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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.

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. It 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…)


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…)


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).

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

This masterful residence at 316 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.

316 N Casey Key Road
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…)

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.



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 for the arts and restaurants. They can stay on the Key for outdoor activities and then go into town for dinner and shopping.” (more…)


West of the Trail – Midyear Market Report

Cherokee Park is one of the most sought after neighborhoods West of the Trail.

Cherokee Park is one of the most sought after neighborhoods West of the Trail.

West of the Trail is one of the most desirable areas within all of Sarasota.  While the moniker may not reside on any official map, West of the Trail is as common to the local lingo as the intracoastal or the Circle.

The neighborhood is positioned west of U.S. 41, also known as Tamiami Trail (are you with me now?) and it ends when it hits the azure waters of Sarasota Bay.  Much of the land is prime waterfront territory and close to all the vibrant centers of town where you can find great restaurants, shopping, the arts, the hospital, and first-rate schools. Even the architecture is incredibly diverse – ranging from Florida bungalows to midcentury modern homes to Mediterranean-style estates.   (more…)

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