Archives April, 2013

National Symposium Celebrates Sarasota’s Modern Architecture

The Umbrella House on Lido Shores will be among the buildings featured at this week's national symposium, Modern Matters. Photo credit: Liz Waytkus

The Umbrella House on Lido Shores will be among the buildings featured at this week’s national symposium, Modern Matters. Photo credit: Liz Waytkus

Among Sarasota’s cultural riches, there is none perhaps more lasting then its architecture, at least, in the physical sense. I spoke with a visiting architect last week who said, “The essence of architecture is that we leave traces.” If that’s the case, then some rather remarkable traces were left in Sarasota during the mid-20th century.

April 18-21st, there will be a national symposium, Modern Matters, held at the Ringling College of Art and Design celebrating the work and genius of architect Paul Rudolph and the Sarasota School of Architecture, a movement which left behind many significant modern buildings found on Casey Key, Siesta Key, Lido Key, and throughout Sarasota and Bradenton. (more…)


Louies Modern and The Francis Open in Downtown Sarasota

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Photo courtesy Louies Modern

The urban fabric of downtown Sarasota has an exciting new layer. Louies Modern and The Francis have now opened at 1289 N. Palm Avenue. The sophisticated 11,000+ square foot destination includes a restaurant, special event space, bar, outdoor lounge and seating, barista bar, and even a private dining room that overlooks the elegant palm tree lined avenue.

The past several years has seen huge improvements in an already vibrant downtown Sarasota. It was not long ago that two unsightly parking lots monopolized prime real estate along Palm Avenue. The City of Sarasota helped lead a spur of revitalization with landscaping beautifications, new roundabouts, and the award-winning Palm Avenue Parking Garage, which, despite its chief function, enhances the streetscape and urban dynamic. (more…)

Inspiring Interiors: Home is Where the “Art” is!

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Once you find your dream home, it’s your chance to add your personal touches and channel your inner interior designer. Fashion icon Coco Chanel expressed, “An interior is the natural projection of the soul”, an inspiring way to think about how you decorate your home.

Our homes should be a reflection of ourselves, a space where we can both kick off our heels (or flip-flops, this is Florida after all) and host elegant dinner parties for friends.

Choosing beautiful fabrics, color palettes, furniture and accessories is one of the most exciting parts about moving into your new home, and something to look forward to once the last box has been unpacked and you have finally found Johnny’s cuddly giraffe. (more…)

Saunders Luxury Sales Report for April 6, 2013

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 April 6, 2013, the properties below sold for over $1 million:

3559 Fair Oaks Ln - A3959546_2Tak Konstantinou and Susan McLeod of Michael Saunders & Company represented the sellers of a lovely estate in Queens Harbour on Longboat Key.  It sold for $1,050,000 on April 1, 2013.  Coldwell Banker represented the buyer.



1525 Caribbean Dr - A3973031_34Linda Dickinson and Kelly Quigley of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller of a Coral Cove home with breathtaking full bay views.  The waterfront residence sold for $1,150,000 on April 1, 2013.  Coldwell Banker represented the buyer.



Kathleen Callender of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a pristine and elegant home designed by Clifford Scholtz.  The bay front residence sold for $4,250,000 on April 2, 2013.  Developers Realty represented the seller.

Rosalie Phillips of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer of a lovely 3-bedroom 4-bathroom home located in the luxurious Oaks.  The home sold for $1,340,000 on April 3, 2013.

7236 pine needle road A3972288_44Denise Mattmuller and Nora Johnson of Michael Saunders & Company represented the seller and Maureen Horn, also of Michael Saunders & Company, represented the buyer of a one story home nestled in the exquisite gardens of the Sanderling Club.  It sold for $1,050,000 on April 5, 2013.


Your Search is Worth the Effort

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U.S. home prices rose again in February, this time by 10.2% compared with last February. In experiencing the largest year-over-year jump in seven years, prices were up in 47 states; and in all but four of the nation’s 100 largest metro areas. (Source: CoreLogic)

In the Sarasota-Manatee real estate market, the monthly median price has risen for 14 consecutive months, based on year-over-year comparisons. Nevertheless, our market’s median price is currently 43% below what it was seven years ago—at the peak of the housing bubble. (Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune) Though it has long since passed its bottom and seen its inventory of properties pared to below normal, the region continues to attract multitudes of buyers as intent as ever on taking advantage of today’s historic combination of low prices and rock-bottom interest rates.

As such, buyers—who more often than not begin their real estate searches online—can no longer take a leisurely approach to browsing for great buying opportunities. Instead, you must act with all deliberate speed once you’ve discovered the right property; or risk surrendering it to another buyer. (more…)

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome MaryElizabeth Ameal to the St. Armand’s Circle office

Mary EThe daughter of a retired Marine Corps Officer, MaryElizabeth Ameal moved to Sarasota from Southern California in 1980 and attended school locally.  At age 16, she moved to Connecticut to train intensively at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, one of the country’s premiere ballet training grounds. By age 17, she began dancing professionally for ballet companies in the Washington DC area and locally.

After settling back in Sarasota, MaryElizabeth went on to become the Artistic/Executive Director of Florida Ballet Arts Academy and the Florida Ballet Arts Ensemble. For more than a decade, she demonstrated her creativity, business acumen, and sharp attention to detail on a broad and diverse scale, consistently turning company visions into reality. She now brings these exceptional qualities to her Real Estate career.

MaryElizabeth works with her mother, Peggy Mock, out of the St. Armand’s Circle office. Peggy has been a successful Realtor and multi-million dollar producer in Sarasota for 32 years. Together, they make a dynamic team dedicated to the success of homebuyers and sellers.


Let the Good Times Flow: The 23rd Annual Florida Winefest & Auction

Florida Winefest & Auction 2013Just like fine wine, the Florida Winefest & Auction gets better every year. Since its beginning, the Winefest has raised over $7.7 million for children in need in our community, supporting worthy causes with a series of exciting events.

The 23rd annual Florida Winefest & Auction continues this weekend and will feature winemakers from all over the globe, culinary geniuses, and for the first time,  hot air balloons. While the events kicked off on Thursday evening with a series of ‘Winemaker Dinners’, happily, it’s not too late to partake in the festivities. (more…)

Why Did it Sell? Simplicity Meets Splendor at Golden Gate Point

Downtown Sarasota and the marina from this $2.2 million just sold luxury condo at Golden Gate Point

View of Downtown Sarasota and the marina from this $2.2 million just sold luxury condo at Golden Gate Point

When Michael Saunders & Company Realtor Linda Stowe held an open house for a $599,000 condominium at Casarina on Siesta Key, she never expected it would eventually lead to a $2.2 million dollar March purchase of a beautiful luxury residence on Golden Gate Point.

The soon-to-be buyers attended her open house. They were interested in the condominium but they were also there because they were in search of a good real estate agent. Both baby boomers, they already had a property on Siesta Key and several more in their home state of Michigan.  As Linda explained, “They wanted to simplify it down to one property that would be their forever home.” (more…)

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Jennifer Sangbush to the Siesta Key office.

sangbushA native of Buffalo, NY and a graduate of The University of Rochester, Jennifer moved to Sarasota in 2006 after accepting a position with Clickbooth, a leading online marketing agency. In 2012 Jennifer obtained her real estate license, choosing to focus her passion for helping clients succeed by transitioning to assisting homebuyers and sellers achieve their goals.

A member of The Sarasota Young Professionals Group, Jennifer enjoys a high level of respect within the business community, a result of her excellent work ethic and dedication.

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Joanne Lalli to the Venice office.

JoanneOriginally from New Rochelle, NY, Joanne Lalli moved to Florida nearly 25 years ago and built the first luxury waterfront home in the northwest corner of Port Charlotte.

Having now built two houses in this boater’s paradise, Joanne offers unrivaled local knowledge and a wealth of experience in this particular market. Joanne earned a BA in English Literature from Iona College, and in 2008 graduated Florida Gulf Coast University with an MS in Criminal Forensics Studies: Behavioral Analysis. Joanne has since worked on forensic investigations in Lee and Collier County.

Formerly with Exit Realty, Joanne is a member of the Venice Board of Realtors as well as the Sarasota Chapter of the Women’s Counsel of Realtors.

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