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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.

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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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Options without a boat ownership

by Roger Pettingell

In Sarasota without a boat, no worries

Variety of boat charter, membership or rental options discussed

Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota
Marina Jack - The harbor pier companies offer plenty of charter, membership or rental opportunities.

When you live near the water as we do in Sarasota you may love boating and fishing, or fishing and boating. Either way it’s recreational boating at its best on the bay, intracoastal and Gulf of Mexico. You may own your own boat or you may decide to captain a boat through other means. Renting, timeshare or charter services are plentiful in the area but are typically restricted from dusk-to-dawn boating. You have many options.

An average boat rental may start with a 17-foot center console for a few hours to a full-day or multi-day program on a 24-foot deck boat. The maximum number of guests range with the size too, from four to 12. Cannons Marina on Longboat Key has a good selection of pleasure or fishing boats. Near Siesta Key, check out Siesta Key Marina at 1265 Old Stickney Point Rd. Nearby is CB’s Saltwater Outfitters. Bradenton Boat Rental near Whitfield Estates has a selection of boats for rental by the day.

Looking for a pontoon boat to accommodate more guests? You have a number of choices such as Sarasota Boat Rentals has two locations for pontoon rentals in the Marina Jack harbor and another at south Siesta Key, 8865 Midnight Pass Road. Pontoons are also available for rent at H2O Watersports just south of the Seafood Shack in Cortez.

Personal Watercraft (PWC) are available at some of the same locations as above, including H2O Watersports and Siesta Key Jet Ski at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters. Cortez Watersports, also near the Seafood Shack also has a good number of jet skis for rent. Island Jet Ski in Englewood and Osprey rent jet skis and pontoon boats.

The boat rental companies want experienced boaters and each has their own set of rules. Compliance with Florida law is a requirement of all rental companies, the first of which states that persons born on or after January 1, 1988 (21 this year), are required to complete a NASBLA-approved boater education course prior to operating a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or more. The regulations and a list of exemptions can be found on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website. Online courses qualify for licensing. Most of the local rental companies will ensure the boat is properly equipped with the correct number of life jackets and safety equipment.

Personal Watercraft are restricted to those over 14 years of age and no one under the age of 21 may rent a PWC. In most cases the rentals of boats are restricted to those over the age 21. You may also need to demonstrate that you have the skills in boat operation and safety if you are over the age of 21.

Captains are available upon advanced request, typically at $25 per hour plus tips and a four-hour minimum. Tax and fuel usage are additional charges. There are varying degrees of cancellation fees, be sure to ask. They may also cancel your trip if there is a small craft advisory associated with stormy weather or high winds.

Enjoy your day on the water with a charter

The Flying Fish Fleet in Sarasota
The Flying Fish Fleet in Sarasota by Marina Jack is one of a few companies that has a variety of charters.

Another option to enjoyable boating is to charter a boat with a number of options in Sarasota. Fishing charters are a wonderful way to get where the fish are. Knowledgeable captains give great advise on proper techniques and will know the legal restrictions for fishing Florida waters. They can get you set up with the right licenses whether you are fishing shoreline, in freshwater or saltwater. Florida residents can get a free shoreline fishing license. Discounted freshwater or saltwater licenses are available to Florida residents. Free licenses are also distributed to seniors over 65 years of age.

Charters are a great way to get on the water with sailboats as well since they require a little more knowledge and skills than power boats. There are a number of sailing companies that offer a day on the water with the breeze as your power. Sarasota Sail & Power Boat, Flying Fish Fleet, Key Sailing, Latitude Sailing and Captain Jacks offer a sailing experience. Kathleen D. Sailing in the Marina Jack harbor and Connelly Yacht Charters in Whitfield Estates have a number of large catamarans.

A dinner cruise is a form of charter, it just may not be exclusive to your small group. But large groups such as weddings are exclusive to you aboard the Marina Jack II. Their captains are certified notaries so a wedding on the water is official. The 96-foot cruise boat is a great way for a sunset dinner on the water. LeBarge Tropical Cruises in the Marina Jack Plaza are more casual with sightseeing tours and tropical sunset cruises. It has a full bar, light food menu and is an ideal location to watch the 4th of July Fireworks or Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade. LeBarge is also available for private charters. As with all charters, a personal recommendation may a go a long way and Yelp.com is useful for suggestions. Then just sit back and enjoy yourself.

Maintenance-free boat memberships, like timeshares on the water

Freedom Boat Club
Freedom Boat Club - Membership in one the local clubs is a maintenance-free way to be on the water.

There are two organizations that have good locations in the Sarasota area, that once registered with the club you only pay a low monthly fee and fuel that you use. The Freedom Boat Club has franchise throughout the United States and the Waves Boat and Social Club has five locations from Englewood to Cortez.

The number of locations for the Freedom Boat Club is unique, most of the good waterfront cities in over 175 cities of the United States and Canada will have a franchise open to its members. Beyond that, they have locations in places you may not expect such as Navajo Lake State Park in New Mexico or Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

There are different levels of memberships at Freedom to fit your needs. Seasonal memberships in the southern states, family and single memberships are offered. Pay attention, they often run specials so that you can save on memberships. Once enrolled, your monthly fee covers maintenance of the boats, insurance and staff. All you pay for is fuel that you use. There may be restrictions if you join in Michigan but want all of the extended offerings in Florida.

Reservations are recommended and made online, so you may not have access to a favorite deck boat on a busy day without a reservation. The same system is used whether booking in Sarasota or at a location in Ohio on Lake Erie. The club is also increasing its fleet of sailboats at each location. Once you sit through a three-hour indoctrination on boating safety after joining, sailboat captains also attend a skills demonstration on the water.

The Waves Boat and Social Club has been around for over 22 years with its five locations in the Sarasota area. Deck, pontoon, fishing and even kayaks are in their fleet of boats at each location. Very similar to the Freedom Boat Club with its membership fee, followed by seasonal and full-time monthly fees of $189 to $289, this club may be right for you if you limit yourself to the western intracoastal, west shores of the Gulf and Sarasota Bay.

Throughout the week different days are staggered at each location as a day off for employees. For instance, the Boatyard Villages location on Stickney Point Road are closed on Tuesdays. On Mondays the location by the Seafood Shack in Cortez is closed but you can call the office and arrange for a boat. The Fisherman’s Wharf is closed on Thursdays, Phillippi Harbor Club is closed on Wednesdays and Stump Pass Marina in Englewood is closed on Thursdays. During the peak season months all locations may be open seven days a week, dusk to dawn.

Waves has its social club aspect as well. Members are invited to the beach parties, tours and sunset cruises. The concierge may also point out the best restaurants to enjoy special occasions along the waterways. And if you like the area well enough to join the club, think of home ownership as well. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

 

Role of Longboat Key in WWII

by Roger Pettingell

Area played a vital role in training pilots

Munitions from military training exercises continue to be found on island

Plaque to commemorate World War II training exercises
WWI Training Commemorative Plaque - The plaque at 4250 Gulf of Mexico Drive recognizes Longboat Key for its pilot training services in World War II.

Longboat Key played a vital role in training fighter pilots during World War II, a fact many longtime residents of the island have known for years. In the 1940s Longboat Key was more desolate and Florida had ideal weather for training. Along the Sarasota and Manatee county line, the attraction wasn’t tourism, it was warfare preparation. What started as construction of a civilian airport under the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the current Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) was transformed as one of three landing strips in the area used to launch the U.S. Army P-40s and P-51s fighter planes.

From different bases including the Sarasota Army Air Base, they would practice their bombing runs over Longboat Key with powder-filled bombs that a made more visual impact than explosion. Spotters could gage the accuracy of the pilots with the flurry of smoke the bombs made on impact.

The Venice Army Air Base, now the Venice Municipal Airport (VNC), was the second training ground for fighter pilots of four different planes who also practiced bombing runs over Fruitville Road area and Osprey locations. The third was MacDill Air Force Base (MCF) located in Tampa, still in use today as a military base of operations. The training was treacherous and pilots lost their lives with skip bombing practice runs. Skip bombing was used to attack ships by dropping the bombs at low altitude and have it skip across the water into the hull. The town and the Longboat Key Historical Society have commemorated its role in the war with one of seven historical markers at the Town Water Plant located at 4250 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

World War II artifacts are continually unearthed to this day. Occasionally 50-caliber shell casings have been found on the beaches. A P-40 canopy washed up on the shore in 1985. Contractors that sift through the sand during dredging and renourishment projects regularly find shell casings and rounds. Even live rounds have been reported. The Department of Defense has scheduled a munitions cleansing project for Longboat Key in 2047 after labeling the area a low-risk for hazardous rounds of ammo. Two years ago the U.S. Coast Guard was dispatched to waters off the northern tip of Anna Maria Island on reports of an unexploded ordnance.

The famed Lido Key Casino was also built starting in 1938 as a WPA project and opened in May of 1940. During WWII the casino was host to many military personnel relaxing from the rigors of training at nearby military bases. The casino was used as a lookout post for German U-Boat submarines during the war and reports of U-boats in Charlotte Harbor have been recorded. The casino lasted a scant 29 years before its demolition in 1969.

Last week I listed an exclusive direct bayfront residence within walking distance to Sarasota’s downtown. This 3BR/31/2BA contemporary residence in the sought-after Golden Gate Point neighborhood is a move-in ready dream at 188 Golden Gate Pt, #201. 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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188 Golden Gate Pt, #201 $2,995,000   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.

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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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