Archives December, 2011

The Recreation Coast

With cultural venues dotting the landscape in numbers far disproportionate to our population, it’s no wonder Southwest Florida’s enjoys a worldwide reputation for being “Florida’s Cultural Coast ®.”

But it could just as easily be dubbed “Florida’s Recreational Coast.”  For in addition to the outsized array of outdoor activities that typically lure newcomers to the region—including golf, tennis and all manner of water-related sports—Southwest Florida is home to several unique venues that attract the most iconic names in amateur, professional and Olympic Athletics.

IMG Academies is a prime example.  Located in Bradenton, IMG Academies is the world’s foremost training academy for excellence in such sports as tennis, golf, soccer, baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse—and yes, in academics as well.  Chances are your favorite sports hero has trained here at one time or another.  In fact, IMG’s Bollittieri Tennis Academy regularly churns-out many of the sport’s most successful players.  But you needn’t be a superstar to train like one.  IMG Academies offers year-round, weekend and summer programs for non-professional athletes who simply want to up their games. (more…)

Saunders Commercial Sale and Lease Report for November 26, 2011

Michael Saunders & Company is proud to announce several successful closings and leases 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 November 26, 2011:



Seller:  Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas

Buyer:  Scott N. Parrish

Address:  4602 Meadowview Circle, Sarasota, FL  34223

Type of Space:  2,392 SF House

Sale Side:  MS&C Agent Sarah Olesen (residential referral)



Landlord:  5500 Bee Ridge Associates, Inc.

Tenant:  William Edmond

Address:  5500 Bee Ridge Road, Suite #202-1, Sarasota, FL  34233

Type of Space:  300 SF Office Space

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agents Eric Massey and Sarah Lancaster



Landlord:  Kauffman Family Partnership, Ltd.

Tenant:  James Green

Address:  5216B Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL  34239

Type of Space:  1,000 SF Residential Apartment

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agents Eric Massey and Sarah Lancaster



Seller:  Bank of America

Buyer:  Lou G. Donato

Address:  182-188 Golden Gate Point, Sarasota, FL  34236

Type of Space:  5 Residential Condos (0.35 Acres of Land)

Sale Price:  $1,050,000

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agents DeLieto & Associates



Landlord:  Fred and Anne Swing

Tenant:  Rose Gallery Custom Picture Framing, LLC

Address:  2811 Tamiami Trail, Unit K, Port Charlotte, FL  33952

Type of Space:  969 SF Retail Space

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agent Larry Schaper



Landlord:  Scott Tibbetts & Carl Callahan

Tenant:  Ivanics Enterprises, LLC

Address:  702 W. Manatee Avenue, Bradenton, FL  34205

Type of Space:  Office Building

Sale Side:  MS&C Agents DeLieto & Associates (residential referral)



Landlord:  JFC Properties, LLC

Tenant:  Arcadia Staffing & Leasing, LLC

Address:  7353 International Place, Unit #306, Sarasota, FL  34240

Type of Space:  1,250 SF Industrial Space

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agent Susan Goldstein



Seller:  IGH 1528 Main, LLC

Buyer:  D & N Florida, LLP

Address:  1528 Main Street, Sarasota, FL  34236

Type of Space:  2,000 SF Retail Building

Sale Price:  $575,000

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agents DeLieto & Associates



Landlord:  Pointe West Plaza, LLC

Tenant:  Robert R. Lucci, Inc.

Address:  1515 Ringling Blvd., Suite #880, Sarasota, FL  34236

Type of Space:  796 SF Office Space

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agents Eric Massey and Sarah Lancaster



Landlord:  Sawyer Loop Circle

Tenant:  Loggerhead Instruments

Address:  6576 Palmer Park Circle, Sarasota, FL  34238

Type of Space:  2,100 SF Industrial Flex Space

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agents Susan Goldstein



Landlord:  Palm Avenue Properties, LLC

Tenant:  Richard Mastroianni

Address:  1270 Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL  34236

Type of Space:  989 SF Retail

Sale Side:  MS&C Agents Eric Massey and Sarah Lancaster



Landlord:  Vista Warehouse, LLC

Tenant:  Southern Gulf Yacht Services, Inc.

Address:  1075 Innovation Avenue, Units #102, North Port, FL  34287

Type of Space:  1,700 SF Industrial Space

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agents John Weiss and Heather Schouten



Landlord:  IGH 1400 State, LLC

Tenant:  Munda Interiors, Inc. DBA Cucine Ricci

Address:  1424 State Street, Sarasota, FL  34236

Type of Space:  1,250 SF Retail Space

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agents DeLieto & Associates



Landlord:  United Associates, LTD.

Tenant:  Nice Home, LLC

Address:  400 Madison Drive, Suite #26, Sarasota, FL  34236

Type of Space:  551 SF Office Space

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agents Eric Massey and Sarah Lancaster

Lido Shores, FL – Neighborhood Video

If ground-breaking architecture intrigues you, you’ll love what you see in Lido Shores. Since the 1940s this exclusive neighborhood has attracted renowned architects such as Ralph Twitchell and Jonathan Parks. These top designers have showcased a variety of sophisticated compositions. The regional modern style known as the Sarasota School of Architecture is well represented here, as is European design, Florida classics and “green” homes where panache meets sustainability. The beauty of these homes is enhanced by the spectacular waterfront views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, New Pass and Pansy Bayou.

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Ken Schultz to the Punta Gorda office.

Originally from Jamestown, New York, Ken has been a resident of the Punta Gorda Isles and Riverwood areas since 2003, where he specializes in waterfront and golf course properties for both domestic and international clients.

Ken brings a wealth of professional experience to his career as a Realtor, having earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii, attended the College of Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado, and obtained the prestigious Chartered Life Underwriter designation from American College in Bahr Mar, Pennsylvania. With this background, he worked for over 10 years for several Fortune 500 medical companies and was co-owner and executive of two start-up medical equipment companies. He also spent over 25 years as a financial advisor and is a published author of Wealth Creation & Protection.

Ken entered the real estate industry in 2003 and has been a broker since 2005 in both Florida and Hawaii. Before joining Michael Saunders & Company in 2011, he served as president of Schultz Realty Group, Inc.

Palmer Ranch Real Estate – Country Club of Sarasota

Pictured: 3820 Prairie Dunes Drive

Located in Palmer Ranch on the TPC golf course, the extraordinary Country Club of Sarasota has a prestigious address—convenient to fine shopping and dining, schools, and the amenities of Sarasota. Residents of Country Club of Sarasota enjoy living in a well-maintained, gated community with country club membership opportunities embellished by a number of tranquil lakes and shady trees. (more…)


Sarasota-Bradenton Real Estate -Year End Snapshot

As 2011 winds down, there’s little new to report about our region’s housing market that hasn’t already received widespread attention in both the mainstream and social media.  That attention has largely been positive; focused as it should be on the desirability of our market and the deeply-reduced cost of owning a piece of it.

Therefore today’s column is a snapshot of how the Sarasota-Manatee market is faring as we look forward to another year of solid recovery in 2012:

– Our market’s turnaround in pricing is generating headlines that have captured the favorable attention of serious buyers and investors the world over.

– In one of the best performances by any market in the Sunshine State, year-over-year unit sales in the Sarasota-Manatee market rose by 20% during October.  Florida itself experienced a year-over-year unit increase of 13%.  These performances are even more impressive when measured against the modest 1.4% increase reported nationally by the National Association of REALTORS®. (more…)

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