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! »

O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill at Island Park in Sarasota

By | November 5, 2011

Welcome to our waterfront tiki bar complete with a huge palm-frond covered deck and waterfront tiki bar! O’Leary’s has been around for years and is situated right on Sarasota Bay overlooking the water on Island Park in Sarasota. The restaurant is quite casual with window service only. It has waterfront picnic tables and is dog-friendly. O’Leary’s features a guitar player (at least every time we go there) singing … Read More! »

Sarasota History Alive 5th Edition

By | November 3, 2011

In honor of the 4th Annual Sarasota Chalk Festival, we are doing an encore presentation of our video when the festival was gaining ground to become a very popular venue for our community. It has grown exponentially, and has overcome some hurdles to once again grace downtown’s Burns Court area on South Pineapple Avenue this weekend. Hope to see you there! Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

Truck Vs. House: The Saga Begins …

By | November 2, 2011

Q: What’s worse than David Arquette getting voted off Dancing With The Stars? A: Watching David Arquette get voted off DWTS … and then getting a phone call from your tenant telling you that a drunk driver just ran a 2,000 pound truck into your house. Being the consummate real estate professional that I am, the first thought that crossed my mind was “well, THAT’LL make a good … Read More! »

November Events in and Around Sarasota

By | October 28, 2011

  Fall festivals, art shows, new theatre productions, music and more! It’s a great time to get out and enjoy some of the activities happening in the area during the month of November:   Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for More Information Nov. 1st Artist Series Concert – Jessica Mathaes, Violin Sarasota Historic Asolo Theatre Nov. 1-30th Get Lost in the Maze Myakka City Dakin Dairy … Read More! »

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! »