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Residence construction update

by Roger Pettingell

Increases in Sarasota inventory

Resurgence of new residences is revitalizing the cities and landscape

The Grande in downtown Sarasota
Ritz-Carlton - Occupancy is expected late in 2020

Two of the most prominent residence construction projects on Tamiami Trail in downtown are topped off. The Grande, the Ritz-Carlton development project, and the BLVD across the street are nearing completion with expected occupancy late next year. There are new projects on the drawing board for Sarasota and Bradenton. The first development in the original Quay district is the newest residence of the Ritz-Carlton chain in Sarasota. It will join the Residences, Beach Residences and Tower Residences under the luxury brand. Occupancy is expected in December of 2020 with seven of its 73 residences with active sales at 200 Quay Commons. The price range of these listings begin at $2.6 million. There are two penthouses remaining with a top price of $8.5 million. I have one of the penthouses pending as a sale.

In the planning stage are more residences in the Quay area, 15 acres originally developed in 1985 but abandoned in 2007. When the Quay projects are completed, there will be mixed-use projects of apartments, condominiums and retail shops. The future of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is part of the discussion to complete development of the Sarasota bayfront.

BLVD
BLVD - Expected to be completed in mid-2020

The BLVD is also expected to be completed in second quarter of 2020. This luxury project that topped off in October is an 18-story development housing 49 units at 540 North Tamiami Trail. There are four active sales from $2.2 million to $3.3 million, each with over 3,500 square feet of living space. The amenities are an excellent display of luxury that includes a zero-horizon rooftop pool, wine cellar, pet lawn, indoor driving range and state-of-the-art fitness center. There is a first-floor restaurant, a local popular Beach Bistro and boutique shopping at street level.

The DeMarcay had its ground-breaking ceremony in November. It is one of the newest residence construction projects to get underway in the expanding Sarasota universe of residence inventory. The DeMarcay is a 39-unit structure at the burgeoning downtown Palm Avenue district. Developers hope to maintain the rustic look of the DeMarcay hotel and cigar factory that flourished after it was first built in the 1920s. The rooftop pool on the 18th story will provide a panoramic view of the bay and downtown Sarasota.

One of the largest projects in Sarasota cleared a legal hurdle and is moving forward with 414 residences on 24 acres at the corner of U.S 41 and Stickney Point Road. The Siesta Promenade is a mixed-use project that will also include 130 hotel rooms and commercial space on the northern access road to Siesta Key.

Another legal battle to be resolved involves the old Colony on Longboat Key. The next hearing in this lengthy process is one in April in which ownership disputes of properties on the old tennis and beach resort will be settled. The buildings were razed by the developer after it was determined that they were a hazard in the community. Unicorp of Orlando, the company that owns most of the land at the Colony, agreed to clear the land and did it without receiving payment. Planned is a luxury hotel of 166 rooms operated by St. Regis and 78 residences.

The hotel and 132 residences at Margaritaville in Bradenton is under construction. The growing number of residences in the country made famous by Jimmy Buffett has already opened its marina in February with 55 deep-water wet slips and boathouse that will house another 128 boats. The One Particular Harbour Margaritaville will have many amenities to “waste away”.

Bluesfest
BluesFest - Sold out concert this past weekend in Bradenton's Riverwalk Amphitheatre

The Preserve at Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton is expanding on over nine acres along the Manatee River. Also in the works is the Aria at Bradenton at Manatee Avenue and First Street as part of the revitalization of downtown that included the 2015 opening of the Riversong Apartments. These projects completed the Riverwalk that was completed in October of 2012. It stretches from the Green Bridge past the Manatee Memorial Hospital and includes a skate park and playground. Summary updates on 51 condominium communities are listed on our New Residence Development page.

I listed a home for sale on the north end of Longboat Key at 701 Lands End Drive. This secluded 3BR plus den home is nestled among lush foliage, resting along peaceful waters that flow out to Sarasota Bay. Sunny and open, with walls of floor-to-ceiling glass that overlook tropical vegetation, the nearly 4,000 SF of interior. 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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Recently listed remarkable waterfront homes

by Roger Pettingell

On the water and loving it

Four luxury waterfront homes in southern Sarasota with stunning sunsets

1346 Harbor Drive
Harbor Acres - 1346 Harbor Drive

If you like waterfront property you are going to love these four new listings. You hear the waves as they gently roll up onto the sand. You get fantastic views of the sun setting or skyline icons. These homes also have a high number of bedrooms so the holidays can be spent with family members. They are truly luxury waterfront homes, my specialty.

The first one is hailed as one of the best lots in Harbor Acres with spectacular direct views of Sarasota Bay, John Ringling Bridge, downtown’s cityscape and sights of sailboats abound around every corner of this five-bedroom estate. Chic upgrades, high-end finishes and clean lines conscientiously blends form and function throughout the nearly 5,300 SF designer home at 1364 Harbor Drive.

New white oak hardwood flooring on the first level creates a relaxed flow from room to room. The inspired living room achieves a warm and inviting climate with a timeless design, offering statuesque cathedral ceiling, walls of impact glass sliders that overlook the extravagant outdoor entertaining space and tranquil bay waters beyond, as well as wraparound promenade from the second floor, complementing the light and airy atmosphere. Ideally arranged for entertaining, the open dining room is to the west of this great room, while the wraparound wet bar and chef’s kitchen is only steps away to the north.

1346 Harbor Drive
Casey Key - 2905 Casey Key Road

The next three are directly on the Gulf of Mexico beaches in the southern end of Sarasota County, the first of which is at 2905 Casey Key Road in Nokomis. The luxury of brand-new just built in 2019, Gulf-front living can be yours to enjoy at this stunning, 5BR beach estate. This elevated home offers more than a half-acre of beachfront property. Designed to highlight breathtaking views of Gulf beaches and crimson sunsets from every room. The more than 5,300 SF interior, waiting for you to add your personal style, ideally blends timeless beauty and elegance.

Overflowing with wonderful custom features inside and out, which include HardiPlank cement siding, manicured landscaping, impact Anderson windows and glass French doors, cathedral ceilings, crown molding, LED lighting, hardwood flooring and three-stop elevator. The first living level comprises a great room with walls of glass and wet bar, as well as gourmet kitchen with all-white staggered cabinetry, three ovens and 6-burner Viking gas stove, plus formal and informal dining is only steps away.

The northern end of Manasota Key offers an ideal location for quiet reflection and relaxation. Residents here can take full advantage of the outdoors. This area typically has the highest number of nesting sea turtles May to October. Charter a boat for a day of fishing or be the captain of your own boat. Canoe or take a paddleboard and explore Lemon Bay. On the southern end of Manasota Key is Stump Pass Beach State Park, with its mile of beaches. Beachcombers look for shells, megalodon teeth or fish from the surf. Membership in the Manasota Beach Club opens up an array of wonderful amenities.

8220 Manasota Key Road
Manasota Key - 8220 Manasota Key Road

Walk a few steps from the brick pavered lanai of this beach home to enjoy the Gulf of Mexico waters, everything you get at 8220 Manasota Key Road. This Gulf-front estate is situated on more than a half-acre and has 100 feet of direct beach frontage, waiting for you to appreciate it as is, renovate or begin your dream home. Captivating sunset views stretch on forever from the various tiled terraces and the west-facing guest residence.

Many improvements have been done in 2018 and 2019 that truly bring this property up in desirability and value. The laundry list includes all new flat tile roof & soffits, fresh paint inside and out, all new sod in the front and back yards, new shell driveway that will accommodate lots of vehicles, upgraded pool surface and pumps, septic tank cleaned and inspected, 4 brand new AC units, two new electrical panels, sliding glass door rollers replaced where needed and much, much more.

7760 Manasota Key Road
Manasota Key - 7760 Manasota Key Road

Take your own private boardwalk from the screen-protected lanai and enjoy the Gulf of Mexico at 7760 Manasota Key Road. Ideal Gulf-front living is a breeze at this four-bedroom residence. A separate artist’s studio is attached to the two-car garage. Lovely upgrades to the kitchen include shaker-style cabinetry, Quartz countertops and backsplash, breakfast bar peninsula and stainless appliances. From the Florida pine wood floors throughout, to the PGT impact windows, this delightful getaway will be hard to ever leave. 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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Home showcase series on Winding Oaks

by Roger Pettingell

Location, private and beach access

Winding Oaks properties are featured in this Home Showcase XXXX article

REALTALK™ #216
Winding Oaks - Featured in REALTALK™ #216.

Looking for a community with Gulf of Mexico beach access, high walkability score, is private and family oriented, then you should look at the neighborhood of Winding Oaks in a great location on Longboat Key. These two and three bedroom live like single family homes, most with golf and water views. I discussed two of my active listings there, its features and amenities in REALTALK™ #216.

Behind the secure gates of Bay Isles, Winding Oaks is centrally located with homes that have their own private courtyards and decks. The high ceilings of these homes present a light and open feeling, built with comfort in mind between 1988 and 1991. Most of the 58 homes are equipped with 2-car attached garages. Relish a luxurious maintenance-free lifestyle in Winding Oaks.

And the Bay Isles Beach Club is a short bicycle ride. Homeowners enjoy deeded beach access through the beach club. With your club card you will find many of the pleasures that exist for members any time of the day or night. This private beach on the beautiful sands of the Gulf has showers, pavilions, picnic areas with grills, sand volleyball courts and restrooms. The amenities make for a relaxing day at the beach.

3431 Winding Oaks Dr, #16
Winding Oaks - 3427 Winding Oaks Dr, #14.

The first listing to discuss is 3427 Winding Oaks Dr, #14. Contemporary upgrades accentuate every inch of this chic waterfront residence. You will adore the radiant ambiance this 3BR villa creates with its clean lines, unique flooring, plus designer kitchen that opens to the living/dining room and relaxing views beyond. This home offers a screened patio and its own pool.

As you stroll outside your Winding Oaks home you can sense the friendly atmosphere as you encounter others walking or biking on the streets and walkway trails. You will also see that this is a very pet-friendly community with little restrictions on the size of your pooch. Walk a little further and you will be standing in front of Publix and the boutique shops in the plaza at the entrance to Bay Isles.

3431 Winding Oaks Dr, #16
Winding Oaks - 3431 Winding Oaks Dr, #16.

A little walk from my first listing is my second listing at 3431 Winding Oaks Dr, #16. Situated in a prime spot, overlooking peaceful lake waters, this 3BR Winding Oaks residence has been recently updated throughout. Offering a single-family home atmosphere, with its more than 2,500-square- feet of interior, two-car garage, cathedral ceilings, as well as wraparound walls of glass windows and sliders that open to the terrace or atrium in multiple rooms and enhance the light and lofty mood throughout.

I have three new properties I put on the market last week. Hailed as one of the best lots in Harbor Acres, spectacular direct views of Sarasota Bay, John Ringling Bridge, downtown’s cityscape and sights of sailboats abound around every corner of this five-bedroom estate at 1364 Harbor Drive. Looking for something to fit a lower budget, look at 453 East Royal Flamingo Drive in Bird Key or 99 Sunset Dr, #102 at Lawrence Pointe in 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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1364 Harbor Drive $6,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow
453 East Royal Flamingo Drive $1,999,000 Video Photo Slideshow
99 Sunset Dr, #102 $999,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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Entertainment series continues with the arts

by Roger Pettingell

A cultural arts city for everyone

Part IV of this series highlights the winter season devoted to the classics

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Anyone who has lived in Sarasota and Bradenton for any length of time can tell you that the cultural arts are of the highest quality, particularly for cities of their size. Accordingly, they were named respectively in American Style Magazine’s top arts destinations in the nation for populations of 100,000 or less. This area supports the arts as operas, symphonies and ballets that are well attended.

The season is approaching critical mass. The Sarasota Ballet, under the direction of Iain Webb has its schedule out for the 2019-20 season. Webb is an accomplished dancer and choreographer, formerly with the Royal Ballet in London. While many of the performances are at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts on the grounds of The Ringling Museum, they do stray for special productions at the Sarasota Opera House and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Seven programs in all, the first has already been completed late last month, Graziano, Retrospective, choreography by Ricardo Graziano. Symphonic Tales November 22-23 continues with Program 2 at the Sarasota Opera House. John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker is a holiday favorite, to be held at the Van Wezel December 20-21. The year 2020 rings in with the Ballet Gala on January 5, a performance and dinner catered by Michael’s on East at the Opera House. The ballet returns to the Van Wezel for a special performance of Romeo and Juliet, Program 6, for two nights, March 27-28. Redefined Movement, January 31 through February 3, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company February 28 through March 1 are scheduled at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, Programs 4 and 5. The internationally known dance company has performed in over 500 cities in 64 countries. Beyond Words at the Opera House April 24 and 25 is a company premiere. Information and tickets are available through the Sarasota Ballet website.

If you really want to see ballet from an expert perspective, visit Inside The Studio at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts Hall, November 13. It is a behind the scenes look at the rehearsal of Las Hermanas – Repression and Oppression. Tickets are selling out fast through this special link of Sarasota Ballet website.

Classical music taps into the hearts of concert attendees

Asolo Repertory Theatre
Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts - Asolo Repertory Theatre

The Sarasota Orchestra accompanies the John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker in December. This classic has a Sarasota theme as an honor to one of the greatest circus magnates. The orchestra also performs the live music for the Romeo & Juliet ballet in March. Their schedule has a series of Masterworks, Great Escapes, Pops and Chamber music on tap, beginning with the Classical Romance, a Masterworks program arrangement, this Friday through Sunday at the Van Wezel. As a special treat to classical music lovers, enjoy a conversation with guest conductor Gerard Schwarz who will preview the concert on Thursday at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. A sold-out dinner with the conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony will be held later on Thursday at the PNC Bank third floor.

The Masterworks series continues December 6 through 8, Roman Festivals with guest conductor Joann Falletta. A Mozart and Mahler program January 17 to 19 with guest conductor Steven Sloane; Ludovic Morlot conducts, Chang Plays Dvorak January 30 through February 2; The Sounds of Nobility, February 21 through 23 with guest conductor Bramwell Tovey; Keith Lockhart conducts Beethoven to Bartok, March 12 through 15 and an American Impressions program led by Teddy Abrams, April 3 through 5 completes the Masterworks sessions. Most of these concerts are held at the Van Wezel, with only a couple at the Neel Performing Arts Center in Bradenton. A conversation with guest conductors before each concert and dinners are also planned.

The Great Escapes series typically start on Wednesdays and run for five days through Sundays, scheduled December through March. The programs in Holley Hall are generally shortened to one hour on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with no intermissions. Full programs with a discussion from the conductors are held on Thursdays and Saturdays. The four scheduled Pops concert series are two or three day runs. The first of three Chamber music sessions of one day is sold out and there are special concerts on the Sarasota Orchestra website. Subscriptions for the season can also be purchased online.

For three weeks in June the Sarasota Music Festival, a program of the Sarasota Orchestra, attracts classical music aficionados with themed concerts Thursdays through Sundays. It is a festival of true delight as visitors from many countries participate as a patron of the arts, performers and students who are selected through an audition process to learn from the masters. The full schedule for the 2020 Sarasota Music Festival will be announced in February.

Learn opera from the experts, then be amazed by its passionate performances

Sarasota Opera House
Sarasota Opera House

Unfamiliar with opera? There are plenty of opportunities to brush up before you go to witness one of the great cultural staples of Sarasota. During the November to March season the opera house opens its doors on Mondays to tour the iconic building in downtown Sarasota. A docent will discuss the different aspects of opera, the building and backstage tour. Understanding Opera, four talks by Executive Director Richard Russell and Director of Artistic Administration Greg Trupiano, discuss the topics that seasoned fans and novice patrons can learn from the experts. The next At the Opera with Richard & Greg will be held on Thursday.

Rigoletto, Love is Dangerous, is an opera with four performances on the schedule in November. This ring of three figure out that love can be treacherous, one of Verdi’s greatest works. With two shows in November, Brundibár, Love Conquers Evil, a name from Czechoslovakia for bumblebee is a children’s opera that was first performed in 1938 as a government competition.

Four love themed operas continue in the 2020 Winter Opera Festival February and March. La bohème, Love is Fragile is sung in Italian and translated in English. With music by Giacomo Puccini, the opera is in four acts. The classic Love is Forever opera, Romeo and Juliet, is sung in French with English translations. The combination of William Shakespeare’s genius with the musical composition of Charles Gounod, this five-act opera is on the list of many fans. In The Elixir of Love, Love is Intoxicating, Dulcamara's love potion turns a wary Adina to be become romantically involved with Nemorino, sung in Italian. Also sung in Italian but translated into English, La Wally, Love Hurts, has a chain of events that leads to a tragic ending. Single tickets, subscriptions and group sales are available on their Sarasota Opera website. These events and many others are on my upcoming schedule page with a schedule that continues through June 27, 2020.

Last week I listed a charming house at 1715 Hyde Park Street. Well-appointed updates adorn every room of this 4BR downtown residence. The impressive exterior creates a wonderful spot to relax the day away and features wraparound porches, as well as elaborate entertaining spaces. You will love the central “West of the Trail” locale, just minutes from lively 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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Black tie events: Where philanthropy shines

by Roger Pettingell

Fundraisers have started for non-profits

Part III of this series features the annual galas that support organizations

Ritz-Carlton in downtown Sarasota
Sarasota Ritz-Carlton - Many of the annual galas are held at this popular venue for black tie events.

Many of the non-profit organizations in Sarasota continue to support the many services with the gracious giving of local philanthropists. The schedule is starting to fill up with annual black tie events where a major portion of the yearly budget depends on the success of these events. These gala nights or luncheons have become social events for those who are genuinely supportive of the organizations.

The season has started. Annual kick-off parties have been held recently for the Opera’s 2019-2020 season at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens and the Asolo Repertory Theatre welcomed back 200 guests last Tuesday at the Robert and Beverly Koski Center. The Safari Sarasota benefit for the All Hearts Fund, which supplies education and supplies to African families, was held Thursday at Michael’s on East. The fabulous affair, UnGala 2019: the evolution, the first of its kind in 10 years for the Ringling, was held at the Circus Arts Conservatory.

This past Saturday the 6th Annual JLS Lilly Luncheon and Fashion Show was an accomplished event, a display of the latest fashions from designer Lilly Pulitzer was themed as a Cuban Fiesta, with an after party on the rooftop of the Westin. Proceeds benefitted The Junior League of Sarasota, an organization that promotes volunteerism among women. Michael’s on East was the scene for the Raise the Roof Party earlier this month to benefit the Safe Place & Rape Crisis Center. SPARCC conducts a 24-hour crisis line and confidential services for those who survived a domestic or sexual assault encounter. In this event they had a city-wide scavenger hunt and rooftop after party. The Oceanic Evening at the Ritz-Carlton was sold out last weekend. The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium benefit celebrated living coral.

Regularly scheduled Upcoming black tie events over the next few months

Westin rooftop in downtown Sarasota
Raise the Roof Party - The new Westin rooftop was the scene for two local October fundraisers.

Dinner, dancing and an information session to express the organization’s gratitude typically accompany these upcoming black tie affairs. Keep the Dream Alive on November 18 at Michael’s on East will support the Benevolent Care fund. Entertainment will be a production from the Manatee Performing Arts Center. The fund supports those in need of assisted living or have out-lived their planned retirement years.

The Hospital Gala to benefit Sarasota Memorial Health has been set for January 11 at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota. The focus for this 2020 event has shifted from its $2.2 million emergency/trauma and cardiac services fundraising to support cancer services at the hospital. Its inaugural gala was in January of 2018 and now continues as an annual event.

One event scheduled in February is on the first Saturday and supports the Opera, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton. Guitarist Marc Mannino returns for the annual Sarasota Opera Gala, that also kicks off the Opera’s Winter Festival. Expect a silent auction, dinner and performances by the Principal Artists. Tickets can be purchased through TicketCity.

On March 28 the Firefly Gala benefitting the Forty Carrots Family Center will be held in the Ritz-Carlton ballroom. This year there was a silent auction followed by dinner, and the main event private concert with Billboard acclaimed rapper and songwriter Kesha. An after party and dancing followed. Forty Carrots started in 1993 and has served over 40,000 families and needy children in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The Wine, Women & Shoes event November 14 through 16 also benefits Forty Carrots.

Also in March is the Paws on the Catwalk event, which will be celebrating its 14th year in 2020. A benefit for the Humane Society of Sarasota County, the lively pet adoption 2019 program for the evening was followed by a fashion show on the runway catwalk. The luncheon and events were held at Art Ovation hotel in downtown Sarasota.

Sarasota Opera Gala
Sarasota Opera Gala - This benefit is February 1, 2020

This year in March was the inaugural Red Ribbon Gala to support the CAN Community Health system, which provides for the well-being of those living with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted diseases. Billy Porter and MJ Rodriguez of the FX show, Pose! Discussed the Face of HIV at the event held in the Ritz-Carlton ballroom this year. Expect another grand showing in 2020 as the organizers work to start an annual tradition.

I am fortunate to be among 40 captains tasked with raising $10,000 each for the Blue Ties and Butterflies fundraiser in April. The $400,000 from the captains will be matched with auction and gala money to benefit the Child Protection Center, which will be in its 40th year in 2020 for the prevention of child abuse, family intervention and treatment programs. In 2017 the CPC helped 84,000 individuals and their families.

There is a bundle of black tie affairs in March, some of which haven’t had their dates set. Visit the upcoming schedule page often for updates as new events are added each Thursday. Currently there are over 460 events through October 31, 2020

My new listing at 519 Blue Jay Place has had a good share of interest so may not last long. This sunny, three-bedroom pool home in the sought-after Bird Key neighborhood is located in an ideal garden spot. 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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Festival season: Something for everyone

by Roger Pettingell

October heats up the weekend schedules

Film, music, oddity and seafood festivals progress throughout the year

Upcoming events in Sarasota
Sarasota Oktoberfest - You may have missed the Oktoberfest in J.D.Hamel Park this weekend but there are plenty of festivals for your fall and winter plans

You may have missed some of the Oktoberfests the past few weeks, but not to worry as more are on the schedule in Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton this weekend. The local versions of the traditional German festivals set in motion a series of festivals in the upcoming months that are all well attended. These annual festivals include art, music and film celebrations with some created for seafood lovers. This is part two of the four-part series on local peak season events.

There are a couple Oktoberfests remaining, sponsored at local breweries. The Lucky Frog Restaurant on Cortez Road in Bradenton will present Bavarian music and feature a beer stein contest from 11 AM to 9 PM on Saturday. Music, beer and schnitzel will be served at the Naughty Monk Restaurant in Lakewood Ranch from 2 to 7 PM on Sunday.

With Halloween rapidly approaching the pumpkins are on the minds of those celebrating this holiday. So it follow that festivals cater to those setting up for Halloween and Thanksgiving. The 31st annual Pumpkin Festival at Fruitville Grove continues with the Pumpkin Fest Rally the next two Saturdays and the Around the World Festival the next two Sundays. Top-quality bands, along with magic shows, monster truck show, circus performances, motorcycle daredevils, jugglers, dog tricks and bicycle stunts are on the schedule for the final weekend of the 2019 Pumpkin Festival at Hunsader Farms in Bradenton.

The annual One-Act Play Festival runs five consecutive days at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton, October 31 through November 3. Four plays were selected for this event that is a series of events, the Ten-minute Play Festival in May and the Student Ten-minute Play Festival, January 25 and 26, both in the Cook Theatre at FSU/Asolo Center for the Performing Arts on the Ringling grounds in Sarasota.

The Chalk Festival has a long history in Sarasota, with the past few years at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds. This year’s theme, Garden of Wonders, runs November 15-18. These amazing pavement artists gather in Sarasota from around the globe each year to participate in this juried competition. Spectacular 3D images on the their medium is incredible to watch and return for the final presentation. Local popular bands also perform in concert.

Upcoming events in Sarasota
St. Armands Art Festivals - Artists display their works for sale at multiple times throughout the year

Art festivals are plentiful in the fall and winter months. On the St. Armands Circle November 9 and 10, over 175 artists will display their wares on the circle. It coincides with the fall sidewalk sale, merchants selling their inventory with deep discounts in time for holiday gift shopping. The 17th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival returns January 25. The Sarasota Fall Art Festival, November 16 and 17, Winter Art Festival, January 11 and 12, and Spring Fine Art Festival, May 7 and 8, attract artists and shoppers to J.D. Hamel Park on the Bayfront Street. The Fine Art Fair with Craft Marketplace is in the parking lot for one day this Saturday at the University Town Center Mall. Lido Beach has local and North American artists displaying their works February 8 and 9 at the Lido Beach Fine Art Festival.

For the seafood lover in you, the fishing village of Cortez opens up the series with its Neptune’s Seaside Bash this Saturday at the Seafood Shack Marina and the 8th Annual Cortez Stone Crab and Music Festival at the Swordfish Grill, November 9. The history of Cortez as a fishing and seafood village continues its heritage with one of the most celebrated seafood festivals locally. February 15 and 16 is the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival which celebrates the heritage of Cortez, visited by thousands.

Away from Cortez, Lakewood Ranch continues the series with their Seafood Festival November 22 on Main Street. In December, the Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival is December 6 through 8, while the Coquina Beach Seafood and Music Festival stretches for three days the following weekend, December 13 to 15. Next year the St. Armands Seafood and Music Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 22 to 24, features top local bands on the circle and food entrees created by local restaurants.

This area has one of the most unusual festivals, the Shark’s Tooth Festival is a three-day celebration in Venice, a main location in the country for finding shark teeth on the beaches or in the depths off shore. This annual event will be held April 3 through 5 next year on the airport festival grounds in the proclaimed shark’s tooth capital of the world. As with other festivals expect plenty of good entertainment and your opportunity to see some massive historic megalodon teeth collected off the shores of Venice. There is a Shark’s Tooth 10K run on Saturday and a 5K Shark Fin run on Sunday.

The smooth sound of jazz returns and celebrates 40 years as a festival, March 8 through 14, with The Manhattan Transfer featured, a group that began in the 70s with multiple hits and had its own CBS variety show that premiered in 1975. The multiple Grammy Award winning group will be in town for the Sarasota Jazz Festival, featuring Ken Peplowski as music director. There will be four themed afternoon jazz stages, trolley pub crawl, Jazz in the Park and main stage concerts at the Municipal Auditorium.

Sarasota Oktoberfest
The Verge - Attendees danced to 70s tunes this past weekend at the Sarasota Oktoberfest

For two weeks at the end of March, Sarasota is transformed into a motion picture mecca highlighting some of the most celebrated international films. Compared with Cannes and Sundance, the Sarasota Film Festival opens with a red-carpet event at the Opera House, has a schedule of films highlighted at local downtown theaters, well-planned theme parties and closing night awards ceremony. Expect to see some celebrity actors and directors in some of the finest restaurants of Sarasota. The 22nd annual film festival begins March 27 and runs through April 5 of 2020.

Each May the Harvey Milk Festival honors the legacy of the gay rights activist with a series of parties and concerts around J.D. Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota. Its events are also coordinated with the Fabulous Independent Film Festival, five days of films in the Burns Court Cinema with a special movie screening the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the first night of the festival. The festival recently concluded the last week in September.

Sarasota swells with visitors each June for the Sarasota Music Festival. Hundreds of classic music students from around the globe audition the 62 slots, a continuation of training with some of the masters of classical music. During the weeks of the music festival visitors are invited to catch faculty performances with various themes Thursday through Saturday, with the fellowship participants performing on Sundays or invited to perform as guest musicians throughout the week. These events and many others are on my upcoming schedule page with a schedule that continues through June 27, 2020.

We continue to build our inventory of homes for sale during peak season. Last week I listed a stunning penthouse at L’Ambiance with sunrise-to-sunset panoramic views at this 4,900+ square-foot beach home. At 4325 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #604 is our Tiffany Plaza four-bedroom penthouse with more than 2,900 square feet of interior space. Grand Bay is one of my favorite communities on the bay and the new listing at residence 262 has panoramic sixth-floor direct bay views, something you will want to see for yourself. 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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415 L'Ambiance Dr, #PH-F $7,495,000 Video    
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New and refreshed listings on the market

by Roger Pettingell

It's October, ready for peak season

Fresh new inventory for Longboat Key and Sarasota luxury home buyers

Grand Bay
Overlooking Harbourside - Grand Bay Blvd, #461

As we head into mid-October we have a good idea what is going to happen in the luxury waterfront market. There will be buyers looking for good property to buy. They won’t be kicking the tires, they will be serious buyers. With a good economy it is more imperative that we put our best foot forward and show a good inventory to interested buyers. This past week we made active 11 properties we held back waiting for peak season and five new listings to present good opportunities for buyers.

Here are five new listings to consider. The first is a rarely available Antigua residence in the coveted Building IV at Grand Bay. This beautifully updated sixth-floor residence highlights breathtaking bay, marina and city views. Walk in and fall in love with the designer renovations including new flooring, custom finishes, built-ins and access to the wraparound terrace from every room at 3010 Grand Bay Blvd, #461.

If you are looking in Englewood find ideal Gulf-front living in this 4BR beach home at 7760 Manasota Key Road. Flourishing in recent renovations, from the Florida pine wood floors, to the glass French doors that open to your own boardwalk to the beach, this delightful getaway will be hard to ever leave.

The treat of maintenance-free living behind secure club gates can be yours to enjoy at this 4BR Queens Harbour residence. Beautifully maintained, offering many updates throughout, including a modified layout that added substantial square footage, neutral decor, cathedral tray ceilings, newer eat-in kitchen and custom built-ins. Enjoy the amenities with deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club at 3531 Fair Oaks Lane.

Winding Oaks
REALTALK™ #216 - Winding Oaks

Winding Oaks residents adore this neighborhood's tranquil environment, offering a newly upgraded swimming facility with heated infinity pool, lounge areas and lakeside walking trails. I listed two in this community, discussed in REALTALK™ #216, both overlooking the water of the Blue Heron course, the final nine of the Harbourside Golf Course.

Contemporary upgrades accentuate every inch of this chic lakefront home at 3427 Winding Oaks Dr, #14. Includes a radiant ambiance which offers clean lines, unique flooring, designer kitchen that opens to the living/dining room, high-end adornments, stone wall accents, brand-new bathrooms, private swimming pool and spa, screened patio and much more.

The home at 3431 Winding Oaks Dr, #16 is situated in a prime spot, overlooking peaceful lake waters. This 3BR residence has been recently updated throughout. Relish a luxurious maintenance-free lifestyle, within biking distance to the deeded private beach through the Bay Isles Beach Club.

Refreshed listings back on the market for peak season

Sometimes we take the summer months to review homes that need to be fresh on the market during peak season. We use this time to throw a fresh coat of paint on the walls, replace some aging mechanicals and make the home more appealing from the curb. We have 11 back on the market that are sure to make their new home owners glad they purchased in the Sarasota area.

16416 Baycross Drive
Lake Club - 16416 Baycross Drive

The first is an absolute stunning adult sports park at 16416 Baycross Drive, a lifestyle estate in The Lake Club that was built in 2015. Boasting one-of-a-kind, spectacular amenities all on one floor, including its own professionally designed 5-hole golf course, 1/8 mile running track, tennis court, basketball court, gym, motor courtyard, car museum, drawing room, billiards and media rooms, library, plus 1,000-bottle wine cellar. This walled 5BR estate in a private, gated community is surrounded by expanses of lush foliage and Savannah. The Lake Club is an exclusive gated community in Lakewood Ranch.

Perfectly positioned just two homes in from the open bayfront, offering stunning views of Sarasota Bay and John Ringling Bridge, this newer 4BR Harbor Acres home is immediately ready for you to begin enjoying. Built to the highest standards in 2009, features include a custom-designed layout with all conveniences on one floor, impact doors, windows and sliders, elevator, 14’ ceilings, Travertine flooring, coffered ceiling treatments, waterside swimming pool, plus boat dock and lift at 1352 Harbor Drive.

Back on Longboat Key I have a brand new 4BR home, completed in 2019, which 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. You must see this Country Club Shores new home at 560 Putter Lane.

Enjoy breathtaking sunset views and walk to downtown Sarasota from this fourth-floor bayfront Phoenix residence on the famed Golden Gate Point neighborhood at 136 Golden Gate Pt, #401. More than 3,700 SF of stylish interior, with an open concept, make this 3BR feel like a single-family home. Direct vistas of Sarasota Bay and John Ringling Bridge stretch on forever from nearly every room. Offering hardwood flooring, gas cooking and grills, stone countertops, designer cabinetry and a wraparound terrace.

658 Mourning Dove Drive
Bird Key - 658 Mourning Dove Drive

The home at 658 Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key is back on the market. You will love the fabulous, coastal contemporary updates found throughout this waterfront home. Overlooking tranquil waters that reach out to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico beyond, this 3BR home is situated near the end of the cul-de-sac on Mourning Dove’s sought-after street. Bird Key is ideally located with a short drive to the west for the beaches and over the Ringling Bridge to the east for downtown Sarasota. Every aspect, inside and out, of this luxury home has been renovated to enhance the sunny, inviting atmosphere.

Built by famed architect Mark Sultana of DSDG Inc., this modern, move-in ready boater’s paradise is located on a quiet canal along Longboat Key’s north end at 705 Jungle Queen Way. Yachtsmen will love the secluded feeling of this waterfront home, with its newer seawall and IPE wood dock in 2011, under-dock lights and new 10,000 lb. lift in 2016 able to accommodate a 22-footer. This newer elevated, 4BR home abounds in clean lines, open concept and a neutral decor that perfectly complements the contemporary family’s lifestyle.

Enjoy a tranquil lakefront lifestyle at this lovely 3BR plus den residence at 3635 Fair Oaks Place on Longboat Key. It technically becomes our second new listing in Queens Harbour last week. Brick pavers surround the exterior, welcoming you with a glass double-door entry. The floor plan, modified during its original construction, offers more than 3,000 SF of custom-designed interior, with cathedral ceilings, oversized tile flooring throughout, crown molding, granite countertops, plus a private master wing. See this home behind 24/7 manned guard gates with deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club.

76 Osprey Point Drive
The Oaks - 76 Osprey Point Drive

Many home owners enjoy the Osprey area in south Sarasota and the home at 76 Osprey Point Drive was designed by Harry MacEwen. This custom-built residence is located behind the exclusive gates of The Oaks Country Club, situated on more than a 1/4-acre of property and surrounded by lush vegetation. Offering lovely features, the light and open interior 3BR includes crown molding, soaring tray ceilings, plantation shutters, custom built-ins, formal dining room a few steps from the generous living room and a den with gas fireplace. Glass French doors in multiple rooms open to the pool deck and enhance this home’s bright atmosphere.

You may be looking for a residence on the Gulf of Mexico beaches of Longboat Key. Beautifully renovated and completely ready to move into, this Gulfside residence is a flourish of recent updates, offering picture-perfect views at every turn. The 3BR, 1,600+ SF interior is a rare offer at the Player’s Club. Fall in love with the oversized diagonal tile flooring, crown molding, new designer bathrooms and wonderfully renovated kitchen that overlooks the living/dining room. Relish breathtaking vistas of evening sunsets and ideal Gulf breezes from the open terrace. Also includes first-rate, completely updated community amenities at 1445 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #202.

Grand Bay is always popular and our second new listing is no exception to this secluded Bayside community at 3060 Grand Bay Blvd, #112. Move right in and immediately begin enjoy this charming 3BR Biscayne residence. 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. Bike to the private Bay Isles Beach Club.

4960 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #PH5
Windward Bay - 4960 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #PH5

We might have saved the best for last. This 2BR, top-floor Windward Bay residence is a flourish of views of the community marina that stretch out to Sarasota Bay’s tranquil waters. The bayfront terrace at 4960 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #PH5 has been enclosed to create a sunny Florida room. It offers new windows installed in May 2019 to optimize the interior space. The marina is a wonderful place to dock your boat on sailboat-deep waters, for a small additional fee. You will love the convenience of three Gulf of Mexico beach access points. Ready to renovate, rent or enjoy, this penthouse residence offers more than 1,300-square feet of living space and an open layout.

And there will be more. Soon we will be listing residences at Tiffany Plaza, Grand Bay and a spectacular penthouse at L’Ambiance. But you don't have to wait, we can show them now. 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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Longboat and Sarasota infrastructure projects

by Roger Pettingell

Infrastructure projects for the future

Sarasota and Longboat Key proceeding with major construction projects

Intersection at corner of 14th Street and US41
14th Street roundabout - A temporary traffic light was added for traffic while a roundabout is constructed.

If you’ve been away from Sarasota for a few months you may be amazed at the new construction downtown. If you live here year round, your patience is needed so the necessary road and infrastructure is put in place to accommodate the BLVD and multi-year development of the old Quay property. The new Ritz-Carlton Grande is the first to start on that piece of land, with progress appearing before our eyes.

The latest boon in downtown development continues after the completion of the Westin – Vue Sarasota and Embassy Suites, and others in various stages of construction. All these extra hotel rooms and residences will significantly place a burden on the infrastructure. City planners are actively upgrading to accommodate the volume in traffic and services required. The progress is transforming Sarasota and most see it as a good thing.

The first road construction project at the corner of Ringling Boulevard at US41 had a turn lane installed and a new Hawk pedestrian crossing. It might be a little unsettling for the first time to know that you can legally drive through a flashing red light with no pedestrians in the crosswalk. This project completed mostly during nighttime hours had only a few inconvenienced.

It is an entire different project from Centennial Park to the Sarasota Bay Club where the major road expansion is underway. Drainage and utility services were restructured with the preliminary phase complete. The tie-in to the main services will take place within the next couple of weeks as reported by FDOT.

Intersection at corner of 10th Street and US41
10th Street roundabout - Traffic pattern changes and street widening is expected to be completed next year.

The US41 road expansion continues, with crews working mostly after 6 PM and before 6 AM. Sidewalks have been closed in areas and the main boat trailer entrance at 10th Street has been diverted to an area opposite of the Publix into Centennial Park. Even the northbound drivers can enter the park with access to the boat ramps. Drivers are urged to proceed with caution to account for the disruption of pedestrian and traffic patterns.

Roundabouts are considered a nuisance by some, or a blessing by others. The transportation experts have determined they will be required to keep a meaningful traffic flow when the construction projects are completed. The roundabouts at the two locations of 10th Street and 14th Street will coincide with the widening of US41 to six lanes, 10-foot sidewalks on the west and 6-foot sidewalks on the east between these two intersections. Parking for the Preserve is now across the street on the north side of 14th Street.

Phase I, or nine acres of the 53-acre parcel of Quay land labeled as The Bay, is planned to be completed in two years after its start, road construction in the area is expected to be completed next spring. The southern edge of The Bay will have its boundary at Boulevard of the Arts and extend through the existing Centennial Park to the new Sunset Boardwalk, a circular elevated structure that protrudes out into Sarasota Bay. The Bayside Lawn at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall forms the northern edge of Phase I. Discussion continues on the future of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Also in the early plans is a design showing another roundabout at Boulevard of the Arts but it’s not listed with FDOT and still appears on the project maps.

Center statues for the roundabouts have been submitted by local artists. Two designs will be selected by the City Commission through a vetting process, down to the final six, with residents weighing in through social media. Landscaping is planned for the roundabouts and the Boulevard of the Arts intersection.

Fiber optic underground service
No overhead utility lines - That is the goal for Longboat Key as workers bury fiber-optic lines on the Gulf of Mexico Drive southern end in separate projects involving power, utilities and street lights

Longboat Key has started its infrastructure project to bury utility lines. The goal is to prevent outages from storms and install street lights along Gulf Of Mexico Drive. The new lights will also service cell phone users with built-in transmission relays. The $48 million project is expected to be completed 2022. Funds were approved by voters in two separate referendums. The budget is to be kept separate between the first vote for utilities along Gulf of Mexico Drive and funds for the neighborhoods.

That completion date may depend on weather, and final discussions on the height of the street lights. Research has heights of 32 to 46 feet along Gulf of Mexico Drive and 26 to 41 feet along side streets. The project involves replacing Longboat Key’s 281 poles. Some concern has also been raised to ensure that 5G technology is implemented for cell service. The newest technology will bring in faster data speeds and improve cell phone reception. The plan is to marry these projects to one that involves a fiber-optic backbone on Longboat Key currently underway. Longboat Key has developed a website to provide updates at LBKUtilityUndergrounding.com. You can also sign-up for updates through your email address.

No more overhead lines for cable, power and phone service. The projects have started to prevent outages, safety and aesthetically pleasing. These improvements can help sell homes. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

 

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Summer home inventories for Sarasota

by Roger Pettingell

Unlisted properties and pre-listings

Available off-market properties as we prepare for peak selling season

The summer inventory and buyer market in REALTALK™ #209
Summer Inventory - Strategies for off-market listings are discussed in this REALTALK™ #209 video

When you move from the northern states it may take some time to adjust to the peak selling cycles here in Sarasota. As the snow melts and the grass begins to turn green might be the best time to list in the Midwest and Northeast states. But October to Easter are the hot sales months for the market in Florida. It is a simple concept, snowbirds that are here during the winter months have a desire to stay once they are exposed to what there is to offer in climate, entertainment and recreation under these sunny skies.

The summer allows us time to relax and to plan for the peak season. Before we know it, October is here and we start the daily routines of showings and listings. The inventory is low in August and with good reasons. Accumulating a high number of days on the market may be less appealing to potential buyers so sellers will take them off the market in order to reset the number of days to zero. These homes are still available as inventory, buyers may have to search a little harder or call a Realtor who likely has knowledge of these homes ready to sell. I discuss these strategies in REALTALK™ #209.

Some properties remain on the market. Sometimes they are listed in the summer because there may be a limited supply in a particular community. That’s an opportunity some sellers don’t want to pass up. There are buyers in the summer and unable to find anything in a neighborhood they like is discouraging. There are a variety of other reasons why sellers prefer to list their homes any time of the year. All are valid, and if attractive and priced right will offer a good home to a potential buyer.

We have listings that are available for sale that you will see reenter the market starting in the fall. We also have several new listings that are off the market now but poised to be listed in MLS soon. Please contact us at (941) 387-1840 to schedule a showing of these properties or to see the other residences in our inventory.

 
415 L'Ambiance Dr, PH-F

The stunning sunrise-to-sunset panoramic views offered at this designer penthouse residence are breathtaking! You will fall in love with the upgrades, elaborate terrace space and custom features at this 4,900+ SF beach home.
$7,495,000 - Click here for the video

415 L'Ambiance Dr, PH-F - Click here for the website
3010 Grand Bay Blvd, #461

This updated Antigua residence is a rare opportunity to enjoy a direct-bayfront lifestyle in designer luxury. Offering nearly 3,000 SF and a wraparound terrace, you will love the direct bay, golf course, downtown and marina views.
$1,895,000 - Click here for the video

Grand Bay 461 - Click here for the website
3531 Fair Oaks Lane

The treat of maintenance-free living behind secure club gates can be yours to immediately enjoy at this 4BR Queens Harbour residence. Cathedral ceilings, a neutral decor, lovely updates and lush lake views welcome you.
$1,295,000 - Click here for the video

3531 Fair Oaks Lane - Click here for the website
2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #103

Walk out directly from this beautiful 3BR beach getaway to enjoy pristine Gulf beach and azure waters. You will love the modified layout and open concept, tile flooring, impact windows/sliders, new kitchen, plus three designer baths.
$999,000 - Click here for the video

2675 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #103 - Click here for the website
3988 Losillias Drive, Sarasota

Relax in the backdrop of the private TPC Prestancia Golf & Social Club off the golf course fairway in this four-bedroom, 4,800+ SF dream home. Complete with three-car attached garage in this prestigious gated community.
$949,000

3988 Losillias Dr
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #262

Panoramic 6th-floor direct bay views that stretch out to downtown and the Gulf of Mexico welcome you to this lovely 3BR residence. Relax the day away on the wraparound terrace and relish bay breezes.
$799,000

Grand Bay 262
1115 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #502

Fifth-floor views of tranquil lakes, fountains, the lush Beachplace community and reaching out to the Gulf of Mexico, that create a wonderful move-in ready environment at this 2BR residence, waiting for you to make it your own.
$519,000

1115 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #502 - Click here for the website

Update on new Sarasota development projects

by Roger Pettingell

Projects with updated completion dates

These communities are shaping the new skyline of downtown Sarasota

Ritz-Carlton in downtown Sarasota
The Grande - This view from the Hyatt Regency shows the Grande with the current Ritz-Carlton next door.

Downtown development is progressing well. Seemingly one story of construction is unfolding before our eyes each week at the Grande and the BLVD in downtown Sarasota. They are on Tamiami Trail in the most visible area of downtown. The landscape of the Sarasota skyline is changing.

These are the numbers. There are 21 projects under construction citywide and seven have been completed. Of the 84 total construction projects citywide that are in proposal to completion status, 23 are residential and another 20 are mixed-use properties that will support residences and commercial offices or retail stores.

According to a Q1 2019 report by the Economic Development Office, that breaks down to 1,331 residential units in development, 517 under construction and 12 completed for a total of 1,860. That is a lot of inventory for you to review if looking downtown for a great place to settle in Sarasota. The price ranges also from a penthouse suite in the new Grande, the Ritz-Carlton expansion in the development of the old Quay, to more modest residences in the Enclave at Laurel Park. Here are three prominent development sites downtown.

Ritz-Carlton in downtown Sarasota
The Grande - The view from the current Ritz-Carlton

The Grande is one of the first developments in the Quay, poised to make a statement in the world of real estate. Its connection to the Ritz-Carlton by ownership and an eventual physical elevated bridge link will provide its owners with luxury pleasures that Ritz owners come to expect. It is a mixed use development with 72 residences, restaurants and parking garage space for 159 cars, enough for two parking spots for every home owner. Select from a choice of seven floor plans, from a two-bedroom, 3,197 square-foot Plaza 301 plan to the Worthington with four bedrooms and 4,855 square feet of living space.

I have one of the penthouses pending, there is a second one active listed for $6.2 million with four bedrooms, five full baths and a spacious 4,855 square feet of living space. But there are seven other residences available from the fourth floor to the 16th floor of the 18-story building. The views are spectacular of the Sarasota Bay and the amenities are first-rate Ritz-Carlton class. That includes concierge services, a roof-top infinity pool and a state of the art fitness center. The Grande is also marketed as Block 6 of the Quay and Quay Commons. If your plans are for a late 2020 occupancy, the Grande is one of your best options in luxury ownership.

BLVD in downtown Sarasota
BLVD - This 37 residence pet-friendly community is expected to be completed early in 2020.

Across Tamiami Trail and up a couple of blocks, the BLVD Sarasota (aka Boulevard Sarasota) is rapidly approaching its 18-story finished structure. It is also a mixed-use development of residences with a Beach Bistro restaurant and space for retail shops or offices. It is expected to be completed early next year. The BLVD has some unique features not available in other developments. For the golfer, there is a simulator with over 80 courses to play. This is a pet-friendly community with its own pet salon and fifth-floor dog park. Add to that that such amenities as the roof-top infinity pool, outdoor kitchen and fire pits. Its Peloton enhanced fitness center is state of the art.

These three-bedroom residences have floor plans of B, L, V and D, which should be easy to remember. The B plan has a spacious wraparound terrace of 1,700 square feet and 3,630 square feet of living space. The largest floor plan is L, at 3,900 square feet under air. The V and D plans have 3,700 square feet and 3,550 square feet respectively with the blvD plan under construction with a wraparound terrace of 1,530 square feet. There are three active sales of the 37 residences at BLVD.

The Mark in downtown Sarasota
The Mark - This structure is nearing completion in downtown Sarasota with Main Street in the foreground

Off the water a couple blocks in the heart of downtown is The Mark with 157 residences in an 11 story community development. There are multiple floor plans associated to the Plaza, Edge and Landmark 5 residences. Near Main Street and Pineapple Avenue on State Street, this dream location is near everything great that Sarasota has to offer including its restaurants, art galleries, shopping and entertainment venues. Surrounding the lap pool are private cabanas and fire pit lounge area. The 13 penthouses are under contract. This project is nearing completion and has just one active listing in MLS at $925,000, a fifth-floor residence #516. There may be others available, call our office at (941) 387-1840 for a full list or if you have a property to sell or buy. I will be updating the New Construction page of our website this week that has a comprehensive list of projects.

There is a significant update on the Colony development of Longboat Key. In the last couple of weeks the court has decided that it will allow Unicorp Development Co. to submit plans for the dissolution of the Colony Association of Unit Owners, one of the final hurdles to proceed with developing the 17.3 acre site where the famous Colony Beach and Tennis Resort once stood. A final court decision is expected in April of 2020. Plans call for 78 luxury residences and a hotel with 166 rooms operated by St. Regis Hotel and Residences, including luxury services for its guests.

 

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