Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 1:20pm. 65 Views, 0 Comments.
Those of us who live here know Sarasota is blissful but now the Bliss Awards have really confirmed it. In fact, Sarasota and Manatee counties have been highly ranked for culture, arts, recreation and lifestyle by many different institutions the past couple of years, including the Bliss Awards. Here's just a selection of some of the high rankings awarded to Longboat Key and the surrounding Sarasota area as by different organizations.
The Bliss Awards - Sarasota
These are awarded by Real Estate Scorecard who specialize in online real estate reviews of the most popular master planned communities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. They have actual residents give reviews, so you really are getting an insider's view.…
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at 11:49am. 163 Views, 0 Comments.
The Sarasota real estate market in has been heating up over the past couple months. More and more builders are developing new communities in the greater Sarasota area to accommodate the increased demand for housing. A portion of these will be new condominium communities aimed at the Sarasota luxury real estate market. Some of those are in the process of being built and others have plans are in the works. If you are looking to buy a brand new Sarasota condo, below are some fabulous options.
Future Location: 1301 Main Street
- 17-story, mixed-use
- Planned as the tallest building in downtown Sarasota.
- Waterfront, with views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay and Downtown.
- 19 Residences, ranging from 2,065 to
Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 11:03am. 185 Views, 0 Comments.
The Oaks Club in Osprey Florida is celebrating its pearl anniversary this year—that’s 30 years for those of you that haven’t been married that long—and happily, the community life is more vibrant than ever. This Sarasota private golf club development has more equity members than ever, and it’s about to embark on a series of upgrades that will make this amenity-laden community, an even more attractive place to call home.
Clubhouse And Golf Course Upgrades
These upgrades will include significant changes to both the clubhouse and the Heron golf course (one of the community’s two championship-style golf courses). Plans have been revealed for substantial improvements to the interior areas of the Oaks Club 40,000-square-foot Georgian-style clubhouse.…
Friday, February 14th, 2014 at 10:44am. 177 Views, 0 Comments.
162 Osprey Point Drive
While architecture might be an art form, it’s fairly rare these days to find a house that could be truly classified as a work of art. However, 162 Osprey Point Drive, in the Oaks Club, certainly qualifies. From the 17’ glass and bronze doors, handmade in Ecuador to the balcony fire pit, it’s obvious that loving attention has gone into every detail.
The entry is stunning, from the 24’ ceiling and floating circular staircase to the view across the formal living area, out to the infinity pool and the Mangrove Preserve and Sarasota Bay, beyond that. It’s absolutely breathtaking. Design details here is subtle rather than over whelming. Here and there you find subtle art deco touches and the floors, done in gorgeous 18”x18” Calcutta…
Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 4:06pm. 182 Views, 0 Comments.
As 2013 comes to an end and the New Year is near, some of you may be wondering what you should do to celebrate. Well, what could be better than ringing in 2014 on beautiful Longboat Key? A handful of places along the key are taking reservations for New Year's Eve celebrations, which can include champagne toasts, gourmet meals and live music. If you haven't already made plans, here are some fabulous options!
- Chart House Restaurant: Toast away 2013 with stunning views of the bay. Dine on fresh seafood, steak, prime rib and more. An atmosphere perfect for hitting off the New Year! Call 383-5593 to make reservations.
- Pattigeorge's Restaurant: Waterfront dining featuring award winning contemporary American cuisine. Special additions will be
Monday, December 23rd, 2013 at 1:05pm. 86 Views, 0 Comments.
...But House Prices Continue to Rise
Sales for November 2013 have leveled off somewhat, yet single-family home prices are still on the rise. It seems home buyers and sellers have stopped to take a breather after a very busy year of record-setting sales. All signs are pointing to an even busier 2014 for the Sarasota real estate market. Here are some of the highlights:
- Median prices for a Sarasota single family home in November 2013 are still on the rise with a 20.6 percent increase over November 2012. Average prices were $187,000 compared to $155,000 from last year.
- Condo prices were slightly lower than the same time last year, but up over 10 percent based on an average 12-month comparison.
- Overall November property sales were 760 (531 for
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 at 12:47pm. 188 Views, 0 Comments.
Some folks are under the impression, that once the parade is over, that's it for holiday fun in Sarasota. Not so, there are plenty of great events planned right up to Christmas day. Here is a highlight of the festivities - be sure to bookmark this list to keep it handy:
" Give With a Purpose" - Holiday Shopping Program for Charity - Until December 21, 2013 at Westfield Southgate
This is a simple way to get your Christmas shopping done and donate to your favorite local charity. Simply spend $200 or more in the same day and receive a $25 Holiday Give Card to be donated to the charity of your choice. Visit gulfcoastcf.org or westfield.com/southgate for more information.
Holiday Party for the Birds - December 14, 2013 @ 10:00AM - 12:00PM -…
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at 10:49am. 112 Views, 0 Comments.
October 2013 was a good month for the Sarasota market, as home sales and median prices continued to climb. Here are some highlights from the Sarasota Association of REALTORS® latest report:
- Median prices for a Sarasota single family home in October climbed 11.6 percent over the same time last year - $185,776 from $166,500 in 2012. There are fewer homes available below the $200,000 mark.
- Condo prices rose a startling 20.7 percent - $175,000 this year compared to only $145,000 last October.
- Pending sales up 9.33 percent from September - sitting at 820.
- Distressed sales were up slightly from September, but at 25.5 percent there were down drastically from October 2012 when sales stood at 31.7 percent of overall sales.
Single Family Homes…
Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 11:33am. 152 Views, 0 Comments.
On Sale November 11, 2013
This is just a reminder that tickets for the much awaited "Forks & Corks" event go on sale November 11. The festival is held from January 24 - 27, 2014, but sells out quickly. For those of you who have never experienced this yearly celebration, imagine four days of culinary debauchery involving various Florida wine and beer maker events, and food and wine seminars throughout the city.
The big ticket is the Grand Tasting, held at the Ringling Museum, complete with champagne reception, guided tour of the art museum, incredible food and wine pairings and tickets to the kick-off party. Last year, tickets for the Grand Tasting sold out in 4 hours.
Schedule of events for this year's festival:
Various Winemaker Events -…
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 10:19am. 116 Views, 0 Comments.
Whether you are making the conscious decision to go green for the good of mother Earth or to just keep a little extra green in your pocket, cutting down on the use of electricity in your household is always a progressive idea. Living in Florida,our biggest energy saver that we all notice and welcome with open windows, is the weather change. We aren't blessed with the ability to keep our windows open all year round and stay comfortable in our homes, but we are quickly approaching cooler weather that allows us to do so for a period of time. Living in Florida all my life, I know how wonderful it is to receive the first month's bill without running the air conditioning and seeing that it cuts your bill down by almost half! Of course we're not able to do this…