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23 About Me: Bringing the Amalfi to the Gulf Coast

23LogoThis month, our “23 About Me” blog series takes us on a trip to the Michael Saunders & Company Lakewood Ranch office. We posed our questions to Realtor, Tom Cinquegrano – a former Rhode Island resident with strong Italian roots.  Tom and his wife decided one day in 1977 to sail into Sarasota and they’ve been anchored here ever since.

Find out where he goes for his Italian food and what Renaissance man you’d find him dining with if he had his choice!

Cinquegrano_TomChoose one: country estate, city penthouse or beachfront living?
Enjoying the beaches of Sarasota, living in a beach cottage.

What is your favorite ice cream?
Pistachio gelato from Epicure on Main Street.

Favorite cuisine?
Italian from any of these restaurants: Made in Italy in Venice, Epicure in Sarasota, and Sardinia in Sarasota, or my own kitchen in my house. (more…)

Thinking of Selling in Lakewood Ranch? 5 Reasons Why You Should Do it Now

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There is a lot of interest in Lakewood Ranch right now, from home buyers to builders. If you’ve been thinking about selling your home from within the #9 best-selling community in America, here are 5 reasons why now may be the time to sell.

1. Demand is High – The number of sold homes is up over 20% when comparing the last 12 months to the previous year, while pending sales are up over 23%.  (Source: Trendgraphix) These figures back what our Michael Saunders & Company agents already know – people aren’t just looking at Lakewood Ranch homes for sale right now, they are serious about buying. (more…)


23 About Me – Navigating the Lanes with Kevin

We start this “23 About Me” with a riddle: Who is at every Michael Saunders & Company location but has no office of their own? Who do we see every day but only know by first name?
If you are exceedingly clever or if you have read the title of this post, then you probably have an answer by now: Kevin! (Or more specifically, Kevin Lane) That’s right; Kevin Lane is the Michael Saunders & Company courier. He travels our entire tri-county area to visit each office, from Bradenton IMG Academies to Punta Gorda to Lakewood Ranch real estate office. Kevin drives around 200 miles and makes up to 30 stops a day, transporting inter-office communications, supplies, and a smile upon arrival. (more…)

Remembering the Fallen: Top Memorial Day Events In and Around Sarasota

Memorial Day 2013, American Soldiers, SarasotaFalling on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the American military. A day observed by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades, this holiday weekend also unofficially marks the beginning of summer.

While the extended weekend and beautiful weather create an easy distraction, it’s important to remember that Memorial Day is more than just a time for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings and sporting events. The true meaning behind this holiday weekend rests in the sacrifices made by millions of American Service men and women, and the sincere observance those sacrifices deserve. This Memorial Day, be sure you take a moment of quiet reflection to commemorate those who gave so much to ensure our freedom. Express your humble thanks by honoring your loved ones, ancestors and friends who exemplify the strength of our great country. (more…)


Let the Good Times Flow: The 23rd Annual Florida Winefest & Auction

Florida Winefest & Auction 2013Just like fine wine, the Florida Winefest & Auction gets better every year. Since its beginning, the Winefest has raised over $7.7 million for children in need in our community, supporting worthy causes with a series of exciting events.

The 23rd annual Florida Winefest & Auction continues this weekend and will feature winemakers from all over the globe, culinary geniuses, and for the first time,  hot air balloons. While the events kicked off on Thursday evening with a series of ‘Winemaker Dinners’, happily, it’s not too late to partake in the festivities. (more…)

Why Did It Sell? – Selling more than a home in Lakewood Ranch

Realtor Leigh Simons sells a beautiful New England-style home in Lakewood Ranch Country Club.

Realtor Leigh Simons sells a beautiful New England-style home in Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.

For Realtor Leigh Simons of Michael Saunders & Company, Lakewood Ranch is not just where she lives and works, it’s where she plays. Leigh has a passion for the Lakewood Ranch area lifestyle, from belonging to the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, to an array of social events and clubs, to an evening of fine dining along Main Street.

Her enjoyment of area amenities enhances not just her day-to-day life, but helps her to form lasting relationships with the people she meets. And in some cases, those relationships overlap with the buying and selling of Lakewood Ranch real estate. Such was the case in the February purchase of one exquisite Tudor-style home in Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.

Welcoming A New Species Of “Bird”

Nike International Friendlies Tournament at Premier Sports Campus, Lakewood Ranch

Nike International Friendlies Tournament at Premier Sports Campus, Lakewood Ranch

To the growing list of amenities that make Southwest Florida such an irresistible place to be—including our internationally-acclaimed beaches and cultural scene—we can add sports as yet another calling card that attracts tens of thousands of annual visitors to the region.

On the face of it, sports tourism is hardly new to an area that has officially hosted spring training baseball for the better part of the last 88 years; and whose warmth and year-round sunshine routinely attracts golfers, fishermen and all manner of recreational enthusiasts.  What is new are the scope and variety of the international sporting events being awarded to the region. (more…)

Lakewood Ranch Real Estate – Greenbrook

Pictured: 6607 Chickadee Lane.

Where is Greenbrook? Located east of I-75 and accessible from University Parkway, north on Lorraine Road with communities east and west, or south of SR-70 accessible from Greenbrook Blvd, Greenbrook boasts convenience to a wealth of area amenities.

Lifestyle options are plentiful in condominiums and varying-size homes—available in both existing and new construction. Perfect for any taste, the prices in the community range from condominium residences offered at $70,000 to four and five-bedroom homes offered at $625,000—and all price points in between. The neighborhoods in Greenbrook are well planned and amble around a number of tranquil lakes with a natural old Florida backdrop. (more…)

Lakewood Ranch Real Estate – The Concession

Discover challenging golf and luxurious lifestyles in The Concession.

Unmatched and unique, rare and wonderful, The Concession presents its residents with an unparalleled golf course lifestyle framed by panoramic views and lush tropical landscaping. Named in the “Top 100 Courses in the U.S. 2009” by Golf Magazine, the 18-hole, par 72 golf course is located on the border of the beautiful Lakewood Ranch community in Bradenton, Florida. The 520 acres of ruggedly pristine property is graced with massive oak trees and Florida wildlife, as meticulous attention to detail is evident for the Old Florida feeling throughout the entire community. Few rooflines are visible from the golf course, and its core design bestows a natural and uninterrupted golf experience coupled with scenic water features and breathtaking vistas. (more…)

Lakewood Ranch Real Estate – Waterlefe Golf & River Club

Lakewood Ranch Real Estate - Waterlefe Golf & River Club

Waterlefe Golf & River Club is a wonderful gated community nestled on the banks of the Manatee River at Upper Manatee River Road. It is the only community in Manatee County that has both a world-class golf course as well as boating water for its residents.

Waterlefe has 616 residences ranging from 1,254-square-foot condominiums to an executive boating water home with over 9,000 square feet. There are many different types of properties sure to suit any taste, including maintenance-free villas and townhomes, executive homes, and waterfront estates. The River Club at Waterlefe features a fitness center, a junior Olympic-sized heated pool, a Tiki bar and a wonderful restaurant and bar area. (more…)

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