Siesta Key


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!

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.

Lifestyle communities offer affordable luxury amenities

25 Apr 2016 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Lakewood Ranch, Luxury Home, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate, Siesta Key

One of the most exciting aspects of today’s real estate world is how many choices we have. The options are endless for where and how you’d like to live your life.

Recently, lifestyle communities have exploded in popularity. These communities, also known as common interest communities, allow people to live and play in the same place. They offer social and recreational activities, along with common spaces where people can gather and enjoy meeting new people and exploring new interests.

Lifestyle communities offer the best of both worlds – the chance to expand your social circle and the opportunity to access luxury amenities like pools, spas and fitness facilities.

There are several lifestyle communities in the Sarasota area that homeowners are flocking to. Here are some of the best:

In Lakewood Ranch:

Esplanade at Lakewood Ranch – This active community offers 1,250 detached villas and single-family homes from the mid-$300s. A big plus? The community has their own golf course and full-time, on-site lifestyle director.


Del Webb at Lakewood Ranch – It would be hard not to be fit living here. The community has tennis, bocce and pickle ball courts, walking trails, a fitness center and a movement studio. And when you’d like a little down time, the clubhouse features activity and craft rooms, a Wi-Fi café and an outdoor bar.


Sarasota National – This Lennar-built community includes a three-building clubhouse with a dining room, bar and lounge, library, coffee room, meeting room, fitness center, golf club and two 18-hole golf courses. you’ll, also, find a resort pool with lap lanes, a poolside tiki bar, a dog park and much more.


In Sarasota:

Cobblestone on Palmer Ranch – Treat these 70 acres within Palmer Ranch as your own private resort. There are nine single-family home designs to choose from, and homes are nestled around several lakes and natural wetlands. The well-appointed clubhouse is just the tip of the amenities iceberg for residents, with a community park, a dog park and access to the Legacy Trail within walking distance.


Esplanade by Siesta Key – A top benefit of this community is its close proximity to Siesta Key. In less than five minutes, you could be sipping a sunset cocktail at a quaint restaurant in Siesta Village or taking stroll along the beach. When you’d prefer to stick closer to home, the community has a heated lagoon pool and spa to enjoy, as well as a full clubhouse and sporting courts.


In fact, I have a beautiful new listing in Esplanade by Siesta Key. This model-like home at 2525 Vaccaro Drive has three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a den. It offers lakefront views, wood floors, a gourmet kitchen, a screened lanai and an outside kitchen for $795,000. For more information click here.


Homeowners throughout Sarasota and around the country are choosing lifestyle communities because of the unparalleled amenities and active life they can provide. Maybe it’s time you considered how a lifestyle community might be a great fit for you, too.

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Five Luxury Sarasota Homes Fit for a Powerball Winner

26 Jan 2016 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Lido Key, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Uncategorized

The 5 Most Expensive Homes in Town

Before you bought your Powerball ticket, you made a list of what you’d do with your winnings. (Don’t be shy, we all thought about it.) And what’s at the top of that list? A stunning luxury home in Sarasota.


So now that you’ve hit the jackpot, you have a big decision on your hands. Which fabulous home should you buy? To help with your selection, here are some of the best features of the Top 5 Most Expensive Homes on the market in Sarasota right now.


6633 Gulf of Mexico Drive
The much talked about “Ohana” residence on Longboat Key is listed at $19.9 million, but really, that won’t even put a dent in your new-found fortune. You can boast to your friends that the home was designed by popular Sarasota architect Guy Peterson, known for his modern masterpieces. Sign on the dotted line, and you’ll get six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and 29,710 square feet, plus 2.57 acres on the Gulf of Mexico. Why travel to a Balinese luxury resort when you can have your own? You did win the lottery, after all.


7712 Sanderling Drive
You won’t be bothered by paparazzi trying to snap a photo of the world’s most famous new millionaire if you buy this home, tucked away in Siesta Key’s exclusive Sanderling Club. This uber sexy home is listed for $18 million and is situated on a very private lot stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to Heron Lagoon. With a roomy 23,362 square feet of living and outdoor spaces and a guest house, you’ll have plenty of space for family and entertaining. And what could possibly say, “I won the lottery,” more than an on-ground massage room and a private l abyrinth garden?


1160 N Casey Key Road
As a mega-lottery winner, you really should be living in a home with a name. Consider “Eventide,” a waterfront estate on the north end of Casey Key owned by suspense writer Stephen King.  The 22,853-square-foot home has five bedrooms and six full bathrooms. For $14.5 million, you’ll be able to take sunset strolls along a white, sandy beach and keep your yacht on a Blackburn Bay lagoon. And at night, you can tuck in your Lamborghini, McLaren and Tesla for a sweet sleep in your nine-vehicle garage.


7858 Sanderling Road
Another Sanderling Club masterpiece, this home gives the feel of a tranquil Asian retreat. The 9,383-square-foot residence listed at $10.9 million offers plenty of room with five bedrooms and four full bathrooms. You can wander the two-acre grounds and relax as you watch the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. When family and friends come to stay, they’ll enjoy the two-story guesthouse and the lush Japanese garden, and don’t be surprised if they remark about how cultured you’ve become since winning the lotto.


916 Indian Beach Drive
With this estate, the sky’s the limit. The nearly five-acre property offers 600 feet fronting Sarasota Bay and the opportunity to build a home that meets your exacting standards. Or, if you fancy being a more practical, bohemian millionaire, you can live in the 1935 house on the property indefinitely. But we all know you have sketches of your dream home tucked away in a shoebox under your bed, so feel free to use the existing home as staff quarters. During the construction hubbub, head down the street to the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and hop on a direct flight to New York, Chicago or Toronto. You might as well jet-set around the world until your mansion is complete.


Are you still having trouble choosing which estate is the best fit for your new lavish lifestyle? Well, here’s some food for thought: Why not buy them all?
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Stunning luxury on south Siesta

05 Nov 2015 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Siesta Key, Uncategorized

There’s just nothing001 like a Siesta sunset. So imagine 365 days of Siesta sunsets, enjoyed from the privacy of your rooftop terrace.

Make 9008 Midnight Pass Road your new home, and those sunsets could be more than a daydream. The stunning unit in The Sea Breeze on the south end of Siesta Key has just been listed for $1,950,000, and this open, spacious penthouse is sure to impress.

013The full-floor, 3,700-square-foot penthouse offers beautiful views of the water from every room. And if that wasn’t enough, you can enjoy Siesta tranquility from your sunrise terrace and Gulf-front unit-length balcony, too.

But it’s not just about the views. It’s also about the beautiful three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath interior and luxury amenities, from 10-foot ceilings 009and travertine floors to a two-car garage and waterfront pool.

With a convenient boat dock, you can take your boat out for a spin any time you’d like, and then dip your toes in the waterfront pool for a relaxing end to the day.

When you have family and friends in town, treat them to the best fine dining in Sarasota at Ophelia’s on the Bay, just down the street from your penthouse.

028They’ll enjoy views of Little Sarasota Bay and a restaurant that’s been showered with awards and high ratings from an “Extraordinary” rating in Zagat for 10 years in a row to Gourmet Magazine naming Ophelia’s an “Exceptional Restaurant of Florida.”

Being on the south end of the key, you’ll have the best of Siesta – less traffic and tourist congestion and more privacy and exclusivity. You can walk to laid-back Turtle Beach in just a minute and take a short 025bike ride into Siesta Village.

Plus, Siesta Beach, which has earned the No. 1 beach distinction several times, is just a short ride away, too, so your penthouse is in an ideal location to enjoy all Siesta Key has to offer.

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.