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High quality theater options to consider

by Roger Pettingell

Catch live performances here in Sarasota

Different experiences of performing arts at local not-for-profit centers

Palmer Ranch entertaining center in Sarasota is an option when looking for a theater experience
Glenridge Performing Arts Center - Palmer Ranch entertaining center in Sarasota is one option

You are standing in line for a cocktail in the lobby of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the lights flicker with a signal that the show is about to start. You get your drink and head to your seat. It’s a good experience as it is in many of the live theaters here in Sarasota. And there are other theaters on school campuses and community centers that offer an option to the for-profit live performance halls that are well celebrated.

The Addams Family, a new musical just finished a short run at Glenridge Performing Arts Center (GPAC), concluding its third season of performances by the Rise Above Performing Arts group. A student cast of 43 members led a lively song and dance of this spooky and kooky family in New York.

The 260-seat GPAC theater is in the Glenridge campus of the Palmer Ranch community in southeast Sarasota near Honore Avenue and Palmer Ranch Parkway. It has state-of-the art lighting and sound, large screen and Schimmel grand piano. It is also ADA compliant with wheelchair accessibility and an induction loop for the hearing impaired.

The next season of Rise Above performances at Glenridge picks up again September 12-15 with School of Rock; Glory Days, a new American Musical November 1-3; the classic West Side Story January 3-5 and January 9-11; and the season finale, Bring It On, based on the popular 2000 cheerleading movie, April 23-26. This exceptional group of talented young performers compete nationwide, including its show choir that were the 2018 Grand Champions at OrlandoFest.

When Rise Above is not performing at GPAC, there are concerts and other professional performances. This year Patchouli and Terra Guitarra presented Landscape of Guitar, a music and art production. The Four Freshman has an annual spring concert at GPAC. This group started in 1948 at Butler University in Indiana, and has endured over the years with new talent and a legacy that continues to today. Nate Najar returns December 13 for his annual Jazz Holiday, this year with Daniela Soledade, Chuck Redd and Adrian Cunningham.

Looking for dinner and a pre-show cocktail? Although Palmer Ranch is somewhat in seclusion and known for its privacy with lush landscaping, there are plenty of restaurants on Clark Road to enjoy before or after the show. Rise Above is also looking to build a new performing arts hall. Its new undisclosed location may be closer to restaurants. You can get involved by texting to 44321, donate.

College and community sponsored recitals and concerts are scheduled in the Neel Performing Arts Center on the South College of Florida campus in Bradenton. Built in 1966 and remodeled in 1999, this auditorium has wheelchair accessibility and seating for 830 guests. It is also the home of the Elizabeth M. Eaton Memorial Pipe organ built by master craftsman Charles McManis.

To enjoy a cocktail and dinner before the show there are plenty of franchise restaurants near the campus on 14th Street (US 41) in Bradenton. The Italian cuisine restaurant Primo Ristorante and the popular Anna Maria Oyster Bar are a short drive away.

Neel hosts a variety of tribute concerts including the upcoming tribute to Pink Floyd, Pig Floyd, May 18; John Denver December 8; James Taylor February 9; Linda Ronstadt February 16; and Beach Boys March 22. There are other performances by the Diamonds, a Broadway musical salute on January 12 and Bill and The Belles, a celebration of vintage country music and vaudeville on January 26.

Riverview Performing Arts Center has live concerts, recitals and performances
Riverview Performing Arts Center in Sarasota

On the high school campus, the Riverview Performing Arts Center closer to downtown Sarasota is an elegant theater that seats over 1,000 patrons. The auditorium was built in 2009 when the new Riverview High School campus was constructed. It is equipped with superior lighting and sound technology. There isn’t a bad seat in the house from the individual seating with comfortable arm rests on each. Franchise restaurants are also on US 41 past Phillippi Creek near Proctor Road in Sarasota.

High school and community programs include concert, dance, lecture, plays and meetings year round. This week the high school presents its Choir Spring Concert on Friday, the Annual Recital will be held May 25. On August 2 the Peace & Love Tour is a 50th anniversary tribute to the Woodstock concert. Snatam Kaur will perform live with songs from her new album on October 23 as the winter season begins with a new slate of concerts.

Shows at the Venice Performing Arts Center (VPAC) on the high school campus brings together three different organizations for the arts and a variety of community events with 120 performances each year. The Venice Institute for Performing Arts was chartered as a non-profit on January 1, 2017 to help the community build on its strong arts tradition and to teach student skills that will last a lifetime.

VPAC has 1,090 unobstructed view seats that slope to the 2,000 square-foot stage and orchestra pit that can accommodate 50 musicians. Acoustics are exceptional based on surround-sound boards placed throughout the venue. Handicap seating is available on the main floor and balcony. The center itself is nearly 47,000 square-feet.

Timeless Country with the CJ Simmons Band is up next June 29 for its special monthly summer show season at VPAC. The All American Boys Chorus based in Costa Mesa, California performs July 27, followed by the Sandy Toes Stand-up comedy August 10. The winter season picks up strong with The Nutcracker, December 14, Decades Rewind December 31, Cash, Killer & the King tribute January 18. Broadway Boys January 24, movie music by Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski, and Clairdee, January 30, and Beatles vs. Stones in the Battle of the Brits as the winter season continues February 1. More February, March and April tributes concerts and shows are on the VPAC website. One of the more popular annual events in Venice is the performance of Shen Yun, March 13-16 at VPAC, that celebrates 5,000 years of Chinese heritage.

VPAC is not to be confused with The Venice Theatre, just a few blocks from VPAC downtown near Centennial Park. The Venice Theatre hosts many events too including Honk!, a musical tale of the ugly duckling, May 10-19. There are plenty of good dining experiences available around Centennial Park with French, Italian, seafood and casual cuisine.

All of the performances and more can be found on our Upcoming Events page. This list is updated every Thursday and at current lists events, festivals and shows up to June 7, 2020.

These venues listed above are available to the public for rent. You may be able to find more throughout Sarasota, such as the Visual Performing Arts Center at Booker High School. I have many properties in my inventory, please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

References to other entertainment venues in Sarasota

Home Showcase XXXV on Longboat Key

by Roger Pettingell

Three waterfront homes with private dock

Two global luxury homes on the north end and one in Country Club Shores

These three listings in our Home Showcase XXXV have a lot in common. They are all on Longboat Key, they all have private dock space and they are eligible as a Coldwell Banker Global Luxury home. These homes are marketed to a worldwide audience and appear on the www.ColdwellBankerLuxury.com website.

Highly sought-after community of Country Club Shores

560 Putter Lane
Country Club Shores - 560 Putter Lane

We have highlighted Country Club Shores as a community spotlight in REALTALK™ #188 video and in these REALTALK™ Home Showcase articles. I currently have five of the 27 listings in Country Club Shores. Most homes built in five phases by the Arvida Corporation in the early 1960s are on a canal with direct access to Sarasota Bay, making them highly desirable. And many have been torn down and restructured with modern building codes, including the highest priced home of $3,499,000 at the end of Putter Lane. The lowest priced home of these active listings is $547,000 for an original home built in 1963 on Bogey Lane, a road that runs parallel to Gulf of Mexico Drive and does not have a waterfront presence. These homes are also desirable because the community is close to St. Armands Circle and a short drive to Sarasota.

One of my newest listings last week at 560 Putter Lane is a brand-new four-bedroom home, completed in 2019, and rests on sailboat waters that flow out to Sarasota’s open bayfront. Offering more than 4,300 SF of gorgeous interior, this is the best of waterfront living. Fall in love with the convenience of new construction, featuring new seawall, impact windows/sliders, designer finishes, first-floor master-sized guest suite, second level including family room and expansive master with its own balcony, plus elaborate outdoor entertaining with summer kitchen and fire pit, listed at $2,995,000.

Lands End community on the north shores of Longboat Key

749 Lands End Drive
Lands End - 749 Lands End Drive

The next two communities featured today are on the north end of the island, the first of which is Lands End, featured in REALTALK™ #185 video. The Longboat Pass Bascule Bridge and inlet is a direct sight from homes on Lands End. The azure colored waters and Jewfish Key are spectacular views complement the location. Lands End is also close to the popular Coquina Beach on the other side of the bridge on Anna Maria Island. The newly renovated Mar Vista restaurant is within easy walking distance.

The contemporary design and secluded location of this direct bayfront luxury home creates an ideal, move-in ready environment at 749 Lands End Drive priced at $1,895,000. Surrounded by tropical, Florida-sourced vegetation and located at the end of a private cul-de-sac, every aspect of this elevated home was completely renovated. Beautiful features include exterior Cemplank siding, durable IPE wood decks, plus an upgraded interior featuring Brazilian cherry wood flooring, Andersen impact windows and sliders encased in solid wood, Cypress ceilings and much more.

Manatee County’s Shipmans Add community is a yachtsman’s dream

705 Jungle Queen Way
Shipmans Add - 705 Jungle Queen Way

The luxury homes on Jungle Queen Way in the Shipmans Add neighborhood on the north side of Jungle Queen Way of Longboat Key are secluded with mangroves on the opposite side of the canal. It’s all about privacy. The community of single-family homes started in 2002 with multiple bedrooms are ideal for raising a family in Manatee County. School-aged children start at Anna Maria Elementary, move on to Martha B. King Middle School and complete their public education at Bayshore High School. Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School on Manatee Avenue is an excellent choice for a college preparatory education.

Yachtsmen will love the secluded feeling of this modern, move-in ready boater’s paradise at 705 Jungle Queen Way listed at $1,695,000, with its newer seawall and IPE wood dock, under-dock lights and new 10,000 lb. lift constructed in 2016, is able to accommodate a 22-footer. This newer elevated, four-bedroom home, one of the last built in Shipmans Add finished in 2011 abounds in clean lines, open concept and a neutral decor that perfectly complements the contemporary family’s lifestyle.

I listed 560 Putter Lane, also 1606 North Drive and 4325 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #604 last week, all global luxury homes based on the criteria of Coldwell Banker. Delight in a “West of the Trail” lifestyle at this North Drive six-bedroom custom home in Cherokee Park. On a quiet street near the end of a cul-de-sac, brick pavered walkways and manicured landscaping welcome you. Designer updates adorn every room of this direct Gulf-front penthouse in Tiffany Plaza. 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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1606 North Drive $2,295,000 Video Photo Slideshow
4325 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #604 $1,895,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Longboat Key public buildings and land

by Roger Pettingell

Emergency and government buildings

Longboat Key services offered at each of these buildings and parks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last week I listed a residence, 707 S. Gulfstream Ave., #601, a 2BR penthouse at the Essex House in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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707 S. Gulfstream Ave., #601 $539,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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A good variety among local farmers markets

by Roger Pettingell

A win-win situation with Farmers Markets

Markets provide entertainment and fresh produce throughout the year

Ty Kirkland
Live Music - Local musician Ty Kirkland performs at a recent farmers market on Saturday morning.

Farmers Markets are popular in the Sarasota area. You can find them in most municipalities, concentrating on Saturday mornings. The benefits are wonderful to the local farmers of these nutritious plants and to the buyers who are looking for fresh food at good prices. There is even entertainment and a place to mingle with neighbors. Some are seasonal and others are there every Saturday morning.

When 75% of the farmers in these markets claim they use organic methods of crop production, you can be assured the fruits and vegetables you buy are fresh and nutritious. These markets serve the communities in other ways. They stimulate the local economies and maintain a good cultural atmosphere for farm promotions in rural settings.

Most even have an online presence to promote their events that coincide with the markets. The Sarasota Farmers Market is open year round on Saturdays from 7 AM to 1 PM. The foot traffic generated around Lemon Avenue is a boon for the businesses in the area. Sarasota has grown its market to become one of the largest since it first opened in 1979.

The Sarasota market formed as a non-profit organization in 2009 to focus on local food growers. The non-profit status also allowed this organization to assist other local non-profits and establish educational programs. With this motivation the Earth Day Celebration on April 20 will highlight some of the non-profits. Events for children are also planned with a harp performance and the smooth sounds of the Sarasota Jazz Project.

You can bring sociable pooches to the market in Sarasota as long as the owners abide by basic rules of pet control. Non-expandable short leashes are required and they don’t like it when dogs get their meals from the vendors. Please carry a bag to dispose of dog waste. Service dogs are always welcome.

A second Sarasota market at 4454 S. Beneva Road is open from 8 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays. There are three Detwiler’s Farm Markets including the one at 6100 N. Lockwood Ridge Road. It is a commercial venture open seven days a week from 8 AM to 5 PM, but closed this Sunday for Easter. Bread, fruits and vegetables baked and grown locally are available at the Phillippi Farmhouse Market, open Wednesdays from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Farmers Market in Bradenton
The Bradenton Farmers Market is open every Saturday in season from 9 AM to 2 PM on Old Main Street.

Musicians perform at each end of Old Main Street in Bradenton to welcome guests who visit the Farmers Market there each Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM. It is season from the first Saturday in October to the last in May. Every third Saturday of each month local artists display their work for sale on Fourth Avenue West, perpendicular to the farmers market. There are other special events throughout the market season to celebrate Halloween, FFA and 4H clubs, artists and young readers. They advertise 35 vendors offering fresh grown food and prepared meals. Dogs are welcome here too, kept on a leash and with other sensible restrictions.

Open for two years, a short life span for farmers markets, the market at Lakewood Ranch has grown to 40 vendors and a wider variety of prepared foods, seafood, fresh grown foods and cooking demonstrations. Since it is close to dusk from 3 PM to 7 PM each Wednesday, the live music is geared toward a later crowd and the sunset yoga is a popular event. There are specialty days with DIY workshops and Bingo. The Lakewood Ranch market is also seasonal from December to April at the polo grounds, 8201 Polo Club Lane.

Another popular farmers market is located at the city hall in Venice year round each Saturday, with winter hours January through April of 8 AM to 1 PM. The Venice Farmers Market closes at noon on other months. The variety is here with cooking demonstrations, fresh food, pastries, baked goods, art and clothing.

The Beach Market at Coquina Beach has a different schedule depending on the season. Excluding holidays the market is open 10 AM to 2 PM each Sunday from November to July and doubles up each week on Wednesdays from the third week of December to the fourth week of May. The South Bradenton Beach is closed August to October. The market atmosphere here is focused on art sales but you can find some fresh food while relaxing on the white Gulf of Mexico sandy beach. Food and drinks are served at the Coquina Café and the AMI String Band plays live music from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. It is wheelchair accessible but sorry, only service dogs are welcome.

I listed two waterfront homes last week. The first is a boater’s dream home that overlooks a deep-water canal and mangroves at 705 Jungle Queen Way. The second is a lakefront home in Kentwood Estates at 1555 Eastbrook Drive. 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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705 Jungle Queen Way $1,695,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1555 Eastbrook Drive $799,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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Comedy clubs and hilarious stage plays

by Roger Pettingell

Laughter, good medicine at any time

The best locations to find comedy performances in Sarasota

Florida Studio Theatre
Improv comedy - The Florida Studio Theatre improv troupe performs Friday and Saturday nights.

“Laughter is good medicine,” are upcoming seminars at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in April. And indeed, humor can turn a stressful day into a day that has a feel-good ending. How about any day of the week? There are a few places in Sarasota to get a regular fill of laughter and chase those blues away. Some of these venues you may be quite familiar with and others only passively recognized for its comedy.

The first venue that comes to mind is McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, which last year celebrated its 30 year anniversary in Sarasota. Pam and Les McCurdy have been operating the theatre since 1988 from local venues in Bradenton and Sarasota. After 2014 the club moved from a small strip mall in the Trail Plaza, across from the Walmart Marketplace on North Tamiami Trail.

Today it continues as one of the most prestigious comedy clubs on the Gulf coast at their current location, 1923 Ringling Blvd in downtown Sarasota. There you can find well known comedians nightly such as Pauly Shore, Jamie Kennedy who has appeared in over 40 films, Josh Blue and his comedic look at his cerebral palsy that has been highlighted on network TV, late night talk-show guest Chris Cope, Helen Keaney with numerous TV credits, or Al Romas who has appeared on MTV and Comedy Central. Dale Jones, with several comedy shows on his resume, is up next from Wednesday to Sunday.

As their tagline also indicates it is a Humor Institute, a boot camp to build confidence on stage for those willing to share their jokes or humorous anecdotes. Les and Ken Sons guide the tutelage for structuring an on-stage performance. Sounds serious, but laughter is soon to break out in these sessions. These eight-day classes result in a 95% success claim, they say the other 5% just don’t listen. The next on-stage performance from the Humor Institute is on May 1. Visit the Green Room before and after where everyone is a comedian.

Alumni and other self-proclaimed comedians compete on stage in Open Mic Nights on Wednesdays starting April 24 and on some Tuesdays starting May 7. The competition concludes in an Open Mic session on June 18 with the winner receiving five minutes on the main stage and a cash prize. The annual World Series of Comedy, July 17-20, will present 40 North American comedians who travel the United States to compete in cities as the best comedian in the country. You can register as a comedian on TheWorldSeriesofComedy.com website.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Big and Purple - Yes, there are comedy acts at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota

Mostly known for attracting high-profile concerts, musicals and stage performances, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall brings in some of the most highly visible comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno to its stage. Next Tuesday The Second City troupe is in the city with their show, “It’s Not you, It’s Me” which brings laughter to the study of human relationships. The hilarious musical, “Menopause” follows on Wednesday. Multiple award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg performs stand-up on April 27. And if you haven’t seen, “The Book of Mormon” get your tickets now as they go quickly for the four shows January 7-10, 2020.

The Florida Studio Theatre has its improv team perform every Saturday at 8:30 PM. The current run is “Comedy Freestyle” where all the rules of improv are removed. Just about anything Sarasota, “Life’s a Beach” is an improv performance each Friday at 7:30 PM. The “Tournament of Fools” this Saturday lets the audience decide who goes on to be the “Champion of the Fools”. For longer running plays, “Buyer and Cellar,” takes a comedic route in the play about a struggling actor who finds out life in the big city when he moves to Los Angeles. The show is currently running through Sunday in the FST Bowne’s Lab Theatre at 1241 North Palm Avenue.

“In a Word” at the Urbanite Theatre is extended to April 21 and combines grief with comedy for a look back at one fateful night. The theater on Second Avenue presents many dramatic plays but slips in a good hilarious performance such as the satirical “The Thanksgiving Play” with a long run starting November 8.

Now back to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where lectures on Parkinson’s support, baby health and trauma treatments are scheduled daily, they include a lesson improving your health through laughter at HealthConnection on the first floor of the hospital this Friday and again on April 26. Improv actors from FST will lead the hour-long training of laughter exercises.

References to other entertainment venues in Sarasota

Keep up the laughter for a healthy lifestyle, these venues and more have their performances listed on our upcoming events page. Get your Vitamin D in Sarasota with outside activities while visiting. And when you are ready to commit permanently or during the winter months check out my new listing last week in the Beaches community at 775 Longboat Club Rd, #706. This beautifully updated seventh-floor 2BR/2BA residence has direct Gulf of Mexico views on the beach of Longboat Key. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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775 Longboat Club Rd, #706 $795,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Sarasota Spring festivals Series III

by Roger Pettingell

Sarasota's popular festivals this week

A frenzy of wine auctions, chalk art, movies and chamber music

Our festival schedule has been heavy this year, nearly one good-sized festival each weekend. This week is different, a frenzy start to some of the most attended festivals to choose from in art, music, wine and film. While two of these festivals continue into next week, a fifth festival begins for whiskey aficionados.

Wine Auction to benefit children's programs in Sarasota

Florida Winefest Auction Sarasota
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall - Florida Winefest Auction kicks off the series of festivals

Four days of events for wine connoisseurs and philanthropists begins Thursday with proceeds to benefit 18 Sarasota children programs, the Florida Winefest Auction kicks off on the South lawn of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The Pique Nique Sur la Baie, Winefest Style “Where the Guests are the Show” is at 11 AM, followed by an opening reception at noon. The “Apre La Fete” luncheon starting at 1:30 PM with half of your reservation fee is tax deductible toward the charities.

Wine dinners follow at Mattison’s Forty One, Sage SRQ and San Remo private residence. On Friday a lunch tasting will be held at the bayfront of the Van Wezel with a grand banquet on the block of Lemon Avenue starting at 6:30 PM. Educational seminars and classes are Friday and Saturday with the Grand Tasting, Brunch and Charity Auction at 11 AM Saturday at the Van Wezel Bayfront. Enjoy Wine on the Water Sunday at 1 PM on the Bayfront. A complimentary Business Trade Tasting Friday open to licensed members is by invitation only.

Chalk Festival returns to downtown Sarasota for the first time since 2013

Sarasota Chalk Festival
The Sarasota Chalk Festival returns to downtown

One of the top festivals in Sarasota was moved to the Venice Airport grounds to attract 200,000 visitors from around the world. The Sarasota Chalk Festival last year in November was postponed and rescheduled to start April 5 at its original location in downtown Sarasota. The regular schedule will pick back up November 15 in Venice. The streets of Burns Square will come alive with street chalk artwork from the masters of their craft that travel here from around the globe.

Under the theme of “Museum in Motion” the streets of Burns Square will become the canvas for these artists to transform downtown into a festival of beauty for the first time in six years. A world debut of 3-dimensional illusion art by 3D pavement illusion designer Kurt Wenner will be on display. Stroll through the artwork at night on Saturday evening when the streets become illuminated with lanterns. Live music, late shopping and the artists will be discussing their artwork starting at 6 PM. Amateur adult artists and students over the age of 12 can also participate in the three-day festival for free by requesting a spot on the website.

Sarasota Film Festival for 2019 starts with a look at the career of Mike Wallace

Friday begins the Sarasota Film Festival with a look at the career of one of the most iconic broadcast journalists in “Mike Wallace is Here” by award winning director Avi Belkin. The movie at 6 PM in the Municipal Auditorium will be followed by a panel discussion led by Belkin on the legacy Wallace left behind. An opening night party follows at The Modern in downtown Sarasota. The Regal Hollywood Stadium 11 will host many of the 200 feature and short film screenings during the nine days of the festival.

The festival continues award ceremonies and parties at multiple locations in Sarasota. Have an upfront conversation with Greg Kinnear, Oscar nominee for “As Good as It Gets,” 1 PM at Sage SRQ on April 13, the last night of the festival when his directorial debut of “Phil” premieres. The closing night party at Sage SRQ is destined to be one of the most elegant and enthusiastic parties of the year. But save your energy for the last day on Sunday as multiple award winning actress Blythe Danner takes the Sage SRQ stage for a personal discussion of films and Broadway. Anne Heche, actress, director and screenwriter follows at 1 PM.

Chamber music is highlighted at the Opera House in the La Musica Festival

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
La Musica events will be hosted at the Opera House

Artistic director Bruno Giuranna has put together four concert performances in the Opera House downtown to begin next Monday and continue every three days during the 2019 La Musica International Chamber Music Festival. Giuranna is a world renown violinist and conductor, providing direction for the festival with associate artistic director, American born and famed pianist Derek Han.

On concert off days you may want to take in a rehearsal of the masters in the Mildred Sainer Pavilion at New College of Florida, the first of which is Saturday. A free panel discussion on the continuing legacy of chamber music, "Truthful and Timeless", will follow the rehearsal April 9 at New College. Bradenton resident Harold J. Bott Jr. will lead a discussion of panelists Giuranna, Han and others.

Meet the musicians and enjoy a mini concert, “An Irish Melody and Mozart’s Flute Quartet”, April 12 in the Dolphin Aviation Hangar at SRQ Airport starting at 5:30 PM. Although sold out, the Musical Chefs Interactive Dinner in Michael’s Wine Cellar is an annual treat. You can put this on your plans next year when La Musica returns for its 34th year.

“It Must be the Whiskey” and everything about it during its obsession 2019

Look out Sarasota, the seventh annual Whiskey Obsession, the largest whiskey festival in the United States hits Sarasota for four days starting April 10. An elegant four course kickoff dinner with executive chef Anthony Puccio at the Sarasota Yacht Club gets the festival rolling.

On Thursday, two intimate small group dinners at the Hyatt Regency are paired with panel discussions of relevant topics. Four award winning whiskies are celebrated at the World Whiskey Dinner, while four Scotch whiskies are paired with dinner during the Single Malt Scotch Dinner. A panel of unique distillers and Whiskey experts share brands at an interactive tasting after the dinners. Samples of Whistle Pig Rye conclude the evening on Thursday, a lively late night gathering with live music.

A master class of single malt scotch begins the activities on noon Friday at The Bijou restaurant. One of the highlights of the festival is the Grand tastings and Masterclasses Friday evening at the Hyatt Regency. There are three ticket levels for these events. Two events on Saturday conclude the festival, the Women of Whiskey brunch at the Sarasota Yacht Club and Beer, Bourbon and Cigars at Smokin’ Joes on Main Street.

You can find these festivals and hundreds of other events through May 3, 2020 on our Upcoming Events page. This page is updated every week on Thursday to help you plan for the weekend and beyond.

Last week I listed a sunny and open three-bedroom townhome at 1555 Napoli Drive West in Sarasota. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy. Enjoy the remainder of your April Fool’s Day, this list of events was no joke.

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Revisiting Grand Bay - Home Showcase XXXIV

by Roger Pettingell

Grand Bay, overlooking Sarasota Bay

Community that is secure, located for convenience on Longboat Key

REALTALK™ #117
REALTALK™ #117 spotlight on Grand Bay

The community that overlooks Sarasota Bay is certainly grand, inspiring the name Grand Bay. Six buildings built by the Arvida Corporation from 1994 to 1999 are tucked away in a secure location of Bay Isles, secured with its own manned guard gate 24 hours a day. I have four listings there, three in the last few months, for my Home Showcase XXXIV.

I highlighted Grand Bay in my REALTALK™ #117 Community Spotlight video, on a beautiful day in February 2017. We’ve had many more similar weather days since then so our reputation as the Sunshine State remains strongly intact. In the video I discussed the value you can achieve in these residences and the variety of size floor level.

You also have the option of choosing from different floor plans. With nearly 3,000 square feet of living space, the corner Antigua floor plan is highly desirable as it overlooks the Harbourside Golf Course of the Longboat Key Club and gentle waters of Sarasota Bay. Residents with a Biscayne floor plan enjoy a split bedroom plan, wraparound balcony, great room and media room under 2,250 square feet of living space. The 2,500 square-foot Cayman flows through the building with balconies facing east and west, for sunrise and sunset vistas. Penthouse suites offer the highest level of luxury and views, a large terrace for your own private hot tub or putting green and over 4,400 square feet of living space.

There are three different floor plans in buildings five and six. Without modification, equipped with two bedrooms, two baths and wraparound balcony the Aruba floor plan is open with a great room and split bedroom plan for guest privacy. The Bimini floor plan is designed with a wraparound terrace, ideal for sunset gazing. Like the Cayman, the Capri floor plan flows through the building with direct balcony access from the master and guest bedrooms, nearly 1,400 square feet.

Grand Bay is very pet-friendly, one of the Longboat Key communities that allow up to two large dogs. Within the community you have access to two swimming pools, Har-Tru tennis courts, a fitness center and clubhouse. There are social meeting rooms for small gatherings. Residents also appreciate the on-site management and experienced maintenance staff. Grand Bay is located close to Publix, CVS and Chase bank and is a short drive to St. Armands Circle.

All residences at Grand Bay come with deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club. You can take advantage of the well maintained white sand and warm Gulf of Mexico waters currently at 70 degrees, open 24 hours with a private gate pass. Catch the sunset or enjoy the many amenities of the beach club such as sand volleyball. The club is equipped with a pavilion which is available for reservations to entertain guests. Grills, restrooms and showers enhance your beach enjoyment.

In the last 12 months I have closed on four of my listings at Grand Bay with an average sale of $802,500. Currently there are 14 residences for sale, I have a brief summary of my four listings below.


Stylishly furnished, three-bedroom Cayman residence is move-in read

3040
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #223

A flourish of fabulous upgrades and stylishly furnished, this lovely Cayman residence in Building II at 3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #223 is ready to immediately move into! Upon entering, designer updates throughout in 2013 and floor-to-ceiling glass walls showcasing direct views of Sarasota Bay, Harbourside Golf Course and downtown greet you to this sunny three-bedroom residence. Includes two generous terraces, an east-facing terrace is the perfect place to enjoy bay breezes and panoramic views, plus one on the west accessed from the den and kitchen, priced at $1,130,000.


Spectacular views from this eight-floor Cayman residence in Building II

3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #283
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #283

Eighth-floor living offers beautiful direct views that stretch from Sarasota Bay, golf course and downtown’s city skyline to the Gulf of Mexico; this light and open three-bedroom Cayman residence at 3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #283 is a wonderful complement listed at $995,000. Double doors open to a sprawling interior offering walls of floor-to-ceiling glass in multiple rooms that beautify the sunny atmosphere around every corner.


Penthouse getaway includes two under-building parking spaces

3070
3070 Grand Bay Blvd, #646

Furnished penthouse immediately ready for you, this fourth-floor getaway abounds in spectacular, direct bay, city and golf course views from every room at 3070 Grand Bay Blvd, #646, in an Aruba floor plan in Building VI. A relaxing and sunny ambiance welcomes you to this charming two-bedroom residence. Includes two parking spaces and is listed at $699,000.


Offered furnished with an expansive terrace located near the best of Grand Bay

3060 Grand Bay Blvd, #112
3060 Grand Bay Blvd, #112

Priced for the perfect value at $695,000, move right in and immediately begin enjoy this charming three-bedroom Biscayne residence at 3060 Grand Bay Blvd, #112. In close proximity to many first-rate community amenities, with an expansive terrace that wraps from one end of the residence to the other and access from just about every room. Walls of glass in most rooms allow for plenty of sunny views of Harbourside Golf Course and Sarasota Bay. Offered furnished, you will appreciate the stone flooring, open layout, private bedroom suites and eat-in kitchen.

I listed two residences worthy of the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury brand last week, based on their features and list price. These properties are marketed worldwide. The first is on Golden Gate Point in The Phoenix community. The second is in the north building of L’Ambiance on the Gulf of Mexico shores. 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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136 Golden Gate Pt, #401 $2,495,000 Video Photo Slideshow
435 L'Ambiance Dr, #J403 $2,195,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Options without a boat ownership

by Roger Pettingell

In Sarasota without a boat, no worries

Variety of boat charter, membership or rental options discussed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy your day on the water with a charter

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

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

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

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

Maintenance-free boat memberships, like timeshares on the water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Role of Longboat Key in WWII

by Roger Pettingell

Area played a vital role in training pilots

Munitions from military training exercises continue to be found on island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Luxury Homes in Showcase XXXIII

by Roger Pettingell

High-quality Sarasota County homes

Four new listings that qualify as Coldwell Banker Global Luxury homes

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #283 $995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
6431 Moorings Point Cir, #201 $475,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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