Archives September, 2013

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Delicious Treats to Fall For from The Short Giraffe

Sarasota, The Short Giraffe, downtown Sarasota, Fall, local business

Leigh Growney of Sarasota’s The Short Giraffe Mini Confections and Catering. Photograph by Naomi Chokr

While here on the Gulf Coast we may not hear the crunching of golden leaves beneath our feet or feel the brisk chill in the air, we can still enjoy all the autumnal treats that come with the fall season (isn’t that the best part?).

For Leigh Growney of Sarasota’s The Short Giraffe Mini Confections and Catering, fall means the return of some awesome sweets – from warm ginger molasses cookies to fresh pumpkin bundts with bailey’s butter. Leigh has been serving up exquisite miniature cakes, truffles, gourmet coffee and every kind of delicious dessert you can dream up since opening in 2012. I headed on over to the charming bakery on State Street in downtown Sarasota, where I spoke with the lovely Leigh about all things fall.  (more…)

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MSC Foundation: A Homegrown Effort, A Huge Effect

Photo courtesy guidedogs.org

Photo courtesy guidedogs.org

Each month, theSaundersBlog spotlights non-profit organizations from within Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte Counties that have benefited from the MSC Foundation.  Living and working in this community, the agents and staff at Michael Saunders & Company choose to give back with voluntary contributions.  In the last two years alone, the MSC Foundation has contributed nearly $80,000 to support these special programs. Here, we feature Community Youth Development and Southeastern Guide Dogs.


Community Youth Development
Realtor June Howell with the Palmer Ranch office nominated Community Youth Development (CYD) for an MSC Foundation grant. CYD is an organization that serves thousands of middle and high school students. It creates environments, events, and activities that cultivate leadership and support positive life choices. Since 1996, CYD has worked to treat youth with respect and empower them to address the issues affecting their lives. (more…)

Remembering Bobby Jones: Sarasota’s Grand Slam Golfer

Perhaps it’s our average year-round temperature (83 degrees F) or our beautiful natural surroundings, but whatever the case may be, serious golfers have been attracted to Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties for well over 100 years.  The Sarasota Herald Tribune recently published an article by Sarasota Historian Jeff LaHurd that offers a glimpse into our area’s Golf-filled history including the legacy of champion Bobby Jones.

Photo courtesy Sarasota Herald Tribune. "Although as an amateur Jones could not accept cash, for his appearance at the Bobby Jones Golf Course dedication he was presented with a new Pierce Arrow, one of the finest cars of the day. Affixed to the front grill in large silver script was written 'Sarasota.'" SARASOTA DEPARTMENT OF HISTORICAL RESOURCES

Photo courtesy Sarasota Herald Tribune. “Although as an amateur Jones could not accept cash, for his appearance at the Bobby Jones Golf Course dedication he was presented with a new Pierce Arrow, one of the finest cars of the day. Affixed to the front grill in large silver script was written ‘Sarasota.'”
SARASOTA DEPARTMENT OF HISTORICAL RESOURCES

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Off the Beaten Path: Spanish Pointe Restaurant & Pub

Photo courtesy OspreyNokomisFlorida.com

Photo courtesy OspreyNokomisFlorida.com

Imagine watching the sunset over the water as you listen to live music and experience a lovely sea breeze. You’ve just enjoyed delicious Conch Fritters, your drink of choice, and you will shortly be leaving the relaxing Tiki Hut atmosphere to return to your boat, “The SRQueen”, and head home.  

This month’s Off the Beaten Path features the Spanish Pointe Restaurant & Pub – a favorite hangout for residents who are “in the know”. Please know the location is under new ownership since this article was published.  Located in Osprey, this casual restaurant with outdoor dining is a short turn off Tamiami Trail (or an easy stop along the Intracoastal waterway of Little Sarasota Bay). (more…)

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23 About Me – Going to Bat for Relocation

23LogoWhat do baseball, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and Batgirl have in common? The obvious answer may have you thinking of America’s favorite pastime (that, or a certain librarian by day, caped crime fighter by night). But, you might also find a commonality in our latest “23 About Me” interviewee – as well as learning about what brought her to Sarasota and her favorite extravagance (hint: keep her away from the Nordstrom Rack opening soon at the Shoppes at University Town Center!).

Ladies and Gentlemen:
Joan Erni, Director of Relocation and Referral Services

Choose one: country estate, city penthouse or beachfront living?
The beach (of course!) (more…)

A Sarasota Story

SarasotaBayTwo weeks ago, USA Today published a feature explaining why many of today’s retirees are opting for bright lights and big cities.  The article, by Rodney Brooks, quoted extensively from the popular website TopRetirements.com

“Retirement is like a second chance at life,” says the web site’s founder John Brady.  “Retirees are asking ‘What do I want from life?’  It’s not living in the ‘burbs.  Boomers want to go to plays and movies; and are uniquely positioned to take advantage of what cities have to offer.”

Brooks then recommends New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh as exactly the sort of walkable cities where retirees can live in neighborhoods with far less dependence on cars to move them from one desirable amenity to another. 

In the same breath as these older and larger cities, Brooks also recommends Sarasota.

“It has an urban downtown, but many walkable neighborhoods close by,” he writes.  “There is lots happening, and it is quite possibly the cultural capital of Florida.  And great beaches and keys nearby.” (more…)

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8 Swimming Pools Worth Diving For

When you get right down to it, all of us want a swimming pool. Whether you swim regularly or not, having one is the epitome of luxury living.  Pools are central to gatherings with friends and family; they are places for creating memories, getting a good work-out, relaxing, or just cooling off on a warm summer’s day.

On the Gulf Coast, pools are a year-round celebration of our lifestyle. These 8 pools in Manatee, Charlotte, and Sarasota homes for sale will make you envision long days spent soaking up the sunlight (or moonlight for that matter).

Lido Shores Homes for Sale (more…)

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Featured Property: Celebrating the Art of Living in the Cultural Capital of Florida

This masterful residence on N Casey Key Rd was designed by Toshiko Mori Architect.

This masterful residence at 316 N Casey Key Rd was designed by Toshiko Mori Architect.

Architect Toshiko Mori is kind of a big deal. I visited one of her projects in Buffalo, NY. No small commission for any designer, it was a visitor center for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin’s House. A former chair of the architecture department at Harvard, some of her other recent work includes NYU’s strategic master plan and a variety of museum, library and theater projects within New York City.

With such an impressive portfolio, it may come as a surprise to find some of her residential work in Sarasota County…Or is it? 

With a multitude of discerning homebuyers attracted to the Gulf Coast combined with our status as the cultural capital of Florida, perhaps attracting a world class architect is only par for the course.

This N Casey Key Road Home has sold.
This month’s featured Sarasota home for sale was designed by Mori and resides on Casey Key – an 8-mile long barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico known for its unsurpassed beauty, privacy, and tropical lifestyle. (more…)

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Ken Callahan to the Englewood office

CallahanKen’s passion for real estate began at the age of 19, when he built his first home in his native state of Michigan. Having lived in the city of Kalamazoo, MI, all his life, Ken and his wife of 24 years relocated to North Port, Charlotte County, in 2010.

After a long and impressive career as a Research Scientist for Pfizer, the world’s largest research based pharmaceutical company, Ken transitioned to the real estate industry in 2008. Specializing in the golfing communities of Bobcat Trail and Heron Creek as well as new construction, Ken has successfully represented buyers and sellers from Palmetto to Port Charlotte.

Ken is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Englewood Board of Realtors and the Florida Association of Realtors. When not focused on real estate, he enjoys golfing, fishing and woodworking.

Saunders Luxury Sales Report for September 7, 2013

Michael Saunders & Company is proud to announce several closings of Sarasota homes for sale 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 7, 2013 the properties below sold for over $1 million.

A waterfront condominium in La Bellasara on Golden Gate Pointe sold for $2,395,000.

A waterfront condominium in La Bellasara on Golden Gate Pointe sold for $2,395,000.

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