Informational Articles

Sarasota Real Estate Sales for June

By | July 12, 2011

The Sarasota Association of Realtors report the real estate market continues healthy sales in June 2011!

Members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® continued to sell properties at a brisk pace in June 2011 with 728 total transactions recorded last month. This marks the fourth month in the last 12 with sales exceeding the 700 level – all occurring in 2011. In addition, the median sales price for single family homes hit the highest level since last June, and the total inventory of available properties dropped to the lowest level in more than a decade, which could spur stronger competition for homes and condos.

“It is encouraging to see how the Sarasota market has continued this strong momentum in the face of continuing weakness in the national and state economies,” said SAR President Michael Bruno. “The inventory of available properties, which is lower than it has been since the 1990s, is a very important statistic. Historically, prices rise as competition for homes increases, and we’re seeing that occurring in our market. The percentage of distressed property sales is stabilizing, so prices should naturally continue to rise.”

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American Pickers Visit Sarasota

By | June 10, 2011

Everyone’s favorite history buffs recently came to sunny Sarasota to pick the Big Cat Sanctuary and Ringling Bros. circus stuff from a collector who’s been collecting for 60 years!
Click Here To Watch The Full Episode of American Pickers on the History Channel:  American Pickers Visit Sarasota

(… in related news, see how this Booker High wrestler trains for matches: with his furry 400-pound friends :)

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By | June 7, 2011

Lifestyle Magazine features contemporary art, artists, galleries and art festivals. In the May (Summer Issue) just released the top 25 small artistic cities were revealed.

Sarasota FL, having long been known as a cultural destination, has climbed from the 2010 No.11 position to the No.5 spot this year!

Just another “great” reason to call Sarasota, FL home.

For more information and to sign up for a “Free” American Style Newsletter visit:
American Style Magazine

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Rothenbach Park

By | June 3, 2011

Rothenbach Park (about 3 miles east of the interstate on Bee Ridge Road) is no dump… that is to say, it’s not a dump anymore :) Touted as one of Sarasota’s greenest parks, Rothenback Park sits on the site of what was once the Sarasota County Landfill, now capped and landscaped into gorgeous open vistas, bike paths under old-growth oak canopies, and family picnic and playground areas.

Like most of Sarasota’s parks, Rothenbach park is designed with both families and adults in mind. There are two great playgrounds for the kids, clean-and-green pavilions for lunchtime, and approximately five miles of paved recreational trails that meander through the oaks.

Park Map

Rothenbach Park was founded on the principle trash can be turned into treasure. All the materials used in the park are environmentally friendly and designed with nature in mind. The park is quiet, beautiful, and easy accessible by the public.

The park is also home to the Sarasota R/C squadron, a cadre of remote-controlled airplane enthusiasts. This squadron is a private club, but for the reasonable fee of just $75 a year, you can join the fun and games and fly to your heart’s content.

Oh, and make sure you keep an eye out for the Rothenbach Park deer while you’re here – they’re famous!

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June in Sarasota

By | May 30, 2011


Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy the beaches, cuisine and culture of Sarasota while the winter crowds have gone north. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of June:

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June 1st Pickleball at Woodmere Park Venice Sarasota County Parks
June 2nd Sarasota Music Festival: Artist Showcase – Holley Hall Sarasota Sarasota Music Festival
June 3rd Live from Downtown: It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
June 3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street
June 3-4th Village of the Arts Art Walk Bradenton Village of the Arts
June 5th World Ocean Day @ Mote Marine Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
June 6th “Monster’s Ball” Monday Night Movies Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 8-12th Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein Sarasota Asolo Theater
June 9th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
June 10-11th 10th Annual St. Armands Craft Festival and Sidewalk Sale Lido Key St. Armands Circle
June 11th Morton’s Annual Big Cheese Tasting Sarasota SRQ Magazine
June 16th Island Nights Venice City of Venice
June 18-19th 19th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice Art Festival
June 18-30th Marilyn: Forever Blonde Sarasota Asolo Theater
June 19th Annual Recital: School of Russian Ballet Bradenton School of Russian Ballet
June 24th Girls Night Out – Women’s Resource Center Sarasota SRQ Magazine
June 25th – July 4th Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival Sarasota Suncoast Offshore
June 26th Grand Prix Festival Car Show – Main Street Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Suncoast Offshore
June 30th Grand Prix Festival Parade Of Boats – Main Street Sarasota Suncoast Offshore


Every Saturday morning throughout the year there are Farmer’s Markets in the downtown areas of Sarasota, Venice, and Bradenton and on Sundays in the Village on Siesta Key. These are great events to shop for local produce and goods. Some have live entertainment as well. For more details click on the location below: 




                                             Siesta Key

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Nancy’s Bar-B-Q

By | May 27, 2011

Southern Comfort Foods…Southern Hospitality…Southern “Old Florida” Charm! Dine in…Take Out. Sweet Tea…Cold Beer and Bar-B-Q. “It’s a Sarasota thing”.

Sandwiches, Ribs, Chicken, Beef Brisket and Pork… slow cooked for hours allowing spices and smoke to permeate and tenderize the meat. In addition to Nancy’s time-tested dry rub, there are two sauces–sweat or spicy…you decide. I suggest you try both!

Side dishes include…but not limited to…Beans, of course, slaw, roasted mixed veggies or several other ‘creative’ choices. Dessert available…to put closer to your dining experience. Prices start at $5.50…

Bon Appetit!

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q
Downtown Sarasota
301 S. Pineapple (Corner of Pineapple @ Ringling)
Open Monday thru Saturday 11:30 AM

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Housing Shortage on the Horizon?

By | May 23, 2011

Mike Castleman, founder and CEO of Metrostudy, which tracks real-time data of the country’s inventory of new homes, says a housing shortage is looming that will soon will create a huge surge in demand for new homes. As such, now is the time to buy, he says.

In the 41 cities Metrostudy covers, 78,000 houses are either vacant and for sale, or under construction that is less than a quarter of the new homes that fell in that category during the housing boom in 2006 and way below the level of a decade ago.

“If we had anything like normal levels of buying, those houses would sell in 2½ months,” says Castleman. “We’d see an incredible shortage. And that’s where we’re heading.”

The historic drop in new construction mixed with the decline in housing prices is laying the foundation for a dramatic recovery in residential real estate, Castleman told CNN. Castleman expects home owners soon will start returning, which will drive up prices in many markets later this year.

While demand remains low for new construction, he expects that to change. He foresees the recovery following a similar path as previous ones: A severe housing shortage will drive a big increase in demand.

“We’ll get a big surge in demand and the drywall companies will take a long time to ramp up, and it will take years to get new lots approved,” he predicts. “Buyers will show up looking for a house in a subdivision, and all the houses will be sold. The builders will tell them it will take six months to deliver a house.” But they’ll want the house so bad that they’ll “bid the prices up.”

Source: “Real Estate: It’s Time to Buy Again,” CNN (March 28, 2011)

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Florida Studio Theatre (FST)

By | May 19, 2011

“Exciting, Entertaining, Forever Contemporary Theatre” – Scene Magazine.

Currently in his 31st Season as FST Artistic Director, Richard Hopkins had a vision. In 1980, FST was a small, alternative touring theatre. Hopkins’ focus was on taking contemporary theatre to new audiences. Over the years, FST and the audience have evolved and expanded, growing even more fervent in the value of contemporary theatre.

Hopkins states “theatre must be affordable and accessible to as many people as possible”. He further believes there are three elements of excellent theatre… places, people and plays.

Sarasota is the cultural capital of Florida. FST is another one of Sarasota Treasures. Subscribe now for Summer Season 2011… 3 shows for $29.00.

“Our Son’s Wedding”
“The Savannah Disputation”

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Real Estate Market Statistics for April

By | May 17, 2011

The Sarasota Board of Realtors reports that a total of 759 property sales were closed in the Sarasota real estate market in April 2011, continuing a strong spring surge that reached the 800 level in March. The recent sales rush has taken the market to the highest levels since the fall of 2005 when sales started to decline. Prices also maintained their highest levels of the year in April 2011 for both single family homes and condos, and the available property inventory dropped to 5,258, a big drop from last month’s level of 5,501, and less than a third of the available properties on the market during the 2004-2006 real estate boom.

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Savor Sarasota is Back!

By | May 15, 2011

It’s that time of year again! The 6th Annual Savor Sarasota Week is back!

 If you are anything like my husband and I, you might find yourself going to the same restaurants every time you go out. As we learned about Savor Sarasota week 3 years ago, we have looked forward to it every year since.

If you are new to our beautiful area, or just looking to make your taste buds dance and delight in food that you wouldn’t normally try, then this will be your week of wonder.

For the past 6 years, restaurants across Sarasota, Longboat Key, Siesta Key and Venice have been showcasing their specialties for the weeklong event. Along with a great housing market, 2011 is bringing Savor Sarasota for 2 full weeks from June 1-June 14th!

Savor Sarasota allows residents and visitors alike to visit participating restaurants for really great deals. Most of the restaurants that are participating will do a 3 or 4 course menu for a very low set price of $25 or $35 per person.  If experiencing new wines and desserts is more your style, a lot of the restaurants that are participating have an option for that too, while still saving you money off of their normal menu prices.

For more information about the restaurants and menus that they will be offering visit:

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