on Bradenton Beach. For four days they threw kegs over banners, lifted immense weights and pulled vehicles downtown to a great demonstration of strength and endurance. A series of the competition will begin to air on the CBS Sports Network starting July 11 with the finals encore presentation on CBS, September 1.

Back to Coquina Beach on the south end of Anna Maria Island (AMI) where each Sunday there is a seasonal gathering of farm-grown produce and craft sales. The beach market is open 10 AM to 4 PM each Sunday November through July, excluding some holidays, and every Wednesday, December 18 through May 21. Pick up some good artwork by local artists and catch the AMI String Band performing in the market area. There is plenty of free parking and a free shuttle that connects all areas of AMI. The Coquina Café on the beach serves short-order food, soft drinks and beer.

But everyone knows the Number One rated beach in the world on Siesta Key and the annual Crystal Classic is circled on many calendars in the month of November. This year’s International Sand Sculpting Festival runs November 15-18. Not only do you see some of the world’s greatest sand sculptors, you can dance to local band favorites.

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic master sand sculpting competition
The Siesta Key Crystal Classic master sand sculpting competition is held in November each year.

Master sand sculptors, led by local resident Brian Wigelsworth along with local Siesta Key organizations, founded the first Crystal Classic in November of 2010. It has grown to attract 35,000 attendees, half of which are from outside the area. In order to be considered for the master sculpting contest each artist must win a sanctioned amateur competition such as the 47th Annual Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest held on Siesta Beach. There are four categories of competition in this annual competition and one prize for an overall people’s choice award. The Castle Vader took first place in the individual award this year. Finding Nemo / Squirt took the award for the adult team competition and was the people’s choice overall winner in this year’s contest on May 4.

Siesta Key is also known for its drum circles each Sunday, beginning with the call of a siren approximately one hour before sunset. The crowd gathers in a circle to the sound of the drum beats and dancers quickly emerge in unison. Drum circles also form on Englewood and Nokomis. A couple groups have tried to form on Bradenton Beach each Friday so you may catch them gathering if you are visiting.

Another way to love the beach is to become a beachfront owner. Last week I listed a two bedroom, two bath sixth-floor residence at 1211 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #608 in the updated Promenade community on Longboat Key. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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A week filled with local activities

by Roger Pettingell

Festivals, Powerboats and Fireworks

Enjoy your 4th of July holiday with plenty of events in the Sarasota area

Superboats make their way out to the Gulf of Mexico
Powerboat Grand Prix - Reduced to one day of racing this year as powerboats motor past Lido Key on Sunday

Although the annual Powerboat Grand Prix hailed its two preliminary events the past few days, the kickoff party on Wednesday will start the trend of thousands to visit Sarasota for the full festival and the traditional fireworks in the area. The crowds will descend downtown and Lido Beach will come alive for the 35th annual festival. With the races reduced to just powerboats, there will only be one full day of racing off Lido Beach to be held on Sunday.

As part of the Powerboat festival, eight days of events were initiated with the 4th Annual Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic on Saturday at The Meadows Country Club in Sarasota. Also completed was the Boat & Personal Watercraft fun run yesterday. It started at Marina Jack with a shotgun start and a variety of boats with travels to the Salty Dog, Bridge Tender and Tarpon Bay Grill. Proceeds benefited the Suncoast Charities for Children. A private event The Friendliest Catch fishing tournament is another Suncoast Charities for Children at the Sarasota Outboard Club on City Island Tuesday.

Many powerboat fans will be visiting the Grand Prix Kickoff Party in the grand foyer of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Wednesday starting at 6 PM. The Caribbean Chillers, an international travelling Jimmy Buffett tribute band is the live entertainment for the night. Wear your patriotic apparel for this evening of fun and island style food.

One of many firework displays this week, the Bayfront Spectacular is part of the Grand Prix Festival. Prime viewing is from Bayfront Park, but anywhere downtown will be good with an open view of the bay. Should be great if you can find a location on a rooftop. The fireworks start at 9 PM on Thursday.

Miss Geico
Miss Geico returns with a completely new look and mechanicals. The Miss Geico boat finished first in the Unlimited class in last year's festival. Meet driver James Sheppard and throttleman Steve Curtis at the Hyatt Regency for a Meet and Greet on Friday.

Meet and Greet Who’s in the Driver Seat is an autograph signing event by the race team pilots. Those 18 and under are free, a five-dollar donation will be accepted for all other guests. It starts at 1 PM on Friday in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom downtown. The Boats on the Block follows at 6 PM and will be held on Main Street from Orange Avenue to South Palm Avenue. The powerboats will be on display for pictures, live music and great food will keep you busy for hours.

Two events on day seven start at 9 AM, the Car & Motorcycle Show at Rossiter’s Harley-Davidson, four hours of some of the best-in-show four-wheel and two-wheel vehicles. Remote Control Race Boats is a charity event on Saturday where competitors of all ages pilot their own boat modeled after those in the big race festival. It takes place at O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill on the Bayfront from 10 AM to noon on Saturday.

Miss Geico returns, a crowd favorite powerboat, kicking off a single-day of racing in the Class 1-7 course off Lido Beach at 10 AM on Sunday. Also entered in the Class One performance boats are Victory, 222 Racing, Lucas Oil and Scuderia Cazzani. Class One boats are the largest of the races and travel at speeds up to 160 MPH. Superstocks, Super Vee Extreme and Prostock Vee begin their races at 11:30 AM. The Supercat style boats race at 12:30 PM, while the Class One and Vee Extreme finish the day of racing at 2 PM followed by an awards ceremony at 6 PM in the Hyatt Regency ballroom. Viewing is free on the beach, a special VIP area at the Sandcastle Resort has been sold out.

In 2018 the impact of the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival generated an estimated $20 million to the local economy with over $2.657 million in hotel spending. Of the $721,753 sales tax collected, $69, 670 was reimbursed to the county. Sarasota County collected its own sales tax of $120,292.

Other Area Fireworks and Festivals, Wednesday and Thursday schedule

Fireworks on Thursday
Fireworks off Bayfront Park in Sarasota, part of the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix this year.

Get an early jump on fireworks Wednesday at dusk with two local displays in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The Bradenton Marauders take on the Jupiter Hammerheads on Wednesday at LECOM park in Bradenton, followed by an Independence Day fireworks celebration. Before dusk at 7 PM, the Fireworks 4 Miler is a prelude to the fireworks that follow at Nathan Benderson Park.

But a majority of the fireworks are scheduled for Thursday, following a day of celebrations at parks around the area. A party in Bicentennial Park starts the day on Longboat Key as the Freedom Fest and the half mile Hot Diggity Dog Parade begins at the Suntrust Bank building on Bay Isles Road. Dress your pup in the best red, white and blue for a chance to win prizes in this annual event.

While the Freedom Fest starts at 9 AM, so does the Myakka River Kayak Festival as the two early morning festivals. Rent a canoe or kayak, then eat plenty and sample some of 30 different craft beers while listening to live Folk Americana music at Snook Haven in Venice.

Palmetto will hold its 9th annual Fourth of July Festival in Sutton Park followed by fireworks in Sutton Park, a full day of entertainment, music, food and drink. Rare Earth and Mark Farner’s American Band, two oldies rock favorites precede the fireworks over the Manatee River at the Green Bridge with good viewing from both sides of the river.

Privateers on Anna Maria Island
Break out your swashbuckling attire for the annual Privateers Fourth of July Parade.

If you are on Anna Maria Island Thursday you will undoubtedly find the Privateers Fourth of July Parade. The parade is a lengthy one which starts at Coquina Beach, 10 AM, and finishes on the north end of the island at the city pier. Stick around for the fireworks at the Sandbar Restaurant. The All-American Cookout at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens features food preparations from Michael’s on East, a family dance party, games and other activities before the Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular.

There are fireworks in the area that are not centrally tied to a community festival. The viewing area for the Siesta Key Community Fireworks on the beach opens at 6 PM, and areas around the south jetty in Venice are prime locations for the fireworks there shortly after sunset. The weather forecasts are typical for this time of year as the normal summer pattern spreads across the area, with little rain chances except for an afternoon shower. It shouldn’t dampen any of your plans. But for more local events, check out our updated schedule of events.

Last week I listed a private waterfront residence that is tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac in the secluded Hideaway Bay community at 705 Hideaway Bay Lane. A tropical oasis, this 3BR home offers walls of lush foliage surrounding the property, complemented by pavered walkways, charming gardens, a hammock, plus newer dock and lift on sailboat-deep waters that enhance its seclusion. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy. Enjoy your Independence Day Holiday festivities.

 

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Rosemary District transforms itself

by Roger Pettingell

Over 1,300 new residences in the district

New construction and new attitudes promote its Sarasota resurgence

BLVD downtown Sarasota
BLVD - One of the most visible new construction is rising quickly on the edge of the Rosemary District

It’s no secret that the Rosemary District in downtown Sarasota is getting a major overhaul, Rosemary 3.0. It’s taking shape with new mid-rise residences, apartments, restaurants and services that cater to the new denizens of the area. For decades it had already all the conveniences and entertainment venues that downtown Sarasota had to offer, most within easy walking distance.

This resurgence has displaced many of the elements that resembled a Bowery section of town. Business owners and developers are reacting, or creating this new atmosphere. On Fruitville Road along N. Tamiami Trail it is most visible with the BLVD in a fast pace of construction. Although on the other side of Fruitville on the south is the new Embassy Suites finished this year.

Travel down 4th Street and the array of new construction comes into plain view. Zahrada is soon to blossom into its own luxury enclave of six modern, multiple-story residences with retail and office space near North Orange Avenue. On residence is over 3,300 Square feet of living space while residences 2-6 offer 3,542 square feet of living space. Each unit has its own 2-car garage and pool deck.

332 Cocoanut
332 Cocoanut Avenue in the Rosemary District

The Sarasota Film Festival building at 332 Cocoanut Avenue will be razed for a five-story mixed-use building to include the new home of the film festival and 36 residences. The property was owned by the film festival president and chairman, Mark Familglio. Plans call for 18 homes of 900 square feet and one bedroom each. The remaining 18 residences will be two-bedroom units with 1,200 to 1,600 square feet. Office space and the garage will occupy the first floor.

These six new residences are among the 1,300 new residences within walking distance. The newly completed Risdon on 5th has six Active listings for its 3 bedroom and 3.5 bath homes in ranges of $409,000 to $999,000. These 22 modern residences are in the heart of the Rosemary District.

The 30 townhouses in Valencia at Rosemary Place between 601 to 649 Cocoanut Avenue are sold out. Ranging in size of 1,900 to 2,500 square feet of living space, this enclave was completed in three phases in the heart of the Rosemary district.

Under construction, the Courtyard at Citrus is a mixed-use community of retail space and ten modern residences between 505 and 555 North Orange Avenue with two active listings before they are sold out. They are 2 bedroom and 2 baths around 1,000 square feet of living space.

The Rosemary District is bordered by 10th Street on the north, the Trail on the west, Fruitville Road on the south and North Orange Avenue on the east. It’s had a rich history since it was first platted in 1855 and known as Black Bottom for its first settlers, then changed to Overtown in the next century. For over 70 years it maintained its name until 1994 when it picked up its current name in honor the Rosemary Cemetery that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Music nightly at the Blue Rooster Bar and Grill
Blue Rooster - Nightly bands in this Rosemary District bar and grill is in the heart of new construction

With all of its new development around the successful Blue Rooster. The menu of southern cooking and lively entertainment, the Blue Rooster has become the place to be. Its Happy Hour, Gospel Brunch Buffet on Sundays, this venue has some of the hottest bands in Sarasota. Other businesses are popping up in the Rosemary District that cater to a younger population. These include restaurants, fitness programs and even a Whole Foods store across the district boundary on Fruitville. The furniture stores and other retail stores sell modern products.

In the past few years many other community developments have started and completed. A list with summaries, their progress and expected completion dates are reported on the New Condominium Construction page of this website.

I listed a wonderful West of Trail home last week at 1835 Lincoln Drive near downtown Sarasota in the Avondale community. It has 4 bedrooms and 4 baths under 3,476 square feet of living space. 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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Series continues with Home Showcase XXXVI

by Roger Pettingell

Home Showcase features local properties

Three waterfront residences meeting Global Luxury criteria in home series

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury properties are marketed to a broader international audience, primarily through the ColdwellBankerLuxury.com website. These properties must meet the criteria of the global luxury brand and we have several currently listed. I have selected three waterfront residences listed in the last couple of months and their communities for this Home Showcase Series.

The Phoenix residence on Gold Gate Point, a special place near downtown

The Phoenix on Golden Gate Point
The Phoenix - 136 Golden Gate Point, #401

The Phoenix community built in 2001 offers a special set of luxury waterfront properties with a great location near the entrance of the famed Golden Gate Point peninsula in downtown Sarasota. In one building there are six floors with two residences per floor and one penthouse. Owners have access to the rich amenities including a heated swimming pool with spa and fitness center. Entertain a large number of guests on the rooftop terrace or arrange a small gathering in the lounge. Each floor plan has three bedrooms with four full baths and two garage spaces. With the exception of the penthouse at 5,540 square feet of living space, the floor plans are spacious with 3,785 square feet each. The value in these homes are considerable when you realize that these properties are in the heart of downtown Sarasota, and will increase in value when the Quay takes shape with its fine dining and entertainment venues.

Enjoy breathtaking sunset views from this fourth-floor bayfront Phoenix at 136 Golden Gate Point, #401. The stylish interior, with an open concept, make this 3BR feel like a single-family home. Direct vistas of Sarasota Bay and John Ringling Bridge stretch on forever from nearly every room. Offering hardwood flooring, gas cooking and grills, stone countertops, designer cabinetry and a wraparound terrace this home is listed at $2,495,000.


A luxury ambience on the south end of Longboat Key at L’Ambiance

L'Ambiance on Longboat Key
L'Ambiance - 435 L'Ambiance Dr, #J403

Consider living in L’Ambiance, two buildings behind guarded gates in a great location on the Gulf of Mexico beach near the south end of Longboat Key with quick access to the world renown St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota. The 190 homeowners are privileged with some of the best amenities this community has to offer. Golfers will appreciate the Par 71, 6,748 yard Links on Longboat Golf Course outside your front lobby doors. Members of the Longboat Key Club also have access to fine dining, spas and tennis. And L’Ambiance has its own set of quality amenities concierge, on-site management, a Gulf-front heated pool with spa, two Har-Tru tennis courts, fitness center and three private guest suites.

Offered furnished and immediately ready to enjoy, Gulf-to-bay living at L’Ambiance is a sought-after experience and this 3BR, 4th-floor residence is a wonderful complement at 435 L'Ambiance Dr, #J403 listed at $2,195,000. Double doors open to beautiful hardwood flooring, 10’ ceilings and glass walls that span floor-to-ceiling, offering breathtaking morning sunrise and evening sunset vistas in multiple rooms. West and east-facing terraces provide the ideal spots to relish tranquil breezes, plus immaculate water and city views year-round.


Mid-rise residential enclave on the beach and the northern half of Longboat Key

Tiffany Plaza on Longboat Key
Tiffany Plaza - 4325 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #604

Tiffany Plaza was constructed in the 1970s with 41 residences on the Gulf of Mexico white-sand beach and beautiful azure-colored waters. It is also near the island’s Bayfront community park with an ever-expanding selection of recreational activities. Bayfront has a dog park, perfect for Tiffany Plaza residents where pets are allowed. Tiffany Plaza amenities include a meeting room, pool and sauna well placed within landscaped surroundings. There are assigned covered parking spaces and guest parking available.

Designer updates adorn every room of this direct Gulf-front penthouse residence. Expertly blending modern finishes with stylish decor, walk in and immediately fall in love with picture-perfect sunsets. The 4BR open layout at 4325 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #604 in Tiffany Plaza creates a stunning beach home, offering more than 2,900 square feet of living space. Many of the residences in Tiffany Plaza range from 1,400 to just over 1,500 square feet. Recent renovations in this home offered at $1,895,000 include impact windows/sliders, new eat-in kitchen, upgraded electrical and plumbing, hardwood flooring, remote-controlled shades and new luxury baths. 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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