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Options without a boat ownership

by Roger Pettingell

In Sarasota without a boat, no worries

Variety of boat charter, membership or rental options discussed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy your day on the water with a charter

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

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

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

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

Maintenance-free boat memberships, like timeshares on the water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Role of Longboat Key in WWII

by Roger Pettingell

Area played a vital role in training pilots

Munitions from military training exercises continue to be found on island

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last week I listed an exclusive direct bayfront residence within walking distance to Sarasota’s downtown. This 3BR/31/2BA contemporary residence in the sought-after Golden Gate Point neighborhood is a move-in ready dream at 188 Golden Gate Pt, #201. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
188 Golden Gate Pt, #201 $2,995,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Luxury Homes in Showcase XXXIII

by Roger Pettingell

High-quality Sarasota County homes

Four new listings that qualify as Coldwell Banker Global Luxury homes

REALTALK™ 194 on McClellen Park in Sarasota
McClellen Park - We discuss this new listing and Sarasota community in REALTALK™ #194

The Home Showcase series allows me to highlight newer listings and the communities that have a common theme. I have over a dozen estates that meet the criteria of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury home standards, including four that were listed in the last few weeks and are discussed in this article. Global Luxury homes are unique in that they are promoted on a worldwide scale and have features associated to high-end homes.

The oldest Sarasota community, McClellan Park, with a great location

1744 Seminole Drive in McClellen Park
McClellen Park - 1744 Seminole Drive

This year I reported on the Sarasota community of McClellan Park in REALTALK™ #194. In 1916 sisters Daisy and Katherine McClellan settled into the area to claim title to the community that continues to today, making it the oldest settlement in Sarasota. The 56 acres were sold as the Garden Spot in local advertisements. Seminole words were used to identify roads because there was an Indian mound on the property. The road names of Yamaw Drive, Sioux Drive and Mietaw Drive are still used. Cottages of the day were ordered through Sears, Roebuck & Company and shipped from Chicago. Sears Modern Homes were shipped throughout the sates from 1908 to 1940. The Garden Spot still exists, and although homes are close to downtown Sarasota, this enclave is hidden by the trees that seclude it from the hustle and bustle of an active city.

Overflowing with charm, we described this family-inspired home at 1744 Seminole Drive as a modern farmhouse in the REALTALK™ video. Completed in 2000, the traditional, yet whimsical, architecture perfectly complements an interior that welcomes you home. Despite its spaciousness, with a five-bedroom main residence, separate studio/mother in-law suite, bunk room over the garage and Cypress guest cottage, this home’s allure is in the coziness and timeless beauty it emotes. The meticulously-maintained (and newly staged) decor abounds in trendy touches in every room.


Bungalow Hill is within walking distance of some Sarasota’s finest attractions

969 Citrus Avenue in Bungalow Hill
Bungalow Hill - 969 Citrus Avenue

A few blocks north in Sarasota is our second home of this Home Showcase XXXIII article in the West of Trail community of Bungalow Hill that I covered in REALTALK™ #172. Just south of Hudson Bayou in Sarasota this community is within walking distance to great attractions such as Selby Gardens, Marina Jack and Burns Court. Several homes in Bungalow Hill are designated by Sarasota as historically significant. Formed as Sarasota Heights in 1917, the town became associated with Greater Sarasota in 1925 after taxes proved insufficient to continue as a sovereign town.

Luxuriate in modern, green living at this centrally-located, new construction at 969 Citrus Avenue. Built by GreenLife Luxury Homes and completed in 2017, this three-bedroom estate abounds in high-end finishes inside and out. The West Indies-inspired architecture offers HardiPlank siding, metal roof, Smart home details and a contemporary interior with designer features in every room. The inviting and tropical outdoor space is just as impressive.


Rich in history, Bird Key has grown to become a family-oriented community

386 Bob White Drive on Bird Key
Bird Key - 386 Bob White Drive

We travel over the Ringling Bridge to Bird Key where our third Global Luxury home is for sale. Bird Key has a long history as a location for the rich and famous. Even from its humble beginnings when Thomas Worcester built the New Edzell Castle on the secluded island in 1914 to honor his deceased wife, the island wouldn’t see growth for a few decades. The castle mansion became the home of John Ringling’s sister, Ida Ringling North, until her death in 1950. During that time the first Ringling Causeway linked Sarasota to Lido Key. The Arvida Corporation purchased the island in 1959 and several holdings on the Sarasota County end of Longboat Key. Development began, increasing its size with landfill from 14 to 277 acres and 511 lots.

Waiting for you to create your dream home in Bird Key, this prime waterfront parcel at 386 Bob White Drive offers a three-bedroom residence with new roof in 2014, lush landscaping, plus a sunny and open interior, walls of French doors that open to the waterfront pool deck. The home also includes boat dockage and lift on deep sailboat waters that flow out to the bay.


The development of Longboat Key owes its history to Corey’s Landing

3436 Mistletoe Lane in Corey's Landing on Longboat Key
Corey's Landing - 3436 Mistletoe Lane

Our next home is a short drive up Longboat Key to the Corey’s Landing community behind the secure gates of Bay Isles. Longboat Key was settled by those looking for inexpensive property in Florida. But the first property acquired under the Homestead Act of 1862 wasn’t until 1891 when Thomas Mann applied for property. Byron Corey was given 154 acres through the Homestead Act four years later where he began to grow produce on the island. He required a dock where boats could dock and expand his sales to mainland buyers. The first Longboat Key post office was added to the dock in 1907. Today there is one of seven historical markers placed by the Longboat Key Historical Society and the town to commemorate the location of the dock that was destroyed by a hurricane in 1921.

One of the most prominent ships to dock at Corey’s Landing to exchange goods with the mainland was the steamship Mistletoe. The fourth home street name in this article bears its name, 3436 Mistletoe Lane. Move in and immediately enjoy the chic, contemporary upgrades offered throughout this three-bedroom home in Corey’s Landing, directly overlooking the tranquil waters of Sarasota Bay. Located in a wonderful, corner spot next door to a stretch of Harbourside golf course. You will love the neutral decor, cathedral ceilings, beautiful hardwood flooring on both levels, designer bathrooms, plus an open granite kitchen with breakfast nook surrounded by bay sliders. Deeded access to the private Bay Isles Beach Club is only a sunny bike ride away.

I listed two residences last week on Longboat Key, a fourth-floor beach home in the Veinte community at 2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #403 and an eighth-floor residence at 3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #283 that offers beautiful direct views that stretch from Sarasota Bay through the Harbourside golf course and beyond. A third residence listed is a charming three-bedroom townhome in the Moorings at Edgewater of Lakewood Ranch at 6431 Moorings Point Cir, #201. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #403 $995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #283 $995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
6431 Moorings Point Cir, #201 $475,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Beachplace - Home Showcase XXXII

by Roger Pettingell

Longboat Key Community with Amenities

Beachplace has the location and services for privileged homeowners

Beachplace on Longboat Key
Beachplace - Eleven buildings on 31 acres

Beachplace on the southern end of Longboat Key is in a great location, has many amenities and many of the residences have been upgraded since the community was built between 1979 and 1981. I have four new listings of the six at Beachplace that I am highlighting in this Home Showcase XXXII article.

The eleven buildings of Beachplace are arranged to be on the water, have a little private seclusion or overlooks the pond that is the centerpiece of the community. Building 1 at 1145 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Building 2 at 1135 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Building 8 at 1055 Gulf of Mexico Drive and Building 9 at 1045 Gulf of Mexico Drive overlook the Gulf of Mexico with over 1,400 linear feet of white sandy beaches.

There are many reasons to love Beachplace. The location is a short drive to fine dining, entertainment and boutique shopping in renowned St. Armands Circle. Head north and you are in the Publix Shopping Center where a CVS and a newly constructed Chase Bank is on-site for your convenience. In the planning stages is a Longboat Key Arts, Culture and Education Center with much to offer residents and guests. You can be secure with the manned guard gate 24 hours and the on-site management that is there to help with routine maintenance of your residence or help with any questions you may have.

Once a resident you will have many opportunities to explore the abundance of amenities in this community. The junior Olympic size pool with spa and kiddie pool attracts you and your neighbors to become a social gathering place. There are three tennis courts on the grounds for a more active lifestyle. If you want to work your muscles a little harder the fitness center has the latest in exercise equipment. For golfers, the Links on Longboat and Harbourside Golf Course offers championship opportunities for those with a Longboat Key Club membership.

Many owners of Beachplace are year-round occupants but the association has a liberal leasing policy which is taken advantage of by those who want some rental income and prefer to visit in the season. A minimum of 30 days is required to lease a residence at Beachplace. Here are the four new residences on the market, two are on the top floor.


Beachplace8401
Beachplace #401 in Building 8

Move right into this furnished, direct Gulf-front Beachplace residence in Building 8 offering immaculate updates throughout at 1055 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #401! Fourth-floor panoramic Gulf views of sandy-white shores and azure waters that stretch on forever welcome you. Relish captivating evening sunsets and you will find it hard to ever leave. This coastal contemporary, two-bedroom beach retreat was completely renovated in 2017.

Immediately fall in love with the direct beach vistas that stretch from Gulf-to-bay at this top-floor 2BR getaway in Building 4, residence #601. Enjoy evening sunsets on the extended wraparound terrace with access from the open living room and master suite, only offered in penthouse residences.

Beachplace 6 602
Beachplace #602 on the top floor in Building 6

There are brand new windows and sliders throughout this lovely residence at 1095 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #602! You will love the sunny views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, lush community grounds and tranquil pond waters. Offering updates throughout the 2BR layout, you can move in and immediately enjoy this top-floor home.

This charming 2BR residence #203 in Building 7 offers sunny beach views and is immediately ready for you! The light and bright interior features an open concept, oversized diagonal tile flooring throughout, updated bathrooms with granite countertops, plus a newer kitchen.

Last week I listed four homes; two in the coveted “West of Trail” area near the heart of downtown Sarasota, one in the Corey’s Landing community and one in Country Club Shores of 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
1744 Seminole Drive $3,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
969 Citrus Avenue $1,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
3436 Mistletoe Lane $1,385,000 Video Photo Slideshow
520 Wedge Lane $999,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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2018 in Review - Happy New Year!

by Roger Pettingell

New construction transforms Sarasota

High-rise developments spark 2018 growth spurt for Sarasota County

BLVD in downtown Sarasota
BLVD - The Belle Haven Apartment building in the background of the BLVD construction site on old Quay property has been saved from the wrecking ball.

As we approach 2019 and ring in the year tonight I will take the time today to reflect on the very eventful year for new development on Longboat Key and Sarasota. It was one of the largest development booms I have seen in years. What has started this year will change the skyline of Sarasota downtown and return Longboat Key to the glory days with a resort to complement the Longboat Key Club. Even the Key Club itself is transforming with new hotel spaces.

The Rosemary District in downtown Sarasota is glowing with new construction for the luxury buyer. One of the most visible new construction sites is the BLVD, 18 stories downtown with planned 49 new residences and an estimated completion date of August 30, 2019. Get in on the ground floor, literally, as there are residences remaining for sale. The new Westin, VUE and Embassy Suites are all within a couple blocks of each other. These high rise buildings of contemporary style have already made their mark on the landscape.

As the land across the street is in the process of clearing, the old Quay area will be a wonderland of mixed use dwellings that will expand into new residential, entertainment and dining experiences. The first building to rise up out of the grounds is a new Ritz-Carlton. Sitting alone among the construction equipment and mounds of gravel is the Belle Haven Apartment building. The 1925 structure will become the center-piece of the 15-acre bayfront property once it receives a complete remodeling of its interior.

On Longboat Key, excitement abounds for the resurgence of the Colony Beach Resort. Demolition of the last building has been completed for the planned luxury resort of 17.6 acres that will be operated by the prestigious St. Regis Hotel chain and renamed Residences at Longboat Key. To continue, the courts will decide on a process to dissolve the condominium association and with it the remaining properties still under ownership. If construction begins in 2019, completion is expected by the end of 2021 for 166 five-star resort hotel rooms and 78 residential units. A highlight of the old Colony was the Monkey Bar which will be recreated on the resort grounds. Expect more opulent amenities typical of a five-star hotel such as swimming pools and a lazy river, high quality recreational facilities, fine dining and lush landscaping.

Guard Shack at Longboat Key Club entrance
The new guard shack at the Longboat Key Club entrance paves the way for the new hotel on the south end of Longboat Key overlooking New Pass.

The Longboat Key Club is undergoing its own renaissance with the realignment of its entrance road in preparation for new development on the southern end of the island. In 2015 Longboat Key residents approved a referendum that would allow 300 tourism units. Longboat Key Club owners, Ocean Properties, plan to use those units to expand its number of guest rooms with a new hotel overlooking New Pass. Although specific plans have not been made public, Ocean Properties has committed $100 million to the project.

Cultural centers and non-profits are launching capital campaigns to expand their programs that are on the drawing board. The Ringling Museum has raised most of its $100 million goal for its Ringling Inspires campaign. The upgrades to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will be significant with its $92 million campaign. The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will renovate its theater starting in the spring after meeting the campaign goal of $6 million and the Players Centre for the Performing Arts has plans to open a new three-theater complex in Lakewood Ranch, likely in 2020. The Asolo Repertory Theatre will double in size once its capital campaign is completed. The Ringling College of Art and Design has already opened its new post-production studio and three soundstages. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium will move most of its futuristic public education center out to a site near the new Mall at University Town Center.

The year has also been kind to my real estate business, setting another county record by an individual agent. Volume sales this year totaled over $106 million with 71 total sides, a combination of seller listings and buyer representation. That beat my record last year, the previous county record, prolonging my streak of consecutive top sales for Sarasota County. There were some challenges overcoming economic instability and environmental hazards with a strong inventory of diverse properties for sale. There were some high profile sales, seven luxury properties over $3 million that are spotlighted here.

622 South Owl Drive
Highest sale of 2018 - 622 South Owl Drive

In April I sold a home that closed at the highest amount ever recorded on Bird Key, a home with adjacent land that combined closed for $8.6 million and reported in this Business Observer article. The spectacular location of this custom home is unique to Sarasota at 622 South Owl Drive. Situated on a two-lot, corner homesite, offers more than 450 feet of direct bay frontage and direct boating access to the bay and Gulf when accompanied with the 626 South Owl Drive lot with beautiful landscaping. The stunning four-bedroom layout is a flourish of beautiful finishes, featuring over 5,000 square feet of impressive interior with sound-proof office, family room, gourmet kitchen, plus a fully-equipped summer kitchen with plenty of outdoor entertaining areas.

Also in April I closed on the most coveted beach penthouse available at 1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr, #1201. Dazzling morning sunrise and crimson sunset views abound from this residence at Beach Residences, the beach properties of the Ritz-Carlton. In a fabulous corner location, this three-bedroom plus family room, top-floor residence gives the feeling of a single-family home, boasting 4,200 square feet of interior, its own private two-car garage, plus an additional covered space with two generous terraces. This residence closed at an even $5 million and can be seen here on its own single-property website.

5080 Gulf of Mexico Drive
My highest sale on Longboat Key in 2018 was at 5080 Gulf of Mexico Drive, sold at $4.7 million.

On the last day of July we closed on my highest Longboat Key sale for the year at $4.7 million. The European-inspired bayfront estate is immaculately maintained, a remarkable display of custom features and elegant finishes at 5080 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Surrounded by privacy walls of tropical landscaping with a gated entry, this special home offers more than 100 feet of bay frontage, showcasing far-reaching views of tranquil waters at every turn. The luxurious five-bedroom layout comprises nearly 9,000 square feet of designer living space and over 2,300 square feet of terraces covered in Travertine tile.

The one-of-a-kind, double-Sabel floorplan with almost 5,700 square feet of living space at 415 L’Ambiance, #C704-5 was placed on the market and within one week it went into contract for $3.9 million. Built in 1992, L’Ambiance has been sought after for its opulence and amenities. From this unique residence, the owners could use personal steps from their own terrace to access 300 linear feet of white sand on the Gulf of Mexico. In two buildings L’Ambiance offers many recreational opportunities with a state-of-the-art fitness center, Har-Tru tennis courts and heated swimming pools. Fantastic views of the Gulf of Mexico, Ringling Bridge, Sarasota Bay and sparkling lights of the city of Sarasota were accessible in this residence. This home and couple I represented were featured in a Sarasota Herald-Tribune article, Circus couple turning the page on striking Gulf-front condo.

663 Mourning Dove Drive
Bird Key - Strong 2018 sales here include this $3 million home sale at 663 Mourning Dove Drive.

Two Bird Key homes on Mourning Dove Drive closed for similar prices over $3 million. The first home at 663 Mourning Dove Drive that closed in April for $3.3 million has sprawling views of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Its expansive, 6,200 square-foot interior create an ideal environment to immediately enjoy this six-bedroom estate. Lovely details inside and out, also include pavered driveway and gated entry, coffered and tray ceilings, solid-wood beam work, chef’s kitchen with granite countertops, custom built-ins, elevator, solar water heater and panels, brick patios and an open pool deck.

Five months later I closed on a lovely, updated five bedroom, 5,000 square foot Bird Key home at 639 Mourning Dove Drive that sold for $3.15 million. This residence abounds in sprawling views of the bay, bridge and downtown. Boating enthusiasts will covet the direct-bay location, 130 feet of frontage and deep-water dockage.

Just before Thanksgiving I closed on a beachfront residence in the Longboat Key Positano community at 4985 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #401 for $3.1 million. There is a spectacular walkout to the beautiful beach and azure waters from this first-floor beachfront condo that features a private pool and spa. Positano, a 10 acre oasis with only 29 residences, has a full time security staff and a gated entrance. This is Florida living at its very best.

With each new year we reflect on the past and make resolutions for a better year. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 in 2019 if you have property to sell or buy. I wish you a very happy and healthy 2019, Happy New Year!

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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Wide range of pricing in single family homes

by Roger Pettingell

Home Showcase XXVIII - Good variety

Inventory is growing with something for most in price and home type

675 Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key, Sarasota
Bird Key - 675 Mourning Dove Drive

Last week I discussed new listings that met the criteria set for the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury brand in my Home Showcase XXVII article. This week I highlight three communities and single-family home new listings that show the range of prices, from $779,000 to $6,795,000, and from Sarasota to Longboat Key. Our inventory is swelling to include a wide range of prices, locations and home types.

The paradise centrally located between downtown Sarasota and the beaches

There was a master plan when land fill was used to start the formation of Bird Key and the first home was built. Canals were formed so most homes on this 250 acres of island would have boating access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Arvida Corporation, developers of many area communities, purchased Bird Key and began its process of building over 500 homes on the island in 1959.

Automobile access to downtown Sarasota and the beaches was possible by traveling over the John Ringling Causeway and bridge, the second of three bridges that would span the two land masses. The most current bridge that is a landmark for Sarasota was built in 2003. The roads that wind through the community are named after popular Florida birds. Many of the original homes on Bird Key have been replaced with modern mansions. Others have been updated so today Bird Key remains an exclusive luxury neighborhood, complete with a park and yacht club.

Fabulous features abound throughout this designer residence. Ideally situated just three homes in from Sarasota Bay is the home for sale at 675 Mourning Dove Drive, on one of the widest waterways in Bird Key. Offering unobstructed access to the Gulf of Mexico, the avid boater will appreciate the 100’ of bay frontage on sailboat-deep waters, newer seawall and dock with shore power, plus a 16,000-pound lift. Built in 2006, this specially-designed estate of 4,000 SqFt will impress you at every turn, featuring custom, imported finishes inside and out and priced at $6,795,000.


Over 285 homes, most with Sarasota Bay boat access on Longboat Key

592 Ranger Lane in Country Club Shores on Longboat Key
Country Club Shores - 592 Ranger Lane

The same Arvida Corporation that developed Bird Key also was responsible for the beginning of over 285 homes in Country Club Shores. While Bird Key roads are name after birds, Country Club Shores roads are named for nautical and golf terms. Many of the original homes in in this community were constructed as single level, ranch style buildings in the 1960s through five phases of development. On the south end of Longboat Key, this community is popular for its proximity to St. Armands Circle and the Publix shopping center to the north. Across Gulf of Mexico Drive is the Links on Longboat, the very popular championship golf course of the Longboat Key Club. With the exception of Bogey Lane that runs parallel to Gulf of Mexico Drive, the neighborhood is unique in that canals were formed off each street so that nearly every home has boating access to Sarasota Bay.

Wonderful waterfront value! This charming three bedroom, pool home in Country Club Shores is primed and ready to enjoy, rent or renovate at 592 Ranger Lane. Just a stone’s throw away from Sarasota’s open bay, offering deep-water dock and beach access only a sunny bike ride away. Recent updates include a brand-new seawall in 2017, adding great value to this home listed at $895,000.


Privacy and large parcel of land in Hidden Forest near shopping and recreation

4646 Hidden Forest Drive, Hidden Forest community of Sarasota
Hidden Forest - 4646 Hidden Forest Drive

Hidden Forest is a quaint community with lush foliage and larger homes in Sarasota heading toward Interstate 75. Buyer interest increased in this area, first with the building of the Mall at University Town Center just three miles away and then the many shopping plazas that line University Parkway. Homes are close enough to enjoy the many benefits of this shopping mecca, but secluded to avoid the hustle and bustle. Nathan Benderson Park, now a world-class venue for rowing championships is near the mall, and Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium have plans to move most of its activities to this site. The very fine and public, Groves Golf Course, is also nearby.

The private residence at 4646 Hidden Forest Drive is perfectly situated on a one-acre parcel, surrounded by lush vegetation. Completely upgraded, inside and out, this beautiful, custom-built four-bedroom ranch home with nearly 3,500 SqFt of living space priced at $779,000 in Hidden Forest is immediately ready for the entire family to enjoy. It has a three-car attached garage and pool with a screen enclosure for relaxing or entertaining.

Please check my website often in October as I will be bringing on more new listings. Contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of these properties or if you have a property to sell or buy.

 

 

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