Monthly Newsletters

Monthly Newsletters

Monthly news for the Sarasota area

The monthly newsletter sent out by Roger Pettingell the third Wednesday of each month is a report of local news, events, real estate information and local attractions. Register for these newsletters through the contact form on this page. You will also receive emails of weekly REALTALK™ videos with Roger discussing topics of interest with local experts. It's easy and you can opt-out at any time.

November 20, 2019 Newsletter

Now that Mother Nature has reminded us that cooler weather and peak selling season is on its way, we’ve built up our inventory with a good variety of homes to fit your budget and lifestyle. We’ve put our new listings in this November newsletter, take a look. And as always, call our office at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or are looking to buy.

Ocean conservation through Mote and other organizations

Try a fun little exercise at the next social gathering. Ask someone to name the local organizations involved in animal and sea conservation efforts. You will receive the answers you might expect such as Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium founded by Eugenie Clark. You can sense their level of community involvement if they name Save Our Seabirds with its Avian Hospital. Every May 1 through October 31 media outlets post outdoor lighting and beach restrictions with the various organizations that gather information on turtle nesting. These...   Read more >>

Phillipe Cousteau, Jr Ocean of Hope - Click here for the article
Phillipe Cousteau, Jr - The grandson of Jacques Cousteau delivered Ocean of Hope keynote address Saturday night at the Center on Anna Maria Island.

Winding Oaks is featured in this Home Showcase article

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...   Read more >>

REALTALK™ #216 - Click here for the article
Winding Oaks - Featured in REALTALK™ #216.

Winter season of classics in Part IV of series

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...   Read more >>

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall - Click here for the article
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Annual galas that support organizations in Part III of series

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...   Read more >>

Westin rooftop - Click here for the article
Raise the Roof Party - The new Westin rooftop was the scene for two local October fundraisers

Film, music and seafood festivals progress throughout the year

The local versions of the traditional Oktoberfest 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. The annual One-Act Play Festival ran 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, both in the Cook Theatre at FSU/Asolo...   Read more >>

Oktoberfest in J.D.Hamel Park - Click here for the article
Sarasota Oktoberfest - You may have missed the Oktoberfest in J.D.Hamel Park in October but there are plenty of festivals for your fall and winter plans

October 16, 2019 Newsletter

Now that the car carriers are starting to arrive and the excitement is building for peak season, local entertainment venues such as the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall have begun to open their doors with increasing frequency. Our inventory is also building, with details on many new listings found in this fall newsletter. And as always, call our office at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or are looking to buy.

Peak season also means top entertainment

Last week I discussed the homes that were activated for peak season, which is rapidly approaching us. That is the real estate market. Over the next three weeks I will be discussing area entertainment, a series that began this week with the long running theater plays and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall performances scheduled. In following weeks the festivals, cultural and upcoming black tie events will each have their day in the sun spotlight. Nearly every day, November through May, the Van Wezel has top quality...   Read more >>

Plays and Van Wezel events - Click here for the article
Plays and Van Wezel events - The 2019-20 entertainment season, what's in store for shows

Fresh new inventory for luxury home buyers

As we head into mid-October we are feeling positve about the luxury waterfront market. With a good economy it is more imperative that we put our best foot forward and show a strong inventory to interested buyers. This past week we made active 11 properties 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...   Read more >>

Grand Bay #461 - Click here for the article
Bay and Harbourside Course views at Grand Bay

Ten Longboat Key communities with CMAs

Residences like Beachplace and Grand Bay are very popular, and offer Gulf or bay vistas. Many line the shores on the lower end of Longboat Key, from New Pass on the south to Bay Isles about the mid-key point. Bay Isles covers a large surface area as Longboat Key widens to support the island with a Publix, CVS and boutique shops. Within this area homeowners have deeded access to the beach club that includes amenities on the Gulf of Mexico white sands. Bay Isles is...   Read more >>

Bay Isles Beach Club - Click here for the article
Bay Isles Beach Club - Deeded beach access

Luxury waterfront residences on Longboat Key

Last month I discussed value properties on the water. To continue with that theme for Home Showcase XXXIX I present three luxury waterfront residences on Longboat Key priced for their value. They are also in communities where homes are rarely listed, Villa di Lancia, Longboat Key Towers and Tangerine Bay. Rarely available, direct Gulf-front residence at Villa di Lancia! With nearly 2,500 SF of living space to love, this sunny beach getaway feels like a...   Read more >>

Villa di Lancia - Click here for the article
Villa di Lancia - 2165 Gulf of Mexico Dr #123

September 18, 2019 Newsletter

Each year as we approach October, we are preparing for peak season, our favorite time of year. We have a number of new listings coming onto the market and some that we took off during the summer to refresh the inventory. If you are looking, call our office at (941) 387-1840 as we may have something that is just right for you ready to hit the MLS.

Anna Maria Island bridge repairs and replacement progress

The north end of the barrier islands, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island, have been the subject of construction projects with plans for the future. Two projects are in the works; the Florida Department of Transportation has started work on the Longboat Pass bridge and is reviewing plans to alleviate congestion with new designs for the Cortez bridge. The $5.2 million of repairs to the Longboat Pass bridge will add 10 more years of life to the 60-year-old bridge. Although considered...   Read more >>

Longboat Pass Bridge - Click here for the article
Repairs of Longboat Pass Bridge - Crews work on the north end Longboat Pass bridge

Mar Vista renovates, Shore opens as two new classy spots

When the Shore held its soft opening, it marked the beginning of a new era for the restaurant chain. It also established the north end of Longboat Key as another center of great restaurants on the island. When Mar Vista completed its three-year renovation, the seafood restaurant now offers a stark difference between the old charm of Florida and the modernistic look of its neighbor the Shore. And yet a third new restaurant with a more casual deli look is taking shape at the Gulf of Mexico Drive and Broadway Street corner. Whitney’s Restaurant will transform...   Read more >>

Shore Restaurant on Longboat Key - Click here for the article
Shore Restaurant Opens - After a couple years of construction the old Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant opens with new owners on the waterfront

Sand Cay and Westchester Home Showcase communities

Value is a perception, an objective view of products, services and even homes. I selected residence sales today for my Home Showcase XXXVIII article that have a great amount of value. These are residences under one-million dollars. You don’t have to be a one-percenter to love and purchase these homes, especially if you want to have a place in the sun on Longboat Key. By the way, just about anywhere on Longboat Key is near the beach and all of these are on...   Read more >>

4825 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #503 - Westchester - Click here for the article
4825 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #503 - Westchester

Sarasota and Longboat Key projects for the future

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 boom in downtown development continues after the completion of the Westin – Vue Sarasota...   Read more >>

14th Street roundabout in Sarasota - Click here for the article
14th Street roundabout - A temporary light was added for traffic while a roundabout is constructed

August 21, 2019 Newsletter

August showers bring September flowers, or something like that. The rains are surely helping our gardens grow and I see the rest of the country is experiencing similar weather. This weather is turning the grass greener and the trees full of leaves, ready for the return of our annual snowbirds. It's a good time to think about your luxury real estate plans as I discuss in my REALTALK™ #212 video last week. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 to discuss your options if you have property to sell or buy.

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

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...   Read more >>

The summer inventory and buyer market in REALTALK™ #209 - Click here for the article
Summer Inventory - Strategies for off-market listings are discussed in REALTALK™ #209

Film festivals, classic movies, concerts and more in Opera House

The live opera season begins November 1 with six performances of Rigoletto and continues through March 22 with 41 days of opera, a five-opera season for the organization. This downtown venue is home to the Sarasota Opera, now in its 59th season. Opera was first performed in the Historic Asolo Theater on the Ringling grounds, but it wasn’t until 1982 that a permanent home was established when the former A.B. Edwards Theater was purchased and opened as the Sarasota Opera House. The Opera House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, continues as host to a variety of events and...   Read more >>

Opera and more in downtown Sarasota - Click here for the article
Opera House - A venue for a variety of performances located at 61 N. Pineapple Ave.

These communities are shaping the new skyline of downtown

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. Both are located on Tamiami Trail in the most visible area of downtown. The landscape of the Sarasota skyline is changing. Here 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...   Read more >>

Ritz-Carlton in downtown Sarasota - Click here for the article
The Grande - This view shows the construction next to the current downtown Ritz-Carlton

Gardens that started in the 1930s now accommodate thousands

Since the 1930s this attraction has been visited by such notorieties as Albert Einstein and Eleanor Roosevelt. And through the decades Sarasota Jungle Gardens has grown to become Sarasota’s favorite family attraction. It is more than a zoo, here visitors interact with the animals and stroll through the many gardens over pavered walkways on this 10-acre jungle. Indigenous and transplanted plants from around the world line the walkways easily accessible to all, young and old. Over 3,000 varieties of plants are on display as you stroll along. In current years...   Read more >>

Jungle Gardens in Sarasota - Click here for the article
Sarasota Jungle Gardens - The entrance is on Bay Shore Road near Myrtle Street and Tamiami Trail

Home Showcase XXXVII begins in Cherokee Park of Sarasota

Last month we highlighted four homes that meet the standards for inclusion in the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury marketing brand. They qualify based on price and features. Two are in prime locations of Sarasota while the other two are in prime waterfront locations on Longboat Key. The first is in one of Sarasota's most sought-after family neighborhoods in a central location, within the prestigious Southside school district. Homeowners love the proximity to downtown, luxury shopping, fine dining, theaters, museums and only minutes to pristine Gulf beaches at...   Read more >>

1606 North Drive in Sarasota - Click here for the article
Cherokee Park - 1606 North Drive: One of four homes listed as a Coldwell Banker Global Luxury residence in this Home Showcase series article

July 17, 2019 Newsletter

The summer is upon us, and I hope you are having a good one so far. Over the years we have fine-tuned our selling strategies based on seasonal trends. Sometimes we counsel our sellers to take their homes off the market during the summer months to refresh the listing for peak season. There is also a different motivation for buyers during this time as I discussed in my REALTALK™ #209 video last week. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or buy.

Stay at the resort, then find a home close to the club facilities

The Longboat Key Club has received many accolades over the last 30 years, one of the best resorts in the country in multiple categories. Their amenities include top ratings in golf, tennis and restaurants put it at the top of the bucket list of many. Country Club Shores homeowners literally walk across Gulf of Mexico Drive to access the Links on Longboat. Owners at L’Ambiance walk out of the front lobby to many activities of the club. Near Harbourside Golf Course are the homes in Bay Isles and Grand Bay owners can walk to the storm-protected marina...   Read more >>

Harbourside Golf Course, Marina and Moorings of the Longboat Key Club - Click here for the article
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #275 - Many communities are close to member services, including this listing that overlooks Harbourside Golf Course

Sensational events throughout the year, on sensational beaches

There are many reasons why tourists visit Sarasota and it is rated as one of the best places in the country to retire. It is simple to argue that our beaches are the biggest draw. Just sticking your toes in the quartz-rich sand that reflects 99 percent of the sun is a delight in itself. But our beaches also attract thousands for some of the best events in the world. Case in point is the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix earlier this month where eight days of land activities culminated in the races on the final day off Lido Beach. There...   Read more >>

Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival - Click here for the article
Powerboat Grand Prix - Thousands lined the beach of Lido Key with canopies to watch the races July 7

New attitudes promote the Rosemary District revitalization

It’s no secret that the Rosemary District in downtown Sarasota is getting a major overhaul, Rosemary version 3.0. It’s taking shape with new mid-rise residences, apartments, restaurants and services that cater to the new denizens of the area. For decades it had already offered all the conveniences and entertainment venues that downtown Sarasota had to offer, most within easy walking distance. Business owners and developers are reacting to, or creating this new atmosphere. On Fruitville Road along N. Tamiami Trail it is most visible with the BLVD in a fast pace of construction. Although on the other...   Read more >>

332 Cocoanut Avenue - Click here for the article
New Construction - 332 Cocoanut Avenue goes up as one of the new Rosemary District communities

June 19, 2019 Newsletter

Summer is officially starting and the solstice in the northern hemisphere will occur on June 21st at 11:54 AM. We can celebrate the season through September 23 when the fall equinox occurs. Friday is the first day of summer in astronomical terms. Meteorologists look at it differently, defining the season June 1 to August 23 based on annual temperature cycles. Either way, there are many beach days and summer festivals to enjoy. We are building our inventory for the summer, please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or buy. Enjoy your summer!

Global luxury residences featured in Home Showcase series

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury properties are marketed to a broader international audience. These properties must meet the criteria of the global luxury brand and we have many currently listed. I have selected three waterfront residences listed in the last couple of months and their communities for this Home Showcase Series. The Phoenix community built in 2001 offers a special set of luxury waterfront properties with a great location near the entrance of the...   Read more >>

136 Golden Gate Point, #401 - Click here for the article
The Phoenix - 136 Golden Gate Point, #401

WULB, beach music exclusively for Longboat Key listeners

You’re cruising along in your automobile on Gulf of Mexico Drive listening to Little Anthony’s smooth voice and the music of Tears on My Pillow through the car speakers. The 1959 song switches and you’re listening to a Jim Croce melody, I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song. This isn’t the era of the 8-track but today with songs reminiscent of American Graffiti, even though you may be in your 2019 Lexus listening to the...   Read more >>

Listen to Tears on my Pillow at WULB - Click here for the article
Listen to the artists of beach music at WULB.

Mote Marine developing with funding and expansion

Last year I did an update on Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. But events are happening quickly at the research facility on City Island and much of it has to do with the leadership of Michael P. Crosby, Ph.D. The President and CEO of Mote has been out in the community educating the public on the research while lobbying hard at all levels of government to fund programs to help revitalize the oceans and sustain life in the seas through its research. The Waves of...   Read more >>

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium - Click here for the article
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium - The programs started 64 years ago and the facility on City Island is receiving greater recognition.

55th Annual Sarasota Music Festival concludes this weekend

The annual festival that draws thousands of concert fans to Sarasota is rolling along, 21 days of classical music with students learning from the masters, mixing in with the artists and performing in three Rising Star concerts. Fans of the Sarasota Music Festival also appreciated the chamber and orchestra concerts with a new twist for the 55th annual festival, an opening night performance in Holley Hall, downtown Sarasota. The opening concert featured Festival Music Director and Conductor Jeffrey Kahane on piano and acclaimed violinist Angelo Xiang Yu performing three of Johannes Brahms sonatas. The three...   Read more >>

Northern fire department building - Click here for the article
Friday Festivals and Saturday Symphonies continue at the Sarasota Opera House on N. Pineapple Ave.

Properties with homes priced as buildable lots or ready to enjoy

I recently listed three homes at prices to consider them for their lot values. These are strategies when the land value is greater than the value of the home, especially in aging structures. In Sarasota and Longboat Key there is a scarcity of A-quality lots so buyers are looking at properties for their waterfront views with boat access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. I reported on this land value proposition for buyers in REALTALK™ #183 and in REALTALK™ #54 while in a...   Read more >>

Northern fire department building - Click here for the article
592 Ranger Lane - This Country Club Shores home is ready to enjoy immediately, renovate or rebuild.

May 15, 2019 Newsletter

The snowbirds may be gone but our office has remained busy selling property. Since the last newsletter we closed on over $16.7 million, aided in part by the sale of 891 Longboat Club Road at $7.5 million, the highest closed sale on Longboat Key in the past five years. We are building our inventory for the summer, please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or buy.

Senior citizen health and fitness programs in Sarasota

In February I wrote about the programs on Longboat Key that help seniors stay healthy in their body and their mind. Centers at Bayfront Park, in the Centre Shops and Temple Beth Israel offer a variety of yoga, Pilates, Zumba and stretching activities. They also introduce Asian techniques such as Tai Chi, Qigong and Nia. Throw in some meditation classes and you have a well-rounded support structure. Although the median age in Sarasota is nearly 25 years younger, senior citizens still have a wide range of programs...   Read more >>

Anytime Fitness in Sarasota is open to the SilverSneakers program - Click here for the article
Anytime Fitness - Broadway Promenade Plaza in downtown Sarasota serving SilverSneakers

Off the beaten path live theater experiences in Sarasota

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 wonderful experience as are 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 the Glenridge Performing...   Read more >>

Palmer Ranch entertaining center in Sarasota is an option when looking for a live theater experience - Click here for the article
Glenridge Performing Arts Center - Palmer Ranch entertaining center in Sarasota.

Three Longboat Key waterfront homes with private docks

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 website. We have highlighted Country Club Shores as a community spotlight in REALTALK™ #188 video and in these REALTALK™ Home Showcase...   Read more >>

560 Putter Lane - Click here for the article
Country Club Shores - 560 Putter Lane

Emergency and government buildings on Longboat Key

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...   Read more >>

Northern fire department building - Click here for the article
Fire Department - The north building constructed in 1994 is slated for renovation.

April 17, 2019 Newsletter

The sunrises have been wonderful to wake to, the daylight hours are fresh and the sunsets have been consistently sensational. The multitude of stars remind us that we are living in Florida. Now is the time to find your place in the sun. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or buy. Enjoy the weather!

Variety and nutritious produce at local farmers markets

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...   Read more >>

Bradenton Farmers Market - Click here for the article
The Bradenton Farmers Market opens Saturdays in season from 9 AM to 2 PM on Old Main Street.

Laughter is good medicine with plenty of it in Sarasota

“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...   Read more >>

Improv comedy - The Florida Studio Theatre - Click here for the article
Improv comedy - The Florida Studio Theatre improv troupe performs Friday and Saturday nights.

Grand Bay revisited, secure and conveniently located

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...   Read more >>

Grand Bay #112 - Click here for the article
3060 Grand Bay Blvd, #112

March 20, 2019 Newsletter

Today is the first day of spring, and we are in the peak selling season. In this newsletter you may notice an increase in the number of sales and pendings listings. Now is a good time to take advantage of this market, please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or buy. Enjoy the spring weather!

Don't own a boat? Explore these options to be on the water

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...   Read more >>

Options to boat ownership - Click here for the article
Options to boat ownership - Rent, charter or join member clubs are good options to boating.

Longboat Key's role in training WWI fighter pilots

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...   Read more >>

WWII Training Commemorative Plaque - Click here for the article
The plaque at 4250 Gulf of Mexico Drive commemorates Longboat Key and its role in WWII.

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury listings in our showcase XXXIII

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. This year I reported on the Sarasota...   Read more >>

1744 Seminole Drive in McClellen Park - Click here for the article
McClellen Park - 1744 Seminole Drive

Manatee County Heritage Days continue through March

In March we begin the start of multiple-week festivals, the first of which runs the entire month, the 40th Annual Manatee Heritage Days. Nearly every day there is a program at one of 13 participating organizations to display the wealth of history in the county. Some of the historical sites that require admissions have waived their fees on special days during the month to highlight their programs. The special events are also meant to draw attention to the historical parks in the county. These are the Manatee Village Historical Park in Bradenton, The Florida...   Read more >>

Florida Maritime Museum 1912 Schoolhouse on the Cortez Nature Preserve - Click here for the article
Florida Maritime Museum - One of the historical parks in Manatee County with many events planned.

February 20, 2019 Newsletter

We have been busy listing homes for sale and writing contracts. A list of these properties are attached to the bottom of this newsletter. The news reports are pointing to a robust home sale market in Sarasota and my comments appear in two articles this month in the Longboat Observer and in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Look for more of my comments on the current sales season tomorrow in REALTALK™ #196. Now is a good time to take advantage of this market, please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or buy.

Spring training with big leaguers and a few entertainment stars

March means spring training baseball where the 15 teams of the Grapefruit League center around the Sarasota area. If you want to see the stars up close in these smaller ballparks, this is your chance. You may even catch a star of another entertainment circuit practicing with the big-leaguers. Garth Brooks is participating in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization at LECOM Field in Bradenton. Tim Tebow turned down an offer to play quarterback in the newly created Alliance of American Football for an opportunity to enter spring training...   Read more >>

Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota - Click here for article
Ed Smith Stadium - The Baltimore Orioles are among 15 teams that train in Florida this March

March multi-day festivals focus on a variety of interests

At this time of year you should be able to find a festival for all occasions on any given weekend. There are two and three-day seafood festivals, fine art and craft festivals are commonplace with different themes to keep them relevant. Different themes also keep them fresh and are introduced in different locations. This is one of the advantages of living in an area with sunny skies daily. This past weekend two of the most highly attended festivals of the year attracted thousands to Sarasota and Cortez. The Thunder by the Bay...   Read more >>

Part I of Spring festivals - Click here for the article
Thousands attended the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival under sunny skies last weekend

Longboat Key programs for healthier adult seniors

Residents of Longboat Key have plenty of opportunity to learn, exercise or gather socially at public and private organizations at different areas of the island that is 11 miles in length. These organizations cater to the demographics of the island, many are retired seniors that remain active. The three facilities I discuss today offer plenty of opportunities to its constituents on the island. The Longboat Key Education Center at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive in the Centre Shops of Longboat Key sell out many of their programs in January and February so early registration is critical during these two months. There are fall, winter and...   Read more >>

Fitness programs for seniors on Longboat Key - Click here for the article
Education and Fitness Programs - Some of the programs are held in the peak three seasons at the Longboat Key Education Center.

Beachplace residences are highlighted in Home Showcase XXXII

Beachplace on the southern end of Longboat Key is in a great location, has lots of amenities and many of the residences have been updated since the community was built between 1979 and 1981. I have four new listings of the six at Beachplace that I am highlighting in this Home Showcase XXXII article. The eleven buildings of Beachplace are arranged to be on the water, have a little private seclusion or overlooks the pond that...   Read more >>

Beachplace community spotlight - Click here for the article
Beachplace - On the Gulf of Mexico shores

Community spotlight on the Players Club of Longboat Key

Residents love their homes at the Players Club on Longboat Key. This is a highly sought-after community based on its location, amenities and recent upgrades. A residence available for sale in this community is a rare occurrence. I have two listings here in different buildings that are worthy of feature reviews. This is not my first discussion of the Players Club, I highlighted this grand community last month in REALTALK™ #192 and...   Read more >>

REALTALK™ #192 - Click here for the article
REALTALK™ #192 - The Players Club spotlight

January 16, 2019 Newsletter

We are heading into 2019 with a good inventory of properties for sale, something for everyone looking in the luxury home market. We are grateful to our customers for another record year: Over $106 million in sales, top Realtor seven consecutive years and nine of the last eleven years. Here is the article in the Observer with more details and an interview. We are working hard to market and show our listings so we can continue the pace we have established for ourselves. Please call us at (941) 387-1840 to discuss your real estate needs for the upcoming year. Happy New Year!

Three waterfront homes that meet the Global Luxury standards

Waterfront homes that meet the Global Luxury standard; these are homes that are highly desirable and I have listed three that meet the criteria for my first Home Showcase series of 2019. Two of these homes are on the highly sought after location of Bird Key, while one is within walking distance to St. Armands Circle on Lido Key. The Global Luxury standard of Coldwell Banker is based on features and list price. These homes are marketed to a worldwide audience...   Read more >>

212 Bird Key Home - Click here for article
Bird Key - Waterfront home for the car enthusiast

Promoting the dream at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

On the last day of 2018 I highlighted some of the new construction projects in Sarasota and the surrounding keys. In that REALTALKplus™ article the capital campaigns of several non-profits were included. The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is one of them. Their programs have expanded beyond the walls of its current building that has blossomed the careers of many actors. The educational and theatrical programs provided by the WBTT have been ongoing for 19 years. During that time Artistic Director and Founder Nate Jacobs has provided quality performances, while drawing crowds from all nationalities and bridging any divide in the community. Our...   Read more >>

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe building - Click here for the article
The remodeling of the WBTT Education & Outreach building in Sarasota was completed in April. The MainStage theater and seating on the Orange Avenue complex is about to be remodeled.

The year 2018 review of area new developments

The year 2018 was a very eventful year for new development on Longboat Key and Sarasota. It was one of the largest development booms I have seen in years. What was started in 2018 will change the skyline of Sarasota downtown and return Longboat Key to the glory days with a resort to complement the Longboat Key Club. Even the Key Club itself is transforming with new hotel spaces. The Rosemary District in downtown Sarasota is glowing with new construction for the luxury buyer. One of the most visible new construction sites is the BLVD, 18 stories...   Read more >>

BLVD in downtown Sarasota - Click here for the article
BLVD - The Belle Haven Apartment building in the background of the BLVD construction site in Sarasota has been saved from the wrecking ball.

December 19, 2018 Newsletter

There has been plenty of good cheer around the Coldwell Banker offices this past week. I hope you are celebrating with good health. Enjoy this December newsletter, and take a look at our new listings. There may be something for you under the tree. Please call us at (941) 387-1840 to discuss your real estate needs for the upcoming season. Happy Holidays!

Dredging and Renourishment of Beaches for Tourism and More

Now that Longboat Key has plans to dredge 14 canals in four areas of the island, is there an effect on other dredging, renourishment and groin projects in the area? Other planned and current projects affect New Pass, Big Pass, Lido Beach and a groin project on the north end of Longboat Key. Dredging helps keep the waterways navigable, which may be considered three feet below mean lower level. The town of Longboat is using this measurement in its assessments. Keeping the waterways navigable promotes...   Read more >>

Dredging on Anna Maria Island
Barrier islands are keeping up with dredging, renourishment projects and add groins to the mix

Microbreweries Rise Up Around the Local Area

Do you want to make and sell craft beer as a living? The rise of microbreweries in Florida has been constant, now almost every major city in the state can claim multiple breweries where consumers can order the beer made on site. The name brewpubs is the shortened combination of brewery pubs, but you likely won’t find that in marketing. They just advertise the brewery in the name. Typically multiple flavors of beer display the taste...   Read more >>

Up to 22 local craft beers appear in each microbrewery as in this one in Venice

REALTALK™ Approaches its 200th Episode and Fifth Year

When I launched the REALTALK™ video series on April 23, 2014 I wanted to discuss important topics that affected home buyers and sellers in Sarasota and barrier islands. Now 188 weekly episodes later we have done just that. The videos have covered 47 different communities from the Oaks Bayside in Sarasota to the Lands End neighborhood on north Longboat Key. Many times Mary Kay Ryan and I have recorded our episodes from the homes in the neighborhood we were...   Read more >>

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

Four Waterfront Homes That Offer Plenty for Less

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

1055 Bogey Lane in Country Club Shores
1055 Bogey Lane - One of four homes highlighted this month in our Home Showcase series

November 21, 2018 Newsletter

Thanksgiving is the holiday that kicks off the season and is soon followed with celebrations of faith and New Year. We are also moving into our busy season for selling homes. We are noticing a great deal of activity in St. Armands Circle and on the roads, showing signs that most of the snow birds have arrived. Welcome back and happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy our holidays warm weather and sunny skies. Please call us at (941) 387-1840 to discuss your real estate needs for the upcoming season.

Condo on the Bay: An early set of high-rise buildings in Sarasota

When it comes to sunset views of the Ringling Bridge and Sarasota Bay, there is no place better than the downtown Condo on the Bay community. Add in the amenities and proximity to the best that downtown Sarasota has to offer, and your life is good. The twin towers of these large high-rise homes at 888 Boulevard of the Arts in Tower I and 988 Boulevard of the Arts in Tower II, are flanked by a row of townhouses, with deep-water marinas on both sides of the peninsula. These...   Read more >>

Condo on the Bay buildings
These two Condo on the Bay buildings in downtown Sarasota formed the early shape of the skyline

Just say, "Wow!" to these three new Global Luxury listings

We are certainly feeling peak season as snowbirds are returning, homes are listed and contracts are being written for home purchases. Our inventory variety has increased to include homes from nearly $8 million to residences that would make fine rental properties on the Gulf of Mexico. I listed three homes last week that qualify for the Global Luxury brand of Coldwell Banker, highlighted here in this Home Showcase XXIX article. The first is a grand estate in The Lake Club of Lakewood Ranch, and is a private playground for adults in an opulent setting of luxury. Built...   Read more >>

Fall sales strategy in REALTALK™ #182
This home in the exclusive Lake Club of Lakewood Ranch is one of three new listings that meet the criteria as a Coldwell Banker Global Luxury home.

Longboat Key from the Ringling days to the paradise of today

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

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

An archeological perspective and early history of Longboat Key

As in today, Longboat Key was a vacation destination long before the European explorers landed on the island. There is evidence that native Indians came to Longboat Key to escape persecution or as we do in modern times, travel to a warmer climate. Studies of bone, pottery, with hunting and fishing artifacts lead archaeologists to believe that these early settlers were living on Longboat Key anywhere from 1,000 BC to 800 AD. There is even evidence they vacationed here. But not from the north, but from the...   Read more >>

Early history of Longboat Key
Early Shell Mound - This mound in Sarasota is evidence that Indians once inhabited Longboat Key.

Southern keys of Sarasota are poised for a variety of lifestyles

The barrier islands of Sarasota County are a collection of six keys that begin with Longboat Key to the north and stretch to the south to Manasota Key. Longboat Key is a part of Manatee County too, only one of three municipalities in Florida that is split among two counties. There is movement to change county boundary lines so the entire island is in Sarasota County. There is a seventh inhabited key that does not receive much attention. Tourists typically bypass Coon Key as it is a small plot of land between...   Read more >>

Manasota Key homes for sale
Englewood - 8220 Manasota Key Road, one of two new listings on Manasota Key.

October 17, 2018 Newsletter

The signs of season are trickling in. We are preparing our new inventory for sale and welcoming back our customers who are beginning their annual return to Sarasota. I invite you to review the stories below and watch the REALTALK™ videos that display our expanding list of homes for sale. Please call us at (941) 387-1840 to discuss your real estate needs for the upcoming season.

Inventory has a good range of prices, location and home styles

I highlight three communities and single-family home new listings that show the range of prices, from $779,000 to $6,795,000, and from Sarasota to Longboat Key. Our inventory is swelling to include a wide range of prices, locations and home types. There was a master plan when land fill was used to start the formation of Bird Key and the first home was built. Canals were formed so most homes on this 250 acres of island would have boating access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico...   Read more >>

Magnificent home on Bird Key
This new listing at 675 Mourning Dove Drive on Bird Key is a good example of luxury waterfront living.

Global Luxury listings display the quality of homes on the market

I presented a strategy for new listings in the fall season in REALTALK™ #182 and in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune this month. Now that we are approaching the “shoulder” season in which we carry more listings on the market, we are kicking into high gear. That includes new listings in the past couple of weeks that qualify as Global Luxury listings. These high quality properties appear on the Global Luxury website based on their listing price and features. On this list are three residences and one home, the first of which is...   Read more >>

High quality L'Ambiance listing
A good mix of high quality homes and residences will attract a variety of buyers this season.

A comparison of repair limit and As-is Florida real estate contracts

You find a home that you want to make an offer on but notice that the seller will only accept As-Is contracts. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Or, the seller has a concept of using a repair limit. I discussed the As-is contract in my REALTALK™ #30 video and repair limit contracts last week in my REALTALK™ #181 video. These are contract tools that have advantages for the seller and the buyer. The scenario in...   Read more >>

Repair limit contracts discussed in REALTALK™ #181
Florida repair limit contracts in REALTALK™ #181.

Local real estate market update and strategy for seasonal sales

After 35 years selling real estate on Longboat Key and Sarasota we have learned a thing or two about setting up for peak season which begins this month. At present the inventory is low but I have a good feeling that is about to change for the better. We have signed a number of listing contracts that will offer a good variety of single-family homes and residences. We will also have a good price range for buyers. The housing market is faring well too. The Florida Realtors trade group...   Read more >>

Fall sales strategy in REALTALK™ #182
The strategy for new listings as we head into the "shoulder" season, discussed in REALTALK™ #182.

September 19, 2018 Newsletter

With all the new construction in Sarasota we are proud to bring you monthly Comparative Market Analysis reports for one of the largest buildings downtown that was completed last year, VUE Sarasota Bay. It includes Active, Pending and Sold sales. We also have CMA reports for many Sarasota and Longboat Key communities, some going back to 2008.

Also, if you miss a newsletter or have a need to see a past newsletter, we now have them on our past newsletter history page. It has all the newsletters for 2018.

We are approaching the autumnal equinox this weekend which means the official end of summer. I hope you had a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you this fall.

We have been busy with over $82 million in volume sales so far this year. That is a 12 percent increase compared to the same time last year when we sold over $100 million. We hope to hear from you if we can help you buy or sell any Sarasota property (941) 387-1840.

Boat lifts and davits, with special seawall information

We love great water views. The bay, Gulf and intracoastal provide great vistas from sunrise to sunset. The sound of the waves lapping up on the shore is a great way to relax. It can also be a great resource for recreation, boating, kayaking or a thrilling ride on a Jet Ski. When it is time to protect your precious belongings and views, you look to the experts. And there are great companies here in Sarasota to protect your seawall, build docks that will last for years, and offer solutions to protect your watercraft with lifts or davits. If...   Read more >>

two lifts at 1449 Hillview
Two sets of lifts — This home for sale in Harbor Acres has two sets of cradle boat lifts.

Sarasota events that feature the arts and sports culture of the city

Now that we are approaching peak tourism season and the snowbirds are planning their return, we can look at the upcoming festivals that will attract millions to the area. From the now defunct Ringling International Arts Festival (RIAF) in October to the Englewood Pioneer Days that recently concluded, the area has something for everyone as one festival ends and another begins. Many of these festivals center on the arts. In November last year the Ringling Museum startled the city by announcing plans to halt the RIAF...   Read more >>

Sarasota Opera House
Many of the activities of the Sarasota Film Festival and other events will be held at the Opera House.

Showcasing three newer listings for the month at Beachplace

It’s been a year since we visited Beachplace, the community on Longboat Key overlooking the Gulf of Mexico with 11 buildings on 31 acres. And since we have three newer listings there, we can discuss the residences and the 1,450 linear feet of beach frontage that stretches along the southern end of the island. It is our Community Showcase XXVI for September. Arvida Corporation, which had much to do with many developments in the area, built the community over three...   Read more >>

Beachplace community showcase in REALTALK™ #76
Beachplace Community Showcase video - I highlighted this Gulf-front community in my REALTALK™ #76 video.

Comparing the Big Three FSBO sites to local agents

Considering selling your home by owner, either through a website or just by hanging a sign near the street? There are many obstacles to consider before you travel down this route, especially if you are serious about the sale of your home or residence. It seems lately there are new websites offering alternatives, claiming to save you thousands of dollars and with a quick sale. Are these claims real? Let’s examine how websites such as Offerpad, Knock and Opendoor...   Read more >>

1235 N Lake Shore Drive
Home-buying programs may not be the best choice for the luxury waterfront second-home market.

August 15, 2018 Newsletter

Despite the slower activity of late summer, the landscape of Longboat Key is changing. The demolition of The Colony began a few weeks ago, and Longboat Key Club has been constructing their new entrance. Phase I of both projects are estimated to be completed in the late fall this year. Our office has remained busy, and we put four listings under contract this month. We hope to hear from you if we can help you buy or sell, (941) 387-1840.

Great opportunities for owning, renting or booking a charter boat

We love our water here in Sarasota. We can travel the intracoastal, Sarasota Bay and Gulf of Mexico to fish, explore or just enjoy the open water. You can own your boat or you can join a club to avoid the maintenance. Or you can take advantage of the many charter operations with captains that seem to know exactly where the fish are hitting. And last, but not least, you can book a dinner cruise out of Marina Jack. There are advantages to each. Are you prepared to enjoy the...   Read more >>

Overlook Park
Sailing classes — Students with their boats in Overlook Park near the New Pass inlet.

Three Global Luxury residences and communities are highlighted

In our home showcase series, we highlight the communities of three new listings that meet the criteria of the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury brand. These are residences in the Savoy on Palm in downtown Sarasota, Galleons Reach in Englewood and on the Gulf of Mexico in the Sands Point community of Longboat Key. Coldwell Banker has established minimum criteria for its Global Luxury brand based on price and features, and posts those residences on the website I highlighted...   Read more >>

6155 Manasota Key Drive, Galleons Reach home for sale, Englewood
Englewood - This residence for sale at 6155 Manasota Key Road is one of three communities and homes highlighted in this Home Showcase XXV article on Global Luxury properties.

July 18, 2018 Newsletter

There is something about summer that makes you want to take some time to relax. The weather is warmer, the pace slower and kids are out of school. This year the market has been steady and our office remains busy. We closed on six properties since our June newsletter, including one today for $1.9 million at 412 Bayshore Drive. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy. Relax and enjoy your summer.

St. Armands Circle updates and new events

One of the world's most famous shopping meccas is actually on a barrier island, St. Armands Circle. Known for its shopping and dining in a quaint area of St. Armands Key and Lido Key, its charm attracts visitors from around the world year round. And with 130 merchants within a short walk of each other, it is no wonder TripAdvisor awarded the shopping district with its 2018 Certificate of Excellence. The circle is rated high overall and generally receives high rankings for its merchants on Plan at least a half day to enjoy the many diverse shops, have breakfast...   Read more >>

Clyde Butcher exhibit
St. Armands Gallery — Clyde Butcher photography exhibit through January 6.

'West of Trail' attractive for its proximity to downtown Sarasota

Bayfront homes in Sarasota have a charm that is representative of old Florida when the town was growing into a city. Travel north from downtown along US 41 and turn left on Indian Beach Road to find Bay Shore Drive where you will find beautiful older homes next to new or upgraded homes. You’ll find similar charming neighborhoods as you head south on US 41 and look to the bay side, commonly referred to as West of Trail. The Tamiami Trail, or US 41, is so named for its Tampa to Miami passage. Homes west of...   Read more >>

The Field Club
The Field Club — Established in 1957.

White sand beaches is a benefit of our luxury waterfront paradise

We love our beaches by day and our cultural events at night. Seemingly that is the lifestyle of a typical Sarasotan because the beaches are packed and the Opera House or Asolo Repertory Theatre can be sold out on any given day. From Clearwater to Siesta Key, our beaches rank high for their white quartz sand that reflects heat rather than absorbing the warm temperatures. The result is a comfortable walk out to the Gulf of Mexico. Clearwater Beach was ranked this year by TripAdvisor...   Read more >>

Siesta Key Pavilion
Siesta Key Pavilion - The amenities were updated to continue number one beach rankings.

June 20, 2018 Newsletter

Sarasota Ranks High in Multiple Indices

We know that Florida is a great place to relax after working years saving up for retirement. In October of last year, Sarasota was ranked Number 1 in a U.S. News and World Report analysis of 100 potential U.S. retirement cities. Last week Jacquelyn Pica, contributing writer for U.S. News and staff writer for the Penny Hoarder, wrote that Sarasota was one of eight best places to retire in the Sunshine State. She was especially kind to the Gulf coast cities in her selections. She cited Sarasota’s culture, museums and beautiful gardens as some of the reasons for her ranking. She also based her ranking on a modest median home value and population percentage of retirees.

Last week it was also announced that Sarasota is at the top of a growing luxury market list. In the May 2018 Luxury Home Index, Sarasota grew 19 percent in the fastest-growing luxury market, representing the top five percent of home prices in the county. The index was released by®. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix continues summer festival fever

While the Sarasota Music Festival wraps up Saturday with the world premiere of Luminous Bodies, a commissioned chamber event by yMusic, the next festival begins to kick off, the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix. Thousands will have traveled to Sarasota to attend either event as the hotels empty, then fill again for the Grand Prix with its many events June 23 to July 4. The first event for the Grand Prix is the Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic, Saturday with an 8:30 AM start at...   Read more >>

Miss Geico team in 2014
Powerboat racing weekend - The popular Geico team returns as a superstock panther race team.

Coastal Community Celebration at Florida Maritime Museum

There are some great museums in Sarasota and Bradenton. The Ringling Museum and South Florida Museum immediately come to mind. There is a lesser known museum in Cortez that celebrates the history of the fishing town, the Florida Maritime Museum. Its celebration last week on the beginning of World Ocean’s Day featured the ribbon cutting for the Burton Store and the opening of the temporary interactive Meaning Behind Maritime exhibit. The mission of this museum shares the town economic resource in that it is a fishing village. The importance is celebrated...   Read more >>

Burton Store at Florida Maritime Museum
Little Drummer Boy — Someday this child may understand the significance of the historic porch he was on during this month's celebration.

Under the direction of Jeffrey Kahane, festival concludes this week

The Sarasota Music Festival, three weeks of classical music that attracts fans, 60 students and 40 masters from around the world is closing in on its final weekend. Now in its 54th year, the excitement of 50 classic works were packed into 12 performances, Thursday through Sunday in each week of the festival. These programs are designed so that no two are alike, giving you a choice of your favorite concerts or an opportunity to see them all with completely different programs each night. Mondays through Wednesdays, the students learned from the masters in hopes that someday they will achieve master status. These gifted students from 10 different...   Read more >>

Opera House, Luminous Bodies
Opera House - The world premiere of Luminous Bodies Saturday night will conclude the concert schedule for the 2018 Sarasota Music Festival.

Quay, Resort at Longboat Key Club and Colony updates

Ground has been broken recently for two major hotel and residence projects that will significantly raise mixed-use property in the area. A more than symbolic groundbreaking off Tamiami Trail in downtown Sarasota sets in motion a series of development for the old Quay property. A diversion of the road around our offices and the Chart House will make room for the planned expansion of the Resort at the Longboat Key Club. And yet there is a third still in limbo, the old Colony Beach & Tennis Resort residences on Longboat Key. Last month, developers GreenPointe Communities LLC of Jacksonville staged a ceremony with city planners and high school...   Read more >>

Colony Beach & 

Tennis Resort update
Colony Beach & Tennis Resort - Recently a judge ruled the town has the right to demolish all but one building of this once famous resort. Demolition is one obstacle to overcome for the development of a new luxury resort managed by the St. Regis chain.

May 16, 2018 Newsletter

Last week in my REALTALK™ #167 video we discussed the upcoming summer selling season and concluded that it may be a good time to consider placing your home on the market. This may be contrary to popular belief, but the serious buyers are here now and inventory is generally low. That market description was echoed last week in speeches and panel discussions at the Global Real Estate Conference held here in Sarasota. The chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, Dr. Lawrence Yun, spoke about low inventories by noting that home buyers feel pressure to make offers because there is a shortage of quality homes. Please call us at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or are looking to purchase a home.

'West of the Trail' community spotlight on Oyster Bay

Whenever you see a property for sale that is “West of the Trail”, meaning the Tamiami Trail, you are given the clue that this home is near the water. It’s a popular advertising statement whether the home is on the waterfront or is within a short distance. The community of Oyster Bay qualifies as “West of the Trail” and is a popular historic Sarasota neighborhood. Oyster Bay has many amenities that make this community very attractive to home buyers and I outline some them in my REALTALK™ #150 video. Driving...   Read more >>

The Field Club
The Field Club - This private membership club in Oyster Bay is named after the heirs of the Marshall Field department stores based in Chicago.

The third Ringling Bridge is an icon for Florida

Everyone has their favorite Sarasota icon to visit, whether it be Ca’ d’Zan at the Ringling Museum, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Opera House or Marie Selby Gardens. Most have at the top of their list the Ringling Causeway Bridge that provides the main thoroughfare between Sarasota and the barrier islands of Bird Key, Lido Key with St. Armands Circle and Longboat Key. It’s been photographed from almost every angle with spectacular shots at sunset and evening. It’s been walked across, biked across, run across and driven across. There is even a Segway tour over the bridge. Now it spans 60 feet high...   Read more >>

The Ringling Bridge from boat view
The Ringling Bridge - Its width accommodates two vehicle, bicycle and walking lanes in both directions.

Four unique residences on Longboat Key in Home Showcase XXIII

This month we devote our Home Showcase series to Longboat Key and four residences for sale. They are in the wonderful communities of 360 North Condominium, Grand Bay, Islander Club and Beaches of Longboat Key Club. All are splendid properties with their unique features, something for everyone looking for a good location on Longboat Key. The first in the 360 North Condominium community at 260 North Shore Rd, #4 has been renovated from top to bottom...   Read more >>

360 North Condominium community
260 North Shore Rd, #4 - $1,999,000

Myths, legends, quirky laws and hauntings that attract our attention

Each state has its own set of myths and legends, and Florida has its own too. I have collected a set of urban legends, some have been confirmed or disputed by scientific research. What continuously occurs in nature can be studied, while infrequent phenomenon is left to the imagination and a legend is created. I have assembled a few of these laws, myths and legends that help make Florida a great state to live in. Nearly 80 percent of home buyers on Longboat Key make an offer based on paying cash at...   Read more >>

Ghost tours in Sarasota and Bradenton
Bradenton Ghost Tour - Check our calendar of events for Sarasota ghost tours in Five Points Park

April 18, 2018 Newsletter

If you’ve been reading my Monday REALTALKplus™ articles you're aware of the abundance of festivals in the area. The four main festivals last week have concluded or are winding down. I hope you had time to relax and enjoy them. The Sarasota Film Festival continues through Sunday with special events on Saturday, conversations with the stars and Chill Under the Stars closing party at Selby Five Points Park.

Two festivals conclude tonight. The La Musica International Chamber Music Festival concludes with its final program, a Bernstein piano trio concerto, a Brahms viola version followed by a Schubert composition string quintet in C major. The concert begins at 8 PM in the Sarasota Opera House. The Sarasota Ballet Principal Film Series and Inside the Studio concludes with its final presentation, Bugaku, Blending Subtlety and Strength, an Inside the Studio presentation tonight at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Please call me at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or are looking to purchase a home.

Good news and announcements at Mote Marine

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium has been in the news a lot lately. The base campus and aquarium on City Island is notably the most visible of their research facilities but there are four other facilities in Florida where research on the oceans is an ongoing effort. The Mote Aquaculture Research Park on Fruitville Road, Mote Boca Grande, Mote Eco-Discovery Center in Key West and the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration in...   Read more >>

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium - The Aquarium was added for a public research view.

Global Luxury waterfront homes in Home Showcase XXII

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, located in 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...   Read more >>

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 waterside swimming pool.

March 21, 2018 Newsletter

Best in Blue awards ceremony video
Best of Blue - Coldwell Banker awards for Southwest Florida at the Westin Hotel last week. Click on the image above to watch a short video.

Last week it was my privilege to share with the honorees for the Coldwell Banker Best in Blue awards ceremony at the Westin Hotel in downtown Sarasota. It was impressive to see the figures in the global luxury market with Coldwell Banker being the #1 real estate company in Florida. Our average sales price for properties over $1 million is $1.9 million. Sarasota is still a strong market for real estate. I appreciate your business; please call me at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or are looking to purchase a home.

Sarasota continues its drive to build-up residence inventory

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...   Read more >>

The Ritz-Carlton Grande
The Grande - One of the first developments announced for the vacant Quay lot.

Community Spotlight on Corey's Landing in Bay Isles

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...   Read more >>

3426 Mistletoe Lane
Corey's Landing - 3426 Mistletoe Lane

The horse action is fast at the Sarasota Polo Grounds

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...   Read more >>

Sarasota Polo Grounds
Sarasota Polo - Only three more weekends in this season, get there early to reserve a good spot.

Bird Key homes highlighted in this month's Showcase XXI

Bird Key, an unpretentious 12-acre plot of land that was inhabited by waterfowl and grass flats in 1911, may have the most celebrated history of the barrier islands. It is a history that started that year with the construction of a single home that was developed from land that was dredged out of a channel that split the island. The New Edzell Castle was ahead of its time in building technology with hot and cold running water and lighting that could easily be seen from the mainland...   Read more >>

670 Mourning Dove Drive
Bird Key - 670 Mourning Dove Drive

February 21, 2018 Newsletter

We are fully immersed in peak season. We have added 12 high quality new listings since the last newsletter. A majority of our 16 pending sales are scheduled to close in March. The phone is ringing with plenty of showings, a good indication there is no slowdown in home purchases. The stock market seems back on track, an indicator of second-home purchases as I discussed this month in REALTALK™ #155. In fact, we could use more inventory at all levels to satisfy the demand. Look for my 2018 mid-season market report tomorrow in my REALTALK™ video. Please call me at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or are looking to purchase a home.

Upcoming winter and spring events for an active lifestyle

The 36th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival and the annual Thunder by the Bay ended this weekend, but this is peak season and there are many more events to fill their places. There are mini-festivals such as the two events this past weekend. There are operas, ballet, orchestra Masterworks series, plays, musicals and sports that create a national buzz, if not international attraction to Sarasota and Manatee counties. And most are within the next couple of months while the weather is attractive for those who have...   Read more >>

Sarasota Opera House
Opera House - The downtown venue will play a role in the music and film festivals this spring.

Iconic community influenced by Sarasota School of Architecture

As you leave St. Armands Circle and head toward Longboat Key you may notice a wonderland of homes on your left before you reach the New Pass Bridge. It is the community of Lido Shores, with 116 unique homes that is the showcase for the Sarasota School of Architecture alumni. The homes here have their own charm and are named for either their unique feature, sleek lines or the color of paint on the exterior walls. Those familiar with architects in the area...   Read more >>

Hiss Studio on Lido Shores
Hiss Studio - 1310 Westway Drive.

Full services and amenities of the Ritz at Beach Residences

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

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

Beachplace and Grand Bay new listings in Showcase XX

For my Home Showcase series I am highlighting three residences on Longboat Key that are in two of my favorite communities, Grand Bay and Beachplace. They are both near the shopping center that has a Publix and CVS and they are both within an easy drive distance to St. Armands Circle and Sarasota. The wonderful amenities at both attract visitors to become buyers. They are also on opposite sides of the island, Beachplace on Gulf of Mexico shore and Grand Bay...   Read more >>

1,450 linear feet of shoreline
Beachplace - Over 1,450 linear feet of white sand.

Marie Selby, the only epiphyte botanical gardens in the world

We love our art in Sarasota. There are many venues to see traveling displays of art from all over the world. One great place would be the Ringling Museum and the legacy of art John and Mable left for us to view for many years. So you may think that it would be a great location for a Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica exhibit, but it is included in an exhibit at another historic landmark in Sarasota, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Selby Gardens celebrates art with its horticultural displays. It is much more, concentrating...   Read more >>

Orchids at Selby Garden
Orchids are used for education, research and art, a predominant epiphytic plant at Selby Gardens.

January 17, 2018 Newsletter

Coldwell Banker has taken a keen interest in Smart Homes. In the luxury waterfront property realm, this technology is increasingly important to home buyers. Last week I had a great opportunity to see some of the newest technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as a delegate for Coldwell Banker in their Smart Home marketplace section. I wrote about some exciting demonstrations Monday in my REALTALKplus™ article. Look for my special CES report in an upcoming REALTALK™ video.

The year 2017 is behind us. I finished with $105.4 million in sales, including one sale on the last day of business. That volume set a record, a personal best, and continued my position as a top producer. In the last week there have been news articles describing these accomplishments and I have included links below. This is the start of a new year and I will continue to work hard for my clients in 2018. Please call me at (941) 387-1840 if you have property to sell or are looking to join us in our paradise here with a home purchase. Happy New Year!

Coldwell Banker promotes Smart Homes at CES 2018

It was a privilege to be selected from 84,000 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate associates worldwide to represent our company at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show held last week in Las Vegas. Our Blue Crew team of five reported on the topics that affect home buyers, home sellers and technology that could make a home more efficient. By efficient, I refer to a Smart Home that has its entertainment, climate and security controlled in one location. Coldwell Banker had a big presence on the floor with its marketplace in the convention center. So did some of the biggest company names in hardware...   Read more >>

Reporting outside of the Google pavilion at CES 2018
Hey Google! Reporting outside the Google pavilion at CES, announcing their Smart Home integration.

Sailor Circus - Longest running youth circus program

When John Ringling brought his famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to Sarasota in 1927, a new era for the city was started that continues to this day. When the owners of Feld Entertainment closed down the Ringlings’ creation last year, the circus continued to thrive in Sarasota as the Circus Arts Conservatory carries on this historic legacy. The non-profit founded in 1997 includes Circus Sarasota, the Sailor Circus Academy, and Education and Humor Therapy programs. The Sailor Circus Academy...   Read more >>

Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis of the Circus Arts Conservatory
Circus Arts Conservatory founders - Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis open the night by highlighting the programs and young artists at a recent show.

Home Showcase XIX - Properties with high land values

This month I focused my Home Showcase series on vacant lots and homes where the land value exceeds the structure. A wise investor can tear down the home and increase the property value for resale. I have also seen that the location of the home was more important so a buyer is content with living in the home. A third option is living in the home until the buyer has a financial comfort level to renovate in time. The three properties I selected this month are in different stages of...   Read more >>

5809 Gulf of Mexico Drive
A great beach lot at 5809 Gulf of Mexico Drive

Why Choose
Roger Pettingell?


  • Over 33 years as a top producing REALTOR® on Longboat Key and in Sarasota.


  • Number 1 single Coldwell Banker agent in all of Florida for 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Number 1 Realtor on Longboat Key and Bird Key for 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Number 1 Realtor for all Sarasota in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Coldwell Banker Society of Excellence award in 2013, 2014 and 2016
  • Ranked among the top 250 agents in the country for 2014, 2016 and 2017 by REAL Trends as reported in the Wall Street Journal.

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Roger Pettingell of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is your Longboat Key, Florida Luxury Real Estate Specialist. Roger provides his real estate expertise to sellers, investors, developers, and buyers in the Sarasota area including Anna Maria, Bird Key, Bradenton Beach, Casey Key, Cortez, Grand Bay, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Marina Bay, Osprey and Siesta Key. Search for homes, luxury homes, condominiums, investment property, development property, and vacant land and lots on the Longboat Key, Florida and the surrounding area.