Sarasota Real Estate Sales Stastics

By | August 21, 2014

House Upward Graph

The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for the month of July which show property sales in Sarasota County almost reached the 1,000 level for the fifth straight month in July 2014, falling just short at 928 closed transactions. In the county’s history, only once has such a five-month hot streak been accomplished – from March through July 2004 – falling just short this year … Read More! »

Happy Birthday Smacks Burgers & Shakes!

By | August 2, 2014

S'Macks Logo

S’macks Burgers & Shakes, the younger sibling of Gecko’s Grill & Pub, is celebrating a big birthday. Wednesday, August 6th marks the beginning of the Better Burger concept’s one year milestone at the corner of Bee Ridge & Shade in Sarasota. S’macks is Polished Casual food with a conscience. With its 100% Hormone and Steroid free Bison Burgers, Choice Angus, and locally sourced Top Dogs, S’macks’ original menu … Read More! »

Opening Act at the Lido Casino in 1940

By | July 31, 2014

On Garfield Drive, not too far from the famous Lido Casino, a comfortable but unpretentious house was noted for its unique fence. Carved in wood across the length were the first five bars of home owner’s theme song, “Thrill!” Inside, one of the rooms was filled with photographs and mementos of a life in the spotlight. For many years this was the home of Rudy Bundy, a nationally … Read More! »

Zillow Buys Trulia for $3.5 Billion – Can Real Estate Survive?

By | July 28, 2014

Let me start by saying that I personally and professionally like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com. It’s incredibly clear that internet advertising is the most effective form of advertising and at least these companies provide a great centralized medium for agents to advertise. The long and the short of it is that buyers overwhelmingly LOVE these sites, so if we as agents don’t accept them, we’re fighting a losing battle … Read More! »

August in Sarasota

By | July 28, 2014

August 2014

There are so many things to do in paradise this month. It’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that our area has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of August: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information Aug. 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street Aug. 1st Palm Avenue Art … Read More! »

Hot Streak Continues for the Sarasota Real Estate Market

By | July 22, 2014

The Sarasota Association of Realtors just reported that for the fourth straight month, property sales in Sarasota County topped 1,000 in June 2014, continuing a hot streak and signaling burgeoning strength in the local real estate market. Closed sales in June this year totaled 1,048, an improvement of 5.1 percent from the June 2013 figure of 997 sales. The breakdown was 727 single family homes and 321 condos … Read More! »

Christmas in July

By | July 14, 2014

Christmas in July returns to Historic Downtown Venice on Friday and Saturday, July 18 & 19th If you haven’t been to the Island of Venice lately… now’s the time to make it a day trip. Bring your shopping bags because with over 50 retail stores and restaurants participating in the big sales, gift baskets and giveaways, you’ll be sure to find something to jump start your holiday shopping … Read More! »

Lawn Bowling in Sarasota

By | July 12, 2014

The Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club has been around since 1927 and is conveniently located near downtown Sarasota at 809 North Tamiami Trail (Hwy 41) right next to the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. They have an international membership with many Canadian, English and Scottish bowlers. Bowlers from Eastern USA combine with local residents for an active winter season in Sarasota. This includes home and away matches with other Florida clubs, … Read More! »

Don’t Miss the Final Weekend of “The Price” by the Banyan Theater Company

By | July 10, 2014

This weekend through July 13th brings to close “The Price” written by Arthur Miller. “The Price” is the story of two brothers: one a successful surgeon who walked out on his family demands to pursue personal success, the other a policeman who sacrificed his education and career as a scientist to care for his invalid father. The brothers harbor a lifetime of jealousy and anger toward each other. … Read More! »

The Hob Nob Drive-In in Sarasota

By | July 4, 2014

The Hob Nob is an institution in Sarasota that has been around since the 50′s. Located at the corner of Highway 301 and 17th Street, this open air diner has retained its historical charm. Lots of black and white checkerd tile and chrome seats with red vinyl. It’s a casual, friendly atmosphere and almost always bustling with activity. Recent renovations included roll down shades for rainy days and … Read More! »