Gary Garner moved from Ohio to Sarasota County in 1986 where his love of the water led him to become a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captain. Enamored by south-west FL, Gary moved to the Venice area where he began investing in and selling waterfront properties for his own portfolio. His other love is meeting new people from all walks of life, and people are naturally drawn to his indubitable warm, sincere and friendly personality. Bringing all these interests together he launched a charter cruise boat company to share the fun of the water in a social setting. A natural progression to this experience was becoming a licensed Realtor and showing people how to make this life their own. Gary became a top producer doing what he loves to do best - listing and selling waterfront property and eventually started his own highly successful real estate firm.
In early 2000 Gary decided to summer in the mountains of Asheville, NC. He found a new interest - high-end mountain resort homes and joined the sales team of Mountain Air Country Club. His exploration of the area led him to the exquisite resort town of Highlands, NC where he purchased a 125 year old inn - The Main Street Inn. Gary's personality was a perfect fit for the hospitality business. His superb natural talent for making people feel at home by providing the highest quality of personal service and amenities brought him many awards such as being ranked by Executive Travel magazine as one of the top seven inns to visit in America, as well as Southern Living magazine's favorite inn in Highlands, NC.
In early 2010, Gary affiliated himself with Signature Sothebys International Realty, now Premier Sothebys International Realty and quickly resumed his top producer status.
"I can easily relate to part time owners and those who seek homes in various lifestyles. I enjoy waterfront real estate in Florida while living in a mountain home in Highlands, NC and have a loft in Virginia Highlands in Atlanta. I also understand the concerns of absentee ownership and feel I can ease the minds of those buyers who wish to purchase property in Sarasota County."
Southern hospitality, high standards, superb personal service and a lifelong love and knowledge of the water and real estate....these are the qualities that Gary Garner brings to Premier Sotheby's as one of the company's highly regarded professionals in the Venice office.