Your Downtown Update: What's all that construction?

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

While You were Gone…

A suite at Sarasota Modern

A suite at Sarasota Modern

…These projects have neared completion:

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

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

  • Arcos Apartments - 320 Central Ave. Rosemary District

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

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

A rendering of Courtyard at Citrus

A rendering of Courtyard at Citrus

…These buildings have begun construction:

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

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

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

  • Bold Lofts - 2nd St. Central Downtown

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

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

  • Laurel Townhomes - on Hudson Bayou Laurel Park

  • The Pearl - 609 Golden Gate Pt Golden Gate Point

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

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

  • The Mark - 100 S. Washington Central Downtown

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

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

  • The Collection - 1335 2nd St. Rosemary District

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

  • 332 Cocoanut - 332 Cocoanut Ave. Rosemary District

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

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

Rendering of The Strand

Rendering of The Strand

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

  • Epoch - 53 S. Palm Ave. Palm Avenue

  • Evolution - TBD Golden Gate Point

  • Quay Sarasota - North Bayfront

  • Payne Park Village - East Downtown

  • The Risdon - Rosemary District

A rendering of Zahrada

A rendering of Zahrada

  • The Strand - North Downtown

  • Vanguard Lofts - 1343 4th Street Rosemary District

  • Zahrada - TBD 4th Street Rosemary District

A rendering of DeMarcay

A rendering of DeMarcay

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

2018 Has Made Us Your Trusted Downtown Experts


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

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

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#1404 Worked with Buyers & Seller

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

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2.5 bathrooms

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

Regency House

#307 Worked with Buyers

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

  • 1 bedroom

  • 1 bathroom

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

#1008 Worked with Sellers

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

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

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

One Watergate

#PH-B Worked with Seller

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

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

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


270 Cosmopolitan Ct. Worked with Sellers

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

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

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

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

Best New Listings Downtown Now

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

Spotlight: New Construction

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

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Spotlight: Resales

Surprising Ground-Floor Unit in Condo on the Bay

888 Blvd of the Arts #102

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

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

  • 1,288 sq ft under air

  • Listed on Dec. 6 for $ 549,900

Panoramic Views in Embassy House

770 S. Palm Ave. #704

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

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

  • 1,625 sq ft under air

  • Listed on Dec. 3 for $749,000

Sleek on Sparkling Sarasota Bay

174 Golden Gate Pt. #23

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

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

  • 1,388 sq ft under air

  • Listed on Nov. 26 for $699,000

Traditional Sophistication in La Bellasara

464 Golden Gate Pt. #601

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

  • 3 bedrooms

  • 3.5 bathrooms

  • 3,384 sq ft under air

  • Listed on Dec. 4 for $2,799,000

Spacious Contemporary Haven in Sansara

300 S. Pineapple Ave. #401

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

  • 3 bedrooms

  • 3 bathrooms

  • 2,773 sq ft under air

  • Listed on Nov. 20 for $2,090,000

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

Just Listed: Fully Renovated Condo Alternative

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

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3026 Pinecrest Street

Located 8 minutes from downtown, in South Gate.

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  • 2 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

  • 1,174 sq ft under air

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

  • Offered at $325,000

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Welcome home!

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

Light, Bright, Open Interior

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

Enviable Modern Kitchen

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

Cozy Yet Updated Master and Guest Suites

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

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

The Joy of Being on the Water

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

Why South Gate?

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

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

Just Listed: Burns Court Villas

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Just Listed!

563 Palm Avenue, Sarasota

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

Burns Court Villas.  Just imagine...

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

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563 S. Palm AvENUE

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

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

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

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

Community Amenities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Travel When You Live in Paradise?!?

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

627 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach

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

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


101 Cedar Avenue, Anna Maria Island

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

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


7251 Plovers Way, Siesta Key

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

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


8325 Lindrick Lane, The Concession

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

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

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

Highest Downtown Condo Sales in June

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

#1 - $3.2 million for Centrally-Located Penthouse

100 Central Ave #PH-01

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

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

#2 - $2.5 million on Golden Gate Point

258 Golden Gate Point #301

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

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

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

35 Watergate Drive #405

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

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

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

340 South Palm Avenue #61

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

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

#5 - $1.2 for Condo on the Bay Penthouse

888 Boulevard of the Arts #PH1901-1902

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

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

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

New Construction is HOT HOT HOT

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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.

Just Listed: High-Level in Regency House

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

Regency House 10th Floor

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435 S. Gulfstream Ave. #1008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Newest in Downtown Luxury

Ritz Carlton Residences

Located at Quay Sarasota

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The long-vacant land located at Quay Sarasota, just north of Fruitville and Tamiami Trail, has been a desirable and yet a disputed piece of land for many years.  Finally, a winner has been chosen for the highly-sought-after property: it will become home to the newest Ritz Carlton Residences.  With construction beginning this year, the 18-story, 73-residence building will remain with the level of luxury to which the Ritz Carlton family is accustomed, but with a clean, modern feel. 

The view from penthouse-level in the new Ritz Carlton Residences.

The view from penthouse-level in the new Ritz Carlton Residences.

The Kolter Group, who just finished VUE on Gulfstream Avenue, is piloting this project and carrying forward the panoramic-view theme with a Ritz-Carlton flavored cherry on top.  One of the most beloved features of VUE that will carry into this design as well is its floor-to-ceiling windows and sliders throughout the living space, as well as the city-to-water views in every residence.  The new Residences will also feature soaring 11 and 12' ceilings and multiple terraces in each condo.

The Ritz: Not Just a Building; A Lifestyle

  • 18 floors
  • 73 luxury condominiums
  • 3,100 to 6,200 square feet
  • East-to-west & city-to-water views
  • Private elevators to each residence
  • Separate service entrance & elevator
  • Climate controlled storage
  • Access-controlled parking, with two assigned, covered spaces per condo

Welcome to the Ritz family, which, in Sarasota, brings you access to:

  • The Beach Club on Lido Key
  • The Ritz Carlton Golf Club
  • The Spa Resort & Day Spa
  • Fine Dining at Quay & Jack Dusty

Enviable Amenities

  • Two bayfront pools: an oasis pool for utter relations, and a 70' long lap/fitness pool, and a separate spa
  • Boardwalk on the waterfront in the new Quay Shopping District, which will feature shopping, dining, boating access, and a public park
  • Members-only dog park
  • Private clubrooms
  • Fitness center
  • On-site property management
  • 24-hour valet and concierge service

We are always on top of the next big thing downtown.

If you are interested in learning more about the new Ritz Carlton Residences, please give us a call today.  Don't forget, we are your go-to for everything downtown, from the character-filled established buildings to the next best View from the Top!  

Pantone Announces Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

Reblogged from Michael Saunders & Company's partner firm, Christie's International Real Estate's Luxury Defined blog.  To read the full article, please visit their website here.  

5 Homes Inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

The experts at the Pantone Color Institute, the trendsetting color consultancy firm that helps manufacturers choose colors for their products, selected Ultra Violet as 2018’s Color of the Year. It’s a blue-based shade of purple that would admirably suit a king or queen, a bishop, or the artist formerly known as Prince. The color’s exclusivity derived from the difficulty and cost of extracting it from a rare species of marine snail. Then, in 1856, a young chemist named William Henry Perkin tried to synthesize antimalarial quinine from coal tar and, instead, stumbled onto the first aniline dye, a brilliant, colorfast purple that awakened the Victorians’ vibrant palette. Thus, Ultra Violet inspires 2018 and this Luxury Definedcollection of elegant homes in which deep shades of purple reign.

Villa Lavanda

Ibiza, Spain

Villa Lavanda lives up to its name.  This idyllic cliffside aerie has an array of purple-accented features: a lavender field, jewel-toned fabrics and finishes, and a great room with an exquistire Mudejar-style ceiling under a purple alcove.

Magnificent Palacete

Cascais, Portugal

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This five-story residence on the southern coast of Portugal is vividly decorated throughout.  The lower-level office has a bright purple palette, which creates contrast with the alluring views of sea and sky.

Hacienda Las Luciernagas

Tepoztlan, Mexico

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This Mexican hacienda is a haven of tranquility, just like its beautiful setting in the hills above the ancient town of Tepoztlan.  The peaceful ambience extends to the two-story great room with its rich wood and tile finishes, stone columns, viga-beamed ceilings, and violet-hued walls.

Leersum Equestrian Estate

Utrecht, Netherlands

Unique inside and out, this ranch-style equestrian estate in Holland's Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park has an array of exquisite appointments, including a cinema adorned with quilted-velvet walls and a ceiling in vibrant shades of purple.

The Brander House

Los Angeles, California

A purple door opens to reveal a white hallway lined with posts and beams, a signature design element of the home's celebrated architect, Eugene Kinn Choy.

We adore this year's vibrant and exciting Color of the Year and can't wait to see it brought to high-level and seaside living in Sarasota!  Please give us a call today if we can assist you in finding a great residence in our own vibrant community.  

Just Sold: The View From The Top on LonGBOAT KEY

Clients of mine just purchased a spectacular condo on Longboat Key with the most gorgeous water views!  Grand Bay in Bay Isles is a 6-building condo community with spanning water views of Sarasota Bay, housing 272 of the most desirable addresses on Longboat.  Being behind the gates of the coveted Longboat Key Club means not only security and privacy, but also access to the Bay Isles Beach Club on the gulf side for the best of both worlds!

3040 Grand Bay Blvd #246

  • 3 bedrooms

  • 3.5 bathrooms

  • 2,925 square feet under air

  • Full balcony AND private terrace

  • Sold for just over $1.6 million

This condo home was purchased fully furnished.  Take a look at the photos from the original MLS listing!  (Photo credit to my fellow Michael Saunders & Company listing agents Ann Martin & Joanna Benante.)

These particular clients were referred to me from past clients who just bought in the newest downtown development, The VUE.  Both sets of clients are Realtors from other states, so it's great to know that we deliver the caliber of work that other Realtors who know the business expect.

I am actually out at the condo today to ensure it is prepared for their arrival.  Here are a couple pictures from this chilly morning over Sarasota Bay.  Stay warm out there, Sarasota, and keep enjoying all the beautiful Views from the Top!

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!

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!

Trophy Homes Around the World

Reposted from Christie's International Real Estate, October 17, 2017.

Retrospective: A Decade of Trophy Home Sales

A look back at the growth and performance of the unique $100 million market

The ultra-exclusive trophy home is ever more conspicuous in the marketplace, and with it comes the proliferation of the $100 million-plus listing. Over the past decade, a record 32 properties have sold at the nine-figure mark across a dozen international property markets. This year, to date, there have been five estates listed for nine figures, including two priced at more than a quarter billion dollars. But even these ultimate luxury properties follow the fundamental market forces in play. Let’s take a look at the factors contributing to the rise of the nine-figure trophy home.

Three-Year Review: Rise to Prominence

Of the $100 million-plus listings currently on market, four homes were listed for sale in 2014, seven in 2015, fourteen in 2016, and five already in 2017.

Listing price increases have also accompanied the increase in the number of $100 million-plus properties for sale. Although the nine-figure listing has been a marketing ploy by some property owners, listing prices have increased as historic properties and new developments come on the market.

Ironically, the proliferation of trophy listings and sales occurred during periods of global uncertainty and volatility. Like masterpiece works of art, these trophy properties can be viewed as an investment category and an asset class.

For instance, in Hong Kong, residential properties in luxury enclaves are “important investment target{s} for many overseas companies.” Although the nine-figure listing is a fairly new market development, some of these initial listings already demonstrate the potential these properties have as stores of value.

Stanley, Hong Kong - $400,000,000 HKD

Stanley, Hong Kong - $400,000,000 HKD

Even with its sky-high asking price, The Manor—unlike other top listings in the area such as The Playboy Mansion or The Beverly House—is a value-added offering.

Listed for $200 million, The Playboy Mansion sold for $100 million, or $5,250 a square foot less than a year after first hitting the market. The Beverly House, if sold for its list price of $195 million, would have a square foot price of $3,900.

By comparison, The Manor—newly renovated and listed at $200 million— would be a relative bargain even if sold at list price, with a square-foot price of $3,500.

The Manor, Los Angeles, California - $200,000,000

The Manor, Los Angeles, California - $200,000,000

Co-owner and co-listing agent Rick Hilton of Hilton & Hyland Real Estate observes that “The sky is the limit. Once we hit the $100 million mark, we broke the glass ceiling—and we’re seeing people comfortable with spending more than that. Two-hundred million dollars doesn't just get you the largest and grandest private residence in Los Angeles' prestigious Holmby Hills, it gets you an exclusive lifestyle.

"The Manor is a home unlike any other in the world. Sitting on 4.7 acres of land, the French-château style 56,500- square-foot masterpiece is larger than the White House. On a square-foot basis, Los Angeles offers far greater value for money than competing cities across the globe, putting The Manor in a category of luxury all on its own.”

When compared to the average square-foot price of $8,489 for the current $100 million listings around the world, all three properties demonstrate the value proposition of Los Angeles trophy homes.

Although there has been much skepticism about this narrow market, a survey of prospective trophy-home buyers clearly demonstrates its viability.

The Playboy Mansion, Holmby Hills, California - $105,000,000

The Playboy Mansion, Holmby Hills, California - $105,000,000

According to Forbes, there are 2,043 individuals whose net worth exceeds $1 billion, up 13 percent from last year’s count. Together, their net worth amounts to $7.67 trillion, a yearon-year increase of 18 percent. By comparison, the total value of the 33 trophy properties currently listed for sale is $6.44 billion, or less than one tenth of one percent of the 2,043 billionaires’ combined net worth.

The wealthiest individuals on this list could afford to purchase all 33 of these $100 million listings for themselves without coming close to exhausting their fortunes.

A new benchmark may also be looming. In the South of France, persistent rumors suggest one palatial estate comes with a €1 billion price tag.

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To read the full article, please visit here.

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
  • Click HERE for the full info

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.  :-)

Dolphin Tower: Can We Get Over It?

Dolphin Tower represents one of two things: the world's scariest condo owner's nightmare, or an investor's dream, depending on where you were in June of 2010.  If you were sitting in your condo, overlooking one of the best views in downtown, but tripping over a gaping crack in the floor of your home; or if you were the President of the Condo Association of the building, not realizing how many hours, weeks, months, and years you were about to spend trying to literally and figuratively pull a building out of a black hole; or if you were a snowbird home safe for the summer getting a phone call from said President that your second home was being evacuated... then you probably fall into the former category.  

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An Unexpected Nightmare

Dolphin Tower was many people's dream-turned-reality: center of downtown with views for miles, all at a relatively reasonable price-point thanks to the age and style of the building.  Retire early, enjoy life at the beach yet in a cultural epicenter.  Could it get any better?  Well, it certainly could get worse.

In the summer of 2010, dream-turned-reality became dream-turned-nightmare when the 36 year old building began the process of collapse.  Cracks appeared in floors and walls, temporary support was installed, and the building was evacuated.  What once was a premier address in Sarasota quickly became a derelict liability.  In addition to the obvious structural problems, it was quickly discovered that the building fell below current wind shear standards, and might likely topple right down in the event of even a low category hurricane.

Costly Renovations

Many owners quickly went upside-down, as their responsibility for monthly condo fees (and mortgage payments, if mortgaged), rent for a temporary living place, storage for possessions, and gigantic special assessments for building repairs veritably ripped the money from their pockets.  Many foreclosed and several sold for nothing more than closing costs; roughly two-thirds of the building turned over during what ended up being a five-year-long renovation project.  Special assessments for the renovations and repairs will continue through until the year 2020.

The View from the Top of Dolphin Tower remains one of the best in the city.  

The View from the Top of Dolphin Tower remains one of the best in the city.  

The Pendulum Swing of Dolphin Tower Property Values

Ten years ago, at the height of the market, before the recession, Dolphin Towers properties were selling for an average $425,000.  Five years ago, in the midst of the chaotic renovation, the average price dipped to a staggering 10% of that.  TEN. PERCENT.  The 2012 average sold price in the Tower was just $47,137, as owners sought to unload what they saw as a money pit with no bottom.  

Now, 10 years post-recession and 2 years since the first occupant was able to move back in, the average sold price has rebounded back up to $380,690.  There are currently 33 condos on the market at the moment, some being sold sight-unseen as they are not yet fit for occupancy, and some with Certificate of Occupancy already received.  The price range of those available is $279,900 to $695,000.  

Rebuilt But Not Forgotten

A recent renovation on Dolphin Tower's 14th floor.

A recent renovation on Dolphin Tower's 14th floor.

Given that the building has undergone one of the most rigorous and complete renovations in recent memory, we know it has the potential to be a solid part of the downtown real estate market once again.  Many residences are now beautifully renovated and still you can get a lot for your money in Dolphin Tower.  It remains one of the best-positioned buildings in downtown--Palm Avenue Shoppes beneath it, across from the water and the Marina, and in walkable proximity to everything.  

But will buyers ever trust the building again?  Only time will tell.

The factual content for this information was taken from this article in Sarasota Magazine, as well as by compiling data from many years in the Mid-Florida MLS.  

Sarasota's Newest are Going Fast!

Get them while they're still here!

There are a LOT of new buildings and developments going up in and around downtown Sarasota.  Several of them are still in the pre- or early-construction phase, but quite a few are coming to fruition before our eyes this summer.  These are the newest things going downtown, they can be viewed or previewed NOW, and there are only a few left!

Orange Club

Boutique condos in the Burns Court area of downtown.  Many of these are already ready for occupancy and able to be viewed now!

  • How many residences? 9 townhomes and 15 condos
  • How many are left? 3 condos, 3 townhomes
  • Price range of those remaining: $600,000 - $900,000
  • Sizes of those remaining: 1,100 - 1,500 square feet for condos, 2300 square feet for townhomes
  • What's special? These ultra-modern residences are in exclusive and intimate Burns Court.  Designed by modern architects Vandyk, Orange Club offers super-mod kitchens, hotel-inspired baths, and open floor plans with lots of light.  


Keeping with the style and feel of the rest of Golden Gate Point, One88 is elegance and luxury with simply exceptional and stunning water views.  You can view these units now.

  • How many residences? 8
  • How many are left? 2
  • Price range of those remaining: $2.9-3 million
  • Sizes of those remaining: over 3,000 square feet
  • What's special? If you're a car enthusiast, One88 has you covered.  Each luxurious condo comes with parking for three cars, including a lift.  Oh, and there's a detailing station to boot!  All that, AND the spectacular view?  Sounds too good to be true, but yet here it is!


This luxury high-rise will feature fantastic views of downtown, Golden Gate Point, the coastline, and Sarasota's surrounding keys.  The Vue site is still a construction zone, but expected completion is only 2 months out.  Serious buyers are welcome to visit for a hard-hat tour.

  • How many residences? 144
  • How many are left?
  • 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, will feature floor-to-ceiling glass, expansive and free-flowing rooms, soaring ceilings, gourmet kitchens, and spacious balconies.

The Q

This centrally-located collection of modern townhomes has been in production for a few years so several units are already occupied.  

  • How many residences? 40
  • How many are left? 7
  • Price range of those remaining: $680,000 to $1.6 million
  • Sizes of those remaining: 1,600 - 4,000 square feet
  • What's special? Innovative architecture is the feature of this eye-catching community.  There are designer touches throughout the two- and three-story townhouses, and there are terraces on every. single. floor.  And have you seen those elevators???  Very cool, and extremely walkable to everything downtown.

Downtown Boating Condos

Written by Molly Russo

As if there is a time of year that Sarasotans do NOT take advantage of our access to the gorgeous waters of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, summer certainly is a good time to be on a boat to let the sea breeze help you beat the heat!  Living the downtown life with a boat can be a challenge, however, as there just simply aren't very many condo buildings that have boat slips or docks.  Let's go over some of your options if you're a downtown boater!

Condo on the Bay

Certainly the best known bayfront, boat-accessible downtown option is waterfront Condo on the Bay.  The two towers of Condo on the Bay command some of the best downtown views.

  • Current listings in building range in price from $500,000 to $2.2 million
  • # of units: 272
  • Deep water dockage
  • Lifts allowed at all docks
  • Kayak and small boat docking available too


One of the newest buildings on exclusive Golden Gate Point, One88 is stylish, chic, and extravagant.  With only 8 units on 5 stories, this is also one of the most exclusive addresses in downtown Sarasota.

  • Current listings in building are priced just below $3,000,000
  • # of units: 8, only two left!
  • Deeded docks have water supply and electricity



Yet another new build on Golden Gate Point is the beautiful Aqua, designed by Sarasota architect Guy Peterson.  Nine floors high and situated directly on Sarasota Bay facing the Ringling Bridge, Aqua offers 8 full-floor luxury condos.

  • Only two are currently on the market, priced in the $3-5 million range
  • # of units: 8, only two left!
  • Boat slips deeded

Pier 550

Quaint Pier 550 sits in stark contrast the the ultra-luxe of the two aforementioned Golden Gate Point condos, Aqua and One88.  Here are located some of the most affordable downtown or Golden Gate condos available.

  • Current listing in building is for just over $400,000 for a 1/1 unit
  • # of units: 51
  • Boat slips lease on a first-come, first-served basis

Hudson Crossing

Located on the waters of Hudson Bayou in quiet west of the trail is the highly desirable Hudson Crossing.  Floor plans are in the 2500 square foot range, and each comes with its own boat dock.  Hudson Bayou is deepwater-boat accessible to Marina Jacks, Sarasota Bay, and the Gulf beyond.

  • Rarely available, there is only one on the market currently, for just under $2 million
  • # of units: 12
  • Deep water dockage

Majestic Bay

Another Golden Gate Point gem is the exclusive Majestic Bay.  All units face west, meaning you'll never miss a breath-taking sunset over the water again.  With loads of amenities, such as your standard pool, spa and fitness center, as well as a couple special ones, like the in-house carwash and wine storage, Majestic Bay is another great option for a life of opulence on the Point.

  • Current listing in the building is for just over $2 million
  • # of units: 10
  • Deep water dockage

Grande Riviera

The Grande Riviera building is likely one of the most recognized on the Sarasota skyline, with its gold dome roof shining at the very edge of Sarasota Bay.  Sweeping water views, great location, bayside pool deck, and luxurious interiors make the Grande Riviera very special.

  • None currently available, and so rarely available that only ONE has sold in the last THREE YEARS!
  • # of units: 13
  • Deep water dockage

But don't worry, there's always...

Marina Jack's

With 316 boat slips on the waterfront of downtown, Marina Jack's is your best bet if you live in or around downtown in a community that does not have docking for your boat.  The slips can accommodate vessels up to 228’ feet in length, with a maximum beam of 26’. Amenities of their marina include power, fresh water, cable, free wi-fi and a pump-out station, all housed at every slip, and each dock is secured by a code-accessible gate. 

Finding a condo in Sarasota that can house your boat in addition to your family is not easy, but it's also not impossible!  If you would like any additional information on any of these beautiful condo communities, please leave a comment below.  Here's to smooth sailing this summer!

Just Listed: Perfect Pied-a-Terre in Renaissance


This light and bright 1-bedroom, 1-bath condo in downtown's Renaissance is the perfect place to start your downtown life, whether for housing your guests as a downtown pied-a-terre or as your full-time home.  Housed in beautiful Renaissance, the condo is walkable to lively Main Street downtown, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, the Ringling Bridge, and the hip restaurants and shops of the Rosemary District.  Chock-full of amenities, including a large, sparkling pool and spa, fitness center, club room, and attached and covered parking, you'll have everything you need for pool parties, relaxing weekends, and a healthy lifestyle without even leaving the building! 

You will love the clean city view from the open balcony, and it will also be clear how in-the-center-of-it-all you are when you gaze out at the downtown skyline!  Modern light fixtures, spa-like fresh paint, and oversized floor tiles keep the look coastal and chic.

This gleaming residence features a stunning open kitchen with sleek glass tile backsplash and granite bar-height counter extension, complete with a wine fridge - all perfect for entertaining friends before heading out for a show! 

Even the spacious bedroom has full city views, as well as access to the balcony.

Renaissance amenities include a sparkling pool & spa, great fitness center, a recently-updated club room with catering kitchen, theater room, conference room, guest suites, and 24/7 manned security, plus this residence comes with a storage unit and covered parking spot in the attached garage - wow! 

Minutes from the heart of downtown, let this chic downtown condo give you access to whatever city life you desire: theater is walkable, beaches are cycle-able, shopping and museums are close at hand.  Convenience, comfort, and, of course, location! location! location!