It’s Strawberry Season At Detweiler’s Farmer’s Market!

By | February 21, 2011

One of the coolest things about living in Florida is our year-long growing season.  We’ve got the juiciest tomatoes in the summertime, the biggest strawberries in the wintertime, the best you-name-it in the meantime – and no matter what your flavor, we’ve got the best place to get it: Detweiler’s Farmer’s Market. To us locals, Detweiler’s isn’t a big secret (no matter how much we’d like it to … Read More! »

Bonefish Grill

By | February 15, 2011

  I lived in Chicago for half a decade, and I would have been mortified to bring a weekend guest to the Cheesecake Factory downtown.  Shortly after I moved here, a new friend suggested we go to Bonefish.  I said “sure!”all while turning up my inner nose at the idea.  Who would go to a chain restaurant with all these great seafood restaurants around?  Years later, I’m not … Read More! »

February 2011 Schedule of Events

By | January 27, 2011

Whether you’re here for a visit or able to enjoy this “Winter” weather all year long, there’s something for everyone in and around Sarasota during the month of February. Take a look at a just a few of the events: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information Feb 1st Improv at Florida Studio Theatre Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre Feb 1-5th Sarasota Jazz Festival Sarasota Sarasota Jazz … Read More! »

Captain Curt’s on Siesta Key

By | January 20, 2011

This isn’t your grandfather’s karaoke.  But there is one 80-ish year old dude who regularly brings down the house at Captain Curt’s if you’re lucky enough to catch him on one of the Karaoke nights: (Thurs-Sat).  The scene is more locals and people who really think they can sing (some can really belt one out!) over drunken bachelorettes who “will survive,” though they will always manage to make … Read More! »

Sales surge in December 2010 and Prices Remain Stable

By | January 13, 2011

The Sarasota real estate market saw a big surge in December sales, from 534 in November to 681 last month for a 27.8 percent increase. In addition, the median sales price for both single family homes and condos was up in December 2010, indicating a recovering local real estate market. The property sales breakdown in December 2010 was 500 single family home sales and 181 condos. The statistics … Read More! »

Tax Consequences Of Vacation Vs. Investment Homes

By | January 6, 2011

January is once again upon us, and with it come our seasonal residents! Our 2011 season is forecast to be one of the busiest seasons on record.  Buyers have picked up on the fact that prices stabilized over a year ago and, now that interest rates are creeping up again, have jumped back in the driver’s seat. A good portion of those residents aren’t ready to move here … Read More! »

Merry Christmas From Lake Sarasota!

By | December 29, 2010

I am proud to admit that I live in the Lake Sarasota subdivision and we do have many families that are involved with helping children and their families throughout this holiday season. There was a wonderful gathering of residents to put on a benefit to adopt a family for Christmas. They had games and events along with auction items to raise fund of $1000.00 for these families. The … Read More! »

January 2011 Schedule Of Events

By | December 29, 2010

Happy New Year! Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is behind us, get out and experience some great events. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of January: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information January Myakka River Bird Naturalist Program (Every day 9am – 1pm) Myakka River State Park Friends of Myakka River State … Read More! »

Holiday Boat Parade Of Lights, Sarasota, Florida 2010

By | December 15, 2010

The 24th Annual Boat Parade Lights is one of many traditions Sarasota has to offer.  We are a sophisticated city with small town heart of gold and this annual event is one that just reminds you of what a fantastic place this really is.  Thousands of spectators set up beach chairs along the route and watched in awe the floating works of art!  In case you were unable to attend (or, … Read More! »

November ’10 Market Stats: Local Market Enjoys Sales, Prices Rise

By | December 13, 2010

November 2010 saw resurgence in the Sarasota real estate market, with more sales and higher median sale prices indicating a healthy seasonal boost. There were 534 total sales reported last month, compared to 487 in October 2010 and 553 in November 2009. The median sale price for single family homes rose to $160,100, from last month’s figure of $147,500, and for condos the price stood at $159,000 – … Read More! »