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After nearly eight years of blogging on theSaundersBlog.com, we are excited to announce the launch of the all new MichaelSaunders.com/Blog.

From MichaelSaunders.com/Blog, we will continue to provide the same content to which you have grown accustomed – area homes for sale, market trends, news, neighborhoods, local events, and more – but it will be shared on a brand new website featuring a cleaner design and more user-friendly experience.

TheSaundersBlog.com will remain up and running so readers may continue to use it as a resource or go back through the years and reread favorite articles. Moving forward, we will also continue to post featured properties on theSaundersBlog.com.

We are excited to share this new chapter in real estate and blogging with you from MichaelSaunders.com/Blog. Thank you to all our loyal readers –many of whom have been with us from the very beginning!

To visit our new blog, click on this link: http://www.michaelsaunders.com/blog/

Game Day Glam, New in Burnt Store & More

A round-up of the latest and greatest properties and company features.

New and notable
Comfortable elegance in Burnt Store Village
This inviting three-bedroom home is spacious, stylish and designed for Florida living. Highlights include the well-equipped kitchen, inviting master suite with French doors and tropically-inspired pool with spill-over heated spa.

Luxury
Riverside opulence at Waterlefe
Fill your days with golfing, boating and sunset viewing from this distinctive Mediterranean masterpiece. The close to 8,000 sq. ft. home combines classic sophistication with modern amenities, including multiple kitchens, a dramatic media room, temperature controlled wine cellar and a spectacular outdoor living area with infinity pool.

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Walk to St. Armands from this magnificent retreat 

All four patio levels of this spectacular home overlook the Gulf of Mexico, while the interior dazzles with contemporary style. Standout features include the stunning entertainment room (ideal for game day) and the outdoor living space with seating for 16, a trio of swimming pools and a hot tub surrounded by lush landscaping. The refined shopping and dining of St. Armands Circle is just a short walk away.

Rental
Spend a season on Lemon Bay

53 W Bay Heights Ave, #307

53 W Bay Heights Ave, #307

Available for seasonal rental, residents of this lovely two-bedroom condominium can expect peaceful water views, a deluxe kitchen and access to a host of amenities including a boat slip, fishing dock and community pool. The blissful Englewood beach is just 1.5 miles away.

From the MSC Blog
Michael takes a look at the many factors influencing real estate’s healthy return in Sarasota.

Featured Video Blog
Join our correspondent on the Saunders in 60 for homes designed with game-day in mind. 

New on Longboat Key, Dolphins as Neighbors & More

A weekly round-up of the latest and greatest properties and company features.

New and notable
Renovated retreat steps from the beach
Located in the sought-after beachfront community of Seaplace on Longboat Key, this garden view, walk-out residence offers the latest in design and style. Residents of this gated enclave enjoy abundant amenities and a fabulous location minutes from St. Armands Circle.

2055 Gulf of Mexico Drive, #G2-104

2055 Gulf of Mexico Drive, #G2-104

Luxury
Bayfront living beyond compare
Experience life on a Bayfront point of land, where 200± ft. on the water sets the stage for views of playful dolphins, marine birds and gorgeous sunsets. Inside, decadent attention to detail marries with elegant living spaces suitable for every occasion.

1124 North Lakeshore Drive

1124 North Lakeshore Drive

 

Best Opportunity
Waterfront oasis in Hawks Harbor
Privately situated on a scenic pie-shaped lot with 130 ft. of sailboat water frontage, this custom Key West style residence exemplifies relaxed, tropical living. Boaters will delight in the 50 ft. dock with 10,000 lb. lift on a protected deep water canal, offering convenient access to the Bay and Gulf.

7110 Hawks Harbor Circle

7110 Hawks Harbor Circle

 

Rental
Active living at Burnt Store Marina
With golfing and boating opportunities just beyond your door, this seasonal two-bedroom rental villa in Burnt Store offers the ideal Florida vacation retreat.

Burnt Store Marina

Burnt Store Marina

From the MSC Blog

Discover why the new community of Mirabella at Village Green is captivating buyers.

Michael Saunders explores the role that investors and flippers have played in returning the market to normalcy.

What’s New in Palmer Ranch, Luxury Trends & More

A weekly round-up of the latest and greatest properties, developments and company features. New and notable Active living at Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club Along with 2,893 SF of light-filled open living space, this custom home boasts peaceful views of the private pool and surrounding

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8761 Merion Ave

8761 Merion Ave

Luxury Live the beachfront dream on Longboat Key This three-bedroom residence overlooks the Gulf of Mexico from its first-floor position at the Sanctuary. Step out to the magnificent extended terrace at sunset and enjoy private, gated access to the beach.
535 Sanctuary Drive, #C106

535 Sanctuary Drive, #C106

Featured development Grand Oaks Venice Offering convenient and stylish living, this private, gated enclave features innovative home designs that swept all awards in their category in the 2014 Parade of Homes.
Grand Oaks Venice

Grand Oaks Venice

Rental Easygoing Englewood Available for annual rental, this three-bedroom condominium is located within the resort-style community of The Hammocks. Here, residents enjoy a fitness center, beach-entry pool, tennis courts and more. From the MSC Blog Discover Christie’s take on emerging trends in the upper echelon of the global real estate market. Featured Video Go behind the scenes at one of the charities supported by the MSC Foundation.

Captivating Coastline, Open House Preview & More

A weekly round-up of the latest and greatest properties, open houses and company features.

New and notable
Tee off in East Manatee
Located on the River Strand Golf Course in Heritage Harbour, this three-bedroom home exudes elegance from its position overlooking emerald fairways.

Take a dip in the resort-style pool at Heritage Harbor.

Take a dip in the resort-style pool at Heritage Harbor.

Luxury
Point of Rocks perfection
Masterfully built as a perfect complement to its remarkable waterfront location, this striking contemporary home conjures a boundless horizon reminiscent of the California coastline.

7360 Point of Rocks Road

7360 Point of Rocks Road

Featured open house
Light-filled and lovely in Venice
Subtle country chic infuses this home with relaxed charm. Enjoy colorful sunsets and lake views from the spacious lanai with heated pool, or take advantage of the Venetian Golf and River Club’s array of amenities.

Perfect your serve on the Venetian Golf & River Club tennis courts.

Perfect your serve on the Venetian Golf & River Club tennis courts.

Rental
A slice of Old Florida
For your next vacation, relax in an Old Florida cottage-style home within walking distance of beautiful Boca Grande beaches. Click HERE to preview.


From the MSC Blog
5 magical master suites sure to inspire a spectacular slumber.
The Spring Edition of SaundersBEST magazine is here.

 

New on the Beach, Iconic Lido Shores & More

A weekly round-up of the latest and greatest properties, developments and company features. New and notable Beach life on Longboat Key Enjoy supremely relaxed beachfront living in this 2 bedroom residence at Beachplace, where spectacular Gulf and sunset views create an unforgettable backdrop.

1145 Gulf Of Mexico Drive, #402

1145 Gulf Of Mexico Drive, #402

Luxury Sumptuous waterfront estate Designed by Lido Shores developer Phillip Hiss, this resort-like estate of almost 12,000 SF captures unrivaled views of New Pass from its prestigious location. The illustrious list of previous residents includes legendary singer Bobby Vinton.
1415 Westway Drive

1415 Westway Drive

Featured development Mirabella at Village Green Located in West Bradenton, this brand new active-living community will feature 160 paired villas and an environment
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in which residents enjoy a clubhouse, lap pool, fitness center and dog park. Mirabella Rental A slice of Old Florida For your next vacation, relax in an Old Florida cottage-style home within walking distance of beautiful Boca Grande beaches. Click HERE to preview. From the MSC Blog 10 ways to show your love this Mother’s Day The Latest MSC Property Video Tour a masterful Gulf-to-Bay estate on Casey Key.

And the Oscar for Best Tax Climate Goes to….

OscarAfter Sunday night’s Academy Awards, America’s annual season of awards begins to wind down. Naturally, these award shows remind us of all the “best of” accolades that have been regularly bestowed on our region by a number of media organizations. Topping the List To wit, Southwest Florida perennially tops just about any list of America’s best places to live, work, play, vacation, start a business, buy a home or retire. Our beaches are repeatedly ranked among the most beautiful in the world, our public schools among the highest-rated academically in all of Florida; and our colleges and universities among the best in their respective disciplines. Meanwhile, our cultural scene is continually lauded for its depth, variety and bold creative choices; while the region’s emerging reputation as an unparalleled venue for certain prestigious sporting events has spread to such an extent that it has been tapped to host several high-profile international competitions in the weeks and months ahead. Even as this column is being written, Siesta Key’s public beach has just been named the best beach in America on TripAdvisor.com’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards. And the accolades just keep on coming. (more…)

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Promoting REALTOR® Safety in 2015

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5 Divine Dining Rooms Perfect for Thanksgiving

The dining room sets the stage for one of the most important family feasts of the year – Thanksgiving dinner. In honor of this special occasion, we rounded up five delectable dining rooms in luxury homes for sale that would provide the perfect venue for turkey day celebrations. Festive Form & Function Magnificent architecture frames the formal dining room of 1459 Bay Point Drive, where a stunning tray ceiling, handsome wine display and custom, handmade dining table are sure to impress your guests. The full butler’s kitchen makes serving a breeze.

1459 Bay Point Drive

1459 Bay Point Drive

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1459 Bay Point Drive

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10 Sure Ways to Kick-Off Season in Boca Grande

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