Archives November, 2010

Lakewood Ranch Country Club, FL – Neighborhood Video

The Country Club at Lakewood Ranch provides the perfect Florida lifestyle. Behind its secure gated entrance are ten beautiful neighborhoods that combine golf, natural beauty, and an impressive collection of single family homes, ranging from villas to large family homes and estates. Yet just outside the serenity of the Country Club are all the amenities that have made Lakewood Ranch one of the most successful master-planned communities in the nation.

Each of the Country Club’s neighborhoods offers a unique flavor and atmosphere. The maintenance free townhomes of Miramar are perfect for serious golfers. Families will gravitate toward the Mediterranean and Country French styles of Thornhill and Stone Ridge. For those who prefer larger homes, the communities of La Cantera, Highfield, and Greystone offer residences starting at 3,000 square feet.

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MSC Program Alert – HGTV House Hunters

Tonight’s newest episode of House Hunters, on the HGTV network, will feature one of our own—Denise Mattmuller—as she takes buyers on a televised tour of three properties on Siesta Key.

In case you’re not familiar with the popular program, House Hunters takes viewers behind the scenes as individuals, couples and families learn what to look for in a property; and decide whether or not a home is meant for them. Focusing on the emotional experience of finding and purchasing a new home, each episode shows the process as buyers search for a home.

This particular program not only showcases the breathtaking beauty of Siesta Key, but also imparts a feeling for its marvelous tropical ambiance and picture-perfect weather.

We hope you’ll plan to watch tonight (Thursday, November 11) at 10:00 p.m. Locally—including Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties—the program airs on Channel 41 on Comcast, Channel 165 on Verizon FiOS and Channel 57 on Brighthouse. If you live elsewhere, have satellite reception or a custom cable TV package, please consult your own cable listings.

Congratulations to Denise on such wonderful exposure for herself and her clients!

The Neighborhood Report – Rotonda West

Discover a range of home styles in Rotonda West. Pictured: 902 Boundary Blvd.

Perfectly situated near the beautiful Gulf of Mexico—mid-way between Sarasota and Fort MyersRotonda West offers its residents a peaceful, planned community embellished by meticulously kept grounds and rolling golf course fairways. There are six golf courses, including four operated by Rotonda Golf & Country Club and two by Pinemoor Golf Club. Clubs, activities, and many volunteer opportunities abound for those who wish to become involved.

Thirty miles of picturesque canals, lakes and ponds wind through the community and offer an abundance of fishing and boating opportunities. Additionally, many exotic and beautiful birds call Rotonda West home, as the community is a designated Bird Sanctuary. Nearby recreation facilities, beaches, theaters, sporting events and fine restaurants are available for all tastes and preferences.

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In The Moment

If you were attending an outdoor event and needed to know how warmly to dress, would your first thought be to consult last month’s weather forecast? Of course not. Yet that’s not unlike what many home buyers do, thinking they’re obtaining the most “up-to-date” assessment of today’s local real estate market. Regrettably the data they’re fed in the mainstream media is often as much as two months old by the time it is compiled, released publicly and positioned as indicative of current market conditions.

Unfortunately, if you rely on the best available housing statistics for Florida—as culled monthly by the Florida Association of Realtors and reported to the media—you are, in fact, using stale data to inform fresh decisions. Sales that occurred in October won’t be reported officially until late November. By the same token, a definitive glimpse at November sales won’t be released until late December. By then, the market—with all its day-to-day volatility—could easily reveal a whole new reality.

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Coral Shores, FL – Neighborhood Video

Great boating and a beautiful beach less than five minutes away – it’s a hard combination to beat. Add in affordable prices and you have Bradenton’s Coral Shores, located directly on Sarasota Bay. All the splendors of life in paradise are at your fingertips.

Coral Shores has almost as many boats as homes. Practically all the residences front on a canal. This is sailboat water, with easy access to the Intracoastal, and Sarasota and Tampa bays. And the area’s year round sunshine and balmy temperatures means you can enjoy it 12 months a year.

The Neighborhood Report – Southbay Yacht & Racquet Club

One of the area’s most prestigious boating communities, Southbay Yacht & Racquet Club offers its residents remarkable amenities, including a deepwater marina, clubhouse, tennis courts, community pool and bay front park. The marina consists of a seven-acre yacht harbor with deepwater access to the Intracoastal Waterway, which connects to the Gulf of Mexico less than five miles away. The community’s well-manicured common grounds are lined with over five miles of winding sidewalks for walking, running or biking pleasure. Many residents use the park for casual fishing in the Intracoastal Waterway, and beautiful sunsets are a stunning sight at Lookout Point Park. (more…)

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LinkedIn Selects Michael Saunders & Company to Pioneer Newest Social Networking Feature

LinkedIn, the world’s largest online site for professional networking, announced today the launch of Company Pages, a new feature designed to help businesses build positive brand awareness and confidence in their products and services using trusted, professional recommendations and endorsements.

Announced today in New York at LinkedIn Connect:10, the site’s annual customer appreciation event, several leading-edge businesses—including Michael Saunders & Company of Sarasota, Florida—have also been chosen as charter members to help launch the new feature. 

Michael Saunders & Company on LinkedIn joins such icons of American business and technology as Microsoft, FedEx, Hewlett-Packard, JetBlue, E*Trade, Samsung Electronics, Avaya, Deloitte, Harvard Business School and AT&T, in forming the exclusive worldwide springboard for Company Pages. (more…)

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What If? (An Economic Wish List)

Southwest Florida is by no means unaccustomed to being singled-out in the national and international media for being (among so many other things) one of the world’s best places to live, work, play, retire and—above all—soak up as much culture as we do sunshine.  But of all the accolades that have happily come our way in recent years, an article in last week’s USA Today offered the most powerful affirmation yet of why we need to use our considerable cultural and educational assets to re-engineer our local economy.

Ted Fishman, who—in his own words—has circled the globe to catch “a glimpse at a world population that is growing ever older,” concluded in an article entitled “Growing Old Gracefully” that few American communities outside of Sarasota offer a more invigorating venue in which to age well.  In his estimation, Sarasota is doing everything exactly right to engage its aging demographic; in stark contrast to other communities which he says “often communicate to people in their 50’s and older that they are past their use-by dates.”

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Fall Into Clean – Top Tips for Fall Cleaning Your Home

Don't greet your holiday guests with a messy home.

While not as widely utilized as its spring counterpart, fall cleaning presents the right time to take advantage of good weather and face the approaching holidays with a fresh and comfortable home. In fact, there are plenty of household tasks that make sense to tackle in a fall, including some regular maintenance jobs.

Here are our top fall cleaning and comfort tips to spruce up your home:

Window to Your Soul – Clean your windows, inside and out, including in between the sills. Many new windows have UV filters and aren’t supposed to be cleaned with glass cleaners. Instead, use micro-fiber towels dampened with warm water.

Always a Fan – If you don’t have them already, install ceiling fans. While this sounds like a strange autumn task, fan blades can be tipped and made to circulate to push warm air down, saving on heating bills and making those inside more comfortable.

Bed Time – When you turn back your clocks this coming Saturday, be sure to turn your mattress. Flip it over and rotate it 180 degrees to prevent body impressions from setting in. You can also sprinkle the mattress with baking soda to neutralize odors, and then vacuum it up. (more…)

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Azalea Park, FL – Neighborhood Video

Bradenton’s Azalea Park is one the town’s most family-friendly neighborhoods. Located in serene and secure Northwest Bradenton, it contains less than 100 homes, yet is famous for its neighborhood celebrations, particularly Halloween, when young ghosts and goblins create memories that will last a lifetime.

Azalea Park is deed-restricted and its residences show pride of ownership and careful maintenance. There is a uniqueness to each home – no cookie cutters here – and the styles in which they are built – traditional, Mediterranean, contemporary casual – all blend beautifully to create a pleasant neighborhood feeling. Nearby are the excellent local public schools, plus some of Bradenton’s well-known private schools, including Bradenton Christian, St Stephens, and St Joseph.

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