2017 Longboat Key Real Estate Closed over $3mm

Historical sales data for 2017 has been finalized for the Sarasota area (MFR-MLS).  Many of our clients are interested in this information as a frame of reference – so we developed this interactive map to allow for a clearer understanding of closed activity in the 2017 calendar year.

We hope this is a useful resource for you.  If you need any additional information, we would be glad to be of service.


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Michael Saunders & Company
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UPDATED: Elite Airways cancels Pittsburgh service to Sarasota-Bradenton

Elite Airways has canceled its planned route between Pittsburgh and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, a day after Allegiant Air said it would offer similar service beginning in April.

Customers who had bought tickets were receiving cancellation emails on Wednesday. Elite’s year-round, twice-weekly flights were slated to begin in February.

“We regret to inform you Elite Airways is cancelling service between Sarasota and Pittsburgh,” the emails read. “Your credit card has been automatically refunded. We are terribly sorry for any inconvenience.”

Elite officials did not return calls requesting comment Thursday.

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The flights will run Mondays and Fridays starting Feb. 23, 2018.

by: Cassidy Alexander Staff Writer
Sarasota International Airport Announces Nonstop Flights to Pittsburgh

Sarasota International Airport Announces Nonstop Flights to Pittsburgh.  You don’t have to be a spring-training baseball fan to appreciate Elite Airways’ new service from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

But it can’t hurt.

Beginning Feb. 23, 2018, travelers can hop on a nonstop flight between Sarasota and Pittsburgh. Elite Airways announced the addition Dec. 1. The flights will operate Mondays and Fridays, to start with, and fares start at $199.

“We believe this new service will be a win-win for sports fans and vacationers alike — all of whom can travel with nonstop peace of mind, especially in the winter and spring when air travel can be frustrating due to inclement weather,” said Elite Airways president John Pearsall.

The connection comes just in time for spring training, and Bradenton is the site of minor league and spring training activities for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team’s season opening home game will be on Feb. 24, in celebration of it’s 50th season of play there and the start of 2018 spring training.

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“We believe this service is a home run for the airport and the community,” said Rick Piccolo, President and CEO of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

The flights will depart Sarasota at 9:30 a.m. and arrive at 12:15 p.m. They will depart Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. and arrive at 3:45 p.m.

According to Pearsall, Elite Airways will announce three or four more flights through the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in the next year. The Pittsburgh flight is in addition to existing flights through Elite Airways to Portland, ME and White Plains, NY. The airline also operates out of several Florida cities including Vero Beach and Melbourne.

PIT-SRQ Direct Flights - Longboat Key Real Estate

Passengers on Elite Airways flights receive free snacks and beverages on board, a free first checked back of up to 50 pounds and no ticketing change fees. The airline is also pet friendly.

Flights are typically aboard Canadair Regional Jets.


Janet Walter Longboat Key Realtor

Walter Group Luxury Real Estate; And while you’re here – sample Sarasota and Longboat Key Luxury Real EstateJanet Walter – consistently ranked among the best realtors specializing in Longboat Key Luxury Condos and Longboat Key Luxury Homes.  Call Janet Walter to see Longboat Key – from a local’s perspective.


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Michael Saunders Names 2016 Top Performing Agents

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My sincere thanks to my clients, and the MSC team, for allowing me to be among the top performing 2017 MSC agents.  I'm grateful to be a part of the leading luxury real estate brokerage firm in southwest Florida.

In 2016, Michael Saunders & Company celebrated our 40th year in business. Having grown from a small storefront on St. Armands Circle to twenty-four offices in three counties, it has always been our unwavering commitment to customers that has been at the core of Michael Saunders & Company through the decades.  Reaching over $2.48 billion dollars in sales volume in 2016, we applaud our entire team for their tireless efforts to in assisting buyers and sellers in their real estate needs.

Michael Saunders & Company agents are the reason we are the market-leading real estate firm year after year in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte County. They live and work each day by the company’s deeply-held core values, achieve the very best results for their customers, give back to the community and set the gold standard for service. Today, we proudly present our topper forming agents for 2016 . These individuals and teams proved to be the best of the best. Also today — as every day — we applaud our entire family of agents throughout Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties. With passion and commitment, they exemplify what it means to be truly exceptional in real estate.

Contact me for help with any of your Luxury Gulf Coast Real Estate needs...



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REAL ESTATE AND THE COMMUNITY. Her debut sale with Michael Saunders & Company was made in her first week back in 2015, when she sold Penthouse  19 at Echelon  on Palm. The project  is currently under construction, with  a  closing  expected  later this year. Not surprisingly, that same year Walter was named “Rookie of the Year” for the Longboat Key  South  office. She went on to earn her Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist Designation in 2016. She is known as a “Longboat Key Resident & Realtor,” although her expertise and experience extends to buyers and  sellers  throughout  the region, from  Useppa Island, to Downtown Sarasota and Bradenton. In addition to Michael Saunders & Company, Janet has worked in commercial real estate/marketing roles for Sarasota Square Mall,  Southgate Plaza, Kellogg & Kimsey Construction, the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort and the Jewish Community Center. Walter’s passion for the place in which she has lived, worked and played for 23 years shines through  in  everything  she  does.  Walter has worked with  over  30 local charitable organizations to date, including: Girls, Inc., Dante’s  Den, The  Ringling  Museum of  Art, HSSC, The  YMCA  and  The  Asolo  Repertory  Theatre.440 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key I 941-383-7591 I michaelsaunders.com
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Walter Sells Echelon on Palm Penthouse

Echelon Sarasota


Janet Walter placed Penthouse #19 (the very top) under contract at Echelon on Palm, a new development at 624 S. Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL.  This beautiful project, developed by the Ronto Group out of Naples, is proposed to be finished in June of 2017.


Penthouse #19 will be 4,000 sf, completely custom, 360 degree views of Sarasota bay and downtown Sarasota, balconies on all four sides and outdoor gas kitchen, with a rooftop terrace and other incredible amenities, all on “tree lined” Palm Avenue, within a short walking distance to downtown Sarasota. With a total of 17 units in the building, there are only a few opportunities left.


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Sarasota – Best City to retire 2015

SRQ Herald Best Place to retireBy Barbara Peters Smith, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Published: Monday, November 2, 2015 at 1:41 p.m.

SARASOTA – Sarasota has been riding high in the rankings of desirable places to live for the last few years. Now we can add “second-best place to retire” to the trophy shelf, courtesy of Livability. com — a website that slices data on small-to-medium-sized cities in a bunch of different ways.

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LBK No.9 in Conde Nast

Conde Naste BlogLongboat Key was the No. 9 best island in the U.S. in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Overall Rating: 79.985

This barrier island is the most private of the famed keys alongside Sarasota, which include Anna Maria Island and Siesta Key. Seashell enthusiasts will find a perfect vacation spot on the key, where sand dollars are plentiful just offshore.

Pro tip: The beach is a glorious 10-miles long, but most access is limited to guests staying in resorts on the key. For the full experience, be sure to stay at a hotel along the Gulf.

Getting there: The key is just a 30-minute drive northwest from downtown Sarasota.

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Dream town: Sarasota

Coastal Living Dream TownBeaches – It’s a quick and scenic drive (and a popular running and walking route) across the Ringling Bridge to Lido Key, part of the city and home to three beautiful public beaches. Lido Beach (pictured here), a 3,000-foot strand of powdery white sand, has lifeguards and such conveniences as concessions, restrooms, and a pool. Undeveloped North Lido Beach, with its quiet, bleached sands and grassy dunes, is home to local and migrating shorebirds. South Lido Beach is part of a 100-acre property that touches four bodies of water: Sarasota Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, Big Pass, and Brushy Bayou. Just 15 minutes from downtown lies Siesta Key, with its shallow waters and epic expanse of bone-white, 99-percent-quartz sand, which stays cool even on the hottest sunny day.

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Listed to Pending in 24 hours

597 Bayview Longboat Key Sleepy Lagoon Listing
Sleepy Lagoon
597 Bayview Drive
Longboat Key


Spectacular new waterfront listing at 597 Bayview Drive, 3/2 elevated home with pool went under contract within 24 hours:

Video Tour

One of the few waterfront properties with spectacular bay views in Sleepy Lagoon, a neighborhood on the north end of Longboat Key, with close access to the Gulf of Mexico. Watch the virtual tour with spectacular views of the north end of Longboat Key, all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.



Walter and Barton & Gray

Barton Gray BlogJanet Walter has an exclusive relationship with Barton & Gray Mariner’s Club, which runs its’ Hinckley yachts out of the Longboat Key Club Marina for members only. Walter shows property via Hinckley yacht for buyers interested in waterfront luxury properties, which provides an entirely different perspective of these spectacular properties. Photos are from an event Janet Walter and Nancy Marciniak of the Marciniak Group with Merrill Lynch hosted at the Portofino outdoor patio alongside the marina in October for their customers.


Read about the benefits of a membership with Barton& Gray Mariner’s Club  www.bartonandgray.com


Paws on the Catwalk 2016

Paws on the Catwalk 2016Humane Society Sarasota County, Paws on the Catwalk event, annual fundraising event. Join us for the 10th Annual Paws on the Catwalk Luncheon! The event begins at 10:30 am with signature cocktails, shopping and auction followed by an amazing lunch.


Guests will be treated to a fabulous fashion show produced by INfluence Style and exciting entertainment throughout the luncheon!



Women on the Scene 2015

Janet’s roots run deep in the community, and it is this expertise that she brings to her clients – whether she is helping them sell their properties or find the right home.  When she moved to the area 21 years ago from St. Louis, she initially lived on Lido Beach and for the past 13 years has been on the north end of Longboat Key.

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