Author Archives: Joe Cleary

About Joe Cleary

Joe T. Cleary Realtor®, GRI, SFR, CDPE came to Sarasota from Cleveland, Ohio at the age of two. He graduated from Riverview High School where he was a member of the internationally famous “Kiltie Band”. Joe attended Western Carolina University in North Caroling where he graduated with a degree in Business Management. Joe was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and ultimately President of that fraternity. Upon graduation, Joe joined Walgreens Drug Stores in their management training program. After four and a half years with Walgreens he decided to join The Cleary Group in real estate sales. His adeptness with computer technology enables The Cleary Group to provide many special services to their client base. Joe’s firm commitment to success and excellent follow-thru has enabled his clients to realize their goals in the sale or purchase of real estate. He has become a very successful real estate Broker-Associate and especially enjoys working with his wife, Missy.


By | April 24, 2014

Monk's Steamer Bar

OK, I’ve held off for a while now so as not to give away our favorite local hang-out and date-nite spot with my wife… But, here it is… Eat at Monk’s in Gulf Gate on Superior Drive! It is a local dive bar but full of energy, great staff, patrons, music and food! Monk’s serves … Read More! »

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Early Settlers on Bee Ridge

By | April 7, 2014


Today the name Bee Ridge generally brings to mind a seven-lane highway of vehicles speeding between U.S. 41 and I-75. It hasn’t always been that way. The original Bee Ridge was a high ridge of land bounded roughly by Phillippi Creek, Cow Pen Slough, and Bee Ridge and Clark roads. It was home to wild … Read More! »

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Sarasota Naval Militia

By | March 29, 2014


More than a year before the United States entered World War I; Sarasota began to organize a naval militia division. In March 1916 an announcement in the Sarasota Times invited young men to meet at the Sarasota Yacht and Automobile Club to become part of the Florida Naval Militia. By that time, the U.S. Navy … Read More! »

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February Real Estate Statistics for Sarasota

By | March 25, 2014

Red Upward Graph

The Sarasota Association of Realtors most recent press release shows that property sales in Sarasota County for February 2014 maintained a very steady pace, and median sale prices for single family homes and condos also reflected market stability and integrity. Single family prices have been remarkably even for the past 12 months, while condo prices … Read More! »

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Sarasota Real Estate Market is Heating Up

By | February 25, 2014

The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for the month of June which shows that new listings were up substantially sending the total inventory to a 32-month high level, up 10.6 percent from December 2013 and yet another sign of a market in a strong recovery period. To read the entire press … Read More! »

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24th Annual Historic Homes Tour

By | February 20, 2014

24th Annual Historic Homes Tour

The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation is proud to present the 24th Annual Historic Homes Tour on Sunday, March 2nd, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the historic Laurel Park neighborhood. The public is invited to celebrate Sarasota’s rich architectural heritage by touring 10 significant yet diverse structures. Tour-goers will learn about the unique … Read More! »

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By | February 4, 2014

Anna Maria makes the Forbes’ top 15 list of “Prettiest Towns in America” for 2014. Read the quote from Forbes Magazine: Just south of Tampa, Anna Maria is a Gulf Coast beach town that has managed to avoid the sort of overdevelopment that plagues similar areas nearby – so it retains a certain small-town coastal … Read More! »

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Sarasota Bath Houses and Beach Pavilions

By | January 25, 2014


In Sarasota there has always been a need for beachfront facilities to accommodate sunbathing and recreation. Sarasota’s first bathhouse was built by C.I. Archibald on Crescent Beach. Its dressing rooms were a great improvement over the bushes for changing into one’s bathing attire. The first public bathhouse in Sarasota was built in Venice in 1925 … Read More! »

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2013 Real Estate Sales Up Double Over Last Year

By | January 22, 2014

Sarasota County median sale prices for single family homes and condos in December 2013 were up double figures over last December as the real estate market ended the year on another high note. Single family home prices were at $189,950 in December, compared to $165,000 last year at this time for a 15.1 percent increase. … Read More! »

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Sarasota Home Prices Continue to Rise

By | December 20, 2013


The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales numbers for the month of November. They report that median sale prices for single family homes sold in Sarasota County in November 2013 were up 20.6 percent over last November, a clear sign that recent price appreciation in the single family home market is continuing unabated. … Read More! »

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