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! :-)

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.

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! :-)

Best Views from the Top for Under $1M

Penthouses and high-level condos with sweeping views of Sarasota Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, and/or the downtown skyline typically come with a price tag.  Downtown Sarasota has options ranging from under $300K for a modest condo to multi-million dollar homes and condos of pure luxury.  Let's take a look at the perfect middle; here's what's available right now on high floors downtown for under $1 million.


Penthouses for under $1 million are rare in any market, so it's incredible that we have a few amazing opportunities for buyers to get into one at this price point here in Sarasota!  Take a look...

Fantastic Value at One Watergate

It's almost criminal that this gorgeous condo is under $1 million!  With views of Sarasota Bay out to the Gulf of Mexico, over all the keys, and the downtown shoreline, this one wins BEST VALUE in our book!  One Watergate's amenities include a large lap pool and rooftop tennis, in addition to on-site management.  The location is walkable to the restaurants at VUE and the Ritz, and only a short stroll to Main Street downtown.

Condo on the Bay Penthouse

Water, water, and more water!  This condo features panoramic views of Sarasota Bay & the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the pool and marina at Condo on the Bay.  The bayfront building is one of only a few that offer dockage downtown.  Bonus: you're right next door to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center!

  • 888 Blvd of the Arts #1906
  • 2 bed, 2 bath, 1555 sq ft under air
  • Built in 1982
  • Listed at $990,000

Mid-Rise Penthouse at Lawrence Point II

Located on the Sarasota Bayfront is the exclusive mid-rise Lawrence Point.  Given its smaller size, condos in Lawrence Point are rarely available.  It has a great location right at the base of the Ringling Bridge, and this building enjoys a pool right on the bay as well as fantastic water views.

  • 97 Sunset Drive #PH-2
  • 3 bed, 2 bath, 2309 sq ft under air
  • Built in 1978
  • Listed at $899,999

High Levels

You don't have to be in a penthouse to enjoy the luxuries of high-level living.  Check out a few of the other high-floor, non-penthouse options that will still WOW with their views!

10th Floor in the Ritz

This south-facing condo in the Ritz Carlton Residences overlooks portions of downtown, Golden Gate Point, and Sarasota Bay.  Living in its Ritz has its advantages: access to the Ritz Carlton Beach Club means members-only and luxurious beach days, residents can enjoy a fine dining experience at Jack Dusty, and amenities such as valet and concierge really make you feel top-shelf!

  • 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive #1006
  • 1 bed, 1 bath, 1408 sq ft under air
  • Built in 2001
  • Listed at $995,000

Above the Middle of Everything at 1350 Main

1350 Main is right in the heart of the liveliest part of downtown.  Walkable to the best restaurants, around the corner from Florida Studio Theatre and the Sarasota Opera House -- you really are on top of everything.  The higher up you go in 1350, the more spanning views of the sparkling nighttime skyline of downtown you get, and if you're facing the right way, like this gorgeous condo, you also get views of the marina and Sarasota Bay!

  • 1350 Main Street #1106
  • 2 bed, 2 bath, 1597 sq ft under air
  • Built in 2007
  • Listed at $950,000

Luxury and style can be obtained downtown at any price point.  If you are interested in relocating to or within downtown Sarasota, please give me a call today to let me help you find your perfect View from the Top!

The Importance of Staging: A Case Study

We regularly help our clients stage their homes for sale.  As we mentioned in our last blog on this topic, staging is important for a myriad of reasons.  In short, staging helps a potential buyer be able to envision how the space could work for them, and allows sellers to highlight features of their home more clearly to buyers.  

We have a penthouse listed right now in downtown Sarasota high-rise One Watergate, 1111 N. Gulfstream Avenue, Penthouse B.  This condo has been gorgeous from the get-go, with a stunning view that spans from the downtown skyline to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and a modern interior.  It's easy to think that the view and the location would speak for themselves here.  Take a look at what a difference the decor can make...

Staging: A Case Study

One Watergate Penthouse

The main living space in this condo is spacious, with subtle lighting and modern details, like the accent wall.  It also overlooks the marina and Sarasota Bay.  Not bad, but how could we make it better?

Two major changes here made all the difference: removal of the bright rug made the space feel more open, and rearranging the furniture filled up the vast space in a more intimate way than when it was all lined right up to the wall.  A couple tchotchkes made the room look more "lived in" and provided the finishing touch.





A second living space again was working only right angles in the space; lines and perpendiculars made the space feel very utilitarian.  Swapping out the rug for a neutral one again makes the space feel more open and less choppy.  We removed the TV and spun the chairs around so that they would showcase something better: the fantastic view.  Changing up the artwork and adding a lamp completed this cozy redone room.





The dining room was almost perfect from the beginning.  The light fixture is modern and fun, the table and chairs fit the space well and are in great condition, and the artwork was fine.  We only made one change here but it makes all the difference in the world: we set the table.  Instantly, this room feels more like home, like dinner is waiting for you and friends are on their way over. 





The master bedroom looked very nice from the beginning, but room lacked art and small details that made it feel warm and fuzzy.  The duvet was changed out to a subtle pattern and art was added to anchor the bed area.  





We hope that by our little case study here you see that small changes can make a big difference!  The goal of staging is not to hide anything, but to highlight the positives.  Simply put, we want your home to be the most attractive to the most amount of people.  If you would like help selling your home or condo, please give us a call today, and we'll bring our staging expertise to you.

Price Reduced: City View Penthouse

Christie's featured 6 penthouses with city views this week, and we have our own to feature right here in Sarasota.  The price has been reduced on this gorgeous 18th-floor penthouse in downtown's One Watergate!  

1111 N. Gulfstream Ave #PH-B

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 1,575 square feet
  • Just reduced! Now available for $850,000

And now for Christie's line-up...

We know One Watergate has one of the best views in all of our town, but Christie's outlined some of the best city-view penthouses in the world in last week's blog, Luxury Defined.  Take a look, and read the full article here.

Luxury Defined: 6 Penthouses with City Views

Re-blogged from Christie's International Real Estate blog, 11/18/17.

1. Rome, Italy

The magnificent three-story, 3,767-square-foot penthouse is situated within a Renaissance palace overlooking the Piazza Venezia, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, and the National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II.

The magnificent three-story, 3,767-square-foot penthouse is situated within a Renaissance palace overlooking the Piazza Venezia, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, and the National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II.

2. London, United Kingdom

Mayfair's Luxury Quarter is the setting for this deluxe duplex penthouse.  Two terraces and a roof deck provide a bird's-eye view of Big Ben, the London Eye, and a city of landmarks.

Mayfair's Luxury Quarter is the setting for this deluxe duplex penthouse.  Two terraces and a roof deck provide a bird's-eye view of Big Ben, the London Eye, and a city of landmarks.

3. Miami, Florida

This designer duplex on the exclusive island of Brickell Key overlooks downtown Miami, Biscayne Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean.

This designer duplex on the exclusive island of Brickell Key overlooks downtown Miami, Biscayne Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean.

4. Athens, Greece

This elegant penthouse in the prestigious Kolonaki district was designed to take in the showstopping views of the Athenian skyline.

This elegant penthouse in the prestigious Kolonaki district was designed to take in the showstopping views of the Athenian skyline.

5. Sydney, Australia

If you're looking for views of Sydney Harbour, including the city's famous opera house, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Pacific Ocean, this contemporary duplex has them in spades.

If you're looking for views of Sydney Harbour, including the city's famous opera house, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Pacific Ocean, this contemporary duplex has them in spades.

6. Marina Bay, Singapore

The views of Singapore are without rival at this contemporary penthouse on the 47th floor of the Marina Bay Residences, a luxury residential skyscraper designed by starchitect A. Eugene Kohn.

The views of Singapore are without rival at this contemporary penthouse on the 47th floor of the Marina Bay Residences, a luxury residential skyscraper designed by starchitect A. Eugene Kohn.

For any and all of your Sarasota-area real estate needs, we are here to help!  If you are looking at luxurious penthouses or properties around the county and around the world, let us reach out to the extensive network of Michael Saunders & Company affiliates to connect you with a realtor who is working in the area you seek.  

MS&C Rules in Savoy on Palm

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Savoy on Palm

  • 401 South Palm Avenue, Downtown Sarasota
  • Built in: 2006
  • Number of Units: 24
  • Price Point: In the millions

Located in the middle of downtown, Savoy on Palm is a stylish and elegant condo community walking distance from the buzz of Main Street, the sparkling Sarasota Bayfront area, and the quaint corner of Burns Court. The Savoy only has 24 condos, most of which are occupied as the owner's primary residence, so it's ideal for people who want to be in the center of it all but still desire a bit of privacy.  

Given the small number of residences in Savoy, there aren't usually many of these on the market at any time.  Right now, there are two on the market, both listed by Michael Saunders & Company agents!  Another unit in the building that is under contract was also listed by a Michael Saunders & Company agent, and that one went to contract in a mere 20 days!  

Total Sales in Units

Total Sales in Units

For some perspective, all $1 million+ condos in the downtown area are averaging about 188 days on the market at the moment.  It's worth noting that our company simply DOMINATES this market -- not just in Savoy, but all the million-dollar downtown condos, selling nearly 3x as much as the closest competition!

Check out the one under contract, listed by my colleague Lenore Treiman.

Savoy on Palm #802

Like what you see?  There are two residences in Savoy currently on the market, listed by Michael Saunders agent Michael Moulton, including the a-maz-ing penthouse we've mentioned before.


  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3.5 bathrooms
  • 3,600 square feet
  • Listed at $2,450,000

And that penthouse... #PH1101

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 5 bathrooms
  • 5,708 square feet w/private elevator
  • Listed at $5,600,000

Pamper Your Pooch

Sarasota is a place to pamper yourself.  For many, it's a vacation - a chance to indulge and pamper and splurge.  For others, it's a part time home - a place to get away from the stresses of winter and unwind by the water.  And for a lot of us, it's just... home - where work can take us away from the luxuries that surround us, or where retirement allows us to immerse ourselves in them!  In any case, there are ample options for pampering and splurging, even for our best four-legged friends!  Here are some ways you can pamper your pooch in Sarasota, a town that is just as luxurious and vacation-y for dogs as it is for humans.  :-)

For the dog who loves sunbathing...

Take them to Brohard Paw Park on Venice Beach.

This section of Venice Beach is a great place for your dog to pant away a morning on the sand with you by his side.  It's the only dog-friendly beach in all of Sarasota County!   There is an enclosed play yard with a watering station near the parking area, and a pet-friendly section of the beach where your dog can swim and romp.  Check out my dogs enjoying the rays!

Enjoy a stroll around Bird Key Park.

This leash-required park is a great place to bring your dog and enjoy the views of Sarasota Bay.  Expanses of grassy areas are lined with sidewalks perfect for a stroll, and there are benches around if you and Fido want to just enjoy the sun and the view for a while.

This dog is enjoying the trails at the Celery Fields.  Photo credit: Sarasota Magazine

This dog is enjoying the trails at the Celery Fields.  Photo credit: Sarasota Magazine

For the dog who loves to run...

Boy, do we have options for you!  There are dog parks dotted all over the county, from exclusive ones within certain neighborhoods, to ones within county parks such as Arlington Park, to the huge acreage of the 17th Street Paw Park.  Arlington and 17th Street both are leashless parks, fully fenced in, where your dog can get off and running with a pack of buddies.  If you like to run too, leash up your dog and go for a jog down the Legacy Trail, up and down the hill at the Celery Fields, or around the serene lake at Nathan Benderson Park.

Toasted Mango Cafe's dog-friendly patio

Toasted Mango Cafe's dog-friendly patio

For the dog with a refined palate...

This is another area in which Sarasota SHINES.  So many restaurants open up their exterior tables to your furry companions.  I love taking my dogs with me to brunch at Toasted Mango or Station 400, where no one judges me for dropping a bite off sausage to them under the table. ;-)  Owen's Fish Camp is another great downtown option, with loads of outdoor seating and a casual setting.  For the fanciest of pets, Bijou Cafe downtown, Cafe L'Europe on St. Armands, and Libby's in Southside Village are all great options for when you want a delectable meal, a glass of wine, and your dog by your side.

For the dog whose nail polish matches yours...

Take them for the full treatment at Bayside Pet Resort.

With options from the basic grooming package, to mud baths, pet-icures, and facials, your doggie will leave here feeling rested, relaxed, and perfectly pampered!  There is also an on-staff doggie masseuse and loads of relaxation packages available.  If you live the high life, so should your sweet pup. (Also, shout out to Bayside Pet Resort for being an outstanding supporter of the Humane Society of Sarasota County!!!)

Give their fur some flair at Sarasota Grooming Company.

Has your dog always yearned to stand out?  Give your poodle's poof a splash of pink.  Let the stylists give your maltese a mohawk.  The options are limitless so get creative.  This cute little boutique company also does fancy spa treatments too.

A great resource for anyone whose dog is more than just a pet is  Check it out for pet-friendly places and services around Sarasota and the rest of the USA!

One Watergate's View from the Top

We love being the first to bring you exciting new real estate investments and opportunities.  In addition to the gorgeous inland Deer Creek paradise we just let you know about, we are also delighted to give you a sneak peek at this gorgeous penthouse with perfect views from every. single. window.  This One Watergate penthouse will come on the market in the early summer, so keep your eyes peeled!

One Watergate Penthouse

  • 1111 N. Gulfstream Avenue
  • 1,575 square feet
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms

Literally, what CAN'T you see from this gorgeous top-level condo in downtown's One Watergate?!  Nestled against the Ringling Bridge on the western-most edge of downtown Sarasota, One Watergate overlooks absolutely everything.  From the windows of this penthouse, you can see the downtown coastline, including The Kiss statue, Marina Jack's, Island Park, and Golden Gate Point.  Beyond the coastline, take in the sights of the architectural Ringling Bridge, the perfectly manicured Bird Key, south Lido, and north Siesta, and let your eyes run over the waters of both Sarasota Bay and the expansive Gulf of Mexico beyond.  Truly a stunning, one-of-a-kind view.  

Inside is a spacious 2 bed/2 bath split floor plan condo that does not feel like a condo.  The floor plan is interesting, with angles, details, and lines that you don't customarily find in condominium-style homes.  

We can't wait to get this one on the market and find the next lucky person who will get to enjoy High-Level Living and The View from the Top of One Watergate!  Stay tuned!

The Best at Broadway!

Originally posted on on September 23, 2016.

You will not want to miss this spacious downtown penthouse at the lovely Broadway Promenade building in downtown Sarasota!  Here is the scoop:


The Basics

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 3 full baths
  • 1890 sq’ (try and find anything else this large in the downtown area at this price point!)
  • 6th floor courtyard view means you are looking at the sky, not other condos!

So Fancy!

  • Completely updated in the past year – new kitchen & baths, all new appliances, new AC, everything!
  • Gleaming Cherry wood flooring throughout
  • Gorgeous granite in the kitchen
  • Marble in master bath
  • Storage like you have never before seen in a downtown condo.  We are talking walk-in pantry and way more here – unheard of for under $1m downtown!

Twice the Fun!

  • Double-sized terrace
  • 2 covered parking spaces
  • 2 storage units
  • 2 large pets allowed (walk them in adjacent Pioneer Park or Centennial Park)

Tell me about the building…

  • Walking-distance to downtown, Van Wezel, and the Ringling Bridge
  • Courtyard-style
  • Many amenities such as a modern fitness room, billiards & poker room/outside-your-condo-man-cave, large community social room with catering kitchen, sparkling pool and spa
  • 24-hour friendly and knowledgeable concierge at entry
  • Relaxed & friendly feel with many opportunities to socialize within the building, if you like!

Please click here for the complete MLS listing or call me for more info! (941) 961-3212