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The Beach House Restaurant

By | January 26, 2017

Beach House

Beach HouseEd Chiles, owner of the Chiles Restaurant Group, remodeled the interior of the Beach House last year and we visited over the weekend. The new décor is now a more upscale beach atmosphere with a large central bar facing the Gulf of Mexico. Even the menu is not your typical beachfront fare.

The BeachHouse Interior

There is a good variety with many dishes that have locally sourced ingredients which is their focus these days. We snacked on the smoked fish dip which was quite good and then ordered seafood dinners; mine was grouper tornedoes topped with spinach, sundried tomatoes and a lemon caper sauce over risotto. My husband ordered a mixed seafood plate with scallops, shrimp and grouper. Both were excellent.

Beach House Deck

The outdoor deck of the restaurant is currently under construction but they still have plenty of outdoor tables for dining. If you haven’t ever been to the Beach House or haven’t been lately, I recommend you check it out as the food is delicious and the view can’t be beat…that is unless you visit one of the sister restaurants; the Sand Bar on Anna Maria Island or Mar Vista on Longboat Key. All three get five stars in my book!

For more information visit http://beachhouse.groupersandwich.com.

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Sarasota Real Estate Update

By | January 24, 2017

Real Estate

Real EstateThe Sarasota Manatee Association of Realtors reports that condo sales increased in December as compared to the previous year, with Sarasota at a 12.5% increase and Manatee at a 7.8% increase. Single family home sales decreased in Sarasota County by 6.1% and Manatee by an 8.2% decrease.

December also showed a significant increase in inventory in the two-county area, with condo inventory increasing by 30 percent over last December and single family increasing by 18 percent.

While many markets have been reporting a decrease in cash sales, that is another area of strength for the two-county condo market. This December, 63.1 percent of all condo sales were cash sales, compared to 66.1 percent last December. Cash sales of single family homes were 34.1 percent of all single family sales in December, compared to 40.9 percent last December.

Median prices for single family homes are up in both counties, with Sarasota County up by 10.3 percent to $264,500 and Manatee County up by 7.5 percent to $285,000 from last December. Median condo prices are down slightly in Sarasota by 1.1 percent to $217,000, while Manatee County experienced a 3.8 percent increase to $185,000.

The months’ supply of inventory continues to rise toward a balanced market, favoring neither a seller or a buyer. Sarasota condos hit the balanced threshold of a 5.5-month supply, while single family homes are at a 4.5-month supply. Manatee County condos are at a 4.4-month supply and single family at a 4.1-month supply of condos.

To view the full press release and statistical charts visit RASM.

 

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January in Sarasota

By | December 30, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New YearKick 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:

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Jan. 5-8th Thunder by the Bay

Motorcycle Festival

Sarasota Thunder by the Bay
Jan. 6th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch
Jan. 7th Sidewalk Astronomy Holmes Beach Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Jan. 7-8th Annual Orchid Expo Sarasota Sarasota Orchid Society
Jan. 7-8th 10th Annual Coquina Beach

“Winter Fest”

Bradenton Beach Winterfest
Jan. 12-15th Fun in the Sun Miniature Show Venice MiniaturiaUnlimited.com
Jan. 12-22nd Manatee County Fair Palmetto Manatee County Fair
Jan. 13th Full Moon Concert Sarasota Myakka River State Park
Jan. 14th All Trails Hike Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
Jan. 14th Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market Anna Maria Island Thieves Market
Jan. 14th 14th Annual Ringling Bridge Run Sarasota Wilde Automotive/Sarasota YMCA
Jan. 14th 29th Annual Circus Ring of Fame

Induction

Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Jan. 14-15th 5th Annual Winter Fine Arts Festival Sarasota Paragon Art Events
Jan. 14-15th Venice Home Show Venice Venice Home Show
Jan. 15th Temple Sinai’s 9th Annual Jewish Food Festival Sarasota Temple Sinai
Jan. 16th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Jan. 20-21st Venice-Nokomis Rotary

25th Annual Fine Art & Craft Festival

Venice Venice Nokomis Rotary
Jan. 20-22nd Bradenton Boat Show Palmetto Bradenton Boat Show
Jan. 20-22nd Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
Jan. 21st Classic Antique Car Show Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Jan. 21st Barefoot Beach Bazaar Nokomis Sarasota County Parks
Jan. 21-22nd 19th Annual Winterfest Arts & Crafts Show Sarasota Fairs and Festivals
Jan. 27th 47th Annual Devereaux-Kaiser

Collector Car Meet

Lakewood Ranch Sunshine Region of the Antique Automobile Club
Jan. 27-28th Suncoast Blues Festival Lakewood Ranch Suncoast Blues Festival
Jan. 28th Gasparilla Piratefest Parade Tampa Gasparilla Piratefest
Jan. 28-29th 14th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival Lido Key ArtFestival.com
Jan. 30th Venice Concert Band Winter Concert Venice Venice Performing Arts Center

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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Dockside Waterfront Grill in Venice

By | December 28, 2016

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dockside-waterfront-grillLooking for a great casual waterfront restaurant? The owners of the popular Gecko’s restaurants purchased the Marker 4 restaurant in the Fisherman’s Wharf Marina recently. The decor has been updated but they retained the large tiki hut for that tropical feel. It is situated in the center of the marina so a great spot for boat and people watching.

Many of our favorite dishes from Gecko’s are on the new menu along with many more with an emphasis on fresh seafood. They have a full bar and daily drink specials. They are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

If you’re looking for a fun spot on the water check them out…you’ll be glad you did!

To get directions and/or view the menu visit their website.

 

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Real Estate Market Update for Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | December 22, 2016

Real Estate Up Graph

Real Estate Up GraphThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that total closed sales are up by 8.7 percent from November 2015 for single family homes and condos in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Single family homes showed the most improvement from last year, with a 10.5 percent increase in the two-county area, while condos also increased by 4.5 percent.

Inventory also showed improvement from November of 2015, with a combined 12.6 percent increase in the two-county area. Single family home inventory in Sarasota increased by 10 percent, while Manatee
experienced a 6.4 percent increase. Sarasota condo inventory increased by 28.6 percent and Manatee County increased by 12.1 percent.
New pending sales have been on the rise since September of this year. Sarasota County condo new pending sales increased by 39.8 percent from last year and single family by 24 percent. Single family home new pending sales in Manatee increased by 25.1 percent, while condos increased by 8.4 percent
from 2015.

The months’ supply of inventory has also been on the rise since September, slowly moving toward a balanced market (6-month supply). Sarasota single family homes are at a 4.4-month supply and condos are at a 5.4-month supply. Manatee County single family homes are at a 4.2-month supply and condos are at a 4.2-month supply of condos.

When comparing to 2015 prices, the median sales price for single family homes increased in both counties. Sarasota single family homes experienced a 15.8 percent increase to $265,000, while Manatee increased by 3.3 percent to $279,000. Condo median prices were down slightly from last year, with
Sarasota decreasing by 1.3 percent to $196,500 and Manatee decreasing by 1.9 percent to $160,500.

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

 

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“Moon Over the Brewery” at The Island Players on Anna Maria Island

By | December 22, 2016

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moon-over-the-breweryThe Island Players Theater on Anna Maria Island is in the midst of their 68th season and will be presenting “Moon Over The Brewery” opening on January 12th and running through the 29th. The play was written by Bruce Graham and directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland. It’s a story about Miriam, a full-time waitress and part-time painter who would enjoy male companionship, but her precocious teenage daughter, and Randolph, her imaginary friend, have managed to drive away all suitors. Can Warren, the new mailman, succeed where others have failed?  

This is an intimate theater experience as there are 143 total seats and not a bad seat in the house! Plan to visit for a memorable evening of outstanding entertainment.

Regular Show Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. The Box Office is open 10 days before opening night,
Monday through Saturday, 9AM-1PM for information and ticket sales and 1 hour before all performances for “Will Call” only.  All tickets will be held in “Will Call” at the box office for pickup. Tickets are $20.
For more information call (941) 778-5755 or visit The Island Players.

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Sarasota Polo Season 2017

By | December 18, 2016

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sarasota-poloThe 2017 Sarasota Polo season begins Sunday, December 30th. Below are dates for public matches, which are held every Sunday through April 9th. Gates open at 10 a.m. and matches begin at 1 p.m.

New this season, the club will host matches on the last Friday of the month at 3 p.m. Gates for these games open at 2 p.m.

Admission is $12 per person. Children under 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. For more information visit sarasotapolo.com.

Jan. 8, 15, 22, 27 and 29th

Feb. 5, 12, 19, 24 and 26th

March 5, 11, 12, 19, 26 and 31st

April 2 and 9th

The Sarasota Polo Club is located in Lakewood Ranch at 8201 Polo Club Lane.

 

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Chanukah Celebration

By | December 14, 2016

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chanukahThe Chanukah holiday will again be celebrated on Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street, where Chabad of Bradenton will host their annual Chanukah Extravaganza on Tuesday, December 27th from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Chabad will build a Giant Sock Menorah and kindle the menorah at 6:00 pm. This will be followed by a PowerSkip Show from Fight or Flight productions, Chanukah music, Falafel with Yoav, Kosher BBQ sponsored by Bogey’s, and Kona’s Ice Truck! Chanukah activities at this event will include Chanukah Art, Orit’s Doughnut Decorating, Face Painting, Judah Maccabee Meets, Dreidel Moonbounce, Hot Latkes, Raffles, and more.

This event is co-sponsored by the Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Socks may be dropped off at The Chabad House located at 5712 Lorraine Road in advance or brought to the event to benefit the homeless of Manatee County.

For more information, call 941-952-3030.

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Sarasota Concert Association Free Music Matinee

By | December 12, 2016

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concertThe Sarasota Concert Association’s free Music Matinee Series continues its 2016-2017 season with trumpeter Aaron Romm and Steinway artist Avis Romm, piano, Wed., Dec. 21st at noon, at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. Their diverse program features standard trumpet, opera and swing pieces, including works by J.N. Hummel, Rafael Mendez, Harry James, Mozart and Ravel. “Audiences can also expect to hear a holiday carol or two,” says Aaron Romm, adding, “I take on several roles in this concert, and Avis masterfully takes on the role of the entire orchestra!” Not bad for a free concert!

The Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center is located at 709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Sarasota Concert Association

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Venice Symphony Holiday Concert

By | December 10, 2016

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venice-performing-arts-centerDon’t miss this wonderful holiday concert with the Venice Chorale on Friday, December 16th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Music selection will include The Nutcracker Suite, Hallelujah Chorus, a sing-a-long and a very special guest conductor. Tickets cost $22-37 with student tickets always 1/2 price and group discounts available. There is a free concert talk open to all, at 6:15 pm. For tickets, visit thevenicesymphony.org, call 941-207-8822 or come by the Venice Performing Arts Center box office at 230 S. Miami Ave., Suite 3 in Venice.

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