Archives February, 2015

And the Oscar for Best Tax Climate Goes to….

OscarAfter Sunday night’s Academy Awards, America’s annual season of awards begins to wind down. Naturally, these award shows remind us of all the “best of” accolades that have been regularly bestowed on our region by a number of media organizations. Topping the List To wit, Southwest Florida perennially tops just about any list of America’s best places to live, work, play, vacation, start a business, buy a home or retire. Our beaches are repeatedly ranked among the most beautiful in the world, our public schools among the highest-rated academically in all of Florida; and our colleges and universities among the best in their respective disciplines. Meanwhile, our cultural scene is continually lauded for its depth, variety and bold creative choices; while the region’s emerging reputation as an unparalleled venue for certain prestigious sporting events has spread to such an extent that it has been tapped to host several high-profile international competitions in the weeks and months ahead. Even as this column is being written, Siesta Key’s public beach has just been named the best beach in America on TripAdvisor.com’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards. And the accolades just keep on coming. (more…)

7 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Sarasota and Beyond

Couple Walking on Beach at Sunset

Valentine’s Day is this Saturday, February 14th, and love is certainly in the air on Florida’s Gulf Coast. With an amazing array of events and attractions to enjoy,  here are 7 of the best ways to celebrate this romantic occasion:

Beauty and the Beach
There’s something about the sound of the waves, the salty air and the feeling of sand beneath your feet that is just effortlessly romantic. So this Valentine’s Day, enjoy a long walk on one of the incredible beaches that line our coast. The perfect backdrop to spend your romantic day, you could even treat your valentine to a sunset picnic on the shore. (more…)

Saunders Luxury Sales Report for January 31, 2015

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 January 31, 2015 the properties below sold for over $1 million.   868 Siesta Key Cir - 003 - A4102147_3Property Address: 868 Siesta Key Circle Sale Price: $1,135,000 Sale Date: 1.20.15 Listing Agents: Linda Dickinson & Kelly Quigley, Michael Saunders & Company Selling Agents: Jennifer Thompson & Christine Kramer, Michael Saunders & Company Property Address: 444 Partridge Circle Sale Price: $1,200,000 Sale Date: 1.22.15 Listing Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Selling Agent: Alli Werner, Michael Saunders & Company Property Address: 305 Benjamin Franklin Drive Sale Price: $1,414,200 Sale Date: 1.30.15 Listing Agent: Stephanie Church, Michael Saunders & Company Selling Agent: Stephanie Church, Michael Saunders & Company   709 Casey Key Rd - 049a - A4109260_50Property Address: 709 Casey Key Road Sale Price: $2,675,000 Sale Date: 1.30.15 Listing Agent: Deborah Beacham, Michael Saunders & Company Selling Agent: Deborah Beacham, Michael Saunders & Company   1716 Casey Key Rd - 003 - A4106616_3Property Address: 1716 Casey Key Road Sale Price: $3,150,000 Sale Date: 1.30.15 Listing Agent: Deborah Beacham, Michael Saunders & Company Selling Company: Horizon Realty International

Saunders Commercial Sale and Lease Report for January 31, 2015

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 January 31, 2015:   1201 6th Avenue West_BakkerLEASE Landlord: HJB Properties Tenant: RYP Marketing, LLC Address: 1201 W. 6th Avenue, Suite #500C, Bradenton, FL 34205 Type of Space: 130 SF Office Space (New Business) List Side: MS&C Agent Ben Bakker Sale Side: J. Daniel Douglass   LEASE Landlord: 402 SRCO, LLC Tenant: Scharf Group, Inc. Address: 1516 Stickney Point Road, Suite #402, Sarasota, FL 34231 Type of Space: 500 SF Office Space (Relocation) List Side: GCP Management Sale Side: MS&C Agents Eric Massey & Sarah Massey   SALE Seller: BKOP1, LLC Buyer: Jade Sarasota Two, LLC Address: 90 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL 34232 Type of Space: 1.84 +/- Acres of Vacant Land Sale Price: $750,000 List Side: Sperry Van Ness Sale Side: MS&C Agent Dennis Dahm   LEASE Landlord: Charles E. Babcock Tenant: Michael Perkinson Address: 7361 International Place, Suite #403, Sarasota, FL 34240 Type of Space: 800 SF Industrial Space (New Business) List Side: Hembree & Associates Sale Side: MS&C Agents DeLieto & Associates   3479 Technology Drive_MasseyLEASE Landlord: Comm/Res Property of Venice, Inc. Tenant: Benchmark Supply & Service, LLC Address: 3479 Technology Drive, Venice, FL 34275 Type of Space: 6,000 SF Industrial Building (Relocation) List Side: MS&C Agents Eric Massey & Sarah Massey Sale Side: Merritt Realty Corporation   1812 44th Avenue East_DeLietoSALE Seller: MJC 1812 Realty Trust, LLC Buyer: Tom Cook Address: 1812 E. 44th Avenue, Bradenton, FL 34203 Type of Space: 8,980 SF Industrial Building Sale Price: $560,000 List Side: MS&C Agents DeLieto & Associates Sale Side: ReMax Alliance   S2650 Bahia Vista Street_2013ALE Seller: SunTrust Bank Buyer: John J. Rattigan Address: 2650 Bahia Vista Street, Suite #202, Sarasota, FL 34239 Type of Space: 1,176 SF Office Space Sale Price: $80,000 List Side: MS&C Agents Eric Massey & Sarah Massey Sale Side: Sperry Van Ness



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