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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!

Sarasota Boom Continues with Downtown and Siesta Key Developments

27 Aug 2016 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Condo or Townhome, Downtown, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate, Siesta Key

It’s no secret – this year has been gangbusters for growth in Sarasota.

A year ago, we wrote to you in this very blog about how much growth we were seeing in Sarasota, especially with downtown condos. Today, we’re still seeing an incredible level of construction and development all over town.

For you, this means an unprecedented number of choices and opportunities. Never before have you had this many options in terms of how you want to live in Sarasota, whether luxury condo living, elegant waterfront homes or authentically artsy neighborhoods are more your style.

If you’re one of those folks who can’t get enough of the Sarasota sunsets, Océane Siesta Key might be ideal. These condominium residences will offer the utmost in exclusivity. There are only six units and they each offer resort-style living on Sarasota’s most famous island. The contemporary Océane will be situated on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, in walking distance to Siesta Key Village and the beach. The residences start at $3.8 million.

Oceane Siesta Key

And if you like to get out on the water often, there’s no better place than the forthcoming Whitaker Bayou Yacht Club. This development will offer 156 multi-family condos in three four-story buildings. The major plus here (in addition to the great location just minutes from downtown Sarasota) are the 50 boat slips available to owners. While prices aren’t certain yet, most units will likely be around $400,000 and some larger units will be about $800,000.

Then there’s The Mark, which is smack dab in the heart of downtown Sarasota. It offers luxury condo residences from the $700s. This latest development from the prolific Kolter group (also responsible for the much-talked-about Vue Sarasota Bay) will feature shopping and dining on the ground floor, as well as executive offices.

The Mark

One of the most thrilling neighborhoods in Sarasota right now is the Rosemary District. It’s been experiencing its own boom time in recent months, and the newest addition is Risdon on 5th, designed by architecture firm Halflants and Pichette. The 28-unit project could offer a new, lower price point for the convenient-to-downtown area, with units possibly starting in the $300s. Those units will include 18 condos, four penthouses and six commercial spaces.

Risdon on 5th

This is an exciting time for Sarasota, whether you’re a long-time resident or are just moving to our sophisticated, tropical paradise. Remember – your options are endless for creating a customized, luxury life in Sarasota that you absolutely love.

Sarasota’s Downtown Condo Culture

28 Jul 2015 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Condo or Townhome, Downtown, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate

If you haven’t been to downtown Sarasota in the last couple of years, you may not recognize it anymore. Drive over the Ringling Bridge and you’ll see what I mean. The skyline is sparkling with the lights of stunning new buildings, including several luxury condominiums under construction.

Sarasota is far from a sleepy beach town, and downtown is fast becoming a mini metropolis that’s a destination for visitors and residents alike. Sarasota urbanites enjoy world-class dining, indulgent boutique shopping and a picturesque waterfront, all in walking distance from the top residences in the city.

Well underway now is VUE Sarasota Bay, a 141-residence building designed in the style of the Sarasota School of Architecture. The building is more than 80 percent sold out, but 26 residences still remain in a wide variety of floor plans, each with floor-to-ceiling glass, priced from $909,000 to $3.4 million. http://www.vuesarasotabay.com/

Vue Condo in Sarasota Florida

VUE Sarasota Bay

Another unique project under construction downtown is One88, a luxury condominium at Golden Gate Point. This boutique community has four remaining residences priced from $2.59 million, and each residence has a city and bay view. http://www.tandemconstruction.com/project/one88-golden-gate-point

One88 luxury condo in Sarasota Florida

One88 at Golden Gate Point

Aqua, a luxury condominium tower also on Golden Gate Point, was designed by popular Sarasota architect Guy Peterson. The eight-residence building offers city and bay views and residences are generously sized at 3,400+ square feet. http://sarasotabayrealestate.com/aqua/

Aqua luxury condo in Sarasota Florida

Aqua on Golden Gate Point

History will surround residents of the planned Orange Club condominiums and townhomes in downtown Sarasota’s Burns Square. Orange Club will include 15 condos and 9 townhomes starting from $515,000 that will offer the best of urban luxury living. http://vandyk.com/residential/orangeclub/location/

Orange Club Condo in Sarasota Florida

Orange Club in Sarasota’s Burns Square

One of the most sought after streets in Sarasota, Palm Avenue offers wonderful restaurants and boutiques, and soon it will include Echelon on Palm’s 17 luxury condominiums. Most units are over 4,000 square feet priced from $2.1 to $3.9 million. http://www.echelononpalm.com

Echelon Condo in Sarasota Florida

Echelon on Palm Avenue

Also on Palm Avenue, The Demarcay offers open floorplans from 1,100 to 3,100 square feet, starting in the $550s. The building will include 30 residences with natural light, easy access to downtown’s many amenities and views of the bay. http://www.demarcay33southpalm.com

Demarcay Condo in Sarasota Florida

Demarcay on Palm Avenue

Options for stylish downtown living in Sarasota are endless, and now is the time to secure your new urban lifestyle at the heart of the city. Let me help you find your perfect downtown home!

Sarasota…a water lovers paradise

04 Feb 2015 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Bird Key, Downtown, Lido Key, Longboat Key, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate, Siesta Key, St. Armand's Circle, Waterfront Homes, West of the Trail

When most people think about the waterfront in the Sarasota area, they think of our gorgeous white sandy beaches on our Barrier Islands.  This recent Michael Saunders Blog shares waterfront lifestyles on the beach, on the Bayfront, on canals, rivers, bayous and creeks.  I am thrilled that it names one of my listings at 2300 Wason Road with 300’ on the scenic Phillippi Creek as a great example of waterfront living.

10 Homes on 10 Different Waterways

For more information on waterfront living in the Sarasota area, please feel free to contact Marcia Salkin at 941-376-6121.

 

SARASOTA’S LUXURY HOMES SOLD IN 2014

08 Jan 2015 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Bird Key, Downtown, Lido Key, Longboat Key, Luxury Home, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate, Siesta Key, Single Family Home, Waterfront Homes

Siesta Key luxury single family home sales outpaced all other areas in the  Sarasota area.  In 2014, there were 34 single family homes sold with values over $3,000,000.  Fourteen of these properties are located on magnificent Siesta Key.  In addition,  the three highest priced sales in the area are located on Siesta Key.

The highest priced home sold in 2014 belongs to 7712 Sanderling Road.  A stunning, Modern Beachfront estate in The Sanderling Club with a sales price of $11,850,000.  Closely followed by Siesta Key’s  classic Gulf Front estate at  4300 Higel Avenue which sold for $10,975,000.   Guy Peterson’s uber contemporary beachfront estate in The Sanderling Club became the third highest price 2014 home sale.

2014 TOP SALE 7712 Sanderling Road

4300 Higel Avenue

8250 Sanderling Road

 

 

 

Sarasota’s  luxury home buyers want waterfront- rather it be on the Bay, the Gulf , Canal or Beach….waterfront remains the top choice.  My mantra has always been ” if you can, buy the best waterfront property in your price range”.

34 Total Sales in Sarasota over $3,000,000*

  • 14    –    Siesta Key
  •   6    –    Casey Key
  •   5    –    Sarasota Mainland
  •   3    –    Bird Key
  •   3    –    Longboat Key
  •   2   –     Lido Key
  •   1   –      Manasota Key

 

* average sale price of $4,825,283  (up substantially from 2013’s average sale of $4,138,182).

We are anticipating another stellar year in the upper end price range.  If you would like a complete report of our luxury sales, please contact me at marciasalkin@michaelsaunders.com or visit my web site at www.LuxuryRealEstateInSarasota.com.

Just as a note of introduction, I have been selling Sarasota’s finest real estate for over 30 years and would welcome the opportunity to assist you … whether you want to buy or sell a luxury property in Sarasota.

Wishing you a very happy, healthy 2015.

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Introducing One88 – Sarasota’s Newest Building On Golden Gate Point

09 Apr 2014 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Downtown, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate

One88 on Golden Gate Point will be a very exclusive building of only eight residences, each over 3000 sq. ft and featuring East and West balconies. The five story Contemporary architectural exterior combines stucco, tile and glass.

ONE88front day

Each residence focus on a open floor plan with a seamless integration from inside to the room-like balcony . All units included European style kitchen cabinetry and professional series appliances, spa-like master ensuite and a boat dock.

ONE88bath

Additional amenities at One88 include a social membership to the nearby Sarasota Yacht Club, Bayfront pool area with loungers, sun shades, a fire pit and roof top terrace.

ONE88balcony

Developed by the 30 year old Ontario, Canada Company VANDYK. Priced from $2,599,900 to Penthouses at $3,899,900 with a private roof top terrace.

For additional information on ONE88 and other new construction in the Sarasota Area, contact Marcia Salkin at www.LuxuryRealEstateInSarasota.com.

Anyone who has ever spent any time in Sarasota will know the corner of Ringling Blvd and US 41, the site for the VUE next door to the Westin.