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The Neighborhood Report – Key Royale

Pictured: 603 Baronet Lane, listed by Kathy Valente.

Holmes Beach, on Anna Maria Island, is the setting for Key Royale, a private membership golf community with a beautiful waterfront location. Extremely tranquil and upscale, the site is perfect for the avid boater, fisherman, yachtsman or golfer.

Properties in Key Royale are situated on both the bay and canals, with old-Florida styles that also pay homage to the best Mediterranean designs. Extremely popular among discerning homebuyers, there is still a limited choice of beautifully situated home sites. (more…)


Spreading the Cheer – 2012 Holiday Events

There is something special about the air this time of year, when the sun-drenched tropical warmth—to which we’ve become so accustomed—takes a bit of a break to remind us of the changing of the seasons and the beginning of holiday celebrations. This is when thrilling spectacles of cheer through stringed lights and joyful decorations greet us at our normal places of leisure and business. This is also when we look back at another year of life experiences and forward to a New Year of creating new memories, welcoming new opportunities, and discovering new treasures.

While we aren’t graced with the chilly winter weather of our northern neighbors, Florida’s Gulf Coast certainly has no shortage of events for all ages and interests to help usher in the spirit of the holidays.

Here is a glimpse into the holiday happenings you’ll find throughout our area in the coming weeks. Enjoy! (more…)

Why Did it Sell? A Family Friendly Florida Purchase on Holmes Beach

A broker to broker referral, a satisfied client, and close family ties led to an October purchase of this elegant island-style home on Holmes Beach for $1.25 million. Michael Saunders & Company Realtor, Jody Shinn, shares the story behind her recent luxury real estate sale on Holmes Beach and proves that having happy clients is often the best form of marketing.

It began in May 2011 with another sale of Jody’s on Holmes Beach. A Philadelphia Broker referred his daughter, Jennifer, to start her home buying search with Michael Saunders & Company. After showing Jennifer a wide variety of available homes on the island, the search ended with an ideal vacation home just blocks to the beach.


Jody feels that the two of them really connected, “Jennifer was very detail-oriented and wanted to know everything about the market. I really try to give my clients as much information as possible. Once they zero-in on a neighborhood, I make sure that they know everything about that particular community.”



Sarasota-Area Beaches – As Gorgeous as Ever

Our area beaches are among the finest in the world. Take a look at one of our live web cam feeds to see what you're missing.

The first thoughts of spending time in the Sarasota area often center around lazing on some of the world’s most renowned beaches enjoying the fresh sea breezes and soaking in the warm sunshine.

While you may be miles away from our sun-kissed shores, you can rest assured they maintain the pristine natural beauty that made our area a preferred destination for beach-lovers around the world. In fact, the renowned Stephen Leatherman—also known as Dr. Beach—most recently named our Siesta Key Beach in the no. 2 spot for America’s Best Beach in his annual survey.

Sarasota County’s beaches remain as gorgeous as ever, and our waters are open and inviting for a range of recreational activities and the world-class fishing that makes our area a special treasure for anglers.

We invite you to see for yourself by viewing some of the live feeds showing real-time action of beachgoers enjoying the pristine waters and sugary white sands of our area beaches.

Take a live virtual trip to Siesta Key, Dr. Beach’s number 2 ranked beach in the country HERE.

HERE’s a live look from the BeachHouse Restaurant on Bradenton Beach.

Click HERE to view beachgoers on Lido Beach.

Neighborhood Video Collection – Anna Maria

Anna Maria Island’s beautiful horizon is devoid of high-rise towers.  Fast-food chains and commercial franchises are absent, with only the Old Florida island feeling remaining. The quaint village ambiance is preserved in the real estate.

The Neighborhood Report – Anna Maria Island

The laidback lifestyle on Anna Maria Island attracts many interested homebuyers.

The laidback lifestyle on Anna Maria Island attracts many interested homebuyers.

Wonderful values make the current real estate market very appealing to buyers. Pam Ali, branch manager of Michael Saunders & Company’s Bradenton office, notices an increase in activity on Manatee County’s beautiful Anna Maria Island.

The Anna Maria area offers a true Florida island lifestyle. The quaint feeling of smaller buildings and beautiful beaches attracts buyers who are looking for a quiet place to unwind. Many of those who have purchased on Anna Maria Island have done so for either a second home or to completely relocate to enjoy the ultimate in Florida island living. Walking on the beaches, watching sunsets, kayaking the sparkling waterways and excellent fishing are the ways of life on the island, and today’s market has offered many opportunities for buyers in all price ranges to take advantage of some of the best properties available. (more…)

The Neighborhood Report – Manatee County

Properties on Tidy Island

Properties on Tidy Island

Turn-of-the-century bayside villages, quiet rural settings, country club communities, comfortable urban neighborhoods and secure retirement enclaves are all part of Bradenton and Manatee CountyBordering the Gulf of Mexico between Tampa and Sarasota, Manatee County has earned the reputation of being one of the friendliest communities in on the Gulf Coast, in addition to its diverse neighborhoods and Florida charm. The agents of our Bradenton office proudly serve the residential opportunities throughout Manatee County and beyond.

Manatee County Sales Reports

Pam Ali, branch manager of Michael Saunders & Company’s Bradenton office, is pleased to report significant activity in home sales throughout Manatee County. In the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for Manatee County, there were 243 single-family homes that sold in the last 30 days. The average sales price was $230,488. (more…)

The Neighborhood Report – Bradenton

MS&C Bradenton Office

MS&C Bradenton Office

From the shore of Anna Maria Island and stretching eastward along the Manatee River, the Bradenton-Manatee area is a remarkable place highlighted by a host of art and historical attractions, as well as a coastline of sun-drenched beaches. From adorable Florida fishing cottages and stately southern houses to luxury condominiums, modest mid-century homes and island bungalows, this Gulf Coast destination boasts a great sampling of residential lifestyle options. As proven area experts, the agents of our Bradenton office specialize in helping homebuyers and sellers throughout the communities of Bradenton, Palmetto, Anna Maria Island, Parrish, Terra Ceia and Lakewood Ranch.

How’s the market in Bradenton?

Bradenton office branch manager Pam Ali has witnessed a very active market in her area. Additionally, our Bradenton agents have recently seen a significant increase in the number of buyers and sellers making inquiries via the Michael Saunders & Company website, Many of these are from out-of-town potential buyers who found our piece of paradise online. Within the last 14 days, the Bradenton office has received 20 pending transactions, which indicates a healthy amount of interest in Bradenton real estate. (more…)

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