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Real Estate Prices and Inventory in Sarasota Continue to Rise

By | May 24, 2016

Real Estate Up Graph

Real Estate Up GraphApril’s housing statistics show that our current trend is continuing as inventory of available properties rose in both counties. For single family homes in Sarasota County, inventory is up 8 percent from April last year, and up 14.2 percent in Manatee County from last year. Condo inventory is also on the rise in Sarasota County, up 25.5 percent from last year, while Manatee County experienced a 19.8 percent increase year-over-year.

The months’ supply of inventory in the two-county area remains in the range of 4.5 to 5.4 months’ inventory this year, compared to a range of 4.2 to 4.5 months at this time last year. This statistic reflects the time it would take to sell all the active listings on the market at the current month’s rate of sales. Six months is traditionally considered the benchmark for a balanced market; anything higher is considered a buyer’s market and anything lower is a seller’s market. So while the months’ supply is on the rise, it is still a seller’s market. However, the rise in inventory is very encouraging sign that we are returning to a balanced market.

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Summer Circus Spectacular

By | May 22, 2016

Summer Circus Spectacular

It’s time for the 2016 Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater! This onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.”

Opening Week Special, June 15-18 – All seats are $10

Wednesday, June 15 @ 2:00 PM
Thursday, June 16 @ 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Friday, June 17 @ 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Saturday, June 18 @ 2:00 PM

June 21-July 30 – Adults /$15, Children 12 and under/$12

Tuesday – Friday @ 11:00am and 2:00pm
Saturdays @ 2:00pm and 5:00pm

For more information or to purchase tickets online visit the Ringling website by clicking here:  Summer Circus Spectacular

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Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week

By | May 17, 2016

savor sarasota

savor sarasotaWe look forward to this event every year. From June 1st through the 14th many of our local restaurants prepare special menus and deals so it’s a great time to try some new ones or visit some old favorites around town. Click the link below to see all of the restaurants participating and what menus they are offering. In previous years some have even extended these deals throughout the summer so check it out!

Savor Sarasota

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12th Annual Pioneer Day in Arcadia

By | March 7, 2016

Arcadia Pioneer Day

Arcadia Pioneer DayThe DeSoto County Historical Society will hold their Pioneer Day celebration on Saturday, March 19th from 9am to 3pm at DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park in Arcadia. This event showcases the history and heritage of southwest Florida. There will be demonstrations of old-fashioned skills and crafts, vintage automobiles and antique engines, a hands-on children’s area with a fossil dig, music, traditional foods, barbeque, legendary characters, animals, games and Florida authors and artists.

For more information about the Historical Society visit their website at:

http://www.historicdesoto.org/PioneerDay.html

 

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Movie Night at Nathan Benderson Park

By | March 3, 2016

The Croods

The CroodsEnjoy a screening of “The Croods,” the first movie night of the Free Family Moonlight Movie series! The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime. Sponsored by The Sarasota Film Festival in partnership with the Nathan Benderson Park and Nathan Benderson Park Community Foundation, don’t forget to bring your picnic baskets, blankets and chairs and be ready to have a great family fun night! Sunset: 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Food: Popcorn, water, soda and candy will be available for purchase.

Nathan Benderson Park, Regatta Island, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle in Sarasota (located just south of the University Town Center Mall).

For more information click here.

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Downtown Venice Art Festival

By | March 1, 2016

Downtown Venice Art Festival

Downtown Venice Art FestivalVisit historic downtown Venice this weekend for the 15th annual art festival with 150 of the nation’s most talented artists lining the Avenue with a broad spectrum of glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculptures, delicious food vendors and much more. Afterwards spend time strolling up and down both sides of Venice Avenue and the adjacent streets, Miami Avenue and Tampa Avenue with a full range of fun stores, clothing shops and restaurants.

The festival is March 5th and 6th from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is free.

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The Sarasota County Fair

By | February 29, 2016

Sarasota Agricultural Fair

From March 18th through the 27th we will be celebrating the 80th year of the Sarasota County Fair. The 2016 fair features agricultural exhibits, animals, great entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts, comedy shows, music and spectacular rides by Belle City Amusements. This year’s fair will have something for everyone to enjoy!

The fair takes place at Robarts Arena on Fruitville Road. Hours are Fridays from 2-11pm, Saturdays 12-11pm, Sundays 12-10pm and Monday to Thursday from 5-10pm.

Admission Prices:
Adults: $8
Senior Citizens (55 and over): $4.00
Active Military: $4.00
Children: ages 6-17 $4.00
Children 5 & under: FREE

Sarasota County Fair 2016For a complete schedule including all the entertainment click here.

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Apollonia Mediterranean Grill

By | February 27, 2016

Apollonia

ApolloniaWe have been talking about dining at Apollonia since it opened at The Shoppes at University Town Center over two years ago and finally got around to it this past week. It took over the restaurant formerly occupied by Urban Flats and it didn’t take too many cosmetic changes to adapt to the space.

Apollonia BarThe atmosphere is casual and comfortable. We were seated inside at a table next to the front windows which are large sliders that open when the weather permits as was the case for us. They have a generous bar area as well as a few outdoor covered tables.

Our server greeted us promptly and we ordered a glass of wine from their extensive list of wines by the glass. I ordered the Gyro Platter which consisted of rotisserie spiced lamb with rice pilaf, grilled vegetables, tzatziki and pita bread. My husband ordered the grouper Florentine. We were pleased with the quality of the meals, presentation, and felt the prices were very reasonable.

If you’re in the mood for a little Mediterranean food I would recommend this restaurant. Check out their website for more information.

 

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Home Prices Are Rising in Sarasota

By | February 25, 2016

The Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee report that the end of 2015 witnessed record breaking sales for both Sarasota and Manatee counties. January sales reflected the expected seasonal dip as a result of reduced buying activity during the holidays, even as median prices continued to rise.
For the month of January, Sarasota County experienced a slight 1.2 percent rise from last year in total sales for single family homes at 520 sales, while condos were down 5.2 percent with 217 closed sales. In Manatee County, single family homes were down 5.4 percent from last year to 385 total sales, but condo sales rose 2.6 percent with 156 closed sales.
A good indication of a robust market, the median sale prices remain healthy and increased in both counties over last year. Single family median prices rose 21.3 percent in Sarasota County to $230,500, and climbed 10 percent to $274,900 in Manatee County. Condo prices were also up 17.8 percent in Sarasota County, at $218,000, compared to $169,950 for Manatee County, an increase of 6.3 percent over last year.
Inventory of available properties continues to be an issue for buyers, but showed small improvement. For single family homes in Sarasota County, inventory is down 1.5 percent from January last year, and up 2.4 percent in Manatee County. Condo inventory is up in both counties, with Sarasota County up 6.1 percent, while Manatee County saw an increase of 9.6 percent.
To read the complete press release and view the statistical charts visit the Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee website.

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21st Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival

By | February 2, 2016

Siesta Key Craft Festival Poster

Siesta Key Craft Festival PosterThe 21st annual Siesta Key Craft Festival is happening this weekend, February 6th & 7th from 10am-5pm. Eclectic displays of original crafts, functional art and unique affordable gift items will be on display and for sale along Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road. This event features some of the finest crafters in the country including many from throughout Florida. Patrons can explore a full spectrum of craft art media that will include folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, paintings, personalized gifts, clothing, soaps, and more.

Siesta Key Village, 5124 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota

Compliments of SRQ The Magazine

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