Sarasota History Alive 10th Edition

By | December 7, 2011

Recently, I was asked if there were any notorious gangsters that stayed in Siesta Key or visited here secretly. After turning to my most reliable local history buffs, no one could verify if this were true or not. One thing I can say for sure, Sarasota had its share of notorious murders and attempted murders. Today we are featuring the story of Judge John Early and the assassination … Read More! »

4 Mistakes Foreclosure Buyers Make

By | December 2, 2011

Due to the mortgage crisis that our country faced over the last several years, there are continually more and more foreclosure properties that are being put up for sale everywhere you turn. Of course, this can be very tempting for homebuyers as people can sometimes get properties for 30% or even less on the dollar. However, if you are considering a foreclosure property for your next purchase, then … Read More! »

Sarasota History Alive 9th Edition

By | December 1, 2011

The Lido Beach Casino This past week was filled with some of that $500-a-day weather that visitors clamor for to visit the beach. While Sarasota tourism was given a boost with Siesta Key having the ‘whitest sand in the world’ designation, there is also a beach that has a heralded past and a national reputation – Lido Beach. It wasn’t the sand that brought locals and visitors together, … Read More! »

December Events in Sarasota

By | November 30, 2011

  The year is coming to an end but there’s no end to the number of fun things to do in the Sarasota area! Check out just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of December: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for More Information Dec. 1st Eddie Herr International Youth Tennis Tournament @ IMG Academies Bradenton Eddie Herr Tournament Dec. 1-31st … Read More! »

Sarasota History Alive 8th Edition

By | November 29, 2011

The City of Sarasota’s Municipal Auditorium/Recreation Club, 801 North Tamiami Trail, consists of a barrel vaulted auditorium and an attached two-story, semi-circular recreation club. The building was constructed in 1937; a second floor was added to the recreation club portion in 1940. The building, designed by Sarasota architects Thomas Reed Martin and Clarence A. Martin, features architectural elements and decorative motifs of the Art Deco and Moderne styles. … Read More! »

Sarasota Real Estate Market Statistics for October 2011

By | November 18, 2011

The Sarasota Association of Realtors reports that property sales for October 2011 in the Sarasota real estate market outpaced last October, with 577 this year compared to only 487 at the same time last year. This represents an 18.4 percent increase, and could be a harbinger for a busy season. There was also a small increase in transactions compared to September 2011, when 570 sales were recorded. Overall, … Read More! »

Sarasota History Alive 7th Edition

By | November 17, 2011

With all the fuss these days about post offices being closed down and the price of stamps going up, I’m glad some places where we used to pick up our mail, or had items shipped, are still here and are a class-act. Our Federal Building was a post office back in the 1940s until a new one was constructed next door in the 1960s. The Federal Building is … Read More! »

Sarasota – A Video Tour

By | November 16, 2011

It’s amazing what you can find online! One of our agents recently stumbled upon a really great video that captures the essence of our Sarasota lifestyle. It’s hard sometimes to get to know an area when you’ve never been there in person, but the World Wide Web really has made the world a little bit smaller. Here’s the video. I couldn’t say it better myself!

What’s HOT in Sarasota this Week!

By | November 11, 2011

Sometimes, locals take for granted that we “know” where to live, where the best investments are, best restaurants, best neighborhoods, and where we would move to – if we were going to move. This week in “what’s hot” – I want to highlight the Palmer Ranch area. Palmer Ranch is comprised of roughly 10,000 acres, originally owned by one of Sarasota’s most influential founders – Bertha Honore Palmer. … Read More! »

Sarasota History Alive 6th Edition

By | November 10, 2011

Harry Ben Rigby platted out his La Plaza Subdivision in 1925, and completed his unique enclave of Spanish Eclectic structures in 1926. They were perfect for him to house his family, and his Sarasota Real Estate Exchange office in their home, on the corner of Alta Vista and Osprey Avenue. The other structures were meant to be affordable seasonal rentals and places for investors to stay while planning … Read More! »