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Sarasota School of Architecture…today!

21 Jan 2015 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Lido Key, Luxury Home, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate, Single Family Home

Wikipedia describes The Sarasota School of Architecture as follows:

The Sarasota School of Architecture, sometimes called Sarasota Modern, is a regional style of post-war architecture that emerged on Florida’s Central West Coast. Many of the architects who pioneered this style became world renowned later in their careers, and several significant buildings remain in Sarasota, Florida today.

Sarasota School of Architecture is characterized by its attention to climate and terrain. Large sunshades, innovative ventilation systems, oversized sliding glass doors, floating staircases, and walls of jalousie windows dominate many of these buildings, mostly built between 1941 and 1966.1310 Westway Drive

In Sarasota today, we are still lucky enough that our homeowners took the pride to  preserve many of these iconic homes and structures.  This week, one of the most famous examples has come to the market.  The original office of Phil Hiss at 1310 Westway Drive on Lido Shores for $1,590,000.  I was there yesterday and it really is an incredible space- made up the front studio in its glory and the attached residential space with  most  of the original  tile work, Ocala block walls, flooring and cabinetry remain intact,  courtyard atrium and of course, this floating staircase.1310 Westway Drive Stairway

For more information of contemporary or modern-designed homes in the area, feel free to contact me at  There are many disciples of the movement in the area and loads of interesting architecturally desirable homes on the market today.





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 or visit my web site at

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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The Sanderling Club…Siesta Key’s Waterfront Gem

14 Oct 2014 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Gulf front, Luxury Home, Siesta Key, Single Family Home, Waterfront Homes



The only guard-gated single family home community on Siesta Key. A tropical oasis comprised mostly  of gulf front , bay front and Lagoon front residences concealed from the roads by mature trees and lush landscaping.

Atlanta-born Elbridge S. Boyd was one of Siesta Key’s earliest developers.  Before embarking on Sanderling, he had  previous successes with the  Turtle Beach Cabana Club, Hidden Harbor, Cocoanut Bayou and Cedar Park Circle (Still some of our most beautiful Siesta Key neighborhoods).  He began developing  Siesta Properties (Sanderling) in 1946 for those wanting to avoid the rigors of northern winter winters.

Most of the original beach cottages were used for  a three month getaway and  have been razed to make way for the Gulf front mansions standing today. Most of the properties have at least 100′ of water frontage housing a variety of architectural styles from Contemporary to Asian to Old Florida.  The natural beauty of  The Sanderling Club is the perfect backdrop for

Stacy Hanan and I have just listed a 8,000 sq. ft. gulf front home at 7902 Sanderling Road for $7,195,000 with 156′ stretching across the beach and extending to the boat docks on Heron Lagoon, it’s an ideal haven for entertaining and relaxing.

As in many of our exclusive neighborhoods, there is not much inventory.   Prices range from $1,700,000 for a lagoon front residence to $10,900,000 for a wonderful Asian Inspired Gulf front  paradise.  Earlier this year, a 7600 sq. ft. Guy Peterson contemporary on the beach at 8250 Sanderling Road sold for $8,850,000.

The Sanderling Club offers a gulf front Paul Rudolf designed clubhouse, beach cabanas, playground, boat docks and 3 tennis courts.  A lovely lifestyle on Siesta Key!

For more information on The Sanderling Club or any other luxury neighborhoods, please contact me at 941-376-6121, or


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 or at 941-376-6121.



5158 Sandy Beach Avenue

08 Nov 2013 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Luxury Home, Siesta Key, Single Family Home, Waterfront Homes

“WOW” is the usually the first word uttered as you are welcomed into this wide, open ONE LEVEL residence.  With a seamless integration of indoor and outdoor living, this easy to live-in home winds around the large pool area giving you water and nature views from nearly every room.  A tranquil setting for this majestic, yet comfortable, home that’s ideal for entertaining, family gatherings and a beach lover’s paradise.  Adorned with Italian Marble floors, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, separate office, a waterfront master bedroom suite with outfitted master closet, his and her sinks, walk-in glass shower and glamorous jetted tub area, fabulous kitchen with stainless, granite & an aquarium-glassed dinette overlooking pool, boat slip and an unrivaled outdoor living room and pool area.  The private, waterfront fourth bedroom suite is well-suited to be an additional office, exercise room artist studio or child’s playroom.  Conveniently located just minutes to the World famous Siesta Key beaches, the shops and restaurants in the Siesta Key Village and Downtown Sarasota.

7792 Holiday Drive N

15 Jul 2013 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Single Family Home, West of the Trail

Relax and enjoy the view!  Serene bay waters beckon you to pull up your lounge chair and soak up nature at its best!  Find your perfect spot poolside  on the oversized deck or dockside for the fishing/boating enthusiasts.  On over a half an acre West of the Trail, this gated property is at the end of a cul-de-sac with sunset exposures.  With a very open floor plan, all major rooms view the waterfront.  Two of the bedrooms face the waterfront and open to private patios.  Conviently located near the South Bridge to Siesta Key, shopping and restaurants.

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