The Waves Abound: Shallotte, North Carolina


Steeped in history, the sleepy town of Shallotte, North Carolina lies between the twin hubbubs of Wilmington, North Carolina to the north, and Myrtle Beach to the south. "It's a quiet oasis," says life-long resident Jabin Norris, president of PROACTIVE Real Estate. The agency charmingly offers Starbucks coffee and draft beer on tap in its café office, the only office of its kind in the area.


Here, where the magnificent views of the Atlantic’s waves abound, a globe-trotting client chose to build a beach house in 2014. Unfortunately, the client was unable to find the time to enjoy the home, and thus put it on the market. The candy-colored, Hawaiian plantation-style home, sits directly upon the Shallotte inlet surrounded by verandas.

Wonderfully open and great for entertaining, the living room features Brazilian cherry flooring, coffered ceilings, an extensive entertainment system, wet bar, and a sweep of sliding windows that effectively opens the room to the vast deck and extraordinary views.

Ideal for the serious cook (or caterer), the kitchen is fitted with rough-finished quartz counters and tiled walls. A commercial grade stove with pot filler and second oven with microwave and convection modes line one of the walls. The kitchen also includes a vast bar and prep area, pantry and more.

The home boasts three bedrooms, each featuring luxuriously appointed en suites. The Master bathroom suite includes an oversized shower and a whirlpool bath, as well as an office, a room-sized closet and a private deck.

Built to withstand ocean squalls, the home also features an extraordinary home automation, including hard-wired Ethernet, Vera Z-Wave technology and an eight-camera security system. Equipped with green features! The ground walls are solid concrete construction.

The site is so peaceful you can hear the gulls lay eggs, yet perfectly situated just five minutes from the beach, downtown shopping, major roadways and an airport for your private jet. If you prefer driving your own auto, there's a three-car garage for the Porsche, the Lamborghini, and the Maserati (with room leftover for beach chairs). 





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Luxury in Lido Shores

Located only a short walk from St. Armand’s Circle, you will find the unique neighborhood of Lido Shores. Featuring some of the finest waterfront homes in Sarasota, Lido Shores is an wonderfully eclectic neighborhood with a mix of architecture styles designed by well-recognized architects such as Jonathan Parks, Guy Peterson, and Clifford Scholz.

Waterfront homes are increasingly rare in Sarasota, as many have been demolished to make way for the high-rise condominiums that now line our shores. The waterfront properties of Lido Shores have frontage on Pansy Bayou, Sarasota Bay, the Gulf of Mexico or New Pass, which provides direct deepwater boating access to the Gulf of Mexico or Sarasota Bay. Lido Shores offers wonderful neighbors and private beach access.

This Gulf front home at 1219 Westway Drive offers exquisite sunsets with over 200 feet of mesmerizing water views of the Gulf of Mexico, and access to covered terraces from nearly every room. Over 14,000 square feet under roof, and nearly 7,500 square feet under air, 5 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, 2 half baths, 7 car garage, pool and spa. Lush landscaping compliments the 50' heated pool/spa, and the 2nd floor loggia with outdoor kitchen, fireplace and bath is perfect for entertaining. Grand Master Bedroom Suite with private terrace, private gym and private family room on upper level. Additional master suite on main level and Laundry facilities on both living levels.

"The features and amenities of this home are beyond luxury resort level with full panoramic living space indoors, and relaxing resort like areas outdoors. This estate is designed to meet every possible clients wants, needs and dreams", says Judy Kepecz-Hays of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.

The home is being presented for 7.9 million by Judy Kepecz Hays who has personally sold over 1.2 billion in sales in Sarasota and her islands.

Coldwell Banker

Mobile: 941.587.1700

Office: 941.387.1825

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Barefoot Beach, Florida

By Lauryn Howell

Naples, Florida, a beautiful coastline city once known as a retirement destination, is taking on a new, vibrant ambiance. Due in part to the exclusive private airport, Naples is blossoming into a culturally diverse epicenter of upscale shopping, dining and art. Although the area is growing in popularity, Naples is successfully maintaining a low key, relaxed lifestyle characteristic of Florida’s west coast.

Sitting just a short drive from the more cosmopolitan area of downtown Naples is one of Collier County’s most highly regarded destination, Barefoot Beach. The well-known location is consistently ranked as the number one beach in the continental United States.

Naples residents since 1998, Carl Dittrich and his wife Cynthia Joannou have always been captivated by the natural beauty of Barefoot Beach. 

Their passion for the beach led them to found Barefoot Beach Properties, a real estate brokerage firm specializing in luxury coastal properties. This year marks the tenth anniversary of their firm. According to Carl and Cynthia, “ One of the duo’s most distinguished exclusive listings on Barefoot Beach is 109 Hispaniola Lane. This 6,800-square-foot home sits in a private, gated beach-front community on 67 perfect feet of direct beach frontage. The interior, including its five bedrooms and five baths, is fashioned in an elegant yet relaxed coastal chic style.

As Cynthia explains, “The second you walk into the home all your worries melt away. You’re caressed by the waves and mesmerized by the dolphins and manatees passing through your backyard.”

Barefoot Beach provides a unique opportunity to enjoy both the luxuries of Naples and the serenity of beachfront living. After all, residents and visitors know that there’s nothing quite like a Gulf Coast sunset. or 239.273.5515

Cynthia Joannou or.239.273.0666

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Paradise on Useppa Island

By Terri Harrison

You’re invited to fall in love with Useppa Island. Located between Sarasota and Naples, an enchanted paradise of sea and sky awaits just three miles from mainland Florida. Useppa Island boasts abundant natural beauty, coveted “Old Florida” ambiance and barefoot luxury.

This exclusive private island is accessible only by air or water. Residents and visitors find themselves enamored with another time and place...where adults play croquet and ride bikes, where afternoons are spent soaking in the sun, or on the water, and where children are free to explore, splash, dive and dream.

Home to 110 residences, this 110-acre jewel offers pure tranquility, year-round recreation, modern conveniences and community amenities. There are no cars … just golf carts. No stop signs, only turtle crossings.

Brian and Mary McColgan are no newcomers to Useppa Island. Resident Island Real Estate Specialists, they discovered and made their home on Useppa Island in 1985, initially commuting from Atlanta, Ga.

“We’ve welcomed many new faces to Useppa over the years. Young professionals and families from as near as South Florida to as far as Canada and England have discovered Useppa as theperfect place to unplug and escape their demanding daily schedules,” says Mary McColgan. “Some of our residents have been here for generations. We’ve watched children grow up and return with little ones of their own to play hide-n-seek, chase butterflies and learn to swim.”

Distinguished by its metal-roofed “Old Florida” architecture and lush tropical foliage, homes on Useppa range from just under $500,000 to over $2M. From expansive single family homes in excess of 5,000 square feet, to coastal cottages and quaint Villas, the island promises a perfect home for any size family, and their boat.

Club amenities include a private marina, tennis and Bocce Ball courts, croquet lawns and a community pool. There’s also dining, fitness and lawn chess, with some of the best fishing around.

Useppa’s welcoming community has become the destination of professionals, retirees and families who seek more out of life, with far fewer distractions. Both Young and Young-at-Heart have discovered Useppa Island -- Paradise Without a Passport!

The Useppa People

Brian & Mary McColgan


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Live Exceptionally on Florida’s Gulf Coast


Naples is one of the country’s most desirable second-home destinations. The high-class, cosmopolitan atmosphere blends effortlessly with lush golf courses, sugar sand beaches, and beautiful nature reserves that give the area its “Paradise” moniker.

Culture and lifestyle are what makes Naples so attractive to its elite residents. An abundance of gourmet restaurants and chic bistros nestle alongside elegant artisan stores, designer boutiques, antique dealers, and art galleries. The busy array of local events includes festivals, regattas, and fundraising benefits, as well as theater productions, orchestral performances, and jazz concerts.

Sports and outdoor activities are particularly popular, with tennis and golf being at the heart of many communities. Boaters enjoy both the open Gulf waters and the back bays along the Western Everglades that feature intricate mangrove forests.

Property in Naples is usually purchased as a second home or winter retreat by affluent owners who commonly have several other properties in the USA and overseas.

Gulf Coast International Properties (GCIP), owned by Michael McCumber and Timothy P. Savage, Realtors, specializes in prestigious homes in the communities of Port Royal, Old Naples, Aqualane Shores, Royal Harbor, Park Shore, The Moorings, Grey Oaks and The Estuary. GCIP has distinguished itself by continuing to set record sales prices and working as a team focused on service excellence and professional integrity.

GCIP takes great pride in offering the very best sales and purchase opportunities, including an exclusive list of private placement properties.

GCIP’s offices in Naples and Boca Grande are represented on the highly prestigious Board of Regents Luxury Real Estate – an exclusive network of the world’s most elite luxury real estate brokers.


Gulf Coast International Properties

239.434.2558 or visit

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Four Seasons of Sunshine in Gulf Breeze, Florida

By Stephanie Cavanaugh

Perched upon a cliff above Pensacola Bay, the spell-binding home on Highpoint Drive in Gulf Breeze, Florida is perfectly positioned to take in both sunrise and sunset. "The water glistens like diamonds on clear crisp days of winter," says real estate guru, Tammy Bohannon.

In the northwestern neck of our southernmost state, winter has just the right amount of snap to make you appreciate long, sweet springs and summer's tropical delights. Pensacola is also home to the Blue Wahoo baseball team, and Gulf Breeze is minutes from the University of West Florida.

Bohannon owns Upside Realty, which is based in Gulf Breeze— Pensacola’s most affluent waterfront suburb. Here, the main street and the pristine beaches both are touted among the ten best in the country. With an international airport, getting anywhere from here is a breeze.

"The Highpoint Drive house is spectacular," Bohannon says. Set on three quarters of an acre, the 4200 square foot custom-built contemporary includes four spacious bedroom suites, splendid open-plan entertaining spaces and novel details such as a 110- year-old antique front door from Philadelphia, white calcite kitchen counters and glorious oiled white oak floors.

Walls of windows embrace the panoramic water views by day and the glitter of Pensacola and the three-mile bridge by night. There's not just one fabulous kitchen but three, one for each area of the house. The East side of the house features guest suites, a second entertainment area and a kitchenette; perfect for a mother-in-law, or children, to help themselves to snacks and beverages. The magnificent master suite is fashioned with a wet bar and a loft area. You can enjoy your morning coffee or an evening cocktail in your own space, while enjoying the view from your private balcony. The main portion of the home is situated to the west, built to render complete privacy.

Positioned 50 feet above sea level, a vision for a path to the water lays in wait for creation, though permitting for a dock is in the works. The owner is willing to work with the buyer to create customized access.

Upside Realty

Cell: 850-982-7128

Office: 850-343-1960

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Deep in the Heart- Dallas, Texas


There are azaleas, Japanese maples, red oaks, live oaks, crepe myrtle, mountain name it, it's here. Wandering the flagstone paths over undulating hills and dales of the 2.7 acre estate feels like walking into an arboretum, not a backyard. Just ten minutes from downtown Dallas, the gated estate is in Old Preston Hollow, a neighborhood that feels more like being in the country than in the heart of a big city. All of the homes in Old Preston Hollow are on expansive lots of at least an acre, but most closer to 2 acres. It's a very unique neighborhood.

Nestled in the midst of this private park is the 12,000 square foot, five bedroom, 6 full and 2 ½ bath home built in 1990. A home both gorgeous and divinely entertaining, from the breathtaking cantilevered staircase with twostory windows in the entry, to the adjoining formal living and dining rooms, this home is exquisitely detailed. 

The spectacular kitchen opens to a spacious breakfast area, family room and pool room with a bar so there’s plenty of space for family and friends to gather. There is also a media room (complete with a Murphy bed), a craft room above the four car garage and an impressive study with floor to ceiling bookshelves reached via a rolling ladder.

Outside the main house is a fully equipped guest house with a kitchen, sitting area, 2 baths and an upstairs great room. Sprinkled on the grounds are a children's play house, a swimming pool with spa, and a lighted, regulation scaled tennis court.

When you drive off the main street you enter an enclave of gorgeous estate homes on spacious lots. It's right in the heart of Dallas, with Love Field airport and North Park Mall just minutes away. You're in the center of city activity but insulated from the city. Perfect!


Patty Newton


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Captivating Port Royal Beachfront Estate- Naples, Florida

By Thomas Campbell

After all these glorious years of selling the finest homes in Naples, Florida, I never imagined that I could actually be rendered almost speechless upon visiting another property, no matter how magnificent. However, that is exactly what happened when the doors were opened to this architectural masterpiece, so artfully constructed, and so naturally nestled within one of the world’s most beautiful settings.

The subtle details, complementing each other, form an absolutely supreme composition and were at the heart of my passion from the very first day. Those details tell the story of a global community of talented artisans, unknowingly working together to create a masterpiece under the careful direction of a master builder, David S. Rogers, of Newbury North Associates Incorporated, soulful architect, Jonathan P. Kukk, AIA, of Kukk Architecture & Design, P.A., and the inspired and uncompromising owners, who participated in, and loved, every moment of the journey.

In those ebullient moments, I had an epiphany, that once in a great while, there is a home created that is so well conceived within the context of that which surrounds it, that it seems to take on an organic life of its own ... the bougainvillea vines thickening, the tabebuia in the pastoral courtyard flowering as its bark gains character, fish coming and going in a unique setting along the Naples beach where a cove has been created with circularly-placed rocks, the bronze aging to perfection, the outside antique tiles made more beautiful by a thousand past footsteps, the soft light from the gas lanterns illuminating staircases and pathways, the feel of the plaster finishes within, the abundant use of magnificent Burmese teak, antique barn wood, and thick Syrian stone. I realized, that day, this was a place, within which, sensitive people, who are blessed with an appreciation of life, can live deeply.


792 Broad Avenue South

Naples, Florida


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Norris & Company Real Estate Joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty

SUNRISE, FL (February 9, 2016) – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, announced that Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty has expanded to Vero Beach and Indian River County with the addition of Norris & Company Real Estate. The transaction adds its REALTORS® and support staff to the statewide company. Terms were not disclosed.   

“Norris & Company Real Estate REALTORS® are well-respected throughout the Treasure Coast,” said Rei Mesa, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty. “The firm’s long standing reputation and loyal client base speaks to the skills and professionalism of this fine sales team and we are proud to welcome them to our “Family of Services.”

For 45 years, Norris & Company has been recognized as the leading firm of premier upscale real estate in Indian River County. Since 1989, the company has been under the ownership of Gena Grove and Jane Schwiering, both long-time associates of the firm and long-time residents of Vero Beach. Under their esteemed leadership and collective vision, Norris & Company has enjoyed tremendous growth and success over the years.  “Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty’s core values and vision are an excellent match for our REALTORS®.  We are proud to join forces with Rei and the Florida Realty team,” Grove explained.

“The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices global network is positioned on a foundation of trust, stability and longevity, and we’re proud to be among its exceptional members,” commented Schwiering.  “We believe the brand will resonate extremely well with our clients and REALTORS® alike.”

Gena Grove and Jane Schwierings’ commitment to Vero Beach and the community remain strong as they continue with the company as a REALTORS® / Broker – Associates.

The transaction represents Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty’s ongoing growth strategy following the company’s acquisitions of Realty Unlimited in St. Lucie County, Cristello & Company and Elite Preferred Realty in the Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch areas, Main Street Realty International in Orlando, and new branch office locations in Palmer Ranch in Sarasota and the opening of Winter Park in Orlando.

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty has over 39 offices and more than 1,750 sales professionals serving 18 counties throughout Florida. 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 $3.1 million. Visit

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity.  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices now accounts for more than 42,000 agents and nearly 1,200 offices in 47 states. Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

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White Glove Service at Addison Reserve- Delray Beach, Florida

By Stephanie Cavanaugh

Florida's intimate Delray Beach keeps racking up big time awards. Among them: the Best Small Town in America, Best Small Town for Christmas and Most Fun Small Town.

This vibrant beach and boating community is a palm-fringed slice of paradise with beautiful white sandy beaches on the tropical

Atlantic Coast and has a cool art scene, thriving nightlife and some of the finest dining and shopping in South Florida.

Where best to enjoy it? Consider the award-winning Addison Reserve Country Club. This breathtaking golf oasis within the town includes 717 single family estate residences set on 653 magnificently landscaped acres and has been recognized as the 9th Best Country Club in the U.S., ranked by Platinum Clubs of America, the nation's premier country club rating agency.

Overseen by multi-award winning manager Michael McCarthy, Addison Reserve offers three independent nine-hole golf courses designed by Arthur Hills. "You can mix and match the three spectacular courses to make a full 18 holes," says Ben Schachter, broker and president of Addison Reserve Realty, LLC, the community's exclusive onsite real estate and marketing firm.

The 70,000 square foot, magnificently appointed clubhouse includes a beautiful Esplanade, a 20,000 square foot fitness, aquatics and spa center, and eleven Har-Tru tennis courts with a grandstand for viewing. It's also rated "one of the nation's healthiest clubs," says Schachter, "because of the exceptionally fine dining and food service provided by highly acclaimed Chef Zach Bell." Bell, a four-time finalist for the South Florida James Beard Award, was formerly at New York's divinely haute Café Boulud.

Newly available in Addison Reserve is a breathtaking Mediterranean-style two-story home in the prestigious Isla Verde section of the Club. Built in 2003, the six bedroom, nine and a half bath villa features 8,292 square feet of air-conditioned living space, a remarkable two-story foyer, a wine room, a fully equipped media room, a magnificent master retreat, multiple balconies and patios and a covered loggia with a summer kitchen near the pool. Plus parking for four cars and your very own golf cart.





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Sailfish Point on Hutchinson Island, Florida

Rarely does a community offer so much that the words “all inclusive” cannot do it justice. Sailfish Point, located on the farthest point of Hutchinson Island on Florida’s Atlantic coast, tops the charts in both amenities and exclusivity.

Within its 24 hour, armed guard patrolled gates, sit 520 breathtaking residences ranging from beachfront, multi-family homes to St. Lucie riverside condominiums. Among these residences is the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, a full service marina, a concierge to plan your events, a community pool, 5 world class restaurants, a tennis club, a helicopter pad and a spa complete with nail salon, sauna and steam room.

The majority of these homes are offered at an understandably high price point however, Patrick Stracuzzi, Realtor/Sales Person with RE/MAX of Stuart, has a brand new Sailfish Point estate listed for an amazing $1,695,000.

With a total of 5,613 square feet, this home is quite spacious, but it’s most impressive quality, aside from the idyllic location, lies in its masterful construction. The entire home was built with reinforced concrete and impact proof windows, making it so durable that boarding up is completely unnecessary.

From the marble floors to the granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, no detail went unnoticed in the design of this luxurious estate. The backyard was designed for relaxation with a saltwater pool and spa. Also present is a fifty foot private dock with easy access to the Atlantic.

According to Patrick Stracuzzi, a resident of Sailfish Point himself, “From community gatherings to evening dinner parties, there’s a sense of friendship throughout Sailfish Point that seems to have faded away from many other neighborhoods over time.”

While they are second to none, it is not the location or amenities offered by Sailfish Point that truly make it so special. It is, in the words of Patrick Stracuzzi, the fact that, “…you really can’t put a price on the safety of your family, the sense of peace living in this community offers is unparalleled.”

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Exclusive Ocean Place Estates

By Lauryn Howell 

Tucked away on Florida’s Atlantic coast, between Delray Beach and Boca Raton, sits one of the most highly sought after communities, Ocean Place Estates in Highland Beach. With only 11 homes inside its gates, it is both incredibly exclusive and secure. While each home is beach front, the outdoor pool decks and lawns are 22 feet above sea level, allowing for the utmost privacy.

One of these impeccable Oceanside estates is a breathtaking transitional style home overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to the 6 bedrooms, 8 full and 2 half baths, the 9,000 square feet of luxurious living also encompasses a club room, an office/library, a gourmet kitchen complete with butler’s pantry and breakfast nook, and an ocean view salon with fireplace.

Thanks to the unique four story construction the entire first floor can serve as a guest house, completely independent from the floors above.

The bedrooms transform into private suites each complete with its own bathroom, while the elegant master suite opens up to a separate sunroom with a terrace overlooking the ocean.

The architect, Tom Benedict, known for his incredible waterfront homes, ensured that the panoramic oceanfront views could be enjoyed from every signature room. Floor to ceiling windows allow the home to fill with beautiful natural light during the day, while the lighted landscaping makes for more intimate and romantic evening views.

Ocean Place Estates is perfectly situated between two international airports as well as the high end shopping of Mizner Park and booming nightlife of Atlantic Avenue.

According to Lauren Lispi, Luxury Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage Plus, “It’s a unique offering for someone who wants the privacy of a 24-hour gated oceanfront community while also remaining close to a vibrant downtown area.”

Lastly, if its sought after location and sheer beauty weren’t enough, the home is also being offered fully furnished, to ensure the utmost convenience for the most discerning buyer.


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Easy Luxury Living

By Natalie Friedmann

The town of Belleair, Florida is an affluent enclave in Pinellas County, situated immediately south of Clearwater, and known notably for its close proximity to some of the most beautiful beaches in the state and three, 18-hole Donald Ross golf courses.

Located on Bayview Drive – a road known for its exclusivity and executive style estates – is a flawless, 2-story plantation style home offered by Kerryn Ellson of Coastal Properties Group Christie’s International Real Estate. The upper and lower patios face the bountiful Intracoastal Waterway as well as offer views of the elite Belleair Country Club, the first golf club in Florida.

No details were overlooked in the construction of this home, from the aesthetically pleasing design to the top-of-the-line safety features implemented to withstand the tropical Florida weather including the all-block construction, Pella hurricane windows and doors, and the full house gas generator.

When you pull into the paved, circular driveway you’ll notice the immaculate landscaping leading up to an open front porch. The home exudes casual elegance from the inside out, which is apparent once inside. This 6-bedroom, 6 ½ -bath, 6,500-square-foot home has a 3-car garage, elevator, first and second floor laundry rooms, and a gourmet kitchen complete with two dishwashers, a double oven, subzero refrigerator and warming drawers.

The lower level showcases stunning marble floors while the Brazilian walnut floors on the second floor are cozy and inviting. There is a private staircase to the master suite, which offers the perfect refuge for relaxation. The master suite also hosts both his & hers walk-in closets and bathrooms.

Indulge in Florida’s beautiful weather from the very secluded oasis at the back of the property with air conditioned areas and a heated lanai for consistent comfort all year round.

Every design element was meticulously calculated to make living as easy as possible in this luxurious estate. With a most impressive presence, desirable location, and all of the amenities one could ask for, this property won’t last long!


Coastal Properties

Kerryn Ellison


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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty Congratulates Denise Rubin as a 2016 Woman of Distinction #1 Realtor

(AVENTURA, FL) – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty is proud to announce Denise Rubin has been named a 2016 Woman of Distinction. Recognized as the #1 Realtor at the 2nd Annual Women of Distinction Gala held in Aventura, on January 23rd, Denise brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the luxury real estate market in Miami, the Beaches, Aventura, Sunny Isles, Bal Harbour and Hollywood area. She is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty - Aventura Office of Sales Professionals.

The Woman of Distinction Community Leadership Award is an acclaimed honor celebrating professional women in the community who are making significant contributions within their local area. This latest award is one of multiple distinctions for Denise who has received a host of prestigious awards, including being named the #1 Team with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty. Among 42,000 sales professionals nationwide, top honors are awarded annually and Denise is an elite member of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Chairman’s Circle Diamond level, which represents the top ½ of 1% of all Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices sales professionals nationwide.

Having 30 years of experience in the Real Estate Industry, Denise is always able to find the best match for her sellers and buyers, and is proud to call clients from all over the world her friends. Whether someone is looking for luxury property or a waterfront home, a vacation or a second home, whether they are retiring or relocating, she is ready to answer the call in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County.

“I am not only a Real Estate Agent, I am a Real Estate Consultant who is only interested in giving clients the right advice to make the most out of their money,” Denise notes.

Working under the leadership of Marsha Wooldridge, Managing Broker of the Aventura Office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, Denise can be contacted at or by calling the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty office in Aventura at 305-932-9326. She also may be reached directly on her mobile at 305-409-0019 or by visiting her website:

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty serves 17 counties throughout Florida with more than 1,700 Sales Professionals. The full-service brokerage, founded in 1999, is a wholly owned subsidiary of WCI Communities, Inc. and is a franchise member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ network, one of the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name.  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty ranks fifth in the network among 42,000 Sales Professionals, 1,200 offices throughout 47 states.  The company is the overall No. 1 fundraiser for The Sunshine Kids Foundation, having generated more than $3.15 million since 2001.  Visit

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Bring Your Imagination to This Rare Siesta Key Find

By Monica Cavanaugh

Florida waterfront often calls to mind Spanish architecture, beach bungalows and Miami-style bright pastels. Nestled on the north end of Siesta Key, overlooking the glittering turquoise Gulf of Mexico, is a bird of a very different feather.

Guy Peterson, the highly lauded modernist architect from Sarasota, Florida, is at the helm of a stunning build. It is fair to say that an extra amount of heart has been put into this project - Peterson spent many days during his childhood on this very property, playing and fishing in the Gulf waters.

This property which was originally the Twichell Estate, is now being presented by Robert Dinan and Tayna Vy of the Dinan Realty Group. This pre-construction offering is a rare opportunity for buyers with a discerning eye for fine architecture and the Florida entertaining lifestyle.

“This is an opportunity for someone to come in and own and build something fantastic,” says Dinan. “It’s such a unique piece of property. It is amazing that it still exists without being developed.”

This 3 bedroom, 3 ½ bath pre-construction design is set on almost a full waterfront acre at the north end of Siesta Key. This windowheavy designed home is meant to take full advantage of the barrier island’s spectacular views.

“The property faces the bay, with the Gulf on the left side and cityscape on the right side,” says Dinan. “During the day you will experience beautiful water views, and at night the back drop will be the beautiful John Ringling Bridge and the lights of downtown Sarasota.”

Situated on 108 feet frontage of deep Gulf water at Big Pass with possible dockage available, It is just a five minute bike ride to Siesta Key’s world class powder-white beaches. The location is equally as convenient to shopping and dining options at Siesta Key Village and downtown Sarasota.

Dinan Realty Group

Robert Dinan


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Posted by: Nicole Slaughter-Graham
Posted on: 1/29/2016 at 11:03 AM
Categories: Luxury Real Estate
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