Featured Property: Palm Springs, California

"Houston South"

Skillfully executed by superior craftsmen, this extraordinary 11,000+ square foot mansion in the celebrity-laden Old Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs required three years to construct. Liberal use of the finest materials imported from a variety of countries is evident throughout this grand residence. It boasts features such as a state of the art Crestron automation system for controlling virtually everything: lighting, security, window coverings, pool/spa, gates/access and numerous water features.

Soaring ceilings, custom millwork and walk in closets characterize the master suite, which features a fully automated "dry cleaner" style conveyor system. A climate controlled wine storage room, abundant closet/storage, one bedroom staff apartment with kitchen, two one-bedroom guest houses and a four-car air conditioned garage accessed by a gated and protected motor court are also found.

The inclusion of staff kitchen and bathrooms, a gardener’s building, a hotel quality generator with fuel storage and a 2,000-gallon water storage tank with filtration system round out the unique features of this one of a kind masterpiece.

Special embellishments include custom wall and window coverings, full-height custom wood interior doors, barrel ceilings, expertly selected marble, stone and granite, fabulous indoor and exterior entertaining bars and a grilling station. Gallery style corridors offer ample display cases and shelves for fine art, and pocketing full-height glass sliders open the indoors to the outdoors for seamless entertaining.


Sited on 1.5 acres of lush gardens, this is a remarkable venue perfect for entertaining family and friends as well as dignitaries and socialites. The property has been the site of numerous formal dinner parties for up to 400 guests, and festive cocktail soirees for 600. An amazing replica of a famous Italian fountain with a vast greenbelt is found on the western section of the property, and a resort quality swimmer's pool and spa are adjacent to the Master suite, as is a Koi pond surrounded by Taihu rock from Lake Tai, China. The amazing architecture is enhanced by copper clad fascia and barrel roof. Offered at $11,000,000.

Scott Histed | Windermere Real Estate

760.864.1200 | scotthisted@windermere.com

CAL BRE#: 01031722


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Fly-In Communities: Elk River, North Carolina

Set high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, at an average elevation of over 4000 feet, is the Elk River Club, the ultimate in exclusive mountain community living.

“For those with an active lifestyle, the Elk River Club has a lot to offer,” says Rick Foster of Elk River Realty. “Developed by brothers Harry and Spencer Robbins in the 1980's, the club is North Carolina’s first Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, and ranks among the top 10 best golf courses in the state. In addition to outstanding golf, we have an incredible mountain top Saddle club and Equestrian center, miles of tree lined riding and hiking trails, catch and release trout fishing, and a great tennis facility. We've recently expanded our Swimming, Fitness and Wellness Center to include everything from state of the art Nautilus exercise equipment to Pilates and yoga.”

While a range of activities abound in the Elk River Club, one special amenity that really sets the community apart is its on-site jetport.

The Elk River Club has the only private jetport in the area, with its own 4,600 foot runway. For those with access to corporate or private aircraft, or who choose to take advantage of the community’s charter arrangement, getting to and from Elk River is a breeze.

Rick and his team are real estate specialists of the Elk River Club, and deal exclusively with properties in the community. Residential options at Elk River range from villas and townhomes, to spacious golf cottages to magnificent mountain top estate homes. Homes in the community share a common architectural theme, and incorporate native materials such as cedar, popular bark, and hand-cut field stone into their construction.

With a unique collection of amenities, a true community feeling and ideal weather for both summer residents and those who like the change of seasons, it would be hard to imagine an area that compares to the Elk River Club.

“Elk River provides a place with every opportunity to bring together those who matter most, and create memories that last a lifetime", says Rick. “No matter what you envision your family's ideal mountain community to be, you will find it at Elk River.”

539 Banner Elk Highway

Banner Elk, North Carolina

ElkRiverClub.com | info@elkriverclub.com

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Featured Property: Elk Mountain Lodge in Aspen, Colorado

It’s hard to stand out in Aspen Real estate… or perhaps not.

Nestled in the Castle Creek Valley approximately 10 miles from downtown Aspen, Colorado lie The Elk Mountain Lodge Properties. Consisting of 4 separate and distinct parcels totaling 82.6 acres, there are a total of 13 buildings including the 14,987 square foot main lodge, additional single family homes, historic cabins, and recreation and maintenance facilities.

The sophisticated creature comforts and the unmatched amenities combine to create the quintessential mountain compound. The homes and cabins feature a total of 28 bedrooms, 25 baths, 5 half baths, state-of-the-art life safety, security and home automation systems, recreation and entertainment hall, indoor sports court, walk-in temperature and humidity controlled wine room, and multiple spas.

Additionally, several aerated and trout-stocked ponds, breathtaking views, and extreme privacy create an awe-inspiring experience enveloped in rustic charm. Offered turn-key furnished for $100,000,000. www.EMLAspen.com.

For a private viewing please contact Craig Morris of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty.

CRAIG MORRIS | 970-379-9795

Craig.Morris@SIR.com | www.CraigMorris.com

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Featured Property: Naples, Florida

Beautiful Port Royal home on lushly landscaped corner lot. Bright and open with desired single story floor plan. The foyer features double doors, while the large great room with living and dining space is graced by a fireplace, with French doors leading to inviting outdoor living.

Architectural details throughout including high ceilings, crown molding, plantation shutters, arched entryways and more. Family room open to gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar, cherry cabinets, granite surfaces, 6 burner Viking gas stove with two ovens, refrigerated drawers and wine cooler. Classic and casually elegant - perfect for entertaining. Exquisite Master Suite with expansive layout, separate his and hers baths, dual custom walk in closets, private sitting room plus a den or fitness room.

Three additional guest bedrooms are each complete with walk in closet and en suite bath, and there’s a second den/office with adjacent half bath. The courtyard oasis includes screened and covered seating areas, sparkling pool with spa, summer kitchen and convenient pool bath. The circular drive leads to the porte-cochere entrance and attached side-entry two car garage. This property qualifies for immediate Port Royal Club membership eligibility and is located a short walk away. $4,590,000


239.404.8222 | RPGNaples@aol.com 


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Featured Property: Magnificent Elegance in Maryland

Nestled on 3.7 wooded acres in the prestigious Washington, D.C., suburb of Potomac, Maryland, this remarkable luxury estate evokes embassy grandeur. European influences abound through its 23,000 square foot interior, and every room tells a story of exquisite design and master craft.

From the marble floored reception hall and hand-made Neff kitchen cabinetry to intricate millwork and ceiling designs by a Buckingham Palace artisan, the estate’s beauty and grandeur leave a lasting impression. Large indoor and outdoor living areas are designed for lavish entertaining or simply escaping the stresses of everyday life, with French doors and balconies overlooking the sparkling pool and tranquil grounds.

Formal and informal spaces include grand living and dining rooms, music room, richly paneled library and separate office with private access to the master bedroom suite above, family dining room, gourmet kitchen and separate catering/spice kitchen, and an adjoining family room and breakfast salon – all with generously positioned walls of windows and French doors that open to expand living and entertaining possibilities.

The master bedroom suite extends through a comfortable sitting room with wet bar and balcony, to separate his and her baths, closets and cedar closets, and a private loft room. Eight additional bedroom suites spread across all levels are augmented by a studio apartment above the garage.

The luxury appointments continue into the full daylight lower level, featuring an expansive recreation area with fireplaces and wet bar, multiple lounges, guest bedrooms, cinema, fitness room, mosaic tiled spa bath, wine cellar tasting area, service entrance and quarters for domestic help, and a fully-equipped 3rd kitchen.

Other fine features include a heated paver driveway, five-car garage, light, sound and security systems.


www.10501ChapelRoad.com Offered for $9,750,000


Talout International LLC | Long & Foster

6862 Elm St. Suite 100 | McLean, Virginia

O 703-873-5000 | C 703-459-4141


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Villanova Luxury For the Lover of Fine Living and Finer Cars

This timeless classic in prestigious Northside Villanova, located on 3.5 meticulously maintained, level acres, is a truly elegant Mainline Estate. Entering the grand 2-story center hall with butterfly staircase and marble inlay floors, your eyes are drawn to the bright receiving room overlooking the lovely grounds, stone and slate terraces, large in-ground pool and the stone pool house.

Just off the entrance hall is a spacious and elegant living room with fireplace and French doors to a covered patio. The formal dining room includes a fireplace and a handsome study is appointed with built-in bookcases, paneled walls and fireplace. The expansive design of the culinary kitchen boasts a large center island, multiple prep areas, five Sub-Zero refrigerators, an 8-burner Thermador range and a butler’s pantry with wine cooler, ice maker and separate dishwasher. The adjoining breakfast area includes a fireplace and French doors to the terrace and outdoor grill area.

The spacious master suite includes a fireplace, his and her baths, closets, dressing areas and views of the stately grounds. Three additional bedroom suites with updated baths can also be found on the second floor.

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The third floor includes two additional bedrooms, full bath with adjoining laundry, a kitchenette and a huge entertainment area, making for an ideal in-law suite or space for an au pair. The finished lower level includes an exercise area with full bath and sauna, entertainment area with bar and loads of additional finished storage space.

The great room is perfect for events and every day family entertaining, with a separate entrance and location over the 6 car attached garage. This 1,300 sq. ft. space offers endless possibilities and includes a great room with custom bar, powder room and a paneled billiards room or office.

The exquisite grounds offer privacy, patios and gardens for outdoor events, lighted tennis court, pool and stone pool house. Indoor parking for ten cars, updated systems and many recent improvements complete this classic Mainline Estate. Contact Michael Sivel of The Sivel Group to learn how it can become your home today.

Michael Sivel

The Sivel Group

(214) 248-6540 || (215) 380-1296

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Cassique Clubhouse Village Custom Cottages to be Introduced April 30

On the heels of a 2-page write-up in the Spring 2015 issue of Private Clubs magazine and a party at the base of the footbridge following last month’s Tour of Homes, the highly anticipated debut of Cassique Clubhouse Village will formally take place on Thursday, April 30, with the release of 5 custom cottages. 

“Members and guests playing golf or dining at the Cassique Clubhouse have seen the new bridge and walked over to the site. We’ve also had a lot of traffic to the neighborhood’s website,” states Chris Drury, President of Kiawah Island Real Estate.  “That has led to a number of great conversations with our Sales Executives, and some very serious interest in Clubhouse Village.”

Cassique Clubhouse Village is designed to unite neighbors through shared interests, shared views of stunning Lowcountry vistas, and shared strolls across a private bridge that connects directly to a wealth of top-tier amenities: Tom Watson’s Cassique Course, Tom Colicchio-inspired dining, and - a bit further down the lane - the state-of-the-art Sports Pavilion with its wellness offerings, saltwater pool, and tennis complex. As the hub for The Kiawah Island Club’s GoKiawah initiative, Cassique brings Members together to celebrate events and activities. Adults, children, and families enjoy kayak tours, Member Mingles, Kids’ Adventure Camps, cocktail cruises, and more. Additionally, Cassique is the closest Kiawah neighborhood to Freshfields Village and historic Charleston.

All-new construction with generous outdoor living spaces marry Lowcountry ease with Cassique’s classic architectural style to create the cottages at Clubhouse Village. Five distinct cottage floorplans ranging in size from 2,600 to 3,600 square feet are uniquely positioned on 23 homesites to showcase exquisite marsh or lagoon views. An esteemed selection of architects along with the Kiawah Partners’ development team has streamlined the construction process for homes at Clubhouse Village. Custom cottages can be ready in just 12 months due to ARB pre-approved architectural design.

Starting at $1.7 million, Cassique Clubhouse Village is offered exclusively through Kiawah Island Real Estate. For details on this April 30 cottage release, please contact your KIRE Sales Executive at 843-768-3400, stop by one of KIRE’s four sales offices, or visit KiawahIsland.com/ClubhouseVillage.

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Press Release: John A. Turco, Sales Professional for Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Florida Realty, Nationally Recognized as One of Top Ten Realtors Nationwide

(Las Vegas, NV) --- John A. Turco recently received his crowning achievement, having been named one of the top ten sales professionals in the entire Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ network for 2014 at a prestigious ceremony in Las Vegas in March. The rankings placed Turco in the Top 10 out of over 35,000 network sales professionals in 1,100 offices throughout 47 states, making him one of the most exclusive national REALTORS® within the company and in the network. In addition to this notable honor, Turco again was named Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty’s number One Sales Professional, Statewide, for the highest Gross Commission Income (GCI) for the third straight year (2012-2014). Now part of the exclusive "Top Ten Club", his impressive record is a testament to the business ethic that he and his son, Anthony, have brought to a business that has totaled an estimated $250 million in real estate sales for 2007-2014.  Such success can surely be attributed to his dedication, his determination, his awareness to his client’s needs, and a custom marketing strategy derived from his earlier years on Madison Avenue.

There is little surprise that the last eight years have seen such success, given Turco’s impressive total sales since 1992 - currently well-over $1 billion. With his approach to the business and forthcoming expansion, there’s every indication to think that his status within the company will only continue to reach new heights. “I was honored to be at the convention in March and to learn of my national rankings and entry into the Top Ten Club. After twenty years and over $1 billion in total sales, my goals are realistic: relying on innovation in a rapidly changing business, which results in new opportunities to explore. Adjustments are always necessary to ensure that success continues well into the future. I do not accept anything short of professionalism; it's impossible to begin your career in Manhattan and forget where you started!” commented Turco.

Much of Turco’s latest accomplishments are due, in part, to the support and talent of his son, Anthony, who joined his father nearly ten years ago. “I’m incredibly lucky to have my son Anthony work by my side day in and day out. His performance in this market is incredible, and his willingness to create and apply up-to-date standards based on what I’ve taught him shows me that he knows what it takes to stay ahead. I’m very pleased with the relationships he maintains with our clients. He's the face of the future of our brand and the real estate business,” Turco continued.

John Turco joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty (formerly Prudential Florida Realty) in 2000 and has been among the company’s Top 15 Sales Professionals each year. “John is simply amazing - and we are fortunate to have one of the top ten agents for the brand proudly in our state. I was pleased to be with him at the convention in Las Vegas this year to see his contributions acknowledged. His commitment and devotion to the business certainly sets him apart, and I am honored to have John as an integral part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty Family of Services. I congratulate him, again, on his continued contributions to our Company and the industry,” commented Rei L. Mesa, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Turco believes that the real estate market has fully recovered, and expects to see even more improvement over the next few years. Seeing the upward trends of both South Florida and Southwest Florida, Turco predicts a thriving market for all types of clients, and an expansion of services. “Having a success rate of over 98%, I have excellent knowledge of Florida real estate and its clientele: over $1 billion in total sales since 1992 speaks for itself. Certainly, I am forever grateful for the support of my family, as well as to my loyal client following who remain my motivation for working harder each and every year. I’m looking forward to bigger and better things for all of us this coming year, and am confident in the advantage of calling Florida home,” remarked Turco.

John A. Turco, 239.210.8888, www.JohnTurco.com, john@johnturco.com.


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Equestrian & Ranch Living: Waterloo, QC Stables

By Ely Grinfield

Way up in Waterloo is where one can find a fantasy home fit for the horse enthusiast wanting both seclusion and five-star amenities to meet any equestrian needs. The newly developed residence looks like something out of a postcard, with a modern-style home built on a cliff overlooking mountainous area and wide open waters, perfect for raising sport horses while still being in the heart of Quebec, Canada’s premiere horse region.

“The draw of the property is easy access because it’s right off the highway,” says realtor Alexandre Fortin, real estate broker at Via Capitale Missisquoi, “where the facility remains solely professional and when you come off exit 88 of Highway 10, you come into the most prestigious and professional barn.”

The estate on 2 Ch. de l’Horizon is as lavish as it is self-sufficient, with a dreamy, 6,317-square-foot brick home surrounded by 70 acres of usable grazing land. Inside the house you’ll find 5 bedrooms, all with rich wood floors and furnishings. The owner has uninhibited views of Waterloo lake and general Eastern Township woodland scenery. The weather is crisp and mild, and for the chillier winter months, the property includes full-form 36-stall stables and a specially insulated and heated arena, making the location perfect for year-round access. Those who are interested in further development can purchase up to 250 additional acres of land.

Located 40 minutes from Montreal and just 15 minutes from Bromont, the host town of the 2018 World Equestrian Games and the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, this estate has a prime location for those seriously involved in the profession of horse sport. Other amenities include a guest house, full garage, washer room and lockers, a hayloft, sugar house, trails, paddocks and all other necessities for the well being of horses.

“The ideal homeowner here is someone private who has their head in competition horses,” mentions Fortin. “They will need a place to train and also a place to show.” The region itself hosts a bustling community of homeowners with farms and stables specializing in equestrian showcasing.

Above all, the home and stables can win anyone over with their sheer presentation and adaptability. With full year-round insulation, close proximity to large equestrian communities and scenery that can steal one’s breath, there’s no reason not to make the trek up north to Waterloo, QC Stables.

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Equestrian & Ranch Living: Avalon Ranch, Calabasas, California

By Caitlin Duffy

Whoever declared that it isn’t possible to have your cake and eat it too has never seen Calabasas, California, and they definitely haven’t seen Avalon Ranch.

A quiet suburban area just five miles from Malibu and 20 from Los Angeles, Calabasas is the ideal location for those who seek the vigor of a Southern California lifestyle with the relaxation of pastoral acreage and the privacy that affords. Avalon Ranch can provide you with precisely that, as well as countless other coveted amenities.

If your interest has been piqued, there’s nowhere better to turn for more information than Dana Olmes and Jeff Biebuyck of Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty. With a combined 45 years of experience, Dana and Jeff have represented thousands of million dollar listings in the greater Los Angeles area, with more than $80 million in sales during 2014 alone.

Reach out to them, and they’ll be sure to tell you all about this stunning custom home on 90 acres, built and designed for Oscar-winning producer Jim Wilson. At 7,500 square feet, the main home offers four bedrooms and five bathrooms, while the guest home offers one bedroom, 1 bathroom and a loft. A guest suite above the detached 3 car garage has two more bedrooms and a private bath.

Listed at $14.9 million, this working equestrian estate includes a 16-stall center-aisle barn with tack room, jumping arena, a day barn with turn out, grass pastures and miles of private trails, as well as an additional 100 acres available for purchase.

For a day where the horses may need some rest, there are countless other options for spending your time. Whether practicing your serve on the clay tennis court, counting laps in the swimming pool or lounging in the pool pavilion, you’ll be sure to enjoy a healthy dose of California sunshine year round.

If something in town is more to your liking, take a stroll to downtown Calabasas, a town of around 24,000 known for its award winning schools. Or if a night life is what you crave, call an Uber and spend the night in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica or Malibu. It’s all up to you when you call Avalon Ranch home.

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Equestrian & Ranch Living: The Florida Land Experts

More than Buying and Selling

The business of land is more than buying and selling acreage. It’s about appreciating the beauty and complexity of Florida’s natural land – understanding it, maintaining it, and determining its highest and best use. With broad and deep experience in the specialty of land, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate professionals understand the unique needs of Florida property owners.

Real Life Experience Brings Understanding

The Saunders team brings to each landowner a solid foundation of expertise in the industry of land, from citrus, ranching, and equestrian operations to agribusiness, timber, hunting, and natural lands management. Rare in the industry but particular to CBC Saunders Real Estate is also expertise in government and the politics of real estate, regulatory agencies, and conservation real estate. From small tracts to vast acreages, the team is able to understand and meet the varied real estate needs of landowners.

Aggressive Marketing Commitment

CBC Saunders Real Estate is fully committed to the most important characteristic of your property – its marketing. Listings must be supported by strategic planning, cutting-edge technology, eye catching design and broad distribution. Our commitment accomplishes these goals through full time, in-house marketing professionals, in-house videography production and a one-of-a-kind GIS mapping system – all of which create the quality, customization and professionalism needed to propel a property’s marketing success.

Come visit Saundersrealestate.com to learn more about how The Florida Land Experts can assist you.



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Equestrian & Ranch Living: A Horse Lovers' Haven

By Natalie Watson

Asheville, North Carolina is arguably one of the best kept secrets in the United States. Between stunning views along the Blue Ridge Parkway, unlimited amounts of outdoor recreational activities and irresistible seasons, it’s hard to deny the inclination to put down roots and start a new adventure here. Not only is Asheville an outdoor enthusiast’s haven – there are riding trails, hiking, camping, climbing and mountain biking opportunities throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains – it’s also a very environmentally conscious place to live. Asheville receives annual accolades from: “Beer City USA” to “Greatest Destination Food Towns in America” to the “World's Friendliest Cities”.

Tyron International Equestrian Center & Resort is the newest equine attraction in the area, offering exciting year-round activities and a variety of accommodation options. The best part of owning an equestrian property in North Carolina is the opportunity to explore hundreds of miles of stunning scenery on horseback. Because of this, people are drawn from all over the world to enjoy equestrian properties in the Asheville area. However, with the strength of the real estate market, quality horse properties are becoming harder to find.

1239 Cane Creek Road is perfectly located in the idyllic and highly desirable Cane Creek Valley. This private, gated, 41-plus acre equestrian estate features amazing year-round mountain views, a barn, riding ring, trails, fenced pastures, a creek and pond. The recently renovated main farmhouse has views from almost every room and two master suites. There is an office, log cabin, two apartments and more. This is where the mountains meet the meadows.

“We have a little something for everyone and I am sure you can find whatever your heart desires,” says Billy Taylor, Broker Associate with Beverly-Hanks & Associates Realtors. “This is a great place that offers not only an unmatched quality of life but is also an unforgettable place to visit.”


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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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Posted on: 3/12/2015 at 2:57 PM
Categories: duPont Marketplace | Luxury Real Estate
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