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CONTENTS Florida Homes & Lifestyles Magazine Volume 4 Issue 5 | Pre-Season 2012

H Florida


features 8




Publisher’s Note Cover Feature

Little Bokeelia Island


Gift Guide


Florida Design


What Can Your Money Buy Today?



Casey Key

by Deborah Beacham

Pelican Bay

by Frank Petras


A Room with a View

34 48


departments 38

Point of View


Residential Market Report

by Jules Gibson


Luxury Property Specialist Directory


Property Listings


Architectural History

By Gail Shane

St Armand’s Circle by Barry Stein | 7


The perfect blend of casual “Old Florida” and cosmopolitan chic, the Sun Coast offers a unique perspective on coastal living. The Sun Coast is comprised of the city of Tampa, various barrier islands, and 35-miles of white-sand beaches encompassed by the Gulf of Mexico and the bay. Downtown Tampa is a culturally vibrant metropolitan city center with the award-winning beaches of St. Petersburg and Clearwater just across the bridge. From action packed sporting events, to a relaxing stroll on the beach, there’s a perfect experience awaiting you on Florida’s Sun Coast.



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The Cultural Coast is home to an abundance of outdoor recreation, cultural amenities, award-winning beaches, and outstanding cuisine. The region includes Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice, accompanied by barrier islands, and surrounding communities. The barrier keys offer 35-miles of stunning beaches, including Siesta Key, rated America’s number one beach in 2011. Sarasota is also home to a world-class ballet company, as well as numerous playhouses and symphonies. A “silk and sandles” type of lifestyle, the Cultural Coast offers a unique and decidedly artistic take on coastal living.


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Tropical luxury is what comes to mind when thinking of the Paradise Coast. Located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Everglades, Naples, Marco Island and surrounding communities boast miles of unspoiled beaches, upscale neighborhoods, over 130 highly acclaimed golf courses, culinary delights, and numerous cultural events. Neighboring communities include Fort Myers, known as “The City of Palms” and Fort Myers’ beaches, Sanibel Island, and Captiva Island. Whether you prefer golfing and fine dining or nature hikes and swamp buggy excursions...this quintessential Florida community welcomes you.

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the Publisher


‘Tis the season to dust off the holiday ornaments, hang the garland and fire up the oven for the traditional feasts. Here in Southwest Florida, it is also the season to prepare for the onslaught of visitors and part-time residents heading our way for the infamous “Season.” Like birds, which they are so aptly named after, our “Snow Birds” head south for the winter as well. The winter tourist season in Florida is a tradition dating back to the late 1800’s, when only the most wealthy and famous people could afford to escape the oppressive, cold winters with a holiday in Florida. After a vacation in 1883, Henry S. Flagler made a crucial decision to invest in the Sunshine State. He built fine hotels, including the famous Breakers hotel in St Augustine and railroads to carry his Northern guests. By 1890, the railways were completed and travel to Florida was made easy for people as far away as New York. Today visitors from all walks of life travel from across the globe to holiday in the Sunshine State. Wintering in Florida is now an attainable goal for many people. And, the real estate price correction, as I call it, has made it even more affordable to shovel sand instead of snow. For those looking to find a piece of paradise of their own this winter, we have some real

treasures to show you. Little Bokeelia Island, off the coast of Ft. Myers, is a treasure Ponce de Leon himself enjoyed. This ideally located private island offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to possess your own personal island utopia. We also showcase two wonderful communities in this issue, Pelican Bay and Casey Key. Located in Naples, Pelican Bay is much more than just a neighborhood; it is a world unto itself. As one of the first master-planned communities in Florida, Pelican Bay allows you to live the life of luxury and never leave its borders. Everything you could ever need is available within its 2,100 acres, even a Saks Fifth Avenue. Casey Key is literally an island unto itself, located 30 minutes south of downtown Sarasota. An interesting mix of opulence and Old Florida charm, Casey Key is an enchanting little community. Grand mansions stand alongside humble beach cottages, all enjoying abundant natural beauty and a relaxed, laid-back lifestyle. For your entertainment this Holiday season, we have chosen the best events, festivals and concerts coming to Southwest Florida. And for anyone looking for gift suggestions, I have selected a few of my personal favorites to consider in our Gift Guide. From all of us at Florida Homes & Lifestyle magazine, we offer you the very best holiday wishes and a joyous New Year!

Jules Gibson Publisher / Editor


Volume 4 Issue 5 | Pre-Season 2012 Gulf Coast Edition

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Little Bokeelia Island


private island utopia off the coast of Southwest Florida, Little Bokeelia Island is a 100 acre tropical paradise.

Prized for its location, Little Bokeelia Island is just moments away from a variety of islands rich with Old Florida charm and only a short boat ride or helicopter trip from the mainland. The island is secluded, yet conveniently located for major shopping and dining options in nearby Ft. Myers and is equal distance from Sarasota and Naples. The island’s main architectural feature is the original home, a luxurious Spanish-style villa built in the 1920s for Charles Burgess, the well-known inventor of the dry cell battery (Duracell). Masterfully restored to provide all of today’s modern conveniences, the well-appointed

rooms capture magnificent views and sea breezes. The estate is designed to accommodate guests comfortably, with a self-contained three-bedroom guest wing, separated by an open breezeway, and accessed by a private entrance. A short stroll from the main house is your own Old Florida village – a magical enclave of cottages, a museum, waterfall and pool, all surrounding a lushly landscaped terrace. A tropical coquina-shelled road encircles the island, leading to a tennis court and connecting to a nature trail, which meanders through the island’s protected, flourishing oak hammock. | 13


The natural beauty of Little Bokeelia Island has been appreciated through the years by an elite and very fortunate number of guests and residents. The Calusa Indians and Ponce De Leon were among the first early visitors to discover the natural beauty of Little Bokeelia Island, located in picturesque Pine Island Sound, where several estuaries converge to create exceptional boating and fishing. The incomparable future potential for development of Little Bokeelia Island has been anticipated by its present owners. The island offers approximately 3 ½ miles of shoreline and 29 waterfront lots which have been granted a development order in perpetuity. To facilitate the property’s promise, the owners have set in place all of the necessary utilities. The island is fully serviced with mainland electricity, a reverse osmosis water plant and multiple back-up generators.


The experienced, long-term caretakers, who have diligently and lovingly maintained the island for more than two decades, are masters of their trade. Their constant care and attention is evident in the lush tropical landscaping, neatly manicured grounds and casual, laid back feeling this island embodies. The next chapter of the island’s vibrant history could be yours. This tropical oasis awaits your personal inspiration. Offer at $29,500,000 Klaus Lang, 941.320.1223 Jennifer Calenda, 941.916.0798 Michael Saunders & Company

A Majestic Island Estate | 15

Gifts for Him

FOR THE TECHIE ORA: The ultimate sound system for his Ipad

FOR THE EXECUTIVE London Leather Briefcase by Burberry

FOR THE GOLFER Adidas Adicross II Golf Shoes FOR THE CHEF iGrill Bluetooth Grill Thermometer


FOR THE CLASSIC LADY Gucci knit scarf


FOR THE GLAMOUR GIRL Jimmy Choo Glitter Pump

FOR THE SOPHISTICATE Alice Handbag by Chloe

Gifts for Her | 17


FLORIDA By Jules Gibson


The French word for “seashell”, Coquillage, is also the name of a unique accessory and home furniture boutique with a coastal casual vibe in Downtown Sarasota. “European coastal chic is what I call it,” says owner Melanie Ann Denicourt. The distinctive style of Coquillage is a blend of Old World elegance and the casual beach lifestyle. Bleached woods, weathered antique finishes and muted tones of greys, taupes, blues and greens create an almost ethereal, serene atmosphere. While the Coquillage style has a casual feel, it is more refined than the popular shabby chic look. The furniture pieces appear to be treasured antiques rather than flea market finds. Surprisingly, their furniture is


not old but, actually, new reproductions. Many of Denicourt’s suppliers use finishing techniques passed down for generations, which accounts for the authentic, aged patinas. This Fall, Coquillage will introduce a new store on Palm Avenue, also in Downtown Sarasota, where they will have more space to showcase fine linens, tabletops and furniture. Also, coming soon, they will introduce a new website,, to extend their unique style and love of the coastal lifestyle online. For unique home accents and interior design services, visit the talented team at Coquillage. Coquillage is located at 1515 Main Street, Sarasota.




Dali Museum

IN THE NEWS Newland Communities: Betting that the recession is nearing its end and that people will start buying homes again, Newland Communities is breaking ground on Waterset, an Apollo Beach-area development with 3,800 homes slated. The 2,350-acre master-planned community, on the drawing board since 2004, was put on hold in 2007 when the housing market tumbled. Call Centers: Tampa’s call centers created thousands of jobs last year. Humana alone added 700 positions in 2011, and OneTouch Direct says it will add 700 over the next two years. Other major call center employers include Progressive Insurance, Time Warner, TruGreen and Matrix Medical Network. Healthcare: USF’s newly opened Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation will draw as many as 60,000 medical professionals a year to downtown Tampa. The $38-million facility, with 90,000 square feet, has high-tech simulators where doctors can practice surgical techniques without actually touching a patient. Meanwhile, Moffitt Cancer Center is looking to build a clinical and research facility on its Tampa campus. The hospital says the project has the potential to create 927 full-time jobs, including doctors, researchers and other health professionals.




The Sun Coast is geographically defined by the Tampa Bay area and numerous barrier Islands. Rich resources, cultural offerings and award-winning beaches make it a top destination for visitors, as well as those looking to relocate to the Sunshine State. Aside from the gorgeous beaches and endless waterways, the area boasts a vibrant business climate, several professional sports venues and marvelous entertainment attractions. With the largest performing arts center in the Southeast, the largest science museum in the South, and the number one children’s zoo in the country, the Sun Coast offers world-class attractions for all ages.

Housing in the Tampa Bay area is as diverse as the city itself with a wide variety of residential communities ranging from the charming historic neighborhoods and chic high rise condominiums of South Tampa to pristine golf course communities in Palm Harbor, beach bungalows in St Pete Beach and grand waterfront estates on Davis Islands. While luxury properties are plentiful in Tampa, overall the average housing prices are among the most affordable in South Florida. The Real Estate Market Report on page 20 offers insights and statistical analysis of the current housing market in the Tampa Bay area.

Regardless how you define entertainment, the Tampa area delivers endless adventures. From the manicured greens of over 300 golf courses to endless boating and fishing on miles of shimmering waterways, the natural courses here are sure to intrigue the outdoor adventurer. The exhilarating attractions at Busch Gardens appeal to the young, as well as the young-at-heart, while the sports enthusiast will certainly find someone to cheer for with professional baseball, football and hockey teams in town. | 25



MOSI Florida Aquarium Wild Dolphin Cruise


Museum of Science & Industry

4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa (813) 987-6000 MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States.

The Florida Aquarium

701 Channelside Dr, Tampa (813) 273-4000 One of the top familyfriendly aquariums in the country.

Lowry Park Zoo

1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa (813) 935-8552 Ranked the # 1 zoo in the U.S. by Parents magazine.

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

25 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach Cruise away into the fantasy world of “The Pirate’s Ransom.”

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

10165 N McKinley Dr, Tampa (813) 987-5000 World-class thrill rides and one of North America’s largest zoos.

Bok Tower Gardens

1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales One of America’s finest gardens and nature preserves.


Shop Beneath the towering oak trees of one of Tampa’s oldest and most glamorous neighborhoods is Hyde Park Village, an eclectic collection of specialty shops, from designer boutiques to unique local stores full of treasures. Strolling the brick-lined streets of the former “Cigar Capital of the World” Ybor City, vintage clothing stores, art galleries, coffee houses, cafes, bistros and nightclubs can be found here. In addition to antique furniture, gargoyle statues and handcrafted Spanish tiles, hand-rolled cigars can still be purchased in the old brick buildings

of this National Historic Landmark District. The Latin Quarter’s latest development, Centro Ybor, offers shopping, dining and entertainment with stores like Urban Outfitters and restaurants such as Samurai Blue. Those in search of upscale retail establishments such as Saks Fifth Avenue will enjoy WestShore Plaza and the International Plaza, world-class retail shopping destinations. In addition to Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, approximately half of International Plaza’s 200 specialty shops are new to the area, including Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, J. Crew and Cole Hahn.



Exceptional dining experiences UNIQUE to Southwest Florida.

Jackson’s Bistro

The Hot Spots

Bern’s Steak House

1208 S. Howard Ave, Tampa (813)251.2421 Steakhouse

Cafe Ponte

13505 Icot Blvd, Clearwater (727)538.5768 New Continental

Carmel Cafe

14306 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa (813)265.1415 Mediterranean

Mise En Place

442 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa (813)254.5373 New American

Parkshore Grill

300 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg (727)896.3463 Contemporary American

Pane Rustica

3225 S. MacDill Ave, Tampa Contemporary

Pearl in the Grove

31936 St Joe Rd, Dade City New Southern For more restaurant reviews visit

Hyde Park Cafe

1806 W Platt St, Tampa The Place to Be and Be Seen

Dunedin Brewery

937 Douglas Ave, Dunedin Ultimate Brew Pub

The Dallas Bull

3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa Mega Country Bar

Jackson’s Bistro

601 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa Big Party Big Fun

The Undertow

3850 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach Ultimate Beach Bar

A Taste For Wine

241 Central Ave, St Petersburg Romantic Wine Bar | 27


Arts Calendar Nov 26 - Jan 5

Tampa’s Downton on Ice Curtis Hixon Park

Nov 26 - Jan 1 Anita Baker

Holiday Lights in the Garden Florida Botanical Gardens

Nov 28 - Dec 16


HOT tickets Dec 11

Aerosmith Tampa Bay Times Forum

Dec 15

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tampa Bay Times Forum

Dec 21-22

Fiddler on the Roof Francis Wilson Playhouse

Dec 1 - 2

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Mahaffey Theatre

Dec 1

Paul Reiser The Club at Treasure Island

Dec 2

Alan Jackson 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre

The Nutcracker Ruth Eckerd Hall

Dec 3 - 4

Jan 5

Ruth Eckerd Hall

B.B. King Ruth Eckerd Hall

Jan 10

Rick Springfield Seminole Hard Rock Tampa


Eddie Vedder

Dec 4

So You Think You Can Dance? The Straz Center

Dec 7

Boley Centers’ Annual Jingle Bell Run The Pier, St. Petersburg

Dec 8

Catch Me If You Can Ruth Eckerd Hall

Dec 8 - 30

Wild Wonderland Lowry Park Zoo

Dec 11

Sister Act The Straz Center

Dec 20

Rockapella Tampa Theatre

Dec 31

Salute to Vienna: A New Year’s Concert Ruth Eckerd Hall

Jan 1

Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium

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IN THE NEWS Sun Hydraulics is planning a $16-million expansion that will include 60,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 16,000 square feet of additional office space. The company designs and makes high-performance hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds. Jesse Biter, a software entrepreneur, has big plans for downtown Sarasota. The 35-year-old millionaire purchased 11,000 square feet of retail space along Palm Avenue and is recruiting high-end tenants that will stay open late and, he hopes, create a bustling nightlife. He also purchased the old Century Bank building in downtown Sarasota from the FDIC and is rehabbing it to serve as an incubator for technology startups known as TheHub. Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus and produces other shows such as Disney on Ice and Disney Live!, is spending $20 million on a new facility in Ellenton, where it plans to consolidate its headquarters and house all operations related to the design and production of its tours. The expansion will preserve 148 local jobs and create 235 new ones.




The Cultural Coast is known for cultural amenities rivaling many much larger cities. Sarasota’s charming downtown combined with the distinctive personalities of the Keys, make this area a culturally diverse microcosm. Here you’ll find the best of live performances, unique retail shops, art galleries, year-round festivals, and outdoor recreation. Referred to as a “silk and sandals type of lifestyle,” the Cultural Coast combines a coastal casualness with cultural depth, making it a haven to artists and attracting visitors from around the globe.

Charming historic neighborhoods and architecturally acclaimed mid-century modern peacefully coexist with downtown Sarasota’s high rise waterfront luxury. Step back in time in the quaint community of Anna Maria, or live grand in a waterfront estate on the shores of Casey Key. For the golfers, numerous award-winning golf course communities provide endless outdoor recreation. A variety of price points from Sarasota to Venice, Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton make it possible to find a piece of paradise, regardless of your budget.

Endless cultural opportunities await on the Cultural Coast. Explore the Ringling Museum of Art’s impressive art collection or relive the history of the Greatest Show on Earth at the Ringling Museum of the Circus. Take in a play at one of the many area theaters or an opera at the 58 year-old Sarasota Opera House. Outdoors, explore the vast display of botanical brilliance at Marie Selby Gardens, enjoy marine life at Mote Marine Aquarium, or cruise the open waterway on one of the numerous sightseeing and sunset tours. | 31


Burn’s Court

St Armand’s Circle Asolo Theatre

Mote Aquarium

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

1600 Ken Thompson Pky, Sarasota (941)388.4441 Private marine research labratory and public aquarium.

811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota (941)366.5731 Cascades of color sprawl across approximately 10 acres of land.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Captain Ron’s Ocean Explorer

3701 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota (941)355.5305 Sarasotajunglegardens. com One of the oldest continuously operating attractions in Florida.

Circus Sarasota

1500 Stringfield Ave, Sarasota (941)355.9805 Professional circus performances and circus school.

2714 Datura St, Sarasota (941)376.2714 Offshore fishing charters, snorkeling, and sightseeing trips.

People At Play

6029 33rd Street East, Bradenton (941)756.0886 www. A construction playground unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.


Shop The Cultural Coast offers a unique shopping environment driven by independent businesses, each fulfilling a niche, but also fulfills the passions of the owners. Walk into a shop on luxurious St. Armands Circle or the charming tree lined streets of Downtown Sarasota and you’ll find hand-picked, one-of-a-kind treasures, and get the personal service only shop owners provide. Downtown Venice’s quaint and casual shopping district is another shopping experience not to be missed. Sarasota is also home to a giant outlet mall,

Ellenton Premium Outlets featuring acres of discounted goods. Famous brands such as Coach,

J.Crew, Michael Kors and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th are only a few of the 130 stores with discounted goods that enhance your wardrobe or spruce up your home. The Cultural Coast also has several traditional indoor malls, including the giant Westfield Sarasota Square Mall – convenient to Venice and Osprey, and Gulf Gate Mall near the southern bridge to Siesta Key. Even the most discriminating fashionista can find a retail home at Westfield Southgate Mall. Located near Siesta Key and Downtown Sarasota, luxury goods and high fashion can be found in stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and Dillards.

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Bijou Cafe


Exceptional dining experiences UNIQUE to Southwest Florida.

Bijou Cafe

1287 1st Street, Sarasota (941)966.8111 Continental American


Owen’s Fish Camp

516 Burns Lane, Sarasota (941)951.6936 Southern

Maison Blanche

1216 1st Street, Sarasota (941)952.1036 Tapas

2605 Gulf of Mexico Dr, (941)383.8088 Modern French


Perfect Caper

514 Central Ave, Sarasota (941)366.6565 Casual New American

121 East Marion Ave, Punta Gorda (941)505.9009 New American

Libby’s Cafe & Bar


1917 S. Osprey, Sarasota (941)487.7300 Contemporary

481 N. Orange Ave, Sarasota (941)706.1677 Contemporary For more restaurant information visit

The Hot Spots Cà d’Zan Lounge

1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota Elegant Lounge, Music & Dancing

Marina Jacks

2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota Spectacular Setting Dining & Bar

Five O’Clock Club

1930 Hillview St, Sarasota Ultimate Neighborhood Bar

McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre 3333 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota Comedy Club


1 North Lemon Avenue, Sarasota Outdoor Restaurant & Live Music

Sharky’s on the Pier

1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice www. Casual Waterfront Dining | 33


tropical oasis

PHOTOGRAPHY © Detlev Von Kessel

A private


Casey Key


rossing the one-lane swing bridge onto Casey Key, the distinctive character of this lush tropical island envelops you. A sense of past, present and future are woven together as you travel the island’s winding sole two-lane road. This diminutive key is truly “one-of- a- kind” among Florida’s barrier islands. With no traffic lights and less than 400 single family homes, residents feel as if they live on their own private island. The absence of expanding commercialism and high-rise condominiums greatly contributes to the island’s charm. In fact, over forty years ago the state of Florida, with “overwhelming support from the Casey Key property owners,” enacted the Casey Key Conservation Act, which designated most of the island to be a wildlife and marine sanctuary and prevents expansion of commercial business within the district. Wherever you go, this historic eight-mile sliver of land, at some points only a little more than 100 yards wide, provides endless glimpses of the surrounding waters. The island is anchored on the south end by “North Jetty Park” with a historic bait shop, dispensing bait, beer and “fish tales” for over 60 years, and extraordinary

jetties thrusting themselves over 600 feet into the clear sparkling Gulf waters. Since the 1930’s, these horizontal monoliths have protected the Venice Inlet and created great fishing, surfing and deep safe passage for offshore boaters returning to private and public moorings along Little Sarasota Bay, Dona Bay and Roberts Bay. My husband and I found our way to Casey Key, 18 years ago. Eager to leave the hustle and bustle of downtown Washington, D.C., we were ready for a new adventure and searching for our perfect beach getaway, when we discovered Casey Key. As soon as I crossed the one-lane swing bridge onto the island and I saw the bougainvillea in full bloom, and no traffic to speak of, I said immediately, “stop the car . . . this is it . . . we’re not leaving until we find our house.”

Contributing Writer Deborah Beacham | 35

Above: Beach view from the home offered for sale at 846 N. Casey Key Road

CASEY KEY Nearby Attractions Venice Beach

Collecting prehistoric sharks teeth is a favorite pastime for visitors and residents on the sands of the “Shark Tooth Capital” of the world.

The Oaks Club

A private golf and country club with two championship golf courses and 12 Har-Tru tennis courts. Associate Memberships available for golf, social, or tennis.

The immediate sense of peace and tranquility that Casey Key embodied as my first impression, has withstood the test of time. Casey Key remains the special place we stumbled upon 18 years ago. You can walk your dog on the beach, and there are no deed restrictions for the majority of the island. We feel as if we live on our very own private island. It just doesn’t get any better than having the Gulf of Mexico as your front yard and Little Sarasota Bay as your back yard.

Casey Key Fish House Casual waterfront restaurant and Tiki bar. Come by land or by sea, open 7 days a week.

Spanish Point Find a capsule of “Old Florida” at Osprey’s historic Spanish Point, a 30 acre museum and environmental complex, the original winter home of Bertha Honoré Palmer.

Casey Key Fish House

Pineview School

We also have easy access to dining and shopping in Venice, which is 10 minutes away, and the cultural mecca of Sarasota is a mere 15 miles north of the island. Access to I-75 is also just minutes from the island’s south bridge.

Award-winning public school for the gifted. Ranked in the top 10 high schools in the country.

Over the years this tranquil island’s waterfront property, privacy and safety have attracted families, retired

Warm Mineral Springs

Named as America’s most beneficial mineral spring. A spa with the purest water always 87 degrees.


CEOs, entrepreneurs and celebrities, many of whom have built magnificent estates and luxurious homes discretely nestled in the seclusion of the natural tropical flora. Some of the more famous Casey Key homeowners have included Martina Navratilova, and best-selling author Stephen King, whose 2008 novel, “Duma Key,” has Casey Key as its setting. Smaller, older homes are still found, amicably co-existing among the multimillion dollar neighbor estates. Local area families continue to be drawn to Casey Key, as well as families from distant locations, such as the United Kingdom and Canada. Since 2010, fiftysix properties have changed ownership. The Treasure Island Bridge connects the mainland with the northern section of the key. Built in 1923, the bridge is one of the few “one-lane rotating swing bridges” still in use today. Residents love the historic old bridge, which occasionally slows traffic, but serves as a sentinel, reminding all that pass … life on the island is a special retreat. When I come home from a hectic day and cross the swing bridge, I feel a sense of peace and tranquility that cannot be explained. Not everyone who considers Casey Key “gets it”…those who do tend to stay forever.

Contributing Writer Deborah Beacham, CRS, GRI, TRC

P.A., Realtor, Luxury Waterfront Specialist Michael Saunders & Company

Direct 941.376.2688 www.

Casey Key Properties I Have Sold in 2012

612 S. Casey Key – Oasis by the Sea Listed at $6,495,000 – Represented Seller

2718 Casey Key – Casa Salamanca Listed at $5,295,000 – Represented Seller

1608 Casey Key – Casa Mia Listed at $1,991,000 – Rep. Buyer & Seller

1304 Casey Key – Casa Del Mar Listed at $5,295,000 – Represented Seller

504 Casey Key – Cape Cod Contemporary Listed at $1,595,000 – Represented Seller

Casey Key Properties I Have Actively Listed For Sale

2016 Casey Key – Casa Al Mare - $9,400,000 230 Ft. Gulf to Bay Classical Italian Estate

1416 Casey Key – Villa Toscana – $4,800,000 150 Ft. Gulf to Bay Tuscan Estate

846 N. Casey Key – Paradise Point – $3,999,999 100 Ft. Gulf to Bay Estate

If you are thinking about selling your home, call Deborah Beacham for a complimentary market analysis of your property. Trust the Casey Key expert who will guide you through the process to list and get your property sold. If you are new to our area, call Deborah Beacham, a full-time resident since 1994, whose enthusiasm and passion for the island will become yours as well.


Read my Customer Testimonials at


Best In Customer Service FIVE STAR AWARD


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Born in Italy and raised in New York, Barbara Mei represented some of New York City’s most prestigious homes and estates for more than 20 years, including managing the Corcoran Group’s Townhouse Division. She also independently managed more than 100,000 square feet of commercial and residential space. From 1984 -1987, as a construction manager, she oversaw the demolition and rebuilding of an architecturally innovative mixed use commercial building located at 830 Eighth Ave in New York City. In 2005, she moved to Sarasota to enjoy the cultural richness, award-winning beaches and enviable lifestyle on Florida’s Gulf Coast. As an experienced Broker-Associate with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Barbara focuses on the luxury condominium market in Sarasota. She can be contacted by email at barbara.mei@ or phone 941.893.7417.


What brought you to Sarasota?

My full intention was to retire in Sarasota. Being from New York, I am most at home in downtown Sarasota. It appeals to my urban sensibilities, while the climate appeals to my Mediterranean roots. The bayfront, dining, shopping and stellar cultural attractions blend to offer a superior urban experience, every day.


What do you enjoy most about the Sarasota lifestyle? My greatest joy is waking up each morning to sunshine streaming in my windows and my 12th floor view of the sailboats on the bay. I

absolutely love the downtown Sarasota vibe, whether strolling down to the Farmers Market or enjoying one of the many cafés. I get great pleasure from my membership in the Ringling College Library Town Hall Lecture Series that offers exposure to the great minds of our time. If you’re looking to volunteer your time to a worthwhile cause, the vast number of Sarasota organizations offering this opportunity are amazing.


What are some of your favorite Downtown destinations? My absolute favorite place is the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. I also enjoy Towles Court or Burns Court for


lunch meetings, and shopping at Whole Foods Market. The choices of downtown Sarasota restaurants and cafés just can’t be matched for cuisine, as well as atmosphere and convenience. My favorite beach destination is Lido Beach. It’s a beautiful little bike ride from Downtown over the John Ringling Causeway, through St. Armands Circle and down to Lido Beach.


As a realtor, do you have a specific focus on the market? As a New York City gal, my real estate focus is geared toward carefree luxury condo living. Nothing quite compares to the options, amenities and countless recreational options of Sarasota.


Sarasota’s Farmers Market opens every Saturday morning.

With the demand of retiring baby boomers looking for a lock-and-leave lifestyle, I’ve truly found my niche. Sarasota has seen a tremendous reduction in condominium inventory over the past few months, giving evidence to the demand for condo living. I am expecting an increase in the number of U.S. residents moving to Florida in search of a primary residence versus a second-home purchase. Beyond the marvelous weather and enviable way-of-life, Florida offers the additional incentive of a favorable tax climate. Considering the wealth of our Snow Birds, the future tax benefit of owning Florida real estate, as a primary residence, could be tremendous. For anyone contemplating a condominium purchase, there are some important considerations when choosing a location. Interested buyers should investigate the financial well-being of the condominium association. The housing debacle of the past few years has taken a toll on a few condominium associations in Florida. Homebuyers who have previously lived in single-family homes do not always consider a condominium’s financial stability and reserve fund status. As a condominium owner, you can be held liable for any shortfall or crisis the association as a whole might endure. So, it very important to assess the financial stability of the community association before making a purchase.


That is one of the reasons why I am here to help my buyers see any potential roadblocks and assure a smooth transition to their new life in paradise. Contributing Writer Gail Shane is the Realtor Liaison for Neal Communities and John Neal Homes Gail hosts a weekly radio show, Gail Shane & Friends every Saturday at 10am on WSRQ 106.9 FM and 1220 AM. Shows are archived at

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IN THE NEWS Mike Reagen, president and CEO of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, and other key members of the community announced the formation of a group called The Partnership for Collier’s Future Economy. The group will assist businesses with growth by holding roundtable sessions for entrepreneurs and operating a FastTrac Growth Venture business development program for local CEOs of companies with 4 to 10 employees and sales of less than $1 million. Arthrex, one of Collier county’s largest employers, is in the beginning stages of a $47-million expansion. The medical device company is planning to build a 160,000-sq.-ft. facility in Ave Maria and is also adding 100,000 square feet of space at its North Naples corporate campus. Twin Air Calypso Limited, Inc. will soon begin air carrier service at the City of Naples Airport Authority called, “Naples Connection” to four Florida destinations. The service will be the first in what the company is branding as its “Community Airline” concept that is designed to fill the void left in smaller communities by the reduction in major and regional airline service. The Naples air service will be performed using Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft and will initially operate to the Florida cities of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Key West and Orlando. The new Susan and William Dalton Discovery Center at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, which opened on November 14, is being touted as an immersive, interactive multi-sensory experience. As visitors walk through six galleries in the 5,000-square-foot building, they figuratively follow a drop of water through the Southwest Florida ecosystem, from uplands, through the Everglades and mangroves, and out to the beaches and ocean.




Tucked between the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Everglades, you’ll find a strong nature conservancy, cultural sophistication and unmatched outdoor recreation on the Paradise Coast. Geographically defined by Naples, Marco Island, Fort Myers, Sanibel, Captiva & the Florida Everglades, this area appeals to the beach lover, eco-conscious, art enthusiast, as well as the affluent. Over 130 award winning golf courses, exceptional cuisine, white-sand beaches and delightful cultural amenities provide the perfect backdrop for exceptional Florida living.

Upscale and refined best describe the Naples lifestyle. Master planned communities with rich amenities and green space offer an unsurpassed lifestyle with surprisingly budget-friendly pricing. From grand estate homes in Bay Colony to secluded tropical living on Keewaydin Island, tree-lined streets or pristine beach views, the area’s residential options appeal to artists, boaters, families, young professionals, retirees and more. The Real Estate Market Report on page 56 offers insights and statistical analysis of the current housing market in Southwest Florida.

Nature provides the playground for air boat rides, swamp buggy races, sunset tours and ecoexcursions throughout the vast waterways of the region. Enjoy live performances by the Naples Philharmonic and Florida Repertory Theatre. Explore the Caribbean Gardens or Edison’s Winter Estate in Fort Myers. Visit over 130 galleries or local historical attractions. From the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge to Big M Casino at Fort Myers Beach, there’s no shortage of adventure for all ages. | 45

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Everglades Airboat Ride

Matlacha Art Gallery Patio Useppa Island Dock


Edison & Ford Winter Estates

2350 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers, (239)334.7419

Murder Mystery Dinner Train

Colonial Blvd, Ft. Myers (239)275.8487 Comical dinner theatre aboard the Seminole Gulf Railway.

Audubon Corkscrew Sanctuary

Sanctuary Rd, Naples (239)348.9151 14,000 acre nature and wildlife preserve.

Imaginarium Science Museum

Cranford Ave, Ft. Myers (239)321.7420

Adventure Sea Kayak Widlife Tours

Captiva Island (239)822.337 Educational water adventure.

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Goodlette-Frank Rd, Naples (239)262.5409 Southwest Florida’s only nationally accredited zoo.

Collier County Museum

Tamiami Trail East, Naples (239)252.8476 Featuring five unique museum facilities.

Naples Museum of Art

Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples (239)597.1900 30,000 SF art museum.


Shop From upscale shops and quaint tree-lined streets to waterfront ambiance and top designer outlets, shopping on the Paradise Coast has it all.

Fifth Avenue South offers a beautiful historic setting in the heart of Naples. Fine shops, galleries, restaurants and sidewalk cafes, along the beautifully landscaped promenades, are a favorite destination for visitors and locals to enjoy the smalltown friendliness. In the heart of Old Naples, Third Street South, offers attractive courtyards and chic boutiques, spas, restaurants, galleries and markets to tantalize the senses.

Voted one of the best in South Florida, Miromar Outlets features over 140 top designer brands, great dining and great savings. Well known designer brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Lenox, Coach and many others offer 70% off retail on the hottest trends. Get a glimpse of Naples’ nautical past at Tin City

Waterfront Marketplace featuring 40 plus boutiques and restaurants. Enjoy casual boardwalk shopping, dining and more at the Dockside Boardwalk, or discover some of the best shopping in Naples at the The Villages on Venetian Bay, a superior shopping experience in a beautiful waterfront setting.

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Exceptional dining experiences UNIQUE to Southwest Florida.

Cafe & Bar Lurcat

494 Fifth Ave S, Naples (239)213.3357 Contemporary

Figs Grille

25987 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs (239)390.1700 Mediterranean

M Waterfront Grille

4300 Gulf Shore Blvd N., Naples (239)263.4421 Contemporary

Traders Cafe

1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island (239)472.7242 Continental/Seafood

The Veranda

2122 Second St, Ft Myers (239)332.2065 Southern Regional

Perfect Caper

121 East Marion Ave, Punta Gorda (941)505.9009 New American

The Hot Spots Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille Rabbit Rd, Sanibel Island Local Seafood Old Naples Pub 255 S. 13th Avenue, Naples Live Entertainment Blue Martini 9114 Strada Place, Naples 239-591-2583 Dancing Hot Spot The Club at The Ritz Carlton 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples 239-598-3300 Live Music, Dancing | 47

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Pelican Bay


ne of Southwest Florida’s most renowned residential communities, Pelican Bay, represents the ultimate Naples lifestyle with pristine beaches, lakes, parks, golf courses, shopping, dining, and nature preserves all within its borders. Every amenity one could dream of is provided at this grand Naples community.

A world unto itself, Pelican Bay is ideally positioned along a nearly three-mile stretch of magnificent shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico and between two world-class vacation beach resorts; The Naples Grande Beach Resort is to the south and the famous Ritz-Carlton Naples Resort is to the north. With approximately 85 distinct residential enclaves, Pelican Bay provides an abundance of choices for even the most discriminating home buyer, from maintenancefree condominium high-rise towers, villas and coach homes to impressive single-family residences. One of the most notable communities within Pelican Bay, situated south of the Ritz-Carlton, is the exclusive

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gated enclave of Bay Colony. This extraordinary neighborhood offers prestigious multimillion-dollar estates in a picturesque and private setting. In the early 1970’s, award-winning developers set out to create one of the first master-planned communities in Naples. On the 2,100 acres of breathtakingly beautiful land, they envisioned Pelican Bay to be a luxurious community where the residents could enjoy the natural wonders of a waterfront lifestyle and abundant amenities conveniently available within its borders. For the golf lovers, The Pelican Bay Club, located in the heart of the community, has an impeccable

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PELICAN BAY Nearby Attractions

Above Left: Cap Ferrat condominium in Pelican Bay Above Right: The Waterside Shops

The Waterside Shops Distinctive luxury-brand shopping at some of the world’s premier retailers and restaurants, serving food from casual to upscale, can all be found at The Waterside Shops, a Naples landmark located within Pelican Bay.

Naples Philharmonic Center Pelican Bay is also home to the widely acclaimed Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, a cultural icon and worldclass performing arts venue. In the 1,425-seat main hall, patrons enjoy the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Over 400 events are presented every season.

Pelican Bay Park The Collier County Park in Pelican Bay is open to the public and it offers basketball hoops, softball and soccer fields, tennis courts, and picnic tables. A large fenced playground area with swings, slides and climbing equipment delights children.


reputation as one of Florida’s premier golf clubs. Featuring a 27-hole Arthur Hillsdesigned golf course, the challenging layout offers the ultimate setting for those who genuinely appreciate the game. The Club patio overlooks one of the many lakes on the course and is the setting for the Club’s spectacular annual fireworks display on New Year’s Eve. Additional opportunities for recreation abound at Pelican Bay. There are 18 tennis courts supported by two professionally managed tennis pro shops. From junior players to the advanced tennis buff, this community’s tennis program offers amenities designed to suit every skill level. For more adventure, residents can explore the shoreline in sailboats or canoes or try out the newly developed croquet court, which is open for friendly and competitive play. Pick your activity level and you will find a match! Fine dining and shopping venues are plentiful in the area. The renowned Waterside Shops is located at the southeast corner of Pelican Bay. Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom are among the luxury retailers set amid a lush tropical landscape in this elegant outdoor mall. For more essential shopping needs, The Marketplace borders the northeast corner of the community. From resort wear to sunset dinners or ice cream cones, it is all only a step away. Whether traveling for a vacation getaway or to establishing a new home, the luxurious resort atmosphere of Pelican Bay invites all to stay and enjoy this tropical paradise.

Contributing Writer Frank Petras, REALTOR® John R. Wood Realtors Direct 239.595.2221


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Breathtaking 2-story entryway in this Serafina villa home. Grande marble stairway leads to loft and master bedroom with sitting area and private verandah. 3+Den/4 (H6764).

Nec plus ultra! Beautiful living offered in neutral, contemporary design with over 350 square feet of lanai space to enjoy the exceptional gulf views in St. Pierre. Incomparable beach amenities. 3+Den/3 (C8070).

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Cape Harbour Area. 2 deep water docks sailboat direct access. 8800 sq ft designer estate home. $2,800,000

Custom Estate Home on golf course in Pelican’s Landing, Royal Palms, Fruit Trees, 4+den/4.1baths $1,125,000

Best lot in Pelican’s Landing, private location, nestled between 2 championship golf courses, 5+den/4.1baths $1,790,000

Two story French Chateau-style home overlooking the the Fazio Pelican’s Nest golf course, 5+den/5.2baths $1,990,000

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Miracle on 34th Street, Broadway Palm


HOT tickets Nov 22 - Dec 25

Miracle on 34th Street Broadway Palm

Nov 22 - Dec 2 Elf Barbara Mann Performing Arts Hall

Dec 2

Dec 1

Dec 11

Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade Salty Sams Marina

City of Naples Christmas Parade Fifth Avenue South

Dec 1 - 31

Dec 11

Holiday Nights at the Edison & F ord Winter Estates Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Dec 6 - 8 Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony The Philharmonic Center for the Arts

Dec 8 Palmgrass Festival Alliance for the Arts

Dec 10 Paul Todd’s Illuminated The Music of the Lights Barbara Mann Performing Arts Hall

A Chorus Line The Philharmonic Center for the Arts

Jan 12 Whoopi Goldberg The Philharmonic Center for the Arts

Jan 15 Mary Poppins Barbara Mann Performing Arts Hall


All That Jazz The Philharmonic Center for the Arts

Dec 15 Joe Bonamassa Germain Arena

Dec 27 Three Dog Night The Philharmonic Center for the Arts

Dec 31 Fort Myers Beach Birthday & New Year’s Eve Celebration Fort Myers Beach

the Arts Dec 29 - Feb 16

Fiddler on the Roof Broadway Palm

Jan 1 - 6 Sister Act The Philharmonic Center for the Arts

Jan 5 - 6 Bi-Annual Estero Fine Art Show Miromar Outlets

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Monty Python’s Spamalot The Herb Strauss Theater

Jan 15 The Joffrey Ballet The Philharmonic Center for the Arts

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For the Florida housing industry, 2012 has been a good year. Crucial housing statistics have improved steadily. Inventory is down; average days a property is listed for sale is down and the number of pending and closed sales are up. These trends are very encouraging signs for the Sunshine State. Statewide closed sales of existing single-family homes totaled 17,779 in October, up 25.3 percent compared to the year-ago figure*. Closed sales typically occur 30 to 90 days after sales contracts are written. Meanwhile, pending sales (contracts that are signed but not yet completed or closed) of existing single-family homes last month rose 56.7 percent over the previous October. The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes in October was $145,000, up 9 percent from a year ago. Meanwhile, pending sales for townhome-condos in October increased 47.1 percent compared to the year-ago figure. The inventory for single-family homes held at a 5.2 month’s supply in October compared to a 20 month supply back in 2008. “Once again, everything that should be going up in the market is going up, and everything that should be going down is going down,” said Florida Realtors Chief

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Economist Dr. John Tuccillo. “As impressive as the yearover-year gains for October are, far more impressive are year-to-date gains of 2012 over 2011. They indicate the depth and resilience of this recovery.” In addition to promising housing numbers, tourism numbers are up from the Panhandle to Miami. Companies are hiring, expanding and relocating throughout the state. And yet, realistically, the blossoming recovery is fragile. The prospect of even more foreclosed homes is casting a shadow over otherwise encouraging signs. Declining tax revenue is still squeezing government budgets, and many municipalities are continuing to waive impact fees to encourage development. Unemployment numbers are still too high around the state. Ultimately, Florida’s recovery will hinge on improvements in the national economy overall. Nonetheless, signs over the past year are, as Mike Reagen of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce says, “flickers of light on the horizon that things are incrementally getting better.” *Source: Florida Realtors Industry Data and Analysis department and vendor partner 10K Research and Marketing.

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Sarasota | University Park Country Club This Anchor custom built 2-story home with 5920 sq ft and featuring an elevator, is located on a private nine-home enclave across from the 19th fairway on a beautiful lake. Perched on a private cul-de-sac, this home has everything for the family who likes to entertain. Second floor boasts game and media rooms, pub and fourth bedroom with full bath which could easily convert for in-law or au-pair living. Executive office, or 5th bedroom has stunning views of the pool and lake. Third garage has A/C, ample storage with Florida basement. The gourmet kitchen includes a center island w/sink, granite and cherry wood cabinets.

$1,399,000 | 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths Presented by: Joe Cinque, Realtor, Coldwell Banker 941.387.1805 |

Longboat Key | Veinte Spectacular location with full Gulf views from every room. This turnkey furnished 1,896 sq. ft. residence has so much to offer. The well thought- out floor plan consists of two enormous bedrooms, two bathrooms, a generous kitchen with granite countertops, a serving/bar area, dining area, living room, laundry room and fabulous views. The master suite has two walk-in closets. Both bedrooms are large enough to be multi-purpose. All it needs is your personal touch. Be one of 20 owners in this little jewel on the Gulf. The building amenities include a tennis court, swimming pool, covered parking, additional storage and direct beach access.

$689,000 | 2 bedrooms, 2 baths Presented by: Barbara Mei, Broker/Associate, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty 941.893.7417 |



Bonita Springs | Vasari Enjoy breathtaking sunsets overlooking the golf course from this charming, well-cared for single-family home, which is the personal residence of a professional interior decorator. Dine poolside with friends and family with a built-in outdoor kitchen crafted with stone and stainless steel. This home is move-in ready and in pristine condition – an absolute must see!

$549,000 | 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths Presented by: Frank Petras, REALTOR®, John R. Wood Realtors 239.595.2221 |

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Short Sale. Pristine Todd Johnson custom built home located directly on the Manatee River. The formal living room and dining room exude luxury while the rest of the home offers a comfortable feel of elegance. The large saltwater pool, spa and wading area surrounded by an expansive lanai with outdoor kitchen, a stand-alone fireplace.

Life is good at this 2 bed/2 bath, 11th floor PENTHOUSE on the beach. Oceanfront views from every room. Beautiful living and dining room combination on the Gulf featuring high ceilings. Master with en-suite marble bath, garden tub, separate shower and walk-in closet. Huge beach front complex, right around the corner from famous St. Armands’ Circle in Sarasota, FL.

$1,450,000 | 4 bedrooms, 4 baths Presented by: Liz Klements, Realtor, Coldwell Banker 727.424.6444 |

$999,000 | 2 bedrooms, 2 baths Presented by: Lauren Strout Koken, Realtor®, Sandals Realty 941.228.6241 | | 61


Sarasota | Lincoln Park This beautiful single family home is located in a private enclave of only 8 homes, directly south of downtown Sarasota. Built in 2003, all eight homes reflect the traditional style of homes in the Hyde Park section of Tampa with open porches, hidden garages and a shared driveway. Every home also has a private boat slip on Hudson Bayou, only yards away from the home.

$1,249,500 | 4 bedrooms, 4 baths Presented by: Klaus Lang, Realtor, Michael Saunders & Company 941.383.7591 |

Longboat Key | Positano Spectacular beachfront, European villa on Longboat Key. This is Florida beach living at its very best... spacious, private and protected with breathtaking views of the turquoise gulf waters and miles of pristine white sand beach. Relax on the enormous wrap terrace, or take the stairs to a private 1900 sq. ft. adjacent paver garden area. The finest materials have been used in the gorgeous interiors that include 3 bedrooms + den/office, and Gulf front gourmet kitchen with all the accoutrements. The private beachfront stairs also provide easy access to the beach for swimming, fishing or shelling.

$3,950,000 | 3 bedrooms + den, 3 1/2 baths Presented by: Hannerle Moore, Realtor, Michael Saunders & Company 941.387.7300 |



Naples | Royal Harbor Unbelievable price for this beautiful waterfront home - sunny, bright and spacious with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in Royal Harbor. This home was completely renovated in 2005 to include a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, Thermador and GE stainless appliances, a wine cooler, large California Closets, new flooring, doors, trim, moldings, and plantation shutters. Outside there is a built in Jenn Air Grill, the pool was redone with a new spa, heat pump, pool cage and deck. For boaters there is a 10,000 lb boat lift. The A/C was replaced one year ago. The 2 car garage is oversized with extra storage space. There is also a central vacuum system, a security system, and a mosquito nix system. Short Sale.

$999,000 | 3 bedrooms, 2 baths Presented by: Lana Butsky, Broker, Neapolitan Realty 239.777.2532 |

Cape Coral Your Personal Resort - Designer Estate Home with 2 deep water boat lifts and immediate sailboat direct access (the larger lift handles a 45’ boat, the smaller 35’). 7 bedrooms including 5 full suites and a maid’s apartment. Two suites have granite topped kitchenettes- Gourmet chef’s Wolf gas range- Florida kitchen. Pool with slide and a putting green with sand trap. 1000 bottle climate controlled wine vault. Security cameras, Sound and Entertainment systems throughout. Full house generator. Great views inside and out. Granite, marble, custom woodwork. Top of the line everything. New in 2009. Elevator, secret rooms- It is all here! Fly your plane into Page Field Airport- just 1/2 hour away.

$ 2,700,000 | 6+ bedrooms, 9 baths Presented by: Richard Schwandt, CPA, Realtor, John R Wood Realtors 239.287.9177 | | 63


St. Armand’s Circle By Barry Stein Today, for $21.79 you could, maybe, get a couple of glasses of wine and possibly a small appetizer at one of the fine restaurants on “the Circle”. But in 1893, a Frenchman correctly named Charles St. Amand purchased the 132acre, mangrove covered island on the Gulf of Mexico, for precisely and in total, $21.79. Amand’s investment was quite impressive considering that today, you could purchase a beautiful 6,000 square foot home, on less than half an acre of land adjacent to what is now known as St. Armand’s Circle, for about $5.6 million. What we know today as St. Armand’s Circle is the realization of a dream of one of our nation’s great circus visionaries. The land was transferred to several owners after Amand during which time the “r” was mistakenly added to his name. In 1917, John Ringling bought the island to develop a new kind of residential, shopping and entertainment mecca. He started work on his multi-million dollar development of St. Armand’s and Lido keys in late 1923 and continued through 1925. Owen Burns Construction Company laid out the streets, sidewalks and landscaping. Three large dredges moved millions of cubic yards of


fill to build up the mangrove islands and make solid land. Ringling bought Italian statuary to place along the boulevards, and thousands of coconut palms and Australian pines were planted. Sewer and water mains were installed, roads were surfaced and canals were dredged. Ringling used his circus elephants to haul huge wooden timbers to build a bridge from the mainland. In February 1926, Ringling prepared to open the second greatest show on earth, Ringling Estates. He sold a staggering $1 million in property on the first day that his mammoth built bridge carried people across, for the grand opening. Despite a grand slam out of the box, sales dwindled to nothing in the coming years as our nation entered the great depression.

PHOTOGRAPHY © Detlev Von Kessel and St. Armand’s Association

After hibernating for about twenty years and waking to the faint pulse of retail revitalization in the 1950s, St. Armand’s Circle began to stir. The revolution of the 1960s brought storefront success and it seemed that John Ringling’s dream would finally be realized. Today, St. Armand’s is considered one of the greatest destinations for vacationers and shopping, boasting 130 boutiques, gift shops, salons, galleries and restaurants. Shopping and entertainment is synonymous with the circle. If you miss all the Ferrari’s that rumbled around the circle in early November for “Ferrari’s On the Circle“ mark your calendar in December for the Parade of Porsches as well as for Art Festivals, Holiday Festivals and Craft Fairs. In January, St. Armand’s Circle hosts the annual “Circus Ring of Fame” which recognizes those people who have made a significant contribution to the circus industry and their Annual St. Armand’s Winter Art Festival. There are Mardi Gras fairs and Exotic Car festivals in February, St. Patrick’s Day parties in March, wine festivals in April and

Corvette conventions in May. Sixteen original Ringlingera statues are located around the circle to complete your visual and shopping experience. Discover Christopher Columbus, touch fingertips with Michelangelo and share a glass of wine with Bacchus or shrimp cocktail with Neptune. In addition, twenty-one more statues have been erected since the three-ring circus days. You’ll be greeted by seven new statues on the pedestrian landing as you enter the circle. These newest icons represent the virtues of music, water, flowers, medicine, learning, sculpture and bounty. So the next time you’re anywhere near Sarasota, head towards the gulf and drive over the beautiful new John Ringling Causeway. You’ll pass over to Bird Key, which is known for beautiful homes, great wind surfing and a secret dog park that lets out into the bay. Keep going over the causeway and you’ll arrive at the center of the circle. You may need to travel “The Circle” a few times to procure one of the elusive parking spots during high season; then you can relax and enjoy a fantastic meal at one of St. Armand’s many fine restaurants. When the check arrives and it’s at least $21.79, you and your friends can chuckle about how, in 1879, for less than what you paid for your meal, you could have bought the entire island.

Opposite Page: A copy of Ringling Estates’ original plat map. Top Right: Christopher Columbus statue located on the west side of St. Armand’s Circle. Left: John Ringling. | 65

ROOM with

a View

Sarasota | San Remo Estates This splendid waterfront home, “La Joie de L’eau” offers an inspired way to take advantage of Gulfcoast living. “Joy of the Water” is as unique and comfortable as a boutique resort with water views offered in five ensuite bedrooms, a home theater with two seating levels and full bar, an exercise room, separate play room, library with fireplace, office, formal living and dining room, family room and a kitchen to delight the gourmand in you.

dolphin, and even tarpon! With plenty of outdoor space to entertain, this Sarasota residence is a boating family’s delight. An outstanding powered dock connects you to year-round watersports: two lifts accommodating jet skis, kayaks, your runabout and a slip for your yacht or sailboat along with space for your visiting boating friends.

The home was meticulously designed with sophisticated architectural elements and amenities. The expansive ground floor is home to a garage prepared to accommodate the ‘land vehicles’ of your choice. The beautiful boat basin boasts 160 feet of deep protected waters, where you frequently have visits from manatee,

Deborah Beacham, CRS, GRI, TRC P.A., Realtor, Luxury Waterfront Specialist


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