Property Feature | Impressive Manatee River Home

Prepare to be blown away! Located on the protected inlet of the Manatee River, this impressive four-bedroom, five full and two-half-bath, 5,688-square-foot Arthur Rutenberg home provides the perfect mixture of elegance, luxury and natural beauty. Enter through etched glass double front doors to the stunning foyer opening to the gracious living room with 17-foot coffered ceilings, fireplace, beautifully painted murals and direct views of the infinity pool and river.

The home has ample entertaining opportunities with four wet bars throughout, a formal dining room, wood paneled office, gourmet kitchen and multiple outdoor lanai and patio features including an infinity pool and a gas-heated hot tub.

The downstairs owner’s suite is spacious with a private entry to the lanai, tray ceilings, two walk-in closets and a wet bar. The bathroom has a jetted tub flanked by dual sinks and a spacious shower with a tropical mural view.

The graceful wood stairs take you to a second master suite, media room and bonus room that opens to a large balcony with great views and plenty of room to relax. There is also a wood paneled elevator for your convenience.

This home is finished with a multitude of fine touches that are hard to beat and located on over 1 acre. This is a special opportunity!

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This Architecturally Significant Home Just Sold

Every decade or so, a home comes on the market that everyone desires. This Italianate Waterfront Estate on over half an acre includes a spacious guest home, all three water lots, dock and a 60-foot heated lap pool.

Redefined with 21st-century amenities it is often referred to as “one of the most architecturally significant homes” in the St. Petersburg area. On a premier location within minutes of downtown St. Petersburg, the landmark two-story estate stands tall overlooking the spectacular sunrises, waterfront and beautiful gardens. A wall encompassing the home’s magnificent elevation highlights the property’s stature and generous outdoor spaces.

Built like a proverbial fortress, with extremely thick brick walls clad in stucco that is dappled in the sunlight, it has a full-size basement, a Ludowici tile roof, beautiful gardens, courtyard and pool area and manicured lawns. Timeless and timely, the 1920’s home has been extensively renovated while remaining sensitive to its architectural design and qualities. Its presence, quality and grandeur could not be replicated today.

There are generously sized entertaining rooms, high ceilings with crown moldings and beautiful hardwood floors. The courtyard terraces, both covered and uncovered, offer grand-scale outdoor entertaining areas. Enjoy the convenience of being located close to downtown and 25 minutes to Tampa International Airport. This home has recently been sold.

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Exclusive: Inside Villa del Sogno

The enchanting Villa del Sogno stands behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club in a separately gated enclave of eight private beachfront estates. The residence centers its attention on the Gulf of Mexico with its vivid sunsets and dynamic vistas.

Visitors proceed through elegant double gates to the circular drive and ascend the broad staircase to a two-story portico and grand mahogany-and-glass double doors that lead to a marble foyer. The grand staircase brings you to a formal living room with a marble fireplace, formal dining room, central kitchen and catering kitchen, master en suite and wood paneled office.

Custom appointments abound as discerning owners demand. An imperial staircase, in itself a dramatic work of art, spectacularly frames the entryway.

The entry foyer also leads to a family room, four guest suites and a guest kitchen opening to the infinity pool, spa, gazebo and terraces overlooking the pristine beach and azure sea.

This beachfront residence is located in the most coveted, gated neighborhood on Florida’s west coast and is the only property in the enclave to become available in almost a decade. There has just been a price adjustment and this home is now available for $18,490,000, come enjoy one of the best views on Longboat Key today!

For more information on Villa del Sogno, click here.

Island Living on Sanibel and Captiva Islands

Located south of Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva Islands are a southwest Florida treasure along the coast. With 250 kinds of shells, 230 kinds of birds, 15 miles of beaches and zero traffic lights, check out why Sanibel and Captiva Islands are one of the premier destinations for Florida Island life.

The Privilege of Pre-Construction Purchases

aqua-pre-constWhen it comes to buying a new home, many buyers search for a move-in ready option for instant gratification; they prefer completed homes over the idea of waiting a year in various phases of construction. Opting instead for homes that, while complete, require updates and customization for the “dream home” to come to fruition.

The most common renovations include:

  • Floor plan adjustments including room sizes and bedroom conversions
  • Kitchen remodels including design, layout and appliances
  • Bathroom remodels
  • Flooring updates
  • Electrical outlets relocation and lighting updates
  • Deck and patio additions

Pre-construction opportunities can allow buyers the privilege of tailoring their home to their needs and design preferences with the developer coordinating and overseeing the implementation and construction. This eliminates the headache of contracting independent contractors and tradesmen and ensures that they complete the job effectively and efficiently.

In Sarasota’s Aqua on Golden Gate Point, one buyer saw a need for more square footage. By purchasing two full-floor units out of Aqua’s eight total units, he was able to create one of the largest condominiums in Sarasota with over 12,000 square feet. By purchasing pre-construction, he tailored the two floors to create a customized two-story unit complete with the high-end finishes of his choice.aqua

Many developers are catering to this privilege of pre-construction opportunities. The developer of Siesta Key’s Oceane condominiums provides one-on-one access to Oceane’s lead architect and interior designer with the ability to personalize a custom floor plan and truly build the Gulf-front residence of your dreams; they even provide a virtual reality option to build your ideal kitchen.oceane

While we live in a world of instant gratification, for those who do not mind waiting for their dream home, purchasing a pre-construction home can provide an easy way to have the home they have always wanted ̶ exactly how they imagined it!

For more information on Aqua, visit aqua280.com.
For more information on Oceane, visit oceanesiestakey.com.

Coffee Talks with Budge

We recently announced the exciting appointment of real estate industry veteran Budge Huskey to the ranks of leadership at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty as president. While we’ve shared his impressive career history and accolades including his #10 ranking on the Swanepoel Power 200 report as well as his position on Inman’s list of most influential people in real estate, we sat with Budge to discuss his passions, strengths and vision.
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First and foremost, welcome to the company. We’re so excited to have you on board.

Budge: Welcome the opportunity, and indeed so am I. While only four weeks in the role, I’ve already visited every office in the company and met so many members of the team responsible for its success who’ve made me feel welcome. As the real estate business is all about the people representing a company and brand, building new relationships with our talented professionals is my priority.

PR: You’ve been in real estate for over 33 years in numerous positions on many different levels, from private brokerage to CEO of a global real estate brand; what parts of real estate drive your passion for the industry?

Budge: While real estate has become far more complex and competitive over the years, at its core it remains a highly entrepreneurial business based on individual initiative and creativity. It is highly emotional and unpredictable. No matter how long you’re in it, it’s always new and challenging. No one ever fully figures it out, a fact which probably drives most people away from real estate but keeps me engaged. Its lack of predictability is why every single start-up based on a premise that technology is more important than the human element has failed miserably. And it’s why others have shifted from a position of seeking the demise of the Realtor to seeking how they can become our partners and support our success.

PR: With such an unpredictable industry, how do you continue to learn and stay update on new trends and business strategy?

Budge: Devoting the time to pause in a hectic schedule to observe and learn from others is a challenge for all of us. I read, attend conferences, and look beyond real estate to how companies in other industries win the minds and hearts of consumers. But, above all, I learn the most from those who are closest to the customer, the agents, as they will always be the first to spot a shift or employ a new tactic. My job has often been interpreting and spreading the intelligence they possess.

PR: You’ve accomplished so much across many different boards, positions and companies. How have you come to approach change?

Budge: We’re real estate people. We freak out every time we’re asked to change a password. It’s just our DNA. But a fundamental trait in every great salesperson and, in fact, every great business person period, is they’ve done what others were unwilling to do. They have pushed themselves into being consistently uncomfortable. They have failed, learned, persevered and ultimately succeeded. That is the path to realizing one’s potential. I had doubts every time I went to a different level. Those doubts simply had to be overcome through daily execution.

PR: Out of all of the opportunities to continue your real estate career after your previous position, why Premier Sotheby’s International Realty?

Budge: How much time do we have? First, I have worked with Judy and so many members of this team whom I admire and know there is such deep talent across the company. Second, PSIR is an incredible firm with a strong foundation and the momentum which comes from recent expansion. Third, Sotheby’s International Realty is simply the most powerful brand in real estate which resonates with affluent clientele who expect something more from their real estate experience. And last, I can only sell what I believe in, and that includes location. The markets we serve are the markets in which I want to personally live.

PR: How do you hope to inspire or make a difference in the company?

Budge: A meaningful impact may come only after sufficient time is taken to fully understand what makes the company unique and hearing the insights of those who are responsible for its success. Only then my I assess opportunities for future growth and improvement. Judy has established a clear vision for Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, and my job is to ensure the right strategy, infrastructure, and people are in place to move us closer to the realization of that vision daily. We must demonstrate growth with a continued commitment to quality. That’s a core belief that both Judy and I share.

Coffee Talks with Budge will be an ongoing series of interviews with Budge. For more information on Budge and the rest of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty leadership team, click here.

 

Significant Sales | September

NAPLES

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8473 Bay Colony Drive #602
Naples, Florida
$3,900,000

On the beach in Bay Colony with wide open Gulf views, this is a beautiful residence! With 3,385 total square feet, the pristine three-bedroom, three-bath residence includes floor-to-ceiling bay windows, 9-foot ceilings, three screened balconies, and east-west views of the Naples skyline, Gulf waters and white sandy beach.

SARASOTA

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1604 Travis Lane
Sarasota, Florida
$1,775,000

Enjoy unobstructed bay views and endless sunsets from this exceptional bayfront home tucked graciously at the end of a quiet street just West of Trail in Bay View Acres. Just off of Siesta Key’s south bridge, on the mainland, this home is sited in a near-perfect location allowing for easy access by boat, car, bike or on foot to Siesta Key’s world-renowned beach and all that Sarasota has to offer.

TAMPA BAY

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275 Bayshore Blvd., #1705
Tampa, Florida
$805,000

Enjoy a stunning penthouse with dramatic views in every direction. A key residence in the innovate Parkside building, known for its rare floor plans with rounded great rooms, it offers numerous floor-to-ceiling water views of Tampa Bay, Davis Island, Harbour Island, as well as the city views of the Downtown Tampa skyline from the 17th-floor balcony. This large three-bedroom condo is easy to entertain in and gives the wow factor upon entering.

CENTRAL FLORIDA

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1720 Kersley Circle
Lake Mary, Florida
$505,000

True pride of ownership reflected throughout this beautifully maintained Heathrow executive pool home located in Burlington Oaks/Heathrow. This well-appointed and newly redecorated custom residence by Marklen Homes features a highly versatile, open floor plan with 3,355 square feet of spacious living area, and is primarily a single story.

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

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1245 Laurel Lane
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
$3,437,000

This house is named “Far Horizons.” It has only belonged to three different families in over 90 years. It rests on two Mayview Park lots that have been combined by Watauga County for tax purposes. This home was built in 1924, but has been taken down to the studs and remodeled twice. The home and apartment have long-layered range views of Old John’s River Gorge, Grandfather Mountain and all the way to the Mount Mitchell range.

CHARLOTTE, THE LAKES & SURROUNDS

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8405 Glendevon Court
Waxhaw, North Carolina
$1,365,000

Longview, the gated, first class country club community home to a major share of Charlotte’s elite and high-profile residents. 8405 Glendevon Court, having recently been extensively renovated by Kingswood Homes, features all the discerning heart desires. An efficient use of space, versatile open plan and perfect mix of Old World charm with sophisticated and contemporary design make this a true jaw-dropper offering a most enviable lifestyle.

ASHEVILLE

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11 Raven Cliff Lane
Arden, North Carolina
$2,150,000

Nestled on almost 2 acres just inside the front gates of The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, this furnished stone and stucco residence was custom-built by Tyner Const. With abundant windows highlighting spectacular year-round mountain views, this home makes a classic statement with exquisite details throughout include wide-plank oak floors, wood ceiling beams, plantation shutters, casement windows, granite and marble work and four fireplaces.

 

To contact one of our real estate professionals in your area, click here.

Beaming Design

Ceilings thoughtfully adorned with wood beams can add the right amount of detail to dress up a room. A growing trend in design, exposed beams provide a raw element with a rustic feel to spaces that are often coastal-inspired, contemporary or even Mediterranean. Whether creating drama by accenting a vaulted ceiling or creating a warm and cozy ambience by framing a rustic space, here are just a few ways that wood beams can be the highlight of any space.

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 Exposed beams are the perfect addition to a rustic space and bring the elements inside in this North Carolina mountain estate.

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The design is in the details; these wood beams provide the ideal rustic element to contrast this white, contemporary kitchen.

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This Florida home is resplendent in craftsmanship and unique detailing with soaring ceilings and hand-hewn beams. White and yellow pine, post-and-beam construction and Australian cypress floors blend artistry with nature.

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This elegant living area in the Charleston model at Estuary at Grey Oaks in Naples, Florida, is appointed with distressed wood beams that bring a coastal ambience to the indoor-outdoor space, ideal for entertaining.

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These wood beams perfectly accent the bold colors, tiles and finishings in this Mediterranean estate.

The Ideal Location for a Stress-Free Vacation

 

With 82 luxury residences and a spectacular clubhouse, ideally situated at the base of a world-class ski resort in the heart of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, golfing, hiking, skiing and the historic charm of Steamboat’s main street make The Porches a perfect destination for everyone. When considering your winter vacation this year, there’s a new family tradition to be had.

Vacation is about time  ̶  time spent with family and friends making memories that will live on in the stories told every vacation thereafter. This is storytelling redefined, as there are very few places in the world that offer such a unique living experience, with a rich array of opportunities and amenities, a unique and remarkable selection of residences, in a perfect location with year-round entertainment. The option for fractional ownership makes The Porches an ideal destination.

With a full-service concierge staff providing all of finer details, a stress-free stay is inevitable. Before you even arrive, provide the staff with a grocery list and your fridge will be ready when you are. House-keeping and maintenance are just a few of the services provided to residents, and shuttles run continuously for easy travel to and from shopping, dining and downtown. Time on the slopes is easy, with door-to-door ski valet service. This kind of exemplary services makes for the hassle-free lifestyle that your family has been missing.

The residences at The Porches have been thoughtfully crafted with exquisite details as notable as the services. With exteriors that pay homage to the western legacy of Steamboat Springs and interiors featuring custom ranch stone fireplaces, hand-hewn beams, distressed floors and an array of high-end finishes, in every detail the homes are pure perfection. The old-world craftsmanship pays tribute to the past and is a testament to the value of family tradition  ̶  just right for creating new memories, while retelling the old on the porches.

Fractional ownership from $280s to whole ownership over $2 million

Call 866.438.1478 for more information or visit theporches.com.

Find Your Tampa Bay Condo With The HGTV House Hunters!

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When prominent Tampa Bay judge Margaret Taylor was looking to buy a chic condominium in the heart of Downtown Tampa, she enlisted the services of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty associates Rick Scherer and Kevin Reder of the South Tampa office. HGTV’s House Hunters recently profiled the journey of the newly-single judge, as Scherer and Reder helped her transition from a large family waterfront house in the suburbs to the revitalized urban city life of Downtown Tampa.

At the end of the episode, the hunt was a success — with Ms. Taylor ruling in favor of a fabulous new residence. “This was a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the benefits of urban living in Tampa’s rapidly growing Downtown and Channelside areas, said Reder. “We were not only honored to be selected for this opportunity, we also were able to help our friend and customer, Margaret, through an important transition in her life. It’s experiences like this that make being a Realtor truly meaningful.”

Kurt Gleeson, managing broker of the Premier Sotheby’s International Realty South Tampa location commented, “Rick and Kevin did an outstanding job identifying an urban, ultra-modern condominium for our customer. They’re to be commended for their tireless efforts, knowledge of the Downtown Tampa real estate market and communication skills.”