Fans of movie musicals—plus anyone of a certain age—will recall the images of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers swirling in choreographed perfection through nearly a dozen feature films. To heighten the image of their characters’ worldly sophistication, the most famous dance team in cinematic history was often filmed gliding across sets depicting glamorous penthouses soaring high above the canyons of Manhattan. Mesmerized viewers were left with no doubt that these “castles in the sky” represented life at the top—in more ways than one.
Cinematic tastes have changed considerably, but penthouses still connote the epitome of urban elegance and privacy, high style; and the unmistakable sense that their owners have “arrived.”
Penthouses live very spaciously, their “footprints” often equaling two or three combined residences on the floors below. Common to all are breathtaking vistas, oversized terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows to frame their amazing views, extraordinary privacy and amenities; and turnkey convenience to always allow for instant arrivals and departures. In other words, penthouses are designed and built to enhance every unique feature of their enviable top-floor locations.
For those with a mind to turn celluloid fantasy into waterfront reality, Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to present seven spectacular penthouse buying opportunities. These include the penthouse suites crowning La Bellasara and Grande Riviera—two recently constructed condominium communities that lie adjacent to one another on the tip of Sarasota’s legendary Golden Gate Point. In addition to city views that stretch from horizon to horizon, across Sarasota Bay and out to the Gulf of Mexico, these penthouses include the finest in family-friendly amenities. Also located on Golden Gate Point, the luxuriously-appointed penthouse at Vista Bay Point offers a private roof top terrace—with kitchen and bath—for extraordinary outdoor entertaining.
Just across the way, similar luxuries await the new owners of Penthouse Suite 1601 at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Residences. There, in addition to unobstructed bay and Gulf views, they will enjoy the world-class services of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, including 24-hour room service, concierge and housekeeping services.
For those who desire the finest in penthouse living directly on the Gulf of Mexico, two penthouses—Suites 1206 and 1208—are now available atop The Beach Residences at the Ritz-Carlton. Each offers a five-star waterfront lifestyle complete with an amenity level that includes a private theatre, pool, spa, massage room, two guest suites, a state-of-the-art fitness center; and social and billiards rooms.
Last but not least, the penthouse atop Alinari at Rosemary Place is now available. Completed in 2007 as one of Sarasota’s tallest residential towers, Alinari not only boasts a superior downtown location but is especially popular among buyers who want to be in the thick of Sarasota’s arts and cultural scene.
Although each of these penthouses is unique in its own right, all have one very important attribute in common—close proximity to downtown Sarasota, its beaches, airport and outstanding array of cultural and culinary choices.
To preview each of these castles in the sky visit michaelsaunders.com and enter the addresses below into the Property Search function. There you will find complete details, including a virtual tour, property photos and a rundown of features and amenities for each.
– 1300 Benjamin Franklin Dr #1206 (The Ritz-Carlton Beach Residences)
Each of these condominium communities were built in recent years—but are priced to sell to today’s value-conscious buyer. As such, future opportunities to buy newly-constructed penthouses at similar prices will be a very tall order.