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Community Spotlight: Osprey

Osprey-Bellagio, Sarasota FLOsprey is a community full of different types of homes and known for variety. It was settled in the 1880s and named aver the large seabird found within the area. Osprey is also known for tall pine tree and beautiful oak trees.

The area known as Osprey is found to the south of Sarasota and close to Little Sarasota Bay. This area provides many luxury real estate options from single-family homes to villas to condos and even some very large waterfront mansions. Deepwater docks are a part of some of the real estate options and this area has embraced waterfront living for over a century.

Neighborhoods in Osprey

The community of Osprey is known for many distinct neighborhoods all providing a little something different. Throughout the area are several choices including:

  • Pine Ranch
  • The Oaks Bayside
  • The Woodlands at Rivendell
  • Willow Bend
  • Park Trace
  • And Many Others!

Each neighborhood features a different style of real estate and provides a unique place to live. Some of the popular styles found throughout the area include Georgian, contemporary, Florida ranch-style homes, Mediterranean and Colonial designs.

The area of Osprey is known for boating and fishing. With easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and a...

A Gated Community Tucked Away in Sarasota

The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch is found about five minutes from I-75 off Fruitville Road and provides a beautiful neighborhood with plenty of nature. It's close enough to the city to provide a wonderful city life for residents and its home to many single-family homes. Along with the many homes, there are still lots available for development.

Schools

This community provides access to many schools including:

  • Lakeview Elementary
  • Riverview High
  • Sarasota Middle
  • New College of Florida
  • Ringling School of Art & Design
  • University of South Florida

All of these schools are found close to this community.

Estate Living at Its' Finest

The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch provides true estate living with many custom homes found here. This area of Sarasota is one of the most unique gated master planned communities. It's surrounded by the unspoiled countryside of Florida.

Many of the homes found here include three to five-acre lots with the full country living. There's still room for a new custom home with lots starting around $85,000 and larger lots still available.

The luxury homes found in this area are very exclusive and provide true Florida living. Many premier ranches are found in this neighborhood, as well.

Most of the homes found in The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch sell for over $700,000 with some making it up over $1 million. These premier homes feature over 3,000...

What is the Ca d'Zan Mansion?

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24736216@N07/4894004538/Found in Sarasota, the Ca d'Zan Mansion was originally the home of the Ringlings. This Mediterranean Revival residence was the home used by John Ringling and his wife Mable in the winter. The site overlooks the Sarasota Bay and provides amazing views. The Ca d'Zan Mansion is now found on the Florida Architecture: 100 Years, 100 Places list

This beautiful building was remodeled in February of 2006. It is now an educational place with plenty of excellent features to enjoy. Touring the mansion is possible for $5 and many teachers and students come through the mansion regularly. A more complete tour of the facility is available for $20, as well.

The mansion is air-conditioned and provides a look at some of the best architectural details in all of Sarasota. The architecture ranges in style and many items from the same era are featured throughout. The design was commissioned by Dwight James Baum in 1924, a New York architect. The home was actually developed by Owen Burns, a Sarasota developer and completed in 1926.

Originally, the Ca d'Zan Mansion cost around $1.5 million to develop, which in today’s dollars would be nearly $20 million. A portion of the 1998 film Great Expectations was...

Enjoying Live Theatre in Venice

The Venice Theatre provides an option for those living in and around Sarasota to enjoy concerts, performances and many other types of shows. The theatre was started back in the 1950s and quickly became a very popular place to enjoy a show.

In 2000, the theatre underwent a four-phase renovation costing over $2 million. This renovation brought the facility up to the A.D.A. standards and the MainStage now seats 432 and Stage II seats 90. The facility also contains many classrooms, rehearsal stages and the renovation included an equipment upgrade, as well.

Upcoming Performances

Many shows are coming in the next few months. Here's what you can find on the stages at Venice Theatre.

Main Stage

  • Boeing, Boeing - January 14th to February 2nd, 2014
  • Oklahoma - February 18th to March 16th, 2014
  • Five Guys Named Moe - April 1st to April 19th, 2014
  • The Elephant Man - April 29th to May 11th, 2014

Stage II

  • Superior Donuts - January 9th to January 26th, 2014
  • Underneath the Lintel - March 13th to March 30th, 2014
  • Parallel Lives - April 10th to April 27th, 2014

Cabarets

  • The Marvelous Wonderettes - December 6th to December 22nd, 2013
  • Radio Gals - February 7th to March 2nd, 2014

Generations

  • A Christmas Carol - December 19th to December 22nd,...

Living By the Water in Sarasota, Florida

Water ClubMoving to Florida provides the opportunity to choose a bayfront or waterfront community to call home. With the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, there are plenty of communities with a water view and many actually right on the water.

Sarasota is home to many waterfront and bayfront communities to choose from. Whether it's Island Park or one of the surrounding Keys, there are plenty of communities to choose from near the Gulf of Mexico.

The bayfront of Sarasota spans the entire length of the city and provides plenty of diversity in the residential real estate market. With condominiums and single family homes found in these communities, it's easy to find a home that provides a view of the water here.

Many of the waterfront and bayfront communities not only provide a view of the ocean, but many also provide marinas, boat ramps and popular areas for launching kayaks and canoes. Throughout these communities, residents also enjoy good fishing spots, running paths, dog walks, hiking trails and in some cases, golf courses.

Waterfront and Bayfront communities in Sarasota include:

  • Aqualane Estates - A boating community near Selby Gardens and Bayfront Park.
  • Bay Acres - Found in Osprey, this is a waterfront community near many beaches and boat access points.
  • ...

What is Sarasota, Florida Known For?

SarasotaSarasota, Florida is found in southwest Florida about an hour north of Fort Myers. This is a mid-sized city with plenty to offer. The city has been referred to as Florida's "Cultural Coast" because of the many theaters, art galleries, museums and other art venues found in the city.

With 10 theaters, a professional symphony, the ballet, an opera and over 30 art galleries, Sarasota is most known for the arts and culture scene. You will also find the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in the city.

Along with the art and culture scene, Sarasota is also known for nature. The Myakka River State Park and the Oscar Scherer State Park are both found here, providing residents with an excellent opportunity to get out and enjoy nature. The beautiful climate and other attractions, such as Marie Selby Botanical Gardens provide other outdoor choices.

A Circus Town

Sarasota is also known as a Circus Town. John Ringling of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus started it all here. He and his wife have had a large influence on the city. They even used the circus elephants to build the first bridge in the area and the circus is still alive and well here.

The Many Keys

The city of Sarasota is surrounded by a number of Keys, as well. Those choosing not to reside in Sarasota may choose one of the following:...

Things to Know About Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood RanchLakewood Ranch is a popular community found in Sarasota, Florida. This residential neighborhood provides a number of features other than just the beautiful location near the Gulf of Mexico. Here are some of the interesting things to know about Lakewood Ranch.

Shopping

Lakewood Ranch provides plenty of shopping with a number of smaller shops found on Main Street. Shops provide everything from fashion to accessories and many other choices in between. Along with the shops, you will find plenty of entertainment on this street, as well. Cinemas and live theaters are fund near the small shops and provide the perfect place for a day out of the house.

Gun Club

You may not think this area would have a gun club, but they do. It's called The Ancient Oak Gun Club, which is the right choice for gun enthusiasts. It’s found in a secluded area of Lakewood Ranch and provides 24 shopping stations and many target systems for shotguns and rifles.

Athletic Center

The community has an 11,400 square feet athletic center with plenty of membership options. Residents use this area for all types of exercise ranging from free weights to machines and much more.

Green Community

Lakewood Ranch is a green community with an emphasis on the environment....

A Look at Luxury in Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood RanchIf you're considering moving to the Sarasota area and you want to live in luxury Lakewood Ranch is the place for you. This community includes many luxury homes, townhomes, villas and condos. It's a master-planned community with many newer homes and plenty of seven full villages.

Half of the community is set up as recreation space, open space and for amenities to serve the community. Residents enjoy easy access to trails, wetlands, parks, nature preserves, lakes and so much more. The Lakewood Ranch Town Center also serves the area.

Newer homes in the area start in the $200K range and they can go up from there. The lifestyle here supports families, couples, retirees and individuals. Plenty of good schools serve the area, along with college campuses, plenty of community events, a YMCA, a hospital and so much more.

The Lakewood Ranch area is centered around Main Street and the Town center. This part of the community provides plenty of shopping options, movie theaters, dining and services nearby. The area also provides over 100 miles of sidewalks and trails for those enjoying running, walking, biking and hiking.

Residents in the area can also access the 160-acre lake called Lake Uhlein. You can use small water crafts, kayaks and canoe on the lake, along with the other five lakes found...

Attending the Bradenton Blues Festival for Early December Fun

The Bradenton Blues Festival will be held on December 7th this year and will provide all types of fun. Maybe you need a break from all the Christmas Carolers or you just love blues music. Either way, this event will provide exactly what you're after.

The festival will happen in downtown Bradenton, which is just north of Sarasota. It promises plenty of live music and plenty of fun.

Last year was the inaugural Blues Festival, which quickly became a very popular event. Larger attendance is expected this year and many think it will be nearly twice the size. With top rated blues artists, excellent food and the lively downtown atmosphere, this will be a very hot event this year.

Eight different blues acts will take the stage throughout the weekend including:

  • Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang
  • Trampled Underfoot
  • Anthony Gomes
  • Johnny Rawls
  • Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • John Nemeth
  • Albert Castiglia

Albert Castiglia gets it all started at 11am on Saturday. Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling and the Jewel Tones will play in between acts. The night will finish with Shemekia Copeland taking the stage around 6:20pm.

Tickets and Information

Gates open at 10am on Saturday regardless of the weather. You cannot bring any dogs or coolers and all tickets are non-refundable. The entrance...