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Just Listed in Brand-New VUE

Just Listed!

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

Check it out! 

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1155 N. Gulfstream Ave #1404

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

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

VUE Amenities

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

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

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!

The Newest View: Westin Sarasota

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For some time now, we've been watching the changing cityscape of downtown Sarasota.  With the addition of eye-catching high-rises such as the Jewel and VUE, it's clear that Sarasota real estate is looking to the sky.  After months of looking at the construction obstruction at Tamiami and the base of the Ringling Bridge, we are finally rewarded with a new View from the Top!

The Westin Sarasota

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The Westin Sarasota is located immediately adjacent to the VUE at 1175 N. Gulfstream Avenue and stands 18 stories tall, offering expansive views of Sarasota Bay.  If you're looking for a luxury stay-cation, check in to one of the 255 rooms for the weekend.  They've got a full-treatment spa and salon, a rooftop pool, and two full restaurants: EVOQ, which offers lighter versions of comfort-food in an upscale setting; and The Roof Bar & Eats.

The View from the Roof Top

Ascend to the top level of the Westin to visit The Roof Bar & Eats.  I took the trek last week to get the full experience of Sarasota's hottest new scene.  As promised, the view was spectacular.  Given that the Roof is right next to the rooftop pool, guests are encouraged to wear poolside attire and relax as they enjoy the spanning views of the Bay, the Marina, Ringling Bridge, Golden Gate Point, and mainland downtown.  The menu here focuses of "craft" style everything - from craft beer to craft cocktails - and has a constantly changing menu of upscale bar bites.

The view certainly was stunning and my companions, who live in a high-rise downtown and are very familiar with the Sarasota skyline, and I were struck by the different perspective the location offers.  We could see an angle of downtown - right down Main Street from the bayfront all the way to where it ends - that was not previously available, which was interesting, plus the water views on the other side directly over the bay can't be beat.  The only downside to this new hot-spot is that the drinks are served in plastic, something I find hard to get past when not actually poolside.

The addition of the Westin's Roof Bar & Eats to the waterfront section of downtown will certainly prove to be a good one, as it will attract similar crowds to that of ever-packed Jack Dusty and will quite likely attract the post-gala, post-theatre crowd during season.  I can only imagine this place will be hopping every day in a very short amount of time if its success now is any indicator--it was packed for happy hour on a Tuesday when I went.  The kicker?  They don't even offer happy hour prices, so everyone is just there to enjoy the next big thing and the view from the top of the Westin.