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New construction off the beaten path in Sarasota

by Roger Pettingell

Spurt in Rosemary District revitalizes area

New constructions in downtown Sarasota are filling needs

Valencia in the Rosemary District of Sarasota, Florida
Valencia - There are plenty of good opportunities here in the Rosemary District of downtown Sarasota.

Drive off the beaten path of Sarasota’s Tamiami Trail, and you will find an explosion of new condominium construction, revitalizing the downtown area. The Rosemary District has been neglected for years but is now in the middle of a growth spurt that will turn around this area. Its boundaries begin at Fruitville Road on the south, extends northward to 10th Street, then to the trail on the west and Orange Avenue on the east. The location is ideal with its close proximity to downtown shopping and dining. Take in a performance at the The Players Theatre or the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Its history is as long as Sarasota itself, platted with the city in 1885.

Drive up Cocoanut Avenue and the large new building Cityside on the right looms in your line of sight at Boulevard of the Arts. In two phases 489 apartments will be completed and ready for rental soon. To the left at the intersection is Valencia at Rosemary Place. These luxury townhouses are expected to be completed this winter, with the Pamplona floor plan sold out by Icon Residential. However, there are plenty of available residences as the construction project continues to the north. Ten units of the Almeria floor plan along May Lane are offered with 2,099 square feet of living space, complete with a deck and garage. The Cordoba is slightly smaller and also has a garage with each residence. As bookends at each end of May Lane where 10 units of the Almeria floor plans will be built are the Madrid on the west and the Barcelona on the east at the Cocoanut Avenue intersection. Icon has other construction projects in Tampa Bay, Orlando and Atlanta.

When completed in the summer of 2017 there will be 22 new residences that are selling in the range of $350,000 to $900,000 at Risdon on 5th. Six remain unsold in this gated community. Award-winning architects Michael Halflants and John Pichette are planning a rooftop swimming pool with great views of downtown Sarasota. Halflants and Pichette are also the involved architects for Vanguard Lofts at 1343 Fourth Street. One residence of the six remains unsold and is a 2BR/2BA with two-car garage. It is listed for $799,000 with expected completion of this community in March of 2017.

There will be 489 new apartments in the Rosemary District when all of Cityside is finished.

No discussion of new construction in Sarasota would be complete without mentioning The Vue at Gulfstream and Tamiami Trail. When completed in early 2017, there will be 141 residences in 18 stories that overlook the Sarasota skyline. Five properties are active in MLS as of this morning’s writing, which includes these two penthouses. Residence number 1802 is a three bedroom, three and one half bath property that includes three parking spaces listed at $3,399,000. Unit 1801 listed at $2,999,000 has four bedrooms, four and a half baths with two assigned parking spaces. Nearing completion, there is still time to purchase and add your finishing touches to the design.

If your wishes are to be on the barrier islands and want to move in soon, the Park Residences on Lido Key may be right for you. Three of the 18 residences here are still active listings. You are steps to the Gulf of Mexico white sand beach and bordered by 100 acres of nature preserve at Ted Sperling Park. All floor plans are sold with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The famed St. Armands Circle is close and Sarasota is a short drive away over the Ringling Bridge.

The newly completed Aria at Villa am Meer and the contemporary Infinity communities have sold all of their properties on Longboat Key. However, there are many Longboat Key residences for sale that have been updated with modern finishes and available.

Last week I listed two homes and two residences for sale on Longboat Key. The luxury home at 5080 Gulf of Mexico Drive has five bedrooms, five full baths and three half baths. It is complete with infinity-edge pool and boat dockage. The home for sale at 1011 Longboat Club Road is a golfer’s paradise on Longboat Key Club’s Islandside golf course and is only one of seven custom homes there within walking distance to the beach. A short distance is my new listing at L'Ambiance Dr, #D906, also on Islanside golf course and overlooks the newly renourished Gulf beach at this elegant community. I have also listed a rarely available three bedroom walk-down to the beach residence at Beachplace, with its many fine amenities. 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
5080 Gulf of Mexico Drive $6,990,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1011 Longboat Club Road $2,795,000 Video Photo Slideshow
415 L'Ambiance Dr, #D906 $2,600,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1055 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #106 $1,299,000   Photo Slideshow


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The visible signs of Sarasota growth

by Roger Pettingell

New hotels, high-rises and businesses

Snowbird survivor's guide to summer construction changes

Vue Sarasota and Embassy Suites
Vue Sarasota on the right nears completion while the 18-story Embassy Suites hotel at left goes skyward.

The car carrier company is transporting your automobile to Longboat Key and you are landing at SRQ the week after Thanksgiving to spend a few months under the warm Florida sunshine. You may have done this for years. Every year you might see a new building from the window of your cab on the route to your winter home. This year may be different for you as there are many new buildings. The most notable change hits you as you approach Gulfstream Avenue in downtown Sarasota. That’s where the fun really begins.

The 800-pound gorilla in the intersection is the new Westin Hotel and Vue Sarasota residences. It might have been at the ground level when you left. Now it is fully formed, seemingly ready for guests and residents. Depending on when you arrive, the Westin may already be accepting guests for booking in any of their 255 rooms. Construction continues on the 144 residences and is expecting to be completed in early 2017. Included in the construction is a 14,000 square-foot ballroom and two junior ballrooms of nearly 6,000 square feet each.

Across the street on Tamiami Trail is the shell of the new Embassy Suites and Spa with 180-200 guest rooms under construction. There had been a small cabinet retailer on the corner when you left that was razed for this 18-story edifice that is expected to be completed in mid-2017. In all, the Embassy Suites and Westin will offer two-thirds of the new hotel rooms with ongoing construction in downtown Sarasota. The Aloft Hotel on One Palm Avenue has already opened with its 138 rooms.

You turn right to head over the Ringling Causeway to Coon Key and the bridge to St. Armands Circle. At the end of the bridge you notice evidence that the bridge had been repaired over the summer. Repairs limited traffic to one lane and added an average of 20 minutes to the morning commute. You accept that you were lucky to avoid that daily transit.

Looking to your left you see a construction site at the Plymouth Harbor of Sarasota Bay. The assisted living facility is adding 70 new residences in its Northwest Garden Building that will be devoted to memory care units, assisted living and independent living. The 150,000 square foot building in three stories is expected to be completed early next year.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Urgent Care facility
The new urgent care facility in St. Armands Circle is part of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital system.

In the short span of your drive past the Ringling Bridge to St. Armands Circle has one more view of new construction. Where the old St. Armands Medical Center had been, a new urgent care building may be open for patients. As part of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital system of urgent care facilities the new center will have lab and X-ray capabilities to help treat patients. This will become the sixth urgent care facility in the hospital system that are located in Manatee and Sarasota counties. There are two floors for patients with injuries that are non-life threatening and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily when it opens in October.

Depending on your location on Longboat Key you may pass the new 16-unit Aria at Villa am Meer community and Infinity with its 11 luxury waterfront residences. You will notice that the Colony Beach and Tennis resort is in different phases of razing for a new community with 180 residences and equal number of hotel rooms. What you won’t see is construction for a Floridays hotel on the north end of the island. You may have even sent in an absentee ballot for an August 30th referendum that would have allowed the proposed hotel. Voters decidedly rejected the proposal. The new Zota hotel at 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive is expected to open December 1. The former Hilton Beachfront Resort was renovated and a new 84-room tower will be available for nightly stays.

SRQ Air Traffic Control Tower
SRQ Air Traffic Control Tower - Look for the new tower northwest of the runways when landing.

You arrive at your place, now it’s time to unpack and head to the beach. You will see that Tropical Storm Hermine didn’t erode much of the beaches. Instead, you will find a more extended beach due to renourishment projects in New Pass, Longboat Pass through dredging projects and beaches in between through daily truck hauls where hundreds of thousands of cubic sand renewed the beaches on Longboat Key.

Reflecting back to your landing at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport you may have noticed the construction of the air traffic control tower in the northwest corner of the runway system. Another sign of the growth that Sarasota is experiencing. 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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