Sarasota FL Real Estate Blog

Hot Neighborhoods in Sarasota

sarasota_300Sarasota is changing, as most cities do over time and the hottest neighborhoods are changing along with it. Many of the areas once considered a little down, shabby and not quite as good as another area, are coming back with vengeance. Some of the most interesting residents are moving into these areas, opening businesses and creating a buzz around neighborhoods once considered average, at best.

Gillespie Park

One of these neighborhoods is Gillespie Park. It's been poised for a breakthrough for many years, but always seems to fizzle before it becomes a hot place to live. However, this area has recently become a hip choice and downtown is exploding. With the arts scene carrying this area, plenty of new shops and restaurants, it has quickly become one of the hottest choices for new residents.

It's not quite there, but as more homes in the area go from shabby to chic, it's quickly becoming a better choice than it was before. Of course, there are still low-income renters in the area, but this is becoming less of the norm. Artists have called Gillespie Park home for quite some time, but many of the newcomers are providing a different flare for the area.

Ringling Park and Paver

Found to the east of downtown, these two neighborhoods provide plenty of small custom...

Celebrate the Fourth of July At Selby Gardens

If you're searching for the best place for your Independence Day celebration, Selby Gardens is a great choice. This is a naturally beautiful botanical gardens with a laid-back feel. The gardens is hosting a special event and will allow both members and non-members access to the fun, entertainment and fireworks.

This is the best place to see the fireworks and the pre-bayfront show will provide all types of fun. With plenty of outdoor activities, food, beverages and entertainment for all ages, you can bring the entire family. Tickets went on sale on June 14th and are available at the Welcome Center up until 5pm on July 4th. Members get in for just $17, while non-members get in for $20. Children 11 years of age and under are free.

Other Summer Events at Selby Gardens

Throughout the summer, Sarasota residents can also enjoy many classes, programs and other events at the botanical gardens. One of most popular events throughout the summer is the Instructors' Summer Showcase. This features a number of classes including:

  • Beading
  • Creative Writing
  • Nature Printing
  • Photography
  • Paper-Making
  • Stained Glass
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Ikebana or Flower Arranging
  • And More!

Not only can you take one of the many summer classes, but you can also enjoy the annual exhibit and the showcases from the many...

America's Best Small City - Relocating to Sarasota

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Money Magazine named Sarasota as "America's Best Small City", which only strengthens the argument and list of reasons to move to this area of Florida. If you're considering relocating to the Gulf Coast of Florida, you have many options. Here are some of the reasons to choose Sarasota for your new home.

1. Big City Amenities

Even though Sarasota is known as a small city, it provides many big city amenities. Known as the cultural capital of Florida, you can enjoy the Sarasota Orchestra, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Ringling College of Art and Design and the Asolo Repertory Theatre. There are many art galleries and other theaters to choose from in Sarasota, as well. Not only is culture huge here, but you will also find plenty of nightlife, excellent restaurants, tons of shops and a number of great festivals throughout the year.

2. Golf

If you love to golf, Sarasota should be your new home. With dozens of private and public courses throughout the area, you can find a club with a membership that fits your budget. Enjoy some of the nicest courses in the state offering all types of challenges for golfers.

3. Beaches

Of course, one of the major reasons people relocated to Sarasota is the beaches. With 35 miles of beaches and Siesta Key found here, you will...

Keeping Fit in Sarasota Throughout the Summer

With so many fitness options in and around Sarasota, it's easier than ever to stay fit during the summer. You can choose from a number of different forms of fitness and get fit, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the area. No longer do you have to feel stuck inside on a treadmill all summer with the following fitness activities.

  • Yogaboard - One of the most unique, but also challenging fitness choices is called "Yogaboard." This is a yoga class on a paddleboards and it's held weekly at Sarasota Bay. There are many different levels of both yoga and paddleboarding that go along with these classes and each one will start with a quick lesson. As long as you can swim, you can have fun with fitness on the water.
  • Nia on the Beach- Nia is a combination of dance, martial arts and healing arts. This is a morning workout at Siesta and Longboat Keys at 9am. All fitness levels and ages are welcome to participate.
  • Free Yoga - Every third Saturday of the month, you can enjoy free yoga with a certified instructor at the Ringling Ca d'Zan Terrace. This is perfect for all different levels and you can enjoy the beautiful terrace and mansion, while staying fit.
  • TreeUmph - This is an adventure course up in to trees and a great way to stay fit. You can enjoy bungee swings, zip lines, foot bridges, hanging nets and more as you get your blood pumping through this course.
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Circus Sarasota is Giving Back

Circus Sarasota was created to give back to the community and they do so through a community outreach program. This includes the Big Top Education program and Laughter Unlimited. Through the education program, students can learn about the creativity of the circus in a safe environment. This program helps stress how si-highlight--primary mathematics, technology and science.

Laughter Unlimited helps provide therapy for patients in hospitals, adult care centers and nursing homes. This is a great type of therapy for those needing a bit of a lift with clowns, musicians, entertainers and many volunteers helping to ensure this program provides laughter and fun for all patients.

Along with the community outreach programs, the circus features many programs and workshops for those interested in learning the inner workings of the circus. These include:

  • Trapeze Flying
  • Trapeze Class Article
  • Home-school opportunities
  • Aerial Gym
  • Circus Art Classes
  • Circus Summer Camp

Sailor Circus

Known as The Greatest "Little" Show on Earth, this circus provides all types of performances. The performers are made up of many students and this is Americas oldest youth circus. With training programs for 4th to 12th grade, spectators enjoy great performances from the youngest performers in the area. Nik Wallenda is the feature of Circus Sarasota as a high wire walker....

Making Your Last Minute Father's Day Plans

fathers_day_300If your original plans for dad on Father's Day have fallen through or you haven't made any yet, you're in luck. There's plenty to do with dad this year and here are some of the top choices in the Sarasota area.

Buffet at Duval's New World Cafe

The #1 Dad's Buffet will happen on Sunday, June 16th from 10am to 2:30pm. You can bring dad in for the brunch buffet or the Feast for Father's, which features a create your own Surf & Turf and more! Choose from a Lobster Tail, Scallops or Shrimp and pair them with a delicious Filet Mignon for dinner. The price is $39.95 per plate and the Feast runs from 4:30pm to 9pm.

Specials at Mattison's Forty-One

Dad can enjoy a brunch buffet featuring a prime rib station, stuffed French toast, crepe stations and so much more, starting at 10am. If you want to come in for dinner, Mattison's Forty-One is featuring a dinner menu with hand carved prime rib, roasted potatoes and sautéed vegetables. There's also an a la carte dinner menu, many other specials and a children's menu starting at 4pm. Dad even gets a free beer or house wine with his entree.

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One of Florida's Largest Parks

Myakka River State Park - Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/csessums/4415114917/Myakka River State Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Florida with beautiful views of the Myakka River and 57 square miles full of woodlands, wetlands and prairies. This is a great place for fishing, camping, hiking and observing all the interesting wildlife of Florida.

Many attractions are found throughout the park including:

  • Airboat Tours
  • Canoeing and Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Biking and Hiking
  • Horse Trails
  • Myakka Canopy Walkway
  • Nature Trails
  • Picnic and Pavilions
  • Tram Safari

Airboat tours provide a great way to see the park, river and all types of wildlife. You can take a tour on the world's largest airboats, Gator Gal and Myakka Maiden and enjoy all the scenery along the way. These powerful boats move slowly through the water giving you the perfect opportunity to relax and spot plenty of animals. You can take plenty of pictures throughout the tour, as well.

Boat Tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children 6 to 12 years of age. They are held daily at 10am, 11:30am and 1pm.

The Tram Safari is another unique feature of Myakka River...

An Outdoor Playground at University Park Country Club

University Park County Club is a bit more than just a golf course. This is the top choice in Southwest Florida for golf and has been voted as the Best Place to Play Golf in Sarasota for 20 years in a row. The club features 27 holes of gold with each 18-hole combination providing different challenges. Enjoy the lush fairways and natural woodlands as you make your way around the course.

Other Activities

university-park_2011_11_320Not only can you play golf on an incredible set of course, but you can also enjoy tennis, fitness, lawn games and more. The club includes 11 lighted tennis courts and a state-of-the-art fitness center with plenty of equipment, personal trainers, classes, massage treatments and more. The tennis center has been recognized as the Best Tennis Courts by Tennis Industry Magazine and provides USPTA certified instruction, team tennis, monthly tournaments and more.

Lawn games are another big part of the facility. University Park Country Club has a world-class law game facility featuring Croquet, Bocce & Petangue and Horseshoes. Two regulation horseshoe pits provide plenty of fun, along with great croquet greenswards, which hosts the Can-Am Croquet Tournament each year.

Dining at The Park Grille and Cafe

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