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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…)

Sarasota Real Estate – Neighborhood Snapshot: The Case for Casey Key

1304 Casey Key Rd

Countless articles have been written about the timeless natural beauty of Casey Key.   This isn’t one of them.

Instead this is about beauty of a more fleeting type; of being able to buy property on the key for as long as today’s incredible values in home pricing hold.

Meandering the eight mile length of Casey Key, one frequently encounters luxury on a grand scale, interspersed with other eye-catching examples of gracious island living on a less opulent scale.   Over here sits a contemporary beach-to-bay compound, with a Gulf-front tennis court, spectacular swimming pool and two guest houses. Nearby is a rehab-ed seaside cottage; much smaller of course, but just oozing with island charm. Over there is a classic Florida beach bungalow lying perpendicular to a sprawling Tuscan-inspired family estate with an amazing bay-front swimming pool.  Most have amazing water views and curiously enough, all seem to work together well. (more…)

Residential Property Sale Establishes New Benchmark for Casey Key

Listed By Linda Roe Dickinson, Of Michael Saunders & Company, Sale Is The Largest Transaction On Casey Key Since 2009.

A Gulf-front estate listed by Linda Roe Dickinson—of Michael Saunders & Company—became Casey Key’s highest selling property of 2011 when it closed on July 15.  The sale was also the year’s second highest involving residential properties in Sarasota County; yet another indicator that the market for high value properties in Southwest Florida has improved considerably.  The last time a Casey Key property sold for a higher amount was in November 2009.

The 1.65-acre estate, whose mansion includes more than 10,000 square feet under air, is situated on 200 feet of Casey Key shoreline with magnificent views of the Gulf of Mexico.  There are two master suites, one up and one down; and three guest suites.  The outdoor spaces include a living area that wraps the Gulf side of the house, a summer kitchen, disappearing edge swimming pool and spa.  Gated and walled, the home is accessed via a handsome porte-cochere with circular drive and motor court.  There is an 8-car garage and separate caretaker’s building.

Linda Roe Dickinson has lived in Sarasota since 1975 and been the top-producing agent for Michael Saunders & Company for the past seven consecutive years.

The Neighborhood Report – Hidden Harbor

Beautiful waterfront homes grace the community of Hidden Harbor. Pictured: 5132 Jungle Plum Rd.

Located on the bayside north end of Siesta Key—convenient with quick access to Siesta Key Village and the mainland—Hidden Harbor is a gorgeous, upscale community embellished by a lush, Selby Garden-like environment and meandering brick paver roads. The heavily treed, private neighborhood is ideal for boaters, with a number of elegant waterfront homes with some docks accommodating large watercraft.

Contemporary Florida architectural design is the predominant style of homes in this neighborhood, but a number of custom built properties are intermixed and add their own unique flair. (more…)

“Showcase of Homes” – Features Villa Toscana

A recent edition of Showcase of Homes chose to feature Villa Toscana, a remarkable 4-bedroom, 7,146 sq. ft. property located on Casey Key and listed at $5,200,000 by Deborah Beacham of Michael Saunders & Company. Enter Villa Toscana through a secluded circular motor court and you encounter a burnt-Sienna facade, characterized by some as “caramelized adobe”.  As you pass through the stone door surround, wrought iron gates, and heavy mesquite doors, your eye is drawn through the central courtyard, past rows of stone columns, through tall mahogany doors to Little Sarasota Bay, which from this perspective looks like an infinity edge pool.

Villa Toscana is located at 1416 Casey Key Rd, Nokomis, FL 34275.

More information can be found at: http://www.michaelsaunders.comA3905279/

The Showcase of Homes //Deborah Beacham //Villa Toscana from Ryan Bodie Films on Vimeo.

*The Showcase of Homes is a weekly tv show shown on ABC 7-TV based in Sarasota.


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.


Table Tops – Some of Our Favorite Sarasota-Area Restaurants

More than just gorgeous, world-class beaches, the Sarasota area boasts a range of exceptional dining options.

With choices ranging from innovative fine dining establishments to quaint waterfront hideaways bursting with Old Florida charm and everything in between, Sarasota is truly food-lover’s destination set to find its way onto America’s culinary map. Our vibrant city adores unique dining concepts and treasures its tried and true mainstays that have provided delectable food and fun for generations of visitors and residents. No matter what the craving, you can guarantee there is a menu to be found in the Sarasota area that does it and does it well.

As longtime area residents and people about town, our agents and branch managers have sought, savored and selected the preferred dining spots they enjoy sharing with guests, clients and family alike. So here—in no particular order—is the first sampling of a multi-part series highlighting some of our favorite Sarasota-area restaurants:

• The Casey Key Fish House – Laidback and relaxed, the Casey Key Fish House offers casual waterfront dining with an “Old Florida” feel in mind. A favorite spot of Longboat Key South agent Deborah Beacham, the restaurant is located just over the north bridge at Blackburn Point to Casey Key. Here you will find fresh seafood served daily from 11:30 am to 9 pm. Owner Jimmy Von Hubertz and Master Chef Willie Tia present terrific food served with warm hospitality. There are daily lunch specials—Deborah’s favorite lunch is the Caesar salad with grilled mahi—and customers rave about the ahi tuna, Bouillabaisse and almond snapper dishes available on the more extensive dinner menu. There is an outdoor section where dogs are allowed (well mannered, of course), so Deborah’s poodle is always welcome! Boat docking available. Learn more HERE.

• Madfish Grill – With a dinner menu offering a selection of Caribbean-inspired cuisine from starters and tapas to seafood to salads and sandwiches, Madfish Grill is a favorite of Siesta Key Branch Manager Debbie Judge. Located  at 4059 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota, this locally owned spot serves great cuisine lending itself to the islands and a selection of great steaks. Plus, the bar area is a great place for a lively evening. Fun fact: the restaurant was a bank at one time and the private room is the old vault! Learn more HERE. (more…)

Neighborhood Video Collection – Casey Key

CASEY KEY is a unique island retreat that it consists almost entirely of single-family homes and private, lush waterfront estates. Vintage beach bungalows are nestled between large elegant homes up and down the island, both on the bay side and the gulf side.

Casey Key residents dwell on this eight-mile long barrier island, with no high rises and no traffic lights. Homes here exude a unique blend of wealth, elegance, and old-Florida charm.

Well-Known and Well-Hidden – Top 10 Best Sarasota-Area Beaches

The End of Summer Doesn't Mean the End of Beach Days on Florida's Gulf Coast

The end of summer never indicates the end of beach days on Florida's Gulf Coast

As the summer season winds to an end, we find it perfectly fitting to boast the beautiful weather that defines Florida’s Gulf Coast. While those up north are readying their snow shovels, winter coats and heating systems, we here can continue donning our bathing attire to enjoy a few more months of frolicking on our favorite area beaches—some of which are renowned as among the world’s very best.

To send a taste of our tropical splendor to our cold weather friends, we present the top 10 beaches on Florida’s Southwest Coast. To help guide travelers on their journey down, these spots are listed from north to south. (more…)

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