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CineBistro Coming to Westfield Southgate Mall

By | November 24, 2014

CineBistro

Great Job Westfield Southgate Mall and Cobb Theaters!

CineBistro

Westfield Southgate Mall on Siesta Drive in Sarasota has announced they plan to open a new 7-screen movie theater in 2015. CineBistro is a luxury movie theater for adults 21 and older. If you have not been to one of the current locations (closest is Hyde Park Village in South Tampa), you are missing out. It is the perfect combination of “dinner and a movie” set all in one place!

They feature reclining leather chairs, a chef inspired menu, playing first-run and independent movies. The Sarasota location is also planning a bar with a dining lounge and patio. The food options are: appetizers, entrees, salads, sandwiches and desserts. You may also order from a full bar, beer and wine list.

If you choose to dine while watching the movie, the wait staff efficiently takes your drink and food orders just after being seated in the theater. Right before the movie begins, the staff delivers your order so as not to disturb you or the other guests in the theater. I initially thought it would be a good fit for the Lakewood Ranch area, but like this choice better. Southgate is a perfect place for those in all areas of Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice, but will also allow our residents and visitors to Siesta Key and Lido – Longboat areas to make a quick trip.

I’m looking forward to the Grand Opening! Here is the website to keep an eye on the new location opening and check out other locations… http://cobbcinebistro.com

Brenda’s background in strategic planning, marketing, prospecting, and sales give her an advantage when searching for the right properties for her clients. By truly listening, addressing concerns, and taking her clients through every step of the process, she ensures her buyers get what they want. Brenda’s clients trust her and with her efficient and straight-forward approach, enjoy working with her on this important decision.

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Real Estate Sales in Sarasota Continue on Record Pace in October

By | November 20, 2014

House Upward Graph

House Upward GraphThe Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for the month of October which show that the market remained on record pace with 1,011 property transactions recorded for the month – the fifth time the 1,000 level has been reached in the past eight months. The total was 23.3 percent higher than October 2013’s sales of 820, and also 8.2 percent higher than the September 2014 sales of 934. Sales for the first 10 months of the year now stand at 9,795, or 417 sales over last year’s total. Sales in 2013 wound up as the second highest level in the county’s history. If sales continue at this pace, 2014 could surpass the historic year of 2004, when 11,482 sales were recorded in the county.

The breakdown for closed sales in October 2014 was 723 single family homes and 288 condos sold, according to figures released by Florida Realtors®.

To view the full press release visit http://www.sarasotarealtors.com/files/monthlystatistics/Oct2014Stats14112085925.pdf

 

Joe Cleary is a Broker Associate with The Cleary Group at RE/MAX Alliance Group. He is a Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and a certified Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR). Call Joe with any real estate questions you may have toll free at 877-814-1233!

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Siesta Key Sandsculpting Competition

By | November 11, 2014

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Siesta Key Crystal ClassicDon’t miss the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition starting on Friday, November 14th and running through Tuesday, November 18th. Founded in 2010, the Crystal Classic has quickly become a local tradition and a draw for visitors from outside Sarasota County, which account for over 50% of the 35,000+ attendees.

Master sculptors spend three days creating sand masterpieces, some over ten feet tall, and transform the always beautiful Siesta Beach into an outdoor art gallery. Visitors enter the Sand Sculpture Gallery and immediately notice the Sponsor Logo Sculpture and are fascinated by it size and the number of community organizations and local businesses that support the event. Visitors arriving on Friday have the opportunity to see the beginning stages of the sculptures and enjoy guessing what the pile of sand will look after the sculptor completes the transformation.

Siesta Key Crystal Classic 2The competition phase of the Crystal Classic ends on Sunday at noon leaving the remainder of the day, Monday and new this year, Tuesday too, for visitors to view completed sculptors before they are cleared away on Wednesday morning.

 

For more information visit http://www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com/event-info

Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.

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2014 Chalk Festival in Venice

By | November 3, 2014

Chalk Festival

Chalk FestivalSave the date now in your calendar for November 14 through 17th for the Chalk Festival being held in Downtown Venice this year.

Every year the festival has a theme and this year’s theme is “Extinct and Endangered Species”. The planet earth is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals so the festival is celebrating these creatures and animals and raising awareness for those we are in danger of losing and for those already lost.

The artists use the pavement as their canvas and pastel chalk as their medium to create breathtaking oversized traditional and 3D illusionistic paintings. They use this theme as an inspiration to chalk colorful, interactive works of art. You can even converse with the artists as you admire their work as they love to interact with festival-goers.

Events will be held each night giving the public the opportunity to meet the artists in a social setting with music, dance, art, food and drink. For more information on directions and parking visit www.chalkfestival.org. Be sure to bring your camera to see the full 2D and 3D art come to life on your digital film.

 

As an experienced Realtor, Cheryl believes in “client first” philosophyl She prides her services on accessibility, attention to detail, effective listening and communication skills, awareness of meeting her client’s needs and has the tools to explain the buying process whether you’re a first time home buyer, a move-up buyer, relocating or an investment buyer.

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Celery Fields Family Festival

By | October 31, 2014

Celery Fields

Celery FieldsSarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, in conjunction with the Sarasota Audubon Society, will host a Family Festival at the Celery Fields, 6799 Palmer Blvd., from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1st. The festival will kick off the public bird watching program offered each Saturday by the Sarasota Audubon Society and highlight the recently opened new amenities at the Celery Fields.

Scheduled activities begin at 9 a.m., with a guided bird walk at 9:15, tai chi at 10 a.m., meditation at 10:45 a.m. and an interpretive nature walk at 11:15 a.m. Ongoing activities for children will include book readings; crafts, including a monocular and origami pigeon to the first 100 children ages 4-12; Audubon docents on the boardwalk to help identify birds and plants; and a fall-themed photo opportunity. Refreshments will be served.
The Celery Fields Family Festival is also presented by Sarasota County Library Services, Sarasota Audubon Society, University Tai Chi and Sarasota Mindfulness Institute.

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

Pat Ditton is originally from the UK. In 1994, she moved to Sarasota where she and her husband purchased a motel on beautiful Siesta Key. Along with her family, she ran the motel for five years. In 2002 Pat got her Real Estate License. She has been with RE/MAX Alliance Group since 2004. Pat has first hand knowledge of the immigration and relocation process, and is able to help you avoid the pitfalls and guide you through your relocation, making it a smooth and stress free experience. She provides outstanding service wherever you are relocating from, whether it be a full time residence or vacation home.

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Anna Maria Island One of the Top 30 Islands in the World

By | October 29, 2014

Anna Maria Island Aerial ViewThe Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced that Anna Maria Island has been named one of the world’s top islands, by Conde Nast Traveler readers. The travel magazine recently released the winners of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, which ranks top cities, hotels, resorts, spas and cruise lines in the world, based on readers’ votes. One of only 11 U.S. islands on the list, and the only representative from Florida, Anna Maria Island clinched the No. 26 spot, with a readers’ rating of 81.373. Anna Maria is described by Conde Nast Traveler as a “narrow band off Florida’s west coast, this barrier island has some of the softest, whitest sand on the East Coast. And as it faces west, it’s a stunning place to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico.

Pro tip: At seven miles long and two miles wide, Anna Maria Island is a great place for a leisurely biking trip along the water. By-the-hour cycle rentals a re available at Beach Bums.” “This ranking confirms how special Anna Maria Island is to not only to our community, but to visitors as well,” said Elliott Falcione, executive director at the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Anna Maria Island is so much more than seven miles of beautiful sugar white sand beaches, it’s a community that is low rise, low key, with an old Florida setting that sets itself apart from other islands.”

Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Pat Ditton is originally from the UK. In 1994, she moved to Sarasota where she and her husband purchased a motel on beautiful Siesta Key. Along with her family, she ran the motel for five years. In 2002 Pat got her Real Estate License. She has been with RE/MAX Alliance Group since 2004. Pat has first hand knowledge of the immigration and relocation process, and is able to help you avoid the pitfalls and guide you through your relocation, making it a smooth and stress free experience. She provides outstanding service wherever you are relocating from, whether it be a full time residence or vacation home.

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Lakewood Ranch Information

By | October 27, 2014

Lakewood Ranch, FloridaAs a 25-year resident of the Sarasota area I can tell you that Lakewood Ranch is an extremely popular area and is one of the nicer areas to live on Florida’s Gulf coast – it’s very nicely manicured throughout and there are many, many walking trails, lakes, and public parks to add ambiance. It’s self-sufficient with grocery stores, gas stations, A+-rated schools, and even a downtown area with a movie theater and open-air cafes.

Lakewood Ranch is actually a collection of villages and communities centered around a Florida lifestyle. There are many golf courses throughout the communities and it’s just a short drive (20-30 minutes) to some of the finest beaches in the USA including the #1-ranked Siesta Key Beach and Anna Maria Island. The current construction is almost 10,000 acres but there’s a huge area stretching into Sarasota County that’s about to be incorporated into the community.

The Ranch has a very active lifestyle. Aside from the ample golf opportunities there’s a frisbee golf course, a roller-hockey rink, soccer fields, baseball fields, and nature trails that meander through preserve areas and are perfect for a Saturday morning walk. The population is vibrant and there’s ALWAYS something happening there.

Construction began in the Ranch in 1995. Most homes are single-family housing but there are condos, townhouses, and villas within the area; I’m sure we can find whatever style construction you like. Some neighborhoods are gated and almost all of them are very well-kept. Single family homes range from around $200,000 to almost $4,000,000.

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Alex Krumm is a Broker-Associate with Re/Max Alliance Group, a short sale expert, and a GRI.  He's a service oriented agent with the state-of-the-art tools to empower you in your next real estate transaction. You can also see him online at www.sarasotapropertygroup.com.

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November in Sarasota

By | October 27, 2014

NovemberWith cooler fall temperatures, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that the Sarasota area has to offer. Here are just a few of the many events going on around town during November:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information
Nov. 1st Ferrari’s On The Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Nov. 1-2nd 27th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
Nov. 1st Mable’s Vines & Finds, Sarasota Garden Club Sale Sarasota Sarasota Garden Club
Nov. 1st Sarasota Bay Water Festival Sarasota Sarasota Bay Water Festival
Nov. 5th Fall Walk at Curry Creek Preserve Venice Sarasota County Parks
Nov. 7th Live from Downtown It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Association
Nov. 7-8th Festival of the Skeletons Bradenton Village of the Arts
Nov. 8th Symphony on the Sand Anna Maria Island Symphony on the Sand
Nov. 8-23rd Sarasota Medieval Fair Sarasota Sarasota Medieval Fair
Nov. 8th Music & Art by the Train Parrish Parrish Arts Council
Nov. 8-9th St. Armands Circle Fall Art Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Nov. 11th Neighborhood Toy Store Day Sarasota Children’s World Event
Nov. 14-18th Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition Siesta Key Siesta Key Crystal Classic
Nov. 14-17th

Sarasota Chalk Festival

Venice Chalk Festival
Nov. 15th

Venice Blues Festival

Venice Venice Main Street
Nov. 15th Designer Tag Sale Sarasota Historical Society of Sarasota County
Nov. 15th Downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Nov. 16th Chamber Soiree String Quartet Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
Nov. 16th Family Bike Adventures at Carlton Reserve Venice Sarasota County Parks & Recreation
Nov. 19th Family Storytime Sarasota Selby Public Library
Nov. 20th Main Street Live Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Nov. 20th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Nov. 22-23rd Mixon’s Harvest Festival Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farm
Nov. 22-23rd Sarasota Fine Arts Festival Sarasota Paragon Art Events
Nov. 26th Casey Key/Nokomis Beach Drum Circle Casey Key West Wind
Nov. 28th Fourth Friday at the Historic Downtown Village Sarasota Downtown Village Sarasota
Nov. 29th Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market

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Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.

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Bijou Cafe for Fine Dining in the Theater & Arts District of Sarasota

By | October 24, 2014

bijou

bijouThe Bijou Café is a charming Continental-American restaurant located in the heart of Sarasota’s downtown Theatre & Arts District. Over the years the cuisine, award-winning wine list and exemplary unobtrusive service have set the standard for dining on the Sun Coast and established the Bijou as one of Sarasota’s most sought after fine dining destinations.

Since 1986, Chef Jean-Pierre Knaggs and his wife Shay have owned and operated The Bijou Café. It has grown from a small 50-seat restaurant to a seating capacity of 140 people in three separate dining rooms. The enchanting décor you’d expect in a quaint, but modern European café surrounds you with French windows and doors throughout, sparkling glassware, bouquets of freshly-picked flowers and the soft glow of candlelight.

We recently visited the Bijou Café with our neighborhood dining group of 24 people. It’s great to have a place that has wonderful food, service and can easily accomodate large parties or be a perfect spot for a special dinner for two.

Check them out at http://www.bijoucafe.net/

Susan Guice is a Licensed Real Estate Assistant with The Cleary Group in Sarasota.

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Sarasota Real Estate Statistics for September 2014

By | October 22, 2014

business graph in blueThe Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for last month which show that the Sarasota County real estate market remained on pace for near record sales numbers in September 2014, ending the month with 934 closed transactions – 14 percent higher than last September when 817 properties changed hands. Sales for the first three-quarters of the year now stand at 8,784, about 200 sales over last year’s pace which wound up as the second highest sales year in the county’s history. A strong closing quarter (sales of 900 per month or higher) could push the final figure near the historic year of 2004, when 11,482 sales were recorded in the county.

The breakdown for closed sales in September 2014 was 688 single family homes and 246 condos sold, according to figures released by Florida Realtors ®. Closings were down slightly from the August 2014 figures of 698 single family homes and 277 condos sold (975 total).

The median sale price for single family homes stood at $189,000 for single family homes, off slightly from the $195,750 in August 2014 and almost identical to last September’s figure of $189,902. The condo median was $195,000, up about 10 percent from last month and up 18 percent from last September’s figure of $165,000.

The fluctuations in condominium prices have not been unusual in recent years, compared to the steadier nature of the single family home market, and tend to reflect the buying tendencies of investors in the market. The median sale price for the 12-month period ending in August, which moderates monthly swings, was $196,000 for single family homes, 10 percent higher than last September’s 12- month period of $178,000. For condos, it was $180,000, up about 12.5 percent over last September’s 12 -month period of $160,000.

To view the full press release from the Sarasota Association of Realtors visit http://www.sarasotarealtors.com/files/monthlystatistics/Sept2014Stats14102194502.pdf

Joe Cleary is a Broker Associate with The Cleary Group at RE/MAX Alliance Group. He is a Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and a certified Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR). Call Joe with any real estate questions you may have toll free at 877-814-1233!

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