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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

By | July 28, 2015

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical GardensMarie Selby Botanical Gardens’ 40th Anniversary Celebration is kicking off with a great surprise. Selby Gardens is officially dedicating a new, permanent exhibition about the life and times of Marie Selby, which will be located in her former residence at the Gardens. The exhibit features rare, vintage photography, a renovation of the home’s first-floor interior and antique botanical illustrations along with images of some of the most iconic flowering tropical plants that make up the Gardens’ living collection.

This event will be the first of many occasions that will celebrate Selby Garden’s 40 years as a world class institution, community asset, and beloved attraction. The event will take place on August 11, 2015 in conjunction with Marie Selby’s 130th birthday.

For more information visit Selby Gardens

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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August in Sarasota

By | July 24, 2015

Hello AugustThere are so many things to do in paradise this month. It’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that our area has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of August:

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Aug. 1st Venice Farmers Market Venice Venice Farmers Market
Aug. 1-2nd Sarasota Swap Meet Sarasota Sarasota Swap Meet
Aug. 1-9th “Over the River and Through the Woods” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Aug. 1-30th 3rd Annual Summer Cabaret Festival Venice Venice Theatre – Pinkerton
Aug. 2nd 7th Annual Merry Jerry Day Sarasota Fogartyville Arts Center
Aug. 4th Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
Aug. 6-16th “Master Class” Sarasota The Players Theater
Aug. 7th Palm Avenue Art Walk Sarasota Palm Avenue
Aug. 7th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
Aug. 7-8th Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament Sarasota SarasotaSlam.com
Aug. 7-8th ArtWalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Aug. 10th Al Fuller’s Blues Jam Sarasota 5 Oclock Club
Aug. 13-17th Bradenton Marauders Home Games Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
Aug. 13-30th “Cats” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
Aug. 14th Free Concert in Centennial Park Venice Venice Main Street
Aug. 15th Historic Venice Train Depot Tour Venice Venice Historical Society
Aug. 21st Yesterdaze at Friday Fest Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Aug. 21st Towles Court Art Walk Sarasota Towles Court
Aug. 21-23rd Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show Sarasota Sarasota Auditorium
Aug. 22nd Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
Aug. 22nd The Manasota India Festival Palmetto IndiaFest
Aug. 22nd Sarasota Craft Brew Fest Sarasota Florida Beer Festivals
Aug. 22nd Antiques, Arts and Crafts Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
Aug. 25th Architectural Marvels of the 20th and 21st Centuries Osprey Historic Spanish Point
Aug. 28th Fourth Friday at the Historic Downtown Village Sarasota Visit Sarasota.org
Aug. 29th Back to School Splash Bash Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
Aug. 29th ReptiDay Sarasota ReptiDay Sarasota

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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Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar

By | July 21, 2015

Pomona Bistro

Pomona BistroRecently we had a neighborhood dinner at Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar. I had not dined there before but had heard it was a great restaurant. We had a group of 30 there on a Wednesday night and they handled us beautifully. One of the two owners (Arthur) was there and couldn’t have been more attentive.

The menu is varied and changes seasonally. It features locally sourced meats, seafood and produce. They have a great selection of small plates as well as full dinners and desserts. I had the bistro salad with dijon mustard vinaigrette followed by a roasted halibut. Both were delicious and plentiful…sadly no room for dessert.

Like the dinner menu, the wine list evolves throughout the seasons with heavier reds in the winter and lighter whites and rosés in the spring and summer. The list features wines from California, Oregon, France, Italy and Spain. To bring out the best flavors, the wines are decanted and served by the quartino (approximately 1-1/2 glass), half carafe (approximately 2-1/2 glasses) or by the bottle.

When the weather cools off a bit we’ll be back at Pomona to check out the outdoor lounge complete with a fireplace and of course to have another fine meal.

The restaurant is located north of Fruitville on North Orange Avenue in Citrus Square. Check out their website for more information and sample menu at Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar.

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

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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.

 

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

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Celebrating the 4th of July

By | June 29, 2015

There are lots of fireworks displays, parades and other conventional ways to celebrate our nation’s independence but if you’re looking for something different this year, check out this blog that highlights many unique events all across the state of Florida and some right in our backyard.

www.state27.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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July in Sarasota

By | June 26, 2015

July Flip Flops

July Flip Flops

Celebrate our nation’s independence this month by getting out and enjoying all that our area has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of July:

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July 1-31st Summer Circus Spectacular Sarasota Ringling.org
July 1st Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key VisitSarasota.org
July 1-5th Grand Prix Super Boat Race and Festival Downtown Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix
July 3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
July 3-4th Summer Artwalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
July 4th Fourth of July Fireworks 25th Anniversary Celebration Siesta Key Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
July 4th 5th Annual Fourth Festival Palmetto City of Palmetto
July 5th Siesta Farmer’s Market Siesta Key Siesta Farmer’s Market
July 8-31st “The Cotton Club Cabaret” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
July 9-11th 7th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
July 10th “Friday Fest” at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
July 11th Learn to Bowl @ Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club Sarasota Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club
July 11th “Jamming in July” Rolling Renegades Roller Derby Bout Sarasota North River Rolling Renegades
July 11-12th Dig the Beach Volleyball Tournament Siesta Key Dig the Beach
July 16-31st “The Amish Project” Sarasota Banyan Theater Company
July 17th “Live from Downtown, It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
July 17-18th Christmas in July Venice Venice Main Street
July 18th Snooty’s 67th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival Bradenton South Florida Museum
July 18-19th Christmas in July Vintage and Collectibles Fair Sarasota SRQ Auditorium
July 24th Free Friday Night Music Venice City of Venice
July 24th “Guys and Dolls” Bradenton Manatee Performing Art Center
July 25th Antique Flea Market Arcadia Arcadia Antiques
July 25th Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market
July 25th Antiques, Arts & Craft Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
July 25-26th 5th Annual Mystic Faire Sarasota Mystic Faires
July 28-31st Florida State Dance Sport Championships Sarasota Florida State Dance

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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Sarasota Farmer’s Market 5th Annual Shrimp & Lobster Festival

By | June 25, 2015

Shrimp & Lobster FestThis Saturday (June 27th) the Sarasota Farmer’s Market vendors will be serving Lobster rolls, Shrimp, and Maine lobster dinners from 9am til 2pm. Other delights include lobster crepes, homemade crab cakes, burgers on the grill, and more. Dining will be under a 100 ft. tent located in the First Church parking lot on State Street. Live entertainment will be provided by Big Night Out – a 7 piece tropical style dance band who performs a blend of Latin, Caribbean, Funk, and Motown dance music. This year there will be an expanded Kids Area that will include a rock wall, bungee trampoline, free coconut painting, B’s Cool Treats ice cream truck and more.

The Sarasota Farmer’s Market at Lemon Avenue & State Street

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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Home Sales Continue On Record Pace

By | June 23, 2015

House Upward Graph

House Upward GraphThe residential real estate market in May 2015 in both Sarasota and Manatee counties continued to produce near-record sales, pointing toward another potential recordbreaking year in 2015. Overall sales in Sarasota County hit 1,182, only 42 sales below last month’s all-time monthly record, while Manatee County saw total sales of 827, higher than April’s figure of 813 and last year’s May total of 752.

Sales levels in both Sarasota and Manatee counties have been at historically high levels for several months, and median sale prices have also been trending upwards. The May 2015 median sale prices were up 20 percent for single family homes in Sarasota County, and 14.3 percent in Manatee County over last May. For condos, Sarasota County also recorded a 20 percent price rise, while Manatee County was up 1.5 percent.

To view the full press release from the Sarasota Manatee Association of Realtors and statistical charts click here.

 

Joe Cleary is a Broker Associate with The Cleary Group at RE/MAX Alliance Group. He is a Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and a certified Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR). Call Joe with any real estate questions you may have toll free at 877-814-1233!

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Need a GOOD and INEXPENSIVE Sarasota roofer?

By | June 21, 2015

Roofing

RoofingI just received a great letter from a customer who just had a new roof put on by Herschberger Roofing. Their number is: 941-906-8485. Tell them The Cleary Group sent you! They are a bit backed up but well worth it…Here is the letter I received:

 

“So, I’m sending a recommendation if anyone asks for a roofer. Herschberger Roofing was here right at 6 am both days, worked so hard, cleaned up after themselves, looks great, cheapest quote, did not have to prepay anything, did not add in any additional costs when it was time to pay. In fact, we had lots of wood rot over the patio and even though the contract calls for additional $ if it goes over 5 sheets of plywood, he just did it without the up charge.
It is family owned and they have 1 crew so they keep control/know their workers.It took us around 6 weeks on the schedule, but we were able to wait. And their quote was $4000 cheaper than the next cheapest quote out of three!!”
For more information visit their website here: Hershberger Roofing
Joe Cleary is a Broker Associate with The Cleary Group at RE/MAX Alliance Group. He is a Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and a certified Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR). Call Joe with any real estate questions you may have toll free at 877-814-1233!

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Zagat Rated Local Restaurants

By | June 18, 2015

Zagat Book

Zagat BookBefore there was Yelp and Trip Advisor we relied on Zagat to tell us where the best restaurants were and they are still at it! I was not surprised at all to find that 24 restaurants in our area make their current list of the best dining spots. I have been to many of these and can concur with their findings. If you’re in the mood for a great dining experience check out one of these:

Beach Bistro (Anna Maria Island)

Maison Blanche (Longboat Key)

Bijou Cafe’ (Sarasota)

Euphemia Haye & Haye Loft (Longboat Key)

Morel Restaurant (Sarasota)

Selva (Sarasota)

Michael’s on East (Sarasota)

Mozaic (Sarasota)

Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Sarasota)

Roy’s (Sarasota)

Andrea’s (Sarasota)

Darwin’s on 4th (Sarasota)

Ophelia’s on the Bay (Siesta Key)

Mediterraneo (Sarasota)

Yummy House China Bistro (Sarasota)

Cafe L’Europe (St. Armands Circle-Lido Key)

Pattigeorge’s (Longboat Key)

Indigenous (Sarasota)

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse (Sarasota)

Libby’s Cafe & Bar (Sarasota)

Owen’s Fish Camp (Sarasota)

Columbia Restaurant (St. Armands Circle-Lido Key)

Bonefish Grill (Sarasota & Bradenton)

Jack Dusty (Sarasota)

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

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