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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.

Let’s Review: 2017 Has Been a Whirlwind!

12 Aug 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Bird Key, Lakewood Ranch, Lido Key, Location, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, West of the Trail

What a Busy Year It’s Been (And It’s Only August!)

The first part of the year has gone by in a flash. I’ve been thrilled to represent so many beautiful properties in Sarasota. I’m particularly proud of my largest sale to date – 467 Meadow Lark Drive on Bird Key. It was only on the market for 10 days before it sold for $6.35 million. Over a 20-year relationship with these sellers.

In addition, I’ve been involved with many other sales this year including properties on Longboat Key, Lido Beach, Lakewood Ranch, Palmer Ranch, Tidewater Preserve, West of the Trail and Siesta Key.

To give you a sense of what I’ve been working on now, here’s a sample of my recent listings:

  • 4266 Higel Avenue, listed for $4,500,000 a Gulf-front estate lot on Siesta Key
  • Beau Ciel # 601, listed for $1,675,000 in downtown Sarasota – Sale Pending
  • Tangerine Bay #434, listed for $1,175,000 on Longboat Key
  • 7372 Melaleuca Way, listed for $999,000 in Sanderling on Siesta Key
  • 3250 Old Oak Drive, listed for $899,000 West of the Trail, Sarasota
  • 3712 Eagle Hammock Drive, listed for $665,000 in the Hammocks – SalePending
  • 4972 Creekside Trail, listed for $329,000 in Palm Aire
  • 4631 56th Drive East, listed for $239,000 in Bradenton – Sale Pending

As an experienced real estate agent I know not only how to price your home correctly but get you that price!

Listings are certainly valuable pieces of information when evaluating a real estate agent, but another crucial factor is what people who have worked with an agent say about the experience. In that spirit, I invite you to read the thoughtful words of some of my past clients:

Marcia Salkin is an agent extraordinaire! She not only supervised every aspect of successfully selling my home on siesta key while I lived 2,600 miles away. 

– Jocelyn W.

If you are thinking or buying or selling in Sarasota, you cannot be in better hands than with Marcia Salkin.

– Mickey and Brooke C.

What do you want in your realtor? Knowledge, experience, enthusiasm and responsiveness with a positive get-it-done attitude. You want Marcia Salkin.

– Judyth Jernudd

For over 30 years, I’ve worked as a real estate agent in the area, helping buyers and sellers realize their real estate dreams. It’s been a privilege to serve my clients all these years, and midway through 2017, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year will bring.

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!

Siesta Key: Marcia’s Local Expert Tips

27 Apr 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Luxury Home, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate, Siesta Key, Waterfront Homes

Can Every Day Be a Beach Day?

People around the world seek out Siesta Key for its incredible sugar white sand beaches. Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman, known as Dr. Beach for his annual ranking of the best U.S. beaches, even ranked Siesta Beach No. 1 in the entire country in 2001. And he just ranked it No. 2 in 2016. Plus Siesta Beach recently took the top U.S. spot on TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice beach awards.

The recent $21.5 million Siesta Beach improvements have made this top beach even better. There are new concession stands with amazing food, restrooms, picnic areas, a playground and best of all, 980 parking spots!

You’ve heard the saying before – “We live where you vacation” – and it’s perhaps the truest for Siesta Key residents. So take the tips in this newsletter and live like a local. I’ve also included some of my new Siesta Key listings below. Why not become a local yourself?

What To Do When You’re Not On The Beach

On April 29 and 30, get your art on at the 39th Annual Siesta Fiesta. You’ll have a ball at this fine art and handmade crafts festival by the beach showcasing 200 artists and craftsmen from around the country. From sculpture and photography to paintings and ceramics, it’s all here.

Mark your calendars now for one of the most unique events in Sarasota – the Siesta Key Crystal Classic – November 10 to 14. There’s nothing like this international sand sculpting festival. You will be blown away by what people are able to create with nothing but sand.

What To Eat When You’re Not On The Beach

If you go in search of some good seafood on the key, look no further than Big Water Fish Market. Another ranking favorite like Siesta Beach, Big Water’s grouper sandwich was voted best sandwich on the island by TripAdvisor in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Plus it was named best grouper sandwich in the whole state of Florida in 2016! (That’s hard to beat.) If you want to dine in or pick up fish to take home, head to Big Water.

You already love Morton’s Gourmet Market on the mainland in Southside Village, so get ready to love Morton’s Siesta Market, too. You’ll find staple grocery items, take-out meals, fresh produce, meats and seafood. Plus, when you’re ready to kick back and enjoy the sunset over the water, they have a great wine and beer selection.

Cevichela is Latin street food at its best. This Siesta Village destination has delicious food bowls, tacos and grab-and-go ceviche. The buzz around town is that you’ve just got to try Chef Darwin Santa Maria’s new restaurant.

Where To Live When You’re Not On The Beach

Oceane is one of the most anticipated developments on Siesta Key. Six exclusive condominiums will make up the enclave, which is within walking distance of Siesta Key Village. Considering a move to the key? Put Oceane on your list. Units start at $3.8 million.

I’m also excited about my latest Siesta Key sales. One is at 9008 Midnight Pass Road, No. 5. This beautiful unit in The Sea Breeze building sold for $1.7 million. I also recently sold a property at 9150 Blind Pass Road, No. 404, in the Fisherman’s Haven building for $437,000.

Right now, I have another listing for sale in The Sea Breeze building for $1.625 million. This three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom unit is 3,700 square feet and you just have to see it.

I’ll leave you with a fun fact: In 2013, I sold one of my listings on Siesta Key for $10 million – the highest sale price ever on the island!

As you can tell, Siesta Key is not only the best place in Sarasota for a beach day, but I might go as far as saying it’s the best place in Sarasota for a beach life. So put on your flip flops and start living the beach life today!

Loving Longboat: Top spots to enjoy on the key

31 Mar 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Longboat Key

Loving Longboat

I’ve loved Longboat Key ever since The Colony sales department brought me here in 1979. It was love at first sight, and I’ve been thrilled to help people call Longboat home for over three decades. That’s why I’m sharing some of my most-loved spots on the key in this newsletter. You may have experienced some of them before. If not, I hope you do soon!

It’s no surprise Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub is at the top of my list. This waterfront restaurant is everyone’s favorite. Dine outside on scrumptious seafood and enjoy the tranquil water views and old Florida ambiance – the building is one of the oldest structures on the key, built in 1912.

Another Longboat destination with a stunning setting is Euphemia Haye. The restaurant’s historic, wooden cottage is nestled in lush tropical foliage. It’s considered one of the best and most romantic restaurants in the area, so you’ll definitely want to make reservations here for the special occasions in your life. They’re also known for their dessert bar, my favorite kind of bar for sure!

Tourists and residents alike recognize Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium as one of Sarasota’s true gems. The marine research hub and world-class attraction is a great place to bring visiting friends and family, especially if there are kids in the mix. They’ll love seeing manatees, sharks, stingrays and more up close and learning about how they live in the wild.

This summer, a new resort will open on the key. The contemporary Zota Beach Resort will be beachfront luxury at its finest, sugar white sand included. Before you fall in love with a new home sweet home on Longboat Key, why not stay at the island’s most exciting new resort?

No need to travel off the island, you’ll find a beautiful assortment of products imported straight from France at Décor de France. You may have stopped in the shop when it was on St. Armands Circle for 13 years before it moved to Longboat about two years ago. Here you’ll find gorgeous French tablecloths, placemats and napkins and a selection of French pottery. Whether you’re looking for the perfect new item for your home or searching for the ideal hostess gift, chances are you’ll find both right here.

If you’re visiting from out of town, The Resort at Longboat Key Club is a wonderful place to stay. And if you live here year round or part of the year, you’ll love the Longboat Key Club’s many amenities, from golf and tennis to the marina and restaurants.

By now you’re probably thinking, “I’ve just got to find myself a place to live Longboat so I can enjoy the island on a daily basis!” Well, let me tell you about my new, stunning listing on the key. It’s a 3,400-square-foot, three bedroom, three bathroom home in the exclusive community of En Provence. It’s offered at $3,600,000 and boasts picturesque Gulf front views. Are you ready to enjoy the sunset from your new Longboat retreat?