West Coast of Florida: Lakeland

By Cathleen McCann

You really can have it all in Central Florida. Enjoy luxury living at its finest with the added bonus of proximity to some of Florida’s best beaches on either coast, giving you many options and a high quality of life.

“People come to Lakeland to be centrally located yet removed from overcrowded urban areas,” says Leonard Mass, Vice President of Land Development/Florida for Oakbridge Realty in Lakeland, Florida. Close to both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida with many beautiful beaches to choose from, Lakeland is less than an hour from Tampa and Orlando.

One of the most prestigious communities in Central Florida is Grasslands Golf & Country Club, the only private golf and country club in Lakeland. Plentiful recreational opportunities for the whole family to enjoy include a nationally recognized 18-hole championship golf course, Junior Olympic-size pool, five hydra-clay and two hard tennis courts. PGA golf and USPTA professionals are available to provide top-notch instruction.

The Sanctuary is the premier location within Grasslands. Comprised of forty-six Tuscan-style estate villas, each with gated portico courtyard entrances, this maintenance-free community allows you to sit back and enjoy your luxuriously appointed residence. Most homes have waterfront vistas or overlook the 17th and 18th holes of Grasslands.

The “Albarella” model in The Sanctuary won “Home of the Year” by the Polk County Builders Association and took top prize in multiple categories. In addition to the Albarella, the Bellagio and Cortina are the other home models available at The Sanctuary. Square footage for The Sanctuary homes ranges from 3,289 to 4,817.

Each home has top-of-the-line features and the impressive list of amenities offered includes fireplaces, outdoor summer kitchens and custom-designed wine cellars. Oversized garages accommodate two cars plus room for a golf cart, motorcycle or sports car.

Prices start in the low $700,000s. “This is the last opportunity for people to be part of this community,” says Mass. “There are only a limited number of homes left.”

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West Coast of Florida: Anna Maria Island

By Ely Grinfield

With an abundance of sunshine and winding waterways, Anglers' Cove is a new luxury development in Southwest Florida that will catch the eye of those looking for exclusive scenic homes. Situated on Anna Maria Island, Anglers' Cove exemplifies the accessible, tranquil setting of Florida's west coast while capitalizing on the wealth of activities and culture in the Sarasota area. Above all, Anglers' Cove is for those whose hearts belong at sea.

“For the boater, you are about five minutes from Tampa Bay and about 10 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico with no bridges between your dock and the open water,” says JB Baldwin, lead developer of Anglers' Cove. “So, the location for anyone looking for water access is pretty spectacular.”

This quaint gated development is a marvel for its reclusiveness with Florida-coastal style homes, the likes of which you'd find in Key West, appealing to both secondary homeowners and permanent residents alike. The homes, which can be chosen from a selection of models or custom built, are all waterfront and some even offer expansive bay views.

True to its name, Anglers' Cove will be a sweet spot for people with a rod and reel glued to their hands, with plentiful and varied local catches. The Anna Maria pier is less than three blocks away from Anglers' Cove, and the waterways give immediate access to water sports, such as kayaking and jet skiing.

Other popular opportunities in Anna Maria include visiting the Sarasota Opera or the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall which hosts a number of touring comedians, musicians and other on-stage performers. Each is within 20 miles. Otherwise, residents tend to stay on the island to relish in the tropical private paradise.

“The attraction is having a quiet beach town with the option of going to museums and theaters,” says Kelly Baldwin, licensed realtor with Michael Saunders & Company and listing agent for the properties at Anglers’ Cove. “Anna Maria has a little bit of everything within a short distance.”

That little bit of everything is what interests buyers about Anglers' Cove, especially when looking to the tropical Gulf Coast for a getaway.

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West Coast of Florida: Marco Island

By Malena Carollo

You don’t need a passport to visit the Florida paradise of Marco Island. Chosen for the Traveler’s Choice Award for 2014, this resort isle was ranked as No. 1 island in the United States by Trip Adviser, as well as the No. 4 island in the world.

“Once you come over that bridge you realize you’re in a very special place,” says Kris Bareis of Gulfshore Realty.

The tranquil island boasts four miles of white sugar sand beaches and a mild sub-tropic climate. Residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational activities. For those looking for more leisurely afternoons, Marco Island offers shopping, shelling, dolphin watching and well-groomed golf courses. Those with a more active taste can take to the seas for fishing, boating, water sports or exploring the Everglades. No matter the activity, you can convene at one of the island’s many highly rated restaurants after a day out.

Homes on the pristine island range from beachy bungalows, to luxury high-rise condos, to waterfront canal homes and oceanfront masterpieces.

Bareis and fellow agent Jeffery Gilman specialize in luxury home and condo sales on Marco Island with Gulfshore Realty. They began representing Marco Island in 1978, working extensively with developers on locations such as Cape Marco, a prestigious gate community on the island’s south beach.

Two of the most sumptuous properties on Cape Marco are two penthouses at 970 Cape Marco Drive. Penthouse 2205, fit for the most discriminating buyers, spans 8,327 square feet. No expense was spared for the interior, and sharp attention to detail helped bring about an elegant and sophisticated decor. Penthouse 2408 stretches over 8,673 square feet and looks out on the glistening Gulf of Mexico. Both have access to club rooms, luxurious guest suites, a health and fitness center, tennis courts, pool and a theater.

Says Bareis, “Marco is truly a very special island resort community with much to offer its residents and visitors.”

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West Coast of Florida: Naples

By Lauryn Howell

Named after the stunning Italian city, Naples perfectly embodies Florida Living while adding its own unique charm. While it exhibits the unbeatable weather, endless coast lines and sugar sand beaches we all love, Naples is much more than your basic Florida getaway.

Although visitors are drawn to the beauty of its Gulf Coast shores and world-class boating, there are also plenty of things to do a little farther inland. Home to 80 professional courses, Naples is the self-proclaimed “Golf Capital of the World,” making it the perfect place to tee off. If you’re looking for something a little faster paced, you’ll enjoy the world-class road biking or exciting nature tours through the nearby Florida Everglades.

In the words of Tim Savage, resident of Naples since 1986 and Principal/Realtor with Gulf Coast International Properties, “It’s a popular vacation destination, yet Naples has maintained a very real small town feel.” This intimacy is evident in the quaint downtown area, filled with restaurants and an historic shopping district. The art scene is also quite impressive with its numerous sophisticated galleries, frequent art fairs and events at the local Artis—Naples. Naples is a one-of-a-kind destination, quite literally offering something for everyone.

Tim has been helping people find their Naples dream home for over 16 years with fantastic listings in Naples premier locations such as the home at 220 North Lake Drive in Olde Naples. Sitting just seven houses from the beach, this Key West-style cottage estate is as beautiful as it is luxurious.

Florida will forever be a coveted vacation destination, but it’s the pristine cities like Naples that truly draw in residents and visitors. It doesn’t take a lot of convincing to attract visitors to Florida, and it’s easy to see why some never leave.

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West Coast of Florida: Tampa

By Lauryn Howell

With so many picturesque destinations, choosing a Florida city to call home can be difficult. South Florida is known for its upbeat city life, while west coast cities like Sarasota provide a quiet place to relax and unwind. Yet no city perfectly embodies both quite as well as Tampa. Situated on Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast, Tampa has all the convenience of a big city with the feel of a laid back beach town.

While Tampa is a growing business hub, the city is not all work and no play. In fact, Tampa and nearby St. Petersburg are home to three professional sports teams and countless museums. In between seasons residents can be found enjoying their Saturday out on the water or simply relaxing under the warm Florida sunshine.

Tampa also maintains a strong art and cultural presence, hosting numerous concerts, festivals and events each year. With its worldclass shopping malls and two local theme parks there’s certainly something for everyone in the family. Although there’s seemingly no reason to leave, Tampa adds to its amenities with a centrally located international airport, making travel a breeze.

In the words of Steve Eckhardt, owner/broker at Cornerstone Properties International, “We’ve got the best of everything in Tampa, and that’s why I think people move here.” A Tampa native for nearly 20 years, Steve has been selling luxury homes on Florida’s magnificent Gulf Coast since 1999. Constantly striving to provide legendary client service, Steve has developed a unique branding and leading-edge market standard, setting every client’s property apart from the rest.

It’s easy to see why Tampa has found its way onto countless top lists over the years. It truly cannot be matched in luxury, convenience and beauty. Unbeatable weather aside, there’s a million reasons to fall in love with this one-of-a-kind Florida city.

Steve Eckhardt | Cornerstone Properties International  

www.TheFloridaAuthority.com | (813) 765-1182

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West Coast of Florida: Anna Maria Island

By Malena Carollo

Nestled in a cul-de-sac on the northern end of Anna Maria Island, 517 Blue Heron Drive is a spacious property backing up to peaceful Bimini Bay offered by Brandy Coffey of Team Coffey & Company, proud members of the Keller Williams Luxury Homes Division. With four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, this three-story home was made for entertaining.

Invite guests into the chef-inspired kitchen to enjoy a beverage from the wine racks or cold wine storage. An oversized custom granite island provides a comfortable gathering area to sample appetizers prepared on the six-burner Jenn-Air gas range and double oven.

Take your guests out for a sunset cruise on the Gulf of Mexico from the property’s private custom dock, which features a 7,500-pound boat lift and launch area for your bay boat, personal watercraft or paddleboards and kayaks. For on-land relaxation, lounge in the home’s indoor cabana with a summer kitchen overlooking the pool and spa.

Multiple guests can stay comfortably in the two guest rooms on the main living floor. The master suite is located on the third level with a spacious bathroom, walk-in closet, separate sitting area and wet bar. There is also a spare bedroom on the third level, and a private elevator allows access from the oversized two-car garage up to the third floor.

The property is just a few minutes from a variety of activities and locales. Anna Maria Island is home to multiple art galleries, lush golf courses and countless snorkeling experiences. Take a relaxing stroll through the Palma Sola Botanical Park and see their specialty gardens, lakes and gazebo, which is popular for special events and weddings.

For an offbeat afternoon, try horseback riding on the beach or renting a scooter to see the island at a leisurely pace. After working up an appetite, head to one of several nearby restaurants, many of which serve fresh, locally caught fish and seafood


Brandy Coffey


Licensed Real Estate Broker with Keller Williams Realty | Luxury Homes International

www.InSarasotaRealEstate.com | www.ForSarasotaRealEstate.com | www.KWLuxuryHomes.com

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West Coast of Florida: Ozona

By Lauryn Howell, Photos courtesy of Coastal Properties Group International

If you long for the small-town Key West lifestyle, but don’t wish to be quite so far from the conveniences of a modern city, look no further than Ozona, Florida. With its quaint style and intimate feel, it’s easy to forget that this unique city is less than an hour from downtown Tampa. Founded circa 1875, Ozona effortlessly combines historical charm with the beauty of its coastal location.

A quick boat ride away from three barrier islands, Ozona provides boaters with an alternative to the standard waterfront restaurant destinations. Because it’s a golf cart community with only a few shops and restaurants, residents feel as if they’ve been whisked away to their own private escape.

Coastal Properties Group and Christie’s International Real Estate’s agents are experts in helping clients find their Florida dream home. One of their gorgeous listings is tucked away in beautiful Ozona at 672 Soundview Drive.

This 6,500-square-foot masterpiece sits at the end of a winding private drive lined with palms, on five-plus acres of stunning waterfront property. The five bedrooms and luxurious interior are great for relaxing while the expansive outdoor patio, complete with a pool and kitchen, makes entertaining a breeze. Its seven-car garage and private dock make it perfect for avid boaters and car enthusiasts alike.

Wander into the living room to discover 22-foot ceilings, then continue through to the striking kitchen with butler’s pantry. Step outside and see the pristine pool and manicured lawns sitting between you and the sparkling Gulf of Mexico. The neighboring lot is available for expansion, opening up the opportunity for add-ons or possibly a guest house.

Ozona has so much to offer, from its unbeatable location, to the flawless Florida weather. However, it’s the laid back vibe that transforms visitors into residents. A fusion of seclusion and natural beauty, Ozona is truly the hidden gem of Florida’s Gulf Coast.

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Luxurious Waterfront Living: Brevard County, Florida

By Cathleen McCann

Brevard County is a major up-and-coming area on central Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Often referred to as “The Hidden Jewel of Florida’s East Coast,” it is home to Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, earning it the nickname of the Space Coast.

While the space program might have put the area on the map, Brevard County’s fantastic location, warm climate and pleasant pace of life, combined with excellent home values, are a few of the reasons the area is seeing growth.

Melbourne, Brevard County’s capital, has beautiful communities adorned with palm trees and Mediterranean-style homes, as well as Caribbean/Key West-style homes. Its unique topography of ocean, rivers and canals makes waterfront living opportunities plentiful.

“We have it all here in Melbourne,” says Grace Vista, broker/owner of Vista Florida Realty, LLC, a boutique firm centrally located in Melbourne, Florida, specializing in waterfront, golf course communities and luxury real estate. “It’s a paradise for boating on the Intracoastal and rivers, fishing, birding and golfing.” Vista and her team help people with all of their luxury real estate needs—from relocation assistance to purchasing vacation homes and investment properties. With all of this and more, it’s no wonder that Melbourne is attracting young families, business professionals and retirees alike.

Quality and price make homes here a great value. Proximity to major international airports and beaches help make it an attractive and vibrant community.

Luxury home examples include a 4-bedroom, 4,012-square-foot oceanfront condo in Indialantic for $1.059 million. This penthouse condo has a balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a double-sided fireplace. A $699,000 contemporary Frank Lloyd Wright tribute home on the Indian River has a swimming pool and a new 213-foot dock. Additionally, many golf course communities have Mediterranean-style homes overlooking the golf course starting in the low $400,000 range.

“People are excited to move here,” says Vista. “Our luxury homes offer great value and many options.”

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FEATURED PROPERTY: Lakewood Ranch, Florida

La Gran Dama is a one-of-a-kind estate on Florida’s gulf coast, in Lakewood Ranch, 20 minutes east of Sarasota’s award winning beaches and 45 minutes south of Tampa. With nearly 10,000 square feet on 1.3 acres, the sprawling masterpiece lives like a private estate, yet offers the convenience of a centralized location in one of Florida’s most sought after gated golf communities and A-rated school districts.

“La Gran Dama is a superlative example of what happens when intelligent architectural planning and masterful construction are combined with the use of the finest materials,” says Tina Ciaccio of RE/MAX Fine Properties.

Completed in 2004, the 3½-year project was planned by the firm Bloodgood Sharp Buster and constructed by Anchor Builders. Sarasota decorator Kurt Lucas combined a warm color palette with the use of materials from around the globe, creating a mood that is formal, yet comfortable. Lucas traveled with the owner along rough terrain through the mountains of San Miguel to meet with Mexican artisans that hand carved the stonework for the living room’s massive fireplace, the non-weight bearing entry sculptures, and the multiple pillars and columns. Various craftsmen contributed to the home’s one-of-a-kind chandeliers and lighting fixtures, hand-painted tile work, and the custom wrought-iron railings and gates.

The journey begins in the foyer with double volume ceilings, a divided staircase, and a pair of hand-carved stone statues that greet visitors into an exquisite formal living space with soaring ceilings and a magnificent hand-carved stone mantle fireplace. Beyond leads to a decadently appointed dining room, as well as a fully-equipped wet bar that also houses a 725-bottle wine cellar. Floors throughout the home are inlaid with wood, granite and marble, while grandly scaled moldings complement the decorative ceiling treatments, each designed with their own statement.

The ultra private outdoor living space is drenched in antiqued Turkish travertine, artisan carved volcanic stone pillars and a series of magnificent arches that set the stage to the soaring loggia and an open 40-foot salt system pebble tec pool. The estimated 3,500 square feet of outdoor living space includes a private spa set in a walled garden featuring a Texas cork stone fountain wall. For entertaining al fresco, there is also a screened lanai offering an outdoor kitchen, wet bar, living room and dining room, all centered by a dual-sided fireplace. A custom hand wrought iron drive gate controls entry to the large motor court and the double garages for up to 7 automobiles.

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Release: TownAdvisor.com and local Realtor Pam Charron Unveil Sarasota Lifestyle Website & Real Estate Town Documentary

TownAdvisor.com and local Realtor® Pam Charron unveil Sarasota lifestyle website and Real Estate Town Documentary


TownAdvisor.com, which produces nuanced and richly detailed community-based information on its local websites and celebrated Real Estate Town Docu-Mentaries pertaining to the quality of life found in various towns, cities and neighborhoods across North America (geared towards prospective Residents), recently added Sarasota to its first wave of privileged sites.

Visitors to TownAdvisor.com Sarasota will discover a wide range of community-specific and actionable data, information, knowledge and community-based wisdom including:

A pictorial carousel of notable and cherished town venues and landmarks, access to current homes for sale, links to relevant town and municipal information and events, Neighbors Know Best, content concerning how to best match personal and family interests with various town amenities and services and a memorable town video, in the form a Real Estate Town Docu-Mentary.

TownAdvisor's Sarasota Real Estate Town Docu-Mentary, according to Co-Founder Larry Vecchio, "is a production, unlike conventional, hastily produced and thinly revealed video renderings. The stark difference is reflected in how TownAdvisor's Sarasota narration and arresting visualization comprehensively captures the essence of the remarkable Sarasota lifestyle…and does so from a Real Estate Value perspective.”

Charron, a proud, passionate, long standing resident and Realtor® with the prestigious Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Realty, commented, "What I am most pleased with is how Town Advisor's local site offers Town Residents, through our Neighbors Know Best feature, an opportunity to share with potential new neighbors what it's like to live in Sarasota. I expect, over the years, for this to become an increasingly important section of our Sarasota site, and I am thrilled that I was selected to exclusively represent TownAdvisor in its efforts to further illuminate and attract buyers to the Wonders of Sarasota.”

Allan Dalton, President and Co-Founder of TownAdvisor.com and former CEO of Realtor.com enthused, “Pam is the ideal local Realtor to represent the Real Estate interests of both present and prospective Sarasota residents.‎”


To visit the Sarasota site or see Sarasota's Real Estate Town Docu-Mentary visit www.TownAdvisor.com/SarasotaFL

 And for any Real Estate Related need contact Pam Charron at 941-993-3388

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Release: Top Sarasota Real Estate Agents Join Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty

(SARASOTA, FL) -  The Team of Betty Mullinnix and Steve Abbe, formerly of Michael Saunders & Co., has recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty as licensed real estate Sales Professionals. The announcement was made by Elaine Glandon, Regional Vice President, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty.

Betty Mullinnix has been active in Real Estate for 33 years, and a broker for 29 years. She specializes in luxury, high-end golf and waterfront properties and has spent 26 years selling in The Oaks. She has also worked for Builders and Developers selling new home product, and as a result, she has acquired a vast amount of knowledge in construction methods, finishes, decorating, and floor plans.

“I believe our customers, most of which are repeat or referred, deserve the highest degree of integrity, professionalism, personal attention and commitment.  Aligning with the Berkshire Hathaway brand allows us to continue those same values of trust, integrity, strength, and longevity that our customers deserve!” commented Mullinnix.   

In 2004 Betty’s husband Gene, joined her full time. He had recently retired from a successful 20 year career in Mortgage Banking in which he held positions as VP Residential Lending at SouthTrust Bank, AVP Washington Mutual Bank in Residential Commercial Construction, served as President of Gulf Coast Mortgage Bankers Association, SW Florida manager DeGeorge Mortgage Corp and various other lending positions in the Sarasota/Manatee area. He is experienced in sales training, management and leadership.                  

In 2007 Steve Abbe joined Betty and Gene, forming the Abbe/Mullinnix team, creating a full service group.  “We work as a team to ensure that our customers always receive 100% personal attention and dedication,” continued Mullinnix.

Steve Abbe is a Class A PGA Golf Professional and was the Head Golf Professional in Sarasota at TPC and The Oaks Club for over 15 years. Steve also spent time as a Golf Course Superintendent as well as Projects Manager/Construction Superintendent, building several golf courses around the US.

In 2004 Steve brought his expertise in golf to the real estate world. Steve’s approach to golf real estate is to fit his clients with the appropriate golf lifestyle based on their individual needs. Steve has knowledge of the dynamics of every country club, knows every course intimately - right down to the type of grass that is on every green. Steve’s extensive knowledge allows him to match his clients’ lifestyle to a golf course community first and the home purchase is a close second.

Steve found almost immediate success in real estate and was in the top 5% of all realtors in Sarasota his first year. Steve’s unique experience and expertise combined have made him the sought after authority in golf course communities for sellers, buyers and other realtors alike.

Because of his extensive sphere of influence in the golf world nationwide, and his unique website www.sarasotagolfproproperties.com, Steve is sought after by buyers looking for property in golf course communities from all over the country. This is a great benefit to Steve’s listing customers, as he is most certain to show their properties to prospective golf community buyers.

Steve prides himself on his integrity and outstanding customer service - skills that were honed over the years serving the members in exclusive private country clubs all over the country. “Our goal is to exceed our clients expectations of service and integrity without exception,” states Abbe.

Steve is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Business and Marketing. After graduation Steve proudly served his country as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps.

As a team, Steve and Betty achieved several industry honors including the Top 1% in sales and marketing in Sarasota in six of the last seven years and have sold more golf properties than any other Realtor(s) in Sarasota/Manatee.  

“It is apparent that the Mullinnix and Abbe Team share Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty’s commitment to exceeding customer expectations through trust, integrity, passion, and knowledge,” said Rei L. Mesa, president, C.E.O., Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty. “They are precisely the type of sales professionals we are seeking, as we continue to grow the company, and increase our presence in the local Sarasota community.”

“Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty’s focus on the customers’ overall experience and the company’s goal to provide the best products, services, and leadership for its sales professionals are what make affiliating with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty the best choice possible,” said Abbe.

The Abbe / Mullinnix Team will be working under the leadership of Mike Holland, the Managing Broker in the Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch Branch Sales Offices of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty.  Betty Mullinnix can be contacted at 941-928-3441, BettyMullinnix@BHHSFloridaRealty.net and Steve Abbe can be contacted at 941-400-3969, SteveAbbe@BHHSFloridaRealty.net or through www.SarasotaGolfProProperties.com.   


About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty serves 17 counties throughout Florida and more than 1,650 sales professionals. The full-service brokerage, founded in 1999, is a wholly owned subsidiary of WCI Communities, Inc.  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty is ranked fifth in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network and is the overall No. 1 fundraiser for The Sunshine Kids Foundation, having generated more than $2.5 million since 2001. Visit www.BHHSFloridaRealty.com.

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Waterfront and Resort Living: Chatham, Massachusetts



By Monica Cavanaugh

Photos courtesy of Pine Acres Realty

The standard set forth by Cape Cod—that singular aura of classic Americana with an entire style of architecture named after the shingled, shuttered beauties lining its coast—is something many beach communities only dream of reaching.

Chatham, sitting pretty at the elbow of the Cape, with Nantucket Sound on one side and the Atlantic on the other, lives up to the hype.

“It’s a quintessential New England town,” says Chris Rhinesmith, co-owner of Pine Acres Realty. On Friday nights, people gather and dance at the bandstand shows in the midst of downtown. A summer baseball league delights fans young and old. Vibrant shops and restaurants line historic streets. In the distance, sailboats dot the deep blue harbor.

Though Chatham has a year-round population of just 6,000, the summer months see the numbers top 30,000, which makes the seaside town a go-to for investors and shore-lovers alike.

With Boston and its suburbs just 90 minutes away, Rhinesmith says many of his buyers are looking for second homes that they can enjoy for leisurely vacation time, and then rent for the remainder of the season.

“We handle 250 different properties that we rent for owners,” he says. Those buyers, whose waterfront purchases average between $2 million and $5 million, are seeing excellent returns on their investments, with rental rates ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 per week.

The seaside town is, of course, immensely boater-friendly, boasting four marinas within its borders. However, thanks to a 1987 moratorium on berth-building, “dockage is rare,” says Rhinesmith. “It’spretty coveted if you can find a place with a dock.”


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Nevada Marketplace - Las Vegas

By Natalie Watson

Photos courtesy of Tyrone Boyer, TBSCommercial Photography

It’s easy to be distracted by the bright lights of the Strip, but that’s not all Las Vegas, Nevada has to offer. The city offers an incredible range of options for those who call it home. From high-rise living on the Strip, to settling in a suburban neighborhood with tree-lined streets or one of the numerous luxury country club communities, Las Vegas offers residents endless amenities and close proximity to world-class entertainment, dining and fun.

There is no challenge in defying the stereotype of how living in Las Vegas is perceived. “While the Strip lives up to its reputation as the epicenter of world-class fun, the traditional communities and neighborhoods outside the Strip never cease to surprise visitors and those considering calling Las Vegas ‘home,’” says Tanya Murray, an agent with Realty Executives of Nevada in Las Vegas. The beautiful parks, walking trails, fantastic locally owned restaurants and farmers’ markets make living in Las Vegas an experience of endless options.

Many people are unaware of the exceptional outdoor recreation options that Las Vegas has to offer, including skiing at Mount Charleston, only a 45-minute drive away, and hiking and mountain biking through the Red Rock Conservation Area. Las Vegas is also centrally located in the American Southwest, with easy travel to South California, Arizona and other great weekend destinations.

One of the biggest allures to Vegas living is Nevada’s tax friendliness, including no state income tax and no estate tax. “Even in the luxury market, the real estate prices can’t be beat in comparison to other luxury markets, like Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Chicago and New York,” says Murray. Currently, the luxury market in Las Vegas is strong and seeing consistent sales activity, making this destination a real estate jackpot for buyers.

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Florida Luxurious Properties - Fabulous Fort Lauderdale

By Monica Cavanaugh

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Fort Lauderdale, with its pulsing downtown and cerulean sea, has long enjoyed a reputation as a haven for those whose souls are divided between city and surf. It also ranks among the world’s yachting capitals.

“All of these wonderful, navigable waterways are home to some of the world’s most beautiful yachts of all sizes,” says Julie Jones-Bernard, Broker Owner of Florida Luxurious Properties.

Like its neighbor Miami, Fort Lauderdale is enjoying a multicultural explosion with access to waterways acting as a compelling draw. Proximity to the Keys and Bahamas, the deepening and widening of the Intracoastal Waterway and the expansion of direct flights from Europe to Fort Lauderdale International Airport are further drawing boating enthusiasts from all over the globe.

Foreign buyers are filling up luxurious homes and estates between the beach and fabulous Las Olas’ shopping. Many are increasingly making the move permanent, choosing to call this tropical metropolis home—and home port for their mega and super-yachts.

Such opulent vessels, spanning a minimum of one hundred feet in length, can comfortably dock alongside a stunning assortment of fabulous waterfront residences.

Jones currently has three such homes in her inventory, ranging in style from Key West to Mediterranean, and in price from three to fifteen million dollars.

A member of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, Jones enjoys pairing sea-faring customers with their ideal waterfront abodes.

“It’s not unusual for me to work with the yacht broker, or a captain to identify a property just for boat dockage.”

Such a wealth of fine floats means Fort Lauderdale is well-equipped with all manner of yachting services, from technology to provisions.

“We have more people than ever looking at south Florida,” says Jones. Especially after last year’s harsh winter, the year-round sunshine, stellar diving, incomparable deep-sea fishing and a thriving urban experience make for a true boaters’ paradise.

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Featured Property: Villa Coquina in Boca Raton, Florida

Photos courtesy of Anthony Agius, A.A. Marketing Group

By Malena Carollo

 Situated along East Boca Raton’s lavish waterfront, Villa Coquina is an extravagant property for your dream lifestyle. The 17,032-squarefoot “peninsula compound estate” enjoys a sprawling 440 feet of waterfront, allowing for stunning views of the Intracoastal water way from the south, west and north.

“The property is truly one-of-a-kind and must be seen to be appreciated,” said Exclusive Listing Broker, Sergio S. Commisso, Broker/Owner of JSM Realty Services, Inc.

Lushly landscaped, this gated gem is just a block away from the ocean. Residents can take a break from nearby seaside golf to lounge on some of Boca Raton’s undeveloped and pristine beaches.

Renowned architect Tom Benedict had entertaining in mind when he designed this property. Marrying design elements from each coast, Benedict’s California and Miami inspired masterpiece boasting an infinity edged, cascading waterfall grotto pool and spa, a covered gazebo with full bar and summer kitchen, complimented by a custom and fully automatic digital sound system that surrounds the entire property and docks.

Inside, guests can indulge in light fare in the exquisite main kitchen. Large events are made stress free with three oversized Sub-Zero refrigerators, double Thermador ovens, Gaggenau induction stove, butler’s pantry and wine room, six warmers, six dishwashers and a large storage pantry. Guests can set their drinks on elegant blue marble or decorative glass countertops before adjourning to the formal dining room, which seats 14.

The homes luxurious features include a multitude of amenities including a state-of-the-art home theatre, a fully-equipped fitness center, full bar, two fireplaces, elevator, five en-suite bedrooms with private terraces. The luxurious grand master suite includes a sitting room, wraparound balcony with breathtaking water views and a sumptuous onyx floored and walled master bath and shower.

700 Coquina Way is all about location, location, location. True South Florida luxury resort-style waterfront living at it's best.


JSM Realty Services, Inc.

197 S, Federal Highway, Ste. 200

Boca Raton, FL 33432

C 561-929-7482


www.jsmrealty.com | www.700COQUINAWAY.com


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