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New and refreshed listings on the market

by Roger Pettingell

It's October, ready for peak season

Fresh new inventory for Longboat Key and Sarasota luxury home buyers

Grand Bay
Overlooking Harbourside - Grand Bay Blvd, #461

As we head into mid-October we have a good idea what is going to happen in the luxury waterfront market. There will be buyers looking for good property to buy. They won’t be kicking the tires, they will be serious buyers. With a good economy it is more imperative that we put our best foot forward and show a good inventory to interested buyers. This past week we made active 11 properties we held back waiting for peak season and five new listings to present good opportunities for buyers.

Here are five new listings to consider. The first is a rarely available Antigua residence in the coveted Building IV at Grand Bay. This beautifully updated sixth-floor residence highlights breathtaking bay, marina and city views. Walk in and fall in love with the designer renovations including new flooring, custom finishes, built-ins and access to the wraparound terrace from every room at 3010 Grand Bay Blvd, #461.

If you are looking in Englewood find ideal Gulf-front living in this 4BR beach home at 7760 Manasota Key Road. Flourishing in recent renovations, from the Florida pine wood floors, to the glass French doors that open to your own boardwalk to the beach, this delightful getaway will be hard to ever leave.

The treat of maintenance-free living behind secure club gates can be yours to enjoy at this 4BR Queens Harbour residence. Beautifully maintained, offering many updates throughout, including a modified layout that added substantial square footage, neutral decor, cathedral tray ceilings, newer eat-in kitchen and custom built-ins. Enjoy the amenities with deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club at 3531 Fair Oaks Lane.

Winding Oaks
REALTALK™ #216 - Winding Oaks

Winding Oaks residents adore this neighborhood's tranquil environment, offering a newly upgraded swimming facility with heated infinity pool, lounge areas and lakeside walking trails. I listed two in this community, discussed in REALTALK™ #216, both overlooking the water of the Blue Heron course, the final nine of the Harbourside Golf Course.

Contemporary upgrades accentuate every inch of this chic lakefront home at 3427 Winding Oaks Dr, #14. Includes a radiant ambiance which offers clean lines, unique flooring, designer kitchen that opens to the living/dining room, high-end adornments, stone wall accents, brand-new bathrooms, private swimming pool and spa, screened patio and much more.

The home at 3431 Winding Oaks Dr, #16 is situated in a prime spot, overlooking peaceful lake waters. This 3BR residence has been recently updated throughout. Relish a luxurious maintenance-free lifestyle, within biking distance to the deeded private beach through the Bay Isles Beach Club.

Refreshed listings back on the market for peak season

Sometimes we take the summer months to review homes that need to be fresh on the market during peak season. We use this time to throw a fresh coat of paint on the walls, replace some aging mechanicals and make the home more appealing from the curb. We have 11 back on the market that are sure to make their new home owners glad they purchased in the Sarasota area.

16416 Baycross Drive
Lake Club - 16416 Baycross Drive

The first is an absolute stunning adult sports park at 16416 Baycross Drive, a lifestyle estate in The Lake Club that was built in 2015. Boasting one-of-a-kind, spectacular amenities all on one floor, including its own professionally designed 5-hole golf course, 1/8 mile running track, tennis court, basketball court, gym, motor courtyard, car museum, drawing room, billiards and media rooms, library, plus 1,000-bottle wine cellar. This walled 5BR estate in a private, gated community is surrounded by expanses of lush foliage and Savannah. The Lake Club is an exclusive gated community in Lakewood Ranch.

Perfectly positioned just two homes in from the open bayfront, offering stunning views of Sarasota Bay and John Ringling Bridge, this newer 4BR Harbor Acres home is immediately ready for you to begin enjoying. Built to the highest standards in 2009, features include a custom-designed layout with all conveniences on one floor, impact doors, windows and sliders, elevator, 14’ ceilings, Travertine flooring, coffered ceiling treatments, waterside swimming pool, plus boat dock and lift at 1352 Harbor Drive.

Back on Longboat Key I have a brand new 4BR home, completed in 2019, which rests on sailboat waters that flow out to Sarasota’s open bayfront. Offering more than 4,300 SF of gorgeous interior, this is the best of waterfront living. Fall in love with the convenience of new construction, featuring new seawall, impact windows/sliders, designer finishes, first-floor master-sized guest suite, second level including family room and expansive master with its own balcony, plus elaborate outdoor entertaining with summer kitchen and fire pit. You must see this Country Club Shores new home at 560 Putter Lane.

Enjoy breathtaking sunset views and walk to downtown Sarasota from this fourth-floor bayfront Phoenix residence on the famed Golden Gate Point neighborhood at 136 Golden Gate Pt, #401. More than 3,700 SF of 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.

658 Mourning Dove Drive
Bird Key - 658 Mourning Dove Drive

The home at 658 Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key is back on the market. You will love the fabulous, coastal contemporary updates found throughout this waterfront home. Overlooking tranquil waters that reach out to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico beyond, this 3BR home is situated near the end of the cul-de-sac on Mourning Dove’s sought-after street. Bird Key is ideally located with a short drive to the west for the beaches and over the Ringling Bridge to the east for downtown Sarasota. Every aspect, inside and out, of this luxury home has been renovated to enhance the sunny, inviting atmosphere.

Built by famed architect Mark Sultana of DSDG Inc., this modern, move-in ready boater’s paradise is located on a quiet canal along Longboat Key’s north end at 705 Jungle Queen Way. Yachtsmen will love the secluded feeling of this waterfront home, with its newer seawall and IPE wood dock in 2011, under-dock lights and new 10,000 lb. lift in 2016 able to accommodate a 22-footer. This newer elevated, 4BR home abounds in clean lines, open concept and a neutral decor that perfectly complements the contemporary family’s lifestyle.

Enjoy a tranquil lakefront lifestyle at this lovely 3BR plus den residence at 3635 Fair Oaks Place on Longboat Key. It technically becomes our second new listing in Queens Harbour last week. Brick pavers surround the exterior, welcoming you with a glass double-door entry. The floor plan, modified during its original construction, offers more than 3,000 SF of custom-designed interior, with cathedral ceilings, oversized tile flooring throughout, crown molding, granite countertops, plus a private master wing. See this home behind 24/7 manned guard gates with deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club.

76 Osprey Point Drive
The Oaks - 76 Osprey Point Drive

Many home owners enjoy the Osprey area in south Sarasota and the home at 76 Osprey Point Drive was designed by Harry MacEwen. This custom-built residence is located behind the exclusive gates of The Oaks Country Club, situated on more than a 1/4-acre of property and surrounded by lush vegetation. Offering lovely features, the light and open interior 3BR includes crown molding, soaring tray ceilings, plantation shutters, custom built-ins, formal dining room a few steps from the generous living room and a den with gas fireplace. Glass French doors in multiple rooms open to the pool deck and enhance this home’s bright atmosphere.

You may be looking for a residence on the Gulf of Mexico beaches of Longboat Key. Beautifully renovated and completely ready to move into, this Gulfside residence is a flourish of recent updates, offering picture-perfect views at every turn. The 3BR, 1,600+ SF interior is a rare offer at the Player’s 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. Also includes first-rate, completely updated community amenities at 1445 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #202.

Grand Bay is always popular and our second new listing is no exception to this secluded Bayside community at 3060 Grand Bay Blvd, #112. Move right in and immediately begin enjoy this charming 3BR Biscayne residence. 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. Bike to the private Bay Isles Beach Club.

4960 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #PH5
Windward Bay - 4960 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #PH5

We might have saved the best for last. This 2BR, top-floor Windward Bay residence is a flourish of views of the community marina that stretch out to Sarasota Bay’s tranquil waters. The bayfront terrace at 4960 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #PH5 has been enclosed to create a sunny Florida room. It offers new windows installed in May 2019 to optimize the interior space. The marina is a wonderful place to dock your boat on sailboat-deep waters, for a small additional fee. You will love the convenience of three Gulf of Mexico beach access points. Ready to renovate, rent or enjoy, this penthouse residence offers more than 1,300-square feet of living space and an open layout.

And there will be more. Soon we will be listing residences at Tiffany Plaza, Grand Bay and a spectacular penthouse at L’Ambiance. But you don't have to wait, we can show them now. 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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A good variety among local farmers markets

by Roger Pettingell

A win-win situation with Farmers Markets

Markets provide entertainment and fresh produce throughout the year

Ty Kirkland
Live Music - Local musician Ty Kirkland performs at a recent farmers market on Saturday morning.

Farmers Markets are popular in the Sarasota area. You can find them in most municipalities, concentrating on Saturday mornings. The benefits are wonderful to the local farmers of these nutritious plants and to the buyers who are looking for fresh food at good prices. There is even entertainment and a place to mingle with neighbors. Some are seasonal and others are there every Saturday morning.

When 75% of the farmers in these markets claim they use organic methods of crop production, you can be assured the fruits and vegetables you buy are fresh and nutritious. These markets serve the communities in other ways. They stimulate the local economies and maintain a good cultural atmosphere for farm promotions in rural settings.

Most even have an online presence to promote their events that coincide with the markets. The Sarasota Farmers Market is open year round on Saturdays from 7 AM to 1 PM. The foot traffic generated around Lemon Avenue is a boon for the businesses in the area. Sarasota has grown its market to become one of the largest since it first opened in 1979.

The Sarasota market formed as a non-profit organization in 2009 to focus on local food growers. The non-profit status also allowed this organization to assist other local non-profits and establish educational programs. With this motivation the Earth Day Celebration on April 20 will highlight some of the non-profits. Events for children are also planned with a harp performance and the smooth sounds of the Sarasota Jazz Project.

You can bring sociable pooches to the market in Sarasota as long as the owners abide by basic rules of pet control. Non-expandable short leashes are required and they don’t like it when dogs get their meals from the vendors. Please carry a bag to dispose of dog waste. Service dogs are always welcome.

A second Sarasota market at 4454 S. Beneva Road is open from 8 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays. There are three Detwiler’s Farm Markets including the one at 6100 N. Lockwood Ridge Road. It is a commercial venture open seven days a week from 8 AM to 5 PM, but closed this Sunday for Easter. Bread, fruits and vegetables baked and grown locally are available at the Phillippi Farmhouse Market, open Wednesdays from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Farmers Market in Bradenton
The Bradenton Farmers Market is open every Saturday in season from 9 AM to 2 PM on Old Main Street.

Musicians perform at each end of Old Main Street in Bradenton to welcome guests who visit the Farmers Market there each Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM. It is season from the first Saturday in October to the last in May. Every third Saturday of each month local artists display their work for sale on Fourth Avenue West, perpendicular to the farmers market. There are other special events throughout the market season to celebrate Halloween, FFA and 4H clubs, artists and young readers. They advertise 35 vendors offering fresh grown food and prepared meals. Dogs are welcome here too, kept on a leash and with other sensible restrictions.

Open for two years, a short life span for farmers markets, the market at Lakewood Ranch has grown to 40 vendors and a wider variety of prepared foods, seafood, fresh grown foods and cooking demonstrations. Since it is close to dusk from 3 PM to 7 PM each Wednesday, the live music is geared toward a later crowd and the sunset yoga is a popular event. There are specialty days with DIY workshops and Bingo. The Lakewood Ranch market is also seasonal from December to April at the polo grounds, 8201 Polo Club Lane.

Another popular farmers market is located at the city hall in Venice year round each Saturday, with winter hours January through April of 8 AM to 1 PM. The Venice Farmers Market closes at noon on other months. The variety is here with cooking demonstrations, fresh food, pastries, baked goods, art and clothing.

The Beach Market at Coquina Beach has a different schedule depending on the season. Excluding holidays the market is open 10 AM to 2 PM each Sunday from November to July and doubles up each week on Wednesdays from the third week of December to the fourth week of May. The South Bradenton Beach is closed August to October. The market atmosphere here is focused on art sales but you can find some fresh food while relaxing on the white Gulf of Mexico sandy beach. Food and drinks are served at the Coquina Café and the AMI String Band plays live music from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. It is wheelchair accessible but sorry, only service dogs are welcome.

I listed two waterfront homes last week. The first is a boater’s dream home that overlooks a deep-water canal and mangroves at 705 Jungle Queen Way. The second is a lakefront home in Kentwood Estates at 1555 Eastbrook Drive. 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
705 Jungle Queen Way $1,695,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1555 Eastbrook Drive $799,000   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.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
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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Fast-paced action at the polo grounds

by Roger Pettingell

Put Sarasota Polo on your bucket list

Great weather, friends and fast action make for a good Sunday

Prime viewing at the Sarasota Polo Club
Preserving your spot - Arrive early for prime viewing as these spots are on a first-served land grab.

Sunday afternoons in Sarasota with great weather defines this area as the land of paradise. And in the months of January through April there are plenty of Sunday outdoor activities to keep you busy. You can visit the Pirates in Bradenton or the Orioles in Sarasota to catch a spring training game. The Ski-A-Rees show off their water skiing acrobatics at their water arena off Ken Thompson Park in City Island. But the Sport of Kings should also be on your bucket list.

The value is great for the show, $12 per person buys your admission to the polo grounds for the day. Start your day early for the 1 PM match start to preserve prime viewing. At 10 AM the pop-up canopy tents begin to go up and spots are generally full by 11 AM. Once your position is established you are free to wander the many sites that make this a great sport entertainment venue. Or in your own portable chair you can enjoy your own beverage and brunch while visiting with neighbors and friends.

Behind the scenes look before the match
Check out the preparations that take place before the match. A new horse shoe is going on this pony.

You can use this time to walk the 300X160-yard field of the polo grounds. You can visit behind the scenes as the riders and ponies prepare for the match. Each player travels with several ponies and interchange them throughout the match. At this time they are also busy changing out horse shoes and tying up the tails, a kind of braiding so the tails don’t interfere with the play. It’s a pony tail. There is much to see behind the clubhouse where the pony trailers are parked.

There are two clubhouses, one for the sponsors or members and another for the general public. Drinks are served at both and short order food is available to purchase. The gift shop has an excellent assortment of light jackets, sunglasses, hats and souvenirs that display the Sarasota Polo Club logo. Artwork and photos are available to purchase in many price ranges. It is a popular place to visit when there is no play on the field. For kids or kids at heart you can jump in a wagon drawn by a pair of Clydesdale horses. How time does fly when you have so much to do.

Clydesdales
Fun times for kids as carts are drawn by Clydesdales.

The players and horses arrive before the start. They pose for pictures, ride the field to warm up the ponies, and then assemble by the announcing stand as the time approaches 1 PM. Excitement builds with veteran and rookie spectators. On this breezy and cool day on March 4 the National Anthem is sung with such grace the crowd responded with a rounding applause. Both teams of four circle the perimeter of the field to give low-fives to spectators with their high-fives as it is the last time before play they are allowed to approach within 10 yards of the field.

The size of the field is three times the length of a football field but the eight players, ponies and two umpires on ponies take up a larger portion of the field than expected. The pace is fast and furious as it seems that each player teams up with a player of the opposite team as players would in man-to-man basketball defense. The mallet is roughly six feet in length and the ball that is used is made up of hard plastic that is 4.5 ounces and 3.5 inches in diameter. The umpires carry several as balls that go into the spectator area are not returned, similar to that of a professional baseball game. The only barrier that keeps the ball in play is a series of 11-inch high boards that surround the perimeter of the field.

It didn’t take long to catch up with the terms and objective of the sport as the similarities were many to other top sports you may be familiar with. The object is to hit the ball through a goal that is eight feet in width and has two retractable posts for safety. Even the six chukkas are similar to four quarters in basketball. Each are seven minutes in length but can be extended by 30 seconds if warranted by the two umpires and one judge on the sideline. The sideline judge may also be referred to if the field umpires disagree. There is a goal judge at each end of the field. At the end of each chukka the players use that time to switch to a well-rested pony. You may also see chukka spelled chukker.

The players on the two teams had such skills that they could hit the ball at full speed while on the back of their pony, catch up to it as a fast break in basketball and with a few knocks on the ball are able to go a great length and score a goal. There are fouls by players that can result in a penalty shot by the offended team. When a team scores at one end of the field, the ball is put into play and the goal direction is reversed.

Divot stomp at half time
Puppies and humans stomp the divots at half time.

And then at the end of the third chukka the spectators are allowed to roam the field. This half-time ritual has a purpose as demonstrated by Julia Roberts in the movie Pretty Woman. The stomping, or treading-in, of the divots help smooth out the field for pony and player safety. Half-time is also good for more cart-drawn rides, socializing and more refreshments.

The second half begins in much the same way as the first. The announcer, Cuko Escapite, on this day kept us informed on the rules and plays that we may have missed. He would roll his Rs in his Mexican accent to accentuate player's names and bring laughter throughout the crowd. With some names during play he provided some alliteration that took on a rhythm of its own. He had well-rehearsed jokes that fit in well with the play on the field. After a goal he would excitingly announce that the “Crowd is going wild” while we were witnessing only golf claps. His constant use of the word “tweeter” when a foul was whistled had regulars scrambling with their smartphones researching the polo glossary equivalent. It turns out Cuko made up the word. His excitement and clear speaker system in the park increased the enjoyment.

Ponies on the field
The action is fast and sometimes close on the field.

If there was an away team on Sunday it was New Hope, Pennsylvania who won the match 11-8. Only Tim Cheromcka was from New Hope. Marcos Bignoli hails from Argentina, Luis Galvan resides in South Carolina but remains throughout the season and Dennys Antonio Santana is from the Dominican Republic. The home team Whiskey Pond fielded Brent Hamill and Charly Quincoces, residents of Lakewood Ranch. The team was rounded out by Nick Johnson of England and Stuart Campbell of Tallahassee, both are here for the season.

Only a number of Sundays are left on the schedule as the season begins to wind down. There is a sponsor for every weekend and a theme for some. This Saturday, the Ninth Annual Ponies for Pups is a special date on the schedule as a Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue charity event. Gates open at 11AM for this special date. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Show up on March 18 with your best Celtic cocktail, Blarney bites or Pot of Gold décor and you could bring home a prize for this themed St. Patrick’s Day. The Asolo Repertory Theatre sponsors this event and three of the four remaining match dates, including March 25 when the theme is Hollywood. Winning categories include the best Rick’s Café Casablanca cocktail, La La Land décor and Citizen Kane confection. The Asolo also sponsors the last match of the season on April 8 with the theme Around the World. The best international décor, global cuisine and international cocktail will be recognized with awards. Easter on April 1 is sponsored by its own Sarasota Polo Club where prizes are awarded for the best Easter bonnet and best decorated Easter egg.

Clubhouse
One of two clubhouses on the grounds.

The grounds are busy other days of the week. Polo lessons are available taught by professional instructors and catered to your level of riding ability, age and health. All lessons of the game are taught and advanced students progress to a level of match play in the Sunshine league. They provide the basics that includes a specially trained pony, mallets, tack and helmet. Visit www.SarasotaPolo.com for more equestrian activity on the grounds and in the area.

The Sarasota Polo Club had its beginnings in 1991. In 1992 the grounds were carved out of 28,000 acres of land acquired by the Uihlein family, founders of the Schlitz Brewing Company. Back then travel to the grounds consisted of a gravel University Parkway. Now travel to the polo grounds is easy. Drive past the Mall at University Town Center and I-75 on University Parkway toward Lakewood Ranch. Look for signs of the polo club that appear on directional posts on the right about four miles past UTC mall.

Last week I listed a new Beachplace residence for sale at 1075 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #101. This light and open, 2BR walk-down is waiting for you to make it your own. You will adore this lovely beachfront community, offering charmingly sunny views. 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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1075 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #101 $685,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Lakewood Ranch - Community Spotlight

by Roger Pettingell

Award-winning community attracts buyers

Recognized in the nation for green homes and planning

Lakewood Ranch community spotlight in REALTALK #97
REALTALK™ #97 - Visit Lakewood Ranch through history and amenities in this episode

In my August 4, REALTALK™ #97 video, our director of customer care and resident historian, Mary Kay Ryan, outlined some of the history of Lakewood Ranch, a community that has many of its own amenities within the city limits. She described the making of Lakewood Ranch from its beginning with the first home in 1900 to its groundbreaking in 1994 and emergence as a full community with the first homes built in 1995 in Summerfield Village.

Over its comparable short history Lakewood Ranch has become recognized as an award-winning community and place to raise a family or retire. It was cited as one of three United States communities to receive the first-ever American Trails Developer Award, awarded at the National Trails Symposium in 2008 to recognize this community with 150 miles of walking trails. In all of its ten neighborhoods, since its beginning in 2005 every home is certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition with its Green Home Standard. This certification for energy efficient and environmentally responsible homes credits Lakewood Ranch as the largest community in Florida to achieve such recognition. The golf courses at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club were certified as an Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary, a program to enhance the environment. In 2013 Where to Retire magazine rated Lakewood Ranch as one of the 50 best master-planned communities for retirement living.

Environmentally responsible, Lakewood Ranch is continually following the lead of its Manatee County main developer, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc., established in 1905. In keeping with tradition, the newest development Waterside will be built to the standards of the Florida Green Building Coalition. This community will be built around a series of seven lakes with 20 miles of shoreline and will be the first Lakewood Ranch village in Sarasota County. Even boating activity will be limited to boats without internal combustion engines. Groundbreaking took place in April, home sales are expected to open next year with plans for 5,144 homes, condominiums and apartments.

Lakewood Ranch Country Club
Dining out - You can find fine and casual dining in the 44,000 square foot main clubhouse.

The lifestyle for residents of Lakewood Ranch is centered around a diversity of sports, events, social activities and relaxation. Arnold Palmer designed three of the four championship golf courses. There are 18 tennis courts with a stadium tennis court. Golf and tennis privileges are offered with a Lakewood Ranch Country Club membership. Members also have access to the clubhouses with fine and casual dining experiences. With a separate membership, the athletic center includes a variety of swimming and fitness opportunities.

A popular pastime on Sundays from mid-December to the first weekend in April, polo on horseback events are well-attended. Attendees get involved with tailgate contests, divot stomping and Clydesdale wagon rides.

The Premier Sports Campus spread out on 140 acres hosts a national series of competitions. From February 13-15 the campus will showcase the best of field hockey players in the nation with 190 teams participating and 350 total games in two age categories and one collegiate group. A wide variety of other sports from soccer to baseball are contested on 22 fields.

The Harvest Moon Classic in the second week of November attracts clay pigeon shooters from around the world to participate in four days at the Ancient Oak Gun Club in Lakewood Ranch. In 2014 the classic attracted 242 shooters. The gun club is open to the entire family and is a shotgun only facility. Once a month shooters compete at 14 stations and 100 targets in a National Sporting Clays Association series.

16210 Clearlake Ave, Lakewood Ranch
New Listings - See this home at 16210 Clearlake Ave., one of two new listings in Lakewood Ranch.

The remaining days can be spent shopping and dining on Main Street or in one of three parks in Lakewood Ranch. The first Friday of every month Main Street comes alive with vendors and bands that perform the top hits of the day at Music on Main. This is a free event that begins at 6 p.m. on music nights.

We displayed some of the video sights in REALTALK™ #97, but we also introduced two new listings in Lakewood Ranch. The first offers country club living at its finest, situated on the third hole at King’s Dunes golf course, 7213 Greystone Street. The second at 16210 Clearlake Avenue includes stunning lake views from this contemporary home designed by Mark Rutenberg. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Holiday lights, parades and shows

by Roger Pettingell

December festivities light up Sarasota

Best views of area parades, events and holiday lights

St. Armands Circle holiday lights
St. Armands Circle holiday lights - Dine or finish your holiday shopping on the circle this month.

If you missed the 37th Annual Holiday Night of Lights on St. Armands Circle Friday night there are still plenty of opportunities to catch great light displays in December. Most likely you won’t have to travel far to find something wonderful near your home in Sarasota. If you missed the official ceremony in the “Jewel of Sarasota”, you can see the lights lit up through the month on the circle. It’s also a good time to dine or shop the 138 merchants there.

Many of the popular tourist attractions will be decorated through the month and you can start with the current festive events that illuminate the area nightly.

Holly Days and Mangrove Lights appear nightly through December 31 at Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail in Osprey. There will be special evening performances by guitarist Pete Simms this Thursday, Charlie and the Copper Coils December 17 and Kenny Moolinaar on Steel Drums, December 18. White lights in Mangrove trees highlight this holiday experience. Historic Spanish Point opened in 1982 with 30 acres of environmental preservation and museum.

The entire family will enjoy the Sarasota Jungle Gardens and their Holiday Lights Spectacular. The lights are displayed from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and again nightly from the 18th through the 27th but are closed on Christmas day.

Also displaying nightly starting December 18, the Lights in Bloom at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens continues through December 30. In its twelfth year and a half million lights, the botanical gardens premiers its Tunnel of Lights taking a visitor from rainforest foliage to the North Pole. You can park at the State Street parking garage where a shuttle takes you to the event.

As part of the Art After Five celebrations on December 10th and 17th at the Ringling Museum of Art this month, the famous house of John and Mable Ringling will be lit up for Holiday Nights at Ca' d'Zan, highlighting a 10-foot tree in the grand court of the home.

In Lakewood Ranch this Friday, the lighting of the tree over the fountain on Main Street will begin at 6 p.m. for their Holidays Around The Ranch festival. This is a good event for the family that includes an acrylic ice rink for skating.

Of course you can drive around Sarasota for good viewing of private home lights but a better way might be through the SRQ Trolley and their Holiday Tour of Lights tour. You can sit back and relax on the trolley featuring well-decorated Sarasota homes. Reservations are requested for this two-hour nightly tour that begins at 6:30 and 8:30 at the Regions Bank of the Burlington Coat Factory lot, 4041 Cattlemen Road. You can request a private group tour of 15 or more guests. Some nights are already sold out so reserving early is advised with the last day on December 27. There is one tour at 6:30 on Christmas night.

Anna Maria Island holds its Privateers Christmas Parade on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. on the north end of the island and finishes at Coquina Beach where gifts will be given to children. The parade coincides with the Holmes Beach Annual Winterfest Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Festival Saturday and Sunday until 4:30 p.m. each day at the City Hall Field.

There are two boat parades of note this Saturday. The 30th annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights in the bay has great viewing from Marina Jack Restaurant, City Island and Centennial Park. Judging will take place at Bayfront Park, so that may be the best location for viewing since the boats will be at their closest point to the shoreline there. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m.

The boat parade on the Manatee River Saturday begins at 6:30 p.m. with best viewing from the Green Bridge Pier. Local restaurants on both side of the river in Bradenton and Palmetto will be open for a good look at the Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade.

There are many good performances around town that will heighten your spirit for the holidays. Student performers show their talents in the Sailor Circus Holiday Spectacular, December 26 through 29. The world premiere of A Motown Christmas runs through December 30 as a Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presentation. There is a special event of this performance scheduled as the last show of 2015 on New Year’s Eve. This show highlights the songs of Motown by the Supremes, Temptations, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

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