Archive for the ‘Sarasota Waterfront’ Category

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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…)

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

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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…)

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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.

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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…)

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10 Most Popular Homes for Sale of 2013

In 2013 there were over 2 million visits to michaelsaunders.com.  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

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“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…)

Featured Property: The Most Talked About New Listing in Florida

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or perhaps dealing with this northeastern winter storm), chances are you have already heard about ‘Ohana, Michael Saunders & Company’s magnificent new listing that went on the market just last month.

Word of this breathtaking beachfront estate has already spread through all the local news organizations (check out articles from the Bradenton Herald, Sarasota Herald Tribune, or Longboat Key News). And ‘Ohana is starting to be featured world-wide with the help of our international luxury affiliations: Christies International Real Estate, Luxury Portfolio International, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, and Mayfair International Realty.   (more…)

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…)

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