Waterfront Communities Stepping into the Limelight


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 21st, 2016 – A rich collection of waterfront homes in several Suncoast communities are set for completion this 2016, well in time to reap some marketing mileage from world-class rowing and sailing events that Southwest Florida is hosting in 2017 and in 2018.

Sarasota and Manatee counties are expecting some 40,000 visitors from more than 60 countries to converge at the Nathan Benderson Park from September 24 to October 1, 2017 for the World Rowing Championship. This event, the first time in 23 years that it’s held in the U.S., is expected to be covered by nine international TV networks, in addition to coverage from domestic U.S. stations.

It is likewise projected that this championship will generate a $25 million economic impact. Besides the rowing competitions, several side events are being lined up, such as entertainment and local tours. This will cover such destinations as St. Armands, downtown Sarasota, and Bradenton’s Riverwalk around which there are a lot of newly built waterfront homes and condos for sale.

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Potential market exposure to a similar international audience is likewise forthcoming in the World Sailing Annual Conference that Sarasota will be hosting. Scheduled to be held November 2‒11, 2018, this would be the first time that this prestigious gathering will be held in the U.S.

More than 400 participants from over 100 member-countries of World Sailing (WS) typically attend this gathering. Sarasota won the right to host this blue-ribbon gathering of WS decision makers during their annual meeting in Barcelona this November.

This event will certainly further elevate the Suncoast as an international sports destination. The 2018 Sarasota WS Conference will also bring delegates to the Offshore Racing Congress and the Yacht Racing Forum, the first time that these gatherings will share the same date and venue as the WS confab.

Given their importance to the world sailing community, the Sarasota Sports Commission hopes to capitalize on these meetings for future major sailing events in Sarasota County. Notably, the annual Yacht Racing Forum, attended by the prime movers of yacht racing and the business of sailing, covers major professional events like the Volvo Ocean Series and the America’s Cup.

Luxury Home Samplings

Tourism-wise, over a thousand room nights are expected to be generated during the annual conference. As important, it will likewise provide a peg for realtors marketing the various waterfront communities in Sarasota as well as in Manatee.

This should be particularly true for the new developments or newly built waterfront homes in the two counties. Three of these are luxury home choices at Angler’s Cove in Anna Maria Island where its Villa Risa subdivision offers sales-listed choices between the $1.5 million and $2 million range. These residences feature floor areas of about 3,000 square feet designed with four to five bedrooms.

Samplings on new builds in riverfront communities can be explored at the Islands of the Manatee River. Just this November, a newly completed residence here was listed among Manatee and Sarasota homes for sale, featuring three bedrooms and three baths within a floor plan of 3,328 square feet. This residence is priced in the upper $900s and is approved for a boat dock that would open direct access to the Manatee River and onwards to Gulf of Mexico, perfectly in theme with the upcoming Suncoast water sports events of international caliber.