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The median price of Sarasota real estate continued to rise in August but the market is moving stabilization after sales volumes fell for the 7th month in a row.

In August, Sarasota County recorded closings on 668 single-family homes sales down slightly from 680 in July and 755 in August, 2015 and 274 condo and townhome sales up from 255 in July but down from the 293 in August, 2015.  In Manatee County, both single-family home and condo/townhome sales volumes rose slightly month-over-month. There were 572 Manatee County single-family home closings in August about equal to the 578 in July and up slightly from 506 in August, 2015 and 225 condo and townhome closings in August up slightly from 214 in July and up as well from the 155 condo and townhome

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A brand new luxury condominium project was announced this month to be built on Siesta Key for the first time in over 10 years.  Being developed by Crossgate Partners LLC and local architect, Mark Sultana of DSDG Architects, Oceane will be located right on the waterfront at 4740 Ocean Boulevard between the 22-unit Windward Passage the larger Siesta Towers.  Oceane will provide six stunningly luxurious waterfront residences, 2 units per floor on each of 3 floors, just a brief walk to the world-famous soft, white, crystalline sands of Siesta Key Beach and all the nightlife, entertainment, ice cream parlors, delis, shops and cuisine at Siesta Key Village.

With impressive 4,500 square foot floor plans with 10-foot ceilings, top-of-the-line appliances

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Personalized service, endless opportunities and memorable experiences; that’s the lifestyle offered at downtown Sarasota’s ultra-luxurious condominiums.  Now another elegant condominium tower is about to be added at a most luxurious and  unique location, the Ritz Carlton.

 The Grande at Ritz Carlton, a new 18-story luxury condominium tower to be built adjacent to the world-famous Ritz-Carlton hotel in Sarasota will come with the incomparable attention of one of the world’s finest hotels and the extraordinary capabilities of one of Florida’s most highly-regarded real estate developers.  The Kolter Group, the West Palm Beach-based property developer, expects to break ground in the Spring of 2017 with construction expected to be completed in about two

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  From time to time, I like to introduce readers to a local neighborhood or community that may be of interest to those considering moving to the sunny Sarasota area. Laurel Meadows is just such a community.

  Located east of Interstate 75, Laurel Meadows, begun in 2000, was completely sold out by 2005 because it featured things a lot of families wanted, reasonably-priced homes on larger than usual lots in an attractive setting away from downtown traffic but yet convenient to everything one could want including access to all the Downtown Sarasota amenities and our wonderful beaches.

  In Laurel Meadows, three local builders, Vision Homes, Rinehart Homes and Larry Monaco Homes, offered a variety of three and four bedroom floorplans of Florida

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Continuing the recent trend, the Sarasota - Manatee County real estate market is becoming more and more favorable to potential buyers as more homes and condos become available for purchase. At the end of April, the inventory of available single-family homes in Sarasota County increased by 8% and in Manatee County by 14.2% from this point last year. Similarly, Sarasota County condominium inventory has risen by 25.5% and Manatee County condo inventory is up by 19.8% from this time last year.

There were 4,256 properties for sale in Sarasota County and 3,060 for sale in Manatee County. The supply of homes and condos available for purchase in the two-county area remained in the range of 4.5 to 5.4-months’ inventory at the end of April compared to last

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2202 McClellan ParkwaySet in Sarasota’s picturesque “West of the Trail” area, McClellan Park is a neighborhood in a tranquil setting of narrow, winding streets under canopies of ageless trees.  There is a sense of history here preserving the charm of “Old Sarasota."

McClellan Park in bound on the north by Hyde Park Street, on the west by Oriole Drive and Blue Heron Drive, on the south by Cunliff Lane and on the east by South Osprey Avenue. McClellan Parkway runs through its center.  This is a neighborhood where you can take an evening to Gecko’s Pub &  Grill for casual dining or the 5 O‘Clock Club for live music.

Originally developed by Katherine and Daisietta McClellan in the early 1920’s, many of the older homes are bungalows that have undergone faithful renovations

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Sarasota florida lifestyles  Home and condominium sales in the Sarasota Florida area continued at a slightly slower pace in early 2016 compared to a year ago. There was also an increase in the number of properties for sale on the market in both Sarasota and Manatee County.  Altogether during February, 2016, there were a total of 1,359 properties (888 single-family homes and 471 condos and townhomes) sold a drop of 4.8% from the volume of homes and condos/townhomes sold in February, 2015. 

  At the end of February, there were a total of 8,269 properties (5,540 single- family homes and 2,729 condos/townhomes) available for purchase, an increase of 8.9% over the level a year ago.  The supply of single-family homes remained about constant at a 4.7 month supply.  But, in a bit of

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A gala grand opening was held last Saturday, February 20th celebrating the completion of an enormous 24 month, $21 million makeover of one of America’s most recognized and awarded beaches, Siesta Beach on Siesta Key.  

In 2015, TripAdvisor.com ranked Siesta Beach as the “USA Traveler’s Choice for Best Beach.”   What makes Siesta Beach so spectacular is that, unlike most other beaches that are made up mostly of pulverized coral, Siesta Beach sand is 99% quartz, a material so reflective of the sun’s rays that even on the hottest days, the sand feels cool underfoot.

When the property that is now Siesta Beach was originally purchased by Sarasota County in 1954, it was only 9 acres in size with just 1,200 feet of waterfront.  Today, with help from

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  Laurel Oak Estates is a private, gated member-owned golf and country club community nestled on just over 800 acres near downtown Sarasota that features, among its many other amenities, two championship golf courses, one of which was re-designed in 2005 by Rees Jones, the famed “U.S. Open Doctor.”  This gated and secure community features over 400 single family homes on large lots on well-lighted streets, sidewalks for biking and strolling and 24-hour security.  The community offers scenic views of lakes, wetland nature preserves in addition to the lush green links of the two golf courses,

  The recently updated 45,000 square foot Laurel Oak clubhouse offers a junior-Olympic size heated swimming pool, twelve Har Tru clay tennis courts, eight of which

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Now that the stress of finding the right gift for that special one in your life or maybe your four grandkids is over, wouldn't this be a great time to lean back and think about making your 2016 New Year's Resolution. Yes, it’s unseasonably warm up North right now but we all know that's going to change and probably soon.  Wouldn't it be great to spend the rest of this winter season, and maybe even longer some place warm and sunny.  And, there are at least two really good reasons to make this your 2016 New Year’s Resolution now.

The first reason is just how easy it will be to convert this resolution into reality ... by investing in a waterfront, downtown, or country club maintenance-free Sarasota home or condo.  Sarasota Florida is frequently

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