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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…)

Remembering Bobby Jones: Sarasota’s Grand Slam Golfer

Perhaps it’s our average year-round temperature (83 degrees F) or our beautiful natural surroundings, but whatever the case may be, serious golfers have been attracted to Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties for well over 100 years.  The Sarasota Herald Tribune recently published an article by Sarasota Historian Jeff LaHurd that offers a glimpse into our area’s Golf-filled history including the legacy of champion Bobby Jones.

Photo courtesy Sarasota Herald Tribune. "Although as an amateur Jones could not accept cash, for his appearance at the Bobby Jones Golf Course dedication he was presented with a new Pierce Arrow, one of the finest cars of the day. Affixed to the front grill in large silver script was written 'Sarasota.'" SARASOTA DEPARTMENT OF HISTORICAL RESOURCES

Photo courtesy Sarasota Herald Tribune. “Although as an amateur Jones could not accept cash, for his appearance at the Bobby Jones Golf Course dedication he was presented with a new Pierce Arrow, one of the finest cars of the day. Affixed to the front grill in large silver script was written ‘Sarasota.'”


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…)


8 Swimming Pools Worth Diving For

When you get right down to it, all of us want a swimming pool. Whether you swim regularly or not, having one is the epitome of luxury living.  Pools are central to gatherings with friends and family; they are places for creating memories, getting a good work-out, relaxing, or just cooling off on a warm summer’s day.

On the Gulf Coast, pools are a year-round celebration of our lifestyle. These 8 pools in Manatee, Charlotte, and Sarasota homes for sale will make you envision long days spent soaking up the sunlight (or moonlight for that matter).

Lido Shores Homes for Sale (more…)

Why Did It Sell? – Choosing Palmer Ranch over the Best Beach in the United States

SiestaKeyThousands of people visit Siesta Key every year. It’s been called the number one beach in America by Dr. Beach. Its 99% quartz sand was rated as “The World’s Finest, Whitest Sand ™” at the Great International Sand Challenge. More than our lovely year-round weather, abundant recreation and culture, Siesta Key is perhaps our area’s biggest attraction. 

So, why would anyone who fulfilled a dream to move onto the island choose to relocate to the mainland? To help answer that, this month’s “Why Did it Sell” investigates the story behind a 3,350 square foot Sarasota home for sale on Palmer Ranch.

The Right Place at the Right Time
Michael Saunders & Company Realtor Jane Rees has always believed in open houses. Sure, there are smart phones, photos, websites and video, but nothing can compare to a person’s sense of touch, their feel for space, or a face-to-face conversation. More importantly, nothing beats being in the right place at the right time.   (more…)


6 Kitchens You’ll Hunger For

Often called the heart of the home, kitchens have become more than a place to store and prepare food.  They are central to our daily rituals, encourage quality time with loved ones, and they even allow us to indulge in life’s many treats  – whether it be chocolate ice cream, brie cheese, or strawberries. These six kitchens featured in Sarasota homes for sale are sure to appeal to your many tastes (and your taste buds).

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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…)


Featured Property: A Pillar of Grace in The Oaks

Live a life of gracious leisure from this elegant lakefront estate in The Oaks. Note: This Property has Sold. Every detail of this featured home for sale presented by Michael Saunders & Company, from the exclusive lifestyle it affords to the magnificent 5,553 square foot residence and guest house, expresses a true sense of style and status.

Oaks Club Sarasota FLThe Oaks is the area’s premier golf and country club renowned for its idyllic environment and busy social calendar. Set amidst a thousand acres of lush tropical splendor with incredible ancient oaks decorating the landscape, this private membership-required community brims with the essence of warm, Southern hospitality. (more…)

Gulf Coast Vacation: Hot Summer Deals on Rentals

MSCRentalGetaway Are you are feeling the enticement of white sands and waves … or the lure of lush, tropical golf courses under blue skies? Summer is an ideal time to find great values on rental properties. Michael Saunders & Company is announcing a number of deals during the summer months for island and golf get-a-ways that you won’t find anywhere else! Note Summer Rental Deals subject to change after the season.

  • Golf get-a-ways in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice & Englewood with weekly rentals from $97/night
  • Island get-a-ways on Longboat Key, Boca Grande & Palm Island with rare weekly rentals from $625/week (more…)

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…)

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