Sarasota FL Real Estate Blog

Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit ...

Restaurant Spotlight: Adriatico

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Where are you going to go to dinner tonight in Sarasota? None other than Adriatico, of course. This local fine-dining establishment is a local favorite for Italian cuisine. Not only is the menu outstanding but all of the food is healthy and authentic Italian. Adriatico provides a social environment for you to experience their cuisine with great wine pairings and freshly made pasta, sauces and desserts daily. If you want to try Italian made by true Italians, check out Adriatico for your next night out.

What to Expect

The restaurant is located 6606 Superior Avenue in Gulf Gate of Sarasota. They are open six days a week for dinner start at 5pm on Monday through Saturday and closing at 9:30pm Monday through Thursday and 10pm on Friday and Saturday. Make your reservation for dinner for two, for your family of four or for your group of friends.

The restaurant is run by food artist Luigi, a native of Pozzuoli, Italy where seafood is everything. He specializes in the fresh caught seafood offering guests everything from sea urchin to squid, shrimp to octopus and a variety of fish.

He also specializes in the wonderful desserts that everyone raves...

Upcoming Events Near Sarasota for Halloween 2015

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Sarasota is gearing up for the spookiest time of year and you’re going to want to join in the fun! The city is hosting several Halloween events to celebrate this fall season with ghost tours, pumpkin festivals, and more. Whether you’re looking for something to do with the whole family or you just want to check out a haunted attraction with your friends, there are a ton of great options in the Sarasota area. Here is a look at where to go this Halloween season for a spooky and fun time.

Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat – 208 Palm Avenue, Nokomis

Head over to Venice-Nokomis United Methoddist Church in Nokomis to take part in the Fall Festival. It’s a one day event taking place the weekend before Halloween. On Sunday October 25th, bring the family out at 10am to the festival with Trunk or Treat starting at 11:45am. You’ll get hot dogs, games to play, face paintings, inflatables and so much more.

Boo fest – 5895 Post Boulevard, Lakewood Ranch

The Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch is going to be hosting a spectacular ...

Which Mistakes will Cost you the Most When Selling your Home?

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When you are ready to sell your home, you should take into consideration a few factors before putting it on the market. If you don’t watch these common mistakes, you could end up costing yourself when your house is listed. Since it’s an emotional time for you as a seller, it’s easy to slip-up and make bad decisions based on emotional attachments over good business.

Learn about these tips now to avoid making a mistake when the time comes. Along with overpricing and not understanding the market, here is a look at a few mistakes sellers tend to make due to their emotional attachment to the property.

Lack of motivation

When a seller is struggling to let go of their home, they may show little motivation to sell. All they may want to do is put up a “for sale” sign and hope for a high price. This way of selling can be dangerous because people may notice the house for sale week after week and when they learn it’s priced too high, the seller will end up getting a lower deal than the house is worth.

Overpricing

Overpricing is common with sellers because they think their house is worth more than the market would actually say....

Restaurant Spotlight: Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar

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The Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar is you stop for local and organic dining in Sarasota. Located downtown, this fine dining restaurant offers the freshest and finest organic ingredients and locally-sourced meats in town. Enjoy seasonal menu items, sustainable wild-caught fish, local meats and creative vegan options along with an extensive wine and cocktail bar. Prices are affordable and the elegance found at Pomona is hard to beat. Here is a look at why you should check out this local favorite eatery.

About Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar

The restaurant is open five days a week for dinner from 5-10pm. Stop in Tuesday through Saturday or make your reservation for date night, family gatherings or special occasions. It can be found downtown at 481 North Orange Avenue in Sarasota featuring New American Cuisine with a focus on organic and local food.

The restaurant is not only popular for being such an elegant place to enjoy dinner in downtown Sarasota, but also for its seasonal offerings, the focus on organic and locally-sourced meats and seafood and for the full bar with their extensive wine list.

It was designed...

Restaurant Spotlight: Antoine's Restaurant

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The new location of Antoine's Restaurant provides an elegant spot with a sophisticated feel. It's the place for PEI mussels as they prepare them seven different ways. Here's what you can expect when you dine at Antoine's.

The Menu

At Antoine's everything is made in house from the bread to the dressing and everything else. They pair a great wine and beer list with the menu to make your meal even better. Some of the favorite choices on the menu include:

  • Carrot Ginger Bisque
  • La More Waffle
  • Goat Cheese Salad
  • Seared Salmon
  • Black Grouper
  • Mariniere Mussels
  • Tomato Mussels
  • Provencial Mussels
  • Blue Cheese Mussels
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • New York Strip Steak
  • Steak Tartare
  • The Frenchy
  • The Albacore
  • Bolognese Pasta
  • Tomato Meatballs
  • And More!

You can enjoy a delicious dessert, such as the Belgian Chocolate Mousse or the Molten Belgian Chocolate Lava Cake.

Beverages

Antoine's provides plenty of great choices with 12 different bottled beers, such as Hoegarden, Duvel, Chimay Blue and Stella Artois. They also...

Restaurant Spotlight: Off the Hook Seafood Co

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Off the Hook Seafood Co is an awesome choice for dining in Sarasota. It’s located on Gateway Avenue where you’ll find fresh seafood, a fully stocked wine cellar and a great selection of specialty drinks and beers. They are open for dinner all week except for Mondays from 5pm -10pm and reservations are recommended. If you’re ready for seafood that is really “Off the Hook,” check out this local favorite for fresh seafood in Sarasota.

What to Expect

The restaurant is located at 6630 Gateway Avenue in Sarasota offering dinner from 5-10pm six nights a week. The restaurant is known for their fresh seafood and cocktail bar concept in a bistro style twist on the two. You’ll love the eclectic atmosphere found here that isn’t like anything else in the area. Enjoy the lit-up glass bar, the climate controlled wine room and the amazing menu. It’s truly a place to relax and enjoy an amazing culinary experience.

The Menu

The restaurant features in-house dining, they can accommodate private parties and they cater. Bring in your group and a private function room will be set up for your birthdays, reunions, weddings and more. Call to have their delicious seafood catered...

Restaurant Spotlight: Shore Diner

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Shore Diner is a must stop in Sarasota for a great meal in a beautiful location. Enjoy the open-air café in Florida featuring a mid-century design, fresh menu items and an overall great experience. The recipes are made with organic ingredients from local farms and the local coast.

Try a bite of Shrimp and Scallop Risotto while sipping on a signature cocktail overlooking the beach and feeling the ocean air. You’ll love the good times found at Shore Diner for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Here is a look at what to expect when you visit Shore Diner in Sarasota.

About Shore

This mid-century Florida café features fresh and local cuisine in a modern atmosphere with your favorite American and Seafood dishes. Enjoy outdoor dining or sit inside in the fabulous dining room for lunch or dinner seven days a week.

It’s a casual atmosphere that is perfect for the whole family. Check them out at 465 John Ringling Blvd from 11am to 4pm for lunch daily and 4pm to 10pm for dinner daily with special Happy Hour from 3-6pm daily. Brunch is available on Sundays only from 10am to 2pm and the restaurant can accommodate your reservation or walk-in party. Try take out or waiter service for those...

Upcoming Event: 7th Annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival

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The 7th Annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival is coming up just around the corner. It’s that time of year when everything pumpkins is making its appearance and this festival is the perfect way to enjoy it. You’ll not only get to check out the pumpkin patch but you can take part in contests like pie eating and a maze. Enjoy performances, pony rides, games and so much more.

It’s the perfect place to bring the whole family since mom and dad can enjoy the beer garden while the kids try the inflatable land or rides. If you’re ready to celebrate your favorite fall activities, check out the 7th Annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival coming this October.

What to Expect

The festival is taking place this October 23rd-25th starting at noon each day until 10pm. Hours are shortened on Sunday the 25th by 2 hours so make sure you get in on the fun as early as possible. You’ll want to purchase your tickets for $10 for adults with discounted rates for kids and students. Your children under 3 will be free and your parking will be free as well.

Enjoy so much free entertainment from free concerts to free horse shows, free photo booths and...

Upcoming Event: Rockin Wings Festival

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With more than 10,000 spectators coming to the Rockin Wings Festival, this will be one of the best food events of the year in Sarasota. It will happen on September 12th and 13th this year and will include the Family Kids Zone. This family friendly festival will provide plenty of fun and its right around the corner.

Even though it will only be the 1st Annual Rockin Wings Festival, it's set to be a great event. The event will be put on by Spotlight events Entertainment, which always provides the best possible events in the area. It will happen at Payne Park in Downtown Sarasota and the proceeds will help to support the Lazarus Foundation Inc. & Kids Force.

Blind Taste Test

The blind taste test will be a huge part of the festival. Local restaurants will enter their wings into the contest to find out who has The Hottest Wings at the Festival. There are still opportunities for wings vendors and other food vendors. They also have some sponsorship opportunities left.

Activities

Along with the many wings and other foods you can try at the festival, you can enjoy all kinds of other fun events. There will be all types of games, plenty of vendors, face painting,...