We may not get snow but that doesn’t mean Florida can’t be festive. Take it from a girl who grew up here, there are still plenty of holiday traditions even if your hot chocolate is more of a wanting experience than a warming one.
Swap Snowmen for Sandcastles What’s white, soft, plentiful and found on the ground? No matter your backdrop for the holidays – be it sand or snow – it’s your experiences that matter most. And from family gatherings on the beach to island-hopping Santas, Floridians know how to make lasting memories.
Festivities, firetrucks, and Feliz Navidad from Useppa Island.
How do you tell the story of a unique property in a way that is interesting while also defining the essence of the house and the community? Well, if you live in Sarasota, where the sea and sky marries arts and culture, then the canvas for creativity is as endless as the shimmering Gulf horizon.
Such was the background for a recent collaboration between Michael Saunders & Company and the Sarasota Ballet. To showcase 1459 Bay Point Drive, a remarkable 8,506 square foot home for sale on Sarasota Bay, the unprecedented team used the language of dance to express the property’s architecture, emotion, and enchantment.
Watch the ballet (err… video) for 1459 Bay Point Drive and keep reading to learn more about what went on behind-the-scenes.
Who doesn’t love spending time on one of our Gulf beaches? Dipping your toes in the warm water, reading a good book on the white sands, listening to the rhythmic sound of the waves, or simply standing there and watching the sunset…
To enjoy endless days of beachfront bliss, the following addresses along the open sea are sure to do more than impress:
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…)
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.
The 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…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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).