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. 

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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!

1416 Casey Key Rd in Nokomis, FL | Villa Toscana

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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.

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

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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2613 Casey Key Rd, Nokomis FL For Sale

Welcome to Heron Hill, my newest listing on Casey Key, an exquisite Gulf to Bay estate situated on 1.6 acres of prime beachfront on this exclusive 8-mile barrier island located between Siesta Key and the island of Venice, Florida.

Completely renovated in 2008, the Clifford Scholz designed remodel takes full advantage of the approximate 17-foot elevation to reveal magnificent, unobstructed Gulf and Bay views and the best of a coastal lifestyle.

At the front of the property is a private tennis court overlooking Blackburn Bay, with a walkway that leads to the front of the expansive home.  When you walk through the front door, your eyes are met with reminders of the exceptional detail that went into creating this home, from the grand lounge that is lined with French doors, giving you a sneak peek of the crisp Gulf waters that await you to the pecky cypress beams in the impressive kitchen that would delight the most discerning chef.  On the second level, discover a luxurious master retreat complete with a spa-inspired bath and another wall of French doors that open up to your own private Gulf front terrace.

The highly sought after amenities of coastal living are accomplished with finesse to complete this home, including a sweeping Gulf-front outdoor lounge with open-air swimming pool, summer kitchen and verdant rolling lawn leading to the beach.

This property is listed at $8,750,000.  Contact Deborah for a personal property viewing.

2613 Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL | Heron Hill

Situated on 1.6 extraordinarily private acres on the Gulf-side of Casey Key, Heron Hill is a rare testament to the classic refinement and tropical allure of Colonial Caribbean style. Completely renovated in 2008, this Gulf-to-Bay property features a 17 ft. elevation, 174 ft. on Blackburn Bay and 164 ft. on the Gulf of Mexico, with unobstructed views across both exquisite bodies of water. Set back from Casey Key Road approximately 130 ft., the stunning façade establishes a tone of elegance. On the first level, a grand lounge is lined with French doors that frame the azure Gulf, while an exceptional island kitchen impresses with its deluxe conveniences, rustic pecky cypress beams, casual breakfast area, and family room. Also featured on the first level is a formal dining room and three bedroom suites, each with invigorating Gulf or garden views. Ascend to the second floor to discover the luxurious master retreat, with mesmerizing Gulf views, private terrace, walk-in closet, spa-inspired bath and spacious office with signature water views. Lifestyle amenities are accomplished with finesse, including the private tennis court overlooking the Bay, a sweeping Gulf-front outdoor lounge with open-air swimming pool, summer kitchen and verdant rolling lawn leading to the beach. Casey Key is a treasured barrier island that continues to captivate the world’s most discerning with its breathtaking beauty. Nestled between Sarasota and Venice, residents are within easy reach of cultural, culinary and sporting pursuits.

Property Details

Listing Price: $8,750,000
Address: 2613 Casey Key Rd
City: Nokomis
State: FL
MLS # A4150991
Square Feet: 4,866
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4.5

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Just Listed – Jasmine by the Bay at 420 North Casey Key

I am pleased to announce my newest listing on North Casey Key, a highly coveted neighborhood known for its privacy and unobstructed water views. Jasmine by the Bay, located at 420 N. Casey Key Road in Osprey, Florida is a home that is full of quality and craftsmanship and was designed with the ease of living in mind and features every imaginable function for the active family that loves to entertain.

The moment you walk through the front door, walls of glass immediately draw your eye to a stunning view of Little Sarasota Bay.  As you move further into the home on this first level, you notice the spaciousness and sophistication of the music room that leads to the gracious living room.  Once in the living room, the cypress ceilings and walls combined with the stone flooring and hearth give you the warm feel of a private cabin retreat, and this is where you can sit and relax and take in the bay and garden views up close.  Waiting for you just beyond the walls of glass is the heated salt-system pool and spa, the trex covered dock and a separate pool house with a full bath that could be used as an additional bedroom.

Tucked away on either side of the music and living rooms are three large guest ensuites, two of which could easily work as a second master suite.   Walk down the north hall and you will find a mirrored exercise room with a steam shower, a conditioned wine storage room big enough to accommodate approximately 350 bottles, and a caretaker’s suite with its own separate entrance.

Take the stairs or the elevator to the second level, where you will find an elegant sitting area and formal dining room.  Beyond that is the kitchen fit for the master chef in your life that opens up the expansive family room, making it a perfect combined space that is ideal for entertaining.  Just off the kitchen is a screened-in patio with an outdoor kitchen for a casual dining experience. The separate office has wonderful bay views as well.  At the end of the day, retire comfortably in the master suite complete with his and her separate baths.

This property is now listed at $3,950,000 $3,499,000Contact Deborah for a personal property viewing.

Just Listed ~ “Hedekin Point” on Casey Key – 3780 Cutlass Bayou

_1440809-srq360-1152x768 (580x387)I am pleased to announce my newest listing on Casey Key, “Hedekin Point” located at 3780 Cutlass Bayou located on Casey Key in Nokomis, Florida.  This Edward Seibert-designed home is privately situated right at the “point” of Cutlass Bayou, offering the most spectacular views of the Intracoastal waterway.

Nature envelopes this property as it is surrounded by a canal on the north side, a bank of trees with winding pathways to the south side’s canal, and then opens up to the magnificent bay views.  As you near the water, you will also find a quaint and inviting tiki hut where you can relax with a cool beverage and dream of the endless possibilities. There is simply no other property on the key with this much privacy and feeling of “getting away from it all.”

In addition to the main living quarters, there is also a separate artist’s studio and a separate guest suite.  With over 1,000 feet of waterfront and deeded access to a wide beach, the sky is the limit for either remodeling the existing structure or using this remarkable piece of land to build your dream home complete with 360 degree water views because there simply is nothing to match this privacy on Casey Key.  This property is listed at $2,300,000.  Contact Deborah for a personal property viewing.