Downtown Sarasota

Your Downtown Update: What's all that construction?

Sarasota certainly has not been idle in the months our seasonal visitors have been away. Let’s take a quick look at what you might have missed while you were gone.

While You were Gone…

A suite at Sarasota Modern

A suite at Sarasota Modern

…These projects have neared completion:

These long-awaited new construction projects are nearing completion, bringing a lot more options for renters and visitors!

  • Embassy Suites Hotel - 202 N. Tamiami Tr. Central Downtown

  • Arcos Apartments - 320 Central Ave. Rosemary District

  • Elan Rosemary Apartments - 710 N. Lemon Ave. Rosemary District

  • Sarasota Modern Hotel -1242 Blvd. of the Arts Rosemary District

A rendering of Courtyard at Citrus

A rendering of Courtyard at Citrus

…These buildings have begun construction:

A multitude of living options await us in the coming months! For the purposes of location, we’ve let you know what niche of downtown each of these are located.

  • Artisan on Main - 62. N. School Ave. East Downtown

  • The Boulevard (BLVD) - 500 N. Tamiami Tr. Central Downtown

  • Bold Lofts - 2nd St. Central Downtown

  • Courtyard at Citrus - 461 N. Orange Ave. Rosemary District

  • The Enclave at Laurel Park - 1425 Main St. Laurel Park

  • Laurel Townhomes - on Hudson Bayou Laurel Park

  • The Pearl - 609 Golden Gate Pt Golden Gate Point

  • 7 One One Palm - 711 S. Palm Ave. Palm Avenue Waterfront

  • The Ritz Carlton Residences - 1111 Ritz Carlton Ave. Bayfront North

  • The Mark - 100 S. Washington Central Downtown

…And these have stayed in or begun the development process:

Many of these have been a subject of our blogs (and conversation!) for months, but the shovel is not yet in the ground.

  • The Collection - 1335 2nd St. Rosemary District

  • TBA, 5-story condo - 1469 5th St. Rosemary District

  • 332 Cocoanut - 332 Cocoanut Ave. Rosemary District

  • TBA, condos - 680 Golden Gate Point Golden Gate Point

  • Courtyard at Citrus, phases 2 and 3 - 461 N. Orange Ave. Rosemary District

Rendering of The Strand

Rendering of The Strand

  • The Demarcay - 27. S. Palm Ave. Palm Avenue Waterfront

  • Epoch - 53 S. Palm Ave. Palm Avenue

  • Evolution - TBD Golden Gate Point

  • Quay Sarasota - North Bayfront

  • Payne Park Village - East Downtown

  • The Risdon - Rosemary District

A rendering of Zahrada

A rendering of Zahrada

  • The Strand - North Downtown

  • Vanguard Lofts - 1343 4th Street Rosemary District

  • Zahrada - TBD 4th Street Rosemary District

A rendering of DeMarcay

A rendering of DeMarcay

Is all the new construction a good or bad thing? Only time will tell. From a real estate perspective, the sheer volume of new options in the downtown area have begun to impact our current market, which has shifted to a buyer’s market slowly over the past few months. The influx of additional options in downtown housing started as a correction to many years of downright snail’s pace development in our area post-recession. As Sarasota grew in popularity over the last decade, construction didn’t really pick back up until 5-6 years in, so we did have some making up to do. We will have to wait and see how the changing skyline of our city impacts of overall market in the coming months and years.

2018 Has Made Us Your Trusted Downtown Experts

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Thank you for a wonderful year, Sarasota! We love downtown Sarasota and are proud to have worked so often and in so many amazing buildings in the area.

Take a look at all our action this year as your trusted downtown experts!


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VUE

#1404 Worked with Buyers & Seller

This stunning 14th floor residence at VUE was only on the market for 9 days! I listed and staged the condo, which resulted in my buyers scooping it up in record time - it is the fastest resale in the building to date!

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2.5 bathrooms

  • Sold at 97% of list price for $1,495,000

Regency House

#307 Worked with Buyers

My buyers got a fantastic deal on this Regency House condo. Walkable to the bayfront and the art galleries, shoppes and restaurants of Burns Court and Palm Avenue, this charming condo is the perfect pied-à-terre!

  • 1 bedroom

  • 1 bathroom

  • Purchased for 96% of list price for $277,000

#1008 Worked with Sellers

An unexpected greenbelt view of downtown caught the eye of an artist who purchased this condo from my seller, a composer. All in all, this was a match made in heaven, with incoming buyers who appreciate the artsy ambiance of the Palm Avenue/Burns Court area of downtown, and sellers who are moving out of a beloved location into a single family home we found for them nearby.

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

  • Sold at 92% of list price for $455,000

One Watergate

#PH-B Worked with Seller

A large terrace, spacious living space, and floor-to-ceiling sliders that overlook everything from the Bay to the Gulf and all the keys couldn’t keep our seller a job relocation, but luckily she had Allison stage this one to perfection and get it sold so she could begin a new phase in her life up north.

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

  • Sold at 93% of list price for $765,000

Q

270 Cosmopolitan Ct. Worked with Sellers

Another record-breaker was the fastest resale ever in Q, the luxury townhomes located right in the heart of downtown. This beautiful home was a smart house with contemporary and classy features and décor everywhere, as well as an extremely spacious rooftop bar. It sold in a mere 18 days on the market.

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

  • Sold at 99% of list price for $775,000


Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season! See you in 2019 for all your real estate needs. :-)

Best New Listings Downtown Now

Welcome to Season, where both housing options and potential buyers are on the rise. Check out some of the best condos on the market downtown right now!

Spotlight: New Construction

There is no shortage of new buildings available downtown, in various states of construction. For more information on each, click on the link below.

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Spotlight: Resales

Surprising Ground-Floor Unit in Condo on the Bay

888 Blvd of the Arts #102

What a refreshing surprise! We love the #viewfromthetopstyle, but this view from the ground is just lovely. It gives this condo a single family home-feel, with yard and trees viewable from the windows and the ability to walk right out to the waterfront, but retains all the worry-free amenities of comfortable and easy condo living.

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

  • 1,288 sq ft under air

  • Listed on Dec. 6 for $ 549,900

Panoramic Views in Embassy House

770 S. Palm Ave. #704

Embassy House is one of the best buildings from which you can get an amazing view of Sarasota Bay. The age of this building (1975) puts it out of the running for many people, whose attention is drawn to newer, more sparkly objects downtown (not that we don’t love those too!), but it should not be overlooked by anyone to whom space and view are important.

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

  • 1,625 sq ft under air

  • Listed on Dec. 3 for $749,000

Sleek on Sparkling Sarasota Bay

174 Golden Gate Pt. #23

Harbor House is an adorable mid-rise building on exclusive Golden Gate Point. The modernity of this residence is a true treat for the eyes, with waterfall marble, wood-look tile flooring, and clean lines that give way to the beautiful bay view right outside the large windows.

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

  • 1,388 sq ft under air

  • Listed on Nov. 26 for $699,000

Traditional Sophistication in La Bellasara

464 Golden Gate Pt. #601

There is something about classic décor that is…well, timeless. This elegant residence features stunning design elements such as mahogany molding, a clawfoot tub, an executive office, and even a built-in sauna! The kitchen is worthy of an HGTV special with modern touches in a classy and functional space. It also features nearly 1,000 sq ft of ourdoor terrace space from which to enjoy the view.

  • 3 bedrooms

  • 3.5 bathrooms

  • 3,384 sq ft under air

  • Listed on Dec. 4 for $2,799,000

Spacious Contemporary Haven in Sansara

300 S. Pineapple Ave. #401

2016’s Sansara is one of my favorite recent additions to downtown. Modern and chic choices were made in every detail of this prime location building, and this fourth-floor condo is no exception. The west-facing living space gets Sarasota’s spectacular sunsets every night and the bedrooms overlook the city.

  • 3 bedrooms

  • 3 bathrooms

  • 2,773 sq ft under air

  • Listed on Nov. 20 for $2,090,000


With the increase in options available downtown, let me be the trusted advisor that guides you through this process. For all your downtown Sarasota real estate needs, I’m here to help!

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.

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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.

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!

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.

Brand New Resource: Current Market Update

We know you're savvy, in-the-know people who want the most up to date information on your homes and investments, and we are happy to oblige!  We just added a new feature to our website, Current Market, and we want you to have a look.

What's New

Every month, as soon as we have the stats on the prior month, so will you!  Take a look at this month's current market update below, and anytime you want the freshest, most current data on downtown Sarasota condos, visit seetheviewfromthetop.com/downtown-current-market!


downtown real estate

A market update just for your neighborhood, downtown Sarasota, as of the end of June 2018.

downtown condo inventory is down, but pending sales are up.

The seasonality of downtown Sarasota means we typically see a drop in sales and contracts over the summer.  Consequently, less people typically choose to list during this time because of the decreased buyer traffic.  This year, that still seems to be true, but 40% more houses have gone to contract in June than in May of this year, and this year is 20% up over 2017.  

price per square foot is down, but consistent.

Downtown condo prices historically rise to their highest heights during Season in the first few months of the year.  June's average is a bit lower than last month (by about 8%), but is up nearly 20% over last June's.  All in all, the year-over-year increase has been consistent in 2018, and we are happy with that!

number of days on the market is down, but so is list price to sale price ratio.

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In short, this means that listed downtown condos are spending less time on the market, but sellers are getting a lower percentage of their asking price.  Over the past 12 months, the LP:SP ratio was closely tied to seasonality, with sellers getting nearly 100% of their asking price during high season.  We have dipped to 84% as of June, which is a 9% decrease from May, and an 8% decrease from last June.  Days on market is  down about a month from this time last summer, and down 4% from May.


What does this mean for you?

The downtown Sarasota condo market breathes with the season, and we are stopping for inhale right now.  The summer can be a great time to prepare your condo for sale (we have suggestions on how to do that here) so it is fresh and ready to be listed in the mid-fall, when season begins picking back up. 

If you are anxious to sell right now, there is less competition on the market against you, but buyers are on the lookout for a good buy.  Be prepared to negotiate and stay realistic on your expected sale price.

If you are interested in buying right now, know your options might be more limited during the summer, but for the next couple of months, it's a good time to be a buyer.

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Highest Downtown Condo Sales in June

With our eye always fixed on the great views from the top in downtown Sarasota, these five notable sales that closed in June caught our attention.  Have a look at the most expensive condos that were sold last month!

#1 - $3.2 million for Centrally-Located Penthouse

100 Central Ave #PH-01

  • Building: 100 Central
  • Floor #: 11
  • Beds: 4
  • Baths: 4 full, 1 half
  • Square Footage: 3,764 (+ nearly 1000 sq ft of terrace!)
  • Sold on 6/26/18 for $3,200,000

What does it cost to be in the penthouse of the most centrally located building in downtown Sarasota, walkable to literally everything downtown, across from the library, Five Points Park, an elevator ride from many restaurants below?  Just over $3,000,000, apparently.  Check out this perfect-location penthouse!

#2 - $2.5 million on Golden Gate Point

258 Golden Gate Point #301

  • Building: Majestic Bay
  • Floor #: 3
  • Beds: 3
  • Baths: 3 full, 1 half
  • Square Footage: 3,206 (+ over 2000 sq ft of wraparound terrace!)
  • Sold on 6/22/18 for $2,550,000

Getting on the exquisite waterfront peninsula of Golden Gate Point comes with a price tag, and the luxury almost-15-year-old building is no exception.  With views spanning from the city to the bay from the absolutely expansive wraparound terrace, this condo screams SPECIAL.  Majestic Bay is one of only a few buildings where each condominium occupies an entire floor, allowing for different and stunning sights from every window and a lovely feeling of exclusivity, if we do say so ourselves.

#3 - Just over $1.5 million in the Ritz Tower

35 Watergate Drive #405

  • Building: The Ritz Carlton Tower Residences
  • Floor #: 4
  • Beds: 4
  • Baths: 4 
  • Square Footage: 3,659 (+ nearly 1000 sq ft of terrace!)
  • Sold on 6/28/18 for $1,670,000

The Ritz Carlton Tower Residences enjoy all the amenities of the Ritz Carlton, which is adjascent to this luxury high-rise located on the waterfront side of downtown.  This grand building offers its residents 24-hour security & concierge, a large theater room, fitness & massage facilities, a heated outdoor pool, and amazing Ritz-qualities services like daily continental breakfast offered to owners as well as in-room dining service!  

#4 - $1.24 million for Palm Avenue High-Rise

340 South Palm Avenue #61

  • Building: Sarabande
  • Floor #: 6
  • Beds: 2
  • Baths: 2 
  • Square Footage: 2,075
  • Sold on 6/8/18 for $1,240,000

Just over one million gets you full bay and city views in one of downtown's finest buildings: Sarabande. Located on the southern part of Palm Avenue, owners of this residence will find themselves minutes from cool Burns Court and totally walkable to Main Street. The spacious interior frames stunning water views.

#5 - $1.2 for Condo on the Bay Penthouse

888 Boulevard of the Arts #PH1901-1902

  • Building: Condo on the Bay
  • Floor #: 19
  • Beds: 5
  • Baths: 3 full, 1 half
  • Square Footage: 3,603
  • Sold on 6/28/18 for $1,200,000

Condo on the Bay is perfectly poised right on the edge of Sarasota Bay, with unmatched and unobstructed water views. This large penthouse condo needs a little updating, but these views will always be right outside the window. Check out the endless aqua waters and the beautiful Ringling Bridge!

If you are interesting in buying or selling a view from the top in and around downtown Sarasota, please give us a call today! :-)

New Construction is HOT HOT HOT

credit: Robert Johnson Fine Art

credit: Robert Johnson Fine Art

Summer has begun!  Typically, the summer shows a slow in our real estate market, and this year looks to be similar.  Let's take a look at what is happening in the downtown Sarasota condo market right now:

Rendering of  The Mark

Rendering of The Mark

New construction is cutting into the resale market.

25% of all the homes that went to contract in the last month were new construction condos.  With new buildings popping up all over downtown, it's no wonder this is sending shockwaves through the resale market.  Especially hard-hit?  The luxury market; with almost all the new buildings having starting price points in the high-hundred-thousands or more, buyers with that budget have a lot of brand-new options with more modern aesthetics and amenities than many of our "older" buildings. 

New construction price point is more than twice as high as resale.

AQUA  Luxury Condos on Golden Gate Point

AQUA Luxury Condos on Golden Gate Point

This means that if you have a million-dollar condo in an older building, you've got some stiff competition.  With modern-day finishes, such as large walk-in closets, sleek kitchens, and floor-to-ceiling hurricane-grade windows in the new buildings, it can be hard for older residences to keep up!  Couple that with the fact that developers have noted the desire of their residents to have an active life and are providing more in-building amenities, such as state-of-the-art fitness centers, indoor dog parks, and rooftop lounging space, and you've got a recipe for new construction luxury success.

Keep your eye on the rising skyline of Sarasota: Epoch, 7-One-One Palm, The Mark, The Collection, Aqua, and the new Ritz Carlton Residences (to be built on the old Quay Sarasota site) are all set to spring up in the foreseeable future.

Don't lose heart if you are trying to sell.

Despite the effect that all the construction growth is having on our market, 2018 is off to a strong start.  May's closed sales in units were above last year's by 6%, and the average sold price was above last year's by 4% for resale condos downtown.  As always, if you are trying to sell in the summer, patience is necessary.  Inventory is lower than other times of the year, but so is the number of potential buyers.  If you are not in a hurry to sell, the summer might provide a good time to spruce up outdated fixtures, get grout cleaned, and replace anything broken.  If time is of the essence, be prepared to price appropriately for sale.

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Let us help.

We are downtown experts.  We're here to guide you through the process of buying or selling in Sarasota.  Give us a call today if we can assist you in valuing your property, listing it for sale, or helping you find a new home to fit your life.

Just Listed: High-Level in Regency House

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Well here is a new View from the Top!  We just listed a beautiful 10th-level condominium in Regency House.  Located in the southern, artsy corner of downtown between Palm & Gulfstream Avenues, with sights of Burns Court, Palm Avenue, and Sarasota Bay, the view from this residence is a beautiful greenbelt that one may not have known existed within Sarasota's city limits.  Our eclectic sellers showcase a beautiful art collection with custom lighting in their main living space.

Regency House 10th Floor

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435 S. Gulfstream Ave. #1008

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 1,705 square feet under air
  • Listed at $525,000
Spacious and open living/dining room features large windows and feature lighting to highlight the couple's amazing art collection.

Spacious and open living/dining room features large windows and feature lighting to highlight the couple's amazing art collection.

A cozy bonus space provides an extra seating area with gorgeous city views of Sarasota's Burns Court.

A cozy bonus space provides an extra seating area with gorgeous city views of Sarasota's Burns Court.

The fun, mod-style kitchen features modern fixtures with a 60s-chic style, and loads of smart storage!  Bonus: the custom mosaic above the cooktop is built in to the backsplash.

The fun, mod-style kitchen features modern fixtures with a 60s-chic style, and loads of smart storage!  Bonus: the custom mosaic above the cooktop is built in to the backsplash.

One of two master suites: this one features a large walk-in closet (so big that current owners use it as an OFFICE!), and an adorable European-inspired master bath, as well as enough room for seating!

One of two master suites: this one features a large walk-in closet (so big that current owners use it as an OFFICE!), and an adorable European-inspired master bath, as well as enough room for seating!

The second master suite has been turned into a den.  Inside this suite, you'll find another super-spacious walk-in closet and a beautifully adorned full bath.

The second master suite has been turned into a den.  Inside this suite, you'll find another super-spacious walk-in closet and a beautifully adorned full bath.

Recline in the den and watch the boats go in and out of Marina Jack's on Sarasota Bay.

Recline in the den and watch the boats go in and out of Marina Jack's on Sarasota Bay.

Walkable to the heart of downtown or Sarasota's bayfront in just minutes, you can truly find your perfect downtown life from this high-level condo.

For more information about #1008 in Regency House, please give us a call today!

Bazaar on Apricot & Lime

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You Heard it Here First

Vigilantly looking for the newest to-do in downtown, we recently heard about a brand-new market that you simply MUST know about!  The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is an indoor market full of local and independent (indie) vendors of art, handmade gifts, baked goods, collectibles, clothing and jewelry.  It features live music from 12-2pm, story time on Saturdays at 9am where every kid receives a free book, classes for kids and adults (such as Drawing with Paper, on June 29), and all sorts of other activities (such as Mommy & Me Sewing sessions, every Thursday in June for moms & kids from 6-9 years old).

Familiar Local Vendors

Some downtown favorites, like Keffie's Ecochic Boutique, and other vendors from around Sarasota, like Wild Ginger Apothecary from Gulf Gate, are making appearances at the Bazaar.  Here's a full list of vendors as of now:

  • Keffie's Interior Design & Ecochic Boutique - gift shop
  • The Gypsy Gardener - stationary, art, calendars, home goods
  • Goodbyes - gently used designer clothing & accessories
  • Blue Cat Vintage - artwork on the spot
  • Creative Hands of Sarasota - art & sculpture
  • Red Seed Studios - visual art
  • Holistic Treasures - healing crystal art & essential oils
  • Donna Lee - bags & accessories
  • Island Time Signs - handpainted art on reclaimed wood
  • Create Bakery - baked goods & gifts
  • Scattered Peaces
  • Steele View Art - one-of-a-kind art on reclaimed wood
  • Wild Ginger - apothecary, tarot readings
  • Life in Fantasia - handcrafted gifts
  • Karma Saw That - leather jewelry
  • Room Mates Gallery - visual art
  • The Cocktail Couple - vintage barware & glasses
  • Shipwreck SRQ - unique found home objects
  • LaraLu - jewelry
  • Every Child Inc - books
  • Bright Life - chakra balancing, feng shui, crystals, and active meditation
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When & Where

821 Apricot Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34237 (off of 8th Street, one street West of N. Lime Avenue)

OPEN: Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 9 am - 2 pm

Enjoy investigating the new Bazaar on Apricot and Lime!

Savor Sarasota Starts Tomorrow!

Plan your culinary adventure around nearly 100 area restaurants that are slashing their menu prices for Savor Sarasota.  Starting tomorrow, a wide variety of local restaurants will offer a special prix-fixe menu of $16/person for lunch and $32/per for dinner for a 3-course meal.  Savor Sarasota runs from June 1 to June 14 only so the time to get out and try something new in our area is now!  

Duval's Fresh Local Seafood

Duval's Fresh Local Seafood

Participating Restaurants

We can't wait to try many of these!  Here's a partial list of participating restaurants in the downtown area:

Tsunami Sushi & Habachi Grill

Tsunami Sushi & Habachi Grill

  • Brand-new Element Modern Mediterranean Grill
  • Mozaic
  • Beulah
  • The Coolinary
  • Prague
  • Bijou Café
  • Café Epicure
  • Evoq @ the Westin Hotel 
  • Jack Dusty @ the Ritz Carlton
  • Louie's Modern
  • Lolita Tartine 
  • The Blue Rooster
  • El Greco
  • Mélange

There are literally more than we can mention in this post, but suffice it to say that if you have a downtown favorite, it's on the list.  For a full list of all the Savor Sarasota restaurants, visit their website here.  

Savor Sarasota is county-wide so you can enjoy some of our best restaurants off of Main Street downtown as well!  Here are some we recommend checking out around the rest of Sarasota County:

Carmel

Carmel

University Park/Lakewood Ranch

  • Sophie's at Saks - UTC Mall
  • Capital Grille - UTC Mall
  • Carmel - Cooper Creek

Lido Key

  • One of our faves, Shore
  • Tommy Bahama
  • Crab & Fin
  • Café L'Europe

Longboat Key

Shore

Shore

  • Another personal favorite of Realtor Extraordinaire, Euphemia Haye
  • Harry's Continental Kitchen
  • Chart House

Siesta Key

  • Ophelia's on the Bay
  • Siesta Key Oyster Bar
  • Café Gabbiano
  • Miguel's

North Sarasota

Siesta Key Oyster Bar

Siesta Key Oyster Bar

  • Half-Shell Seafood House
  • Muse @ the Ringling
  • Rodizio Grill
  • Mona Lisa in The Meadows

South Sarasota

  • Off the Hook Seafood Co.
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House
  • Roessler's Restaurant
  • Mattison's Forty-One
  • Café Baci
  • Bravo Coastal Bar & Kitchen

Enjoy the opportunity this month to taste and sample many of our best restaurants!  Bon appetit!

Bayfront 20:20 Update

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The team from Sasaki Design Firm was back this week to present additional renderings of the future site, called The Bay Sarasota, what they hope will be a big destination and gathering area for our community.  If you're not up to speed on this exciting project, check out our blog on it.  

What Sarasota Wants

Original  Bridge the Divide  concept

Original Bridge the Divide concept

After the feedback received from the last public forum and surveying our community, a dynamic design proposal was "selected" out of three.  That's in quotes because while this was the highest-ranked proposed design, the firm based all their surveying on ASPECTS of each design, so they could incorporate individual items to suit our community's wants and needs.  The firm adjusted their newest renderings of Bridge the Divide, the selected "winning design," based on the feedback that our community cares about:

  • Public access to the waterfront
  • Connectivity with the rest of downtown across Tamiami Trail
  • Providing the community with a balance of diversified activities
  • Preserving the existing Van Wezel structure

The South End

The questions, concerns, and feedback of Sarasota residents mainly affected the northern section.  Consequently, the south end of The Bay is pretty much set, said the design firm.  The design includes some exciting features!

  • Destination play area
  • Kayak launch
  • Recreation pier
  • Pedestrian bridges across 41
  • Picturesque waterfront drive

The southern portion of The Bay will also offer parking under landscaping, opening up the view to more green space and hiding the unsightly cars, as well as offer builders "simplified phasing" -- current buildings will be able to stay in use as development continues to the north.

The North End: Up for Discussion

A key feature of the original Bridge the Divide concept was a performing arts structure that spanned both sides of a waterway.  In their redesigns, this is depicted in two different ways:

Option 1: The Bridge

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  • Performing arts building bridges over the canal
  • Restaurants on south side of canal
  • Boat ramp on north side of canal
  • Event lawn
  • Small amphitheater near existing Van Wezel site

Option 2: Canal District

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  • More waterfront dining than The Bridge
  • Walkable setting
  • Boat ramp moved to the north
  • Frame of performing arts building spans the canal, provides a scenic overlook & a pier
  • Large shaded amphitheater

Both feature a boat ramp, performing arts areas of various type (lawn space, amphitheater, and indoor halls), and parking under the landscape.

Your Input is Needed!

Again, Sasaki is offering Sarasotans the chance to chime in on what they want out of The Bay.  To offer your opinion, please take their survey here.  To find out more about The Bay, have a look at their website.

Bayfront 20:20: What You Need to Know

The North Downtown Waterfront

Downtown Sarasota is undergoing a major transformation!  Redesigning Sarasota's bayfront area has been a topic of conversation for many years.  The land currently occupied by the Van Wezel and Centennial Park is part of a large conversation about the direction of Sarasota.  

The vision of Bayfront 20:20, which is the name of the initiative and team of industry leaders who are taking on the massive task of re-envisioning and executing a new waterfront destination in Sarasota, is to support the creation of a long-term master plan for the Sarasota Bayfront area that will establish a cultural and economic legacy for the region while ensuring open, public access to the Bayfront. 

Bridge the Divide Concept Chosen

Original concept of  Bridge the Divide

Original concept of Bridge the Divide

After years of public input, and a recent survey offered to the Sarasota community at large, the internationally-renown design firm Sasaki offered up the results of the survey: After proposing 3 different designs and allowing the community to vote not on overall designs, but on individual aspects of each design that they liked or disliked, the Bridge the Divide concept was selected as the final vision for the Bayfront.  Based on community comments, however, Sasaki is tweaking and adjusting their design to accomodate for aspects that were determined to be most important to our community in the survey:

  • Keep and repurpose Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.  
  • Increase waterfront access and recreational space.
  • Aesthetic focus of cultural amenities, such as the proposed amphitheater, to be the bayfront view, as opposed to canal.
  • Pedestrian and vehicular traffic concerns addressed.

Next Steps?

Sasaki plans on presenting the City Commission with a final master plan at their September meeting.  Stay tuned, for much is to come on the development and reimagining of what our bayfront can be.

For more information on Bayfront 20:20, click here, and for details about The Bay proposals and phases, click here.

Original concept of  Bridge the Divide

Original concept of Bridge the Divide

Downtown Expansion Continues

Another day, another new downtown development!  We know recently we have filled you in on a LOT of new downtown high-rises, including the new Ritz Carlton Residences, Epoch, Blvd & 7-One-One Palm, but today we have even more!

The Mark

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This one has been hard to miss if you traverse Ringling Blvd in the downtown area: it's the one that looks like it's mimicking the Iron building in NYC from the west, right by Towles Court.  From the front, however, it will be a downtown destination all its own, known as The Promenade, an assortment of retail and restaurant space.  And above The Promenade, 157 comtemporary condo residences in the heart of downtown.  Let's get the details...

  • 157 contemporary condominiums
  • 39 floorplans
  • 1,354 to 2,969 square feet
  • 10' or 11' ceilings
  • Private access-controlled elevators for exclusive resident use
  • Priced from the mid-$700,000

Amenities

  • 5th-level resort-style pool and spa, with surrounding entertainment area, fire pit, lounge seating, and outdoor cooking
  • Club Room with catering kitchen
  • News Room with daily coffee/beverage offerings, seating, and TVs
  • Resident Board Room
  • High-tech fitness center
  • Common area Wi-Fi
  • Private storage areas
  • 24/7 secured access at all entry and exit points
  • 24/7 staffed, secured lobby
  • On-site property management

If the aesthetic of this one looks familiar to you, you're right!  Developer Kolter just added VUE to the waterfront side of downtown, and is also in charge of new Ritz Carlton Residences!  

The Collection

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Hot off the press!  This one is so new we couldn't even really find a website for it yet.  Slated to be located on Second Street in the ever-growing Rosemary District, The Collection looks to be a very architecturally-forward design.  Here is the scoop:

  • 12 very private, exclusive residences
  • 2,500 to 3,500 square feet
  • Up to full-floor size
  • 12' to 14' ceilings
  • High-end finishes
  • 2-car garage for each residence
  • Priced from $1,399,000

Amenities

  • Concierge
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Yoga
  • Fitness room
  • Sauna
  • Corporate center/Meeting room
  • Resident entertainment area with fireplace and wet bar
  • Heated and air conditioned private storage area
  • Dog run

There are no interior renderings of this brand-new development so unfortunately we have only the sleek exterior from which to paint the picture.  One thing is for certain: by the same developer as downtown's beautiful Sansara, The Collection will be another chic and luxurious addition to the northern Downtown skyline.  Far more details to come on this one; stay tuned!

As always, for any and all downtown Sarasota real estate needs, we are here to help!