Lovely lakes, emerald vistas and golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer lure homebuyers east to the Country Club at Lakewood Ranch. The gated community is comprised of neighborhoods built around 54 holes of golf: 18 at the public Legacy Golf Club and 36 at the private Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, where a handsome clubhouse offers dining, swimming, an athletic center and party rooms. Residences range from condominiums to detached single-family homes with maintenance-free lawn service to grand estates. Bicyclists, joggers and nature lovers enjoy miles of sidewalks and trails. Nearby, the new
Number of Country Club at
Number of sales 6/2005 to 6/2006: 89 (not including builder sales)
Range of sales price 6/2005 to 6/2006: $322,000 to $2,995,000
Average sales price: $1,658,500
Square footage: 1,559 to 7,856
A new Spanish Mediterranean residence at
A 5,639-square-foot, five-bedroom home at 13206 Palmers Creek Terrace sold recently for $2.65 million after an original list price of $2,999,995. Hand-carved mahogany front doors open to an elegant interior with marble and stone floors, French doors, a formal dining room and private walled garden off the master bath. Outdoors are a pool and spa, lavish summer kitchen and outdoor fireplace. Maria Boka was the sales agent; Jill Friedman and Kevin Vale were the listing agents. All are with Coldwell Banker.
MLS statistics courtesy of Sherwin Taradash of Michael Saunders & Company. MLS records transactions and listings by members of the Sarasota Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service.
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An 11,000-square-foot Gulf-to-bay estate at
Sales information provided by Kim Ogilvie of Michael Saunders & Company.
HOMES WITH HISTORY Two luxury listings with a past are attracting attention in south
The home has limestone, onyx and slate finishes with Venetian-plastered walls and ceilings. There are five bedrooms, seven full baths and four half-baths, a kitchen equipped for a professional chef, and a home theater with stadium seating and a cinebar/concession room. Carol and Paul Clark of Sky Sotheby’s have the listing.
Not far away, at
Baseball Hall of Famer Early Wynn originally owned a home on the property. Wynn pitched for the Washington Senators, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox and received the 1959 Cy Young award. Wynn won an even 300 games during his 23 seasons and pitched 49 shut-out games. He died in
SETTING THE RECORD A Silver Oak residence in Palmer Ranch closed at $2.4 million recently, earning top spot as the highest-priced home sold in Palmer Ranch this year and breaking the record for highest price per square foot on a Palmer Ranch resale to date. The home, located at
PONEY POWER Mark P. Riley knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth. The Mark P. Riley Luxury Real Estate Group was featured recently on ESPN2 in all
BRANCHING OUT In response to significant client demand and market needs, Sky Sotheby’s International Realty has launched two new business divisions and opened two new locations for its luxury real estate brokerage firm. A New Homes division will be headed by company CEO Brandyn Herbold, while the Commercial Real Estate Division will be led by company president Chad Roffers. The company’s first venture into the new-homes market is
WHEN PIGS FLY When real estate agent Nancy Kellaway of Exit Realty Gulfcoast received a telephone call from an elderly man who had recently lost his wife and wished to sell their house, she hurried over to help. He guided her through the property with painstaking thoroughness, pointing out each and every improvement and update. Kellaway did a market analysis on the spot and was then led outside to meet the gentleman’s pets.
“There was this tiny baby pig in the garage, oinking away, and suddenly a huge fat pig came around the corner toward me,” Kellaway says. “I really don’t know anything about pigs, and I was scared to death.” Kellaway’s client assured her that both Mama and baby were harmless and explained that his late wife had loved the pot-bellied pigs and had made him promise to take care of them.
“Then after everything is finalized and I’ve filled out all of the listing sheets and he has given me every bit of info on the house, he casually mentions that he will not be selling until the big pig dies,” says Kellaway. “He refuses to move the big pig to a new place because the stress will traumatize her, and he can’t sell her off because he promised his wife. He tells me we must wait until she dies. So I call him every now and then to see how the pig is faring. I don’t know if my client realizes that this pig could easily outlive her owner.”