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Best of TheSaundersBlog 2014


2014 was an impressive year for theSaundersBlog. We shared up-to-the-minute news in real estate, unbelievable homes for sale, and what it’s really like to live in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and Lee Counties. From things-to-do for Halloween to a fun boating expedition of our barrier islands, there were numerous blog posts that resonated most with our readers.

Here are the ten most popular stories of 2014:

1. SaundersSights

The Gulf Coast is nothing if not picturesque, so we are asking everyone to share your photos via social media.  Learn more here (and stay tuned for an upcoming contest announcement!).

2. 17 Reasons Why There’s Nothing Better than a Sarasota Summer

From sunsets to Savor Sarasota, this collection of fun facts and photos illustrates the best of the summer season. (more…)

10 Most Popular Homes for Sale of 2014 accumulated over two million visits in 2014. With all that website traffic, we thought it would be interesting to discover which Manatee, Charlotte, and Sarasota homes for sale received the most attention.

In comparing this year’s top ten with 2013’s list of most popular properties, there were certainly similarities but also some surprising differences. In 2014, a Sarasota condominium squeezed into the number ten spot. All ten properties are waterfront while all but two are located on a barrier island with Casey Key accruing the most attention. Three of these luxury listings sold in 2014. One property even caused quite an stir with this ballet-inspired property video that went viral.


Here are the top ten listings in reverse order:

10. VUE Sarasota Bay: 1 North Tamiami Trail #0405

3 Bedrooms | 3 Bath | Downtown Sarasota
New construction of sleek and chic condominiums overlooking the most magnificent slice of Sarasota Bay, currently 59 out of 141 units (42%) have been pre-sold.





8 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Florida-Style

ss_230370172We 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.

Festivities, firetrucks, and Feliz Navidad from Useppa Island.



Bay Point Ballet: The Making of a Real Estate Video Unlike Any Other

IMG_3255-cBayPointBalletHow 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.


10 Dreamy Beachfront Homes

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:

Little Bokeelia Island

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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…)

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