Archives May, 2012

Venice Real Estate – The Venetian Golf and River Club

Located along the scenic Myakka River in Venice, The Venetian Golf and River Club offers its residents a wealth of amenities, including an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, dining, a fitness center, a resort and a lap pool. A true nature lover’s paradise, within the Venetian Golf and River Club is The Venetian River Walk, a 70-acre nature park where you can stroll the boardwalk and find a variety of birds, animals and plants. (more…)

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Sarasota Real Estate – On Golden Beach

When Siesta Key Beach was named America’s best seashore at the beginning of last summer, we knew its official reign would last for one year only.  That’s the rule.

Sure enough, just as the Memorial Day holiday approached, Dr. Stephen Leatherman—a.k.a., Dr. Beach—released his newest list of America’s best beaches for 2012. This year’s winner is—cue the fanfare please—Coronado Beach, near San Diego.

As is also the rule, Siesta Key Beach is absent from the new list.  It has been officially removed from future consideration; joining the likes of other #1 beaches whose names have been similarly retired after earning the top spots on Dr. Beach’s annual survey.   A curious rule if we ever heard one.  30 years from now, will America’s best beach be a rocky cove on Lake Champlain? (more…)

Englewood Real Estate – Gulf Cove

Conveniently located midway between Englewood and the Murdock section of Port Charlotte on the western bank of the Myakka River, Gulf Cove offers its residents a quiet family neighborhood with an assortment of home styles. The community has its own private park area that is available for use by the residents for a small annual fee of $40. Many properties are set on boating water and many enjoy sweeping views of the river. Perfect for boaters, the community boat ramp is available for use by any resident that purchases a boat ramp decal for a fee of $45 annually. The community ramp offers quick and easy access to the Myakka River, Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. If a property owner so chooses, they may join the voluntary Home Owners Association. Englewood Beach is within a 20-minute drive and is the most popular beach on Manasota Key. (more…)

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Sarasota Real Estate – Your Community Concierge

One of the most satisfying aspects of buying a new home is putting your own signature on the property through various home makeover projects.  When planned wisely and carried-out skillfully, such enhancements not only improve the property’s beauty, comfort and livability for you, but also its value and appeal to future buyers.

On the other hand, one of the least satisfying aspects of a home makeover often involves finding the people to accomplish exactly what you have in mind.  This is especially true when you are new to an area; or when the scope of the project falls outside your desire or ability to do the work yourself.  That’s when you scratch your head and wonder how you will ever find someone who is professional and has been recommended by other satisfied customers.

This is an ideal moment to get back in touch with your real estate agent.

Think about it.  Who knows more about the daily rhythms of a community than a full-time real estate agent, who spends virtually every day helping incoming families get settled; and giving outgoing families meaningful sendoffs to their new markets.

The most passionate agents in the business do much more than just show properties, solicit new listings and facilitate successful property transfers.   For a seller leaving town, their agent often suggests—among many other things—a reliable moving and storage company; not to mention a real estate company on the other end that will provide a comparable level of care and attention.  From incoming buyers, agents are routinely asked to suggest a host of service providers for everything from appliance repair to yacht maintenance. (more…)

Saunders Luxury Sales Report for May 19, 2012

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 May 19, 2012, the properties below sold for over $1 million.

Judy and Bill Nimz of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller of a Todd Johnson model home in University Park.  The property sold for $1,358,900 on May 15, 2012.  Coldwell Banker represented the buyer.

 

 

 

 

Mel and Jan Goldsmith of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller and Richard Perlman, also of Michael Saunders & Company, represented the buyer of a custom built bay-front residence on the south end of Longboat Key.  The home sold for $2,100,000 on May 15, 2012.

 

 

 

Stacy Hanan and Kristen Srur of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller of a masterpiece on Bay Island.  The custom built residence sold for $2,175,000 on May 15, 2012.  Coldwell Banker represented the buyer.

 

 

 

 

Karen Chandler of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller and Nicole Hammons-Dovgopolyi  of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a multi-story home on Casey Key’s beachfront.  The residence sold for $3,100,000 on May 16, 2012.

 

 

 

Michael Moulton of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller of a 3-bedroom corner unit in Beachplace on Longboat Key.  The condominium sold for $1,000,000 on May 17, 2012.  Coldwell Banker represented the buyer.

Sarasota Real Estate – The Inventory Drain Continues

Like the broader real estate market in Southwest Florida the inventory of luxury homes in Sarasota County is trending at one of the lowest levels since the housing boom of 2004-2006, as clearly shown in the eight-year graph above. (Source:  Trendgraphix)

Thus with buyers determined to buy, but frustrated by the deepening lack of inventory, now is an exceptionally good time to list your luxury property for fast results.  They pay very close attention to every new listing that comes on the market, provided it is well-priced and reasonably well-maintained.

The newest Trendgraphix market share report, shown below, also confirms that by listing your luxury home with an agent from Michael Saunders & Company you stand a much better chance of finding a buyer sooner.  In fact, over the past 12 months our agents brought buyers to the closing table more often than their next four competitors combined.

 

Luxury Sales: April 1 – May 6, 2012

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 dates of April 1 – May 6, 2012, the properties below sold for over $1 million.

Cathie De’Ath of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a home with fantastic bay views on Longboat Key.  The immaculate residence sold for $1,000,000 on April 4, 2012.  Re/Max represented the seller.

Lenore Treiman of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a full bayfront property with a view of Little Sarasota Bay.  It sold for $1,200,000 on April 9, 2012.  Coldwell Banker represented the seller.

Tammy Lynn Garner of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a gated and private estate residence on Cocoanut Bayou.  The home sold for $3,583,000 on April 10, 2012.  Coldwell Banker represented the seller.

Kim & Michael Ogilvie of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a gorgeous Mediterranean-style private estate.  The property sold for $1,285,000 on April 12, 2012.  Sotheby’s represented the seller.

Brigitte von Kessel of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of an absolutely stunning home in Queens Harbour on Longboat Key.  It sold for $2,000,000 on April 16, 2012.  Sotheby’s represented the seller.

Julia McClung of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a boater’s dream home on Siesta Key.  The property sold for $1,525,000 on April 17, 2012.  Layer Real Estate Group represented the seller.

Sue Brown of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of an open and airy home,  just a short walk from St. Armands Circle and Lido Beach.  It sold for $1,525,000 on April 17, 2012.  My Realty Company represented the seller.

Ann Martin of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a beachfront estate on Longboat Key.  The beautiful and unspoiled property sold for $2,850,000 on April 17, 2012.  Developers Realty represented the seller.

Kevin Hyde of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a three-bedroom, estate style property on Gasparilla Island.  It sold for $2,219,000 on April 19, 2012.  Sotheby’s represented the seller.

Mel & Jan Goldsmith of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a fabulous corner penthouse in Beachplace on Longboat key.  The unit sold for $1,265,000 on April 30, 2012.  Sotheby’s represented the seller.

 

 

 

 

Phyllis Garfinkel of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a coveted unit at The Beach Residences on Lido Key.  The condominium sold for $1,575,000 on April 30, 2012.  Coldwell Banker represented the seller.

 

 

 

Jason Grande and Tom Cail of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of an award-winning Todd Johnson home in The Founders Club.  The residence sold for $1,300,000 on May 1, 2012.  Johnson Realty of Sarasota represented the seller.

Sylvia Zimmerman of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a single-family home in beautiful Bay Isles.  The exclusive waterfront property sold for $1,075,000 on May 1, 2012.  Coldwell Banker represented the seller.

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Johns Knight Jr. to the Boca Grande office.

Born and raised on Boca Grande, few professionals can boast the extensive, multi-generational background of Johns Knight Jr, whose family ancestors settled in the Boca Grande-Charlotte Harbor area in the 1840s. This enduring familiarity with the communities, waterways and amenities of Gasparilla Island is a true asset to his clients, who seek the wealth of area knowledge developed in over five decades of residency.

Johns entered the real estate field in 2004 with Boca Grande Real Estate, where he helped home buyers and sellers throughout Florida’s Gulf Coast. As a waterfront specialist, Johns has his US Coast Guard Master License, which is a necessity for showing properties by boat.

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome June McEleavy to the Palmer Ranch office.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, June relocated to the Sarasota area in 1997, where she has resided in Oakleaf since 2008. With a degree from Brooklyn College, June brings a strong background in sales having served as the manager for a retail shop in Gulf Gate for seven years. This in-depth experience with customer service made it a natural transition when she entered the real estate industry in 2005. As a Realtor, June began her career with Coldwell Banker, where she garnered recognition as the Rookie of the Year in 2006. She later worked for Dawn Cohen & Associates for two an a half years before joining Michael Saunders & Company in 2012.

A specialist in serving the real estate needs of seniors, June has earned the Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and E-Pro designations.

Longboat Key Real Estate – Queens Harbour

Pictured: 3616 Fair Oaks Place

Queens Harbour on Longboat Key offers the ease of a maintenance-free lifestyle embellished with the convenience of living behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club Harbourside.

The lovely homes of Queens Harbour are designed to embrace the casual Florida lifestyle. From courtyard to bayfront homes, each residence includes its own private swimming pool, and every waterfront estate has its own dock with direct access to the sparkling Gulf of Mexico. Ownership in Queens Harbour provides private beach access, golf, tennis and all the cultural opportunities that Sarasota has to offer. (more…)

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