Archives September, 2011

Season of the Arts

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With no frosty winds or falling leaves to announce its arrival, it’s hard to tell when autumn arrives in Southwest Florida. Instead, our version is more easily noticed by dry sunny days, deliciously cool nights; and, of course, by curtains going up at a variety of performing arts venues throughout the area.

While there’s no official date when the region kicks-off its annual season of the arts, October 11th would be an excellent choice for this year. On that evening a block party in the courtyard of the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art will formally open this year’s Ringling International Arts Festival. For five days, dozens of performers will take to the stage of the Historic Asolo Theater, as well as across the street to the stages of the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. The festival—an extraordinary collaboration between the museum and New York City’s Baryshnikov Arts Center—was such an immediate success in its debut year that plans to hold it every other year were quickly scrapped in favor of making it an annual event. (more…)

Saunders Luxury Sales report for September 17, 2011

Michael Saunders & Company is proud to announce several closings made possible through the professional representation of our agents, who work each day to fulfill the unique needs of homebuyers and sellers.  For the week ending September 17, 2011, the properties below sold for over $1 million.

Tom Cail and Jason Grande of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller of a spectacular beach condo on Longboat Key.  The unit sold for $2,725,000 on September 7, 2011.  Signature Sotheby’s represented the buyer.

Marcia Salkin of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller of an exquisite lakefront home in Osprey.  The residence sold for $1,200,000 on September 8, 2011.  Crown Properties Group respresented the buyer.

Julie Jordan of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of this 4-bedroom Gulf-front condominium in Regent Place.  The unit sold for $2,8000,000 on September 2, 2011.  Coldwell Banker represented the seller.

Susan Keal of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of an enchanting waterfront estate in St. Petersburg.  The residence sold for $1,375,000 on September 9, 2011.  Coldwell Banker represented the seller.

Kevin Hyde of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer and seller of a custom built waterfront home in the enclave of Placida Bay Estates.  It sold for $1,150,000 on September 9, 2011.

Diane Otis Stirling of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer and seller of a unique cypress home on Longboat Key.  The residence sold for $1,000,000 on September 15, 2011.

Edward Haggerty of Michael Saunders & Compnay represented the seller of an extraordinary Mediterranean-style home in University Park.  It sold for $1,280,000 on September 15, 2011.  Atchley International Realty represented the buyer.

Linda Thompson of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a stately bayfront residence.  The home sold for $2,300,000 on September 13, 2011.  Prudential Palms represented the seller.


Hawks Harbor, FL – Neighborhood Video

Back in the 1930’s Hawks Harbor was one of the great estates of Sarasota. Today it’s an exclusive gated community of million dollar homes that offers a great boating lifestyle in close proximity to everything that makes Sarasota such a great place to live and work.

Most of the residences of Hawks Harbor are built right on the water and provide spectacular views of the bay and the offshore mangrove islands, along with deep water dockage. The homes, most built in the last decade, are large and opulent, and constructed in a variety of architectural styles – Key West, Mediterranean, and Traditional.



The Neighborhood Report – Country Club East

Discover the perfect home for you in Country Club East. Pictured: 7809 Valderrama Way.

A private, gated Lakewood Ranch community, Country Club East is surrounded by lakes, nature preserves, and 18 holes of Royal Lakes—designed by Rick Robbins—with another course and clubhouse planned for the near future. As the nation’s largest master-planned “green” community, every home in Country Club East meets the Florida Green Building Coalition’s standards for energy efficiency.

Other amenities include a top-rated elementary school and beautiful community park just outside the gates. Homeowners also have the opportunity to join the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club and enjoy all of its award-winning benefits, an athletic center, an 18-court state-of-the-art tennis facility, and two more golf courses with an exquisite clubhouse, where you can gather with friends and family. (more…)

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Dan Page to the Palmer Ranch office.

Originally from Jackson, Michigan, Dan has been a resident of the Sarasota area for over 28 years and Osprey for over 11 years.

Dan’s interest in real estate led to Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in real estate. He was later named the director of the Real Estate Program at the University of Michigan, a position he served for 12 years. A proven specialist, Dan brings a long, storied career in commercial real estate—having entered the industry in 1960.

A Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) since 1976, Dan’s experience led him to be a CCIM instructor for 30 years, serve as CCIM’s national president in 1997, and receive honors as its Instructor of the Year in 1998. He has also served as the assistant executive officer for the Michigan Association of Realtors for six years. In 1996, Dan earned recognition as the Sarasota CID Realtor of the Year, and was the Sarasota Association Realtor of the Year in 2003.

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome The Wellman-Moffatt real estate team to the Palmer Ranch office.

Originally from the Jackson, Michigan area, Peggy Wellman has been a real estate professional for 30 years and an agent in the Sarasota market for 28. Serving residential and commercial real estate needs from Ellenton to Englewood, she prides herself on being a relocation specialist and a consistent top producer.

A specialist in selling residential, commercial and investment properties, Robert “Bob” Moffatt has professional training in facilitating short sale and REO (bank-owned) properties. Prior to entering the real estate business, he was sales manager for a major food company and the owner-manager of a fast food company.

Also a native of Jackson, Michigan, Linda M. Page has been a real estate agent for 40 years and has been recognized for her “emeritus” status by the Sarasota Association of REALTORS. Linda has earned the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI), designations. Linda is also a member of the Venice Yacht Club.

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Kathy Weithman to the Punta Gorda office.

Born in Ohio, Kathy has lived in Florida, Illinois, Missouri and Michigan before finally settling in Port Charlotte in 2011.

A graduate of the University of Missouri, Kathy brings a lengthy background in restaurant/hotel management. This experience helped develop and strengthen her customer service skills. In 1997, Kathy entered the real estate industry as a mortgage originator. She then transitioned to property sales in 1998 and earned broker status in 2003. Prior to joining Michael Saunders & Company, she owned and operated Genesee County Realty in Flint,Michigan.

To elevate her experience, Kathy earned the Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), e-Pro and Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designations.

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Anna Calderone to the Siesta Key office.

Originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Anna entered the real estate industry in 1997 after a successful career in education, serving as a teacher’s assistant and later as a guidance counselor.

A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Anna earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in counseling psychology. This background aided the transition to her role as a Realtor, where she served home buyers and sellers with DeWolfe/ Coldwell Banker Real Estate Company in Cambridge for 14 years. She was honored in the Chairman’s and President’s Club for many years.

A top-performance producer, Anna is known as a confident, engaging and tenacious professional who proudly provides her clients with detail-oriented needs assessments tailored to meet individual real estate goals. Her thorough knowledge of the market provides an expert basis for negotiating positive outcomes with maximum return on investments.


Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Tony Long to the Punta Gorda office.

Originally from Rosedale Queens, New York, Tony first entered the real estate industry in 2004 after a successful 10-year career as an auto sales consultant and sales manager. A current resident of Deep Creek in Punta Gorda, he specializes in residential properties throughout the area.

Tony brings a wealth of experience in sales, having completed specialized training in courses provided by Jaguar, Land Rover, Audi, Toyota, Honda and Nissan. This background ensures his clients the highest caliber of customer service with a true focus on their unique needs.

Tony has spent over seven years at a clinical medical lab as a logistics manager, where he serviced over 500 private doctors with a 98% satisfaction rate.

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Mike Bruno to the Palmer Ranch office.

A native of Milwaukee who enjoyed success as a retail executive in Wisconsin and Connecticut, Mike has been a resident of Sarasota since 1987 and a licensed Realtor since 1988.

Mike brings many years of expertise as a luxury home, relocation and international marketing specialist. His earlier activities as an agent with Coldwell Banker earned Mike entry into its Chairman’s Circle, which is comprised of the network’s top 1% of agents nationwide.

The current president of the Sarasota Association of Realtors, Mike will continue to serve as immediate past president on the association’s executive committee——as well as on its board of directors—when his year-long term ends in December. He is also a sitting director for Florida REALTORS® (formerly Florida Association of REALTORS®) and for the National Association of REALTORS®.

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