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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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5880 Midnight Pass Rd, #905 $749,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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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.

 

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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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!

Condo on the Bay community overview

by Roger Pettingell

Amenity-rich community has a lot to offer

One of the first communities to change the skyline of downtown Sarasota

REALTALK™ #186, Condo on the Bay
Condo on the Bay - This unique community was disussed in REALTALK™ #186 last week.

When it comes to sunset views of the Ringling Bridge and Sarasota Bay, there is nothing better than the Condo on the Bay community downtown. Add in the amenities and proximity to the best that downtown Sarasota has to offer, and your life is good. The twin towers of these large high-rise homes at 888 Boulevard of the Arts in Tower I and 988 Boulevard of the Arts in Tower II, are flanked by a row of townhouses, with deep-water marines on both sides of the peninsula.

These structures changed the skyline of the bayfront with 19 floors erected on the waterfront. Consider that many of these 272 residences have been upgraded from their 1982 beginnings, there is plenty of value in these properties with prices under $1 million. You can lease out your residence, one time a year in both towers for a minimum of four months in Tower I and one year in Tower II. The larger townhouses can be spacious with over 5,000 square-feet of living space.

Your community is secure with a 24/7 manned guard gate and under building secure parking with electric vehicle charging stations for your convenience. Guest parking is also available. If you need to park your boat, dock space with electric is offered on a first-come, first-served bases. Relax while fishing from the pier that is on the grounds, protected by a seawall.

For a more active lifestyle, owners have access the two tennis courts, two resort style heated swimming pools and spa, and three fitness rooms with contemporary exercise equipment. There are social rooms with library for some downtime. Take advantage of the generous concierge service. And a short drive to the keys for the beaches or to St. Armands Circle is a delightful adventure of fine dining and boutique shopping.

But you might think, what about the barren 15 acres between the Condo on the Bay community and Tamiami Trail? It is the old Quay, soon to be alive with new residences, hotels, restaurants and businesses in a multi-use development program. It may become the new entertainment center of Sarasota, but is certainly exciting to watch the area grow. Even the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall that is within a short walk is in the revitalization discussion.


Upgraded two-bedroom for sale on fifth-floor at 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506

888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506
The sunset and panoramic views of the Ringling Bridge and Longboat Key are highlights of this two-bedroom residence at 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506.

I have a listing in Tower I, one of 10 active properties for sale there. Primed and ready for you to make it your own, this two-bedroom open concept plan is on the fifth floor at 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506. It offers lovely upgrades including oversized diagonal tile and hardwood flooring, newer bathrooms and eat-in kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, inset solid wood cabinetry, crown molding and tile backsplash.

The master suite is in the northeast corner, offering two standard closets and one walk-in closet. The guest suite is down the hall on the west side. Idyllic bay breezes and breathtaking dusk views on the terrace can be the perfect ending to any day.


Penthouse at #1906 in preparation for the market

888 Boulevard of the Arts, #1906
REALTALK™ #186 - The residence at 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #1906 was discussed in this video last week.

A second residence on the 19th-floor is being prepped for the MLS as an active listing. Every aspect of this downtown penthouse residence at 888 Boulevard of the Arts, #1906 has been meticulously upgraded. Walk in and fall in love with the direct bay views, hardwood floors, modern all-white kitchen, LED lighting, custom built-ins, beautiful tile work in both new bathrooms and tiled terrace space. The residence was discussed in this REALTALK™ #186.

This is a holiday week, many wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. We will be here during the week and this weekend, ready to take your call and set up an appointment. I know some of you may be in for just the week so we can accommodate you if you are looking to buy or sell in the Sarasota area. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of any homes on the market including this new listing last week at 236 Tremont Lane.

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236 Tremont Lane $3,495,000 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.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
174 Golden Gate Point, #11 $879,000 Video Photo Slideshow
775 Longboat Club Rd, #705 $799,000 Video Photo Slideshow
888 Boulevard of the Arts, #506 $625,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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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.

 

 

Home Showcase XXVII - New luxury listings

by Roger Pettingell

Homes deserving the luxury brand

Good range of new quality listings as we approach peak season

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo

I presented a strategy for new listings in the fall season in REALTALK™ #182 and in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune over the weekend. Now that we are approaching the “shoulder” season in which we carry more listings on the market, we are kicking into high gear. That includes four listings in the past couple of weeks that qualify as Global Luxury listings. These high quality properties appear on the Global Luxury website based on their listing price and features.


Sixth-floor listing in the luxury community of L'Ambiance

L'Ambiance #C604
415 L'Ambiance Dr, #C604, Longboat Key

On this list are three residences and one home, the first of which is L’Ambiance on the southern end of Longboat Key behind the gates of the Longboat Club Resort. This community is on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, is close to St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota, and offers high-end amenities that are relished by privileged owners. There is a full concierge service and 24 hour security with manned guard gates. Many of the 190 residences here offer striking sunrise and sunset views at every turn.

That is the case in this sixth-floor residence at 415 L'Ambiance Dr, #C604. With its nearly 3,000 SF of interior, the 3BR Sabal floor plan offers beach-to-bay living. East and west-facing terraces overlook the Gulf of Mexico, Links on Longboat golf course at Longboat Key Club, Sarasota Bay and downtown, with stunning vistas that stretch on forever. You can take advantage of the community pool, Har-Tru tennis courts or become a member of the Longboat Key Club and expand a golf membership to two championship golf course, one of which is a short walk from the L’Ambiance lobby. Call us today for this listing at $2,395,000.


Open bay access with newer boat dock in San Remo Estates

1363 Tangier Way
1363 Tangier Way in San Remo Estates

A project started in the boom years of Sarasota with John Ringling and Owen Burns at the forefront, San Remo Estates began a significant growth spurt over 30 years later in the 1950s. The 50 acres of previously submerged land would see its first development and San Remo Estates grew into an exclusive location with many waterfront homes overlooking Sarasota Bay or the harbor with direct boating access to bay. The community is conveniently located on the mainland with access to Siesta Key over the North Bridge or Sarasota a short drive to the north.

Delight in the coveted location of this 3BR waterfront home at 1363 Tangier Way in San Remo on more than a quarter-acre of lush, manicured property. This home offers views that stretch out to Sarasota Bay and is listed at $2,395,000. Originally built during the land development boom in 1956, recent upgrades include newer brick pavers, air-conditioned garage, crown molding, stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, custom built-ins, master bath and hardwood flooring. it was updated with new seawall, deep-water dock and lift in 2014.


Spectacular beach and bay views at the Sanctuary on Longboat Key

535 Sanctuary Dr, #B705
535 Sanctuary Dr, #B705 on Longboat Key

Back to Longboat Key and the Sanctuary community, another set of residences behind the Longboat Key Club Resort gates with its own manned guard gates for additional security. This is a wonderful community on the sandy white beaches of the gulf with direct access to the Longboat Key Club and its fine membership amenities of fine food, golf, tennis and swimming. This community of 181 homes in five buildings has its own high-quality amenities including fitness center and clubhouse. Private elevators which you to your residence from the assigned under-building parking spaces provided below.

Enjoy spectacular sunset-to-sunrise views in this 7th-floor Sanctuary residence, offered furnished and ready for you to make it your own. The nearly 2,600 SF of this residence’s interior lives like a single-family home, with east and west-facing terraces. The open floor plan, with its living/dining room that flows to the eat-in kitchen is a wonderful entertaining space. The master and guest bedroom suites are adorned with beautiful hardwood flooring, as well as walls of glass that open to the west and east terraces. This residence at 535 Sanctuary Dr, #B705 is offered at $1,499,000.


Central location of Longboat Key, on the beach close to shopping at Veinte

Veinte 501
2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #501 at Veinte

Looking for it all, consider the Veinte community. With its direct beach access and Publix shopping within a short walk, residents here enjoy many fine amenities this community built in 1979 has to offer. Veinte is close to St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota, where you can find fine dining and boutique shopping. Comprised of 20 beach homes, Veinte owners appreciate the on-site management, Gulf-side swimming pool, updated tennis courts, pickleball, under-building parking and additional storage space.

Here is your opportunity to enjoy living here in this three-bedroom, direct beachfront getaway. A few steps from the pristine shores of the Gulf of Mexico, this 5th-floor penthouse residence at Veinte is a unique chance to enjoy a beach home in a central location. This home at 2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #501 is offered furnished for the value price of $1,250,000.


Wide range of price selection in more listings

Below I have included three other homes listed last week as part of 21 new listings that includes over $40 million of premium real estate. Consider the range of these luxury homes, starting at $549,000. Soon to be listed is a magnificent Bird Key home that will be available at $6.795 million. There will be something for everyone that would like to live in this special area of paradise. 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
6941 Bayside Drive $995,000   Photo Slideshow
4646 Hidden Forest Drive $779,000 Video Photo Slideshow
4825 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #C503 $699,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Ring in October and 2018-19 season

by Roger Pettingell

Changes as we approach peak season

Updated information on construction, quarterly figures and new listings

Peak Season listings in REALTALK™ #182
The strategy for new listings as we head into the "shoulder" season, discussed in REALTALK™ #182

After 35 years selling real estate on Longboat Key and Sarasota we have learned a thing or two about setting up for peak season which begins in October. At present the inventory is low but I have a good feeling that is about to change for the better. We have signed a number of listing contracts that will offer a good variety of single-family homes and residences. We will also have a good price range for buyers.

The housing market is faring well too. The Florida Realtors trade group released its second quarter figures for Manatee and Sarasota counties, reporting that median price of single-family homes rose 5.4 percent to $294,990 and residences rose 6.6 percent to $218,000. There are other significant trends for happy home owners. The Longboat Key budget is to pass its fiscal year budget today with no recommended increases in property taxes.

Longboat Club Road guard gate construction
First Phase for new Longboat resort hotel - A realignment of Longboat Club Road and new guard gate is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving

Inventory is also looking upward with the development of the Longboat Key residences that are currently underway. Your first drive from the south on Gulf of Mexico will have this progress in full view, new roadwork to reroute Longboat Club Road by the Chart House Restaurant and our office. This will pave the way for Ocean Properties and its 90 new residences with 250 hotel room complex. A short drive north and you will see the demolition of the old Colony Beach and Tennis Resort. In its place will be 78 condominiums and 166 hotel rooms operated by the prestigious St. Regis company. Travel to the mainland to Tamiami Trail and you will also see the ground broken for the redevelopment of the Quay area in downtown Sarasota, beginning with a new Ritz-Carlton building and 73 new residences that will be connected to the existing Ritz-Carlton by an overhead walking bridge.

A preview of some of the $40 Million in 21 new listings by Halloween

Here is a preview of homes that I have coming onto the market, some as early as next week. The first is a waterfront home with direct bay access in beautiful Cherokee Park on the south end of Sarasota, close to downtown at 1509 South Lodge Drive. This spacious 4BR/5BA home with 5,800 square feet of living space built in 2005 will list at $4,995,000.

1509 South Lodge Drive
1509 South Lodge Drive - $4,995,000

Another home with a lot of space and bedrooms will go on sale next week has 10,335 square feet of living space, with plenty of bedroom space for family and friends with 7 bedrooms and 8 bathroom. It is another newer built home in 2000 listing for $3,995,000 at 1744 Seminole Drive in the Sarasota community of McClellan Park. A home in San Remo Estates at 1363 Tangier Way is a 3 bedroom home with 3 full baths and 2,899 square feet of living space set for the market at $2,995,000.

I have three homes in different areas coming on the market in the $800,000 range. On Longboat Key in Country Club Shores, listing at $895,000 is a 3 bedroom and 3 bath home on the canal with 1,918 square feet of living space. Country Club Shores has always been a community with good valued homes. Returning to Sarasota, this single-family home at 76 Osprey Point Drive in the Oaks is a light and bright 3 bedroom home with 5 bedrooms and spacious 4,364 square feet that I featured in my REALTALK™ #180 video last week, a discussion of the Oaks Bayside. It will list as a good value home for $849,000. The third home in this price range is at 4646 Hidden Forest Drive, with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 3,472 square feet of living space priced at $779,000.

415 L’Ambiance Dr, #C604
415 L’Ambiance Dr, #C604 - $2,395,000

If you like the maintenance-free lifestyle that a condominium presents, I have you covered there too. These three residences offer high quality living on the Gulf of Mexico sandy white beaches, where the amenities are many and the sunsets that will take your breath away. Built in 1992 L’Ambiance on the southern end of Longboat Key combine luxury with many amenities in a great location. The 2 bedroom, 3 Bath residence with 2,820 square feet, Gulf and Links on Longboat golf views in a Sabal floor plan at 415 L’Ambiance Dr, #C604, listing for $2,395,000. Just a short drive up Longboat Club Road is a residence with many of the similar amenities on the Gulf at 535 Sanctuary Drive, #B705. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath residence will list for $1,499,000. Near the heart of Longboat Key shopping with a Publix and CVS is the residence at 2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #501 in the Veinte community which will list for $1,250,000. On the beach, what more could you ask?

Check our website in the next weeks as these and other listings will return to the market. With any of these listings coming on the market soon, please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing this week before they go on the market.

 

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Fun-filled events this holiday weekend

by Roger Pettingell

Ending the Summer Season in Style

Bashes, Festivals and Live Theater this Weekend from Englewood to Tampa

Bridge at Nathan Benderson Park
Reggae Pon di Lake Party and Music Festival - This party at Nathan Benderson Park on Sunday featuring MyKal Rose is a fun-filled event for the entire family

There are some people that like to spend their Labor Day holiday weekend relaxing at home with a barbecue for family and friends. There are others who like to explore the area and find fun events around the area. This article is for those people.

We can start with local festivals that may be of interest. The Reggae Pon di Lake Party and Music Festival is a pre-Labor Day party on Sunday at Nathan Benderson Park. Former lead singer for the Black Uhuru band, MyKal Rose, headlines this festival that starts at 2 PM. MyKal Rose will be joined by other local bands and DJs of the reggae genre until closing at 9 PM, including the popular band Jah Movement. There is a lot going on at the park during this party, something for the entire family. Rentals of pontoon pedal boats, stand-up paddleboards and kayaks will be available for this first-time event. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Chairs and blankets are welcome. Admission is $30, free admission for those under 12 if accompanied by an adult. There is a special VIP area in the tower and balcony to enjoy the music. For your $70 VIP ticket also enjoy Jamaican catered cuisine, official Pon Di Lake t-shirt with lanyard and sponsor swag bag. Advance tickets are available through the Osfest Music sponsor website.

The Beach Club on Siesta Key is celebrating the holiday on Sunday with beer pong, flip cup and corn hole Beerlympics tournaments. The Pre-Labor Day Beach Club Bash starting at 3 PM will feature live music from NoFilter and John DJ Xtreme until closing at 2 AM Monday. The tournaments will be displayed on their 180 degree projection screen. Winners will receive $100 for first, with $50 and $25 awards for second and third place finishes.

Rain forced the cancellation of the Woodstock Revival earlier this month with a notice of redo for this weekend to be celebrated with the downtown Farmer’s Market that will open at its regular hours from 7 AM to 1 PM. Paisley Craze will be the main retro band playing hits from the 60s on the main stage within three blocks of ceremonial area. Get involved by dressing as a hippie flower child for prizes in the single, couples and dog categories. Local celebrities will be announcing for the contest to start at 11 AM. Prizes in several categories will be awarded during the Vintage VW Show. The Farmers Market has plans for children with a rock climbing wall, photo booth, peace sign painting and water slide. The first 50 children under 16 with a bike accompanied by an adult will receive a free bicycle helmet from Friends of The Legacy Trail.

The 10th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival scheduled for Saturday and Sunday offers plenty of craft goods and plants for purchase. Free parking downtown will be available in the historic district of Venice. The festival will be open both days from 10 AM to 4 PM.

A little further south, the 62nd Annual Pioneer Days Festival in Englewood concludes its weeks of celebrations this weekend with many events Saturday through Monday. The cardboard boat race is a fun event for team participants and spectators on Saturday. The race was moved to its new location at Ann Dever Memorial Park. Registration is at 8:30 AM with the race start at 9 AM. Visit the Pioneer Days boat race website for registration and more information. The popular local band Kettle of Fish will take the Pioneer Park stage during the Shipwreck Dance Party on Saturday from 5 to 11 PM. The festivities continue on Sunday with the Diaper Derby, where babies will crawl to glory for trophies to the quickest baby in the area. The crawl takes place at the Lemon Bay Women’s Club, celebrating 100 years as an organization. On Monday, the 62nd Annual Pioneer Days parade will run its course down Dearborn Street of Englewood starting at 9 AM. The Festival and Car Show will be held in Pioneer Park all hours of the festival on Sunday and Monday. Prizes for the open class of cars will be awarded at 6 PM on Sunday before the Corvettes come into town on Monday, with cash awards at the 3 PM closing.

On Labor Day Monday, the Birdrock Taco Shack in Bradenton will throw its Labor Day Music, Food and Art Bash. Local musical talents Emily Roff and Paul Fournier will be on stage during this event that runs from noon to 5PM. Enjoy the favorites dishes of the Bash that includes lobster quesadillas, wood grilled skirt steak and its own guacamole while sipping on cold beer during this event celebrating its third year.

Sugar Ray at the Summer of Rum Festival in Tampa
Sugar Ray is set for the Summer of Rum Festival.

If you happen to be in Tampa Saturday and Sunday the Summer of Rum Festival featuring Sugar Ray will be going on both days in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Other bands include The Wailers, Ballyhoo!, UNRB, Tribal Style and includes DJs Fresh and Cardinal. Sample a different variety of rums or imbibe on popular summertime rum drinks during this festival that begins at noon on Saturday. Purchase single, two-day and VIP advance tickets of $85 for Saturday and $75 for Sunday through the Summer of Rum Festival website. Fireworks are planned after dark.

Interested in live theater instead? Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged presents a modern twist to popular songs of the famous writing duo. The show runs through September 23 in the John C. Cabaret of the Florida Studio Theatre. Now through September 9 catch the one-woman solo performance, Becoming Dr. Ruth, in the Kiwanis Studio of the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton. Actress Susan Greenhill portrays Dr. Ruth Westheimer who converses with the audience while packing her New York apartment following the death of her husband.

The biggest event of the year for the Sarasota Sailing Squadron on City Island was to take place this holiday weekend. Now in its 72nd year, the Labor Day Regatta was cancelled over the weekend due to an environmental advisory put out by Sarasota County. The same advisory forced the cancellation of the Great Scallop Search and Clam Jam scheduled for this past weekend.

a complete line-up of holiday events this weekend is on our upcoming events web page. There is plenty to do this holiday weekend, I hope you are able to make the best of it. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

 

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