When you think of the all the magnificent settings on the Gulf Coast, it follows that the Gulf of Mexico is our region’s central landmark…or should I say watermark? Be that as it may, from Bays to Canals, Rivers, and Bayous, many distinctive waterways sculpt our shores.
Here, we’ve compiled ten different homes on ten different bodies of water to illustrate the variety of waterfront living our coast offers.
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.
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:
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).