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The Neighborhood Report – Country Club East

Discover the perfect home for you in Country Club East. Pictured: 7809 Valderrama Way.

A private, gated Lakewood Ranch community, Country Club East is surrounded by lakes, nature preserves, and 18 holes of Royal Lakes—designed by Rick Robbins—with another course and clubhouse planned for the near future. As the nation’s largest master-planned “green” community, every home in Country Club East meets the Florida Green Building Coalition’s standards for energy efficiency.

Other amenities include a top-rated elementary school and beautiful community park just outside the gates. Homeowners also have the opportunity to join the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club and enjoy all of its award-winning benefits, an athletic center, an 18-court state-of-the-art tennis facility, and two more golf courses with an exquisite clubhouse, where you can gather with friends and family. (more…)

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Marcia Frost to the Lakewood Ranch office.

Born in Chicago, Marcia has been a resident of Florida’s Gulf Coast since kindergarten and currently lives in the East Manatee County/Lakewood Ranch area. A graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business management, Marcia brings over 25 years of marketing experience in real estate, banking and insurance. This professional background gives her the unique ability to guide her clients through the entire process of either buying or selling a home.

A licensed Realtor since 2004, Marcia has thoroughly developed a specialty in East Manatee County communities.

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Linda Jesel to the Lakewood Ranch office.

Originally from Tampa, Linda grew up in Coral Gables, graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and lived on Florida’s east coast before she relocated to Waterlefe in Bradenton in 2004.

 Linda brings an extensive background in luxury real estate, having worked with Sanctuary Realty in Boca Raton, FL, and with builders in country club communities, waterfront condominiums, and gated communities for active adults. She also enjoyed a position with builder Lee Wetherington in Lakewood Ranch. Before joining Michael Saunders & Company, Linda was with Keller Williams and later served as a qualifying broker for Realty Investment Group, Inc.

 A licensed real estate agent since 1986, Linda became a broker in 1993, and earned a GRI designation. While working at Sanctuary Realty, she became a Luxury Homes Specialist.

The Neighborhood Report – The Lake Club

Meticulous landscaping enhances the scene in The Lake Club.

From townhomes to custom estates, families become neighbors and neighbors become family in Lakewood Ranch, where everyone enjoys a true sense of community. They have it all at award-winning Lakewood Ranch, an 8,500- acre master-planned community located conveniently close to I-75. Lakewood Ranch is a great place to live, work, shop and there is always something to do.

The Lake Club is an exclusive Lakewood Ranch neighborhood for those seeking the finer things in life. Greeted by its own private vineyards and sounds of water fountains, you are lead to an unprecedented lifestyle of luxury, privacy and exclusivity within this master-planned neighborhood. Meticulous attention has been developed within the 1,500 acres to exceed the highest standards for construction, energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.

Market Activity – The Lake Club

To date, activity in The Lake Club has been robust, with over 120 lots sold/under contract. Within the 60+ existing homes, there are over 80 families with a number of children. There are over 35 homes either under construction or set to begin construction in the second quarter of 2011. When complete, The Lake Club will include approximately 1,000 homes, all of which enhanced by the community’s well-manicured grounds. (more…)


Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Caroline Mazelin to the Lakewood Ranch office.

Originally from Sellersville, Pennsylvania, Caroline relocated to the Sarasota area in 1975 after living in Madison, Virginia. A real estate professional since 1983, Caroline has worked with Apex Realty for over nine years, Century 21 Advantage for over 17 years and Sandals Realty for over one year before joining Michael Saunders & Company as a residential property specialist.

Caroline has earned the Short Sales and Foreclosures Resource (SFR), Graduate of the Realtors Institute (GRI) and Real Estate Owned Specialist (REO) designations. Additionally, she graduated from the Floyd Wickman Team for Real Estate Training Tax Implications of Short Sales and Foreclosures program. Caroline has garnered some of the top awards given by Century 21, including four Centurion Awards, multiple Diamond Masters awards and the Quality Service award.

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Charlene Griffith to the Lakewood Ranch office.


Charlene moved to Lakewood Ranch in 2002 from Kalamazoo, Michigan. After earning her Florida Real Estate License in 2003, she immediately went to work for one of the area’s best-known builder and developers. While specializing in new home sales, she earned the Certified Sales Professional designation (CSP), and was recognized by the Home Builders Association’s Million Dollar Circle award for over three consecutive years with sales in excess of $50 million.

Charlene recently received the Five-Star Real Estate Agent Best in Client Satisfaction

Award in both 2010 and 2011. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Manatee Association of Realtors (MAR), an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) and a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE).

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Laurie Jarema to the Lakewood Ranch office.


Born and raised in a southern suburb of Chicago, Laurie moved to the Lakewood Ranch area in 2000, along with her husband of 23 years, Bill, and their two daughters.

Laurie began her career as a full-time residential real estate agent in 2004. Since becoming a Realtor, Laurie has been nominated multiple times as a Five-Star Real Estate Agent, best in client satisfaction, with Sarasota Magazine.


The Neighborhood Report – GreyHawk Landing

Located just north of Lakewood Ranch—off Highway 64—GreyHawk Landing is a guard-gated community that was developed to appreciate nature. It is common to see deer and other native animals peeking out from the wetlands and their native habitat. Approximately 53% of the community has been left unspoiled and natural with almost two miles of wilderness trails.

Market Activity – GreyHawk Landing

In the last 30 days, there have been four new listings, six pending sales and three closed sales in GreyHawk Landing. There are only 28 active listings out of approximately 800 homes. The prices range from $199,000 to $599,000. (more…)


Deborah O’Mara Joins the Lakewood Ranch Office of Michael Saunders & Company

Deborah O’Mara, a top-producing new home sales specialist in Sarasota/Manatee, has joined the Lakewood Ranch office of Michael Saunders & Company it was announced today from the company’s headquarters in downtown Sarasota.

“I’m thrilled to have someone with Deborah’s extensive business background and track record in real estate and new construction on our Lakewood Ranch team,” said company founder and CEO, Michael Saunders.  “Very much appreciated for her high level of energy, knowledge and integrity, Deborah’s clients can always expect an exceptional real estate experience. After living and selling real estate there for 10 years, Deborah provides the total perspective on the lifestyle options of Lakewood Ranch and other new homes communities throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Her focus on customer care and follow-through not only earns her the respect of her clients but also their referrals of friends and family.”

O’Mara has enjoyed a noteworthy career in real estate and finance for over 32 years; starting as a real estate broker in Massachusetts in 1978, where she became partner in her own real estate company on Cape Cod specializing in new home sales. Deborah later relocated to Florida’s east coast, where she joined Citibank and soon became vice president of business development and marketing with real estate lending responsibilities.  In 2000, she moved to Florida’s west coast and currently resides in Lakewood Ranch with her husband, Charles.

            Most recently a top-producer for Neal Communities, O’Mara consistently set the pace for that company’s new home sales for over 10 years. During her tenure there, she sold over 200 new homes in Lakewood Ranch alone and has been recognized annually at the Million Dollar Circle Awards; twice as one of the “Top 5” new home sales consultants in Sarasota/Manatee, with annual sales in excess of $30 million. She has also been awarded the Master Certified Sales Professional designation.

Deborah is a member of the Sarasota Association of Realtors (SAR), Manatee Association of Realtors (MAR) and the Sarasota Women’s Council of Realtors. She has also twice been awarded the Five-Star Real Estate Agent Best in Client Satisfaction award.

The Lakewood Ranch office of Michael Saunders & Company is at 8325 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard.  Deborah O’Mara can be reached by calling (941) 730-0777; or at (941) 907-9595.  Her email address is


The Neighborhood Report – Summerfield in Lakewood Ranch

Discover your ideal lifestyle in Summerfield in Lakewood Ranch.

One of the original villages in Lakewood Ranch, Summerfield is located just south of State Road 70 off Lakewood Ranch Blvd. The Braden River runs along the southern border and connects to many lakes and two community parks that the residents enjoy. This is a family-oriented neighborhood with abundant recreational activities and community events. The winding streets are lined with mature trees that lead you to the five different Summerfield neighborhoods. Parents love the top-rated elementary and middle schools located with within walking distance of their homes.

The homes are single-family, with one maintenance-free community and one condominium complex. Only re-sales are available in this sold-out community from the high $100,000’s to the $400,000’s. The homes range in size from 1,300 to 2,500 square feet and were built from 1995 through 2002.

Market Activity – Summerfield in Lakewood Ranch

Of the 41 properties currently on the market, 35 are single-family homes and 6 are condominium residences. In the last 30 days, 7 single-family and one condominium have sold. There are 24 homes in the pending status right now! We are definitely seeing a lot of movement in the right direction for this desirable community.

Most recently, Elsa Roth’s REO listing on 12015 Winding Woods Way closed after just 21 days on the market. This property sold for $151,000, which was $6,100 over list price.

Why Choose Summerfield in Lakewood Ranch?

Buyers are drawn to Summerfield in Lakewood Ranch because everyone enjoys the sense of small town community that exists here. Lakewood Ranch is an award-winning, 8,500-acre master-planned community, and Summerfield residents take advantage of the shops, restaurants and movie theaters of Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. They use the business parks, hospital and medical center, and the golf courses. There are over 150 miles of sidewalks and trails, and the beautiful lakes, wetlands and nature preserves are abundant with wildlife. Summerfield in Lakewood Ranch is now more affordable than ever and you are within proximity to the culture of Sarasota and the best beaches in the world.

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