The best closing gift is loyalty

Sunset Beach at 2105 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key


The world of friendship and business is inherently based on a large degree of loyalty.

Bruce Myer

The practice of real estate on Longboat Key is no different. And often what starts as a simple transaction turns into both a friendship and business relationship that spans decades. For veteran Longboat Key Realtor Bruce Myer, the recent decision by a couple he sold a Gulfside residence more than 30 years ago to list and sell their property with him brings a large degree of happiness and professional satisfaction.

Myer says he is moved by the strength of friendships and relationships he has developed in his more than 40 years of selling real estate on Longboat Key. That strength was evident a few weeks ago when Robert Rittereiser called to tell him he and his wife, Mary, were ready to sell their 1,837 square foot Sunset Beach residence that sports expansive Gulf front views.

As much as Myer’s real estate career has evolved over the decades, so has the intrinsic value of the island in general. When the Rittereisers bought their Sunset Beach residence in 1987, they paid $344,000. Fast-forward 31 years and the list price is $1.195 million.

Sunset Beach was developed by Arvida, the entity that master-planned the Islandside and Key Club properties and numerous condominiums and residential communities on Longboat Key.

In 1987, the island as we know it today was about one-half built out, with several signature buildings including Sanctuary and L’Ambiance still to come.

Myer says that in 1987 the residence he sold the Rittereisers was brand new and offers several of the advantages of living mid-key. One aspect of development that has evolved, says Myer, is the ever-increasing demand over the years for three bedroom condominiums. That was one of the selling points for the Rittereisers and at the time Sunset Beach was one of the few buildings that sported three bedroom units.

Myer says the property will likely sell quickly and that several people from within the Sunset Beach community of 65 residences have already expressed interest because it is a three bedroom.

For the Rittereisers, leaving Sunset Beach may be bittersweet, but is filled with great memories. While Myer was busy with his real estate career and raising his family, Bob and Mary brought their own children and then grandchildren, for countless beachside vacations and holidays. Myer knows whover buys the residence will start the cycle anew of falling in love with Longboat Key.

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