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Welcome to Sarasota Florida and the Gulf Coast!
Welcome to the greater Sarasota area! My goal is to provide you with lots of information about Florida and in particular, the Gulf Coast of Florida where you'll find the sparkling jewel called Sarasota. Here you'll learn all about Florida Real Estate available including homes, condominiums, rackominiums, equestrian, golf and waterfront communities. My MLS Search is fun and easy to use and is the most complete source for current real estate listings in the Sarasota area.
I'm licensed in the State of Florida and specialize in the greater Sarasota area including Bradenton, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Lakewood Ranch, Casey Key, Osprey, Nokomis and Venice.
I was raised in Ohio, where I spent many weeks and weekends at my grandparent's farm. There I learned the meaning of hard work. Up at 5:00 am every morning, my grandfather and I would milk the cows, brush the horses, feed the chickens, bail the hay and by 5:00 pm, would return to help my grandmother cook dinner. When I look back at those times, I realize how much that farm molded my life and my work ethic.
I worked in the printing industry for 15 years selling high end collateral materials and packaging to advertising agencies and corporations. During that time I developed a strong sense of customer service. My sales skills were honed and in the process of selling, I realized that by servicing the customer, my sales would soar. I learned a lot from my customers, too. Because I was working with high-end marketing executives, I became very astute about the psychology of marketing a product or service.
It was natural for me then, to enter the Real Estate business. After all, my mother and father were both Realtors when I was growing up. Since providing great customer service is so important to me, it was essential that I create alliances with service providers that I could trust would provide the same quality and level of service to my clients.
I have a complete list of trusted mortgage providers, title companies, homeowners insurance, appraisers and property inspectors at my fingertips.
I love the Internet and how it has evolved over the years to the advantage of the Real Estate Professional and the home buyer or home seller. Isn't it wonderful how you can search for homes at your leisure, study the market, get information on mortgages, the buying process, the selling process and even get down into the very neighborhood where you'd like to live? I'm tech savvy which has helped my business tremendously, but I never forget that when you come to my website and leave your name, you're not just another Internet lead. You are a person with a lot of history. You are someone who has feelings and wants and needs and you're probably looking for a professional Realtor that you can trust. I never forget that and my hope is that we can work together to obtain whatever goals you are trying to achieve for yourself and your family. And to do that with passion and compassion.
Sarasota Florida Communities
Longboat Key is a 9-mile long barrier island off Florida's West Coast. It's sandwiched between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. What a special place it is! The appeal comes from the combination of the casual, white sandy beaches and the feeling of an upscale community with manicured landscapes, fine dining and boutique shops. Longboat Key has about 500 single family homes and many more condos. The Longboat Key Club provides tennis and golf enthusiasts with first-class facilities. Longboat Key is the only barrier island in the greater Sarasota area with a golf course.
Lido Keyis an enchanting community that links Sarasota and Longboat Key. With miles of white sandy beaches and beautiful tree-lined streets, Lido Key becomes a tropical paradise just waiting for you to relax and enjoy. Scuba divers, snorkelers, fishermen and boaters will have abundant recreational opportunities. Lido Key is an ideal retreat from the rat race.
One of the finest residential areas among the barrier islands, Bird Key is home to over 500 upscale properties. This private, secure community has its own Yacht Club where you can enjoy sailing, tennis and fine dining and is an ideal location for entertaining and socializing. This exclusive community sits comfortably on the warm, gentle waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Siesta Key is an 8-mile long sub-tropical delight with the finest white powdery sand beaches in the area. Residents here find everything they need -- from haute couture and casual fashion to fine dining and pizza -- so they rarely venture far from their precious paradise.
You'll find a wide range of housing options on Siesta Key from luxury hi-rise condos with sensational views to palatial estates situated among a tropical paradise to a cozy old Florida bungalow. Whatever you need, you'll surely find it on the enchanting Island of Siesta Key.
Fifteen miles to the south of Sarasota sits the perfect location for deep-water fishing, boating, scuba diving and other recreational activities. Casey Key is one of Florida's most prestigious addresses and the homes range from modest to palatial. Deep water docks afford access to the Gulf via the Intracoastal Waterway. The south portion of the key at Nokomis Beach covers 20 acres of prime fishing and boating and includes a public park and boat ramp. Exuding southern charm, elegance and grandeur, Casey Key is the perfect location for those with discriminating taste.
Mainland Waterfront Communities
Sarasota has many beautiful waterfront communities on the mainland. To name a few, there is the highly sought-after Southpointe Shores, a quiet neighborhood of bayfront and canal-front homes with spectacular views. Harbor Acres is an established community full of families and professionals residing in an impressive array of new and older homes. Located between the lively downtown area and the beautiful Sarasota Bay, you can see why it is a desirable neighborhood. Cherokee Park is a long established bayside community in downtown Sarasota and was once covered in citrus groves. First developed in the 1930's, it is one of Sarasota's oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods. Golden Gate Point is a 22-acre peninsula that became renowned as the gateway to John Ringling's resort communities of St. Armands, Lido and Longboat Keys. Luxury condominiums line the white sandy beaches and offer breathtaking views of picturesque Sarasota Bay, the city lights and the glittering waters of the Gulf of Mexico with its magnificent sunsets. Siesta Key is home to The Sanderling Club, a gated community on the south end of the key where you'll experience an exceptional, yet casual beach lifestyle with an old Florida feel. Siesta Cove is so close to Siesta Key beach that you can walk or ride your bike. It's a unique and special neighborhood nestled into Siesta Key's natural, tropical landscape. Many of the homes have bay frontage with captivating views. Just south of Sarasota, in a town called Osprey is a the community of Southbay Yacht & Racquet Club. The community is set in a park-like setting with over 5 miles of walking/biking trails. Southbay boasts one of the finest community-owned deep water marinas on the west coast of Florida. Only residents can enjoy the 172 boat slips, which can accomodate boats up to 55 feet in length. Southbay has 350 homes, a lighted tennis court, a community swimming pool and beautiful clubhouse. If you enjoy the boating lifestyle, you'll love Southbay.
Golf and Gated Communities in Sarasota
Nestled among a lush tropical landscape is the gated sanctuary of Bay Isles on Longboat Key. Sailing fanatics can hoist their sails from the world-class marina and golf enthusiasts will enjoy the emerald green fairways of the Harbor side golf course.
With single family homes ranging from 2000-7000 square feet, you'll have plenty of room to spread out and enjoy your spacious new home. You can find an array of courtyard, maintenance-free and bayfront homes in the charming community of Bay Isles. Bay Isles residents also enjoy a private, gated beach area with cabanas.
A master-planned community located just east of I-75, Bent Tree offers exceptional golfing as well as a full social calendar. Retirees and professionals alike love the country club style living offered by this fabulous community. From condos to exclusive estates, you'll have your choice of living surrounded by the pristine setting in an assortment of classic and modern homes.
Considered one of the best golf communities in the area, Calusa Lakes offers homeowners a quiet, relaxing golf course community. Home buyers have a choice of many different architectural styles - from custom-designed homes to Mediterranean-style. Most are set on a large piece of property teeming with natural vegetation and lush landscapes. You'll certainly feel the pride of ownership in this pristine neighborhood.
Country Club of Sarasota
A fabulous golf community of the highest order, the Country Club of Sarasota is perfect for retirees, baby boomers, golfers and non golfers, anyone looking for a lovely gated community conveniently located near the hub of all the cultural amenities Sarasota has to offer. With mostly single family homes on large lots, the neighborhood enjoys lakefront vistas bordered by the extraordinary world-famous TPC Golf Course at Prestancia.
A great location in Central Sarasota this established community has a full calendar of planned social activities for its homeowners. The club is undergoing extensive renovation. When completed, the golf course will be completely refurbished and redesigned and the community will have a brand new and very impressive club house.
Most of the homes are situated beautifully on large lots with big back yards. Many of the homes have the beautiful golf course links adjacent to their yard. There are more than 700 single family homes in Forest Lakes, most of them old Florida ranch style homes that were built in the 1960's. Many of these homes have been bought by boomers or investors who have refurbished and updated them.
Driving through Gator Creek, you feel as though you've stepped back to a time when Florida was yet untouched. This expansive area located near the Myakka State Park has a private championship golf course that's been consistently rated highly by the USCA. Most of the homesites in the community of Gator Creek are about 6 acres and many residents own horses. It's not uncommon to see horses walking in the streets of this beautiful community. There are a variety of architectural styles here, yet all are in harmony with the surroundings.
Lakewood Ranch Country Club
Luxury and comfort in a secured gated community just East of I-75 off University Parkway. Beautiful homes from maintenance free villas to lavish architectural masterpieces line the golf course in this master planned community. The community clubhouse is a beautiful place for weddings or special occasions or just to meet some friends.
Lakewood Ranch is a 8,500 acre master-planned, award-winning community encompassing all aspects of residential and commercial development. Seven villages, offering a variety of lifestyles from townhomes to estate living, share dramatic landscapes with forest and wetland preserves and hundreds of species of native wildlife. Recreational facilities include Lakewood Ranch Country Club and Athletic Center, 54 holes of Championship golf, the Sarasota Cricket Club, nine world-class polo fields and a variety of community parks, lakes and nature preserves. The community, also features shopping, dining and excellent schools and healthcare facilities, and was recently voted "Best Neighborhood" by the readers of Sarasota Magazine.
Laurel Oaks Estates
The community of Laurel Oaks Estates is 813 acres of land with only 430 home sites. The homes in the community are a variety of architectural styles and all take advantage of the natural surroundings. These impressive homes range in size from 3000 square feet to 7,000 square feet. This upscale, gated community features two Gary Player championship golf courses set amidst the natural wetlands and nature preserve.
Misty Creek is the only golf course in all of Southwest Florida that is set in a wildlife preserve with resident bald eagles. Every fairway is bordered on one or both sides by dense vegetation and live oak forests... one spectacular view after another. Misty Creek is a meticulously planned and designed golf course influenced by the natural topography and not by home sites.
The location of this prestigious TPC golf community is close to just about everything Sarasota has to offer. When you become a member, you have access to all TPC (Tournament Players Club) golf courses throughout the country.
Homes in the gated community of Prestancia in Palmer Ranch, are coveted for their fine architectural details and large lots. Luxury country club living is the hallmark of this fine community. Within the community of Prestancia, there are also two and three bedroom villas, low-rise condominiums and maintenance-free homes.
Family friendly Serenoa Lakes is a community of 92 homes planned on half-acre homesites in Sarasota, adjoining the southern perimeter of the premier Serenoa Golf Course. The community is conveniently located just East of I-75 near Clark Road.
Serenoa Lakes, named for the many lakefront areas in the 185-acre community, features oversized homesites with golf course, lake and preserve views. A concerted effort was made to preserve as much of the natural landscape as possible and to maximize the open space among the homes. If you enjoy fishing and kayaking, there's a 30-acre stocked lake! Throughout the neighborhood, you will find a good variety of home styles and floor plans.
Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club
Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club, located within Palmer Ranch has an 18-hole semi-private championship golf course along with a beautiful clubhouse. Young professionals and active retirees all enjoy the benefits and amenities this community has to offer.
This community offers single family homes that are situated on lakefront or wooded home sites. Condominiums are also available and many have panoramic golf course views.
Golf Digest voted this golf course "Americas Best New Private Course" in 2007. . Here amid ancient oak hammocks, only 236 magnificent homes grace the 1,200-acre reserve. This extraordinarily private community is be a worthy complement to the unique experience of The Concession Golf Club and its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The Concession is truly a luxury gated community and conveniently located east of I-75 between State Road 70 and University Parkway. Besides golf, the distinctive clubhouse features a fitness center, pool, spa, dining and tennis.
The Founders Club
The Founders club is an exclusive, guard-gated community that takes full advantage of its most pristine surroundings. There are well over 700 acres accented by 100 acres of picturesque lakes, pines, palms and old oak hammocks providing unique canopies above the meticulously landscaped streets. There are only 262 homes throughout the community providing for a true intimate setting. 200 of these homes enjoy direct golf course vistas highlighted by free-flowing fairways, wetlands and natural preserves. The entry gatehouse, the golf clubhouse and the homes themselves are designed to blend the private club nature of The Founders Club with the beauty of these most pristine surroundings. These exclusive homes in The Founders Club start at over $1,000,000.
The Meadows is a mature country club community featuring a wide range of neighborhoods. Situated on 1650 acres are over 3400 residences including single family homes and garden villas. It is one of Sarasota's most desirable communities. The community has over 80 stocked lakes and nature preserves, 14 miles of bike trails and a 1.7 mile fitness trail. The resort-like atmosphere includes golf, tennis, racquetball and biking. Many of the homes in The Meadows have been remodeled with more modern materials.
Located in the town of Osprey, just South of Sarasota, The Oaks is one of the most prestigious locations in the area. Palatial homes are set amidst an old Florida backdrop of tree-lines streets and manicured grounds. The Oaks consists of three neighborhoods-Oaks Bayside, The Oaks Preserve, and The Oaks Clubside. The newly refurbished championship golf course is located east of US 41 and has 36 holes designed by William Byrd and Ted McAnliss. There's a beautiful clubhouse, 12 Har-Tru tennis courts, an over-sized swimming pool and a regulation croquet court. From Plantation homes to Georgian Mansions, some of the most beautiful homes in Sarasota are located in The Oaks.
University Park Country Club is a seamless blend of man and nature where attention to detail marries European Inspiration with American Achievement. Here, you will have a paradise to call your own. We offer a private world of secluded neighborhoods that are beautifully situated overlooking shimmering lakes, preserve areas and expansive fairways.
Nestled within the heart of the community you will find University Park Country Club. From its courteous attentive service, to its impeccably maintained facilities, the Country Club provides its members with a very special venue to savor life's most privileged pleasures. Golf, tennis and croquet are just a small part of what life has to offer in University Park. There are several communities within University Park, all with beautiful homes and in a variety of price ranges.
The Venetian Golf and River Club
This Mediterranean-inspired community was developed by WCI. The location, on the Myakka River, is a nature-lover's paradise. There are over 1000 acres and 663 of them are devoted to golf courses, lakes, wetlands, conservation areas and a 70-acre nature park. There is a kayak launch, too. The new River club offers a state of the art fitness center as well as a swimming pool and lap pool. There are many different styles and prices ranges of homes to choose from in this fabulous gated community.
Things to Do in Sarasota Florida
ALL ABOUT SARASOTA
Quality of life is important to Sarasota residents. Most have worked many years in order to get to a place where they can enjoy life. With Sarasota's breathtaking sunsets, soft sandy beaches, sophisticated cultural opportunities, abundant recreational activities and much more it is the ideal place to enjoy the rest of your life!
Located in the third fastest-growing market in Florida, Sarasota has something for everyone. With a strong base of retirees, you'll be amongst people that share your interests. Meet new friends and explore all that Sarasota has to offer.
"Located on a 66-acre estate on Sarasota Bay, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art was established in 1927 as the legacy of John Ringling (1866-1936) and his wife, Mable (1875 to 1929). Recognized as the official State Art Museum of Florida, the Museum of Art offers 21 galleries of European paintings as well as Cypriot antiquities, Asian Art, American paintings, and contemporary art. The Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing hosts a variety of traveling exhibitions throughout the year."
"Having traveled often to Europe, John and Mable came to appreciate the finer pleasures of the continent's dazzling architecture and design. In 1924, they commissioned New York architect Dwight James Baum, to build their dream house. The mansion was completed in 1926, and would soon become the epicenter of cultural life in Sarasota, evoking the Venetian Gothic palaces admired by the Ringlings. Lavish parties were held with orchestras serenading guests from the Ringling yacht to the lovely marbled terrace."
"The oldest fine art gallery in Sarasota, this gallery offers a wide range of distinctive, contemporary original paintings and sculptures by internationally recognized artists who are collected worldwide."
"Under Artistic Director/CEO Robert de Warren, it has achieved world-class standing for its eclectic programming, delighting its audiences with a combination of treasured classics, contemporary and modern works."
"The Sarasota Film Society is a real gem that many visitors overlook. The Society has a distinguished reputation for bringing the best art, foreign and independent films to Sarasota at the Burns Court Cinemas in downtown Sarasota in the historic Burns Court district. They have three films showing throughout the day. Area film lovers always look forward to the Society's 10 day Film Festival in early November each year. So kick back, pass the popcorn, and enjoy movies you just won't see in your local cine-plex back home."
"Ever thought of awakening the artist within you? Well there's real artist treasure on the north end of Longboat Key. The Longboat Key Center for the Arts, established in 1952, provides studios for instruction and continually changing exhibits in three art galleries. They also sponsor a Concert in the Park Series with local musicians. The Center has grown to be one of the best and largest art facilities on Florida's west coast with more than 950 members and a talented faculty of 16. The instructors are very friendly and work effectively with all skill levels. Who knows...maybe your art work will one day be displayed in John and Mable's museum!"
"From its humble beginnings in tiny shed in a small Florida town, Mote Marine Laboratory has expanded to include a 10.5-acre campus in Sarasota, Fla., with field stations and public exhibits in Key West and field stations in Summerland Key and Charlotte Harbor. Florida's extensive coastline and marine and estuarine environments have enabled Mote scientists to build a platform of marine research conducted in the near shore environment."
"Here is an opportunity to enjoy a stroll along a trail that wanders through an ever-changing landscape of cool, under-story jungle growth and around open pond shorelines. As one meanders through Sarasota Jungle Gardens, a magnificent and wildy overgrown paradise, one wonders how such an abundance began."
"A large acreage of scrubby flatwoods makes this park one of the best places to see Florida scrub-jays, a threatened species found only in Florida. The park protects scrubby and pine flatwoods that were once widespread throughout Sarasota County. Fifteen miles of trails through these beautiful natural areas provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and wildlife viewing. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along South Creek, a blackwater stream that flows to the Gulf of Mexico. Canoe and kayak rentals are available, but motorized boats are not permitted in the park boundaries. Freshwater and saltwater fishing are available along the creek. Anglers can fish along the shores of Lake Osprey, which is also the park´s swimming destination. Picnic areas along South Creek are equipped with grills; pavilions can be reserved for a fee. The park has full-facility campsites and a youth/group campground. The park nature center has exhibits and videos about the park´s natural communities. Located on U.S. 41, two miles south of Osprey."
"Myakka River State Park is one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks. The "Florida Wild and Scenic Myakka River" flows through 53 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands. Myakka is popular for hiking, fishing, camping and wildlife observation."
"It began in 1960, with a few Sarasota business men searching for a charitable way to give back to the community where they successfully involved. They came up with the idea to put together a picnic for the handicapped children. A trip to the country would be a good experience for those special children, who usually say little more than the inside of a clinic. As the number of kids grew each year, friends of the original group stepped forward to help make a special day."
"Sarasota Bay Explorers offers several tours to guests, including a sea life encounter cruise and guided kayak tours. Private charters are available on the Miss Explorer vessel. A 40-foot pontoon boat is also available for private charters. Located at the Mote Marine Laboratory.
...and of course, you can enjoy all of our beautiful beaches!
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