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Home Showcase XXI - Bird Key

by Roger Pettingell

Homes for sales on this historic island

Bird Key homes that meet the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury standard

History of Bird Key
Bird Key - Video chronology in REALTALK™ #99

Bird Key, an unpretentious 12-acre plot of land that was inhabited by waterfowl and grass flats in 1911, may have the most celebrated history of the barrier islands. It is a history that started that year with the construction of a single home that was developed from land that was dredged out of a channel that split the island. The New Edzell Castle was ahead of its time in building technology with hot and cold running water and lighting that could easily be seen from the mainland.

Famed circus magnate and land developer John Ringling purchased the castle and the land in 1920 to help support his quest to grow Sarasota as the vacation spot of the world. His focus was in land development from Sarasota to Longboat Key, with Bird Key between the two in Sarasota Bay. He was responsible for building a bridge connecting Sarasota through Bird Key to his newly developed St. Armands Circle on Lido Key. It would be the first of three bridges that connected the land masses.

Arvida Realty was buying up land in the area and in 1959 purchased Bird Key. It would transform Bird Key into the luxury hotspot in the area with 511 single properties with its growth to 250 acres and a series of interconnecting canals. A trip by boat around the island today will show off the wealth and luxury lifestyle that exists on the island.

It has been highly sought for its proximity to the mainland and St. Armands. Residents find a family atmosphere where couples can be seen regularly walking the streets with their pets and children. There is one manned guard gate as an entrance to Bird Key and patrols combine for additional security. The Bird Key Yacht Club is of the highest marina standards. It is a social club with swimming pool and tennis courts.

670 Mourning Dove Drive
Direct bay access at 670 Mourning Dove Drive

I currently have seven active and pending listings on Bird Key and all meet the standards that Coldwell Banker has set for its Global Luxury brand. These homes are marketed world wide through Coldwell Banker system. My most exclusive home for sale is an estate on one lot and a second lot that has been preserved for its lush landscaping. The asking price for 622 South Owl is $8,995,000. Today I introduce two waterfront homes with direct boat access to the bay, one on coveted Mourning Dove Drive and the second is a custom-built home on Partridge Circle.

Overflowing with charm and allure, this stunning home, offering more than 4,000 square feet of designer living space will impress you at every turn. This estate at 670 Mourning Dove Drive is ideally situated just three homes in from Sarasota Bay. The avid boater will enjoy the 100-feet of frontage on sailboat-deep waters, a newer seawall and dock with shore-power, as well as a 16,000-pound lift. Built in 2006, this beautiful estate features custom finishes inside and out, including imported stone accents, ceiling treatment of exposed maple beams, Fine Art chandeliers and sconces, handscraped solid-wood maple and Travertine tile flooring, impact-glass windows, French doors and much more. It is offered at $2,895,000.

438 Partridge Circle
Custom built home at 438 Partridge Circle

From the stone marble accents, 14’ ceilings and luxurious finishes, to the private garden portico with heated swimming pool and spa, you will fall in love with every aspect of this custom-built waterfront home at 438 Partridge Circle, listed at $2,195,000. Built by luxury home builder Las Casitas in 2004, the expansive floor plan features a living/dining room with double-sided gas fireplace, Travertine tile flooding, gourmet eat-in kitchen, home theatre, office and four bedroom suites. You will appreciate the open pool deck, private outdoor dining and lounge areas, 28’ boat dock, lift and two Jet Ski lifts as the perfect finishing touches.

Last week I listed a gorgeous five-bedroom home in Corey’s Landing behind the secure gates of Bay Isles. It is located directly on a stretch of Harbourside golf course at 3426 Mistletoe Lane. You can see this home as a 3D virtual floor plan tour to look around this home as though you were walking through it. 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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3426 Mistletoe Lane $1,349,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Classic winter and spring events

by Roger Pettingell

Upcoming events for an active lifestyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out the three new listings last week at the Beach Residences on Lido Key, Country Club Shores and Bay Harbour on Longboat Key. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing, or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr, #1201 $5,495,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1055 Bogey Lane $939,000 Video Photo Slideshow
448 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #A306 $549,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Lido Shores Community Spotlight

by Roger Pettingell

Iconic community planned by Philip Hiss

Many homes in Lido Shores influenced by Sarasota School of Architecture

Hiss Studio on Lido Shores
Hiss Studio - 1310 Westway Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last week I have listed two homes in Bird Key, a residence in Beachplace and one home in Palm Aire. The first is a stunning three bedroom home at 670 Mourning Dove Drive, offering more than 4,000 square feet of designer living space in the exclusive community of Bird Key. The other Bird Key home is at 438 Partridge Circle. This stylish four bedroom waterfront home features a living/dining room with double-sided gas fireplace, gourmet eat-in kitchen, sound-proof home theatre and office. The third listing is a top-floor residence in building 6 of Beachplace with new windows and glass sliders throughout at 1095 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #602. My active listing at 5807 Fairwoods Circle is on the fourth green of Palm Aire Country Club, is maintenance free and has great curb appeal. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
670 Mourning Dove Drive $2,895,000 Video Photo Slideshow
438 Partridge Circle $2,195,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1095 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #602 $699,000   Photo Slideshow
5807 Fairwoods Circle $370,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Ritz-Carlton - Beach Residences Showcase

by Roger Pettingell

Full services and amenities of the Ritz

Worldwide travelers were attracted to Sarasota when the hotel was built

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I listed two properties last week that should draw some attention for home buyers looking in Osprey for property on the water or if you are looking to be on the Gulf of Mexico on the northern end of Longboat Key. The first in the Bay Acres community at 412 Bayshore Drive has breathtaking sunsets. This custom-built John Cannon home is ideal for the water enthusiast, offering 162’ of direct-bay frontage, with dock and 8,000-pound lift. On Longboat Key this rarely-available three-bedroom townhouse is located directly on the pristine Gulf shores, offering striking modern upgrades throughout at 260 N. Shore Rd, #4. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
412 Bayshore Drive $2,095,000 Video Photo Slideshow
260 N. Shore Rd, #4 $1,999,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Roger Pettingell of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is your Longboat Key, Florida Luxury Real Estate Specialist. Roger provides his real estate expertise to sellers, investors, developers, and buyers in the Sarasota area including Anna Maria, Bird Key, Bradenton Beach, Casey Key, Cortez, Grand Bay, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Marina Bay, Osprey and Siesta Key. Search for homes, luxury homes, condominiums, investment property, development property, and vacant land and lots on the Longboat Key, Florida and the surrounding area.