1214 Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL | Casa de la Luz



Enjoy the pleasures of carefree island living from this bright, delightfully unique residence with wrap around bay views on Casey Key, the 8-mile barrier island–the crown jewel of Sarasota. Infused by light and defined by spectacular vistas, Casa de la Luz is situated on the horn of a peninsula, sitting approximately 150 feet from the road, flanked on one side by a canal. The feature-rich amenities include: for the shell seeking enthusiast, enjoy combing the wide sandy beach from the deeded access; for nautical pursuits, the Trex covered walkway leads to the dock with electricity, water, 10K pound walk-around boat lift, & 2 jet ski lifts. Mature landscaping frames the pool area with stone decking and an inviting covered sitting area. With three ensuite bedrooms plus den, the master suite has dazzling panoramic views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Comprehensive upgrades since 2013 include: all new energy efficient hurricane rated windows and doors, Brazilian Cherry wood flooring, Ipe patio decking, pool, new exterior doors, ventilated cedar soffits, new washer and dryer, elevator upgrade, kitchen renovation. With two garages, four balconies, ample guest parking in the driveway, dramatic exterior landscape lighting, this perfect island retreat, with low maintenance, makes an ideal holiday/vacation home, or year-round residence. Experience fine island living on Casey Key, home to fewer than 400 residents who appreciate tranquility yet close proximity to cultural & dining options in both Venice and Sarasota.

Property Details

Listing Price: $1,900,000
Address: 1214 Casey Key Road
City: Nokomis
State: FL
MLS # A4426524
Square Feet: 2,466
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3

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1011 Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL | Villa de Paradiso

 

One of the most magnificent gulf front estates on southwest Florida’s cultural coast, Villa de Paradiso overlooks the crystal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, beautifully sited on 200 feet of pristine beach on Casey Key’s exclusive 8 mile island. With over 10,000 sf of living area, this world class design by noted architect George Merlin offers amenities sought by the most discerning buyer. Gated and walled, the residence is accessed via a porte-cochere with circular drive and motor court. Brilliantly curated interiors create a welcoming feeling of warmth, featuring custom stonework, frescoes and intricate ironwork. The residence lives both elegantly and casually, with formal living and dining rooms, and a cook’s dream kitchen that opens to a generous family room with informal dining. With six ensuite bedrooms–one utilized as an office— there are two grand master suites, a home theater, ground level exercise room, and garages to accommodate 8 vehicles. A magnificent outdoor living room wraps the gulf side, with a summer kitchen, an infinity edge pool and spa. Lovely gardens and a 3-hole putting green complete the setting. Whether you enjoy beach-combing, watching dolphins swimming offshore, or making memories with family and friends, Casey Key, noted for having no high rise development nor traffic lights, and easy access to shopping, dining and cultural pursuits in Venice and Sarasota, invites you to its magical oasis.

Property Details

Listing Price: $14,000,000
Address: 1011 Casey Key Road
City: Nokomis
State: FL
MLS # A4425644
Square Feet: 10,291
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 6.4

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3001 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL | Old Florida Charm

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If you are looking for true “Old Florida Charm” located in the coveted west of trail historic Museum district neighborhood, where you will find no deed restrictions, this is for you. This neighborhood is brimming with writers, professors, artists, musicians, and is located just one block from Sarasota Bay. The residence has been recently upgraded with polished hardwood floors, polished terrazzo in the family/sun room with its own entrance, newly planted gardens in front, and is move-in ready. The kitchen is equipped with new appliances and the spacious rooms are beautifully showcased by the natural light afforded by numerous windows. The charming built in glass front cabinetry in the dining room adds to the ambiance. Outside, there is a large patio in the rear of the property, and room to add a circular driveway on the quarter acre lot. Nearby amenities include Sun Circle Bayfront Park with paddleboard, kayak, or small boat launching area, and is a great place to walk your pets. This location offers convenience to Ringling Museum, Asolo Theatre, Ca d’ Zan, downtown Sarasota, the Sarasota/Bradenton airport, University Parkway corridor, Ringling causeway with access to St. Armands Circle and the beaches of Lido and Longboat Key. Come live the dream!

Property Details

Listing Price: $499,000
Address: 3001 Bay Shore Circle
City: Sarasota
State: FL
MLS # A4415313
Square Feet: 2,067
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2

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January Home and Condo Sales Up for Sarasota

The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports strong residential sales activity for Sarasota.  Sales of single-family homes in Sarasota County in January had a 9.5% increase over last year, while the number of condo sales pounced January 2017 with a 31.5% increase.

Additionally, the median price of a single-family home increased by 10.4% to $275,900 during the same time frame, while the median price of a condo actually decreased by 0.8% to $238,000. 

What is particularly interesting within the total number of sales, is the increase in the number of cash sales.  January 2018 saw a 9.9% increase over December 2017, and a 16.8% increase over the previous year. All-cash sales have not seen a year-over-year increase like that in more than 3 years.

“The increase in home sales and prices is a good indicator of a strong housing market in Manatee and Sarasota,” said Greg Owens, 2018 RASM President. “The trend continues to show economic strength and positive growth to our area.”

A Jump in Pending Sales and New Listings for Both Counties

Pending single-family home sales increased by 14.8% and pending condo sales increased by 20.9% over last January.  When compared to December 2017, the combined pending sales in our two-county area increased by 45.5%.  

Although our month’s supply of inventory is at a lower level than it was at this time last year, new residential listings in our combined two-county area increased by 62.5 % from December 2017.

It’s no wonder I feel like this is the busiest year I have ever had!

 

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

If you have been considering buying or selling a home, contact me today!

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

If you have been considering a move to our beautiful and historic area, contact me today!

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.

If you have been considering buying or selling a home, contact me today!

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.
 
If you have been considering a move to our beautiful area, contact me today!

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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Michael Saunders & Company Ranks Among the Nation’s Top Brokerages

Out of the top 500 real estate brokerages nationwide, Michael Saunders & Company was ranked at #70 in terms of sales volume and #96 in terms of sides of transactions.  REAL Trends, a leading authority on news, research and information about the real estate brokerage industry, recently announced these results in the REAL Trends 500 report, an independently verified compilation of the nation’s leading residential real estate companies.

It is important to understand two factors about this report.  First, in order for a brokerage to qualify for REAL Trends 500, that brokerage must close a minimum of 500 residential transactions sides (either buyer or seller) over and above the previous calendar year. Second, this compilation only includes the sales of residential homes; leases, commercial property sales or vacant land sales are not taken into account.

To give a better perspective on what this report means for the nation’s top brokerages, Steve Murray, president of REAL Trends states that while “housing sales in the nation were up 4.9 percent in 2016 from 2015…the REAL Trends 500 firms were up 6.6% in the same period.” This marks the third consecutive year that the nation’s largest brokerage firms gained market share and further demonstrates that “America’s largest brokerage firms have figured out how to grow their share in all kinds of markets.”  In other words, whether a buyer or seller market; a slow or hot market, the agents of the REAL Trends 500 firms are stepping up, conquering challenges, and closing the sales! 

As a company, we are always honored to be recognized nationally; however, we are just as honored to be recognized locally.  When REAL Trends compared our firm with others in the Sarasota real estate market, Michael Saunders & Company showed a strong lead both in the number of transaction sides and sales volume for 2016. 

Sarasota County
COMPANY 2016 Sides
Michael Saunders & Company . . . . . . . .  . 5,857
RE/MAX Alliance Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,470
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate/NRT . . 4,368
Keller Williams Sarasota Lakewood Ranch . . . . . 1,953
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty . . . . . . . . 1,771

COMPANY 2016 Volume
Michael Saunders & Company . . . . . . . . . $2,430,886,648
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate/NRT . . . $1,606,303,000
RE/MAX Alliance Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,249,148,937
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty . . . $878,682,050
Keller Williams Sarasota Lakewood Ranch. $507,941,433

So, if you have been considering buying or selling a home, consider Michael Saunders & Company and contact me today!