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The secret is out. Florida’s West Coast is on fire. Even before US News & World Report named Sarasota as the #1 “BEST PLACE TO LIVE IN FLORIDA,” all eyes have been on Tampa Bay as we receive rave reviews from our restaurant scene to our cultural offerings. 

Many who want to enjoy our slice of our paradise are choosing to live high above our vibrant, walkable, downtown destinations and enjoy the luxury condominium life.  

Recently, the luxury offerings available to buyers in Sarasota, St Petersburg and Tampa rival any major market in the country. The continued strength of the luxury market along the West Coast of Florida by contrast to many of the major markets in the US is astounding.  

“The shift of buyer profiles has definitely had a positive impact on the quality of offerings in the region, service, style, finishes and lifestyle have all be pushed forward by years,” explained Simon Bacon, the Executive Director of the Michael Saunders & Company Developer Services Division. “Service is paramount for lifestyle in the modern market, it is shifting the way buildings are being designed for tomorrow, today.” 

OBSIDIAN Residences will raise the stature of downtown Sarasota physically and metaphorically. There is no more exclusive offering for amenity and service; with just 14 residences that are fully customizable in the sky, and located on historic Palm Avenue, the once in a lifetime offering will never be repeated.


Developer Matt Kihnke, President of the Sarasota-based MK Equity Corporation, recently announced plans to build OBSIDIAN Residences, an 18-story boutique luxury condominium tower on historic Palm Avenue in downtown Sarasota. Located at 1260 North Palm Avenue, the building will redefine downtown luxury living and offer one residence per floor for a total of 14 meticulously designed “exclusive custom homes in the sky.”

Each residence will be personalized to meet the individual desires of its owner and offer an abundance of resort-style amenities on four levels, including a sky deck on the roof of the building which incorporates a lap pool, spa, and firepit. 

OBSIDIAN is one-of-a kind and will blend the downtown core and walkability with amazing 360 expansive views of Sarasota Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the City. The level of service will be similar to The Rosewood or St. Regis, and the first of its kind in downtown.

SOTA Residences brings a highly designed,serviced boutique lifestyle to Sarasota that has not been available to buyers in the market previously. Located in the heart of walkable downtown, SOTA pairs a limited collection of 35 residences with the curated services of a boutique hotel.

Kihnke is proud to say the OBSIDIAN building design will appear as “sculptural art,” noting that Sarasota’s Palm Avenue is known as Gallery Row, where artisans offer everything from paintings and sculptures to hand-blown glass. “I love this project because I am passionate about art and architecture and I want to incorporate both into this project.”

Each residence will be customized for personal use, ranging from three to five bedrooms, and include plenty of flex space to create an office, studio, music room, library, private fitness room or an additional wine cellar. The building is pet-friendly, and “out-of-town” guest friendly, with on-site suites for guests. Residence floor plans start with three bedrooms and up for a total of 14 full-floor custom homes.


Lush landscaping will be prevalent throughout the outdoor amenity areas on both the fourth and top floor, providing residents with a tranquil, private sanctuary in the heart of downtown Sarasota, which will be serviced by a dedicated staff. Guests may be entertained in the wine-tasting room or the dedicated cigar/card lounge to enjoy a game of billiards. Those seeking serenity will enjoy the indoor/outdoor yoga and meditation studio.  The Wellness Center offers a sauna, steam room and treatment room for massage, a doctor’s concierge office, and a cold plunge ice bath. Golf enthusiasts will find a private golf simulator room, and others a unique bocce ball space surrounded by lush landscape.

Additionally, the fourth-floor amenity level will have a spacious club room, fitness center, garden and resident water feature with fire pit.

OBSIDIAN SALES LOUNGE by appointment only: Jonathan Abrams 941-232-2868

Michael Saunders & Company – 1460 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34236

SOTA Residences & Hotel – Mixed-Use Project Changing the Face of Downtown Sarasota 

Internationally known Trepp Developments LLC President Rodrigo Trepp has expanded from South America to Florida’s West Coast. He has designed a sophisticated new mixed-use tower to include a boutique hotel and luxury residences located in the heart of downtown Sarasota.

Located at 1703 Main Street, SOTA will include a 16-story tower with interiors designed by award-winning and New York City-based Andre Kikoski Architect. SOTA includes 35 spacious residences and 120 hotel rooms as a Tapestry Collection by Hilton.  Residents and visitors will find a 4,500 square foot restaurant offering a unique culinary concept. Owners will enjoy cutting-edge design with the convenience of boutique hotel services at their doorstep. The two-and-three-bedroom residential condominiums start at approximately $1.8 million. 


“SOTA will embrace the joys of contemporary urban living and encourage residents to “live in the heart of what’s next,” explained Rodrigo Trepp. “We will offer next-level living downtown.”

SOTA will offer residents easy access to the cultural and culinary joys of Sarasota in this oh-so-walkable neighborhood. The Main Street location offers a way to explore downtown from the waterfront and arts and cultural offerings to a variety of sophisticated and causal restaurants nearby.

Separate hotel and residential lobbies will be located on the ground level with hotel and reception amenities on the fifth level floor. There will be six floors of condominium residences starting on the eleventh floor. 

Amenities will include a restaurant and lounge that will be the centerpiece of the fifth floor, a pool and expansive pool deck with exterior dining. A fitness center and a private residential massage room and meeting space. A private residential club room with catering kitchen and an outdoor terrace will be located on the 16th floor for spectacular sunset and water views.

SOTA Sales Gallery: 1734 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 

941-462-3900 | |

Residences at 400 Central -St. Petersburg – LUXURY LIVING IN THE SKY

Talk about luxury living in the sky! The Residences at 400 Central will soar above downtown St. Petersburg’s vibrant Central Avenue and anticipated to be the tallest residential condominium on Florida’s Gulf Coast when completed in early 2025.

Features of the 301 luxurious condominium homes include light-filled interiors, high-end designer finishes, floor-to-ceiling glass and large sliding doors that showcase the panoramic views. 

Expansive wrap-around terraces allow for prime enjoyment of our Florida sunshine.

Private residential amenities, from the tropical resort-style pool deck to the professional-grade fitness & wellness.  With a 46th floor observation deck, residents and their guests will be able to look at the stars with breathtaking views from the highest point in St. Petersburg.

The project is being developed by New York-based Red Apple Real Estate. The design team is led by the internationally renowned architectural firm Arquitectonica.

The Residences at 400 Central Sales Gallery: 465 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg

727-209-7848 – / 

Sarasota realtor Evan Danzig recently moved from New York City and joined the Michael Saunders & Company team.  He’s excited to offer his clients these luxury “Mansions in the Sky” options.  “Now more than ever, we are seeing a trend in the market here where developers are including many over the top amenities in their new condo projects.  Additionally, the overall aesthetic of these projects cater to an extremely discerning clientele. While this has been the trend for quite some time in cities like New York, Los Angeles and Miami, it’s interesting and quite promising to see it in cities like St. Petersburg and Sarasota. I think this speaks volumes as to where the market has gone, and where it is heading.“

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