Marcia Salkin, Sarasota Realtor


The Height of Elegance in the Museum Area

17 Feb 2018 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Gulf front, Luxury Home, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate, Waterfront Homes, West of the Trail

Elegance in the Museum Area

There’s nothing that inspires feelings of old Sarasota glamour like the North Trail museum area. Turn off the Trail, and it feels like you’re stepping back in time, to an era when fabulous parties and gracious homes took center stage.

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about my latest listing. It’s a stunning compound, a property of a lifetime, at 3315 Bay Shore Road, right in the heart of the museum area.

Listed for $7,995,000 with a two bedroom guest house and poolside cabana, this grand 11,067 sq.ft. estate features balconies, patios or terraces off every room, handsome waterfront library, 1,000 bottle wine cellar, resort-like Bayfront pool and a lighted har-tru tennis court. What more could you ask for? It’s the perfect private retreat.

When you step outside the home onto the nearly 2.5-acres grounds, you’ll be struck by the views. The expansive property offers 240 feet along Sarasota Bay.

It might be hard to leave this home, but when you do, you’ll find you’re in the center of it all.

The area also plays host to The Ringling, a world-class museum. The grounds were once the home to John Ringling, one of the owners of the circus known as “The Greatest Show on Earth” and one of the wealthiest men in America during the 1920s. On The Ringling property, you can explore the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, the Ringling’s beautiful historic Ca’d’Zan home and the 66-acre grounds. There’s always something to do and see at The Ringling, like exciting traveling exhibits, waterfront concerts and special events.

Ringling College of Art and Design, considered one of the best art schools in the country, is also in the neighborhood. It has 13 majors, including illustration, virtual reality and graphic design. In fact, the college’s graphic design program was recently ranked No. 2 in the South and No. 1 in Florida. The college regularly hosts well-known artists and actors, most recently Woody Harrelson, to speak on campus. And new buildings – from libraries to soundstages – are constantly popping up on this booming campus that’s a true asset to the community.

The area is also home to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, so you can step onto a plane in no time and be off to a meeting or your next adventure. It’s minutes away from Dolphin Aviation, too, where you can jet off in style in a private plane.

If you’re staying in town, there’s much to explore in downtown Sarasota – live performances, shops, restaurants and more. It’s just a quick trip down the Trail to get to the center of it. Plus, if you’d like to shop and stroll on St. Armands Circle or catch the sunset at Lido Beach, you’re in a perfect location to do that, too.

The world really is your oyster. And wherever your heart desires, you can get there from here.




Here’s What to do in Sarasota in January and February

12 Jan 2018 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Sarasota Happenings, St. Armand's Circle

Places To Go, People to See, Things to Do

January and February are full of excitement. With season in full swing, the calendar is packed with interesting events to attend. Here’s a look at what I think are the best bets in Sarasota for the weeks ahead:

A great foodie opportunity coming up is the Taste of St. Armands. The event showcases restaurants on the Circle that serve seafood, Italian, Cuban, Floribian and more. This year, over 19 restaurants are included in the festival plus wineries and microbreweries. So head to the circle on January 20 for a day of food and fun!

There’s so much to do at Forks & Corks, a Sarasota food and wine festival that brings together winemakers and restaurants. A group of more than 50 restaurants owned locally – the Sarasota-Manatee Originals – headline this multi-day event from January 26 to 28. Go to a seminar to improve your wine education or one of the many events at restaurants that include wine paired with chef creations.

Sarasota’s circus heritage runs deep. Support an organization that puts on spectacular circus performances and helps preserve the circus arts by attending The Circus Arts Conservatory’s Winter Wonderland. This gala on January 27 will have you enjoying the evening under the big top!

February is also a time to delve back into Sarasota’s award-winning theater scene. First on the list – lose yourself in an opera at the Sarasota Opera. Its performance of Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini runs from February 10 to March 23 and involves jewels, parties and stunning vocals.

I’ve been waiting for the Andy Warhol exhibit to open at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and it’s almost here! Warhol: Flowers in the Factory starts February 11 and runs through June 30. It explores Warhol’s work with flowers and uses his creations as inspiration for living art with bromeliads, ferns, orchids and other flowers. The exhibit also includes four silkscreens and two prints of Warhol’s featuring flowers.

A unique luncheon twist comes in the form of SPARCCle on the Runway: Fashion Police, a benefit for the nonprofit Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center. On February 15, watch a fashion show at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota featuring clothing from the SPARCC Treasure Chest while listening to witty banter in the form of the always-opinionated television show “Fashion Police.”

January and February are going to be busy months. I can’t wait to see you at some of these special Sarasota events!

So Much Sarasota December Entertainment

01 Dec 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Sarasota Happenings

Enjoy the Entertainment of the Season in Sarasota

The holidays are a great time to take in a performance with friends and family. Sarasota is never at a loss for interesting shows to see, and we’ve got some great ones coming up in December. Here are my top picks – hope to see you in the audience!

The Van Wezel is knocking it out of the park this month with some big star power. On Dec. 3, Grammy winner Leann Rimes makes her debut at the theater. Her “Today is Christmas Tour” is sure to put you in a festive mood!

Fans of the quartet 98° get to enjoy its premiere at Van Wezel this year, too. On Dec. 11, hear Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre put on their “98° at Christmas” tour.

There’s nothing like the Nutcracker during the holidays. The Sarasota Ballet will put on its uniquely Sarasota twist on the classic with “John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker” at Van Wezel on Dec. 15 and 16.

Rounding out a spectacular December at Van Wezel is “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” on Dec. 21. This national tour combines the circus, a Broadway musical and a family show into one holiday-themed performance with 20 acts and 300 costumes.

There’s lots of buzz around town about Asolo Repertory Theatre’s “Evita,” which is running in December. The musical about Eva Perón includes a score inspired by Latin, pop and jazz music and hits such as “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.”

For other takes on the Nutcracker, there are a couple more options in town. The School of Russian Ballet will present the Nutcracker at the Sarasota Opera on Dec. 10, and The Diane Partington Studio of Classical Ballet will present its version at the opera on Dec. 17. With lots of Nutcrackers to choose from, you won’t want to miss incorporating the classic into your holiday traditions!

Florida Studio Theatre has some exciting shows playing during December as well. “Mack the Knife: The Bobby Darin Songbook” is part of the theater’s winter cabaret collection, as is “Blue Suede Shoes,” with rock n’ roll hits from the 1950s. FST is also presenting the musical “Once,” a show about a Dublin street musician and the young woman he meets, sure to be a powerful performance.

The popular Ringling by the Bay event on the campus of The Ringling museum is back with Big Night Out, a Latin funk and Motown dance band that’s performing on Dec. 18. Sit near the water, enjoy the sounds of the band and you might even be inspired to get up and dance!

There’s so much to do in Sarasota this December – you may run out of days to do it all! See you out there, enjoying all of the entertainment of the season!

It’s Stone Crab Season

03 Nov 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Sarasota Happenings

Take Advantage of Stone Crab Season

I can taste it just thinking about it – delicious, buttery stone crab! The stone crab season started October 15 and runs until May 15. Have you had any yet? If you haven’t, it’s time to get on it!

Whether you like them hot or cold, with butter or mustard sauce, here are the best places in the area to get stone crabs:

With all of these options, you have no excuse. Get out there and eat some stone crab! It’s the perfect way to enjoy Sarasota and the season!



Fall Fun on St. Armands Circle

04 Oct 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Sarasota Happenings, St. Armand's Circle

There’s So Much to do This Fall on the Circle!

Fall is a busy time in Sarasota, with something going on every night throughout the city. Some of the most exciting events coming up are right on St. Armands Circle. Read on to learn about my favorites. See you on the circle!

Sun Coast Jaguar Club Concours d’ EleganceLions and tigers and jaguars, oh my! This automobile show puts the spotlight on the elegant Jaguar automobile. A host of Jaguars will be on display at the event, from early vehicles to new models. Come to St. Armands on Oct. 14 to see Jaguar after Jaguar, right in front of your eyes.

St. Armands Boat ShowLove the boating life? Check out all the newest, most exciting boats at this thrilling boat show. On Oct. 21 and 22, boat dealer Cannons Marina will bring its boats to the center of the circle. You’ll be able to see new Grady-White Boats, Yamaha motors and so much more.

Fright Night on St. ArmandsBoo! From 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, the circle turns spooky. From ghostly decorated store fronts to statues dressed in Halloween garb, everything turns upside-down for this holiday celebration. The highlight of the night? The Sarasota High School drama department’s performance of Michael Jackson’s smash hit “Thriller” at 8 p.m. for all to see. It’s an annual tradition you just can’t miss!

Ferraris on the CircleIf Ferraris are more your speed, head to the circle on Nov. 4 to see over 75 Ferraris compete for the best of show award. Join droves of people who come to take a closer look at these classic Italian sports cars.

It’s all happening on St. Armands Circle!

Southgate Mall: What’s New and What’s On the Way

16 Sep 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Sarasota Happenings, Siesta Key
It’s been so exciting to watch the renovation and construction at Westfield Siesta Key . The mall (which, if you’ve been here a while like me, you may still call Southgate Mall) is undergoing quite a transformation into a lifestyle and entertainment center.
If you haven’t been lately, you’ll definitely have to find a rainy day and enjoy everything the mall has to offer. Here’s the scoop on what’s new and what’s soon to open at Southgate Mall:

Since it started screenings, there’s been a buzz around town about CinéBistro . Have you been? What did you see? What did you eat? What did you drink? I keep hearing conversations just like that. The food is delicious, and what a treat it is to kick back and relax in the plush theater seats and enjoy a fun flick.  

Southgate Mall’s prime location makes it a great spot for a gym. Now we’re lucky to have an LA Fitness at the mall with personal training and several fitness classes. You can work out and then meet friends for dinner, without having to drive anywhere!

Speaking of dinner, there are some enticing new options at the mall in that department. Metro Diner made its entry into Sarasota with its new location at Southgate Mall. The casual diner-style restaurant serves comfort-food favorites like chicken pot pie, meatloaf and grilled cheese.

Bravo Coastal Bar and Kitchen is the latest culinary addition to the mall scene. It just opened at the end of August and already it has built up a lot of interest. The new restaurant is part of the Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, which runs Brio Tuscan Grille. You may have been to one of the group’s restaurants at Sarasota’s other much-talked-about mall – University Town Center. At Southgate Mall, Bravo Coastal Bar and Kitchen is serving brunch, lunch, dinner, wine and cocktails. Give it a try and tell me how you like it!

There’s more in the works for the mall’s restaurant selection, too. Construction just started on Naples Flatbread and Wine Bar , which the company says will open soon. I’m looking forward to sampling from the restaurant’s extensive menu, which includes salads, soups, pastas and, of course, flatbread!

It won’t be long now –  Lucky’s Market  will open this fall at Southgate Mall. The sought-after grocery store focuses on organic products, local items, bulk food and more. It’s a real boon for the mall, and I say we’re lucky to have it.