Anne Hathaway Film Headlines Naples International Film Festival

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is a proud sponsor of the Naples International Film Festival, which opens Thursday with Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway’s drama Song One.  The movie’s Florida debut is part of a red-carpet opening event at Artis-Naples, which will feature several of the festival’s filmmakers, including Song One’s writer/producer/director Kate Barker-Froyland.

The tale of artistic struggle and the impact of music is the first feature film by Barker-Froyland, who initially met Hathaway on the set of The Devil Wears Prada back in 2006, when she was assistant to the movie’s director, David Frankel. “Director Jonathan Demme reconnected us,” she says, explaining that after conceiving the story of a young woman’s journey, she was “able to rewrite with Anne in mind. She was wonderful, and we had a great time working together. She was also one of the producers on the film.”


Shot in Barker-Froyland’s hometown of Brooklyn, New York, the movie pays homage to the area’s indie music scene. “It was a dream to shoot there,” she relates. “I’ve been to so many places that I wanted to film, like Pete’s Candy Store, and the Bowery Ballroom. There were so many talented musicians, and it was important to be able to shoot the performances live, and capture the feeling of going to a show.”

The biggest challenge of filming was time,” Barker-Froyland continues. “We shot the film in 28 days, and it was a challenge to shoot in the different locations, including spending two days filming in Morocco, where [Hathaway’s character] Franny goes to escape and immerse herself.”

The film, which also features Oscar-winning actress Mary Steenburgen, is ultimately about the power of music. “I’m fascinated by music, and how it has the ability to connect all of us,” she concludes. “A song can elicit such an immediate emotional reaction. Music is the connective thread between people — it is the universal language.”



 photos courtesy of Kate Barker-Froyland

Latest Real Estate Headlines: October 2014

Here are the highlights from top news stories in Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s luxury real estate market.

Anna Maria Island Named One of the World’s Top Islands Condé Nast Traveler

Anna Maria Island
813 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, Florida

This exquisite Gulf-front home is situated on the tip of gorgeous Anna Maria Island. With over 4 acres of land — including 250 feet of private beachfront — the property has stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. The gated entrance leads you to the spacious elevated home, uniquely designed with sliders and picture windows on three sides to capture amazing water views. Glass doors from the great room flow to a large Gulf-front patio perfect for entertaining.
Continue reading “Latest Real Estate Headlines: October 2014”

Premier Affairs: Best Buddies Haunted House in Tampa


The South Tampa office of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty was transformed into a Haunted House this week for a fundraiser to benefit Best Buddies Tampa Bay. Over $1,700 was raised for the charity, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Managing Broker Kurt Gleeson is a longtime supporter of the organization, and has joined fellow corporate professionals and community leaders by taking part in Best Buddies’ Champion of the Year competition. The fellow philanthropists are competing to raise the most funds for the Tampa Bay chapter, and earn the ultimate title of Champion of the Year. Learn more about Kurt’s fundraising efforts and the competition HERE.



Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Turns the Tide on Waterfront Real Estate

From October 30 to November 3, an international audience in the hundreds of thousands will arrive at the Yachting Capital of the World for the famed Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.  In its 55th year, the show is the largest in-water boat show in the world. Four billion dollars worth of boats and marine products will be showcased across 3 million square feet of exhibit space, offering something for every boat enthusiast’s taste. This year’s exhibits include a high-end auto display, helicopters, personal submarines and a vast collection of the latest yacht and water toys. For those not looking to buy, the show offers lots of fun, including floating cocktail lounges, live music and informative fishing and boating seminars for adults and children alike. As the boat show shines the spotlight on luxury watercraft, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty highlights some of the most exquisite deep-dock waterfront property offerings in the area.

 1500 South Drive, Sarasota, Florida 

This remarkable hidden sanctuary is nestled along the water’s edge in the sought-after community of Cherokee Park. The mariner’s paradise is replete with a protected basin , boat house, lift and vessel. The calm bay waters and surrounding tropical vegetation provide an endless sense of peace and tranquility. With nearly 9,000 square feet, the home’s vast walls of glass open to expansive terraces offering the true Florida lifestyle.


1549 Heights Court, Marco Island, Florida

With stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico, this boater’s dream home has 255 feet of teakwood deep-water dockage. An architectural masterpiece, it boasts 11,662 square feet of unsurpassed quality and wood craftsmanship throughout.  A true entertainer’s delight, the outdoor living area encompasses over 7,300 square feet of multi-tiered lanai. A comprehensive covered outdoor kitchen, dining area, and 75-foot Olympic-sized swimming pool overlook the Gulf.

1358 Harbor Drive, Sarasota, Florida 

This outstanding bayfront estate is situated in Sarasota’s coveted Harbor Acres neighborhood. The private, gated home has a large deep-water dock and boat lift with full power and water that will accommodate a 75-foot yacht.  Enjoy the amazing 180-degree views of the city, Ringling Bridge and Florida sunsets. The 5,000 square-foot home is replete with a lookout tower showcasing 360-degree views.

The House Where Ruth Lived: The Babe's Historic Spring Training Condo is on the Market

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

130 4th Avenue North, #702, St. Petersburg, Florida

Situated in St. Petersburg’s historical  Flori de Leon tower, condominium #702 was leased each spring by baseball’s premier player, Babe Ruth, from its opening in 1927 until his last season with the New York Yankees in 1934. The unit is still decorated with a variety of photos of the Babe, plus antiques from the period. It has been recently renovated with a gourmet kitchen, but still has the original hardwood floors, bathroom tile, tub and separate shower, sink and medicine cabinet used by the Babe — as well as the facade of the original fireplace. During Ruth’s residence there, he was joined by legendary teammate Lou Gehrig, who leased a neighboring unit on the floor. The iconic pair, who played in four World Series together and set countless records, practiced at nearby Crescent Lake Ballpark and Waterfront Park. The famed building continues to pay homage to baseball’s royalty with two lounges on the top floor: the Babe Ruth Lounge and the Lou Gehrig Lounge.

Green House, Blue Waters

Constructed and maintained with water and energy conservation in focus, this gorgeous Gulf-front estate epitomizes green living — while overlooking blue waters.

16660 Captiva Drive, Captiva, Florida

This stunning beachfront estate is the ultimate retreat. Situated on 2 pristine acres, the Caribbean-style home offers over 200 feet of Gulf frontage. With over 14,000 square feet of custom-designed living space, the luxury is truly in the details. Its exquisite features are complemented by a green, environmentally-friendly footprint that has been thoughtfully executed inside and out. From the day construction began, energy conservation has been a top priority. The recent installation of new, high-efficiency zone air handlers and outdoor units save significant resources. The landscape has been customized with salt-tolerant plantings and turf, which are watered primarily with unusable saline ground water. The serene, Gulf-front pond requires non-potable water, and any needed additions during the dry season can be filled 100% by saline ground water. In addition, two, 100-watt air pumps provide most of the circulation needed — the output being equivalent to the use of  just two light bulbs.