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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…)

Season of Sculpture

Season of SculptureWhen art collectors acquire great works, they can usually be counted on to exhibit their newest acquisitions in areas within the home that provide the most prominence for all to see and appreciate.  This is often over a mantelpiece, inside a home’s main entry; or in a dedicated gallery space or sculpture garden.

This is precisely what Sarasota’s Season of Sculpture has been doing now for the past 14 years.  Every two years, Season of Sculpture mounts a major exhibition of several large-scale sculptures created by artists of international, national and local stature.   Once assembled, these works are thoughtfully placed on what is perhaps the most visible and cherished piece of real estate in all of Sarasota—its downtown bayfront.  Thus in a single bold statement for all to see, the city reaffirms its longstanding passion for the visual and performing arts that has also proven to be an enormous boon for the region’s economy and overall quality of life.

This week Season of Sculpture premiered Season VII, its latest installation of 18 works by eight artists—a collection that has transformed the bayfront into a spectacular al fresco sculpture exhibit extending from Gulfstream Avenue to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. (more…)

Chalking Up a Celebration: The 2013 Sarasota Chalk Festival

The Sarasota Chalk FestivalIn the six years since its first colorful introduction, The Sarasota Chalk Festival has become one of downtown’s most popular cultural events. Inspired by the vibrant art work that graced the pavements of Italy in the sixteenth century, the festival celebrates all forms of street and performance art, from an incredible 500 artists.

The 2013 Chalk Festival runs for six days from November 13-18th, with the main events taking place between the 15th and 18th.  The exciting celebrations include live music, drama, dance, Acrobatics and of course, stunning pieces of art created using pastel chalk. This year’s theme is ‘Legacy of Valor: honoring veterans, inspiring patriotism and embracing freedom’, in tribute to those who sacrifice so much to make our freedom possible. (more…)


You Haven’t Lived in Sarasota until You’ve Crossed this Bridge

There are probably a dozen experiences one must undergo in Sarasota before you can truly consider yourself a local. Some of the items on my all-important list include: – Attend a show at one of our award-winning community theatres. – Go to the Sarasota Farmers Market (but know in advance what you are purchasing). – Avoid the beach because, well, everyone else is there. Still, there is one spectacular (and free) rite of passage that rests at the very top of my SRQ initiations: – Go for a walk across the Ringling Causeway Bridge! RinglingBridge_14 (more…)


Delicious Treats to Fall For from The Short Giraffe

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Leigh Growney of Sarasota’s The Short Giraffe Mini Confections and Catering. Photograph by Naomi Chokr

While here on the Gulf Coast we may not hear the crunching of golden leaves beneath our feet or feel the brisk chill in the air, we can still enjoy all the autumnal treats that come with the fall season (isn’t that the best part?).

For Leigh Growney of Sarasota’s The Short Giraffe Mini Confections and Catering, fall means the return of some awesome sweets – from warm ginger molasses cookies to fresh pumpkin bundts with bailey’s butter. Leigh has been serving up exquisite miniature cakes, truffles, gourmet coffee and every kind of delicious dessert you can dream up since opening in 2012. I headed on over to the charming bakery on State Street in downtown Sarasota, where I spoke with the lovely Leigh about all things fall.  (more…)

A Sarasota Story

SarasotaBayTwo weeks ago, USA Today published a feature explaining why many of today’s retirees are opting for bright lights and big cities.  The article, by Rodney Brooks, quoted extensively from the popular website

“Retirement is like a second chance at life,” says the web site’s founder John Brady.  “Retirees are asking ‘What do I want from life?’  It’s not living in the ‘burbs.  Boomers want to go to plays and movies; and are uniquely positioned to take advantage of what cities have to offer.”

Brooks then recommends New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh as exactly the sort of walkable cities where retirees can live in neighborhoods with far less dependence on cars to move them from one desirable amenity to another. 

In the same breath as these older and larger cities, Brooks also recommends Sarasota.

“It has an urban downtown, but many walkable neighborhoods close by,” he writes.  “There is lots happening, and it is quite possibly the cultural capital of Florida.  And great beaches and keys nearby.” (more…)

A Room with a View: 5 Vistas That Will Take Your Breath Away

Florida’s Gulf Coast is known for its scenic splendor and lush natural beauty. This week, Michael Saunders & Company is presenting five luxury homes for sale where the views from within are truly magnificent.  It’s not too difficult to imagine yourself relaxing in one of these properties, gazing at the sunset, with an iced tea in one hand, and nothing but the endless horizon to keep you company.

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Full of Beans: ‘Perq’ Coffee Creates A Buzz In Sarasota

PerqlogoI have to admit, the Marketing Team at Michael Saunders & Company gets through a fair amount of coffee. The beloved Keurig machine sits like a shining beacon of energy, patiently waiting to jolt us to life at 8:30am.

Now being a Brit, I am rather more partial to a fine cup of tea; but when I heard that my favorite sweet treat shop, The Lollicake Queen, had opened a brand new specialty coffee bar, I couldn’t resist the chance to experience the buzz (not only from the caffeine!).

Perq Coffee Bar brings gourmet coffee to Sarasota, and focuses on single origin, distinct brewing methods and sustainability. The delicious coffee (and tea, happily!) is complimented by an array of freshly made pastries and cakes, as well as sandwiches and salads from local favorite Mozzarella Fella. (more…)


Louies Modern and The Francis Open in Downtown Sarasota

Photo courtesy Louies Modern

Photo courtesy Louies Modern

The urban fabric of downtown Sarasota has an exciting new layer. Louies Modern and The Francis have now opened at 1289 N. Palm Avenue. The sophisticated 11,000+ square foot destination includes a restaurant, special event space, bar, outdoor lounge and seating, barista bar, and even a private dining room that overlooks the elegant palm tree lined avenue.

The past several years has seen huge improvements in an already vibrant downtown Sarasota. It was not long ago that two unsightly parking lots monopolized prime real estate along Palm Avenue. The City of Sarasota helped lead a spur of revitalization with landscaping beautifications, new roundabouts, and the award-winning Palm Avenue Parking Garage, which, despite its chief function, enhances the streetscape and urban dynamic. (more…)

Why Did it Sell? Simplicity Meets Splendor at Golden Gate Point

Downtown Sarasota and the marina from this $2.2 million just sold luxury condo at Golden Gate Point

View of Downtown Sarasota and the marina from this $2.2 million just sold luxury condo at Golden Gate Point

When Michael Saunders & Company Realtor Linda Stowe held an open house for a $599,000 condominium at Casarina on Siesta Key, she never expected it would eventually lead to a $2.2 million dollar March purchase of a beautiful luxury residence on Golden Gate Point.

The soon-to-be buyers attended her open house. They were interested in the condominium but they were also there because they were in search of a good real estate agent. Both baby boomers, they already had a property on Siesta Key and several more in their home state of Michigan.  As Linda explained, “They wanted to simplify it down to one property that would be their forever home.” (more…)

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