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CONTENTS Florida Homes & Lifestyles Magazine Volume 4 Issue 4 | Fall 2012

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Cover Feature

Tiburon by Lynn Fulton


Florida Design



Publisher’s Note



by Marcy Chapman

The Oaks Club

by Sania Allen


A Room with a View





Point of View


Residential Market Report

by Meredith Mueller


Luxury Property Specialist Directory


Property Listings


Architectural History

By Gail Shane

Mediterranean Design by Barry Stein

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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 and surrounding communities boast miles of unspoiled beaches, upscale neighborhoods, over 130 highly acclaimed golf courses, culinary delights, and numerous cultural events. Naples, Marco Island, and the Florida Everglades include the Paradise Coast. 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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Coastal living opportunities

longboat Key, Florida

longboat Key, Florida

spectacular, private, beachfront, european villa

Magnificent views from this Water Club penthouse

You can’t see another neighbor from this 3 bedroom + den, Positano residence... just the white sand beach and the turquoise Gulf waters. The stunning, 3343 sq. ft. villa has an enormous wrap terrace, private stairs to the beach and an additional private 1900 sq. ft. paver garden area. Only the finest materials have been used throughout.

This furnished 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 3045 sq ft residence will take your breath away when you enter the penthouse from your private elevator. Walls of glass off the spacious living room lead to the private balcony with miles of fabulous beach and sunset views. The master retreat w/private sitting area has his and hers baths and large walk-in closet.

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longboat Key, Florida

longboat Key, Florida

Direct beachfront longboat Key towers Condominium

Fabulous opportunity in this direct bay front Marina Bay Condo

Corner location, 1714 sq ft, w/walls of windows that allows for stunning panoramic views all the way up the beach from this furnished, beautifully renovated modern masterpiece. Beautiful cool marble flooring in the major rooms and bamboo flooring in both bedrooms and both bathrooms have also been beautifully renovated. Two spacious terraces.

This 3524 sq ft residence has a fabulous floor plan designed to take advantage of the stunning panoramic views of the bay and ancient oaks and lives like a bay front home. Newly redesigned the 3 bedroom en suite residence has a large living room wrapped in walls of glass on two sides, separate kitchen & family room & two huge terraces.

MLS A3964597

MLS A3963744



gorgeous, 3600+ sq ft home with beautiful lake views

Fabulous location in Country Club shores

Beautiful views from this sunset Beach Condo

This 3BR+den residence features hardwood floors, archways, columns, niches, and faux finishes throughout. A pool & spa, outdoor kitchen and a pool bath are added luxuries. MLS A3962300 $1,495,000

Views down the canal to the bay from this spacious 3 bedroom home with new great room, kitchen and bathrooms. The great room has vaulted ceilings, skylights and new stackable sliders. MLS A3957877 $899,000

Turquoise blue waters and sunsets year around can be viewed from this remodeled, 2 bedroom condominium. The corner location residence has new kitchen, baths and flooring. MLS A3957661 $549,900

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s you might imagine, producing a magazine featuring some of the finest luxury properties in Florida, a good portion of our time is spent examining absolutely breathtaking homes. In this issue’s home feature, we share with you some of the marvelous kitchens that took our breath away. If my kitchen were as inspiring as the oceanfront kitchen featured on page 20, even I would be moved to attempt some feat of culinary mastery. My frozen chicken pot pies would look shamefully out of place in such a gourmet oasis. If the key to a man’s heart is through his stomach, perhaps, the key to a good cook is in the quality of her kitchen? When I acquire an oceanfront kitchen, I’ll let you know. Also in this issue, we offer a glimpse of one of the finest golf and country clubs in all of Southwest Florida, The Oaks Club. Hailing from the land of antebellum mansions and ancient oaks myself, I felt right at home at the elegant, Southern inspired clubhouse. The design of the expansive clubhouse is grand but with a feminine flair unlike most clubs that present a more masculine

atmosphere. Considering the land was developed on the former homesite of Bertha Honore Palmer, a great patron of Sarasota and women’s issues, The Oaks Club is a fitting homage to a fascinating lady. For those of you looking to purchase a home this Fall, we have some spectacular properties to show you. The Tiburon home featured on our cover is a colorful designer’s dream and the “La Joie de L’eau” on page 12 is a water lover’s paradise, complete with a built-in custom slide for the children and the young at heart. Also in this issue, we have carefully selected our lists of the best concerts, plays, art openings, and festivals coming to the entire Southwest Gulf Coast this Fall. As the welcome breezes of October settle over the coast, we hope you take advantage of all that living in paradise has to offer.

Jules Gibson Publisher / Editor

“Even more important than the discovery of Columbus, is the fact that the general government has just discovered women.” Bertha Honore Palmer


Volume 4 Issue 4 | Fall 2012 Gulf Coast Edition

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Property Featured on the Cover 10 | FLORIDA HOMES & LIFESTYLES

Naples | Tiburon Nestled between the lakes of the Tiburon Golf Club and the Ritz Golf Resort rests this stunning Mediterranean home. Elegant Corinthian column archways open to a private stone patio and courtyard. Trickling fountains near the heated pool can be heard thoroughout the almost 8,000 square feet of marble and lush green tropical landscape. The interior of the home is accented with masterfully crafted moldings and coffered ceilings. The inviting floor plan offers over 4,000 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and a handsomely appointed den, as well as three full bathrooms and one half bath. The glorious kitchen is a chef’s delight with a massive granite

island, beautiful maple cabinetry, and custom Halogen lighting creating a lovely warm glow. The master suite offers breathtaking views only exceeded by the dreamy spa-like bathroom. No need to wake up from this dream, move in and live happily ever after in your own Mediterranean castle.

Offered at $1,495,000 Represented by

Lynn Fulton, Realtor John R. Wood Realtors, Naples Direct 239.293.3125 E-mail | 11


This splendid waterfront home, “La Joie de L’eau” offers an inspired way to take advantage of Gulfcoast living ……where the ultimate perk is the beautiful warm water lapping at your doorstep all year long. Experience this magnificent property, embraced on three sides by the deep, clear waters of Sarasota Bay and ringed by tall verdant Royal palms. You’ll feel like you have stepped onto your own private tropical island.


Sarasota | San Remo Estates “Joy of the Water” is as unique and comfortable as a boutique resort…. 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. 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. Siesta Key Beach, downtown Sarasota, and shopping on St. Armands circle, are conveniently located just minutes away. When arriving home after an exhilarating day shopping or boating, you’ll enjoy retreating to the serenity of this inviting home. After a day experiencing the diverse offerings of one of Southwest Florida’s more affluent communities, the rooftop widow’s walk is ready to host bird’s eye viewings of brilliant sunsets, picturesque Bird Key, downtown Sarasota, the John Ringling Bridge and not far in the distance, the annual 4th of July fireworks celebration.

The beautiful boat basin boasts 160 feet of deep protected waters, where you frequently have visits from manatee, 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 yearround watersports: two lifts accommodating jet ski, kayaks, your runabout and a slip for your yacht or sailboat along with space for your visiting boating friends.

Represented by

Deborah Beacham, CRS, GRI, TRC P.A., Realtor, Luxury Waterfront Specialist Michael Saunders & Company, Longboat Key Direct 941.376.2688 www. | 13



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on all of our famous maker furnishings. Kanes beautiful showroom is filled with fabulous displays and vignettes. Visit Sarasota’s legendary showplace of fine furnishings and interior design studios overlooking scenic Phillippi Creek. Family owned and operated for over 60 years in Sarasota. 5252 S. Ta mia m i Trai l Saras ota F L 34231 92 4 - 1 2 7 1 S un 1 2 : 0 0 - 5 : 0 0 M o n t h ru S a t 9 : 0 0 - 6 : 0 0 w w w. ka n esofsa ra sota .c om

Kitchens By Marcy Chapman


ree and enlightened design trends are now restoring the kitchen’s rightful role as the heart of the home. During the past couple of decades American women have been liberated …..and so too has the kitchen. The kitchens of the past, often located in remote corners of the house or wedged into long, narrow, dark galleys, have been lightened up and liberated, replaced with expansive views, high ceilings, and cabinets galore. This new age workplace has propelled its way into the 21st century. Today’s open-plan kitchen model is a prominent “high voltage” spot, an area of visual interest as well as togetherness. David Johnson, publisher of Kitchen Trends magazine remarks on this movement in a recent issue, “In days gone by, when kitchens were hidden in the back of the house, function and cleanliness were the only criteria that mattered. Now, the kitchen is front and center – it’s often part of the main living and entertaining space – and we want it to reflect our personality and complement the overall décor of our home.” With the kitchen’s new role on center stage, it presents enormous potential for adding lots of pizzazz to your home. A chic partnering of furnishings that reflect your personal style, whether contemporary or traditional, integrated with the elements needed for preparing fine cuisine, create the perfect recipe for highly livable designs. The space may set the tone, with an urban statement through its use of sleek marble surfaces and polished


Property offered for sale Lantern Lane, Naples Contact: Bill Earls, Realtor, John R Wood Realtors, 239.777.6622 | 17

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chrome fixtures, or may emanate a “been here forever” feel, with soaring crossbeams and expansive views extending natural light with transom and high-arched windows. Warm, honey-finished planked wood flooring unifies the living area and continues under a formal dining table. The kitchen merges into the mix via a vintage furniture cabinet adapted for an island. Traditional….kicked up a notch! Irrespective of the design statement, the current kitchen storage solutions are found in many cabinet options; those with glass doors are especially nice as they assist family and guests in finding things easily. Custom cabinets are often cleverly masked as furniture pieces in the kitchen and their finishes may take on many faces besides furniture styles, some offering unique or brilliant pops of color that effectively define spaces or create a focal point for the room. Dark wood finishes offer wonderfully rich ambiance, and of course, white cabinets are always a brilliant choice. Renowned designer Bunny Williams remarked in a recent discussion of cabinet finishes, that we don’t seem to ever get tired of a white kitchen. Of all the kitchens she has had through the years, she has been happiest when they are fairly neutral. All bets are on - personal taste gets free rein for this selection. Today’s kitchen will most likely offer an island (or two). Islands can support both action and ambiance. The chef, no longer relegated to a separate out-of-the-way place to cook, now has the opportunity to be part of the scene. This innovative “hub-of-the-home” links the kitchen with adjacent living spaces and fulfills a range of functions: an extra prep or clean-up station, bar or a buffet for entertaining, homework or craft station and an opportunity for a welcoming space with the feel of a cozy kitchen table. If it is the site of the cooktop, it has the perk of providing loads of generous storage with deep drawers to keep pots and pans right where they’re needed. Whether you desire old world charm or modern sleek surrounds, islands are carefully designed to marry with the décor of their surroundings. Located front and center, they are frequently presented as an inspiration piece highlighting exclusive cabinetry in finished woods with outstanding details - equivalent to any fine piece of furniture. Island end caps provide opportunity for display space… shelves for treasured collections, pottery, or possibly a cookbook library. When powered with the latest in technology, an island now affords a place to recharge your computer and smart phone. Properties offered for sale Top: Casey Key Contact: Deborah Beacham, Broker Associate Micheal Saunders & Co, 941.376.2688 www. Bottom: Great Egret Trail, Naples Contact: Bill Earls, Realtor, John R Wood Realtors, 239.777.6622

La Cornue A custom island configuration featuring a Grand Palais 180 range set among Cuisine de Château cabinets and topped with an Island Hood.

Many of these rapid technological advances have driven kitchen functions and design, which have swung like a pendulum. It has been the “in” and the “out” room, both literally and figuratively, its evolution fueled by available sources of energy. Descriptions of our earliest ancestors picture them cooking around a fire pit (some of us still do, but for fun). With the advent of the chimney, cooking and congregating moved indoors. By the time America was being homesteaded the family gathered in a cabin (remember “Little House on the Prairie”) around the “island” of the hearth. By the early 1900’s the carte du jour of American kitchen design had shifted and the kitchen became a separate room that often took a back seat in the home. The availability of convenience foods (say “hello” to Bisquick and Spam) made “cooking everything from scratch” optional. The kitchen found itself again in “lock-up” mode as “packaged meals” and a large menu of eating out options screamed “freedom” for the cook. “Sweating over a hot stove all day” became more of an expression than a requirement….and that trend has had a long run! The kitchen of 2012 - supporting the creation of healthy fare and fulfilling a renewed desire to “nest” - is free at last. Tapping into current upscale real estate portfolios we find residences with open, user- friendly kitchens equipped to fulfill our active Florida lifestyle requirements, both culinary and social. Whether we are dedicated chefs or professional “warmer-uppers” we all love these elements of convenience and style. | 19

Property offered for sale: Sarasota. Contact: Kim Ogilvie, Realtor, Michael Saunders & Company 800.242.1797 |

For a one-of-a-kind “Wow” factor, it’s hard to surpass the opportunity, in tropical Florida, to enjoy an open-plan kitchen, a “Room with a View,” featuring lots of glass to allow the outside and inside to merge. The raw ingredients, metal and glass, of contemporary-styled kitchens, are seen in sleek stainless steel finishes, professional ranges, concealed sub-zero refrigeration, twin dishwashers and vented grills, giving these areas a clean, efficient and streamlined character, a gleaming refinement. Here, clutter is relegated to the past. While a sleek environ is the perfect cup of tea for many, traditional styling remains the most popular design clients select. A timeless design, when tweaked with a one-off twist of integrated wood finishes, seasons a kitchen area with a zing that carries it into “today.” A mix of white or neutral cabinetry paired with dark woods or a combination that features a splash of custom color can be sensational. Pair this new variation with wood-planked floors and a sleek textural element of natural stone countertops and a balanced aesthetic is assured.


For some, an “Old World” aura remains their preference and there is no shortage of period design – a grand traditional space. But we’re not talking Granny’s kitchen. The impact of great architecture – hand-embellished overhead beams of precious wood and majestic stone columns – in the company of hand-painted tiles, a gooseneck faucet (reminiscent of early plumbing), a well-used free-standing butcher block, pot racks and ambient lighting all capture the spirit of early homes. Cloaked in this cozy and inviting naturally open floor plan, are highly-engineered appliances and a plethora of contemporary conveniences, just touching a panel or pushing a button is all that’s required. Its five o’clock…time to set the stage for the evening. Martinis or merlot? What’s for dinner? As mealtime approaches, even though a relaxing seat on the lanai has been offered to guests, the buzz of activity and conversation begins to circle around the kitchen island….the setting for a wonderful coming-together under the glow of a tangerinecolored Florida sunset.



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IN THE NEWS Bayshore Boulevard is getting ready to welcome development of an eight-story Spanish-Eclectic, $68 million apartment community just south of the Platt Street Bridge. After years of placing the high-end project on hold, Crescent Resources is ready to build at 319 Bayshore Blvd. The 367-unit apartment community named, Circle Bayshore, boasts close proximity to the water, entertainment and dining venues. The first apartments are scheduled to be finished in the first quarter of 2014. With the recent opening of USF’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, experts are predicting it 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. The city of St. Petersburg has decided to replace the City Pier’s iconic inverted pyramid with a project called the Lens, a striking structure with looping bridges and a tiara-looking canopy towering over a natural reef. The $50 million budget and plan welcomes the community, via a series of public hearings, to tweak the plans, making it unlikely that construction will begin before 2013. The futuristic design has sparked new energy and excitement with Pinellas County residents.

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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 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. | 23


Busch Gardens

Florida Aquarium Dali Museum


Museum of Science & Industry

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

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

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

The Florida Aquarium

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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.

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 (863) 676-1408 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.


CARMEL CAFÉ & WINE BAR Tableside menu iPads let diners control their orders at Carmel Café & Wine Bar. The food arrives very quickly, said founding partner Terry Ryan, “but you make the dining experience at your leisure”. So if you want everything to come at once, order from one MenuPad. Guests use the tablet-based technology to scroll through photographs and descriptions of “mod Mediterranean.” Entrees average $8 to $10, including seafood pasta, mussels, salmon and chicken choices, plus meatballs, burgers, lamb and veal sliders as well as several vegetarian options. Adding to the sleek vibe are several oil paintings by Albert Alfonso, and one by his brother Carlos, of Alfonso Architects, designers of the restaurant 3601 Swann Ave. Visit or call (813) 964-6889.

Exceptional dining experiences UNIQUE to Southwest Florida. 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

Hyde Park Cafe

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

Dunedin Brewery

937 Douglas Ave, Dunedin Ultimate Brew Pub


Cafe Ponte

The Hot Spots

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 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 | 25


Arts Calendar Aug 20 - Dec 15

Oct 18 - 21

Sept 2 - Nov 25

Oct 24

Andy Warhol Legacy Project University of South Florida

Anita Baker


HOT tickets Oct 12

Journey 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater

Oct 16

John Legend Ruth Eckerd Hall

Harbour Island Art Walk Harbour Island, Tampa

Sept 29 - Oct 4

Manhattan Short Film Festival Cinebistro Hyde Park

Sept 29

Fiona Apple Ruth Eckerd Hall

Oct 4

Joe Cocker Ruth Eckerd Hall

Oct 28

Oct 9

Nov 8-25

Oct 12

Nov 17

Oct 12 - 13

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastic Champions Tampa Bay Times Forum

Cirque Du Soleil Kooza St. Petersburg, under the big top

Anita Baker Ruth Eckerd Hall


Sweeney Todd The Palladium Theater

The Florida Orchestra Ruth Eckerd Hall

Tampa Bay Boat Show Florida State Fairgrounds

Clearwater Jazz Holiday Coachman Park

Lynyrd Skynyrd Ruth Eckerd Hall

Oct 26

Rascal Flats 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater

Nov 8

Tap Dogs The Mahaffey Theater

Nov 9

Tampa Bay Home Show Tropicana Field

Nov 9 - 11

Ribfest 2012 Vinoy Park

For more information on events, visit our website

1165 N Stoney Pt , Crystal River, Florida

3 beds | 2.5 baths | 3,780 Sq. Ft.

As the gates open, the artistic beauty of this contemporary estate invites you to experience the ultimate waterfront lifestyle overlooking pristine Crystal River. Escape to your own private gated haven and enjoy the privilege of privacy! This home is designed to capture panoramic river views of the unspoiled and undeveloped habitat of Kings Bay.

Judy Lazanis, Realtor (727) 641.7715

Crystal River, Florida

4 beds | 4 baths | 6030 Sq. Ft.

Liz Klements, Associate Broker (727) 424-6444

Twenty acre estate graced with privacy, Florida wildlife, and water views from all areas of the home. Room for any size family to live and entertain with sunsets beyond the imagination. Boat dock and boat lift in your backyard for easy days coasting out on the Bay. Always wanted your own private oasis, then don’t hesitate to see this retreat.





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IN THE NEWS Sarasota’s popular children’s museum has launched an ambitious rebranding effort and renovation that will bring new hightech exhibits to teach science and technology to local youth. G.WIZ will be closed starting Sept. 4, with the construction of interactive exhibits about science, math, space and geology expected to last at least two months. The nonprofit’s construction will be funded in large part by a new fundraising campaign. Nearly everything, from learning “zones” to individual exhibits, is up for sponsorship. The HuB, takes a new approach at marketing Sarasota to a younger demographic. A social enterprise/startup incubator, The HuB fosters media and tech companies in addition to producing many of its own quirky media projects. Their new web- based sitcom, Saratopia, is a parody in the style of the wildly popular series, Portlandia. Local 20-30 somethings star in the shorts, poking fun at local politics, a recent parking meter fiasco, the boutique culture and Sarasota’s retirement haven reputation. They are also putting the finishing touches on their impressive new headquarters in Downtown Sarasota where they offer a business commune of sorts. The HuB will offer office spaces that share video and sound studios, a community lounge and bar. “We want to provide a central gathering place for entrepreneurs and creative people to meet and share ideas,” says Rick Swier Jr, a founder of The HuB. To learn more visit




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. | 29


Owen’s Fish Camp

Burns Court Ringling Circus Museum

Mote Aquarium

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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

811 S Palm Ave, Sarasota 941-366-5731 www.selby. org 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 One of the oldest continuously operating attractions in Florida.

Circus Sarasota

1500 Stringfield Ave, Sarasota 941-355-9805 www. Professional circus performances amd circus school.

2714 Datura St, Sarasota 941-376-2714 www. 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 filling 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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Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar Bradenton. A family owned restaurant and bar with Old Florida flavor and a dash of elegance. There is over 600 feet of dock space to park your boat as well as a large tiki bar and full restaurant. It is a lively place with 13 flat-screen TV’s, live music every day, even corn hole games. The menu for the restaurant offers appetizers, salads, pulled pork, burgers and desserts. In the tiki bar, you can order a 1/2 pound Angus burger, a huge hot dog or a grilled chicken sandwich. They also offer charters from their luxurious 92’ Lazarra yacht. “Our goal is to share our love of Florida with our guests through delicious food, music, and a breathtaking beach like atmosphere,” says owner Kelly Gotha. 941-746-8700

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

Marina Jacks

Exceptional dining experiences UNIQUE to Southwest Florida.

1287 1st Street, Sarasota 941.966-8111 Continental American


Libby’s Cafe & Bar

1917 S. Osprey, Sarasota 941.487.7300 Contemporary

Owen’s Fish Camp

1216 1st Street, Sarasota 941.952.1036 Tapas

516 Burns Lane, Sarasota 941.951.6936 Southern


Maison Blanche

514 Central Ave, Sarasota 941.366.6565 Casual New American

The Hot Spots Cà d’Zan Lounge

Eat Bijou Cafe

Cà d’Zan Lounge, Ritz-Carlton

2605 Gulf of Mexico Dr, maisonblancherestaurants. com 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

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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 | 31



Active elegance in paradise


The Oaks Club Winding down the pathway toward The Oaks Club, magnificent ancient oaks dripping with Spanish moss seem to wrap their arms around you. In the distance a stately Antebellum mansion with soaring white columns beckons. Once inside the clubhouse, an intoxicating atmosphere of Southern hospitality welcomes you. A graceful double staircase, beautiful flowers, warm rich woods and elegant fabrics are the final indication that you have arrived in Paradise!

The essence of luxury and comfort is the aura created by this wonderful community living “under the Oaks.” Celebrated for its sense of community and social calendar, this premier golf and country club is located in Osprey, just a blink from downtown Sarasota and beaches that are ranked among the world’s finest. Enveloped in a lush thousand-acre tropical landscape, The Oaks Club is a private membership-required community created expressly for the very discerning. The Oaks Club offers lifestyle opportunities for all ages within three gated neighborhoods including waterfront estates, high-rise luxury condominiums, sophisticated town homes, golf course homes and maintenance-free villas.

“Life under The Oaks Club,” as described by Susan Greene, Director of Membership and Marketing, “is the result of a community of couples, families and individuals who are looking for camaraderie, security and a strong neighborhood spirit. Here they find a wonderful place to make friends and enjoy the lifestyle they have earned.” Families with children are often attracted to The Oaks Club by the exceptional educational opportunities nearby, headlined by the distinguished Pine View School for the intellectually gifted and the renowned Ringling College of Art and Design. Susan continues, “Living at The Oaks Club is like being on a cruise ship – so many activities to choose from | 33

women’s issues. She built a residence and wintered on an area of The Oaks Club property now known as Oaks Bayside. Her original gazebo and reflecting pond remain there, providing a unique centerpiece for the community.

The Clubhouse Tavern

THE OAKS CLUB 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.

Pineview School Award Wining Public School for the Gifted. Ranked in the top 10 high schools in the country.

Spanish Point Find a capsule of “Old Florida” at Osprey’s historic Spanish Point, a 30 acre museum and environmental complex.

Siesta Key Beach

This magical pure quartz sand beach has been selected the winner of the “Worlds finest, whitest Beach.”

every day.” Among those activities are two 18-hole championship golf courses with an elite staff and first-rate pro shop, 12 lighted Har-Tru tennis courts staffed by USPTA-certified professionals and an active croquet court. No need is missed! Outstanding dining choices include three distinct dining rooms with three different menus (72 menu items in all). Options for dining include the Tavern with its “steakhouse feel,” the Grill, a casual spot to meet after the game and the Glen Room, the most formal dining room with traditional menu items such as dover sole, rack of lamb, and tenderloin. At The Oaks, even your golf clubs get VIP treatment – they are loaded and ready at your tee time and then cleaned and stored for you after your game. This slice of Paradise has a remarkable cultural history; it was discovered and purchased after the turn of the century by Bertha Honore Palmer, a Chicago socialite, business woman, philanthropist and champion of

Warm Mineral Springs

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


The imprint of Mrs. Palmer’s attention to furthering women can still be felt within The Oaks Club community, where the Women’s Club membership is three hundred and seventy-five. Many of the tournaments held in this community are female-centered: the USTA Women’s $50,000 Pro Circuit Tournament, and the U.S. Women’s Open Qualifier. As to what’s around this well-situated neighborhood – well, there’s a lot! The Sarasota beaches must be mentioned. Famous for their white sand, Nokomis and Casey Key beaches are visitor friendly and beautiful beyond description. Dr. Beach named Siesta Key, “America’s Most Beautiful Beach,” in 2011. A Sunday sunset on Siesta Key listening to the drum circle as the sun disappears is a not-to-be-missed experience. Nature lovers will also enjoy the abundance of hiking, canoeing and kayaking at nearby Oscar Scherer and Myakka State Parks. History buffs, as well as their families, will not want to miss Osprey’s historic Spanish Point and baseball fans will find an exciting spring season with the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. When shopping therapy is required, you can check-in at Southgate Mall where occupants include Saks Fifth Avenue and Williams Sonoma or cruise over to the specialty shops on St. Armand’s Circle.

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For decades, you traveled the world and visited almost every city in North America. Why did you choose the Sarasota area as your home?

I feel very fortunate to have been able to travel the world. It is true that for two decades I visited between 140 and 160 towns each year. Ultimately, so much travel changed my perspective regarding what I wanted to find within my residence’s location. What became most important to me is a location I could enjoy year round - this means, a place where I can relax, raise my family and still challenge myself through activities I enjoy.


I know you are a “go-getter” in business and in your personal life. What types of things do you enjoy doing? Yes, I have always been considered a “go-getter.” I had a full time job while I attended RIT. After 4 years of 12 – 16 hour days I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology. I later earned an MBA while working full time as the Production Manager at a manufacturing facility for Shering-Plough Pharmaceutical Corporation. After these two accomplishments I moved up the corporate ladder very quickly. I became Vice President of a large printing and packaging


corporation at the age of 32. Later, I took the position as Vice President and General Manager of five divisions of a publicly traded company. My personal life is also filled with activities . I enjoy downhill ski racing, sky diving, scuba diving, horseback riding and more. I love the satisfaction achieved by accomplishing difficult things. Along the same line, I have always loved fast cars. My attitude is that when it comes to cars, faster is better! For people like me, who enjoy fast cars and fine automobiles, Sarasota is a wonderful location to live. I, myself, own a rare Lotus Esprit. It is one of just 175 hand made in 1997. It is a mid engine twin

Sarasota Car Museum

turbo charged V8 and is capable of speeds in excess of 175 mph. I often visit the many car shows in the Sarasota area to display my Lotus and view a variety of fine cars.


Where do you find a place to drive such a car in Sarasota?

If you mean at 175+ miles per hour, I don’t think I will be admitting to those speeds on the street! However, I am a licensed SCCA competition driver and Sarasota is just an hour away from Sebring International Raceway. This is one of my favorite tracks and I often take a day or two to spend time driving there. Of course, for those who prefer other forms of racing, we also have Bradenton Motorsports Park, and the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. We are also just a few hours away from the race tracks of Daytona, Homestead and Moroso. For those who love cars but are not interested in racing, we have the Sarasota Classic Car Museum, many regularly scheduled car shows on St Armand’s Circle and the Sarasota Exotic Car Fest. Of course, we also have a number of fine car dealerships, from Mercedes to Lamborghini. Recently, a Lotus dealership opened on Clark Road and I was able to drive the new Evora. What a blast! A Lotus dealership was one element we were missing in Sarasota. Now, we have everything, beaches, culture and now Lotus.

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Arts Calendar Sept 29

22nd Annual Sarasota Blues & Music Festival Ed Smith Stadium

Oct 2

We Are Sarasota Sarasota Opera House

SHANTALA SHIVALINGAPPA, Ringling International Arts Festival


HOT tickets

Oct 4

Macbeth Asolo Repertory Theatre

Oct 10-12

Wine Women & Shoes

Nov 5

King of Swing Van Wezel Hall

Nov 10

5th Annual Sarasota Naturally

Nov 13 - Dec 22

Oct 26 - 28

Nov 1 - 3

Brunch on the Bay USF Sarasota - Manatee

Oct 18

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Oct 30

Nov 4

Downtown Sarasota

Oct 10 - 13

Twelfth Night Asolo Repertory Theatre

Snooty Gala South Florida Museum

SRQ Fall Arts and Crafts Festival Downtown Sarasota

Key to the Cure Kickoff Party Saks Fifth Avenue, Sarasota

Ringling International Arts Festival

Nov 3

4th Annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival Sarasota Fairgrounds

Nov 1

Celtic Thunder Van Wezel Hall

Š Detlev Von Kessel


1776 The Musical Asolo Repertory Theatre

Nov 30

Michael Bolton Van Wezel Hall

Sept 17- Dec 20

Selby Poets Selby Public Library

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarsota

Nov 10

11th Annual Suncoast Food & Wine Festival Sarasota Polo Club


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IN THE NEWS Stock Construction is poised to break ground on its Astbury villa model in Escala, a new luxury villa neighborhood with 39 homesites within Quail West, the 1,180-acre private golf course community in North Naples. Escala adds a new dimension to Quail West’s diverse luxury home product line and offers 3, three and four bedroom floor plans ranging from 2,822 to 3,239 square feet under air, prices start in the low $600s. Stock anticipates having three fully-furnished models in Escala completed by the 2013 winter season. The Partnership for Collier’s Future Economy, an arm of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, signed what it described as a historic agreement with Florida Gulf Coast University in Estero and the Horizon Council, a public-private partnership that advises Lee County commissioners on economic development. The partners will share resources and work together to provide the information sought by professionals who help businesses relocate and expand. The Pardise Coast is far from a Silicon Valley in California or a Tech City in London yet, there’s a growing technology sector that’s driving innovation and creating jobs in Naples — and across the Southwest Florida region. In Collier County alone, more than 3,460 people worked in computer, information and software related jobs in 2011, according to the Florida Research and Economic Database. “The great thing about technology is that a person can use it and create great ideas and useful apps anywhere,” said Beth Sterchi, with the county’s business and economic development office.




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 describes 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. | 47

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Imaginarium Science Museum

Dockside Boardwalk, Naples Edison’s Laboratory, Edison & Ford Winter Estates


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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Nervous Nellie’s Waterfront 1131 1st, Ft Myers Beach Seafood

Blue Sushi, Ft. Myers Sushi, style and fabulous cocktails are is the hallmarks of the Blu Sushi restaurants. The emphasis here is on sushi, but there are other nicely prepared dishes as well, including appetizers such as steamed soybeans, and marinated and steamed baby octopus. There is also a creative assortment of tuna, noodles, rice and freshly steamed fish available. Three locations in the Fort Myers area. 239-489-1500


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

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

Exceptional dining experiences UNIQUE to Southwest Florida.

Cafe & Bar Lurcat


The Hot Spots

Traders Cafe

The Club at The Ritz Carlton 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples 239-598-3300 Live Music, Dancing

1551 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island 239.472.7242 Continental/Seafood

The Veranda

2122 Second St, Ft Myers 239.332.2065 Southern Regional

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PELICAN MARSH |$1,875,000

Spectacularly crafted waterfront home with zero edge pool/spa, pool level great room, second kitchen, pool bath, fire-pit and outdoor cooking area. 60’dock, 16,000 lb lift. 4+Den/4.5 (H6191).

Open by appointment. Bay Laurel Estate near beaches and Mercato! Large picture window with Southeast lake and golf views and entertainment bar . Stone floors and large private lanai. 4+Den/4 (H6647).

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COLLIER’S RESERVE|$1,495,000 Private, tranquil retreat in this singlefamily-only country club community. Florida living at its best w/ classic Great Room design and stunning lake, golf & preserve views. Expansive lanai w/ pool & spa. Newly renovated. 3+Den/3.5 (H6622). The Monika DeBenedictis Team, 239-450-4222

THE BROOKS | $1,450,000 You will be stunned entering this elegant and beautiful home in Shadow Wood! Pool, lake and golf views. Volume ceilings, tile, granite, private guest suites, gourmet kitchen. Exquisite! 4+Den/4.5 (H6696). Douglas Treadwell, 239-919-2002 Nate Treadwell, 239 849-5706

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The serenity of Audubon Country Club, a contemporary 2-bedroom with den. Spectacular remodel with imported Scavolini cabinetry from Italy. A secluded pool deck with views of lake. 2+Den/2.5 (H6686).

Spacious floor plan in Bolero at Tiburon boasts many features including golf/ lake views, multiple balconies, hurricane shutters, gourmet kitchen, private key elevator, 2-car garage. 3/2 (C8507).

Douglas Treadwell, 239-919-2002 Nate Treadwell, 239 849-5706

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2012 remodeled pool home with sunny pool patio. 8’doors, all new fixtures, stainless steel appliances, new impact glass windows at front. Tile and bamboo floors throughout. 3+Den/2.5 (H6457).

Peaceful, unobstructed panorama of the north course just beyond the lake in Avellino Isles. Neutral color palette. Large tile in living areas. Granite countertop, stainless steel appliances. 3/2.5 (C6131).

Garren Grup, 239-289-8619

Lynn H. Fulton, 239-293-3125

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Penthouse living at Treviso offers spectacular sunrise and sunset views of Estero Bay and the Gulf. Custom designed interior. Offered furnished. 3/3 (C8329).

Tropical courtyard styled home overlooking Arthur Hill’s first-ever Audubon Sanctuary course. Chef’s kitchen w/WOLF & SUBZERO appliances, fireplace in family room, gas & solar heated pool/spa + poolside BBQ. 1BR/1BA guest house. 3+Den/3.5 (H6688). The Monika DeBenedictis Team, 239-450-4222

Diana Coyle, 239-220-4534




Nec plus ultra! St. Pierre with neutral, contemporary design and over 350 square feet of lanai space to enjoy the exceptional views. Incomparable beach amenities. 3+Den/3 (C8070). Rose Mary Everett, 239-272-7790 Jessica Bibbee, 239-272-6810

PINE RIDGE | $1,150,000 Rarely available country estate on 2 acres. Large pool home with guest house. Close to shopping, dining, beaches and Philharmonic. 4+Den/4.5 (H5769).

Michele Harrison Group, 239-298-5388

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Bonita Springs A Southwest Florida We have successfully assisted Canadian clients with their real estate needs since 1994. References available from Canadian clients upon request.

Spring Ridge ~ 26031 Mandevilla Drive $1,990,000

Creekside ~ 3480 Pond Apple Court ~ $1,795,000

Riverwalk ~ 27881 Riverwalk Way $975,000

Woodlake ~ 3697 Woodlake Drive $899,000

Bayview ~ 4801 Island Pond Court $725,000

Montara ~ 3240 Montara Drive $624,999

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9 to 5 the Musical, Broadway Palm


HOT tickets

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Nov 18 - 25

Picasso at the Lapine Agile The Laboratory Theater

Festival of Trees The Philharmonic Center for the Arts

Oct 5 - 7 Ft. Meyers Beach Pirate Fest Ft. Myers Beach

Oct 3 - 27

Oct 7

Shout! The Mod Musical The Naples Players

Italian Fest Alliance for th Arts

Oct 11 - 17 9 to 5 The Musical Broadway Palm

Oct 26 Dooby Brothers The Philharmonic Center for the Arts

Nov 1 - 4 Naples International Film Festival The Philharmonic Center for the Arts

Nov 11 Tap Dogs The Philharmonic Center for the Arts


Nov 21 - Dec 15 Leading Ladies The Naples Players

Nov 22 - Dec 25 Miracle on 34th Street Broadway Palm

Oct 23 - Nov 17 Lend Me A Tenor Florida Rep

Nov 1 - 30 30th Annual Taste of the Town Alliance for the Arts

Nov 23 - Dec 9 Captiva Holiday Village Captiva Island

Nov 26 All That Jazz The Philharmonic Center for the Arts

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In reviewing the existing state of the Florida real-estate market, the outlook is currently positive and improving, reflecting a nationwide trend. Contributing factors to this housing recovery include the fact that the average on a 30-year mortgage is still at 3.55%. This rate is just slightly above 3.49%, the lowest rate ever on record. Homes are also selling more quickly, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). In July 2012, the average time it took to sell a home in Florida was 69 days, a decrease in time of 29.6% from 98 days in July 2011. The current time a property is on the market is well within the range of historic norms for a balanced market, according to the NAR. Lawrence Yun, the NAR chief economist states, “As inventory has tightened, homes have been selling more quickly. A notable shortening of time on market began this spring, and this has created a general balance between home buyers and sellers in much of the country. This equilibrium is supporting sustained price growth, and homes that are correctly priced tend to sell quickly, while those that aren’t often languish on the market.” According to the National Association of Realtors, Canadians continue to buy up real estate in Southwest Florida, motivated by bargain prices, the strength of their dollar and their harsh winters. Phil Wood, president of John R. Wood Realtors in Naples, says “Canadians are realizing that if they want to do something, they need to jump in and do it.” In the U.S., about 24 percent of foreign buyers are now Canadians — making them the largest share. Canadian buyers account for more than double the rate they did in 2007, according to recent report by the

National Association of Realtors. Another encouraging aspect of the housing market is that the asking prices for homes in Florida is also on the rise, up 2.3% in August, compared to the prices from last August (Trulia). Foreclosure rates are also declining, however unevenly, across the nation. Nationwide fewer homes were placed under foreclosure, compared to August of last year, according to RealtyTrac Inc. In August, $187 million in mortgage debt was forgiven for Florida homeowners in the first phase of the multi-billion dollar settlement between the nation’s five largest banks and state attorneys general. This was part of the information released in the initial progress report on the landmark agreement, which also included how the banks are being required to furnish $25 billion in mortgage relief nationwide. The possible changes in mortgage codes have not deterred an optimistic trend in consumer sentiment regarding the housing market. The current positive market forces are reflected in Fannie Mae’s August 2012 National Housing Survey, where researchers established that consumer sentiment regarding the housing market is continuing its modestly positive trend. In this survey, 18% of consumers surveyed said that it’s a good time to sell, marking the highest level since the survey’s inception. In accordance with these findings, more than 80% of real estate brokerage executives, polled in a survey by RISMedia, say they are “more confident” about the housing market now than they were in January. 65% of these same executives are also “confident” the housing market will continue to improve in the next year.

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Kimberly Leckie

Wallace Erickson

Ph 941.323.2500 Sandals Realty

Ph 941.374.0920 The Realedyne Group





Meg Puppa, CRS, RSPS, SFR, GRI, Charles Rutenberg Realty Tampa | 813.417.1118 | Raffie Hamilton, Broker, Good Life Realty Sarasota | 941.685.2441 | | 57


Lido Beach | L’Elegance 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. Elongated kitchen with a breakfast area. 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. L’Elegance built in ‘96 has low HOA, on site manager, fitness, sauna, 2 pools, hot tub, tennis and a park at the end of the street. Use downstairs social areas for larger parties or watch the sun set and party on your huge lanai.

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

Sarasota | Beau Ciel Live Like a Star in this stunning downtown Sarasota residence. Magnificent style, luxury and huge bay views. Enjoy unparalleled European elegance, paired with a relaxed seaside lifestyle, in the Florida residence of a best-selling author. Balcony gardens, plenty of room to entertain, both indoors and out, luxurious furnishings and appointments await in this 12th floor residence. Access to downtown, arts, and beaches, with the finest of Beau Ciel and Hyatt Regency luxury amenities. European Cook’s Kitchen, honey onyx and warm porcelain tile flooring, expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and multiple terraces in this pet-friendly building.

$12,000 per month for season | 3 bedrooms, 3 baths Presented by: Barbara Mei, Broker/Associate, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty 941.893.7417 |



Longboat Key Welcome to Longboat Key’s legendary Vanderbilt/Whitney estate known as “Safari Beach House”. This enticing home with its modern architecture is set on one hundred feet of frontage on the Gulf of Mexico on the quiet north end of Longboat Key. As you meander down the path to the wide, sandy beach, you pass through lovely gardens with dramatic landscape lighting. Enjoy entertaining on the large open terrace below or take a swim from the elevated pool that extends out from the great room sliding doors, providing endless views of the beach, and glorious sunsets. The open floor plan is well suited for gracious entertaining; the master suite is on the main living level with two additional guest suites on the 3rd level.

$3,599,000 | 3 bedrooms, 4 baths Presented by: Deborah Beacham, Realtor, CRS, GRI, TRC at Michael Saunders & Company 941.376.2688 |

Bradenton | Waterlefe

Sarasota | Bent Tree

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.

Bright, open and loaded with fabulous upgrades. Set in a lush, wooded, tropical niche of Bent Tree. High ceilings, granite countertops, lovely fireplace and gound floor master suite. Property features two pools. One owner must be 55+. Feels like a home, but with the peace of mind of a condo.

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

$315,000 | 3 bedrooms, 3 baths Presented by: Raffie Hamilton, Broker, Good Life Realty 941.685.2441 | | 59


Naples | Tiburon An exquisite two-story custom home featuring solid wood double entry doors with etched glass panels, curved staircase to the 2nd floor loft area and a private elevator. The main floor boasts a guest bedroom with bath, formal dining room, formal living room with private courtyard, large open family room adjacent to the kitchen with granite countertops, natural gas cooktop and a spacious island. The second floor has a guest bedroom and bath, laundry and an oversized master suite with a large balcony overlooking the pool and golf course. The salt water pool and spa are secluded in a lushly landscaped screened enclosure. Additional features include Lutron lighting, Garage Tek, and more!

$1,525,000 | 3 bedrooms, 4 baths Presented by: Lynn Fulton, Realtor, John R. Wood Realtors 239.293.3125 |

Longboat Key | Longboat Club Enjoy views of the Gulf and wonderful sunsets plus golf course and garden views. Absolutely stunning condominium by the beach renovated and decorated by the interior designer owner. Tile floors, crown molding, raised ceiling trim. Custom window treatments, Italian bed dressings in tones of mushroom and taupe. Custom furnishings, 42 inch plasma TV, marble baths, hand painted wall accents. New kitchen with upscale appliances, new A/C, bar and embossed tile. Great Longboat Key address. Building recently received an exterior and interior restoration. Owner will entertain any reasonable offer or possible trade

$695,000 | 2 bedrooms, 2 baths Presented by: Sania Allen, Realtor, Michael Saunders & Company 941.266.7829 |



Tampa | IBIS Cove Enjoy living in a gated community with a nature board walk in IBIS Cove. This magnificent Builder’s Home features a 3rd floor master bedroom suite with sitting area, gas fireplace, bathroom suite and spectacular view. Prepare for dinner parties in this gourmet gas kitchen boasting wine & mini fridges, custom cabinets, granite counter top, breakfast bar and breakfast nook. Spacious with 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, the home also features a family great room, full exercise room, 3-car garage and mother-in-law apartment. Entertain and relax in the home’s outdoor oasis unfolding with a pool, swim out, hot tub, waterfall and fountains.

$789,000 | 4 bedrooms, 5 baths Presented by: Patricia Collins, Broker Associate at Broderick & Associates, Inc. 727.544.1403 |


Tampa | Cheval Located in the recently renovated Cheval Athletic Club and Cheval Golf Club this beautiful home with 4 Bedrooms, 3 baths, den, and a over-sized bonus room, sits on a wonderful lot with gorgeous water views. Step inside and your are drawn into the sunken formal living room with a cozy fireplace, amazing moldings, and views of the water through the french doors. The kitchen is bright and open and has a large walk-in pantry. The master bath is very pretty with a soaking tub, vanity area, and big walk in shower. The home has exquisite custom drapes throughout, as well as art niches with accent lighting. The outdoor lanai is a tranquil space. There you will find an updated outdoor kitchen with a built in gas BBQ, a vented hood, fridge, and sink for easy clean up.

$ 619,750 | 4 bedrooms, 3 baths Presented by: Meg Puppa, CRS, RSPS, SFR, GRI with Charles Rutenberg Realty 813.417.1118 | | 61


Vacations For breakfast, we enjoyed the generous breakfast buffet dining on the balcony overlooking the ocean. And in the evening, the SHOR restaurant takes on a warm glow, which highlights the elegant furnishings. A marvelous spot to watch the sunset over the ocean while savoring a gourmet meal. Even room service didn’t disappoint, they rushed up a delicious chocolate cake and bottle of wine for my husband and I to enjoy after our children had gone to bed. With such amazing accommodations and amenities, the Hyatt has also invested in hiring a superb staff. The executive chef, Richard Preston, is world renowned. He was gracious enough to offer us some insight into Hyatt’s new dining initiatives. Hyatt chefs are allowed to develop their menus with freedom rarely available at luxury hotel restaurants. Mr. Preston explained that Hyatt gives him the freedom to develop his menus, allowing him to take advantage of local offerings, more in line with a local restaurant than a hotel chain. The result is a diverse menu tailored to the Florida market, using local produce and fish reeled in from the sea just that morning. In addition, Hyatt has revamped its children’s menu to offer healthier, playful choices for children such as Top Your Own Taco, Waffle

Clearwater Hyatt Beach Resort & Spa By Jules Gibson This summer my family and I had the opportunity to vacation at the new Clearwater Hyatt Beach Resort & Spa. As we unpacked our bags, we were mesmerized by the views from our luxurious two bedroom gulf-front suite. The suites at the Clearwater Hyatt were more on the scale of a luxury condominium rather than a hotel room. Situated on the corner of the building both bedrooms offered glorious gulf-front views. With two bedrooms, living and dining areas, full kitchen, gulf front balcony and two spacious bathrooms, there was more than enough space for my family to spend time together as well as allowing each of us to have our quiet moments. While the suite was impressive, the on-site amenities were just as spectacular. The food, the spa, Camp Hyatt… where do I begin? Let’s start with the food. From morning to night, the dining options were consistently delicious.


SHOR dining room by day and night

We enjoyed endless waterviews and watching the boardwalk activities from our oceanfront balcony.

Mom’s Favorite Spot

Dipping Sticks, Sun Butter, Jelly and Banana Sandwiches and a Salad K-bob. Of course they don’t just cater to one just sense at the Clearwater Hyatt Resort. Admittedly, the Sandava Spa was the highlight of my visit. The lounge alone impressed me with a sense of serenity. Imagine a two-story room with massive windows overlooking the harbor and a wall of water cascading in the background…who wouldn’t want to stay here for the day? After my deep tissue message, I received a pedicure while I relaxed on the table. Now, that’s service. Floating out the door, I went to meet my family for a walk down the beach. My husband, a Florida native, marveled at the changes to Clearwater Beach. Much improved since he last visited several years ago, the city has revamped the Clearwater Beach boardwalk and parks. The boardwalk now serves as the epicenter of entertainment for visitors of all ages. The area is lively with restaurants, playgrounds, bouncy houses, bungee jumping and more. My children also thoroughly enjoyed their vacation and the time they spent at Camp Hyatt. For weary parents who would like a few moments to relax on vacation, this will surely be one of your favorite features. Camp Hyatt is just that, a camp for kids with fun activities. Energetic young camp directors play games and plan art projects for children 4-12 years old. They have sessions for half days, full days, and even a movie by the pool in the evenings.

Lounge of the Sandava Spa

“Super fun at Camp Hyatt” Happy Camper, Nicholas

By the end of our stay at the Clearwater Hyatt Beach Resort and Spa, Mom was relaxed, Dad was impressed, and both of the children had been completely entertained. It received the highest rating for a Gibson family vacation, four enthusiastic thumbs up!

For more information, visit the Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa online at or call 1.800.233.1234 | 63

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Venice, Italy

The Evolution of Mediterranean Design By Barry Stein It’s no surprise that when we seek out something sparkling and brand new, we often gravitate to something timeless, classic and more ancient than ourselves. Our attraction to open courtyards, tile roofs and warm colors reflect a style of architecture dating back to ancient civilizations deeply ingrained into our definition of home. The early history of this style, Mediterranean Design, is rooted in the various regions, countries and cultures that surround the Mediterranean Sea. Most notable, of those that eventually conquered various corners of the globe, are Italian and Latin or Spanish. Just as the romance language of Spanish has much in common with words and phrases in Italian, so does the architecture. To most of us, there is very little difference in this Mediterranean Style of Design. But when studied a bit closer, little


differences can be seen. Today, a mix of these styles can be found mostly in California and Florida, thanks to the progressive vision of such architects as August Geiger and Addison Mizner. Their view in the early 1900s, a classic form designed to accommodate their lifestyle, tastes and climate back then, is just as relevant and in demand today. Homes and buildings grew in height based on square and rectangular plans. Massive front elevations were covered by stucco, holding up flat or low-pitched terra cotta and rolled tile roofs. Arches sprang up everywhere inside and out with tile-capped parapet walls bursting through the tops of structures, and heavy details commonly accentuating door openings. The best-of-the-best blended in balconies and window grilles made of wrought iron or wood. Classical architectural elements, mixed with a little Spanish Renaissance, Spanish

Colonial and even some Beaux-Arts and Art Deco features developed in the early 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. These elements, stirred together with lush gardens and cascading fountains, gave us the evolution of what we now call Mediterranean Style. To most of us, it’s all beauty. But to the discerning eye there are slight differences between Spanish Mediterranean and Italian Renaissance styles. Spanish is a bit simpler, with cleaner lines and massive structure. Also, the Spanish look has a lower pitch to the roofline that looks thicker and heavier. The Italian style has a more deliberate and less random massive look and feel to it. The Italian fine points are more feminine, with delicate detail and rational, balanced symmetry versus the manly, thick rambling freeform expansion of the Spanish expression.

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As neighborhoods grew, tastes changed to reflect what was popular at the time. The movie industry exploded and what was seen of California spread across the country as it was viewed on the big screen. The Mediterranean revival became recharged again and again as the old world styles became more and more fantastic. Florida developers jumped on the bandwagon with marketing and promotion, pushing the fairytale life of the ancient Spanish village to a locale in tropical paradise. A few tasteful decorative columns became too many posts to count. The symmetrical and rational arched window at key locations became every window in every location. The homes got a steroid injection of whimsy and clay barrel roofs were attached to more clay barrel roofs surrounded by wrought iron and spindly gates everywhere. Courtyards gave birth to bell towers, which made a reason for more archways, awnings, porches, balconies and more carved stonework. And connecting it all was more marble and tile than anyone had ever seen before. Then suddenly, the depression hit our nation and the revival of revivals was forced to slow down a bit. The passage of time and the resulting new circumstances affected a shift. As real estate exploded in Florida throughout the last half of the 1900s, a bit of the excess settled and became refined; the economies of massive developments dictated design. We all craved the sunshine and the ability to bask outdoors while still being in our own homes. We fell in love with the curves and arches that greeted us as we walked up the steps and through our front doors. The Caribbean colors on the rough cement walls made our brand new homes look ancient. We paused to stare at the hand painted tile, mounted to the risers of elaborately carved staircases. Warm, earthy, rustic red roofs tickled us, especially if surrounding a turret, formerly

This California home displays a Spanish Mediterranean influence.

John and Mable Ringling’s former mansion, now the Ringling Museum, is an homage to Italian Renaissance architecture. used to see approaching savages from a distance. Towers, chimneys, tiny arched windows and endless rustic planters resting on countless jutting shelves, suggested that once again, no expense is spared and a complete lack of skimping on detail. Balconies everywhere! And with so much beauty to see and great weather to absorb, the outside must be appreciated from the inside at all times. Today, the Mediterranean Design and origins of Spanish influence are most recognized by the abundance of ornamental ironwork everywhere. It’s on the light fixtures, staircases and the handrails, the grills, knobs and handles that cover drawers, windows and doors. It undeniably declares that we have successfully brought the old world into the new world. Just as with the Spanish of old, we now share a common mind to relax around the decorative tiled patio, surrounded by open-arched arcades, laughing and talking with friends or quietly reclining and listening to nature, late into the evening. | 65

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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. This gorgeous residence at Positano is one of the finest residences on Longboat Key. You can’t see another neighbor and the residence has that rare paradisiacal ambiance with total privacy, cooling breezes, clear star-filled nights, gorgeous views and amazing sunsets year round.

gathering area, spacious and open living and dining room w/ walls of panoramic windows overlooking the Gulf and a Gulf side master suite with access to the wrap terrace. Two en suite guest bedrooms have their own private balconies. Other amenities include; 10’6” ceilings, wood floors, hand crafted cabinetry, beautiful custom window treatments, outdoor shower and an oversized private two-car garage. Community amenities; Beach side club house with a 75’ Olympic-size pool, cabanas, community room with fireplace and fitness center.

The indoor and outdoor spaces blend seamlessly in this private oasis. Relax on the enormous wrap terrace, or take the stairs to a private 1900 sq. ft. adjacent paver garden area that is perfect for a wedding or to host a winemaker’s dinner. The private stairs also provide easy access to the beach for swimming, fishing or shelling. The finest materials have been used in the gorgeous interiors that include 3 bedrooms + den/office, Gulf front gourmet kitchen with all the accoutrements and a

Property Listed for Sale $3,950,000


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