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The Sarasota County Fair

By | February 29, 2016

Sarasota Agricultural Fair

From March 18th through the 27th we will be celebrating the 80th year of the Sarasota County Fair. The 2016 fair features agricultural exhibits, animals, great entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts, comedy shows, music and spectacular rides by Belle City Amusements. This year’s fair will have something for everyone to enjoy!

The fair takes place at Robarts Arena on Fruitville Road. Hours are Fridays from 2-11pm, Saturdays 12-11pm, Sundays 12-10pm and Monday to Thursday from 5-10pm.

Admission Prices:
Adults: $8
Senior Citizens (55 and over): $4.00
Active Military: $4.00
Children: ages 6-17 $4.00
Children 5 & under: FREE

Sarasota County Fair 2016For a complete schedule including all the entertainment click here.

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Apollonia Mediterranean Grill

By | February 27, 2016

Apollonia

ApolloniaWe have been talking about dining at Apollonia since it opened at The Shoppes at University Town Center over two years ago and finally got around to it this past week. It took over the restaurant formerly occupied by Urban Flats and it didn’t take too many cosmetic changes to adapt to the space.

Apollonia BarThe atmosphere is casual and comfortable. We were seated inside at a table next to the front windows which are large sliders that open when the weather permits as was the case for us. They have a generous bar area as well as a few outdoor covered tables.

Our server greeted us promptly and we ordered a glass of wine from their extensive list of wines by the glass. I ordered the Gyro Platter which consisted of rotisserie spiced lamb with rice pilaf, grilled vegetables, tzatziki and pita bread. My husband ordered the grouper Florentine. We were pleased with the quality of the meals, presentation, and felt the prices were very reasonable.

If you’re in the mood for a little Mediterranean food I would recommend this restaurant. Check out their website for more information.

 

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Home Prices Are Rising in Sarasota

By | February 25, 2016

The Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee report that the end of 2015 witnessed record breaking sales for both Sarasota and Manatee counties. January sales reflected the expected seasonal dip as a result of reduced buying activity during the holidays, even as median prices continued to rise.
For the month of January, Sarasota County experienced a slight 1.2 percent rise from last year in total sales for single family homes at 520 sales, while condos were down 5.2 percent with 217 closed sales. In Manatee County, single family homes were down 5.4 percent from last year to 385 total sales, but condo sales rose 2.6 percent with 156 closed sales.
A good indication of a robust market, the median sale prices remain healthy and increased in both counties over last year. Single family median prices rose 21.3 percent in Sarasota County to $230,500, and climbed 10 percent to $274,900 in Manatee County. Condo prices were also up 17.8 percent in Sarasota County, at $218,000, compared to $169,950 for Manatee County, an increase of 6.3 percent over last year.
Inventory of available properties continues to be an issue for buyers, but showed small improvement. For single family homes in Sarasota County, inventory is down 1.5 percent from January last year, and up 2.4 percent in Manatee County. Condo inventory is up in both counties, with Sarasota County up 6.1 percent, while Manatee County saw an increase of 9.6 percent.
To read the complete press release and view the statistical charts visit the Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee website.

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21st Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival

By | February 2, 2016

Siesta Key Craft Festival Poster

Siesta Key Craft Festival PosterThe 21st annual Siesta Key Craft Festival is happening this weekend, February 6th & 7th from 10am-5pm. Eclectic displays of original crafts, functional art and unique affordable gift items will be on display and for sale along Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road. This event features some of the finest crafters in the country including many from throughout Florida. Patrons can explore a full spectrum of craft art media that will include folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, paintings, personalized gifts, clothing, soaps, and more.

Siesta Key Village, 5124 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota

Compliments of SRQ The Magazine

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The Circus is Coming to Sarasota

By | January 31, 2016

Circus Sarasota Red, White & BelloCircus Sarasota is preparing for their upcoming winter show “Red, White & Bello”. These performances are acclaimed around the globe for world-class artistry and provide great family entertainment that is one of the most fun things to do in Sarasota!

Driving south on I-75 at University Parkway you’ll see the Big Top behind the University Town Center Mall.

For tickets and more information visit CircusArts.org

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The Rosemary in Sarasota

By | January 29, 2016

The Rosemary

The RosemaryDowntown Sarasota has a new option for bistro dining. The Rosemary in Citrus Square is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving traditional and contemporary dishes with an emphasis on healthy options prepared with fresh ingredients from regional farms.

We recently had a group of 50 there for dinner and everyone raved about the food, service and ambience. George Armstrong (formerly of Treviso at The Ringling Museum) reports that reservations have been full particularly during the before theatre hours so call and reserve early and check it out. You won’t be disappointed!

After dinner check out the entertainment at The Blue Rooster in the next block over on 4th Street. We found this makes for a fun evening!

For more information and to view the menu visit The Rosemary Sarasota.

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Sarasota and Manatee Counties Have Record Year for Real Estate Sales

By | January 28, 2016

Real Estate Up Graph

Real Estate Up GraphThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that the year 2015 was one for the record books in real estate sales for both Sarasota and Manatee counties, closing out the year with an all-time record of 20,691 in combined closed transactions, 1,302 sales above last year’s numbers.

There were 1,671 combined sales in both counties in December 2015, 28 percent higher than November, but down slightly from December 2014. Median sale prices increased across the board. Single family prices rose 22 percent in Sarasota County to $239,900 and nearly 12 percent to $262,963 in Manatee County. Condo prices were also up 22 percent in Sarasota County, at $217,000, compared to $178,249 for Manatee County, an increase of 6 percent.

Inventory of available properties continued to decline in both counties. For single family homes in Sarasota County, inventory is down 2.8 percent from December last year, and down 3.2 percent in Manatee County. Condo inventory for Sarasota County is down a mere 1 percent, while Manatee County increased 4 percent.

New Pending sales, which reflect new contracts written in the two-county area, were down 11.3 percent for single family homes, and remained unchanged for condo sales year over year. This may be a reflection of the declining inventory of properties for sale, as buyers face the challenge of finding the right property and even then may face a multiple-offer situation, competing against other buyers for the same property.

To view the full press release and statistical charts visit Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee.

 

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North Venice Jetty

By | January 27, 2016

North Venice JettyMy husband and I have lived in Sarasota for decades and had never been (by land) to the Venice Jetty’s! What a shame! It is such a great place-old Florida at its mostly undisturbed finest.

We parked in the large county parking lot and paid a visit to the North Jetty Fish Camp which is a little bait and food store right on the banks of the Jetty. They serve hamburgs and hot dogs and other snacks and have beer and wine. They also have bait and tackle for the fishermen and women. The Fish Camp shack is so neat with little wooden desks to sit and read a magazine while waiting for your food order or to chat with one of the friendly local old-timers. North Venice Jetty Pelican

You can relax on the banks of the jetty and watch the boats come and go in the Venice Inlet and enjoy awesome gulf breezes or walk the rocks out to the point into the Gulf of Mexico-great fishing too. There are pretty tame pelicans that patrol up and down the sidewalk begging for food as if they owned the place.

We highly recommend a visit here. Simply head onto the South end of Casey Key from US41 on Albee Farm rd. Once you go over the bridge and hit the key (at Nokomis Beach), turn left to the end. North Venice Jetty Sunset

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February in Sarasota

By | January 26, 2016

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

With our winter season in full swing, the calendar is full of many different events in Sarasota. Here are just a few for you to consider:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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Feb. 4-7th 32nd Annual Greek Glendi Festival Sarasota St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Feb. 4-15th Florida State Fair Tampa Florida State Fair
Feb. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street Lakewood Ranch
Feb. 5th Live from Downtown Sarasota

It’s Friday Night

Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Feb. 6th Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta Bradenton Bradenton Events
Feb. 11-14th Wings of Freedom Tour at

Venice Regional Airport

Venice Collings Foundation
Feb. 12-28th Circus Sarasota Winter Performance Sarasota Circus Arts
Feb. 13-14th 28th Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts Sarasota ArtFestival.com
Feb. 7th Joy of Jazz Concert Venice Sarasota Jazz Club
Feb. 12th Courtyard Swing Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Feb. 14th Siesta Key Village Valentine Stroll Siesta Key Siesta Key Village Association
Feb. 13-15th 35th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival Cortez Cortez-Fish.org
Feb. 17th Mardi Gras & Masquerade Parade Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Feb. 13th Bradenton Farmers Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Feb. 14th “Say I Do Again” Siesta Key Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
Feb. 15th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Feb. 18-21st 27th Annual Venice Italian Feast and Carnival Venice Italian American Club of Venice
Feb. 19-21st Sarasota Exotic Car Fest Sarasota Sarasota Exotic Car Fest
Feb. 20th Grand Opening Siesta Beach Siesta Key Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
Feb. 20-21st Longboat Key Island Fest Longboat Key LBK Island Fest
Feb. 27th Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest St. Petersburg Tampa Bay Rays
Feb. 21st Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees.com
Feb. 27th Music in the Park Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Feb. 27-28th 22nd Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival Siesta Key ArtFestival.com
Feb. 27-28th 7th Annual Sarasota Invitational

Rowing Regatta

Sarasota Sarasota Invitational
Feb. 28th 3rd Annual Winterfest Music Festival Lakewood Ranch Winterfest
Feb. 28-29th Orange Blossom Festival Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms

Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to Search for Sarasota Homes. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!

 

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Sarasota / Manatee Real Estate Market Going Strong in 2015

By | January 22, 2016

Housing Market Up

Housing Market UpThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee is on pace to record the highest number of sales in its 100‐year history. In 2014, a total of 19,389 properties were sold in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. With 19,020 sales recorded in the first eleven months of 2015, only 370 property sales are needed in December to break the record. Sales have exceeded 1,000 every month this year, so it seems assured that 2015 will be a historic year for real estate sales.

Sales in November were 2.6 percent higher than last November, but were down from October in both counties, a very typical trend. Median sale prices have increased from November 2014 compared to November 2015. Sarasota county saw an 18.5 percent increase in single family home median sale prices; while Manatee County experienced a 14.9 percent increase. In addition, condo median sale prices are up in both counties, Sarasota coming in with a 13.17 percent increase, and Manatee County with 12.8 percent.

To read the full press release and view the statistics visit: Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee

 

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