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Where to Retire in Sarasota

By | December 14, 2015

Sarasota Retirement

Sarasota Retirement

What type of retiree are you? No matter what type…Sarasota has you covered! Read this article in Sarasota Magazine to find out how our area can meet all your retirement needs…

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Real Estate Market Still Strong in October

By | December 1, 2015

The Sarasota Manatee Association of Realtors reports that the October real estate market in Sarasota and Manatee counties remained strong, with overall sales slightly lower than September and last October, but median sale prices up substantially over last year at this time.

Property sales in October totaled 880 in Sarasota County and 708 in Manatee County, for a combined 1,588, down about 1 percent from the September total of 1,608. The median sales prices saw both increases and declines. Single family homes in Sarasota County saw an increase of almost 3 percent from September to October. In Manatee County, there was a drop of 2.6 percent in the single family category. Condos in Sarasota County saw a drop of 5 percent from September to October, while in Manatee County condo median sale prices rose about 8 percent from September to October.

Comparing prices this October to last year at this time, all categories rose. The biggest increase by category came in condo sales in Manatee County, which saw prices rise by 29.7 percent year over year. By contrast, Sarasota County saw a modest condo median sale price increase of 5.7 percent. For single family homes, Sarasota County recorded a 17.9 percent rise and Manatee County saw a 12.1 percent rise.

To view the full press release and statistical charts click here.

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“The New Deal” at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

By | December 1, 2015

Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson“The New Deal” comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Tuesday, December 1st at 8:00pm. One of Britain’s leading comedians and former television host, Craig Freguson will bring his tour to Sarasota. After writing feature films, starring in TV shows, and hosting the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, he has taken to the stage. Don’t miss this opportunity to see him live! Tickets $20-$35

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall , 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Compliments SRQ Magazine

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Holidays in North Port

By | November 30, 2015

Poinsettia

PoinsettiaThe North Port Parks & Recreation Department will be sponsoring the annual Poinsettia Parade to be held on Saturday, December 12th at 5pm. The Poinsettia Parade is recognized as one of the City’s signature events attracting thousands from the community to celebrate the holiday season. This year’s theme is “Candy Canes & Carols” and features an evening of song and pageantry.  Floats adorned with poinsettias, decorated vehicles and walking groups will follow the one mile route beginning at the corner of Greenwood and North Port Blvd. and travel north to Appomattox Blvd. Sunset is approximately 5:36pm

Santa will make a special appearance escorted by North Port Fire Rescue. Parking and viewing will be along North Port Blvd.

North Port Poinsettia Parade

 

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So Much to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

By | November 12, 2015

Sarasota PanoramicIt looks like it will be a nice Florida fall weekend and there is no shortage of things to do in our town. Here are just a few of the events happening this weekend in and around Sarasota.

St. Armands Art Festival – Sat & Sun  St. Armands Circle
Collegiate Tennis Tournament at Lakewood Ranch AC – Sat & Sun  Lakewood Ranch Clay Court Classic
Chalk Festival in Venice – Sat & Sun  Chalk Festival
Crystal Classic Sandsculpting on Siesta Key – Sat & Sun  Siesta Key Crystal Classic
Lakewood Ranch Art Show & Sale – Sat  Lakewood Ranch Town Hall
Longboat Key 60th Anniversary – Sat 5-8pm (fireworks at 7:30)  Longboat Key
Chamber of Commerce
Holmes Beach Arts & Crafts Festival – Sat & Sun TNT Events
Sarasota Medieval Fair – Sat & Sun  Sarasota Medieval Fair

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Downtown Venice Art Fest

By | November 6, 2015

Venice Art FestSettled along West Venice Avenue in Historic Downtown Venice, the 28th year of the Venice Art Fest adds to the ambiance of this unique town. More than 150 of the nation’s most notable artists will exhibit their work, ranging in mediums from photography to jewelry, paintings to sculpture, ceramics, glass, mixed media and more during this weekend community festival. Festival patrons and art collectors alike can meet and visit with their favorite artists, view and purchase original works, or commission custom pieces.

 

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Sales Stay Strong in Sarasota Real Estate

By | November 5, 2015

REMAX Sold Sign

REMAX Sold SignProperty sales in Sarasota and Manatee counties were somewhat slower in September 2015, but the drop off from August was expected after an unprecedented six month run of record-setting closings. In addition, the start of fall 2015 looks a lot like the same time last year, but with one major exception. Single family home median sale prices in both Sarasota and Manatee counties have risen sharply over last year at this time, once again reflecting the law of supply and demand as single family home stocks dwindle.

According to the Realtor ® Association of Sarasota and Manatee, overall property sales in September 2015 stood at 1,608 for the two counties – 927 closings in Sarasota and 681 closings in Manatee. Sarasota County fell short of the 1,000 level for the first time since February, ending the record of six consecutive months over 1,000 – something that has never happened before in Sarasota County.

The overall regional sales compared to 1,709 sales in August 2015, or a 5.9 percent drop, but were slightly higher (1.8 percent) than last September’s sales of 1,578. The August to September sales drop was almost identical last year, with a small decline from late summer to early fall. However, if the recent trend continues, October 2015 could see another sales surge, as the last four years has seen marked improvement in the number of closings as winter residents and visitors returned to the market.

To read the full press release and view the statistical charts click here.

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Ringling International Arts Festival

By | October 13, 2015

RIAFFor four extraordinary days in October (the 15th through the 18th), artists and audiences from across America and around the world come together at The Ringling to experience the phenomenon that is RIAF! Hailed for its “progressive program that would rival anything in New York or London” (TimeOut London), the Ringling International Arts Festival is your chance to explore and embrace the vibrant and exhilarating world of contemporary music, theater, and dance. RIAF 2015 presents seven compelling perspectives on beauty, innovation, and artistry by performers representing the many and varied cultures of Asia. Plan now to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime, not-to-be-missed opportunity!

For more information visit The Ringling Museum of Art

The Ringling is located at 5401 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota

Compliments SRQ The Magazine

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September in Sarasota

By | August 24, 2015

September 2015

September 2015

 

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:

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Sept. 2nd Classic Car Show @ Main Street Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Sept. 3rd Art After 5, Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Sept. 3-13th “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Sarasota The Players Theater
Sept. 4th Live From Downtown It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Sept. 4-5th Village of the Arts ArtWalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Sept. 4-6th 69th Annual Labor Day Regatta Sarasota Regatta Network
Sept. 5th 12th Annual Venice Triathlon Venice SW Florida YMCA
Sept. 5th Literacy Amongst the Trees Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
Sept. 5th YMCA Dance Party Sarasota Sarasota YMCA
Sept. 6th Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key SkiARees.com
Sept. 7th Englewood Pioneer Days Englewood Englewood Pioneer Days
Sept. 7th 3rd Annual Country Fest Venice Snook Haven
Sept. 9th Nokomis Drum Circle Casey Key Exploring Venice FL.com
Sept. 10th Balanchine Millepied – Film Sarasota Sarasota Opera
Sept. 12th Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota SarasotaFarmersMarket.org
Sept. 12th “Comedy Lottery” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Sept. 12th The Goldtones Venice The Venice Theatre
Sept. 12-13th Rockin Wings Festival Sarasota Spotlight Events
Sept. 17-30th “The Secret Garden” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
Sept. 18th Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sept. 18th Music & Movies: Lou Reed’s “Berlin” Bradenton South Florida Museum
Sept. 18-19th Garden Fest Sarasota Sarasota Garden Club
Sept. 19th International Coastal Clean Up Siesta Key Sarasota County
Sept. 20th Around the World, Chamber Soiree 1 Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
Sept. 24th Concert In The Grove Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farm
Sept. 23-24th Carmen Ciricillo @ McCurdy’s Comedy Theater Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater
Sept. 26-28th Oktoberfest at Motorworks Brewing Bradenton Motorworks Brewing

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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Venice Celebrates Christmas in July

By | July 14, 2015

Christmas in July  2015Don’t miss out this weekend as the Chamber of Commerce in Venice sponsors “Christmas in July”.  Join over 55 merchants and restaurants in celebrating the non-season!

Enjoy sales, specials, and prizes… that’s right, PRIZES! Of course, Summer Santa will be enjoying the holiday with us… and the TROLLEY will be back for all to enjoy! The trolley will be a free service thanks to all of the participating merchants and restaurants. So make that list and check it twice… even if you’re the only one on it.

The event is held right in downtown on Venice Avenue from 10am – 5pm on Friday and Saturday (July 17th and 18th). For more information call the Chamber at 941-488-2236.

 

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