Courtyards concept is “East is the new West” allowing simple modern living in the highly regarded downtown area and having convenient access to the arts and the beautiful beaches Sarasota has to offer. We appreciate our area to the fullest and want everyone else to have the opportunity to also.



The Team



Joe Russo

Licensed Real Estate Broker

Broker and Sarasota Resident for over twenty years has been involved in local real estate and development since he made Sarasota his home. His high energy and enthusiasm has helped bring back the Sarasota market and create a buzz for the new style of living.





Cheryl Blankenship

Sarasota native, local Artist and Designer. Her passion for Sarasota living is what conceptually brought in the idea to make “East is the new West”. Her ideas and designs are revamping East of the trail to give it a modern downtown chic appeal.



Joseph Russo Sr.

A Florida Resident for 25 yrs with a long history in residential and commercial development. Joseph Sr. better known as Popi to family, friends, and clients, he brings the same energy as his son Joseph Russo to Courtyard Modern. Retired but still keeping an eye on each project of the actual development process. He’s the one with a one on one personal touch, making sure our clients understand and get exactly what they want in the Courtyard modern home.