Our worldwide luxury affiliate, Christie’s International Real Estate, paid a visit to Michael Saunders & Company this month. Rick Moeser, Senior Vice President and Southeast Regional Manager, spent several days meeting with our agents and managers while also previewing some of our finest Manatee, Charlotte, and Sarasota homes for sale.
With over $100 billion in collective real estate sales worldwide, Christie’s draws upon their success as one of the world’s oldest art auction houses to market high end properties to the most discerning of clientele. As the representative for Christie’s southeast region, covering the Caribbean, Latin America, and other parts of Florida, Rick is able to use this marketing powerhouse to expose our region’s properties on a global level.
“The Gulf Coast stands out because of the variety you can find from Boca Grande to Bradenton,” Rick expressed. “And when compared to Palm Beach and Miami, the Sarasota area still demonstrates really good value.”
He also brought news from Christie’s – they announced over $7.1 billion in art sales last year – a consistent 10% increase year over year, and the fourth year in a row with increases. This is a significant statistic because the same people who buy important art also buy important real estate.
Here is a photo tour of Rick’s recent trip – where he went, who he saw, and a look at some of the loveliest luxury homes for sale in all of Florida.
Rick met with our top producing luxury agents and managers at Sarasota’s Libby’s Cafe + Bar in Southside Village where the topic of the day was luxury real estate from the local, regional, and global perspective.
From Libby’s, Rick went to the Michael Saunders & Company office at 100 S. Washington Blvd in Sarasota to see the new sales gallery for the VUE on Sarasota Bay. He learned all about the extraordinary 141-unit residential tower soon to be breaking ground in downtown Sarasota.
Then, Rick headed over the Ringling Bride to Lido Key and then Longboat Key where he got to see the majesty of Ohana first hand. Located at 6633 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Rick expressed that he was especially impressed with this brand new tropical retreat overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.
“I really appreciated the vision of the builder and the architect,” Rick explained. “It was refreshing to see the architecture’s distinctive island-style. It’s not your typical home – especially on Longboat Key.”
The renovated guest house at Ohana is set directly on the Gulf of Mexico – the proximity of which can no longer be achieved with new construction due to today’s building codes. “I really loved it. That’s where I want to be.” Rick expressed. “If I lived at Ohana, I’d have my guests stay in the main house while I took residence in the guest house. You can’t beat that location right on the beach.”
His next destination was at 19429 Ganton Ave within The Concession in Bradenton, a prestigious golfing community defined by timeless elegance and exclusivity. There, he met with agents from the Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch offices where they discussed trends in luxury real estate and how to take care of today’s buyer.
“I was impressed with how all the agents are proud of their own backyards,” Rick said. “From Manatee to Sarasota and Charlotte county, everyone represents a vastly different market and they are very fond and well versed in what their area offers.
“Those in Boca Grande are very passionate about their island and how it’s really its own place – unique to Sarasota.”
Rick finished out his tour at a spectacular West of the Trail Sarasota home for sale located at 1459 Bay Point Drive.
Then, as the day came to a close and the sun dipped beyond the horizon, somehow the connection between the Gulf Coast and the rest of the world felt a little less distant.