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Spring 2017 Volume 5 Issue 1

Luxury Real Estate

Market Trends

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As part of the Christie’s International Real Estate global affiliate network, we are pleased to highlight a number of record-breaking sales that took place in 2016. More than simply an affiliation, the agents at Michael Saunders & Company are personally connected— just a phone call or email away—to someone at all 132 Christie’s International Real Estate exclusive member firms. From Palm Beach to Paris, here is a sampling of significant sales from our affiliates around the world: TOP TEN REPORTED SALES FOR 2016 1. HILTON & HYLAND REAL ESTATE HOLMBY HILLS, CALIFORNIA $105 MILLION USD (closed August 1, 2016)




T3. HILTON & HYLAND REAL ESTATE 8. EWM REALTY INTERNATIONAL BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA COCONUT GROVE, FLORIDA $40 MILLION USD (closedby April 2016)for giving homebuyers $34.6 MILLION (closed June 21, 2016) Guided a 29, vision and USD sellers something they

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T3. HILTON & HYLAND REAL ESTATE 9. PREMIER ESTATE PROPERTIES integrity and cutting-edge marketing — a woman named Michael founded LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA $40 MILLION USD (closedSaunders May 31, 2016) $34 MILLION USD (closed February 28, 2016) Michael & Company.

1976 WAS THE YEAR THAT REAL ESTATE 5. KEN JACOBS Almost forty years later, and with her10. BROWN HARRIS STEVENS NEWfirm YORK son Drayton by her side, Michael’s WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME. VAUCLUSE, NSW, AUSTRALIA NEW YORK, NEW YORK has (closed grown June to be27,the leading independent real estate on Florida’s $39.1 MILLION USD 2016) $30 MILLION USDbrokerage (closed March 29, 2016) Gulf Coast, with a meaningful local legacy and powerful international affiliations that place the company in a league of its own.

Guided by a vision for giving homebuyers and sellers something they Announcing Our Chief Economist had never experienced before —New extraordinary service, uncompromising As a founding member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), Michael integrity and cutting-edge marketing — a at woman named Michael Saunders placed her company the forefront of the world’s founded largest community of high-quality real estate brokerages. Early in 2017, our network announced the appointment of Michael Saundersindependent & Company.

Marci Rossell as Chief Economist. Rossell, Ph.D., will be the voice of LeadingRE’s global economic research, updates and insights our customers on the broader trends affecting real Almost forty years later, andproviding with her son Drayton byfor her side, Michael’s firm estate. Many of our agents met with Marci at the Luxury Portfolio Summit this past March, where has grown to be the independent real estate brokerage on Florida’s sheleading presented an incredible overview of the global financial climate, and looked ahead to the rest Speaking about new role, Rossell said “I have long admired the leadership role that Gulf Coast, with ofa 2017. meaningful localherlegacy and powerful international ® Leading Estate Companies of the 1.888.552. affiliations that place theReal company in a league of World its own.commands among many of the most respected independent real estate brokerages around the globe. I look forward to sharing my thoughts on how the international economic picture will impact housing trends and market conditions around the world.”

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o matter the environment, springtime always equates to new beginnings and rebirth—even in our own southwest Florida paradise where we are fortunate enough to escape the winter frost. Here, the season brings the promise of refreshing showers and colorful blooms, making the lush surroundings even more beautiful, as if that were even possible.

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Glancing through the pages of this issue’s remarkable offerings, it is easy to remember why we choose to live, work and play here. These properties take full advantage of their waterfront locations, beachside access, tranquil acres or proximity to all the joys of downtown Sarasota living. Every section of the magazine displays a plethora of wonderful lifestyles to experience. As with each issue of SaundersBEST that we create, you are assured of being presented with the finest collection of homes on the market. It is always a true pleasure to work with Michael and Drayton Saunders and their exceptional staff. From the Realtors in the field to office management, all members share the express goal of delivering impeccable customer service to their clients each and every day, and it shows. For over 40 years Michael Saunders & Company has cultivated a brand that defines the art of luxury living and brings the very best of Florida to you. All the best to you this spring,

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Gazing at the pure white exterior of this magnificent masterpiece of a home, you are transfixed by the notion that you are standing before a Northern Italian palazzo. The landscape you envision as the setting for such a beauty is echoed throughout the home itself, in handpainted murals that pay homage to the residence’s clear inspiration. In place of the Adriatic is a view of the Gulf of Mexico, the sparkling blue jewel of Florida’s west coast and the specific detail that brings us to reality. We are, in fact, on lovely Longboat Key, and the residence before us, Serenissima (most serene), is the spectacular labor of love of the original owners, as well as a team of talented builders, architects, designers, craftspeople and artists. Step through the iron-gated, glass entry doors and prepare to be astonished. The atrium of the grand hall features intricate marble flooring, stunning colonnades

spanning three levels, and a majestic glass dome that peers up to the heavens. Domed ceilings, trompe l’oeil artistry, touches of gold leaf, Palladian windows, etched stained glass and a sprawling infinity-edge pool overlooking the beach all pay tribute to the Mediterranean spirit that reigns throughout. The 19,000 square feet of luxurious living space somehow perfectly blends a welcoming warmth with such opulent detailing. Exquisite elements such as a glass-encased bird cage elevator, palatial terraces on each level and a home theater complete with stage are balanced by comfortable gathering spaces tucked into the grand salon, the airy sunroom, the paneled library and an intimate parlor. All told, this dream retreat is the perfect embodiment of Italian resplendence gracing the beachfront of our own Floridian paradise. | 9




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e design comfortable gathering spaces where we can enjoy the company of friends and family in the fresh air. Backyard cabanas serve as protection from the sun, as well as quiet, shady places to relax and enjoy a good read. “Lanai,” a word borrowed from Hawaii, has become a staple of residences in the Sunshine State. Veranda, gallery, piazza…any label given to this architectural element evokes the same feeling—a sense of celebrating the lush, verdant surroundings by blurring the boundary between indoors and outdoors. A fire pit or bricked fireplace is a wonderful addition to this concept of a second family room. The coziness of the welcome warmth on a mildly chilly evening is enhanced by the soft light and shadows that are cast. If ambiance is the aim, a string of vintage Edison lights artfully slung from the rafters of an arbor or trellis will do nicely. Romantic and elegant, they transform a patio into a Mediterranean-style getaway. If the intended mood on the lanai is more functional than fanciful, a big screen television gracing an appropriately sheltered wall truly completes the picture. Rounding up the whole family to take in a movie is as much of a treat as getting together to star gaze. With this versatile space, you can enjoy both. Fully appointed summer kitchens contain all the accoutrements of a gourmet chef. Features such as gas grills with multiple side burners, pizza ovens, warming drawers and wine coolers make cooking alfresco a real delight, even for the most discerning foodies. An adjacent dining area is the ideal place to congregate for a meal, either tucked under an umbrella during a breezy lunch or serving as the best seat in the house for a stunning after-dinner show—a brilliant sunset that sets the evening sky ablaze. The poolside deck is a favorite spot to unwind, and sipping cocktails while perched in a chaise lounge on a burbling Baja

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ledge certainly sounds like a little slice of heaven. The lull of trickling waters is the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon nap in a hammock swing. If sleep is not on the agenda, it is easy to consider trading a heart-pounding session on the treadmill in an at-home gym for a few rousing and refreshing laps in the pool. At night, creatively designed LED lighting below the surface can transform the pool into a temptingly lovely lagoon. Achieving a harmonious blend of the practical and the delightful is a hallmark of a Floridian backyard, which can thankfully be utilized and relished just about every day of the year.

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n 2016, the City of Sarasota processed $442 million worth of permits— comprised of renovations and mostly new construction of apartments, condominiums, hotel rooms, offices and retail buildings. It is safe to say that the allure of our little slice of paradise, with its balmy Gulf breezes and powdery white beaches, is the impetus for all of this bustling activity.


The Venice area is inching ever closer to getting a major facelift with the possible addition of the Braves’ brand-new spring training complex.

While Sarasota continues to see such expansive growth, the surrounding areas are experiencing similar exciting transformations. To the north, the City of Bradenton is moving forward with a project designed to improve its downtown streetscape. Visitors to the Old Main Street corridor will enjoy enhanced lighting and landscaping, among other strategies to further refine its appeal and walkability. The picturesque Riverwalk is already a draw for those seeking to explore Bradenton’s cultural vitality. Just a few blocks away, the South Florida Museum is adding 30,000 square feet to its already sprawling 60,000-square-foot campus. The addition will be comprised of a children’s wing, a new outdoor area for community activities, a café and a hall to accommodate traveling exhibits. Renovations to the museum’s existing space are also part of the plan, such as upgrades to the facilities for wildlife rehabilitation, where you’ll find resident manatee and local celebrity, Snooty. Head south of Sarasota to the pastoral intersection of Tamiami Trail and River Road to visit the potential future winter home of the Atlanta Braves. The Venice area is inching ever closer to getting a major facelift with the possible addition of the team’s brand-new spring training complex. A stadium and related facilities will be located on property that is adjacent to a planned 28-acre medical and wellness campus of Sarasota Memorial Hospital. While talks to lure the Braves to town have been underway for more than a decade, a final agreement seems imminent. | 15



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nce you find the perfect home with the ideal design, the next step is furnishing the space to suit your taste and lifestyle. Whether envisioning a beautiful interior for a beachside retreat on Anna Maria Island, or a family-friendly estate in Lakewood Ranch, homeowners have no shortage of wonderful offerings in the southwest Florida area. Sarasota alone boasts a plethora of choices. Hudson’s Furniture, Baer’s and Bacon’s Furniture & Design carry all the top brands: Tommy Bahama, Liberty, Lexington, Hooker, Stanley and much, much more. These businesses have locations exclusively in Florida, so you are more likely to encounter unique finds that are not available up north. All of these retailers offer not only an impressive collection of items to fill the rooms where you live, lounge, dine and sleep, but also the guidance of in-store design professionals to assist in creating a space that truly reflects your own personal aesthetic. Nationwide favorites such as Havertys, Ethan Allen and American Signature have a presence in the area as well—scattered along the coast from Port Charlotte to Tampa. At Robb & Stucky, a Florida fine furnishing institution for over 100 years, take advantage of special events and even free design seminars, such as a presentation on restyling your home from traditional to transitional. Newer to the scene is Top Drawer Furniture, emphasizing top-notch customer service, eco-friendly furniture and fashionable products that are built to last. At Arhaus you’ll discover carefully crafted pieces that can be found only in one of its gorgeous, high-end stores. The company’s product developers search the world over for a truly unique and exclusive catalog to offer its

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discerning customers. Luckily, you only have to travel as far as The Mall at University Town Center to procure these treasures. Sarasota Collection Home Store founders Pamela and Marcus Anast opened their doors in 2003, bringing to the area more than just a comprehensive offering of furniture and accessories. Their design team works with clients one-on-one to create custom-made, fine wood furniture designed in-house and manufactured in the Anasts’ factory in Lima, Peru. Family-owned Matter Brothers, with five Florida locations, takes excellent customer service one step further with an impressive price guarantee. If you see the same product for less at a major stocking dealer in southwest Florida, Matter Brothers vows to match the competitor price. A self-described “playground for the modern enthusiast,” Sarasota’s Soft Square is where you will encounter comfortable, contemporary items from the minds of design icons such as Antonio Citterio, Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders. Entering the Fruitville Road showroom is like happening upon a modern art museum exhibit. When you are in the mood for a bit of an eclectic shopping adventure, explore Sarasota Architectural Salvage for one-of-a-kind gems such as a carved Indian console or a mesquite kitchen island displayed alongside crystal chandeliers and stunning architectural accents. While the larger retailers obviously have on hand a broad selection of the smaller details that help make your house a home—rugs, lamps, mirrors, pillows and bedding galore—there is something to be said for the slightly cozier surroundings of a shop such as Pier 22 Home & Gifts in Venice, with its offering of charming, coastalthemed accessories, in addition to buffets, dining sets, accent chairs and occasional tables.



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he only difficulty you will encounter when visiting this classic Italian eatery on Main Street is deciding what to order. The fabulous menu of northern Italian dishes plated with modern flair will tempt you with everything from delectable seafood to savory pasta options and the finest brick-fired pizza in town. Mediterraneo first opened in 1996 and has garnered a fiercely loyal following since that time. In fact, you are likely to spot many regulars at the bar, chatting up Bruno as he crafts his popular Rustica pie and slides it into the blazing oven. The Lasagne alla Bolognese is like none other you have ever tasted—featuring layers of delicate pasta and a creamy bechamel sauce. With all of the incredible selections, it is hard to believe that the best is yet to come…at the very end of your meal. The heavenly Tiramisu is lovingly made fresh from scratch every day in-house. With a lively yet intimate atmosphere, Mediterraneo’s dining room or outdoor patio is the ideal choice for a business lunch, friendly drink or romantic date night. Reservations are recommended.

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Locally and Globally


early anywhere we go, the first question our agents are usually asked is “how is the market?” Most of the time we can take a look at the statistics to answer that question fairly easily, but the end of 2016 had us scratching our heads wondering: where are all the luxury buyers and why the slowdown? The answer appears to fall to the political and economic uncertainty that became the theme of 2016. Our market reflected the global trend in which real estate investments were relatively sluggish when compared with the previous year. However, a stock market rally in late 2016 suggested that investors were expecting a strong year for corporate America in 2017. If lower corporate taxes, deregulation and infrastructure investment by the U.S. government are all on the table as expected, then real estate will also benefit.

Fresh off the heels of the 2017 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® annual conference, Michael Saunders & Company agents brought back a Understanding global perspective on the real estate the latest local market thanks to Marci Rossell, the new Chief Economist for our network. trends in pricing Speaking about the broader trends affecting the real estate industry, and sales is your Rossell said “The Great Recession is long in the rear view mirror. key to success in With confidence in the economy comes security around income and today’s market. asset values. So, the affluent buyer will continue to see real estate as a prudent, essential component in their investment portfolio. And despite the fact that interest rates are rising in the U.S., I expect 2017 to be a strong year of global luxury real estate.” In Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties, 2017 is off to a remarkable start. In the luxury space, Michael Saunders & Company represented two record-breaking sales and listed the highest priced property ever in the tri-county area. At $26.5 million, “Serenissima” has a price tag more commonly seen in Naples or Palm Beach, where currently more than 30 properties at $20 million or above are on the market. Speaking about the new listing, Michael Saunders said “I built this business over 40 years to be ready to bring a property like this to market.” In January 2017, Michael Saunders & Company agents successfully sold the highest priced condominium on Longboat Key since 2013 for $5.25 million. The “Boheme” penthouse at Aria sold in just 27 days and represents the first resale of a new development

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condominium in all of Sarasota for half-a-decade. With this sale as evidence, the luxury buyer that sat on the sidelines for the majority of 2016—waiting to see how the year would play out—is now coming forward and making offers. Just a month later in February 2017, Michael Saunders & Company closed the highest priced sale ever in The Lake Club community of Lakewood Ranch. With a sale price of $4.6 million, the Italian-inspired villa—which graced the front cover of SaundersBEST in the Fall—has set a high bar for real estate in east county. Michael Saunders said the sale “indicates growing strength in the East County luxury market and the desire of buyers for the best in quality and distinctive design.” A look at the luxury numbers so far this year seems to support the idea of a re-energized market. According to Trendgraphix, in January 2017 there were 33 sales of single family homes priced above $1 million, up 13% from January 2016. For single family homes priced above $3 million, there were 3 sales in January. On the condominium side, there were 22 sales of properties priced above $1 million, up by 27% since January 2016. In the $3 million+ price range, there were four condominium sales in January 2017 as opposed to just one in 2016. Most of these sales saw a price adjustment prior to a successful sale. Year-to-date, Michael Saunders & Company agents have sold 78 properties above $1 million, representing a 46% share of the market by sales volume. In the $3 million and above category, Michael Saunders & Company agents have sold 11 properties, with a remarkable 45% market share by dollar volume sold. Quite simply, we are the name to know and trust in luxury real estate in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties. The significant sale and listing activity certainly indicates the demand for distinctive properties in our region. However, the importance of pricing a home correctly from the start cannot be emphasized enough. Experience tells us that a property receives its best exposure during the first three to five weeks, because buyers who have seen most available homes in their price range are waiting for the right house to come on the market. Impressive sales can lead to the “let’s try it and see” pricing attitude, but testing the water often results in longer days on the market and an inevitable price reduction. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, it is always wise to consult with a full-time, locally-based real estate specialist who can help you ascertain the exact market conditions in your neighborhoods of interest. Understanding the latest local trends in pricing and sales, as well as the mindset guiding the actions of successful buyers and sellers, is your key to success in today’s market.


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Longboat Key Gulf of Mexico Drive This magnificent hideaway gives guests and residents alike the impression that they have arrived in exotic Indonesia. Swaying palms along 2.5 acres of gorgeous Gulf property and a modern elegance throughout the home complete the image of a tropical paradise.

Offered at $ 19,900,000

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Siesta Key | Sanderling Road Named “Aquadisia,” this ultra-modern beachfront residence will indeed transport you to another world, where sleek lines balance the home’s Key West soul. Find peace in the private labyrinth garden, massage room, reflection pond and royal palm grove. Two private guest homes allow you to share the joy.

Offered at $16,950,000

Casey Key North Casey Key Road Eventide, found on the northern end of Casey Key, is a Bay-to-Gulf Italian-inspired estate boasting arched windows and French doors that open onto the outdoor spaces, overlooking dramatic water views. Ornate ironwork and intricate wood detailing lend a richness throughout. A two-story lounge area encourages family gatherings, complete with fireplace and a summer kitchen.

Offered at $14,500,000 | 23

Siesta Key | Sanderling Road Asian-inspired aesthetics lend a spiritual grace to Gulf-front living. In the main house, a full bank of floor-to-ceiling windows opens to the gently lapping shore, while elsewhere on the two-acre property, an equally lavish guesthouse is joined by a lush, immaculately designed Japanese garden.

Offered at $9,800,000

Boca Grande | Gilchrist Avenue Experience Boca Grande living at its finest, with exquisite detailing at every turn. From custom stonework, cabinetry, wrought iron elements and exquisite tile work to the breathtaking waterfront terrace and commanding outdoor fireplace, this is heaven, Mediterranean-style.

Offered at $9,700,000

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Casey Key | Casey Key Road The charm and spirit of Colonial Caribbean style culminate in Heron Hill, with stunning views across both Blackburn Bay and the sparkling Gulf of Mexico. This jewel, completely renovated in 2008, features a grand lounge with French doors that frame the exceptional surroundings, as well as spa-inspired relaxation spaces and a dream kitchen—the utmost in elegance.

Offered at $8,750,000

Longboat Key Longboat Club Road Tucked behind the gates of The Longboat Key Club, this extraordinary home enjoys 134 feet of direct beachfront on the Gulf. Here you will luxuriate in a flawless blend of sophistication and comfort. French doors in the elegant master suite lead to your own private show—the sunlight on the shimmering Gulf. Further taking advantage of the extraordinary location is an oversized wraparound balcony, expansive covered terrace and a boardwalk path leading directly to the powdery white sand.

Offered at $8,500,000 | 25

Siesta Key | Sanderling Road Builder Michael Walker created a masterpiece in this wonderfully private retreat comprised of 1.8 acres of lush, tropical paradise. The airy, streamlined design is a nod to the modern, while fixtures such as the grand, centerpiece kitchen and ample secluded sitting spaces are odes to the classic.

Offered at $7,950,000

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Boca Grande | North Island Court Home to this tropical treasure on Boca Grande, nearly three acres of glorious beachfront are all yours. You will be hard-pressed to decide which is more tempting, the inviting outdoor gathering spaces or the warm interior—both offer unparalleled beachfront views.

Offered at $5,500,000

Englewood | North Manasota Key Road Perfectly perched between the Gulf and the Bay, this modern estate makes the most of its verdant surroundings. Each bedroom opens to a private terrace for full enjoyment of the extraordinary environment. Relax and unwind in the comfortable living spaces of this magnificent island getaway.

Offered at $4,999,999 | 27

Sarasota | Benjamin Franklin Drive This Beach Residences penthouse at The RitzCarlton is a real show stopper, with the Gulf of Mexico as the star. It consists of a split-style floor plan with four bedrooms, three full baths, a gracious powder room and formal dining area that could easily transform into a study.

Offered at $4,950,000

Lido Key | Benjamin Franklin Drive Make the great escape—to a fabulous island lifestyle at Palazzi Al Mare. This is the only five-level home on Lido Beach, featuring a private glass elevator that incrementally reveals the panoramic views with each floor it passes. Welcome home to your own “Palace at the Sea.”

Offered at $3,790,000

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Longboat Key | Longboat Club Road In every direction, incredible Gulf and Bay views greet you in this seventh-floor, corner condominium in Regent Place. Your oasis in the sky is accessed via two elevators—one for guests and another private elevator that opens directly into your residence.

Offered at $3,300,000

Placida | North Gulf Boulevard Revel in the bliss of beach living, with spectacular views from every vantage point in the house, including the master retreat. A bubble bath overlooking a sunset on the shimmering Gulf‌the very definition of heaven.

Offered at $1,990,000 | 29

Longboat Key | Grand Bay Boulevard Sensational, panoramic views of the city skyline, marina, Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico greet you upon entering this Grand Bay home. The wow factor continues in the en-suite guestroom, as well as master bedroom, which features a wraparound terrace that connects to the living room.

Offered at $1,695,000

Placida | South Gulf Boulevard Escape to the beachfront seclusion and beauty of Palm Island Estates. This three-bedroom retreat will entice you with the sights and sounds of the surf.

Offered at $1,490,000

Longboat Key | Longboat Club Road This spacious residence features three bedrooms and a wall of breathtaking views from the private, southwest corner of Longboat Key Towers.

Offered at $1,399,000

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Westway Drive

32 | Waterfront Living

Lido Key | Westway Drive Found on the highly desirable Westway Drive, this spectacular home will win your heart from the very first glance. A welcoming exterior gives way to stunning panoramic water views set amidst a beautifully open and inviting floor plan. Steps away from the poolside fire pit, the crystal waves of your own private beach await.

Offered at $7,500,000

Bird Key | Meadow Lark Drive The intense appeal of this Bayfront masterpiece is irrefutable. Expect to be captivated by the generously proportioned living spaces, including five bedroom suites, a sophisticated den, glorious courtyards and a dream kitchen open to the family and dining rooms.

Offered at $6,525,000 | 33

Lido Key | Benjamin Franklin Drive Take in the splendor of 360-degree views of the Gulf, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay and the twinkling city skyline in this Orchid Beach Club penthouse. Exuding sophistication, the floor plan consists of formal living and dining rooms, a family room with remotecontrolled fireplace, gallery-style hallways and two master suites with private terraces.

Offered at $5,995,000

Longboat Key | Lighthouse Point Drive The very epitome of glamour, this waterfront residence will astound with sleek lines and contours in a lightfilled, open layout. A chef’s kitchen serves as a natural gathering space, while the sweeping staircase leads to separate bedroom quarters on the second level. The private master suite, situated on the first floor, will thrill with its luxurious, spa-like atmosphere.

Offered at $5,500,000

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Siesta Key Midnight Pass Road Contemporary sophistication has a Siesta Key address. Impressive interior features such as triple-step crown molding, elevated ceilings, gas fireplace, steam shower and gym are matched by the saltwater swimming pool outside, with a Bay view and boat dock. Visitors can enjoy their own private guest quarters with a full kitchen, laundry and two-car garage.

Offered at $3,599,000

Bradenton | Riverview Boulevard This Federal-style estate is situated among oaks and magnolias down a long driveway that offers seclusion on the Manatee River shore. The charming “River Room� makes the most of the lovely view with a wet bar, fireplace, wine chiller and unique brick flooring from an historic bank building in Bradenton.

Offered at $2,985,000 | 35

Englewood | Manasota Key Road A 2016 expansion and remodel renders this Manasota Key masterpiece a singular find. Seemingly floating on its own private island—its perch is a peninsula extending into Lemon Bay— this haven is tropical living at its best.

Offered at $2,599,900

Bird Key Mourning Dove Drive The beautiful gathering spaces in this Bird Key abode include a formal dining room, spacious living and family rooms and a casual dining area just off the kitchen that overlooks the sparkling pool and canal. Alfresco dining can also be enjoyed waterside on the three-tiered terrace graced with lush landscaping and a charming pergola.

Offered at $2,493,000

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Osprey | Shoreland Drive The 22-foot, coffered ceiling in the grand living room makes an immediate impression. A serene setting on the Intracoastal Waterway and South Creek Bayou furthers your delight. The versatility of two master suites provides a choice: ground-floor convenience or panoramic views from the second level. Either way, the halfacre of grounds alongside the peaceful mangroves is a sight to behold.

Offered at $1,750,000

Lakewood Ranch | Clearlake Avenue A taste of Italy can be found here behind the gates of the exclusive Lake Club. Elegant touches throughout this European-style dwelling—from the stained glass dome adorning the dining room to the rich wooden cabinetry—are complemented by pleasant surprises such as the one-bedroom courtyard casita and bocci court.

Offered at $1,725,000 | 37

Longboat Key Bayou Hammock Road An “Old Florida” retreat is what you will discover nestled on almost one acre of tropical flora on Bishop’s Bayou, with direct access to Sarasota Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway. Built in 1950, subsequent renovations have maintained the original Southern pine floors, built-in bookshelves and charming wood-beamed ceilings.

Offered at $1,650,000

Venice | North River Road Tucked behind the gates of Venice’s best kept secret, the Myakka River Trails community, you will encounter a lovely estate home among the palms and verdant foliage. Attention to detail is evident in the open floor plan, oversized rooms and tranquil views from almost every window.

Offered at $1,600,000

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Osprey | Osprey Point Drive An address in Oaks Bayside calls to mind choice elegance, and this modern yet classic masterpiece exceeds even those expectations. From the grand master retreat with dual, boutique-inspired custom closets, to the open-air heated pool, lounge area and summer kitchen, meticulous attention to detail in the 2015 renovation of this home is apparent at every turn.

Offered at $1,549,000

Bradenton | 64th Drive West Just when you think the panoramic view of the Bay is the star of the show, special details found in this magnificent home, such as Italian glass cabinetry, exquisite flooring and custom granite walls, steal the scene.

Offered at $1,549,000 | 39

Punta Gorda | Jamaica Way An expansive, 120-foot lanai spans the width of this southern plantation-style abode. This feature provides ample areas for relaxing, entertaining and sunbathing beside the resortstyle pool and spa with cascading waterfall.

Offered at $1,499,000

Englewood Bayshore Drive Located down a long drive, with a perfectly manicured stretch of land leading to a private dock, this spectacular estate is a standout. Incomparable views of Lemon Bay can be enjoyed from the main living areas, master suite, kitchen, balcony and spacious lanai.

Offered at $1,249,500

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Cape Coral | West Cape Estates Circle Framed by majestic royal palms, this estate home is destined to impress. Upon entering you will be greeted by a stunning, four-tiered tray ceiling in the gallery-style foyer, as well as the perfect vantage point overlooking the vanishing-edge pool and water views. Ease back and relax in Hollywood style in the remarkable theater room equipped with customized illumination and sound system.

Offered at $1,100,000

Punta Gorda Crooked Island Drive Uniquely positioned on a cul-de-sac, this home boasts 170 feet of waterfront. Wake up with a smile in your poolside master suite complete with sitting area. Four additional bedrooms perfectly accommodate the family, office space or fortunate guests.

Offered at $973,500 | 41

Port Charlotte Graham Street Southwest This custom-built residence will enchant from the moment you step through the door. A stunning cherry wood staircase immediately sets the tone, while polished travertine floors, soaring faux-painted ceilings and gorgeous crown molding throughout are the very picture of elegance.

Offered at $850,000

Port Charlotte | Aquarius Circle Enjoy sweeping canal views with your morning coffee in a breakfast nook that features aquarium glass. This four-bedroom estate on the Cape Haze peninsula consists of a great room, living room and master suite with patio doors that lead directly to the lanai.

Offered at $799,900

Ellenton | 68th Terrace East Partake in Old Florida charm on the banks of the Manatee River. This ranch offers seclusion on a quiet cul-de-sac as well as 180-degree views from the open decks, lovely patios and almost every room of the house.

Offered at $689,000

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Harbor Drive property featured on opposite page

44 | City Life

Sarasota | Harbor Drive

Sarasota | Watergate Drive Located on the 14th floor of the RitzCarlton Tower Residences, this home embodies the panache for which RitzCarlton is known worldwide. The divine three-bedroom condominium, featured in Sarasota Magazine for its impeccable style and incomparable views, will take your breath away.Â

Ascend the staircase through the lush tropical landscaping and enter the arched, mahogany front doors to discover the elegance within. This Harbor Acres abode features honed travertine flooring, a gourmet kitchen and custom fireplace. Four sets of French doors access a sprawling terrace overlooking the pool and majestic sunset views.

Offered at $4,350,000

Offered at $3,725,000 | 45

Sarasota | Harbor Drive Exhibiting Palladian architecture, this customdesigned home has no equal. Stone fireplaces inside and out, a fabulous cook’s kitchen, wine cellar, world-class library and inviting terraces establish this beauty in a class by itself.

Offered at $3,385,000

Sarasota | Harbor Drive Wooden beams of cypress and walnut crown the soaring, 30-foot ceilings in the great room of this Harbor Acres dream home. Lovingly selected elements are found throughout, such as Italian, wire-brushed oak plank flooring, custom mahogany built-ins in the library and a Mexican pebble deck in the private courtyard with outdoor shower. The centerpiece is a striking pool area with spa and waterfall.

Offered at $2,800,000

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Harbor Drive property featured on opposite page, bottom | 47

Siesta Key | Siesta Drive This Key West-style tri-level is relaxed, coastal living at its very best, offering ample sunshine throughout, direct access to the Gulf and an island-style bar poolside. The master suite has its own private balcony, and each of the two guest rooms accesses the verandah.

Offered at $2,349,900

Sarasota | Wisconsin Lane Stylishly efficient, this smart home is the epitome of contemporary design. Rich wood beams and engineered white oak floors lend a glowing warmth throughout. A media room, complete with wet bar and bath, is concealed behind a sleek barn door. Outdoor entertaining is a must with a sunken fire pit and expansive summer kitchen accompanying the sparkling saltwater pool and spa.

Offered at $1,999,990

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Sarasota South Palm Avenue With sweeping views from the panoramic windows and wraparound terrace, as well as a spacious layout, this Tessera residence offers all you could ever want in an elegant, downtown lifestyle.

Offered at $1,775,000

Sarasota | Pomelo Place The front porch of this charming abode is open and inviting. The spacious great room has soaring 20-foot ceilings and sliding doors that open onto the pool and lanai with outdoor kitchen. The neighborhood is blissfully quiet, yet conveniently close to all that downtown Sarasota has to offer.

Offered at $1,795,000 | 49

Sarasota | Bay Shore Road Exhibiting indubitable Mediterranean style, this Ringling-era estate has been fully updated with modern upgrades and amenities. Gleaming hardwood floors, plenty of windows and skylights, as well as a screened loggia overlooking the pool and verdant landscaping complete the Old World portrait.

Offered at $1,695,000

Sarasota | Alta Vista This modern marvel has a one-level floor plan that flaunts chic personality in its white oak hardwood floors, custom European cabinetry and beautiful outdoor pool area.

Offered at $1,395,000

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Sarasota | Boyce Street The pleasures of West of Trail living are enhanced by exquisite details such as crown molding, hardwood floors, custom California closets, soaring 23-foot ceilings and designer lighting. The great outdoors gets even better with a heated, saltwater pool with spa and a lovely backyard pergola.

Offered at $1,299,000

Punta Gorda | Berry Street The classic tropical style of this Punta Gorda retreat, just one block from the aptly named Peace River, makes the most of its lush surroundings. An extensive wraparound porch overlooks the stunning pool and patio below. Bamboo flooring throughout the home lends a natural feel to the open, light-filled space.

Offered at $1,250,000 | 51

Sarasota | Bonita Court Bradenton | Riverview Boulevard Get away from it all—and still be conveniently located— in this Key West-style gem in northwest Bradenton. Take in the view of the natural bayou from the classic wraparound porches or gather the family around the keystone coral fireplace to relax and unwind. This home also features a mother-in-law suite above the garage with a full bath and kitchenette.

Nestled behind a stylish walled entry in the Granada neighborhood, you will find this custom, two-story residence with fine details such as the ornate fireplaces in the great room and master bedroom, an elegant staircase and a well-appointed kitchen.

Offered at $1,195,000

Offered at $1,195,000

Sarasota Selby Lane You will be transported to Tuscany by the Mediterranean feel of these villa homes in downtown Sarasota. The enclave centers around an expansive, richly landscaped courtyard graced by a heated pool and spa. For more secluded sunbathing, retreat to your own private patio, an added bonus in this spacious end-unit townhome.

Offered at $1,149,000

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Sarasota | Central Avenue Take in the incredible Bay views while perched on the expansive terrace accessible from all rooms of this 10thfloor residence. Perfectly situated in the heart of downtown Sarasota, all the conveniences of city life are right around the corner from your own piece of paradise in the sky.

Offered at $998,000

Sarasota | Pomelo Place With a desirable West of Trail address and a tropical oasis in the backyard—complete with tiki bar—this home aims to please. The newly renovated gourmet kitchen, impressive cathedral ceilings and Australian cypress hardwood floors are details designed to delight.

Offered at $785,000

Sarasota | Cosmopolitan Court The name says it all—this cosmopolitan townhome brings you an enviable city lifestyle, conveniently near to all that Sarasota has to offer. A rare end unit, this residence will also delight with the privacy and seclusion of a heavenly rooftop terrace.

Offered at $779,900 | 53

Sarasota | Cocoanut Avenue Experience the best in luxurious city life at the gated Marquee En Ville. Your four-story townhome offers not only a two-car garage and your own private elevator, but also a rooftop terrace with a summer kitchen and cozy fire pit, perfect for entertaining.

Offered at $679,000

Sarasota | Main Street This seventh-floor condominium provides a unique opportunity to enjoy downtown living in upscale style. This two-bedroom residence features contemporary wood cabinets, granite countertops and a balcony overlooking Main Street.

Offered at $599,000

Sarasota | Floyd Street A superb 2015 remodel of this East of Trail gem included more than 1,400 square feet of additional living space. The charming outdoor patio and pool area may be accessed from the dining room, breezeway, guest suite and master bedroom.

Offered at $569,900

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56 | Island Life

Longboat Key Gulf of Mexico Drive Villa de Como impresses from the start, with a sweeping spiral staircase in the entry that immediately sets a tone of grandeur. As you step into the dazzling two-story living space, your eye will be drawn to the stunning view of the infinity pool and the Bay just beyond. With an awe-inspiring facade and interior details such as intricate millwork throughout, lovely tongue-andgroove ceilings and rustic stone flooring, Spanish architecture is elevated to perfection.

Offered at $8,200,000

Lido Key | Westway Drive Incomparable views of New Pass from a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows are a highlight in almost every room of this Phillip Hiss-designed retreat. Outdoors, enjoy secluded resort-style luxury in the courtyard between the main residence and guest house. Poolside you will find a charming cabana with dry sauna and a tropical-inspired bar.

Offered at $6,499,000 | 57

Lido Key | North Washington Drive This gated estate provides an ideal balance of seclusion and convenience, located one block from St. Armands Circle. Delight in unrivaled views of the Sarasota skyline and shimmering Bay from a terrace that spans the length of the house. With decorative detailing and lovely architectural elements throughout, welcome to your own Key West–style oasis.

Offered at $6,250,000

Longboat Key | Ranger Lane Custom built in 2007 with gorgeous details such as imported Colombian clay roof tiles, Brazilian cherry cabinetry and authentic Mexican floor tiles, this gem was truly globally inspired. Prepare to be mesmerized by panoramic Sarasota Bay views from the four open terraces that grace this remarkable waterfront retreat.

Offered at $5,495,000

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Siesta Key | White Lane Coastal meets contemporary in this exceptional home on north Siesta Key. Live the dream, with Bay and Gulf boat access, private beach, summer kitchen, media room, billiard room and custom bar.

Offered at $5,750,000

Longboat Key Rountree Drive Beginning with its exclusive perch at the tip of Longboat Key Estates, this Italian-inspired beauty is full of lovely surprises. The spacious gathering areas are designed for family get-togethers, a sprawling kitchen is a chef’s dream and numerous outdoor terraces encourage your enjoyment of the soothing, island lifestyle.

Offered at $4,100,000 | 59

Longboat Key | Rountree Drive This Longboat Key abode is a modern work of art from the minds of Jonathan Parks and Seibert Architects. The combination of hand-selected materials such as teak, pecky cypress, granite, quartz and slate with the intelligent, versatile design is compelling and simply magical.

Offered at $2,649,000

Siesta Key | Midnight Pass Road Frolicking dolphins in the bronze fountain hint at the gorgeous water views afforded by the ideal location of this Siesta residence. Details include tile flooring accented with marble inlays, a natural gas fireplace, custom artistic accents and seamless bay windows that accentuate the outdoor splendor.

Offered at $2,600,000

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Siesta Key | Tropical Circle Luxurious details abound in this Siesta Key classic, from exposed brick and sleek stone to elegant millwork. The master suite is particularly impressive with dual closets, a luxurious bath, romantic fireplace and a balcony with sprawling Bay views. Sheltered by mature landscaping and a 10-acre nature preserve, this truly is a private paradise.

Offered at $2,345,000

Lido Key | Morningside Drive This original Lido Shores 1950s modern home by Tim Seibert is listed on Sarasota’s historic register. During a meticulous renovation, an addition was designed to artfully complement the historic structure as well as the captivating views from the secluded rooftop terrace.

Offered at $2,200,000 | 61

Siesta Key | Midnight Pass Road Nestled on the quiet south end of Siesta Key, this full-floor penthouse at Sea Breeze boasts expansive water views from every room. You will also enjoy exclusive use of a sublime rooftop terrace— the ultimate perch for catching those spectacular Florida sunsets.

Offered at $1,950,000

Siesta Key Commonwealth Drive Relaxation and luxury intersect in this Siesta Key smart home by awardwinning NC Ferguson Construction. Striking Cumaru wood accents bestow the façade with incredible curb appeal, suggesting the stylish living and gathering spaces to be discovered both inside and out.

Offered at $1,930,000

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Longboat Key Chipping Lane This bright and open Country Club Shores home is located on south Longboat Key, only three lots in from Sarasota Bay. In addition to its 100 feet of water frontage, this house boasts Bay-view terraces, a custom sauna in a private wing above the garage, and travertine tile and crown molding throughout.

Offered at $1,849,000 | 63

Anna Maria Island | Villa Rosa Way This five-bedroom coastal home can be found at the north end of Anna Maria Island in Anglers’ Cove. Relish the peace of island life in this new construction home that offers lots of natural light, wood floors, a chef’s kitchen, large master suite and a covered porch with private pool.

Offered at $1,695,000

Siesta Key Turnstone Road This graciously appointed home was completely rebuilt with new additions in 1998. A guesthouse will delight visitors with tongueand-groove vaulted ceilings and the convenience of a bedroom, bath, laundry and den. An exquisitely pavered terrace with pool, spa and outdoor kitchen overlooks Heron Lagoon.

Offered at $1,690,000

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Longboat Key | Bayou Gate With plenty of room for family and friends, this newly built home in the Bayou features an extensive master bedroom, two additional large guest suites and den, as well as a private carriage house suite above the three-car garage. Accents such as hickory hardwood floors, oversized Carrera tile and stunning granite countertops are sure to impress.

Offered at $1,650,000

Longboat Key | Gulf Of Mexico Drive Grand water views grace just about every window in this ninth-floor, luxury condominium. Other notable elements are the custom-designed cabinetry, glass mosaic backsplash, oversized terrace and wet bar with dual wine refrigerator.

Offered at $1,629,000 | 65

Boca Grande | Kidd Street With a Key West soul, this Somerset Shores three-bedroom home will impress with its casual personality. Adjacent to a lush nature preserve, it also provides comfortable seclusion.

Offered at $1,425,000

Siesta Key | Faubel Street A tropical oasis awaits you on North Siesta. Filled with gorgeous, natural light streaming in through transom windows in the volume ceilings, this gem also offers a lovely water view, expansive pool area, a boat dock and is conveniently close to the mainland.

Offered at $1,345,000

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Anna Maria Island Los Cedros Drive Prepare to be delighted by this wonderful home that offers so much to smile about. Its location is just the start of the delights, with a beautifully open floor plan, gleaming maple floors, vaulted and beamed ceilings, a charming loft space and private dock overlooking the lake.

Offered at $1,379,500

Siesta Key | Azure Way You have the best of both worlds in this coastal cottage that is not only within walking distance of the famed Siesta Key Beach, but also boasts a refreshing poolside haven along one of the widest points of the Grand Canal. The bright, open kitchen features custom white shaker cabinetry and lovely Cambria countertops.

Offered at $1,349,000

Siesta Key | Solymar Drive All the joys of the sun and sea are celebrated in this two-story home located in Solymar, a small, gated beachfront neighborhood. Enter the foyer through arched wooden doors that lead to a great room overlooking the inviting pool and patio, a formal dining room and well-appointed chef’s kitchen.

Offered at $1,295,000 | 67

Anna Maria Island | Gulf Drive

Sarasota | North Washington Drive This garden home on St. Armands Key is a true delight. While the interior of the home has been substantially updated and glows with a sunny, cheerful warmth, the courtyard and pool area offer privacy and a southern exposure.

Island living is all yours at this retreat on the desirable north end of Anna Maria. A covered porch just off the great room is accessible through French doors. On the top floor you will find the master suite with a spa bath, walk-in closet, private balcony and separate den. Stroll to the beach just in time to catch a gorgeous Gulf sunset.

Offered at $1,050,000

Offered at $1,250,000

Longboat Key Juan Anasco Drive Deeded beach access accompanies this rare find on north Longboat Key. A flexible floor plan easily accommodates family or guests, while the pavered back patio along the length of the home makes entertaining a dream.

Offered at $649,000

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Lakewood Ranch | Teal Creek Glen Every room in this extraordinary residence is more delightful than the last, with exquisite attention to detail and superb appointments. Ascend to the second level via the grand staircase or the elevator to discover the game room, bar area, movie theater and balcony with alfresco fireplace.

Offered at $2,295,000

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Sarasota Founders Club Drive Take in the long lake views from your own private oasis, featuring a heated pool with spillover edge and an outdoor granite kitchen. Rich design elements include wood and marble flooring, Bermuda shutters, tray ceiling, elegant moldings and classic columns.

Offered at $2,149,000

Bradenton | Ganton Avenue The winding drive leads to an idyllic setting among century-old oaks, majestic pines and protected wetlands. The great room with its commanding columns and a sculpted ceiling sets the tone for Italian-inspired sophistication throughout.

Offered at $1,699,000 | 71

Lakewood Ranch | Highfield Circle This elegant retreat is supremely situated, with a lush backdrop as well as an unbuildable preserve on one side. Designed with family in mind, the master suite is privately located on the first floor, with four additional bedrooms, a theater room, bonus room with wet bar and second laundry room on the second level.

Offered at $1,749,000 University Park | Chelsea Court This unique home reflects the finest international standards, with touches of European and Asian flavors. The exquisite master suite is oversized, featuring a sitting room with fireplace and a lovely view of the lake. A charming garden room with glass roof and wall offers book lovers a cozy reading nook.

Offered at $1,690,000

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Sarasota | Founders Club Drive This lakefront smart home overlooks the golf course of the prestigious Founders Club. Step through the grandly decorative front double doors and marvel at the four en-suite bedrooms, den, cafĂŠ room, gourmet kitchen and custom pool and spa.

Offered at $1,495,000

Lakewood Ranch | Elgin Terrace A showpiece with European flair, this private, cul-de-sac residence is magnificent in every detail. Sculpted and stained walls, intricate moldings, ceiling treatments, stone flooring and sumptuous fireplaces set the tone for warmth and splendor.

Offered at $1,450,000 | 73

Osprey | Lytham Circle Serene lake views from this custom-built home behind the gates of The Oaks Club are just the beginning of its impressive features. Architectural details embrace Old World elegance and charm.

Offered at $1,400,000 Osprey | North Mac Ewen Drive This four-bedroom beauty features stunning flooring, counters and tile work throughout the home. A serene, golf course view completes the backyard poolside paradise on the sprawling lanai.

Offered at $1,250,000

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University Park | Warwick Gardens Lane Situated on over half an acre in the Warwick Gardens enclave of University Park, this lakefront Todd Johnston home aims to please. Entertaining friends and family will be a sheer joy in the gourmet island kitchen, around the raised hearth gas fireplace in the living room and poolside on the lanai with inviting gathering spaces.

Offered at $1,240,000

University Park | Barclay Court An English garden setting in the community of Knightsbridge is the location of this five-bedroom classic. While the majority of the living space is laid out on the first level, the second floor offers ample space for a home theater, boasts a second office and features a walk-out sundeck.

Offered at $1,250,000

Longboat Key | Longboat Club Road From this three-bedroom beachfront home in The Pierre, savor stunning views of the Gulf and Bay. This corner unit has two expansive terraces with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to maximize your premier vantage point.

Offered at $1,295,000 | 75

Bradenton | Big Bass Place Located in the Waterlefe Golf & River Club, this residence boasts a gated courtyard entry and a separate casita with full bath. A sweeping, circular staircase in the foyer leads to the media room and four guest bedrooms on the second level.

Offered at $1,185,000

Osprey | Walls Way Step through exquisitely designed front doors into the bright and expansive living area, where dramatic views of the terraced pool lanai and golf course beyond await you. This splendid residence is ideally situated on one of the most desirable cul-de-sacs in the heart of The Oaks Club.

Offered at $1,099,000

Sarasota | Escondito Circle This elegantly appointed abode in Prestancia has enormous curb appeal, as well as interior features that exhibit true attention to detail such as stately columns, volume ceilings, crown molding, granite countertops and marble flooring.

Offered at $699,000

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Lakewood Ranch | Baycross Drive The stately palms that greet you at the entrance are just a hint of the splendid resort-style elegance tucked within—a true delight in every last detail.

Offered at $3,450,000

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Lakewood Ranch | Clearlake Avenue An abundance of recent upgrades and enhancements renders this Lake Club treasure a real find. Sweeping lake views can be enjoyed from more than 4,500 square feet of outdoor living space. A well-appointed kitchen features a six-burner gas range, dual convection ovens, oversized island with chef’s prep sink and dual dishwashers.

Offered at $2,199,900

Lakewood Ranch | Ranch Club Boulevard This Italian-inspired estate property is located in the picturesque Sarasota Ranch Club. Every nuance of the island kitchen, walk-in wine cellar, home theater, game room and master retreat was well thought out and executed. The delights extend outdoors to the summer kitchen, fire pits and grotto-style pool with a slide and waterfall.

Offered at $2,150,000 | 79

Sarasota | Leafwing Drive The name belies the appeal. The Forest is where you will find this residence, situated on a premier lot in Hi Hat Ranch with more than four woodland acres surrounding it. Taking full advantage of this lush setting, the interior and exterior living spaces flawlessly meld.

Offered at $1,885,000

Venice | North River Road Make yourself at home on the rambling porch of your own private retreat. A bright, spacious interior and inviting details such as a stone gas fireplace make it a true wonder. Set amidst five gorgeous, secluded acres with 250 feet of waterfront along the meandering Myakka River, this is Old Florida at its finest.

Offered at $1,600,000

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Lakewood Ranch | Greystone Street Upon your approach on the pavered drive, a sense of the unique joys that lie ahead pervades. With splashes of color and touches of elegance in the intricate tile work, thoughtful built-ins, wooden-beam accents and impressive tray ceilings, this home boasts European panache.

Offered at $1,349,000

Lakewood Ranch Lost Key Place The striking cathedral glass and ironwork entryway sets the tone for the treasures inside. Located in the intimate Keswick neighborhood adjacent to a quiet conservation area, this Mediterranean gem has elegant tray ceilings throughout, a coral stone fireplace and a stunning aquarium glass window overlooking the pool and preserve.

Offered at $1,275,000 | 81

Sarasota | Hidden River Road Let your imagination take flight while tucked away on seven acres of verdant land in the Hidden River Aviation Community. The spacious family room boasts soaring cathedral ceilings as well as panoramic views of the property. An elevator to the second-story master suite and an oversized eight-car garage are unexpected surprises. The state-of-the-art hangar is equipped with a hydro-swing door and provides ample storage space.

Offered at $1,150,000

Sarasota | Deer Hammock Road This country estate presents a world of opportunities. The sprawling main house features a great room plan with four bedrooms, a den, dream kitchen, media room and swimming pool. Visitors will appreciate the guest house with full kitchen, two bedrooms, two baths and its very own screened lanai to enjoy the lovely surroundings. A warehouse facility or RV garage of over 7,500 feet also graces the property.

Offered at $1,150,000

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Bradenton | Deer Pointe Crossing Over nine acres of gorgeous property are crowned by this southernstyle estate in The Foxwood section of Panther Ridge. A breezeway with a slate path leads to the separate mother-in-law suite.

Offered at $999,999

Sarasota | Hunt Club Way Settle into the serenity of the exclusive Silver Oak community. The grand foyer of this home welcomes you in with an open and airy layout leading to the formal dining room, living room with gas fireplace, and an intricate stone hearth and mantle.

Offered at $998,000 | 83

Bradenton | Rainbow Court With a floor plan designed for entertaining, this waterfront residence in the Waterlefe Golf and River Club is a real treasure. Delight in the astounding panoramic views of the canal, golf course, Manatee River and beyond. From the private dock, jet out to the Gulf of Mexico for a day of boating pleasure.

Offered at $999,900

Sarasota | Albert Tillinghast Drive Ideal for a family, this Laurel Oak Estates residence offers more than 5,000 feet of fabulous living area in a tranquil environment. A large separate wing of the home features four bedrooms and a spacious game room.

Offered at $995,000

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Englewood Buckskin Court This secluded getaway is nestled among five acres of manicured grounds that feature an electronic gated entry, fencing for horses, a boat dock and canoe launch overlooking a shimmering, 10-acre lake.

Offered at $987,700

Sarasota | Wild Orchid Lane Paradise awaits in this Sarasota residence designed with nature lovers in mind. This sanctuary is outfitted with a pergola and charming glass greenhouse. Indoors, the flowing floor plan consists of a library, formal dining room with butler’s pantry, open kitchen and bonus room. Dual master suites situated on opposite ends of the home are each flanked by a private patio overlooking the preserve and gardens.

Offered at $950,000

Sarasota | Deer Prairie Drive This estate home graces an enviable five acres of tranquil, oak-lined property. Step through the ornately decorated front double doors into your own private country retreat.

Offered at $889,000 | 85

Sarasota | Bloomfield Boulevard Bring the beautiful outdoors into the living space of this four-bedroom stunner. Slide open the disappearing corner glass doors to seamlessly blend the lanai and lush landscaping with the airy and elegant interior design.

Offered at $799,000

Venice | Passagio Drive Relax in resort-style luxury at this former model home behind the gates of Gran Paradiso. Water views from the lanai are accompanied by the soothing sound of a waterfall in the heated pool. Indoors, you will discover fine finishes such as rich wood cabinetry, custom tile work, crown molding and coffered ceilings.

Offered at $625,000

Bradenton | Old Hyde Park Place An ideal family home, this exceptional fourbedroom is located within the Sanctuary enclave at The River Club. The master suite is located on the first level, with two additional bedrooms and a generous bonus room upstairs. Richly toned wood floors throughout the main living areas add just the right touch of warmth.

Offered at $589,000

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92 | Key Market Collection

Discover exceptional properties offered exclusively through our key market partnerships. Above: Dallas, Texas

$8,650,000 Ebby Halliday Realtors Patricia Stampley 972.741.0770

Right: Highland Park, Texas

$5,500,000 Ebby Halliday Realtors Kay Weeks 214.676.8230 | 93

Westlake, Texas $4,900,000 Ebby Halliday Realtors Quinn & Marcontell Group Lisa 817.657.1294 Kelly 972.743.9171

Below: University Park, Texas $4,690,000 Ebby Halliday Realtors Mary Poss 214.738.0777

Above: Dallas, Texas

$2,840,000 Ebby Halliday Realtors Jason Hyland 214.601.0015

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Chicago, Illinois $3,395,000 @properties Carol Ann Edwards-Nasser 773.472.0200

Below: Chicago, Illinois $11,750,000 @properties Emily Sachs Wong 312.286.0800

Above: River Forest, Illinois $2,395,000 @properties Tom McCarey 773.848.9241 | 95

Upper West Side, NYC $5,975,000 Halstead Jill Sloane 212.381.2206

Below: Greenwich, Connecticut $16,950,000 Halstead Christopher B. Finlay 203.869.8100 203.969.5511

Above: Amagansett, New York $9,300,000 Halstead John Scott (“JT�) Thomas 631.771.5327 917.693.0942

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100,000 In the eight years since the Orioles moved Major League Spring Training to Sarasota, approximately

885,000 fans

have enjoyed Orioles baseball at Ed Smith Stadium

The Orioles’ economic impact in Florida is more than

players, families, and spectators have participated in various youth baseball tournaments and games at Ed Smith Stadium and the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex since 2013. That’s 25,000 each year!

$89 million



THE FUN AND EXCITEMENT CONTINUES... APRIL 22, 2017 – 7 P.M. JAZZ IN THE BALLPARK The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents "Big Band Jazz Through the Decades," featuring music of the Andrews Sisters and America's favorite big bands from the 1940s to the present. Vocalists Michele James-Pruyn and the Swing Sisters are backed by the Sarasota Jazz Project, a lively big band that played to a standing-room-only sellout in last year's Jazz in the Ballpark concert.

MAY 12-13, 2017 – 8 P.M. OUTDOOR POPS: HITS AND HOME RUNS Join the Sarasota Orchestra for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at Ed Smith Stadium at 8 p.m. on either Friday, May 12 or Saturday, May 13. Get yourself a hot dog, some popcorn, and sit back and enjoy the Orchestra under the lights. Winning Pops selections, vocals by fan favorites, and a spectacular fireworks display all contribute to an unforgettable evening at the ballpark.

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SaundersBEST Spring 2017  

Welcome to the Spring 2017 edition of SaundersBEST, your personal guide to the exceptional residential properties available along Southwest...

SaundersBEST Spring 2017  

Welcome to the Spring 2017 edition of SaundersBEST, your personal guide to the exceptional residential properties available along Southwest...