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CONTENTS Florida Homes & Lifestyles Magazine Volume 4 Issue 1 Winter 2012

features 8 10



Publisher’s Note Cover Profile

Casa Salamanca, one of the finest properties in all of Southwest Florida


Apollo Beach

by Jennifer Zales


Bonita Bay

by Carol Wood and Claire McMahon


Room with a View



departments 14

Florida Design

Beautiful new products for the home


Florida Real Estate

Real Estate Market Report


Postcards from the Coast

by Greg Owens


Point of View

By Gail Shane

64 History

Architect Paul Rudolph | 5

SUN COAST clearwater


st. petersburg apollo beach bradenton lakewood sarasota ranch


venice punta gorda cape coral


ft. myers

bonita springs naples marco island



The Tampa Bay area begins our journey of the coastal experience. A cosmopolitan flair, with incredible natural resources, the Tampa area offers an array of attractions, professional sports, a rich history, cool bay breezes and miles of open waterways. The Sun Coast is comprised of various barrier islands and 35 miles of white sand beaches, encompassed by the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater offer a tropical setting and hold year-round appeal for the angler, golfer, the arts and water sports enthusiasts. Home to award-winning beaches, including Caladesi Beach, voted America’s number one beach in 2008, you’re close to everything, yet you’ll feel as though you’re miles away from anywhere. In addition to award-winning beaches, the area offers attractions, recreation and world class shopping. Visit a marine aquarium, experience a dolphin encounter, discover unique shops and boutiques, or sample the coastal cuisine. From elegant dining and moonlight dinner cruises, to completely casual barefoot beach relaxation, there’s a perfect experience awaiting you on Florida’s Sun Coast.


A European style city, Sarasota is home to an abundance of outdoor recreation, cultural amenities beyond compare, award-winning beaches, including Siesta Key, America’s number one beach in 2011, outstanding cuisine and world-renowned shopping. The Cultural Coast includes Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice accompanied by surrounding communities. Beyond the allure of the over 35-miles of stunning beaches, you’ll find a rich history, magnificent architecture, award-winning communities, miles of boating water and lush golf courses. Home to a world-class ballet company, numerous playhouses, the Florida West Coast and the Venice Symphonies, along with a plethora of art galleries, the region plays host to festivals, visiting artists and exciting exhibits year-round. Each area of the region reflects a unique personality. From Boca Grand’s tropical island ambiance, waterfront dining and the feel of “Old Florida,” to Bradenton and Venice, with their friendly, small-town allure, historic ambiance and tranquil pace. Lose yourself on sun swept beaches, aboard your boat, in a museum, or on the green. Take a dinner cruise, bike or hike the grounds of one of the area’s nearby State Parks. There is something for everyone on Florida’s Cultural Coast.


Nestled between the calm azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the subtropical wilderness of the Florida Everglades, Naples and surrounding communities boast miles of unspoiled beaches, incredible wild life, upscale amenities, award-winning neighborhoods, over 130 highly acclaimed golf courses, culinary delights, cultural events, art exhibits and exquisite sunsets. Snorkel, stroll, shop or shell. Tantalizing island fare and local bounty, or international cuisines, an abundance of dining options are available in the region. Naples, Marco Island & the Florida Everglades comprise the Paradise Coast. Neighboring communities include Fort Myers, known as “The City of Palms” and Fort Myers’ beaches, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, with their laid-back island culture. Here you’ll discover a gentle pace and tropical ambiance. Home of the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, the unsurpassed natural beauty of this region and strong nature conservancy focus captivates the outdoor and wild life enthusiasts. From upscale to economical, whether you prefer fishing, shelling, tennis, nature hikes or swamp buggy excursions…this quintessential Florida community welcomes you. | 7


the publisher Publishing this magazine is a dream job for me. Every aspect of the job is a joy, from designing the layout, researching all of the great events to meeting the fascinating people who help make this area so very vibrant and unique. In this issue, we have redesigned the magazine to provide you with an overall guide to the Southwest Coast of Florida. With so many wonderful attractions and events, not to mention the breathtaking natural beauty of the area, the hardest part of editing has been deciding what to exclude. My inspiration for the new direction of Florida Homes & Lifestyles is the idea of a magazine that will serve as a resource guide to Florida visitors, those looking to relocate, as well as a reference for residents. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all of the contributors who made this beautiful publication come to life. This issue combines the best resources for coastal properties and real estate expertise, interior design, area events, cultural offerings and vibrant entertainment on the Southwest coast. We showcase some of the most beautiful coastal properties on the market today. Casa Salamanca, our cover profile, is an extraordinary piece of paradise ideally located on Casey Key. And, you will be amazed by the breathtaking views from the luxury condominium in our Room With a View feature. The consensus among experts is that the real estate market in Florida has hit bottom, creating some great opportunities to stake your claim on paradise. From the cosmopolitan city of Tampa to the cultural mecca of Sarasota and the land of luxury in Naples, we have presented only a taste of what life here in Southwest Florida has to offer. For myself this state has provided me with untold moments of beauty and joy, which I have been privileged to share with my family and friends and now hopefully with you and yours.

Warm Wishes for the New Year,


Volume 4 Issue 1 Winter 2012 Gulf Coast Edition PUBLISHER / EDITOR jules lewis gibson ASSOCIATE EDITORS terri harrison meredith mueller CREATIVE DIRECTOR jules lewis gibson DESIGN debbie zaroba terri harrison paula zorkov ADVERTISING CONTRIBUTING WRITERS terri harrison gail shane meredith mueller jennifer zales greg owens PHOTOGRAPHERS matt mccourtney jules gibson Coastal access is only a click away! FLORIDA HOMES & LIFESTYLES magazine is at your fingertips online whenever it is convenient for you. Regardless of your schedule or time zone, we deliver.

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asa Salamanca expresses the

essence of Old World craftsmanship and is perhaps the most unique property on Casey Key. With almost 290 feet of waterfront, the privacy and lush beauty of this walled estate are simply unsurpassed. As you drive through the gates across the Chicago brick paved motor court, past the guest house situated over the 4 vehicle air conditioned garage, you quickly feel the spirit of the Italian countryside. The sight of the Casa invites you in through the boldly crafted front doors. Once inside, your eyes are drawn upward to the wrought iron staircase leading to the master suite, providing a haven of tranquil comfort with a fireplace, stunning views of the garden & bay waters, a meditation area and exquisite fixtures. The richly appointed double living areas are so inviting with stone flooring, fireplace, and views of the garden through French doors to draw you outside. The kitchen is truly one for gracious entertaining with a fifteen foot granite island dividing the cooking and eating alcoves. Two children’s “themed” ensuites and a home theater room complete the main residence. The pool has dramatic waterfalls and wraps around the grounds giving a resort style feeling to the outdoor space. There’s even a “beach” area. Casey Key is an 8 mile island, where those who experience its unique ambience appreciate the absence of traffic lights, no high rises & the convenience to the historic town of Venice & cultural mecca of Sarasota.


asa Salamanca C Casey Key

Casa Salamanca $5,295,000 Casey Key Road, Nokomis Square Feet: 5484 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4.5

Represented by

Deborah Beacham, CRS, GRI, TRC P.A., Realtor, Luxury Waterfront Specialist Michael Saunders & Company, Longboat Key Direct 941.376.2688 E-mail www.



Pottery Barn

Robb & Stucky International Fort Myers 239.415.2800

Bacon’s Furniture Sarasota & Port Charlotte 14 | FLORIDA HOMES & LIFESTYLES


Will Grant Designs



Brighter Days Ahead by Meredith Mueller Talk among economic analysts and real estate professionals has taken a turn for the better recently. Market reports indicate that the Florida real estate market has hit bottom and is beginning to rebound. The initial signs of a recovery are evidenced by recently published economic statistics as well as by statements by market specialists. Data provided by

Even federal statistics show signs of positive results for Florida. The index of Florida’s economic growth increased faster than it has since 2006. This is according to the Federal Reserve’s state-by-state index of economic activity. Florida posted a 32-month high for December as hiring expanded and wages improved. While we have experienced setbacks in housing values the past few years, Florida appears perfectly positioned for future success. The unrealistic frenzy of 2005 has been replaced with cautious optimism, as it should be. With 1.6 billion baby boomers around the globe retiring within the next 20 years, developers and investors are keenly aware that Florida will be among the top choices for retirees. With no state income tax and a wide variety of lifestyle and budget options, the state is expected the regain the growth momentum enjoyed in decades past.

The Director of the University of Florida’s Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies, Timothy Becker, has declared, “Results of our first quarter survey indicate that the real estate market in Florida has hit bottom and is in the process of stabilizing across most property types.” Becker also said that,” private capital, both foreign and domestic, is continuing to enter the state in search of quality investment deals. They see the fundamentals of the economy stabilizing and they see the opportunity to get quality assets at a good price.” Some of the brightest spots in the real estate market recovery are the larger cities. Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota, and Jacksonville as well as the Miami-Dade and Broward counties are recovering more quickly than the rest of the state, with their diverse economies, steady migration and influx of foreign capital.


In some cities such as Sarasota, housing inventory is low compared to years past. Local realtors are swamped with buyers, especially Canadians, looking to take advantage of the weak dollar and low interest rates. Consumers are beginning to feel a sense of urgency not seen in several years. They want to be sure they secure their slice of paradise before prices increase.



Whatever you are looking for,

F lorida’s Sun Coast has something for you.



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.

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 terrain 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.

Visitors and residents alike enjoy a vibrant cultural community and endless opportunities for fun. 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. For families, entrepreneurs, artists and retirees alike, the Sun Coast offers an unsurpassed lifestyle.

HOMES Housing in the Tampa Bay area is as diverse as the city itself. There are a wide variety of residential communities to choose from ranging from the charming historic neighborhoods and chic high rise condominiums of South Tampa to pristine golf course communities in Palm Harbor. Enjoy the feel of “Old Florida” in a beach bungalow on St Pete Beach or live in grand style in a waterfront estate on Davis Islands. While luxury properties are plentiful in Tampa, overall the average housing prices are among the most affordable in South Florida. The Sun Coast Real Estate Market Report on page 24 offers insights and statistical analysis of the current housing market in the Tampa Bay area.

Our award winning chefs offer endless opportunities for culinary indulgence. Hundreds of wonderful restaurants and cafes serve every kind, style and flavor of delicious food you can imagine. The talented Tampa musicians will surely get you on your feet with live jazz, blues, rock, country and salsa music at clubs and restaurants throughout the region. Casual or sophisticated, the nightlife in Tampa Bay sizzles.

HAPPENINGS One of the many benefits of our warm climate is the array of outdoor entertainment we enjoy. Year-round outdoor festivals can be explored on the Sun Coast. February brings one of Tampa’s signature annual events the Sant’Yago Knight Parade and Family Festival in Ybor City. The best seafood and Blues can be savored at the Annual Sea Blues Festival in Clearwater’s Coachman Park. And not to be missed in March, the famous Gasparilla Festival of Arts will be hosted in Downtown Tampa featuring hundreds of sculptors, photographers and various artisans from around the world. Indeed, no other place in Florida comes close to equaling the combination of Tampa’s natural beauty and man-made wonders. | 21

Explore 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 family-friendly aquariums in the country.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa (813) 935-8552 Recognized as the # 1 zoo in the U.S. by both Parents and Child magazines.


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. Just around the corner from the Village is South Howard Avenue, or SoHo, a cornucopia of dining delights with over 35 eateries offering scrumptious delights for every palate. 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


Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

25 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach (727) 446-2587 Cruise away into the fantasy world of “The Pirate’s Ransom.”

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

10165 N McKinley Dr, Tampa (813) 9875000 World-class thrill rides and one of North America’s largest zoos

Bok Tower Gardens

1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales (863) 6761408 One of America’s finest gardens and nature preserves.

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, worldclass retail shopping destinations. With anchors Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, those in search of quality, luxury and high fashion can find the perfect item. In addition to its department stores, 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.

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

The Hot Spots Bianchi’s Enoteca

3215 S. MacDill Ave, Tampa Euro Food & Wine Bar

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 | 23


n the Southshore of Tampa Bay, Apollo Beach is quickly becoming one of the areas fastest growing communities.


Apollo Beach From its infancy in 1923 as a piece of land primarily used for farming and agriculture, to 1958, when it was officially named Apollo Beach, this area has held the eye, and wallet, of many a savvy investor. In the 1930’s Paul Dickman set out to create a waterfront community on what had once been considered uninhabitable land like much of South Florida. Over the decades, Apollo Beach has emerged as a vibrant community of exceptional waterfront living, abundant green space and first-rate schools. A total area of 5.9 square miles, this thriving waterfront community features a wide variety of residential options, along with superb dining and recreation. Year-round boating, fishing, shelling and water sport activities appeal to residents, as well as visitors. Luxury waterfront homes with spectacular vistas and private docks are available for seasonal and permanent residents. An estimated 55 miles of canal lead to the open waters of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, via the underpass of the scenic Skyway Bridge.

The median sales price for homes in Apollo Beach, FL for October 2011 to December 2011 was $181,750 based on 118 homes sold. There are currently 624 resale and new homes in Apollo Beach for sale today according to The average listing price for homes for sale was $328,986 for the week ending January 11. Luxury waterfront homes are listed from the low $1,000,000’s to over $4,000,000. With downtown Tampa only minutes away and abundant natural beauty, residents of Apollo Beach enjoy the best of both worlds. Local resident Mindy Smith says, “When we purchased in Apollo Beach, we personally wanted to be on the “ground floor” of a developing area, while still accessing the things we liked to do; culture, restaurants and nightlife. We love Apollo Beach for the ability to simply “unplug” from the city if


Apollo Beach continued

APOLLO BEACH Dining & Entertainment Circles Waterfront Dining

Superb cuisine and fabulous water views. Come by land or by sea and enjoy live entertainment every Friday and Saturday, along with a waterside Tiki Bar that keeps the party going way after sundown.

Pine Key “Beer Can Island”- A

small slice of island paradise, near Apollo Beach and only accessible by boat, you can stroll, shell, picnic or camp.

The Resort & Club at Little Harbor Just south of Apollo

Beach, Little Harbor offers an escape to the essence of a romantic Caribbean island, with world-class service and luxurious amenities. This island paradise offers a private beach, volleyball, shuffleboard, tennis, kid’s playground, two fitness centers and a 250-foot fishing pier. Enjoy tropical dining and cocktails, pampering massage, outdoor pool and Jacuzzis. Water sport activities include jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, tubing and wakeboarding, kayaks, paddleboats, windsurfers, Hobie-Cats and Wave runners and a full -service marina.

Apollo Beach Golf Club

Offering one of only two Robert Trent Jones Sr. Signature Golf Courses on Florida’s west coast, Apollo Beach Golf Club delivers a challenge for any golfer surrounded by natural beauty and wild life. Open to the public, the club offers a Golf Side Grill and Pro Shop.


we choose, and it actually feels like Florida! It is so quiet and serene, yet accessible to all of these other places such as Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota. And if you love boating and fishing, there are even more advantages to living here.” There are a large number of residents who commute to offices in downtown Tampa, and a large number of “entrepreneurs” who own virtual businesses, and work from home. “Apollo Beach is much more affordable than the surrounding areas for waterfront property. We were able to purchase a waterfront home for half of what a comparable home in Tampa 25 minutes away would cost,” says John Guiliano, originally from New York. As a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, I work with many more international buyers lately looking at and purchasing luxury waterfront real estate in Apollo Beach. I have clients purchasing homes that they strictly plan to use as vacation homes. With Tampa International Airport continuing to grow, we have more direct flights to Canada and Europe making the Tampa Bay area an even more popular choice now. I also represent homes in a newer waterfront community here that allow owners to do short term rentals, thus allowing these owners to rent their homes out at premium rates while they are not using the property. This is very attractive to vacation home buyers and investors alike. With the real estate market stabilizing, the Apollo Beach community is posed for explosive growth in the next several years. There are many new projects breaking ground as the markets and economies are starting to shift in our area. “The development trends remain favorable for high quality, pedestrian friendly, town-center oriented development,” declares, Jamie Scarola, PE, AICP a Professional Engineer and Certified Land Planner. He refers to the quality of the Mirabay Community as an example of the trends and notes that it was not conceived overnight. The long term momentum of Mirabay led to its adjacent quality neighborhoods, Harbour Isles and South Shore Falls. The Waterset Community, which represents cutting edge planning, is now underway and will define our area. The long term demographic change has created a demand for a neighborhood serving residential and commercial uses. Already there are plans for a significant hospital and retail/restaurant development. Scarola declares “the dream of the Southshore area, originally conceived by the area’s agricultural landowners such as the Dickman family of Ruskin, is now being realized. The area offers quality lifestyle opportunities in a location where residents can be fishing and water skiing in the morning, shopping for locally grown food at open markets in the afternoon, and ending the evening with fine waterfront dining at restaurants such as Circles at Lands End Marina. All without the traffic congestion of the urban core of Tampa. It’s only going to get better.” Contributing Writer Jennifer Zales, Realtor Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate 813-758-3443



Jan 13 - Feb 19

Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition Exhibit featuring the rich history of Gasparilla–Tampa’s oldest festival. Henry Plant Museum, Tampa

Jan 20 - Feb 26

Jan 28

The Florida Orchestra Presents Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite Progress Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater, St.Petersburg

Jan 31 - Feb 12

Seven Guitars American Stage Theatre, St. Pete

Les Miserables Straz Center, Tampa

Jan 27 - March 8

Feb 3 & 5

Robert Zakanitch Exhibition University Of Tampa Scarfon/Hartley Gallery

Jan 28

Zac Brown Band 1-800 Ask Gary Amphitheater, Tampa


The Florida Orchestra Presents Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Feb 3, Straz Center, Tampa Feb 5, REH, Clearwater

Feb 3

The Irish Comedy Tour Straz Center, Tampa

the Arts Feb 7

Forever Tango Featuring Cheryl Burke from Dancing with The Stars Largo Cultural Center, Largo (727) 587-6793

Feb 14

Celtic Women Straz Center, Tampa

Feb 18

Feb 24 - March 11

Funny Girl Largo Cultural Center, Largo (727)587-6793

Feb 25

Great Chefs of Tampa Bay Duncan McClellan Gallery, St Petersburg

March 2 - 6

Opera Tampa Gala Straz Center, Tampa

Samson et Dalila St. Petersburg Opera Company Palladium Theater, St Petersburg

Feb 21 - 26

March 2

La Cage aux Folles Straz Center, Tampa

Feb 21

Jose Carreras One of the renowned, “Three Tenors� Starz Center, Tampa

National Geographic Live: Photographer Frans Lanting Straz Center, Tampa

March 3 - 4

Feb 23

March 8

Tony Emmanuel Straz Center, Tampa

Shen Yun Performing Arts Straz Center, Tampa John Leguizamo in Ghetto Klown Starz Center, Tampa

March 10

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Straz Center, Tampa

March 26

Top Chef Tampa Bay W La Carte Event Pavillion

March 27 - Apr 1 Celtic Women

Come Fly Away Straz Center, Tampa

For more event information, visit

Joffrey Ballet


HOT tickets

Feb 18 & 19

Grand Opera At Its Grandest: The Anton Coppola Fond Farewells Concert Starz Center, Tampa

Feb 29

Radiohead St Pete Times Forum, St Pete

March 3 - 4

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

March 21

Bill Clinton Starz Center, Tampa

March 24

Joffrey Ballet Starz Center, Tampa | 29



From sophisticated to casual, F lorida’s Cultural Coast offers an unmatched coastal experience. LIFESTYLE


The Cultural Coast is known for cultural amenities rivaling many much larger cities. Home to artisans as well as art patrons, this area attracts visitors and residents from around the globe. Geographically defined by Sarasota, six barrier islands and 35-miles of award winning beaches, here you’ll find the best of live performances, year-round festivals and outdoor recreation.

A large part of this area’s rich heritage stems from the contributions of John Ringling, co-founder of “Ringling Brothers Circus” as well as a great patron on the arts. Explore the display of art and architecture at The Ringling Museum of Art, or relive the history of the Greatest Show on Earth at the Ringling Museum of the Circus. Whether you prefer comedy, drama, dance or music, live performances throughout the area appeal to all ages. 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.

Beyond the cultural attractions and sun-drenched beaches, our marinas, award-winning golf courses, world-renowned shopping, galleries, museums and endless waterways will delight. Board one of the numerous deep sea charters, or lose yourself in the chic boutiques and galleries of St. Armands. For the day, a week or a lifetime, the Cultural Coast will capture your heart.

Marina Jacks Sarasota

HOMES Residential communities throughout the area offer a blend of unique architecture and diverse lifestyle options. 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. Numerous golf course communities provide for endless outdoor recreation, or enjoy sophisticated island tranquility in Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island. Luxury housing is only part of the allure of this region. The diversity of the area’s residential options appeal to families, young professionals, celebrities, retirees and snow birds.

Endless award-winning restaurants delight visitors and residents alike. From street side cafes and island casual waterfront dining, to wine bars and exotic fare, you can count on superior cuisine, spirits and entertainment by day and night.

HAPPENINGS As an artist’s haven, enjoy live performances and numerous festivals year-round. In February, take advantage of warm breezes and Florida sunshine at the Anna Maria Island Arts & Crafts Festival and Siesta Fiesta Craft Fair on beautiful Siesta Key. Enjoy performances at The Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, along with many others throughout the area. April plays host to the longrunning Annual Sharks Tooth Festival in Venice, and the Venice Symphony, along with the not to be missed Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival. | 31

Explore Mote Aquarium

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Captain Ron’s Ocean Explorer

Circus Sarasota

People At Play

1600 Ken Thompson Pky, Sarasota 941-388-4441 Private marine research labratory and public aquarium.

3701 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota 941-3555305 One of the oldest continuously operating attractions in Florida. 1500 Stringfield Ave, Sarasota 941-355-9805 Professional circus performances amd circus school.

Shop The Cultural Coast offers a unique shopping environment driven by independent businesses, each filling a niche that not only provides a service to locals and visitors, 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 handpicked, 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. Besides the incredible array of independent shops, Sarasota is also home to a giant outlet mall Ellenton Premium Outlets featuring acres of

discounted goods. Famous brands such as Banana Republic, Coach, J.Crew, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th are only a few of the 130 stores with discounted goods 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 near Siesta Key and Downtown Sarasota where Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and Dillards are among the big boys offering luxury goods and high fashion.


811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota 941-366-5731 Cascades of color sprawl across approximately 10 acres of land.

2714 Datura St, Sarasota 941-376-2714 Offshore fishing charters, snorkeling, and sightseeing trips.

6029 33rd Street East, Bradenton 941-756-0886 www. A construction playground unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.


Eat Exceptional dining experiences unique to Southwest Florida.

Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant

1216 1st Street, Sarasota 941.952.1036 Spanish


514 Central Ave, Sarasota 941.366.6565 Casual New American

Libby’s Cafe & Bar

1917 S. Osprey, Sarasota 941.487.7300 Contemporary

Maison Blanche

2605 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key 941.383.8088 Modern French

Perfect Caper

121 East Marion Ave, Punta Gorda 941.505.9009 New American


481 N. Orange Ave, Sarasota 941.706.1677 Contemporary

The Hot Spots Mattison’s

3215 S. MacDill Ave, Tampa Outdoor Restaurant & Live Music

The Gator Club

1490 Main Street, Sarasota Live Bands and Nightclub

Cà d’Zan Lounge

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

Marina Jacks

2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota Spectacular Setting Dining and Bar

Five O’CLock Club

1930 Hillview St, Sarasota Ultimate Neighborhood Bar

Owen’s Fish Camp

516 Burns Lane, Sarasota 941.951.6936 Southern

For more restaurant reviews visit

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

Siesta Key Oyster Bar

5238 Ocean Boulevard, Siesta Key Best Beach BarRomantic Wine Bar | 33



Feb 1-12 The Last Romance

Feb 12 Russian Ballet

Feb 3 Willie Nelson

Feb 11-Mar 24 Carmen

Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota

8pm, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 800.826.9303

Feb 5 Craft Festival

7pm, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 800.826.9303

Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota 941.366.8450

Feb 15 Diana Krall

18th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival Ocean Blvd, Siesta Key

8pm, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 800.826.9303

Feb 7 Foreigner

Feb 15-25 A Chorus Line

8pm, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 800.826.9303

The Players Theatre 838 Tamiami Trail , Sarasota 941.365.2494

Celebrating its 53rd Season, Sarasota Opera consistently brings the world’s top talent to Florida’s west coast. Photo from Sarsasota Opera’s 2009 production of Verdi’s famous opera La Traviata.


the Arts Feb 17 Friday Artwalk

Feb 25-26 Selby Gardens

Feb 18 Arts Festival

Mar 1 Lily Tomlin

26th Annual Downtown Sarasota Arts Festival 800.826.9303

8pm, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 800.826.9303

Feb 18-Mar 23 Lucia

March 2 Pink Floyd Tribute

Towles Court every 3rd Friday 1938 Adams Lane, Sarasota

Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota

Feb 21 The Robbers

Asolo Repertory Theatre 5555 NTamiami Trail, Sarasota 941.351.9010

Feb 25 Jerry Seinfield

9:30pm, Van Wezel Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 800.826.9303

37th Annual Plant and Garden Festival 811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota 941-366-5731

8pm, Van Wezel Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 800.826.9303

Mar 3-25 Othello

Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota

Mar 8 Women of Ireland

8pm, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 800.826.9303

Mar 9-12 Outwater & Gomyo

Sarasota Orchestra/ Van Wezel 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Mar 10-24 Venessa

Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota 941.366.8450

Mar 24 Neil Sedaka

8pm, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 800.826.9303

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HOT tickets Feb 14-June 3

Peter Paul Reubens Exhibit Ringling Museum of Art 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota 941.359.5700

Feb 16-19

Bjaland and Weiss Sarasota Orchestra/Van Wezel 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Feb 21

Alvin Alley Dance Theater 8pm, Van Wezel Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 800.826.9303

March 25

Tony Bennett 7pm, Van Wezel Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 800.826.9303 | 37


Longboat Key Wonderful and completely remodeled beachfront unit with enormous and fabulous views of the gulf, beach and sunsets! There were no details overlooked when the updating was undertaken! Travertine flooring was installed throughout with neutral carpeting in the bedrooms. The kitchen was extensively transformed using granite countertops, custom cabinets, and new appliances. Both bathrooms are brand new and all closets have been fitted to maximize available space. Amenities at Beachplace include 24 hour security, three tennis courts, Jr. Olympic size heated pool and jacuzzi, clubhouse overlooking the beach with fitness club and activity room.

$ 799,000 | 2 bedrooms , 2 baths Presented by: Cheryl Loeffler, Realtor, Signature Premier Sotheby’s 941.302.9674 |



Lushly landscaped estate lot with wonderful golf views in scenic Laurel Oak. This custom built McGinnis home has been extensively updated. The gourmet kitchen features the finest Viking and Sub Zero appliances. The master bedroom has a sitting area with a fireplace overlooking the salt water pool.

Classic Spanish Mediterranean home in the The Oaks Bayside features high ceilings and crown moldings, large open kitchen and adjacent family room. The Oaks Club covers 1,000 acres with two championship golf courses, 12 Har-Tru tennis courts, pool, regulation croquet court and three extraordinary dining venues.

$ 1,999,000 | 5 bedrooms , 5 baths Presented by: Jerry Zaback, Realtor, Signature Premier Sotheby’s

$ 625,000 | 3 bedrooms , 3 baths Presented by: Sharon Chiodi, Realtor, Signature Premier Sotheby’s

941.364.4000 |

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Yes, you can live the dream! If you live in Canada or the northern United States, take a look out your window. You probably see a winter wonderland. It’s nice, I’ve been there. Now my wife and I often sit in the cockpit of our boat and watch the sunset over Sarasota Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Manatee River, well you get the idea. We live on the Gulf Coast of Florida, one of the most beautiful and now affordable places to live your dream. Here’s the good news. Homes and Condos in our area are not as pricey as they used to be. For instance, you can get brand new three bedroom, two bathroom luxury condominiums overlooking the Manatee River starting at $199,900, while they last, at The Palms of Riviera Dunes. You can add a boat slip, if you want, so you can overlook your yacht while watching the sunrise or sunset from your balcony. Beach front or barrier island property is no longer just for the very wealthy. You will be surprised what you can get for under $1 million and possibly very pleasantly surprised for what you can get for over that price. The housing market took a beating in this area starting in late 2005. It has just begun to recover. Many stories have been told of all the distressed properties that have kept the market prices down. This is still true. The other side of that equation is the inventory of available homes has dropped to levels not seen since before the boom went bust. What that means is the economics of supply and demand are well on the way to balancing out. As demand continues to increase and supply lessens, prices cannot stay as they are much longer.


Builders have started to build houses, townhomes and condominiums in our areas in numbers not seen prior to the housing slump. For new homes and resale homes, here is what we have to offer: homes by the beach, on canals, homes with docks, on golf courses, near shopping, acreages, homes overlooking the gulf, bay or river, with fine dining, arts, culture and professional sports. Florida has more people moving in than out according to the latest census data. There are also more people moving into the Sarasota and Bradenton area according to recent data which means if you are waiting for a sign of when to buy, the time has come. Supply is down, demand is up. We have beaches, year round golf, exceptional shopping, theme parks, international airports, and we definitely have some of the best prices on properties seen in more than a decade. Do you want to trade your snow boots for flip flops? If the answer is YES, you’ve found the right place. We’re standing by with an ice cold fruity drink, ready to help.

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Known for its abundant natural resources, F lorida’s Paradise Coast offers a true coastal adventure. LIFESTYLE


The natural bounty of The Paradise Coast is unsurpassed. Tucked between the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Everglades, you’ll find a strong nature conservancy, cultural sophistication and unmatched outdoor recreation. Geographically defined by Naples, Marco Island, Fort Myers, Sanibel, Captiva & the Florida Everglades, this area appeals to the beach lover, ecoconscious, art enthusiast, as well as the affluent. Naples’ European charm and tropical climate invite residents and visitors to relax, rejuvenate and explore year-round.

Nature provides the playground for air boat rides, swamp buggy races, sunset tours and eco-excursions 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 Meyers Beach, there’s no shortage of adventure for all ages.

Big Cypress National Preserve, 10,000 Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Everglades National Park assure Florida’s wildlife and eco-systems remain our greatest natural treasures. Over 130 award winning golf courses, numerous award winning communities, exceptional cuisine, romantic islands, white sand beaches and delightful cultural amenities provide the perfect backdrop for exceptional Florida living.

The Resort At MarinaVillage Cape Coral

HOMES Upscale and refined best describes the Naples lifestyle. Master planned communities with rich amenities and green space offer an unsurpassed lifestyle with surprisingly budget friendly pricing. Choose from gated communities with European charm, or opulent condominiums on the south end of Fort Myers Beach. 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.

Naples dining options are as diverse as our quaint community. Restaurants located on Naples’ Fifth Avenue South and the Bayfront, along with metro offerings of local seafood, steaks and international cuisine are sure to please. Refined or casual, a wide range of culinary influences and award-winning chefs create the dining experience that is distinctly Naples.

When the sun goes down, the nights heat up on the Paradise Coast. An array of live music, spectacular views and tropical specialty drinks flow throughout the regions clubs and restaurants.

HAPPENINGS Recognized as one of America’s “Best Small Art Towns,” Naples plays host to spectacular events year-round. February cranks up with the Naples Jazz Festival and the Annual Mardi Gras Celebration, while March ushers in Major League Baseball Spring Training and the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience tropical temptations at Sanibel/Captiva’s Annual Taste of The Islands celebration in April. | 45


Naples Museum of Art

5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard , Naples 239.597.1900 30,000 square-foot museum features a diverse world-class collection of art.

Audubon Corkscrew Sanctuary

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 small-town friendliness. Street side cafes, mini-parks and ample parking provide a peaceful excursion to this renowned shopping location. In the heart of Old Naples, Third Street South, with attractive courtyards and chic boutiques offers unique shopping, 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


3301 Tamiami Trail East, Naples 239.252.8476 Featuring five unique museum facilities

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

375 Sanctuary Rd. W., Naples 239.348.9151 14,000 acre nature and wiildlife preserve

2350 McGregor Blvd., Ft Myers 239.334.7419 20 acres of historic buildings, gardens and Edison Ford Museum

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Burroughs Home & Gardens

1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples


Collier County Museum

239.262.5409 Southwest Florida’s only nationally accredited zoo.

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. Choose from numerous cuisines at the restaurants of Key Western Grille, Asian Bistro LaBamba Mexican Restaurant and more. Get a glimpse of Naples’ nautical past at the over 40 boutiques and restaurants at Tin City Waterfront Marketplace, a true shopping sensation blending treasures of both yesterday and today. 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. With over 60 unique and distinguished shops, galleries and restaurants, The Villages on Venetian Bay offers a superior experience in a beautiful waterfront setting.

2505 First St., Ft Myers 239.337.0706. Built in 1901, this Georgian Revival Mansion is one of Fort Myers’ oldest homes

Robb & Stucky International Fort Myers 239.415.2800



Exceptional dining experiences unique to Southwest Florida.


13451 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239.791.8554 New American

M Waterfront Grille

4300 Gulf Shore Blvd N., Naples 239.263.4421 Contemporary

Sea Salt

Marker 92 Cape Coral

Cafe & Bar Lurcat

1186 3rd St. S., Naples 239.434.7258 Innovative Seafood

Traders Cafe

494 Fifth Ave. S, Naples 239.213.3357 Contemporary

1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island 239.472.7242 Continental/Seafood

Figs Grille

Sanibel Cafe

25987 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs 239.390.1700 Mediterranean

2007 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island 239.472.5323 American


2122 Second St, Ft Myers 239.332.2065 Southern Regional For more restaurant reviews visit

The Hot Spots Nervous Nellie’s Waterfront

1131 First St, Ft Myers Beach 239.463.8077 Seafood

Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille

975 Rabbit Road, Sanibel Island 239.472.8311 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

Live Music, Dancing 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples 239-598-3300 | 47

Courtesy John R Woods Realtors



Bonita Bay Located in Bonita Springs, Florida, Bonita Bay is unique and majestic with unmatched amenities, unparalleled charm and beauty. This 2,400 acre master planned community, just north of Naples, is truly one of Mother Nature’s finest creations, sculpted into a timeless portrait

Courtesy John R Woods Realtors

of nature at its best. Intimate neighborhoods of single-family homes, villas, coach and carriage homes and luxury highrise condominiums overlook the Gulf, bay, lakes, golf courses and nature preserves. A private beach and more than 1,400 acres remain open green space at Bonita Bay, including 230 acres of lakes, expansive nature preserve areas and 12 miles of bicycle and walking paths. Bonita Bay offers a wide variety of homes of all shapes and sizes, located in neighborhoods of all types. The

Bonita Bay Club offers wonderful amenities to its members including championship golf, fitness center, swim center and two clubhouses. Residences range from just under $200,000 to over several million for pure luxury. Whether a resident or a guest, you can visit parks, play golf on elegant courses or take to the water on pristine Gulf beaches. You can immerse yourself in true relaxation, recreation and luxury in Bonita Bay.


BONITA BAY Amenities The Bonita Bay Club The club is a memberowned private country club, offering wonderful amenities to its members including championship golf, tennis, fitness center, swim center and two clubhouses with fine dining and all the social activities imaginable for your enjoyment. Bonita Bay Golf

Architects Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills have created 5 championship courses designed to challenge and accommodate residentmember golfers of every level. Additional amenities include three practice facilities, two pro shops, PGA instructors and an experienced staff.

Bonita Bay Fitness A 10,000 sq. ft. stateof-the-art fitness center is adjoined by a heated lap-size swimming pool with cabana and dressing rooms. Bonita Bay Tennis

With one of the most active and competitive tennis programs in the area, the tennis complex features eighteen hydro-grid tennis courts, headed by a USPTA master professional.


mmerse yourself in true relaxation,

recreation and luxury in Bonita Bay.

Bonita Bay Marina

A full-service marina offers wet and dry storage for 420 boats, waterfront dining, social and educational activities, along with direct access to Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico via the Imperial River. Dine at Backwater Jacks, welcoming patrons with a casual flare and a selection of superbly delicious cocktails and cuisine.

Bonita Bay Beach Club

The Beach Park is located on the Gulf of Mexico and is offered to all residents for beaching during the day. A private beach, gazebos, picnic tables, grills, showers and rest rooms offer the perfect place to enjoy sun, sand and surf.

Contributing Writers

Claire McMahon and Carol Wood Realtors, John R. Wood Realtors Direct 239.949.7470 Cell 239.405.2794

Bonita Bay Community Association The community master association takes care of the wonderful environment and every desire. They arrange exciting travel, entertainment and social gatherings for the enjoyment of all residents and guests.


Courtesy John R Woods Realtors | 51



Investor Specials

Great Condos under $200k

Just a few of the fantastic investor opportunities in Naples right now.

I love my job!

Helping my clients find their perfect piece of paradise is such a joy. Whether you’re looking for a great investment opportunity or a luxurious retreat, I’m here to help you find your place in the sun.

Lana Butsky

Broker/Owner, CIPS, TRC Neapolitan Realty, LLC, Naples, Florida 239.777.2532



January 19 - March 3

February 25 & 26

February 10 - February 13

March 2 - March 18

Squabbles Broadway Palm Theatre, Ft Myers

FloridaĂ­s Creative Coast Weekend Pine Island, FL

February 24 & 25

Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club Ft. Myers


Naples National Art Festival Naples Art Assoc/Von Liebig, Naples

A Fox on the Fairway Gulfshore Playhouse 755 8th Avenue South, Naples

March 3 - March 27

Sanibel Music Festival 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

the Arts March 6

Red Florida Repertory Theatre 2267 First Street. Ft. Myers

March 7 - March 11

My Fair Lady Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 8099 College Pkwy. Ft. Myers

March 11

10th Anniversary Celebration Concert Bach Ensemble, Naples

March 28 - April 15

A Picasso Naples Players/Sugden Theatre Naples

March 31 March 8 - March 18

Little Women TheatreZone 13275 Livingston Rd. Naples

March 10 & 11

Old Florida Festival Collier County Museum. Naples

Broadway, Boogie & Blues Naples Music Club. Naples

April 6 - April 27

A Streetcar Named Desire Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples

For more information on events, visit our website


HOT tickets February 28 - March 4 La Cage Aux Folles The Philharmonic. Naples 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard

February 29

Hello, Dolly! Naples Players/Sugden Theatre Naples

March 4

Chris Botti B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 8099 College Pkwy. Ft. Myers

March 24 -& 25

Naples Festival of the Arts Downtown Naples

March 28 - April 15

Wicked B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 8099 College Pkwy. Ft. Myers | 57


Marco Island


Spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico from this Gulf front luxury high-rise. This is a beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bath residence with wood floors, 9 foot ceilings and double door entry. Amenities include a beautiful social room, state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis courts, fishing pier and guard-gated entry.

Elegant golf course estate home in an the exclusive Tiburon/ Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. This impressive home features an expansive living area, a generous kitchen and family room. Beautiful resort-style pool and lanai overlooking waterfalls and the 15th hole of the Gold Course.

$ 790,000 | 3 bedrooms , 3 baths Presented by: Darlene Roddy, PA, Signature Premier Sotheby’s

$ 2,995,000 | 6+ bedrooms , 5/1 baths Presented by: Julie Rembos, GRI, Signature Premier Sotheby’s

239.642.2222 |

239.659.0099 |

Bonita Springs


Magnificent Harwick luxury home located in Bonita Bay with world class finishes throughout. Extraordinary ceilings, exceptional crown moldings and trim, gourmet kitchen, 1000 bottle walk-in wine cellar, master bedroom suite with his and her’s baths and an exercise room. Elaborately designed pool, spa and water features by Russell Bencaz create an enchanting environment.

A boater’s dream home on Venetian Bay. Outdoor living is encouraged by the second story wraparound lanai, grilling area and the infinity edged pool and spa. Elegant details, such as marble flooring, gas fireplaces, onyx countertops, radius glass and custom built-ins provide luxurious waterfront living. Large dock with two lifts complete the property.

$ 2,895,000 | 3+ bedrooms , 4.5 baths Presented by: Carol Wood, Realtor, John R Woods Realty

$ 3,995,000 | 5 bedrooms , 6 baths Presented by: Michael Lawler, PA, Signature Premier Sotheby’s

239.822.3709 |

239.213.7475 |


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Jodi Cunnison gives her point of view on Canadian buyers of Florida real estate. Jodi is a dual United States-Canadian citizen. She lived in Ontario Canada for 30 years before moving to Sarasota. Jodi was a lawyer in Canada and New York. She is currently a Realtor ® with Coldwell Banker on Longboat Key. Visit her online at


Jodi, what are Canadians thinking right now?

Gail, I work with many Canadian buyers. I lived in Canada for 30 years and I am continually back and forth to Toronto. Canada is a wonderful country however, the winters are cold and long and many Canadians want to “get out of Dodge” to get a respite from the weather. Right now, Canadians are eager to buy property in sunny climates such as Florida or Arizona. Florida is closer in proximity for residents of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces and I tend to see more purchasers from those areas. You can fly directly from Toronto to Sarasota in less than three hours.


How is buying real estate in Florida different than in Canada?

Buying real estate in Florida is a different experience than buying real estate in Canada for many reasons. As a former lawyer in Ontario, I am familiar with the nuances of real estate purchases in the different countries. The use of title companies in Florida is also different than in Ontario. Title companies in Florida can handle the entire transaction and can represent both the seller and buyer. In Florida, real estate lawyers and title companies compete for this business. In Ontario, real estate purchases are exclusively the domain of lawyers, who actually search title and certify title to the title companies. The Ontario lawyers handle all of the nuts and bolts of the transaction and the title companies just act as insurance providers. As of two years ago, lawyers in Ontario were not allowed to represent both a seller and a buyer in the same transaction. Another difference between Florida and Ontario is that when you are


Jodi Cunnison, Realtor Coldwell Banker Longboat Key purchasing property in Florida the closing costs and title insurance are negotiable expenses between the seller and the buyer. That doesn’t happen in Ontario. Finally, another huge difference is the type of mortgages that are available in Florida. We have 15 and 30 year fixed mortgages in Florida, something that Canadians do not have available to them. In Ontario, 5 year variable or fixed mortgages are the norm.


Why is this an attractive time to buy real estate in Florida?

There are a combination of factors that make this such an attractive time to buy real estate for Canadians. The most important one is the exchange rate. The Canadian loonie, Canadian currency, has been hovering around par or stronger than the US dollar for almost 2 years. We haven’t seen this happen since the 1970’s. Real estate prices in places like Toronto and Vancouver are very high; purchasing power in Florida is much greater. When you have people thinking of buying a second home or an investment property, the Canadian loonie goes pretty far in Florida. When my clients discover that they can buy a lovely home in a golf course community or a 2 bedroom condominium on the beach for $400,000, this makes them happy. Another contributing factor is with demographics. Many of my clients from Canada are retired (or see retirement on the horizon) and decide that buying a place now makes good sense.


Can you explain the differences in taxes in the United States and Canada regarding property?

Yes, the taxes that are paid on a real estate transaction are quite different in the two countries. In Florida, when there is a real estate sale, the seller pays the documentary stamp tax (which is a state tax) on the transaction which works out to 70 cents per $100 of purchase price. In Ontario, the purchaser pays the provincial Land Transfer Tax on the purchase price which is calculated at .5% on the first $55,000 of value, then 1% on the amount between $55,000 and $250,000, 1.5% on the amount between $250,000 and $400,00, and 2% on anything over that. If a $400,000 property is sold in Florida, the seller pays $2800 in state documentary stamp tax. If the same value property sold in Ontario, the buyer would pay $4500 in Land Transfer Tax. When you are selling a million dollar property, the seller pays $7000 in Florida and the buyer pays $17,000 in Ontario. Quite the difference! Gail, I get many questions from my Canadian clients about how property taxes are calculated in Florida. In Florida, you can have a situation where neighbors on

the same street with roughly the same value home are paying very different property taxes. The reason for this is that if you are a resident of Florida and have applied for a homestead exemption then your property taxes can only be increased up to a maximum of 3% per year. If you are not homesteaded in Florida, then your taxes can be increased up to a maximum of 10% per year. As you can imagine over time this can result in a significant discrepancy. I should point out that the 10% maximum for non-homesteaded owners may be reduced to 5% in the near future in order to equalize this situation. Also property taxes have actually been going down in Florida since the recession began. I pay substantially less taxes on my home in Sarasota than, I did in 2005 because the assessed value of my home has dropped.

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 | 61

HISTORY L egends

of F lorida Architecture partnership to Rudolph in his firm in Sarasota, Florida. They worked together until Rudolph went on his own in 1951. Rudolph became a leader of the “Sarasota School,” a style of architecture founded by Twitchell and many renowned Florida architects. With a focus on making architecture in harmony with its surroundings, Sarasota architecture featured a clean, open contemporary floor plan, filled with light and terrazzo floors, wide overhangs, and flat roofs.

Courtesy Libray of Congress Paul Rudolph, portrait, overlooking the drafting room of his Art and Architecture Building (now Rudolph Hall) at Yale University. ca. 1960

PAUL MARVIN RUDOLPH, FAIA (1918-1997) Renowned Sarasota architect Paul Rudolph is highly acclaimed for his local contributions to what is known as “Sarasota Modern” architecture. His early work in Sarasota residential design utilized jalousie windows, to take advantage of Sarasota Bay breezes, with an overall minimalist design geared to embrace Sarasota’s subtropical climate. Recognized for the contemporary approach, minimalist design and spatial concepts, his innovative design can be seen throughout the Sarasota area. Born October, 1918, in Kentucky, Rudolph earned his bachelor of arts degree in architecture from what is now Auburn University in 1940. After working with E. B. Van Koeren in Birmingham and Ralph Twitchell in Sarasota, he went to the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1941 to study with Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. He completed his master of arts degree from Harvard after a three year tour with the Navy. In 1948, Ralph Twitchell offered a full


Lido Shores located on Lido Key near downtown Sarasota is perhaps the finest example of his Florida design legacy. Although many of the original homes have been renovated over the years, his unmistakable designs remain as a testament to his extraordinary talent. Other Sarasota landmarks by Rudolph include the initial design of Sarasota County Riverview High School, built in 1957. When considering restoration or replacement, there was a great deal of controversy in Sarasota, as many members of the community appealed for the retention of this historical significant structure. During the controversy, Charles Gwathmey, the architect overseeing renovation of the Art and Architecture Building at Yale, said “Riverview High School is a fantastic prototype of what today we call green architecture. He (Rudolph) was so far ahead of his time, experimenting with sun screens and cross-ventilation. If it’s torn down, I feel badly for architecture.” The decision was reached in 2006 to destroy the original structure, which was demolished in June of 2009. At the age of 39, Yale University appointed Paul Rudolph as Head of Architecture in 1957, after he designed the Yale Art and Architecture Building, a structure considered his masterpiece. He stayed at Yale for six years until moving to New York in 1966. As Rudolph’s popularity reached new heights, he was offered larger projects and began to design buildings throughout the Northeast. He was commissioned to create a master plan for Tuskegee Institute in

Tuskegee, Alabama. His other works include Boston’s Government Service Center and First Church; Colgate University’s Dana Arts Center, Burroughs Welcome headquarters in North Carolina; the main campus of the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth and the Jewett Art Center at Wellesley College. In the 70s Rudolph’s work continued to evolve with an increase in international demand. He designed major international projects into the 1990s. Upon his death in 1997, he donated his entire career archive to the Library of Congress. His bequest helped to establish the Center for Architecture, Design, and Engineering at the Library of Congress. Paul Rudolph left an architectural legacy to Sarasota, as well as an acclaimed international architectural footprint.

Lido Shores home today, Sarasota, Florida designed by Paul Rudolph

Lido Shores home today, Sarasota, Florida designed by Paul Rudolph

In one of Rudolph’s few articles, ‘Enigmas of Architecture’, written in 1977, he said, “Architecture is used space formed for psychological and symbolical reasons. Architectural space overrides all its integrating elements and concepts by consciously forming enclosed voids to accommodate human beings in the totality of their psychic and physical life and in their various pursuits and intentions.” | 65

ROOM wit h

a View

Sarasota, Florida Gorgeous bay views, 3600 luxurious square feet including 3 bedrooms and a media room. Finest materials, superb finishes. Private elevator to lobby, 2 car private garage. Huge front and back balconies. Every amenity you could wish for. Concierge, state of the art fitness center, massage room, library, 2 room guest suite, roof top terrace with entertaining facilities, complete summer kitchen adjacent to beautiful heated pool and spa. Pets welcome. This is the finest building in downtown Sarasota. There are 24 units, all owned by full time residents.


Property Listed for Sale $1,950,000 Represented by Robert Lindeman, Realtor Michael Saunders & Company Office 941.388.4447 Direct 941.504.2123 Email


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