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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

Blue Rooster

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

Sept 2016

Sept 2016

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

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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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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Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

By | August 1, 2016

Friday Fest 2016The Van Wezel Friday Fest FREE Outdoor Summer Concert Series for 2016 brings the best local bands to the Sarasota Bayfront. With great music, food and fun, come spend an evening with us on our bayside lawn, soaking in the soothing sounds and setting sun.

Coming August 26th at 5:00pm Rebelheart will perform! Showcasing a contemporary blend of Country music, Sarasota’s own, Rebelheart’s talented musicians have been performing locally, generating a strong following by playing some of today’s best-known Country hits.

Click here Friday Fest for more information.

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August in Sarasota

By | July 29, 2016

August Calendar

August Calendar

There are so many things to do in paradise this month. It’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that our area has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of August:

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Aug. 2-7th Florida State Dancesport Championships Sarasota Florida State Dance
Aug. 3-21st “The God of Isaac” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Aug. 4th Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
Aug. 5th Palm Avenue Art Walk Sarasota Palm Avenue
Aug. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
Aug. 5-6th Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament Sarasota Sarasota Slam
Aug. 5-6th ArtWalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Aug. 6th Venice Farmers Market Venice Venice Farmers Market
Aug. 6-7th Sarasota Swap Meet Sarasota Sarasota Swap Meet
Aug. 8-15th Bradenton Marauders Home Games Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
Aug. 10-21st “Bell, Book & Candle” Sarasota The Players Theater
Aug. 11th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Aug. 12th Free Concert in Centennial Park Venice Venice Main Street
Aug. 13th Music on the Porch Cortez Florida Maritime Museum
Aug. 13-14th Train Excursions Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
Aug. 13th Historic Venice Train Depot Tour Venice Venice Historical Society
Aug. 15-20th Shark Days at Mote Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
Aug. 17-21st John DeBoer – Stand Up Comedy Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater
Aug. 19th Towles Court Art Walk Sarasota Towles Court
Aug. 20th Pups at the Point Osprey Historic Spanish Point
Aug. 26th Rebelheart at Friday Fest Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Aug. 26th Fourth Friday at the Historic Downtown Village Sarasota Historic Downtown Village
Aug. 26-28th Big Cat Habitat Animal Sanctuary Sarasota Big Cat Habitat
Aug. 27th Antiques, Arts and Crafts Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
Aug. 27th Arcadia Antique Fair Arcadia Arcadia Florida Antiques

 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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Florida’s Economic Growth Continues

By | July 25, 2016

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florida state flagFlorida’s economic future is looking bright, according to University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith‘s latest Florida & Metro Forecast. Florida’s economy will outpace the U.S. average in the next four years.

The primary drivers of the Sunshine State’s economic growth are rising job growth and home construction.

“The fundamental underpinnings of the housing market in Florida continue to strengthen,” wrote Snaith, director of the Institute for Economic Competitiveness at the UCF College of Business Administration, in the report. “Job growth in Florida is forecasted to continue outperforming the U.S. labor market, and more baby boomers continue to reach the end of their working lives.”

Snaith believes the improved outlook will help Floridians get back in the job hunt, attract out-of-state job seekers and lift consumer sentiment and spending.

In fact, the economy is growing so quickly that Florida faces a single-family housing shortage that Snaith said should correct itself as new housing construction begins to grow in the next few years.

See the full report on Florida’s forecast here.

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Wheat + Water Italian Kitchen in Bradenton

By | July 20, 2016

Wheat + Water

Wheat + WaterWe visited Wheat + Water with a group of friends recently and found it to be more than your run-of-the-mill Italian restaurant. Located in the Beall’s shopping center on SR70, it is convenient to Lakewood Ranch and I-75. We had some excellent pasta dishes and great service.

Wheat + Water presents the great flavors of Italy using only the finest ingredients from Italy and the United States. Their Chefs prepare food fresh daily which include versions of the classic Italian dishes inspired from the various regions of Italy. The pasta is imported from Italy or made fresh depending on the sauce that is used for the dish. Soup and sauces are made fresh in-house. The menu features artisanal cured meats and choice aged steak and chops that are char-grilled to perfection.

They also serve regional craft beers and inspired hand crafted cocktails. They are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, happy hour from 4-6:30pm daily. Online reservations are accepted.

Ph: 941-216-3562 | 7303 52nd Place East Bradenton, Fl

Visit their website at http://wheatpluswater.com

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