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Home Showcase XXXI - First of 2019

by Roger Pettingell

Waterfront and Global Luxury listings

Highly desirable homes that are a great value in the luxury market

Waterfront homes that meet the Global Luxury standard, these are homes that are highly desirable and I have listed three that meet the criteria for my first article of 2019 in my Home Showcase series. Two of these homes are on the highly sought after location of Bird Key, while one is within walking distance to St. Armands Circle on Lido Key. The Global Luxury standard of Coldwell Banker is based on features and list price. These homes are marketed to a worldwide audience.


Bird Key home on the water with expansive garage for 11 cars

212 Bird Key Drive
Bird Key - Waterfront home for the car enthusiast

Relish the opulence of brand-new bayfront living on Bird Key! This custom-built John Cannon home at 212 Bird Key Drive was just finished in August 2018 and has never been occupied. It is my first listing of 2019. Offering a flourish of gorgeous interior finishes, custom details, extensive outdoor entertaining, plus boat dock and lift on sailboat waters, this elevated 4BR residence is waiting for you to make it your own. Car aficionados will love the most unique aspect of this home, which is its expansive, two-level air-conditioned garage with room for 11 cars! You have to see this one listed at $4,040,000 and bring your favorite automobile.


Waterfront home within walking distance of famed St. Armands Circle

236 Tremont Lane
Lido Key - Secluded location with open Gulf access

Alluring bay views abound at this private 4BR residence steps from famed St. Armands Circle! Boasting a secluded location within walking distance to the best that Sarasota offers, this home is ready for you to make your own. Nearly 130’ of water frontage, plus a U-shaped dock and lift on sailboat waters, with unobstructed bay access, makes this a paradise for the avid boater and fisherman. Fall in love with tranquil bay breezes from this elevated, direct bayfront residence, overflowing with boundless possibilities at 236 Tremont Lane, selling for $3,495,000.


Meticulously maintained Bird Key home with direct access to Sarasota Bay

Marina and Moorings of the Longboat Key Club
Boating -Just 3 homes in from Sarasota Bay

My newest listing of the four, placed on the market Friday is this lovely estate at 453 East Royal Flamingo Drive listed at $2,195,000. Just three homes in from Sarasota Bay, this updated and meticulously maintained waterfront residence in Bird Key is a wonderful gem. Boating enthusiasts will appreciate the 100’ of water frontage, brand-new dock, 32,000-pound lift and seawall (all new in 2017). This 4BR plus family room and office home abounds in delightful updates, including all impact windows, sliders, storm shutters and upgraded powder room with floating vanity and walls of glass sliders in multiple rooms that open to the sunny pool deck.

In addition to the new listing at 453 East Royal Flamingo Drive last week I also listed another home in Country Club Shores and a residence in Grand Bay. The lovely 3BR waterfront home at 512 Hornblower Lane in Country Club Shores is a showcase of updates, including new kitchen and baths, walls of glass and 13’ ceilings, newer lanai with dock and lift. Furnished penthouse immediately ready for you, this 4th-floor getaway at 3070 Grand Bay Blvd, #646 abounds in spectacular, direct bay, city and Harbourside golf course views from every room. 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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512 Hornblower Lane $899,000   Photo Slideshow
3070 Grand Bay Blvd, #646 $795,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Mother nature gives and takes away

by Roger Pettingell

Updating the barrier islands with sand

Dredging projects to aid boat navigation and provide beach renourishment

Water, sand and debris is filtered on the beach.
Sand Filtration - One process of renourishment involves pumping sand and water onto the beach and filter out the sand to widen the area.

Now that Longboat Key has plans to dredge 14 canals in four areas of the island, is there an effect on other dredging, renourishment and groin projects in the area? Other planned and current projects affect New Pass, Big Pass, Lido Beach and a groin project on the north end of Longboat Key.

Dredging helps keep the waterways navigable, which may be considered three feet below mean lower level. The town of Longboat is using this measurement in its assessments. Keeping the waterways navigable promotes safety, supports recreation and increases home values along these canals.

With dredging you also have a good resource in some cases to renourish the beaches that we hold as a precious tourist draw. In the case of Longboat Key, the good sand that was deposited by recent storms would have to be sifted out for renourishment projects. Although the city has not decided what to do with the windfall, the 15,000 cubic yards of silt that will be pulled out may end up in a landfill.

The canal project with an estimated $1.2 million cost to cover feasibility studies, engineering, monitoring and dredging is expected to begin in the fall of 2019. The city must apply first for state and federal permits as means to discover any mitigating damage to wildlife and plants. Roughly 25% of the cost will be paid by Sarasota County, ten of the 14 canals are in Manatee County.

Dredging New Pass
Dredging New Pass - Workers begin their day for the project to increase the inlet depth and provide sand renourishment to the beaches of Lido Key.

The current project on New Pass by the drawbridge between Lido Key and Longboat Key will help offset what Hurricanes Hermine did in 2016 and Irma accomplished in 2017. Not only did these hurricanes move the sand into the channel, they reduced the width of the beaches on Lido Key that opened up considerable damage to waterfront properties. As a result New Pass had become unnavigable and the popular beach destination of Lido Key was less appealing and dangerous. This year the U.S. Coast Guard removed the channel markers from New Pass as the shifting shoal created hazardous conditions for boaters, especially those with significant drafts on fixed keel sailboats. The cost of this project is $3.9 million dollars which is expected to move 185,000 cubic yards in the 90 days of the project.

More lasting solutions to the problem on Lido Key beach has been presented, including moving sand from Big Pass to Lido Key. Big Pass is an inlet to the Gulf between Siesta Key and Lido Key. Some residents of Siesta Key have filed lawsuits to prevent the project, claiming there will be erosion on the world renown beaches of Siesta Key, a perennial favorite of beach judges and travel sites. With funds from local, state and federal governments this project is expected to begin in the spring of 2019.

In September 600 feet of beach was renourished on the north end of Longboat Key to help recover from Hurricane Irma one year before. Over 1,300 trucks from Davenport hauled in nearly 22 tons of white quartz sand during that project. White quartz sand is prevalent in the area, making it popular with tourists because it reflects 99 percent of the heat and is comfortable on bare feet.

At the same time Longboat Key started a process and is requesting permission from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to place five groins in the area spaced 350 feet apart, starting on the south side of Greer Island on the Gulf of Mexico side at the northern edge of Longboat Key. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection must also approve the project. The groins jut out into the Gulf and restrict the devastating force of seawater during a storm. If approved, the $12 million project could begin as early as fall 2019.

Longboat Key residents and businesses have become accustomed to renourishment projects. In the spring of 2016 Longboat Key used a three-sided attack on renourishing its beaches. Through the use of truck deliveries, dredging and renourishment, the $25 million project was approved by voters as a referendum a few years earlier. During that summer nearly 60-100 trucks moved sand from out of the county, and over the Ringling Bridge to eventually find their way to various points of Longboat Key. Dredging on New Pass and Longboat Pass to the north accounted for much of the renourishment on the southern and northern ends of the island.

Water, sand and debris is filtered on the beach.
24-hours a day - The project four years ago on Anna Maria Island required workers to complete shiftwork.

It is a common process on other barrier islands on the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida. Each county with scenic beaches have had some level of renourishment in the last few years. A major project on Anna Maria Island had beaches closed for a few months in 2014. Workers spent 24 hours each day working in shifts on land and on barges to use the offshore natural resources of sand deposits to renourish the beaches there. Nearly 900,000 cubic yards of sand was used to widen 4.7 miles of beaches there. An additional two miles and another 216,000 cubic yards were added to that project.

Beach erosion is a natural process. Experts estimate that 10-15 feet of beach width is eroded each year from pounding waves against the shoreline. Sometimes we put up with some inconveniences to perpetuate the paradise we live in. I listed two residences for sale on Longboat Key last week, increasing our inventory for the peak sale months. The first is a beautifully furnished residence at the Players Club. This amenity-rich community recently finished remodeling its clubhouse. The second is a home on the north end within a short walk of Greer Island discussed in this article. Florida-sourced vegetation surround this charmingly private bungalow in Long Beach. 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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1445 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #202 $799,000 Video Photo Slideshow
454 Firehouse Court $789,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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The eventual rise of Longboat Key

by Roger Pettingell

Longboat Key: Circus times to today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This new growth helps to spurt some luxury home sales, including four new listings last week. Three qualify as Coldwell Banker Global Luxury properties for their price and luxury features. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
604 Mourning Dove Drive $2,495,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1465 Hillview Drive $1,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
260 N. Shore Rd, #4 $1,695,000   Photo Slideshow
519 Bayview Drive $849,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Southern Keys of Sarasota County

by Roger Pettingell

Three keys with distinct personalities

Siesta, Casey and Manasota keys provide different means of relaxation

Siesta Key Beach pavilion
The Siesta Key Beach pavilion, one of many renovations with $21.6 million completed in 2016

The barrier islands of Sarasota County are a series of six keys that begin with Longboat Key to the north and stretch to the south where Manasota Key finishes the tour of the islands in the south. Longboat Key is a part of Manatee County too, only one of three municipalities in Florida that is split among two counties. There is movement to change county boundary lines so the entire island is in Sarasota County.

There is a seventh inhabited key that does not receive much attention. Tourists typically bypass Coon Key as it is a small plot of land between Lido and Bird keys. But residences of the area know it for its landmark building, the 25-story Plymouth Harbor with special services for aging retirees. Coon Key is also home of the Sarasota Yacht Club and a few resident communities on the north side of the island.

You might think that you would be able to drive from north to south without interruption but passage to Siesta Key from Longboat Key requires a trip through downtown Sarasota, by way of Lido, Coon and Bird keys. Our journey begins in Siesta Key for the three southern keys of Sarasota County.

Siesta Key, world famous for its white sand beaches that reflect the light with its 99 percent composition of quartz. Tourists love it because the sand is pleasurable on the feet, even on the warmest of summer days. Hundreds flock to the beach on Sunday nights to participate in the drum circles, a spontaneous group of drummers that are entertaining and fun to watch as dancers break out for further entertainment.

This uninhabited island in the 1800s went through a series of name changes originally referred to as Clam Island. It advanced to names such as Little Sarasota Island and Sarasota Key. It wasn’t until the year 1914 the name was changed to Siesta Key following the popularity of the Siesta Inn. A bridge to the mainland was constructed three years later, a second in 1927.

The beach was purchased by the county in 1954, setting the stage for large tourist spurts. The beach was comfortable and the sunsets were spectacular. In February of 2016 over $21 million of renovations revitalized the beach with more parking, concessions and lifeguard main station.

Today it continues as one of the top beaches in the world as anointed by groups designating the top tourist attractions. Siesta Beach is home to two sand sculpting competitions, The Siesta Key Crystal Classic for professionals from around the world the weekend of November 9 and the annual Siesta Sand Sculpture Contest each May. Beach volleyball is popular with some of the best competition tournaments in the country. It was a part of the USA National Beach Tour in July.

The town of Siesta Key flourishes as well with its festivals and occasional pub crawls. As famous as the beach is, tourists also visit Siesta Key for the nightlife in places such as Gilligan’s Island Bar & Grill, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Crescent Club, Daiquiri Deck and the Beach Club. The young scene is so popular that MTV created a reality show around it, appropriately named Siesta Key. More episodes were ordered by the network of this scandalous group of adults involved in their own set of love affairs.

Map showing Siesta Key, Casey Key and Manasota Key
Three keys of Sarasota, from Siesta to Manasota Key

Travel south on Midnight Pass Road from Siesta Key to encounter a land of high-profile luxury estates with a mix of historic landmark homes on Casey Key. An occasional cultural star from TV, movies and literature find the island relaxing for its segregation from the mainland. Like Longboat Key with its main road Gulf of Mexico Drive, Casey Key is fed by Casey Key Road. This eight-mile thoroughfare is lined with wonderful views, homes and trees that create a canopy of shade over the road pavement.

The northern part is reserved for the islanders while a few restaurants and hotels on the southern end attract tourists who visit for the beach bathing, fishing and dining. A wildlife sanctuary was created in 1970 through the Casey Key Conservation Act. Bird watching is particularly popular here on the key. The sphere of wildlife conservation continues on the mainland with the Oscar Sherer State Park and its 15 miles of nature trails. Accessible on the north end of Casey Key through Blackburn Point Road, this park has plenty of canoe water on South Creek and a lake shared by swimmers and fishermen. The much larger Myakka River State Park is further to the east. Venice to the south separates Casey Key from Manasota Key.

On the southern end of Casey Key take Albee Road West to 41 (South Tamiami Trail) and head south. Turn right to 776 where you will pick up Englewood Road, through a series of side roads to Manasota Beach Road and your final destination key in Sarasota County. Manasota Key Beach rests on the Gulf of Mexico at the end of the beach road. Manasota Key is north and south of this beach.

Manasota Key is home to the largest population of endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle nests on the Gulf of Mexico coast. The island is splattered with homes in a relaxing atmosphere with a few quaint hotels for visitors who look for the enjoyment of a good sunset view. If your mood is to mingle with the locals then visit the White Elephant Pub or the Flounder’s Restaurant and Tiki Bar. The Stump Pass Beach State Park offers a relaxing nature hike on the south end of Manasota Key.

8220 Manasota Key Road
Englewood - 8220 Manasota Key Road

I have two listings on Manasota Key, one in which I previously presented in this series of articles located at 6155 Manasota Key Road. Just south of Manasota Key Beach is my newer listing at 8220 Manasota Key Road in Englewood. Offered at $2,095,000, this Gulf-front estate is in an ideal location, situated on more than a half-acre with 100 feet of direct beach frontage. It is waiting for you to appreciate it as is, renovate or begin your dream home with its four bedrooms and six full baths and over 4,100 square feet of truly wonderful living space. Captivating sunset views stretch on forever from the various tiled terraces and the west-facing guest residence.

I haven’t forgotten about Otter Key, an uninhabited island in Sarasota Bay southeast of St. Armands Circle. In 1959 the Arvida Corporation purchased the southern part of Longboat and Lido keys, and all of Bird, Coon and Otter keys from the Ringling estate. The Arvida Corporation went on to develop many of the prominent communities in that purchase but did not touch Otter Key, although its purpose was for single-family homes with an east-end park. It now serves the county as a natural area and nature center with plenty of wildlife to see.

See my new listings last week below, including one in downtown Sarasota overlooking the bay at the Savoy on Palm residences. There are two on Longboat Key, a single-family residence in Country Club Shores and a residence in the very special Grand Bay community. 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
401 South Palm, #402 $2,295,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1055 Bogey Lane $899,000 Video Photo Slideshow
3080 Grand Bay Blvd, #515 $529,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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St. Armands Circle Revisited

by Roger Pettingell

Spend a day or week shopping and dining

From award winning restaurants to fine boutique shopping, near Lido Beach

Columbia Restaurant in St. Armands Circle
Columbia Restaurant - A popular restaurant on St. Armands Circle and winner of multiple awards, the island's oldest restaurant opened in 1959.

A gem of the world in Sarasota is actually on a barrier island, St. Armands Circle. Known for its shopping and dining in a quaint area of St. Armands Key and Lido Key, its charm attracts visitors from around the world. And with 130 merchants within a short walk of each other, it is no wonder TripAdvisor awarded the shopping district with its 2018 Certificate of Excellence. The circle is rated high overall and generally receives high rankings for its merchants on Yelp.com.

Plan at least a half day to enjoy the many diverse shops, have breakfast or lunch, relax or explore the history left by the visionary John Ringling who saw this location as a perfect vacation destiny. Do an Internet search on St. Armands Circle for things to do and each list will give you a different perspective of places to dine and places to shop. A few places make each list but the perspectives of each list has a ranking of personal choice, nearly all the restaurants are highly rated.

Take for instance, the Columbia Restaurant. This has been a landmark restaurant of Florida since 1905, the first in Tampa. Today it is the oldest restaurant on the key, having opened its doors in 1959. Among the many accolades of this restaurant is the 2018 recognition as one of the 100 Best Al Fresco Restaurants in America. The list was compiled from 12 million Open Table reviews of outdoor dining restaurants.

If your cuisine interest is something other than Cuban, try the Crab & Fin for its seafood delicacies. Serving fresh catch from the Gulf of grouper and snapper, the menu is also a haven for anything worldly seafood, from oysters to stone crab. Or order the succulent 16-ounce pork porterhouse. The Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar is also a favorite of those who love seafood in a relaxed casual atmosphere. The Shore advertises a cool vibe and delicious eats for its seafood menu. The Surf Shack has an outdoor patio dining experience and an indoor restaurant next door, and shares its ownership with the Surf Shack in Tampa.

The Café L’Europe is a wonderful restaurant if you are looking for European cuisine. Opened in 1973, this established restaurant often holds special wine tasting events in the peak season starting in October. The Blu Kouzina serves Greek and Mediterranean cuisine in a quaint location just off the circle on North Boulevard of the Presidents, near the Madison Avenue Café and Deli, is a delightful café to grab a sandwich.

The Daiquiri Deck is a combination sports bar with an American food menu on two levels. Lynches Pub & Grub is a new pub located near the circle that also serves American style dishes. Italian and pizza dishes are served at Venezia on the circle. Relax in a comfy atmosphere to enjoy vegan or gluten-free food at the Green Zebra Café. The Blue Dolphin Café is a good breakfast and brunch café on John Ringling Boulevard as you enter the circle from the mainland.

Alvin's Island
Alvin's Island has a wide variety for the beach visitor.

In between the times of breakfast and lunch, and before you walk to the white sands of Lido Beach, there is shopping to explore. From novelty shops to the highest levels of fashion are presented on St. Armands. Shop a brand name like Chico’s or the local franchise Foxy Lady for the latest in women’s fashionable attire. And don’t forget, this Thursday is ladies night with shopping discounts in many stores. Ladies night is held the third Thursday of every month from 5 PM to 9 PM.

The Lilly Pulitzer shopping boutique is in the process of remodeling but has opened a temporary store across the street on John Ringling Boulevard. Apricot Lane Boutique has a good selection of fashions, jewelry and shoes. Casa Smeralda has a similar line, so what you don’t find in Apricot Lane may have your selection here.

You can find your choice of fine jewelry at Alicia’s Dream, where your choice is among Pandora, Alex & Ani, Nora Fleming, Ronaldo or Les Georgette brands. Exceptional fine service is available at Alexander Fine Jewelers directly on the circle. Select from classic or contemporary designs. Unique design jewelry by award-winning master goldsmith Stephen Cole Powell can be found at Jewelry by Cole. Art, glass, jewelry and jewelry repair is a good choice at Armel Jewelers. Otto’s Jewelry & Service and McCarver & Moser are also on the circle.

The Met on St. Armands Circle
The Met - An elegant day spa for fashionable people

The Met Fashion House on South Boulevard of the Presidents is in one of the most elegant buildings on St. Armands Circle. Climb the steps and step into a world of fashionable attire for both men and women. Find a selection of accessories, shoes and fragrances to be set for the opera or chamber music concert. On the second floor you can have yourself pampered in the day spa and salon, with full services for men and women. The treatments are from head to toe, hair styling to pedicures. Relax for the day and leave as a new person.

There are local specialty and gift shops. A good selection of cooking oils and spices are available at the Pepper Palace and Florida Olive Oil Company. From Tervis to sunglass specialty stores, you can also find stores that cater to beach wear. Alvin’s Island, a mega store by St. Armands standards, has a wide variety of beach wear and novelty items. You can find unique gifts at St. Armands Antiques and Gifts.

Wyland Gallery on St. Armands Circle
Wyland Gallery - A mix of Wyland originals and guest artist exhibits in his St. Armands gallery.

One of the world’s leading marine wildlife artists, Wyland, has a line of his original works with contemporary artists working in different media. The Rob Arra collection of panoramic college and professional sports stadiums at the Stadium Gallery is an amazing collection of photos in high resolution for the sports enthusiast. Nature photographer Clyde Butcher captures the spirit of Ansel Adams with his breathtaking collection of black and white landscape photography at the St. Armands Gallery. The exhibit runs through January 6, 2019.

Cars, and boats and zombies, Oh My! The events in the park on St. Armands Circle are well attended and held mainly in peak season. Jaguar car enthusiasts will appreciate the Sun Coast Jaguar Club Concours d’Elegance, October 13. Ferrari’s on the Circle is November 3 and Porches are in the park on November 15. Cannon’s Marina on Longboat Key will hold their Boat Show October 20-21.

The Stadium Gallery
Panoramic sports stadiums at the Stadium Gallery

Three of the most celebrated events of the year are held on St. Armands Circle. Zombies, ghouls and goblins invade the park October 31 for the annual Fright Night. Each year a special performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller is performed by the Sarasota High School Drama Department. Another of the year’s SRO events is the lighting of the Christmas Tree. This year the Holiday Night on St. Armands is scheduled for December 7. The heritage of St. Armands Circle and the John Ringling Circus are celebrated each year in January. The 32nd annual Circus Ring of Fame induction ceremony of circus performers and promoters will be held January 13. Even a horse that was a staple in the circus and led the parade in the movie Greatest Show on Earth, Starless Night, was inducted in 2017.

The big days for shopping are upcoming as well. On November 10 and 11, the 30th annual St. Armands Art Festival attracts some of the best artists from around the country. Those two days the Annual Fall Sidewalk Sale opens up the galleries and shops for deep discounts on holiday gifts. So there are tremendous gift opportunities inside and outside of the park circle. Veterans receive an additional discount that Sunday, November 11, at participating stores and restaurants.

St. Armands Gallery
The next Ansel Adams - Black and white landscape photography by Clyde Butcher will be available through January 6 at the St. Armands Gallery.

With the large popularity of St. Armands, organizations and governments are thinking of opportunities to enhance visitor experience. A four-story parking garage which will accommodate 503 automobiles is under construction to be completed in December. Temporary parking is available around the circle since the parking spaces on North Adams Drive were closed for construction. The proposed public restrooms won a merit award by the local American Institute of Architects. A completion date has not been announced.

Catch my interview with Diana M. Corrigan, Executive Director, St. Armands Circle Association in my REALTALK™ #58 video. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

 

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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.

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

 

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Home Showcase IV - Buildable Lots

by Roger Pettingell

Listings with land that is ready for building

Build your waterfront luxury dream home on vacant land

622 and 626 South Owl Drive on Bird Key
Bird Key - The landscaped lot and home is offered together at 622 and 626 South Owl Drive.

Humorist and philosopher Will Rogers is paraphrased with the quote, “Put your money in land, because they aren't making any more of it.” That line has often been repeated and is just as applicable today as it was in 1930 when he first said it. Which brings me to the subject for the Home Showcase theme this week, which which focuses on vacant land ready for a new single-family home. It makes sense sometimes to buy a home where the land has more value than the home and the land. The tear-down project has its own costs, and I have four vacant properties ready for construction.

There are some considerations in buying land and the same logic begins with any property purchase, location, location, location. Other considerations are adequate utilities, whether the land is set up for city water and sewage or will a septic tank and well be required. Is the land zoned for the purpose you intend it? In this case it would be a single-family home. Will it make sense to subdivide a large lot, or if it can be subdivided. Are there any easements that you should be aware of? Is there a survey or permits needed to build on the lot? Is it in a flood zone?

Once you feel confident knowing the answers to the questions above you can get a basic understanding of the value of the land on which you are going to build. It is called the Residual Land Valuation, developers use it to determine potential profit. You basically subtract any sales cost from the sales price determined by comparables in the area. Subtract the cost to build, developers will also figure in their profit. The Residual Land Value is what is left. You can work the process in reverse to determine if the final home value and land is comparable to homes in the area.


Bird Key home and vacant lot together

The first buildable lot I have is listed as a home and a lot. The location on Bird Key is perfect with fantastic views of Sarasota Bay. I highlighted the home in my first Home Showcase in this series and is at 622 South Owl Drive. The empty lot next door at 626 South Owl Drive is also included in the sale. The lot size for both is over one and one-quarter acres. Currently the lush landscaping is a wonderful addition to the total property, but an investor may see it for its potential profit. Together they are listed at $9.995 million.


Location at Links on Longboat

1021 Longboat Club Road
Vacant lot overlooks the Links on Longboat.

We had a similar situation with two properties behind the secure gates of Longboat Key Club. The same owner was selling the home at 1011 Longboat Club Road and lot at 1021 Longboat Club Road. In this case they were listed as two separate sales. The home sold and the vacant lot is available by itself. The land overlooks a pond that is part of the championship golf course, Links on Longboat. There are many amenities associated with a Longboat Key Club membership, having the golf course outside of your door is one of them.

The corner lot is oversized at 22,731 square feet with mature landscaping, listed at $999,000. It is also just steps to the white Gulf of Mexico sand shores on Longboat Key and near home values in that area that are listed over $1 million. Call our office at (941) 387-1840 if you are looking for a fully constructed home on the street, an exclusive showing of the home at 891 Longboat Club Road, listed at $8.5 million or the home at 845 Longboat Club Road, listed at $26.5 million.


Cape Coral waterfront lot ready for your dream home

1617 Edith Esplanade with nearly 200 feet of water frontage
Cape Coral lot - 1617 Edith Esplanade.

A property I have listed in Cape Coral at 1617 Edith Esplanade is cleared and primed for a new single-family home. It is also oversized on 23,035 square feet of land that has 188 feet of frontage on the protected waters of Bikini Basin that open to the Caloosahatchee River and Sarasota Bay. Many of the homes in this Cape Coral community are custom built. The lot is all set with utilities ready to go.


Surveys, permits, utilities and floor plans ready on Lido Key

221 Grant Dive on Lido Key
This Lido Key vacant lot at 221 Grant Drive is ready.

Surveys, permits, utilities and floor plans are all ready for this lot in a wonderful location, just steps from the Lido Key beach at this 221 Grant Drive property. One of my newest listings, this lot is near the famed St. Armands Circle, and just a short drive to the cultural arts center of Sarasota. The site is cleared and ready to begin construction of your dream home. This lot won’t last long at $479,000. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

 

Sarasota Ritz-Carlton, history and spotlight

by Roger Pettingell

Ritz-Carlton bold bid pays off in Sarasota

An overseas trend started here to combine hotel and residences

Views of downtown from the Ritz
Downtown views from the Ritz-Carlton - Amenities, floorplans and views make up a luxury residence.

It was the turn of the century just a few short years ago when one of the biggest names in the luxury hotel market was making its mark in Sarasota history. For it was in the year 2001 The Ritz-Carlton was making its debut in downtown Sarasota overlooking Marina Jack. It was an interesting concept back then, following an overseas trend for using a portion of the reservation money for residences to help finance a world class resort hotel.

Today the Ritz-Carlton residences is the dream that luxury ownership provides. The hotel was completed with six different floor plans and views. The 50 residences above the hotel provides a picturesque view of Sarasota and the waters that stretch out to the Gulf of Mexico. The Ringling Bridge is dazzling at sunset and a wonderful sight at night.

As was the original plan, 80 more residences in a 17-story building were added to the grounds in 2003. These homes on Watergate Drive next door to the hotel have become known as the Tower Residences. Owners here enjoy the many amenities that the Ritz-Carlton system provides. The luxury swimming pools, concierge service, valets, fine dining are all there for your pleasure. I reported on my January 2017 Comparative Market Analysis that the average price among the seven residences sold in the last year was $2,246,786, or $728 per square foot.

The residences are centrally located to many of the favorite dining and entertainment venues that have made Sarasota famous as a cultural arts center. Within a short walk you can go to the opera, listen to a symphony orchestra or catch a world-renown act at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. You can stroll over to Marina Jack where you might have your yacht docked. Or you can attend a live performance at one of the professional local theaters.

In order to expand the services that you might expect at a Ritz-Carlton, a beach club was added on Lido Key. Within a short drive over the Ringling Bridge, owners have access to the beach club and the amenities. The Ritz-Carlton Beach Residences were added in 2005, 88 luxury homes within 12 stories with villas on the first three floors and estates on the remaining levels. There is 400 feet of sand that touches the Gulf of Mexico shoreline, with its near perfect white sand quartz crystals that reflect most of the rays from the sun. This characteristic reduces the heat of the sand and makes it very comfortable to walk on even on the most brilliant of sunlit days.

REALTALK #71 Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, FL
The Ritz-Carlton lifestyle here in REALTALK™ #119.

Across the street is Ted Sperling Park where you can stroll the paths that lead out to the red mangroves. Many visitors prefer to kayak on the shallow waters inside the park, gliding over the sea grass hoping to catch a glimpse of a west Indian manatee that frequent the area in the summer months. The kayak and paddleboard tours take you through an amazing amount of the local ecosystem of birds, fish, mammals and plant life.

If boutique shopping and fine dining is on your plan for any day, world famous St. Armands Circle is near the Beach Residences. Walk the circle and discover the Ring of Fame, a hall of fame created for the most highly regarded circus performers. A plaque for each is placed around the circle. And when you are finished dining, shopping or sightseeing there are a number of places you can relax to enjoy a favorite beverage. On my January CMAs for the last 12 months there were three homes sold at the Beach Residences averaging $883 per square foot.

You would also expect to play a round of golf at a Ritz-Carlton resort. Full membership in the Ritz-Carlton Club grants you access to all the benefits above and the 18-hole championship course with 16 lakes on 315 acres with a Grand Clubhouse that has won numerous awards.

The three resorts and golf course in 2001-2005 were not the first Ritz-Carlton venture in the Sarasota area. Grand plans for a Ritz-Carlton resort with golf course were laid out in 1926 by the famous John Ringling, circus and developer magnate. His plans laid the foundation for this area as an attraction for the affluent society. He was responsible for the first Ringling Bridge, much of Bird Key, St. Armands Circle and his next foray into attracting the rich, the Ritz-Carlton on the lower end of Longboat Key. It was not a Ritz-Carlton as in a Marriott resort like it is today, Ringling bought the naming rights for an annual fee of $5,000.

1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, #1501
New listing - The views will leave you spellbound.

Plans for the 235 hotel rooms and resort was to be a modern marvel of design and building construction. Over the years plans were added for a golf course, airport and train that would ferry guests to and from the mainland. However, late in that first year Ringling halted construction. Ten years later, John Ringling’s nephew and executor of the Ringling estate continued construction. The announcement prompted another developer, Martin Sweeney of New York, to continue the project. However, little progress was made and the project stalled. In 1963 and January 1964, the structure was razed. The Longboat Key Club and Resort was constructed on the site of the first Ritz-Carlton in the area. The nephew, John Ringling North, was added to the Ring of Fame this year in a ceremony last month.

A complete list of residences for sale at the Ritz-CarIton hotel are available here. I will soon be listing a residence for sale on the 15th floor above the Ritz-Carlton hotel. This home was custom designed by Anne Folsom Smith and has wonderful views of Sarasota's best. The floor plan is over 5,300 square feet, has three bedrooms, four baths, office, den, family room and enormous open kitchen. Last week I listed another residence near the Ritz-Carlton around the corner, across from Marina Jack on Gulfstream Avenue. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of either or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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101 S. Gulfstream Ave, #11E $399,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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What to expect at the listing appointment

by Roger Pettingell

A little preparation increases sale efficiency

December is a good month to market your home for sale

1117 Benjamin Franklin Drive, #A
This beach home on Lido Key is a new listing from a recent listing appointment.

December is a good month to list your home for sale in Sarasota. This may be different in the north when a springtime listing may take advantage of the upcoming good weather. And if you have listed a home up north you may find that the listing process may be a little different than what is expected here. In REALTALK™ #110 last week I discussed what I would look for in your home before we talk about placing it on the market.

Before the appointment I start with a little homework. I look at recent sales that indicate the current market of similar homes. But at that point I still don’t know the fair market value of your home until I get inside. Then I look for upgrades that will increase the value of the home. Home buyers tend to be more encouraged by an updated home.

I also want to know the condition of the home. Are there any cracks in the ceilings? Are there any maintenance issues that can be remedied for a quicker sale. I pay particular attention to the areas around vents where mold may accumulate. Some of these items may come up in the inspection after a sales contract is signed, but we prefer to know in advance so we can correct the problem and close more efficiently.

Our staff is ready to help in any way and can suggest the right specialist for each repair job. We have contact information for what we have found to be the best painters, plumbers, electricians, flooring installers and home cleaners. You may have your own handyman in these areas. If staging is an issue we can make recommendations there. If clutter is an issue we can suggest volunteer organizations that will remove furniture and give you an receipt for tax deductions.

Expectations for the listing appointment in REALTALK™ #110
REALTALK™ #110 - We discuss the listing process and what to expect at the appointment.

Once we have determined conditions that may need improved or any updates that have already been done we can review price. We want to settle on a price that is fair in the market but something that you would feel comfortable with. If you have a mortgage, will the price be sufficient to settle with the bank and hopefully have a good profit remaining. Most home sellers do their own research beforehand. Zillow is a popular website that gives Zestimates. However, these estimates do not take into consideration the condition of the home or any updates that increases its value. The comparable home sales tools that I have are likely to be more accurate. Contact our office and we can set you up with free emails that will show price adjustments and new home sales in your area.

Here is a good reference to use if you are planning to do any remodeling projects before you speak with an agent. It is the 2016 Cost v. value report for the Sarasota area, published annually by Remodeling magazine. This report compares 30 different remodeling projects and how they affect the value of your home. With this report you can compare the Sarasota area to other areas of the southeast region and the nation. For instance, fiberglass attic insulation can have a 150.9% return on investment in Sarasota. A garage door replacement can have a return of 103.1% when you price the home for the market.

After we feel comfortable with the price, then we can establish an action plan for marketing your home. I have Coldwell Banker to thank for providing me with many print and online opportunities that we use to the fullest. I promote homes through my website here and a personal website for each home with the Internet address based on the physical address of the home. My full-page weekly ads in the Longboat Key Observer is a print medium I use. We also use direct mail to market your home.

There is a list of documents that I request so they are readily available for any interested buyers. I feel this is important so that we are able to answer any questions while the buyers are excited about the home after a showing. Also in the REALTALK™ video I explain the need for these documents and cited insurance premiums as an example. I use these for the printed brochure that we provide at each showing. We copy and create digital documents in PDF format before returning them to you. Our service can convert most sizes, including large floor plans. Here is a list of documents that are useful:

  • Insurance papers
  • Survey
  • Title insurance policy
  • Floor plan
  • Site plan

Age, warranties and make of appliances:

  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Hot Water Heater
  • Air Conditioner

You can expect that I will request a copy of the home key, elevator code or security code. Some agents use lockboxes. Since we accompany our showings, we add a layer of security by keeping these keys locked in our office until the time of the showing. We can make copies if the keys you possess are your only set.

I will also want to know the financial condition of the home. If the home is in a trust or owned by an LLC, with this information I will be in a position to better discuss an offer with a buyer’s agent. Any equity in the home is good if there is a mortgage on the home.

I do like listing appointments and hope that you contact my office when you are ready to sell. This home at 1117 Benjamin Franklin Drive, #A is across the street from the Gulf of Mexico beach on Lido Key and is a new listing last week. The home is listed at $1,299,000 and has plenty of wonderful updates. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing.

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1117 Benjamin Franklin Drive, #A $1,299,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Simple property searches

by Roger Pettingell

New property searches based on lifestyles

Find your dream home quicker with designed pages by area

Navigate to Property Listings, Lifestyles and the area
New searches - Navigate to Property Listings, Lifestyles and the area desired.

Searching for your dream home or residence in the area just got easier. Last week we launched a series of web pages that are designed for searches by an area of lifestyle. For the past couple of years you could perform a search by community such as Grand Bay or Bird Key. Now, let’s say you want to live on the beach of Longboat Key but haven’t decided on a community, or even if you have narrowed your search to a penthouse or single-family home. Under Property Listings at the top of the page, navigate to Lifestyle and select Gulf Beachfront. We have two pages of property searches for homes that are on the Longboat Key Club championship golf courses. Considering Bay Isles for its beach access? There is page devoted to all the communities with deeded access behind the manned gates of the Bay Isles Beach Club. Since Bay Isles has a large list with a wide price range, we’ve broken it down further and have selections to fit your budget. Here is a list of the lifestyle areas, with more in the plans.

The first is downtown Sarasota. New construction is apparent on almost every street increasing inventory in one of the most cultural cities in the country. Within walking distance you can see an opera, ballet, symphony orchestra or a world class event at the Van Wezel performing Arts Center. There are smaller venues for theater and comedy within the downtown district. Moor your boat at Marina Jack on Sarasota Bay or stroll over to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to explore the splendor of our plant-life. The Vue Sarasota dominates new construction in the area with 141 residences on 19 floors. New condominiums are also on Golden Gate Point and on the concentric streets that encircle Bayfront Drive. The Ritz-Carlton continues its excellence downtown with private residences. For value-driven buyers, consider getting in on the ground floor with new construction pricing. There is much to see and do in downtown, just waiting for your leap into luxury living.

Whether you are looking for a single family home or a high rise condominium, nothing is better than walking out to the white sands of Longboat Key on the Gulf of Mexico side and gazing at a spectacular sunset. Single family homes on the beach are clustered at the mid-mark and north end of the island. If maintenance-free living is your lifestyle choice, there is a vast selection of residences to choose from including properties at the ground level to luxurious penthouse suites. Many of these communities are close to fine dining, shopping and the diversity of cultural arts in Sarasota. Live with your toes in the sand in sunny Florida.

Bay Isles Beach Club
Bay Isles - There are many properties for sale behind the two manned gates of Bay Isles so we broke out pages further by price range.

Residents of Bay Isles on Longboat Key enjoy privacy and the security of 24-hour manned guard gates. They also receive the amenities of their communities and deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club. Outside the gates are the conveniences of grocery shopping, fine restaurants and services that complement their luxury lifestyle. There are several communities from which to live, from the maintenance-free living of single-family homes in Queens Harbour and Corey's Landing to the townhouses, homes and condominiums of Fairway Bay. Enjoy the luxury lifestyle of Grand Bay with six buildings of residences behind its own manned gates located on the Harbourside Golf Course and near the marina of the Longboat Key Club Moorings. Boat docks for yachts in the marina are sold on the Multiple Listing Service and they appear on the properties page that are for sale under $500,000. Homes in Bay Isles are highly desirable, including this home that was sold the day I listed it last week at 3541 Fair Oaks Lane in Queens Harbour.

Overlook Longboat Key Club's championship Harbourside Golf Course in a single family home or a high rise condominium. We have a good selection of homes in Queens Harbor and Corey's Landing to residences at Grand Bay and Fairway Bay. Owners of the properties here have deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club and the beach facilities on Longboat Key, Florida. Play three sets of nine courses at Harbourside outside your front door including the White Egret, Red Hawk and Blue Heron. Nearby on the course is the Longboat Key Club Moorings marina and the Portofino Restaurant and Grill.

The best of many worlds with the Gulf of Mexico white sands out your front door and the championship golf course Links on Longboat (formerly Islandside Golf Course) out your back door. Complement that lifestyle with the renowned St. Armands Circle nearby and membership in the Longboat Key Club for tennis, socializing and more fine dining. These properties on the beach are for sale as high rise condominiums at the Sanctuary, L'Ambiance, Longboat Key Towers, the Pierre or are available as single family homes. Add the many features of Longboat Key, Florida and the cultural arts center of Sarasota and you will never want to leave.

South Lido Key condominiums
Beachfront residences on south Lido Key

Enjoy the luxury lifestyle on the Gulf of Mexico in maintenance-free living with these residences for sale on the white sands of the beach. Close to world renowned St. Armands Circle and the ecosystem of Ted Sperling Park, 100 acres for kayaking and trail-blazing with 640 liner feet of Gulf beach on south Lido Key. Walk out to the beach from a ground-floor residence or enjoy one of many spectacular sunsets from a top-floor penthouse. You will have prime viewing for the annual Power Boat Grand Prix held each year over the Independence Day weekend.

The history of St. Armands Circle started when circus magnate John Ringling had a vision for creating an island atmosphere of homes that linked Sarasota to Longboat Key. Today the Circle is a display of the history that is surrounded by fine dining, boutique shopping and an active nightlife. Single-family homes dominate the surrounding area. Homeowners play on the circle or cross the Ringling Bridge for the cultural arts that Sarasota provides. Updated luxury homes co-exist with quaint homes that reflect the prosperity of the times when other civic leaders took over Ringling's vision and made it a renowned world landmark. Some homes around the circle toward Lido Beach have docks on water with direct access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Find your dream home quicker, then please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell.

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* 3541 Fair Oaks Lane $999,000    

 

* Sold the same day it was listed on MLS.

 

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