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Sarasota area real estate displayed a bit of an oddity in December, 2016 but at the same time, a positive for those considering buying a home or condo here during the winter months up North.  There was a big increase in condominium and townhome sales in both Sarasota and Manatee County compared to December 2015.  Sarasota County saw a 12.5% increase while Manatee County saw a 7.8%  increase. On the other hand, single-family sale closings were down from the rate in December last year. Sarasota County single-family home sales dropped  by 6.1%, while Manatee experienced an 8.2% decrease.

While real estate sales were posting mixed results as 2016 ended, we also saw a significant increase in the inventory of homes and condos available for sale in both

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There are many things that make Sarasota Florida one of the most attractive places to live in the United States;  the arts and cultural, the shopping and dining amenities and a year-round flow of fun-filled festivals and events.  But there's one truly unique and less popularly known amenities of living in Sarasota - the Sarasota Polo Club.  While polo is more commonly associated with Great Britain and South America, the sport enjoys a strong following in the United States. From its beginnings in a New York City riding academy in 1876, the popularity of polo in the United States had continued to grow.

The Sarasota Polo Club traces its roots back to 1922 when the Uihlein family, founders of the Schlitz Brewing Company, bought 28,000 acres in eastern

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The number of homes and condos available for purchase in Sarasota and Manatee County continued to increase during October.  The number of properties for sale in October was up by  3.1% over September and up 17.5% over the same period last year.  With more properties on the market, the selection of properties available to prospective buyers gets wider and prices have a tendency to stabilize.  This is a good omen as we enter the period when people flock to Sarasota for the winter months, many of whom may decide to invest in a home or condo this season.

In Sarasota County the single-family home inventory increased by 15.7% to 2,787 while in Manatee County the inventory increased by 11.3% to 2,119.  The inventory of condominiums and townhomes increased by

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One of Sarasota’s longest running music festivals, Giving Hunger the Blues comes to the waterfront grounds of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for its 20th anniversary this weekend.  The show features an impressive lineup of local standouts including blues, funk, rock, country, R&B, jazz and reggae bands.

Founded in 1966 by George Generoso, Giving Hunger the Blues has raised over $1.4 million to support its mission.  All proceeds from the festival now part of Sarasota County’s InspireSarasota program, benefit the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota/Manatee County,  The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry program and the Generoso Foundation.

The festival includes six events over a two week period.  Following last week’s Giving Hunger the Blues Rocks! at

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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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