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April in Sarasota

By | March 13, 2019

April Flowers

April Flowers

The winter season is winding down now so it’s a great time to enjoy 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 April:

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April 1-20th “Noises Off” Sarasota Asolo Repertory Theatre
April 1-28th “Love Sung in the Key of Aretha” Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre
April 4th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
April 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
April 5-14th Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota Film Festival
April 5-7th DeSoto Seafood Festival Bradenton DeSoto Seafood Festival
April 5-7th Sarasota Chalk Festival Sarasota Chalk Festival
April 5-7th Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
April 6-7th SailFest Regatta Sarasota Sarasota Youth Sailing Club
April 6-7th 17th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Sarasota ArtFestival.com
April 7, 14, 21 & 28 Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees
April 7th Sarasota Polo Match Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo
April 7 & 28th Suncoast Concert Band Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
April 8-17th International Chamber Music Festival Sarasota La Musica
April 11-20th PAL Sailor Circus 70th Anniversary

Spring Show

Sarasota CircusArts.org
April 12th Free Music Friday Night Venice City of Venice
April 12-14th 27th Annual Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival
April 13th Beach’N Food Truck Festival Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
April 15-21st Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Open
April 15th Ringling By the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
April 20th Bradenton Farmer’s Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
April 26th Music in the Park Bradenton Bradenton RiverWalk
April 26-28th 37th Annual Suncoast Boat Show Sarasota Suncoast Boat Show
April 26-28th A Journey Through India Sarasota Ringling Museum
April 27th Sarasota Earth Day Celebration Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
April 27th DeSoto Grand Parade Bradenton DeSoto Historical Society
April 27-28th 41st Annual Siesta Fiesta Siesta Key Siesta Fiesta
April 29th 17th Annual “Ride the Beaches” Venice Island Sharky’s

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Grove Restaurant in Lakewood Ranch

By | March 6, 2019

Grove

GroveAfter the departure of the Polo Grill at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, a new restaurant is now open in that renovated space. GROVE Restaurant, Patio and Ballroom is the newest offshoot of PIER 22, the award-winning waterfront destination headed by restaurateurs Hugh Miller and Greg Campbell. A fine-casual restaurant, GROVE specializes in a wide-ranging selection of house-made meals served in several distinct dining areas giving guests a choice of cuisine and scene.

The restaurant draws its name from the sown acres of great evergreen that have long provided an idyllic existence for those living and visiting the Lakewood Ranch area. The pine found in the logo embodies elements of their values including heart, balance and spirit. GROVE is reimagining an immersive dining experience, using quality fresh ingredients along with innovative cooking methods to inspire, nourish and wholly satisfy their guests.

The patio area was expanded and is a popular spot in addition to a much larger bar area. They have an extensive happy hour menu which is available every day from 3-7pm.

They are accepting reservations online on their site through Open Table or you can call them directly at 941-893-4321.

To view the menus visit: http://www.grovelwr.com

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Balanced Housing Market in Sarasota

By | February 26, 2019

Balanced Scales

Balanced ScalesThe Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee report that closed sales in Sarasota and Manatee County fell short at the start of 2019. Median prices continue to rise and a jump in inventory and new listings point to a more balanced market.

Combined, closed sales in the two-county area decreased by 17.2 percent from January 2018. Single-family home sales in Manatee County decreased by 16 percent, while Sarasota decreased by 11.4 percent. Condo sales in Manatee decreased by 6.9 percent and Sarasota sales decreased by 33.1 percent.

The combined two-county inventory increased year-over-year in January by 12.3 percent. Single-family home inventory in Manatee County increased by 5.7 percent from last year, while Sarasota increased by 18 percent. Condo inventory increased by 15 percent in Sarasota, while Manatee increased by 5.5 percent.

Median sales prices increased overall across the two counties. Manatee County single-family home prices increased by 3 percent to $309,000 and Sarasota single-family prices increased by 3.9 percent to $286,600. Sarasota condo prices increased by 0.8 percent to $240,000, while Manatee condos increased by 13 percent to $195,000.

A balanced market is indicated by the months supply of inventory. If supply falls under 5.5 months, the market favors the seller and if supply is over 5.5, the market favors the buyer. In Sarasota County, single-family homes are nearly balanced with a 5.4-month supply, while the condo market has shifted to favor the buyer with a 6.1-month supply. As for Manatee County, the market favors the seller with a 4.4-month supply for single-family homes and 4.7-month supply for condos.

Pending sales, or the number of properties that went under contract during the month, decreased year-over-year in January. Single-family pending sales decreased by 11.3 percent in Manatee County, while Sarasota decreased by 5.5 percent. Condo pending sales decreased 16.1 percent in Sarasota, while Manatee decreased by 15.3 percent.

When compared to last month, total pending sales increased by 56 percent from December 2018 to January 2019. Under the right market conditions, this positive change in month-over-month pending sales may indicate future closed sales.

When combined, the two counties experienced a 4.7 percent increase from last year in new listings. New listings for Sarasota single-family homes increased by 8.6 percent, while Manatee single-family homes decreased by 3.1 percent. Sarasota condo new listings increased by 5.8 percent and Manatee condo new listings increased by 7.9 percent.

The median time to contract, or number of days on market, increased for the condo market in January 2019. Sarasota condos increased by 21.4 percent to a median 51 days on market and Manatee condos increased by 39 percent to 57 days. Single-family homes in Manatee spent more days on the market with an 8.5 percent increase to 51 days, Sarasota experienced a 2.2 percent decrease to 45 days on the market.

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.

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Sarasota Jazz Festival

By | February 18, 2019

Sarasota Jazz Festival 2019

Sarasota Jazz Festival 2019The 39th annual Sarasota Jazz Festival is coming March 3-9th. Hosted by the Hyatt Regency Hotel, this week is loaded with a variety of concerts and events. Right in the middle of the festival week is one of the most popular events of the Jazz Club season – The semi-annual JAZZ TROLLEY AND PUB CRAWL! Get ready to ride one of five trolleys to a dozen downtown area locations to enjoy many local jazz favorites. In addition there will be concerts, movies and even a theater workshop at various times and locations around Sarasota.

More detailed information about the schedule and tickets are available on the Jazz Club’s website at: SarasotaJazzFestival.org

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Mandeville Beer Garden

By | February 14, 2019

Mandeville Beer Garden Logo

Mandeville Beer Garden LogoWe recently discovered Mandeville Beer Garden in Sarasota. It is a child and dog friendly restaurant, ensuring that the whole family enjoys the unique atmosphere. The garden dining area boasts outdoor games including ping pong and corn hole and a child friendly play area. Making it a great place for the whole family to drink, dine and have fun!

The bar features 30 taps and over 150 bottled beers. They have a great food menu too with many options: appetizers, salads, hot & cold sandwiches, German food, desserts and even a kids menu.

Mandeville Beer Garden

If you’re looking for a fun place for a casual night out, give Mandeville Beer Garden a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Hours are:
Tuesday 5PM-11PM Trivia
Wednesday-Thursday 11AM-11PM
Friday-Saturday 11AM-1AM
Sunday 11AM-9PM

They are located at 428 N. Lemon Avenue in Sarasota.

Phone: 941-954-8688

Check them out on the web at www.mandevillebeergarden.com

 

 

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Greek Glendi Festival Coming Soon

By | January 31, 2019

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It’s time for the 35th annual Greek Glendi Festival at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Sarasota. This festival is something we look forward to year after year. There is constant entertainment (music, dancing, etc.), great Greek food of all types, raffles and vendors with unique items for purchase.

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

The festival runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm and on Sunday from 11am to 8pm. Admission on Thursday is free, other days admission is $4 and kids under 12 are free. No pets are permitted.

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Map

 

The church is located at the intersection of Lockwood Ridge Road and Tallevast Road and there is plenty of parking available.

For more information visit their website at www.StBarbaraFestival.org or you can call the Church at 941-355-2616.

 

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Sarasota Home Sales Slowed in December

By | January 22, 2019

Housing Market Street Sign

Housing Market Street SignThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that after a strong year of sales in 2018, the housing market fell short in December. Compared to December 2017, this month showed a decrease in overall closed sales, pending sales, and median prices. However, inventory increased across the two-county area. Year-to-date, 2018 shows an increase in sales when compared to 2017 year-to-date numbers.

Combined, closed sales in the two-county area decreased by 14.4 percent. Single-family homes in Manatee County decreased by 1.6 percent, while Sarasota decreased by 17.5 percent in closed sales. Condo sales in Manatee County decreased by 17.2 percent, while Sarasota County decreased by 26.6 percent.

Combined inventory in the two counties increased again in December. Single-family home inventory in Manatee County increased by 4.6 percent from last year, while Sarasota increased by 16.9 percent. Condo inventory experienced a 10.8 percent increase in Sarasota, while Manatee decreased by 0.9 percent.

Manatee County single-family homes fall to a median price of $309,000, a 2.7 percent decrease from the highest recorded median price in 2017; $317,500. Sarasota single-family home prices increased by 3.6 percent to $285,000. Sarasota condo prices decreased by 12 percent to $220,000, while Manatee condos decreased by 2.6 percent to $190,000.

Pending sales, or the number of properties that went under contract during the month, decreased in December. Single-family pending sales decreased by 6.1 percent in Manatee County, while Sarasota decreased by 18.4 percent. Condo pending sales decreased 36.9 percent in Sarasota, while Manatee decreased by 0.6 percent.

New listings, or the number of properties put onto the market, typically decline in December as many buyers will wait to list their property in the new year. When combined, the two counties experienced a 9.3 percent decrease from last year. New listings for Manatee single-family homes decreased by 2.1 percent, while Sarasota single-family homes decreased by 9.3 percent. As for condos, Sarasota decreased by 17 percent, while Manatee County decreased by 15.5 percent.

The median time to contract is up across the two counties. Sarasota condos increased by 33.3 percent to 48 days on the market. As for Manatee condos, the median time to contract is up by 4.3 percent. Single-family homes spent about the same amount of time on the market as they did last December, with no change in Manatee County and a 2.5 percent increase in Sarasota County.

Sarasota condos represent a balanced market with a 5.5-month supply, while Manatee condos are at a 4.0-month supply, down by 11.1 percent from last year. Manatee County single-family homes are at a 4.1-month supply, a 2.4 percent decrease from last year, and Sarasota single-family homes are at a 4.8-month supply, an increase of 17.1 percent.

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.

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February in Sarasota

By | January 17, 2019

 

February EventsWith our winter season in full swing, the calendar is full of many different events in Sarasota. Here are just a few for you to consider:

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Feb. 1-3rd Wings of Freedom Tour Venice Collings Foundation
Feb. 1st Riverview Kilties “Sousa Concert” Sarasota Riverview High School Performing Arts
Feb. 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street Lakewood Ranch
Feb. 2nd SAS Member Photography Exhibit Sarasota Sarasota Audubon Society
Feb. 2-3rd 53rd Annual Orchid Show Venice Venice Area Orchid Society
Feb. 3rd Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees.com
Feb. 3rd Sarasota Polo Match Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo Club
Feb. 3rd 5th Annual Sarasota Music

Half Marathon

Sarasota Sarasota Half Marathon
Feb.4th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Feb. 7th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Feb. 7-10th 35th Annual Greek Glendi Festival Sarasota St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Feb. 7-18th Florida State Fair Tampa Florida State Fair
Feb. 8-10th 56th Annual Shell Show Sarasota Sarasota Shell Club
Feb. 9th Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest St. Petersburg Tampa Bay Rays
Feb. 9th 5th Annual Bradenton Area

Riverwalk Regatta

Bradenton Bradenton Events
Feb. 9-10th 31st Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts Sarasota ArtFestival.com
Feb. 10th Backyard Concert Series Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
Feb. 14th “Say I Do Again” Siesta Key & Venice Visit Sarasota
Feb. 14th Siesta Key Village Valentine Stroll Siesta Key Siesta Key Village Association
Feb. 15-28th Circus Sarasota Winter Performance Sarasota Circus Arts
Feb. 16-17th 36th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival Cortez Cortez-Fish.org
Feb. 21-24th 30th Annual Venice Italian Feast and Carnival Venice Italian American Club of Venice
Feb. 22-24th 10th Annual Sarasota Invitational

Rowing Regatta

Sarasota Sarasota Invitational
Feb. 23rd Health & Wellness Expo Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
Feb. 23rd Le Marche’ Bohemien Sarasota Sarasota Downtown Merchants
Feb. 23-24th 18th Fine Arts Festival of

Manatee County

Bradenton Bradenton Riverwalk
Feb. 25th Monday Night Jazz Cabaret Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre

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Chef Rolfs New Florida Kitchen

By | January 8, 2019

Chef Rolfs New Florida Kitchen
Chef Rolfs New Florida KitchenEarlier this year Chef Rolf took over the former Roy’s Restaurant space on Siesta Drive and opened his New Florida Kitchen. Many people in the area are familiar with Chef Rolf at the former Saltwater Café in Venice. At the New Florida Kitchen they are serving up fresh locally sourced prime seafood in a sophisticated coastal setting. Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen ™ is family owned and operated and they take pride in offering a fine dining experience in an elegant environment. We recently took our dine out group there for dinner and they did a great job serving the 32 of us in a private room setting. They offered three different menus to choose from and all the food was excellent! As an added bonus Wednesday was Ladies Night and each received a free martini…can’t beat that!
Having trained primarily in Switzerland, Chef Rolf adds a European twist to many of the menu items, using the finest ingredients. Numerous magazines and culinary experts have recognized Chef Rolf with awards for cuisine and wine expertise. A Member of the state agriculture promotional campaign, “Fresh from Florida,” and this is EXACTLY what you’ll find in Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen ™
Chef Rolf’s New Florida’s Cooking Show is a local 30 minute cooking show airing on SNN TV in Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte counties, Florida. The show airs Monday-Friday at 11:00 am Celebrating its 9th season, the show spotlights local businesses, supports non-profit organizations and promotes local events.
Open 7 days a week; Monday through Saturday for dinner only and Sunday from 11am to 9pm. They are located at 2001 Siesta Drive, Suite 100 in Sarasota (location of the former Roy’s Restaurant next to Fleming’s). Call for reservations at 941-806-6820 or visit their website at ChefRolf.us.

Chef Rolfs

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Housing Inventory is on the Rise in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | December 28, 2018

House Upward Graph

House Upward GraphThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports an increase in closed sales, median prices and inventory in the real estate market. On trend with a typical November report, the market slows in new pending sales and new listings during this time of year.

Year-over-year, closed sales in the combined two-county area increased by 4.5 percent in November. Condo sales increased by 12.9 percent in Manatee County and decreased by 4 percent in Sarasota. Manatee single-family home sales increased by 7.6 percent, while Sarasota single-family home sales increased by 4.2 percent.

November 2018 experienced a decrease in pending sales, or the number of properties that went under contract this month. In Manatee County, pending sales for single-family homes decreased by 8.4 percent, while condos decreased by 31.4 percent. Pending sales in Sarasota County decreased by 9.8 percent for single-family homes and by 18.8 percent for condos.

Inventory is up overall by 9.9 percent, compared to last year’s two-county totals. Sarasota single-family homes increased by 16.3 percent to 3,131 available properties, while Manatee increased by 4.1 percent to 2,229. Sarasota condo inventory increased by 9.5 percent to 1,811, while Manatee condo inventory is up by 5.6 percent to 931 available properties. In addition to year-over-year, inventory also increased month-over-month in November.

New listings increased year-over-year with a combined increase of 2.9 percent. For single-family homes, new listings increased by 6.2 percent in Sarasota and by 5 percent in Manatee. Condo new listings decreased by 2.7 percent in Sarasota and decreased by 1 percent in Manatee. Aside for Sarasota condos, median prices increased when compared to November of last year. Manatee single-family homes increased by 8.5 percent to $313,496, while Sarasota prices increased by 5.3 percent to $300,000. Condo prices in Manatee increased by 2.9 percent to $186,500 and decreased by 4.6 percent to $229,000 in Sarasota County.

The market continues to favor the seller with the month’s supply of inventory under 5.5 months. Single-family homes in Sarasota increased by 14.6 percent to a 4.7-month’s supply. Manatee single-family homes sit at a 4.1-month supply, a 4.7 percent decrease. As for condos, Manatee County decreased by 7 percent to a 4-month’s supply and Sarasota is at a 5.1 month’s supply, a 1.9 percent decrease from last year.

The median time to contract, or the number of days between the listing date and contract date, hovers between 40 to 50 days in November. In Sarasota County, single-family homes spent a median 38 days on market, down 14 days from last year. For Manatee County, single-family homes were on the market for 50 days, down by one day from last year. As for condos, Sarasota county increased by 12 days to 49 days on the market, while Manatee condos decreased by 13 days to 46 days on the market.

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

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