Archives November, 2013

The Bradenton Blues Festival will be Bringing Down B’town December 6th – 8th

2013BradentonBluesPosterFINALIf you are already starting to hear your share of Christmas Carols this season, the Bradenton Blues Festival promises to be a jazzy not-to-be-missed alternative. Providing downtown Bradenton with a weekend of exciting live music, this annual festival will be held December 6th – 8th. The inaugural Blues Festival kicked off last year where more than twice the expected turn out of celebrants enjoyed a lineup of first rate blues artists, good food, and a lively downtown setting. This year, eight blues acts and expanded programming is expected to make the event even better. Coming on the heels of some impressive downtown enhancements, from Riverwalk’s grand opening in 2012 to the November 2013 opening of the Hampton Inn in the historic Pink Palace, Bradenton is already experiencing enriched growth and community engagement (read this blog to learn more: Becoming Bradenton: Culture, Community, and a Sense of Place ). Headlining the December festival are national blues stars Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang, Johnny Rawls and Shemekia Copeland. The impressive lineup can be enjoyed on December 7th. (more…)

Saunders Commercial Sale and Lease Report for November 16, 2013

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 16, 2013:


2765 Tamiami Trail_Schaper_NEWLEASE

Landlord:  Marjan & Donna Kmiec

Tenant:  Wess Express

Address:  2760 Worth Avenue, Port Charlotte, FL  34224

Type of Space:  1200 SF Industrial Space (Temporary Use)

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agent Larry Schaper


Bay Street Village_FarrSALE

Seller:  Bay Street Partners, LLC

Buyer:  Caithness Construction, LLC

Address:  3976 Destination Drive, Unit A5-23, Osprey, FL

Type of Space:  1,527 SF Office Space

Sale Price:  $151,650

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agent Tom Farr


2760 Worth Avenue_Schaper_2012LEASE

Landlord:  Marjan & Donna Kmiec

Tenant:  Old Florida Homes

Address:  2760 Worth Avenue, Unit #5, Port Charlotte, FL  34224

Type of Space:  1200 SF Industrial Space (NEW Location)

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agent Larry Schaper


329 S. Osprey Avenue_MasseyLEASE

Landlord:  Bonus Properties, Inc.

Tenant:  Alice Amanda Simonell

Address:  329 S. Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, FL

Type of Space:  1,100 SF Multi-Family/Residential Apartment

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agent Eric Massey


1476 Main Street_DeLietoLEASE

Landlord:  F & CM, LLC

Tenant:  Koko Atlantic, LLC

Address:  1476 Main Street, Sarasota, FL  34236

Type of Space:  2,300 SF Retail Space (Expansion)

List Side:  MS&C Agents DeLieto & Associates

Sale Side:  MS&C Agents Massey & Lancaster


4047 Bee Ridge Road_MasseyLEASE

Landlord:  George & Maria Ioannidis

Tenant:  Insurance Hub, Inc.

Address:  4047 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL  34232

Type of Space:  660 SF Office Space (Expansion)

List Side:  MS&C Agents Massey & Lancaster

Sale Side:  American Property Group of Sarasota


6710 Professional Parkway, Unit #201_GoldsteinLEASE

Landlord:  WAM It, LLC

Tenant:  Hartley Moore Wealth Management, LLC

Address:  6710 Professional Parkway, Unit #201, Sarasota, FL  34240

Type of Space:  1,561 SF Office Space (Relocation)

List Side:  MS&C Agent Susan Goldstein

Sale Side:  Ian Black Realty


2112 Whitfield Park Avenue_KoltonSALE

Seller:  Brazos XX, LLC

Buyer:  Capalo, LLC

Address:  2112 Whitfield Park Avenue, Sarasota, FL  34243

Type of Space:  6,000 SF Industrial Building

Sale Price:  $250,000

List Side:  MS&C Agents Bob & Roberta Kolton

Sale Side:  Richardson, Kleiber, Walter, Kleiber, Button, Inc.


2760 Worth Avenue_Schaper_2012LEASE

Landlord:  Marjan & Donna Kmiec

Tenant:  Kim Ruquet

Address:  2760 Worth Avenue, Unit #1, Port Charlotte, FL  34224

Type of Space:  1,200 SF Industrial Space (Expansion)

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agent Larry Schaper


510 Cattlemen Road_MasseyLEASE

Landlord:  Marjan Properties, LLC

Tenant:  JR Cabinetry, Inc.

Address:  510 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL  34236

Type of Space:  3,500 SF Industrial Building (NEW Business)

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


2765 Tamiami Trail_Schaper_NEWLEASE

Landlord:  Fred & Anne Swing

Tenant:  Rick Ricker Termite & Pest Control, Inc.

Address:  2765 Tamiami Trail, Unit B1, Port Charlotte, FL  33952

Type of Space:  288 SF Office Space (Expansion)

List and Sale Side:  MS&C Agent Larry Schaper


720 Commerce Drive_NEW_DeLietoLEASE

Landlord:  Homeport, LLC

Tenant:  Mahle, Inc.

Address:  726 Commerce Drive, Units #107 – 109, Venice, FL  34292

Type of Space:  7,556 SF Industrial Building (Renewal)

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




Saunders Luxury Sales Report for 11.23.13

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 11.23.13 the properties below sold for over $1 million.


Property Address:  6145 Manasota Key Road

Sale Price:  $2,200,000

Sale Date:  10.28.13

Listing Agent:  Nelda Thompson & Assoc.

Selling Agent:  Terry Goodman, Michael Saunders & Company


415 L Ambiance Dr_1Property Address:  415 L’Ambiance Drive #B402

Sale Price:  $1,180,000

Sale Date:  10.30.13

Listing Agent:  Re/Max

Selling Agent:  Rudy Dudon, Michael Saunders & Company


6271 & 6281 Gulf Of Mexico Dr - A3958845_5Property Address:  6271 Gulf of Mexico Drive

Sale Price:  $6,000,000

Sale Date:  11.5.13

Listing Agent:  Michael Moulton, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Agent:  Deborah Beacham, Michael Saunders & Company


Property Address:  5829 Riegels Harbor Road

Sale Price:  $1,300,000

Sale Date:  11.15.13

Listing Agent:  Coldwell Banker

Selling Agent:  Anne-Marie Tardif, Michael Saunders & Company


1840 GulfProperty Address:  1840 Gulf Blvd.

Sale Price:  $1,465,000

Sale Date:  11.15.13

Listing Agent:  Ellen Baker & Michael Hollenbeck, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Agent:  Key Realty


4037 Red Rock Ln - A3980532_2Property Address:  4037 Red Rock Lane

Sale Price:  $1,372,000

Sale Date:  11.15.2013

Listing Agent:  Timothy P. Field, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Agent:  Coldwell Banker


3809 Founders Club Dr A3973056_57Property Address:  3809 Founders Club Drive

Sale Price:  $1,675,000

Sale Date:  11.18.13

Listing Agent:  Sylvia Zimmerman, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Agent:  Nancy Phillips, Michael Saunders & Company


35 Watergate Dr #603_01Property Address:  35 Watergate Drive, #603

Sale Price:  $1,382,500

Sale Date:  11.19.13

Listing Agent(s):  Beth Afflebach & Joan Dickinson, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Agent:  Stacy Liljeberg, Michael Saunders & Company


603 Longboat Club Rd #1104Property Address:  603 Longboat Club Road, #1104

Sale Price:  $1,075,000

Sale Date:  11.22.13

Listing Agent:  Sherri Mills, Michael Saunders & Company

Selling Agent:  Coldwell Banker


Top Places to Eat Out on Thanksgiving in the Sarasota Area

Thanksgiving dinner table with cranberriesTurkey, stuffing, football, family, and being grateful – Thanksgiving is nearly here! If it feels like the last year has flown by, then chances are you may enjoy getting out of the house this Thanksgiving. Imagine not having to stress over shopping, cooking, cleaning, and making sure you have enough chairs! Fortunately, there are a number of local restaurants from Punta Gorda to Bradenton that are happy to do all the work for you. Below is a list of some of the top area Thanksgiving dinner destinations along the Florida’s Southwest Gulf Coast – don’t forget to make your dinner reservations for Nov 28th!

Please note this blog post is for Thanksgiving 2013, prices have changed since this post.

Louie’s Modern, Sarasota Check out the offerings at one of downtown Sarasota’s hippest restaurants, Louie’s Modern. The “Thanksgiving Farm Table to Fork Dinner” is $30 per person and includes a slow roasted turkey from Ashley Farms. The regular dinner menu will also be available for those who may be coming from another Thanksgiving feast. Polo Grill and Bar, Lakewood Ranch Within Lakewood Ranch, the Polo Grill and Bar will be serving a Thanksgiving Day Buffet from noon to 5:00pm. You can help yourself to as much of the artisanal cheese display or the sensational sausage stuffing as you please. Reservations are required. $37.50 per person / $17.50 children under 14 / under 2 are free. (more…)


9 Reasons Why There’s No Place Like Boca Grande

BocaGrande-DSC_5689 (2)Boca Grande is like a Floridian Brigadoon. It is as enchanting as it is distinctive, as untouched by time as it is by snow. And from my first visit to the island to every excursion that has followed, I’ve never been to a place that is more transformative.

This island is more like a mind-set than a destination. It’s as if the Boca Grande experience is the embodiment of those signs you see decorating vacation homes: “Gone fishing” or “Fuhgeddaboudit” or “On beach time.” (more…)

Residential Real Estate Market Trend Report for Southwest Florida – September 2013


Although property sales throughout Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties in September declined by nearly 15% from August, they rose by 10% compared with last September.  The decline is thought to be mainly the result of dwindling inventories that have pushed home prices higher, pared down the number of well-priced buying opportunities; and thus slowed the pace of purchasing—particularly by the larger institutional investors.

 Pending sales, on the other hand, were up nearly 16% over last September, which portends improvement in closed sales as our market approaches its traditional high selling season. 

 “As September is traditionally a quiet period for most of our region’s economic sectors, it is not uncommon for real estate sales to soften this time of year,” says Michael Saunders, founder and CEO of Michael Saunders & Company.  “Additionally, with prices on the rise and inventories low, the large institutional investors—who helped jump-start our market to begin with—are becoming less of a presence in the market.  This is enabling more purchases by buyers who plan to occupy the homes, a sure sign that our market is edging closer to normal.”

To continue reading the Market Trend report for September, please click on the image below:

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Season of Sculpture

Season of SculptureWhen art collectors acquire great works, they can usually be counted on to exhibit their newest acquisitions in areas within the home that provide the most prominence for all to see and appreciate.  This is often over a mantelpiece, inside a home’s main entry; or in a dedicated gallery space or sculpture garden.

This is precisely what Sarasota’s Season of Sculpture has been doing now for the past 14 years.  Every two years, Season of Sculpture mounts a major exhibition of several large-scale sculptures created by artists of international, national and local stature.   Once assembled, these works are thoughtfully placed on what is perhaps the most visible and cherished piece of real estate in all of Sarasota—its downtown bayfront.  Thus in a single bold statement for all to see, the city reaffirms its longstanding passion for the visual and performing arts that has also proven to be an enormous boon for the region’s economy and overall quality of life.

This week Season of Sculpture premiered Season VII, its latest installation of 18 works by eight artists—a collection that has transformed the bayfront into a spectacular al fresco sculpture exhibit extending from Gulfstream Avenue to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. (more…)

Chalking Up a Celebration: The 2013 Sarasota Chalk Festival

The Sarasota Chalk FestivalIn the six years since its first colorful introduction, The Sarasota Chalk Festival has become one of downtown’s most popular cultural events. Inspired by the vibrant art work that graced the pavements of Italy in the sixteenth century, the festival celebrates all forms of street and performance art, from an incredible 500 artists.

The 2013 Chalk Festival runs for six days from November 13-18th, with the main events taking place between the 15th and 18th.  The exciting celebrations include live music, drama, dance, Acrobatics and of course, stunning pieces of art created using pastel chalk. This year’s theme is ‘Legacy of Valor: honoring veterans, inspiring patriotism and embracing freedom’, in tribute to those who sacrifice so much to make our freedom possible. (more…)

MSC Foundation: The Sound of Giving

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Through the generosity of our agents and staff, the MSC Foundation provides essential assistance to many deserving organizations on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The important work of these charities makes such a difference to so many lives, in turn enriching the vibrant fabric of our community.

Continuing our monthly spotlight on the deserving causes that receive grants from the MSC Foundation, we are proud to highlight:

The Venice Symphony – Summer Music Camp

The Venice Symphony captures its philanthropic efforts in four words: “Music with a Mission”.

The symphony is proud to provide a variety of music education programs for young people, including the annual music camp experience that has been running for more than 20 years. Offered to South Sarasota County third graders, the lucky campers choose from keyboard, string, jazz or vocal instruction, and spend valuable time learning musical concepts and history while getting to know their peers – building confidence and sparking a passion for music that lasts a lifetime. (more…)

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