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Real Estate Prices Continue to Rise in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | August 22, 2016

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Real Estate Up GraphMedian sale prices are on the rise for condos and single family homes in both counties. Single family median sales prices are up 7.8 percent in Sarasota County to $248,000, while Manatee County experienced a 12.4 percent jump to $285,000. The Sarasota County condo median sale price rose 4.3 percent to $219,000, and Manatee County also saw an increase of 11.6 percent in condo sales price over last year, to $173,000.

Sales have also been on the rise this year, with more single family sales reported in both Sarasota and Manatee County in June than any other month this year. Sarasota County single family homes jumped to 792, a 5.2 percent increase from May 2016. Manatee County single family homes jumped 1.2 percent from May 2016 to 610. While 2016 doesn’t compare to the record breaking numbers in 2015, this rising trend in 2016 is worth noting.

Compared to last year, however, closed sales for single family homes in Manatee County and Sarasota County are down slightly from June of 2015. Manatee County saw a 2.4 percent decrease and Sarasota a 4.7 percent decrease in single family homes. On the flipside, condos in Sarasota saw a 0.9 percent increase from June of last year. However, condos in Manatee County decreased by 4.4 percent from June of 2015.

New pending sales for both condos and single family homes in Sarasota and Manatee County are 25 percent lower than last June. This year, we are noticing a more typical trend, with pending sales slowing after season’s end, compared to last year’s tapering off in September.

Distressed properties, foreclosures and short sales, continue to decline. In June, 6.3 percent of closed sales were distressed, compared to the 13.4 percent in June of 2015. Distressed sales for single family homes represented 7.1 percent and condos at 4.4 percent in the two-county area.

June data also reveals that inventory numbers continue to rise for the two-county area, likely from more sellers taking advantage of rising prices. For single family homes in Sarasota County, inventory is up 20.4 percent from June 2015, and up 17.2 percent in Manatee County. Condo inventory is also on the rise in Sarasota County, up 35.9 percent, while Manatee County experienced a 16.8 percent increase from last year.

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Casey Key Architectural Legacy

By | August 11, 2016

The natural beauty of Casey Key has attracted the attention of visitors and residents to the Gulf Coast for many years. Casey Key’s first non-native inhabitants were members of the Isaac Shumard family, originally from Missouri, who arrived around 1900. Casey Key’s earliest remaining structures date back to the first quarter of the 20th century and were quite typical of Sarasota’s Boom Time, Mediterranean Revival Style, architecture.
Miller Residence
However, as early as the late 1930s innovative architects were creating an architectural legacy on Casey Key in ways that are still being recognized for their importance. A notable example was the Miller House (pictured), located at 2209 Casey Key Road and built in 1948.

Designed by the architectural team of Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph, who worked together in Sarasota from 1941 to 1951, their stated purpose in the design “was to make unmistakably clear how each member is joined to its neighbor.” An award given by Progressive Architecture magazine in 1949, for the home’s “orderliness of design and pleasant interiors” demonstrated that the architects had achieved their stated goal.

Featured in “Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses,” a recent book by Christopher Domin and Joseph King, the home is described therein as “a large winter residence placed on a beachfront bluff that combines a sense of warmth and intimacy derived from the materials used and an openness created by the T-Shaped plan and open bay system.”

Although, additions were made to the Miller House, its plan remained remarkably intact. Originally 2,500 square feet, the home had four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Constructed of Ocala block, the living room, kitchen, and loggia featured massive cypress beams. The architects made extensive use of glass, with a clerestory window in the living room and large sliding glass doors throughout the house to provide ventilation and invite the outdoors in, a hallmark of the Sarasota School of Architecture.

Important in its own right, the Miller House, now demolished, is also important as a place marker in the historic architecture of Casey Key and the dynamic careers of Twitchell and Rudolph. North of the location where the Miller House existed, at 2405 Casey Key Road, is the Joseph W. Lippincott House, built fifteen years before the Miller House, around 1935. Reportedly designed by Ralph Twitchell for this prominent publisher, the home is Mediterranean Revival in style although its rounded corners and restrained ornamentation shows that Twitchell’s work was moving towards modern as demonstrated in his Art Deco style, Lido Beach Casino of 1937 and the Miller House in 1948.

Further north on the key, at 3013 Casey Key Road, is Paul Rudolph’s last Casey Key residence, the Deering Home. Completed in 1958 this home refined many of the ideas used in the Miller House such as the creation of a design that seamlessly merged indoor and outdoor spaces and utilized native materials. In the Deering residence, architect Rudolph designed multi-level indoor-outdoor spaces within a simple cube, a hallmark of his residential work for this period.

For architects and designers seeking inspiration today, our knowledge of Casey Key’s rich architectural legacy of the mid-20th century, may provide answers.

Article Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

 

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Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

By | August 1, 2016

Friday Fest 2016The Van Wezel Friday Fest FREE Outdoor Summer Concert Series for 2016 brings the best local bands to the Sarasota Bayfront. With great music, food and fun, come spend an evening with us on our bayside lawn, soaking in the soothing sounds and setting sun.

Coming August 26th at 5:00pm Rebelheart will perform! Showcasing a contemporary blend of Country music, Sarasota’s own, Rebelheart’s talented musicians have been performing locally, generating a strong following by playing some of today’s best-known Country hits.

Click here Friday Fest for more information.

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August in Sarasota

By | July 29, 2016

August Calendar

August Calendar

There 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. 2-7th Florida State Dancesport Championships Sarasota Florida State Dance
Aug. 3-21st “The God of Isaac” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Aug. 4th Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
Aug. 5th Palm Avenue Art Walk Sarasota Palm Avenue
Aug. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
Aug. 5-6th Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament Sarasota Sarasota Slam
Aug. 5-6th ArtWalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Aug. 6th Venice Farmers Market Venice Venice Farmers Market
Aug. 6-7th Sarasota Swap Meet Sarasota Sarasota Swap Meet
Aug. 8-15th Bradenton Marauders Home Games Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
Aug. 10-21st “Bell, Book & Candle” Sarasota The Players Theater
Aug. 11th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Aug. 12th Free Concert in Centennial Park Venice Venice Main Street
Aug. 13th Music on the Porch Cortez Florida Maritime Museum
Aug. 13-14th Train Excursions Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
Aug. 13th Historic Venice Train Depot Tour Venice Venice Historical Society
Aug. 15-20th Shark Days at Mote Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
Aug. 17-21st John DeBoer – Stand Up Comedy Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater
Aug. 19th Towles Court Art Walk Sarasota Towles Court
Aug. 20th Pups at the Point Osprey Historic Spanish Point
Aug. 26th Rebelheart at Friday Fest Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Aug. 26th Fourth Friday at the Historic Downtown Village Sarasota Historic Downtown Village
Aug. 26-28th Big Cat Habitat Animal Sanctuary Sarasota Big Cat Habitat
Aug. 27th Antiques, Arts and Crafts Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
Aug. 27th Arcadia Antique Fair Arcadia Arcadia Florida Antiques

 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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Florida’s Economic Growth Continues

By | July 25, 2016

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florida state flagFlorida’s economic future is looking bright, according to University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith‘s latest Florida & Metro Forecast. Florida’s economy will outpace the U.S. average in the next four years.

The primary drivers of the Sunshine State’s economic growth are rising job growth and home construction.

“The fundamental underpinnings of the housing market in Florida continue to strengthen,” wrote Snaith, director of the Institute for Economic Competitiveness at the UCF College of Business Administration, in the report. “Job growth in Florida is forecasted to continue outperforming the U.S. labor market, and more baby boomers continue to reach the end of their working lives.”

Snaith believes the improved outlook will help Floridians get back in the job hunt, attract out-of-state job seekers and lift consumer sentiment and spending.

In fact, the economy is growing so quickly that Florida faces a single-family housing shortage that Snaith said should correct itself as new housing construction begins to grow in the next few years.

See the full report on Florida’s forecast here.

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Wheat + Water Italian Kitchen in Bradenton

By | July 20, 2016

Wheat + Water

Wheat + WaterWe visited Wheat + Water with a group of friends recently and found it to be more than your run-of-the-mill Italian restaurant. Located in the Beall’s shopping center on SR70, it is convenient to Lakewood Ranch and I-75. We had some excellent pasta dishes and great service.

Wheat + Water presents the great flavors of Italy using only the finest ingredients from Italy and the United States. Their Chefs prepare food fresh daily which include versions of the classic Italian dishes inspired from the various regions of Italy. The pasta is imported from Italy or made fresh depending on the sauce that is used for the dish. Soup and sauces are made fresh in-house. The menu features artisanal cured meats and choice aged steak and chops that are char-grilled to perfection.

They also serve regional craft beers and inspired hand crafted cocktails. They are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, happy hour from 4-6:30pm daily. Online reservations are accepted.

Ph: 941-216-3562 | 7303 52nd Place East Bradenton, Fl

Visit their website at http://wheatpluswater.com

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Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix and Festival

By | June 30, 2016

Boat RacesStarting on June 25th and running through July 4th Sarasota will be home to many events included in the Powerboat Grand Prix and Festival. From the opening golf tournament, car show, fishing tournament, downtown block party and boat parade to the boat races and fireworks on July 4th there will be lots to do in and around Sarasota.

The funds raised by these events support Suncoast Charities for Children which provides services that impact over 8,000 children, teens and adults with special needs and their families each year. It’s a great cause as well as a great time for our town.

For a complete schedule of events click here.

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Home Prices and Inventory are on the Rise

By | June 28, 2016

Median-home-prices-riseThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that the housing data for May reveals that inventory numbers are rising along with the mercury for the Sarasota and Manatee two-county area, likely the result of sellers taking advantage of rising prices. For single family homes in Sarasota County, inventory is up 15.3 percent from May last year, and up 20.2 percent in Manatee County. Condo inventory is also on the rise in Sarasota County, up 33 percent, while Manatee County experienced a 17.4 percent increase year-over year.

The continued decline in the number of distressed property sales (foreclosures and short sales) really shows the recovery and health of our market. In May, only 5.1 percent of closed sales were distressed, compared to 15.8 percent for the same month last year, fast approaching the historic average of about 2 percent. Distressed sales for single family homes in the two-county area represented only 5.9 percent, and distressed condo sales were only 3.5 percent. At their peak a few years ago, 48 percent of all sales were distressed.

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

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July in Sarasota

By | June 26, 2016

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American Flag 1

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 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
July 1st “Live from Downtown” First Friday Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
July 1-4th Grand Prix Super Boat Race and Festival Downtown Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix
July 1-2nd Summer Artwalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
July 1-30th Summer Circus Spectacular Sarasota Ringling.org
July 2nd Bradenton Marauders vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs & Fireworks Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
July 3rd Siesta Farmer’s Market Siesta Key Siesta Farmer’s Market
July 4th Fourth of July Fireworks 26th Anniversary Celebration Siesta Key Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
July 4th 5th Annual Fourth Festival Palmetto City of Palmetto
July 5-26th Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
July 6-31st “The Roommate” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
July 7th Learn to Bowl @ Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club Sarasota Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club
July 9th ReptiDay at the Sarasota Fairgrounds Sarasota ReptiDay Sarasota
July 13-24th “Cyrano De Burgershack” Sarasota The Players Theater
July 13-31st “How I Got Over” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
July 14-16th 8th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
July 15-16th Christmas in July Venice Venice Main Street
July 22nd Free Friday Night Music Venice City of Venice
July 22-23rd “The Wiz” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
July 23rd Antique Flea Market Arcadia Arcadia Antiques
July 23rd Snooty’s 68th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival Bradenton South Florida Museum
July 23rd Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market
July 23rd Antiques, Arts & Craft Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
July 23-24th 5th Annual Mystic Faire Sarasota Mystic Faires
July 29th “Friday Fest” at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

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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New Dining Option on Siesta Key at Cevichela

By | June 25, 2016

Cevichela

CevichelaChef Darwin Santa Maria and Tom Golen, chef/owner of Señor Siesta are on a mission.  Donning chef jackets like culinary superheroes, these two like-minded lovers of Latin fare have paired together to bring affordable Latin street food to the Siesta Key ‘hood.  Which means not just the homes, condos and businesses on Siesta Key, but also the beach itself.  That’s right. . . healthy and innovative Latin food delivered to your beach chair as you take in the awesomeness of the best beach in Florida, if not the entire USA!

Chef Darwin returns to Siesta Key to turn Señor Siesta, one of SarasotaFoodies’ favorite restaurants on the Key, into a hip, quick-service restaurant that offers dine in, take-out or home/office/beach delivery of a menu featuring ceviche, tacos, salads, and stir-fry Latin street food know as Chifa.  Cevichela also offers Latin twists on American fare like Chicken Wings with aji limo yuzu and a seaweed/radish mix, or maybe try one of their “My Way Saichipapas” – a crispy hot dog with bacon, and potatoes smothered in a creamy Peruvian mustard sauce.

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