Didn't we all know this? The Sarasota-Manatee region attracts wealth.
Here's confirmation: In its 2014 edition of "Luxury Defined," Christie's International Real Estate places Sarasota among the top 10 small communities worldwide in sales of high-priced homes, Herald business writer Matt M. Johnson reported this week.
One Siesta Key estate sold this year for $10.25, a record for the year to date.
Also in East Manatee, the exclusive Concession golf community is a major magnet for the sporting set looking to live large. The starting price of an empty lot there is an eye-popping low $200,000.
Check your sofa for spare change: One Concession home, a mere 17,700 square feet, is now on the market for $16.5 million.
The Ritz Carlton golf club out east provides another high-end attraction for home buyers. Just the marquee name oozes money.
Longboat Key's no slouch in rich buyers, some more like an estate than mere home. Anna Maria Island is well stocked with wealthy residents, too.
It appears many of these buyers are just bringing their personal wealth. We sure would like to see new companies and jobs tagging along.