Sarasota FL Real Estate Blog

Living in a Sarasota Boating Community

gulfstream_640If you love the water and you want to spend time boating, you need a home in one of the Sarasota boating communities. There's a certain benefit to docking your boat in your backyard and allowing yourself to enjoy the water whenever you like. With the right private dock in the area, you can enjoy the Intercostal Waterway, Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Just think about stepping out your back door and finding your boat right there ready for you any day of the week.

Top Boating Communities in Sarasota

Lido Shores on Lido Key - Enjoy kayaking, fly-fishing, surf fishing, boating and deep-sea fishing in Lido Shores. With a home close to the water, you can enjoy deep-water dockage and the fun associated with this part of Florida.

Bird Key - With deep canals, this gated community is perfect for sailboats and yachts alike. The homes are beautiful and provide easy access to downtown, along with St. Armand Circle. The Bird Key Yacht Club allows you to spend time with friends and enjoy waterfront dining.

Waterlefe in Bradenton - Choosing a community next to the tranquil Manatee River provides plenty of paradise. Waterlefe in Bradenton is one of the best choices in the area, if you want to...

Fresh Produce Markets Throughout Sarasota

farmer_market_400If you're sick of the poor produce found at many of the local groceries stores, you can choose a better option. Many of the markets throughout Sarasota provide plenty of fresh produce, local products and so much more. If you want the best you can find in the local area, here are a few markets to consider.

Morton's Gourmet Market

Morton's is found in the Hillview district and has been a staple in the community for over a half-century. This market features many of the specialty foods you can't find anywhere else. If you haven't visited this market before, you need to take a trip down the road and enjoy the selection of great cheese and beer.

Yoder's Market

Finding the best fresh product and Amish cheese requires a trip to Yoder's. This market is found next to the Yoder's Restaurant and features great baked goods, along with many other wonderful products. The pies were actually featured on Food Network and the restaurant provides great food, as well. Many Amish products are featured throughout this market and it's open every day, except Sunday, from 8am to 8pm.

Downtown Farmers Market...

Country Club Living in Sarasota

club-longboat_3_640Sarasota is full of great golf courses, surrounded by beautiful homes. Over the past 25 years, this segment of the market has exploded leading to many communities perfect for retirees, families and anybody with a love for the game of golf. Many of these communities offer unique housing from luxury homes to condominiums complete with tennis courts, fine dining options and swimming pools. 

The Top Golf Communities of Sarasota

1. Founder Clubs
A Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed course found south of Fruitville road, this community features just over 250 homes with an 18-hole championship golf course. 

2.  Longboat Key Club and Resort
With two golf courses found on property and many waterfront subdivisions, this is a large gated community full of maintenance-free villas, condominiums and single-family homes. The Islandside course sits right on the Gulf of Mexico and the Harbourside course is close to the Sarasota Bay.

3. Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club
Found in the Palmer Ranch development, Stoneybrook is one of the most prestigious golf course communities in the area. With over 900 luxury homes and an Arthur Hills designed...

Home of Great Dog Parks

park_01_640Sarasota isn't just a great place for the many human residents, but it's also a great home for the many dogs in the area. With the many miles of white sand beaches, amazing climate, top restaurants and many other features of the area, we often forget, Sarasota also features over 200 parks with many amazing dog parks. Here's a list of some of the top choices for your pooch.

Top Sarasota Dog Parks

1. Bayfront Park
Although, Bayfront Park doesn't allow you to take your dog off the leash, it does sit on the water. It's perfect for a long walk with your dog and one of the most popular parks in the area. This park feature concessions, free parking and a large fountain the kids can play in. You can even visit O'Leary's, which is a dog-friendly Tiki Bar and Grill close to the park.

2.  Arlington Park
You can let your dog run free at Arlington Park. The park is split into two areas, one for smaller dogs and one for larger dogs. It features a picnic area, free parking and a playground. The best part about this dog park is the size, which allows plenty of room for even the largest breeds.

3.  17th Street Paw Park
With plenty of space for your dog to enjoy without a leash, the 17th Street Paw Park provides...

Upcoming Events at the VanWezel

vanwezel_268The VanWezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota is one of the most popular places for top performers to stop throughout Florida. Many top performances will be held throughout the month of April for residents to enjoy including:

  • Chicago: The Musical - Tuesday April 9th and Wednesday April 10th
  • Smokey Robinson - Thursday April 11th
  • The Addams Family - Monday April 22nd
  • 50 Shades: The Musical - Tuesday April 23rd
  • Chris Botti - Wednesday April 24th
  • Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles - Friday April 26th

*All shows start at 8pm.

Enjoy one of the most famous musicals, Chicago, which has won six Tony Awards, A Grammy and two Olivier Awards. It's currently the second longest running show on Broadway. If you prefer a musical performance, take in the Smokey Robinson show including popular music from when he was most popular. His concert will be one of the top choices of the month and is the Executive Director's Pick.

Those looking for a good comedy can enjoy the 50 Shades! parody of the phenomenon currently sweeping the country. It's known as a sexy and funny musical with plenty of fun for all those in attendance.  

If you want to attend the top event for the month of April, get your tickets for Rain and enjoy a tribute to one of the most popular musical...

Don't Miss The BB&T Venice Sharks Tooth Festival

shark_teeth_445For the twenty-first time, the BB&T Venice Sharks Tooth Festival will be held from April 12th - 14th. This festival is the perfect event for all area residents to enjoy everything from great good to fossil vendors and even arts and crafts. Whether you want to come out with the family or you just want to stop by with a group of friends, this is an event you cannot miss.

Since the city of Venice is known as the "Shark's Tooth Capital of the World", they hold a festival every year to celebrate these teeth. Millions of teeth are found throughout the beaches of this area every year and each spring the Sharks Tooth Festival kicks off. With the best beaches for hunting shark's teeth as the backdrop, collectors get together to admire, sell and take part in this popular festival. In addition to the many shark's tooth vendors, the festival will feature over 100 artists with their original work.

Food vendors will serve up some of the best BBQ in the area, along with fresh seafood and many other choices. Live entertainment will take place on the main stage throughout the festival, along with events specifically for children, such as the Mote Marine's hands on exhibit and the Shark's Tooth Scramble. Here's a schedule of this year's entertainment:

  • The Gator Creek Band - Friday from 6pm - 9pm
  • Gulf...

The Best Pizza Joint In Sarasota?

For all of the fine dining options that people can choose from we're always amazed when people don't take advantage of one of the simplest, yet very best, meals you can enjoy during a night out - pizza! The problem most people have with pizza is that they associate all pizzas with the mass produced type that you get delivered to your home, but that's not what real Italian pizza is about. In fact they're completely different things in the same way that eating an Indian meal in India is far superior to ordering any Indian takeout food here.

pizza_med_gorgonzola_spinat_og_bacon_march_2010_320If you want to sample some of the very best pizza you've ever tasted in your life then you'll need to take a trip to Goodfella’s Pizza on Clark Road. You've probably heard some of your friends or co-workers mention this already we're sure?

The beauty of Goodfella’s is simply that most people overlook it as a place to eat, even though the standard of food served here is nothing short of excellent. It won't matter whether or not you order a bowl of pasta or a pizza you're going to enjoy every single bite of your meal. As you'd expect from a genuine Italian restaurant you have an abundance of imported oils and the ever-present range of balsamic vinegars.

A really nice...

Sarasota Receives the Clean Air Award

Air quality is very si-highlight--primary and can become part of the decision making process of moving to a new area. Recently the Honeywell's "AirGenius Awards" were given out and the Sarasota-Bradenton area was name the third best area in the country for air quality. This was after a study of 100 cities and metro areas, which found South Florida to be the nation's best area for clean air after taking the three top spots.

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The air quality is due to the great climate found in Sarasota, with an average temperature of 73 degrees year-round. This also lends well to the many outdoor activities including boating, golfing tennis and fishing, which help make Sarasota one of Florida's recreational capitals. Not only did the area receive a clean air award, but it was also named as "America's Best Small City" by Money magazine and the beach was recognized as the top beach in America in 2011. 

Along with these awards, the city has been named as the top retirement destination by Top Retirement and one of the "Top Ten Moving Destinations" in the country, according to a survey done by Penske Truck Rentals. All these accolades are, in part, thanks to the great air quality and the climate. Of course, the barrier islands with over 35 miles of white-sand beaches play a factor, as well.

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The 15th Annual Sarasota Film Festival

cannes.redcarpet_482Featuring over 180 films, including free showings, kids programs and many other events, the 15th Annual Sarasota Film Festival will start on April 5th and end on April 14th. This is an event for the whole family with something good for everybody. Opening night features a Film & Party, Cinema Tropicale and the Conversation Series, followed by a full week of fun.  

Whether you enjoy feature films, shorts, kid-friendly choices or documentaries, you'll find it at the festival. Films start at 10am daily and run until midnight. The festival will be held at the Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20 in downtown Sarasota.

Events

Many events from the Youth Screenwriters Circle Live to the Late Night Unwrap Party will happen during the week. Enjoy the Filmmakers Lounge all week long at Supernova Cafe or take in one of the special events, including the awards show on closing night.

Not only does the festival feature tons of great films for adults, but also the YOUTHfest for kids. Featuring many kid-friendly screening free of charge, you don't have to worry about what your children are doing, while you're enjoying a film.  

Enjoying the many community events and films is just part of the festival. There will be filmmakers...

Sarasota From a Different Angle

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Sometimes taking a different approach to your home area can lead to new discoveries. Sarasota is known as a beach town, but there's so much more to the area than just ocean and beach. Escaping the busy city and visiting one of the most relaxing areas can help ease the mind. Myakka River State Park is the perfect escape with many shady trails, beautiful scenery, activities and great wildlife.

This is just one of the many things you must do in Sarasota. The area has so much to offer, it's hard to cover it all, but another place you must visit is the Canopy Walkway. This structure allows you to actually walk a canopy of trees about 25 feet above the ground. You can see all types of wildlife enjoy the old trees and see the beautiful surroundings Sarasota offers. Many believe this is one of the best kept secrets.

Discovering the Florida wetlands is another adventure to enjoy. Within the Myakka Park, you can visit a few awesome docks, which will take you right into the wetlands. Enjoy the natural habitat of many different animals as you travel through this area of the park. Those looking for interesting birds, will want to visit between November and April for a guided bird walk.

Another favorite way to spend your time at the park is by fishing. Many...