Woo hoo! More options at SRQ

Allegient Air just announced the addition of NINE non-stop flights out of our neighborhood airport. As a semi-regular traveler, I’m keenly aware of the benefits of flying local: a friend can drop me off without being put out for hours on end, I avoid parking fees, and I don’t have to be awake at 4 in the morning to get out on a 7:30am flight—So many positives! Check out all the new places we can go conveniently right from SRQ Airport starting soon!


Allegiant Announced New Nonstop Service from SRQ to 9 Cities

SARASOTA, Fla. Nov. 13, 2018 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces nine new nonstop routes to Sarasota via Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) from: Asheville, North Carolina; Baltimore; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Nashville, Tennessee; Richmond, Virginia; and Syracuse, New York. To celebrate, the company is offering one-way fares on the new routes as low as $45.*

“We’re excited to announce this unprecedented expansion in one of the newest destinations in our network - Sarasota,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue. “Sarasota offers world-renowned beaches, museums and dining, and we’re so excited to bring even more visitors to this amazing city.”
 
The new year-round routes to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) include:
 

  1. Asheville, North Carolina via Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) – beginning 2/22/19

  2. Baltimore via Baltimore / Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) – beginning 2/22/19

  3. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania via Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) – beginning 4/3/19

  4. Syracuse, New York via Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) – beginning 4/3/19

  5. Cleveland via Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) – beginning 4/4/19

  6. Columbus, Ohio via Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) – beginning 4/4/19

  7. Richmond, Virginia via Richmond International Airport (RIC) – beginning 4/4/19

  8. Grand Rapids, Michigan via Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) – beginning 4/5/19

  9. Nashville, Tennessee via Nashville International Airport (BNA) – beginning 4/5/19

The new nonstop routes will operate twice-weekly and will bring nearly 160,000 passengers to the Sarasota / Bradenton area annually, contributing to visitor spending in the local economy. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.
 
“Working with Allegiant, the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport has developed into one of the region’s premier airports, further setting the Sarasota / Bradenton area apart and ensuring it remains competitive in a crowded market,” said Elliott Falcione, executive director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The past few years have brought with them an unprecedented expansion of routes, including Allegiant’s. The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau applauds their efforts to make the destination more accessible than ever before for our visitors. We look forward to welcoming even more visitors from these cities onboard Allegiant flights.”
 
 “We are very pleased with the success of Allegiant at SRQ,” said Rick Piccolo, president and CEO of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. “The airport has experienced substantial growth since Allegiant began service in April. The addition of nine new cities will provide our community with many more ultra-low-cost options and we look forward to the continued growth and success of Allegiant at SRQ.”
 
“These flights are serving some of our most important origin cities for visitation and will have a huge positive tourism impact for Sarasota county,” said Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota.
 
Allegiant offers a unique option to Sarasota-bound travelers with low base airfare and savings on rental cars and hotels. Travelers can book their entire vacation with Allegiant for less.

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If you are planning to winter in Sarasota, visit us during holiday vacations, or come during Spring Break, check out the convenient access point to all things paradise, SRQ Airport. And for all your real estate needs while you’re enjoying the Sunshine State, give me a call today.

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3 Elegant Dream Kitchens

Repost from Houzz.com. Find the original article here.

See the materials and other design elements that put these kitchens into a league of their own.

by Mitchell Parker, Houzz Editorial Staff, November 2, 2018

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  1. Light & Luxurious

Designer: Michele Merz of MMI Design

Location: Kingwood, Texas

Size: 273 square feet (25 square meters); 13 by 21 feet

Homeowners’ request. “Like so many others [in the Houston area], this client’s home was flooded by Hurricane Harvey,” says designer Michele Merz, whose client found her through the Houzz pro directory. “The damage done by the flood set into motion a complete overhaul, not only of the kitchen but also the entire first floor. The client requested a much larger kitchen to provide better flow, symmetry and storage to the ceiling, as well as plenty of seating options for family and friends to gather. Along with the practical elements, this client also wanted a beautiful and elegant kitchen which matched her love of all things shiny and elegant.”

Elegant features. Mullioned cabinets with mirror panels. Large-scale island pendants in polished nickel. Large range hood of stainless steel and chrome. Light blue island (Cobblestone Path by Benjamin Moore) topped with a Fantasy Macaubas quartzite countertop. Polished-nickel cabinet hardware and faucet. Carrara marble subway tile backsplash that extends behind the range to the ceiling. Dark wood floors. “The color scheme of blue, white and gray also created a beautiful foundation for the chinoiserie accents so loved by the client,” Merz says.

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Designer secret. “Long before we discussed paint colors or pretty hardware, we studied the layout and storage options,” Merz says. “I encourage any homeowner contemplating a kitchen renovation to consider the layout. Is it optimal for cooking, entertaining or day-to-day living? By reorientating the kitchen footprint away from the corner, relocating the range to take center stage and the fridge to the other side of the room, we created better flow and much-needed symmetry.”

“Uh-oh” moment. “When the homeowner requested a 6-by-10-foot island with no seams in the countertop, I knew we were in for a challenge,” Merz says. “Not many natural stone or quartz slabs come that large. After searching for several months, we found a beautiful quartzite. The next challenge was getting it in the house and installed without fail. The slab weighed several hundred pounds. With an army of installers at the ready, the slab was successfully put into place. Though it felt like the crowning achievement of the kitchen, the entire team sighed in relief once it was in place.”

Morgan four-light foyer pendant in polished nickel: Capital Lighting Fixture Co.; Chantilly Lace cabinet paint and Graytint wall paint: Benjamin Moore; builder: Davanti Homes; project photographer: Jonathan Calvert

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2. Black, White, & Bold

Designer: Christine Vroom of Christine Kimberlee Designs

Location: Los Angeles, California

Size: 260 square feet (24 square meters); 20 by 13 feet

Homeowners’ request. “The vision the homeowners wanted at first was classic and timeless white,” says designer Christine Vroom, who collaborated with her clients through Houzz ideabooks. “Well, as you can see, we started venturing into a much more glamorous and elegant version of that classic white. They wanted bespoke, unique, custom — something you don’t see on every corner in the Los Angeles area. The theme then became high-end, chic and edgy, yet still having classic roots with the high contrast of the black and white.” 

Elegant features. Custom brass-and-zinc range hood. Black cabinet details (Black Knight by Benjamin Moore). Calacatta Michelangelo marble slab island countertop. Thassos marble backsplash in chevron pattern. “The features that give this kitchen grand luxury are definitely the tile selections, the high-contrast features and the scale of the appliances,” Vroom says. “Although the backsplash was a more modern pattern, the subtle glimmer and sparkles of the Thassos make it feel really ritzy and tone down the trendiness of the chevron.” 

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Other special features. Dark schist perimeter countertops. Brass-and-black stools and light fixtures. Accent tile behind range is Calacatta, Thassos and bluestone marble, surrounded by a brass strip. Wide-plank French oak floors. “They were slightly wire-brushed for a little distressing and a lot of variation,” Vroom says. 

Designer secret. “What wasn’t working was how the coffered ceiling was off center from the range and the room,” Vroom says. “But we maintained balance by weighing down the space with the wide span of the range and the custom brass-and-zinc hood, and then continued by drawing your eye toward the eye-popping elements of the room — the lighting, the black-framed cabinets and island, the brass hardware, the grandeur luxury of the appliance sizes and bling of the plumbing fixtures. One of the features I love about connecting on Houzz is that, as their designer, I’m able to get daily updates when [my clients] post to their ideabook. So I am constantly staying current on their thoughts, hopes and dreams.”

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“Uh-oh” moment. “A major ‘uh-oh’ moment was that there was a giant post that was going to project into the space on the end of the wall to the left side of the sink,” Vroom says. “It wasn’t a huge issue until we realized the post had to actually be 2 by 2 feet, and it completely closed in the room, making it feel more compartmentalized. With some magic between the architect, engineer and myself, we managed to replace the post with a beam and we were able to have that open, airy feel that the clients wanted.”

Glendale 9-light foyer pendant: Hudson Valley; Super White cabinet paint: Benjamin Moore

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3. Tall, Dark, & Handsome

Designers: Cindy King (interiors), Jessica Nelson and Stephanie Lindsey of Etch Design Group (furnishings and lighting) and Patterson Custom Homes (builder) 

Location: Austin, Texas

Size: 330 square feet (31 square meters)

Homeowners’ request. “The clients purchased this home newly constructed and ready for move-in,” designer Jessica Nelson says. “The owners are a family of five, with three young girls between the ages of one and five. The furnishings they selected for the home are all family-friendly, with stain-grade fabrics that are easily cleanable.”

Elegant features. Tall ceilings covered in tongue-and-groove pine wood stained dark (Pecan by Sherwin-Williams). Douglas fir beams also stained dark (Brazilnut by Sherwin-Williams). Stain-grade knotty alder wood cabinets and island, also in Pecan stain. Porcelain backsplash tile with marble look. Quartz countertop with marble look. Cast-stone vent hood. Oversize island pendants. 

“Uh-oh” moment. “Some of the original selections for the home didn’t quite fit the clients’ style, so we upgraded many items in the kitchen, such as the pendants and dining chandelier as well as all cabinet hardware,” Nelson says. “The client wanted to add some brass accents throughout the home, so we upgraded all hardware to an antiqued brass finish. The lantern-style lighting we chose has a mixture of brass and black accents, which gives a subtle but elegant appeal.”

4-light foyer fixture in bronze (over island) and 8-light linear chandelier in bronze (dining room): Hinkley Lighting; Chloe high-back bar stool: World Interiors; Greek Villa cabinet and wall paint in satin finish: Sherwin-Williams; project photos by Cate Black Photography

Just Listed: Fully Renovated Condo Alternative

There is more than one way to enjoy downtown Sarasota…You can visit it for a few months each winter, you can live in the heart of it every day, or you can simply enjoy all the amenities by living very near it! If single-family home living is more your style but you desire easy access to everything downtown has to offer, then we may have just the perfect option for you!

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3026 Pinecrest Street

Located 8 minutes from downtown, in South Gate.

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  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

  • 1,174 sq ft under air

  • Large, brand-new deck sitting right on a pretty offshoot of Phillippi Creek!

  • Offered at $325,000

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Welcome home!

Walk right in to this open & bright creekside cottage and enjoy a full-scale renovation, which makes the adorable mid-century home feel like a new chic downtown condo! Fresh paint inside & out, new lighting & electrical, modern wood-look tile in all living areas, and contemporary-style updated kitchen and baths. You will be WOWed!

Light, Bright, Open Interior

Wide windows let the light into the main living space, which is open-concept, and sliders to the back deck provide beautiful views of Phillippi Creek, where you can watch the birds and turtles frolic! You will love to cook and entertain in the modern kitchen, finished perfectly with sparkling new granite, a marble backsplash, and all new stainless appliances.

Enviable Modern Kitchen

The island has convenient space for eating, so pour your coffee and enjoy the quiet tranquility of a waterside home. Shaker-style quiet-close cabinetry, sleek knobs, and new fixtures & lighting will please every home cook.

Cozy Yet Updated Master and Guest Suites

Features you have come to enjoy in your downtown condo, such as sliders from the master bedroom right to outdoor space and interesting finishing touches like the barn door to the master bath are both available here. Your single-family condo-alternative is awaiting you! The master bath feels utterly luxurious with the oversized walk-in shower and clean, modern gray tones.

Your guests can still come for a visit and enjoy the spacious second bedroom and nearby bath. The bedroom features new carpet and fan and two large windows, and the bath right around the corner is completely remodeled and updated with accent tile, new wood cabinetry, and granite counters.

The Joy of Being on the Water

And why would someone want to move away from the liveliness of downtown Sarasota? Here’s one reason… unless you are in one of the few waterfront condos, you simply cannot walk out your door and hop on your paddleboard and be out in the sunshine within minutes. You can do that here. The large yard is complete with a wide deck with plenty of room for entertaining, plus there is a poured slab on the side of the home for storing your boat and/or other outdoor playthings like kayaks or canoes.

Why South Gate?

It is close enough to enjoy everything about downtown but far enough away to have the peace and quiet of living in a neighborhood! Be at the Opera in 10 minutes or Selby Gardens in 5 (or jog there, if you’re ambitious, Allison does!). South Gate has easy access to the north bridge to Siesta Key, so everything you enjoyed about being minutes away from Lido Beach downtown is right here too - only to one of the best beaches in the country!

If you have been wondering how you can keep a downtown lifestyle and the low-maintenance you’ve come to appreciate, look no further than this home that needs absolutely nothing else to update it — inside OR out, viewable or not. Everything from the guts to the finishing touches is brand new. So relax & enjoy the post-downtown life!

When to List?

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With the cooler weather comes an influx of additional people in our area: tourists, snowbirds, and visiting friends and family for the holidays. Consequently, we in real estate are gearing up for the busier season and so should you if you are interested in selling your home! The data speaks for itself…

Information here comes from Trendgraphix

The Statistics of Downtown Condo Sales

Consistently & across the board, the six months from October to April perform better than the summer months, but different price points are stronger in different times of this cycle. Let’s take a closer look at the downtown condo market by price point.

Up to $499,999

If your condo is valued under $500K, now and the next couple months are a good time for you to sell!

  • Most condos go to contract in February, March, and April.

  • Average number of days a downtown condo in this price point is going to take to go to contract is about 128, which is just over 4 months.

  • Homes selling in December, January, and February garner the highest list-price-to-sale-price ratio, meaning you get more of your asking price if you sell in these months.

  • The highest price per square foot is garnered in January and February.

  • October is the month with the most inventory typically. Whew! Glad that’s behind us—no one likes to be lost in a sea of inventory!

    VERDICT: Now is the best time to begin marketing.

$500,000 to $999,999

If your downtown condo is valued between half a million and a million dollars, there is a lot of variation in your market, but consistency where it counts.

  • Most condos of this range go to contract in November, March, and June. There is a lot of variation here, so how about some positives?

  • The average number of days a condo of this price range is spending on the market is 91 days, or about 3 months. That’s the lowest of these four price ranges!

  • The list-price-to-sales-price ratio is pretty darn consistent here in the mid-90s almost all year. By a slim margin, November, January, and May were slightly better than the rest.

  • Also pretty consistent, the best price per square foot has a very small range (apart from a couple outliers), but the highest (by a small margin) is garnered in October & November.

  • August has the most inventory.

VERDICT: This market is consistent where it counts: you’re likely to get a good price for your condo almost all year. Summer is the hardest, so avoid listing late spring through about now!

 The snowbirds come for this view, and stay for it too! Selling season is here now that snow is falling up north. Who wouldn’t rather be at the beach?

The snowbirds come for this view, and stay for it too! Selling season is here now that snow is falling up north. Who wouldn’t rather be at the beach?

$1,000,000 to $2,500,000

Now, this range runs in a trend that is exactly what we expect:

  • Most condos in this price range go to contract in November, December, and January.

  • The average amount of time a condo in this range is going to spend on the market is 101 days. When we remove a couple high outliers, this drops to 53 days, which is less than 2 months!

  • The highest percentage of list price is received in October, and December through March.

  • The highest price per square foot is over the summer, most likely because of lack of inventory, followed closely by February and March.

  • The entire fall season has the most inventory available in this price range, as sellers prepare for seasonal visitors that have yet to show up.

VERDICT: This range rolls with the season for sure. Do not miss marketing your million-dollar property during season: January and February are both great months to list to get the best % of your list price and the most $ per square foot.

$2,500,000 and above

Similar to $1-2.5 million range, the ultra-luxury market unsurprisingly follows the season, when visitors from all over the country and world are leaving the snow for some much-needed sunshine.

  • More condos in this range go to contract in January than any other month.

  • Condos in this price range are on the market longer, as there are not as many buyers in the ultra-luxe budget bracket. Average number of days on market is just over 4 months, at 125 days.

  • Sellers get the highest percentage of asking price December through March. In fact, in 2017, ALL of these months averaged 100% of asking price OR MORE!

  • The price per square foot is pretty consistent in this market. Given the small number of condos that sell in this price range each month, one sale seriously affects the average. December through March are consistently highest, but not by much.

  • Quelle surprise! The most inventory is available in this market when our snowbirds are away, from April through August.

VERDICT: Seasonality reigns supreme here. Market during the early parts of season to accommodate the longer time on market sometimes required of this price point.

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Finding the exact right time to put your condo on the market is a bit of a science, as you can see. It depends on the ever-competing priorities of time vs. money. We hope this little cheat sheet gives you a guideline to look at when considering next steps for your downtown property. Please give us a call today if we may help you value your downtown condo and help you find a time to sell. :-)

As always, we work not only in the downtown Sarasota market, but all over this wonderful town of ours, so as your seasonal visitors fly down and decide they need a place, please keep us in mind—we can help them find their dream vacation home too!

Hard Hat Tour of Artisan on Main

 Realtor Extraordinaire & Marketing Guru - Hard hats not included!

Realtor Extraordinaire & Marketing Guru - Hard hats not included!

In the continuous effort to stay in the know on all things downtown, Molly and I went for a visit today at one of the newest Sarasota developments, Artisan on Main! In keeping with a recent trend of fee-simple (i.e. not shared/condominium ownership) residences, Artisan on Main is made up of 32 townhouses that bring the feel of single-family homes to a city-friendly lifestyle.

We like the rooftop bar…

Okay, there is a lot to like here once inside. Townhome-style living is #trendingup, as people crave both the downtown lifestyle and the freedom to fully own their property. And this particular community starts at a very reasonable starting price in the $600,000s, especially considering these floor plans range in size from over 1,800 to 2,690 sf! But for the home size and the downtown lifestyle, getting it at this price point will mean making some concessions…

Location: Not Exactly Downtown, But Not Far

East of 301, on the far-more industrial-feeling side of Main Street, is where Artisan is located. While there is a lot of new construction popping up in the area (this community alone will boast 6 buildings), the feel of this section of downtown is not quite there yet. And to walk to the heart of downtown, you’ll need to cross busy Washington Blvd.

That…View?

We are trying to not judge this one too harshly yet, especially since it’s incomplete and so is all the new construction around it, but we were underwhelmed with the view of the rooftop of Sarasota Lanes and the sight-lines from one building right to another.

The Plusses

  1. Price:Size Ratio

    Did we mention: The Price is Right! For those of us with less-than-million-dollar budgets, getting this amount of space downtown for the high hundred-thousands is worth the couple of negatives.

  2. Mostly-Walkable Location

    Easily walkable to the Fruitville corridor of downtown (think Breakfast House and The Tea Room), this eastern downtown complex is within city limits and still provides a mobile, city lifestyle. Right across 301 is the movie theater as well as myriad adorable coffee houses and restaurants. Without crossing 301, residents of Artisan on Main can visit downtown’s beautiful Payne Park, which hosts live music, a skatepark, a fantastic playground (even in the hottest summer months, thanks to the water features!), fitness loop, green space, and a cute lunch restaurant.

  3. Luxurious Feeling

These townhomes feature chic & modern details, right out of the pages of magazines: beautiful waterfall countertops, rooftop terraces with space for a jacuzzi, open contemporary staircases, and top-to-bottom elevators available. The areas you can’t see are quality as well: concrete block construction, hurricane-grade windows, natural gas available (a rarity for our area, and a perk for those of us who like to cook!), and energy-saving AC & heat pump.

Renderings of the Finished Product

More about Icon Residential

Not new to our area, Icon Residential is still in the process of completing their other off-the-beaten-Main-St development, Rosemary District’s Valencia. While we love the vibe and idea of both their Sarasota endeavors, Valencia’s construction is running more than a year behind, so this is a good time to remind everyone: if you are on a specific timeframe, new construction might not be for you. This is far from just an Icon problem, so it’s important to keep in mind.

If you are interested in newly constructed (or feels-like-new!) residences in Sarasota, let us know. If you are working on a specific timeframe, we will ensure that you are heading in the right direction at the right time. As usual, we are here to solve all your real estate dilemmas with top-level service and View From the Top style!

The Best Views from the Top Available Now

Here at View from the Top, we love everything Sarasota. We love the beaches, downtown, the cultural scene, the restaurants, and especially the neighborhoods, homes, and just plain living here…but we do specialize in penthouse and high-level living in the downtown area, so how about we look at the penthouses currently on the market. :-)

1350 Main St. #1701

in 1350 Main

Center-of-it-all penthouse living right in the heart of downtown.

990 Blvd of the Arts #1800

in Beau Ciel

Contemporary opulence with unobstructed sparkling views of the Bay.

  • 4 bedrooms

  • 5.5 bathrooms

  • 8,111 sq ft under air + over 2,000 sq ft of terrace space

  • Built in 2003

  • Offered at $7,950,000

888 Blvd of the Arts #1907/1908

In Condo on the Bay

Double-penthouse overlooking cerulean waters provides a perfect place for art collections aplenty.

1400 State St. #PH-11

in The Mark

Quintessential contemporary new construction.

  • 3 bedrooms

  • 3.5 bathrooms

  • 2,753 sq ft under air + approx. 300 sq ft terrace

  • Under construction now

  • Offered at $1,899,000

1335 2nd St. #PH-8

in The Collection

The ultimate in cosmopolitan luxury, located in up-and-coming Rosemary District.

  • 3 bedrooms

  • 3.5 bathrooms

  • 3,288 sq ft under air + 1000 sq ft terrace

  • Pre-Construction 2018/2019 build

  • Offered at $2,599,900

401 S. Palm Ave. #PH-1101

in Savoy on Palm

They don’t take credit card for their penthouse purchases, I already asked. ;-) #want

  • 4 bedrooms

  • 5 bathrooms

  • 5,708 sq ft under air plus outdoor kitchen on 1000 sq ft terrace

  • Offered at $4,500,000

And one View From the Top we just got under contract…

#1008 in Regency House

We listed this vast & spacious 10th-level condo and recently got it under contract. Sold from one artist (a composer) to another (a painter), this residence sits right in artsy Burns Court/Palm Avenue area, features amazing space for art collections throughout, and has an ultra-unique greenbelt city view.

When you are thinking of downtown Sarasota, we hope you think of us here at View from the Top, where we prize your lifestyle vision above everything else and will help you find the best place for you in our beautiful downtown area. When it comes to buying or selling in Sarasota, we are your experts! Give us a call today if we can help.

Feeling Like Fall

We all caught the first glimpse of fall this past weekend as the temperature dipped below 80 and the humidity left the air…at least for a few hours! It was, however, enough for those of us who love the fall season to start buying apple cider and thinking about our Halloween costumes. But just because we do not get the nip in the air that our northern cohorts receive this time of year, that does not mean we don’t do the fall season right. Take a look at some area activities to help you celebrate autumn!

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Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival

Fruitville Grove Fresh Farmers Market puts on a fun-filled Pumpkin Festival each fall! Bring the whole family to enjoy a wide variety of fall farm activities such as pony rides, a petting zoo, a wildflower maze, and of course pumpkin picking! Kids will love the mini-train rides, while kids of all ages ;-) will enjoy laser tag and bungee jumps. The festival runs from 10am-5pm every Saturday & Sunday in October.

Ghosts & Gruesomes Tour

Sarasota Suncoast Tours puts on their fun & spooky Ghosts & Gruesomes walking tour of downtown Sarasota every Friday & Saturday at 7:15pm this month. Experience the spirited and sinister side of Sarasota on this one-of-a-kind walking tour to learn more about the area and some of the residents who still call it home – many, many, many years later. The tour runs about 75 minutes.

 A Sarasota graveyard explored on Sarasota Suncoast Tours.

A Sarasota graveyard explored on Sarasota Suncoast Tours.

Sights & Sins Trolley Tour

We love trolley tours. What better way to spend a chilly (😂) fall evening than with a cup of hot apple cider aboard a trolley with your closest friends hearing about local history, interesting trivia, and a few of the ‘Sins’ that happened here. Another gem from Sarasota Suncoast Tours, this Sights & Sins tour runs either 1.5 or 3 hrs on the air-conditioned trolley and covers from the Sarasota Airport to downtown & Lido Key.

Siesta Key Trick or Treating

Fun for the whole family, the Siesta Key Village businesses hand out candy in costume for a fun trick-or-treating experience. This event is fully open to and free for the public! Trick-or-treating runs from 3-6pm on Halloween, but stay all evening patronizing the wonderful establishments of the Village for some serious Halloween fun!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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Who doesn’t enjoy this nostalgic performance during the spooky Halloween season? We know we do here at View From the Top! Lucky for us, the Players Center for Performing Arts is putting on an outdoor adaptation of Washington Irving classic at the Sarasota Polo Field. Opening tonight and running through the end of the month, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will be a modern twist on the classic story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.


Whether you enjoy the spook of the season or just the fun festivities, there are so many activities to enjoy this time of year in our area. If we can help you enjoy #viewfromthetopstyle-living in Sarasota in any way, please give us a call today. Happy haunting!

How To Be a Sarasota Foodie

 The dessert table at the Haye Loft, above Euphemia Haye

The dessert table at the Haye Loft, above Euphemia Haye

In a time when information is at the tip of our fingers, when crossing the country takes but a few hours, and when indulgence is not a rare treat but an opportunity offered to many, we are deciding where we visit and where we live based on simple luxuries like high-scale food scenes, nightlife, and access. Sarasota itself is a budding food city, with many fabulous award-winning restaurants as well as local favorites that are worthy of your tastebuds! Here are a few places to go, if you want to do Sarasota like a foodie.

Major Award-Winners

Michael’s on East

This Sarasota staple fine dining establishment boasts the most national awards in our area. It is Sarasota’s only AAA 4-diamond award restaurant, but it’s not just the awards and accolades that make Michael’s special. Its attached piano bar and wine cellar bring in guests who come just for the experience and who stay for the food, and the happy hour prices make this fine dining experience accessible for most. They give back, too! A frequent sponsor of our local non-profits, Michael’s also donates proceeds to one of them every Monday.

 Indigenous is located on S. Links Ave. downtown.

Indigenous is located on S. Links Ave. downtown.

Indigenous

When it opened in 2012, Indigenous came in with a bang, winning the Best New Restaurant award from Florida Trend right out the gate. Chef Steve Phelps is a two-time semi-finalist for the James Beard Best Chef - South award, the restaurant received a place on Zagat’s Best Restaurants in America list in 2013, and has landed on more Best Eats in Sarasota lists than we can came here. The ambiance of this restaurant is casual and chic simultaneously, featuring as many local, or indigenous, vendors as possible, from the wood used in the wine rack to the locally-sourced produce.

Food Network Accolades

Yoder’s

Featured on Man Vs. Food in 2009, this little Amish restaurant located just south of downtown has a reputation far louder than its comfortable dining room would suggest. The home-cooked comfort-food vibe makes you feel right at home. I, myself, enjoy the pies the most, but meat-eaters rave about their pot roast & fried chicken. A personal tip? Don’t be afraid of the name, just order the Shoofly Pie—a gooey and sweet molasses pie like nothing I’ve ever tasted before in my life. But really, any pie there will be the best pie you have ever tasted, even if you are a cake person. ;-)

Munchie’s 420 Café

Man Vs. Food was back in 2016 with a visit to the late-night Gulf Gate staple, Munchie’s 420 Café. Featured on the episode was a challenge to eat ghost pepper poppers, one we don’t suggest! But if you are craving literally every comfort food wrapped into one, Munchie’s is your place. My indulgence there is always the fries, as I’m a vegetarian so I don’t eat their sandwiches, but my foodie, meat-eating sister swears the Fat Sandy is where it’s at when you are searching for perhaps the most delicious thing you can put in your body at midnight: cheeseburgers, mac n’ cheese, chicken fingers, and mozzerella sticks on a sub roll. You read that right. It’s the king of good eats.

My Faves - It’s time you knew!

Bijou Café

I just love lunches at the Bijou, where the experience makes you feel like you rolled back a hundred years. Pour from the left, take from the right, white-glove service. The middle-of-downtown location is perfect if you work in the area. The nostalgic elegance coupled with modern European food creates a fine dining experience that you will enjoy in the middle of the workday or just before the opera on a Friday night.

Shore

This new essential place to eat on St. Armands Circle features a lot of what I love all in one place: a balcony view of a beautiful place (right on St. Armands), a good rosé, and seriously the best truffle fries in the world. It is true that I make special trips to Shore for the fries. The rest of their menu is nearly flawless, with fantastic tomato bisque soups and hot-weather friendly salads, but seriously—go try those truffle fries!

The Haye Loft at Euphemia Haye

It’s my party and I’ll eat dessert if I want to! Euphemia Haye’s dessert room has always been one of my favorite makes-me-feel-special places. The location on Longboat Key makes this a destination for me, but the dessert room makes it worth it. The fancy atmosphere is highlighted by the dessert bar, where everything from absolutely indulgent pies, bananas foster, and homemade ice cream are featured nightly. Invite some friends on your next big occasion—you won’t regret it!

Sarasota isn’t just a beach town, it’s a foodie town too. For all your Sarasota real estate and lifestyle needs, please give me a call today!

Resort-Style Living is #ViewFromTheTopStyle

Here at The View from the Top, we specialize in luxury & penthouse living in downtown Sarasota. However, Sarasota offers so many different ways to live in luxury that occasionally we branch away from downtown to spotlight a #ViewFromTheTopStyle neighborhood that we know our luxury-lovers would be able to appreciate. (See our previous blogs on West of Trail, Beach Retreats, Deer Creek & Lakewood Ranch.) One of the reasons many of us live here in Sarasota (aka paradise) is to feel like we are on vacation every day. If you want to take that to the next level, welcome to resort-style living.

We’re talking everything right in your neighborhood, well-maintained luxury amenities such as olympic lap pools, lagoon pools for sunbathing and lounging on a float, state-of-the-art fitness centers, top-notch safety & security, and easy access to regularly-needed places like hair salons, post offices, and markets. Ladies and gentlemen, meet VillageWalk, where they have done resort-style living right.

VillageWalk in Palmer Ranch

Located south of Clark Rd. off of Honore, VillageWalk is one of the largest and best-equipped communities in Palmer Ranch. While many PR neighborhoods feature public space, pools, and small fitness rooms, few do it on the scale of VillageWalk. Here’s why:The

  • Their gym is better-equipped than many professional gyms.

  • They offer two pools, one for relaxing, one for exercise, in addition to a spa, and ample outdoor space.

  • Six professional-quality, Har-Tru tennis courts are available for use.

  • Forgot one thing for dinner? Worry not! Stop by the convenience store right within the gates when you’re in a pinch.

  • The shopping district inside VillageWalk includes a salon, gas station, post office, and office space for residents. Talk about all-in-one!

  • The beautifully-maintained community features innumerable paths for biking and jogging through the picturesque neighborhood.

  • This neighborhood is perfect for worry-free lock & go! Ultra-secure manned gated entrance 24 hours a day means this is not only a very safe place to live full-time, but you can rest easy that your home away from home is safe if you are seasonal.

  • Maintenance-free living means no more yard work for you! 😍

All the Perks of Condo Living

If you like having everything you need right in one building, but desire a bit more breathing room on the weekends or when family is in town, VillageWalk can be a great alternative! All the amenities above mean you literally just have to worry about the inside of your home—easy peasy!

If you frequently feel like a hotel due to incoming friends and family who sadly only get to vacation here on occasion, put them up in your villa vacation paradise a mere 15 minutes away instead!

Sound like something you want?

We have good news for you! We are currently marketing a beautiful, totally updated & move-in ready villa in VillageWalk with a sparkling private pool out back! High-end finishes you’ve come to expect, resort-style living you deserve. Here are the details:

7546 Quinto Drive

  • 2 bed, 2 bath

  • 1,534 sq ft under air + additional exterior entertaining space of nearly 600 sq ft!

  • Recently updated kitchen & baths w/quartz counters & high-end finishes

  • Listed for $339,900!

If you or someone you know is looking to live more #ViewFromTheTopStyle, give us a call today. We may specialize in downtown, but we are delivering luxury lifestyles from all corners of Sarasota!

Just Listed: New Construction West of Trail

We just listed this simply magnificent and palatial new construction home situated on an ideal west of trail waterfront lot! Having 2.25 acres west of trail is almost unheard of, and this treed property has an Old Florida feel that is hard to find. Take a look at this truly special opportunity now available just minutes from downtown and Siesta Key right on the waterfront mainland of Sarasota…

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3246 Old Oak Drive

Verdant & Shady Land, Luxurious Coastal Home

  • Builder: Nutter Custom Construction

  • Design: Can be fully customized upon purchase to fit your taste and desires

  • 4,037 sq ft under air

  • 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

  • Additional den, game room, and exercise room

  • This beautiful custom-built home is being offered for $4,600,000

In the words of the builder:

This stunning Coastal Contemporary one-of-a-kind home was meticulously designed to impress with its rich architectural detail and clean lines. The home offers 4,037 square feet of living space with 3-bedrooms, 3.5 baths, plus study, game room, exercise room and 3-car garage. A grand great room with exposed beams gives way to the state of the art kitchen with only the best of high-end finishes including imported Italian stone. A work of art, the breathtaking master suite with white marble coverings feature an aquarium glass, indoor/outdoor shower and courtyard, and free-standing tub. Taking advantage of the Florida lifestyle, the outdoor lanai and pool area are suited for entertaining with elegance. A relaxing sun-shelf with stepping stones spill over into the generously sized pool which leads to a built-in spa with a trellised rain feature nestled into the perfect setting. 

And may we add, about this special lot:

With nearly 200’ of frontage on Sarasota Bay, this beautiful property offers you a look into what Florida can be… a lush & verdant escape of canopied oaks, towering palms, and peaceful seclusion unheard of in the highly sought-after West of Trail area. Winding down the quiet street, you will be in awe of a neighborhood that has put nature first; the homes work around the scenery in a graceful, subtle dance, allowing the trees to lead the way.

Your west-facing home will look out onto some of the best sunsets in the world…a red globe dipping into the warm waters of glistening Sarasota Bay. Located within minutes of Siesta Key, Southside Village, prestigious Southside Elementary School, and all of the cultural amenities of downtown Sarasota, this untouched property is the last of its kind.

Don’t miss the opportunity to build your dream home. If you or someone you know is looking to relocate to or within Sarasota, please give us a call today and let us help you find your perfect piece of paradise.

Sculpture Parks Here & There

Sculpture parks from around the world were recently featured on Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Defined blog. Take a look at 7 they believe you can’t miss, and one of our own special parks right in downtown Sarasota!


OPEN-AIR ART: 7 MUST-VISIT SCULPTURE PARKS

From giant roosters, deer, and hares, to mysterious shifting fog installations, some of the most exciting works of art are sited outside the traditional confines of a gallery in sculpture parks, giving visitors a whole new perspective on the pieces themselves and the landscapes they dominate—all while enjoying the fresh air and beautiful open spaces. Here are seven to put on your outdoor-art agenda.

1. Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Yorkshire, UK

A huge reclining hare, an army of imposing tribal figures, and a tree made of iron are just three of the sights that await visitors at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. The brainchild of founding director Peter Murray CBE, the park covers 500 acres (202 ha). Works by Henry Moore, Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash, and James Turrell are scattered around the grounds (as well as that Sophie Ryder hare, Zak Ové’s figures, and Ai Weiwei’s tree). “Viewing sculpture in the garden can provide a very different experience to an indoor gallery,” says Murray. “The changing light, the seasonal variations, and the elements all contribute to the experience.”

 The 16-foot-tall (4.9 m)  Caldera , by leading British sculptor Tony Cragg, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The venue’s indoor gallery recently hosted the biggest UK exhibition of his work to date. Tony Cragg,  Caldera , 2008. Bronze, 480 x 372 x 342cm. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photograph: Michael Richter.

The 16-foot-tall (4.9 m) Caldera, by leading British sculptor Tony Cragg, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The venue’s indoor gallery recently hosted the biggest UK exhibition of his work to date. Tony Cragg, Caldera, 2008. Bronze, 480 x 372 x 342cm. Courtesy the artist and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photograph: Michael Richter.

This is also the only place where you can see Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man in its entirety. “Sited on the hillside, the work takes on the majesty of the trees as it absorbs the Yorkshire landscape, which had such a strong influence on Hepworth,” observes Murray.

 Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the only place you can view Barbara Hepworth’s  The Family of Man , 1970 in its full form. © Bowness. Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photograph: Jonty Wilde.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the only place you can view Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man, 1970 in its full form. © Bowness. Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photograph: Jonty Wilde.

2.Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
If you were in London between July 2013 and February 2015, you might have noticed a huge blue rooster surveying Trafalgar Square. That particular bird—Katharina Fritsch’s Hahn/Cock—can now be found in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, but you can view its identical sibling (the work is an edition of two) at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, part of the Walker Art Gallery. The garden reopened in 2017 following a $10 million renovation and is home to works including Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen.

 Claes Oldenberg and Coosje van Bruggen’s  Spoonbridge and Cherry  (1988) takes pride of place in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Photograph courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio. Copyright 1988 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

Claes Oldenberg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Spoonbridge and Cherry (1988) takes pride of place in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Photograph courtesy the Oldenburg van Bruggen Studio. Copyright 1988 Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

3. Storm King Art Center
Cornwall, New York, USA
Just over an hour’s drive from Manhattan, Storm King Art Center was founded in 1960 by Ralph E Ogden and H Peter Stern. Originally a home for the works of the Hudson River School for painters, the park now spans 500 contiguous acres of wildlife-packed fields, former allées, woodlands, wetlands, and streams. More than 100 sculptures are dotted around the landscape, among them the futuristic, bright-red Iliad by Alexander Liberman, complete with its impossibly balanced cantilevered elements, and the rotatingFrog Legs by abstract expressionist Mark di Suvero. Storm King is currently staging two temporary exhibitions:Outlooks, a site-specific installation by Elaine Cameron-Weir, and Indicators: Artists on Climate Change, for which more than a dozen artists explore the impact of global warming through specially made sculpture, photography, and film.

  Frog Legs  by Mark di Suvero (2002) at the Storm King Art Center rotates 360 degrees in order to give ever-changing views of the sky and surrounding landscape. Lent by the artist and Spacetime C.C., New York. Photograph: Jerry L Thompson.

Frog Legs by Mark di Suvero (2002) at the Storm King Art Center rotates 360 degrees in order to give ever-changing views of the sky and surrounding landscape. Lent by the artist and Spacetime C.C., New York. Photograph: Jerry L Thompson.

4. National Gallery of Australia
Canberra, Australia
Not all sculptures need to be solid, as the National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) Sculpture Garden demonstrates every day between 12:30pm and 2pm. As the name suggests, Fog Sculpture, by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, envelops the garden in a mist that settles over its pond and pathways, shifting and moving with the wind. “The work is really intriguing because it acts very differently at different times of the year,” says Lucina Ward, senior curator, international painting and sculpture at NGA. “In foggy winters, the mist seems to continue onto the lake. On a hot summer’s day, meanwhile, it’s delightful to sit on a bench and have the vapor float onto your skin.” Also on display at the NGA isHeads from the North, by Dadang Christanto, a haunting work comprising 66 bronze heads staring out from the surface of a pond, and a life-sized model of Antony Gormley’s The Angel of the North.

 Fujiko Nakaya’s  Foggy Wake in a Desert: An Ecosphere  (1982) uses natural elements to create a living sculpture. Water vapor, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 1977. © Fujiko Nakaya.

Fujiko Nakaya’s Foggy Wake in a Desert: An Ecosphere (1982) uses natural elements to create a living sculpture. Water vapor, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased 1977. © Fujiko Nakaya.

5. Laumeier Sculpture Park
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
In 1968, Matilda C Laumeier bequeathed 72 acres of land to what would become Laumeier Sculpture Park. Today, it encompasses 105 acres, and is home to work from artists including Donald Judd, Jenny Holzer, and Tony Tasset, whoseDeer is a pensive and nervous—yet supersized—fawn ready to make her move. “I see the Laumeier as an intellectual playground,” says curator Dana Turkovic. “Artists use it as a platform, to add new voices to the conversation about public art in nature.” Laumeier also has an indoor gallery space, the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center, which this fall will showcase the work of David Hutson.

 Tony Tasset’s  Eye  stares intently back at visitors to Laumeier Sculpture Park in Saint Louis. Photograph: Alamy.

Tony Tasset’s Eye stares intently back at visitors to Laumeier Sculpture Park in Saint Louis. Photograph: Alamy.

6.Domaine du Muy
Le Muy, France
Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand knows a thing or two about sculpture: for almost 30 years he has staged exhibitions—and sold many works—at JGM Galerie (later renamed Galerie Mitterrand) in Paris’s hip Marais neighborhood. In 2015, Mitterrand and his son, Edward, opened a viewing space of a very different kind: one with no walls, and forests of pine and cork oaks as a dramatic backdrop. Situated 15 miles (24.1 km) inland between Nice and Marseilles, Domaine du Muy opened with an art trail of 40 pieces by contemporary artists spread across 25 acres (10.1 ha), curated in collaboration with Simon Lamunière, the brains behind Art Basel’s Art Unlimited section. The trail has been expanded even further for 2018, but pieces by resident artists Roman Signer and Claudia Comte remain.

 Claude Lalanne’s oversized bronze apple,  Pomme de New York  at Domaine du Muy in the South of France. © Claude Lalanne. Courtesy Domaine du Muy. Photograph: JC Lett.

Claude Lalanne’s oversized bronze apple, Pomme de New York at Domaine du Muy in the South of France. © Claude Lalanne. Courtesy Domaine du Muy. Photograph: JC Lett.

7. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Copenhagen, Denmark
Knud W Jensen loved art and culture. He also held other people’s love of it in high esteem, which led to him founding in 1958 what would become the most-visited art museum in Denmark. Today, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art houses an extensive collection of works dating from the Second World War to the present day, in a series of modernist buildings and outdoor areas.

 The stainless-steel and two-way-mirror glass piece,  Square Bisected by Curve  by New York-based artist Dan Graham, is on display at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Photograph: Kim Hansen. Credit: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

The stainless-steel and two-way-mirror glass piece, Square Bisected by Curve by New York-based artist Dan Graham, is on display at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Photograph: Kim Hansen. Credit: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Its adjoining Sculpture Park is modeled on an English landscape garden and cannot be viewed in its entirety from any one vantage point. “Louisiana should make itself known as a place for sculpture,” said Jensen, in his book Mit Loisiana-liv (My Louisiana Life). Standout works includeTwo Piece Reclining Figure No 5by Henry Moore, The Gate in the Gorge by American sculptor Richard Serra, and House to Watch the Sunset by American-Swiss sculptor Not Vital.


We’ll go ahead and add #8 ;-)

Sarasota Bayfront, Sarasota, Florida, USA

Our own bayfront area in downtown Sarasota has a wealth of sculptural and art appeal, including its annual Embracing Our Differences exhibit, which is billboard-sized expressions of creativity from people of all ages. In addition to this special exhibit on display during the winter, the bayfront has world-renown Unconditional Surrender (center) statue, and several smaller sculptures scattered all around, many of which are by Sarasota local artists.

This year’s Embracing Our Differences display is calling for art very soon! To find out more about how to submit entries to be a part of this large outdoor exhibit, visit their webpage here.

  • Deadline to submit art: October 15, 2018

  • This year’s exhibit is open: January 19 to March 15, 2019

Art Ovation: 21st Century Speakeasy

By Molly Russo

When the Art Ovation Hotel opened in April of this year, it followed the Westin to fill a much-needed gap downtown in the short-term accommodations department. But its heart-of-downtown location, as opposed to both Ritz Carlton and Westin’s west-of-41 addresses, makes it a great option for visitors who come to the area for our wonderful downtown arts scene. Located on N. Palm literally across the street from Florida Studio Theatre and a few paces from the Sarasota Opera, Art Ovation is an aptly-named for this artsy sector of downtown, and it was no coincidence that Realtor Extraordinaire and myself stumbled upon it one evening while leaving a show…

Come for the Music, Stay for the Ambiance

On a rainy Wednesday evening, while strolling back to our cars after a Cabaret performance at Florida Studio Theatre (a summer and winter series that we love — find out more about it here), the sound of jazzy piano hit our ears as we watched a cocktail-attired couple exit the Art Ovation Hotel. Modern and angular busts greet pedestrians from the sidewalk and look like a futuristic Easter Island Head. This coupled with the Roarin’ ‘20s vibe we felt from the music meant we had to go in.

Art Ovation is stark, contemporary, and clean on the inside. A formal dining room is to the right, the hotel and gorgeous rooftop bar & pool are above (the latter closed due to the inclement weather during our visit), and a bar, nestled in the midst of wide room is to the left. We made for the bar and passed a gallery of bright paintings on the way, reaffirming the hotel’s commitment to the arts. The expansive front space, ideal for cocktail parties or dances I’m sure, currently held a band, well known among Sarasota’s live music scene, Hot Club of SRQ.

Elevated, Classy, & Artistic in Every Detail

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We pulled out our stools and took a seat, greeted immediately by a bartender clad in a crisp white oxford with an undone bowtie hanging around his neck. This uniform, worn by the rest of the wait staff too, added to the classy-but-undone atmosphere. This place could be both—and everything from the bartenders to scent of the lobby told you so. Needing to tidy up my hair after being caught in the rain, I was surprised when I entered the Ladies’ to be greeted not by music, but by the soothing sound of the Great Gatsby being read to me. What a touch; they thought of every detail.

The rest of the evening passed over a bottle of champagne (pink, of course) and polite conversation. The drinks were reasonable and the ambiance was very unique and very Sarasota, pulling upon the cultural influences of our city and marrying contemporary class with the stylish atmosphere of a speakeasy. We loved it, and will be back!

Art Ovation Hotel | 1255 N. Palm Avenue | https://artovationhotel.com/

Just Listed: Burns Court Villas

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Just Listed!

563 Palm Avenue, Sarasota

We just listed a beautiful and impeccably maintained townhome in exclusive Burns Court Villas. The small community is made up of just 23 residences surrounding a peaceful courtyard and community pool, right in the heart of Burns Court in Downtown Sarasota.

Burns Court Villas.  Just imagine...

Imagine living in the center of downtown Sarasota and also enjoying the tranquility of hidden gardens that feel like a private oasis…this stunning residence at Burns Court Villas presents a unique opportunity to both! Located in historic & artsy Burns Court, this townhome is ideally situated on a prime corner with many windows for lots of light, and also features direct entry from Palm Avenue for easy coming and going, plus supreme walkability to all of downtown.

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563 S. Palm AvENUE

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2.5 bathrooms
  • 2,124 sq' under air + 300 sq' of balcony & courtyard exterior space
  • Listed for $925,000

Inside you will find finishes that impress, including elegant travertine, gleaming rich wood, sparkling granite, and chef-worthy Viking appliances. Your private elevator will whisk you up to three spacious bedrooms, two of which enjoy access to airy balconies. You’ll also love the spacious master closet, recently fully customized with perfect built-ins, and the pretty view from your master suite, encompassing the entire third floor.

Back on the ground, meander outside to your private and secluded patio - a rarity downtown! - for an afternoon nap or to grill dinner. You will feel right at home in this gorgeous property and there is nothing to do but relax and start enjoying your downtown lifestyle.

Now your only concern will be whether to exit through the front door to visit the nearby boutiques and galleries, or leave via the back to lounge in the lush courtyard. It is all up to you! 

Community Amenities

 The jaw-dropping verdant grounds provide a peaceful respite for Burns Court Villas residents.

The jaw-dropping verdant grounds provide a peaceful respite for Burns Court Villas residents.

 A community pool & spa are located in the center of the small community, completely isolated from the outside world of the city.

A community pool & spa are located in the center of the small community, completely isolated from the outside world of the city.

 The garden courtyard is complete with beautiful statues and pergolas set in the scenic space.

The garden courtyard is complete with beautiful statues and pergolas set in the scenic space.

If you would like more information about this special and rare villa in Burns Court, please visit the property page or give me a call today!

Why Travel When You Live in Paradise?!?

Sometimes you just want to get away, but as we always say in my family, "Why travel when you live in paradise??" Few national vacation destinations can rival the white sands of our beaches, the rolling greens of our golf courses, and the seemingly endless sunny skies (at least until 5pm! 😉), so really, why try anywhere else? We are advocates of changing up the scenery every once in a while, however, so take a look below at some stunning homes that can function as your weekend getaway from the downtown lifestyle...

627 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach

This canal-front home on Bimini Bay is a boater's paradise. The mid-century home was recently completely renovated and expanded, including the addition of a 10,000 lb boat lift. We love the seamless blend of island style with contemporary flair.

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 2,125 square feet under air
  • Listed for $1,549,000

 

101 Cedar Avenue, Anna Maria Island

This massive beach house feels like Nantucket or perhaps Margaritaville. The shiplap paneling and tongue-in-groove ceilings feel nautical and somehow both casual and luxurious at the same time. Stroll through the backyard path right to the sands of north Anna Maria.  Yes, please!

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3.5 bathrooms
  • 2,828 square feet under air
  • 3,708 total square feet
  • Listed for $3,750,000

 

7251 Plovers Way, Siesta Key

This home on Heron's Lagoon feels like the most extravagant treehouse imaginable. Tucked into the rhythmic & lush greenery of south Siesta Key, this home has entertaining space galore inside and out as well as luxe high-end finishes that lend a 5-star experience every day.

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 3,000 square feet under air
  • 6,696 total square feet
  • Listed for $2,250,000

 

8325 Lindrick Lane, The Concession

When you really want to get away, head east to the luxury golf community of The Concession. Gorgeous mansions, award-winning golf, and quiet seclusion will make you feel like you're in a totally different world, all only 20 minutes from home! 

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
  • 3,646 square feet under air
  • 5,236 total square feet
  • Listed for $1,295,000

If you would like more information regarding any of the homes, areas, or neighborhoods featured here, please give me a call. We are downtown experts indeed, but we live and breathe Sarasota and its surrounding areas, and we can help you anywhere. Next time you are considering booking the flight, just remember, nothing measures up to paradise! ;-)

5 Under 5

I keep seeing articles about how Sarasota is the newest hot luxury market, one of the fastest growing luxury markets in the country. When all of the news is showing dollar signs, it's important to remember that Sarasota provides fantastic housing options for many price points, not just the ultra-luxe. Take a look at 5 under 5, five great downtown condos under $500,000, that are on the market now!

1500 State Street #402

The brand new condo development of 1500 State St was just finished this year, and this luxuriously appointed pied-a-terre wows with its fine appointments and current style, right in the heart of downtown.

  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • 736 square feet
  • Built in 2018
  • Listed for $499,900

1064 N. Tamiami Trail #1505

From the 5th floor of Broadway Promenade, you can enjoy this well-appointed condo with sightlines over Sarasota sunsets and the sparkling bay waters.

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 1,222 square feet
  • Built in 2007
  • Listed for $389,900

707 South Gulfstream Avenue #107

Enjoy some of the best views in Sarasota from every residence in Essex House. This first-story condo features a wide-open floorplan and is light and bright thanks to an abundance of windows, highlighting both water and greenery outside.

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 1,247 square feet
  • Built in 1975
  • Listed for $449,900

100 Central Avenue #B407

I'm in love with the herringbone wood floors in this condo in downtown's middle-of-everything 100 Central. In addition to all the amenities within walking distance (hello, Starbuck's, Whole Foods!), 100 Central is cHOCk-full of in-building amenities including theater, fitness, pool and more!

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 1,180 square feet
  • Built in 2005
  • Listed for $489,000

555 South Gulfstream Avenue #203

This is quite a deal! Royal St. Andrew is right across from the bayfront of Sarasota in the cozy corner of south downtown. This updated pied-a-terre features an exquisitely spacious kitchen for this price point and for downtown.

  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • 909 square feet
  • Built in 1969
  • Listed for $350,000

While there is a wider variety of housing options at higher price points now than in previous times, there remain wonderful choices at more affordable levels! If we can help you find your perfect downtown Sarasota home or condo (or sell yours), please give us a call today. ;-)

Renovating to Sell: Common Mistakes

In terms of renovations, we have seen it all! When you are upgrading or renovating parts of your home - either for yourself or in preparation to sell, you want to stick with areas that are important to buyers and places that will translate into a good return on the investment, either by a higher sale price or a faster sale. We've already shared how-tos and to-dos about staging (a case study, the importance of) and how to prepare your condo for sale, so how about we focus on some DON'Ts for a change...

Don't...

...Leave your kitchen cabinets without knobs!

Nothing says "I cut corners!" like forgetting important finishing touches, such as, say... HOW TO OPEN A CUPBOARD. 😛 If you took the time, and likely large expense, of renovating a kitchen prior to putting your home on the market, go ahead and spend the extra $100 for knobs and handles on the cabinetry. Leaving them without looks like an "i" without a dot above it; you can read what it's supposed to mean in the sentence, but it just looks wrong. Not only do knobs and pulls finish the look, they also serve to give a sense of style to the room and can make a space look sleeker or more traditional depending on what you choose.

 Why, yes, I did actually just buy these from a big box store, install them myself, and potentially forget to properly connect the faucet. Why do you ask?

Why, yes, I did actually just buy these from a big box store, install them myself, and potentially forget to properly connect the faucet. Why do you ask?

 Why yes, I did think out this kitchen for both look and functionality! Thank you for noticing.

Why yes, I did think out this kitchen for both look and functionality! Thank you for noticing.

...Install Cheap Countertops!

Are you sensing a theme? Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in the home when it comes to making the decision to buy a property. Families spend a lot of time in their kitchens. And just like leaving off knobs and pulls, installing cheap granite with no movement that is sold in-stock at every home box store sends the same message: I don't care enough to do it right. (Which, consequently, leads to buyers wondering what else isn't done right that they can't see...)  We aren't saying you need to spend top-dollar to put in state-of-the-art quartz or super-unique solid surface countertops, but if you are going to try to make a statement, don't make it with cheap granite!

 No personality...

No personality...

 Pizzazz galore!

Pizzazz galore!

...Install Thin Granite!

Don't waste the money on granite if you are going to drop in 1/2" thick granite.  It looks cheap and most people will just see the renovation as something they'll need to replace to get to current standards anyway.  Hence, they'll see more dollar-signs instead of a newly-updated space, which is entirely opposite of your point. 

 This thin-granite look doesn't make a statement. :-(

This thin-granite look doesn't make a statement. :-(

  Wow  is what this 3" granite says!

Wow is what this 3" granite says!

...Just Update Part When The Whole Room Needs It!

Sometimes it draws more attention to outdated aspects of a space by updating some but not all older features.  A full-on outdated bathroom with small tile and older cabinetry, with the right staging and accessories, can look classic and full of ecclectic personality! But updating the yellow laminate countertop in this same vintage space to something chic and new will only call more attention to those parts you didn't update, like the shabby shower door and outdated tile. 

 Cute & Vintage

Cute & Vintage

 Chic & Current

Chic & Current

 Some monstrous hybrid of the two!

Some monstrous hybrid of the two!

...Invest Where You Won't See Return (Unless It's Necessary!)

There are updates that add tremendous value to your home: the roof, AC, and appliances are the first that come to mind. Then there are the things sellers update because they think they will see that money come back.  A couple places where you might skip updating unless you have a necessary repair or replacement are:

  • Windows: If they open and close and lock, let them be. Replacing can be both expensive and time-consuming, given that window replacements require permitting.
  • Water Accessories: You need to have a water heater; don't worry about upgrading the size. Likewise, water softeners are a must for few, and a plus for most. Don't add just to sell.
  • Places you can't "see": As long as your majors are covered (like AC and roof as mentioned above), other "guts of the home" renovations might not bring back the return you desire. Stick to repairing and refreshing areas that potential buyers will see while they are making their first impression of your home -- in the photos! Internal home issues can be brought to the table and discussed during inspection and negotiation periods, but you never get the chance to correct the first impression! So de-scuff the moldings, repaint the weird wall colors, swap out antiquated fixtures for something more current, and yes, please hang some inoffensive art to keep it interesting!

We often meet with our past and future clients when they are considering renovations to help discern the essentials from the unnecessary and we would love to be the one you call if you need that kind of input!  Please don't hesitate - we have lots of opinions backed up by experience and we enjoy sharing. :-)

Architectural Gems Right Here!

When thinking of cities with architectural appeal, Sarasota might not be the first that comes to mind, but it should be!  Our city boasts a rich history of architectural achievement, mostly characterized by the mid-century trend, Sarasota Modern (aka the Sarasota School of Architecture), which blended modern designs with Florida-friendly details like walls of glass, shade from the sun, and ventilation.  Many of our community buildings, such as Sarasota High School (a Paul Rudolph design), City Hall (a Jack West design), and our own South Gate Community Center (a Victor Lundy design), are the works of local modernist architects.  Many of our amazing private residences in Sarasota feature stunning mid-century, coastal contemporary, and Sarasota Modern influences.  Let's take a look at a few of our favorites...

7140 Captain Kidd Avenue

  • Sold in July for $1,225,000
  • Located in west of trail neighborhood Cedar Cove
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2.5 bathrooms
  • 3,925 square feet under air

This stunning home is waterfront on a canal just south of the Stickney Point bridge to Siesta Key.  Built with the clean lines and open sights to the outdoors that characterize Sarasota Modern, the home was recently fully renovated.  Glass block detailing original to the 1978 design has been updated with open-view railing, the kitchen and baths are fully modernized, and every room highlights the lush and large lot, canal frontage, and bay view.

1666 Bahia Vista Street

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  • Sold in July for $2,100,000
  • Located West of the Trail 
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3.5 bathrooms
  • 3,842 square feet under air

Expanses of glass, soaring high ceilings, and a juxtaposition of curvature and clean lines bring the open feel of the outdoors right into this well-placed west of trail home.  Just a few minutes from downtown is a private oasis of intricately woven tropical landscaping surrounding a sleek, modern home.  The home was built in 2003 and has been updated with a focal point modern kitchen and contemporary poured concrete floors.

536 North Spoonbill Drive

  • Sold in July for $2,250,000
  • Located on Bird Key
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 3,757 square feet under air

Located on exclusive Bird Key, this residence is situated on large corner canal-front lot.  A testament to coastal contemporary design, this home is cozy but clean in its design, with more traditional touches than the modernist examples above.  Angled high ceilings, vast lengths of windows and sliding glass doors, and sliding barn doors add unique features and update the 1963-built home to modern tastes.

4433 Riverwood Avenue

  • Currently on the market for $1,000,000
  • Located in inland neighborhood Ridgewood just south of Proctor Rd.
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2.5 bathrooms
  • 2,714 square feet under air

A true Sarasota School of Architecture gem, this eye-catching home was designed by two original members, Jack West & Elizabeth Boylston Waters, in 1960.  The Round House is just that, a circular home set on two lots with a third buildable lot included.  The simply massive open living space features glass walls soaring up two stories and a balcony overlooking it all from the second floor.  The modern-style kitchen is clean white, enhancing the light and bright downstairs space.  If you are on the market for a true piece of Sarasota architecture, this one should have your eye.

We truly have something for everyone here in Sarasota. 

Whether it is a simple condo, an architectural wonder, or a family estate, I can help you find a home that is right for you in our area!

Downtown Favorite: Beulah

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By Molly Russo

Classic & Eclectic Dining

Beulah landed on the cuisine scene in 2015, opening its doors on Main Street near Osprey Avenue on the east side of downtown Sarasota.  The name doesn't give much away but when you enter this eclectic establishment, the smells of authentic Italian food drift in your direction and the vintage-y, Bohemian interior is a treat for the eye.  Mismatched tables and chairs and well-placed comfy couches coupled with the ornate décor and chandelier lighting made this feel cozy to me, like I had wandered into a very interesting old woman's house, à la Great Expectations. 

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Head in for Happy Hour...

The happy hour menu, which is available at the bar only (as many a Yelp-reviewer informed me prior to my visit), features a small array of appetizers, cocktails, beer, and wine for under $10.  Not a bad deal!  Try the Margherita pizza, mussels, or eggplant rollatine for a flavorful snack from 5-7pm with your drink, or the Caesar salad if you're trying to be good. ;-)

...or an Authentic Italian Meal

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Seeing as I was there for dinner, I did not partake in the happy hour menu, but moved right in for dinner.  A friend and I each ordered -- what else at an authentic Italian place? -- pasta!  She opted for the lasagna, which was so light, yet well-spiced; it reminded me of the fresh-made pasta an old friend from Italy had made me once upon a time.  Hands down, this was the best lasagna I've ever had (thank goodness she let me share a bite!).  I had the ravioli of the day, this particular day the flavor was mushroom.  It did not disappoint.  The ravioli were set in a white alfredo-type sauce and were simply mouth-watering.  We both cleaned our plates.

Though Beulah has been a part of our scene for a few years, this was my first time there.  The food was spectacular, the service friendly and professional, and the ambiance was just cool.  Brick walls juxtaposed with elaborate fixtures and artwork set a perfect stage for the new twist on old world cuisine.  I highly recommend Beulah for your next date night!

Side note: As I was writing this, an article popped up on the Herald Tribune naming Beulah's Aperol the cocktail of the summer.  Check out their article here.

 

A View from the Garden

People love their penthouses, but let's face it, the View from the Top isn't for everyone!  People who desire seeing more green than cityscape or those who want a more spacious feel over height might choose to live in a lower-level residence.  Let's check out some cool garden- and courtyard-view condos in Downtown Sarasota, where there are stunning views of more than just the water!  

(Some of these are not actively for sale at this time but we couldn't resist sharing them with you anyway!)


1000 SF of Terrace in Orange Blossom Tower

What a unique find!  At Orange Blossom Tower, which resides right next to 1350 Main in the heart of downtown and where each residence encompasses an entire floor, there is one extra-special condo on the 3rd floor, which includes a whopping 1000+ sq'  of outdoor space on two separate terraces.  This is a case of lower floor = more space!  With nearly 4,000 sq' of interior space, plus fireplace (inside) and fire pit (outside), there is truly no end to entertaining options in a home like this.  

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 3,954 sq ft under air
  • 4,936 total sq ft including exterior space
  • Sold for $1,599,000 in 2015
 

Private Open-Air Terrace in Sansara

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Who says the top has more fun?  This 2nd-level condo in luxurious Sansara has one thing those higher floors do not: a stunning open-air terrace, which gives you the feel of pushing back the pocketing sliders right out to your backyard!  Nearly 2,800 sq ft of living space open up wide to the nearly 2,500 sq ft of terrace, complete with gas grill, fire pit, and covered pergola seating area.  All we can say is "Wow!"

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 2,794 sq ft under air
  • 5,379 total sq ft including exterior space
  • Sold for $2,249,900 in 2017
 

Endless Green in Burns Court Villas

Looking for lush and fragrant grounds to greet you every day?  Look no further than Burns Court Villas, a private enclave of 23 townhomes which share stunningly landscaped space and a warm, Mediterranean aesthetic.  All of the villas have cozy courtyards, but we love the whimsy vibe of this 2,000 sq ft townhome with a large wrap-around terrace.

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2.5 bathrooms
  • 2,013 sq ft under air
  • 2,483 total sq ft including exterior space
  • Sold for $995,000 in 2017
 

Sweet Solitude in Library Mews

How do you get the feel of a spacious single family home in the center of downtown?  Library Mews, that's how.  The rarely-available, 11-unit townhome complex is situated on Cocoanut north of Main St, and despite its ultra-urban location, it has the excluded aura of sweet solitude.  This 1,490 sq ft townhome boasts nearly 700 sq ft of exterior living space, including a terrace and a rooftop patio.  

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2.5 bathrooms
  • 1,490 sq ft under air
  • 2,141 total sq ft including exterior space
  • Currently listed for $649,000 (click to view listing here.)
 

Four Stories of Fun in Marquee En Ville

Things we love about Marquee En Ville: 

  1. The space.  Every townhome is over 2,200 sq ft.
  2. The 4th floor.  Paradise is the open-air covered patio with outdoor kitchen overlooking the city.
  3. The price point. These adorable townhomes have yet to hit the $1 million-dollar price point, and in fact, none have sold for more than $800K in the past 5 years!
  4. The location.  You can see the front of it from Fruitville so it's easy to tell your friends how to get there, and you are only minutes on foot from the opera, restaurants, Whole Foods, and more!
  5. There are actually 2 on the market right now!  
 2 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms | 2,290 sq ft  3,050 sq ft total including exterior space  Currently listed for $659,000!    (click to view listing.)

2 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms | 2,290 sq ft

3,050 sq ft total including exterior space

Currently listed for $659,000!

(click to view listing.)

 2 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms | 2,320 sq ft  3,000 sq ft including exterior space  Currently listed for $775,000!    (click to view listing.)

2 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms | 2,320 sq ft

3,000 sq ft including exterior space

Currently listed for $775,000!

(click to view listing.)

There are a wide variety of options in Downtown Sarasota, from buildings ideal for boaters to ritzy high-rises to garden townhomes.  I can help you whatever your lifestyle desires may be. :-)

Pet-Free Paradises

Our world has gotten friendlier over the past few years, and in general we approve! But what if you're put off by this new world of pet-friendliness? While pets have sashayed right into real life as dining partners, workout partners, and (dare we say it?) office helpers, it seems that there isn't a place today for people who aren't pet-lovers themselves. If this sounds like you, and you would like your home to be a vacation from other people's pets, then perhaps you should check out some of downtown's pet-free buildings. Let's have a look!

*The price range noted below reflects closed sales in the past year.

Regency House

This Palm Avenue gem is known for its friendly community has fantastic city and water views, and the great location right across from Bayfront Park. 

  • Price Range: $300,000 to $700,000
  • Year Built: 1972
  • Building Amenities: Fitness room, community pool, building library, community room, manned security inside building
  • # of Floors: 11
  • Perks & Plusses: Super-spacious floor plans. Spectacularly green city views over Burns Court to one side and expansive sparkling water views from the other.  Walkable to everything downtown.

Condo on the Bay - Building 888

Condo on the Bay was the first of its kind: a high-rise nestled against the waterfront offering totally unobstructed views of the Bay, the Gulf beyond, the barrier keys as well as downtown Sarasota.  Composed of two buildings, only one is pet-free.

  • Price Range: $500,000 to $1.2 million
  • Year Built: 1982
  • Building Amenities: community pool, manned security & gated entry, tennis courts, fitness center w/sauna, boat docks
  • # of Floors: 18
  • Perks & Plusses: One of only a few downtown condo buildings that has boat dockage.

One Watergate

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  • Price Range: $400,000 to $850,000
  • Year Built: 1974
  • Building Amenities: Pool, fitness/community room, tennis courts, secure building, on-site management
  • # of Floors: 18
  • Perks & Plusses: Walking distance to new hot-spot Westin & classy favorite the Ritz's Jack Dusty.  The higher levels can see everything: the bay, the marina, Golden Gate Point, all the keys, and even out to the Gulf of Mexico

Embassy House

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This building isn't 100% pet-free, as owners (not tenants) are allowed one cat per residence.  However, these seen-and-not-heard animals might be tolerable thanks to the spanning views of Sarasota Bay, the Marina, and Golden Gate Point available in Embassy House!

  • Price Range: $500,000 to $1.1 million
  • Year Built: 1975
  • Building Amenities: Community pool, 24-hr security, fitness center
  • # of Floors: 19
  • Perks & Plusses: Full walls of windows frame the views for days that you get here.  Walkable to everything downtown.

Whatever lifestyle you're searching for downtown, we can help you find it.  Pet-full or pet-free, walkable or boatable, there is a place for you in Sarasota!  If we can be of assistance in your search for the perfect home or condo in Sarasota, please give us a call today.