Archives September, 2010

Ask Michael – Why Choose Southwest Coast of Florida For a Business?

In this Ask Michael Video – Michael Saunders discusses why you should choose the Southwest Coast of Florida for your business.

The Neighborhood Report – Sawgrass

A range of beautiful homes are available in Sawgrass. Pictured: 381 Otter Creek Drive.

An upscale gated golf course community with the advantage of no required membership, Sawgrass is home to 54 acres of lakes and natural preserves. Home sites are strategically positioned for residents to enjoy the surrounding beauty of the area as well as golf course views. The community’s semi-private course was designed by renowned golf course architect Ted McAnlis for the adjacent Waterford Golf Club.

Market Activity – Sawgrass

Homes in Sawgrass range from 1,800 – 3,500 square feet. Currently, there are 18 active listings priced from $299,900 to $550,000. The last three sales—taking place from mid-June through July—were in the low to mid-$300,000s for homes under 2,050 square feet. Jim Sweat of the Venice office has worked with both buyers and sellers in successful transactions in the community.

Location and Amenities – Sawgrass

Conveniently located off the beaten path, and yet close to everything you want, Sawgrass is just 3-4 miles to several Venice beaches, Venice Island, Venice Theater, shopping, restaurants, schools, and parks. Community amenities include a heated resort-style pool, a clubhouse, a fitness center, tennis and numerous social activities.

Point Crisp, FL – Neighborhood Video

Point Crisp may be small – less than 15 homes – but its unique location and beautiful blend of the natural and the manmade make it one of Siesta Key’s most desirable neighborhoods. Situated just south of the Stickney Point bridge and directly across from the Sanderling Club, it consists of a narrow peninsula of land extending out into Sarasota Bay. Most of the homes are on the water and many of them have views in several different directions – a very special occurrence in a town famous for its water views.

Point Crisp is discretion personified. A hard-to-find sign is its only marker. The one road is a single lane that meanders past the homes. A few of the old ones are still left – rambling wooden structures shaded by giant oaks – but the Point’s newer homes are what gives it special cachet. They tend to be large and architecturally unique. Various styles are represented, but everything blends perfectly, giving Point Crisp a tropical yet sophisticated atmosphere.

Open for Business – Top 10 Reasons to Host an Open House

There are a number of reasons holding an open house can be beneficial. Read on to learn more...

In the circles of real estate professionals, there are few issues that conjure more nuances and opinions than the effectiveness of hosting and holding open houses. Among the discussions, you will discover that some agents love hosting open houses and consider them a necessity to locate the right buyer for any property. Conversely, some rely on other means to ultimately produce a closing.

When done correctly, hosting an open house can be a significant step on getting your property sold. Before you decide on your preference when listing your home, we present the top 10 reasons why hosting an open house is a good idea:

1. In the House – When you host an open house, you are using the most effective means of getting the client through the door and making contact. From here, you can gather necessary information and get a feel for how the prospective buyers are responding to the market.

2.  Get Serious – One of the biggest advantages of hosting an open house is that serious buyers overwhelmingly use open houses in their research. According to a recent study, 95 percent of people looking to buy a home visit an open house within three months of buying. That’s a pretty convincing percentage.

3.  Decent Exposure – While exposing your home to the largest number of buyers is of great importance when selling your home, getting buyers inside to preview your property can be a huge hurdle to jump. Hosting an open house clears that obstacle and widens your pool of interested buyers.

4.  Catch a Buzz – Opening your home to prospective buyers is a great way to generate a “buzz” amongst people in the real estate industry, both buyers and agents alike. Agents in the area can experience what your property has to offer and recommend it to their contacts looking for a comparable home. (more…)

Ask Michael – Sarasota’s Culturally Rich Community

In this Ask Michael Video – Michael Saunders discusses Sarasota’s culturally rich community.

Saunders Commercial Sale and Lease Report for August 15, 2010

Michael Saunders & Company is proud to announce several success closings made possible through the professional representation of our agents, who work each day to fulfill the unique needs of commercial buyers, leasers, and sellers. For the week ending August 15, 2010 eight properties were leased and one sold.


Landlord: MiraMar Plaza Asssociates, LTD.
Tenant: Craig Lefebvre
Address: 45-79 Palm Avenue, Suite #208, Sarasota
Type of Space: 548 SF Second Floor Office Space
Term of Lease: 1 year
Lease Price: $8,220.00
List side: Linda Emery and Eric Massey of Michael Saunders & Company
Sale side: Sarah Lancaster of Michael Saunders & Company


Landlord: MiraMar Plaza Associates, LTD.
Tenant: Saga Group, Inc.
Address: 41-79 Palm Avenue, Suite 53A, Sarasota
Type of Space: 1,033 SF Retail Space
Term of Lease: 2 years
Lease Price: $41,591.98
List Side: Linda Emery, Eric Massey and Sara Lancaster of Michael Saunders & Company
Sale Side: Eric Massey of Michael Saunders & Company


Landlord: Cornerstone Plaza of Englewood
Tenant: Stylz Salon, LLC
Address: 1720 S. McCall Road, Unit O, Englewood
Type of Space: 960 SF Retail Space
Term of Lease: 3 years
Lease price: $31,921.56
List and Sale side: John Weiss and Heather Schouten of Michael Saunders & Company


Landlord: MBKK Properties, LTD.
Tenant: Copper Via Salon Studios, LLC
Address: 6309 Center Ring Road, Sarasota
Type of Space: 1745 SF First floor Office Space
Term of Lease: 5 years
Lease Price: $111,078.42
List side: Linda Emery, Eric Massey and Sarah Lancaster of Michael Saunders & Company


Landlord: Sawyer Oaks, LLC
Tenant: Dr. Daniel Stein
Address: 5602 Marquesas Circle, Unit 108, Sarasota
Type of Space: 1710 SF Medical Office Space
Term of Lease: 3 years
Lease Price: $88,115.90
Sale Side: Eric Massey of Michael Saunders & Company


Buyer: CBS Service, Corp.
Seller: Cecil Pruitt, Jr.
Address: 164 Sarasota Center Blvd., Sarasota
Type of Space: 11,500 SF Office/Warehouse Building
List side: Bob Roberta Kolton of Michael Saunders & Company


Landlord: Charles Lowe
Tenant: William Hall
Address: 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 309, Sarasota
Type of Space: 1102 SF Medical Office Space
Term of Lease: 3 years
Lease Price: $25,586.62
List Side: Linda Emery, Eric Massey, and Sarah Lancaster of Michael Saunders & Company
Sale Side: Susan Goldstein of Michael Saunders & Company


Landlord: Sarasota Endo Investors, Inc.
Tenant: Coastal Pain Physicians, PLLC
Address: 3325 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Type of Space: 3035 SF Medical Office Space
Term of Lease: 3 years
Lease Price: $114,760.95
List and Sales sides: Linda Emery, Eric Massey and Sarah Lancaster of Michael Saunders & Company


Landlord: Dick Dickinson
Tenant: Amanda Vincent, Inc.
Address: 538 S Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota
Type of Space: 1350 SF Retail Space
Term of Lease: 5 years
Lease Price: $98,200.61
List Side: Linda Emery, Eric Massey and Sarah Lancaster of Michael Saunders & Company

The Neighborhood Report – Burnt Store Lakes

Discover a range of lifestyle opportunities in Burn Store Lakes.

A deed restricted community established in 1972, which resulted in the creation of 1860 single-family lots and 170 multi-family lots, Burnt Store Lakes is a captivating place to call home. To date, approximately 25 percent of the total properties have been developed and are occupied by year-round and seasonal residents alike. Prior to becoming a residential community, Burnt Store Lakes was operated as a prosperous gladiolus flower farm.

Residential Opportunities – Burnt Store Lakes

Pride of ownership is abundant in Burnt Store Lakes, as displayed by the tasteful new entry to the community and carried out by the individual homeowners throughout the neighborhood. The homes range in size from 1,400 square feet to over 3,000 square feet, and currently are selling from the mid $100,000s to roughly $400,000. Most of the homes in the community generally range from 5- 15 years old.

Convenient Location – Burnt Store Lakes

Residents of Burnt Store Lakes have the opportunity to take advantage of the neighboring 27-hole executive golf course, marina and dining opportunities at Burnt Store Marina. For those desiring to take in Florida’s great outdoors, Burnt Store Lakes is within proximity to Babcock- Web Wildlife Management area, Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve, Peace River Wildlife Center, Ponce De Leon Park and boat ramp, Burnt Store Marina and Pine Island’s Matlacha.
There are several shopping and dining options approximately 15 minutes away in downtown Punta Gorda (to the north) or nearby Cape Coral (to the south). For those sun seekers looking for the beach, Englewood/Venice, Boca Grande, Fort Myers/Lover’s Key/Sanibel are all about a 45-60 minute drive. With I-75 nearby, Fort Myers’s Southwest International Airport is within a 50-minute reach. (more…)


Sarasota County, FL – Neighborhood Video

Sarasota is recognized around the world as a special place. It’s like Santa Fe or Santa Barbara – blessed by nature, with a unique beauty that stirs the soul. Mankind has been gentle to its delicate environment. Sarasota homes celebrate the sunny, tropical atmosphere, and as a community, both city and county achieve a harmony of place that attracts people from all over the world. Those who could live anywhere choose to live here.

What makes Sarasota so special? First of all, its spectacular 35 miles of white sand beaches. They are recognized as among the finest in the world. Some have white talcum powder sands of pure quartz – cool and soft to the touch. Others are perfect for shelling and bird watching and fishing. Some attract families, with gently lapping waves perfect for children – and grandchildren. On others you may well be the only person in sight. But sunset turns each of them into an unforgettable experience.


Labor Intensive – Top 10 Labor Day Weekend Activities

Get out and enjoy this Labor Day weekend. You earned it.

Celebrated since September of 1882, Labor Day is a longstanding observance dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the American workforce and the contributions they have made to the prosperity and well-being of our country. It also signifies a long weekend for many to ring in the unofficial end of summer, complete with family outings, barbecues and more.

As with all holidays and special occasions, the greater Sarasota area is filled with events and activities to entertain residents and visitors–and you deserve it. Here are our top 10 Labor Day weekend activities taking place in the Sarasota area:

1.  Labor Day Family Picnic at the Point – Bring the whole family for a day of fun at Historic Spanish Point, the premier outdoor museum. This Monday, September 6, starting at 9:00 am, just $10 per car load gives your family access to 30 acres of shady nature trails, scenic boardwalks, historic buildings, rich gardens, bay breezes and more, with plenty of picnic tables at a variety of interesting locations throughout the museum. Bring a Frisbee or baseball bat and balls and play on the Lychee Field near one of the largest butterfly gardens in the area, or take in some sunshine right next to the cool waters of Little Sarasota Bay overlooking Casey Key. Sorry no grills or pets. Open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with no site admittance after 4:00pm. Visit HERE for more information.

2. Labor Day All Day Celebration – Looking for a delicious brunch complemented with live music on your extra weekend day? Blu Smoke Island Grill and Bar is offering an all-you-can-eat-and-drink Holiday Weekend Brunch starting at 9am and ending at noon on Monday, September 7. Stay for the pig roast from noon – 4 pm and live reggae on the from 2-6 pm. Go HERE for more information. 

3.  5th Annual Selby Instructors’ Summer Showcase – This Monday, September 6, enjoy an annual exhibit and sale showcasing the work of many of Selby’s talented art instructors, giving you a preview of the fun and interesting experiences waiting at the Gardens every week. Come see this exhibit and be inspired to sign up for classes taught by these talented artists and instructors. Many of the works will also be available for sale. Cost: Included in admission to Gardens. More information is HERE. (more…)

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