Sarasota History Alive 4th Edition

By | October 27, 2011

Rosemary Cemetery is burial place for many early Sarasota citizens, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs including Scotsman John Hamilton Gillespie. We like to show this video during this time of year to set the mood for All Hallows Eve. The cemetery was set aside in plat “Town of Sarasota”, filed on July 27, 1886. Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

Another Reason Siesta Key Beach is #1: Giant Lego Men

By | October 26, 2011

Yet another reason to visit the #1 beach in the country: giant Legos. Early yesterday morning, passersby noticed that something strange had washed ashore.  Ego Leonard (a name apropos for a giant plastic man?) washed in from regions unknown and gave quite a start to early morning beach-goers. He’s not a part of the new Legoland amusement park in Orlando, he’s not officially sanctioned by the Lego Group … Read More! »

Tell Me Again Why I Bought My House?!?

By | October 24, 2011

Grr, I’m an angry Realtor! So I’m sitting in my office writing a price opinion for a neighbor, and I realize that although his house is a little bit nicer than mine … I paid a whole lot more than he’s going to get. That little voice inside my head (you know the one) screams at me again, as it’s done so many times before: “Tell Me Again … Read More! »

Important Aspects of Selecting a Great Neighborhood

By | October 21, 2011

Many of my clients frequently ask the question – “How do I know if a neighborhood is good or bad?”. My answer has always been very careful due to the fact that I have worked with buyers from all over the world and I have found that what appeals to one buyer may not appeal to everyone. However, when I really started giving it some thought, I realized … Read More! »

Sarasota History Alive 3rd Edition

By | October 20, 2011

St. Armands Key has its roots firmly planted in John Ringling’s vision of becoming a beautiful residential area, with a centralized shopping and park feature to attract the well-to-do. What’s more, he knew that imported European statuary would add greatly to making this a reality. He was right!   Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

Sarasota Real Estate Sales for September 2011 Outpace Last Year

By | October 18, 2011

The Sarasota Association of Realtors reports September 2011 property sales in the Sarasota real estate market were ahead of last September, with 570 this year compared to only 547 at the same time last year. This represents a small drop in transactions compared to August 2011, when 601 sales were recorded. But historically, the early fall is one of the slower sales seasons. A recent article in Realtors … Read More! »

Best Raw Bar in Sarasota

By | October 15, 2011

If you are in the mood for some delicious oysters, shrimp, or mussels do I have the spot for you… Monks Steamer Bar located in Sarasota’s Gulf Gate area (the corner of Superior and Gulf Gate Drive). This locally owned pub specializes in serving up oysters any way you like em. My favorite are the Monkefellas, which is their version of the Oysters Rockefeller. The raw bar sits … Read More! »

Sarasota History Alive 2nd Edition

By | October 13, 2011

The Landing of the Scots In honor of the upcoming John Hamilton Gillespie celebration (see the announcement in the right column), we would like to acquaint or re-acquaint you with the Landing of the Scots. It was tough-going back in the day, so we are sure you will appreciate the trials and tribulations of the colonists who came to their new world on the west coast of Florida.

Mortgage Rates Set Record Lows

By | October 11, 2011

Freddie Mac released its Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the week of September 26-September 30 this morning. They found that mortgage rates set new record lows for the 5th straight week last week. The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell from 4.01% to 3.94%. 15-year fixed rates fell from 3.28% to 3.26%, while 5/1 year ARMs dropped six basis points to 2.96%. The one year ARM … Read More! »

Sarasota History Alive 1st Edition

By | October 6, 2011

There’s a piece of important history in Luke Wood Park that has been covered over with dirt for 60 years. You probably pass it frequently when you head west at the junction of Highway 301 and U.S. 41 across from the new Publix, McDonald’s restaurant and Sarasota Ford. Just before the Osprey Avenue stop light, and adjacent to the Senior Friendship Center, there is a four leaf clover-shaped … Read More! »