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October in Sarasota

By | September 26, 2016

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The weather is great and our fall season is in full swing. There are a myriad of festivals and fun events going on in the Sarasota area during the month of October. Here are just a few to check out:

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Oct. 1st National Fossil Day Bradenton South Florida Museum
Oct. 1st 2nd Annual Beer, Bands & BBQ Lakewood Ranch Music Compound
Oct. 1-30th 28th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest Sarasota Fruitville Grove
Oct. 2nd Old Miakka Hootenanny Sarasota Friends of Florida Folk
Oct. 2nd Antique Auto Car Show Venice Venice Chamber of Commerce
Oct. 5th Phillippi Farmhouse Market Sarasota Farmhouse Market
Oct. 7th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Oct. 7th First Friday Gallery Art Walk Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Oct. 8th Sidewalk Astronomy Holmes Beach Sidewalk Astronomy
Oct. 8th The Beer, Boats and Bacon Fest Sarasota Beer Boats and Bacon
Oct. 8th Taste of St. Armands Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Oct. 8th Chef at the Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Oct. 13-16th 8th Annual Ringling International Arts Festival Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Oct. 14-16th 10th Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribfest Bradenton Gulf Coast Ribfest
Oct. 15-30th 25th Annual Hunsader Farms

Pumpkin Festival

Bradenton Hunsader Farms
Oct. 15-16th Desoto Pumpkin Festival at Veterans Park Arcadia Sarasota Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 21-23rd Sun Fiesta Venice Women’s Sertoma Club
Oct. 22nd 18th Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market Cortez Florida Maritime Museum
Oct. 22-23rd St. Armands Boat Show Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Oct. 22-23rdh 21st Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Sarasota ArtFestival.com
Oct. 26th 19th Annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest Sarasota Humane Society of Sarasota County
Oct. 28th Lakewood Ranch Boo Fest Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Oct. 28-30th Sahib Shrine Circus Sarasota Sahib Shrine
Oct. 29-30th Pumpkin Patch Express Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
Oct. 31st Safe Treats Halloween in Siesta Key Village Siesta Key Siesta Key Village Association
Oct. 31st Fright Night on St. Armands Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association

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Sarasota Real Estate Update

By | September 23, 2016

Red Upward Graph

Red Upward GraphThe Sarasota Manatee Association of Realtors reports that sales of distressed properties in the two-county area continued to decline in August, down 53.9 percent from the same month last year. Distressed sales in August comprised only 5.8 percent of total sales compared to 12.8 percent last August. Closed sales of single family homes and condos combined are up only slightly, 1.8 percent ahead of last August. But a closer look at traditional sales (non-distressed properties) reveals a 9.9 percent increase over the same month last year.

Pending sales in Manatee and Sarasota showed an improvement from last month. For single family homes, pending sales increased between July and August of this year, reversing the downward trend that started in May in both counties. Ten percent more single family homes went under contract this month compared to July in Sarasota County, and Manatee County experienced a 9.3 percent increase. Pending condo sales, however, continued on a downward trend that started in April after seasonal residents left the area, but were only just under 3 percent lower than July’s pending condo sales.

The inventory of properties for sale is up significantly from last year at this time, about 22 percent. Single family homes in both counties experienced a 17.6 percent increase in inventory, while condos showed a 32.9 percent increase. Sarasota maintains a 5.1 months’ supply of condos, while Manatee
reflects a 3.8 months’ condo supply. As for single family homes, Sarasota has a 4.1 months’ supply and Manatee is at a 4.2 months’ supply. A seller’s market is indicated by this figure remaining under the six month benchmark. Median prices continue to rise from 2015 to 2016.

For the full press release and statistical charts click here.

 

 

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The Lazy Lobster of Longboat

By | September 20, 2016

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lazy-lobsterWhile having a week of “staycation” on Longboat Key this week, we had dinner at the Lazy Lobster. Initially we chose the restaurant because it was one of the few that were not closed for vacation during this slow time of the season on the Key. We did not make a reservation as things didn’t seem to be too crowded during the week with traffic being very light and just not that many people around. Anyway they were booked up for the night (on a Monday no less!). They have some high top tables that were available in the bar area so we settled in there.

We had a delicious dinner starting with their lobster bisque and a salad. Entrees we chose were the Bar Harbor Combo (sauteed lobster tail meat, gulf shrimp & large sea scallops in lemon-garlic butter, potato gratin & vegetable) and one of the daily specials which was shrimp and scallops with spinach and red onion in a light red sauce over linguine pasta. Both dishes were outstanding!

If you’re in the mood for some good seafood (particularly lobster as it’s supplied daily from Boothbay Harbor, Maine) check out the Lazy Lobster. They do have a good variety on the menu but obviously lobster and seafood is their specialty. The staff is friendly and attentive and we’ll definitely go back.

You can view their menu and other information on their website here.

 

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Ringling International Arts Festival

By | September 15, 2016

Ringling Museum Night

Ringling Museum NightOctober 13- 16, 2016

With daring audacity and riveting virtuosity, performers from across America and around the world are coming to Sarasota for the most innovative, inventive, and exhilarating RIAF yet.   From the “down under” antics of Australian acrobats, to the “over the top” brilliance of internationally-acclaimed musicians, actors, and dancers, the 2016 Ringling International Arts Festival is your opportunity to experience the outrageously sublime, the profoundly surreal, and even the hilariously catastrophic.

With affordably priced performances – all presented in three theaters within walking-distance proximity, you can park the car once and enjoy the entire day. Lunch and dinner are available on-site.

Included with your RIAF performance ticket:

Enjoy free admission (with purchase of RIAF performance ticket) to Museum of Art and the Circus Museum. (Fri-Sat, Oct 14-15, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Sun, Oct 16, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Lounge on the Lawn – Share Lite-bites and Libations (FRI, OCT 14, 3:00-7:30 PM; SAT, OCT 15, NOON-7:30 PM; SUN, OCT 16, NOON-5:00 PM)

After-hours Jazz (FRI & SAT, OCT 14-15, 9:00-10:30 PM)

Enjoy Many Performance and Save!

Purchase 7 RIAF productions and SAVE 20%
Purchase 4–6 RIAF productions and SAVE 10%

Purchase Tickets online, in person or by calling 941-360-7399

For more information visit Ringling Museum of Art

 

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Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show

By | August 31, 2016

Home Show

Don’t miss the Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show being held at Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds from September 16 through 18th. This home show event is designed for homeowners who are in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. The show includes home improvement and remodeling exhibits with product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes. Plus with the exhibitors’ special, show-only deep discounts, you have a fantastic opportunity to shop, compare and save all under one roof – in a fun, interactive environment!

Think about that for a moment: you could spend days searching the internet for contractors, then setting up appointments and meeting them at your home. Or you can spend an afternoon getting to know selected home improvement professionals until you find the right one for your project. Saving you time – and money!

With a combination of new products and expert advice from the pros, get inspired with countless ideas on enhancing your home’s comfort and functionality, as well as its aesthetic appeal and overall value.

Best of all, admission is free!

So whether you are a new homeowner, or someone who has lived in your home for years, anyone with an interest in updating, enhancing, or creating a new look or amenity for their home will enjoy this event.

For more information visit Home Show Florida

 

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Real Estate Statistics for July in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | August 29, 2016

The Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee report that median sale prices for condos and single family homes continue to increase in both counties. Sarasota County single family homes are up 10.5 percent from 2015 to $242,500, while Manatee County experienced an 11.7 percent jump from 2015 to $279,250. Year over year, condo median sales prices rose 7.9 percent from 2015 to $205,000 in Sarasota and 21.9 percent to $185,250 in Manatee.

Over the past year, Manatee County increased in sales from 2015, with a 0.7 percent increase in single family homes and an 11.5 percent increase in condos. Sarasota County single family home sales decreased by 21.7 percent and condos sales are down by 24.6 percent.

Pending sales can be an indicator of potential future closed sales. In 2015, pending sales were strong through August, whereas this year, pending sales started to decline in May. New pending sales for both condos and single family homes in Sarasota and Manatee County are 18.5 percent lower than last July.

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

 

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For Live Music Head to the Blue Rooster

By | August 29, 2016

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Blue RoosterFor live entertainment and some of the best bands around town, head to the Blue Rooster on Fourth Street between Lemon and Orange. Open every day but Sunday and Monday for dinner, this is the place for good southern comfort food and a fun atmosphere. The Blue Rooster menu features New American Southern fare which takes simple, locally-sourced base ingredients and transforms them into true blue southern comfort cuisine with a down home twist.They have a full bar with happy hour specials from 5-7 pm daily. On Sundays from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm they have a Gospel Brunch complete with a southern buffet featuring live gospel plus traditional and contemporary spirituals!

To view the full lineup of music click here.

Blue Rooster is located at 1525 Fourth Street, Sarasota FL
Telephone 941-388-7539

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.blueroostersrq.com/music

 

 

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September in Sarasota

By | August 26, 2016

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This month marks the beginning of the fall season. Here’s just a sampling of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of September:

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Sept. 1st Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Sept. 1-25th “The GiGi’s” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Sept. 2-3rd Village of the Arts ArtWalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Sept. 2-4th 70th Annual Labor Day Regatta Sarasota Regatta Network
Sept. 3rd Tampa Bay Labor Day Soccer Tournament Lakewood Ranch Chargers Soccer
Sept. 3rd 13th Annual Venice Triathlon Venice SW Florida YMCA
Sept. 3-4th 8th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
Sept. 3-5th Englewood Pioneer Days Englewood Englewood Pioneer Days
Sept. 5th 4th Annual Country Fest Venice Snook Haven
Sept. 7th Classic Car Show @ Main Street Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Sept. 10th Literacy Amongst the Trees Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
Sept. 10th “Viva Sarasota” Latino Festival Sarasota Spotlight Events
Sept. 10th The Manasota India Festival Palmetto Manasota India Fest
Sept. 11th Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key SkiARees.com
Sept. 11th Tribute to Heroes Memorial Service Bradenton Riverwalk
Sept. 12th Tapas & Taps Bradenton Darwin Brewing Company
Sept. 15th “Sylvia” Love & Laughter Unleashed Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
Sept. 16-18th Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
Sept. 17th International Coastal Clean Up Siesta Key Sarasota County
Sept. 17th Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota SarasotaFarmersMarket.org
Sept. 23-25th Fisherman’s Village Pirate Festival Punta Gorda Fisherman’s Village
Sept. 23rd Friday Fest – Dr. Dave Band Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sept. 23rd Antiques, Arts & Crafts & More Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farm
Sept. 24th 32nd Annual Siesta Key Triathlon Siesta Key Sarasota YMCA
Sept. 24th Museum Day Live Sarasota Ringling Museum
Sept. 24th ReptiDay Sarasota ReptiDay Sarasota
Sept. 30th Bobby Slayton @ McCurdy’s Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater

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Real Estate Prices Continue to Rise in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | August 22, 2016

Real Estate Up Graph

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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