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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!

The Best of St. Armands & My New Bird Key Listing

03 Mar 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Longboat Key, Luxury Home, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate, St. Armand's Circle, Waterfront Homes

Every Day is a Vacation on St. Armands

St. Armands Circle is one of those places in Sarasota that instantly makes you feel like you’re on vacation. It’s so easy to enjoy an afternoon on the circle – dining, shopping and even taking in one of the many festivals and shows hosted there throughout the year.

With my new listing on Bird Key (a waterfront neighborhood just down the street from St. Armands), I’ve been thinking a lot about my go-to spots on the circle, so I thought I would share them with you. Consider taking a little staycation in your own hometown and exploring these destinations the next time you have a free afternoon!

My dad’s favorite spot when he would come to visit was the Columbia Restaurant on the circle. This Spanish restaurant was founded in 1905 in Tampa’s Ybor City and is the oldest restaurant in Florida. In fact, their location on St. Armands is Sarasota’s oldest restaurant, so you know they must be doing it right. Don’t leave without trying their Black Bean Soup, 1905 Salad, Sangria and Flan.

Once you’ve been to Columbia, you just have to try Shore, too. This open-air, second-floor restaurant is packed for brunch, lunch and dinner. The fun mid-century retro vibe and creative menu will have you coming back again and again. And downstairs, don’t miss the chance to shop in their beachy casual Shore boutique.

If you have a sweet tooth, there’s no better spot on the circle for you to visit than Kilwins. Fudge, toffee, caramel, peanut brittle – it’s all available here, and you can even watch them make their chocolatey treats right in front of you. As one of the most popular destinations on St. Armands, you’ll often find a line of people running straight out the door. My mouth is watering just thinking about their fudge!

Looking for the perfect ensemble for a luncheon, gala or that all-important meeting? Find it at The Met. This luxury independent men and women’s fashion house is widely considered the nicest boutique in Sarasota and it’s right here on the circle. There’s even a day spa upstairs for when you get weary from shopping (and all the eating you’ve done at Columbia, Shore and Kilwins!).

St. Armands is also a mecca for interesting festivals and shows. There are several car shows throughout the year, like the classic Corvette show in May, the Ferrari show in November and Porsches in the Park show in December. But events on the circle aren’t just for car lovers. There’s also the Annual Craft Festival in June and the Annual St. Armands Art Festival in November. If exploring the waters of Sarasota is more your speed, there’s a boat show on the circle in October. But one of my favorite events is Taste of St. Armands. Every October you can sample award-winning recipes from the diverse restaurants on the circle, all while enjoying the idyllic weather.

And while you’re living that vacation lifestyle on the circle, why not pop by to take a look at my latest listing – one of the most exquisite homes in Sarasota. This Bayfront home at 467 Meadow Lark Drive is offered at $6,525,000. It was built in 2000 by Mike Collingwood and designed by sought-after luxury residential architect Clifford M. Scholz.

Once you experience all that St. Armands has to offer, you may be asking yourself, why not live close by? And why not live in this stunning Scholz masterpiece?

Property of the Century: Privacy & Sweeping Views on Sarasota Bay

18 Nov 2016 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Gulf front, Lots and Land, Uncategorized, Videos of Sarasota, Waterfront Homes, West of the Trail

Survey Says: Privacy is the Ultimate Luxury

The other day I was reading an interesting Business Insider article (“Privacy is becoming the ultimate luxury for wealthy homebuyers”) that talked about a recent survey of the world’s wealthiest people. The Luxury Portfolio International survey asked people this question: “If you were wealthy enough to afford whatever house you wanted, what would be first on your list?” And the most frequent answer to the question was privacy.

Privacy is so sought out by the wealthy that often people purchase the homes on either side of their house and across the street. A home with privacy is a retreat from the busy world outside and a refuge for friends and family members.

One of the Most Private Properties in Sarasota

I’m not exaggerating – my listing at 3250 Old Oak Drive is one of the most private properties in Sarasota.

This waterfront property near the North Siesta Key Bridge is almost three acres, a size practically unheard of these days. The large lot size, plus dense foliage of beautiful oaks and specimen plantings, means you won’t see your neighbors or people driving by to take a look. You’ll just see greenery and a sweeping view of Sarasota Bay.

Now is your chance to snap up this one-of-a-kind ultra-private property that’s been owned by one of Sarasota’s oldest families for over 60 years. Listed at $3.95 million, you really won’t find a more private property in such an ideal location that’s just minutes to downtown, Southside Village and our world-class beaches.

And this property is the perfect place to build your dream house. Don’t settle for a home that’s not quite to your liking – here you can create a custom luxury compound to your exact specifications.

You’ll be hard-pressed to top the privacy and beauty of 3250 Old Oak Drive. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Watch this virtual video tour of the property. It just might inspire you to make this special place your very own.

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New Sarasota Bayfront Listing on Market for First Time in 60 Years

22 Jul 2016 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Sarasota Luxury Real Estate, Videos of Sarasota, Waterfront Homes, Waterfront Land, West of the Trail

There’s a certain kind of property that doesn’t come around very often. This is it.

My new listing at 3250 Old Oak Drive is a stunning piece of waterfront property. It’s been owned by one of Sarasota’s oldest families for over 60 years. And now is your chance to make it your own.

One reason it’s a standout? It’s nearly 2.8 acres, and you just don’t see waterfront property that large in today’s market very often.

Listed at $4.5 million, the property offers sweeping views of Sarasota Bay. And the location couldn’t be better in the heart of Sarasota’s sought-after West of the Trail area.

It’s just minutes from downtown shopping and the arts, the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and Siesta Key. In fact, the North Siesta Key Bridge is just around the corner, giving homeowners and guests easy access to one of the top beaches in the United States.

Another major plus of this property is an amazing sense of privacy. Dense foliage, including specimen plantings and majestic oaks, plus the large size of the lot means you’ll enjoy 360 degrees of privacy, an asset that can be hard to find in Sarasota.

If you’re looking for the perfect property to build your dream house on, look no further. And when it’s complete, there’s also room for a guest house, a pool, a cabana, a tennis court and even a miniature golf course. (I might have gotten carried away with that one, but really, anything is possible on this vast property.)

You just have to see it to believe this property’s possibilities. So grab a chilled glass of sangria (it is summer, after all) and take a peek at the cinema tour. Watching this video is like walking through the property yourself, so you’re in for a treat. Once you’ve seen the tour, don’t delay. This property is going to go fast. But don’t worry – I’ve got my phone right here next to me, waiting for your call.

Harbor Acres at its Best

06 Oct 2015 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Luxury Home, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate, Waterfront Homes, West of the Trail

Harbor Acres Sarasota FLFor decades, Harbor Acres has been one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Sarasota.

It offers stunning views of the Bayfront, elegant waterfront and garden homes and convenience to the best areas in Sarasota. The neighborhood is just a short walk to the ever popular shops and restaurants in downtown Sarasota and Southside Village.

Professionals, retired executives and families make their home in Harbor Acres, seeking the classic charm of the quiet Sarasota community.

Harbor Acres Real Estate Sarasota FLIt can be hard to find the perfect home in Harbor Acres for one main reason – people don’t want to leave. Harbor Acres homeowners tend to live there for many years, so when a stunning Harbor Acres home goes on the market, you have to snap it up quickly.

That’s why I’m so excited about my new listing at 1204 Hillview Drive in Harbor Acres. It’s a timeless 7,600+-square-foot home , listed for $7,750,000, built in 2008 and designed by award-winning architect Clifford M. Scholz.

Harbor Acres Luxury Homes Sarasota FLScholz is known for his stunning coastal classic homes. In fact, a Scholz-designed home on Longboat Key was a finalist last year in the Wall Street Journal’s House of the Year awards.

The five-bedroom+ home at 1204 Hillview Drive has sweeping Bayfront views that span the tip of Harbor Acres. All the major rooms enjoy beautiful views plus the two 50’ terraces are perfect spots to enjoy a glass of wine while watching the nightly sunsets.

Harbor Acres Homes Sarasota FLAnd the home’s waterfront master wing gives a true sense of luxury, with his and hers baths, closets and a study. The perfect place to relax and prepare for the night’s gala.

The resort-like pool area is the ideal spot for entertaining and enjoying some weekend family fun. A refreshing swim in the pool can be followed by a bay cruise – the home includes a dock for quick and easy boating expeditions.

Harbor Acres Waterfron Homes Sarasota FLGiven all of the many attributes, it’s easy to see why homes in this neighborhood are so prized and why 1204 Hillview Drive might just be the ideal Harbor Acres 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.