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Home Showcase XVII - Three featured homes

by Roger Pettingell

Three homes within a short price range

Home Showcase and website menu overhaul for quicker information access

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

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

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

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

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

3545 Fair Oaks Lane
3545 Fair Oaks Lane - Queens Harbour

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

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

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

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

Overhaul of completed last week

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

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

We still have an advanced search function for those who have an exact idea of what they are searching for. If you want a lifestyle, such as having the Harbourside Golf Course outside your front door, open the Lifestyle Listings and scroll to the Harbourside Golf Course. These links pull from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) so are updated when they are put into the system. And if you find what you are looking for, please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.


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Holiday events this weekend

by Roger Pettingell

Get into the spirit of the season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3080 Grand Bay Blvd, #515 $599,000   Photo Slideshow


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Home Showcase XVI - Global luxury homes

by Roger Pettingell

Homes meeting the Global Luxury brand

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

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

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

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

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

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

891 Longboat Club Road
891 Longboat Club Road waterfront estate

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

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

4509 Camino Real
Oyster Bay - 4509 Camino Real.

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

Upgraded home near the Bird Key Yacht Club

319 Bird Key Drive
319 Bird Key Drive

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

I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was a good one. I added another home in the shortened work week in one of my favorite Longboat Key communities, Queens Harbour. The home mentioned above at 891 Longboat Club Road was also added last week. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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3545 Fair Oaks Lane $1,195,000 Video Photo Slideshow


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Home Showcase XV - Global Luxury listings

by Roger Pettingell

Global Luxury waterfront homes featured

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

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

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

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

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

663 Mourning Dove Drive
663 Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key

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

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

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

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

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

5151 Jungle Plum Road
5151 Jungle Plum Road in Hidden Harbor

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

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

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

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4509 Camino Real $2,295,000   Photo Slideshow
708 Hideaway Bay $1,649,000 Video Photo Slideshow


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Sarasota weekend events continue

by Roger Pettingell

Events over the Veteran's Day weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last week I listed five residences for sale in Sarasota and Longboat Key. Four of these homes qualify for the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury brand, two of them on the waterfront of Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key. A home at 4509 Camino Real and 708 Hideaway in Sarasota and another on the water at 708 Hideaway Bay Lane are luxury properties worth your look. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
663 Mourning Dove Drive $3,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
639 Mourning Dove Drive $3,695,000 Video Photo Slideshow
4509 Camino Real $2,295,000    
708 Hideaway Bay Lane $1,649,000 Video Photo Slideshow
101 S. Gulfstream Ave, #11E $369,000   Photo Slideshow


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Sarasota MOD Weekend starts Friday

by Roger Pettingell

Festival honors local architect Tim Seibert

Three days of art exhibits, tours, talks, film screening and parties

Blue Pagoda
Registration - It all starts at the Blue Pagoda.

Now in its fourth year, the Sarasota MOD Week(End) launches Friday, a three-day celebration with film, art exhibits, discussions, tours and parties. It is also a time each year to celebrate the architectural career of one person. Edward J. “Tim” Seibert earned his fame in Sarasota, and then the world, for his architecture and design of buildings that did not move. He is most renowned for his achievements in that profession. He also took his passion for sailing and has designed award-winning sailboats.

Registration, art exhibit and opening VIP Party on Friday

You can ask him about both when he interacts with attendees Friday through Sunday. Starting at noon on Friday, Seibert will greet attendees at the art exhibit of his work in the Blue Pagoda on North Tamiami Trail. The Blue Pagoda is significant, it was the centerpiece display of the 2016 Sarasota MOD weekend honoring last year’s special guest, Victor Lundy, designer of this magnificent building.

There is an opening VIP party for Seibert at 5:30 PM on Friday in Hiss Studio at 1310 Westway Drive. Seibert will accept the Art + Architecture Lifetime Achievement Award. Seibert, now 90 years old, has been a proponent of architecture design since his retirement. A VIP Pop-up Party will follow at the Aloft Sarasota.

Sarasota MOD Weekend Festival is in Full Swing on Saturday

Saturday there is a full day of film screening, panel discussions and guided tours. The Seibert Factor, a film screening of his works will begin the morning activities at the Ringling College of Art + Design. The screening begins at 9:15 AM following a welcome address at 9 AM. At 10 AM, Ft. Myers architect and columnist Joyce Owens will join Seibert in a discussion of the history and direction of the profession. She is the current president of the Florida American Institute of Architects and is a member of the RIBA architectural foundation.

A panel discussion follows on the fundamentals of the Midcentury Modern Phenomenon. Christine Madrid French will the discussion of panelists Carl Abbott, Pat Ball, Michael Epstein and Owens to uncover the relevance of the MCM in modern times. Beginning in the 1950s, this style of architecture has had new meaning for its simplicity in home design and regained popularity through shows such as the Mad Men series.

The Blue Pagoda will be open for free to the public on Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM for a display of Seibert’s works. In the afternoon from 1 PM to 4 PM there will be self-guided home tours, individual home tours and two trolley tours. Seven homes are on the self-guided tour, three are new to the tour this year. Tickets can be purchased at Hiss Studio and include the Craig, Low Tide, Chapell/Lifeso, Goull/Chapell, Barzman, Strandhus and Maurice houses.

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

The 2015 Sarasota MOD honored guest, Paul Rudolph, will have his Umbrella House at 1300 Westway Drive on display with two tours starting at 1 PM and 2 PM. Guests will examine the interior and exterior, and discuss the recent renovation of this Lido Shores home. Nearby Hiss Studio will be on display with two tours at the same time, with discussions about Lido shores, Phillip Hiss and Seibert. The self-guided, home and studio tours will be open at the same times on Sunday.

Two concurrent trolley tours from 1 PM to 4 PM Saturday take a look at Seibert on the Gulf and the Top Ten Sarasota Sites. Christopher Wilson, PhD and Sam Halladay, will guide guests on this tour of Seibert designed homes. Halladay has worked at Seibert Architects in Sarasota since 1972 and is the current principal of the firm. Harold Bubil, real estate editor emeritus of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, selected his Top Ten sights of favorite designs in this guided trolley tour. Both will begin and return to the Ringling College at 2363 Old Bradenton Road. If you opt for one tour over the other, don’t worry. Sunday Bubil will duplicate his Top Ten tour, and Hallady will return with Seibert Associates team member Michael Epstein for their trolley tour, Seibert, Then and Now. Both will begin at 1 PM at the Blue Pagoda.

Saturday night will conclude the day’s activities with a cocktail party in the penthouse of the Seibert designed Bay Plaza, a Sarasota icon since 1982. Complimentary valet parking is available for this party starting at 6 PM, catered by Innovative Dining.

A Full Day of Activities on Sunday

The rejuvenated Rosemary District will be very active with walking tours, chair auctions, discussions, refreshments and brunch specials at neighborhood restaurants starting at 10 AM on Sunday. The BOTA Center will be on display at registration for this event starting at 10 AM. The original Badcock Furniture building completed in 1957 has been restored for the next generation of commercial enterprises. Sweet Sparkman Architects and Hive Architects will be on hand for talks on the projects in the Rosemary District at the BOTA Center, 1570 Boulevard of the Arts.

A closing cocktail party at the Aqua on Golden Gate Point will complete the festivities for 2017. Tour the residence with wonderful views of Sarasota Bay and the Ringling Bridge under the lights while enjoying cocktails and hor d’oeuvres catered by Innovative Dining. The music and party begins at 6 PM. This festival promises to be a memorable weekend for anyone interested in Sarasota architecture and design. Tickets for all events can be purchased on the Sarasota MOD website.

There are other choices of events in the area that may pique your interest this weekend. The renowned Sarasota Street Chalk Festival runs Friday through Monday at the Venice Airport fairgrounds and the annual St. Armands Art Festival will be Saturday and Sunday.

I listed three homes for sale last week that are worth considering if you are looking at luxury waterfront property. The Siesta Key home at 5151 Jungle Plum Road was recently decorated with wonderful furniture. This estate with guest house is a boater’s dream on the intracoastal waterway within walking distance to the Gulf of Mexico beaches. On nearly an acre of land on Sarasota Bay, the home at 5134 Gulf of Mexico Drive is complete with a heated swimming pool and spa. A buildable lot on the Gulf of Mexico shores is available at 5809 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 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
5151 Jungle Plum Road $2,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
5134 Gulf of Mexico Drive $2,500,000 Video Photo Slideshow
5809 Gulf of Mexico Drive $1,195,000 Video Photo Slideshow


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Home Showcase XIV - Secure residences

by Roger Pettingell

Longboat Key, the safest city in Florida

Three residences on the Gulf of Mexico shores featured this week

2301 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #71S in the Islander Club
Islander Club - 2301 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #71S

Now that SafeWise last week ranked Longboat Key as the safest city in Florida once again, it is a good time to focus three of our residences and their communities here in our Home Showcase XIV article, the series within REALTALKplus™ that features residences for sale based on the theme of the week. These three residences are part of communities that have direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. SafeWise ranks cities based on home security and safety issues with low amounts of violent crimes and property crimes per 1,000.

Updated Islander Club Gulf-front residence

The first is within the Islander Club at 2301 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #71S. This community is in a prime, central location on the island of Longboat Key. This lovely community offers residents upgraded amenities including a brand-new lobby, on-site management, clubhouse with library, game room and fitness center and heated swimming pool overlooking azure waters of the Gulf.

Simply waiting for you, this updated, direct Gulf-front residence offers Bamboo wood flooring, renovated kitchen, newer bathrooms and unmatched beach and sunset views. Endless vistas of the Gulf of Mexico greet you as soon as you enter this corner, seventh-floor residence. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliders open to the lanai from every room for optimal enjoyment. Also, includes one deeded, covered parking space. This residence is conveniently priced at $879,000.

Ready to move into or update this Longboat Terrace residence

5393 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #204
Longboat Terrace - 5393 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #204

Longboat Terrace has 36 two-story residences on the Gulf of Mexico shoreline with some wonderful amenities. Swim in the Gulf, take a dip in the pool or relax poolside are popular activities at Longboat Terrace. This community is centrally located within walking distance to dining and shopping at Centre Shops, and a short drive to the Longboat Key Club, St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota. Cannon’s Marina is nearby to satisfy your boating desires.

Far-reaching, direct Gulf beach views welcome you to this furnished getaway at 5393 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #204, offering two bedrooms, eat-in kitchen, plus bonus space. Ready to move into or update, this residence features a generous 1,400 square foot interior with lovely vistas of sparkling azure waters. Walls of glass sliders open to the extended beachfront terrace, spanning 30 feet. This residence had a price change last week and is now listed at $569,000, a rare find on the Gulf.

The Water Club with first-rate amenities on the Gulf of Mexico shores

1241 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #111
1241 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #111 at The Water Club

A few steps from the quiet shores of the Gulf of Mexico, The Water Club residents love the first-rate amenities, which include on-site management, concierge services, 24-hour manned guard gate, fitness, tennis, a stylish 18,000-square foot clubhouse, outdoor pavered dining areas, beachfront heated swimming pool and spa. This community is centrally located on this beautiful island. A short drive south takes you to the fine dining and shopping at St. Armand’s Circle, as well as the culturally-rich downtown Sarasota area, offering the Marina, waterfront parks, plus a multitude of museums and theatres.

One of our most recent listings at 1241 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #111 in this community is a unique opportunity to enjoy The Water Club lifestyle at an excellent value! This move-in ready residence in the south building is so close to the wonderful community activities and pristine Gulf beaches, you will find it hard to ever leave. Perfectly situated in a quiet corner on the Plaza Level, lovely turnkey furnishings are offered, Travertine flooring throughout, ten-foot ceilings and walls of glass with lush views of tropical landscaping that enhance the light and bright layout. Includes secure parking, offered at $479,000.

New listing last week within walking distance to the beach

These are three featured residences on Longboat Key. I listed 519 Bayview Drive last week, another residence on Longboat Key. This charming waterfront home is waiting for you to move right into, also within walking distance to the white-powdery shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Return next week as I unveil a new listing on the Gulf of Mexico shores. Watch a preview of this magnificent home with this video of 891 Longboat Club Road, you will be impressed. Move to the safest place in Florida, 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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519 Bayview Drive $1,095,000 Video Photo Slideshow


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Showcase XIII - Special L'Ambiance Listing

by Roger Pettingell

Special, one-of-a-kind beach paradise

Combination of two spacious residences in amenity rich L’Ambiance

Beautiful sunset from 435 L'Ambiance Drive #K205
Beautiful Sunset - The sun is a different hue each night from the view at 435 L'Ambiance Dr., #K205

Last week I announced that I would be highlighting an exciting new listing at L’Ambiance. The property there was built with the original construction in 1994 as two combined residences, a total of 5,400 square feet. There is a lot to love about this special unique place. And in the L’Ambiance community this is a wonderful place to enjoy life and host overnight guests with its five bedrooms.

The location of L’Ambiance sets it apart as it was constructed with two buildings parallel to the beach on the south end of Longboat Key. St. Armands Circle is just over the New Pass Bridge and Sarasota with its cultural arts is unsurpassed for a small city and regularly is declared as the number one in the nation by various organizations. You will find fine dining and boutique shopping in both communities.

Security is paramount at L’Ambiance. It rests behind the 24-hour manned guard gate that enters into the Longboat Key Club resort. This prestigious club on Longboat Key has many amenities for its members, including two championship golf courses. The entry into L’Ambiance is protected with another manned guard gate.

The Links on Longboat is one of the courses associated with the Longboat Key Club. Pass through the newly remodeled lobby to the outside of L’Ambiance and the golf course opens up to you. As a member you would have access to the golf courses, a number of Har-Tru tennis courts, four fine restaurants, swimming pool and spa. There is an additional marina capable of harboring super-yacht sized boats and is protected from Gulf winds with its location on the bay side of Longboat Key.

L'Ambiance community tour
L'Ambiance community tour and beach sand renourishment in REALTALK™ #104.

Longboat Key property on the Gulf is special. The white sand is relished for its reflection of heat, so it is walkable even in the summer. As I discussed in my REALTALK™ #104 video, the sand was replenished last year so the views are especially exquisite. The gorgeous sunsets are amplified by the beautiful waters of the Gulf and the waves rolling onto the beach. Each sunset is different as clouds paint the sky in different hues of oranges and reds each night.

L’Ambiance has a full set of amenities for its owners and is pet-friendly for small pooches. Consider their full-time concierge services with staff that has extensive experience in the area. While you’re not swimming in the resort style swimming pool you can take advantage of the spa. For an athletic lifestyle take advantage of two Har-Tru tennis courts and a fitness center in each of the buildings. Social activities are conducted in the clubhouse.

Looking at buying a residence at L’Ambiance? You will have plenty of choices. Each of the 190 residences have their own private elevator. There is a choice of floor plans, including the Areca that is 2,460 square feet of living space and three bedrooms. The Royal floor plan is also three bedrooms with 3,380 square feet. Find a Sabal floor plan for sale to get 2,82 square feet of living space in a three-bedroom plan. There are two penthouse plans with 4,890 square feet of air-conditioned space. In the west direction of balconies you have a picturesque view of the Gulf while the east side has a wonderful view of the golf course.

Dining room
Dining in Paradise - 435 L'Ambiance Drive #K205

The residence at 435 L’Ambiance Drive are two combined residences of K205 and J204. It qualifies under the criteria of Coldwell Banker’s Global Luxury brand with a listing price of $4,995,000. It is complete with high-end finishes, coffered ceiling treatment, hand-painted accents, inspired gourmet kitchen, as well as inlaid marble and oak hardwood flooring throughout.

Walk down directly from the extended terrace to enjoy pristine Gulf shores and sparkling azure waters. It is the largest terrace in the neighborhood. Walls of floor-to-ceiling glass in almost every room offer convenient access to east and west-facing verandas. Two Gulf-front master-sized suites, plus three guest bedrooms in a split layout, provide an ideal amount of privacy for family guests. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.


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Home Showcase XII - New listings, Part 3

by Roger Pettingell

Part 3 of new Global Luxury listings

High quality homes from Longboat Key, Bradenton and Siesta Key

Water Club North #701
Water Club North - 1281 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #701

I listed three properties for sale last week that meet the Global Luxury criteria of Coldwell Banker. It is a good variety and wonderful properties to put on the market as we prepare for peak season. It’s our theme for the week, the third week in a row we concentrate on Global Luxury homes, those that have an attribute as a listing over $1.2 million. These three are in good locations, the first is our second listing in The Water Club. The second is an architectural treasure on the open waters of Sarasota Bay in Bradenton. The third is perfectly situated on Siesta Drive with easy access to Sarasota and Siesta Key by car or bike, and to the open waters of the Gulf by boat from your private dock space.

Seventh floor, three bedroom Global Luxury residence at The Water Club

The first residence is in the wonderful community of The Water Club. Located directly on pristine beach Gulf of Mexico shores, this premiere community is a creation of an amenity-rich lifestyle, just minutes from the best that Longboat Key offers. I highlighted the history and how this community grew over the years in my REALTALK™ #127 video.

The property for sale there offers panoramic sunrise to sunset views at this rarely available, direct Gulf-front, 3BR Arlington residence at 1281 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #701. Perfectly situated in the southwest corner of the second building, it features three generous terraces, cook’s kitchen, open den and two secure parking spaces. The open layout is great for entertaining guests and their privacy is assured with the split bedroom plan. This seventh floor residence at The Water Club is available for $3.195 million.

Architectural treasure located directly on the open waters of Sarasota Bay

Esplanade on the Bay estate
4908 64th Drive W, Bradenton

Sarasota Bay is protected from winds by Longboat Key on the west and mainland Bradenton on the east, where the second home is located in the Esplanade on the Bay community. this neighborhood is in a small enclave near the renown IMG Academy where many of the world’s athletes travel to train for college or professional sports. The home at 4908 64th Drive, West is an architectural treasure located directly on the open waters of Sarasota Bay. This stunning 4BR, 6,100+ SF home boasts a creative design accentuated by contemporary finishes. Offering unmatched panoramic views and boat dockage, the estate here also offers a great room and media room for the listing price at just under $2.5 million.

Great location in Siesta Key with easy access to best of Sarasota and beaches

878 Siesta Drive in Siesta Key
878 Siesta Drive, Sarasota

The best of both worlds is available in the third home this week at 878 Siesta Drive. This gated residence is minutes from downtown Sarasota, within biking distance to Siesta Key Beach and Morton’s! You will adore the proximity to a bustling city lifestyle, offering theaters, fine dining, boutique shopping, farmer's markets and much more. Situated on almost a quarter acre of lush property directly on the tranquil waters of Roberts Bay, this two-story, four-bedroom layout features soaring ceilings and a neutral decor waiting for you to make your own. Relax by your own pool, relax in your spa or take a spin on your boat from your dock to the open waters of the bay and the Gulf. Call us and make an offer on this Global Luxury home listed at $2.295 million.

We are putting together more Global Luxury announcements for next week, including an exciting residence at 435 L’Ambiance which is a combination of two full home units with a direct walk-down to the Gulf of Mexico beaches. This weekend is the annual Ringling International Arts Festival, Thursday through Saturday. Explore a prelude to the eight different performances by attending Wednesday night, the Grand Opening celebration in the West Courtyard. Expect the Unexplored, Explore the Unexpected is the theme for the ninth RIAF. And if you are in town getting a jump on peak season home buying, please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of any of these properties or if you have a real estate to sell or buy.


Home Showcase XI - New listings, Part 2

by Roger Pettingell

New Global Luxury listings last week

High quality homes that meet the standard on Longboat Key and Sarasota

5080 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Notre Paradis - 5080 Gulf of Mexico Drive

We continue with the Home Showcase series, the 11th article devoted to featured listings. This week I highlight new listings, part II of this mini-series which continues the theme. These are three listings in three different communities. Their tie is that they are new on the market and they all meet the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury standard, featured on its website reaching an international audience of home buyers. The communities covered are Longboat Key, Bird Key and Queens Harbour.

The first is an immaculately maintained home with 100 feet of Sarasota Bay frontage. I used this home as an example for the definition of luxury in my REALTALK™ #107 video. The bayfront estate at 5080 Gulf of Mexico Drive, adoringly called “Notre Paradis” for “Our Paradise” is very impressive. Situated on almost a full acre of property, this special residence is a showcase of stunning views from virtually every room. The European-inspired decor offers spectacular features in every room, including Venetian plaster walls, hand-crafted finishes, four tranquil fountains, intricate moldings, Italian columns, 24-inch polished marble flooring, beautiful art niches and elaborate artist murals.

The five bedroom layout features nearly 9,000 square feet of living space and over 2,300 square feet of terraces and balconies covered in Travertine tile. The latest in electronic conveniences add to this home’s allure. From the state-of-the-art 7.1 Surround Sound Theatre to the Phantom Sound system throughout the interior and exterior, there is technology for everyone to enjoy. Consider the heated swimming pool and spa, with 3-car attached garage and workshop for an additional luxury experience. Call me to view this luxury estate listed at $6,649,000 and witness for yourself the beauty of this home for sale.

Gorgeous Global Luxury updated home on Bird Key

510 Blue Jay Place
510 Blue Jay Place on Bird Key

The second estate listed last week has already received a great deal of interest from home buyers looking at this wonderful home with over $400,000 worth of improvements on Bird Key. Bird Key has been written about many times for its history as a destination of famous stars who have a desire to live in the Sunshine State. I know Bird Key for its family-friendly atmosphere. Buyers looking at 510 Blue Jay Place see it for its stunning features and value listed at just under $1.4 million. Upgraded from top to bottom, you will adore every aspect of this gorgeous three-bedroom, three bath home. Meticulous renovations include new roof and siding, plus a revamped lanai with a new screened enclosure and heated swimming pool, surrounded by lush foliage for optimal privacy. The open concept interior features lovely wood grain ceramic tile flooring throughout, cedar vaulted ceiling, all new windows and sliders, a stunning gourmet kitchen, new bathrooms, built-in closets and much more.

New listing in maintenance-free Queens Harbour

3517 Fair Oaks Lane
Queens Harbour - 3517 Fair Oaks Lane

Homeowners in Queens Harbour enjoy maintenance-free living, making it an ideal location for buyers wishing to own a second home. It is also an attractive community for its deeded rights to a Bay Isles Beach Club membership. The beach club offers security and privacy behind its 24/7 manned guard gate. The club facilities on the Gulf of Mexico white sand beach add to its value. The home at 3517 Fair Oaks Lane offers peaceful wooded and garden views. This updated home create a light and airy space, ready to move right into. The private courtyard entry welcomes you with a tranquil Lilly-pad pond and a pavered terrace surrounded by privacy walls of lush foliage. Interior updates includes a newer study/library, gourmet kitchen, custom built-ins and newer windows. The fairway of the fourth hole at Harbourside Golf Course is literally steps out of your back door. This championship course is one of two associated with the Longboat Key Club. The community pool is across the street and the Moorings of Longboat is close, with accommodations for super yachts in its storm-protected marina. There is a lot to offer in this home with 3,210 square feet of living space listed at $1.225 million.

I listed another residence last week in the south building of the Water Club that will be featured in a future Home Showcase with an appropriate theme. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of any properties or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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1241 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #111 $479,000   Photo Slideshow


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