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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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Sarasota Named #1 Market for Florida Beachtowns

By | January 19, 2016

Sarasota

SarasotaIt is always nice to see where you live in a positive light. Most of us that are fortunate enough to live in Sarasota know that we live in paradise. Apparently the word is getting out to the rest of the world as well. A client who just moved here and loves Sarasota sent me the link below. Check out which city is ranked NUMBER 1 at the link below!

Realtor.com

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Classic Antique Car Show

By | January 14, 2016

Classic Car Show
Classic Car ShowDon’t miss a day of browsing the Classic Antique Cars and shopping and dining at St. Armands Circle this Saturday January 16th from 10am to 4pm. The show inlcudes all model years from 1900 to 1991 and provides you with the opportunity to view great classic antique automobiles in a beautiful, relaxing setting. Trophies will be awarded.St. Armands Circle Park , St. Armands Circle, Sarasota

Compliments SRQ The Magazine

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January in Sarasota

By | December 28, 2015

January 2016

January 2016

 

Kick off the new year by enjoying one or more of the many events and adventures in and around Sarasota! Check out just a few of the activities happening during the month of January:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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Jan. 1st “Live From Downtown Sarasota

It’s Friday Night”

Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Jan. 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch
Jan. 2-3rd Annual Orchid Expo Sarasota Sarasota Orchid Society
Jan. 2-3rd Venice Antiques Show Venice Allman Promotions
Jan. 7-10th Thunder by the Bay

Motorcycle Festival

Sarasota Thunder by the Bay
Jan. 9-10th 10th Annual Coquina Beach “Winter Fest” Bradenton Beach MyFairsandFestivals.com
Jan. 10th Jewish Food Festival and

Health Fair

Sarasota Temple Sinai
Jan. 10th 29th Annual Circus Ring of Fame

Induction

Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Jan. 12-13th Free Concert in Centennial Park Venice City of Venice
Jan. 13th 6th Annual “Looking Into The Crystal Ball” Sarasota Friends of the Selby Public Library
Jan. 14-24th Manatee County Fair Palmetto Manatee County Fair
Jan. 15th “Live from Downtown Sarasota It’s Friday Night” at Towles Court Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Jan. 16th 3th Annual Ringling Bridge Run Sarasota Wilde Automotive/Sarasota YMCA
Jan. 16th Barefoot Beach Bazaar Nokomis Sarasota County Parks
Jan. 16th Sidewalk Astronomy Sarasota Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Jan. 16th Annual All-Trails Hike & Concert at

Oscar Scherer State Park

Osprey Florida State Parks
Jan. 18th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Jan. 22nd Full Moon Concert Sarasota Myakka River State Park
Jan. 22-24th Bradenton Boat Show Palmetto Bradenton Boat Show
Jan. 22-24th 9th Annual Sarasota Native

American Indian Festival

Sarasota Native American Indian Festival
Jan. 23-24th 18th Annual Winterfest Arts & Crafts Show Sarasota Fairs and Festivals
Jan. 23-24th 9th Annual Downtown Venice

Craft Festival

Venice ArtFestival.com
Jan. 24th Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
Jan. 30-31st 7th Annual Masters Art Festival Sarasota Sarasota Masters
Jan. 30th 22nd Annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival Sarasota Sarasota Highland Games
Jan. 30th Gasparilla Piratefest Parade Tampa Gasparilla Piratefest
Jan. 31st 46th Annual Devereaux-Kaiser

Collector Car Meet

Lakewood Ranch Sunshine Region of the Antique Automobile Club

 

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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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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