Friday, May 19, 2017

A Unique Opportunity to Customize Your Own Sarasota Luxury Condo

  ONE88 Residences on Golden Gate Point, perhaps the most desirable waterfront location in downtown Sarasota, is now offering you the opportunity to personalize your own 3 bedroom, 4 bath luxury waterfront residence by transforming an unfinished 3,028 sqft. suite into your own personalized luxury residence.

  This residence, like all of the luxurious One88 residences has outstanding views of Sarasota Bay and, across the scenic Ringling Bridge, Bird, Lido and Longboat Key and beyond them, the Gulf of Mexico where you’ll view some of the most beautiful sunsets anywhere in Florida.

  VanDyk, the developer designed One88 Residences with one thing in mind: to create the epitome of excellence for the discerning few. This 5-story boutique midrise condominium with just 8 residences, two on each of four floors was awarded SRQ’s Best Building in 2016. The stylish and modern exterior of One88 combines stucco, tile and glass, accented by architecturally-detailed metal features.

  At 188 Golden Gate Point in the midst of Sarasota’s vibrant downtown, ONE88 Residences offers a striking views. Your One88 residence is within a comfortable walking distance of limitless shopping, fine and causal dining and a variety of entertainment, arts and cultural venues. As a unique benefit, a Sarasota Yacht Club social membership is included in the purchase of a One88 residence. And, eclectic shopping and dining experiences at St Armands Circle and the white sands of Lido Beach are a short drive across the Ringling Bridge.

  This open concept suite includes top-of-the-line Thermador appliances, custom Italian cabinetry and walk-in pantry, full height glass siding doors to spacious balconies. The master bedroom offers floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light and spectacular views. The en suite bath includes a spa tub, Italian cabinetry, illuminated mirrors, sleek fixtures, and built-in vanity creating a relaxing and inviting spa setting. Reserved parking spaces for 3 vehicles, bicycle and canoe storage, a private boat slip and an outdoor BBQ kitchen on your terrace are included. A wet bar, wine cooler and a stunning Bio Ethanol fireplace are just some of the custom options available. A resort-style heated pool at the waterfront and a rooftop terrace with city views complete the luxurious lifestyle this luxury residence will offer you.

 This uniquely luxurious residence is available now listed at $3,299,000. I would be please to show you this and other Sarasota luxury real estate properties at your convenience. Call me at 941.232.4053.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Introducing Affordable Longboat Key Condos at Aquarius Club

  Aquarius Club on beautiful Longboat Key Beach offers affordable condominiums wile providing its residents access to an outstanding collection of nearby shops and boutiques, restaurants, marinas for those who enjoy fishing or boating and , of course, championship-level golf courses.

  Built in 1975 at 1701 Gulf of Mexico Drive, the 57 condos on six levels at Aquarius Club, range from two bedroom units with about 1,500 square feet to 3 bedroom 2 bath penthouse units with 1,700 or more square feet of living space. All units have covered garage spaces. Units currently available are priced from the low $500,000’s to over $700,000 depending on size, views and amenities.

  Here is one example of the type of delightful Aquarius Club condos currently available at a particularly attractive price.

  In addition to the customer and concierge services you’d expect at a 5-star resort, Aquarius Club amenities include 2 Har-Tru tennis courts, a ground level resort-style, heated swimming pool, an exercise and fitness room, beautifully landscaped picnic and outdoor grilling areas and a function room suitable for informal social gatherings. Residents can also enjoy the 170 foot wide private beach of powder-fine white sands.

  Located at the southern end of Longboat Key, Aquarius Club residents enjoy proximity to the eclectic attractions at St Armands Circle and just across the Ringling Bridge, all of the its upscale shopping, dining and entertainment destinations of downtown Sarasota. Popular Sarasota attractions like the Ringling Museum of Art, the Asolo Repertory Theater, the Sarasota Ballet and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall are all within a few minutes drive of your Aquarius home.

  To tour these and other waterfront condos, call me at 941.232.4053. I'd be delighted to show you luxury waterfront condos on Longboat Key as well as on Lido Key, Siesta Key and on the Downtown Sarasota waterfront. For more information about all of your Sarasota Florida options, visit my Sarasota Florida luxury real estate and condos website. Then call me with any questions you may have.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Why Wait to Have a Sarasota Home Built !

  This single-family home on a private preserve lot in a beautiful Sarasota neighborhood can be yours right now. Why wait to have a home built! Located at 3735 Woodcliff Lake Terrace, Sarasota, this home built in 2015 with 3 bedrooms, a den/office and 2 ½ baths is in newer, gated neighborhood that is almost totally sold out at this point.

  The home has over $50,000 of interior upgrades including upgraded cabinetry, wood floors, quartz counter tops, and coffered ceilings and a separate pool bath all in a spaciously open floorplan featuring 10-foot ceilings. You’ll love the over sized pool and lanai area with a raised waterfall feature which is ideal for entertaining your new neighbors and friends.

  The home is set back from the road with a long curved driveway to a spacious 2-car garage.. The setback gives the pool and lanai area an extra measure of privacy in addition to the relaxing views of the wooded preserve area. It’s location on a dead-end street limits traffic. Landscape care and lawn irrigation are included in the modest $266 monthly HOA fee.

  The gated Woodcliff Trace neighborhood, centrally located close to all the amenities along the University Parkway corridor, contains only 45 lovely homes set among 3 large wetland areas. Located west of I-75, your new Sarasota home will be close to all the excitement, arts and cultural, shopping and entertainment venues of downtown Sarasota and its beautiful beaches yet far enough away to avoid the heavy traffic that comes with living closer to downtown.

  Priced now at $449,900, I invite you to visit a virtual tour of this lovely home now and then come tour this lovely home and other similarly attractively priced homes that I would be pleased to show you. Please refer to MLS # A4171701 when you call me at 941.232.4053. . You may also wish to visit my Sarasota Florida luxury homes website.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Attractive New Townhomes Coming to Downtown Sarasota

  Scheduled for completion in July, 2017, Valencia at Rosemary Place will offer 30 Mediterranean-inspired town homes in the up and coming Rosemary District neighborhood in downtown Sarasota. Living here, you will be just steps away from the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, all of downtown Sarasota’s shopping, dining and entertainment venues and the Sarasota Bay waterfront.

  Situated off Coconut Avenue between Blvd of the Arts and May Lane, Valencia at Rosemary Place will offer 8 different floor plans ranging from 1,900 to 2,500 square feet. Each unit will feature concrete insulated block construction for sound privacy and energy efficiency. Other luxury features include 10 foot ceilings, hurricane impact resistant windows, granite or solid surface countertops in kitchens and baths, Energy Star stainless steel appliances, European-style wooden cabinetry, private rooftop terraces and numerous upgrades and customizations tailored to your particular wishes. Each unit includes a private patio and a one or two car garage.

  These attractive units in a highly desirable location and priced in the mid $500’s will very likely sell out quickly. If you think these distinctly upscale townhomes may be of interest to you, please contact me at 941.232.4053 at your convenience. I am committed to providing my clients with personalized service focused on first understanding and meeting your needs and then helping you locate that one Sarasota real estate property that most completely satisfies your specific needs and desires.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Hydrants for Hounds Event A “BarkOctober” Success

  Nate's Honor Animal Rescue in Bradenton received some serious sprucing up with the help of Ringling College of Art & Design (RCAD) incoming freshmen at its 1st annual “Hydrants for Hounds” event held recently at this popular pet rescue and adoption facility located at 951 Lorraine Road in Bradenton.

  Nate's Events Chairwoman Jessica Ortiz got the idea for the event when Dari Oglesby, Nate's CEO sent her a Pinterest pin of a fire hydrant painted like a dog. She contacted the Manatee County administration that then donated 4 retired hydrants for the event. She then asked Ringling College of Art & Design if they get 4 freshmen to come help by decoratively painting the 4 hydrants.

  As part of their Ringling College orientation, incoming freshmen are required to participate in one day of community service at a charity of their choice. What Ortiz got when she asked was not 4, but 35 talented young artists. The Ringling students started early painting rooms, new signs and, of course, those 4 hydrants while guests wandered through the facility greeting dogs and learning more about the good works done by Nate's. Guests were greeted at the entrance by 9 adorable 9-week-old hound-mix puppies. While the puppies got lots of oohs and aahs, there were 13 cottages, each with 6 dogs looking for homes which a number of them happily found.

  Nate's Honor Animal Rescue began when 4 women asked Nate Benderson if they could hold adoption events on one of his properties' parking lots. Benderson, whose love of animals is well-documented, went much further, providing the space for Nate's Adoption Center in Cooper Creek, and later the 8 acres on which Nate's Ranch sits today. Attesting to the generosity of Sarasota and Bradenton area people, last year Nate's adopted out 1,500 animals, and has already passed the 1,300 mark already this year. "We’d love to adopt out 2,000 animals this year," Ortiz said.

  The next event to aid Nate's Honor Animal Rescue will be the "Gone to the Dogs" adoption and costume contest sponsored by David Weekly Homes on October 27th. More information is available at

  If an area where this kind of generosity and love of animals appeals to you, I would be delighted to help you find your new home in the warm, sunny Sarasota Florida area. Call me at 941.232.4053 or visit my Sarasota luxury real estate website to learn more about the many other wonderful facets of living on the Sarasota Florida Sun Coast.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

July, 2016 Sarasota Real Estate Report

  The Sarasota-Manatee County real estate market continued to slow in volume in July although the median price of both single-family homes and condos/townhomes rose.

  In July, Sarasota County recorded closings on single-family homes sales of 680 and condo/townhomes sales of 255 compared to 868 single-family homes and 338 condos and townhomes in July, 2015 for an overall drop year over year of 22.4%. In Sarasota County the drop was across both single-family homes and condo/townhomes.

  In Manatee County, volumes rose slightly. There were closings on 578 single-family homes and 214 condo/townhomes in July of this year versus 574 single-family homes and 192 condos/townhomes in the same month in 2015 for an overall year over year sales volume increase of 3.4%.

  The Sarasota-Manatee County real estate market remains a seller’s market with slightly over a 4 month supply of properties (4.2 months in Sarasota County and 4.4 months in Manatee County) on the market compared to the 6-month supply which is considered to represent a balance between buyer and seller pressures. Because of this seller’s market situation, the median price of properties in both counties continued to rise. In Sarasota County the median price of single-family homes rose from $219,500 last year to $242,500 this July. In Manatee County, the median price of single-family homes rose from $250,000 last July to $279,250 this July. For condos and townhomes, the median price in Sarasota County rose from $190,000 last July to $205,000 this July while in Manatee County the median price of condos and townhomes rose from $152,000 last year to $185,250 this July.

  Data for a single month’s statistics can be distorted, but over the past 12 months, Sarasota County single-family home sales volumes have decreased by 21.7% from 2015 levels while condo sales decreased by 24.6%. Conversely, Manatee County single-family home sales have actually increased slightly by 0.7% from 2015 levels while condo/townhome sales have actually increased by 11.5%.

  July marks the 7th month this year where pending sales across both counties are down and the 6th month where the supply of homes available for sale has been higher than the same period last year. Based on market dynamics, it is reasonable to expect that prices will adjust to the slowing of demand and the increase in properties on the market. “I believe we will see these trends level off in the coming months,” said Linda Formella, 2016 President of the Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee. That will likely present opportunities for those planning to come to the Florida Sun Coast this fall and winter.

  If you are considering investing in a home in the Sarasota-Manatee County, Florida Sun Coast area, please contact me now to begin to learn about the many residential offerings available both on the mainland and out on our beautiful barrier islands like Longboat Key, Lido Key, Bird Key and Siesta Key at 941.232.4053. I would be delighted to answer all your questions. You may also wish to visit my Sarasota luxury real estate website to learn more about the paradise that is Sarasota, Florida.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

It's AquaPalozza Time off Longboat Key

  It was AquaPalooza time off Longboat Key, a grand sandbar party that took place this weekend on August 13th at Potter's Cove in the waters off Longboat Key.

  The event, which its sponsor, Marine Max of Sarasota, called "The Largest Party on Water" actually took place off Jewfish Key, a small private island off Longboat Key. AquaPalooza events are held in many cities around the country but this was the first time it's been held in the Sarasota Florida area. “It’s a customer appreciation that Sea Ray, a major supplier of recreational boats, started a few years ago,” says Jason LeFevre, general manager of Marine Max of Sarasota. LeFevre added, "Sea Ray owners are typically both young and not so young families that have a good time tubing or gathering their boats together. It’s not a big booze - go fast boating thing. It's more just a time and place to congregate and have fun."

  The waters surrounding Jewfish Key are a popular hangout spot for boaters. The party, including a DJ was scheduled to run only run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. to avoid distrubing Longboat Key residents during the evening hours.

  The event came to be just a week after the town of Longboat Key received an official opinion from Florida Attorney General's office that its attempts to limit noise on the water went beyond its local jurisdiction. Longboat Police were out in force making sure people adhered to the laws the local police are authorized to enforce. "looking forward to the event, Deputy Chief Frank Rubino said, "We're not looking to harass anybody. We just want to make sure there's no fights, no alcohol-related incidents and everybody just has a good time."

  While some objected to the noise that was sure to accompany the event, others felt that the water belongs to everyone and the noise was just coming from people out having a good time.

  Only time will tell whether this first AquaPalooza evolves to become a regular event where, like so many other events in the Sarasota area, many people come, have a good time, and go home happy to live in an area that "just knows how to have day of good, clean fun."

  If you are one of the many people who are considering moving to the Florida SunCoast, as the Sarasota area is called, call me at 941.232.4053. I would truly enjoy acting as your guide and helping you locate a Sarasota luxury home that perfectly suits you.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Enjoy a Luxury Waterfront Lifestyle at the Sarasota Bay Club

  If you have been dreaming of an elegant place to live here in sunny Sarasota Florida, this may be exactly what you seek.

  The Sarasota Bay Club offers the very best in retirement living. An impressive Sarasota waterfront residential enclave, it delivers on your highest expectations. With its stunning waterfront surroundings, magnificent Mediterranean architecture, personal attention from its professional staff and an incredible array of top-of-the-line facilities, the Sarasota Bay Club indulges its residents with a selection of amenities and services that define the term “luxury retirement living.”

  The monthly fee at the Sarasota Bay Club covers all of the standard luxury condo amenities including utilities, maintenance of the interior of your unit, valet parking, concierge services, even 24/7 on-site emergency medical and registered nursing personnel. There’s also a card room, billiards and table tennis rooms, a library and a fitness and health and wellness center. Award winning dining is available as an option as are personal transportation services and weekly or bi-weekly housekeeping.

  Outdoors, strolls along the walks in the development are enhanced by the ambiance of the adjacent Pioneer Park and nearby Centennial Park. All of the arts and cultural amenities of Sarasota are also nearby. For an exhilarating adventure, the eclectic shopping and dining mecca at St Armands Circle and the joys of Lido Key’s beaches are but a short jaunt across the Ringling Bridge.

  This elegant 1,546 square foot unit on the sixth floor, a Bernini model with waterfront views, is a two-bedroom, two bath plus den/sun room floor plan in one of Sarasota's premier waterfront retirement complexes and it can be yours for $632,000. Call me at 941.232.4053 for more information and to arrange a personal viewing of this attractive unit, attractively priced, at your earliest convenience. I would truly enjoy being your guide and helping you locate that one Sarasota luxury real estate property that fulfills your every need and wish.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A New 55+ Active Adult 55 Community Being Added to Lakewood Ranch

  A new “village” is being added to Lakewood Ranch, the incredibly successful and award-winning master-planned community situated on about 17,500 acres on the southern edge of Manatee County next door to Sarasota, Florida.

  Del Webb Lakewood Ranch is a gated, 55-plus active adult community, the initial phase of which is expected to contain about 400 homes, although the company ultimately plans to build as many as 1,300 on the 643-acre property. The initial ten home designs being offered range from 1,289 square feet to 2,684 square feet of living area and are priced from the mid $200,000 to over $400,000. The first 4 decorated models plus a design and sales office are new open. For those in a hurry, there are also some “quick move-in” homes available.

  Lakewood Ranch offers everything you could ever want or need to enjoy living on Florida's Sun Coast regardless of your age or income level; beautiful homes, friendly neighbors, gourmet and casual restaurants, top notch schools, unique shopping opportunities, a hospital and a medical facility. For lovers of the game of golf, Lakewood Ranch includes four 18-hole courses as well as an upscale, 18-hole public golf course. The community also has parks, lakes and nature preserves and over 150 miles of sidewalks and trails.

  “The homes being offered in the new Del Webb Lakewood Ranch active adult community will contain from two to five bedrooms, two, three or four full baths and two or three-car garages, with several design options like second-floor lofts, flex rooms and sunrooms,” says Josh Graeve, Dell Webb’s Vice President of Sales. For the resident’s exclusive use, the community will also include a private clubhouse, heated resort-style pool and spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and a movement studio.

  If you would be interested in exploring Dell Webb Lakewood Ranch, or Esplanande, another active-adult community within Lakewood Ranch or perhaps another type of home or condominium option here on the Sarasota Sun Coast, I invite you to visit my Sarasota Real Estate website at your convenience. For an immediate response to your questions, call me today at 941.232.4053.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Own a Luxurious Waterfront Condominium Residence at One88

Downtown Sarasota’s only 2015, gated, full bay, boutique luxury, condominium residences is almost fully occupied with only three luxurious residences still available. Located on prestigious Golden Gate Point at 188 Golden Gate Point, the site overlooks Sarasota Bay, the John Ringling Bridge and the prestigious Sarasota Yacht Club. If you move quickly there is still time to choose your own final touches and materials on this unit and move into it within four months.

The contemporary-styled One88 Residences is a private collection of eight elegant coastal condominium suites designed to bring modern, opulent living to new heights in Sarasota. With breathtaking views of Sarasota Bay and the John Ringling bridge, ONE88 exudes class and a grandeur lifestyle on Sarasota’s prestigious Golden Gate Point. One88 was designed and built by Sarasota’s best team of award-winning architect Mark Sultana, builder Tandem Construction, and interior designer Kurt Lucas. The stylish, modern exterior combines stucco, tile and glass, accented by architecturally detailed metal features. The entrance atrium ushers owners to a single elevator, which gives each of the eight units its own private access. With the master suite on the city side, each unit features engineered hardwood floors and every imaginable convenience feature. Interior spaces flow seamlessly out onto the 575 square foot terrace offering full bay and bridge views with an outdoor kitchen area with gas grill.

There are two residences on each of the four floors, each with about 3,000 square feet of air-conditioned space with over-sized terraces. Beyond each private custom-finished residence, owners of these eight luxurious units will enjoy parking for 3 cars, two on the ground and a third on a lift that holds up to 7,000 pounds, private boat slips accomodating boats up to 40 feet in length, a 15x50 heated pool, fire pit, and a shared finished roof-top terrace with amazing views of the marina and the city skyline.

A unique feature of these luxury boutique residences is that the owners of each residence will receive a social membership at the Sarasota Yacht Club, one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in Sarasota. SYC is a member-owned private social club with extraordinary services and facilities enjoyed by its members, not all of whom own boats. The location of One88 on Golden Gate Point puts you close to all of the fine arts and cultural attractions as well as the vast array of dining and shopping venues of downtown Sarasota.

The One88 Residence unit currently available is on the third floor and includes 3,034 square feet of luxurious living space with 3 bedrooms, 4 and one-half baths and is priced at $3,300,000.

If you would like to tour this elegant condominium residence here in Sarasota Florida, please call me at 941.232.4053 today. If this elegant residence at One88 isn't exactly what you seek, I would be delighted to show you many other equally attractive Sarasota luxury real estate options at your convenience.