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Beachplace - Home Showcase XXXII

by Roger Pettingell

Longboat Key Community with Amenities

Beachplace has the location and services for privileged homeowners

Beachplace on Longboat Key
Beachplace - Eleven buildings on 31 acres

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

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

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

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

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


Beachplace8401
Beachplace #401 in Building 8

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

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

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

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

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

Last week I listed four homes; two in the coveted “West of Trail” area near the heart of downtown Sarasota, one in the Corey’s Landing community and one in Country Club Shores of Longboat Key. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
1744 Seminole Drive $3,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
969 Citrus Avenue $1,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
3436 Mistletoe Lane $1,385,000 Video Photo Slideshow
520 Wedge Lane $999,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Real estate videos for our market

by Roger Pettingell

The past four years of REALTALK™

Approaching 2019 and our 200th episode of real estate discussions

Episode Number 1
First Episode - We discussed the 2013 and 2014 Sarasota real estate market on April 23, 2014.

When I launched the REALTALK™ video series on April 23, 2014 I wanted to discuss important topics that affected home buyers and sellers in Sarasota and barrier islands. Now 187 weekly episodes later we have done just that. The videos have covered 47 different communities from the Oaks Bayside in Sarasota to the Lands End neighborhood on north Longboat Key. Many times Mary Kay Ryan and I have recorded our episodes from the homes in the neighborhood we were discussing.

There is so much to discuss as each community has its own atmosphere. In our videos of residences on Longboat Key I try to address those unique features that would make it attractive to buyers. We can explain the difference between the luxury beachfront lifestyle of Beachplace and why Grand Bay on the bay side might offer a different attraction.

We covered the Ritz-Carlton downtown from the penthouse there in REALTALK™ #71, then followed up with a spotlight on the Ritz-Carlton Beach Residences two years later in our #154 episode. Someday I hope to have a review of the new Ritz-Carlton that is under development in the rejuvenation of the Quay district downtown.

And we have gone into areas that the casual home buyer may not be aware of. We recently discussed Tremont Estates on Lido Key, just blocks from St. Armands Circle, and Bungalow Hill, west of trail in Sarasota. We thought it would be important to discuss areas like Sapphire Shores on Indian Beach in Sarasota and the luxury homes that were built in the Sanderling Club on Siesta Key.

We have also directed our attention to the gated communities of Bay Isles and homes that have beach access through deeded titles. You can get a glimpse of Queens Harbour, Fairway Bay and the Bayou neighborhood in our community spotlight series.

Topics by the experts in the purchase process and home insurance

REALTALK interview with Mike Mailliard
Interview with experts including Mike Mailliard of MIC Insurance discussing Florida home insurance.

But we have also taken on the serious business of home buying and invited local experts to discuss topics that impact a sale or the value of a home. Real estate attorney Thomas Luzier of the Sarasota firm Dunlap and Moran took on the discussion of state Doc Stamps and Title Insurance in REALTALK™ #38. It has been one of our most viewed videos. This is one I send a link to customers who have questions about these two topics as Thomas did an eloquent and concise review of these two sometimes confusing areas of Florida real estate law.

Insurance in Florida is also unique and sometimes misunderstood. Mike Mailliard of MIC Insurance has been an expert and a frequent guest. In the fall of 2014 we recorded a two-part series where he discussed some important features to look for while insuring a condominium, and then followed it up with part II on insuring single-family homes. He returned for another two-part series as we approached the storm season two years ago. His June 2016 series was timely as he first discussed changes in Florida law that affected home owners, then followed up the next week on actions that needed immediate attention in preparation of the summer months. This episode is one I highly recommend as he discussed protecting your most valuable assets before disaster hits. On September 21, 2017 he provided an update on Florida insurance just days after Hurricane Irma made its path through central Florida.

We have had other experts discussing different topics. A good discussion on the ease and use of a Smart Home was presented in an interview with Wicked Smart Homes president, Mark Bolduc. Sea wall construction has changed over the years so we invited Jim Smith of Custom Dock & Davit to discuss and demonstrate new technologies that offer more longevity. We discussed the advantages of buying new construction in Sarasota with guest Amy Drake, in REALTALK™ #52. I am no lawyer but have enough knowledge of common questions customers ask me so I discussed TRIM notices and preparing for taxes in REALTALK™ #57.

Local programs that have a great social benefit have been discussed. There was no one better to explain the world renowned St. Armands Circle than Diana Corrigan, Executive Director of the St. Armands Circle Association in REALTALK™ #58. Titus Herman, CEO of Southeastern Guide Dogs discussed his program of service to the blind and veterans of war. Juliette Valin, director of membership at the Longboat Key Club was in an episode to discuss the benefits of joining this highly recognized organization. The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe was highlighted in REALTALK™ #101 in an interview with Nate Jacobs, founder and artistic director, which finished with a duet.

Market updates for sellers and buyers as we see it

Max and Jake guests
Sons Max and Jake - I receive many good comments when sons Max and Jake join me in REALTALK™ discussions, especially around the holidays.

We sometimes think that buyers are only here during peak season from November to mid April. If that were the case we wouldn’t have any home sales in the summer, of which we had a brisk season in those months too this year. As peak seasons come and go I discuss the market and prepare sellers on expectations for their homes on the market. I discuss timing and any perceived fluctuations that might have an impact on the sale of luxury homes or residences. In these updates I provide my best estimate of market timing and how to best present your home for the upcoming season. These updates have been very popular and are some of the most viewed videos.

We like to have fun too. Sons Max and Jake have grown up as guests the past four years, and they discuss serious topics. These videos receive the most comments from viewers, whether they like the way Jake and I discussed the home-buying process or Max asking me questions about home pricing. We present these videos around holidays, particularly at Thanksgiving when I promote Roger’s Great Pie Extravaganza. I learned of their aspirations for the future in a year ending 2016 holiday greeting and magic trick in REALTALK™ #112.

But what could be more fun than the bloopers episode put together by our videographer Detlev von Kessel for our first year anniversary. Catch all the episodes, with their transcripts on our REALTALK™ page. You can also subscribe to these videos from our YouTube playlist. We have enjoyed bringing these two-minute videos to you over the years and hope that the information has been valuable to you. Look for more episodes brought to you on Thursdays. Please email me if you have a suggestion for an upcoming REALTALK™.

We also listed three new properties recently in the Sanctuary and Beachplace on Longboat Key, and a single-family residence in the Oaks. 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
535 Sanctuary Dr, #C308 $1,695,000 Video Photo Slideshow
76 Osprey Point Drive $849,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1075 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #203 $549,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Value priced homes on boating water

by Roger Pettingell

Beach access on Longboat Key's bayside

Four homes that offer plenty for less in our Home Showcase XXX this month

Dredging in New Pass
Dredging in New Pass - The current project will create a viable boating pass and renourish Lido Key beach.

Over the years I’ve sold many single-family homes in Country Club Shores and I have two listed there that are offered at a good value for a home buyer that wants to be on the water for boating with beach access. Longboat Key has plenty of opportunities to be on the water, so I am highlighting two more in Manatee County on the northern end of the island. One is in Bayview Estates and the fourth is in Cedars East.

Consider yourself fortunate for an easy stroll to the Gulf of Mexico beach from any of these four homes. Country Club Shores is known for its canals that have access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf. Now that dredging of 185,000 cubic yards has commenced in New Pass, sailboaters in Country Club Shores will have an easier travel through the sometimes treacherous pass on the south end of Longboat Key. The sand from this $3.9 million project will help renourish Lido Key beaches.

Country Club Shores is also known for its proximity to St. Armands Circle and the lifestyle of Sarasota. Created in the 1960s by the Arvida Corporation, Country Club Shores has seen its share of single-story homes upgraded or replaced with sleek multi-story homes. Deeded beach access is granted through entry points off Gulf of Mexico Drive. It is a community that is ever evolving and worthy of a look by home buyers.


Prime corner lot in Country Club Shores with deep-water dockage

1055 Bogey Lane of Country Club Shores
Country Club Shores - 1055 Bogey Lane

The first home on this list is situated in a prime corner lot location at 1055 Bogey Lane of Country Club Shores. This lovely three-bedroom plus bonus room home abounds in elaborate Florida-sourced gardens and offered at $899,000. This home offers a newer roof in 2014, Porcelain tile flooring, hand-painted murals, eat-in kitchen with formal and informal dining areas, and walls of expansive windows and sliders equipped with storm shutters. Stone pavered walkways and vine-covered pergolas surround this private residence. Dockage and deep-water access to the bay is a highlight. While not boating, relax by the pool with screened-patio.


New seawall and screen-protected lanai a few steps from boat dock

570 Yardarm Lane
Country Club Shores - 570 Yardarm Lane

Just a stone’s throw away from Sarasota’s open bay waters, this three-bedroom Country Club Shores home at 570 Yardarm Lane is ready for you to add your personal touches. Offering a brand-new seawall, the screen-protected lanai is a few steps from the boat dock and deep-sailboat waters. The open layout features tile flooring, crown molding, plus the most recent updates include a newer kitchen with solid-wood cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, breakfast bar and recessed lighting. Enjoy a short walk to the beach, also offered at $899,000.


Light and open, two-story, elevated, waterfront home in Bayview Estates

519 Bayview Drive in Bayview Estates
Bayview Estates - 519 Bayview Drive

Shifting to the northern end of Longboat Key is this home for sale at 519 Bayview Drive in Bayview Estates. Lush, manicured landscaping, as well as a light and open, two-story layout are wonderful introductions to this elevated, waterfront home. The bright interior features cathedral vaulted ceilings, tiled flooring throughout, living/dining and family rooms, as well as an eat-in kitchen. Boating enthusiasts will love the 100 feet of water frontage, boat dock and 7,000-pound lift, offering easy bay access. This well-maintained, four-bedroom residence is ready for you to enjoy, poised for sale at $849,000.


Move right in to this furnished townhouse in Cedars East in north Longboat Key

570 Yardarm Lane
Cedars East - 810 Evergreen Way

Offered furnished, you will love the convenience of moving right in and immediately enjoying this townhouse in Cedars East, including its own one-car garage. Comprising the second level are two bedroom suites in a split plan for a wonderful amount of privacy. Wood flooring, an open split-level layout and protected water views welcome you to this home at 810 Evergreen Way, pleasantly priced at $349,000. Cedars East is a private enclave of townhomes located on north Longboat Key’s bayfront, within the Cedars Tennis Resort community. Walk to the beach!

I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was a great one. Although the break was short-lived, we had plenty of activity around the office this past weekend including this new listing at the Gulf-front community of the Sanctuary. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of any homes here at (941) 387-1840 or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
535 Sanctuary Dr, #C308 $1,695,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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The eventual rise of Longboat Key

by Roger Pettingell

Longboat Key: Circus times to today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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St. Armands Circle Revisited

by Roger Pettingell

Spend a day or week shopping and dining

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Stadium Gallery
Panoramic sports stadiums at the Stadium Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Ritz-Carlton - Beach Residences Showcase

by Roger Pettingell

Full services and amenities of the Ritz

Worldwide travelers were attracted to Sarasota when the hotel was built

Beach Residences on Lido Key
Beach Residences - The beach component of the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota is discussed in REALTALK™ #154.

When the Ritz-Carlton moved into Sarasota in 2001 with the building of its Residences on Ritz Carlton Drive the world took notice. It opened up the city to worldwide travelers that were looking for another location in Florida that represented the luxury brand. The brand was on a 20-year rebuilding effort and was constructing its luxury hotels all over the world. The building in Sarasota was a new concept of financing construction of the hotel with the sales of residences.

The success invigorated the city, but created a dilemma for the Ritz-Carlton. Visitors were expecting the amenities experienced in other properties owned by the company. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Course in Lakewood Ranch is an 18-hole championship course designed by Tom Fazio. They had built a second building, the Tower Residences on Watergate Drive in 2003.

But, they quickly realized that they needed a great beach for their guests and Lido Key was the perfect choice. The concept for the Beach Residences on Benjamin Franklin Drive was born and by 2005 it had been built with 88 luxury residences on the white sandy Gulf of Mexico shores. Owners, members and hotel guests have access to the many amenities offered by the Beach Residences.

Beach Residences at 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive
Beach Residences - Luxury residences on the beach

The Beach Club offers fresco style dining on the deck of the Gulf-front heated saltwater swimming pool. A jacuzzi is a part of the Beach Club for relaxation during the day. There are recreational programs for children in a pet-friendly environment. Grilling areas and covered areas for entertaining are available. The Lido Key Tiki Bar is within a short walk behind the club. The Beach Club is a wonderful place to relax and socialize.

Owners have access to two guests suites on the lower level to entertain family and friends in luxury style. The Beach Residences also offers 24/7 concierge services. There is a clubhouse, social room, library and a private theatre. The fitness center is outfitted with modern exercise equipment.

The location of the Beach Residences offers a splendid blend of nature, shopping and fine dining. Ted Sperling Park, with its hefty population of Mangrove trees is a dream for those who want to explore these waterways on a kayak or canoe that are created naturally in the wetlands of Lido Key. Or you can just feel free to walk on the beach, with 400 feet exclusively for the Beach Residences owners.

World famous St. Armands Circle is a tourist destination known for its fine dining and boutiques shopping. Travel by car or the hotel service van over the Ringling Bridge to other Ritz-Carlton amenities downtown. It also opens you up to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the opera, symphonies, ballet and other fine art shows. Festivals are common on Gulfstream Avenue across the street from the Ritz-Carlton residences downtown.

View from the penthouse of the Beach Residences
Sensational sunset and beach views from the Beach Residences penthouse on Lido Key

I am preparing to list the south corner Penthouse of the Beach Residences, #1201. This magnificent home has sensational views of the Gulf, bay and the city of Sarasota. The spectacle lights up at sunset with a brilliant display on the Gulf of Mexico. The property is a dream for luxury living with 4,189 square feet of living space. It is a true three bedroom with three full baths and one partial. There is a summer kitchen on the Gulf-side terrace. As I pointed out in REALTALK™ #154 last week the penthouse is offered with a two-car private garage and a third deeded parking space. And you receive all of the amenities of the Ritz -Carlton mentioned in this article.

This modern construction was not the first attempt for a Ritz-Carlton hotel in the area. History will note that the famous circus magnate and real estate developer John Ringling attempted the first Ritz-Carlton in the area. He bought the Ritz-Carlton naming rights for a planned hotel on the southern end of Longboat Key, one that had failed from construction delays and the Great Depression in the late 1920s.

The future of the Ritz-Carlton development in Sarasota is moving forward. A new tower is in its pre-construction stage on Watergate Drive near the hotel and residences downtown. This new building, expected to be completed in 2020, will have 70 residences but not all will be sold to the public. Call our office for pre-construction pricing.

I listed two properties last week that should draw some attention for home buyers looking in Osprey for property on the water or if you are looking to be on the Gulf of Mexico on the northern end of Longboat Key. The first in the Bay Acres community at 412 Bayshore Drive has breathtaking sunsets. This custom-built John Cannon home is ideal for the water enthusiast, offering 162’ of direct-bay frontage, with dock and 8,000-pound lift. On Longboat Key this rarely-available three-bedroom townhouse is located directly on the pristine Gulf shores, offering striking modern upgrades throughout at 260 N. Shore Rd, #4. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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

 

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Sarasota weekend events continue

by Roger Pettingell

Events over the Veteran's Day weekend

Some of the multi-day festivals in Sarasota continue through the week

Westin Hotel view from the rooftop bar
Rooftop view - The 19th floor view of the entrance from the newly opened hotel Roof Bar & Eats open cafe

There were a lot of events this past weekend, some coordinated with Veteran's Day, and others to kick off the festival season as Snow Birds flock to the area. There was something for everyone, art festivals, sand sculpting, lawn bowling, Sarasota MOD and artistic street chalk competitions. A couple of these events are still going strong and worth observing.

Even a visit to the newly opened 255-room Westin Hotel in downtown Sarasota was a worthwhile endeavor. The 19th floor rooftop bar and grill and EVOQ dining room are now open to the public. The views are spectacular from the rooftop and the casual elegance of the restaurant will be a splendid destination for many residents. EVOQ serves steaks and fresh seafood under the supervision of Chef Craig MacAvo, a Chicago native who has worked in some of the finest restaurants in the world.

A half dozen residences are now occupied in the VUE Sarasota Bay, the Westin Hotel companion with 141 properties of three different residences, plaza residences and penthouse floor plans. One of the three remaining open is a 3,415 square foot penthouse with three bedrooms and three full bathrooms. Amenities include a club room, fitness center, pool, lounge and conference room. The Westin Spa is open to VUE residents. The views are spectacular and the location near Marina Jack and downtown is very attractive to potential home buyers.

The seventh annual Bacchus on the Beach celebration Thursday and Friday was the event that seemingly flared the start of weekend festivities. A reception and dinner on the North Beach of the Longboat Key Club resort combined wine tasting and multi-course dinner with music under the stars. Or you could have attended the Breganze Harvest at the Portofino Restaurant later in the evening. The Portofino is one of four fine restaurants at the Longboat Key Club. Friday’s festivities started at 2 pm with a wine blending seminar. The highlight of the evening was the Bacchus on the Beach Stone Crab Celebration & Winemaker Auction. Proceeds of this festival went to help fund research at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.

St. Armands Circle events
Despite some rain on Sunday vendors at the St. Armands Circle Art Festival reported heavy sales

Events on St. Armands Circle continued with the 29th annual Fine Arts Festival attended by thousands of visitors Saturday and Sunday. Over 175 artists attended this year with photography, ceramics, paintings, jewelry and sculpture sales. This art festival was chosen as one of the best in the country of the 10,000 shows each year. St. Armands Circle stores joined in on the fun with goods for sale at the Annual Fall sidewalk Sale. Holiday Night on St. Armands is the next big scheduled event with the lighting of the Christmas tree and Santa Claus on December 1. Porches in the Park follows the next Saturday. The weekends in January are filled with the Circus Ring of Fame, Taste of St. Armands and the Winter Art Festival.

There were plenty of events to honor our veterans on Saturday including Veteran’s Appreciation Day on St. Armands Circle. A parade on Bay Isles Road on Longboat Key was filled with fanfare for veterans. A parade in downtown Sarasota paid tribute to women in the military and ended in Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park with the current director of veteran services for Goodwill Manasota, C.J. Bannister as keynote speaker.

US Open lawn bowling competition
Competition began Sunday for the week-long lawn bowling US Open at the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club

Just north of the Municipal Auditorium it was hard to miss the action at the Historic Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club. The best lawn bowlers in the country started competition November 5 with preliminary events in the US Open. Sarasota was selected by Bowls USA for the US Open this year. The week-long tournament competition began on Saturday and runs through this Saturday. The Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club was established in the days of John Ringling in 1927. It is said to be one of the oldest sports clubs in the state.

Two weekend events attracted thousands to the southern part of Sarasota County. The Siesta Key Crystal Classic features some of the best master sand sculptors in the world. This competition attracts artists that create some amazing sculptures from sand proclaimed as the number one beach in the country. Get your vote in today for the People’s Choice Award in this International Sand Sculpting Festival. The festival is ADA Compliant with Mobi-mat trails and beach wheelchairs available.

Large crowds also were in attendance for the 10-year anniversary of the Chalk Festival on the fairgrounds of the Venice Airport. Evanescent, a word that means passing out of existence, is the theme for the festival this year. The Chalk Festival has won the Sarasota Magazine’s Readers Choice Award for Best Event in Sarasota County the last six years and attracts nearly 50,000 visitors. It also finishes today with Kim Jenkins music from 5 to 6 PM.

Hiss Studio
The Hiss Studio was toured as part of Sarasota MOD

I highlighted Sarasota MOD last week, a weekend of tours, panel discussion, and an honor to legendary architect Edward J. “Tim” Seibert. Seibert was featured with his architecture through an art exhibit at the Blue Pagoda and a film screening of The Seibert Factor on Saturday. Tours of the Hiss Studio and Umbrella House on Lido Shores were open Saturday and Sunday. Two sets of trolley tours examined the architecture of Seibert and other architects.

Last week I listed five residences for sale in Sarasota and Longboat Key. Four of these homes qualify for the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury brand, two of them on the waterfront of Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key. A home at 4509 Camino Real and 708 Hideaway in Sarasota and another on the water at 708 Hideaway Bay Lane are luxury properties worth your look. 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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663 Mourning Dove Drive $3,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
639 Mourning Dove Drive $3,695,000 Video Photo Slideshow
4509 Camino Real $2,295,000    
708 Hideaway Bay Lane $1,649,000 Video Photo Slideshow
101 S. Gulfstream Ave, #11E $369,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Home Showcase V - Featured homes on Longboat Key

by Roger Pettingell

Longboat Key homes highlighted

The largest of four towns in Florida split by two counties

Links on Longboat at Longboat Key Club
Longboat Key Club - Longboat Key homeowners enjoy a membership for its golf courses and amenities.

In the Home Showcase V, the series of articles highlighting featured homes in the area, this week will cover three featured homes that are on Longboat Key. Longboat Key is highly desirable as a winter residence for its wonderful sunsets, views of the Ringling Bridge and Sarasota at sunset, and of course the white sand and winter warmth on the Gulf of Mexico beaches. Visitors and home owners enjoy the barrier island for its fishing, golfing, swimming, tennis and its close proximity to fine dining and boutique shopping at St. Armands Circle. And of course there is the Longboat Key Club. With a membership you have access to two championship golf courses, four fine restaurants, tennis and much more.


On the Gulf of Mexico shoreline

4239 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Manor House #2
Manor House #2 in Pelican Harbour

Longboat Key is one of those rare towns in Florida divided by two counties. It is the largest of four that are split in the state. The first featured home is in the northern part of Longboat Key, in Manatee County at 4239 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #MH2. The island is divided between counties in the 4100 block of the main road that is Gulf of Mexico Dr. The home is a beach retreat on the Gulf of Mexico shores. It has been recently updated with more spacious rooms and a new full bathroom. The many updates to this home provide modern comforts. Although it is a single-family home, the offerings in this pet-friendly community of Pelican Harbour provide many amenities only available in other condominium communities on the island. This two bedroom home is worth a look, on the water at $1.195 million.


A sense of Key West in this Triton Cove home

3030 Gulf of Mexico Drive in Triton Cove
3030 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

If a Key West style home inspires you, the home for sale at 3030 Gulf of Mexico Drive in Sarasota County is perfect for your enjoyment. This three-bedroom home with three and one partial bathrooms has been beautifully updated. There is much to enjoy in this home including its own heated swimming pool and spa. It is elevated to help protect from storm surges and the five-car garage add to the functionality of this home. If you are a fan of gorgeous sunsets, the beach is a short walk away.


Behind secure gates and amenities of Bay Isles

3490 Bayou Sound
3490 Bayou Sound in Bay Isles

Bay Isles is a popular location for its security behind manned guard gates and access to the amenities offered through the Bay Isles Beach Club. There are separate communities in Bay Isles, each with their own charms and amenities and all in Sarasota County. The home at 3490 Bayou Sound offers that and much more under 2,500 square feet of living space. The split bedroom plan of three bedrooms and three bathrooms are wonderfully placed for guest privacy. The master suite has a walk-in closet and direct access to the heated swimming pool with screen enclosure. The private championship golf course of Harbourside Golf Course is outside of your front door step. Membership in the Longboat Key Club gets you access to the course and all that this private club offers. The home is ready for showing, listing at $850,000.


Last week I listed two more residences including a newer property built in 2015 at 188 Golden Gate Point, #102. The home overlooks the Sarasota Bay with spectacular views of the Ringling Bridge at sunset and with its lights on at night. This smart home is within a short walk to Marina Jack and downtown Sarasota. If your budget is under $500,000 for a home on Longboat Key then the residence in the Sand Cay community on the north end is worth a good look. Your view of the swimming pool and beach for sunset vistas is exquisite from this second-floor unit. Enjoy this fully furnished residence for yourself or use it as a rental with the generous opportunities this community provides. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of any of these homes or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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188 Golden Gate Point, #102 $2,795,000 Video Photo Slideshow
4725 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #207 $479,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Annual Circus Ring of Fame this Saturday

by Roger Pettingell

Promoted as Sarasota's ties to the circus

Six new members will be added to the Circus Ring of Fame

Circus Ring of Fame in St. Armands Circle
Circus Ring of Fame - Two days of celebration for the circus and its performers starting on Friday.

The circus comes alive this weekend on St. Armands Circle. This area was the heart of the circus when John Ringling made Sarasota its home at the beginning of the 20th century. Ringling made Sarasota his home and had Ca’ d’Zan built in the northern part of the county. Near his home on the shores of Sarasota Bay the Circus Museum was constructed. And the tradition continues, this Saturday the circus band will perform and six new inductees will be honored in the annual Circus Ring of Fame ceremony. Also fitting is that St. Armands Circle was part of the plan by Ringling to make this area a major tourist destination.

Daily visitors browse the circle of plaques that surround the park at its center. They represent each of the circus aerialists, trapeze artists, wire walkers, ad men, clowns and now even circus animals there that hold a place in the history of the circus. In all, this year’s class of inductees will join the previous 110 inductees that have been honored since its beginning in 1987. And the list is impressive.

This year famed aerialist Reggie Armor will be honored. He started his career with stunt work in films and joined the circus in 1951 at the age of 22. By the time he was 29 he became one of the most recognized trapeze flyers, known for perfecting the three-and-a-half acrobatic flight. He passed away in 2010 to be honored posthumously.

Dora Rogge performed her circus act with the famous Rogge Sisters in London, known to the world as Rogana, the Baroness of Balance. Her balancing act of end-to-end dagger and sword thrilled audiences in the late 1950s. In the next decade Dora broke away from the act to perform solo around the world and traveled with her husband, the famous ringmaster, Frank Foster, Jr. She will be inducted under her married name Dora Foster.

Co-owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show from 1936-1967, Henry Ringling North, continued the circus his famous uncle created. Brother John Ringling North was inducted in 1988, the second year of existence for the Ring of Fame. Their mother was the sister of John Ringling, Ida Loraina Wihelmina Ringling, who married Harry Whitestone North. Henry was married to Gloria de la Feld and eventually became an Irish citizen. When the circus was sold to the Feld family, he remained as a consultant to the company. To this day Feld Entertainment maintains a massive warehouse and their worldwide headquarters just north of Bradenton in Palmetto.

Groups are eligible for induction, including the Pedrolas Troupe of five original members. Their shows included contortionists, high-wire acts and clowns. It is said that one of the founders, Rudolf Mootz, named the troupe Pedrolas for the first name Pedro, which he liked. Other original members included Willie and Peter Mootz, Gerda Meyer and Beppo Wallenda. Rudolf and Gerda married and had a daughter Dagmar, who joined the two as a wire walker at the age of five. After appearing overseas for years, the family combined with the Mills Brothers Circus in 1958.

A marketing and tour strategist for Ringling and Feld Entertainment, Allen Bloom, promoted the circus with advance posters in town designed to attract spectators to The Greatest Show on Earth by promoting the circus as a fun and family experience. He also modernized live event promotions for the entertainment and sports industries. He died at the age of 72 in 2008.

In order to propose a candidate for induction, there is a process but anyone can nominate “an individual or a group/act of two or more, may either be active or retired and living or deceased.” But animals are also considered stars by the Circus Ring of Fame Foundation and so the horse Starless Night will be inducted this year. This is the honor for an animal that was a circus horse and appeared in movies, but the committee also felt it was important to honor all the performing animals. Starless Night was trained and presented as a high school horse by Capt. Wiliam Heyer. A high school horse is known in dressage for its leaps from a standing position. Starless Night was seen in the parade of the movie, The Greatest Show on Earth.

Those are the inductees into the Circus Ring of Fame. There is a plaque of particular significance this year in St. Armands for the man who founded the Circus Ring of Fame, Larry Marthaler. It may be a somber occasion this year as he passed away in March of 2016. He envisioned the Ring of Fame in 1987 to promote our ties to the circus, while he was serving as a founding member of the Greater Sarasota Tourism Association, now Visit Sarasota County.

You can actually meet the inductees and their representatives on Friday at the Showfolks Club of Sarasota, 5204 North Lockwood Ridge Road. A meet-and-greet starts at 10 a.m. followed by entertainment provided by the Carousel Organ Association of America (COAA) and the Musical Box Society International (MBSI). Breakfast will be served and a flea market with circus memorabilia is planned.

The CPAA and MBSI performers will be on hand Saturday with their instruments on display, beginning in St. Armands Circle at 9 a.m. At 1:15 p.m. there will be an induction prelude by the Windjammers, presented by director Andrew Glover as the Sarasota Circus Band Concert. The plaque unveiling will begin as the induction ceremony starts at 2 p.m. All events are open to the public, including those at the Showfolks Club on Friday, which is rarely open to the public.

Fairway Bay - Community Spotlight

by Roger Pettingell

Fairway Bay: golfing, boating and more

Choice among Townhouses, Mid-Rise and Atriums

REALTALK #80 on Fairway Bay, Longboat Key
REALTALK™ #80 - I describe the Fairway Bay community in this March 2016 REALTALK™ video.

So you want to be close to the fairway of a world class championship golf course and you want to moor your 85-foot yacht on the bay in a marina with wonderful amenities. Look no further than the community of Fairway Bay. That may be enough. You'll also be close to fine dining and Gulf of Mexico beach access. Then you would have a community aptly named Fairway Bay Dining Beach. What about a neighborhood that also is a short bike ride to great shopping at St. Armands Circle and grocery shopping at Publix? Understandably you might not want all that in a community name, but Fairway Bay does have it all.

Walk out your door and you are on the fairway of the second of two championship golf courses of the Longboat Key Club, its Harbourside golf course. There are 27 holes played in pairs of nine for your 18-hole pleasure. An accurate tee shot is required for the fairways on the 3,426-yard White Egret course but large greens are inviting you on your second or third shot. In contrast, there is plenty of open fairway on the Red Hawk course. There is also plenty of water so it is challenging, yet beautiful scenery on it its course of 3,323 yards. You also have the third option, the Blue Heron course of 3,401 yards. You may not even take your golf bag as the scenery here is enticing enough and launches this course as one of the most famous on the Longboat Key Club golf tour. The 18-hole Links on Longboat golf course is three miles to the south.

You are also within a short walk to your yacht in the largest deep-water marina on the Gulf of Mexico coast. This is a full service marina with boat slips up to 150 feet, that accommodate anything from nightly to annual docking. You are close to the Portofino Ristorante & Bar or you can jump on one of the shuttles to experience any of the seven other fine dining establishments at the Longboat Key Club. Annual or summer memberships are available for club membership to include all the amenities of tennis, spa and pool lounging.

Amenities at Fairway Bay
Among the many amenities at Fairway Bay is a resort-style heated swimming pool

If that isn’t enough you have a choice of townhouses that were built in Phase One of Fairway Bay in 1982. These townhouses won the Aurora design competition for their copper roofs and distinct blue awning. Arvida Corporation went on to build a total of 264 residences in the coming four years with more phases consisting of mid-rise and Atrium residences, a mid-rise with three-bedroom floor plans. There is a private garage for each residence of Fairway Bay. These properties start well below $1 million and have plenty of value on Longboat Key, known for its multi-million-dollar homes.

Fairway Bay has its own set of amenities including two heated resort style swimming pools, with hot tub and spa. There is also a fitness center and clubhouse. All properties are behind 24/7 manned gates and each owner has deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club. This club is on the beautiful white Gulf of Mexico beach sands. On the beach you will find private pavilions, showers, restroom, grilling areas and beach volleyball layouts. But the greatest amenities you will see are the views of the Sarasota Bay, city skyline at night or the sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico waters.

2016 Harbourside Dr, #334/335
Rare 3 bedroom - Call us to see this Fairway Bay residence with wonderful bay and skyline views.

I currently have on the market, a rarely available 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom residence at Fairway Bay with 2,462 square feet of living space with two terraces at 2016 Harbourside Dr, #334/335. I have three more listings added last week. The first is a wonderful 6-bedroom estate with guest cottage on Siesta Key with deep-water dockage near the famous white sands of Siesta Key beach. Our new listing at L’Ambiance is a 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom furnished residence that is on the southern Longboat Key Club golf course, Links on Longboat. I have another furnished residence for sale, a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom property in the Longboat Terrace community at 5393 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #204. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy. Happy Halloween!

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5151 Jungle Plum Road $3,195,000 Video Photo Slideshow
435 L'Ambiance Dr, #K306 $1,649,000 Video Photo Slideshow
5393 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #204 $620,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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