Perusing the new listings this week, I couldn’t help but notice that there were more stunning water views than usual, and at a variety of price points! Sarasota is a beautiful city and these properties let you see the best of it every day without even leaving home… From Golden Gate Point to the center of downtown to The Landings, check out my picks for the best brand new listings this week :-)

Photos courtesy of the MFRMLS.

226 Golden Gate Point #24 at Harbor House West

The views simply do not get better than those from Golden Gate Point! Directly on the bay and overlooking the Ringling Bridge, plus with pretty views of the sparkly lights on Bird Key and out to Longboat at night, the vistas from this condo WOW.

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

  • 1396 sq’ under air

  • Offered at $565,000

1350 Main Street #910 at 1350 Main

Updated with chic and modern finishes, this 9th floor home at fabulous 1350 Main features views of the bay, Lido, and even out to the Gulf! For those that want true city living but also seek a water view, the center-of-downtown location of 1350 Main and orientation of this condo in particular is ideal.

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

  • 1336 sq’ under air

  • Offered at $749,900

5359 Landings Boulevard #203 at The Landings

Some places within The Landings feature BIG water views right out to the bay, which are of course gorgeous, but this condo (for under $400k!) has the perfect pond-overlooking positioning for wildlife lovers and bird-watchers. Inside is gorgeously updated and features vaulted ceilings - so nice, especially at this price!!!

  • 3 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

  • 1775 sq’ under air

  • Offered at $379,000

136 Golden Gate Point #401 at The Phoenix

The water and bridge views from this spectacular residence are absolutely unrivaled! Floor-to-ceiling windows along the entire waterfront side and the location on Golden Gate mean water, water, everywhere... .

  • 3 bedrooms

  • 3.5 bathrooms

  • 3785 sq’ under air

  • Private 2 car garage with elevator to residence

  • Offered at $2,495,000

These are just a few of the gorgeous properties available now and the available inventory is on the upswing. Whether your desire is to live downtown or elsewhere in our wonderful city, please call me when I can help you find your next perfect place! :-)

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
“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.



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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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.


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


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.


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!

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!


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


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 |

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. ;-)

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!

New Construction is HOT HOT HOT

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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.


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.

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:



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



  • 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!

A Quiet Retreat in Mote Ranch

Have you heard?

The downtown waterfront and beaches are no longer the only draw to our local area of Sarasota.  With expansion coming on all sides, Sarasota over the last decade has kept pace by creating other meccas around the county, making the former outskirts destinations all their own.  Allow me to introduce you to a small, north-of-University neighborhood called Mote Ranch.  It's located about 10 miles from downtown Sarasota, but only minutes from bustling Lakewood Ranch and always-growing and on-trend University Town Center Mall and the rest of the University Corridor, full of enough shops and restaurants to make downtown jealous!

Mote Ranch

This small community features mature landscaping in a tucked-away location.  The quiet neighborhood has a fishing pier, kayak launch, community center & pool, public playground, and its own nature trail.  It truly brings Florida's natural beauty to the forefront.

The eternal appeal of a walkable downtown lifestyle hasn't lifted, but if you desire a little more peace and quiet, our new listing in Mote Ranch is perfect for you!  Recently & thoroughly updated to have a super-spacious kitchen with built-in wine refrigeration and a gorgeous stone feature wall & 8' long electric fireplace in the living room, this nearly 2500 sq' home is a quiet retreat with a modern appeal.  Take a peek!

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6520 Grand Point Avenue

in University Park's Mote Ranch

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 2,468 sq ft under air
  • Pond view, 1/4-acre lot
  • Spacious lanai & separate, fenced dog run
Welcome home!  A neatly landscaped private courtyard, screened porch, and french doors greet you.

Welcome home!  A neatly landscaped private courtyard, screened porch, and french doors greet you.

The updated modern & coastal interior instantly relaxes you.  The open-concept space features a spacious living room for cozy, relaxing evenings; an updated kitchen perfect for entertaining with massive island with seating & built-in wine chiller as well as a breakfast nook overlooking the backyard; and a formal dining room for your more elegant occasions and holidays.

Thoughtful details, such as this stunning feature wall, make this space unique.  Grab a blanket and settle down in front of the fire on chilly winter nights, or open up the sliders and let the breeze in on a warm spring afternoon!  The gorgeous stone wall with built-ins mean displaying your trinkets and photos in style!

Thoughtful details, such as this stunning feature wall, make this space unique.  Grab a blanket and settle down in front of the fire on chilly winter nights, or open up the sliders and let the breeze in on a warm spring afternoon!  The gorgeous stone wall with built-ins mean displaying your trinkets and photos in style!

Soaring ceilings of 10-12' feet in height throughout the home make every space feel very open, and the multitude of windows keep the home light & bright!  The master retreat features a walk-out to the lanai, as well as a large master bath and two walk-in closets.

Soaring ceilings of 10-12' feet in height throughout the home make every space feel very open, and the multitude of windows keep the home light & bright!  The master retreat features a walk-out to the lanai, as well as a large master bath and two walk-in closets.

The ultra-private lanai opens up to the calm waters of a pond, where (yes, it's true!) sandhill cranes and other Florida fauna frequent.  A fenced in dog-run provides your best pal with a space all his own.  

This HGTV-style renovated home is waiting for you!  Bring your kayak and come enjoy the quiet peace and serenity of Grand Point in Mote Ranch.  For more information on this home, visit its property page here or give me a call today!

Just Listed in Brand-New VUE

Just Listed!

These past couple weeks we have been enjoying a very new View from the Top...that of our just-listed condo in downtown's newest high-rise, The VUE!  VUE sits right next to the Ritz-Carlton and Westin Hotel on the downtown side of the Ringling Bridge.  Owners have only recently begun moving into this stylish and modern building, whose construction Sarasota has been watching over the course of the past two years at the Gulfstream/Tamiami intersection.

Check it out! 

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1155 N. Gulfstream Ave #1404

  • 2 bedrooms + Den
  • 2.5 baths
  • 1,920 sq ft
  • Massive Terrace
  • 2 prime-location parking spots
  • Offered for $1,540,000
  • Jaw-dropping views!

At VUE, it really is all about the view! A private elevator and foyer lead you to this grand, pristine residence, where Italian porcelain tile and high ceilings frame the picture-perfect view. An ultra-modern kitchen features white quartz countertops, Nolte cabinetry, and a vast island. The open floorplan lends itself perfectly to hosting your most fabulous parties, with plenty of room for friends to spill onto the spacious terrace. Even better, you won’t have to get out of bed to enjoy the breathtaking view and day-long natural light! The master suite features a huge walk-in closet and contemporary master bath with double sinks and large walk-in shower. Need room for a library, office, or extra seating? Relax in the bonus den, overlooking the city skyline and the Gulf. You’ll love being steps away from Jacky Dusty at the Ritz or the new Westin rooftop bar; taking a short stroll to the Farmer’s Market or the Opera, or perhaps just riding your bike to the beach! Need to drive? You’ll find your cars in 2 prime-location spaces on the plaza level. If views are what you came for, and a life of luxury is what you desire, you have found it.

VUE Amenities

  • Community pool (it's huge!)
  • Spa
  • Large amount of outdoor entertaining space, including an outdoor kitchen for residents' use
  • Fitness room overlooking Sarasota Bay
  • Community room with bar
  • 24-hour concierge
  • Secure parking

They were not exaggerating when they named this building - the VIEW is the star here!  Spanning full views of Sarasota Bay, the barrier islands, the Gulf of Mexico, the Ringling Bridge, and the downtown skyline are offered from nearly every room in this perfectly luxurious condominium.  Are you ready to find your View from the Top?  Give us a call today if you would like more information!

New Year's Celebrations in Downtown Sarasota

Happy New Year!  

We have the skinny on the best New Year's Eve events in and around Sarasota.  We hope you find the perfect way to ring in the New Year & cheers to 2018!

View from Siesta Key of the Downtown Fireworks

View from Siesta Key of the Downtown Fireworks

Downtown Sarasota

The Downtown Fireworks are shot off of the waterfront at Marina Jack's at midnight.  Of course, if you want to be on Marina Jack II, or viewing from one of the Marina Jack dining rooms, reservations are encouraged and cost of dinner would apply.  However, otherwise these are of course free to view from high-rises and penthouses near and far, as well as from Bayfront Park.

Downtown's Pineapple Drop

Downtown's Pineapple Drop

SRQ NYE is a massive party, starting at 9:00pm at the Municipal Auditorium.  Tickets cost $160 at the door (if it's not sold out) and DJ JAC of All Trades will be spinning music until 1:00am.  The all-inclusive ticket covers red carpet, valet service, a top shelf bar, champagne toast, catered appetizers, and dancing to the DJ and live music all night.  You can find more information on the event's Facebook page.  

The Pineapple Drop takes place on downtown's Main Street from 1:30pm on New Year's Eve to 1:30am on New Year's Day.  Free entry, with open access to bars, restaurants, food trucks, and carnival activities pay-as-you-go, this event attracts more than 20,000 people each year.  The pineapple drops at midnight and the aforementioned fireworks from Marina Jack's are visible from the event.

Siesta Key

As usual, tourist destination and #1 beach in America Siesta Key puts on a great New Year's Eve.  Local bars on the island are jam-packed and the downtown fireworks are viewable from the beach. 

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Don't miss Daiquiri Deck for live music, raw bar,  and of course, a bevvy of frozen drink selections.  Enjoy the tiki atmosphere while you toast to 2018.

Gilligan's will have a DJ spinning until 2am.  Visitors and residents alike who don't want to venture off the island will find a good time here.  

The Beach Club has a New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball, so if clubbing or dancing is what you seek on your New Year's Eve, grab a mask and head here!  There are two levels of tickets, depending on how much access you want, and prices are either $35 or $55.

For all your real estate needs in the upcoming year, please give me a call.

Enjoy your View from the Top this holiday season & cheers to 2018!

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Just Sold: New at The VUE!

A wonderful buyer couple I worked with closed this week on their gorgeous, new-construction condo at The VUE.  This particular residence went to contract in 2014, pre-build, and with The VUE and adjoining Westin now both constructed and open, they are finally closed and moving in! 

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The VUE from the Top

This luxury high-rise features fantastic views of downtown, Golden Gate Point, the coastline, and Sarasota's surrounding keys.  As of their end of October update, the construction of the highest-level floors is almost complete, the pool is nearly finished, and closings began so people are units are finally inhabitable.

  • How many residences? 144
  • How many are left? 3 
  • Price range of those remaining: $1.5-3.5 million
  • Sizes of those remaining: 2,200 - 3,500 square feet
  • What's special? Each residence in this building, situated next to One Watergate and the Ritz Carlton, features floor-to-ceiling glass, expansive and free-flowing rooms, soaring ceilings, gourmet kitchens, a private elevator lobby, and spacious balconies.

Unit #0708

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2.5 bathrooms
  • 1,700 square feet
  • Nearly 300 square feet of terrace!
  • This customized residence sold for a little over $880,000

This building has great art and modern light fixtures and is just stunning in person.  Here are some pictures of the common areas of VUE from my visit:

Interested in exploring the world of new construction downtown?  We can help you navigate it and also compare new to the existing buildings to find the very best fit for you & your lifestyle!

This Season in the Arts

It’s about to be that time — the time our cultural landscape switches into high gear.  From art galleries to music venues to theater, there is no question why Sarasota has often been dubbed “The Cultural Coast.”  Here’s a quick summary of what’s coming to the big stages in Sarasota this upcoming season.  

2017-2018 Season Review

Asolo Repertory Theatre

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The Asolo’s season will open with Andrew Lloyd Webber classic Evita showcasing Eva Peron’s rise to power in Argentina.  The play will be directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, who handled Guys and Dolls in the 2016-2017 season.  Evita runs November 18 through December 30.

After the new year, the Asolo will be only the third theater in the country to stage Shakespeare in Love, a stage adaptation of the award-winning movie about Will Shakespeare and his muse, Viola.  Shakespeare in Love runs January 19 to March 4.

Closing off next season, from June 6 to June 24, the Rep will put on The Jungle Book.  This is a world-premier put on by the creators of last season’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.  Enhanced by whimsical videos and audience-interaction technology, this production of the Kipling classic looks like it will be compelling, to say the least.

For Asolo Rep’s full schedule and for tickets, visit their website here.

Sarasota Opera

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What is more downtown than heading to the opera?  The stunning Opera House, which sits in the heart of downtown on Pineapple Avenue, was originally built in 1926 and completely renovated nearly 10 years ago.  If you haven’t stopped in lately, step into old world Sarasota and plan a night at the Opera this season.  This season includes six performances, including two absolutely time-honored productions, La Traviata and Carmen.

For the Opera’s full schedule and for tickets, visit their website here.

Sarasota Ballet

Iain Webb’s Sarasota Ballet Company enters its 27th Season with an exciting range of 13 ballets by some of the most celebrated and prestigious choreographers and composers of the ballet world.  First up this season is the Frances Hodgson Burnett classic The Secret Garden, bringing the story of Mary, an orphan sent to live with a recluse uncle, and her secret garden to life by narration, puppetry, and dance.

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Always a seasonal favorite, the Ballet will put on The Nutcracker in December.  This adaptation is done Sarasota-style, so be prepared for some circus flair!

For full schedule and tickets, visit the Ballet’s website here.

Pay a Visit to Bravo Coastal Bar & Kitchen

Written by Molly Russo

The Renaissance of South Gate/Siesta Key Mall

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Just a short drive from downtown, Siesta Key Mall is in the midst of a full-scale reinvention, including the addition of a great new restaurant that I would recommend you try.  If you love UTC’s Brio, you’ll appreciate Bravo, a sister restaurant with the same caliber of food but a much closer drive.

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Siesta Key Mall (formerly South Gate Mall) is succeeding in its quest to bring more foot traffic to the once-in-dire-straits collection of shops by totally redefining itself.  This started with CineBistro moving in and continued this year with a full-scale renaissance, adding several new restaurants and of course, the newly launched Colorado-originated superfood market, Lucky’s.  (We have been there and love it!)

Bravo opened at the end of August and we have just had the chance to check it out.  We were very pleased to find many of the same delightfully affordable happy hour options that we love from Brio, including $5 wine selections, $5 cocktails, and $5 appetizer plates.  They have a great looking dinner menu, focusing on local, chef-inspired coastal meals with high-end ingredients.  

Unique to our location, there is a bakery open every morning at 8am, specializing in artisanal breads, glazed croissant donuts, and other assorted pastries.  Bravo also has a limited brunch menu on the weekends, with elevated versions of classics such as shrimp and grits, avocado toast, and scrambled eggs.

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At our visit to Bravo, my friend indulged in a pineapple-infused vodka that literally was so tasty it didn’t need a mixer, while I had the honey bourbon Manhattan, which was smooth as silk.  We split the quesadilla as a snack and were in and out for less than $20 during “Social Hour” — what Bravo calls their extended happy hour (which runs from 3:30-6:30pm and from 9pm to close on weekdays).  

Relaxed Atmosphere

The atmosphere is casual, yet sophisticated, and the food is inspired and creative.  There is a great outdoor space with giant Jenga and firepits too, so it will be a fun place to visit in the cooler months of the year.  If you enjoy the local culinary world like I do, sometimes you have to get off of Main Street to check out the next new thing, and I certainly recommend taking the time to give Bravo a shot.

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Ultra-Luxury Properties in Sarasota

We just told you all about the "Trophy Home" market worldwide, so we thought we would show you what Sarasota has to offer in the ultra-luxury department.  Christie's defined Trophy Homes as $100,000,000+, but for our purposes here, we're adjusting this to the Sarasota market, so about $10,000,000 for single family homes and $5,000,000 for condos.

The Ultra-Luxury Stats

  • Ultra-Luxury Single Family Homes Currently For Sale: 3
  • Ultra-Luxury Condos Currently For Sale: 4
  • $5 million+ Homes Sold in Last 6 Months: 4
  • $5 million+ Condos Sold in the Last 6 Months: 1
  • No homes priced over $10 million have sold in our area in the last 6 months.

What are the highest sales in our market?

Sarasota Mainland 

1372 Harbor Drive located in Harbor Arces - sold for $6,000,000

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3 full baths, 3 half baths
  • 6,000 square feet
  • Frontage on Sarasota Bay
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Longboat Key

415 L'Ambiance Drive #704 located in condo community L'Ambiance - sold for $5,500,000

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 5 full baths, 1 half bath
  • 5,268 square feet
  • Gulf of Mexico view

Siesta Key

7858 Sanderling Road located in Sanderling Club - sold for $9,000,000

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 4 baths, 1 half bath
  • 6,312 square feet
  • Beach frontage on the Gulf of Mexico

Bird Key

467 Meadow Lark Drive - sold for $6,350,000

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 5 baths, 1 half bath
  • 6,579 square feet
  • Frontage and boat dock on Sarasota Bay

Casey Key

1808 Casey Key Road - sold for $6,550,000

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 5 baths, 2 half baths
  • 5,219 square feet
  • Gulf to Bay -- two water frontages

And the highest-priced property currently on the market in our area is...

Serenissima - 845 Longboat Club Road in the Longboat Key Club

  • 6 bedrooms
  • 6 baths, 2 half bath
  • 19,300 square feet
  • Golf course view, Gulf of Mexico beach frontage
  • His and Hers master suites
  • Three stories of living space
  • Listed at $26,500,000

The greater Sarasota area has everything from affordable to grandiose & I'm happy to share a peek into the most luxurious of Sarasota's housing market.  Please contact me for all your Sarasota-area real estate needs from downtown to luxury, and everything in between!

Need a Beach Getaway?

From your penthouse in the sky, have you been dreaming about the beach?

It's getting to be that time of year... The best time of year for the beach!  Downtown, we are fortunate to be just across the bridge from Lido Beach and a short drive to many others: Siesta, Longboat, Turtle, Venice, Nokomis, and Anna Maria just to name a few.  Ideal beach-weather time is also synonymous with tourist season, however, so driving, traffic, and parking can be a deterrent to visiting some of the best beaches in the world.  Have you been thinking it might time to get a place on the beach, if only so that you don't have to deal with St. Armands traffic on the way to the sand and sea?  What if I told you we have a perfect island getaway/guest house/monthly rental property on the market right now that is WALKING DISTANCE to the #1 beach in the U.S.?  

And when we say close...

We mean CLOSE!  Check out the location of the cutest Key West-style beach house in Siesta Key Village!

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5527 Avenida del Mare

Siesta Key, Florida





For yourself...

Imagine it:  You wake up, grab your towel, and walk two minutes to the pedestrian-only public beach access #11, a quiet entrance away from the bustle of the busiest part of the beach.  Your feet are on the warm sand before most people have finished making their coffee.  You flatten your towel over the powdered sugar sand and sip from your travel mug as you watch the soft waves of the Gulf of Mexico bring in the tide.  Later when you are finished sunning, you take the short walk to the Village for some lunch.  What could be better?

For investment...

Picture it: You own an adorable beach house, minutes from one of the most desirable vacation destinations in the world.  You have the option to rent it out on a monthly basis so other families can enjoy living the beach life for a moment in time before they head back to work.  Your in-laws come to visit and now can stay comfortably out-of-reach at the beach but within almost eyesight of the shops and restaurants of Siesta Key Village.  And if you need a mini-vacation yourself?  Take a long weekend (or a month, we're not judging) for a break from the city at the doorstep of the ocean.


  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3 full baths
  • 3-car garage plus tons of indoor storage
  • Inside utility
  • Updated and beachy-chic style
  • 1320 sq' under air
  • $875,000
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However you would use it, we think this is the absolute best beach house on the market right now!  Take a look:

A great room features two French doors that open to a patio revealing a partial Gulf view.

A great room features two French doors that open to a patio revealing a partial Gulf view.

The renovated kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances and marble countertops.

The renovated kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances and marble countertops.

The cozy living room is bright and airy, with lots of windows and a fresh, beachy feel.

The cozy living room is bright and airy, with lots of windows and a fresh, beachy feel.

Three spacious bedrooms (one is an en-suite master) let in ample light and are set right in the canopy of the palms surrounding the property, lending a nostalgic treehouse vibe.

The private, fully-fenced backyard is the perfect oasis for those who prefer pools and sunshine to seawater & sand.  It's very spacious, with a lot of room to gather friends or to just relax next to the pool while the quiet sways of the palms put you to sleep.

If you are interested in this or any other Sarasota-area property, please give us a call today.  We love downtown, but we love the rest of Sarasota too, and can help you in any area.  :-)