“I had an absolutely splendid week in April 2013 exchanging homes with Gene and Chris Smenos at their beautiful house in Sarasota. From the first email contact, I knew things would go happily and smoothly, and they did, in every respect. I look forward to having them as friends! The Smenos house is in an enclave in Sarasota called Pelican Cove, which is an extraordinary spot. It is 750 acres of bird sanctuary set in what feels like a botanical garden, with huge beautiful trees everywhere. There are six heated swimming pools scattered throughout the grounds (and tennis courts and an exercise room): guests have the run of the place. I fell in love with Pelican Cove, and might well end up getting a place there myself some day. I was told (by the very friendly and helpful neighbors) that the trees make Pelican Cove quite a bit cooler than the rest of Sarasota – so this might be a good option in summer as well as winter. It’s a destination in itself. It’s also worth noting that Pelican Cove is in the southern part of Sarasota, quite near to the town of Venice, which has the best beach I have seen on the Gulf Coast (less crowded and mellower than Sarasota’s famous Siesta Key). Venice, which also has a delightful and easy downtown, is less than 20 minutes away. The Smenos house manages to be both large and cozy, with patios in front and back that make you feel as though you are in the forest (which you sort of are!). It has three bedrooms and is beautifully laid out, with lots of interesting things to look at. Gene and Chris both cook, so the kitchen has everything. Chris even made some wonderful croissants to welcome me and left some oranges grown right at Pelican Cove. Gene and Chris are truly delightful people and it was a pleasure arranging everything with them. I returned home to find my New York apartment in perfect shape (with home-cooked food in the refrigerator!): I think they spent the whole week just scrubbing my place. I hope the Smenoses and I will exchange often.”
Two story townhouse in private resort community
Two story townhouse in private resort community
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Nestled along Little Sarasota Bay, Pelican Cove is a uniquely beautiful wooded surprise. Flowers and wildlife are abundant. This is a bird sanctuary designed by a botanist with trees and flowers imported from around the world. Sightings of manatees playing in the harbor or peacocks strutting across the lawn are frequent. Dolphins, cranes, egrets,owls, pelicans,herons,bald eagles, ospreys,roseate spoonbills,birds of every feather are plentiful.
Pelican Cove has three recreational clubhouses, six heated swimming pools, a spa, a sauna, four lighted tennis courts, and meandering scenic private paths and walkways for hiking, strolling, jogging or biking. Weekly water arobics, tai chi,dancing classes, and workout room are available as are our bikes and kayaks. Also parasailing, wave runners, sailboats, fishing charters etc. are available for rent here in Sarasota. There are three golf courses in close proximity.
Every day is a vacation.
Although secluded, our prime location near Sarasota Square Mall affords us access to everything- retail shops, banks, restaurants, movie theaters, golf courses, health clubs and beaches. University Town Center shopping mall just opened recently near Ellenton Designer Outlet mall, both high end retail shopping centers. From St. Armand's Circle in Sarasota to the North or Venice to the South, shopping is considered a serious activity.
Sarasota is home to the Ringling Museum of Art, Ringling Circus Museum, the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, the Sarasota Opera House (www.sarasotaopera.org),and the Asolo Theatre. There are many local theatre groups nearby.
Also, pologrounds, horseback riding, and world-class rowing club racing events nearby.
Disneyworld Orlando is a 2 hour drive to the Northeast.
Miami and the Florida Keys are an easy drive South through the Everglades.
nature parks 15 minutes away.
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