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The Ritz-Carlton and Michael Saunders & Company: Exemplifying the Best in Luxury Real Estate

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When the Ritz-Carlton Hotel broke ground in Sarasota in 1999 with the innovative idea of having 50 upper-floor residences for sale, they aligned with Michael Saunders & Company to sell the luxury lifestyle the Ritz-Carlton was offering. Now, 23 years and 4 Ritz-Carlton Residence brands later (with a 5th on the way), Michael Saunders & Company continues to represent Ritz-Carlton and the exceptional luxury lifestyle their name exemplifies.

It seems only fitting, after all, that a renowned luxury brand real estate company would represent a company known for its luxury services. The shared values of excellence and exemplary service between the Michael Saunders and The Ritz-Carlton brands make this a luxury real estate match made in Heaven, and one that has redefined luxury living in Sarasota.

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel officially premiered in November 2001 with 266 rooms and 50 exclusive luxury condominiums that offered the same level of quality, service, and amenities as the hotels. Before the building even opened, Michael Saunders & Company shocked the real estate community by selling all Ritz-Carlton luxury residences within 18 days. Clearly, the Ritz-Carlton Residences in beautiful Sarasota were highly desired by many and very much in demand.

There’s little doubt the arrival of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel helped shape Sarasota into the major destination city it is today. The prestige of the brand brought visitors from all over the world, many of whom fell in love with this charming city and decided to purchase a Ritz-Carlton Residence as a second home. Not only did the brand continue to expand in Sarasota, but it set the bar for luxury living along the Gulf Coast and spurred the development of other luxury high-rise condominiums.

The Ritz-Carlton brand, however, carries prestige that many people covet. The Ritz-Carlton Residences’ opulent spaces, amazing views and stellar services appeal to discerning individuals who are looking for upscale living and a luxury lifestyle in Sarasota.

Sarasota’s Ritz-Carlton Residences 

Although each Ritz-Carlton Residence has its own unique appeal, all four offer timeless elegance and sophistication, impeccable service, unrivaled luxury living, world-class amenities, concierge services, 24-hour in-residence dining, a private lifestyle and breathtaking views of the Gulf, bay, sunsets, and cityscape. Michael Saunders & Company’s elite team of professionals offers extensive expertise in Sarasota’s most prestigious addresses—The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota; The Tower Residences at The Ritz-Carlton; The Beach Residences; The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Sarasota, and The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Sarasota Bay (2026).

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THE RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota 

Located on the bay and convenient to Sarasota’s thriving downtown and arts community, The Ritz-Carlton Residences is the perfect choice for those who love to be surrounded by exquisite, timeless luxury, pampered with impeccable service and like to take pleasure in the culture and energy of downtown living. Located atop the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the residences offer spacious rooms, luxury finishes, well-appointed kitchens with high-end appliances and expansive balconies with incredible views. From the grand lobby to the magnificence of your private residence, the sophistication, opulence, and world-class services of the Ritz-Carlton Residences are unparalleled.

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Framed by shimmering Sarasota Bay and also located downtown, The Tower Residences lavishes its owners with enviable amenities and services. Experience a five-star lifestyle amid Sarasota’s magnificent surroundings. From spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico to opulent master retreats, your residence here is unparalleled in quality. Indulge in 24-hour in-residence dining, a fitness center with sauna and steam baths, a heated outdoor pool and spa, a private theatre and social rooms with planned events. The Tower Residences offers a luxurious and refined living experience in one of Florida’s most desirable locations. With its stunning views, upscale amenities, and prime location, it’s no wonder the Tower Residences are considered one of the most desirable places to live in Sarasota.

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Residents of the The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Sarasota have access to The Ritz-Carlton Members Beach ClubBeach Residence photo


RITZ-CARLTON THE BEACH RESIDENCES, 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive, Sarasota

The ultimate in luxury living along the powder sands of the Gulf Coast, The Beach Residences offers 88 private luxury residences directly on Lido Key’s soft sands with phenomenal views of the beach, Gulf, blue skies, sunrises and sunsets. The building shares its site with The Ritz-Carlton Members Beach Club, to which residents have exclusive membership. The Beach Club ensures that luxury is the order of the day offering private beach access, an outdoor swimming pool and spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a theater with tiered seating, a social room with a media center, a bar and fireplace, an elegant boardroom, a billiards room and two guest suites. Unrivaled luxury living, exceptional amenities, world-class service and amazing views are what you’ll find here.

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Opened in 2021, the newest Ritz-Carlton Residences in Sarasota is located in the heart of the new waterside Quay development in downtown Sarasota. With 18 floors and 73 condominiums, the building offers spectacular views of the bay and downtown cityscape. Enjoy large open floorplans, soaring 11-foot ceilings, deep balconies and panoramic water views along with resort-style amenities, world-class service and a luxury lifestyle.

 THE RITZ-CARLTON RESIDENCES, SARASOTA BAY, 555 Quay Commons (under construction)

The next Ritz-Carlton Residence will be located alongside the newest one that opened in 2021 and is expected to be completed by early 2026. Ideally located in the center of downtown and the Quay Sarasota, the developers expect this building to be a highly coveted waterfront destination. The condominiums will feature 12-13-foot ceilings, large terraces, expansive views and elevators that open directly into each residence. It will be surrounded by the area’s newest high-end mixed-use development, The Quay, which will feature a boardwalk, waterfront park, marina, boutique shops and restaurants. Besides the highly desirable location and views, residents will enjoy the impeccable service, amenities, and upscale living that the Ritz-Carlton brand is known for.

If you’re looking for a home that delivers unparalleled service, luxurious surroundings, and world-class amenities, then look no further than the Ritz-Carlton Residences. Michael Saunders & Company has an office conveniently located in the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and our expert agents here work exclusively with sellers and buyers of Ritz-Carlton Residences. You deserve the very best and Michael Saunders & Company is here to assist you in finding your dream home within a Ritz-Carlton property in Sarasota, just as we have successfully done for the past 23 years and will continue to do so for many more.

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The Ritz-Carlton and Michael Saunders & Company: Exemplifying the Best in Luxury Real Estate was last modified: May 10th, 2023 by Allison Purcell