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Friday Fest Coming to Van Wezel

By | June 30, 2017

Friday Fest 2017

Friday Fest 2017One of the great things about summer here is the lighter crowds and some unique outdoor summertime events. This month the Friday Fest concert series continues at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall! The family-friendly party of the summer takes place select Friday nights from 5-9PM on the Bayfront Lawn of the Van Wezel featuring some of Sarasota’s top musical talent.

On Friday July 21st Kettle of Fish will be performing and they are one of the hottest live acts in Southwest Florida. Their music features blues, soul and funk with the energy of rock ‘n roll.

Bring your blanket and/or lawn chairs (no coolers). Food and beverage vendors will be onsite as well as many others. Come out and enjoy a beautiful night on Sarasota Bay with some great music.

For more information visit Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

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Prices and Inventory on the Rise in the Sarasota and Manatee Real Estate Market

By | June 22, 2017

The statistics for the month of May just released by the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee showed an increase in new listings, median sales prices, inventory and closed sales, according to data compiled by Florida Realtors® from My Florida Regional MLS.

Combined closed sales in Sarasota County increased by 10.1 percent from May of 2016, while Manatee County experienced an increase of 1 percent from last year. In addition to a year-over-year increase, sales in the two-county area also increased from last month, up 5.9 percent from April 2017.

The median sales price for single family homes in Sarasota is $260,000, a decrease of 1.1 percent from May 2016. Manatee single family home prices increased by 7.8 percent to $299,000. Condo prices are up in both counties, a 3.1 percent rise to $255,700 in Sarasota County and an 11.7 percent increase to $186,250 in Manatee County.

Last month’s report showed a decrease in properties listed, a typical indication of the end of the season. This month, new listings showed an increase from last year. Sarasota County single family homes increased by 8.5 percent from last year, while condos increased by 1.3 percent. Single family homes in Manatee County increased by 2.3 percent from last year, while condos increased by 0.8 percent.

Active inventory listings are up in both counties from May 2016. Year-over-year, inventory for Sarasota is up by 10.9 percent and in Manatee inventory is up by 6.6 percent. However, compared to last month, inventory is down in both counties. Sarasota inventory decreased by 3.9 percent, while Manatee inventory decreased by 3.2 percent.

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

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July in Sarasota

By | June 21, 2017

4th of July Medallion

4th of July Medallion

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 Marauders Game & Fireworks Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
July 1-30th Summer Circus Spectacular Sarasota Ringling.org
July 1-23rd “Broadway in Black” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
July 1-4th Grand Prix Super Boat Race and Festival Downtown Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix
July 5th Siesta Farmer’s Market Siesta Key Siesta Farmer’s Market
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 4th Myakka River Kayak Festival Venice Scene Magazine
July 7th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
July 7-8th Summer Artwalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
July 7, 14, 21, 28 “Live from Downtown, It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
July 8th Learn to Bowl @ Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club Sarasota Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club
July 9-10th Dig the Beach Volleyball Tournament Siesta Key Dig the Beach
July 13-15th 7th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
July 18th Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Sarasota County Parks & Recreation
July 21st “Friday Fest” at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
July 21-22nd “Shrek the Musical” Bradenton Manatee Performing Art Center
July 21-22nd Christmas in July Venice Venice Main Street
July 22nd Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Bout at Astro Skate Sarasota Bradentucky Bombers
July 22nd Antique Flea Market Arcadia Arcadia Antiques
July 22nd Snooty’s 67th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival Bradenton South Florida Museum
July 22-23rd 7th Annual Mystic Faire Sarasota Mystic Faire
July 23rd Christmas In July Anna Maria Island Scene Magazine
July 28th Free Friday Night Music Venice City of Venice
July 29th Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market
July 29th Family Fun Day Venice Venice Art Center

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Alpine Steakhouse in Sarasota

By | June 15, 2017

Alpine Steakhouse
Alpine Steakhouse
If you’ve never heard of the Alpine Steakhouse in Sarasota you are missing out on  something of a cultural landmark. Being more than 40 years old, it was the first place in Sarasota to specialize in prime meats of the New York City steakhouse persuasion, and has continually been operated and crafted to perfection by the same family. It’s a combination butcher shop, market and restaurant.

Since opening in 1975, Alpine Steakhouse has specialized in homemade ingredients and prime meats pioneered by Karl Ehmer, the revolutionary butcher from New York City. Matt Rebhan’s father, Mark, took over the business of his father, Henry, and the restaurant continues to be a collaborative father-son family effort for your enjoyment to this day.

Diners, Drive-Ins, DivesIt was also the first, and remains the only, place in the whole state that sells fresh TurDucKen, a contemporary Cajun dish involving a whole boneless turkey stuffed with a whole boneless chicken, a whole boneless duck and any mix of sausage and seasoned bread dressing. The dish is immensely complicated, requiring the knife skills of a surgeon, and, with actual roasting time, takes 16 hours to prepare. It has been featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” show on the Food Network.

Alpine Steakhouse is proud to be the recipient of the Sarasota Magazine Readers’ Choice award for “Best Restaurant for Steak” for the past consecutive four years. You are tempted by only the best prime dry-aged steaks, veal, lamb, chops, chicken and fresh seafood to make your dining decision exciting enough before you consider the traditional German specialties like wiener-schnitzel, sauerbraten and bratwurst and more. And with more than 60 imported beers along with an extensive fine wine selection every palate will be more than satisfied.

Alpine Steakhouse Entry

They are centrally located in at 4520 S. Tamiami Trail and hours are Monday to Thursday 9am to 9pm, Friday & Saturday 9am to 9:30pm and closed on Sunday. Phone 941-922-3797.

 

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June in Sarasota

By | May 30, 2017

June Flowers

June Flowers

Summer begins and school’s out so it’s a fun time to take in 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 June:

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June 1-14th Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week Various Savor Sarasota
June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 2nd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
June 2nd First Friday Art Walk at Village of the Arts Bradenton Village of the Arts
June 3rd Suncoast Dragon Boat Festival at Nathan Benderson Park Sarasota Suncoast International Dragon Boat Festival
June 3rd 3rd Annual Dairy Day Festival Myakka City Dakin Dairy Farms
June 3rd World Oceans Day at Mote Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
June 7th Lance’s Cruzin to the Hop Car Show Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
June 8-24th Sarasota Music Festival Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
June 9th Friday Night Free Music Venice City of Venice
June 9th US Rowing Youth National Championships Sarasota Bradenton Gulf Islands
June 9-11th Bradenton Boat Show Palmetto Bradenton Boat Show
June 10-11th 16th Annual St. Armand’s Craft Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
June 12th Bradenton Marauders Home Game vs Tampa Bradenton Marauders Schedule
June 13th

August 8th

Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Sarasota Parks & Recreation
June 13th

July 29th

“InrediBello” Hair Raising Circus Sarasota Asolo Theater
June 14th Think & Drink Science: “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion” Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 16th Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
June 17-18th Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
June 17th Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Match Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
June 21st Lunch & Learn “Domestication of the Modern Dog” Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 24th

July 4th

Suncoast Offshore Racing Festival Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix
June 24th Arcadia Antique Fair Arcadia Arcadia FL Antiques
June 25th Suncoast Grand Prix Car Show Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix
June 26 – July 1st Shark Days at Mote Lido Key Mote Aquarium
June 30th Grand Prix Festival “Boats on Main” Downtown Block Party Sarasota Boat Parade

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Sarasota and Manatee Real Estate Update

By | May 25, 2017

The Sarasota Manatee Realtors Association reports that according to the recent numbers compiled by Florida REALTORS® from My Florida Regional MLS, April 2017 reflects an increase in single family closed sales, median sales prices and inventory in Sarasota and Manatee County as compared to April of 2016.

Closed sales in Sarasota County increased by 8.3 percent for single family homes, while Manatee County experienced a 1.5 percent increase. Condos, however, decreased in sales in the month of April. Sarasota condo sales decreased by 0.3 percent this month and Manatee decreased by 22 percent.

Median prices of Sarasota County single family homes increased by 9 percent to $272,500, while condos decreased by 1.4 percent to $215,000. Single family homes in Manatee County increased in median price by 5.4 percent to $295,000, while condos in Manatee increased by 2.1 percent to $170,500.

The number of properties that were put on the market during April decreased in both counties from last month, a good indication of the end of the season.

When looking at the total inventory in the two-county area, there is a 9.3 percent increase of active listings from this time in 2016, but inventory continues to be very tight, especially in lower price ranges. In Sarasota County, the inventory of single family homes increased 12.3 percent and condos by 12 percent. Single family homes in Manatee County increased by 3.6 percent, while condos increased by 9.7 percent.

In April 2017, we saw an increase in time to contract over last year in both counties. Sarasota single family homes increased to 45 days on market, up from 35 last year, and the time for condos increased to 46 days, also up from 35 days a year ago. In Manatee County, time on market for single family homes increased to 46 days from 38 last year, while condos rose from 33 days last year to 50 days on market this year.

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

 

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Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week

By | May 17, 2017

Savor-Sarasota-2017

Savor-Sarasota-2017

Sarasota is known for having the #1 beach in the USA but we also have the highest concentrations of Zagat®-rated restaurants in Florida. During Savor Sarasota (June 1-14th) you can enjoy multi-course meals from the Sarasota area’s famed eateries for just $16 per person for lunch and $32 per person for dinner. And with a spread from Peruvian to French and every flavor in between, you’ll taste your way around the world in no time.

This event is quite popular so be sure to call and make reservations. There are so many choices that you can’t dine at all of them in the two week period but it’s a great time to check out a few. Most of the restaurants participating will have their menu posted on the website so you can check it out ahead of time. Not all are offering a lunch menu so check the website before you plan to visit. To see the list of restaurants, chef profiles and menus as well as other information visit the website at www.savorsarasota.com.

 

 

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Dining at The Coolinary in Sarasota

By | May 9, 2017

The Coolinary

The CoolinaryThe Coolinary was recently voted “The Best Restaurant Redesign” by Sarasota Magazine. The second-story Main Street space has housed a French restaurant, a Creole eatery, a Belgian beer joint, Irish pubs and more. None has looked as sexy as The Coolinary with its romantic bar, whimsical lighting and comfortable mod seats. Ask for a table by a window, where you’ll enjoy Hungarian-inspired cuisine and a rare elevated view of downtown.

The Coolinary InteriorWe visited the restaurant recently and were pleasantly surprised with the neat décor, fabulous cocktails and food that was top notch! The menu consists of the freshest and tastiest vegetables, fruits, and homemade products. Including jams, chutneys, honey, dairy products, cheeses, fish and seafood, and free-range meats. It is a huge part of their core values to exclusively use GMO-free, hormone-free and no artificial ingredients in any of their products. They also have several vegan options. Check out the menu at The Culinary Menu.

They are open Tuesday through Sunday with happy hour from 4-6pm. If you’re looking for a new dining experience downtown I recommend a visit to The Coolinary. They are located upstairs at 1359 Main Street in Sarasota.

For reservations visit their website (thecoolinary.com) or call 941 312 4773.

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Sarasota Real Estate Update

By | April 25, 2017

The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that according to the recent numbers compiled by Florida REALTORS® from My Florida Regional MLS, March 2017 proved to show strength in both Sarasota and Manatee County. The combined closed sales for condos and single family in the two-county area increased by 6.2 percent from March of 2016.

Sarasota condo sales increased by 13.5 percent from last year, while single family homes increased by 2.6 percent. Manatee single family home sales increased by 11.7 percent, while condos were down by 4.4 percent from 2016.

Pending sales are the number of listings that went under contract and can be an indicator of future closed sales. In the two-county area, pending sales increased by 6.1 percent over last March, unlike the slight drop that occurred in February. Pending sales for Sarasota condos increased by 21.8 percent, while single family homes increased by 7.6 percent. However, Manatee condos experienced a 6.4 percent decrease, while single family homes increased by 0.3 percent.

The inventory of active listings continues to improve over levels last March, up 12 .2 percent in the two county area. Inventory increased across both counties in March, with single family homes increasing by 13 percent in Sarasota and by 10.5 percent in Manatee. Condo inventory increased by 18 percent in Sarasota and by 4.1 percent in Manatee.

Median sales prices also continue to rise in both counties. Median prices for Sarasota single family homes increased to $262,621, up 7.6 percent from 2016, while Manatee single family increased to $290,000, an increase of 7.4 percent. Condo median sales prices increased by 17.3 percent to $230,000 in Sarasota, and by 9.4 percent to $175,500 in Manatee County.

When breaking down the current listings, there are more single family homes for sale in the $200,000 – $299,999 price range in Sarasota with 739 homes. While in Manatee, there are more homes listed in the $300,000 – $399,999 range with 579 listings. As for condos, we see the more listings in the $100,000 – $199,999 range in both counties with 467 properties in Sarasota and 265 properties in Manatee.

With the exception of the Manatee condo market taking a slight dip from last month, the months’ supply of inventory continues to gradually push toward a balanced market. In Sarasota County, the month’s supply of condos is at 6, indicating a buyer’s market, while single family homes remain at a 5.1-month supply. Manatee County is at a 4.8-month supply for condos and a 4.7-month supply for single family.

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

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May in Sarasota

By | April 24, 2017

May Calendar no year

May Calendar no year

Many of our seasonal residents have returned north so it’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that Sarasota has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of May:

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May 1-27th “Dearly Departed” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
May 2-31st “Older Than Dirt” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
May 4-21st “Fences” Venice Venice Theatre
May 5th Main Street Live Bradenton Realize Bradenton
May 5th “Live from Downtown It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
May 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street
May 5-6th May Sidewalk Sale Venice City of Venice
May 5-28th “Beatsville” Sarasota Asolo Repertory Theatre
May 6th Sidewalk Astronomy Sarasota Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
May 6th Classic Corvettes on the Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
May 7th Waterski Show (Last of Season) Sarasota Ski-A-Rees
May 12th Friday Night Free Music Venice Venice Main Street
May 12-13th Orchestra in the Outfield Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
May 13th Bradenton Farmers Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
May 13th ReptiDay Sarasota ReptiDay.com
May 13th Annual Rose Festival Sarasota Bradenton Sarasota Rose Society
May 16-21st “Once on this Island” Venice Venice Theatre
May 19-21st Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show Sarasota Sarasota Auditorium
May 20-21st Dig the Beach Volleyball Classic Siesta Key Dig the Beach
May 20-21st St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival Lido Key Paragon Events
May 15th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
May 27th Antique Fair of Arcadia Arcadia Arcadia Florida Antiques
May 27th American Youth Cup III Rowing Regatta Sarasota American Youth Cup
May 27th Venice Brew Bash Venice City of Venice
May 28th A Tribute to Heroes Memorial Day Parade Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
May 29th Memorial Day at Sarasota National Cemetery Sarasota Patriot Plaza
May 29th 4th Annual Myakka River Blues Festival Venice Myakka Blues
May 29th Annual Memorial Day Concert Sarasota Sarasota Concert Band

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