1219 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL | Belcastello

Belcastello, the quintessential Venetian Gulf front estate located on the West Coast of Florida, offers the ultimate in waterfront living, located in the coveted neighborhood of Lido Shores in Sarasota. Designed by award winning architect, Clifford Scholz and built by Michael Collingwood, this residence spans nearly 200 feet of gulf frontage with phenomenal views overlooking the Longboat Key coastline and the downtown Sarasota skyline. With over 7,400 sq ft under air, this residence with its exquisite finishes and superb amenities offers 2 master suites, 3 additional bedrooms, 6 baths, 2 powder rooms, formal living and dining rooms, a family room that opens to the kitchen, 2 offices/studies, and 2 separate conditioned garages combining to accommodate up to 6 vehicles and abundant storage space. The kitchen with custom cabinetry, walk-in pantry will delight the culinary enthusiast and extends out to a covered loggia with a full outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and ample space for dining al fresco. The outdoor living continues by the 50′ heated lap pool and spa with covered patios and multiple seating areas giving you a front row seat to Sarasota’s best sunsets. A beautiful life awaits you here, where you are only minutes from the boutique shopping and dining of St. Armand’s Circle, boating, and Sarasota’s vast cultural amenities, including world-class Opera, Sarasota Orchestra, Asolo Theatre, Marie Selby Botanical Garden, Ringling Museum, among others.

Property Details

Listing Price: $7,399,000
Address: 1219 Westway Drive
City: Sarasota
State: FL
MLS # A4206154
Square Feet: 7,415
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 6.2

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3528 Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL | Key West Style on the Bay

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Welcome to this uniquely designed and built Key West style bayfront home set on over half an acre in this convenient mid-key location, on idyllic Casey Key, the 8-mile barrier island situated between Siesta Key and historic downtown Venice. The rich wood paneling is evident of the original owner who, as an heir to the Weyerhaeuser timber fortune, appreciated the warmth of fine paneling detail in the main rooms. You and your family will enjoy the comfortable open floor plan with its volume ceilings, dramatic fireplace and walls of glass opening to the resort-style pool and decking. Two guest ensuites are in separate wings on the ground floor; the cook’s kitchen allows for easy meal preparation to be enjoyed in either the formal dining room or on the terrace. Retreat to the master suite on the second level with beautiful gulf views, chic and modern double baths, double walk-in closets, two offices and an additional balcony with stunning bay views. Venice airport is conveniently located just 10 minutes away from Casey Key where private jets can land and charter services are available. One of the aspects that makes Casey Key unique and desirable is there are fewer than 400 single family homes, no commercial activity and a ban on high-rise structures. Because the 8-mile strand of properties can never get longer, sprawl inland or soar upward, demand for Casey Key properties continues to increase as buyers look for serenity and a casual beach life with private dockage at most bay front residences. Truly a place to call “home.”

Property Details

Listing Price: $2,900,000
Address: 3528 Casey Key Road
City: Nokomis
State: FL
MLS # A4205637
Square Feet: 5,118
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4.5

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3521 Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL | Beach Front Cottage

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On the 8-mile barrier island of Casey Key, this unique gulf front beach cottage is loaded with the charm and nostalgia of “old Florida casual” with its pecky cypress wood ceilings and walls. Set on 120 feet of pristine beachfront, the residence comes to you furnished, and has a decorative tiled fireplace, kitchen, bedroom, bunkroom, and large living area with vaulted ceiling, walls of glass affording endless gulf views. Enjoy sunsets from the deck overlooking the gulf or sit by the beachside fire pit–the perfect spot to relax and slow the pace while listening to the mesmerizing sound of the gentle waves lapping the shore. A slice of heaven awaits you on this exclusive island with fewer than 400 single family homes, no commercial development, no traffic lights, and no high rise condominiums. Join those from all walks of life who have opted to make this small, secluded jewel box of an island their home. Conveniently located between Siesta Key and the historic walking town of Venice, with its own airport, you are minutes from the vast cultural scene in nearby Sarasota.

Property Details

Listing Price: $2,800,000
Address: 3251 Casey Key Road
City: Nokomis
State: FL
MLS # A4205668
Square Feet: 1052
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1

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North Casey Key Road, Osprey, FL | Half-Acre Site

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This 1/2-acre site is located on the coveted north end of Casey Key with views spanning the Intracoastal waterway across to Spanish Point. This exclusive waterfront home site offers the chance to build your dream residence and enjoy life in a picture perfect location where you will enjoy sunsets, strolling the beach from your deeded access, or boating in the Intracoastal waterway from your private dock. Bring your architect and your imagination!

Property Details

Listing Price: $1,199,000
Address: N. Casey Key Road
City: Osprey
State: FL
MLS # A4205601
Square Feet: 21,780 (vacant land)
Bedrooms: N/A
Bathrooms: N/A

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Bridging the History between the Mainland and Casey Key

In the United States, only 83 swing bridges remain in existence, 9 of which are in the state of Florida. One such bridge is the one-lane swing bridge located on Blackburn Point Road.  Not only is this bridge one of four historic bridges left in Sarasota County, it is the only swing bridge in Sarasota County that connects the mainland with a barrier island.  However, this bridge is more than just a means of transporting you from the hustle and bustle of mainland life to the serenity of island life on beautiful, 8-mile Casey Key; it is a key player in the 90+ year history of Sarasota County. 

Photo courtesy of Center for Architecture Sarasota and State of Florida Archives

The bridge’s history traces back more than 130 years, to 1881 when Iowa homesteaders, John and Belinda Blackburn, settled along the bay.  Their son, Benjamin later settled 80 acres of land, which today is known as Blackburn Point.  Early homesteaders used to take boats out to Casey Key for hunting and collecting wood.

By 1920, the Florida land boom and the popularity of the automobile were in full “swing” (forgive the pun), and better transportation infrastructure was a growing need.  During that time, the area was governed by the county seat in Bradenton — modern-day Sarasota County was once included in the southern portion of Manatee County.  Residents of Sarasota and Venice felt that their demands for better infrastructure were not being taken seriously and thus, in 1921, residents took matters into their own hands and formed Sarasota County, citing improved transportation as one of their primary reasons.  To give you an idea of how important an issue transportation was at the time, the bond for new roads and bridges passed a year before that of the construction of the new county courthouse.

The contract for building the bridge was awarded to Champion Bridge Company of Wilimington, OH (the company still operates today) and the swing bridge was built in 1925.  A little more than 9 decades later, the bridge, while having undergone many repairs, still retains its original physical integrity and character and is still operated on demand by a bridge tender 24 hours a day/7 days a week.  

In 2001, the bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places

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Latest Market Report Shows a Continued Upward Trend


The latest data compiled from My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service shows an increase for single family homes sales.  Compared to last year at this time, August 2017 figures showed an increase in closed sales, median home prices and inventory for Sarasota and Manatee counties.  While there have been some fluctuations month-to-month in closed sales this year, the total number through August 2017 still remain higher than the first 8 months of 2016.

Year-over-year, as the number of distress properties continues its decline, median prices continue to rise.  The median price for single family homes in Sarasota County rose 1.5% over August 2016 to $258,000 and more than 6% in Manatee County to $286,855.  

Although inventory is higher than it was at this time last year, the month’s supply of inventory has been on a slow decline since March 2017, remaining just under the threshold for a balanced market.  In Sarasota County, there was a 3.8 month supply of single family homes for sale, while Manatee dropped to a 4.1 month supply. Sarasota condos dropped to a 4.3 month supply, while Manatee is now at a 3.9 month supply.

In response to how Hurricane Irma will affect our market in the coming months, Xena Vallone, 2017 President of the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee stated that while several conditions can affect the timing of when the increased pending sales will convert into closed sales, right now there is no way to determine the true effects the hurricane will have on our market.  At present time, there have been some delays in closed sales due to financed transactions requiring either a re-inspection or the lift of the disaster designation.

Click here to read the full report from the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee.

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Median Home Prices Rising Due to Low Inventory and High Demand


The latest data compiled from My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service continues to fluctuate in July 2017 for Sarasota and Manatee counties.  In Sarasota county, closed sales increased 5.8 percent over July 2016; however, Manatee county saw an 8.9 percent decrease in closed sales over the previous year.

In response to the low inventory of active properties for sale combined with the a decreasing number of foreclosed and short sales, median home prices continue to rise.  Compared to July 2016, both Sarasota and Manatee counties saw just over a 7 percent increase in the median price for a single family home.  Condo median prices tell a slightly different story with a 4.5 percent increase for Sarasota County but in stark contrast, a 10.9 percent decrease in Manatee county.

So does the increase in the median price for single family homes mean we are headed for a repeat of 2006?  Not necessarily.  Overall median prices in July still remain lower than during the recently ended season. Xena Vallone, the 2017 President of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee states that while median prices are rising, the increase is driven by supply and demand and not artificial factors that were experienced a decade ago. “The increase began in 2011 and has continued at a gradual, sustainable rate,” Vallone adds.

While inventory is reported as being low, it is important to mention that inventory levels still show an increase year-over-year but that the lowering trend has been occurring since February. Last year at July month-end, there were 6,687 properties for sale in the two-county area. By the end of February 2017, the level had increased to 8,557 and by the end of July 2017, there were 7,182 properties on the market. 

The month’s supply of inventory peaked in March with levels inching toward a balanced market. However, like inventory, this figure has been steadily decreasing since then. In Manatee County, there was a 4.2 month supply of single family homes for sale, while Sarasota dropped to a 4.1 month supply. Sarasota condos are at a 4.6 month supply and Manatee condos are at a 4.1 month supply. The market remains a seller’s market.

Click here to read the full report from the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee.

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Top 10 Homes Released by Clientele Luxury Magazine

Just Released by Clientele Luxury – the Top 10 Homes USA Fall 2017 Edition!
 

Top 10 Homes in the USA – Fall 2017
Clientele Luxury Magazine

Have a first look at the Top 10 Homes USA Fall Edition that will Premier in Barnes & Nobles Oct 3, 2017 and at several Luxury High Net Worth Events in October & November.
 
Click here to view the entire publication online.
 
I am proud to announce that my ‘Ohana listing located at 6633 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key made this Top 10 list. Sitting upon 2.57 acres directly on the Gulf of Mexico, ‘Ohana is an island paradise. Nick Churton of Mayfair International Realty once described the peacefulness of ‘Ohana by stating, “If Zen could be described in the form of a building then this would be it. Whether the property is best expressed as a house or a small, intimate and very private southeast Asian inspired super-spa, Ohana has soul – lots of it.
 
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Ohana on Longboat Key as Featured in Clientele Luxury Magazine’s Top 10 Homes in the USA – Fall Edition
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“Up On The Roof” at the Newly Opened Westin Sarasota

Photo Credit: Westin Sarasota guest

Photo Credit: Westin Sarasota guest

According to one Associate Editor for Sarasota Magazine, the views from atop The Westin Sarasota will leave you awe-struck and with a vocabulary full of “Ooohs, Aaahhhs, and WOWS!” Perhaps it was The Drifters who said it best in their 1962 hit song, “Up On the Roof ” – “Right smack dab in the middle of town, I’ve found a paradise that’s trouble proof (up on the roof).”

The newly opened, pet-friendly Westin Sarasota Hotel, sitting adjacent to the picturesque Sarasota bayfront and attached to the VUE, features 18 floors, 255 luxurious rooms and suites, a salon/spa, a fitness studio with state-of-the-art equipment, 26,000 square feet of meeting space, the new Evoq restaurant that is open daily to the public for casual elegant dining, and the literal crown of this jewel that is also open to the public, The Roof Bar and Eats with comfortable couch seating, poolside dining, and spectacular views of Sarasota. 

If you are looking for a piece of Sarasota paradise for your out of town guests to stay or just need to unwind for an evening and take in a more panoramic view of Sarasota, visit The Westin Sarasota today, located at 1175 N. Gulfstream Ave.

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144 North Casey Key Road, Osprey, FL | Villa dei Sogni

Villa dei Sogni (House of Dreams) presents an architectural masterpiece framed by finely crafted limestone columns and details throughout the exterior/interior created by artisans around the world. As you approach the residence from the walkway through the front lawn past the fountain, up the steps and through the impressive mahogany front door, your eye is drawn through the generous marble foyer, into the great room with its walls of glass taking you outside through the wrap-around balcony to the inviting pool, manicured gardens, and out to Little Sarasota Bay. The well planned layout provides multiple areas to enjoy outdoor living whether sipping morning tea/coffee from the master balcony, dining al fresco, or sunset viewing and star-gazing from the rooftop balcony with its forever views of the Gulf of Mexico and Bay. Interior space includes 2 generous master suites, separate living, dining, chef’s kitchen, office and 2 additional ensuites. Auto collectors will appreciate the oversized air conditioned garage. This bay front property on over half an acre of land, plus submerged land, offers the best in waterfront living with boating from your private basin and deeded beach easement. Casey Key’s 8-mile island has fewer than 400 single family homes situated between Sarasota & the historic town of Venice with a municipal airport and 5,000 ft of runway. The absence of high rise condominiums adds to Casey Key’s charm; it’s a place that continues to captivate the world’s most discerning with its endless beauty and privacy.

Property Details

Listing Price: $4,499,000
Address: 144 N. CASEY KEY RD
City: OSPREY
State: FL
MLS # A4190275
Square Feet: 5,397
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4.5

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