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Value priced homes on boating water

by Roger Pettingell

Beach access on Longboat Key's bayside

Four homes that offer plenty for less in our Home Showcase XXX this month

Dredging in New Pass
Dredging in New Pass - The current project will create a viable boating pass and renourish Lido Key beach.

Over the years I’ve sold many single-family homes in Country Club Shores and I have two listed there that are offered at a good value for a home buyer that wants to be on the water for boating with beach access. Longboat Key has plenty of opportunities to be on the water, so I am highlighting two more in Manatee County on the northern end of the island. One is in Bayview Estates and the fourth is in Cedars East.

Consider yourself fortunate for an easy stroll to the Gulf of Mexico beach from any of these four homes. Country Club Shores is known for its canals that have access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf. Now that dredging of 185,000 cubic yards has commenced in New Pass, sailboaters in Country Club Shores will have an easier travel through the sometimes treacherous pass on the south end of Longboat Key. The sand from this $3.9 million project will help renourish Lido Key beaches.

Country Club Shores is also known for its proximity to St. Armands Circle and the lifestyle of Sarasota. Created in the 1960s by the Arvida Corporation, Country Club Shores has seen its share of single-story homes upgraded or replaced with sleek multi-story homes. Deeded beach access is granted through entry points off Gulf of Mexico Drive. It is a community that is ever evolving and worthy of a look by home buyers.


Prime corner lot in Country Club Shores with deep-water dockage

1055 Bogey Lane of Country Club Shores
Country Club Shores - 1055 Bogey Lane

The first home on this list is situated in a prime corner lot location at 1055 Bogey Lane of Country Club Shores. This lovely three-bedroom plus bonus room home abounds in elaborate Florida-sourced gardens and offered at $899,000. This home offers a newer roof in 2014, Porcelain tile flooring, hand-painted murals, eat-in kitchen with formal and informal dining areas, and walls of expansive windows and sliders equipped with storm shutters. Stone pavered walkways and vine-covered pergolas surround this private residence. Dockage and deep-water access to the bay is a highlight. While not boating, relax by the pool with screened-patio.


New seawall and screen-protected lanai a few steps from boat dock

570 Yardarm Lane
Country Club Shores - 570 Yardarm Lane

Just a stone’s throw away from Sarasota’s open bay waters, this three-bedroom Country Club Shores home at 570 Yardarm Lane is ready for you to add your personal touches. Offering a brand-new seawall, the screen-protected lanai is a few steps from the boat dock and deep-sailboat waters. The open layout features tile flooring, crown molding, plus the most recent updates include a newer kitchen with solid-wood cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, breakfast bar and recessed lighting. Enjoy a short walk to the beach, also offered at $899,000.


Light and open, two-story, elevated, waterfront home in Bayview Estates

519 Bayview Drive in Bayview Estates
Bayview Estates - 519 Bayview Drive

Shifting to the northern end of Longboat Key is this home for sale at 519 Bayview Drive in Bayview Estates. Lush, manicured landscaping, as well as a light and open, two-story layout are wonderful introductions to this elevated, waterfront home. The bright interior features cathedral vaulted ceilings, tiled flooring throughout, living/dining and family rooms, as well as an eat-in kitchen. Boating enthusiasts will love the 100 feet of water frontage, boat dock and 7,000-pound lift, offering easy bay access. This well-maintained, four-bedroom residence is ready for you to enjoy, poised for sale at $849,000.


Move right in to this furnished townhouse in Cedars East in north Longboat Key

570 Yardarm Lane
Cedars East - 810 Evergreen Way

Offered furnished, you will love the convenience of moving right in and immediately enjoying this townhouse in Cedars East, including its own one-car garage. Comprising the second level are two bedroom suites in a split plan for a wonderful amount of privacy. Wood flooring, an open split-level layout and protected water views welcome you to this home at 810 Evergreen Way, pleasantly priced at $349,000. Cedars East is a private enclave of townhomes located on north Longboat Key’s bayfront, within the Cedars Tennis Resort community. Walk to the beach!

I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was a great one. Although the break was short-lived, we had plenty of activity around the office this past weekend including this new listing at the Gulf-front community of the Sanctuary. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of any homes here at (941) 387-1840 or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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535 Sanctuary Dr, #C308 $1,695,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Condo on the Bay community overview

by Roger Pettingell

Amenity-rich community has a lot to offer

One of the first communities to change the skyline of downtown Sarasota

REALTALK™ #186, Condo on the Bay
Condo on the Bay - This unique community was disussed in REALTALK™ #186 last week.

When it comes to sunset views of the Ringling Bridge and Sarasota Bay, there is nothing better than the Condo on the Bay community downtown. Add in the amenities and proximity to the best that downtown Sarasota has to offer, and your life is good. The twin towers of these large high-rise homes at 888 Boulevard of the Arts in Tower I and 988 Boulevard of the Arts in Tower II, are flanked by a row of townhouses, with deep-water marines on both sides of the peninsula.

These structures changed the skyline of the bayfront with 19 floors erected on the waterfront. Consider that many of these 272 residences have been upgraded from their 1982 beginnings, there is plenty of value in these properties with prices under $1 million. You can lease out your residence, one time a year in both towers for a minimum of four months in Tower I and one year in Tower II. The larger townhouses can be spacious with over 5,000 square-feet of living space.

Your community is secure with a 24/7 manned guard gate and under building secure parking with electric vehicle charging stations for your convenience. Guest parking is also available. If you need to park your boat, dock space with electric is offered on a first-come, first-served bases. Relax while fishing from the pier that is on the grounds, protected by a seawall.

For a more active lifestyle, owners have access the two tennis courts, two resort style heated swimming pools and spa, and three fitness rooms with contemporary exercise equipment. There are social rooms with library for some downtime. Take advantage of the generous concierge service. And a short drive to the keys for the beaches or to St. Armands Circle is a delightful adventure of fine dining and boutique shopping.

But you might think, what about the barren 15 acres between the Condo on the Bay community and Tamiami Trail? It is the old Quay, soon to be alive with new residences, hotels, restaurants and businesses in a multi-use development program. It may become the new entertainment center of Sarasota, but is certainly exciting to watch the area grow. Even the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall that is within a short walk is in the revitalization discussion.


Upgraded two-bedroom for sale on fifth-floor at 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506

888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506
The sunset and panoramic views of the Ringling Bridge and Longboat Key are highlights of this two-bedroom residence at 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506.

I have a listing in Tower I, one of 10 active properties for sale there. Primed and ready for you to make it your own, this two-bedroom open concept plan is on the fifth floor at 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506. It offers lovely upgrades including oversized diagonal tile and hardwood flooring, newer bathrooms and eat-in kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, inset solid wood cabinetry, crown molding and tile backsplash.

The master suite is in the northeast corner, offering two standard closets and one walk-in closet. The guest suite is down the hall on the west side. Idyllic bay breezes and breathtaking dusk views on the terrace can be the perfect ending to any day.


Penthouse at #1906 in preparation for the market

888 Boulevard of the Arts, #1906
REALTALK™ #186 - The residence at 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #1906 was discussed in this video last week.

A second residence on the 19th-floor is being prepped for the MLS as an active listing. Every aspect of this downtown penthouse residence at 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #1906 has been meticulously upgraded. Walk in and fall in love with the direct bay views, hardwood floors, modern all-white kitchen, LED lighting, custom built-ins, beautiful tile work in both new bathrooms and tiled terrace space. The residence was discussed in this REALTALK™ #186.

This is a holiday week, many wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. We will be here during the week and this weekend, ready to take your call and set up an appointment. I know some of you may be in for just the week so we can accommodate you if you are looking to buy or sell in the Sarasota area. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of any homes on the market including this new listing last week at 236 Tremont Lane.

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236 Tremont Lane $3,495,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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New Global Luxury listings

by Roger Pettingell

Three listings certified as luxury homes

Exquisite estate in Lakewood Ranch to northern edge Longboat Key home

REALTALK™ #185
REALTALK™ #185 - We discussed the beginning of the 2018-19 peak season and introduced one of three properties highlighted in this REALTALK™ last week.

We are certainly feeling peak season as snowbirds are returning, homes are listed and contracts are being written for home purchases. Our inventory variety has increased to include homes from nearly $8 million to residences that would make fine rental properties on the Gulf of Mexico. I listed three homes last week that qualify for the Global Luxury brand of Coldwell Banker, highlighted here in this Home Showcase XXIX article.


Look at what is offered for the most expensive home in Lakewood Ranch

16416 Baycross Drive
Lakewood Ranch - 16416 Baycross Drive

The first is a grand estate in The Lake Club of Lakewood Ranch, and is a private playground for adults in an opulent setting of luxury. Built in 2015, this home for sale at 16416 Baycross Drive offers an immaculate lifestyle, including its own professionally designed five-hole golf course, 1/8 mile running track, tennis court, basketball court, gym, motor courtyard, car museum, billiards and media rooms, plus a 1,000-bottle wine cellar. If that isn’t enough for an active lifestyle, it includes a brick pavered 35-foot high protected lanai, with cabana, summer kitchen and bar, fireplace, designer pool and raised spa. This is the most expensive home in Lakewood Ranch, deservedly so with all its features and Lake Club amenities. It is listed at $7,995,000.


Rare nearly one-acre property with home overlooking Sarasota Bay

1509 South Lodge Drive
Cherokee Park - 1509 South Lodge Drive

The spectacular location of this waterfront home in Cherokee Park is a rarity. There is an aspect at this designer residence for the entire family to enjoy at 1509 South Lodge Drive. This home listed at $4,995,000 rests on nearly one-acre of property overlooking Sarasota Bay with views that stretch to John Ringling Bridge and the twinkling lights of downtown. Completely renovated inside and out in 2011, this 4BR plus family and media rooms layout offers custom finishes including tongue-and-groove ceilings with expose beams, Travertine and wood flooring, gourmet kitchen, designer fixtures and much more. A heated swimming pool, spa and sunbathing areas are only steps away from the dock and lifts on sailboat waters.


Panoramic views from the northern edge of Longboat Key in Lands End

749 Lands End Drive
Lands End - 749 Lands End Drive on Longboat Key

I discussed how our October with season has started in my REALTALK #185 video last week and introduced the third home on this list at 749 Lands End Drive, on the northern edge of Longboat Key in the Village community. The contemporary design and secluded location of this direct bayfront residence creates an ideal, move-in ready environment. Surrounded by tropical, Florida-sourced vegetation and located at the end of a private cul-de-sac, every aspect of this elevated home was completely renovated. Beautiful features include exterior Cemplank siding, durable IPE wood decks, plus an upgraded interior featuring Brazilian cherry wood flooring, Andersen impact windows and sliders encased in solid wood, Cypress ceilings and much more, listed at $1,995,000. You will love the view of the Longboat Pass bridge, Anna Maria Island and panoramic water views.

I listed three other residences last week with water views that I will showcase in future articles. If you are looking for an ideal location in downtown Sarasota call us about 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506. Within a short walk to downtown and Marina Jack from Golden Gate Point, the residence No. 11 in Harbor House is nearly brand new with its upgrades. The third has gorgeous beach-to-bay views from the seventh floor in the Beaches community on Longboat Key. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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174 Golden Gate Point, #11 $879,000 Video Photo Slideshow
775 Longboat Club Rd, #705 $799,000 Video Photo Slideshow
888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506 $625,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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The eventual rise of Longboat Key

by Roger Pettingell

Longboat Key: Circus times to today

Our story picks up from last week on the history of Longboat Key

Ritz-Carlton hotel in 1952
Ritz-Carlton - Ringling's dream of a grand hotel on Longboat Key ended in the late 1920s. The structure was demolished in 1964 to make way for Arvida's new Longboat Key Club with its many amenities

While John Ringling had eyes on developing his circus on the mainland, he had a keen sense for the barrier islands as a real estate developer. He was the visionary for bringing his circus to Sarasota in 1927 and purchasing land in the Sarasota area. It was that period before then in which he purchased much of the south end of Longboat Key, an undeveloped Bird Key, St. Armands Key and a couple smaller keys. He set out to create a grand playground for the rich to vacation in this slice of paradise.

A short time before then, another developer Owen Burns had his own plans for developing Sarasota and the barrier islands, starting with the development of the Lido Key Beach. Before World War I, under his Burns Realty Company and the Burns Construction Company he was instrumental in its development and the area now known as Burns Court in Sarasota.

He and Ringling together were working together to manage the tremendous growth they had seen for the area. This is where we pick up from last week on the early years of Longboat Key, and progress to what is today Longboat Key.

St. Armands Circle was a vision Ringling had for shops and dining. He purchased a home under construction to be used for Warren G. Harding as a winter White House for the president. This was a great growth spurt for the area during this period of the roaring twenties. Ringling also set out to construct the first Ringling Bridge from Sarasota to St. Armands Key in 1925. It was then that his grandest illusion was forming, the construction of a Ritz-Carlton branded hotel that would be the invitation for the rich and famous.

Tragedy struck in many forms. In 1921 a hurricane devastated the area and created a New Pass inlet that now separates Lido Key from Longboat Key. Ringling may have used this as an omen to build his Ritz-Carlton on the southern edge of Longboat Key overlooking New Pass. A bigger set-back may have been the economic breakdown and land bust during the Great Depression that started in 1929. It didn't stop there, there was the death of his beloved wife, Mable, also in 1929. The project was abandoned and the empty shell of this great hotel would sit idle for many years. John Ringling himself would pass on several years later.

One of the remaining Whitney Beach Cottages
Progress Continues - One of the remaining Whitney Beach cottages on the Longboat Key Arts Center site was moved to make way for a new development. A new Arts Center behind the Publix is in development.

One of the first developments on the island began in 1935 when Gordon and Lora Whitney purchased Gulf to Bay property on Longboat Key and built 13 cottages on the northern end of island. These were resort-style properties with a tennis court for use by guests. Whitney Beach was popular and even used during WWII to house servicemen. The resort would close in 1957 and some of the cottages moved to different locations. One of the last remaining cottages was moved to the northeast corner at Gulf of Mexico Drive and Broadway Street. It will be repurposed as a Longboat Key historical museum and greeting center for visitors entering from Bradenton and Anna Maria Island.

Longboat Key would make modest gains in the years following, certainly not at the fervor pace that Ringling had set. Development was slow to a point that even in 1942 the U.S. Air Force saw the barren land on Longboat Key and determined it would be a great location for use as 50-caliber target practice at the beginning of World War II. For a few hours a day P-40 aircraft would strafe the mid-section of the island in their practice sessions.

The town had seen moderate growth following the war and the town would vote to incorporate in November 1955 by nearly a unanimous vote of nearly 100 citizens. Eight commissioners were elected that day, the Honorable Wilfred LaPage was selected among them as the first mayor of Longboat Key. The anniversary is next week.

Longboat Key was to see its next growth spurt. Arthur Vining Davis, with his namesake company by combining the first two letters of his name, Arvida Corporation, made a major investment in Longboat Key by buying up Ringling property holdings from Bird Key to mid-Longboat Key. In the years following the 1958 purchase, the 91-year old Davis with his corporation made great strides in the development of Longboat Key. It was a modern era of growth.

Under Arvida's commitment, Bird Key was forming from a small area of land to a tropical island of well-planned canals and streets. Dredging and land fill expanded the land mass from 12 acres to 250 acres by the early 1960s. Stately homes were built to attract celebrities. The Bird Key Yacht Club was formed in 1959 to become a center post of activity. Today Bird Key is a family-oriented community where you can visit with neighbors on the street, walk your pet or take a relaxing ride on a bike in this gated community.

Arvida was also responsible for the development of Country Club Shores on the south end of the island with its series of canals with direct access to the bay. Arvida was responsible for much of the Bay Isles development, with communities that were distinctly different from each other. Bay Isles is a gated set of communities and its owners have deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club. Grand Bay, with its six buildings on the bay is a prime example of this luxury development. Fairway and Marina Bay offer similar lifestyles. Corey’s Landing has its villas with maintenance-free living. Next door is Queens Harbour with single and two-story upscale homes.

New Guard Gate
Longboat Key Club - The old guard gate to Longboat Club Road is in the foreground of the new entrance structure under construction by Ocean Properties

Arvida soon began one of its biggest projects where the abandoned Ritz-Carlton hotel started by Ringling sat deteriorating. It demolished the structure in 1964 and started its plans for the Longboat Key Club where the degrading structure stood. An 18-hole golf course was built near the structure. The Longboat Key Club is now comprised of two championship golf courses, marina in a protected harbor, tennis courts and fine restaurants. Ocean Properties purchased the resort in 2012 and plans are underway to expand with hotels and family residences, discussed in this REALTALKplus™ article.

The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort was also beginning its rise in the 1960s. It would grow to become one of the world’s renown centers for training rising stars in professional tennis. Celebrities gathered there to relax. George Bush stayed at the resort on September 10, 2001 before attending a class demonstration at Booker Elementary School the next day. It was there that he was informed of the hijacking of American airplanes. The Colony fell into bankruptcy and eventually closed in 2010.

Longboat Observer update
Colony Beach & Tennis Resort - Developers faced with obstacles to develop the abandoned property.

But the Colony may rise again. The Orlando company, Unicorp National under its president, Chuck Whittall, have plans to demolish the existing buildings to build a set of 78 luxury residences and a 166-room hotel on the site. Many of the buildings have been taken down, but Unicorp faces some legal hurdles with ownership rights of some units. The completed resort will be run by St. Regis, which manages some of the top hotels in the world and is part of the discussion in this REALTALKplus™ article.

This new growth helps to spurt some luxury home sales, including four new listings last week. Three qualify as Coldwell Banker Global Luxury properties for their price and luxury features. 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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604 Mourning Dove Drive $2,495,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1465 Hillview Drive $1,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
260 N. Shore Rd, #4 $1,695,000   Photo Slideshow
519 Bayview Drive $849,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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