October in Sarasota

By | September 26, 2016

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The weather is great and our fall season is in full swing. There are a myriad of festivals and fun events going on in the Sarasota area during the month of October. Here are just a few to check out: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for More Information Oct. 1st National Fossil Day Bradenton South Florida Museum Oct. 1st 2nd Annual Beer, Bands & BBQ Lakewood … Read More! »

Sarasota Real Estate Update

By | September 23, 2016

Red Upward Graph

The Sarasota Manatee Association of Realtors reports that sales of distressed properties in the two-county area continued to decline in August, down 53.9 percent from the same month last year. Distressed sales in August comprised only 5.8 percent of total sales compared to 12.8 percent last August. Closed sales of single family homes and condos combined are up only slightly, 1.8 percent ahead of last August. But a closer look at traditional … Read More! »

The Lazy Lobster of Longboat

By | September 20, 2016

lazy-lobster

While having a week of “staycation” on Longboat Key this week, we had dinner at the Lazy Lobster. Initially we chose the restaurant because it was one of the few that were not closed for vacation during this slow time of the season on the Key. We did not make a reservation as things didn’t seem to be too crowded during the week with traffic being very light … Read More! »

Ringling International Arts Festival

By | September 15, 2016

Ringling Museum Night

October 13- 16, 2016 With daring audacity and riveting virtuosity, performers from across America and around the world are coming to Sarasota for the most innovative, inventive, and exhilarating RIAF yet.   From the “down under” antics of Australian acrobats, to the “over the top” brilliance of internationally-acclaimed musicians, actors, and dancers, the 2016 Ringling International Arts Festival is your opportunity to experience the outrageously sublime, the profoundly surreal, … Read More! »

Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show

By | August 31, 2016

Home Show

Don’t miss the Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show being held at Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds from September 16 through 18th. This home show event is designed for homeowners who are in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. The show includes home improvement and remodeling exhibits with product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes. Plus with the exhibitors’ special, show-only deep discounts, you have a fantastic opportunity to shop, compare and … Read More! »

Real Estate Statistics for July in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | August 29, 2016

The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee report that median sale prices for condos and single family homes continue to increase in both counties. Sarasota County single family homes are up 10.5 percent from 2015 to $242,500, while Manatee County experienced an 11.7 percent jump from 2015 to $279,250. Year over year, condo median sales prices rose 7.9 percent from 2015 to $205,000 in Sarasota and 21.9 percent to $185,250 in Manatee. … Read More! »

For Live Music Head to the Blue Rooster

By | August 29, 2016

Blue Rooster

For live entertainment and some of the best bands around town, head to the Blue Rooster on Fourth Street between Lemon and Orange. Open every day but Sunday and Monday for dinner, this is the place for good southern comfort food and a fun atmosphere. The Blue Rooster menu features New American Southern fare which takes simple, locally-sourced base ingredients and transforms them into true blue southern comfort … Read More! »

September in Sarasota

By | August 26, 2016

Sept 2016

This month marks the beginning of the fall season. Here’s just a sampling of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of September: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for More Information Sept. 1st Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art Sept. 1-25th “The GiGi’s” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre Sept. 2-3rd Village of the Arts ArtWalk Bradenton Village of the Arts Sept. 2-4th 70th … Read More! »

Real Estate Prices Continue to Rise in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | August 22, 2016

Real Estate Up Graph

Median sale prices are on the rise for condos and single family homes in both counties. Single family median sales prices are up 7.8 percent in Sarasota County to $248,000, while Manatee County experienced a 12.4 percent jump to $285,000. The Sarasota County condo median sale price rose 4.3 percent to $219,000, and Manatee County also saw an increase of 11.6 percent in condo sales price over last … Read More! »

Casey Key Architectural Legacy

By | August 11, 2016

The natural beauty of Casey Key has attracted the attention of visitors and residents to the Gulf Coast for many years. Casey Key’s first non-native inhabitants were members of the Isaac Shumard family, originally from Missouri, who arrived around 1900. Casey Key’s earliest remaining structures date back to the first quarter of the 20th century and were quite typical of Sarasota’s Boom Time, Mediterranean Revival Style, architecture. However, … Read More! »