Archive for the ‘Manatee Riverfront’ Category

O Christmas Tree, Where to Put Thee? 10 Magnificent Living Rooms

This holiday season, we may not find ourselves blanketed with snow but we still know how to create a winter wonderland.  From garlands to Christmas trees to elaborate model trains, the home becomes a significant setting for all our yuletide festivities. As many of us search for the perfect perch to center the tree, we offer a look at some spectacular Manatee, Charlotte, and Sarasota homes for sale with inspiring living rooms  – the perfect merry setting for creating many Christmas (and year-round) memories.

Shown 1160 North Casey Key Road, Osprey1160-North-Casey-Key-Road---A3988189_9The living room in this exquisite 10,125 square foot home is set on 2.5 acres on the exclusive north end of Casey Key, Florida. This home may have sold, view all Casey Key homes for sale. The home shown 1160 N. Casey Key features a stone fireplace and cypress beams that are sure to complement any holiday décor (not to mention the breathtaking water views).  (more…)

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Becoming Bradenton: Culture, Community, and a Sense of Place

Riverwalk has created a new sense of place for Bradenton. Photo courtesty Realize Bradenton

Riverwalk has created a new sense of place for Bradenton. Photo courtesty Realize Bradenton

When was the last time you visited Bradenton? If you are lucky, then you may already own a piece of real estate in “The Friendly City”. If not, it’s about time you stepped foot where Hernando DeSoto did back in 1539.

A Deserving Destination

Bradenton is a Gulf Coast treasure and was recently spotlighted in Southern Business & Development magazine’s “Ten Wonderful Small Town Central Business Districts in the South.” But to anyone who’s enjoyed many of its wonderful amenities – from the parks, to the beaches, to the lively arts and music scene – this recognition is only verifying what the locals already know: Bradenton is the place to be. (more…)

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5 Luxury Home Theaters: Create your own Sarasota Film Festival

The Sarasota Film Festival is returning for its 15th year. The buzz is palpable as we anticipate viewing some of the best new cinema right in our backyard and the chance to rub elbows with the stars. This year’s 180 choices of films and an array of exciting events are sure to make for a spectacular experience!

All this excitement got us thinking about the joy of watching films; we relish in a good movie experience, from seeing a suspenseful thriller to just sitting in a dark theater with a box of popcorn. With that in mind, we are featuring several luxury real estate listings that offer the best in premium home theaters. These ultimate spaces are sure to transform watching any movie into a pure cinematic escape.

Home theater from luxury listing along the Manatee River

Home theater from luxury listing along the Manatee River

This Riverview Blvd in Bradenton, FL has Sold.

Located in an architectural jewel on the Manatee River, this home theater brings to mind the art of movie-watching from a bygone era when films were truly the centerpiece of all entertainment. The adjoining bar area won’t have anyone missing a minute of the plot as your guest helps themselves to cocktails and popcorn.

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The Neighborhood Report – Riverdale

Pictured: 4519 Shark Drive.

A great community located off SR-64, Riverdale offers a great mix of homes, which were mostly built in the 1980s through 2006 and ranging in size from 1,100 square feet to over 6,000 square feet. Many of these residences are located on canals leading to the Manatee River through a boat lock. For boaters, this is an easy access point to the river and on to the Gulf of Mexico. (more…)

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Revitalized Bradenton Brims with Artistic Flair

Funky Utopia

Village of the Arts - Bradenton, FL / Nicole and Taylor DeMoss' FUNKY UTOPIA GALLERY

Revitalized Bradenton Brims with Artistic Flair

By Beth D’Addono of the Boston Globe

Welcome to Village of the Arts, a funky collection of more than 35 galleries, studios, cafes, and shops stretching between 9th Street and 16th Street West, and 9th and 14th Street West in what was once a rough section just south of downtown Bradenton, 50 miles south of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Formerly a place known for crack houses and prostitutes, Village of the Arts started as a grass-roots attempt to reclaim the neighborhood by a few brave artists in search of cheap real estate and a community. A decade later, what began as a social experiment has become a reason for locals and visitors to spend time away from Bradenton’s sandy beaches.

Bonni Brown was one of the first to stake a claim. The former New York clinical social worker opened a bakery cafe in September 1999. “We bought this place from a man arrested for shooting at crackheads. Got a great deal.’’ Today, the 100-year-old building houses Bonni Bakes, a friendly spot to have fresh mango lassi, a curried chicken salad sandwich, and a slice of red velvet cake. “We still get locals who’ve lived here all their lives and say, ‘When did all this happen?’ We’ve finally got some signs up, which will help a lot.’’

Brenda Smoak is the newest kid on the block. She opened Alchemy, a fair trade consignment shop representing 145 artists, in early October, leaving her gallery in Silver Springs, Md., behind. “I moved here because of this place – it felt like a community,’’ Smoak said.

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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, michaelsaunders.com. 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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