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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…)

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Michael Saunders & Company Selected for Top London Real Estate Event

Twenty three percent of homes purchased by international buyers in the United States are purchased in Florida (Source: National Association of REALTORS® 2013 Profile of International Home Buying Activity). There is no doubt that the internet is one of the most useful tools for reaching this group. Sometimes, however, there is nothing better than going to them. This can be a challenge when there is an ocean separating your home from a potential buyer.

The Hurlingham Club will be the site of an exclusive viewing of the world's most luxurious homes including many fine properties represented by Michael Saunders & Company.

The Hurlingham Club will be the site of an exclusive viewing of the world’s most luxurious homes including many fine properties represented by Michael Saunders & Company.

That is why Michael Saunders & Company is taking our finest homes to London October 29th and 30th. The prestigious Hurlingham Club, regarded as one of Britain’s greatest Private Members’ Clubs, will be the destination for many affluent buyers from across Europe to view a selection of the most desirable homes from around the world. (more…)

The Bottom Line for Luxury Properties

4300higelave_aThis past summer, the Federal Reserve reported that the nation’s post-recession net worth has risen to $74.8 trillion—compared with $67.8 trillion in 2007. That means the value of our homes, stocks and other investments—minus debts and other liabilities—has reached its highest level since records have been kept, not adjusting for inflation. Thus with their post-recession assets better than completely restored—and with their confidence in real estate as a solid long-term investment fully re-booted—buyers for luxury properties in Southwest Florida have come calling again in sizeable numbers. During the first three quarters of 2013, sales of luxury properties priced above $1 million in Sarasota and Manatee Counties rose 26% over the same period in 2012; and were up 53% over the first three quarters of 2011. (Source: Trendgraphix, October 2013) Florida’s Population Growth That property sales are up across all price ranges is underscored by the resumption of Florida’s explosive population growth. Both Politifact Florida and Moody’s estimate that Florida’s population will grow by 360,000 in 2013—which translates to nearly 1,000 newcomers each day. These are remarkable numbers, especially as they represent net migration—people moving in minus people moving out—and are known to include a significant number of high net-worth individuals. (more…)

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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…)

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 TopRetirements.com

“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…)

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Featured Property: Celebrating the Art of Living in the Cultural Capital of Florida

This masterful residence on N Casey Key Rd was designed by Toshiko Mori Architect.

This masterful residence at 316 N Casey Key Rd was designed by Toshiko Mori Architect.

Architect Toshiko Mori is kind of a big deal. I visited one of her projects in Buffalo, NY. No small commission for any designer, it was a visitor center for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin’s House. A former chair of the architecture department at Harvard, some of her other recent work includes NYU’s strategic master plan and a variety of museum, library and theater projects within New York City.

With such an impressive portfolio, it may come as a surprise to find some of her residential work in Sarasota County…Or is it? 

With a multitude of discerning homebuyers attracted to the Gulf Coast combined with our status as the cultural capital of Florida, perhaps attracting a world class architect is only par for the course.

This N Casey Key Road Home has sold.
This month’s featured Sarasota home for sale was designed by Mori and resides on Casey Key – an 8-mile long barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico known for its unsurpassed beauty, privacy, and tropical lifestyle. (more…)

Saunders Luxury Sales Report for September 7, 2013

Michael Saunders & Company is proud to announce several closings of Sarasota homes for sale made possible through the professional representation of our agents, who work each day to fulfill the unique needs of homebuyers and sellers.  For the week ending September 7, 2013 the properties below sold for over $1 million.

A waterfront condominium in La Bellasara on Golden Gate Pointe sold for $2,395,000.

A waterfront condominium in La Bellasara on Golden Gate Pointe sold for $2,395,000.

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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…)

Saunders Luxury Sales Report for August 17, 2013

Michael Saunders & Company is proud to announce several closings of Sarasota homes for sale made possible through the professional representation of our agents, who work each day to fulfill the unique needs of homebuyers and sellers.  For the week ending August 17, 2013 the  properties below sold for over $1 million.

This West of the Trail waterfront home sold for $1,810,000.

This West of the Trail waterfront home sold for $1,810,000.

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