Sarasota Real Estate Blog

Hurricanes can be an incredibly devastating natural disaster. Florida was just hit with its first and hopefully only hurricane of the season—Irma. While Irma was less devastating than initially expected in Florida, it still did damage and caused even more damage in the Caribbean islands. Fortunately, the sun is shining bright here in the Sunshine State, yet again.

Normality is setting in around the state that was met by an unwelcomed hurricane last month.  However, the debris is being cleaned up, the power is back on, and life is going on as usual down south. The job that was done by our first responders, lineman, FEMA, USCG, cleanup crews and our community was unlike no other we have ever seen. Everyone was lending a helping hand to quick relief

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An eclectic blend of boutique shops, eateries, bars and retail stores, St. Armand’s Circle is everything tourists and locals alike has to offer. Below I have listed several places that are must-sees and must-dos when on your Tour-de-Armand’s.

So, what is there to do on the circle? Well, to start may I recommend The Met –day spa and part fashion palace. If you enjoy getting pampered in a day spa, then this is the place for you. It caters to men and women of all ages and has multiple treatments for you and your family.  

For you smokers out there, Bennington Tobacconist an old-school smoke shop with a vast selection of cigars, pipes, humidors and other smoking accessories. These pipes and accessories are hand-crafted in shop and they are more than

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Sarasota has been made famous by Siesta Key—one of the world’s most famous beaches. However, what exactly does this great city have to offer those looking to vacation or move here besides from sugar white sand?

Beaches: I’m sure you have probably heard of Siesta Key—if not from its consistent #1 rating from Dr. Beach in U.S. News, then maybe from the new hit MTV series "Siesta Key." Whether you’re an MTV fan or not, you’ve heard of Siesta Key and it is getting more and more recognition every single year. There are miles of gorgeous beaches such as Lido key, Longboat Key, Turtle Beach and of course Siesta.

Weather: With an average of high of 73°F in the dead of winter, there is no wonder why northerners flock to the Sunshine State every winter (and

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4129 Higel Ave, Siesta KwyIf you are searching for a gorgeous waterfront home in a prestigious and private, yet casual, neighborhood the Sarasota Florida area with the added benefit of having a deep-water dock for your large yacht, you may want to investigate this private estate home on Cocoanut Bayou. 

Cocoanut Bayou is a charming and private waterfront neighborhood of 48 homes ranging in size from about 3,000 to 7,000 square feet on Siesta Key. Residents of Cocoanut Bayou have deeded access to a gorgeous private beach on Big Pass. The Cocoanut Bayou neighborhood includes homes on Higel Ave as this one is and four other private roads 

This luxurious 4,865 square foot home with 4 spacious bedrooms, 4 full baths and 2 half-baths is beautifully situated on a large waterfront

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  If arts and cultural experiences are an important parts of your lifestyle, there isn't a better place to live than Sarasota Florida.  Named the "#1 Small City in the Nation for the Arts," Sarasota is the center of Florida’s arts and cultural scene.  With its performing arts theatres, the Sarasota Opera, the Sarasota Ballet, the Sarasota Orchestra and too many art galleries and museums to mention, Sarasota rivals the arts environments of many of the nation's biggest cities.

   The genesis of the arts in Sarasota began with John and Mable Ringling when, in 19 24, their first Sarasota project was construction of their magnificent 56-room Venetian Gothic mansion, the Cà d’Zan.  Mr. Ringling collected a significant number of European paintings and art

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The 1st quarter of 2017 saw Sarasota Florida real estate continue to march closer and closer to a balanced market where the interests of buyers and sellers are in balance meaning neither buyers nor sellers have an advantage over the other. 

This more balanced market status follows the period in 2014 and 2015 when a shortage of inventory of available properties on the market meant prospective buyers faced what some called a "frenzy" of competing multiple offers sometimes above the asking price.

But, things changed in a positive way as 2016 ended and during the 1st quarter of 2017.  In Sarasota County, the inventory of properties for sale has risen to 5,135 up 15.7% over a year ago.  In Manatee County, the inventory of available properties rose to

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In Sarasota, a reasonably-priced, recently-built condominium residence with outstanding amenities in an attractive location can be a difficult item to find.

But, the condominium residences at San Marco offer just that; unique; reasonably priced yet spacious residences, upscale facilities and amenities and a convenient location. Built in 2006 as one of the newer residential developments in Sarasota’s art district, the building’s exterior is reminiscent of its architectural namesake, the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy.  The first impression you get as you approach San Marco is the graceful arches and balustrades of its terraces and the unique interior walkways lined with plant boxes overflowing with shrubs and greenery.  

Located at 1188 North

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It’s that wonderful time of year when Sarasota turns to one of its favorite sports -  baseball. The Sarasota Spring Training Baseball season fired up on February 26th and will run through March 30th this year. Teams like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Philadelphia Phillies will be here competing against our home team, the Baltimore Orioles. You can view the entire season line up at Orioles Schedule.

Thanks to our beautiful weather, spring training baseball has been a fixture in Sarasota for nearly a century. The annual tradition of hosting Major League teams in Sarasota began in the 1920’s when the owner of the New York Giants was persuaded by two good friends, Samuel Gumpertz and John Ringling to bring his team to

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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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