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Selby Gardens Lights in Bloom

By | December 18, 2014

Lights in Bloom
Lights in Bloom

Lights in Bloom

Selby Gardens dresses up in millions of colorful holiday lights in this holiday tradition. Bringing a Florida spin to the idea of a “winter wonderland”, the lights and the vintage toys and games bring out the kid in all of us as we wander through the gardens sipping on hot chocolate.This year’s event runs from December 19th-23rd and 26th-29th from 6-9:00pm.

Selby Gardens is located at 811 South Palm Avenue. Visit their website for more information http://selby.org/event/lights-in-bloom/2014-12-19/

 

Pat Ditton is originally from the UK. In 1994, she moved to Sarasota where she and her husband purchased a motel on beautiful Siesta Key. Along with her family, she ran the motel for five years. In 2002 Pat got her Real Estate License. She has been with RE/MAX Alliance Group since 2004. Pat has first hand knowledge of the immigration and relocation process, and is able to help you avoid the pitfalls and guide you through your relocation, making it a smooth and stress free experience. She provides outstanding service wherever you are relocating from, whether it be a full time residence or vacation home.

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Circus Ring of Fame Induction Ceremony

By | December 16, 2014

Circus Ring of Fame
Circus Ring of Fame

Circus Ring of Fame at St. Armands Circle

One of the most fascinating things about the history of Sarasota is our connection to the circus. Since John Ringling wintered here and his home is one of the artistic treasures in our town, there are many related events and sites to see. One of these is the “Circus Ring of Fame”  St. Armands Circle on Lido Key.

The “Circus Ring of Fame” annually recognizes those persons who have made a significant contribution to the circus. This year will mark the 28th anniversary of this time honored tradition. Members to be inducted in 2015 will be circus notables who have been elected to the prestigious Circus Ring of Fame. The new members are scheduled for induction January 11th. The inductees will also make a public appearance a day earlier at the Sailor Circus arena where they will participate in a free-wheeling panel discussion trying to unravel the puzzle as to how one best entertains the public.  Up to date information and schedules for the Ring of Fame activities will be included on the Rings web site at http://circusringoffame.org

Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.

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Sarasota Named in Top 10 Places for Baby Boomer Home Purchases

By | December 11, 2014

Baby Boomers

Baby BoomersIn an article just published by the National Association of Realtors reports that metro areas with a lower cost of living and sunnier weather are poised to see an increased number of baby boomers moving in and buying a home as some delay retirement and remain participants in the labor market, according to new research.

NAR analyzed current population trends, housing affordability and local economic conditions in metropolitan statistical areas1 across the U.S. to determine housing markets most likely to see a boost in sales from leading-edge baby boomers2. Boise, Idaho and Raleigh, North Carolina were identified as top standouts for baby boomers for their solid job growth, share of self-employed workers and affordable home prices.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says Florida and Arizona cities attract many baby boomers. In addition, the share of men and women working after their 65th birthday has increased3, setting the stage for elevated baby boomer buying activity in metro areas with a dynamic local economy, adequate housing supply and a lower cost of living.

“A broadly improving economy and rebounding home prices are giving baby boomers the opportunity to sell and move to support their retirement lifestyle. Furthermore, our research identified cities movers are gravitating to while still remaining in the workforce as a business owner,” Yun said.

NAR’s research reviewed 100 metro areas that have lower state taxes, solid job market conditions, and strong migration patterns (on a percentage basis) of baby boomers moving to that particular area to determine which housing markets are likely to see a boost from this generation. Cost of living, housing affordability and inventory availability were also considered.

The top markets positioned to see an influx of baby boomer homebuyers are (listed alphabetically):

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Denver
  • Fort Myers, Florida
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Phoenix
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Sarasota, Florida
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Other markets with strong potential for attracting baby boomer homebuyers include:
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Dallas
  • McAllen, Texas
  • Riverside, California
  • Tampa, Florida

“These metro areas are attractive to baby boomers because of their housing affordability, lower tax rates and welcoming business environment,” says Yun. “With baby boomers working later in life, these factors will likely play as much of a deciding role of where boomers eventually retire as will areas with a warm climate or variety of outdoor activities.”

According to a NAR generational study of homebuyers and sellers released earlier this year, baby boomers represented 30 percent of all buyers, had a median household income of $92,400 and bought a home that cost $210,0004.

NAR also recently analyzed current housing conditions, job creation and population trends to determine the best markets for aspiring, leading edge millennial homebuyers. Visit www.realtor.org/millennials to find out more about millennials and homebuying.

To view the full article visit http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2014/12/nar-identifies-top-metro-areas-poised-for-uptick-in-baby-boomer-home-sales

Missy Cleary is a Sales Associate with The Cleary Group at RE/MAX Alliance Group in Sarasota. A long time Sarasota resident "living the dream" on the suncoast. Contact her to find your piece of Paradise today!

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Christmas Theater in Venice

By | December 9, 2014

A Christmas Carol“A Christmas Carol” will be performed at the Venice Theatre on December 18 – December 21st. A festive annual tradition at Venice Theatre now in its 15th year, this musical version of Dickens’s classic tale follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he reflects on his past, present and possible future. Will he find the true spirit of Christmas in time?

Special day-time performance for students and teachers on Friday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. Contact Kristofer Geddie for more information and to reserve seats at kgeddie@venicetheatre.net or 941-488-1115, x247.

Venice Theatre is located at 104 W. Tampa Avenue

For more detail visit their website: http://venicestage.com/a-christmas-carol-2/

Pat Ditton is originally from the UK. In 1994, she moved to Sarasota where she and her husband purchased a motel on beautiful Siesta Key. Along with her family, she ran the motel for five years. In 2002 Pat got her Real Estate License. She has been with RE/MAX Alliance Group since 2004. Pat has first hand knowledge of the immigration and relocation process, and is able to help you avoid the pitfalls and guide you through your relocation, making it a smooth and stress free experience. She provides outstanding service wherever you are relocating from, whether it be a full time residence or vacation home.

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Vintage Sarasota High School Being Restored for New Art Museum

By | December 4, 2014

DSCF4113In the 1920’s, beautiful brick gothic buildings were being built all over the country to acommodate the need for larger high schools. Sarasota High School (SHS) was among them. The school I went to in Columbus, Ohio looks exactly like SHS. It’s exciting to know that Sarasota will be restoring their 1926 classic! How perfect in our ‘artful’ town to create an Art Museum for all to enjoy! It’s been almost a decade in fundraising but it’s now in our near future.
I was lucky enough to see a small scale version during the planning process and I’ll share a few pictures with you.
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 Also don’t miss the  fabulous article that was published Dec 3rd in our Sarasota Herald Tribune! Restore it and they will come!
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20141202/ARTICLE/141209941/0/search

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December in Sarasota

By | November 28, 2014

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

With Thanksgiving behind us the holiday season is in full swing in Sarasota. There are many of activities and events to choose from. Here are just a few: 

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information
Dec. 4, 11 & 18th Holiday Nights at Ca’ d’Zan Osprey Ringling Museum
Dec. 4th Annual Christmas Walk Venice Venice Main Street
Dec. 5th North Port Tree Lighting and Poinsettia Festival North Port City of North Port
Dec. 5th 36th Annual Night of Lights Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Dec. 5-6th Holiday Lights Spectacular Sarasota Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Dec. 5-6th 5th Annual Old Fashioned Village Christmas Bradenton Village of the Arts
Dec. 6th Downtown Holiday Parade Sarasota Sarasota Holiday Parade
Dec. 6th Nik Wallenda Walks the High Wire Sarasota Herald Tribune
Dec. 6th Venice Christmas Boat Parade Venice Venice Boat Parade
Dec. 7th 4th Annual Jingle Paws Jubilee Sarasota Jingle Paws Jubilee
Dec. 12th Holidays Around the Ranck Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Dec. 12-14th Gingerbread House Festival at Sarasota Westfield Mall Sarasota Community Youth Development
Dec. 13th Porsches in the Park Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Dec. 13th Holiday Boat Parade of Lights Sarasota Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade
Dec. 13th Anna Maria Privateers Christmas Parade Anna Maria AMI Privateers
Dec. 14th Polo Season Opener Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo
Dec. 16th Winter Showcase Concert of the Riverview High School Kiltie Band Sarasota RHS Kiltie Band
Dec. 19-21st 4th Annual Snow Fest Sarasota Sarasota Snow Fest Sarasota
Dec. 19-23 & 26-29th Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens Sarasota Selby Gardens
Dec. 21st A Taste of Chanukah Sarasota A Taste of Chanukah
Dec. 26th Live From Downtown It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Dec. 27th Antique Fair Arcadia Antique Association of Arcadia
Dec. 27th Sidewalk Astronomy Lakewood Ranch Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Dec. 28th Beach Market at Coquina Beach Bradenton Beach Islands and Beaches
Dec. 31st New Year’s Eve Pineapple Drop Sarasota Sarasota New Years Party
Dec. 31st Main Street Live New Year’s Celebration Bradenton Bradenton Events

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!

Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.

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CineBistro Coming to Westfield Southgate Mall

By | November 24, 2014

CineBistro

Great Job Westfield Southgate Mall and Cobb Theaters!

CineBistro

Westfield Southgate Mall on Siesta Drive in Sarasota has announced they plan to open a new 7-screen movie theater in 2015. CineBistro is a luxury movie theater for adults 21 and older. If you have not been to one of the current locations (closest is Hyde Park Village in South Tampa), you are missing out. It is the perfect combination of “dinner and a movie” set all in one place!

They feature reclining leather chairs, a chef inspired menu, playing first-run and independent movies. The Sarasota location is also planning a bar with a dining lounge and patio. The food options are: appetizers, entrees, salads, sandwiches and desserts. You may also order from a full bar, beer and wine list.

If you choose to dine while watching the movie, the wait staff efficiently takes your drink and food orders just after being seated in the theater. Right before the movie begins, the staff delivers your order so as not to disturb you or the other guests in the theater. I initially thought it would be a good fit for the Lakewood Ranch area, but like this choice better. Southgate is a perfect place for those in all areas of Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice, but will also allow our residents and visitors to Siesta Key and Lido – Longboat areas to make a quick trip.

I’m looking forward to the Grand Opening! Here is the website to keep an eye on the new location opening and check out other locations… http://cobbcinebistro.com

Brenda’s background in strategic planning, marketing, prospecting, and sales give her an advantage when searching for the right properties for her clients. By truly listening, addressing concerns, and taking her clients through every step of the process, she ensures her buyers get what they want. Brenda’s clients trust her and with her efficient and straight-forward approach, enjoy working with her on this important decision.

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Siesta Key Sandsculpting Competition

By | November 11, 2014

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Siesta Key Crystal ClassicDon’t miss the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition starting on Friday, November 14th and running through Tuesday, November 18th. Founded in 2010, the Crystal Classic has quickly become a local tradition and a draw for visitors from outside Sarasota County, which account for over 50% of the 35,000+ attendees.

Master sculptors spend three days creating sand masterpieces, some over ten feet tall, and transform the always beautiful Siesta Beach into an outdoor art gallery. Visitors enter the Sand Sculpture Gallery and immediately notice the Sponsor Logo Sculpture and are fascinated by it size and the number of community organizations and local businesses that support the event. Visitors arriving on Friday have the opportunity to see the beginning stages of the sculptures and enjoy guessing what the pile of sand will look after the sculptor completes the transformation.

Siesta Key Crystal Classic 2The competition phase of the Crystal Classic ends on Sunday at noon leaving the remainder of the day, Monday and new this year, Tuesday too, for visitors to view completed sculptors before they are cleared away on Wednesday morning.

 

For more information visit http://www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com/event-info

Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.

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2014 Chalk Festival in Venice

By | November 3, 2014

Chalk Festival

Chalk FestivalSave the date now in your calendar for November 14 through 17th for the Chalk Festival being held in Downtown Venice this year.

Every year the festival has a theme and this year’s theme is “Extinct and Endangered Species”. The planet earth is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals so the festival is celebrating these creatures and animals and raising awareness for those we are in danger of losing and for those already lost.

The artists use the pavement as their canvas and pastel chalk as their medium to create breathtaking oversized traditional and 3D illusionistic paintings. They use this theme as an inspiration to chalk colorful, interactive works of art. You can even converse with the artists as you admire their work as they love to interact with festival-goers.

Events will be held each night giving the public the opportunity to meet the artists in a social setting with music, dance, art, food and drink. For more information on directions and parking visit www.chalkfestival.org. Be sure to bring your camera to see the full 2D and 3D art come to life on your digital film.

 

As an experienced Realtor, Cheryl believes in “client first” philosophyl She prides her services on accessibility, attention to detail, effective listening and communication skills, awareness of meeting her client’s needs and has the tools to explain the buying process whether you’re a first time home buyer, a move-up buyer, relocating or an investment buyer.

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Celery Fields Family Festival

By | October 31, 2014

Celery Fields

Celery FieldsSarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, in conjunction with the Sarasota Audubon Society, will host a Family Festival at the Celery Fields, 6799 Palmer Blvd., from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1st. The festival will kick off the public bird watching program offered each Saturday by the Sarasota Audubon Society and highlight the recently opened new amenities at the Celery Fields.

Scheduled activities begin at 9 a.m., with a guided bird walk at 9:15, tai chi at 10 a.m., meditation at 10:45 a.m. and an interpretive nature walk at 11:15 a.m. Ongoing activities for children will include book readings; crafts, including a monocular and origami pigeon to the first 100 children ages 4-12; Audubon docents on the boardwalk to help identify birds and plants; and a fall-themed photo opportunity. Refreshments will be served.
The Celery Fields Family Festival is also presented by Sarasota County Library Services, Sarasota Audubon Society, University Tai Chi and Sarasota Mindfulness Institute.

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

Pat Ditton is originally from the UK. In 1994, she moved to Sarasota where she and her husband purchased a motel on beautiful Siesta Key. Along with her family, she ran the motel for five years. In 2002 Pat got her Real Estate License. She has been with RE/MAX Alliance Group since 2004. Pat has first hand knowledge of the immigration and relocation process, and is able to help you avoid the pitfalls and guide you through your relocation, making it a smooth and stress free experience. She provides outstanding service wherever you are relocating from, whether it be a full time residence or vacation home.

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