Real estate briefs



Premier Sotheby’s International Realty placed among the top 40 real estate firms nationally for closed dollar volume in 2012, reports the Real Trends 500 Survey.

Premier Sotheby’s, based in Naples, ranked 37th, up from 46th in 2011. With an average sales price of $748,737, it also ranked No. 13 among the top 50 firms by average home sales prices.

The company expanded into the Sarasota market in 2008 and now has 19 offices and more than 450 associates along Florida’s Gulf Coast. It ranked No. 25 among the top firms nationwide in terms of closed sales volume per sales associate.

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty holds the majority market share of properties sold for over $1 million in Southwest Florida.



DiVosta Homes is moving ahead on an active-adult community, Sandhill Preserve, in the Palmer Ranch. DiVosta recently purchased 111 lots at the intersection of Central Sarasota Parkway and Honore Avenue. The builder expects to open the community in early 2014.

Planned amenities at the gated community include a resort-style pool, clubhouse and fitness center. The community is expected to offer several single-story plans that range from approximately 1,500 to 2,400 square feet with two to four bedrooms and two or three baths.

The community is expected to begin land development efforts by the summer with sales beginning in early 2014.



Bruce Williams Homes has begun construction on a new model, the Blue Cypress, in the 62-lot, 107-acre Winding River community, off Upper Manatee River Road in east Manatee County.

Prices start in the low $400,000s, with houses ranging in size from 2,600 to 5,000 square feet. The community has a private boat launch on the river.

Harold Bubil

Recipient of the 2015 Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award from the American Institute of Architects/Florida-Caribbean, Harold Bubil is real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune Media Group. Born in Newport, R.I., his family moved to Sarasota in 1958. Harold graduated from Sarasota High School in 1970 and the University of Florida in 1974 with a degree in journalism. For the Herald-Tribune, he writes and edits stories about residential real estate, architecture, green building and local development history. He also is a photographer and public speaker. Contact him via email, or at (941) 361-4805.
Last modified: May 17, 2013
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