“Bay House.” One-of-a-kind town home at Echelon on Palm

With a surge of buyers moving from large single-family homes on the barrier islands to condominiums in the heart of downtown, Echelon on Palm’s one-of-a-kind Bay House is a unique option for a buyer making the transition from a private home to the convenience of a low-maintenance condominium.

The 4,437 square foot, three bedroom, three bath, two half -bath Bay House encompasses the first two levels of Echelon, the new luxury 18-story condominium community located at 624 South Palm Avenue. Long known as a highly desirable location, with bay front park and Sarasota Bay to the west and the dining, shopping, culture, and services of downtown Sarasota to the east, Echelon has proven popular with those seeking the excitement and walk ability of an urban lifestyle in an a charming residential neighborhood.

The owner of Bay House will enjoy a private two-car garage, first level Owners’ Suite, soaring walls of glass, 21 foot ceilings in the living/dining room, spacious family room and kitchen, flexible open loft/office space, private elevator, walled bay view terrace with

summer kitchen, second level bay view terrace and easy walk-out access to both Gulfstream and Palm Avenues. If purchased pre-construction, the buyer will have the ability to work with the design team to customize the interiors and choose from a wide variety of finish selections. Bay House is priced at $3,100,000, fully finished.

In addition to the town home, Echelon on Palm features 15 full-floor residences of 4,155 square feet each and one residence of 3,086 square feet all with expansive views from multiple bay and city view terraces. The flowing great room floor plans include private elevator lobbies, high ceilings, open kitchens, on-floor storage and summer kitchens overlooking Sarasota Bay. Prices for the condominium residences range from $2,195,000 – $4,250,000.
Architecturally distinct, Echelon is 65% sold and scheduled for a construction start in the next 30 days. Designed by Alcides Santiesteban, of Tampa, Florida, Santiesteban is known for his regional work including Aria, Longboat Key, Ovation in St. Petersburg and a variety of bay front towers in Bonita Bay just north of Naples.

Echelon’s amenities include a residents’ clubroom, fitness center, pool terrace with spa, fire table, bar and grill, and a dramatic roof top terrace where residents can entertain and stargaze. Volume ceilings, marble, limestone, and wide-plank wood flooring, multi-dimensional wall treatments, distinctive built-ins, dramatic lighting and original artwork will define the common areas.

Echelon is being developed by the Naples based Ronto Group, internationally recognized for its high-rise construction, land and luxury development expertise. The company, managed by Jack Solomon and his son, Anthony has completed over 10,000 high-rise residences, 2,000 single-family homes, several shopping plazas and a hotel. Wheelock Street Capital LLC, the financial partner in Echelon on Palm is a private real estate investment firm founded in 2008 by Merrick R. Kleeman and Jonathan H. Paul and is headquartered in Greenwich, CT and Boston, MA.

Beasley & Henley Creates Contemporary Interior Designs for Sarasota’s Echelon on Palm

Award-winning Winter Park Florida design firm, Beasley & Henley Interior Design (BHID) has been chosen by The Ronto Group, developer of Echelon on Palm, to create the interior design for downtown Sarasota’s newest luxury condominium community. BHID’s sleek modern designs complement the vernacular of Echelon’s visionary Tampa architect Alcides Santiesteban and reflect the buyers demand for sophisticated, contemporary urban living.

Beasley & Henley developed the standard interior finish specifications for each of the 17 residences and planned the space and selected the finishes for Echelon’s entry lobby, residents’ clubroom, fitness center and resident services offices. Residents will enjoy gathering spaces defined by dramatic volume ceilings, marble, limestone, and wide-plank wood flooring, multi-dimensional wall treatments, distinctive built-ins, dramatic lighting and original artwork. Installed at the project’s completion, the furnishings will be comfortably modern, with sleek designs and touchable fabrics.

“We are thrilled to be part of a distinctive urban enclave like Echelon, ” said Troy Beasley, principal of Beasley & Henley Interior Design. Our designs reflect the refined tastes of today’s sophisticated buyers, many of whom are seeking the innovative aesthetic that Echelon delivers.”
Since BHID was founded in 1993, partners Stephanie Henley and Troy Beasley have developed an exclusive list of private clients, high-end builders and developers throughout Florida, the US, the Caribbean, Kuwait and China.

Echelon is an 18- story residential tower located on toney south Palm Avenue, offering 15 full-floor residences of 4,155 sq. ft. each, one half-floor residence of 3,079 sq. ft., and one 4,381 sq. ft. two-level townhome. Each residence has soaring walls of glass, a private elevator entry, expansive bay and city views from multiple terraces in all directions, fully pocketing/stacking sliding doors opening to an oversized covered terrace with a summer kitchen, custom cabinetry with stone or quartz countertops, solid surface floors throughout, an optional gas fireplace, and the ability for pre-construction buyers to customize their floor plans and interiors.

The Echelon on Palm sales office is located onsite at 624 South Palm Avenue and is open by appointment. Contracts are now underway with residences priced from $2,150,000 to the high $3 millions. Construction is expected to commence December 2015.

Echelon on Palm To Bring 17 Luxury Condominium Residences to Downtown Sarasota- Reservations Underway

The Ronto Group of Naples, FL, announces Echelon on Palm, a new luxury condominium community that will be located in one of Sarasota’s most desirable downtown neighborhoods. Situated on tony Palm Avenue with neighboring art galleries and restaurants, the striking glass building was designed by Alcides Santiesteban, principal with Santiesteban & Associates Architects of Tampa, Florida.

Echelon on Palm will be an 18- story tower offering 15 full-floor residences of 4,155 square feet each, one half-floor residence of 3,079 square feet, and one 4,381 square foot two-level townhome. Each residence will have a private elevator entry and garage parking. Buyers will experience expansive bay and city views from terraces located on all sides of the building. Amenities include summer kitchens, a fitness center, yoga terrace, a residents’ clubroom, spacious pool area with spa, fire table and a roof top terrace for entertaining and stargazing.

Santiesteban, known for his local work including Aria, Longboat Key, The Tower Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota and The Ovation in St. Petersburg, says Echelon on Palm will enhance the downtown skyline with its use of soaring glass and curvilinear forms. “Residences at Echelon on Palm provide flexible open floor plans more typically associated with single family residences,” explained Santiesteban. “Expansive glass walls and oversized terraces allow for 360 degree views of downtown and the waterfront…we made sure to focus on the opportunity for indoor/outdoor living space which is so important to luxury buyers today.”

Located in the heart of downtown Sarasota, Echelon on Palm is just blocks from Burns Court and Main Street—offering residents convenient access to dining, cultural offerings and shopping.

“The Sarasota market is experiencing a resurgence of interest and excitement in 2015 so it’s the perfect time to create this one-of-a-kind community to complement our development portfolio,” said Anthony Solomon, Executive Vice President of The Ronto Group. “We are also thrilled to announce the opening of our sales office and to report the response to Echelon has been tremendous, with 50% of the residences reserved in just 4 weeks”
The Echelon on Palm sales office is located onsite at 624 South Palm Avenue and is open by appointment only. Reservations are now underway with residences priced from $2,100,000 to $3,975,000. For sales information contact Amy Drake, Ascentia Realty Group, 624 South Palm Ave. 941-376-9346, amy@echelononpalm.com.
Founded in 1967 by A. Jack Solomon, The Ronto Group, Inc. is a family company now managed by Jack and his son, Anthony. The Ronto Group expanded into Southeast Florida in 1978 and into the burgeoning Southwest Florida market in the mid-1980s. The company has completed over 10,000 high-rise residences, 2,000 single-family homes, several shopping plazas and a hotel. Now based in Naples, Florida, Ronto is internationally recognized for its high-rise construction, land and luxury development expertise.
Wheelock Street Capital LLC, the financial partner in Echelon on Palm is a private real estate investment firm founded in 2008 by Merrick R. Kleeman and Jonathan H. Paul and is headquartered in Greenwich, CT and Boston, MA.

Ronto Group, Wheelock Street buy lot for Echelon on Palm

BUYER: WSR-Sarasota LLC (WSREF II NRT LLC), Greenwich, Conn.
SELLER: Timothy and Kristen Beury
PROPERTY: 624 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota
PRICE: $1.3 million
PREVIOUS PRICE: $690,000, May 2004
LAW FIRM ON DEED: Foley & Lardner LLP, Tampa

The Ronto Group plans to combine the parcel with an additional adjacent lot at 621 Gulf Stream Ave. to create a 1/3 acre of land to develop an 18-story condominium tower called Echelon on Palm.

The tower will house a total of 17 units, including a two-story townhome unit. Units will contain more than 4,000 square feet of living space and will sell for an average of more than $3 million. Amenities include a swimming pool, social room, fitness room and rooftop terrace.

“We should be opening a sales office within a week or so,” Anthony Solomon, executive vice president of The Ronto Group, says in a press release. “We’ve already been out to the market with advertising for reservations. There has been a ton of interest. We’ll be converting those to contracts and plan to begin construction toward the end of the year.”

Construction of the building is expected to take 18 months.

Solomon says, the site offered the dual benefits of unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico and a desirable address on Palm Avenue.

Randy Thibaut and Doug Meschko of Land Solutions Inc. represented the buyer, and Steve Horn of Ian Black Real Estate represented the seller.

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