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Jun
26
The Sarasota Real Estate Market Continues To Soar

The news about Sarasota's real estate market continues to be outstanding. In fact, according to SAR President Peter Crowley, it's one of the best markets in the nation and all signs point to ongoing success. Median house prices in the area remain steady, which is a good marker of a stable market. The median price for single-family homes was up slightly over May of last year at $191,500 and down slightly over April's $196,250. For condos the story is similar, with a median price of $175,000 prices were down 4.6% over April of this year and up 6% over last May. When looking at the median house price over the 12 month period ending in May, the improvements in prices become more significant, wit...


Jun
24
Downtown Sarasota Living: C'est La Vie

Craving French cuisine? Sarasota boasts a fantastic authentic French cuisine cafe located on Main Street in Downtown Sarasota. Everyday, breads and pastries are freshly baked offering a wide selection of just out-of-the-oven delicacies. Perfect for a catering event or just to enjoy on the street side patio, with a cup of coffee. C’est La Vie is proud of their Pastry Chef Jérôme Dulas who is a native from the Southwest of France near Bordeaux and has a great love and passion for the art of pastries.



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Pastries, Crepes and Croq' Monsieur

Chef Dulas's travels throughout the world have helped him create some very splendid decorations, taking pastry making to a whole new level. ...


Jun
20
Harbor Acres: One Of Our Favorite Neighborhoods

At Coffey & Co, we think Harbor Acres is one of the best places to live in Sarasota. Its location couldn't be better and its peninsulas, stretching out into the Bay, make it a truly unique neighborhood. In recent years, Harbor Acres real estate has been undergoing a lot of change, with older homes being replaced by modern luxury residences, but the community still retains its old Florida charm. The area was originally developed in the 1940's and 50's and you'll still see quite a few of the typical single story Florida ranchers of that era.



Living in Harbor Acres, Sarasota

The community has no architectural restrictions and the result has been the development of a neighborhood with a diverse an...


Jun
17
Alligator Viewing In Myakka State Park

Looking for something fun to do with the family over the summer holiday? Check out Myakka State Park. It's just a half hour from Sarasota and is one of the oldest and largest state parks in Florida. Its 58 square miles is home to a diverse range of wildlife and scenic areas such as wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands.



Stroll Along The Boardwalk Or Through The Air In The Canopy Walkway

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Visitors can enjoy wildlife from a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake. And the canopy walkway offers a magical view from high up above the parkland, where you can see miles of treetops and all the wildlife bustling around you. The park´s river and two lakes provide ample oppo...


Jun
13
Recognizing Outstanding Sarasota Architecture & Design

The Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented it's annual design awards at a gala held on May 15th. According to Harold Bubil, real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune Media Group, the winners have established a new state of the are with “enclosed structures being less evident; open, airy buildings, many with flying posts and beams that frame outdoor space, and raw concrete walls and roofs, provide grand views for clients.”



"Enclosed structures are less evident"

The winning architects include local firms Guy Peterson Office for Architecture, Seibert Architects, Sweet Sparkman Architects, Leader Design Studio, Carl Abbott Architect/Planner, Julian Norman-W...


Jun
10
Sarasota Retirement: The Best In The Country

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A recent study by financial website CreditDonkey.com has named Sarasota the number one place in the United States to retire! With all it has to offer from our beautiful beaches, warm winters, and reasonable home prices, of course. it's number one!



For only, $325,000 you can live in a beautiful three-bedroom, maintenance-free single-family home in the Oaks, a country club community on the bay. Sarasota golf club communities are great for retirees, with perfect weather all year round and the city boasts a relaxed atmosphere with an abundance of events to attend. Strolling through the morning market, picking up fresh fruit from local farms and checking out hand-made crafts is a great way to sp...


Jun
09
The Good News Continues For The Sarasota Real Estate Market

The Sarasota real estate market saw almost record sales in April of this year—1,195 closed transactions. You have to go back a decade, to 2004, to find higher sales. That year there were 1,223 closed transactions. Historically, March, April and May are strong months for home sales, and that trend has continued now that the real estate market has recovered. This year's April figures, 759 single-family homes and 436 condos, represents increases of 9% and 24% respectively, over March of this year and 8% for single-family homes and 2% for condos over April of last year.



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Happily, The Number Of Sarasota Foreclosures And Short Sales Continues To Drop

Another marker of the robust market is th...


Jun
03
What's On In Sarasota In June

Living in Sarasota means there is always something new to experience. With summer right around the corner and all the students getting off of school, the city is buzzing with excitement! Summer is a time for celebration, the weather is warm and the sun is out every day, making it the perfect time to relax and enjoy all the exciting things Florida has to offer. At this time of year, there are festivals in Sarasota involving, art, music and food which will stimulate all your senses. Here's what's happening in the next couple of weeks.



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Hear Some Of The World's Top Young Performers

The summer festivals kick off with the Sarasota Music Festival, which runs from June 3 - 21. Presented by the Saras...


Jun
02
European Charm In Downtown Sarasota

Located in the art district (Toweles Court) in Downtown Sarasota, The Garden Room Cafe is the loveliest way to spend a lazy Saturday. Walking into this quaint little cafe, you are immersed in all things feminine, flowery and comfortable. Designed by owner Kathryn Kittinger and inspired by her California roots, she has taken a little space and turned it into a stunning display of unique character.



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Perfect For A Light Lunch

Enjoy a light lunch on a quiet afternoon with a cup of tea and the sunshine on your face. Bursting with flowers and whimsical romanticism, this cafe is all about the atmosphere. Its vibe is cozy but stylish; all food is brought out on decadent little plates and her menu ev...


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