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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…)

Longboat Key – North, South, & Everything In-Between

LongboatKeyClubLike white sands, stunning sunsets, and a luxury lifestyle, Longboat Key is an essential element of Sarasota and Manatee County’s makeup. The island, which stretches nearly 11 miles between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay, is the setting for lavish condos and waterfront estates. A balance of peaceful natural beauty and thoughtfully planned developments make it a recreational splendor for many of its residents.

Michael Saunders & Company has two offices on the island – Longboat Key South and Mid-Longboat Key to offer specialized expertise from one end to the other.

Realtor Hannerle Moore has been a fixture on the island since 1957. “It’s really a mostly upper end, active lifestyle,” she explained. “People love that it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to St. Armands Circle and Downtown Sarasota for the arts and restaurants. They can stay on the Key for outdoor activities and then go into town for dinner and shopping.” (more…)

A Water View

rowing23336129Water.  It’s an essential component of the Florida lifestyle. Water defines our borders, underscores the state’s remarkable ecosystem; and provides a 101 different ways to enjoy our amazing year-round climate.

Because of its mesmerizing beauty and seemingly endless list of recreational uses, water is also the sine qua non of the state’s economy.  Without its beaches, bays and estuaries, Florida would be just another landlocked state for tourists to fly over on their way to some other coastal utopia.

It is even debatable whether Southwest Florida’s highly-developed cultural scene would flourish as it does without the magnificence of the Gulf of Mexico to lure generations of artists, writers, performers and patrons of the arts to our particular stretch of coastline. (more…)

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Why Did It Sell? – A Longboat Key Condominium for a Couple and Their 65’ Yacht

grand_mariner_balconyThe July sale of a luxury condominium on the north end of Longboat Key didn’t end the way that anyone quite expected. Realtor Michael Moulton with Michael Saunders & Company was helping his customers in their downsize from an expansive home to a more manageable condominium. But there was a catch.

Moulton explains, “My customers had all but given up on the idea of having a condo where they could accommodate their boat.”

Their boat is an impressive 65 foot yacht. They told Moulton they were interested in living on the south end of Longboat Key (which is convenient to St. Armands Circle and Downtown Sarasota; boasts newer, luxury condominiums; and provides for a sophisticated social lifestyle). As they searched the neighborhood, they indeed found exquisite units, none of which could fully accommodate their boating needs. (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…)

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…)

8 Holiday Performances Not to be Missed

Photo courtesy of the Sarasota Orchestra.

As one who has spent every holiday since birth in the Sarasota area (wow…in print that is hard for me to believe too), there are a great number of cultural events that I know are not to be missed. Many area stages present spectacular holiday-themed productions to help residents and visitors alike celebrate the season. Below is a list of wonderful options to bring on the holiday spirit and remind us what the season is all about:

  • 1. Plaid TidingsManatee Players is doing an upbeat production of Plaid Tidings. This new show is in the same style as its predecessor, “Forever Plaid,” a revue of the close-harmony “guy groups” that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s! November 29 – December 23.
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Palmetto Real Estate – Bel Mare

Enjoy views of the Manatee River from Bel Mare.

Perfectly situated in Palmetto, Florida, Bel Mare was specially designed to take advantage of its sweeping marina and water views while appealing to the most discerning tastes.

Upon entrance into the secured lobby of the building, you are greeted with stately travertine floors, soaring ceilings and fine finishes, which befit the overall elegance and luxuriance of this splendid community. As this building is located adjacent to the Riviera Dunes Marina, many residents enjoy boating or other water activities. Residences here boast either two or three bedrooms, and most have views of the river or the yacht basin. The active community features pools, spas, a fitness room, a private theatre, a billiards room, as well as guest residences. (more…)

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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The Neighborhood Report – Perico Bay Club

Enjoy waterfront living in Perico Bay Club. Pictured: 1201 Spoonbill Landings Cir.

Perico Bay Club is a gated community located on the southwest side of Perico Island. The island was named after the Perico brothers from Cuba, who established a fishing camp in the area. The development was built by Neal Communities starting in 1985 and finished out in 1992. There are 700 units, all offering water or mangrove views. The mangroves are maintained at eight feet, and the annual trimming is the largest permitted in the state today. The community offers four tennis courts, several pools, an activity center and a dedicated television channel showing scheduled events. About 30 percent of the owners are full-time residents.

Market Activity – Perico Bay Club

In the last 30 days, there have been eight new listings, five pending sales and two closures. Currently, there are 41 units for sale in the Multiple Listing Service. During high season, Perico Bay Club usually has around 60 units for sale. (more…)

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