Blog

A Day in Englewood

By | July 17, 2018

Farlow's Logo

Farlow's LogoWe recently took a day trip down to Englewood as we had never had an occasion to check out the town. Since we arrived close to noon we found a great lunch spot called Farlow’s On The Water. The owner, Keith Farlow, grew up in the Caribbean and you can find dishes on the menu that have that influence. His wife has a passion for Southern cooking so there is also a southern twist on the menu like fried green tomatoes. All of the food is made fresh daily and the herbs used are grown in their garden right at the restaurant. We ordered the fish tacos and a grouper sandwich which were well prepared and delicious. You can check out their menu here: http://www.farlowsonthewater.com

Farlow's WaterfrontFarlow’s participated in the Savor Sarasota promotion in June and has extended that special menu through July so you can have a multi-course lunch for $16 per person and dinner for $32 per person.  They have inside and outside dining and a cozy bar with a great selection of specialty cocktails. They are open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.

After lunch we headed over to historic Dearborn Street. On the first Saturday of every month they have a car show called Cruisin’ On Dearborn. The event actually doesn’t start until 5pm but cars arrive much earlier to get the best spot. There are many quaint shops and restaurants along the street and it’s just a fun place to stroll around. They frequently have events on Dearborn Street so check out this website to see what’s happening now: https://oldeenglewood.com

cruisin-on-dearborn-966x483

Read more »

The 10th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival

By | June 27, 2018

Florida Studio Theatre

Florida Studio Theatre

The 10th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival is coming to Florida Studio Theatre in July on the 12th, 13th and14th – that’s THREE days of non-stop comedy coming your way. Troupes are coming from all over the country – and from as far away as France and Spain – all ready to bring their best spontaneous hilarity to the Gulf Coast.

Featuring not one, not two, but an unprecedented THREE headliners – Baby Wants Candy (Chicago), Impro Madrid (Spain), and Impro Theatre (LA) – one for each day of the Festival. Plus, several returning favorites including North Coast (NYC), Parallelogramophonograph (Austin, TX), ImprovBoston (Boston, MA), STACKED (Chicago, IL), and Available Cupholders (Austin, TX).

Click the link below for the full Festival lineup. Passes and workshops are all available for purchase at the link below, or by calling the FST box office at 941.366.9000.

Florida Studio Theatre

Read more »

Real Estate Sales Going Strong in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | June 21, 2018

The Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee  reports that both counties have closed more home sales so far in 2018 than sales in January through May of 2017. Inventory is still tight and median prices continue to rise year-over-year. Overall, this month reports more closed sales and pending sales across the two counties.

The two-county area reported 2,191 total closed sales, a one percent increase from May 2017. In the condo market, Sarasota sales increased by 6.4 percent to 452, while Manatee condo sales increased by 16.8 percent to 278. As for single-family homes, Manatee sales increased by 2.6 percent to 641, while Sarasota County decreased by 0.2 percent to 820.

The number of properties that went under contract this month increased by 8.2 percent from May of 2017. In the two-county area, condo pending sales increased by 6.6 percent, while single-family homes increased by 9 percent. Pending sales can be a good indicator of future closed sales.

Inventory remains tight in the two-county area. Sarasota single-family homes decreased by 5.9 percent, while Manatee single family homes increased by 0.8 percent. As for condos, Sarasota inventory increased by 1.8 percent, while Manatee condo inventory is down by 0.9 percent in the two-county area.

Median sales prices continue to rise in Sarasota and Manatee. Manatee single-family home prices increased by 2 percent to $305,000 and Sarasota increased by 8 percent to $280,750. Condo prices in Sarasota increased by 4 percent to $234,675 and Manatee decreased by 1.3 percent to $183,750.

Year-over-year, the month’s supply of inventory continues to decrease, indicating a seller’s market. Manatee condos represent a 4.5-month supply and Sarasota condos are at a 4.8 monthsupply.

Manatee single-family homes are at a 4.3-month supply and Sarasota single-family homes are at a 4.2-month supply. Inventory may be tight, but the median time to contract showed an overall increase this month.

Sarasota condos spent 63 days on the market, a 3.3 percent increase from this time last year. Manatee condos also increased with a 14.9 percent jump to 54 days. For single-family homes, the median time to contract is up by 12.8 percent in Manatee to 53 days, while Sarasota is down to 45 days, a 2.2 percent decrease.

Monthly reports are provided by Florida REALTORS® with data compiled from My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service. For comprehensive statistics dating back to 2005, visit www.MyRASM.com/statistics.

 

Read more »

July in Sarasota

By | June 19, 2018

American Flag 1

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:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

More Information

July 1-28th Summer Circus Spectacular Sarasota Ringling.org
July 1-4th Grand Prix Super Boat Race and Festival Downtown Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix
July 3rd Charlotte Stone Crabs Minor League Baseball & Fireworks Port Charlotte Charlotte Stone Crabs MLB
July 3rd Fireworks on the Lake Sarasota Nathan Benderson Park
July 3rd Bradenton Marauders Baseball Game & Fireworks Bradenton Bradenton Marauders MLB
July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Sarasota County Parks & Recreation
July 4th Fourth of July Fireworks 25th Anniversary Celebration Siesta Key Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
July 4th 6th Annual Fourth Festival Palmetto City of Palmetto
July 4th “Patriotic Spectacular” Sarasota Choral Artists of Sarasota
July 6th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
July 6-7th Summer Artwalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
July 6, 13, 20, 27 “Live from Downtown, It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
July 7, 14, 21, 28 Selby’s Splashing Saturdays Sarasota Selby Gardens
July 7-8th Dig the Beach Volleyball Tournament Siesta Key Dig the Beach
July 8th Siesta Farmer’s Market Siesta Key Siesta Farmer’s Market
July 12-14th 10th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
July 14th Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex Ellenton Bradentucky Bombers
July 20-21st “The Little Mermaid” Bradenton Manatee Performing Art Center
July 21st Christmas in July Venice Venice Main Street
July 25-28th Shark Days at Mote Lido Key Mote Aquarium
July 25th

August 11th

“Rockin’ Down Fairytale Lane” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
July 27th “Friday Fest” at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
July 28th Antique Flea Market Arcadia Arcadia Antiques
July 28-29th 8th Annual Mystic Faire Sarasota Mystic Faire
July 28th Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market

Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to View Homes on the Gulf Coast. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!

 

Read more »

Capital Grill at UTC

By | June 14, 2018

Capital Grille Outside

Capital Grille OutsideI had the pleasure of dining at Capital Grille last night and took advantage of their Savor Sarasota menu which was a great deal and an excellent dining experience. The ambience is very classy with low lighting and many booths which create an intimate experience. They also have a cozy bar and an outdoor patio. The regular menu is what you would expect for a fine dining evening but I have to say it’s worth it because of the quality of the food and service.

We started out with drinks and were not rushed to order. The wait staff is very attentive without being intrusive or pushy. Once we did order the first course came out quickly and to order. We had the wedge with bleu cheese & smoked bacon and the Caesar salad with Grana Padano croutons. They were both plentiful and tasty.Capital Grille SteakCapital Grille Salmon Main courses we had were the 8oz. filet mignon and seared citrus glazed salmon with Marcona almonds & brown butter…both were excellent. Side dishes come out family style to share and the quality there was also good. Dessert choices on this special menu were a flourless chocolate espresso cake and classic crème brulee…YUM!

Even though Savor Sarasota only lasts for two weeks during the summer for most restaurants I would still go to Capital Grille for a nice date night. If you haven’t been I highly recommend it!

Capital Grille is located at the University Town Center Mall. You can make reservations through Open Table on their website below or call them at 941-256-3647. They are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

The Capital Grille Sarasota

Read more »

Real Estate Prices Continue to Rise in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | May 29, 2018

The Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee recently reported that in April 2018, Sarasota and Manatee housing inventory levels dropped again, with pressure from rising median sales prices.

Overall, April showed an increase in sales across the two counties, as well as an increase in new listings. April reported 2,014 total sales which is a 3.3 percent increase from last year.

Sarasota condo sales increased by 17.8 percent and Manatee condo sales increased by 2.5 percent. As for single-family homes, Manatee sales increased by 5.8 percent, while Sarasota decreased by 5.3 percent. Overall, inventory is down compared to this time last year. For single-family homes, the number
of properties listed decreased by 10.3 percent. As for condos, inventory decreased by 8.9 percent in the two-county area.

Dr. Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), commented on this trend in his recent 2018 midyear forecast presentation at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. Yun indicated that a stronger economy, wage growth and improving job market is expected to raise sales and prices. However, low inventory and the
challenging affordability for the next generation of homebuyers may temper growth. Overall, he predicts a moderate and multiyear increase in home sales ahead.

Median sales prices continue to rise in Sarasota and Manatee. Manatee single-family home prices increased by 5.4 percent to $311,000 and Sarasota increased by 4.6 percent to $285,000. Condo median prices in Sarasota increased by 9.3 percent to $235,000 and Manatee increased by 23.1
percent to $209,950.

A seller’s market remains, indicated by the decreased month’s supply of inventory. Manatee condos represent a 4.5-month supply and Sarasota condos are at a 4.6 month-supply. Manatee single-family homes are at a 3.9-month supply and Sarasota single-family homes are at a 4.1- month supply.

The median time to contract for Sarasota single-family homes is down by 11.1 percent to 40 days, while Manatee increased by 2.2 percent to 47 days from April 2017. For Sarasota condos, the time to contract is down by 6.5 percent to 43 days, while Manatee condos are down by 24 percent is to 38 days on the market. With tighter inventory, properties are spending less time on the market.

Overall pending sales, or the number of properties that went under contract in April, decreased from last month. This is an indication that sales are tapering off the traditional snowbird season.

Compared to 2017, the condo market experienced more pending sales with a 22.1 percent increase in Manatee and a 1.7 percent increase in Sarasota. Single-family homes, however, experienced a drop in pending sales. Sarasota single-family homes decreased by 13.1 percent and Manatee by 16.1 percent.

For more detailed information or to view the entire press release visit: Sarasota Manatee Realtors Association

Read more »

June in Sarasota

By | May 22, 2018

Beach June 2018

Beach June 2018

 

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:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

More Information

June 1-14th Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week Various Savor Sarasota
June 1st Free Live Music in the Park Sarasota Cafe In The Park
June 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
June 1-2nd First Friday Art Walk at Village of the Arts Bradenton Village of the Arts
June 1-10th “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
June 2nd World Oceans Day at Mote Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
June 2nd “Snooks” Adams Kids Day Anna Maria Island AMI Privateers
June 4-23rd Sarasota Music Festival Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
June 5th – August 7th Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Sarasota County
June 5-10th “Tony & Tina’s Wedding” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
June 7, 14,   21 & 28th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 8-10th Bradenton Boat Show Palmetto Bradenton Boat Show
June 9-10th 17th Annual St. Armand’s Craft Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
June 9th Music on the Porch Cortez Florida Maritime Museum
June 9th Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Match Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
June 12th

July 28th

Summer Circus Spectacular Sarasota Asolo Theater
June 13th Think & Drink Science: “Pests and Pollinators” Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 16-17th 26th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
June 17th Selby Gardens Music Series Sarasota Selby Gardens
June 17th Father’s Day at Florida Railroad Museum Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
June 18-24th Bradenton Marauders Home Games Bradenton Marauders Schedule
June 18-23rd AACT World Fest Venice Venice Theatre
June 22nd Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
June 23rd Arcadia Antique Fair Arcadia Arcadia FL Antiques
June 23rd

July 4th

Suncoast Offshore Racing Festival Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix

Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to View Homes On The Gulf Coast. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!

 

Read more »

Summer Circus Spectacular

By | May 15, 2018

Circus Spectacular 2018

Circus Spectacular 2018

The 2018 Circus Spectacular will be happening June 12 through July 28th at the Historic Asolo Theatre. The circus will amaze and dazzle you! This show is an hour of incredible family fun at affordable prices. Presented in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.”

For complete performance information and to purchase tickets visit: www.ringling.org/events/summer-circus-spectacular

The Asolo Theatre is located on the grounds of the Ringling Museum at 5401 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota across from the airport.

 

 

 

Read more »

The Serving Spoon in Sarasota

By | May 8, 2018

The Serving Spoon

The Serving Spoon

The menu is extensive and everything is homemade and delicious. They have loads of options with generous portions. The menu has the usual and not so usual options. Gluten free pancakes, quinoa power bowl, omelets as well as burritos. They also have bakery items such as scones, muffins and breads.

The Serving Spoon is everything you want in a breakfast place!

The Serving Spoon LocationThey are located at 1825 S Osprey Avenue

Phone  (941) 388-7235

 

Read more »

Sarasota Real Estate Sales Increasing

By | April 24, 2018

As of March 2018, the two-county area has closed on 5,015 properties so far this year, an increase from this time last year. Inventory levels dropped this month and median prices continue to rise. This month also showed an increase in pending sales, indicating more closed sales on the horizon.

Overall, closed sales for single-family homes and condos in the two-county area increased by 2.3 percent from this time last year. The condo market improved in sales with a 9.9 percent increase in Sarasota and a 9.7 percent increase in Manatee. As for single-family homes, Manatee County sales decreased by 0.2 percent to 580, while Sarasota decreased by 2.3 percent to 766.

The median sales price for Manatee condos increased by 15.1 percent to $201,500 and Sarasota condos increased by 4.3 percent to $240,000. Single-family median prices in Sarasota increased by 9.3 percent to $287,053 and Manatee decreased by 1.7 percent to $285,000.

The number of properties that went under contract increased from this time last year. Combined, pending sales for single-family homes and condos increased by 4.9 percent from March 2017.

A drop in new listings is another good indication of the selling season ending. The number of properties put on the market during March 2018 decreased by 7.6 percent from 2017 in the two-county area.

Combined inventory in the two-county area decreased by 14 percent from March 2017. Compared to last year, single-family homes experienced a 15.4 percent decrease, while condos decreased by 11.4 percent. When compared to last month, inventory decreased by 12.2 percent in the two-county area.

The market is strong on the seller’s side this month. Manatee condos represent a 4.5-month supply and Sarasota condos are at a 4.8 month-supply. Manatee single-family homes are at a 4.0-month supply and Sarasota single-family homes are at a 4.1-month supply.

To view the full press release and view the statistical charts visit: http://sarasotamanateerealtors.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/March-2018-Statistics-Report.pdf

 

Read more »