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The Return of the Luxury Market

This beachfront Siesta Key home just sold for $10.25 million.

This beachfront Siesta Key home just sold for $10.25 million.

When a Siesta Key property sold for $10.25 million in late May, it not only established a new benchmark for the much sought-after barrier island but also spoke volumes about the reinvigorated state of the region’s luxury real estate market.

After several years in which property sales above $1 million limped along listlessly, they are presently experiencing their best performance in Southwest Florida since the recession first took hold in late 2007.  Moreover, the Siesta Key sale signals the return of buyers for properties in the highest tiers of the region’s luxury market.

Momentum in the Marketplace

The waterfront estate—which was listed and sold by agents of Michael Saunders & Company—sold for just below its asking price, a fact that truly underscores buyer confidence in the desirability and long-term resilience of the region’s luxury real estate market.  Moreover, the sale came just days after a pair of adjacent waterfront properties in the heart of Boca Grande was sold for a combined $11.14 million by an agent from the Boca Grande office of Michael Saunders & Company.  Similar sales are pending. (more…)


How I Would Live My Life at Infinity Longboat Key (and What I’d Wear)

We all dream about what it would be like to live someplace sleek and luxurious…somewhere on the beach – away from it all, and yet, you can still throw on a pretty dress and go to dinner at a chic restaurant.

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I imagine that life at Infinity Longboat Key, a contemporary condominium soon-to-be-built along the shores of Sarasota, will offer such days of beachfront bliss. Situated midway along the barrier island of Longboat Key, with its twelve miles of pristine Gulf beaches and luxury amenities, numerous waterfront luxury condos are still available. (more…)

Return of the Cranes

Crane-SansaraThe cranes are back.  Not the feathered, two-legged variety that are ubiquitous throughout Southwest Florida; but the mammoth construction cranes whose presence on the skyline are highly visible displays of confidence in the region’s commercial real estate market.  Several of these cranes are already up and running.  More are on the way.

A Transformation of the Commercial Landscape
Once these giant hoists have completed their jobs, Southwest Florida’s commercial landscape will have undergone a game-changing transformation that adds nearly 1,000 much-needed hotel rooms, close to 1,500 residential condominiums; and well over a quarter of a billion dollars in new construction spending throughout the region.  There will be game changing retail centers as well, with the most anticipated being the Mall at University Town Center, one of only two enclosed malls of major size and scope under construction in the entire U.S. Moreover, the financial commitment its developer has made to the region has prompted many of the nation’s premier luxury retailers to eagerly follow suit. (more…)


11 Homes Equally Modern and Magnificent

For anyone attracted to clean lines and an unembellished aesthetic, the Gulf Coast has a clear history of embracing modern design. The Sarasota School of Architecture is a movement that began here in the 1950’s resulting in highly innovative modern homes within the Sarasota area.  

Today, the tradition lives on in a new breed of architects and practitioners who use clarity of form and simplicity of structure to form the ultimate sensory experience of space, material, and light.

These ten Sarasota homes for sale (and one for rent) demonstrate a range of contemporary designs illustrating a variety of different journeys, different spaces, and different ways of living.

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Christie’s International Real Estate Delights in a Trip to Our Gulf Coast

Our worldwide luxury affiliate, Christie’s International Real Estate, paid a visit to Michael Saunders & Company this month.  Rick Moeser, Senior Vice President and Southeast Regional Manager, spent several days meeting with our agents and managers while also previewing some of our finest Manatee, Charlotte, and Sarasota homes for sale.

With over $100 billion in collective real estate sales worldwide, Christie’s draws upon their success as one of the world’s oldest art auction houses to market high end properties to the most discerning of clientele. As the representative for Christie’s southeast region, covering the Caribbean, Latin America, and other parts of Florida, Rick is able to use this marketing powerhouse to expose our region’s properties on a global level.

“The Gulf Coast stands out because of the variety you can find from Boca Grande to Bradenton,” Rick expressed. “And when compared to Palm Beach and Miami, the Sarasota area still demonstrates really good value.” (more…)


St. Armands Circle: Why You’ll Wish You Had $13 and a Time Machine


For many, St. Armands Circle is the center of Sarasota.

I spoke with Kathleen Hurley, a Midwest native, who used to vacation on this barrier island on the coast of Sarasota as a young child. In her adult years, she came back to town and grew very confused when she discovered there was a bridge to the mainland…and a place called Sarasota.

“I remember walking hand in hand with my grandfather to get ice cream cones at Big Olaf,” Hurley shared. “We had a favorite spot for lobsters and celebrations, and Charlie’s Crab (now Crab & Fin) meant I got to personally choose my grandmother’s dress and accessories for the evening, which was one of our favorite things to do together, well that and endless gin rummy when it rained.” (more…)

The Great Outdoors: 5 Homes for Nature Lovers

It may be February but on the Gulf Coast it feels as though spring has arrived! The mild temperatures and blue skies seem to be begging us to step outdoors, take a deep breath, and climb a tree (well, maybe not the tree part).

Still, in honor of such beautiful weather, we thought it would be fun to share several Manatee, Charlotte and Sarasota homes for sale where Mother Nature is just a step (or a climb) away. (more…)


Designer Showhouse Sarasota: A Must-See Attraction in the Museum Area

You can tour the 19th annual Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse January 19 – February 16. Benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County, twenty-three of Sarasota’s most talented designers have transformed every room of a spectacular bayfront estate.


Located at 2145 Alameda Avenue, this Michael Saunders & Company Sarasota home for sale provides an experience like none other. Each designer’s hand selection of finishes and exceptional attention-to-detail set the backdrop for magnificent bay and sunset views. (more…)


10 Most Popular Homes for Sale of 2013

In 2013 there were over 2 million visits to  With so many views of Manatee, Charlotte, and Sarasota homes for sale, we were curious just which properties on the Gulf Coast attracted the most attention. Here they are in reverse order:

10. 3315 Bayshore Rd

Sarasota | $9,990,000

Sarasota | $9,990,000

This Sarasota estate in the Museum area is a true hidden gem in a perfect location with exceptional architectural features. The idyllic property is 2.5 acres and offers unmatched views of Sarasota Bay. 6 bedrooms, 7 baths / 2 half baths  (more…)

Why Did It Sell? Over $2.4 Million and Under One Day on the Market


“Go get my pocket book,” said Christine Del Monte’s buyer, Barbara. It was at a bustling broker’s tour on a Tuesday morning in November. Barbara had just stepped through the front door of a contemporary Sarasota home for sale located West of the Trail. An interior decorator with a discerning eye, she stood in the living room of the well-appointed waterfront residence and immediately felt like she was home.

Christine gave her a quizzical look.

“Please go get my purse out of the car,” Barbara urged. “I want to make a bid right now, put down a significant deposit, and place it under contract.” Barbara then perched on the white leather sofa in the open living room, like a mythical dragon protecting her treasure, and kept a watchful eye on all the tour’s activity. She wasn’t moving until the doors were locked and all the Realtors had left. (more…)

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