3250 Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL | Brooke’s Landing

Welcome to perhaps Casey Key’s most unique Gulf-to-Bay compound. “Brooke’s Landing” is comprised of 3 separate structures and nestled under the cool shade of Old Florida landscaping. The main residence, built around a large Cuban laurel tree, makes the house appear to be floating around it. The 2-story main house anchors the compound and was designed for enjoying the splendor of both sunrises and sunsets. On the ground floor is the master suite with bay views, along with a foyer, office and additional room for storage. Soaring ceilings in the great room, natural wood beams/walls and the native beach stone fireplaces provide a warm and inviting palette for your artistic touch. Sitting steps away from the beach is a charming 1-bedroom cottage with a living area that captures the soothing sounds of the Gulf. The screened lanai spanning almost the entire length of the cottage is perfect for enjoying the cool night air. On the bayside, sitting 125′ from the shore since circa 1925, when it was brought by barge and placed on pilings, is the enchanting boathouse. Partially constructed from a ship’s hull, this unique space is loaded with nostalgic character and is used as an art studio today. One of the unique aspects of Casey Key is it low density, no commercial activity & a ban on high-rise structures, leaving this 8-mile paradise to maintain its island serenity. 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: $3,499,000
Address: 3250 Casey Key Road
City: Nokomis
State: FL
MLS # A4207350
Square Feet: 4,640
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 4

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

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: $2,400,000
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

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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1416 Casey Key Rd in Nokomis, FL | Villa Toscana

MOTIVATED SELLER!

Villa Toscana, located at 1416 Casey Key Rd in Nokomis, FL.  Enter through a secluded circular motor court and you encounter a burnt-Sienna facade, characterized by some as “caramelized adobe”. As you enter the home through the front door’s stone surround, wrought iron gates, and heavy mesquite doors, your eye is immediately drawn through the central courtyard, past rows of stone columns, through tall mahogany doors to the pool, gardens, and out to Little Sarasota Bay. But as quickly as you are pulled outside, you are drawn back to the carved wooden canopy vault that introduces you to the courtyard’s vaulted ceiling and dramatic stone fireplace. You’ll find exquisite hand-crafted items created by artisans in San Miguel de Allende: carved book cases, stained glass insets in 8-foot mahogany doors, carved stone pedestals, and hand forged railings. Gracious entertaining will be enjoyed by your guests in this spacious home. This gulf-to-bay property on over an acre of land offers the best in waterfront living with boating from your private dock and watching sunsets from your private walkover to the secluded beach. Casey Key is an 8-mile island with fewer than 400 single family homes situated between Siesta Key and the historic walking town of Venice with boutique shopping and gourmet restaurants. Casey Key’s absence of high rise condominiums adds to the island’s charm. Enjoy casual dining with fresh seafood at the restaurants located near each bridge onto the island. The property is being offered “as is” with right to inspect.

Property Details

Listing Price: $5,490,000
Address: 1416 Casey Key Road
City: Nokomis
State: FL
MLS # A4197487
Square Feet: 6,481
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4.5

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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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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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Median Sale Prices and Inventory Continue to Rise

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The Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee recently released the regional sales numbers for the month of July and while the number of residential sales substantially differ from the record numbers we saw in 2015, Sarasota and Manatee counties are starting to see a more normalizing trend as median sale prices and inventory continue to climb.

Over the past year, Manatee County increased in sales from 2015, with a 0.7 percent increase in single family homes and an 11.5 percent increase in condos, but by contrast, Sarasota County sales are more than 20 percent down for both single family homes and condos.  Additionally, in 2015 pending sales remained very strong through August, but this year, we saw significant slow-down in pending sales as early as May.  In July, records showed that pending sales are 18.5 percent lower than last year for Sarasota and Manatee counties.

However, median sale prices for single family homes in Sarasota County are up 10.5 percent from 2015 to $242,500, while Manatee County experienced an 11.7 percent jump from 2015 to $279,250. Year over year, condo median sales prices rose 7.9 percent from 2015 to $205,000 in Sarasota and 21.9 percent to $185,250 in Manatee.

Inventory is steadily rising as well with single family homes in Manatee and Sarasota each showing a 19.5 percent increase from July 2015, which equates to over 4 month’s supply of inventory.

“July marks the seventh month this year where pending sales are down. This is also the sixth month where listing inventory has been higher than the same period last year. It’s reasonable to expect that the prices will adjust to the slowing demand,” says Linda Formella, 2016 President of the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee.

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

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Michael Saunders & Company Ranked #1 in Sarasota County in 2015

Michael.Drayton.HeadshotRealTrends recently released its 2015 statistics for real estate brokerages in Sarasota County and Michael Saunders & Company ranked at the top of the list.  Saunders had 3,378 residential transaction sides (representing either the seller or the buyer), with a volume of $1.566 billion. It represented the seller in 1,664 sales and the buyer in 1,714 sides.

We are so proud to share our company’s accomplishments and could not be more proud to work with our amazing team of professionals under the awesome leadership of Michael and Drayton Saunders.

Click here to read the full report from the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

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