Thursday, December 15, 2011

Siesta Key Real Estate - Siesta Key Florida Waterfront Properties

No 1 Beach - Siesta Key
Siesta Key Florida real estate gets a boost every time this popular beach hits the news.  Earlier this year when Siesta Key Beach made the no. 1 spot on Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches in America list, residential and condo sales got a nice increase.  This Beach has been popular with buyers for decades, but with the Internet spreading the word -- the secret is out! Temping many cold weather buyers in other parts of the world, Sarasota's warm climate and sunny skies along with its culture such as the opera, ballet, art galleries and famous Siesta Key Beach offers a full package resort lifestyle.

Siesta Key Florida's activities and entertainment for retirees, families and young singles include fishing, boating, and tennis along with beach activities.  Sarasota's mainland offers 80 plus golf courses if golf is your passion.  Siesta Key Village shopping, restaurants and markets keep residents and visitors occupied also.  Check out our Siesta Key Florida video on YouTube.  Click on the picture below to experience a little of Siesta Key life.

The Sarasota MLS currently reports 485 properties for sale on Siesta Key.  There are 157 single family homes for sale, and buyers can choose from 293 condos for sale on Siesta Key. Pending sales total 73 so far in 2011; 39 of those pending sales are condos on Siesta Key.

Siesta Key Condos Sales Activity 2011 

Highest Priced Condo: $2,499,999
Lowest Priced Condo: $112,000
Pending Sales: 39
Sold in 2011: 255
2011 Sales Price Range: $130,000-$2,300,000

If you need more information on Siesta Key real estate, contact the John Allen Team at 941-544-6467 for an agent experienced with Siesta Key waterfront homes and condo sales.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sarasota Florida - A Tropical Paradise

Sarasota, Florida, a tropical oasis of natural beauty offers white sandy beaches and sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico as well as incredible island lifestyles. We hope you will view our Sarasota, Florida video below and invite you to experience the allure of our Sarasota paradise.

Sarasota is a wonderful place to call home, with plenty of assets in addition to its beaches. You’ll find performing arts, world-class shopping and dining, advanced education, and a prosperous business community.

For permanent and seasonal residents of Sarasota Florida, fishing and boating, year-round championship golf, collecting seashells along our famous beaches, strolling through art galleries on Palm Avenue in downtown and watching incredible sunsets are just a few of the choices of activities available along our barrier islands.

Beaches, boating, tennis, golf, dining, shopping, theater, there’s an activity here for everyone. Elegant or casual, luxurious or affordable, you can find something to do minutes away from your Sarasota home.
Residents, whether permanent or seasonal, can be as active or laid-back as they choose in Sarasota. From the casual, Old-Florida neighborhoods of Anna Maria Island and northern Longboat Key, southward through the luxurious enclaves and waterfront condos of southern Longboat, St. Armands, Bird and Lido Keys, to the casual beach homes and condominiums of Siesta Key and the private Gulf-to-bay estates of Casey Key, Sarasota FL real estate features an array of lifestyle choices.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sanctuary Longboat Key Condos Market Update 2011

Sanctuary Condos on Longboat Key - Behind the Gates of Longboat Key Club
The five building of the Sanctuary on Longboat Key sit securely behind the guarded gates of the Longboat Key Club and directly facing the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally there is a guard gated entry to the complex. These Longboat Key condos were built between 1989 and 1991. Sweeping views of the Gulf provide incredible views.
Sanctuary Amenities
Sanctuary Longboat Key offers its residents an resort pool and spa, two Har-Tru tennis courts, private beach access, fitness center, and Club House. Additional beachfront activities are available for residents along with walking and biking trails on Longboat Key as well as golf courses and tennis courts.
Sanctuary Longboat Key Video
Our Sanctuary Longboat Key video let's you experience the allure of the complex and its amenities.

Currently the Sarasota MLS' data reports 4 condos for sale at Sanctuary. Prices range from $849,900 for a 1,823 square feet condo to $1,495,000 for a luxury penthouse condo. This condominium residence provides new owners over 2500 square feet of resort style living space with expansive views of the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. There are 3 contracts pending at Sanctuary, and 3 condos at Sanctuary have sold in the last six months.
Sanctuary Longboat Key - Active Listings
  • Total Current Listings: 4
  • Lowest Priced Listing: $849,900
  • Highest Priced Listing: $1,495,000
  • Average Price: $1,210,975
  • Median Price $1,249,500
2011 Sanctuary Longboat Key Sales
  • Total Listing Sold: 6
  • Lowest Priced Sale: $785,000
  • Highest Priced Listing: $1,500,000
  • Average Price: $1,050,000
  • Median Price $982,500
For more information on any condo at Sanctuary Longboat Key or other Longboat Key condos, please contact The John Allen Team at 941-544-6467. We have a team of specialized agents ready to assist you.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Water Club Longboat Key Video

Water Club Longboat Key has one of the most outstanding clubhouse facilities in the Sarasota area.  The 17,000 square feet clubhouse includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, his/hers locker rooms, library, billiards, a dining ballrooms and much more.  The two buildings at Water Club were built with luxury in mind.  Thee is a resort-style beachside swimming pool and spa, private beach walk to Longboat Key Beach, tennis courts also on the tropical grounds of this 24 hr gated resort. 
Water Club Longboat currently reports 8 active condos for sale in the Sarasota MLS.  There are no pending sales currently, but in the last six month 8 Water Club Longboat Key condos have sold.  Check out these Longboat Key condos in our Water Club Longboat Key video.


If you are searching for a Longboat Key condo on the Gulf of Mexico, Water Club Longboat Key could be your perfect spot in Paradise.  Contact the John Allen Team at 941-544-6467 for an agent experienced in Water Club Longboat Key.  We specialize in all Sarasota FL real estate!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bird Key FL Real Estate Update

Bird Key, a private boating community, was developed in the 1950s by Arvida. This barrier island is located between St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota FL. Yacht owners love the deep water canals that wind through Bird Key to Sarasota Bay and on to the Gulf of Mexico. Many of the single family homes have been replaced with luxurious mansions, others updated to include new features, architectural details and code standards demanded by today real estate market. Bird Key has no condominiums.

Bird Key residents enjoy their own private yacht club. The Bird Key Yacht Club is a member of the Florida Council of Yacht Club’s and is a great place for residents to gather for lunch, dinner, tennis or socializing.

Bird Key FL offers buyers luxurious surroundings behind its gates. The inventory of Bird Key Sarasota real estate for sale stands at 27 currently in the Sarasota MLS. The pending sales total 8 and 22 homes sold in the last six months indicating Bird Key real estate sales continue to be quite strong. Recent sales range from $407,000 to $4,950,000.

Bird Key Real Estate Neighborhood Update:

  • Least Expensive Home: $539,000
  • Most Expensive Home: $9,490,000
  • Under Contract: 8
  • Homes Sold in the Last 6 Months: 22

For more information on homes for sale on Bird Key, contact the John Allen Team at 941-544-6467. We have agents who specialize in homes in boating communities and have the expertise to guide you to a successful purchase of Bird Key Florida real estate for sale. If you are planning to tour homes on Bird Key, please give us advance notice so we can schedule appointments.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Historic Spanish Point

Just a short drive south of Sarasota,Florida you will find a little eight-mile long island known as Casey Key. Here you will find a place where time has stood still. Bask in the natural beauty of this island which enjoys bay to gulf water views,or,if you want to explore the history of the area, visit Historic Spanish Point in Osprey,Florida.

Historic Spanish Point was the prehistoric home of the Calusa Indians,among the first people to settle in the area around 3000 BC. The artifacts from this prehistoric people can be found throughout the grounds.

The island was later settled by John and Eliza Webb from New York. They planted citrus and vegetable plants, opened a citrus packing house and boat building operation and operated the Webb Winter Resort which attracted winter-weary residents from the North. Among those Northern visitors was Bertha Palmer of Chicago, who established her winter estate on Spanish Point. She transformed the landscape with her gardens and architecture.

Spanish Point has been preserved thanks to the donation of the property by the family of Bertha Palmer to the Gulf Heritage Association in 1980. Today, Spanish Point is a 30-acre archaeological, historical and environmental museum. Walk the nature trails where you will see historic pioneer buildings. Enjoy the boardwalk which rambles through native coastal habitats with live oaks and gumbo-limbo trees and a beautiful views of Little Sarasota Bay. You may even spot the resident American Bald Eagle!

See the magnificent display of colorful flowers in the Butterfly Garden, one of the largest on the Gulf Coast. Visit the “Window to the Past” built inside a prehistoric shell mound.

A popular site for weddings, Mary’s Chapel is a beautiful wooden structure which floods with brilliant sunlight as it streams through its stained glass windows.

Visit the Guptill House built in 1901 on top of a 50000 old Indian shell mound.

See a living history reenactment of pioneer life with performances in Mrs. Palmer’s pergola and sunken garden.

Take a trip across Little Sarasota Bay on a sharpie sailboat, a hand-built wooden reproduction.

At the end of the day, relax at the Spanish Point Pub & Marina where you will be sure to find something for everyone’s taste at this casual waterfront establishment.

Contact the John Allen Team for information on Casey Key real estate. Our real estate agents show Casey Key homes for sale regularly and will assist you in a smooth real estate transaction.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sarasota Florida Real Estate Sales Highest in Six Years

Hitting a total of 800 property sales in the Sarasota real estate market for March 2011, Sarasota Florida sales reached their highest level since September 2005. In addition, “prices rose in double digits for both single family homes and condos from the previous month, pending sales were the highest since the real estate boom ended in 2005, and the inventory dropped to 5,501 which was less than a third of the available properties on the market during the boom.”

SAR President Michael Bruno, stated "Sarasota is clearly a recovering market" . "Agents are very busy showing properties and writing contracts, and people are excited about our strong market rebound. Obviously, we haven't seen numbers like these in several years. There is a buzz in the local market that's reaching out to buyers across the nation and even internationally."

Now that the federal homebuyer tax credit initiative is gone, it seems our market continues to provide strong numbers. Last year, the “tax credit drove up spring sales.

Our team at shows Sarasota FL real estate on the Sarasota Florida mainland as well as the barrier island of Siesta Key, Casey Key, Longboat Key and Lido Key. Our real estate specialists know the market and will guide you in your search for a Sarasota home for sale.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Positano on Longboat Key - Luxury & Privacy on the Beach

Situated on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, the luxury condos of Positano Longboat Key offer residents a number of amenities as well as a level of privacy that is not often found with Longboat Key condos. In addition, thanks to the prime location of the condos in the middle of the island, residents of Positano in Longboat Key are also located only a short drive away from all the restaurants, shopping venues and other attractions found at St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota.

With 29 units ranging in size from 3,156 to 3,319 square feet, residents of Positano in Longboat Key enjoy plenty of space and privacy. The private garages, the private elevators and the manned guard gate all add to the level of privacy and security that residents of Positano in Longboat Key enjoy. In addition, thanks to the 10 acres of beachfront land on which the development is located, residents of the condos enjoy magnificent views as well as private beach access.

As might be expected from a low-density luxury condo development, residents of Positano condos on Longboat Key also enjoy access to a variety of onsite amenities. Some of these include a private swimming pools, hot tubs, a clubhouse and exercise facilities.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Reinvent Your Life in Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota Florida is a great place to reinvent your life.  The warm climate, beach, Gulf of Mexico and incredible sunsets are just part of Sarasota's lifestyle package.  There's quite an array of activates in this south west Florida coastal city to keep you busy from "sun up" to sunset!

Sarasota Florida is home to the Sarasota Ballet, the Sarasota Opera, the Florida West Coast Symphony, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and much more.   The cultural activities of Sarasota go on and on and are a big draw to wealthy retirees and well educated retirees who enjoy the arts.

In addition, Sarasota is a city that offers good healthcare and is near 3 major international airports:  Sarasota, Tampa and Fort Myers. The University of South Florida's Sarasota-Manatee campus is also a plus for those wishing to expand their education in Sarasota.

Sarasota real estate choices are plentiful currently with 6,000 homes for sale in Sarasota County including town houses, villas and condos.  Lifestyle choice range from beach to the bay on the barrier islands of Casey Key, Bird Key, Siesta Key, Lido Key and Longboat Key to golf course communities like the Oaks and Lakewood Ranch.  There are more than 80 golf courses in the Sarasota area too.  Many luxury beachfront condo communities on the barrier islands offer activities within their private gates that cater to the tennis player, boater, fisherman, swimmer or shell collector.  Beautiful club houses are available in some of these communities making it easy to meet and socialize with your new neighbors.  Buyers of real estate in Sarasota can choose an active lifestyle, get more education and enjoy Sarasota's cultural treasures too! 

If you are dreaming of coming to Paradise, Sarasota Florida real estate is on sale.  We've seen an uptick in home sales, and we encourage you to take a look while the selection of real estate, low prices and low interest rates are still available.  The John Allen Team specializes in luxury Sarasota real estate and our agents are here to help you with your search.  Please call us at 941-544-6467 for a prompt reply!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Seaplace Longboat Key - Condo with a View

Sit on your lanai and watch the tide roll in.  Our listing at Seaplace Longboat Key is priced at $639,000 and overlooks the swimming pool, the beach and the Gulf of Mexico.  The condo is spacious with 2 bedroom, 2 bath and the owners didn't spare expenses when they removed a kitchen wall to provide great open space living.  Featuring large size tile floors, crown molding and neutral colors, this condominium is move in ready.
Owners and guests at Seaplace Longboat Key enjoy walking on the beach, waterfront activities and full amenities offered at this waterfront resort.  Amenities at Seaplace Longboat Key include:  2 swimming pools, 2 spas, clubhouse, fitness center and tennis courts.  Seaplace is a gate guarded community.

Island activities on Longboat Key are available to owners and their guests.  Publix, drug stores, professional offices and restaurants are nearby.  Do your island shopping on Longboat Key and at the famous outdoor shopping area of St Armands Circle, a short drive from Seaplace.  For cultural activities residents head to downtown Sarasota which offers galleries, symphony, opera, ballet and theater.

For all your Sarasota FL real estate needs, contact the John Allen Team at 941-544-6467.  Our experienced agents regularly show downtown Sarasota as well as the barrier island of Casey Key, Siesta Key, Bird Key, Lido Key and Longboat Key.