Schemmel Property Group Closes Highest Sale On Casey Key Since February 2007


SARASOTA, Fla. (July 28, 2009) – Signature Sotheby’s International Realty, the luxury real estate brokerage firm, is pleased to announce that sales associate Joel Schemmel and his team at The Schemmel Property Group recently closed a significant sale for $6.2 million. The property is located at 1538 N. Casey Key Road, Osprey.

Often referred to as one of Sarasota County’s Marquee properties, Hollywood even sought it out as the prime location for the movie “Palmetto” starring Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Shue in 1998. The home is on well over two acres stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Intra-Coastal Waterway. The entire façade of the home as well as the interior is “fossilized coral stone” mined from a private quarry and brought to Casey Key. Stonemasons spent over three years working on the home, which includes many other custom stone carvings and features. The property includes an elaborate main home, dock/guest house, enormous patios, an incredible stone fountain/pool area and a tennis court.

“Particularly in today’s economic environment, homes of this caliber require a unique, dynamic and comprehensive marketing strategy along with the ability to consistently communicate market activity and pricing trends to both sellers and buyers”, says Schemmel. “The Sotheby’s International Realty network provided the platform to market this Estate not only locally but nationally and internationally as well.”

According to the Mid-Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service, this residence – known as “Sugar Bay Estate” – is the highest sale on Casey Key since February 2007.   Schemmel and his team have closed over $15 million in volume on Casey Key since 2008 making him one of the top selling agents on Casey Key for closed transactions in 2008 – 09.

Schemmel moved swiftly in the real estate world after relocating to Sarasota from Europe in 2003 and is currently ranked among the top agents in Sarasota based on closed sales. Joel’s career also encompasses over fifteen years working with Arthur Andersen, Andersen Legal, and the Ernst & Young Law Alliance both in the USA and Europe. Joel was an International Partner within each of these organizations and immediately before returning to the USA, was managing partner of a 45-attorney law firm based in Central Europe.

As the number one producing team of Signature Sotheby’s, the Schemmel Property Group consisting of Joel Schemmel, Kathleen Ucci and Sharon Chiodi continues to surpass company goals. The individual skills and experience of each of the team members’ come together to further enhance the level of service provided to their clients. The result is instantaneous synergy and greater depth of service resulting in client satisfaction, repeat customers, ongoing referrals and sales such as this.

Signature Sotheby’s International Realty is located at The Plaza at Five Points, 50 Central Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236 and in Venice at 230 S. Tamiami Trail, 34285.

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