Wednesday, January 28, 2009

325 Casey Key Road Nokomis, Florida

The Herron Group with RE/MAX Alliance Group just re-listed 325 Casey Key Road Nokomis, Florida. This is the lowest priced Gulf Front home on Casey Key…it could very well steal your heart away. It is being offered at $1,599,000 with prices on the key going up to $18,500,000 for a Gulf to Bay property at the North end of Casey Key.

Casey Key is Sarasota’s most prestigious barrier island and home to the area’s most exclusive properties.

You can own this exceptional beachcomber’s haven and enjoy the spectacular sunsets from your glass walled family room or your very own private powdery white sandy beach. The panoramic water views are fantastic and unbelievable.

This is truly “Old Florida Charm” beach cottage built in 1947 and it still has the Pecky Cypress wood ceilings. Most of the homes that were built on Casey Key in the 30’s, 40’s and early 50’s were built with a lot of Pecky Cypress. An old neighbor of mine up at the North End of Casey Key who had an older home with Pecky Cypress told me it allowed the home to breath. Back then there wasn’t any air conditioning or central heating. You had a fireplace or two and most of the older homes were closed up over the summer months. Yet when the owners returned in the fall the homes were fine with no signs of mold or mildew.

On the humorous side I thought he was referring to the appearance of the wood which is holey and grooved as to why it helped the house breath. It probably didn’t hurt.

If you would like more information on Casey Key water front real estate please contact the Herron Group at 941-350-5035 or e-mail Nick Herron.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Casey Key by the Numbers

The saying goes that the only thing that doesn’t change is change itself. That’s mostly true, except perhaps for Casey Key.

The face of Florida’s west coast barrier islands has changed radically over the last 50 years. Old timers recall simpler times on the keys, when agriculture was about the only thing to be found east of Sarasota. As the secret got out, we’ve seen an influx of business, industry, and year-round residents. During recent peak development years, Siesta Key, Lido Key, and Longboat Key have seen a literal rise in condominiums, hotels, and restaurants. Things have slowed since the recent recession, but buildings are here to stay.

Sure, Casey Key has changed, too. There was a time when young people could light a bonfire on the beach and no one would care. But Casey Key has withstood many of the changes faced by our island neighbors. Drive down our eight miles of peaceful neighborhood streets and you won’t find the crowded hotels, busy restaurants, and sunburned tourists that love our mild Florida winters and pristine beaches. Our small piece of paradise is just that—small. And unspoiled. Numbers tell a story, so here’s a look at Casey Key by the numbers:*

8. Casey Key is just eight miles long. That will never change, give or take a few sand bars.

300. Casey Key is just 300 yards wide. We’re one of the rarest places on earth where your home property can stretch from bay to beach.

563. There are 563 registered voters on our island. We mix celebrity homeowners like Stephen King and Martina Navratilova with old-fashioned, regular folks who’ve achieved their dreams.

411. We have 411 single-family homes here. Breathtaking, most of them. Waterfront designer beauties. And outstanding golf courses are just minutes away.

1. One phone call is all it takes to find your new home on or near Casey Key. Call 800-789-6580 or email Nick Herron with The Herron Group, RE/MAX Alliance Group for more information on Casey Key real estate, waterfront homes, and golf course living.

*Source of numbers: Herald Tribune article, January 25, 2009.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

At the North Entrance to Casey Key is The Villas at Bellagio Harbor Village off Blackburn Point Road at 14021 Bellagio Way #303

Before you cross the swing bridge onto Casey Key on the North side of Blackburn Point Road is the Bellagio. It is a wonderful water front boater’s condo community for you and your boat with water views across the Bay to the North end of Casey Key.

This condo unit has a great floor plan there are three bedroom, three and a half baths, Den or office with wood floors, large tile throughout main living area, large tiled terrace with views of Bay and Casey Key, and the lovely pool. Out the back of the unit you have views of the boat basin, docks, and marina. Private elevator opens to your own lobby. The unit has two car garage parking and storage. This unit has over $70,000 in upgrades.

This is Not a Short Sale, but is being sold below what they paid for it new in 2006. They paid $1,046,000 plus have added fans, lights, and crown molding, tile on the terrace, and window treatments. They are also including their dry boat slip rackominium (Casey 12) 36 ft. long, 11 ft. wide, and 15 ft high, which they paid $69,000. All this is now priced for only $849,000. Not a Short Sale…just one incredible water front deal! View virtual tour:

Outstanding water front community amenities for you and your boat including large swimming pool and spa, exercise room, marina, fuel and boat store, boat docks, rackominium and a great restaurant and bar on premise.

You can e-mail Nick Herron with The Herron Group, RE/MAX Alliance Group for more information on water front condos and homes.

Just Sold By The Herron Group Bay Front Nokomis Across From Casey Key

This had been a short sale (the owner owed the bank more than the sale price a lot more). I had put an offer in on the property for my client as a back –up to the lower first offer the seller had gotten. After four months of hearing nothing from the Bank. The Bank takes the first offer with out countering it or even notifying us. The first buyer contracts with another buyer who calls us. We were able to assume this second contract and close in a week at not much more than my client’s original offer to the Bank.

I am seeing more and more short sales and foreclosures in the higher end Water Front Properties and Golf Course & Country Club communities. In my eighteen years of selling luxury real estate on Florida’s West Coast I have never experience so many distressed property sales.
This property had 250 feet of sea wall, sailboat water, and two boat docks. The windows had all been replaced with hurricane impact glass, stuccoed, and a new metal roof. It was in very good condition for a short sale property.

A lot of the Short Sale properties have really been damaged by their owners. They have taken the appliances, even the built-ins. Some have taken the sinks and the toilets. Several that I have shown have holes in drywall and doors. Swimming pools are black from being turned off for long period of time. All of these Short Sale and Foreclosure properties are being sold in AS/IS condition. So if you do decide to buy one of these properties. Make sure you get home inspections done immediately and your contract is contingent on the inspections. When buying these Short Sales it is going back to Buyer Be Ware, nothing is warranted.

You can e-mail Nick Herron if you would like more information on Short Sales and Foreclosures.