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Capital Grill at UTC

By | June 14, 2018

Capital Grille Outside

Capital Grille OutsideI had the pleasure of dining at Capital Grille last night and took advantage of their Savor Sarasota menu which was a great deal and an excellent dining experience. The ambience is very classy with low lighting and many booths which create an intimate experience. They also have a cozy bar and an outdoor patio. The regular menu is what you would expect for a fine dining evening but I have to say it’s worth it because of the quality of the food and service.

We started out with drinks and were not rushed to order. The wait staff is very attentive without being intrusive or pushy. Once we did order the first course came out quickly and to order. We had the wedge with bleu cheese & smoked bacon and the Caesar salad with Grana Padano croutons. They were both plentiful and tasty.Capital Grille SteakCapital Grille Salmon Main courses we had were the 8oz. filet mignon and seared citrus glazed salmon with Marcona almonds & brown butter…both were excellent. Side dishes come out family style to share and the quality there was also good. Dessert choices on this special menu were a flourless chocolate espresso cake and classic crème brulee…YUM!

Even though Savor Sarasota only lasts for two weeks during the summer for most restaurants I would still go to Capital Grille for a nice date night. If you haven’t been I highly recommend it!

Capital Grille is located at the University Town Center Mall. You can make reservations through Open Table on their website below or call them at 941-256-3647. They are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

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Real Estate Prices Continue to Rise in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | May 29, 2018

The Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee recently reported that in April 2018, Sarasota and Manatee housing inventory levels dropped again, with pressure from rising median sales prices.

Overall, April showed an increase in sales across the two counties, as well as an increase in new listings. April reported 2,014 total sales which is a 3.3 percent increase from last year.

Sarasota condo sales increased by 17.8 percent and Manatee condo sales increased by 2.5 percent. As for single-family homes, Manatee sales increased by 5.8 percent, while Sarasota decreased by 5.3 percent. Overall, inventory is down compared to this time last year. For single-family homes, the number
of properties listed decreased by 10.3 percent. As for condos, inventory decreased by 8.9 percent in the two-county area.

Dr. Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), commented on this trend in his recent 2018 midyear forecast presentation at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. Yun indicated that a stronger economy, wage growth and improving job market is expected to raise sales and prices. However, low inventory and the
challenging affordability for the next generation of homebuyers may temper growth. Overall, he predicts a moderate and multiyear increase in home sales ahead.

Median sales prices continue to rise in Sarasota and Manatee. Manatee single-family home prices increased by 5.4 percent to $311,000 and Sarasota increased by 4.6 percent to $285,000. Condo median prices in Sarasota increased by 9.3 percent to $235,000 and Manatee increased by 23.1
percent to $209,950.

A seller’s market remains, indicated by the decreased month’s supply of inventory. Manatee condos represent a 4.5-month supply and Sarasota condos are at a 4.6 month-supply. Manatee single-family homes are at a 3.9-month supply and Sarasota single-family homes are at a 4.1- month supply.

The median time to contract for Sarasota single-family homes is down by 11.1 percent to 40 days, while Manatee increased by 2.2 percent to 47 days from April 2017. For Sarasota condos, the time to contract is down by 6.5 percent to 43 days, while Manatee condos are down by 24 percent is to 38 days on the market. With tighter inventory, properties are spending less time on the market.

Overall pending sales, or the number of properties that went under contract in April, decreased from last month. This is an indication that sales are tapering off the traditional snowbird season.

Compared to 2017, the condo market experienced more pending sales with a 22.1 percent increase in Manatee and a 1.7 percent increase in Sarasota. Single-family homes, however, experienced a drop in pending sales. Sarasota single-family homes decreased by 13.1 percent and Manatee by 16.1 percent.

For more detailed information or to view the entire press release visit: Sarasota Manatee Realtors Association

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June in Sarasota

By | May 22, 2018

Beach June 2018

Beach June 2018

 

Summer begins and school’s out so it’s a fun time to take in 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 June:

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June 1-14th Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week Various Savor Sarasota
June 1st Free Live Music in the Park Sarasota Cafe In The Park
June 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
June 1-2nd First Friday Art Walk at Village of the Arts Bradenton Village of the Arts
June 1-10th “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
June 2nd World Oceans Day at Mote Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
June 2nd “Snooks” Adams Kids Day Anna Maria Island AMI Privateers
June 4-23rd Sarasota Music Festival Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
June 5th – August 7th Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Sarasota County
June 5-10th “Tony & Tina’s Wedding” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
June 7, 14,   21 & 28th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 8-10th Bradenton Boat Show Palmetto Bradenton Boat Show
June 9-10th 17th Annual St. Armand’s Craft Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
June 9th Music on the Porch Cortez Florida Maritime Museum
June 9th Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Match Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
June 12th

July 28th

Summer Circus Spectacular Sarasota Asolo Theater
June 13th Think & Drink Science: “Pests and Pollinators” Bradenton South Florida Museum
June 16-17th 26th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
June 17th Selby Gardens Music Series Sarasota Selby Gardens
June 17th Father’s Day at Florida Railroad Museum Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
June 18-24th Bradenton Marauders Home Games Bradenton Marauders Schedule
June 18-23rd AACT World Fest Venice Venice Theatre
June 22nd Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
June 23rd Arcadia Antique Fair Arcadia Arcadia FL Antiques
June 23rd

July 4th

Suncoast Offshore Racing Festival Sarasota Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix

Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to View Homes On The Gulf Coast. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!

 

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Summer Circus Spectacular

By | May 15, 2018

Circus Spectacular 2018

Circus Spectacular 2018

The 2018 Circus Spectacular will be happening June 12 through July 28th at the Historic Asolo Theatre. The circus will amaze and dazzle you! This show is an hour of incredible family fun at affordable prices. Presented in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.”

For complete performance information and to purchase tickets visit: www.ringling.org/events/summer-circus-spectacular

The Asolo Theatre is located on the grounds of the Ringling Museum at 5401 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota across from the airport.

 

 

 

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The Serving Spoon in Sarasota

By | May 8, 2018

The Serving Spoon

The Serving Spoon

The menu is extensive and everything is homemade and delicious. They have loads of options with generous portions. The menu has the usual and not so usual options. Gluten free pancakes, quinoa power bowl, omelets as well as burritos. They also have bakery items such as scones, muffins and breads.

The Serving Spoon is everything you want in a breakfast place!

The Serving Spoon LocationThey are located at 1825 S Osprey Avenue

Phone  (941) 388-7235

 

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Sarasota Real Estate Sales Increasing

By | April 24, 2018

As of March 2018, the two-county area has closed on 5,015 properties so far this year, an increase from this time last year. Inventory levels dropped this month and median prices continue to rise. This month also showed an increase in pending sales, indicating more closed sales on the horizon.

Overall, closed sales for single-family homes and condos in the two-county area increased by 2.3 percent from this time last year. The condo market improved in sales with a 9.9 percent increase in Sarasota and a 9.7 percent increase in Manatee. As for single-family homes, Manatee County sales decreased by 0.2 percent to 580, while Sarasota decreased by 2.3 percent to 766.

The median sales price for Manatee condos increased by 15.1 percent to $201,500 and Sarasota condos increased by 4.3 percent to $240,000. Single-family median prices in Sarasota increased by 9.3 percent to $287,053 and Manatee decreased by 1.7 percent to $285,000.

The number of properties that went under contract increased from this time last year. Combined, pending sales for single-family homes and condos increased by 4.9 percent from March 2017.

A drop in new listings is another good indication of the selling season ending. The number of properties put on the market during March 2018 decreased by 7.6 percent from 2017 in the two-county area.

Combined inventory in the two-county area decreased by 14 percent from March 2017. Compared to last year, single-family homes experienced a 15.4 percent decrease, while condos decreased by 11.4 percent. When compared to last month, inventory decreased by 12.2 percent in the two-county area.

The market is strong on the seller’s side this month. Manatee condos represent a 4.5-month supply and Sarasota condos are at a 4.8 month-supply. Manatee single-family homes are at a 4.0-month supply and Sarasota single-family homes are at a 4.1-month supply.

To view the full press release and view the statistical charts visit: http://sarasotamanateerealtors.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/March-2018-Statistics-Report.pdf

 

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May in Sarasota

By | April 19, 2018

May 2018

May 2018

Many of our seasonal residents have returned north so it’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that Sarasota has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of May:

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May 1-26th “Soul Man” Sarasota Westcoast Black Theatre
May 1-27th “Ragtime” Sarasota Asolo Reperatory Theatre
May 1-31st “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
May 3rd Riverview Kiltie Band Spring Concert Sarasota Riverview Kilties
May 4th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street
May 4th “Live from Downtown It’s Friday Night” Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
May 4-5th Hurricane Expo Venice City of Venice
May 5th Main Street Live Bradenton Realize Bradenton
May 5th Siesta Key Sand Sculpting Contest Siesta Key Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
May 5th Classic Corvettes on the Circle Lido Key Skyway Corvette Club
May 5-6th 2nd Annual Seafood & Music Festival Venice SeafoodFestivals.com
May 6th Waterski Show (Last of Season) Sarasota Ski-A-Rees
May 11-12th May Sidewalk Sale Venice City of Venice
May 11-12th Orchestra in the Outfield Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
May 12th Bradenton Farmers Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
May 12th Annual Rose Festival Sarasota Bradenton Sarasota Rose Society
May 15-20th “Stuart Little” Venice Venice Theatre
May 19th Sidewalk Astronomy Sarasota Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
May 19-20th Dig the Beach Volleyball Classic Siesta Key Dig the Beach
May 21st Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
May 26-27th St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival Lido Key Paragon Events
May 26th Antique Fair of Arcadia Arcadia Arcadia Florida Antiques
May 27th A Tribute to Heroes Memorial Day Parade Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
May 28th Annual Memorial Day Concert Sarasota Sarasota Concert Band

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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Venice Seafood & Music Festival

By | April 10, 2018

Venice Seafood & Music Festival

Venice Seafood & Music FestivalThe 2nd Annual Venice Seafood & Music Festival to be held May 5-6, 2018 in Centennial Park.  Hours are Saturday 11am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 7pm. General admission is free. VIP Tent admission is $130 that includes an open raw bar serving raw oysters, steamed snow crab, steamed peel-and-eat shrimp and an open bar serving premium drinks, all in a private tent with a dedicated service staff. The tent’s location enjoys optimal viewing of the live music performances.  VIP tickets are available thru EventLive (Click Here).

The event is created, as are all good meals, thru incorporating and blending the finest ingredients.  You’ll find all food entrees (seafood, meat and vegetarian) prepared fresh onsite by local restaurants and food purveyors.  Seafood dishes are created using indigenous and sustainable ocean resources from Florida’s coastal waters.  Foods will be accompanied by a delicious assortment of side dishes, desserts and drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

While enjoying your meal and drinks, be caressed by the captivating sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents.  Music will be from such genres and R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean sounds. The final ‘seasoning’ will be a walk through a small marketplace of arts and crafts, gourmet food items and specialty products.

So mark your calendar for a weekend of delicious food and drinks, music and shopping at the 2nd Annual Venice Seafood & Music Festival, and enjoy the shops and businesses of downtown Venice!

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Gecko’s Sports Bar Newest Location

By | April 5, 2018

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gecko-s-grill-pub-stickneyThe Original Gecko’s was established by Mike & Mike just down the street in 1992. Their newest location embraces their heritage of being known for hosting great game watching parties, family celebrations & award-winning Happy Hours. Located just south of the Stickney Point Bridge and 41 at the Gateway to Siesta Key, Gecko’s Stickney Point offers a spacious, newly renovated Sports Bar, fresh, locally sourced fare, American Pub food with a Gourmet Twist, a full bar, Barrel fresh Wine on Tap, and a patio with outside seating.

Sunday - Thursday (11 a.m. - Midnight)
Friday & Saturday (11 a.m. - 1 a.m.)
6606 South Tamiami Trail,  Sarasota, FL 34231
Phone: 941.248.2020

Visit their website at www.geckosgrill.com for other locations, menus, etc.


			

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Home Sales Increase in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | March 22, 2018

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Sold SignHome sales in Sarasota and Manatee County increased for the second consecutive month in 2018. The two-county area reports another month of tight inventory, pressuring median prices to rise again.

Combined closed sales in the two-county area increased by 8.8 percent from February 2017. Manatee County single-family home sales increased by 8.6 percent to 441. Sarasota County showed a 9.8 percent increase to 569 closed sales. Sarasota condo sales jumped by 14.1 percent to 315, while Manatee increased by 5.2 percent to 202.

Overall, median sales prices are up. Manatee condos increased by 22.2 percent to $213,250, breaking $200,000 for the first time since 2008. As for Sarasota condos, the median price decreased by 0.1 percent to $219,000. Manatee single-family homes increased by 3.5 percent to $300,000, while Sarasota single-family home prices increased by 5.8 percent to $272,500.

Inventory is tight, with a combined 2 percent decrease from February 2017. Manatee County single-family homes decreased by 1.6 percent, while Sarasota single-family homes decreased by 5 percent from last year. Condo inventory increased by 2.9 percent in Manatee County, while Sarasota decreased by 0.1 percent.

The number of properties that went under contract in February increased by 5.6 percent overall from last year. Condo pending sales are up by 11.3 percent, while single-family homes are up by 2.9 percent.

New listings increased from this time last year, with condos increasing by 15 percent and single family homes by 7.5 percent. However, when compared to last month, the combined number of new listings decreased 10.1 percent, expected after January’s jump at the start of the season.

The month’s supply of inventory reflects a sellers’ market. The condo market is close to the balanced market benchmark with Manatee condos at a 5.3-month supply and Sarasota condos at a 5.7-month supply. Manatee County single-family homes are at a 4.4-month supply and Sarasota single-family homes are at a 4.7-month supply.

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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