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Series continues with Home Showcase XXXVI

by Roger Pettingell

Home Showcase features local properties

Three waterfront residences meeting Global Luxury criteria in home series

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Designer updates adorn every room of this direct Gulf-front penthouse residence. Expertly blending modern finishes with stylish decor, walk in and immediately fall in love with picture-perfect sunsets. The 4BR open layout at 4325 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #604 in Tiffany Plaza creates a stunning beach home, offering more than 2,900 square feet of living space. Many of the residences in Tiffany Plaza range from 1,400 to just over 1,500 square feet. Recent renovations in this home offered at $1,895,000 include impact windows/sliders, new eat-in kitchen, upgraded electrical and plumbing, hardwood flooring, remote-controlled shades and new luxury baths. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Listings with buildable waterfront lots

by Roger Pettingell

The value of land with a home attached

Three homes where buyers are interested in the waterfront property

REALTALK™ #183 - We discuss when a home is purchased for its land value as a tear-down.

Last week I listed three homes at prices to consider them for their lot values. These are strategies when the land value is greater than the home value of the home, especially in aging structures. In Sarasota and Longboat Key there is a scarcity of A-quality lots so buyers are looking at properties for their waterfront views with boat access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

I reported on this land value proposition for buyers in REALTALK™ #183 and in REALTALK™ #54 while in a home in Harbor Acres. In that episode I followed up on a news story by Sarasota Herald-Tribune real estate editor Harold Bubil in which I was quoted in the article, Why tear down a perfectly good mansion? Because you can.

Harbor Acres is one of those prime communities where older homes sit next to mansions. I recently sold a property there on Hillview that the land was cleared as a vacant lot for sale. It sold for just under $2 million, I suspect even the dock that was left standing at the time of sale will be replaced.

Another community to consider is Country Club Shores on Longboat Key. Country Club Shores was developed by the Arvida Corporation in the 1960s with homes on man-made canals that stretched out to Sarasota Bay. Roads were added and given names that corresponded with golf and seamanship terms. Some of these homes are aging and are positioned next to the mansions that replaced their neighbor’s homes.

I have a listing there at 560 Putter Lane that I covered in the last Home Showcase XXXV article. It was finished early this year and is ready to take possession as a brand new home with nearly 4,400 square-feet of living space and 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. Two of my listings last week that are listed as buildable lots with homes on them are also in Country Club Shores.

592 Ranger Lane in Country Club Shores
A combination of mansions and original homes looking down the new seawall at 592 Ranger Lane.

The first is at 592 Ranger Lane. A wonderful waterfront value, this furnished three-bedroom home is ready to rent, renovate or enjoy, ideally situated on deep sailboat waters that flow out to Sarasota Bay. The sea wall is new making it more suitable as a new construction home. The home and over 10,000 square feet of lot space is priced at $895,000.

A slightly larger lot is one at 570 Yardarm Lane in Country Club Shores that has over 11,000 square feet of lot space. It also has a new seawall, 100 feet of deep-water frontage and has a boat dock. It is just a stone’s throw from Sarasota’s open bay waters. The three-bedroom home with screen-protected lanai is ready to renovate or enjoy, listed comparably at $830,000.

Off the island and into a West of the Trail property in the Sarasota community of Kentwood Estates is a dream home waiting to happen, and is the third home priced last week as a buildable lot. This charming four-bedroom pool home at 1555 Eastbrook Drive is situated on a corner lakefront parcel spanning nearly a quarter-acre of lush, manicured property listed at $749,000. Waiting for you to renovate or begin a new build, its location in Sarasota is everything and this quiet community, bordering the deep-sailboat waters of the bay, is the perfect complement. This neighborhood is also home to the prestigious Field Club, where members enjoy private access to fine dining, swimming, tennis and the marina.

Over the years of REALTALK™ I have discussed similar topics on building homes in Sarasota. Here are just a few:

Episode Description Date
183 Choices between new, renovated or homes in need of updating October 25, 2018
173 Process for building a new home from start to finish June 28, 2018
84 Gulf-front property values on Longboat Key April 21, 2016
67 Florida home designs have changed over the years November 19, 2015
54 When a home is a tear-down for its land value July 30, 2015
43 Modern architectural design in Sarasota April 1, 2015
5880 Midnight Pass Rd, #905 - Siesta Key community of Casarina on the Number 1 rated beach in the world.

Last week I also listed a penthouse in the Casarina community on the Gulf of Mexico coastal beach of the famed Siesta Key. With nearly 1,700 square feet of updated interior, you will love the stunning ninth-floor views, wonderful amenities and proximity to the beach at 5880 Midnight Pass Rd, #905. 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
5880 Midnight Pass Rd, #905 $749,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Revisiting Grand Bay - Home Showcase XXXIV

by Roger Pettingell

Grand Bay, overlooking Sarasota Bay

Community that is secure, located for convenience on Longboat Key

REALTALK™ #117
REALTALK™ #117 spotlight on Grand Bay

The community that overlooks Sarasota Bay is certainly grand, inspiring the name Grand Bay. Six buildings built by the Arvida Corporation from 1994 to 1999 are tucked away in a secure location of Bay Isles, secured with its own manned guard gate 24 hours a day. I have four listings there, three in the last few months, for my Home Showcase XXXIV.

I highlighted Grand Bay in my REALTALK™ #117 Community Spotlight video, on a beautiful day in February 2017. We’ve had many more similar weather days since then so our reputation as the Sunshine State remains strongly intact. In the video I discussed the value you can achieve in these residences and the variety of size floor level.

You also have the option of choosing from different floor plans. With nearly 3,000 square feet of living space, the corner Antigua floor plan is highly desirable as it overlooks the Harbourside Golf Course of the Longboat Key Club and gentle waters of Sarasota Bay. Residents with a Biscayne floor plan enjoy a split bedroom plan, wraparound balcony, great room and media room under 2,250 square feet of living space. The 2,500 square-foot Cayman flows through the building with balconies facing east and west, for sunrise and sunset vistas. Penthouse suites offer the highest level of luxury and views, a large terrace for your own private hot tub or putting green and over 4,400 square feet of living space.

There are three different floor plans in buildings five and six. Without modification, equipped with two bedrooms, two baths and wraparound balcony the Aruba floor plan is open with a great room and split bedroom plan for guest privacy. The Bimini floor plan is designed with a wraparound terrace, ideal for sunset gazing. Like the Cayman, the Capri floor plan flows through the building with direct balcony access from the master and guest bedrooms, nearly 1,400 square feet.

Grand Bay is very pet-friendly, one of the Longboat Key communities that allow up to two large dogs. Within the community you have access to two swimming pools, Har-Tru tennis courts, a fitness center and clubhouse. There are social meeting rooms for small gatherings. Residents also appreciate the on-site management and experienced maintenance staff. Grand Bay is located close to Publix, CVS and Chase bank and is a short drive to St. Armands Circle.

All residences at Grand Bay come with deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club. You can take advantage of the well maintained white sand and warm Gulf of Mexico waters currently at 70 degrees, open 24 hours with a private gate pass. Catch the sunset or enjoy the many amenities of the beach club such as sand volleyball. The club is equipped with a pavilion which is available for reservations to entertain guests. Grills, restrooms and showers enhance your beach enjoyment.

In the last 12 months I have closed on four of my listings at Grand Bay with an average sale of $802,500. Currently there are 14 residences for sale, I have a brief summary of my four listings below.


Stylishly furnished, three-bedroom Cayman residence is move-in read

3040
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #223

A flourish of fabulous upgrades and stylishly furnished, this lovely Cayman residence in Building II at 3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #223 is ready to immediately move into! Upon entering, designer updates throughout in 2013 and floor-to-ceiling glass walls showcasing direct views of Sarasota Bay, Harbourside Golf Course and downtown greet you to this sunny three-bedroom residence. Includes two generous terraces, an east-facing terrace is the perfect place to enjoy bay breezes and panoramic views, plus one on the west accessed from the den and kitchen, priced at $1,130,000.


Spectacular views from this eight-floor Cayman residence in Building II

3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #283
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #283

Eighth-floor living offers beautiful direct views that stretch from Sarasota Bay, golf course and downtown’s city skyline to the Gulf of Mexico; this light and open three-bedroom Cayman residence at 3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #283 is a wonderful complement listed at $995,000. Double doors open to a sprawling interior offering walls of floor-to-ceiling glass in multiple rooms that beautify the sunny atmosphere around every corner.


Penthouse getaway includes two under-building parking spaces

3070
3070 Grand Bay Blvd, #646

Furnished penthouse immediately ready for you, this fourth-floor getaway abounds in spectacular, direct bay, city and golf course views from every room at 3070 Grand Bay Blvd, #646, in an Aruba floor plan in Building VI. A relaxing and sunny ambiance welcomes you to this charming two-bedroom residence. Includes two parking spaces and is listed at $699,000.


Offered furnished with an expansive terrace located near the best of Grand Bay

3060 Grand Bay Blvd, #112
3060 Grand Bay Blvd, #112

Priced for the perfect value at $695,000, move right in and immediately begin enjoy this charming three-bedroom Biscayne residence at 3060 Grand Bay Blvd, #112. In close proximity to many first-rate community amenities, with an expansive terrace that wraps from one end of the residence to the other and access from just about every room. Walls of glass in most rooms allow for plenty of sunny views of Harbourside Golf Course and Sarasota Bay. Offered furnished, you will appreciate the stone flooring, open layout, private bedroom suites and eat-in kitchen.

I listed two residences worthy of the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury brand last week, based on their features and list price. These properties are marketed worldwide. The first is on Golden Gate Point in The Phoenix community. The second is in the north building of L’Ambiance on the Gulf of Mexico shores. 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
136 Golden Gate Pt, #401 $2,495,000 Video Photo Slideshow
435 L'Ambiance Dr, #J403 $2,195,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Luxury Homes in Showcase XXXIII

by Roger Pettingell

High-quality Sarasota County homes

Four new listings that qualify as Coldwell Banker Global Luxury homes

REALTALK™ 194 on McClellen Park in Sarasota
McClellen Park - We discuss this new listing and Sarasota community in REALTALK™ #194

The Home Showcase series allows me to highlight newer listings and the communities that have a common theme. I have over a dozen estates that meet the criteria of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury home standards, including four that were listed in the last few weeks and are discussed in this article. Global Luxury homes are unique in that they are promoted on a worldwide scale and have features associated to high-end homes.

The oldest Sarasota community, McClellan Park, with a great location

1744 Seminole Drive in McClellen Park
McClellen Park - 1744 Seminole Drive

This year I reported on the Sarasota community of McClellan Park in REALTALK™ #194. In 1916 sisters Daisy and Katherine McClellan settled into the area to claim title to the community that continues to today, making it the oldest settlement in Sarasota. The 56 acres were sold as the Garden Spot in local advertisements. Seminole words were used to identify roads because there was an Indian mound on the property. The road names of Yamaw Drive, Sioux Drive and Mietaw Drive are still used. Cottages of the day were ordered through Sears, Roebuck & Company and shipped from Chicago. Sears Modern Homes were shipped throughout the sates from 1908 to 1940. The Garden Spot still exists, and although homes are close to downtown Sarasota, this enclave is hidden by the trees that seclude it from the hustle and bustle of an active city.

Overflowing with charm, we described this family-inspired home at 1744 Seminole Drive as a modern farmhouse in the REALTALK™ video. Completed in 2000, the traditional, yet whimsical, architecture perfectly complements an interior that welcomes you home. Despite its spaciousness, with a five-bedroom main residence, separate studio/mother in-law suite, bunk room over the garage and Cypress guest cottage, this home’s allure is in the coziness and timeless beauty it emotes. The meticulously-maintained (and newly staged) decor abounds in trendy touches in every room.


Bungalow Hill is within walking distance of some Sarasota’s finest attractions

969 Citrus Avenue in Bungalow Hill
Bungalow Hill - 969 Citrus Avenue

A few blocks north in Sarasota is our second home of this Home Showcase XXXIII article in the West of Trail community of Bungalow Hill that I covered in REALTALK™ #172. Just south of Hudson Bayou in Sarasota this community is within walking distance to great attractions such as Selby Gardens, Marina Jack and Burns Court. Several homes in Bungalow Hill are designated by Sarasota as historically significant. Formed as Sarasota Heights in 1917, the town became associated with Greater Sarasota in 1925 after taxes proved insufficient to continue as a sovereign town.

Luxuriate in modern, green living at this centrally-located, new construction at 969 Citrus Avenue. Built by GreenLife Luxury Homes and completed in 2017, this three-bedroom estate abounds in high-end finishes inside and out. The West Indies-inspired architecture offers HardiPlank siding, metal roof, Smart home details and a contemporary interior with designer features in every room. The inviting and tropical outdoor space is just as impressive.


Rich in history, Bird Key has grown to become a family-oriented community

386 Bob White Drive on Bird Key
Bird Key - 386 Bob White Drive

We travel over the Ringling Bridge to Bird Key where our third Global Luxury home is for sale. Bird Key has a long history as a location for the rich and famous. Even from its humble beginnings when Thomas Worcester built the New Edzell Castle on the secluded island in 1914 to honor his deceased wife, the island wouldn’t see growth for a few decades. The castle mansion became the home of John Ringling’s sister, Ida Ringling North, until her death in 1950. During that time the first Ringling Causeway linked Sarasota to Lido Key. The Arvida Corporation purchased the island in 1959 and several holdings on the Sarasota County end of Longboat Key. Development began, increasing its size with landfill from 14 to 277 acres and 511 lots.

Waiting for you to create your dream home in Bird Key, this prime waterfront parcel at 386 Bob White Drive offers a three-bedroom residence with new roof in 2014, lush landscaping, plus a sunny and open interior, walls of French doors that open to the waterfront pool deck. The home also includes boat dockage and lift on deep sailboat waters that flow out to the bay.


The development of Longboat Key owes its history to Corey’s Landing

3436 Mistletoe Lane in Corey's Landing on Longboat Key
Corey's Landing - 3436 Mistletoe Lane

Our next home is a short drive up Longboat Key to the Corey’s Landing community behind the secure gates of Bay Isles. Longboat Key was settled by those looking for inexpensive property in Florida. But the first property acquired under the Homestead Act of 1862 wasn’t until 1891 when Thomas Mann applied for property. Byron Corey was given 154 acres through the Homestead Act four years later where he began to grow produce on the island. He required a dock where boats could dock and expand his sales to mainland buyers. The first Longboat Key post office was added to the dock in 1907. Today there is one of seven historical markers placed by the Longboat Key Historical Society and the town to commemorate the location of the dock that was destroyed by a hurricane in 1921.

One of the most prominent ships to dock at Corey’s Landing to exchange goods with the mainland was the steamship Mistletoe. The fourth home street name in this article bears its name, 3436 Mistletoe Lane. Move in and immediately enjoy the chic, contemporary upgrades offered throughout this three-bedroom home in Corey’s Landing, directly overlooking the tranquil waters of Sarasota Bay. Located in a wonderful, corner spot next door to a stretch of Harbourside golf course. You will love the neutral decor, cathedral ceilings, beautiful hardwood flooring on both levels, designer bathrooms, plus an open granite kitchen with breakfast nook surrounded by bay sliders. Deeded access to the private Bay Isles Beach Club is only a sunny bike ride away.

I listed two residences last week on Longboat Key, a fourth-floor beach home in the Veinte community at 2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #403 and an eighth-floor residence at 3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #283 that offers beautiful direct views that stretch from Sarasota Bay through the Harbourside golf course and beyond. A third residence listed is a charming three-bedroom townhome in the Moorings at Edgewater of Lakewood Ranch at 6431 Moorings Point Cir, #201. 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
2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #403 $995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #283 $995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
6431 Moorings Point Cir, #201 $475,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Heritage Days in Festival Series

by Roger Pettingell

Manatee County Heritage Days in March

A special event for each day of the month is planned for the county

Florida Maritime Museum 1912 Schoolhouse on the Cortez Nature Preserve
Florida Maritime Museum - One of the historical parks in Manatee County with many events planned.

As we approach March we begin the start of multiple-week festivals, the first of which starts Friday for the entire month, the 40th Annual Manatee Heritage Days. Nearly every day there is a program at one of 13 participating organizations to display the wealth of history in the county. Some of the historical sites that require admissions have waived their fees on special days during the month to highlight their programs.

The special events are also meant to draw attention to the historical parks in the county. These are the Manatee Village Historical Park in Bradenton, The Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez, the Manatee County Historical Records Library in Bradenton, the Palmetto Historical Park and the Manatee County Agricultural Museum in Palmetto. Each has its own unique records for preserving the heritage of the county.

When Manatee County had reached its legal population in 1855, it was formed as the size of seven current counties. Hardee, Desoto, Highlands, Charlotte and Glade counties were separated out on May 9, 1887. Sarasota County was split off on May 14, 1921. The Historical Records Library has files from all seven counties dating back to 1856.

Heritage Days events slated for the historical parks in Manatee County

The Manatee Village Historical Park at 1404 Manatee Avenue East preserves the early history of this large land mass, comparable to the size of Connecticut when all the counties were combined as one. Some buildings of the period from 1840 to 1918 have been restored and are open to the public.

In the village are an original general store, church, courthouse, school and blacksmith shop. The pioneer Stephens family of 12 has their 1912 home preserved in the village. The history of Manatee County wouldn’t be complete without mention of John Fogarty and the family shipbuilding business. One of his original boat works buildings is in the park. The Fogartys settled along the Manatee River because there was a prevalence of wood for shipbuilding and fishing was a way of life for them.

On March 6 there is a free two-hour walking tour of Fogartyville starting at 10 AM as part of Heritage Days. The Historical Park is open 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday, and the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Free guided walking tours are available through reservations on their website. These 45-minute separate tours explore the village and 1850 burial grounds.

The Florida Maritime Museum in the historical fishing village of Cortez is home to cultural maritime artifacts packed into a restored 1912 school house on four acres of land on 119th Street. For Heritage Days there is a special coffee with the staff on March 23 from 9 to 11 AM. The museum is free and open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM. With the permanent exhibits, temporary displays continue the mission of providing education of the fishing culture. The current exhibit is Always Ready, featuring the U.S. Coast Guard in Florida.

A special fundraising dinner with Pulitzer-prize winning author Jack E. Davis at the Seafood Shack in Cortez is set for 6 PM on March 14. He will discuss topics from his book The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea. Profits from the dinner will add to the museum donation campaign to raise $34,290, which will be matched by the Manatee County Tourist Development Council when the goal is reached.

The Folk School at the Florida Maritime Museum is a converted early American store and post office that served the fishing village. The Burton Store was the first commercial building in the village, constructed in 1890 on the Cortez waterfront. It was later expanded into the Albion Inn on the current site of the U.S. Coast Guard Station. In 1991 the inn was demolished and the original building was moved to its current location on the grounds of the museum. The beautifully restored building opened in February of last year. The classes are taught by professionals that preserve the traditional skills of the Florida fishing culture. Registration is required and a list of classes is on their website. The Pillsbury Boatshop and a Chickee Hut are also on the museum grounds.

The first county archival library in Florida is located within the Carnegie Library at 1405 4th Avenue, West in Bradenton. Built in 1918 the Carnegie Library has been on the U.S Department of the Interior’s Registry of Historic Sites since 1987. A treasure of collections exist within the Manatee County Historic Records Library.

The records that date back to the beginning of Manatee County include maps, public family records, county commission minutes, real estate records and court filings. The library is free to use but there are charges for copies, photos can be taken by your personal camera without a fee. The library is open during the week from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. As part of Heritage Days a two-hour walking tour of the historic buildings in downtown Bradenton is scheduled for March 13, beginning at 10 AM.

The Manatee County Agricultural Museum provides a hands-on learning experience for school children through group tours and specially designed educational programs. School field trips designed around local agriculture are also arranged through the museum located at 1015 6th Street in Palmetto. The Hall of Fame is a permanent exhibit at the museum, drawing attention to prominent citizens of Manatee County, two each year from 1967 to present.

The Palmetto Heritage Festival will be held at the museum and the Palmetto Historical Park from 10 AM to 2 PM on March 9. The local post office will be conducting a special one-day stamp cancellation in honor of the Heritage Days festivities. Live music, food, demonstrations and building tours are planned for this special day. A Chicken & Yellow Rice luncheon will be served at the Woman’s Club of Palmetto starting at 11 AM.

On March 27, a special Heritage Days, Ag at Night program is scheduled to begin at 7 PM at the museum. Based on the theme Eat Your Fruits and Veggies, the presentation will focus on growing these edible plants in the sunshine of Florida. For adults only, pre-registration is required by email or through their special event website. The Ag at Night program is a series with continuing dates of Homesteading in Florida on May 29 with Plants and Pollinators scheduled for July 31.

Other Manatee County programs and festivals centered around Heritage Days

DeSoto National Memorial - National Park Service
Camp Uzita - Daily programs and a special event on March 23 is in the plans at DeSoto National Memorial.

Travel back in time to 1539 when the Hernando DeSoto expedition began its reign of conquests in the area. Demonstrations at Camp Uzita in the DeSoto National Memorial of Bradenton will highlight the clothing and armor worn by the explorers. Spanish and Native American life of the times will be discussed in these programs four times a day, starting with the first at 10 AM Thursday through Sunday. While DeSoto was searching north for gold, 100 of his men protected his supplies at Camp Uzita. On March 23 a special presentation, Five Centuries of Florida History, will feature over 30 actors who will reenact different periods from DeSoto to present day in the memorial park.

A history of tourism in Manatee County will be on display in a month-long exhibit, Marvelous Manatee, in the Eaton Historical room of the county central library located at 1301 Barcarrota Boulevard in Bradenton. This exhibit celebrates the changes in tourism from the 1900s to present. The exhibit is open at different times of day, Monday through Saturday.

Each Friday of March a free Music in the Park concert will be held at the Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater in downtown Bradenton. Food and beverage sales benefit Realize Bradenton, your chairs or blankets are welcome while enjoying local band music that starts at 6 PM. The group BABYL will take the stage March 15, followed by Kettle of Fish, March 22 and Passerine, March 29.

Enjoy free open houses of the 19th century house that serves as the visitor center for Robinson Preserve and the Jiggs Landing Fish Camp cabin each Saturday during Heritage Days. Explore the historic house with its flora at Robinson Preserve, the history of Palma Sola and review photos of the home that was transported from Palmetto through the Manatee River to its current location. The replicated Jiggs Landing cabin will serve as the venue for a presentations on the history of Jiggs Landing, Braden River and Evers Reservoir. It will be open from 9 AM to 1 PM each Saturday.

Mainly Art featuring local artisans will expand the Farmer’s Market during Heritage Days in historic downtown Bradenton from 9 AM to 2 PM each Saturday in March. Family activities are also planned for these pet-friendly events, free to the public with free parking on Saturdays.

There are vents planned for nearly every day through the month, associated with Heritage Days. Some of the most notable not mentioned above include the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Annual Heritage Day festival this Saturday starting at 9 AM in the Historical Park on Pine Avenue. The Parrish Heritage Days Parade and Festival starts at Parrish United Methodist Church and ends at the festival grounds of the Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish. A Chili cookoff, local bands perform and family-oriented experiences are also planned.

On Sunday the Gamble Plantation tour will be free for the historic state park’s annual open house. Open from 10 AM to 3 PM, volunteers will dress in clothing of the era from the 1840s to 1870s. The 4th Florida Volunteer Infantry will re-enact a Confederate encampment on the grounds of the plantation in Ellenton.

The Winter Seminar of the Manatee Genealogical Society will be hosted at the Manatee Technical College on March 16 from 8 AM to 4 PM. The editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly journal, Dr. Thomas W. Jones, will be the featured speaker. Visit their website for more information and to register for this Heritage Days event. Also on that Saturday, meet historical fiction author Peggy Donoho, and follow the discussion of her great-grandparents Miguel and Frederica Guerrero starting at 10 AM in the Palmetto Historical Park.

There will be a reception for members and volunteers of the Reflections of Manatee at the Theodosia Curry Museum House in East Bradenton from 5 to 7 PM on March 23. An exhibit funded by the Florida Humanities Council will highlight the Angola’s Freedom Seekers and the Florida Underground Railroad. The display with special guests will be open to the public on March 30 starting at 10 AM, closing at noon.

A guided tour of the historic 1899 Alkire home on Riverside Drive in Palmetto will be open to the first 30 people who register for the event at their Eventbrite special webpage. This historic home has been beautifully restored by its current owners. The tour is sponsored by the Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum. All the events for Heritage Days are listed on the upcoming events page.

I listed two residences for sale last week in Longboat Key and Sarasota. The top-floor residence at 2450 Harbourside Dr, #253 offers striking panoramic views of downtown Sarasota, tranquil bay waters and the Gulf. Chic upgrades adorn every room of this direct bayfront residence in the sought-after community of Lawrence Pointe at 99 Sunset Dr, #102. 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
2450 Harbourside Dr, #253 $1,095,000 Video Photo Slideshow
99 Sunset Dr, #102 $999,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Longboat Key senior fitness programs

by Roger Pettingell

Three organizations with many offerings

Seasonal fitness, meditation and range of motion programs for seniors

Residents of Longboat Key have plenty of opportunity to learn, exercise or gather socially at public and private organizations at different areas of the island that is 11 miles in length. These organizations cater to the demographics of the island, many are retired seniors that remain active. The three facilities I discuss today offer plenty of opportunities to its constituents on the island.

A non-profit educational center focuses on education and fitness

Longboat Key Education Center
Longboat Key Education Center - Courses taught are liberal arts and science classes for seniors who want to extend their knowledge and fitness.

The Longboat Key Education Center at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive in the Centre Shops of Longboat Key sell out many of their programs in January and February so registration early is critical during these two months. There are fall, winter and spring terms with many programs offered to members and non-members. These are non-credited classes in many of the liberal and science arts disciplines. They also offer field trips for bird watching enthusiasts and discussions on current topics of interest.

On Mondays an Advanced Intermediate Bridge class is offered from 1 to 2:30 PM. Topics such as contract, duplicate and bridge bidding are discussed in these classes of advanced tactics. Qigong for Health and Vitality is offered in the mornings from 9 to 10 AM each Friday. Qigong is an adaptation of exercises and breathing control developed by the Chinese. The term ends in three weeks on February 22 but those interested can still get involved through a pro-rated tuition rate.

Bayfront Recreation Center is a public facility run by the town of Longboat Key

Longboat Key Recreation Center
Bayfront Recreation Center - The Longboat Key town operates this facility with many seasonal fitness programs Monday to Saturday.

A wide variety of activities are available at the Bayfront Recreation Center on the northern half of Longboat Key. It is family-oriented recreational park with something for all ages including a dog park with separate sections for small and big canines. The kayak launch is operated sunrise to sunset by the private company, Happy Paddler Kayak Tours and Ecoventures, LLC. This company also offers annual kayak storage. Walking paths guide visitors along scenic views of Sarasota Bay and the Bayfront Park has a handicap-accessible Gulf beach section across the main road at 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Basketball, pickleball, shuffleboard and tennis courts are available for more active residents.

The main building of Bayfront Park is the recreational center. Here you will find educational and exercise activities Monday through Saturday, some of these activities are offered multiple times throughout the week. Different instructors teach these classes depending on the program that is offered. The costs vary among members and non-members, generally $10 and $15 for each respectively. They are also offered by season, extending mostly through the peak winter months.

Each Monday and Wednesday at 10 AM the activity Moving Free: Yoga Stretch, Core and Meditation, is designed to increase flexibility and range of motion among senior adults. Pumping the Prime is offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and prepares its students for a program of muscle strength development with a focus on metabolism. Muscles and More is a similar program on the same days to help maintain body strength.

Tuesdays and Thursdays you will find two separate programs taught by one instructor, Debby McClung, one after another starting at 9 AM and finishing before noon. The first is a Pilates Mat Class, followed by the Feel Good Yoga program. Debby also teaches a class for veterans with PTSD problems each Thursday at 4 PM in the Feel Good Yoga studio at 6350 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Nia, a low impact exercise program that is a health and fitness alternative is taught each Saturday at 10 AM in the Longboat Key Recreation Center.

Temple Beth Israel, a denominational house of worship with many outside activities

The Paradise Center at Temple Beth Israel
Temple Beth Israel - This faith-based organization offers many fitness programs for seniors in its Paradise Center. Its location and size is also fitting for local organizations to hold its own programs.

If you are looking for a full schedule of fitness activities and social events, look at the event schedule of the Temple Beth Israel. A place of worship for the Jewish Faith, the Paradise Center there offers similar physical maintenance programs as the Recreation Center and Educational Center mentioned above. The Paradise Center is a non-profit program as well with its mission for the residents of Longboat Key to live life to its fullest.

Tai Chi, a Chinese martial arts program that teaches defense and health benefits is taught each Monday at 10 AM. On Tuesdays the Yoga and Meditation Class focuses on breathing techniques and joint mobilization. This increases strength, flexibility and balance with each hour-long program at 10 AM. On Thursdays a combination of Zumba and Mat Pilates from 10 to 11 AM is designed to build core strength and movement among active seniors.

Our Town - Our Future series offers a discussion each Wednesday at 10:30 AM with different topics presented by locals leaders. The Bay presented by Bill Waddill, managing director at the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization will begin the series next Wednesday. The Sarasota Bayfront is undergoing drastic changes that will continue the revitalization of the downtown area. Dr. Michael Crosby CEO of the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium will discuss the programs and future of the aquarium on February 13 as it prepares for a move to Nathan Benderson Park. Selby Botanical Gardens is also upgrading its grounds in Sarasota that will be discussed February 20 by Jennifer Rominiecki, CEO. The following week a discussion on the future of the theatrical The Players Centre in downtown Sarasota will be discussed by Donna DeFant, its board of directors chairman.

Social gatherings take place at The Paradise Center such as the Fridays @ Paradise Café, beginning at 10:30 AM each week. Coffee, tea and snacks are served in an atmosphere of social interaction through activities, from games to music. There are other programs each week in the Paradise Center such as Mah Jongg each week from 1 to 3 PM. The Chinese based tile game has spread around the world since the 20th century. Visit their website for many programs of community interest at Temple Beth Israel.

Last week I listed two homes for sale on Bird Key, both meeting Coldwell Banker Global Luxury standards of pricing and features. A third listing last week in one of my favorite communities on Longboat Key at Grand Bay features many upgrades and is offered stylishly furnished. 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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386 Bob White Drive $1,495,000 Video Photo Slideshow
214 Robin Drive $1,370,000   Photo Slideshow
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #223 $1,160,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Beachplace - Home Showcase XXXII

by Roger Pettingell

Longboat Key Community with Amenities

Beachplace has the location and services for privileged homeowners

Beachplace on Longboat Key
Beachplace - Eleven buildings on 31 acres

Beachplace on the southern end of Longboat Key is in a great location, has many amenities and many of the residences have been upgraded since the community was built between 1979 and 1981. I have four new listings of the six at Beachplace that I am highlighting in this Home Showcase XXXII article.

The eleven buildings of Beachplace are arranged to be on the water, have a little private seclusion or overlooks the pond that is the centerpiece of the community. Building 1 at 1145 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Building 2 at 1135 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Building 8 at 1055 Gulf of Mexico Drive and Building 9 at 1045 Gulf of Mexico Drive overlook the Gulf of Mexico with over 1,400 linear feet of white sandy beaches.

There are many reasons to love Beachplace. The location is a short drive to fine dining, entertainment and boutique shopping in renowned St. Armands Circle. Head north and you are in the Publix Shopping Center where a CVS and a newly constructed Chase Bank is on-site for your convenience. In the planning stages is a Longboat Key Arts, Culture and Education Center with much to offer residents and guests. You can be secure with the manned guard gate 24 hours and the on-site management that is there to help with routine maintenance of your residence or help with any questions you may have.

Once a resident you will have many opportunities to explore the abundance of amenities in this community. The junior Olympic size pool with spa and kiddie pool attracts you and your neighbors to become a social gathering place. There are three tennis courts on the grounds for a more active lifestyle. If you want to work your muscles a little harder the fitness center has the latest in exercise equipment. For golfers, the Links on Longboat and Harbourside Golf Course offers championship opportunities for those with a Longboat Key Club membership.

Many owners of Beachplace are year-round occupants but the association has a liberal leasing policy which is taken advantage of by those who want some rental income and prefer to visit in the season. A minimum of 30 days is required to lease a residence at Beachplace. Here are the four new residences on the market, two are on the top floor.


Beachplace8401
Beachplace #401 in Building 8

Move right into this furnished, direct Gulf-front Beachplace residence in Building 8 offering immaculate updates throughout at 1055 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #401! Fourth-floor panoramic Gulf views of sandy-white shores and azure waters that stretch on forever welcome you. Relish captivating evening sunsets and you will find it hard to ever leave. This coastal contemporary, two-bedroom beach retreat was completely renovated in 2017.

Immediately fall in love with the direct beach vistas that stretch from Gulf-to-bay at this top-floor 2BR getaway in Building 4, residence #601. Enjoy evening sunsets on the extended wraparound terrace with access from the open living room and master suite, only offered in penthouse residences.

Beachplace 6 602
Beachplace #602 on the top floor in Building 6

There are brand new windows and sliders throughout this lovely residence at 1095 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #602! You will love the sunny views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, lush community grounds and tranquil pond waters. Offering updates throughout the 2BR layout, you can move in and immediately enjoy this top-floor home.

This charming 2BR residence #203 in Building 7 offers sunny beach views and is immediately ready for you! The light and bright interior features an open concept, oversized diagonal tile flooring throughout, updated bathrooms with granite countertops, plus a newer kitchen.

Last week I listed four homes; two in the coveted “West of Trail” area near the heart of downtown Sarasota, one in the Corey’s Landing community and one in Country Club Shores of Longboat Key. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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1744 Seminole Drive $3,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
969 Citrus Avenue $1,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
3436 Mistletoe Lane $1,385,000 Video Photo Slideshow
520 Wedge Lane $999,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Players Club community spotlight

by Roger Pettingell

Upgraded community in great location

Wonderful amenities at the Players Club cater to a luxury lifestyle resident

REALTALK™ #192
Community Spotlight in REALTALK™ #192.

Residents love their homes at the Players Club on Longboat Key. This is a highly sought-after community based on its location, amenities and recent upgrades, so a residence available for sale in this community is a rare occurrence. I have two listings there in different buildings that are worthy of feature reviews. This is not my first discussion of the Players Club, I highlighted this grand community last week in REALTALK™ #192 and its upgrades in REALTALK™ #78. The Players Club is on the Gulf of Mexico shores, with gorgeous sunset views and white sandy beaches.

This community was built in the years from 1981 to 1983. At the time Longboat Key had established itself as a tennis center and many of the top pros journeyed to the island to learn from the masters of tennis. The famous coach Nick Bollettieri was well established among the elite stars when he conducted his training at the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort in the late 70s. That was before moving his academy to Bradenton, and the eventual formation of IMG Academy. Today student athletes from around the world train at IMG in tennis and other popular sports of today.

With the popularity of tennis on the island the Players Club evolved into a first-rate community. The four Har-Tru tennis courts serve the community as just some of the many amenities. The many renovations include a stylish new clubhouse with a game room, library and granite catering kitchen. The fitness center has also been renovated and equipped with state-of-the-art exercise furnishings.

Players Club upgrades
Players Club upgrades in REALTALK™ #78.

The Players Club had its own list of amenities that was attractive before the renovation. With the tennis courts, there is an Olympic-sized heated swimming pool and spa. A putting green keeps golfers sharp on their short game. And of course the boardwalk to the beach is a pleasure to enjoy.

Its location sets it apart from other communities in that it is roughly midway between St. Armands Circle and the Publix Shopping center. Drive a short distance south and you are in St. Armands with its boutique shopping, fine dining and nightlife entertainment. Travel north by bicycle or car and you are in the shopping center with its anchor stores of CVS and Publix. A new Chase bank branch recently opened for your convenience.

And now the Players Club has become more valuable as an investment just for its location. With the planned development of the St. Regis resort next door on the old site of the Colony, the five-star hotel and residence community will be an attraction that will bring much value to the island. This may create an appreciation of the 134 properties that are in four buildings of the Players Club. The Colony sits vacant following the building demolition, replanted with fresh grass until construction can begin.

1465 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #504
Top-floor Players Club residence listed last week

Looking for a residence on the top floor? Last week I listed a residence at 1465 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #504 for $998,000. It is a true three-bedroom home with 2.5 baths that has been beautifully updated. Recent upgrades include marble flooring, designer cabinetry and new countertops in the eat-in kitchen, as well as both bathrooms. The corner location is waiting for you to make it your own. Gaze at the sunset from one of two beachfront terraces. Penthouse owners have the privilege of owning one garage and one under-building parking spot. A chic new rooftop deck with dining areas, barbeque grills and lounge was also added to the list of upgrades.

Players Club 202C
Furnished and move-in ready Gulfside residence

Beautifully furnished and move-in ready, this Gulfside residence at 1445 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #202 is a flourish of recent updates, offering picture-perfect views at every turn. The three bedroom, 1,600+ SF interior is a rare offer at Players Club. Fall in love with the oversized diagonal tile flooring, crown molding, new designer bathrooms and wonderfully renovated kitchen that overlooks the living/dining room. Relish breathtaking vistas of evening sunsets and ideal Gulf breezes from the open terrace that is attractively priced at $799,000.

Last week I also listed three other properties on Longboat Key’s Gulf of Mexico Drive, two in popular Beachplace and one in Sand Cay. Move right into this coastal contemporary, furnished 2BR beach retreat at 1055 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #401, completely renovated in 2017 or enjoy evening sunsets on the extended wraparound terrace only offered in the penthouse at 1115 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #601 in the Beachplace community. The top-floor residence at 4725 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #309 in the Sand Cay community offers cathedral ceilings, an open 2BR layout, plenty of windows to enhance the sunny atmosphere and is just steps from the beach. 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, #401 $899,000   Photo Slideshow
1115 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #601 $699,000   Photo Slideshow
4725 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #309 $595,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Home Showcase XXXI - First of 2019

by Roger Pettingell

Waterfront and Global Luxury listings

Highly desirable homes that are a great value in the luxury market

Waterfront homes that meet the Global Luxury standard, these are homes that are highly desirable and I have listed three that meet the criteria for my first article of 2019 in my Home Showcase series. Two of these homes are on the highly sought after location of Bird Key, while one is within walking distance to St. Armands Circle on Lido Key. The Global Luxury standard of Coldwell Banker is based on features and list price. These homes are marketed to a worldwide audience.


Bird Key home on the water with expansive garage for 11 cars

212 Bird Key Drive
Bird Key - Waterfront home for the car enthusiast

Relish the opulence of brand-new bayfront living on Bird Key! This custom-built John Cannon home at 212 Bird Key Drive was just finished in August 2018 and has never been occupied. It is my first listing of 2019. Offering a flourish of gorgeous interior finishes, custom details, extensive outdoor entertaining, plus boat dock and lift on sailboat waters, this elevated 4BR residence is waiting for you to make it your own. Car aficionados will love the most unique aspect of this home, which is its expansive, two-level air-conditioned garage with room for 11 cars! You have to see this one listed at $4,040,000 and bring your favorite automobile.


Waterfront home within walking distance of famed St. Armands Circle

236 Tremont Lane
Lido Key - Secluded location with open Gulf access

Alluring bay views abound at this private 4BR residence steps from famed St. Armands Circle! Boasting a secluded location within walking distance to the best that Sarasota offers, this home is ready for you to make your own. Nearly 130’ of water frontage, plus a U-shaped dock and lift on sailboat waters, with unobstructed bay access, makes this a paradise for the avid boater and fisherman. Fall in love with tranquil bay breezes from this elevated, direct bayfront residence, overflowing with boundless possibilities at 236 Tremont Lane, selling for $3,495,000.


Meticulously maintained Bird Key home with direct access to Sarasota Bay

Marina and Moorings of the Longboat Key Club
Boating -Just 3 homes in from Sarasota Bay

My newest listing of the four, placed on the market Friday is this lovely estate at 453 East Royal Flamingo Drive listed at $2,195,000. Just three homes in from Sarasota Bay, this updated and meticulously maintained waterfront residence in Bird Key is a wonderful gem. Boating enthusiasts will appreciate the 100’ of water frontage, brand-new dock, 32,000-pound lift and seawall (all new in 2017). This 4BR plus family room and office home abounds in delightful updates, including all impact windows, sliders, storm shutters and upgraded powder room with floating vanity and walls of glass sliders in multiple rooms that open to the sunny pool deck.

In addition to the new listing at 453 East Royal Flamingo Drive last week I also listed another home in Country Club Shores and a residence in Grand Bay. The lovely 3BR waterfront home at 512 Hornblower Lane in Country Club Shores is a showcase of updates, including new kitchen and baths, walls of glass and 13’ ceilings, newer lanai with dock and lift. Furnished penthouse immediately ready for you, this 4th-floor getaway at 3070 Grand Bay Blvd, #646 abounds in spectacular, direct bay, city and Harbourside golf course views from every room. 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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512 Hornblower Lane $899,000   Photo Slideshow
3070 Grand Bay Blvd, #646 $795,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Nate Jacobs promotes his dream at WBTT

by Roger Pettingell

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

A construction capital campaign close to its goal is 'Heartbeats Away'

REALTALK interview with Nate Jacobs of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
A 2016 interview with Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe in REALTALK™ #101 ends with a song and dance.

On the last day of 2018 I highlighted some of the new construction projects in Sarasota and the surrounding keys. In that REALTALKplus™ article the capital campaigns of several non-profits were included. The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is one of them. Their programs have expanded beyond the walls of its current building that has blossomed the careers of many actors.

The educational and theatrical programs provided by the WBTT have been ongoing for 19 years. During that time Artistic Director and Founder Nate Jacobs has provided quality performances, while drawing crowds from all nationalities and bridging any divide in the community. Our desire for the cultural arts make us all one in Sarasota.

The 2018-19 campaign is critical for the theatre to expand to the next level. To support the enthusiasm Nate Jacobs has brought back the most requested shows and put them together as their “Command Season”. Performances include tributes to the great artists such as the wonderfully talented Aretha Franklin. The Prince of Soul tribute to singer, song-writer and Motown producer Marvin Gaye that continues through Sunday was written and adapted for the stage by Nate Jacobs. A list of their musicals and plays this year reads like an anthology of great stage productions.

The “Heart & Soul Campaign” for a building makeover is climbing to its goal of $8 million, of which $6.5 million has been raised through charitable donations. Every gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to a maximum $200,000 so your donation doubles in size. Naming rights are still available to their newly renovated Education & Outreach Building.

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe building
The remodeling of the WBTT Education & Outreach building in Sarasota was completed in April. The MainStage theater and seating on the Orange Avenue complex is about to be remodeled, beginning in May.

The planned theater will transform the existing building into an entirely new exciting first-class venue. When you first walk in your new experience will begin with a larger remodeled lobby. Seats will be expanded to 200 and remodeled with comfortable theater-style furniture. Your new experience continues with a redesigned MainStage, new lighting and sound system. Larger restrooms are planned for your convenience. Behind the scenes there will be upgraded dressing rooms, with new costume and prop areas. A second stage will be used for rehearsals and for student learning.

Education and outreach has been one of the founding principles of WBTT. The Stage of Discovery is a summer intensive program offered free to students ages 13 to 18. Not only will students develop their artistic skills taught by experienced professionals, they are challenged to become a greater person in society. Funding for this worthwhile program continues through charitable donations. The community continues its social growth through these gifts.

Special productions celebrating legacies and showcasing upcoming artists often appear on the WBTT schedule. On January 21 the troupe will present, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Celebrating his Legacy in the Spoken Word and Song, at the VPA Theatre in Booker High School. The Kid is Alright, an evening with Maicy Powell will highlight this young artist’s career on February 4 in the theatre where she began her talented story.

Black Nativity performed by the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
An annual favorite request of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is the Black Nativity, two-act musical. The holiday show written by Langston Hughes was expanded to more days in December and moved to the Sarasota Opera House to accommodate more guests.

One of the more lasting impressions on the community is the Black Nativity, a Langston Hughes’ Broadway adaptation by Nate Jacobs. Community support for this holiday-time performance has escalated where this year extra shows were added. The current WBTT stage was undersized for demand that a move to the Sarasota Opera House was needed to include a larger stage and more seating capacity. Sold out shows continued through its five days in December.

Delight in upcoming shows, The Amen Corner by James Baldwin beginning January 23, Love Sung in the Key of Aretha, with its first date on March 13. When these two theatrical runs complete, the seats will be removed and the building will begin its transformation into a first-class theater. Construction is expected to begin in May of this year. The dream of Nate Jacobs will continue to thrive and the city will be better for it. Everything of good in life comes with a little patience.

The first listing of 2019 at $4,040,000 on Bird Key
First 2019 Listing - 212 Bird Key Drive, Sarasota

When the Pineapple dropped in downtown Sarasota at Midnight last Monday I completed another county record with $106,112,445 in volume sales. This is the ninth time in eleven years I was the top-producing single agent in Sarasota. The average sale price was $1,493,853 and last week I highlighted some of the most significant properties sold in 2018. I draw your attention to my first listing of 2019, a $4.04 million estate at 212 Bird Key Drive. This is a unique new waterfront home that boasts an incredible garage with space up to 11 cars. Even that can be expanded with space for a lift at its center and a sturdy second floor. 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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212 Bird Key Drive $4,040,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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