Last Sunday, my friend, Melanie Wright, who owns The Wright Look, in downtown Sarasota and I went for lunch at the Monkey Room at the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort on Longboat Key. You probably see listings in the Sarasota MLS regarding condos at this Gulf of Mexico Resort for under $200,000. Don't get excited -- the units at the Colony are timeshares, not for investors but if you like to vacation at the same place every year, this could be your destination. Waterfront condos with full-Gulf views start in the best resort on Longboat Key at almost a million, so remember when you see the Colony, these units can only be used by their owners for a few weeks out of the year for around $200,000.
Melanie and I decided to skip the fabulous brunch that the Colony offers every Sunday and opted for the "almost famous grouper" sandwiches. Lunch was easy. Picking a refreshing "rum" drink was a problem. The Monkey Room, which is the outdoor beach restaurant at the Colony, has a bar for the rum lovers! Melanie counted over 18 varieties of rum. Seriously, if you are driving, one is the limit.
After lunch, Melanie and I drove by Sandy's open house on Golden Gate Point. To make an appointment to view this Sarasota Bay listing, call Sandy at 941-928-3435. This Golden Bay Penthouse has all the bells and whistles and the high-tech media room is definitely top-of-the-line! Views on Golden Gate Point are outstanding and some complexes provide boat docks, a rareity these days.
The Marina and Bayfront Park are steps away from this beautiful waterfront community, and a short drive past Bird Key to the beaches of Lido Key and Longboat Key. Of course, there's St. Armands Circle too.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Golden Gate Point is experiencing a major transformation. In the last five years, the skyline has changed considerably with huge high-rises priced up to $5 million towering across from the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, all with amenities offering luxury to their owners.
My real estate partner, Sandy Whitehead, has a listing at Golden Bay priced at $2,370,000 that is fabulous with 5000 plus sq.ft. of luxury including a high-tech media room. With spectacular views of Sarasota's new Ringling Bridge, Sarasota Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, city lights and gorgeous sunsets, this luxury condo is within a quick drive to Sarasota's cultural attractions, dining and shopping.
Sandy Whitehead is with RE/MAX Properties and is the co-listing agent.
Posted by Sarasota Real Estate Trends at 9:07 AM
Monday, November 14, 2005
After coffee at Starbuck's this morning, Snuffy and I went back to the Bayfront Park to get our first view of "Unconditional Surrender"! I clicked away at this awesome sculpture until Snuffy was barking loudly enough that early morning commuters were surely annoyed. If you can possibly visit the Park and stroll along the Bay, all the statutes are worth your time. The size, the detail, the energy of the artist -- this sailor just takes your breath away.
Snuffy's friends were all out with their owners this morning, and we said hello to two Scotties before wandering around the Park enjoying the fabulous vistas of new Sarasota condos glistening in the early morning sunrise. The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota and the majestic new condos at Golden Gate Point all provide drama to a changing skyline and a "new" exciting Sarasota. Passing the marina, I noticed the boat named, "Imagine Sarasota." Imagine Paradise -- that's Sarasota!
Ritz-Carlton Condos from $1.3 Million to $5 Million
Golden Gate Point Condos from $800s-$2.6 Million
Posted by Sarasota Real Estate Trends at 12:21 PM
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Third Invitational Exhibition of Monumental Works of Art
Interested in art? Sarasota's Bayfront Park is host to 27 contemporary sculptures. Today is opening day, and the Bayfront Park is busy with families picnicking on the grounds, plenty of four-legged friends for our Snuffy to enjoy and a huge tent bustling with activity for the brunch being served at 11 a.m. today, followed by a unveiling ceremony of Seward Johnson's "Unconditional Surrender," a huge painted replica of Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous 1945 photograph of a sailor passionately kissing a nurse on V-J Day in New York's Times Square. You've seen the picture forever if you are a baby boomer! We missed the unveiling so will have to return to the Park for our own view.
My son, Scott, Snuffy and I strolled around the Park for almost two hours this morning and didn't see all the sculptures. More on the blog with additional pictures and captions later just in case you don't get to Sarasota for the exhibit which runs from today through May 31.
Scott snapped this shot of Snuffy with his realtor checking out Sarasota waterfront real estate for sale!
Posted by Sarasota Real Estate Trends at 1:25 PM
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Median Homes Price Dips in September
After a breather in July and a whopping spike in September, according to the Sarasota Assocation of Realtors MLS statistics, Sarasota's median sales price dipped in September to $352,500 compared to $285,000 in September 2004. Single family homes sold in Sarasota rose to 523 in September of this year compared to last year's figure of 497 for September. Read more information related to prices in Sarasota regarding median prices and search for new Sarasota MLS listings in our area.
Posted by Sarasota Real Estate Trends at 9:15 AM
Friday, November 11, 2005
Pending final zoning approval Forest Lakes Country Club's new owners are on track for the proposed redevelopment of the clubhouse, additional condos and approximately eleven houses. The project was unaimously approved at a October Planning Commission meeting. The clubhouse and course are closed but the owners are continuing to maintain the course during the closure. The length of the closure depends on the rezoning of the project, if successful, and construction timeframes associated with the condos, the re-do of several holes, and the 11 new homes.
The Planning Commission in Sarasota only makes recommendations for approval/denial of a project; the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) makes the final decision. The BCC should hear the proposal by late November or early December. Following the rezone process, the owners will then need to seek Site and Development construction approval for the project before any major construction may begin. We'll keep you posed as this development would clearly enhance an already lovely family golf course community.
Posted by Sarasota Real Estate Trends at 7:08 AM
Sunday, November 06, 2005
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Posted by Sarasota Real Estate Trends at 9:11 AM