Premier Properties Sets New Sale-Price Record for Bird Key in Sarasota

Posted by Kristine Nickel — January 17, 2008

SARASOTA, Fla. – (Jan. 18, 2008) – A new record for a real estate sale on Bird Key was set today with the sale of a residence for $6.9 million. The five bedroom estate with waterside pool, spa and deepwater dock was listed with Marcia Salkin and Paulene Soublis of Premier Properties of Southwest Florida, Inc. Sarasota Division. The property is located at 643 Mourning Dove Drive.The sellers, Mickey and Brooke Callanen, contracted Bella Casa of Sarasota to build the luxury property. The architect was Cliff Scholtz. The buyers were not disclosed."This sale demonstrates the drawing power of Sarasota, especially the appeal of waterside living," said Steve Bailey, Vice President and Regional Manager of Premier Properties. "We continue to experience robust activity in the luxury home market here as established by this record breaking sale price."The Callanen’s, formerly of Darien, Connecticut reside on Siesta Key in Sarasota. The Mourning Dove Drive property was the fourth residential property they have constructed in the area. The Callanen’s were successful real estate developers in Connecticut, although Callanen is probably best known for his marketing success in creating demand for branded timepieces with Guess watches in the 1980s.Surrounded by Sarasota Bay, Bird Key is an exclusive enclave of quiet streets and beautiful views. Residents of Bird Key include several international celebrities, although the island is known for its privacy and security. Another plus is its proximity to the many lifestyle and cultural amenities for which Sarasota is recognized. Developed in the 1950s by the Arvida Corporation, the island is especially appealing to boaters with many of its homes situated directly on the bay.About Salkin and SoublisMarcia Salkin and Paulene Soublis have been real estate partners for over 20 years, specializing in waterfront properties. The team joined Premier Properties in November 2006 shortly after Premier located its newest division in Sarasota. "Premier’s reputation for integrity, service and professionalism is totally in sync with our values as real estate professionals," says Salkin.About Premier PropertiesPremier Properties is a division of The Lutgert Companies, a group of affiliated private companies involved in real estate development, real estate brokerage services, developer consultation services, personal and commercial insurance services, residential mortgage services and title services. The Lutgert Companies presence in Southwest Florida dates to 1964.

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