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Fall 2015 Volume 3 Issue 2

Luxury Real Estate

Market Trends

Cultural Guide


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GLOBAL VISION LOCAL LEGACY. GLOBAL VISION. News From Our Luxury Network Congratulations to Mayfair International Realty!

We extend hearty congratulations to Mayfair International Realty—our esteemed international brokerage partner headquartered in London’s fashionable West End—on its 20th anniversary. Founded in 1995, Mayfair has assembled the foremost group of luxury real estate agents throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. That’s important to remember when you are planning to list your Southwest Florida home. It is a well-established fact that one of the largest contingents of buyers combing our region for properties is from the U.K.; and Mayfair is one of our most effective tools for reaching them. They are, if you will, our own personal bridge across “the pond.” In 2005, Mayfair expanded to North America; and today its members are found on both sides of the Atlantic, bringing sophisticated international real estate marketing to a worldwide community of buyers and property investors. Indeed, Mayfair has been a tireless promoter of our region and extremely instrumental in securing invaluable media coverage for countless numbers of our property listings.


So if you notice a few more of your neighbors speaking with a decidedly British accent, it may well be thanks to the dedicated efforts of the entire team at Mayfair International Realty.

Guided by a vision for giving homebuyers and sellers something they had never experienced before — extraordinary service, uncompromising Christie’s International Real Estate: Mining the Art Market to Sell Luxury Homes. integrity and cutting-edge marketing — a woman named Michael founded Fine art and luxury real estate areMichael not usually thought & of Company. in the same breath. But when your company is affiliated with Christie’s Saunders Congrats again and cheerio!

1976 WAS THE YEAR THAT REAL ESTATE Almost forty NEVER years later, and with her son Drayton by her side, Michael’s firm WOULD BE THE SAME. As the leading authority on worldhas art grown marketstosince 1766,leading Christie’s knows a thing orestate two about the great and estates in which be the independent real brokerage onhomes Florida’s International Real Estate—which is wholly-owned by the renowned Christie’s Fine Art Auction House—the synergy between the global art market and the worldwide market for luxury properties, becomes inescapable. their art and antiquities eventuallyGulf wind Coast, up. Observing many of their highlegacy net worth clients were also passionate collectors with athat meaningful local and art powerful international of the world’s most desirable properties, Christie’s realized several years back that they could successfully apply their centuries-old affiliations that place the company in a league of its own. expertise to bothGuided markets. by a vision for giving homebuyers and sellers something they

As Southwest Florida’s Christie’sexperienced affiliate, Michael Saunders & Company notservice, only benefits from Christie’s understanding of the luxury had never before — extraordinary uncompromising mindset; but also integrity from their and dual expertise in marketing fine art and properties to buyers of both. cutting-edge marketing — a woman named Michael founded

How well the art Michael market is doing is worth knowing if you are contemplating selling your luxury property. Because, as with art, buyers Saunders & Company. of luxury properties only invest when the time is right.

Almost forty later, and with Drayton side, Michael’s firm At present, the global market foryears fine art is soaring againher afterson several years by of aher recessionary lull. Last year, art buyers around the world spent an amazing $54 billion art,leading breakingindependent all existing records. their appetite luxury homes and properties has has grown to beonthe real Similarly, estate brokerage on for Florida’s also made an impressive comeback. Gulf Coast, with a meaningful local legacy and powerful international With buyers definitely back in that the mood luxury, could this your moment to sell? affiliations placeforthe company in abeleague of its own. corner when you list with an agent from Michael Saunders & Company.

If so, the Christie’s connection will be in your




CONTENTS SaundersBEST by Michael Saunders & Company Volume 3 Issue 2 | Fall 2015

Features 3

Welcome from Michael and Drayton


Cover Feature



21 On the Beach

13 In the News

27 Waterfront Living

14 Shopping

37 City Life

15 Dining Guide

47 Island Life

16 Cultural Calendar

65 Golf Living

18 Market Report

73 Suburban Life 81 In the Country 87 New Construction 93 Global Showcase



Dining Guide | 5



subtle drop in humidity and the wisp of cool breezes are the first sign that fall is upon us. Our pleasant fall and winter weather is one of the distinctive features that makes living along the Gulf Coast a true paradise. From Anna Maria Island to Boca Grande, the bright Florida sunshine beaming over the sparkling turquoise waters of the Gulf remind us just how fortunate we are to call this corner of the world home. Whether you’re looking for a waterfront estate, luxury condominium overlooking the downtown skyline, or a signature custom designed home in an exclusive community, Michael Saunders & Company has cultivated an awe-inspiring collection of exquisite homes to share with you. Each home is distinct, with its own set of designer appointments and amenities. With each issue of SaundersBEST we create, we are reminded of the superior architectural design and artistry that goes into every home. Each residence reflects the best qualities of the community with an outstanding attention to detail. It is always a pleasure to work with Michael and Drayton Saunders, and their exceptional staff of professionals, from realtors to leadership, who all share the same goal of delivering personal customer service and excellence in their work every day. Michael Saunders & Company has created a brand that defines the art of luxury living. As they celebrate 40 years of renowned client satisfaction, you are assured of an exceptional experience that lasts long after the deal is finalized.

SaundersBEST Michael Saunders & Company Custom Magazine Fall 2015 Published by

PUBLISHER & EDITOR jules lewis gibson EDITORIAL editorial director, katherine ferrara johnson ART DIRECTION graphic design, randy wells ADVERTISING SALES



FLORIDA HOMES MAGAZINE, LLC Š2015 Reproduction in whole or in part without the express written permission from the publisher is prohibited. Florida Homes Magazine cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of content or opinions expressed by its authors or advertisers. Florida Homes Magazine, LLC. Principal offices located at: 1520 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota Florida, 34236.

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ehind every great property is a great story. From first steps, graduations and family reunions, to personal victories and old friends, our homes are the center stage of our lives. Today’s most sought after residences enhance the daily experience of living by offering an abundance of features to simplify complicated lives and provide multiple spaces to gather friends and family. Much more than an address, it is an interactive, engaging, and social participant in the story of a life well lived.

TOP LEFT & TOP: A breathtaking island oasis on coveted Casey Key featured on page 50. BOTTOM LEFT: Featured on page 40. BOTTOM RIGHT: Featured on page 34. | 9

LEFT: Residents enjoy resort style amenites in today’s lagoon pools featured on page 29.

BOTTOM: Spa amenites adorn deluxe bathrooms in the Longboat Key estate featured on page 49.

RIGHT: Gourmet chef ’s contemporary kitchen masterpiece featured on page 26.

Smart Technology On-the-go modern living often calls for a departure from the home nest. Residents no longer need to worry about what is happening at home now that cloud technology provides access to data and conditions from any location with an Internet connection. Technology, in the form of sensors and processors embedded throughout a modern residence, allows remote management of everything from lights and security to climate control and window shades. Doorbells with a single voice or touch command or remote cameras that provide additional security can alert owners automatically, via text or email. Monitoring weather, air, water, and even wine cellar temperature and humidity is as easy from an office in London or a beach in The Maldives as it is from the great room divan. Many sophisticated homes now include a dedicated server room, further enhancing computer security and monitoring access.

The Home Office From a small alcove in the kitchen, home offices have transformed into dedicated workspaces outfitted with smart products and state-of-the-art technology. A wellappointed home office allows homeowners to remain connected, streamline schedules and improve workflow. Devices that enable online video and audio meetings, with spreadsheet and document windows, all but eliminate non-essential attendance at distant locations while assuring up-to-the-minute information. By redistributing commute and work time, homeowners can instead invest that newfound time with friends and family in pursuit of more leisurely activities.

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The Modern Chef’s Kitchen The kitchen is the heart of a home. Even in homes with abundant living spaces guests will be found hovering about the kitchen. Chatting and tasting, seated at tables and islands, it is the gathering place for families to enjoy food and make memories. Designing a comfortable space in a contemporary kitchen embraces ways to simplify preparations for nightly dinners, but also allows people to engage in cooking and conversation. Today’s gourmet kitchens feature restaurantquality appliances, refrigerated and warming drawers, multiple meal prep stations, various beverage refrigeration and well-organized pantries. While form and function are a primary concern in contemporary kitchen design, the ingredients themselves have become a focal point. Embracing the local trend in cuisine, creating indoor greenhouses, living walls, herb gardens, and functional vegetable garden is becoming common. Homeowners find satisfaction in serving dishes made with personal produce, confident in their aesthetic quality, taste and nutrition.

Outdoor Living Opening up indoor spaces to extend living areas outdoors brings a resort feel to the backyard. Lagoon pools, outdoor kitchens and screened porches provide cozy environments for entertaining and relaxing. Summer kitchens now offer various cooking options, such as pizza ovens, multi-fuel grills and refrigeration to simplify dining preparation. Elegant outdoor furnishings and rugs, enhanced by fire pits, water features, and artwork, provide a tranquil setting to enjoy Southwest Florida’s pleasant year around weather and tropical landscapes.

The Master Suite The private retreat of the master bedroom has always found purpose as the place to refresh and recharge. Creating a luxurious, spa-like experience within the master suite has benefits beyond the obvious. Simply knowing that a relaxing sauna, blissful multi-head steam shower, and Jacuzzi awaits, earns the master suite a coveted niche on even the most difficult of

days. Adorned with stone, glass, polished metals, free-standing tubs, open showers, and luxurious furnishings, these spaces are truly some of the most appreciated by owners.

Personal Preference Each home expresses its personality through unique characteristics. Whether it is a meditation garden, a tennis court, a music room, a wine cellar, or a grand library, the features form the framework of the lifestyle lived within its walls. Privacy is a prominent feature often illustrated by the long, winding driveways leading to many estates or gated access surrounded by lush, mature landscaping. Understated yet elegant, these privacy features command security and safety for family and friends. Convenience, with emphasis on the ability to walk to restaurants, shopping, and cultural events, is fast becoming a priority. The most interesting trend of all might be that toward conscious living. Expressing concern for where and how products are made, creating a sustainable, healthy environment for a life lived with enthusiasm, passion, and an eye on the future, has certainly gained an edge. That, in addition to maintaining turnkey arrival, defines the complete package of the luxury home trend experience. It would seem, then, all that is needed is a toothbrush. | 11

Cultural Coast

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Residence featured on page 39

In the News

With another record-setting tourism season this year — and no signs of slowing down — new visitors from around the globe are discovering our slice of paradise. The downtown Sarasota skyline is filled with progress, marked by the unofficial state “bird” — the crane — that signals the uptick in new construction projects. Several new hotels are under construction, including the Westin, and Aloft. One of the most anticipated projects, VUE Sarasota Bay adjacent to the Westin, continues to reveal its architectural statement along the Bayfront. Located at the corner of U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Boulevard, the iconic building construction will marry sophisticated modern design with luxury living. Michael Saunders & Company is the exclusive sales agent of record for this luxurious property, with 90% of the residential condominiums sold. Michael Saunders & Company also represents two new single-family and townhome communities located in south Sarasota county. Grand Oaks Venice on East Venice Avenue features a collection of award-winning home designs with over 80% of the homes already sold. Island Court Venice, a new townhome community in Venice, is nearly complete with all of its townhomes.

Record tourism numbers and new construction projects — both residential and commercial — are fueling tremendous growth along the Cultural Coast.

And it’s hard not to notice all of the new commercial construction projects underway near University Parkway and I-75. It’s part of the next phased expansion project by Benderson Development Company that is expanding its mammoth University Town Center shopping district. The company envisions adding 600,000 square feet of additional retail space, 100,000 square feet of office space, plus two new hotels and nearly 1,800 homes. To help with traffic flow and congestion expected to grow in the area, construction on a new diverging diamond interchange at I-75 is now underway. The $74.5 million project is expected to be completed by fall 2017, in time for the World Rowing Championship at Nathan Benderson Park. | 13

Jewels and Gems SHOPPING

of Distinction


arasota boasts an exceptional clutch of expert jewelers that present sparkling pieces envied for their beauty and rare design. Expert local jewelers with a flair for artistic design and certified gemologists create unique custom pieces alongside an extensive collection from some of the world’s top brands. Shoppers are guaranteed to find the perfect bauble for every occasion among the area’s fine jewelry boutiques. St. Armands Circle is home to several well-known local favorites. The owners of Tilden Ross Jewelers are known for discovering innovative collections from up-and-coming artists on their extensive global travels each year. These inspired creations from emerging designers, such as Alex Sepkus, Annie Fensterstock, Antonini, Crivelli, Yvel, and Todd Reed, are guaranteed to impress even the most sophisticated shoppers. For fine diamonds and gemstones, Armel Jewelers features pieces from Carlex, A. Link, I Reiss, Breuning, and Gabriel. The store also offers a brilliant list of art glass designers from the spectacular houses of Borowski, Seguso, and West Hunting, with cherished timepieces by Carl Bucherer and Patravi Scubatec. Pairing jewels to an individual’s personal style is the secret inside Queens’ Wreath Jewels. Impeccable concierge service allows shoppers an intimate experience in choosing the right gemstone or accessory. Prestigious Crissy Galleries, with its elegant showroom on South Washington Boulevard, has earned an international reputation for offering some of the finest estate jewelry, antiques and fine art purchased through collectors and auctions. Handsomely crafted custom jewelry designs are the hallmark inside Milan’s Jewelry. Located on Main Street in downtown Sarasota, this store creates heirloom quality jewelry with the finest gold and platinum that ensures dramatic, glamorous pieces that garner compliments with every reflection. Award-winning designer and master jeweler Milan Petrovic is an established expert in fine jewelry, with over 25 years of design, diamond setting, and fine watch repair. In Venice, one of the area’s oldest and most respected houses, Shrode Jewelers, presents a stunning array of diamond, gemstone, and watches. Shopping along Park Avenue on Boca Grande offers shoppers several fine jewelry stores to choose from, including Barbara Ann’s and Fine Things. Moving to the Jewel is McCarver & Moser, a landmark store founded in 1979 that displays a highly curated collection of global brands. In addition to creations from luxury jewelers like Patek Philippe, Gucci, Simon G, Maria B, and Leo Pizzo, the estate collection offers one-of-a-kind pieces from historic craftsmen that display a range of styles for both men and women. Whether your preference is Old World estate or contemporary settings, the Suncoast is a worldclass jewelry destination with indulgent pieces and knowledgeable craftsmen displaying designs suiting every taste.

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DINING Bijou Cafe

Ristorante San Marco


Libbys Café + Bar

Michael’s On East


Louies Modern

Social Eatery & Bar

1287 First Avenue Sarasota 941.366.8111 Continental American 1212 East Avenue Sarasota 941.955.3663 American Modern

The Perfect Caper 121 East Marion Avenue Punta Gorda 941.505.9009 French-American Fusion

Gulf View Grill

2095 North Beach Road Englewood 941.475.3500 American

305b West Venice Avenue Venice 941.254.6565 Italian

5516 Manatee Avenue West Bradenton 941.794.1100 Rustic-Coastal Cuisine

Curve Restaurant 101 East Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda 941.639.7700 Latin Fusion

Crow’s Nest Marina 1968 Tarpon Center Drive Venice 941.484.9551 American

South Beach Bar & Grill The Waterfront 760 Gulf Boulevard Restaurant Boca Grande 941.964.0765 American

111 South Bay Boulevard Anna Maria 941.778.1515 Seafood

Polo Grill

10670 Boardwalk Loop Lakewood Ranch 941.782.0899

Beach Bistro A local favorite since 1989, this beachfront restaurant achieves nothing short of perfection. Known for prime cuts of beef, freshly caught grouper and domestic lamb, the Beach Bistro creates award-winning Floridian dishes. Originally limited to fine dining fare, the artfully decorated interior restaurant has expanded, with a casual bar menu that includes “The World’s Best Grouper Sandwich.” The Beach Bistro has been awarded Florida Trend Magazine’s Golden Spoon Award eight times, earning a distinct membership into the Golden Spoon Hall of Fame. 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941.778.6444,

313 West Venice Avenue Venice 941.485.0507 Italian 1289 N. Palm Avenue Sarasota 941.552.9688 New American

1917 South Osprey Avenue Sarasota 941.487.7300 New American 1219 1st Street Sarasota 941.444.7072 Italian-American Dining

HOT SPOTS Jack Dusty

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The Orange House


1111 Ritz Carlton Drive Sarasota 941.309.2266 Contemporary Lounge and Bar 320 Sullivan Street Punta Gorda 941.505.8233 Wine Bar with Live Music


465 John Ringling Boulevard St. Armands Circle 941.296.0301 Open-Air Dining and Bar

Marina Jacks

2 Marina Plaza Sarasota 941.365.4232 Waterfront Dining and Live Music

509 Tamiami Trail Venice 941.786.3291 Waterfront Bar and Restaurant

1 North Lemon Avenue Sarasota 941.330.0440 Outdoor Restaurant and Live Music

Jack’s on Marion

201 West Marion Punta Gorda 941.637.9300 Outside Dining and Live Music

State Street Eating House + Cocktails

1533 State Street Sarasota 941.951.1533 Mid-Century Industrial Chic | 15



OCT. 14-NOV. 21


OCTOBER 1 Sarasota Orchestra



THE SECRET GARDEN Manatee Performing Arts Center

Sarasota Opera House

OCT. 15

NOV. 6-8


Ringling Museum of Art

Ringling Museum of Art

OCT. 15

NOV. 6-8



Van Wezel

Sarasota Orchestra

OCT. 23-25

NOV. 7



Payne Park

Sarasota Opera House

OCT. 2

OCT. 23-25


NOV. 13



Van Wezel

Sarasota Ballet

OCT. 13

OCT. 24



Van Wezel


West Coast Black Theatre



OCT. 30-NOV. 17


Van Wezel

Historic Asolo Theater NOV.13-DEC.28


Asolo Rep Theatre

OCT. 14

OCT. 29



NOV. 14

Sarasota Orchestra

Sarasota Opera House

Van Wezel

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Van Wezel

NOV. 19

NOV. 21

DEC. 3




Van Wezel NOV. 20-21


Lemon Bay Playhouse

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

DEC. 1

DEC. 5





CARROT TOP Van Wezel DEC. 23



SARASOTA MEDIEVAL FAIR Sarasota County Fairgrounds

Van Wezel DEC. 30



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Robust Sales Boost Local Real Estate Market


esidential real estate throughout Southwest Florida continues to experience vigorous sales despite a persistent shortage of available properties. This has been the general scenario for the better part of three years as record levels of tourism, development and job creation have drawn countless buyers to the region.

Supply shortages and high demand drive the current housing market.

Compared with last year, combined sales of properties in all price ranges throughout Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties are up by nearly 14%, over last July. (Source: Trendgraphix) In spite of the supply shortfall, the market has not experienced any unsustainable spikes in price as might be expected when high demand clashes against a limited supply of available properties. The market’s median price as of July 2015 was $205,000, a 10% increase over last July.

To put this price into perspective, it is worth recalling that in 2001 the median sale price for a home in Southwest Florida was $153,000 in what was then considered a fairly well balanced market. Since then, it has soared to as high as $313,000 during the peak of the real estate boom and dipped as low as $116,000 in the aftermath of the Great Recession. However, if you were to erase the highs and lows and apply the region’s traditional 3% rate of annual appreciation to the $153,000 median price of July 2001, then project it forward to 2015, today’s median would be hovering in the neighborhood of $231,000. Continued on page 20

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Pamela Hughes Specializing in luxury residential interiors

HUGHES DESIGN ASSOCIATES Designing homes of incomparable style and beauty throughout North America and the Caribbean Palm Beach...561.491.9797 Sarasota........941.922.4767 Naples...........239.261.9964 Miami............305.967.7544 DC/VA..........703.442.3200

The $1 million-and-up market is up 13.2%.

Instead, at $205,000 it is currently 11% less, which is ample evidence that prices have remained within reason despite the huge demand for properties, and proves that persistence has paid off for buyers who searched for properties during this protracted period of low inventory.

Home buyers with their sights set on new construction have much to cheer about as well. Since last year, there are several more new home and condominium communities to choose from, offering a smorgasboard of lifestyles, neighborhoods and living accommodations. The area’s most reputable builders and developers have recaptured their stride and are now capable of delivering new homes and condominiums in the expected time frame for quality new construction. Visit for the latest rundown on all the new homes communities now being sold — or accepting advance reservations — throughout Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties. Meanwhile, existing properties are selling well at all price levels. Compared with this time last year, sales in the $500,000 to $1 million market are up 12.5%. The $1 millionand-up market is up 13.2% and the $2 million-and-up market is up 71.4% (Source: Trendgraphix). To learn more about Southwest Florida’s many coastal lifestyles—or the specific market conditions in a neighborhood or community of interest — visit, or contact an agent from Michael Saunders & Company.

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Higel Avenue

Siesta Key | Sanderling Road Create your elegant beach retreat here in the privacy of The Sanderling Club on over an acre of land with 201 feet of Gulf front beach. The prestigious gated community blends Old Florida style with modern architecture. Residents enjoy rich amenities including three tennis courts, a playground and the private Clubhouse with a large patio deck to gather, mingle and enjoy a spectacular sunset. Members also have access to the sheltered, private Bayside Club Marina.

Offered at $5,700,000

Siesta Key | Higel Avenue An idyllic beach estate on a lush 1.25 acre lot, the perfect backdrop for the superbly crafted home with cypress, heart pine and Ipe woods, a coral stone fireplace, pool, outdoor kitchen, and guest house.

Offered at $5,250,000 | 23

Englewood | North Manasota Key Road Boasting both a Gulf side beach and a Bay side dock, this Guy Peterson estate personifies modern elegance using expansive windows to showcase the exquisite views in every direction.

Offered at $5,500,000

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Longboat Key | Gulf of Mexico Drive Framed by lush tropical landscaping, natural dunes, and white sand beaches, this Gulf front home features a dramatic 30 foot ceiling in the round living room with spectacular views and outdoor porches.

Offered at $3,995,000

Anna Maria Island North Shore Drive A spectacular marriage of location and style, this breathtaking Anglo Caribbean home by awardwinning Cooper Johnson Smith architect, magnificently expresses luxurious coastal living on the pristine shores of Anna Maria Island. Set on 350 ft. Gulf frontage overlooking the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the stunning panoramic views are among the most spectacular in all West Florida.

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Casey Key | North Casey Key Road Capture the spirit of Old Florida with this unique Gulf-to-Bay property offering the best of both worlds with a charming beach cottage gulf side and an updated ranch bayside.

Offered at $2,100,000

Venice | Golden Beach Boulevard Ideally located on the Island of Venice, this extraordinary beach townhome showcases an impressive chef’s kitchen featuring with gourmet appliances, granite, maple flooring, and custom cabinetry.

Offered at $1,295,000

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Sarasota | Questar Lane This private, resort-style Bayfront estate located on Little Sarasota Bay boasts spacious interior and exterior dining and entertaining areas. An additional 7,500 square feet of covered patio space is perfect for entertaining friends and family around the custom pool with waterfall and three Jacuzzis. Boating enthusiasts will enjoy the 275 foot pier with two boat lifts for direct access to the Intracoastal. Resort-like features also include a full sports bar, a professional gym, theater, wine cellar and an eight-car garage.

Offered at $5,900,000

Sarasota | Roland Street Situated behind the private gates of Bayside Manor along 225 feet of waterfront, this classic traditionally designed mainland home offers a tiered veranda with a resort-style pool, sauna and two boat lifts. The estate grounds also feature a separate home for guests or multifunctional space.

Offered at $5,450,000 | 29

Sarasota | South Shore Drive A Spanish Colonial masterpiece adorned with Old World style offers a chef’s kitchen, game room, grand master wing, and elegant outdoor living spaces.

Offered at $5,500,000

Longboat Key | Lighthouse Point Drive A picture perfect waterfront estate inside the exclusive Lighthouse Point enclav, the custom home offers twostory insulated windows, soaring cathedral ceilings along with a gas heated pool and spa.

Offered at $5,200,000

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Lido Key | South Boulevard of Presidents Award-winning architecture defines this sleek contemporary Lido Key residence. The two-story modern style design includes spacious living space, a dramatic mezzanine surrounding a glass walkway library, sweeping views of Sarasota Bay, and a deepwater dock.

Offered at $4,825,000 | 31

Nokomis | Bayview Parkway A balance of sophisticated formality and casual elegance, this Dona Bay John Cannon residence rewards the gracious host with a refined kitchen appointed with a large gas range, multiple dishwashers, and custom wine cellar. A grand staircase to the master suite with private terrace, an exterior staircase leading to the 50 foot infinity edge saltwater pool, and easy boat access.

Offered at $3,590,000

Bradenton | Landings Circle Panoramic views of the Manatee River and Tampa Bay surround this private sanctuary estate and separate guest house, complete with travertine floors, natural stone pool and spa overlooking the dock and beach.

Offered at $3,650,000

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Boca Grande | Treasure Lane

Lido Key | Tremont Lane

Whispering luxury and serenity at every turn, this stunning waterfront residence located on Charlotte Harbor offers a gourmet kitchen with morning room, an executive top floor office, and custom Coquina fireplace mantel.

Architectural elements adorn this impressive residence on St. Armands Circle, showcasing a dramatic curving Lucite staircase to the owner’s private retreat, multiple sets of French doors opening to the two-level pool area, and a protected water boat dock.

Offered at $3,500,000

Offered at $2,750,000 | 33

Longboat Key Hideaway Bay Drive Tucked behind a lush Florida landscape and situated on 280 feet of , three levels of exceptional living await you inside this Longboat Key estate. Unsurpassed 180 degree views of Sarasota Bay surround this luxurious spacious residence with resort-style amenities for entertaining and pleasure. A contemporary chef’s kitchen opens to the sunlit breakfast room, awash in panoramic waterfront views. Other stately amenities include a wine closet, two master suites, and an expansive wooden deck complete with an outdoor wet bar and gas heated pool. A private dock and lift allows boating enthusiasts easy access to the Intracoastal.

Bradenton | Inspiration Terrace An Arthur Rutenberg Certified Green home located in the gated Legends Bay community, this spacious enclave offers a master retreat with private terrace and fireplace, a saltwater pool, an outdoor kitchen and five-plus car garage.

Offered at $2,500,000

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Offered at $2,650,000

Palmetto | 8th West Street Situated along the Manatee River, this gracious waterfront residence offers impeccable finishes throughout the interior, a separate in-law suite, and a 45-foot dock for boating enthusiasts.

Offered at $2,390,000

Sarasota | Roberts Bay Lane Located directly on the Intracoastal with easy access to the Bay and Gulf, this Siesta Key home is designed to entertain outdoors with a chef’s kitchen overlooking the pool and lanai, an aviary, and private dock.

Offered at $1,995,000 | 35

Siesta Key | Whitehall Place Majestic oaks frame this Mediterranean inspired Siesta Key waterfront estate, complete with soaring ceilings, original oak floors, two fireplaces, and a deepwater dock.

Offered at $1,995,000

Palmetto | 12th Avenue East Beautifully tailored with custom appointments throughout, this Lee Wetherington built home inspires entertaining indoors and out. Pocket corner sliders extend the living room to the pavered and screened pool area, with a chef’s kitchen and three-car garage.

Offered at $1,500,000

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Sarasota | North Lake Shore Drive Savor the expansive views from the breathtaking point of land with 200 feet on the water. This exceptional estate perfectly marries casual elegance with formal detailing to create a picturesque setting for any occasion.

Offered at $6,395,000

Sarasota | Watergate Enjoy panoramic views from the 15th-floor of this Bayfront Ritz Carlton residence and indulge in the convenience of a five star concierge, dining, and amenities, all close to downtown Sarasota.

Offered at $3,800,000 | 39

Sarasota | South Lake Shore Drive Graced with majestic oaks and ideally sited for privacy, this gated waterfront Oyster Bay residence offers an expansive main house with walls of glass and doors showcasing the lush landscaping, lap pool, and brick terraces.

Offered at $3,000,000

Sarasota | Ritz Carlton Drive Rarely offered, this elegant Ritz-Carlton penthouse features two master suites, a guest room and den with sweeping views from every room enhanced by amenities without limits.

Offered at $2,700,000

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Bird Key | Partridge Circle Awash with natural light from French doors and arched terraces, this exquisite canal home with refined architectural details personifies island elegance.

Offered at $2,995,000 | 41

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Sarasota | South Lake Shore Drive Approaching from the tree-lined streets of Oyster Bay, The Pond House enclave welcomes guests to an Old World, resort-style residence presenting a long list of amenities tailored to perfection.

Offered at $2,249,900

Sarasota | Lincoln Park Circle The finest sophisticated, urban, waterfront lifestyle can be found in this carefully crafted executive home with exceptional kitchen, bath and pool amenities and lush landscaping for privacy.

Offered at $2,195,000 | 43

Sarasota | Bahia Vista Private and elegant describe this impressive West of Trail enclave celebrating craftsmanship with handsome architectural details. This artfully designed home and guest house are a rare find tucked within beautifully manicured landscaping.

Offered at $1,799,000

Bradenton | Riverview Boulevard Showcase your culinary talents in the extraordinary chef’s kitchen of this Manatee River waterfront retreat boasting Key West style design, a keystone coral fireplace, mother-in-law suite, and a deep-water dock on McLewis Bayou to accommodate a 60 foot yacht.

Offered at $1,499,000

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Sarasota | Tocobaga Lane

Sarasota | South Drive

Gated privacy in Tocobaga Bay, an enclave of only ten homesites, this Key West style residence embraces artistic detailing and exotic woods including handcrafted mahogany doors, Brazilian cherry floors, and wood plank tray ceilings.

A coveted Cherokee Park ranch style retreat designed for effortless entertaining on one level, both indoors and al fresco, surrounded by sumptuous Florida landscape.

Offered at $1,450,000

Offered at $1,445,000 | 45

Punta Gorda | West Retta Esplanade Embrace Punta Gorda history while enjoying modern conveniences in this grand home built by one of the area’s original settlers. Located on the Peace River overlooking Charlotte Harbor, the historical residence boasts tin ceilings, expertly turned woodwork, a charming wrap around porch, office and home movie theater.

Offered at $1,150,000

Sarasota | Boyce Street Appointed with beautiful interior spaces, this charming West of Trail home is ideally designed for entertaining with French doors leading to a brick terrace and winding paths through exquisite maintenance-free gardens.

Offered at $729,000

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Longboat Key | Gulf of Mexico Drive With panoramic views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the Balinese-inspired Ohana on Longboat Key is truly one of the most magnificent estates along the Gulf Coast. Brought to life by acclaimed architect Guy Peterson, this rare, private luxury retreat offers breathtaking views from every angle. The estate features three pavilions connected by coral stone walkways and meandering gardens, and offers a tennis court, free-form pool and elevated spa.

Offered at $22,000,000

Casey Key | North Casey Key Palatial Italianate villa with 10,000 square feet of living space embraces Old World craftsmanship with stone, iron, and millwork set among rows of arched windows and covered loggias. Located on the north end of Casey Key, this residence is spread out on more than two acres, with expansive views of both Blackburn Bay and the Gulf. The residences welcomes owners and guests with a dual stair entry, a spacious formal living room and stately outdoor kitchen surrounded a yachting lagoon.

Offered at $14,985,000 | 49

Siesta Key | Sanderling Road Asian inspired aesthetics combined with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico make this beachfront residence a relaxing getaway. The main estate is embellished with walls of glass and a dramatic open floor plan that allows for spacious living, overlooking the Japanese garden, open courtyard pool and summer kitchen.

Offered at $10,900,000

Casey Key | Casey Key Road A masterfully designed residence that is privately nestled on 149 feet of protected sandy beach, this tropical six-bedroom residence is a luxurious retreat with 9,048 square feet of formal and casual living spaces, dramatic Gulf front views and soaring architecture.

Offered at $8,000,000

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Sarasota | Westway Drive An ideal retreat for distinguished owners, this resort-like home offers a luxurious main waterfront residence on New Pass with deep water dock access. Amenities include an 800-bottle wine room, a dining room for 18 guests, and a private four-bedroom guest house, along with a pool and dry sauna.

Offered at $7,999,900

Casey Key | Casey Key Road One of the largest, direct beachfront gated estates on Casey Key, the exquisite Mediterranean residence Casa de Las Olas offers coastal elegance with stunning Gulf front views. The estate is enhanced by a master suite complete with a romantic terrace and spiral staircase to the sunset crow’s nest, a wine cellar, and a guest house overlooking the pool.

Offered at $7,990,000 | 51

Sarasota | Westway Drive Clean, contemporary lines influenced by the British West Indies paint a balanced image of serene grace across the gorgeous waterfront of this lavish Lido Key residence, welcoming all to its 47 foot heated pool, gracious grotto, and casual elegance.

Offered at $5,995,000

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Siesta Key | Midnight Pass Road Designed by M.L. Collingwood, this handcrafted luxurious home opens up to an expansive Bayside terrace and features a wood paneled office/library with a fireplace, chef’s kitchen, and a stamped tin ceiling.

Offered at $5,950,000 | 53

Siesta Key | Midnight Pass Road Gracious Old Florida style living comes alive in this custom-built, seven bedroom home located on Little Sarasota Bay. Surrounded by century old oaks, this Bayfront estate offers a private master suite, elevator, four fireplaces and a dramatic lagoon-inspired pool.

Offered at $5,499,000

Longboat Key | Harbor Cay Lane Opulent and elegant, this French inspired custom residence designed by A. Phipps offers direct Bayfront access, with a deepwater dock, stylish kitchens both indoors and out, and second-story en suites for guests.

Offered at $5,495,000

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Casey Key | Casey Key Road The rich Tuscan-inspired design of this Gulf-to-Bay estate features hand-crafted artisan work by San Miguel de Allende throughout the home’s interior. The central courtyard opens to a pool and garden that overlooks Little Sarasota Bay, with a private dock and walkover to Casey Key.

Offered at $5,490,000

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Siesta Key | Point of Rocks Road This striking contemporary waterfront residence makes an architectural statement with a California coastal-inspired design, embellished by the walls of glass that capture a 180 degree view of the Gulf of Mexico. Situated 12.5 feet above sea level on a sprawling 1.3 acres, this secluded property is protected by natural rocks and a rare Gulf front seawall. The expansive living space affords a private retreat for the owners, with a separate wing for family and friends, with a terraced lanai area surrounding the quartz pool.

Offered at $4,650,000

Siesta Key | Jungle Plum Road Blending lines, curves, and light, the organic contemporary Modern design and traditional elegance blend stylishly in this luxury appointed magnificent estate perched along Sarasota Bay. Framed by a custom 40 foot wall of floor-to-ceiling glass surrounded by marble terraces overlooking the water, this home offers a media room, infinity-edge pool and three-car garage.

Offered at $5,450,000 | 57

Siesta Key | Midnight Pass Road Inspired by the Renaissance splendor of Villa D Este near Lake Como, Italy, this palatial waterfront estate on Siesta Key is well appointed with travertine floors, Juliet balconies, and Doric stone columns surrounding the luxurious living spaces. A Finnish sauna, oversized infinity pool and boat dock with fishing pier complete the outdoor amenities.

Offered at $4,499,000

Lido Key | Bryant Drive Just steps from St. Armands Circle, this expansive retreat is enhanced with multiple indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces, triple swimming pools, and an expansive rooftop terrace offering stunning views of Lido Beach and the Gulf of Mexico.

Offered at $4,495,000

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Casey Key | Casey Key Road Gracious Gulf-to-Bay views surround this majestic home that features a two-story fireplace, grand foyer with spiral staircase and pool and spa area overlooking the boat dock.Offered at


Longboat Key | Sandhamn Place The custom-built Villa Paradiso Bayfront residence on Longboat Key balances modern luxury with distinctive coastal living, with an array of amenities like a gourmet chef’s kitchen, wine room, three wet bars and a media/bonus room.

Offered at $3,498,000 | 59

Siesta Key | Cedar Park Circle This open, contemporary waterfront residence on Siesta Key comes complete with multiple casual and formal entertaining spaces, a salt water pool, 10-seat theater and fire pit.

Offered at $3,195,000

Sarasota | Southport Drive This contemporary custom design built home by N.C. Ferguson Construction sits atop one of the most sought streets, with 100 feet waterfront views. Floorto-ceiling glass enhances the brilliant view from every room, with resort-style amenities offering a saltwater pool, outdoor kitchen and a private boat dock with direct access to the Intracoastal.

Offered at $2,375,000

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Longboat Key | Gulf of Mexico Drive Enveloped by almost ten acres of lush landscaping located on 750 feet of pristine beach, the boutique luxury community of Positano caters to a select group of privileged homeowners. Three bedrooms en-suite, each with stunning views from an oversized terrace, a gourmet kitchen and separate den/media room complete the layout.

Offered at $3,450,000 | 61

Longboat Key | Winslow Place An exceptional waterfront residence shows off the best of Longboat Key, with a floor plan that offers luxurious outdoor spaces for endless entertaining, pool and private boat dock.

Offered at $2,279,000

Longboat Key | Jungle Queen Way

Palm Island | Bocilla Drive Tucked inside the exclusive Bocilla-Beach-to-Bay neighborhood, this private tropical waterfront home offers luxury appointments throughout. Soaring 14-foot ceilings overlook the spacious floor plan that offers a gourmet kitchen, two master suites with private sitting areas and matching offices, and a Tahiti-style lanai surrounding the saltwater heated lagoon pool.

Offered at $1,799,900

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Award-winning architect Mark Sultana brings classic elegance to this waterfront coastal modern estate. Soaring 18-foot ceilings adorn the great room that features a gas fireplace, with other appointments like expansive glass windows, center island kitchen and a third-floor dedicated to the master suite.

Offered at $1,699,000 | 63

Useppa Island | Useppa Island This French West Indies designed residence offers gracious waterfront living with dual staircase entranceways, a private dock and expansive terrace to enjoy sunsets.

Anna Maria Island | Villa Rosa Way With stunning views of Tampa Bay and the Skyway Bridge, this new coastal waterfront home is perfectly positioned inside Anglers’ Cove on Anna Maria Island. Natural light throughout and French doors that open onto the private balcony, this four-bedroom retreat offers a three-car garage, deep sailboat dock, and chef’s kitchen.

Offered at $1,595,000

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Offered at $1,625,000

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Longboat Key | Chipping Lane Handsome and protected, this residence located at the south end of Longboat Key delivers deep-water access to the Intracoastal and Bay, inspiring gatherings around the pavered resort-style pool and spa. Interior appointment offerings include custom crown molding, travertine tile, and an integrated sound system.

Offered at $2,150,000

Sarasota | Perry Maxwell With Spanish Mediterranean style, this Laurel Oak Country Club home has rosewood limestone flooring throughout, with a gourmet kitchen, hand carved Mexican doors that lead you to the bedroom suites, and a sound-proof bonus room.

Offered at $1,900,000 | 67

Osprey | Oriskany Court Entertain with panache overlooking the 14th fairway and lake of The Oaks Club Heron Golf Course. Guests will enjoy the pool and granite bar that joins the outdoor kitchen area.

Offered at $1,799,000

Nokomis | Portofino Drive Enviable Florida waterfront living is yours in this Signorelli model designed villa with an adjacent casita, indoor and outdoor kitchens, and a pool graced with a rock formation and five-foot waterfall.

Offered at $1,375,000

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Osprey | Sugar Mill Drive This custom-built John Cannon home welcomes great moments with friends and family, with its indoor and outdoor kitchens, 48-foot lap pool and luxurious lanai.

Offered at $1,430,000 | 69

Lakewood Ranch | Carmargo Place Located behind the gates of Country Club East, this golf course residence features luxuriously appointed interiors like 10 glass sliders that open to the saltwater pool and prestigious outdoor living areas.

Offered at $1,350,000

Lakewood Ranch | Greystone Street Elegance adorns this Mediterranean masterpiece inside Greystone at Lakewood Ranch. Meticulous architectural details include dressed Michelangelo marble floor detail and a gold leaf coffered ceiling in the foyer. The fireplace in the living room with aquarium glass opens to the inviting outdoor living areas designed with a saltwater pool and stone fireplace.

Offered at $1,275,000

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Sarasota | Founders Club Drive Luxurious Florida living is found inside this custom Lee Wetherington Carrera model home, perfectly positioned with lakefront views and surrounded by majestic oaks. The breakfast nook and kitchen are designed with the chef in mind, featuring a center island and a five-burner gas stove.

Offered at $1,190,000

Sarasota | Albert Tillinghast Drive A coveted Laurel Oaks Estates residence on 1.5 acres of wooded landscape offers a stunning great room with a floor-to-ceiling stone gas fireplace flanked by grand windows and a pecky cypress ceiling. The pavered lanai surrounds the heated saltwater pool, outdoor kitchen and exterior fireplace.

Offered at $1,150,000 | 71

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Englewood | Rivershore Lane This Arthur Rutenberg home on 220 feet of pristine Myakka River waterfront features floor-to-ceiling views through expansive family and living room glass. The spacious residence, built on two lots, offers plenty of space for entertaining, indoor and out.

Offered at $949,000

Lakewood Ranch | Castello Lane A custom grand showcase, this residence inside the Esplanade Golf & Country Club is enhanced by the handsome master suite with sitting area, a gourmet kitchen and tranquil water views over the expansive lanai.

Offered at $550,000

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Englewood | South McCall Road The simple luxury of this contemporary Lemon Bay home offers classic Florida living with a Pebble-Tec pool, travertine lanai, and sweeping Bay views.

Offered at $2,198,700

Sarasota | Periwinkle Drive Designed with exquisite details by famed architect Richard Garfinkle, this romantic waterfront estate showcases picturesque views of Matheny Creek and Little Sarasota Bay from almost every room. A 156 foot seawall, sunset porch embracing the pool and spa, and formal French gardens complete the outdoor amenities.

Offered at $1,980,000 | 75

Lakewood Ranch | Waterton Lane Elegant with an aura of exclusivity this award-winning John Cannon model home offers lakefront views. Appointments throughout offer elaborate tray and decorative ceilings, travertine floors, a stunning chef’s kitchen complemented by an 800-bottle wine cellar, a summer kitchen and several wet and dry bars.

Offered at $1,595,000

Bradenton | 77th East Avenue The opportunity to create an equestrian masterpiece, this property in the Foxwood area of Panther Ridge embraces a generous 10.13 acres amid the community’s 15 miles of hiking, and biking trails, lakes, and parks.

Offered at $1,589,500

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Ellenton | Highland Shores Enjoy Mediterranean-inspired design with abundant water views of the Manatee River from this home located in a gated community of only four homesites. This private oasis offers access to a heated pool, spa and outdoor living spaces to enjoy an elegant Florida lifestyle.

Offered at $1,550,000

Venice | North River Road Nearly eight acres of Myakka riverfront and Florida’s natural wildlife surround this ultra-private estate with pristine views and boating acccess to the Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. The custom built Rutenberg residence offers abundant amenities, including a chef’s kitchen with wine storage and a reverse osmosis water system.

Offered at $1,450,000 | 77

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Sarasota | Donald Ross Road East Tropical landscaping surrounds this spacious, custom-built Rutenberg home inside Laurel Oak Estates. Private poolside guest quarters, a screened lanai with saltwater pool, and a gazebo with built-in grill complete Florida’s enviable outdoor lifestyle.

Offered at $1,250,000

Englewood | Lemon Bay Lane Lemon Bay seclusion harbors a sweeping, plantation style residence, immersed in authentic Florida waterfront living made even more enjoyable by a 300-foot boat dock.

Offered at $1,350,000 | 79

Sarasota | Saddle Oak Trail Majestic oaks and fenced pastures lead to this six-acre residence with handsome grounds and a welcoming front porch. Fit for equestrian lovers or homeowners seeking space, this home is graced with hardwood floors, an open family room, plus attached two-car and detached three-car garages.

Offered at $899,900

Bradenton | Stanhope Place A spacious residence inside the prestigious University Park Country Club, this well-appointed home offers amenities such as a brick-paver patio with a threelevel pool and outdoor kitchen with lakefront views.

Offered at $855,000

Bradenton | Title Row Drive The gated community of Legends Bay is home to this two-story, five-bedroom residence that offers a stylish kitchen with farmhouse sink and glass front cabinets, a ground floor guest suite, pool deck and lanai.

Offered at $599,000

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Bradenton | 77th East Avenue Eight-acres of pristine Florida landscape surround this distinctive country estate offering grazing pastures, a working pen, weather shelters, and designer barn. The 7,000 sq. ft. residence equally pampers owners, with a chef’s kitchen, library, theater with bar, and a custom-built game/media lounge.

Offered at $2,400,000

Bradenton | 62nd Avenue East This equestrian estate, set on 8.1 acres in the Panther Ridge community, features a six-stall barn, a feed room and an air conditioned tack room. The main home offers five living areas graced by idyllic views of the mirror smooth lake, with a well-appointed epicurean kitchen, 10-car garage, and two in-law apartments.

Offered at $2,195,000 | 83

Sarasota | Bern Creek Loop Privacy and serenity envelope this 10-acre country estate that welcomes owners with an impressive dual entry staircase, marble floors and formal living and dining rooms. The master suite enjoys a private balcony overlooking the pool, spa, and manicured acreage.

Offered at $1,200,000

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Bradenton | 190th Street East A private country estate perfect for sport and equestrian enthusiasts, this residence features four pastures appointed with stall barns, dressage arena, and tack and feed rooms for horses. The great room is flanked by French doors that open to the pool and lanai, with an oversized three-car garage featuring an upstairs bar area.

Offered at $1,149,900

Sarasota | Tortoise Way MezzaLuna Equestrian is a six-acre custom John Cannon estate that offers exceptional views across the pool and koi pond. Multiple sets of great room glass doors open to the oversized waterfall and reflection pools. Three stalls with rubber floors, climate controlled tack room and powder room favor the equestrian lifestyle.

Offered at $949,900 | 85

Sarasota | Clark Road An impressive acre of property ensures privacy and seclusion for this stately four-bedroom residence and separate guest house. The main home offers a movie theater with 120-foot custom screen and HD projector. Other appointments include an impressive master closet, office and a solar heated pool.

Offered at $639,000

Lakewood Ranch | Golf Course Road A wrap-around porch welcomes you home to this four-bedroom country estate graced with an equestrian barn, tack room, paddock areas, and nearly six acres of ready-to-ride grounds.

Offered at $549,000

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hile inventories of existing homes and condominiums remain unusually tight in our much-indemand market, buyers who fancy new construction currently have several superior options. From luxury condominiums on the Gulf and bay to exciting new infill neighborhoods near downtown Sarasota and Bradenton, buyers wanting new construction don’t always have to venture east of town. Enjoy the latest update on several new communities currently under construction or near completion!

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Resort-Style Living

Mirabella at Village Green Impressive new gated, 55+ community in West Bradenton can be yours at Mirabella at Village Green. Situated 10 minutes from the Gulf beaches on Anna Maria Island and the world-renowned IMG Academy, the neighborhood features paired villas with two bedrooms, two baths and a den. Amenities include an activities director, lap pool, spa, fitness center, pickle ball courts and pet park. Models open daily. Priced from the mid $200,000’s

EdgeWater at Hidden Bay Introducing 52 waterfront condominium residences located on Little Sarasota Bay midway between Venice and Sarasota. The amenities of this 14-acre gated community await you - tennis and pickle ball courts, boardwalk and fishing pier and a spacious clubhouse with fitness center, kitchen and social rooms overlooking heated pool, spa and wooded water park. Smartly designed three bedroom floor plans offer full sized balconies to take advantage of captivating sunset views and set the stage for easy living. Priced from the $500,000s


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VUE Sarasota Bay Its sleek contemporary design has so captivated buyers that 90% of its 141 residences have been sold already. Still, VUE Sarasota Bay—now under construction—has something for every buyer in search of luxury waterfront living in downtown Sarasota. Join in the anticipation of an unmatched lifestyle that can only be found at VUE Sarasota Bay. Join in the anticipation of an unmatched lifestyle that can only be found at VUE Sarasota Bay. Available residences include a variety of some of our most popular floor plans. Priced from the $900,000s

Granada Park Tucked between Sarasota and the award-winning beaches of Siesta Key, Granada Park proves that you can live in a gated enclave of all-new homes while still residing in a classic “West of the Trail” neighborhood. Custom-tailored three- and four-bedroom homes come with high ceilings, rich finishes, gourmet kitchens and charming porches. A model home is now open. Homes and home sites from the high $800,000’s.

Suburban Living

Ashton Oaks Model homes and the first residences are underway in this new gated enclave of only 20 single-family homes, situated in one of the area’s finest school districts and just minutes from downtown Sarasota and the Gulf beaches. Buyers may choose between threeand four-bedroom floor plans with coastal or Mediterranean styling with the ability to customize. Model homes will be available January 2016. From the high $400,000’s.

Grand Oaks Venice Now in its final phase, only a few opportunities remain to purchase in this new gated enclave of just 55 single-family homes minutes from historic downtown Venice and the Gulf of Mexico beaches. The two- and three-bedroom floor plans with numerous design options are accompanied by a rich amenities package including a Resident’s Club with classically-designed pool, outdoor grill, dining area; and fire pit with seating. Located on East Venice Avenue, just west of Jacaranda Blvd, models are open daily. Priced from the low $300,000s.


Island Living

INFINITY Longboat Key Experience the ultimate in new gated waterfront luxury on Longboat Key. Only one residence remains for purchase at INFINITY Longboat Key—an exceptional four-bedroom corner location fronting the Gulf of Mexico. The 3,638 squarefoot residence will live like a custom single family home and enjoy its own access to the beach via the private walk-down stairs, as well as spacious covered terraces facing both the Gulf and bay. Residents will enjoy a private clubhouse, fitness center, tennis court, beachfront pool, spa and cabanas. Priced at $3,300,000

COMMUNITIES REPRESENTED AS OF SEPTEMBER 2015 Whether you are building a custom home on your own parcel of land, or purchasing a specific builder’s model and lot package, new construction presents countless opportunities to create a home inspired by your way of life. To take full advantage of these opportunities, be sure to ask your experienced Realtor® for their help in navigating the purchase process.




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Final phase with move-in opportunities for October 2015.

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Right: Near Poitiers, Vienne, France, Cognac, France C6,900,000 Maxwell Storrie Baynes Karin Maxwell Michael Baynes +33 (5) 57 84 08 82

Right: Les Eyzies, Perigord Noir, Dprgogne, France C3,500,000 Maxwell Storrie Baynes Karin Maxwell Michael Baynes +33 (5) 57 84 08 82

Right: Near Bergerac, Dordogne, France C3,100,000 Maxwell Storrie Baynes Karin Maxwell Michael Baynes +33 (5) 57 84 08 82 | 97

Left: Paris, France Price Upon Request Daniel FĂŞau Conseil Immobilier +33 660 34 14 62

Right: Auckland, Australia $2,506,000 USD Harcourts International Damien Henaghan 64 21 728 003

Below: Hendra, Australia Price Upon Request Harcourts International Linda Bywater 61 488 104 003

Top: Portichol, Javea Alicante, Spain 3,500,000 EUR Rimontg贸 Margot Duncan +34 965 791 035

99 | Global Showcase

Bottom: Nantucket, Massachusetts $11,175,000 USD William Raveis Real Estate Roberta White & Jenny Paradis 508.352.2019 | 99

Top: Plano, Texas $6,499,900 USD Ebby Halliday Realtors The O’Gorman Group 972.715.0190

Right: Dallas, Texas $6,500,000 USD Ebby Halliday Realtors Lake-Gamso Team 214.908.2477

100 | Global Showcase

Top Right: Dallas, Texas $5,999,000 USD Ebby Halliday Realtors The Morguloff Team 214.354.5266

Middle Right: Dallas, Texas $3,750,000 USD Ebby Halliday Realtors Harvey Team 214.704.3516

Bottom Right: Frisco, Texas $2,798,000 USD Ebby Halliday Realtors Stacey Boyd 214.578.1411 | 101

Top: Rumson, New Jersey $4,250,000 USD Gloria Nilson & Co Real Estate Jane Heller 732.530.2800

Bottom: Fair Haven New Jersey $3,599,000 USD Gloria Nilson & Co Real Estate Mario Venancio 732.530.2800 x146

102 | Global Showcase

Top: Bedford Corners, New York $9,975,000 USD William Raveis Real Estate Stacee Massoni & Robyn Eckhaus 914.806.6981

Below: Tribeca, Manhattan, New York $30,500,000 USD Halstead Property Laurie Silverman 212.381.4262 | 103

Top: Rumson, New Jersey $3,399,000 USD Gloria Nilson & Co Real Estate Mario Venancio 732.530.2800 x146

Bottom: Colts Neck, New Jersey $9,900,000 USD Gloria Nilson & Co Real Estate Donna Bennett Holmdel Office 732.946.3200 x110 | 104

Above and Right: Naperville, Illinois $1,050,000 USD Baird & Warner Rich Hagmeyer 630.718.7509

Bottom: Chicago, Illinois $4,650,000 USD Baird & Warner Pamela Sage 312.981.2788 | 105

Left: Old Greenwich, Connecticut $15,995,000 USD Houlihan Lawrence Ellen Mosher 203.869.0700 Ext. 40231

Right: North Salem, New York $15,850,000 USD Houlihan Lawrence Linda P. Gracie 914.234.9099 Ext. 22311 Anthony Cutugno 914.234.0308

Left: Larchmont, New York $8,500,000 USD Houlihan Lawrence Mary Gail Barry 914.833.0420 Ext. 371

106 | Global Showcase

Left: Tai Tam, Hong Kong $61,800,000 HK Landscope Christie’s Alan and Louis Wong 852 92099988 852 98716828

Right: Toronto, Canada Price Upon Request Chestnut Park Real Estate Ltd. James Martin Molloy 416.925.9191

Right: Toronto, Canada $28,888,000 Harvey Kalles Real Estate Brokerage Elise Kalles 416.441.2888 | 107

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