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Home Showcase XXII

by Roger Pettingell

Two Global Luxury Waterfront Homes

New listings in Harbor Acres and Oyster Bay top the list

1352 Harbor Drive in Harbor Acres
Harbor Acres Home - This home for sale at 1352 Harbor Drive features four bedrooms, attached three-car garage, deep-water boat dock with lift and room for two boats and 40-foot waterside heated swimming pool.

The theme this month for the Home Showcase series is new listings that meet the criteria of Coldwell Banker and its Global Luxury brand. Global Luxury homes are selected based on their listing price and features that are in high demand by homebuyers. I have two Sarasota single-family homes on the water, from Harbor Acres and Oyster Bay for this Home Showcase XXII article. They are luxurious and in exclusive communities.

Harbor Acres is in a great location within the southern Sarasota city limits with few encumbrances of road access to areas of the city and beyond. The homes here are on the water of two peninsulas that make up most of the community. Boat owners have direct ingress into Sarasota Bay. A community that was established in 1951 with the sale of 171 lots, many of the homes are newer. A home that has not been rebuilt recently can be looked at for its land value. The original homes that are still standing are purchased as a potential tear-down. A listing I have at 1571 Hillview Drive built in 1954 is still livable by some standards, but potential buyers consider the cost of construction and look at the land to determine the size of a new home when making their decision. I am preparing to list another property in Harbor Acres, a home that is under construction at 1333 Vista Drive. Look for an upcoming episode of REALTALK™ for more details on its progress. There is great wealth in this community, many with a front security gate to their estate on the water.

The luxury home I have listed for $3,795,000 in Harbor Acres is located at 1352 Harbor Drive. This is exclusive waterfront living at its best. Perfectly positioned just two homes in from the open bayfront, offering stunning views of Sarasota Bay and John Ringling Bridge, this newer four-bedroom home is ready for you. Built to the highest standards in 2009, its features include impact doors, windows and sliders, elevator, 14’ ceilings, Travertine flooring, coffered ceiling treatments, waterside swimming pool and deep-water dockage.

Extend your luxury lifestyle with a Field Club membership in Oyster Bay

1235 North Lake Shore Drive, Sarasota
Home for sale in Oyster Bay - The many pleasures offered at 1235 North Lake Shore Drive is for the homeowner's enjoyment. Relax or entertain on the open lanai with heated swimming pool and waterfall feature.

Looking for luxury living with great amenities available? The community of Oyster Bay may have what you are looking for. The neighborhoods have sidewalks that are lined with multi-bedroom homes that are mostly custom built. This is a family- and pet-friendly community in Southern Sarasota. Members of the Field Club have access to the marina, tennis and wellness programs and dining in one of five restaurants on the grounds. Members that own boats can rent a slip at the fully equipped marina. Non-members with reciprocity agreements through Florida Council of Yacht Club membership can request mooring through their generous rates. Select from one of five restaurants depending on your occasion, casual to elegant dining. The bar and living room is a full-service bar open before and after your lunch or dining experience. Watch my REALTALK™ #150 video for an overview of Oyster Bay.

Water views in the front and back of this four bedroom plus family and bonus rooms at 1235 North Lake Shore Drive create an idyllic backdrop for tranquil family living. This private residence is surrounded by lush foliage, with a charming courtyard entry, pavered walkways and wrought-iron fencing. Interior upgrades include wood and stone flooring, newer kitchen and baths, custom built-ins and French-door access to the open pool deck. Boat dockage offers deep-water access to Sarasota Bay. This home ready for any family is offered at $2,725,000. 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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New community developments

by Roger Pettingell

Updates and new developments added

4,000 new downtown Sarasota residences are completed or planned

New condominium construction in downtown Sarasota
Construction - A new downtown skyline is emerging that is different than in this photo taken on Tamiami Trail in 2016 that shows the Embassy Hotel and Vue

The residence construction page on our website tracks new community developments that are in the planning, under construction and recently completed stages. Currently there are 41 new developments on the list from Venice to Bradenton. There is a brief description, photo and more information on listings if they are in the Multiple Listing Service. There is contact information to reserve a unit if they are not in MLS. When available there is a link for more information and floor plans.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune this month reported that 4,000 new residences are completed or planned in the Sarasota downtown area. In that total are units planned on the existing Quay site, just north of the Ritz-Carlton, that may take a decade to complete. On the new construction page I added 11 new communities last week. These new developments will add 1,664 of residence inventory, the boom is continuing in Sarasota.

And infrastructure continues to improve to support these new structures at Tamiami Trail and Ringling Boulevard. An extra lane was added to turn left on Tamiami coming off the bridge from Bird and Lido keys. A roundabout is planned at the Fruitville intersection one block to the north that will support additional traffic created by new residents of the VUE, Quay and Golden Gate Point. Additional lanes are in progress for Tamiami Trail heading north out of town.

BLVD Sarasota
BLVD Sarasota will have 51 luxury residences

Groundbreaking is expected within the next couple of months for 51 luxury residences in 18 stories in the BLVD Sarasota at 540 N. Tamiami Trail downtown on the old CoCentrix property. Developers want new owners of these residences to have everything they need in one building with entertainment, restaurant, dog park and rooftop infinity pool. There are four different floor plans ranging in size from 3,550 to 3,900 square feet of living space. Currently there are three listings in MLS with an expected move-in date in 2019.

Across the street on Tamiami Trail, The Grande is expected to be the first residence building on the vacant Quay lot. Planned by the developers of the recently completed VUE Sarasota Westin Hotel and residences, the Kolter Group of West Palm Beach will lead the Quay development and extend the amenities of the Ritz-Carlton through an elevated pedestrian bridge connecting the two communities. They are now accepting reservations but there is no completion date set for The Grande. Plans are to use 73 of the 695 total residences approved for the Quay property. It will be another 18-story complex with room for a 9,500 square-foot restaurant. In February it was announced that Ashford Hospitality Prime Inc. of Dallas purchased the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, beach club on Lido Key and the Ritz-Carlton member golf course on University Parkway.

One of the newest communities announced in downtown Sarasota is 605 Gulfstream. Reservations will open next month and advertising is ongoing with information about this new building. In a press release by Seaward Development, the floor plans and common areas are inspired by the infamous Sarasota School of Architecture and the firm of Nichols, Brosch, Wurst, Wolfe & Associates. There will be private elevator access to the 24 half and full-floor residences. Amenities are to include an oversized lap pool, wellness center and rooftop terrace.

Whitaker Lofts in Sarasota
Whitaker Lofts - Modernistic design for 21 residences near Whitaker Gateway Park and Rosemary District

Yet another community of 21 residences on Tamiami Trail downtown is an announcement from the AIA Tampa Bay Firm of the Year in 2016, Halflants + Pichette Studio for Modern Architecture. This planned community, Whitaker Lofts, near Whitaker Gateway Park and the resurging Rosemary District does not have a completion date set. The two story units of 1,500 square feet will have a private rooftop terrace in this modernistic designed building.

Another Rosemary District enclave was announced for 1st and Audubon, with 32 townhomes south of 1st Street in Sarasota. Icon Residential from Tampa is the developer of these homes that have two-car garages and rooftop terraces. The company has not listed a start or completion date.

Plans are moving forward in other areas around Sarasota too. On Friday the Longboat Key town commission approved development of the vacant site of the old Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, shuttered for over a decade. The commission approved the 166 room luxury St. Regis hotel and 78 condominium community on the 17.6 acre site. With the vote the complex will drain the tourism pool of units created by a referendum of Longboat Key voters, but a hint of adding more with another referendum will be introduced to voters at a future date.

Lakewood National Golf and Country Club
Lakewood National Golf and Country Club

Large community development is underway in Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton. Under construction are 1,100 residences built around a 36-hole championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer at The Lakewood National Golf and Country Club. A development project of 207 residences that started in 2015 is nearing completion at the Palma Sola Bay Club in Bradenton. And the theme of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville casual lifestyle at Harbour Isle is set for the 132-unit complex on Perico Island at 12300 Manatee Avenue, Bradenton. Floor plans of two and three bedrooms are listed and owners have access to an on-site deep-water marina.

Reservations this year will open for four residences on Lido Key at St Armands Place. Each four-bedroom residence will have 2,742 square feet of living space, three outdoor terraces and five-car garages. The Oceane residences on Siesta Key has active listings for its six luxury floor plans of four bedrooms each and two or three car garages. Completion is set for the summer of 2019. Views of Venice Beach is the lifestyle set for 15 two-bedroom luxury units at Che Vista. A room listed as a den can be converted to a third bedroom.

I added three new listings to my inventory of homes and condominiums for sale. Harbor Acres is an enclave of luxury homes and my listing at 1352 Harbor Drive is a wonderful example of living the good lifestyle on the Sarasota Bay waterfront. A seventh-floor Carlyle floor plan residence at 535 Sanctuary Dr, #C707 overlooks the Gulf of Mexico, with Sarasota bay and city views, ready for your enjoyment. The third is a beautifully updated and charming two-bedroom residence at 603 Longboat Club Rd, #504N, Longboat Key Towers. 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
1352 Harbor Drive $3,795,000 Video Photo Slideshow
535 Sanctuary Dr, #C707 $1,499,000   Photo Slideshow
603 Longboat Club Rd, #504N $999,000   Photo Slideshow


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Community Spotlight - Corey's Landing

by Roger Pettingell

Behind the secure gates of Bay Isles

Community and roads named for its first homesteader, Byron Corey

Amenities in Corey's Landing
Amenities - The community pool, spa and tennis courts are centrally located within Corey's Landing.

If you want to escape the cold harsh winters of the north and have an active lifestyle, the community of Corey’s Landing on Longboat Key may offer the best of all worlds for you. While you are away in the summer months your landscaping is part of the maintenance free arrangement with the community. Boating, swimming or relaxation in the spa is available in a centralized location or can be part of your home.

Many of the 72 homes in Corey’s Landing were built in the three years of 1989 to 1991. And over half of the homes in the community are on a channel that hugs the shoreline of Sarasota Bay. Your morning coffee break on your back deck of Mistletoe Lane faces a splendid view of the sun rising over the bay, a luxury lifestyle worthy of the pursuit.

The community and streets of Byron Lane and Mistletoe Lane owe their names to the first 1895 homesteader, Byron Corey. Byron had 154 acres of land on Longboat Key but lived in a home that was part of Byron’s dock. The acreage was fertile soil used to grow vegetables, which he transported to the Tampa market by means of the steamship Mistletoe. In 1998 land development was granted that followed an archeological survey which authorized home construction. The survey concluded that there was no significant prehistoric resources but noted future stabilization of an Indian shell mound around the perimeter of the channel. Shell mounds were ceremonial and common in Florida, a popular one is located in the Historic Spanish Point of Osprey.

Today there are modern amenities that exist for homeowners in Corey’s Landing. Membership in the Longboat Key Club grants you access to the resort championship Harbourside Golf Course which is steps out the back door of homes on Byron and Fair Oaks lanes. If your super-yacht is too big for the private dock of your back yard, space is available for the largest of private boats at the full service Longboat Key Club Moorings. The marina is within a short bike ride of Corey’s Landing.

Bay Isles Beach club
Homeowners in the Corey's Landing community have deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club

The community is behind the secure gates of Bay Isles and homeowners in Corey's Landing have deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club. On the white sandy Gulf of Mexico shoreline, the beach club is a private oasis with pavilions, showers, grills and beach volleyball courts. Members of the beach club have a security key to get on the beach and use the facilities at 2111 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

Grocery shopping at Publix and a CVS pharmacy is within short walking distance of Corey’s Landing in the Town Shoppes of Bay Isles. Fine dining is available nearby or within a short drive to famous St. Armands Circle. Continue over the Ringling Causeway Bridge to a world of boutique shopping, dining and entertainment arts. Downtown Sarasota offers opera, symphony concerts, theater, ballet and world renown artists who are ushered in daily at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Sarasota is the spring training ground of the Baltimore Orioles. Every March the professional teams from New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Toronto and other cities of the Grapefruit League hone their baseball skills at Ed Smith Stadium or at the home of the Pirates at LECOM Park in Bradenton.

3426 Mistletoe Lane, Longboat Key
Corey's Landing - 3426 Mistletoe Lane

Over the past three decades I have sold many homes in Corey’s Landing and currently have a bayfront listing at 3426 Mistletoe Lane, priced at $1,349,000. Extensive updates, inside and out, adorn this gorgeous three-bedroom home. Located directly on a stretch of Harbourside Golf Course, overlooking Sarasota Bay, this move-in ready home with 4,809 square feet of living space is waiting for you to begin enjoying. A protected outdoor entertaining area offers a resurfaced heated swimming pool and spa. I invite you to watch the video or take a virtual 3D walk-through of this wonderful home in Corey's Landing.

Last week I listed two residences for sale on Longboat Key. The first has mesmerizing 8th-floor vistas of downtown and Sarasota Bay that welcome you in this lovely three-bedroom Biscayne #285 residence in Building II of the Grand Bay community. Gorgeous beach-to-bay views welcome you to the second listing, a charming two-bedroom residence at the Beaches of Longboat Key Club, 775 Longboat Club Rd, #705. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #285 $929,000 Video Photo Slideshow
775 Longboat Club Rd, #705 $895,000 Video Photo Slideshow


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Fast-paced action at the polo grounds

by Roger Pettingell

Put Sarasota Polo on your bucket list

Great weather, friends and fast action make for a good Sunday

Prime viewing at the Sarasota Polo Club
Preserving your spot - Arrive early for prime viewing as these spots are on a first-served land grab.

Sunday afternoons in Sarasota with great weather defines this area as the land of paradise. And in the months of January through April there are plenty of Sunday outdoor activities to keep you busy. You can visit the Pirates in Bradenton or the Orioles in Sarasota to catch a spring training game. The Ski-A-Rees show off their water skiing acrobatics at their water arena off Ken Thompson Park in City Island. But the Sport of Kings should also be on your bucket list.

The value is great for the show, $12 per person buys your admission to the polo grounds for the day. Start your day early for the 1 PM match start to preserve prime viewing. At 10 AM the pop-up canopy tents begin to go up and spots are generally full by 11 AM. Once your position is established you are free to wander the many sites that make this a great sport entertainment venue. Or in your own portable chair you can enjoy your own beverage and brunch while visiting with neighbors and friends.

Behind the scenes look before the match
Check out the preparations that take place before the match. A new horse shoe is going on this pony.

You can use this time to walk the 300X160-yard field of the polo grounds. You can visit behind the scenes as the riders and ponies prepare for the match. Each player travels with several ponies and interchange them throughout the match. At this time they are also busy changing out horse shoes and tying up the tails, a kind of braiding so the tails don’t interfere with the play. It’s a pony tail. There is much to see behind the clubhouse where the pony trailers are parked.

There are two clubhouses, one for the sponsors or members and another for the general public. Drinks are served at both and short order food is available to purchase. The gift shop has an excellent assortment of light jackets, sunglasses, hats and souvenirs that display the Sarasota Polo Club logo. Artwork and photos are available to purchase in many price ranges. It is a popular place to visit when there is no play on the field. For kids or kids at heart you can jump in a wagon drawn by a pair of Clydesdale horses. How time does fly when you have so much to do.

Fun times for kids as carts are drawn by Clydesdales.

The players and horses arrive before the start. They pose for pictures, ride the field to warm up the ponies, and then assemble by the announcing stand as the time approaches 1 PM. Excitement builds with veteran and rookie spectators. On this breezy and cool day on March 4 the National Anthem is sung with such grace the crowd responded with a rounding applause. Both teams of four circle the perimeter of the field to give low-fives to spectators with their high-fives as it is the last time before play they are allowed to approach within 10 yards of the field.

The size of the field is three times the length of a football field but the eight players, ponies and two umpires on ponies take up a larger portion of the field than expected. The pace is fast and furious as it seems that each player teams up with a player of the opposite team as players would in man-to-man basketball defense. The mallet is roughly six feet in length and the ball that is used is made up of hard plastic that is 4.5 ounces and 3.5 inches in diameter. The umpires carry several as balls that go into the spectator area are not returned, similar to that of a professional baseball game. The only barrier that keeps the ball in play is a series of 11-inch high boards that surround the perimeter of the field.

It didn’t take long to catch up with the terms and objective of the sport as the similarities were many to other top sports you may be familiar with. The object is to hit the ball through a goal that is eight feet in width and has two retractable posts for safety. Even the six chukkas are similar to four quarters in basketball. Each are seven minutes in length but can be extended by 30 seconds if warranted by the two umpires and one judge on the sideline. The sideline judge may also be referred to if the field umpires disagree. There is a goal judge at each end of the field. At the end of each chukka the players use that time to switch to a well-rested pony. You may also see chukka spelled chukker.

The players on the two teams had such skills that they could hit the ball at full speed while on the back of their pony, catch up to it as a fast break in basketball and with a few knocks on the ball are able to go a great length and score a goal. There are fouls by players that can result in a penalty shot by the offended team. When a team scores at one end of the field, the ball is put into play and the goal direction is reversed.

Divot stomp at half time
Puppies and humans stomp the divots at half time.

And then at the end of the third chukka the spectators are allowed to roam the field. This half-time ritual has a purpose as demonstrated by Julia Roberts in the movie Pretty Woman. The stomping, or treading-in, of the divots help smooth out the field for pony and player safety. Half-time is also good for more cart-drawn rides, socializing and more refreshments.

The second half begins in much the same way as the first. The announcer, Cuko Escapite, on this day kept us informed on the rules and plays that we may have missed. He would roll his Rs in his Mexican accent to accentuate player's names and bring laughter throughout the crowd. With some names during play he provided some alliteration that took on a rhythm of its own. He had well-rehearsed jokes that fit in well with the play on the field. After a goal he would excitingly announce that the “Crowd is going wild” while we were witnessing only golf claps. His constant use of the word “tweeter” when a foul was whistled had regulars scrambling with their smartphones researching the polo glossary equivalent. It turns out Cuko made up the word. His excitement and clear speaker system in the park increased the enjoyment.

Ponies on the field
The action is fast and sometimes close on the field.

If there was an away team on Sunday it was New Hope, Pennsylvania who won the match 11-8. Only Tim Cheromcka was from New Hope. Marcos Bignoli hails from Argentina, Luis Galvan resides in South Carolina but remains throughout the season and Dennys Antonio Santana is from the Dominican Republic. The home team Whiskey Pond fielded Brent Hamill and Charly Quincoces, residents of Lakewood Ranch. The team was rounded out by Nick Johnson of England and Stuart Campbell of Tallahassee, both are here for the season.

Only a number of Sundays are left on the schedule as the season begins to wind down. There is a sponsor for every weekend and a theme for some. This Saturday, the Ninth Annual Ponies for Pups is a special date on the schedule as a Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue charity event. Gates open at 11AM for this special date. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Show up on March 18 with your best Celtic cocktail, Blarney bites or Pot of Gold décor and you could bring home a prize for this themed St. Patrick’s Day. The Asolo Repertory Theatre sponsors this event and three of the four remaining match dates, including March 25 when the theme is Hollywood. Winning categories include the best Rick’s Café Casablanca cocktail, La La Land décor and Citizen Kane confection. The Asolo also sponsors the last match of the season on April 8 with the theme Around the World. The best international décor, global cuisine and international cocktail will be recognized with awards. Easter on April 1 is sponsored by its own Sarasota Polo Club where prizes are awarded for the best Easter bonnet and best decorated Easter egg.

One of two clubhouses on the grounds.

The grounds are busy other days of the week. Polo lessons are available taught by professional instructors and catered to your level of riding ability, age and health. All lessons of the game are taught and advanced students progress to a level of match play in the Sunshine league. They provide the basics that includes a specially trained pony, mallets, tack and helmet. Visit for more equestrian activity on the grounds and in the area.

The Sarasota Polo Club had its beginnings in 1991. In 1992 the grounds were carved out of 28,000 acres of land acquired by the Uihlein family, founders of the Schlitz Brewing Company. Back then travel to the grounds consisted of a gravel University Parkway. Now travel to the polo grounds is easy. Drive past the Mall at University Town Center and I-75 on University Parkway toward Lakewood Ranch. Look for signs of the polo club that appear on directional posts on the right about four miles past UTC mall.

Last week I listed a new Beachplace residence for sale at 1075 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #101. This light and open, 2BR walk-down is waiting for you to make it your own. You will adore this lovely beachfront community, offering charmingly sunny views. 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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1075 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #101 $685,000   Photo Slideshow


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