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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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Southern Keys of Sarasota County

by Roger Pettingell

Three keys with distinct personalities

Siesta, Casey and Manasota keys provide different means of relaxation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8220 Manasota Key Road
Englewood - 8220 Manasota Key Road

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

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

See my new listings last week below, including one in downtown Sarasota overlooking the bay at the Savoy on Palm residences. There are two on Longboat Key, a single-family residence in Country Club Shores and a residence in the very special Grand Bay community. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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401 South Palm, #402 $2,295,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1055 Bogey Lane $899,000 Video Photo Slideshow
3080 Grand Bay Blvd, #515 $529,000   Photo Slideshow


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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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Home Showcase XV - Global Luxury listings

by Roger Pettingell

Global Luxury waterfront homes featured

Spectacular homes on Bird Key and Hidden Harbor have their own charm

Bird Key island
Early Bird Key - The island, known for its volume of birds, is shown with the first home built there in 1911.

I listed six homes in the last three weeks that qualify for Coldwell Banker Global Luxury branding, homes that are distributed more prominently worldwide on This will be a good theme for the next two weeks in my series, Home Showcase XV and XVI articles. Today I have two wonderful homes on Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key and one home on Siesta Key to discuss.

Mourning Dove Drive is one of the most sought-after roadway locations on Bird Key. The two homes I have listed here are on the water with great views of Sarasota Bay for spectacular sunset displays. Bird Key is a popular location for movie stars, pro athletes and rock stars. It is mostly man-made with John Ringling starting the development process and Arvida Corporation laying out the current plats of land after its purchase in the late 1950s. It was Ringling who built the first of three bridges that span from Sarasota to St. Armands, bearing the name of Ringling. There is more history of Bird Key in my REALTALK™ #99 video.

Sprawling views of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico on Mourning Dove Drive

663 Mourning Dove Drive
663 Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key

The home at 663 Mourning Dove Drive has direct access and sprawling views of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. This estate has an expansive, five bedroom, 6,300 square foot interior as an ideal environment to immediately enjoy. Lovely details inside and out, 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. The chef’s kitchen overlooks the family room and offers granite countertops, wraparound peninsula, island with veggie sink, Wolf gas range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and Butler’s pantry. The pool deck offers sensational sunset views. Picture yourself in this home with a three-car attached garage listed at $3,995,000.

Five bedroom estate abounds in sprawling views of Sarasota Bay and downtown

639 Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key
639 Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key

The second home on this stretch of road at 639 Mourning Dove Drive is a beautifully-updated five bedroom estate that abounds in sprawling views of Sarasota Bay and downtown. The direct-bay location, custom upgrades, as well as deep-water dock and lift are just a taste of what this lovely estate offers. The cook’s kitchen was redone in 2004, featuring custom cabinetry, granite countertops, built-in Wolf ovens and cooktop, warming drawer, full-size wine cooler, island with prep sink and breakfast nook. Enjoy the perfect ending to any day on the brick pavered lanai. The salt-water swimming pool and spa are a few steps from boat dockage and lift on sailboat waters. You can enjoy all of this for the asking price of $3,659,000.

Siesta Key, widely known as the number 1 beach in United States

5151 Jungle Plum Road
5151 Jungle Plum Road in Hidden Harbor

Siesta Key is widely known for its magnificent white sand beach. Since it is 99 percent quartz, the sun’s rays are reflected for comfortable bare-foot walking. The beach park received a $17.5 million upgrade of its facilities, parking and amenities two years ago. It has been named the number 1 beach in the nation. The Siesta Key village has quaint boutique shops, dining and a thriving night life.

I discussed the manatees and intracoastal waterway in REALTALK™ #87. The home at 5151 Jungle Plum Road in Hidden Harbor has it all with 150 feet of waterway frontage, deep-water dock and multiple boat lifts. Delight in serene bayfront living at this wonderfully spacious six bedroom estate, minutes from the renowned beach and bustling life of the village. This secluded boater’s paradise with main and guest houses offers many updates throughout, as well as glass French doors lining the walls and leading out to the open, pavered pool deck, only a few steps from the boat dockage. The pool deck offers a Tiki bar, dining areas, space for entertaining and sunbathing, swimming pool and heated spa with a waterfall. The master suite is on the main floor, featuring a double-sided fireplace, spa-inspired bathroom, walk-in closet and its own lanai access. Use the porte cochere as a convenient pass-through to the guest home or mother-in law suite. This 6,800 square foot set of two homes has a list price of $2,995,000.

Next week I will highlight more luxury homes that meet the Global Luxury standards in the Home Showcase XVI article. Two other luxury homes I have added to my inventory last week are listed below. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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4509 Camino Real $2,295,000   Photo Slideshow
708 Hideaway Bay $1,649,000 Video Photo Slideshow


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Home Showcase XII - New listings, Part 3

by Roger Pettingell

Part 3 of new Global Luxury listings

High quality homes from Longboat Key, Bradenton and Siesta Key

Water Club North #701
Water Club North - 1281 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #701

I listed three properties for sale last week that meet the Global Luxury criteria of Coldwell Banker. It is a good variety and wonderful properties to put on the market as we prepare for peak season. It’s our theme for the week, the third week in a row we concentrate on Global Luxury homes, those that have an attribute as a listing over $1.2 million. These three are in good locations, the first is our second listing in The Water Club. The second is an architectural treasure on the open waters of Sarasota Bay in Bradenton. The third is perfectly situated on Siesta Drive with easy access to Sarasota and Siesta Key by car or bike, and to the open waters of the Gulf by boat from your private dock space.

Seventh floor, three bedroom Global Luxury residence at The Water Club

The first residence is in the wonderful community of The Water Club. Located directly on pristine beach Gulf of Mexico shores, this premiere community is a creation of an amenity-rich lifestyle, just minutes from the best that Longboat Key offers. I highlighted the history and how this community grew over the years in my REALTALK™ #127 video.

The property for sale there offers panoramic sunrise to sunset views at this rarely available, direct Gulf-front, 3BR Arlington residence at 1281 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #701. Perfectly situated in the southwest corner of the second building, it features three generous terraces, cook’s kitchen, open den and two secure parking spaces. The open layout is great for entertaining guests and their privacy is assured with the split bedroom plan. This seventh floor residence at The Water Club is available for $3.195 million.

Architectural treasure located directly on the open waters of Sarasota Bay

Esplanade on the Bay estate
4908 64th Drive W, Bradenton

Sarasota Bay is protected from winds by Longboat Key on the west and mainland Bradenton on the east, where the second home is located in the Esplanade on the Bay community. this neighborhood is in a small enclave near the renown IMG Academy where many of the world’s athletes travel to train for college or professional sports. The home at 4908 64th Drive, West is an architectural treasure located directly on the open waters of Sarasota Bay. This stunning 4BR, 6,100+ SF home boasts a creative design accentuated by contemporary finishes. Offering unmatched panoramic views and boat dockage, the estate here also offers a great room and media room for the listing price at just under $2.5 million.

Great location in Siesta Key with easy access to best of Sarasota and beaches

878 Siesta Drive in Siesta Key
878 Siesta Drive, Sarasota

The best of both worlds is available in the third home this week at 878 Siesta Drive. This gated residence is minutes from downtown Sarasota, within biking distance to Siesta Key Beach and Morton’s! You will adore the proximity to a bustling city lifestyle, offering theaters, fine dining, boutique shopping, farmer's markets and much more. Situated on almost a quarter acre of lush property directly on the tranquil waters of Roberts Bay, this two-story, four-bedroom layout features soaring ceilings and a neutral decor waiting for you to make your own. Relax by your own pool, relax in your spa or take a spin on your boat from your dock to the open waters of the bay and the Gulf. Call us and make an offer on this Global Luxury home listed at $2.295 million.

We are putting together more Global Luxury announcements for next week, including an exciting residence at 435 L’Ambiance which is a combination of two full home units with a direct walk-down to the Gulf of Mexico beaches. This weekend is the annual Ringling International Arts Festival, Thursday through Saturday. Explore a prelude to the eight different performances by attending Wednesday night, the Grand Opening celebration in the West Courtyard. Expect the Unexplored, Explore the Unexpected is the theme for the ninth RIAF. And if you are in town getting a jump on peak season home buying, please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of any of these properties or if you have a real estate to sell or buy.


Home Showcase III – Global Luxury homes

by Roger Pettingell

Local single-family homes featured

Two homes on Siesta Key and two homes in Sarasota highlighted

In the third installment of the Home Showcase we took a look at Coldwell Banker Global Luxury homes on Siesta Key and in Sarasota. The Global Luxury brand has been a successful campaign since it was launched in April. Homes that fit the criteria is based on the area of their location. Among other criteria, in order to meet the standards for Sarasota County the homes must have a listing price above $1.2 million.

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

MTV premieres its next reality television show tonight at 10 PM based on the lives of young adults living on Siesta Key. Homeowners on Siesta Key enjoy beaches that are 99% quartz. The sand feels cool on the feet as the heat is reflected and not absorbed in the white sands. The beach is popular at sunset for its panoramic views of the sun as it drops into the Gulf of Mexico. The facilities and parking have been upgraded the last couple of years increasing its popularity. As a result the beach has been at the top of everyone’s list for best beaches. Tourism plays a major role in the economy. Boutique shopping, fine dining and an active nightlife appeal to vacationers.

Nearly two acres directly on the beach

636 Beach Road on Siesta Key
New reality show premieres tonight - National attention to Siesta Key may affect home values

The barrier island is primed for a resurgence in popularity and land value brought on by the anticipation of the MTV show. Last week we adjusted the price of a home for sale at 636 Beach Road on Siesta Key, appropriately named The Belle of the Beach. The home has 100 feet of beach frontage, four bedrooms, with 4.5 bathrooms in 4,163 square feet of living space. The home was built to the highest standards by McGuinness Construction and designed by the Tichenor Group. A gourmet kitchen overlooks the living and dining areas which makes an ideal space for entertaining. It is priced at $7 million.

Completely remodeled bayside Siesta Key home

5151 Jungle Plum Rd
Home in Hidden Harbor is a boater's paradise

The boater’s paradise home at 5151 Jungle Plum Road in Hidden Harbor is attractively priced at $2.995 million. Boat dockage consists of 150-feet of water frontage, multiple lifts, shore-power and water. Just a couple minutes to the Siesta Key beach, there is a custom main home and separate guest cottage. Pass through the French doors of the main-floor master suite for access to the pool deck. A spiral staircase leads to three bedrooms upstairs. Entertaining is made easy with the open pool deck, Tiki bar and outdoor dining areas. The guest cottage has two full bedrooms and kitchen. You can expect a manatee to swim by in the summer months or an occasional dolphin in the bay or intracoastal waters.

Sarasota, attractive in many ways

1654 Landings Boulevard
1654 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota

Sarasota has become a cultural arts city over the years with everything from ballet and contemporary dance to opera, pops and symphonies. A few hundred thousand visitors walk through the Ringling Museum of Art’s doors each year and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is active almost every night with internationally renowned performers. Sarasota has also been attractive for its wonderful homes built to high standards.

The home I have listed in the Landings in southern Sarasota, a short drive to Siesta Key meets the high standards of the Global Luxury brand. Walking into this home is like entering a palace with its double staircase that greets visitors. Owners of this home at 1654 Landing Boulevard will have confidence knowing that the wonderful views of the foliage in their back yard will not be developed as it sits on non-buildable conservatory land. It is a smart home with most conveniences or home entertainment accessed with the touch of a button. The master suite includes a fireplace, three closets and spa-inspired bathroom. The back yard is a combination of function and luxury. It is complete with a summer kitchen, swimming pool, raised spa and safety padding on each side to protect children. It is listed at $2.195 million.

The heritage of William Henry Whitaker

975 Whitakers Lane
975 Whitakers Lane in Sarasota

William Henry Whitaker was an early settler in Sarasota, arriving in the 1840s to build a log cabin and begin raising cattle on land that was once part of Hillsborough County. County lines were redrawn and this land became part of Manatee County, until 1921 when the land was annexed as part of Sarasota County. An enclave of homes, bayou and cemetery are named for the Whitaker family. The elder was a patriot to the confederate cause and earned his reputation in its support. The estate at 975 Whitakers Lane on Whitaker Bayou was built with quality workmanship in 2006. Look out through a generous amount of glass windows from any of the four guest bedrooms on the second level to view the swimming pool, spa and boat dock. The bayou opens up to Sarasota Bay for your boating pleasure. The master suite is on the first floor and features walk-in closets and a marble bath. Listed at $2.095 million, this home has more than 5,300 square feet of living space. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of these homes or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Sarasota - the New Hollywood

by Roger Pettingell

Shows filmed or are about this area

From movies to TV shows, the entertainment industry likes Sarasota

The Greatest Show on Earth movie
The Greatest Show on Earth is considered an all-time great by director Cecil B. DeMille.

Sarasota may be the next Hollywood now that the show, Claws, aired on the TNT network last night. It appeared as just another of a string either filmed or are about the Sarasota area. And there are many, beginning as early as 1932, continuing to this year when two shows debut with the Sarasota area as a backdrop.

If you were watching the Tony Awards and didn’t watch the show, Claws, which is centered in a Palmetto salon that is a site for women who make a business of money laundering. And it is getting good reviews as of this morning. It stars some very familiar actresses including Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes and Karreuche Tran. It was filmed in other locations but the producers had a crew in the area for 20 days to get background information and some local shots for the series. Local native Ryland Jones is a consultant for the company that is involved in post-production work for the show. It airs at 9 PM on Sundays.

Set to debut in July, the MTV reality series with a preliminary name of Siesta Key, is a show about living near the Number 1 beach in the United States. Its pilot was filmed here with little fanfare about 16 months ago, then followed with subsequent productions around the Siesta Key beach. The show is unscripted, depicting the lives of young adults and the relationships they nurture. A commercial for the show appeared May 7 during the MTV Movie and TV Awards ceremony.

It all started in 1932 with the movie Prestige, starring Melvyn Douglas and Ann Harding. Although the premise of the movie was not about Sarasota, it was filmed in Venice and on the Myakka River. Douglas was an alcoholic struggling with his command of a French Indo-China penal colony.

The Greatest Shows on Earth

Two of the most well-known movies about the area and filmed here received critical acclaim and achieved box office success. You likely have seen The Greatest Show on Earth, the 1952 fiction film directed by Cecil B. DeMille based on the real-life connection to the circus. The plot, production and the list of stars were enough to earn an Academy Award for Best Picture that year. Cornel Wilde played the Great Sebastion who demoted his girlfriend Holly from her center trapeze spot. The cast was a Who’s Who of Hollywood actors, including some of the best known stars Charlton Heston, James Stewart and Dorothy Lamour. Even circus clown Emmett Kelly had a role in the movie.

In 1993 The Great Wallendas was a made-for-TV production filmed entirely in Sarasota, starring Lloyd Bridges of Sea Hunt fame as Karl Wallenda. It may have been a prophetic depiction of local events, a tragic end of a seven-person high wire act. In February of this year, five were injured in a similar pyramid performance including Rietta and Lijana Wallenda. Nik Wallenda anchored the pyramid but caught himself on the wire and was uninjured.

Now for the Rest of the Movies

Less famous movies included A Flash of Green, a 1985 movie which pitted environmentalists against local land developers. The plot was a fictional account of the struggle in Palm City, a real town near Port St. Lucie and partially filmed on Casey Key.

Back to Palmetto, where Woody Harrelson portrayed a convicted felon who kidnapped a millionaire’s step-daughter, Odette, played by Chloë Sevigny. The 1998 movie was named for the Manatee County town but there are no reports any of it was filmed here.

A movie filmed mostly in the Tampa area, the 1999 movie Forever Mine did include a SCAT Sarasota transit bus when the crew was in town. Gretchen Mol played a politician’s wife who fueled a long standing vendetta between the characters played by Ray Liotta and Joseph Fiennes.

The fishing village of Cortez in southern Manatee County served as the backdrop for the movie Out of Time in 2002, starring Denzel Washington as police chief Matthias "Matt" Lee Whitlock who plotted to steal $550,000 that was confiscated in a recent drug bust. It was filmed in Cortez, Placida and Boca Grande.

Winter in Dolphin Tale
Most of the scenes in Dolphin Tale movies 1 & 2 were filmed on location at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Two movies about Winter, a bottlenose dolphin fitted with a prosthetic tail, were filmed in and around the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. In Dolphin Tale, a 2011 movie inspired by the actual story of Winter, Morgan Freeman plays Dr. Cameron McCarthy, who develops the mechanical tail from donated parts. Other stars, Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, and Kris Kristofferson form their own tale around Winter and the fight to keep the aquarium open. In the 2014 sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, the characters reunite to find a suitable companion for Winter so that the dolphin can continue to stay at the aquarium. By then child actors Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff are established stars. There is an exhibit about the two movies at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

In 2011 and 2012 three movies were filmed in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Armed and Dangerous was filmed here, the story of an ex-con who returned to this area to kill the woman who testified at his trial that led to his 20-year incarceration. The documentary, Last Will and Embezzlement, that focused on elder exploitation was filmed in Sarasota and had an appearance by Mickey Rooney. Bradenton was the location for The Message, a movie about a woman who struggled with religion after a serious car accident.

The House of Blood, Parker and Spring Breakers in 2013 were three films that had Sarasota as its backdrop. Although The House of Blood was about a crazed masked man who kidnapped a young stripper in Miami, the set of the movie was here. Parker was filmed on the grounds of the Ringling Museum at the home of John and Mable Ringling, Cà d'Zan. Spring Breakers may not be a movie for the older set, but it was filmed partially at the Ringling College of Art & Design. Other set locations included the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and St. Pete Beach.

Two 2016 movies about Christine Chubbuck

Sarasota WTOG and WXLT-TV reporter and morning show talk host, Christine Chubbuck, ended her life on live television, July 15, 1974. Based on the true story and tragic events that led to her suicide were portrayed in the movie, Christine, that premiered in theaters late last year. It was released in the United Kingdom this year and starred Rebecca Hall as Christine. Video of the original suicide surfaced last year but has been debunked for its authenticity by experts.

In Kate Plays Christine, Kate Lyn Sheil portrays Rebecca Hall in a documentary released in August before the release of Christine. Kate Lyn has had roles in the House of Cards and Sun Don’t Shine. In this documentary, director Robert Greene explored the exploitation of community suicide and the public need for creating a movie about the topic. It follows Kate Lyn as she prepares for the role of Christine by visiting friends and co-workers of the late television reporter.

Back to the Real Sarasota

I have a keen interest in movies as of late. My niece, Katie Dippold, is an actress and screen writer with recent credits for her work in movies The Heat, Spy, the new Ghostbusters released in 2016 and the more recent movie with Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer, Snatched. The Heat won two awards in 2014, the American Comedy Award and People’s Choice Award. She has several credits for her work in television comedies including the highly acclaimed Parks and Recreation series.

Professional film credits are going to Ringling College of Art Design students. Teachers, students and professional artists from Semkhor Productions are teaming up to produce movies in and about the area. The most current project is Killroy Was Here, an anthology horror series filmed at Nathan Benderson Park. Rated one of the best film schools in the country, the Ringling College is adding Studios A and B this summer and plan to have the Post Production Facilities finished in the fall.

Winter in Dolphin Tale
A Gulf of Mexico beach view from the balcony at 1000 Longboat Club Rd, #805 on Longboat Key.

Last week I listed a wonderful residence in Privateer South, #805. This eighth-floor residence overlooks the azure colored Gulf of Mexico waters and its sandy white beaches. Everything has been completely renovated including frosted-glass sliding doors that lead to each of two bedrooms. 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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White sand meets blue water forms a great attraction

by Roger Pettingell

Sarasota renown for world class beaches

Tourists and home buyers attracted by beach quality

REALTALK™ #53 talk about area beaches
Bay Isles Beach Club - In REALTALK™ #53 last week I talk about our splendid area beaches.

The waterfront here draws tourists from around the world, at its pinnacle are the beautiful white sandy beaches that separate Sarasota County and Longboat Key from locations on the east coast of Florida. The bright sand is in stark contrast to the teal colors of the water that spreads to the skyline in the west for lazy day sunbathing and spectacular sunsets. It was my pleasure last week then to stand on the beaches at Bay Isles Beach Club on Longboat Key to feature why the club, and the local beaches, are so special in REALTALK™ #53.

Bay Isles Beach Club provides a secure location for residents that pass through either of two manned gates on Longboat Key. Membership is included with the property purchase in single family home communities such as Queens Harbor, Corey’s Landing, Sabal Cove and Harbor Oaks. Fairway Bay, Grand Bay and Marina Bay are condominium communities that also enjoy the fabulous beach that is associated with club membership. On the beach are amenities associated with an exclusive lifestyle that include showers, pavilions, restrooms, and grilling areas for private parties. Membership access to the beach is on a short list of beach availability on Longboat Key. Private homes and hotels line most of the 11 miles of land where the sand greets the Gulf of Mexico.

Longboat Key residents that have purchased homes in Country Club Shores on the lower end of Longboat Key enjoy their private canal dock space and their proximity to the world class golf courses of Longboat Key Club. It is also a short ride by bike or car to Lido Key beach through St. Armands Circle. Since 1990 the park has been owned by the city but operated by the Parks and Recreation Department of Sarasota County. It had been the site of the Lido Key Casino, built in 1940 but was demolished in 1969. It already had become a favorite location for sunbathing.

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic master sand sculpting competition
The Siesta Key Crystal Classic master sand sculpting competition is held in November each year.

Longboat Key and Sarasota residents travel a short distance to one of the finest beaches in the world, Siesta Key. The 99 percent quartz pebbles reflect the heat so standing in the sand is comfortable on even the warmest day of the summer. Besides named as the best beach in America by Dr. Beach in 2011, it was classified as the whitest and finest sand in the world at the Great International Beach Challenge in 1987. Travel Channel claimed that it had the best sand in America in 2004 and most recently was awarded this year as the #1 beach in the United States by online service TripAdvisor. Lifeguards make this a very safe beach for swimming and a great location for The Siesta Key Crystal Classic master sand sculpting competitions each November.

In REALTALK™ #53 I mention Manasota Beach, one of the lesser known and lesser populated public beaches off the coast of Englewood. This area has four beaches with public access on the seven miles of Manasota Key.

On the northern end of Longboat Key is a popular beach for boaters but accessible by land. The shallow waters of Beer Can Island is popular with the younger crowd. Near to this location is Whitney Beach, on the gulf side, just west of Gulf of Mexico Drive with public parking on Broadway Street.

Water Club, Longboat Key, Florida condominium beach
The white sands of the residents' beach of the Water Club, Longboat Key, is an invitation for relaxation while listening to the sounds of the surf.

Just a short drive north on Gulf of Mexico Drive over Longboat Pass Bridge is Coquina Beach. This a public beach with plenty of parking and fine arts and craft beach markets nearly every Sunday. This beach is expansive with lifeguards, restrooms, showers and a quaint little beach concession that serves light food, drinks, beer and wine. Caution should be taken if swimming by the bridge, tidal currents can be strong. There is plenty of beach place that make this popular in Manatee County.

We have some great properties for sale behind the gates of Bay Isles including those in the communities mentioned here. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

National Events Showcase Sarasota

by Roger Pettingell

Another Superboat Spectacle Put to Rest

Positive Image Projected with Televised Grand Prix

Superboats make their way out to the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday
Superboats make their way out to the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday in the final round of races.

Congratulations to local Phantom 9 boat owner Kim Niemann for taking first place in the Vee Lite division of the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix this past weekend. While the power boaters were wrapping up their races on Sunday another national tournament had its teams entering town for today’s opening ceremony on the beaches of Siesta Key. The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) begins its nationals for baseball in Sarasota in the home of the spring Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium.

Teams from around the country are in town to participate in the tournament for ages 14-19 in pool play and then the championship round that concludes next Sunday on July 12. The AAU has been inspiring girls and boys amateur athletes since 1888 in a variety of sports. To have the baseball championships here in Sarasota is quite an honor. Teams will also participate at the Buck O'Neil Complex diamonds off Hummingbird Avenue and Clark Road. The AAU also has many national events in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

In June Ed Smith Stadium and the Buck O'Neil Complex was host to the Florida Finals of baseball’s Prospect Wire circuit. Prospect Wire was started in 2004 as an organization that participates in scouting events for high school athletes that have a path to major league baseball.

There were many area fireworks on Saturday
There were many opportunities to view fireworks once the rain subsided on Saturday.

And there is more than baseball here in Sarasota. The Florida State DanceSport Championships will be held at the Ritz-Carlton later this month and Nathan Benderson Park is set to host the 2017 World Rowing Championships. Last month the Ski-A-Rees Stadium on Ken Thompson Parkway by Mote Marine and Aquarium was host to the Southern Regional Championship for skiing.

These activities draw attention to Sarasota in a very positive way. The nationally televised Super Boat Grand Prix showcased the beauty of Sarasota and the surrounding waters. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix

by Roger Pettingell

Super Boat Grand Prix Highlight Weekend

Four-day Suncoast festival attracts thousands to Sarasota

It's not all about Super Boats, Envy's Viper drew a crowd
It's not just about boats, Envy's Viper drew a crowd

Thousands of spectators lined the beaches of Lido and Siesta keys this weekend to watch speedboats travel in excess of 150 mph over the Gulf of Mexico. It could be the event of the year in Sarasota, the annual July 4th weekend Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix. The four days of parades, meet and greets, open water testing and the race on Sunday attract boating enthusiasts worldwide to this area over the holiday weekend.

The festivities began Thursday with the parade of boats down Main Street Sarasota and concluded with the races on Sunday and eight classes of boats from the very, very expensive super boats to boats that may start at $80,000 for the cost of the boats, entries and maintenance. How expensive are the very, very expensive? In a Sarasota Herald Tribune article on Sunday, a brand new race boat may start at $300,000 and another $120,000 budget to operate the boat on the eight race Super Boat International circuit. If the boat crashes add another $80,000 to the budget, roughly the amount that Sarasota put up to host the event.

Florida cities host most of the events starting in mid-April with the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix and ending with the annual Key West World Championship as the ninth race of the circuit November 9th. Cities in Indiana and Alabama also host events with a tribute to 911 this year in New York City on September 7.

The crew of Miss GEICO fine tune its engines in preparation for Sunday's Super Boat race in the Unlimited class.
Miss GEICO - The crew of Miss GEICO fine tune its engines in preparation for Sunday's Super Boat race in the Unlimited class.

As for our local Grand Prix there was more hardware and promotions at the GEICO camp to push that budget well over the amount listed above. The boat Miss GEICO sat with its trailer and boat in Centennial Park on Saturday. Fans were greeted with ad promotions and a close-up view of the boat while mechanics toiled away on the boat engines and linkages to the drives. The 44-foot boat requires a driver and a throttleman. Miss GEICO, with its multi-hull catamaran, motored to a win with an average speed of 107 mph and 533 points in the Super Boat Unlimited class on Sunday.

Other winners included the Instigator in the Super Boat Extreme class, Spirit of Qatar in the Turbine class, Stihl in the Supreboat class, Sun Print in the Super Boat VEE class, 2nd Amendment in the Manufacturer Production P3 class and Two Cruel in the Manufacturer Production P4 class. All the boats made a lot of noise and were a great spectacle for viewing. Local owner-operator Dan Lawrence took first with his boat, The Hulk Redline Oil, in the Super Boat Stock class.

With the thousands of people on the beaches and thousands more in boats outside of the race course, the Sarasota area received a big boost to the local economy over the last four days. We’ve been part of the racing circuit here for 30 years so the tradition continues for our Independence Day weekend spectacular.

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