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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!

Hard Hat Tour of Artisan on Main

Realtor Extraordinaire & Marketing Guru - Hard hats not included!

Realtor Extraordinaire & Marketing Guru - Hard hats not included!

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

We like the rooftop bar…

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

Location: Not Exactly Downtown, But Not Far

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

That…View?

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

The Plusses

  1. Price:Size Ratio

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

  2. Mostly-Walkable Location

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

  3. Luxurious Feeling

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

Renderings of the Finished Product

More about Icon Residential

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

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

How To Be a Sarasota Foodie

The dessert table at the Haye Loft, above Euphemia Haye

The dessert table at the Haye Loft, above Euphemia Haye

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

Major Award-Winners

Michael’s on East

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

Indigenous is located on S. Links Ave. downtown.

Indigenous is located on S. Links Ave. downtown.

Indigenous

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

Food Network Accolades

Yoder’s

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

Munchie’s 420 Café

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

My Faves - It’s time you knew!

Bijou Café

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

Shore

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

The Haye Loft at Euphemia Haye

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

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

Just Listed: New Construction West of Trail

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

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3246 Old Oak Drive

Verdant & Shady Land, Luxurious Coastal Home

  • Builder: Nutter Custom Construction

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

  • 4,037 sq ft under air

  • 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

  • Additional den, game room, and exercise room

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

In the words of the builder:

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

And may we add, about this special lot:

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

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

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

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!

Pet-Free Paradises

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

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

Regency House

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

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

Condo on the Bay - Building 888

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

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

One Watergate

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

Embassy House

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

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

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

Brand New Resource: Current Market Update

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

What's New

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


downtown real estate

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

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

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

price per square foot is down, but consistent.

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

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

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


What does this mean for you?

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

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

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

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Highest Downtown Condo Sales in June

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

#1 - $3.2 million for Centrally-Located Penthouse

100 Central Ave #PH-01

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

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

#2 - $2.5 million on Golden Gate Point

258 Golden Gate Point #301

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

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

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

35 Watergate Drive #405

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

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

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

340 South Palm Avenue #61

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

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

#5 - $1.2 for Condo on the Bay Penthouse

888 Boulevard of the Arts #PH1901-1902

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

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

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

Under Contract: Fastest Resale Ever in Q!

Going, going, gone!

It was only a couple of weeks ago we were telling you about this amazingly unique new listing in Q, and it's already GONE!  This is the fastest resale ever in Q, at a mere 18 days on the market.

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A bit about Q...

A relatively new development in downtown, Q is only about 5 years old.  The contemporary community offered something that, for the most part, was pretty rare downtown: townhomes for, after all, not everyone is made for condo-style living.  Centrally-located, walkable to everything, maintenance-free & super-chic, Q is certainly a great option for downtown buyers who want something a little off the beaten path. 

  • 40 townhomes
  • 1,600 - 3,200 SF options available
  • 4 currently listed
  • 2 currently under contract

270 Cosmopolitan Court - Just a Little Something Extra

We clearly love this unique and modern community, but we especially love this upgraded, unique, and ultra-chic end-unit townhome.  

Floor-to-ceiling windows and ultra-mod fixtures made this living space stand out against the rest.

Floor-to-ceiling windows and ultra-mod fixtures made this living space stand out against the rest.

Sparkling glass subway tile makes for the perfect, sleek backsplash in the open-concept kitchen.

Sparkling glass subway tile makes for the perfect, sleek backsplash in the open-concept kitchen.

The master suite feels like an upscale hotel room, beckoning you to realize total relaxation.

The master suite feels like an upscale hotel room, beckoning you to realize total relaxation.

...and the master bath?  Well, let's just say this might be the bathroom of my dreams.  The counter-height backsplash was an upgrade, which gives the space a current & coastal feel, and the deep soaking tub and massive walk-in shower complete this amazing oasis.

...and the master bath?  Well, let's just say this might be the bathroom of my dreams.  The counter-height backsplash was an upgrade, which gives the space a current & coastal feel, and the deep soaking tub and massive walk-in shower complete this amazing oasis.

An in-home elevator goes up to the private and very spacious rooftop patio.

An in-home elevator goes up to the private and very spacious rooftop patio.

Did we mention spacious?  Nearly 1000 sq ft of outdoor living perfection!

Did we mention spacious?  Nearly 1000 sq ft of outdoor living perfection!

Relocating within Sarasota?

Interesting fact: The sellers of this gorgeous downtown condo were the buyers of the stunning 14th floor condo we had listed recently in downtown's newest high-rise VUE!  If you are interested in relocating within Sarasota, we can help you find your perfect home, townhome, or condo as well as find the perfect buyer for your existing residence!  We do double-duty so you don't have to.  Give us a call today for assistance in all things Sarasota real estate.

Time to Find a Beach House!

Brrrr!  It's cold up there!

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With every type of cold-weather calamity coming through the northern states, including Bomb Cyclones and Polar Vortexes (!!!), now is a great time to consider buying a beach house!  Despite the fact that today the temperatures are in the 40s, our January average temp is around 70 degrees! 

Your perfect vacation home is waiting for you in Sarasota, so pack up the car, bring the sunscreen and check out some of the amazing beach houses currently for sale!

5527 Avenida Del Mare, Siesta Key

This cozy beach house has garage space for up to 3 cars, and living space for your entire extended family to come visit!

This cozy beach house has garage space for up to 3 cars, and living space for your entire extended family to come visit!

Looking for a nightlife worthy of the pages of a magazine?  Look no further than this beach house on Siesta Key.  Less than a 3-minute walk from the pristine white sands of the #1 beach in the USA, and also a short stroll to the lively Siesta Key Village–you can’t find a better location on Siesta Key for under $1 million.  The updated, beachy interior is cozy and perfect for your island getaway.

  • 3 bed/3 bath
  • 1,320 square feet under air
  • Listed at $875,000
Located right on Sarasota Bay with deepwater dockage for your boat, this charming and updated townhome makes a great vacation, seasonal, or permanent home.

Located right on Sarasota Bay with deepwater dockage for your boat, this charming and updated townhome makes a great vacation, seasonal, or permanent home.

The deepwater dockage outside of this updated townhome makes this vacation home perfect for boaters!  You can literally be on the boat and in the open waters of the Gulf within minutes of waking up in the morning.  A beautiful interior features 3 bedrooms, an updated kitchen, a rooftop terrace as well as outdoor living space.  Bonus: this small community of 12 has a pool, tennis & pickle ball courts all of which are next door!

  • 3 bed/2.5 bath
  • 1,803 square feet under air
  • Listed at $819,000
This beach bungalow sits across the street from the glistening waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the sands of Lido Beach.

This beach bungalow sits across the street from the glistening waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the sands of Lido Beach.

This adorable 1,500 square foot beach house is across the street from the Gulf of Mexico and Lido Beach.  Updated on the interior and with an open floor plan, a group of friends or family on vacation will really enjoy this space.  There is also a lot of outdoor entertaining space, and it even has a fireplace for “chilly” Florida winter nights (haha!).

  • 2 bed/3 bath
  • 1,579 square feet under air
  • Listed at $1,450,000

Ready to find your perfect beach house?

Start your new tradition – coming to the beach house!  For more information on any of the featured properties above, or about Sarasota real estate in general, please reach out to me and let me help you find your paradise here.

2017: The Year Sarasota Got Recognized... over and over again!

Our team over at the Michael Saunders corporate office put together this (very) long list of accolades our small city received in 2017.  While it's nothing those of us who already live here don't know, it's nice to see the world at large is paying attention!  Check our all the notoriety from 2017!  Reblogged directly from www.michaelsaunders.com/blog/

Accolades for Sarasota, Bradenton & Beyond: Why We’re No. 1

 By: Kathryn Parks | December 6, 2017 

From “#1 Beach” to “Best City for Small Businesses”, our region saw its share of notable achievements in 2017. We’ve compiled a list of Manatee, Charlotte, and Sarasota accolades – 20 more reasons why we love where we live.

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#1 Beach in the United States | Siesta Beach
Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach), coastal expert and professor at Florida International University, named Siesta Beach the #1 beach in the United States based on fifty criteria, including water,  sand quality, number of sunny days, safety and management.

Happiest Cities in the United States  | North Port / Sarasota / Bradenton
According to National Geographic Explorer, our region has joined a very happy collection of 20 communities across the Unites States. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton was noted as a place where “locals smile and laugh more often, socialize several hours a day, have access to green spaces, and feel that they are making purposeful progress toward achieving life goals.”

The Best Place to Retire in 2018 | Sarasota
US News and World Report named Sarasota as No. 1 retirement spot in the country, providing a high quality of life at an affordable price.

Best City for Young Entrepreneurs  | North Port / Sarasota / Bradenton
MoneyRates.com named the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton region as the number one city in the county with a welcoming climate for young business owners. They considered factors like growth rates, educational attainment, young adult affluence, and business tax environment.

Useppa Island

Useppa Island

10 Best Car-Free Island Getaways Useppa Island
Coastal Living encouraged readers to leave their keys and cars behind, featuring top destinations in the United States where no car is needed.

Most Extraordinary Beaches in the World | Venice Beach
Expedia named Venice Beach to this illustrious list of beaches from all over the world, noting it’s moniker as the “Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World.”

Best States for Business | Florida
Chief Executive Magazine ranked Florida #2 for the fifth year in a row in their comprehensive list of “Best & Worst States for Business” citing Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.2%, exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.7%.

The Preppiest Wedding Locations around the World | Boca Grande
With a penchant for bright colors and fun fabrics, Town and Country Magazine named Boca Grande to this preppy list, recognizing the Gasparilla Inn & Club for its picturesque setting.

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100 Best Places to Live | Sarasota
US News and World Report analyzed the 100 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live. They named Sarasota #21 based on its good value, desirability, strong job market, and high quality of life.

Healthiest Regions in Florida | Sarasota County
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked the 67 counties of Florida in terms of health and wellness. Sarasota was named 3rd for overall health outcomes (length and quality of life) and 2nd for overall health factors (behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment).

Venice

Venice

Best Places to Retire | Venice
GoodCall.com named Venice #14 to its 2017 Best Cities for Seniors to Retire.

Safest Cities in Florida | Punta Gorda & Venice
The National Council for Home Safety and Security looked at the safest cities in Florida based on the number of reported crimes per 100,000 people. Punta Gorda was named #14 while Venice clocked in at #28.

Happiest Cities in America |  North Port / Sarasota / Bradenton
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton ranked at #6 in the United States for highest well-being communities by Gallup-Healthways.

#1 Beach in the United States | Siesta Beach
TripAdvisor’s Travelors’ Choice Awards gave Siesta Beach the #1 spot to it’s collection of the top 25 beaches in the United States.

Best Place for Small Business | Sarasota-Bradenton
Topping the list, American City Business Journal named Sarasota-Bradenton #1 for Small Business Vitality Rankings.

Cast of Asolo Rep’s production SHOW BOAT. Photo by Frank Atura

Cast of Asolo Rep’s production SHOW BOAT. Photo by Frank Atura

Happiest Seaside Towns | Sarasota
Coastal Living noted Sarasota’s world-class beaches and top-shelf arts and culture scene, ranking it as the 3rd happiest seaside town in America.

Top Selling Master Planned Communities | Lakewood Ranch
Real estate consultant firm, RCLCO, named Lakewood Ranch the third most top-selling master-planned community in 2017.

#1 Performing Arts Hall | Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
The fifth time winning this title, Sarasota’s favorite purple venue topped the national list from Venues Today of performing arts halls in North America in the 2,000-seat category.

LECOM Park in Bradenton

LECOM Park in Bradenton

Best of the Ballparks Spring Training | LECOM Park
Fans voted overwhelmingly on Ballpark Digest, naming LECOM Park in Bradenton as the Best of Ballparks in the Grapefruit League for Spring Training.

Florida’s Best Kept Secret | Sarasota
Beyond accolades, Vogue Magazine did a feature story on the Sarasota area, touting it as perhaps Florida’s best kept secret. Author Christina Perez noted that our region was home to some of the country’s finest examples of mid-century modern architecture, beaches, and cultural attractions.

Do you want to find out why so many people, publications, and research analysts love Florida’s Gulf Coast? Contact your Michael Saunders & Company sales agent to learn more about Charlotte, Manatee, and Sarasota real estate.


If you have decided that you agree with all these kudos and are ready to make Sarasota your home, please give us a call for all your real estate needs!  If you are moving from out of town or out of state, we can even help you find a great Realtor from our nationwide network!

New Construction in Lakewood Ranch's Country Club East

Building with Neal Signature Homes

While previewing lots and homes for a client last week, I was fortunate to get a behind-the-scenes look at a few Neal Signature Homes being built in Lakewood Ranch's Country Club East.    Have a look at this new construction, in various stages from start to finish, in this fantastic luxury community!

Lots

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Neal has a selection of lots left in Country Club East and the community is now in its final phases.  (Call us today if you'd like to take a look at them!)  This waterfront lot is just starting to be built on and it overlooks both fairway and pond (AKA water hazard/mulligan!).  It will be a "feature" home, where the builder builds on spec and sells the finished home, rather than the buyer being present from the beginning and making all finish selections.  Neal also builds elsewhere and there are other builders also building in CCE, so if you like either the neighborhood or the builder, we have access to more inventory.  :-)

Partially-Built

Check out the pictures of the two homes we saw in partial construction.  The first is framed out and roofed, with the blueprint of the walls complete, so we were able to walk through each "room" and get the feel of the overall home's footprint.

The second one we saw had drywall up and cabinetry ready to go in.  

And the finished product...

I am the lucky listing agent of a gorgeous and modern Neal-built home.  These homeowners worked with the builder and a designer to modernize the typically-more-traditional feel of homes in Lakewood Ranch, choosing streamlined finishes and modern fixtures.

This is 14906 Castle Park Terrace.  

  • 3 bedrooms + den
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 2,465 square feet
  • Maintenance-free
  • Listed for $649,900

It is so interesting to see this process from start to finish, especially when the finished product is so stunning.  For all of your real estate needs, including retreats away from downtown such like Lakewood Ranch, please give us a call!

Selling Season is Back!

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The Sarasota real estate market tends to be a cyclical one.  It picks up and slows down in concert with the influx and exodus of our seasonal residents and tourists.  Our market might be most easily divided into thirds: high season, typically January, February, and March; low season, October through the holidays plus April & May; and off-season, the rest of the year.  As we tiptoe into the cooler, most enjoyable months of being a Floridian, we are already noticing a massive pick-up in the local housing market.

What the Numbers Say Now

*All the data below is comparing October 2017 to September 2017.

*All the data below is comparing October 2017 to September 2017.

  • 50% increase in pending sales.

50% more properties went to contract in the month of October over September.  Welcome to selling season.  This means there are active buyers beginning to flood our market, and more importantly, it means our market has bounced back in a big way from the stranglehold that Irma put on us for a couple weeks in September.

  • 11% increase in sold properties.

Not only did more homes go to contract in October than September, but more sets of keys changed hands too.  

  • 7% increase in properties for sale.

As you can see from the bell curve in the graph above, people list their property in direct correlation to the seasonal & tourist nature of Sarasota.  More people in town = more people looking at your home.  

  • 8% increase in sale price.

Single family homes in Sarasota County sold for an average of $382,000 in October.  The condominium market showed a 5% increase, with a mean price of $379,000.  

  • 0% change in a couple key areas.

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The list price to sale price ratio remains at a very typical 93%.  This means that in general, you can expect to sell your home for approximately 93% of what you originally list it for.  The Sarasota County market generally hovers in the 92-96% range.

Also without change from last month to this is the number of days on market.  This is how long a home is listed prior to going under contract.  For both September and October, that number is 76 days.  Again, this is pretty typical, as our market over the last year ranged from monthly averages of 66-82 days.

Is now the time for you to sell?

We can help you make that decision.  We can look at your specific building or neighborhood and provide you with the most up-to-date market information so that you are making the best decision.  Fill out a contact form here if you would us to assist you in selling your home or condo.  We are always here to help you!

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.

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.

THE STATS:

  • 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.  :-)

Six Architectural Works of Art

Our partners at Christie's International Real Estate highlight six luxury properties in their Luxury Defined series.  We loved their article this week on artistic architectural buildings.  Check out the pictures below and the full article here.  

The Bubble Palace

Theole-sur-Mer, France

Pierre Cardin's iconic Bubble Palance was designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag.  The unique living spaces are composed of interconnecting terracotta orbs which flow into beautiful gardens overlooking the Bay of Cannes.

Pierre Cardin's iconic Bubble Palance was designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag.  The unique living spaces are composed of interconnecting terracotta orbs which flow into beautiful gardens overlooking the Bay of Cannes.

Chesa Futura

St. Moritz, Switzerland

Chesa Futura (house of the future) is the innovative creation of Pritzker Prize-winning British architect Dir Norman Foster.  The dynamic bubble-shaped building comprises five ultra-exclusive apartments overlooking the Swiss Alps and the village of St. Moritz.

Chesa Futura (house of the future) is the innovative creation of Pritzker Prize-winning British architect Dir Norman Foster.  The dynamic bubble-shaped building comprises five ultra-exclusive apartments overlooking the Swiss Alps and the village of St. Moritz.

Ski the Future

Incline Village, Nevada

Ski the Future is a triumph of design overlooking Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada.

Ski the Future is a triumph of design overlooking Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada.

Shining Hand Ranch

Ashland, Oregon

The striking 8,880-square-foot residence that stands at the center of Shining Hand Ranch is a work of art handcrafted from exotic wood and river rock to evoke the flow of nature.

The striking 8,880-square-foot residence that stands at the center of Shining Hand Ranch is a work of art handcrafted from exotic wood and river rock to evoke the flow of nature.

The St. Lawrence Estate

Petite-Riviere-St-Francois, Quebec, Canada

The recipient of a Nobilis prize for architecture, the St. Lawrence Estate, a contemporary ski retreat in Quebec's Massif valley, was designed by Bourgeois/Lechasseur architects in 2014.

The recipient of a Nobilis prize for architecture, the St. Lawrence Estate, a contemporary ski retreat in Quebec's Massif valley, was designed by Bourgeois/Lechasseur architects in 2014.

Villa Dulnhove

Bosch en Duin, Netherlands

Villa Duinhove is a contemporary jewel crafted from glass, aluminum, and Jerusalem gold limestone.

Villa Duinhove is a contemporary jewel crafted from glass, aluminum, and Jerusalem gold limestone.

Michael Saunders & Company has global affiliations that produce the best results for our clients.  Among them is Christie's International Real Estate.  Drawing upon their success as one of the world's oldest art auction houses--and having a name synonymous with quality and integrity--Christie's hand-selects independent brokers for their wholly owned real estate affiliate network.  Their reach, which includes the View from the Top's broker MS&C, includes 950 offices in 46 countries.  We are proud to be associated with their top-notch brand.

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.

#402

  • 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

Penthouses Around the World

We love a good view.

With Hurricane Irma bearing down on our state, now might not be when you are considering buying a penthouse in Florida!  Our partner organization, Christie's, recently shared this list of gorgeous waterfront penthouses from around the world, so while you're not able to enjoy the Sarasota View from the Top, take a look at these others!

Check out Christie's "The High Rise Life" penthouse feature here.

If are are considering moving away from Hurricane zone, remember that I, as an agent of Michael Saunders & Company, have access to a nationwide and international network of partners.  For your worldwide real estate needs, don't hesitate to reach out and let us help you find what or who you need!

To all in the line of Hurricane Irma, please stay safe!