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News and updates of the Sarasota and Bradenton area real estate market. Check back often to get all your Sarasota area real estate news.

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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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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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Each day, nearly 10,000 Americans reach the point in their lives when they are ready to retire. One of the biggest decisions to be made at that point is “where to enjoy their retirement years.”  Livability.com, an on-line resource that explores great places to live, has just published its latest list of the “Ten Best Places to Retire” and not surprisingly, Sarasota ranked high on that list.  Yes, some people find their decision on where to live driven by their family considerations.  But, those with the freedom to move to a new area might find it interesting to learn that Sarasota ranked in the #2 position in Livability’s list.

Over the years, Sarasota has certainly earned many awards and recognitions and a secure spot in many "Top 10 Best" lists.

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  While for the first 9 months of 2015 home and condo sale in the Sarasota Manatee County market ran at a record rate, real estate sales in this market actually slowed slightly in September. Overall property sales in September were 1,608 with 927 in Sarasota County and 681 in Manatee County.  Sarasota County closings fell below the never-previously-recorded string of six straight months of  over 1,000 sales per month for the first time since February.   Association President Stafford Starcher said, “While the real estate market has finally taken a breather in September, which is traditionally a slower month anyway, overall sales numbers are still very strong.”

    The lack of properties for sale continues to cause prices to rise. There was a very

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Of all the Sarasota waterfront properties you have to choose from, one of the most popular among those who want to be both on the Sarasota waterfront and yet also right in the heart of Sarasota’s Arts & Cultural District is the Condo on the Bay complex.  A gated complex with full-time security, this is one of the most popular large complexes on the Downtown Sarasota waterfront.

Located at 888 and 988 Boulevard of the Arts on  beautiful Sarasota Bay, the two Condo on the Bay towers offer discerning residents luxurious living, stunning vistas and a world of  entertainment in well-appointed buildings featuring spacious floor plans, modern conveniences and delightful amenities, including 2 resort-style heated pools, two tennis courts, four exercise

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To understand the attractiveness of Paradise Shores, you need to know that it is part of Sarasota’s most attractive and historic area known as the “West of Trail” neighborhoods.  These neighborhoods span the area West of the Tamiami Trail (US Rte 41), hence the “West of the Trail” moniker.  They stretch north to south along Sarasota Bay and offer an eclectic mix of bayfront mansions and older ranch style homes.  Homes in this area are within walking distance of Sarasota's best amenities, local shops, Bayfront Park, Selby Botanical Gardens, and Downtown Sarasota’s shops, galleries and bistros. “West of Trail” neighborhoods are very walkable with several shaded parks enhancing  the urban lifestyle.

Paradise Shores is one of the smaller “West of the

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Sarasota and Manatee County home and condo sales continued pushing into near-record territory at the midpoint of the year with 2,058 closed sales (1,455 single-family home and 603 townhome/condo sales) in the two counties.

Sales have been at historically high levels in both counties for several months now with median prices also trending upward.   The median price for a Sarasota County single-family home stands at the midyear point at $230,000 up 17.9% over a year ago.  In Manatee County, the median sale price for a single-family home stood at $253,700, up 3.6% over a year ago.  Townhome/condo prices in Sarasota County rose by 7.7% to $210,000 and in Manatee County by 4.9% to $155,000.

The reason behind the increasing prices in a lack of available

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Universal Design concepts  A few years ago, a new interior design concept known as “barrier-free” design was introduced.  Not much was written about this concept until the term "Universal Design" or “UD” was coined by Ronald Mace, founder and former program director of the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University.  Mace collaborated with a group of architects, product designers, engineers and interior and environmental designers to develop what became known as the “Seven Principles of Universal Design.”   He defined UD as “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, with and without disabilities, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”

  This design concept encompasses  a broad-spectrum of ideas and design

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Less that one month after TripAdvisor.com named Siesta Key home to the “#1 Beach in the United States,” Sarasota Florida gained national prominence again with an impressive recognition from Coastal Living magazine.

The lifestyle and travel magazine chose Sarasota as the featured “Dream Town” for March, citing its beaches, architecture, arts and culture, demographics and restaurants, among other local features.  Previous winners of this recognition include Bodega Bay and Dana Point California.   "Cultured, creative, and cool, this white sand–blessed Florida town is ready for prime time,” wrote Coastal Living Travel Editor Tracey Minkin.

Once just a favorite destination of tarpon fishermen and retirees, Sarasota has, of late, begun drawing a

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