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Summer home inventories for Sarasota

by Roger Pettingell

Unlisted properties and pre-listings

Available off-market properties as we prepare for peak selling season

The summer inventory and buyer market in REALTALK™ #209
Summer Inventory - Strategies for off-market listings are discussed in this REALTALK™ #209 video

When you move from the northern states it may take some time to adjust to the peak selling cycles here in Sarasota. As the snow melts and the grass begins to turn green might be the best time to list in the Midwest and Northeast states. But October to Easter are the hot sales months for the market in Florida. It is a simple concept, snowbirds that are here during the winter months have a desire to stay once they are exposed to what there is to offer in climate, entertainment and recreation under these sunny skies.

The summer allows us time to relax and to plan for the peak season. Before we know it, October is here and we start the daily routines of showings and listings. The inventory is low in August and with good reasons. Accumulating a high number of days on the market may be less appealing to potential buyers so sellers will take them off the market in order to reset the number of days to zero. These homes are still available as inventory, buyers may have to search a little harder or call a Realtor who likely has knowledge of these homes ready to sell. I discuss these strategies in REALTALK™ #209.

Some properties remain on the market. Sometimes they are listed in the summer because there may be a limited supply in a particular community. That’s an opportunity some sellers don’t want to pass up. There are buyers in the summer and unable to find anything in a neighborhood they like is discouraging. There are a variety of other reasons why sellers prefer to list their homes any time of the year. All are valid, and if attractive and priced right will offer a good home to a potential buyer.

We have listings that are available for sale that you will see reenter the market starting in the fall. We also have several new listings that are off the market now but poised to be listed in MLS soon. Please contact us at (941) 387-1840 to schedule a showing of these properties or to see the other residences in our inventory.

 
415 L'Ambiance Dr, PH-F

The stunning sunrise-to-sunset panoramic views offered at this designer penthouse residence are breathtaking! You will fall in love with the upgrades, elaborate terrace space and custom features at this 4,900+ SF beach home.
$7,495,000 - Click here for the video

415 L'Ambiance Dr, PH-F - Click here for the website
3010 Grand Bay Blvd, #461

This updated Antigua residence is a rare opportunity to enjoy a direct-bayfront lifestyle in designer luxury. Offering nearly 3,000 SF and a wraparound terrace, you will love the direct bay, golf course, downtown and marina views.
$1,895,000 - Click here for the video

Grand Bay 461 - Click here for the website
3531 Fair Oaks Lane

The treat of maintenance-free living behind secure club gates can be yours to immediately enjoy at this 4BR Queens Harbour residence. Cathedral ceilings, a neutral decor, lovely updates and lush lake views welcome you.
$1,295,000 - Click here for the video

3531 Fair Oaks Lane - Click here for the website
2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #103

Walk out directly from this beautiful 3BR beach getaway to enjoy pristine Gulf beach and azure waters. You will love the modified layout and open concept, tile flooring, impact windows/sliders, new kitchen, plus three designer baths.
$999,000 - Click here for the video

2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #103 - Click here for the website
3988 Losillias Drive, Sarasota

Relax in the backdrop of the private TPC Prestancia Golf & Social Club off the golf course fairway in this four-bedroom, 4,800+ SF dream home. Complete with three-car attached garage in this prestigious gated community.
$949,000

3988 Losillias Dr
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #262

Panoramic 6th-floor direct bay views that stretch out to downtown and the Gulf of Mexico welcome you to this lovely 3BR residence. Relax the day away on the wraparound terrace and relish bay breezes.
$799,000

Grand Bay 262
1115 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #502

Fifth-floor views of tranquil lakes, fountains, the lush Beachplace community and reaching out to the Gulf of Mexico, that create a wonderful move-in ready environment at this 2BR residence, waiting for you to make it your own.
$519,000

1115 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #502 - Click here for the website

Update on new Sarasota development projects

by Roger Pettingell

Projects with updated completion dates

These communities are shaping the new skyline of downtown Sarasota

Ritz-Carlton in downtown Sarasota
The Grande - This view from the Hyatt Regency shows the Grande with the current Ritz-Carlton next door.

Downtown development is progressing well. Seemingly one story of construction is unfolding before our eyes each week at the Grande and the BLVD in downtown Sarasota. They are on Tamiami Trail in the most visible area of downtown. The landscape of the Sarasota skyline is changing.

These are the numbers. There are 21 projects under construction citywide and seven have been completed. Of the 84 total construction projects citywide that are in proposal to completion status, 23 are residential and another 20 are mixed-use properties that will support residences and commercial offices or retail stores.

According to a Q1 2019 report by the Economic Development Office, that breaks down to 1,331 residential units in development, 517 under construction and 12 completed for a total of 1,860. That is a lot of inventory for you to review if looking downtown for a great place to settle in Sarasota. The price ranges also from a penthouse suite in the new Grande, the Ritz-Carlton expansion in the development of the old Quay, to more modest residences in the Enclave at Laurel Park. Here are three prominent development sites downtown.

Ritz-Carlton in downtown Sarasota
The Grande - The view from the current Ritz-Carlton

The Grande is one of the first developments in the Quay, poised to make a statement in the world of real estate. Its connection to the Ritz-Carlton by ownership and an eventual physical elevated bridge link will provide its owners with luxury pleasures that Ritz owners come to expect. It is a mixed use development with 72 residences, restaurants and parking garage space for 159 cars, enough for two parking spots for every home owner. Select from a choice of seven floor plans, from a two-bedroom, 3,197 square-foot Plaza 301 plan to the Worthington with four bedrooms and 4,855 square feet of living space.

I have one of the penthouses pending, there is a second one active listed for $6.2 million with four bedrooms, five full baths and a spacious 4,855 square feet of living space. But there are seven other residences available from the fourth floor to the 16th floor of the 18-story building. The views are spectacular of the Sarasota Bay and the amenities are first-rate Ritz-Carlton class. That includes concierge services, a roof-top infinity pool and a state of the art fitness center. The Grande is also marketed as Block 6 of the Quay and Quay Commons. If your plans are for a late 2020 occupancy, the Grande is one of your best options in luxury ownership.

BLVD in downtown Sarasota
BLVD - This 37 residence pet-friendly community is expected to be completed early in 2020.

Across Tamiami Trail and up a couple of blocks, the BLVD Sarasota (aka Boulevard Sarasota) is rapidly approaching its 18-story finished structure. It is also a mixed-use development of residences with a Beach Bistro restaurant and space for retail shops or offices. It is expected to be completed early next year. The BLVD has some unique features not available in other developments. For the golfer, there is a simulator with over 80 courses to play. This is a pet-friendly community with its own pet salon and fifth-floor dog park. Add to that that such amenities as the roof-top infinity pool, outdoor kitchen and fire pits. Its Peloton enhanced fitness center is state of the art.

These three-bedroom residences have floor plans of B, L, V and D, which should be easy to remember. The B plan has a spacious wraparound terrace of 1,700 square feet and 3,630 square feet of living space. The largest floor plan is L, at 3,900 square feet under air. The V and D plans have 3,700 square feet and 3,550 square feet respectively with the blvD plan under construction with a wraparound terrace of 1,530 square feet. There are three active sales of the 37 residences at BLVD.

The Mark in downtown Sarasota
The Mark - This structure is nearing completion in downtown Sarasota with Main Street in the foreground

Off the water a couple blocks in the heart of downtown is The Mark with 157 residences in an 11 story community development. There are multiple floor plans associated to the Plaza, Edge and Landmark 5 residences. Near Main Street and Pineapple Avenue on State Street, this dream location is near everything great that Sarasota has to offer including its restaurants, art galleries, shopping and entertainment venues. Surrounding the lap pool are private cabanas and fire pit lounge area. The 13 penthouses are under contract. This project is nearing completion and has just one active listing in MLS at $925,000, a fifth-floor residence #516. There may be others available, call our office at (941) 387-1840 for a full list or if you have a property to sell or buy. I will be updating the New Construction page of our website this week that has a comprehensive list of projects.

There is a significant update on the Colony development of Longboat Key. In the last couple of weeks the court has decided that it will allow Unicorp Development Co. to submit plans for the dissolution of the Colony Association of Unit Owners, one of the final hurdles to proceed with developing the 17.3 acre site where the famous Colony Beach and Tennis Resort once stood. A final court decision is expected in April of 2020. Plans call for 78 luxury residences and a hotel with 166 rooms operated by St. Regis Hotel and Residences, including luxury services for its guests.

 

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Home series continues with luxury listings

by Roger Pettingell

Four Global Luxury homes highlighted

Home Showcase XXXVII begins in the Cherokee Park community of Sarasota

1606 North Drive in Sarasota
Cherokee Park - 1606 North Drive

Today we are highlighting four homes that meet the standards for inclusion in the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury marketing brand. They qualify based on price and features. Two are in prime locations of Sarasota while the other two are in prime waterfront locations on Longboat Key. The first is in one of Sarasota's most sought-after family neighborhoods in a central location, within the prestigious Southside school district. Homeowners love the proximity to downtown, luxury shopping, fine dining, theaters, museums and only minutes to pristine Gulf beaches at the Keys.

This 1920s Cherokee Park community took off in the late 1940s and many of the homes have been rebuilt or remodeled since then, including this home in our Showcase XXXVII series built in 1998 at 1606 North Drive. Delight in a “West of the Trail” lifestyle at this five-bedroom custom home. On a quiet street near the end of a cul-de-sac, brick pavered walkways and manicured landscaping welcome you. Wine enthusiasts will adore the temperature-controlled wine cellar. Walls of French doors open to the gorgeous pool deck, with its heated saltwater swimming pool, spa and plenty of space to sunbathe, lounge or dine are complemented by the lush foliage surrounding this private residence. It recently had a price change to $2,199,000.


Waterfront luxury home on the canal of Country Club Shores

610 Bowsprit Lane
Country Club Shores - 610 Bowsprit Lane

Over the years I have sold many homes in the Longboat Key community of Country Club Shores. Homes here are astonishing, with many upgraded homes on the canals that feed out to Sarasota Bay. Originally developed by the Arvida Realty Company in the 1960s with 396 plats, Country Club Shores has continued to flourish through its close proximity to St. Armands Circle and the Avenue of the Flowers shopping center to the north, home to Publix, CVS, Chase Bank and boutique shopping. Homeowners love the easy access to the Gulf of Mexico beaches. I featured this community in my REALTALK™ #188 video. An added interest is that this neighborhood promotes a recreational lifestyle, the roads are named for golf and sailboat terms.

This newer-built 2008, four-bedroom home in Country Club Shores at 610 Bowsprit Lane is a boater’s paradise listed for $1,995,000. Located near the end of a private cul-de-sac, just one home in from the point-lot location, this home offers 113 feet of water frontage, newer seawall, dock and lift on sailboat-deep waters that flow out to Sarasota Bay. You will love the cathedral ceilings, open layout, gourmet kitchen, impact windows and sliders, three-car garage, plus the two-story pool cage housing heated swimming pool, spa and covered dining areas.


Wonderful location in the Avondale community of Sarasota

West of Trail in Sarasota at 1835 Lincoln Drive
Avondale - 1835 Lincoln Drive

I featured the Avondale community in Sarasota in a recent REALTALK™ #208 video. This “West of Trail” neighborhood of 75 properties opened for development in the 1920s at $250 each with a $50 down payment. It is well positioned with its border roads of South Osprey, Lincoln Drive and Bahia Vista. Professionals love the area for its proximity to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. It’s also close to fine dining, shopping and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Brimming with recent upgrades, this four-bedroom move-in ready waterfront home is in a central spot, near Southside Village and within walking distance to downtown. Skillfully blending traditional architecture with trendy interior and exterior, this beautiful family-living home at 1835 Lincoln Drive listed for $1,799,000 provides aspects for the entire family to appreciate.


Secluded waterfront enclave with 20 luxury homes on Longboat Key

705 Hideaway Bay Lane
Hideaway Bay - 705 Hideaway Bay Lane

Near Cannons Marina and behind the Christ Church of Longboat Key on the northern end of the island, Hideaway Bay is a secluded gem among the mangroves and Australian pines that surround the peninsula. Most of the 20 homes here have direct access to the channel that feeds out to Sarasota Bay through Millar Bay and the intracoastal waterway. Your neighbors are enjoying the luxury lifestyle and relish their private swimming pools, recreational fishing and boating.

This private waterfront residence at 705 Hideaway Bay Lane is tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac in this secluded community. A tropical oasis, this three-bedroom home offers walls of lush foliage surrounding the property, complemented by pavered walkways, charming gardens, a hammock, plus newer dock and lift on sailboat-deep waters that enhance its seclusion. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing, it is listed for $1,495,000.

 

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A week filled with local activities

by Roger Pettingell

Festivals, Powerboats and Fireworks

Enjoy your 4th of July holiday with plenty of events in the Sarasota area

Superboats make their way out to the Gulf of Mexico
Powerboat Grand Prix - Reduced to one day of racing this year as powerboats motor past Lido Key on Sunday

Although the annual Powerboat Grand Prix hailed its two preliminary events the past few days, the kickoff party on Wednesday will start the trend of thousands to visit Sarasota for the full festival and the traditional fireworks in the area. The crowds will descend downtown and Lido Beach will come alive for the 35th annual festival. With the races reduced to just powerboats, there will only be one full day of racing off Lido Beach to be held on Sunday.

As part of the Powerboat festival, eight days of events were initiated with the 4th Annual Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic on Saturday at The Meadows Country Club in Sarasota. Also completed was the Boat & Personal Watercraft fun run yesterday. It started at Marina Jack with a shotgun start and a variety of boats with travels to the Salty Dog, Bridge Tender and Tarpon Bay Grill. Proceeds benefited the Suncoast Charities for Children. A private event The Friendliest Catch fishing tournament is another Suncoast Charities for Children at the Sarasota Outboard Club on City Island Tuesday.

Many powerboat fans will be visiting the Grand Prix Kickoff Party in the grand foyer of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Wednesday starting at 6 PM. The Caribbean Chillers, an international travelling Jimmy Buffett tribute band is the live entertainment for the night. Wear your patriotic apparel for this evening of fun and island style food.

One of many firework displays this week, the Bayfront Spectacular is part of the Grand Prix Festival. Prime viewing is from Bayfront Park, but anywhere downtown will be good with an open view of the bay. Should be great if you can find a location on a rooftop. The fireworks start at 9 PM on Thursday.

Miss Geico
Miss Geico returns with a completely new look and mechanicals. The Miss Geico boat finished first in the Unlimited class in last year's festival. Meet driver James Sheppard and throttleman Steve Curtis at the Hyatt Regency for a Meet and Greet on Friday.

Meet and Greet Who’s in the Driver Seat is an autograph signing event by the race team pilots. Those 18 and under are free, a five-dollar donation will be accepted for all other guests. It starts at 1 PM on Friday in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom downtown. The Boats on the Block follows at 6 PM and will be held on Main Street from Orange Avenue to South Palm Avenue. The powerboats will be on display for pictures, live music and great food will keep you busy for hours.

Two events on day seven start at 9 AM, the Car & Motorcycle Show at Rossiter’s Harley-Davidson, four hours of some of the best-in-show four-wheel and two-wheel vehicles. Remote Control Race Boats is a charity event on Saturday where competitors of all ages pilot their own boat modeled after those in the big race festival. It takes place at O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill on the Bayfront from 10 AM to noon on Saturday.

Miss Geico returns, a crowd favorite powerboat, kicking off a single-day of racing in the Class 1-7 course off Lido Beach at 10 AM on Sunday. Also entered in the Class One performance boats are Victory, 222 Racing, Lucas Oil and Scuderia Cazzani. Class One boats are the largest of the races and travel at speeds up to 160 MPH. Superstocks, Super Vee Extreme and Prostock Vee begin their races at 11:30 AM. The Supercat style boats race at 12:30 PM, while the Class One and Vee Extreme finish the day of racing at 2 PM followed by an awards ceremony at 6 PM in the Hyatt Regency ballroom. Viewing is free on the beach, a special VIP area at the Sandcastle Resort has been sold out.

In 2018 the impact of the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival generated an estimated $20 million to the local economy with over $2.657 million in hotel spending. Of the $721,753 sales tax collected, $69, 670 was reimbursed to the county. Sarasota County collected its own sales tax of $120,292.

Other Area Fireworks and Festivals, Wednesday and Thursday schedule

Fireworks on Thursday
Fireworks off Bayfront Park in Sarasota, part of the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix this year.

Get an early jump on fireworks Wednesday at dusk with two local displays in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The Bradenton Marauders take on the Jupiter Hammerheads on Wednesday at LECOM park in Bradenton, followed by an Independence Day fireworks celebration. Before dusk at 7 PM, the Fireworks 4 Miler is a prelude to the fireworks that follow at Nathan Benderson Park.

But a majority of the fireworks are scheduled for Thursday, following a day of celebrations at parks around the area. A party in Bicentennial Park starts the day on Longboat Key as the Freedom Fest and the half mile Hot Diggity Dog Parade begins at the Suntrust Bank building on Bay Isles Road. Dress your pup in the best red, white and blue for a chance to win prizes in this annual event.

While the Freedom Fest starts at 9 AM, so does the Myakka River Kayak Festival as the two early morning festivals. Rent a canoe or kayak, then eat plenty and sample some of 30 different craft beers while listening to live Folk Americana music at Snook Haven in Venice.

Palmetto will hold its 9th annual Fourth of July Festival in Sutton Park followed by fireworks in Sutton Park, a full day of entertainment, music, food and drink. Rare Earth and Mark Farner’s American Band, two oldies rock favorites precede the fireworks over the Manatee River at the Green Bridge with good viewing from both sides of the river.

Privateers on Anna Maria Island
Break out your swashbuckling attire for the annual Privateers Fourth of July Parade.

If you are on Anna Maria Island Thursday you will undoubtedly find the Privateers Fourth of July Parade. The parade is a lengthy one which starts at Coquina Beach, 10 AM, and finishes on the north end of the island at the city pier. Stick around for the fireworks at the Sandbar Restaurant. The All-American Cookout at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens features food preparations from Michael’s on East, a family dance party, games and other activities before the Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular.

There are fireworks in the area that are not centrally tied to a community festival. The viewing area for the Siesta Key Community Fireworks on the beach opens at 6 PM, and areas around the south jetty in Venice are prime locations for the fireworks there shortly after sunset. The weather forecasts are typical for this time of year as the normal summer pattern spreads across the area, with little rain chances except for an afternoon shower. It shouldn’t dampen any of your plans. But for more local events, check out our updated schedule of events.

Last week I listed a private waterfront residence that is tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac in the secluded Hideaway Bay community at 705 Hideaway Bay Lane. A tropical oasis, this 3BR home offers walls of lush foliage surrounding the property, complemented by pavered walkways, charming gardens, a hammock, plus newer dock and lift on sailboat-deep waters that enhance its seclusion. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy. Enjoy your Independence Day Holiday festivities.

 

Address List Price Media Slideshow
705 Hideaway Bay Lane $1,495,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Series continues with Home Showcase XXXVI

by Roger Pettingell

Home Showcase features local properties

Three waterfront residences meeting Global Luxury criteria in home series

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury properties are marketed to a broader international audience, primarily through the ColdwellBankerLuxury.com website. These properties must meet the criteria of the global luxury brand and we have several currently listed. I have selected three waterfront residences listed in the last couple of months and their communities for this Home Showcase Series.

The Phoenix residence on Gold Gate Point, a special place near downtown

The Phoenix on Golden Gate Point
The Phoenix - 136 Golden Gate Point, #401

The Phoenix community built in 2001 offers a special set of luxury waterfront properties with a great location near the entrance of the famed Golden Gate Point peninsula in downtown Sarasota. In one building there are six floors with two residences per floor and one penthouse. Owners have access to the rich amenities including a heated swimming pool with spa and fitness center. Entertain a large number of guests on the rooftop terrace or arrange a small gathering in the lounge. Each floor plan has three bedrooms with four full baths and two garage spaces. With the exception of the penthouse at 5,540 square feet of living space, the floor plans are spacious with 3,785 square feet each. The value in these homes are considerable when you realize that these properties are in the heart of downtown Sarasota, and will increase in value when the Quay takes shape with its fine dining and entertainment venues.

Enjoy breathtaking sunset views from this fourth-floor bayfront Phoenix at 136 Golden Gate Point, #401. The stylish interior, with an open concept, make this 3BR feel like a single-family home. Direct vistas of Sarasota Bay and John Ringling Bridge stretch on forever from nearly every room. Offering hardwood flooring, gas cooking and grills, stone countertops, designer cabinetry and a wraparound terrace this home is listed at $2,495,000.


A luxury ambience on the south end of Longboat Key at L’Ambiance

L'Ambiance on Longboat Key
L'Ambiance - 435 L'Ambiance Dr, #J403

Consider living in L’Ambiance, two buildings behind guarded gates in a great location on the Gulf of Mexico beach near the south end of Longboat Key with quick access to the world renown St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota. The 190 homeowners are privileged with some of the best amenities this community has to offer. Golfers will appreciate the Par 71, 6,748 yard Links on Longboat Golf Course outside your front lobby doors. Members of the Longboat Key Club also have access to fine dining, spas and tennis. And L’Ambiance has its own set of quality amenities concierge, on-site management, a Gulf-front heated pool with spa, two Har-Tru tennis courts, fitness center and three private guest suites.

Offered furnished and immediately ready to enjoy, Gulf-to-bay living at L’Ambiance is a sought-after experience and this 3BR, 4th-floor residence is a wonderful complement at 435 L'Ambiance Dr, #J403 listed at $2,195,000. Double doors open to beautiful hardwood flooring, 10’ ceilings and glass walls that span floor-to-ceiling, offering breathtaking morning sunrise and evening sunset vistas in multiple rooms. West and east-facing terraces provide the ideal spots to relish tranquil breezes, plus immaculate water and city views year-round.


Mid-rise residential enclave on the beach and the northern half of Longboat Key

Tiffany Plaza on Longboat Key
Tiffany Plaza - 4325 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #604

Tiffany Plaza was constructed in the 1970s with 41 residences on the Gulf of Mexico white-sand beach and beautiful azure-colored waters. It is also near the island’s Bayfront community park with an ever-expanding selection of recreational activities. Bayfront has a dog park, perfect for Tiffany Plaza residents where pets are allowed. Tiffany Plaza amenities include a meeting room, pool and sauna well placed within landscaped surroundings. There are assigned covered parking spaces and guest parking available.

Designer updates adorn every room of this direct Gulf-front penthouse residence. Expertly blending modern finishes with stylish decor, walk in and immediately fall in love with picture-perfect sunsets. The 4BR open layout at 4325 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #604 in Tiffany Plaza creates a stunning beach home, offering more than 2,900 square feet of living space. Many of the residences in Tiffany Plaza range from 1,400 to just over 1,500 square feet. Recent renovations in this home offered at $1,895,000 include impact windows/sliders, new eat-in kitchen, upgraded electrical and plumbing, hardwood flooring, remote-controlled shades and new luxury baths. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

WULB, radio for Longboat Key residents

by Roger Pettingell

At 96.3 FM, music from a bygone era

The only radio station licensed on Longboat Key, and playing beach tunes

Little Anthony and the Imperials
Little Anthony - Listen to Tears on my Pillow at WULB.

You’re cruising along in your automobile on Gulf of Mexico Drive listening to Little Anthony’s smooth voice and the music of Tears on My Pillow through the car speakers. The 1959 song switches and you’re listening to a Jim Croce melody, I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song. This isn’t the era of the 8-track but today with songs reminiscent of American Graffiti, even though you may be in your 2019 Lexus listening to the radio.

Odd as it may seem, the FM oldies radio station at 96.3 MHz is the only station exclusively licensed for Longboat Key. Broadcasting as the station for beach music lovers, the single vinyl genre from the 1950s to the 70s is to stimulate a nostalgic replay of those wonderful years. These are the right songs for the demographic with a median age of 71.

WULB has an Internet presence at The Beach WULB website, even has a Facebook page, Twitter account and you can find it streaming on sites such as TuneIn.com. Longboat Key weather and news is available through links from their website to the Longboat Key News weekly paper online.

The station is a Low Power FM broadcast started in the summer of 2015. The unidirectional antenna is at a low height of 12 meters. Its analog signal can reach the mainland but don’t count on the full strength where you would lose it completely north of Palmetto and south of Venice.

WULB
Nostalgia will keep you on this radio station at 96.3.

If you look up the building address you won’t find sales and production offices surrounding a slick lobby area. There isn’t a sound studio behind glass either where you might find a DJ imitating Wolfman Jack. Instead, its presence is just an antenna on top of a non-descript building near the middle of Longboat Key. The station is licensed to M&M Development, a non-profit organization headed by a local business consultant. The best way to contact the owners is by email. As of now there is little advertising solicitation, even when they break from the music to announce their call sign with station identification. Neither is there a link on the website to contact the advertising department.

It fills a void by providing music from a by-gone era and has no competition, even from the Tampa FM radio stations. You can find a number of these stations in St. Petersburg and Tampa that play a different genre classified as classic rock. Although one station plays oldies music in south Sarasota, WSRZ at 107.9 MHz, stick with WULB on Longboat Key for consistent beach music. It’s even hard to find an XM or Sirius broadcast, again the broad signal is hard for the demographics.

There are other local radio stations that offer a variety of music. The Shark, WPBB at FM 98.7 MHz, is a Holmes Beach station owned by the Beasley Media Group and plays classic rock. The other local classic rock station licensed in Sarasota is a member of the Cox Radio group, 102.5 MHz, The Bone. WRUB in Sarasota is a country music station at 106.5 MHz.

The University of South Florida broadcasts classical music from its campus location near the airport at 89.1 MHz, WSMR. The station WSLR at 96.5 MHz FM is another low-power broadcast offering a variety of selections. There are three local stations with religious content, WKZM at 104.3 MHz, WJIS at 88.1 MHz and the low-power broadcast from Bradenton at 102.1 MHz, WOPC.

While on the subject of Longboat Key, I listed two residences last week for sale on the water. Grand Bay is a hot market now and the new listing in building II is a seventh-floor gem at 3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #275. The penthouse in Windward Bay overlooks its own marina and Sarasota Bay at 4960 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #PH5. When you are done dancing to Archie Bell & The Drells and their 1968 hit, Tighten Up, 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
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #275 $849,000 Video Photo Slideshow
4960 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #PH5 $475,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Listings with buildable waterfront lots

by Roger Pettingell

The value of land with a home attached

Three homes where buyers are interested in the waterfront property

REALTALK™ #183 - We discuss when a home is purchased for its land value as a tear-down.

Last week I listed three homes at prices to consider them for their lot values. These are strategies when the land value is greater than the home value of the home, especially in aging structures. In Sarasota and Longboat Key there is a scarcity of A-quality lots so buyers are looking at properties for their waterfront views with boat access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

I reported on this land value proposition for buyers in REALTALK™ #183 and in REALTALK™ #54 while in a home in Harbor Acres. In that episode I followed up on a news story by Sarasota Herald-Tribune real estate editor Harold Bubil in which I was quoted in the article, Why tear down a perfectly good mansion? Because you can.

Harbor Acres is one of those prime communities where older homes sit next to mansions. I recently sold a property there on Hillview that the land was cleared as a vacant lot for sale. It sold for just under $2 million, I suspect even the dock that was left standing at the time of sale will be replaced.

Another community to consider is Country Club Shores on Longboat Key. Country Club Shores was developed by the Arvida Corporation in the 1960s with homes on man-made canals that stretched out to Sarasota Bay. Roads were added and given names that corresponded with golf and seamanship terms. Some of these homes are aging and are positioned next to the mansions that replaced their neighbor’s homes.

I have a listing there at 560 Putter Lane that I covered in the last Home Showcase XXXV article. It was finished early this year and is ready to take possession as a brand new home with nearly 4,400 square-feet of living space and 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. Two of my listings last week that are listed as buildable lots with homes on them are also in Country Club Shores.

592 Ranger Lane in Country Club Shores
A combination of mansions and original homes looking down the new seawall at 592 Ranger Lane.

The first is at 592 Ranger Lane. A wonderful waterfront value, this furnished three-bedroom home is ready to rent, renovate or enjoy, ideally situated on deep sailboat waters that flow out to Sarasota Bay. The sea wall is new making it more suitable as a new construction home. The home and over 10,000 square feet of lot space is priced at $895,000.

A slightly larger lot is one at 570 Yardarm Lane in Country Club Shores that has over 11,000 square feet of lot space. It also has a new seawall, 100 feet of deep-water frontage and has a boat dock. It is just a stone’s throw from Sarasota’s open bay waters. The three-bedroom home with screen-protected lanai is ready to renovate or enjoy, listed comparably at $830,000.

Off the island and into a West of the Trail property in the Sarasota community of Kentwood Estates is a dream home waiting to happen, and is the third home priced last week as a buildable lot. This charming four-bedroom pool home at 1555 Eastbrook Drive is situated on a corner lakefront parcel spanning nearly a quarter-acre of lush, manicured property listed at $749,000. Waiting for you to renovate or begin a new build, its location in Sarasota is everything and this quiet community, bordering the deep-sailboat waters of the bay, is the perfect complement. This neighborhood is also home to the prestigious Field Club, where members enjoy private access to fine dining, swimming, tennis and the marina.

Over the years of REALTALK™ I have discussed similar topics on building homes in Sarasota. Here are just a few:

Episode Description Date
183 Choices between new, renovated or homes in need of updating October 25, 2018
173 Process for building a new home from start to finish June 28, 2018
84 Gulf-front property values on Longboat Key April 21, 2016
67 Florida home designs have changed over the years November 19, 2015
54 When a home is a tear-down for its land value July 30, 2015
43 Modern architectural design in Sarasota April 1, 2015
5880 Midnight Pass Rd, #905 - Siesta Key community of Casarina on the Number 1 rated beach in the world.

Last week I also listed a penthouse in the Casarina community on the Gulf of Mexico coastal beach of the famed Siesta Key. With nearly 1,700 square feet of updated interior, you will love the stunning ninth-floor views, wonderful amenities and proximity to the beach at 5880 Midnight Pass Rd, #905. 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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Longboat Key public buildings and land

by Roger Pettingell

Emergency and government buildings

Longboat Key services offered at each of these buildings and parks

Northern fire department building
Fire Department - The north building constructed in 1994 is slated for renovation projects this year.

While many of the government activities for Longboat Key are housed in the main building at 501 Bay Isles Road, some departments have their buildings away from the town hall. The town hall is conveniently located near the Gulf of Mexico Drive halfway point of the 11-mile stretch. Finance, human resources, information technology, planning, zoning, building, town clerk and utility billing all have their departments in this 18,622 square foot building constructed in 1974.

Town manager Tom Harmer has an office there and the town commission has their meetings the first Monday of each month in the town hall. A meet-and-greet of the seven member panel will be held May 6. The commission also conducts workshops once a month including a two-day workshop April 24-25 to discuss lighting laws that protect sea turtle nesting sites. Restrictions on exterior lighting are put in place each May through October when the turtles are in their peak nesting months.

Although utility billing is handled from the town hall office, the public works department is at 600 General Harris Street by the Christ Church of Longboat Key, the barrier island’s northern end. This department is responsible for street maintenance, parks, beaches, utilities and garbage collection. Water and sewer concerns are also handled through public works with an after hour emergency number at (941) 316-1977. The town water plant is located at 4250 Gulf of Mexico, just south of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church.

The Longboat Library is the next-door neighbor to the town hall at 555 Bay Isles Road. This all-volunteer staff controls a large assortment of books and audio CDs, with membership fees to cover costs. The Longboat Key government provides no funding to the library. Internet access through library computers are connected to printers for patron convenience. At 2,300 square feet, the library was built in 1971. There is a proposal to replace the library with an arts, culture and education center and a small black box theatre. Another favored site proposal is the old Amore Restaurant site behind the Publix shopping center plaza. The town is working in cooperation with the Ringling College of Art and Design for the proposed center.

The town operates two fire department buildings and one precinct for police protection. The northern end of Longboat Key is protected by the fire and rescue staff at 5490 Gulf of Mexico Drive while protection of the lower end is at 2162 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Fire and rescue operates on three shifts daily with 33 employees, seven per shift and two lieutenants and one deputy chief. For the past 19 years Paul B. Dezzi has been the fire chief. The fire department was formed as a volunteer organization in 1953. A $1 million renovation of the 1994 northern building and replacement of the 1986 south end building is expected to start this year.

Police department building
Police Department - 5460 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

The police department building is next to the northern fire station at 5460 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Longboat Key came in second place, rated among the safest places to live in Florida, ranked by HomeSnacks. Police Chief Pete Cumming oversees 20 sworn officers, one reserve officer, seven civilian personnel and one part-time beach patrol officer. The department maintains a marine patrol to assist the coast guard and sheriff’s department to ensure safe boating operation on Sarasota Bay and intracoastal waterways.

Longboat Key maintains five parks from Overlook Park and Quick Point Nature Preserve on the south to Joan M. Durante Park on the north. Tennis and nature are big on Longboat Key so the Public Tennis Center by the town hall gets a lot of usage. Nature abounds in the Bayfront and Bicentennial parks.

The Bayfront Park Recreation Center building at 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive offers a 1,350 square foot activity room to rent for parties, wedding receptions or meetings. Pilates, yoga, dance and physical fitness training are on a daily schedule when the building isn’t rented. The park has many other amenities including dog parks, one for small and one for larger dogs. Tennis, basketball, pickleball, shuffleboard and a multi-purpose field are designed into the plans of this park. You can rent kayaks from the private operators Happy Paddler Kayak Tours & Ecoventures. You can store your own kayak on-site for a fee. The pavilion is available for rent as a picnic site. Most recently the town created a Gulf of Mexico beachfront park across the street.

Recreation Center building
Recreation Center - With activity room to rent.

To help preserve the history of the United States, Bicentennial Park was dedicated in 1976 as a one-acre conservatory park with native plants, just west of the town hall. More to the north Joan M. Durante Park is a 32-acre site with Florida natural trees. Invasive exotic plants were eradicated through a federal grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Driving over the New Pass bridge you are greeted to Longboat Key by Quick Point Nature Preserve on the right and Overlook Park on the left, a popular fishing spot on Longboat Key.

Last week I listed a residence, 707 S. Gulfstream Ave., #601, a 2BR penthouse at the Essex House in the heart of downtown Sarasota. 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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Options without a boat ownership

by Roger Pettingell

In Sarasota without a boat, no worries

Variety of boat charter, membership or rental options discussed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy your day on the water with a charter

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

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

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

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

Maintenance-free boat memberships, like timeshares on the water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Role of Longboat Key in WWII

by Roger Pettingell

Area played a vital role in training pilots

Munitions from military training exercises continue to be found on island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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