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Classic winter and spring events

by Roger Pettingell

Upcoming events for an active lifestyle

Ballet, orchestra, opera, plays, black-tie benefits and sports are highlighted

Upcoming events Sarasota
Art Festivals - There are many shows featuring artists from around the nation with their works in Sarasota, Lido Key, Venice, Bradenton and St. Armands Circle

The 36th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival and the annual Thunder by the Bay ended this weekend, but this is peak season and there are many more to fill its place. There are mini-festivals such as the two events this past weekend. There are operas, ballet, orchestra Masterworks series, plays, musicals and sports that create a national buzz, if not international attraction to Sarasota and Manatee counties. And most are within the next couple of months while the weather is attractive for those who have the ability to spend a few months enjoying the sunshine.

Currently running is OVATION, a celebration of the modern circus. Now in its second week, world class performers from around the globe have traveled to Sarasota to display their acrobatic artistry. Put on by our own Circus Sarasota, Ringmaster Joseph Bauer, Jr. will guide you through the acrobatics, juggling, high wire acts and of course a little clowning around performances. There are animal acts too. The Anastasini Soccer Dogs flip, jump and roll and the Liberty Horses combine form with the grace of their trainer Sylvia Zerbini. You have until Sunday to catch these performances under the Ulla Searing Big Top in Nathan Benderson Park.

The Sarasota Film Festival has been acclaimed as one of the top film festivals in the world. This year the SFF will celebrate its 20th year for attracting celebrities and high quality films. Although the films will be announced in the next few weeks, you can set your dates of April 13 through 22 for parties and film premieres. Last year the festival kicked off with a luncheon with film star Rory Kennedy, a block party around the Opera House, and an Opening Night Film with a film by Rory. There were film screenings with premieres and a closing night block party, film and awards.

Black-tie events
Charities - Many black-tie charity events such as the Blue Ties and Butterflies benefit co-chaired by my wife Alisa are listed on the upcoming schedule.

Likewise, the Sarasota Music Festival is three weeks of professional guest artists in concert and student showcases in June for those who enjoy classical music at its finest. Just 60 students are accepted from applications sent in worldwide to join the masters as students and performers. Guest lectures by renown artists and local chamber music celebrities together form a festival of education and listening delight. The concerts are highlighted with theme-driven concerts on Thursdays with Artist Showcases, Friday Festivals and Saturday Symphonies. The students generally perform on Sundays are asked to perform alongside the accomplished artists. Most of the events take place in our Holley Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center and the Sarasota Opera House. Although the exact dates have not been set, I expect the festival to run from June 3 through June 24.

Andy Warhol is celebrated in exhibits and workshops through June 30 dedicated to the pop culture icon at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens near the southern edge of downtown Sarasota. The gardens have six of Warhol’s original 10,000 images of flowers on display. The Sarasota Opera last Wednesday kicked off its monthly series of Warhol Nights. Guest performances by some of Sarasota’s classics are lined up on Wednesdays. The famed Perlman Music Program on the Suncoast alumni, with its stringed foursome artists of violins, viola and cello will continue its Around Series at the gardens under the stars on March 14. An exciting evening of dance is set for April 11 with the Sarasota Ballet and compositions by the Valet Underground, songs that were written for Warhol. Life’s a Beach is a theme for the May 16 Florida Studio Theatre improvisational comedy performance. The Sarasota Music Festival takes a break with a special one-night concert at the gardens on June 13.

The Sarasota Orchestra and its Masterworks Series runs through May 12 with three performances in one week at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, the outdoor Pops Field of Dreams concerts. Violinist Midori Honors Bernstein is featured with conductor Michael Balke Thursday at the Neel Performing Arts Center in Bradenton and Friday through Sunday at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. Sarasota Orchestra Music Director Anu Tali will conduct the next of two Masterworks series. Lift-Off, with soprano Pureum Jo follows a similar four-day schedule as above starting March 15 at Neel. Anu will conduct the three-day series starting April 6 featuring violinist Elina Vӓhӓlӓ in The Red Violin.

Asolo Repertory Theatre
Asolo Repertory Theatre - Considered for its beauty, the threatre on the Ringling grounds hosts many performances throughout the year.

Catch some long runs of plays and musicals at many of the fine theatres in Sarasota, Venice and Bradenton. Four local productions run through March 4. The drama Heisenberg is at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a play based on the Disney production of the same name and is currently running at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton. The Morning After Grace at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota and the Toxic Avenger at the Venice Theatre are two plays also running through Sunday.

Northside Hollow, the dark humorous play at the Urbanite Theatre in Sarasota, is currently running through March 11. Native Gardens, the drama with a comedic twist is running through March 25 in the Gompertz Theatre of the Florida Studio Theatre. The play, Shakespeare in Love, based on the 1998 Oscar-winning film, completes its run on March 28 at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Travel to the famous fictional land of Narnia in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a play every Saturday through March 31 at the Florida Studio Theatre. You might be able to guess whose music is featured in the musical Blue Suede Shoes, now through April 1 at the Florida Studio Theatre. The well-received political farce, Rhinoceros, completes its run at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts in Sarasota on April 14.

Four long running performances open this week. The Rehearsal, a period piece based on French relationships is a play written in 1950 with tones that fit today’s schemes for desperate couples. It runs through March 11 in the Asolo Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Also running through March 11 is the play Bullets Over Broadway at The Players Centre for the Performing Arts in Sarasota. The play, Constellations, is a story about the collision of romance and science that runs through March 16 at the Florida Studio Theatre in downtown Sarasota. Now through March 18 catch Dream Girls at the Venice Theatre. It is a Tony Award winning musical that features Motown and Broadway hits with a story line that portrays a part of the music industry.

LECOM Park in Bradenton is home for the Pirates in spring training and its farm club in the summer.

Professional major league baseball players are in town for spring training with 16 Baltimore Orioles home games starting Friday at Ed Smith Stadium in downtown Sarasota. Catch your favorite players in the Grapefruit League from Tampa Bay, Minnesota, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, New York Yankees and Mets. The Tampa Bay Rays actually have their spring training in Port Charlotte and the Atlanta Braves are moving their spring complex in 2019 from Kissimmee to North Port. To the north in Bradenton, the Pittsburgh Pirates have 16 home games starting Saturday with the same Grapefruit League teams in their newly named LECOM Park, formerly McKechnie Field. The Marauders, a farm club of the Pirates, plays in the summer at LECOM Park

There are over 500 events in the upcoming schedule on our website. Concerts, upcoming long running plays and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall shows are listed there. The complete list of events for the annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix from June 23 to July 4 will be listed there. Watch for news of the Ringling International Arts Festival in October and the Sarasota Chalk Festival and Sarasota MOD in November.

Check out the three new listings last week at the Beach Residences on Lido Key, Country Club Shores and Bay Harbour 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
1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr, #1201 $5,495,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1055 Bogey Lane $939,000 Video Photo Slideshow
448 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #A306 $549,000   Photo Slideshow


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Lido Shores Community Spotlight

by Roger Pettingell

Iconic community planned by Philip Hiss

Many homes in Lido Shores influenced by Sarasota School of Architecture

Hiss Studio on Lido Shores
Hiss Studio - 1310 Westway Drive

As you leave St. Armands Circle and head toward Longboat Key you may notice a wonderland of homes on your left before you reach the New Pass Bridge. It is the community of Lido Shores, with 116 unique homes that is the showcase for the Sarasota School of Architecture alumni. The homes here have their own charm and are named for either their unique feature, sleek lines or the color of paint on the exterior walls.

Those familiar with architects in the area will recognize those names that make up the A-list and have their signatures on many of the homes in Lido Shores. Turn left off John Ringling Parkway to Morningside Drive to get past the walls that protect the homes and offer privacy to the homeowners. You become privy to these elegant homes that were built shortly after World War II.

Lido Shores Umbrella House
Rudolph's Umbrella House in this 2015 renovation photo

One of the more visible homes is the Umbrella House, designed by famed architect Paul Rudolph. A large awning keeps plenty of shade on the pool below it. Originally designed for Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss in 1953, it had 3,000 square feet of lattice for an umbrella-like awning. The parasol was destroyed by a hurricane and storms twenty years later. The umbrella was restored in 2016 with modern construction techniques and has become a perennial favorite on the Sarasota MOD week tours in November.

Another home on the Sarasota MOD tour is the building next door, which was the studio of Hiss. Built in 1952 Hiss made most of his plans for the new community in this studio. While working on the iconic umbrella house Rudolph would walk next door and leave notes on blueprints of an aspiring architect, Tim Seibert. Seibert would eventually would go on to his own fame in the world of architecture and was the honored guest at last year's Sarasota MOD. The former studio at 1310 Westway Drive is now a private home.

Homes not on the Gulf of Mexico beaches in Lido Shore have mostly kept their original charm. The homes on the waterfront have been replaced with more modern styles, but still maintain the Lido Shores charm with influences by new architects that have their own rights to worldwide fame. The legacy of Lido Shores design was passed on to these new talented architects such as Guy Peterson, Clifford Scholz and Jonathon Parks.

REALTALK™ community showcase on Lido Shores
The Lido Shores community in REALTALK™ #133.

I described Lido Shores last summer in REALTALKplus™ #133 when I discussed the cool modern look of the newer homes. They continued the climate-sensitive designs of the 1950s and are built with clean lines and plenty of glass. They were built for form and possess a delicate blend of function. The location is wonderful as well, with St. Armands Circle within walking distance to the south and the Publix shopping complex just a short trip up Longboat Key. There is a private beach club for all homeowners in Lido Shores to enjoy.

There are currently 12 homes for sale in Lido Shores including a wonderful home I have listed at 1222 Center Place. Charm and history abound at this well-maintained, updated 3BR plus office mid-century modern, which was designed by famed architect Erwin Gremli II and was once the guest quarters for Dr. Marion Hoppin, a founding member of New College. The current owners have meticulously upgraded this residence inside and out, including a new roof in 2012, cedar wood exterior siding, three-car garage, new windows and sliders, new bathrooms with custom tile work and more.

1222 Center Place in Lido Shores
Lido Shores Listing - 1222 Center Place

Last week I have listed two homes in Bird Key, a residence in Beachplace and one home in Palm Aire. The first is a stunning three bedroom home at 670 Mourning Dove Drive, offering more than 4,000 square feet of designer living space in the exclusive community of Bird Key. The other Bird Key home is at 438 Partridge Circle. This stylish four bedroom waterfront home features a living/dining room with double-sided gas fireplace, gourmet eat-in kitchen, sound-proof home theatre and office. The third listing is a top-floor residence in building 6 of Beachplace with new windows and glass sliders throughout at 1095 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #602. My active listing at 5807 Fairwoods Circle is on the fourth green of Palm Aire Country Club, is maintenance free and has great curb appeal. 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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670 Mourning Dove Drive $2,895,000 Video Photo Slideshow
438 Partridge Circle $2,195,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1095 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #602 $699,000   Photo Slideshow
5807 Fairwoods Circle $370,000   Photo Slideshow


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Ritz-Carlton - Beach Residences Showcase

by Roger Pettingell

Full services and amenities of the Ritz

Worldwide travelers were attracted to Sarasota when the hotel was built

Beach Residences on Lido Key
Beach Residences - The beach component of the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota is discussed in REALTALK™ #154.

When the Ritz-Carlton moved into Sarasota in 2001 with the building of its Residences on Ritz Carlton Drive the world took notice. It opened up the city to worldwide travelers that were looking for another location in Florida that represented the luxury brand. The brand was on a 20-year rebuilding effort and was constructing its luxury hotels all over the world. The building in Sarasota was a new concept of financing construction of the hotel with the sales of residences.

The success invigorated the city, but created a dilemma for the Ritz-Carlton. Visitors were expecting the amenities experienced in other properties owned by the company. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Course in Lakewood Ranch is an 18-hole championship course designed by Tom Fazio. They had built a second building, the Tower Residences on Watergate Drive in 2003.

But, they quickly realized that they needed a great beach for their guests and Lido Key was the perfect choice. The concept for the Beach Residences on Benjamin Franklin Drive was born and by 2005 it had been built with 88 luxury residences on the white sandy Gulf of Mexico shores. Owners, members and hotel guests have access to the many amenities offered by the Beach Residences.

Beach Residences at 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive
Beach Residences - Luxury residences on the beach

The Beach Club offers fresco style dining on the deck of the Gulf-front heated saltwater swimming pool. A jacuzzi is a part of the Beach Club for relaxation during the day. There are recreational programs for children in a pet-friendly environment. Grilling areas and covered areas for entertaining are available. The Lido Key Tiki Bar is within a short walk behind the club. The Beach Club is a wonderful place to relax and socialize.

Owners have access to two guests suites on the lower level to entertain family and friends in luxury style. The Beach Residences also offers 24/7 concierge services. There is a clubhouse, social room, library and a private theatre. The fitness center is outfitted with modern exercise equipment.

The location of the Beach Residences offers a splendid blend of nature, shopping and fine dining. Ted Sperling Park, with its hefty population of Mangrove trees is a dream for those who want to explore these waterways on a kayak or canoe that are created naturally in the wetlands of Lido Key. Or you can just feel free to walk on the beach, with 400 feet exclusively for the Beach Residences owners.

World famous St. Armands Circle is a tourist destination known for its fine dining and boutiques shopping. Travel by car or the hotel service van over the Ringling Bridge to other Ritz-Carlton amenities downtown. It also opens you up to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the opera, symphonies, ballet and other fine art shows. Festivals are common on Gulfstream Avenue across the street from the Ritz-Carlton residences downtown.

View from the penthouse of the Beach Residences
Sensational sunset and beach views from the Beach Residences penthouse on Lido Key

I am preparing to list the south corner Penthouse of the Beach Residences, #1201. This magnificent home has sensational views of the Gulf, bay and the city of Sarasota. The spectacle lights up at sunset with a brilliant display on the Gulf of Mexico. The property is a dream for luxury living with 4,189 square feet of living space. It is a true three bedroom with three full baths and one partial. There is a summer kitchen on the Gulf-side terrace. As I pointed out in REALTALK™ #154 last week the penthouse is offered with a two-car private garage and a third deeded parking space. And you receive all of the amenities of the Ritz -Carlton mentioned in this article.

This modern construction was not the first attempt for a Ritz-Carlton hotel in the area. History will note that the famous circus magnate and real estate developer John Ringling attempted the first Ritz-Carlton in the area. He bought the Ritz-Carlton naming rights for a planned hotel on the southern end of Longboat Key, one that had failed from construction delays and the Great Depression in the late 1920s.

The future of the Ritz-Carlton development in Sarasota is moving forward. A new tower is in its pre-construction stage on Watergate Drive near the hotel and residences downtown. This new building, expected to be completed in 2020, will have 70 residences but not all will be sold to the public. Call our office for pre-construction pricing.

I listed two properties last week that should draw some attention for home buyers looking in Osprey for property on the water or if you are looking to be on the Gulf of Mexico on the northern end of Longboat Key. The first in the Bay Acres community at 412 Bayshore Drive has breathtaking sunsets. This custom-built John Cannon home is ideal for the water enthusiast, offering 162’ of direct-bay frontage, with dock and 8,000-pound lift. On Longboat Key this rarely-available three-bedroom townhouse is located directly on the pristine Gulf shores, offering striking modern upgrades throughout at 260 N. Shore Rd, #4. 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
412 Bayshore Drive $2,095,000 Video Photo Slideshow
260 N. Shore Rd, #4 $1,999,000   Photo Slideshow


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Home Showcase XX - Longboat Key

by Roger Pettingell

Residences on the Longboat Key shores

Beachplace and Grand Bay communities featured in this Home Showcase

1,450 linear feet of shoreline
Beachplace - Over 1,450 linear feet of white sand

For my Home Showcase series I am highlighting three residences on Longboat Key that are in two of my favorite communities, Grand Bay and Beachplace. They are both near the shopping center that has a Publix and CVS and they are both within an easy drive distance to St. Armands Circle and Sarasota. The wonderful amenities at both attract visitors to become buyers. They are also on opposite sides of the island, Beachplace on Gulf of Mexico shore and Grand bay on Sarasota Bay. On the bay you are awaken to wonderful sunrises and the city lights of Sarasota. On the Gulf there is plenty of white sands due to its characteristics that remains cool on the feet even in the heat of the summer.

Eleven buildings on the beach with 1,450 linear feet of shoreline

The eleven Beachplace buildings are nicely arranged for either beachfront on the Gulf of Mexico white sands, overlooking the lake with a fountain or are surrounded by lush foliage. There is easy beach access for everyone who has ownership of one of 336 units spread out over 31 acres. And if you seek solitude on a parcel of beach as your relaxation, you will likely find it on the 1,450 linear feet of shoreline.

Beachplace is a wonderfully active neighborhood, just a short bike ride away from the Longboat Key Club with its vast amenities including two championship golf courses and four fine dining restaurants. The offerings in the community make it hard for residents to leave, including a lovely clubhouse, fitness center, tennis, charming walking paths overlooking lakes and fountains, heated swimming pool and spa.

Beachplace in building 8
Stunning sunsets at 1105 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #306.

If stunning sunsets are what you seek, one of my newest listings at 1055 Gulf of Mexico Drive, #306 is worth looking at. This delightful beach getaway is ready to rent, renovate or enjoy. Offering a rarely-available three-bedroom layout with turnkey furnishings included, you will adore this lovely corner residence. Equipped with storm shutters throughout. Glass walls of sliders in the living/dining room open to the wraparound terrace and relaxing Gulf breezes. This unique residence right on the beach is offered at $1,295,000.

Building 3 in Beachplace #604
Southern exposure! - 1125 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #604

This special, top-floor residence in Building 3 at Beachplace is immediately ready for you. Offering far-reaching views of the Gulf of Mexico and lush Beachplace community, this wonderful retreat includes stylish furnishings and covered parking. This residence at 1125 Gulf of Mexico Drive, #604 is listed at $795,000. The spacious, 1,500+ SF layout is light and open, with recent updates including new 16x16 tile flooring and newer air-conditioning system. Overnight guests will appreciate the split-bedroom plan. The master suite is in a private corner, with its own terrace, offering peaceful lake views. Includes one inside parking space.

Liberal association rules for pets in the Grand Bay community

Home buyers with pets are immediately attracted to the Grand Bay community, where there is no size restriction on pooch. But Grand Bay has so much more to offer in amenities. Grand Bay residents appreciate the luxury of living in this secluded community. Located behind the secure gates of Bay Isles, this community is within walking distance to Longboat Key Club Harbourside. Wonderful amenities include lively clubhouse activities, game room, library, fitness, tennis, bayside heated swimming pools and spa. Take your bike out for a sunny ride to enjoy the privacy of the Bay Isles Beach Club with deeded access to this private.

Grand Bay #395
Move right in! - 3030 Grand Bay Blvd, #395

Move right in to the residence I have listed at 3030 Grand Bay Blvd, #395, offered at $1,095,000. The spectacular, ninth-floor views of Harbourside Moorings Marina, golf course, Sarasota Bay, downtown and the Gulf of Mexico offered at this Grand Bay Biscayne residence are hard to match. Walls of glass sliders allow you to relish the expansive wraparound terrace and wonderful cross breezes from just about every room.

Another wonderful community on the Gulf shores is the Promenade, my newest listing is there. Beautiful sprawling views of azure water and white powdery Gulf shores greet you at every turn from this oversized two-bedroom retreat at the Promenade. You will appreciate the ease of the of the open concept, featuring living/dining room with walls of floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that open to the wraparound direct-Gulf terrace. 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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1211 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #809 $895,000   Photo Slideshow


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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

by Roger Pettingell

From its humble beginnings to today

Established as the only epiphyte botanical gardens in the world

Holiday Lights at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Holiday Lights - This cavern of lights at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens lit up the grounds along the bamboo trail in December, one of the special events last year.

We love our art in Sarasota. There are many venues to see traveling displays of art from all over the world. One great place would be the Ringling Museum and the legacy of art John and Mable left for us to view for many years. So you may think that it would be a great location for a Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica exhibit, but it is included in an exhibit at another historic landmark in Sarasota, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Selby Gardens celebrates art with its horticultural displays. It is much more, concentrating its mission to continue as a living museum, center for education, research and conservation. And it is just south of downtown on Sarasota Bay.

At times throughout the year there are special events such as the Holiday Lights in December pictured here. The rainforest masks exhibit continues to January 28 when they begin setting up the next exhibit, Warhol, Flowers in the Factory. The exhibit will display some of Andy Warhol’s 10,000 images of flowers in his pop culture artistry. The exhibit begins February 11 and runs through June 30. There are special performances each month during that period to highlight Warhol’s artwork. The Sarasota Opera on February 21, Perlman Music Program on March 14, the Sarasota Ballet on April 11 and the Florida Studio Theatre on May 16. To help celebrate the three-week Sarasota Music Festival, the Sarasota Orchestra will perform a concert on June 13.

It is a wonderful location for a wedding, where you can have it all in one place. Start in the Schimmel Wedding Lawn and Pavilion, then have your guests relax on the bay lawn with cocktails and hors’ d'oeuvres. Complete the day at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens, a masterpiece of culinary delight in a wonderful facility. The sunset views will treat your guests to a spectacular display of oranges melting with the blue sky and water.

History of Selby Gardens - The premier of botany in Sarasota

The Selby family of Marie and William were outdoorsmen and travelers, originally from Marietta, Ohio where they were married in 1908. Her father invented parts for oil drilling and William was a partner with his father in the very profitable Selby Oil and Gas Company. Selby Oil merged in 1946 with the Texas Company to form Texaco.

The couple moved to Sarasota in the 1920s and built a home on seven acres of land. Despite their wealth, they had a modest home among the laurel and banyan trees. Their integration with Sarasota society was hindered by their devotion to the plant life that surrounded them.

Orchids at Selby Garden
Orchids are used for education, research and art, a predominant epiphytic plant at Selby Gardens.

As one story is told, Marie did not favor the urban growth of the area, particularly that in construction by John Ringling and Owen Burns. While construction of the first Ringling Bridge was taking place the couple shielded the bridge from view with a wall of local foliage. Their passions had become gardening, cattle ranching and boating. Before William died in 1956 he established the William and Marie Selby Foundation to support local education, health and the arts. It established programs for children, libraries, health services and the elderly. When she died in 1971 at the age of 86 the botanical grounds were bequeathed to the community.

The Gardens - Continuing the foundation for today and the future

The board of directors chose to specialize in epiphytic plants to distinguish the gardens from any other botanical gardens in the nation. Today it is distinguished as the only epiphyte gardens in the world. Orchids are epiphytic plants, which take their nourishment from the air and rain. Snails, algae and molluscs are marine epiphytes. The gardens were doubled in size with the purchase of land where the Payne Mansion rested and opened to the public in 1975. Today a Strategic plan for 2021 will bolster its prominence in the world to drive attendance and continue the legacy of the Selbys.

Many of the education programs are directed toward children. The Little Sprouts Club is a monthly gathering of preschoolers and their families in the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden to explore the plants in this habitat. Schools can arrange for their classrooms to visit Selby Gardens with either self-guided or fully guided tours of the grounds. New this past summer, Camp Lookout taught children ages 6 to 11 about the world of plants around them in morning sessions, while Camp Look!Art! explored the world of art in afternoon sessions. These sessions quickly sold out.

There are classes in health, photography, horticulture and art. The Academy of Botanical Art at Selby Gardens is a partnership with Olivia Marie Braida-Chiusano, founder of the Academy of Botanical Art. Ten Steps, written by Olivia Marie, serves as the foundation instructional book for the course. It is a self-paced course where the student can advance to the level of their artistic goals.

Morgan's moth at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Wonders from the botany world! - This encased Morgan's Sphinx Moth from Africa is similar to the moth that Charles Darwin theorized had a proboscis, when unfurled, was long enough to reach the nectar at the end of the orchid spur he was researching in Madascar.

There are many opportunities to get involved to help more than 130,000 visitors who attend Selby Gardens each year, open every day except Christmas. Volunteers serve as guides for the seven greenhouses and five other buildings on the 15 acres of land. Volunteers also assist in the many lectures by experts in the field of botany. The next lecture is January 26, Creative Learning from Nature with Dr. Kanchi N. Gandhi. He is the Senior Nomenclatural Registrar at the Harvard University Herbaria to discuss how scientists learn from nature. He will also speak on ancient philosophies of plants such as Lotus plants and some of the problems in botanical naming conventions. For more information on Selby Gardens visit their website at

You may not have a shot at the Payne Mansion, but there are many more opportunities to purchase a good home in Sarasota. I listed a completely renovated residence last week in the Longboat Beach House community at 4311 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #601. Nestled in a corner spot, this beautiful two-bedroom residence is offered turnkey furnished and ready for you to move right into. 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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4311 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #601 $695,000   Photo Slideshow

* Special Thanks. Photos courtesy of Selby Gardens volunteer, Kathrin Harris.


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Consumer Electronics Show - 2018 Recap

by Roger Pettingell

Coldwell Banker promotes Smart Homes

Four days in Vegas as a company delegate and technology reporter

Consumer Electronics Show 2018
CES 2018 recap in my REALTALK™ #153 video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Blue Crew blog posts from my experience at the 2018 CES

As a delegate for the Coldwell Banker Marketplace I composed a series of articles that appear on the Coldwell Banker website. Below are three articles about the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show written as a member of the Blue Crew.

Circus Arts Conservatory

by Roger Pettingell

Longest running youth circus program

Program of Performance, Training and Outreach Legacy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have four listings at the popular Beachplace community on Longboat Key with the addition last week at 1055 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #306. There are stunning sunsets from this rarely-available three-bedroom residence. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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1055 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #306 $1,295,000   Photo Slideshow


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Home Showcase XIX – The value of land

by Roger Pettingell

Vacant land or teardown purchase

Buyers have some options with homes on high land values

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

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

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

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

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

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

Home in Harbor Acres, close to everything in downtown Sarasota

1571 Hillview Drive in Harbor Acres
Choices - 1571 Hillview Drive

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

Recently updated home in Weston Pointe, with dock and lift

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

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

The Weston Pointe home is a new listing last week. It is a good addition to my inventory for sale, adding to a good variety of homes, prices and locations. I also talked about a residence makeover project in the Beachplace community on Longboat Key, with before and after photos last week in my REALTALK™ #152 video. It shows what can be accomplished to increase the value with a little vision of what buyers are looking for. I discuss this topic also in REALTALK™ #50 when I talk about pricing waterfront property and REALTALK™ #54 in a discussion of tearing down a mansion for the value of the land. Have a good year in 2018. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.


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Local New Year's Eve celebrations

by Roger Pettingell

Local parties and festivals to attend

There is a celebration with something for all next Sunday night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Home Showcase XVIII - Residence Rentals

by Roger Pettingell

Rentals of Longboat Key residences

Wonderful opportunities for waterfront condominiums under $1 million

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

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

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

Grand Bay is a secluded community with views overlooking Sarasota Bay

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many amenities offered in the Gulf beachfront community of Sand Cay

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

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

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

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