sarasota: Sarasota Ranks In Top 4% Of Best Small Cities - 11/08/16 04:07 AM
Sarasota Ranks In Top 4% Of Best Small Cities
Sarasota was just named in the top 4% of Best Small Cities to Live In in America by the financial website,  WalletHub.  Some of the reasons given were number one spots for coffee shops per capita, bars per capita and fitness centers per capita.  Overall, Sarasota ranked in the 96 percentile among cities, and number 2 for quality of life.
The number one city was Westfield, Indiana for economic health, number two was Princeton, New Jersey for economic health and number three was Leawood, Kansas for affordability.
Combine these reasons with the semi-tropical climate and … (0 comments)

sarasota: Five Reasons I Love Living In Sarasota, FL! - 06/29/15 04:52 AM
Five Reasons I Love Living In Sarasota, FL!
There are many, many reasons why I love living in Sarasota and distilling them down to five is hard, but here are my Top Five in  descending order:
5.  The Climate and Location in Florida.
Having been raised in a frigid northern climate and being one who never had any love for cold weather or cold weather related activities, I fled to Florida immediately after graduate school many years ago and have never looked back.  I love the climate here in Florida.  We have mild, sunny winters with temperatures averaging in the 70s and warm, sultry … (0 comments)

sarasota: New Luxury Condos For Sale in Downtown Sarasota at The Vue - 07/09/14 06:44 AM
 New Luxury Condos For Sale in Downtown Sarasota at The Vue
Why Will People Live here?
The Vue will be a stunning addition to the already breathtaking skyline of Sarasota.  This new 18-story tower at the corner of Gulfstream Boulevard and North Tamiami Trail will contain 141 luxury condominium residences and a 255-room Westin Hotel & Resort.  Developed by the Kolter Group LLC, site work has already begun and the project will be going vertical before the year is out.  Reservations are now being taken, and buyers will be going to contract as soon as condo docs are registered.

Interested In … (0 comments)

sarasota: Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain Restored, Sarasota, FL - 10/16/13 04:05 AM
Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain Restored, Sarasota, FL.  Dismantled and covered over with dirt for 60 years the Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain has been renovated and is once more flowing at the southern gateway to downtown Sarasota.
The Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain is located in Luke Wood Park adjacent to the Senior Friendship Center on the north side of US41 just prior to entering downtown Sarasota.  The fountain was built in 1936 by the Sarasota Federation of Garden Circles in honor of Mable Ringling, wife of John Ringling, a key figure in Sarasota history.
The fountain began to deteriorate during World War … (0 comments)

sarasota: St. Armands Circle, Unique Shopping And Dining In Sarasota, FL - 07/11/12 05:57 AM

St. Armands Circle, Unique Shopping And Dining In Sarasota, FL.  St. Armands Circle is world famous as a shopping and dining mecca throughout the world and is rich in Sarasota history. One visit to this enchanting circle of shops and restaurants will have you looking forward to your next visit.
It was John Ringling, circus magnate, who first visited St. Armands Key in 1917 when it was mostly mangrove forests and stunning beaches.  Mr. Ringling envisioned a community of beautiful homes surrounding a European-style shopping circle.  He purchased St. Armands Key and the surrounding islands and commissioned Ohio architect John J. Watson to design the … (2 comments)

sarasota: SeaFair, Sarasota, FL - The Floating Art Gallery Returns To Sarasota! - 03/30/12 07:00 AM
SeaFair, Sarasota, FL - The Floating Art Gallery Returns To Sarasota!  The SeaFair, Sarasota, FL the mega yacht art gallery has returned to Sarasota for the Second Annual Art Sarasota.  The 228' ship is docked at Marina Jack's from March 29, 2012 through April 2, 2012.
This beautiful ship is literally a floating art gallery for 28 well known international art galleries.  A vast array of contemporary art including paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and fine art glass will be on display and available for sale the entire time.
You are welcome to browse three spacious decks of art and relax with food … (0 comments)

sarasota: Manatee Village Of The Arts Hosts Florida Highwayman. - 02/21/12 05:01 AM

Manatee Village Of The Arts Hosts Florida Highwayman.  Sarasota's cultural amenities do not end in Sarasota.  Our neighboring Manatee County is also home to a variety of cultural attractions.  The eclectic Manatee Village of the Arts is just one of Manatee County's cultural jewels.
The Village of the Arts is an exotic and lively community of artists who live and work in this unique enclave in Bradenton, Florida.  The Village of the Arts is one of the largest art communities in the area and is home to over 30 businesses.  There are galleries, cafes, healing arts studios, jewelry, fashion, books and … (0 comments)

sarasota: Sarasota's New College Ranked Third Nationally . . . Sarasota Is A College Town, Too! - 02/09/12 07:07 AM
Sarasota's New College Ranked Third Nationally . . . Sarasota Is A College Town, Too! For the fourth time, Sarasota's New College has been named as one of the top three liberal arts colleges on the "Best Value Public College in America" list. 
The list was released this week by The Princeton Review and USA Today.  New College was also praised on this past Tuesday's "Today Show" on NBC and in a front page story in the USA Today.
"It is a wonderful school, a small school," The Princeton Review's Robert Franek said on "The Today Show".  "It's an enormous academic … (0 comments)

sarasota: Sarasota Home Sales For September Increase Over Last September! - 10/14/11 04:42 AM

Sarasota home sales for September beat last September!  The Sarasota real estate market continues to be solid in September with 570 sales, compared to 547 in September of 2010 and 601 in August of this year.  Historically, the fall market is slower and isn't expected to pick up until our local season begins when seasonal homeowners and visitors cause a swell in local population and activity.
The Sarasota real estate market is definitely making positive news this year.   Recently, Realtor Magazine Daily News reported that of the top 15 cities showing year-over-year increases in list prices, 10 are in Florida.  The … (0 comments)

sarasota: Sarasota Real Estate Market Remains Stable In August. - 10/07/11 07:24 AM
Sarasota Real Estate Market remains stable in August.  Inventory declines to ten year low!  The inventory of available properties in the Sarasota real estate market has been dropping for the last nine months and hit a ten month low in September.  Only 4,408 properties are currently on the market for sale.  In addition to this, sales in Sarasota for the last ten months have consistently exceeded 500 per month.  There were a total of 601 sales recorded in August, including 445 single family homes and 156 condos.
The total inventory of available properties has declined to a ten year low!  This includes … (1 comments)

sarasota: Sarasota, FL Real Estate Market Update - Returning To Normal! - 09/20/11 06:23 AM
According to a press release from the Sarasota Association of Realtors, the Sarasota real estate market is "trending" toward normalcy.  This is great news for a market heavily battered during the real estate downturn. 
According to the Board's analysis of sales, prices and inventory the number of homes/condos on the market has been steadily decreasing over the past nine months and hit a decade low 4,408 in August of 2011.
"We're starting to see a definite trend line developing, and it's very positive," said SAR President Michael Bruno.  "No one has a crystal ball, and it wouldn't be wise for anyone to … (0 comments)

sarasota: Patricks 1481, A Sarasota Tradition! - 09/19/11 04:04 AM
One of our favorite things to do every week is enjoy lunch at Patricks 1481 each Sunday and visit with our favorite server, Trina.  Patricks 1481 has been a Sarasota favorite for many, many years.  They recently re-located to a beautiful new location just a short distance from their previous spot on Main Street in Downtown Sarasota. 
Patricks is popular with business people, visitors to the area and locals alike.  The personable staff and welcoming atmosphere make it one of the most delightful and welcoming restaurants in Sarasota. Patricks offers an ample variety of burgers, salads, breakfasts, entrees and, of course, a fully stocked … (0 comments)

sarasota: Sarasota Area Market Report - Sales Moderate In July, But Inventory Drops To New Low - 09/01/11 06:53 AM
The number of sales in the Sarasota Market Area dropped in July from June, but still show a strengthening market.  There were a total of 599 sales in July, 445 single family homes and 154 condos.  This compared to June's numbers when 728 properties changed hands. 
While the number of sales has declined, July is traditionally a slower month for sales here.  This market is very seasonal and we are in the middle of the off-season.  In addition, the children are out of school and many locals take vacation this time of year.
The inventory levels also dropped to the lowest … (2 comments)

sarasota: How Much Will My Property Taxes Be? How The Heck Should I Know? - 08/26/11 04:11 AM
It sounds facetious, but answering that question is not as easy as it used to be.  It doesn't seem all that long ago that we had what I would call a somewhat normal real estate market.  People bought homes, if we were lucky they appreciated about 3% a year and real estate taxes were somewhat predictable. 
Here in the State of Florida we also have the benefit of Homestead Exemption.  At the time, if you were a primary resident, your home was exempted from the first $25,000 of value based on the county's assessed value.  You were also guaranteed that your taxes could … (0 comments)

sarasota: Sarasota Herald Tribune Reports That Real Estate Sales Strong In Sarasota-Bradenton Market! - 08/19/11 04:38 AM
In a welcome article in today's Sarasota Herald Tribune, statistics show that home sales in the Sarasota-Bradenton market are up substantially in July of this year over July of 2010.  Specifically there were 880 closed transactions this July compared to 714 in 2010.
The median home price has also increased year over year.  In July of this year the median home price was $160,800.  In July of 2010 the median home price was $157,700.
Another very positive sign is that the current inventory of homes under $500,000 in the Sarasota-Bradenton market is down to five months, considered by many to be … (0 comments)

sarasota: Sales Remain Strong in Sarasota Area - Now Is The Time To Buy! - 08/12/11 08:59 AM
The July real estate sales results for the Sarasota/Manatee County area remain strong with 445 single famiy homes and 154 condos changing hands.  And all of this in the off-season when everything seems to come to a halt.  So far this year sales have topped 700 per month in four different months!
Inventory is dropping as well.  In July there were a total of 4,485 properties listed for sale.  That was a 7% drop from June's inventory.  The drop in available homes could result in an even stronger market as competition for the homes on the market increases.  In July of last year … (0 comments)

sarasota: Sarasota-Bradenton New Home Starts On The Upswing! - 08/08/11 07:30 AM
According to Metro Study, a national construction statistics firm, new home starts for the second quarter of this year were up 3.1% over the same timeframe last year.  Specifically, there were 404 new single family homes started.  This is great news for an industry that has been especially hard hit in the last few years.  Many of these new home starts have been in Lakewood Ranch, undeniably one of the most successful master planned communities in Florida.  Southwest Florida has been described as the epicenter of the real estate meltdown.  Hopes are high that we are among the first areas to rebound.
Resales … (3 comments)

sarasota: Sarasota, Could This Possibly Best Of All Possible Worlds? - 08/08/11 07:29 AM
It has been a dream to relocate to Sarasota, Florida for a long time, and I am finally here.  What a special place.  Sarasota offers so much more than any other city this size in the entire state, if not the country.  Wonderful year round weather, Gulf beaches (Siesta Key beach was recently ranked No.1 in the nation), a multitude of cultural activities, fine restaurants, sports activities, shopping, health services, a rich history . . . it is magical!
What a place to live.  Since the re-set of pricing of the last few years, Sarasota has also become a very affordable … (1 comments)

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