Florida's Best Kept Secret: Hammock Dunes

What's Florida's best kept secret?

"Hammock Dunes," says top-ranked realtor Molly Carey of Prudential East Coast Real Estate. This Florida native knew what she wanted when she and her family relocated from Washington, DC and settled here.

Just above the tropic/temperate line, in Palm Coast, buffered from the hurricanes and hubbub of south Florida, Hammock Dunes offers "lovely ocean breezes in summer and mild winters." She says, "We call it San Diego East."

A small town with all of the advantages of a big city, this planned community has Jacksonville, St Augustine, and Orlando within a brief drive.

It’s deliciously peaceful, with sea turtles nesting and dolphins and whales dancing in the waves. "You can walk for miles along those beaches," she says, "and never see a soul."

Carey specializes in luxury real estate, particularly the properties at Hammock Dunes, a rare private gated ocean front community, featuring two Audubon-certified golf courses.

She also lives there. "Our home is on the ocean and the golf course.  In another part of the community you can dock your boat on the ICW and walk to the ocean."

Residences range from small condos and villas, to multi-million dollar oceanfront estates, to lots for custom dream homes.

General Manager Jesse Thorpe oversees the community's epicenter, the member-owned Hammock Dunes Club, with two clubhouses, dining by Certified Master Chef Jason Hall, and exclusive facilities that include world class championship golf-courses, oceanfront croquet, tennis, bocce, fitness center, and heated pool and spa.

"The minute you walk in you realize this is a unique experience," says Thorpe, who has managed extraordinary properties for 30 years.

"You enjoy the benefits of living the resort lifestyle," he says, adding, "This facility desires and demands the best quality of everything, and has the resources to deliver it."

That's an attribute appreciated by the residents, who move between larger and smaller homes -- but rarely move away.

"They don't want to leave the area--or the clubhouse," says Carey. "That's the mark of a successful community."

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Posted on: 11/20/2012 at 12:00 AM
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An Island Vacation Every Day in Anna Maria Island

Come home to an island vacation every day. Do you love planning a great escape to a warm, tropical climate, walking with the sunrise in the morning? Imagine yourself drinking your cup of coffee outside on a spacious, priavte verandah overlooking a spectacular pool, spa and waterfall. Climb out of bed, throw on your favorite shorts and sandals. When you live here, you can jump in your boat and head out on the water for the day. Welcome to paradise. After a day of boating, fishing and sunning, head home to your personal resort. Select a bottle of your favorite wine from your temperature controlled (160 bottle) wine storage and head for the spa.

This home is perfect for entertaining. The entry foyer with elevator ofers views of the 60-foot putting green and the water beyond. The gracious gourmet kitchen has Wolf gas stove, Subzero refrigerator/freezers, Miele dishwasher and dry bar for catered events. The formal dining are seats 14 or more. This floor includes the perfect in-law or guest quarters. The waterside master suite will give you the privacy you desire and the closet you deserve, including a luxury bath. On the other side of the home are three additional bedrooms that will sleep 10 people, additional baths and a laundry room.

This home is centrally located on the island just minutes to Anna Maria's world famous beaches. Walk to the library, dog park, restaurants, shops and the trolley stop. Anna Maria Island is convenient to airports, theater, arts and cultural events of the Tampa Bay area. This is your chance to call the best vacation of your life, home.

Offered at $2.65 million. For more information, click here.

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Posted on: 8/9/2012 at 7:39 AM
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Architectural Masterpiece in St. Petersburg, Florida

The centerpiece of the home is an expansive great room under a soaring three-story atrium. Clerestory windows welcome abundant light and can be opened to take advantage of the gentle breezes across the waters. While the artful architectural style is undeniably impressive, the living spaces of this 5,144-square foot home with 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath, 4-car garage, are welcoming and comfortable. The kitchen is spacious and lavishly appointed with an adjoining breakfast nook. The master bedroom opens onto the back patio with a custom-designed pool. Behind the home is abundant space for outdoor entertaining and a private dock. Located close to downtown St. Petersburg on Snell Isle, this residence proudly proclaims a truly inspired lifestyle. And the half-acre home site is favored by more than 100 feet of frontage along the protected waters of Coffee Pot Bayou.

Offered at $1.85 million. For more information, click here.

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Posted on: 8/4/2012 at 6:55 AM
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Rosemary Beach, Florida

Located on 107 acres of land that faces the Gulf of Mexico is Rosemary Beach, Florida, a beautifully planned community with easy access to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

“Rosemary Beach is a traditional neighborhood development on the synergistic east end of Scenic Highway 30A in northwest Florida, between Destin and Panama City Beach,” says Linda Miller, Vice President, Broker and Realtor with Rosemary Beach Realty. “This development has a relaxed atmosphere of Caribbean charm and incorporates architectural and urban planning influences from around the world.”

While the beaches are obviously a major attraction for those who live in the area, Rosemary Beach also offers hiking trails, fine dining, great shopping, and a great quality of life with a sense of community and belonging, Linda notes.

One thing that makes Rosemary Beach different from the rest of Florida’s beaches is its balance of being a community and also a resort destination (you can catch a direct flight to the area from Orlando, Nashville, Houston and Baltimore). “Rosemary Beach mixes the virtues of urban density and pedestrian scale and accessibility. There’s no need for your car once you arrive because everything in town is less than 5-minute stroll away,” Linda says. “Everyone should come and visit – our town is a magical place and you’ll want to stay and play!”

For more information about Rosemary Beach, click here.

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Posted on: 7/22/2012 at 4:18 PM
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Ocean House South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida

You may be a bachelor or bachelorette opting for a penthouse suite or a seasonal resident desiring to live in luxury throughout some of the best weather in the United States from December through April. Maybe you’re a family with a love for a beachfront residence. Regardless of your circumstance, Ocean House is the perfect residence for anyone desiring an elusive and private lifestyle.

Ocean House is a magnificent, luxurious beachfront property with 18 expansive grand residences, located directly on the Atlantic Ocean in South of Fifth, an irreplaceable location in South Beach. Tucked away from the busy central core of South Beach, the neighborhood is beautiful and serene. Ocean House is located across the street from one of the hottest restaurants in Miami, Prime 121, and within walking distance to other high-rated restaurants, shopping and nightlife scenes. The beachfront location also presents residents with a number of surrounding amenities like sand volleyball, jet skiing, boating, kite surfing, and many other water activities. For those who want to indulge in Miami’s culture, the Bass Art Museum, Miami Science Museum and Center for Performing Arts are all less than 10 minutes away.

The grand residences, some as large as 6,500 square feet, offer a combination of high-end details and breathtaking ocean views with an uncompromising attention to detail in furnishings and amenities. Each unit is decorator ready, serving as a blank canvas for perspective buyers to personalize their dream home. A state of the art application allows residents to coordinate with the valet, concierge and other services directly via an iPad. Residents can use their iPad to request a car wash, order groceries, arrange for housekeeping, coordinate spa services, and request beach or pool setup services. In addition to valet and concierge, the building also comes with a full-service butler who can perform a variety of services.

One of the grandest available properties is Beach House One, a 6,000 square-foot, 4-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom home. The beach house offers spacious bedrooms, open living spaces with plenty of room for entertaining, and 1,200 square feet of terrace and balcony space. The unit consists of both the first and second floor with direct access to the pool deck and is a mere 75 feet from the beach.

Between its prime South of Fifth location, limitless amenities and world-class design, Ocean House in South Beach offers residents the ability to live luxuriously.

For more information about Ocean House South Beach, click here.

Top 10 Baths

Often overlooked, a well-designed room can be a luxurious, private retreat. When we think of beautiful baths, modern, vintage, classic, comfortable and relaxing are only a few designs that come to mind. Here are some exquisitie concepts from a Jacuzzi tub in front of a bay window with a private view of the ocean to an ethereal room with a solid, modern-carved island tub to a beautiful, natural bathroom with grand windows and natural lighting. We hope these spaces will serve as inspiration for you to create your own intimate retreat for relaxatin after those long, hard days of work.

Atlanta, Georgia • Kelly Boudreau, Harry Norman Realtors • www.kellyboudreau.com

Suisun Valley, California • Bob and Rosemarie Ogan, Country Estates, Inc. • www.VillaDeMadreEstate.com

Kiawah Island, South Carolina • Holly Morrison, Kiawah Island Real Estaet • www.kiawahisland.com

Bozeman, Montana • Sally Uhimann, Pure West Christies • www.purewestproperties.com

Scottsdale, Arizona • Kris LaCroix, Russ Lyon Sotheby's International • www.lacroixsnep.com

Cayman Islands • Sheena Conolly, Cayman Islands Sotheby's International Realty • www.SIRCaymanIslands.com

Paradise Valley, Montana • Sally Uhlmann, Pure West Christies • www.purewestproperties.com

Cyaman Islands • Sheena Conolly, Cayman Islands Sotheby's International Realty • www.SIRCaymanIslands.com

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina • Steve Timperman, Charter 1 Realty & Marketing • www.SteveTimperman.com

Miami, Florida • Dora Puig, PA • www.dorapuig.com

16250 Sunset Pines Circle in Boca Grande, Florida

Experience gorgeous sunrises over Lake Gasparilla in Boca Grande, Florida at 16250 Sunset Pines Circle. This beautiful 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom property is perfect for those who want the best of the best.

“This is one of the best newer construction homes available in Boca Grande today,” says Bob Melvin, Owner/Broker/Realtor of Gasparilla Properties.  “The quality of the construction makes 16250 Sunset Pines Circle different than other waterfront properties, as do the Lake Gasparilla and Gulf views with direct beach access.”

Residents of Boca Grande have the luxury of long sandy, white beaches and all the activities that go along with living near the water: fishing, boating, sailing, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. “With over 300 days of sunshine per year, this is the best weather the continental United States has to offer,” Bob says. “In addition to all the water activities, there are multiple recreational outlets like golfing, tennis, walking, running, and biking.”

In addition to all the amenities of living in a beach town, a Sunset Pines address in the Gulf Shores North area of Boca Grande gives residents the quickest access to the best beach, notes Bob. “Buyers in Gulf Shores North buy here because it is the island’s best beach.”

16250 Sunset Pines Circle is being offered at $2.35 million. The owner also has a condominium boat slip nearby for sale. You can have it all!

For more information on this property, click here.

Anna Kournikova Selling $9.4 Million Miami Beach House

Tennis star Anna Kournikova has put her Mediterranean-style Miami Beach house on the market for $9.4 million. The 7-bedroom home boasts both canal and bay front views, a coral rock pool deck, a private sauna, and a 2-story guest house... but no tennis court.

Via Yahoo! Sports

Star Island in South Beach, Miami

Is there a more aptly named community in the world than Star Island? The prestigious enclave, a few steps across the causeway from glitzy South Beach in Miami, is a favored home spot for all manner of celebrities. Madonna, Shaquille O'Neal, Alex Rodriguez, Will Smith, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Sean Combs, Sylvester Stallone, Lenny Kravitz and Rosie O'Donnell all live, or have lived, on Star Island. Al Capone and Harvey Firestone were past residents. Sometimes it's ahome itself that's the star, such as the house that provided the location for the film Scarface.

You want to talk exclusive? There are only 35 home sites on the island.

Great Estates Broker Sylvia Fragos, who handles a lot of real estate dealings for celebs, currently has a listing on Star Island that's owned by a famed shoe designing couple (who shall remain nameless, discretion being paramount in celebrity real estate dynamics). It's called Villa Stella, and when you step through the gates you are transported into a sanctuary, where the first thing you notice is the color: a vivid, brilliant blue.

"It's the only one of that color in Miami," Sylvia says. "There's a flow of energy through the house that starts with the front gate, followed by a keyhole shape through the front door, which flows through the interior and out to the keyhole-shaped pool. The brilliant blue color signified to the owners a life energy tying in with the water and the sky. Stella means 'star' in Italian."

The stunning estate's interior is eclectic but cohesive -- a mixture of Balinese, Southwestern, African and other motifs that beautifully complement the neutral color palette. Exotic bu consummately livable. "Among the outstanding features are the hand-painted skylights and murals that look like inlaid marble on the ceiling," Sylvia says. "You can stare at them and swear it's stoned ingrained in the wall."

Villa Stella's listing at $24 million is not a trial balloon. "The owners are moving to the West Coast," Sylvia says. "It's definitely not a 'let's put it on sale and see what happens' scenario."

For more information on this property, click here.

Featured Realtor: Joan Pletcher

via www.joanpletcher.com


An Ocala resident since 1985, Joan Pletcher can honestly say Marion County is just as friendly today as it was when she moved here. "The Thoroughbred business brought my husband and I to Ocala and people went out of their way to make us feel welcome and they haven't changed one bit." Of course, these days Joan has become a part of the network of welcoming Ocalans through her involvement with Payton Training Center, the Florida Horse Park, Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce, Monroe Hospital, and connecting people with properties.

Personally as well as professionally Joan is extremely dynamic choosing to specialize in estates, training centers, ranches and major parcels of land.

"I love turning raw land into a development," she says. "Not one where they bulldoze everything and squeeze in as many houses as possible. I'm talking about the kind of development that saves the trees and the integrity of the land to give people a home where everything is just perfect."

Then again, that's what Joan is all about -- making people happy and often times that requires more than just selling property. On more than one occasion Joan has been connecting properties with property managers, etc.

With her infectious laugh, pure southern hospitality, generous spirit and deep-seeded work ethic, it's no wonder the people she works with usually become close friends. "When I represent a piece of property it becomes a part of me. Whether buying or selling, my goal is to have happy and satisfied customers while maintaining the integrity of my business."

To view Joan's listings on the duPont REGISTRY Homes website, click here.

For Joan's contact information, visit her website here.


Equine zoned 6+ acre island property offering a custom main house with 4 BR/3 BA, 4th bedroom could be used as an exercise/rec. room. Custom tack closet w/saddle racks and bridle brackets. Crown molding throughout, Travertine marble floors, custom cabinetry, granite counters, tray ceilings, recessed lighting, formal dining and spacious bedrooms. Master bedroom has a private screened porch, sitting area, whirlpool tub, and walk-in shower. Impact resistant glass, property irrigation from lake, zoned for 3 equines. Property includes full size dressage arena, 24x60 pole barn w/5 bays and 3 stall horse barn with sand paddock walkouts. Perimeter chain link fence and 3 board cross fence. Property backs up to conservation land.  Asking $2,999,000

Equine Features

 2029 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

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Posted on: 2/21/2011 at 2:32 PM
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Gulf to Bay Estate, Captiva Island Florida

Southwest Florida has a hidden gem called Captiva Island. Where fishing is bountiful, the white sugar sand beaches captivate and your busy hectic life is just a glimmer in your memory. Captiva offers a prestigous stretch of parcels where the land is kissed by the Gulf of Mexico sunsets and backs up to Pine Island Sound where you have your own private membership to some of the best fishing in the world right at your backdoor.  

Spectacular Gulf to Bay Estate on Captiva Island with gorgeous water views from every room.  The main house features 4 BR/4.5 BA, Travertine marble floors, hardwood oak floors, custom gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances and granite counters, formal dining with coffered ceiling, great room with surround sound, study/library with gas fireplace, private elevator, hurricane windows, security system, heated pool with spa, deep water dock, and boat lift. The charming, income producing, “Cape Cod” guest house has been completely remodeled and offers 3 BR/3 BA with surrounding decks and dazzling Gulf of Mexico sunsets. Asking price $7,995,000.




Great Buy in Beachview - Sanibel Island, Florida


Wonderful 3 bedroom and 2 bath ground level home situated in Beachview Country Club Estates. Just a short walk or bike to the beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Home offers a great floorplan with sunken living room, spacious bedrooms, tile/carpet flooring, family room, eat-in kitchen and expansive views of the golf course. Most rooms open to the screen enclosed pool and spa with large outdoor entertainment area. Community offers golf, tennis, pro shop and a fantastic restaurant. Great 2nd home on one of the BEST shelling islands in the world. Own your piece of paradise on Sanibel Island. Asking price: $650,000


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Posted on: 9/3/2010 at 10:04 AM
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Vacation Destination - Captiva Island,FL

Some vacation destinations are a step above the rest, come see what Captiva Island has to offer. If you want a tranquil get-a-way where the sun meets the moon, this island is the perfect choice. It's a great time to be a buyer in the 2010 market. Will your dreams come to fruition this year before prices and interest rates start to rise?

Gorgeous 5 BR/5.5 BA home designed by Bud Lawrence on Captiva Island, Florida. Beautiful appointments throughout include: marble floors, Brazilian Cherry wood floor, custom cabinets, custom copper gutters/downspouts, Sinker All Heart Cypress 8ft. wood doors, stereo surround sound, Pre-cast concrete exterior trim & balusters, hand-made imported roof tiles & brick pathways, pebble-Tec heated pool and spa, waterfall with a slide, outdoor kitchen with built-in Thermador grilling station, gourmet kitchen with 2 wine coolers, 2 master suites with morning bars, private elevator & central vacuum system. Steps to the beach & Bay. Too many details to list, call for your private viewing today! Priced to Sell at $2,995,000.

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Posted on: 4/23/2010 at 11:20 AM
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Shine On: The Garden Spot Naples

As the top broker at John R. Wood Inc., Realtors in Naples for the past 20 years, Bill Earls’ expertise on the ultra-high-end real estate market is highly respected. Earls says the Naples’ market is “very much affected like the rest of the world.” Nevertheless, Earls has already sold $66 million worth of real estate this year. “It is a strong, viable market if people are willing to let go of the prices from a few years ago and make adjustments by buying into the new math,” says Earls.

Not only are people buying into the new math, but when buying in Naples, people are buying into a beautiful town with parks and recreation, fabulous weather, and friendly people. “Very successful people move here: the captains of industries who want a low profile and a clean, organized, positive lifestyle,” Earls says. “Naples is one of the true garden spots of the United States and somewhat homogeneous in the fact that it’s all well-kept up throughout.”


Port Royal, one of Naples’s elite subdivisions, currently has a $21.5 million estate on the market that is ideally situated on a double lot with due southern exposure and long bay views over Treasure Cove. “This 16,000-square-foot estate home was masterfully designed, built and finished in Colonial Bermuda architecture and is characterized by an open-flowing floor plan.”

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Posted on: 4/16/2010 at 4:12 PM
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