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Summer is Sarasota’s Most Fun Season!

29 Jun 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Downtown, Sarasota Happenings, Siesta Key

You Can’t Beat Summer in Sarasota

There’s a certain laid-back atmosphere that starts in Sarasota as soon as summer hits. We’re right in the thick of it, and there’s no better season to experience all the fun this special place has to offer. So what are you waiting for? Read my top picks for summer fun, and then get out there! (Don’t forget the sunscreen!)

Dance, Hum, Relax to the Beat

You’re probably more familiar with Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall as an entertainment venue for big touring acts and Sarasota Orchestra performances. But during the summer, the grounds outside Van Wezel transform into an exciting outdoor concert site. The Friday Fest at Van Wezel free summer concert series brings a host of local bands to the lawn with thousands of people showing up to enjoy food and drink vendors and the music. Bring your lawn chair, sit back and listen!

Fireworks – In the Air and On the Water

The Fourth of July in Sarasota is unique. Sure, we have some of the best firework shows around to mark our nation’s Independence Day, but we also have thrilling powerboat races. The Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival is in its 33rd year this time around and you won’t want to miss it. People come from around the state to take part in race festivities that start on June 24 and continue through July 4. The actual race dates are July 1 and 2, so you’ll want to mark those days down on your calendar. See you out there!

Splish Splash

One of Sarasota’s treasures, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, is hosting Splashin’ Saturdays this summer. It’s a chance for kids to experience the new Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden with water slides, games and more. Bring your favorite kid to Selby for a morning of fun, Saturdays through July 15. You’ll enjoy the calming breeze of the banyan trees, too!

Run Like the Wind

What better way to take advantage of living near the No. 1 beach in the world than to participate in Summer Beach Runs at Siesta Key Public Beach? On Tuesday nights from now until August 8, adult runs and kids’ one-mile fun runs will be hosted right there on the crystal sand. On your mark, get set, go!

The Show Must Go On

If all this outdoor activity is making you perspire, it might be a good idea to take things inside for a performance at Asolo Repertory Theater or Florida Studio Theatre. Asolo is hosting the inaugural season of Dog Days Theatre this summer. The company will perform the British play “Relatively Speaking” from July 11 to 30 and the stage adaptation of “Double Indemnity” from August 8 to 27. FST is hosting The Jersey Tenors until July 16 and the Improv Festival from July 13 to 15, which is sure to be a great laugh. Just because it isn’t peak season in Sarasota doesn’t mean you can’t catch an excellent performance!

I hope you relish in the season of summer in Sarasota. There’s truly no other time like it, so make every day count!

The Two Top Selling Homes in Sarasota….traditional or contemporary. Which do you prefer?

19 Aug 2014 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Gulf front, Luxury Home, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate, Siesta Key, Single Family Home, Waterfront Homes, Waterfront Land

Sarasota ….known for its white sandy beaches, great year-round weather and as Florida’s cultural center.  Sarasota is, also, a ideal backdrop for great residential architecture.  We are still a city fortunate to be home to  original  1920’s Mediterranean gems,  neighborhoods filled with 50’s mid-century modern ranches  and even,  our very own Sarasota  School of Architecture treasures.

So far in 2014, two very distinct and  different architecture styles garnered the highest sales prices in the area.  Both on Siesta Key.  Both beachfront on 1.5+ acres.  Both with over 7,500 sq. ft. of living space.   And, both with manicured grounds and resort-like pool areas.

Sanderling Siesta Key

8250 Sanderling Road on  Siesta Key

8250 Sanderling Road, a stunning contemporary by Guy Peterson Office of Architecture, was originally listed in March 2011 for $14,500,000.  With clean lines, floor- to- ceiling walls of glass and three levels of beachfront terraces, this award-winning  home sold for  $8,850,000.

2300 Higel Avenue on Siesta Key

4300 Higel Avenue on Siesta Key

4300 Higel Avenue, a Beach Manor complete with center hall, symmetry and timeless finishes by  Clifford M.  Scholz Architects, listed in November 2011 and sold within 93% of list price at a record-breaking sales price of $10,250,000.

Two great properties, both listed and sold by Michael Saunders agents and designed by local architecture firms, are fine examples of Sarasota’s diverse styles earning the two top spots for the highest sales so far in Sarasota County 2014.

For more information on Sarasota Real Estate, please contact Marcia Salkin at www.LuxuryRealEstateIn Sarasota.com or at 941-376-6121.

 

 

The Vue and The Sarasota School of Architecture

13 May 2014 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Sarasota Happenings, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate

Last week, two of my passions melded: architecture and real estate.

The Sarasota Architecture Foundation members were invited to “Meet the Architects” of the new Vue Sarasota Bay and Westin Hotel. Dan Wolfe, partner, and Igor Reyes, lead project architect, of Coral Gables Architect firm: Nichols Brosch Worst Wolfe & Associates gave us all the insight.

Vue (1)

While Dan Wolfe introduced us to his firm and their accomplishments, Igor Reyes gave us “his heart”. To be asked to build a statement hotel and residential tower in a city with their own school of architecture was, at first, rather daunting to Igor. He reviewed and studied our very own designs and was determined to pay tribute to the Sarasota School.

The contemporary design of the Vue with its floor- to- ceiling windows, free flowing rooms and expansive terraces that create a seamless integration of interior and exterior living and will fill the units with natural light while showcasing the panoramic views of Sarasota Bay. It’s a stunning building and promises to be an vibrant place to live.

I loved it when Igor talked about the site location on the northwest corner of US 41 and Gulfstream Blvd. “All roads in Sarasota eventually lead to this site”…it’s the entry to Downtown Sarasota, as well as to the iconic Ringling Bridge leading to St. Armand’s Circle and Lido, Bird and Longboat Keys.

The Vue will be a 18 story building with 140 residential units ranging from 1,645 to 3,415 sq. ft. Each unit will have 2 car parking and private elevator foyers. Priced from $800,000 to $3.4million.

Each residence will have access to the amenities of the 250 room Westin Hotel next door including fully staffed spa, cafe, restaurant and the rooftop lounge overlooking downtown Sarasota and the Bay.

To learn more about Vue, please click here to view the website, or contact me for a personal tour.

Marcia Salkin (941) 376-6121, marciasalkin@michaelsaunders.com, www.LuxuryRealEstateInSarasota.com.

I.M. Pei in Sarasota?!

06 Jan 2014 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture

Blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, Sarasota is also lucky to be home to diverse architecture like the wonderful John Ringling era 1920’s Mediterranean masterpieces, hundreds of mid-century modern ranch homes and the twenty-five+ year span (1940-1966)when” The Sarasota School of Architecture” soared.

JFK Presidential Library

During my 30 years as a Sarasota real estate agent, I have toured and/or sold many of the great homes and buildings designed by these local Sarasota School architects. Architect greats such as Paul Rudolph, Victor Lundy and Jack West were tremendous influences “in designing the structure to bring in nature” by using floor -to -ceiling windows and overhangs to provide shade.

Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar

In the mid-1960’s, internationally acclaimed, MIT/Harvard- educated archititect I.M.Pei was summoned to the area to enhance the New College campus. Although one of his most modest endeavors, Pei did respect the” Sarasota School “movement and designed one and two-story buildings around a Royal Palm filled courtyard.

New College Dorm

Although, in need of some TLC, these buildings are still used today at New College as their freshman dorms and a recreational center . On Saturday, January 4th, along with other members of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, I was fortunate to tour the campus with esteemed architect, Carl Abbott , as he recalled his days in I.M. Pei’s Sarasota Office.

Pryramid at The Louvre-1989

Why am I so impressed that I.M Pei has works in Sarasota. Well, he may be the most highly respected architect of our time designing such great buildings as The Louvre Pyramid in Paris, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the JFK Library in Boston and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar and the New College freshman dorms in Sarasota.

Sarasota-a mecca of culture, beaches and education

22 Sep 2012 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Sarasota Happenings

Sarasota waterfront propertyRich in performance and visual arts, we have always thought of  Sarasota as the Cultural Capital of Florida.  And, with our miles and miles of coastline lined with the finest white sand…our beaches are incomparable.  You may be surprised that Sarasota is now being spotlighted for its higher schools of education.  Read about USF’s New College and the Ringling School of Art in a recent article by Michael Saunders.