Sarasota Area Real Estate Blog

Snowbird Calendar: What’s Happening in Sarasota

One of the benefits of living in Sarasota during the colder months is that the area is designed to appeal to snowbirds. There is an incredible lineup of exciting and interesting things to do and see, from fun to the eclectic.

April

Sarasota Film Festival: around the first week of April and lasts 10 days. This festival is one of Sarasota’s biggest events and includes movies, parties, and celebrities. 

Annual Florida Winefest and Auction: usually around the first week of April. Lots of wine events, fantastic tasting, lunches, brunches, a charity auction, wine on the water, and four days of winemaker dinners in and around Sarasota. There are various locations, times, and prices.

Music on Main

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Longboat Key has long been considered the lap of luxury in Sarasota. With dozens of palatial condominiums, many are drawn to the exclusive nature of this key, replete with beautiful golf courses, fabulous shopping, and incredible restaurants only a few short minutes from Downtown Sarasota. Here is a look at just a few of the beautiful homes currently available on this world-renown island paradise.

573 Cutter Ln, Longboat Key

Welcome home! Enjoy all fabulous Longboat Key has to offer in this elegant open-concept property in Country Club Shores. Located on the south end of the key, you’ll love being so close to St. Armands Circle, downtown Sarasota, and just a 5-minute bike ride to the beach! Upon entering the home you will be immediately impressed as the double doors open

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As one of the oldest communities in Sarasota, the Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores neighborhood offers plenty of homes with incredible architecture as well as beautiful views. In walking distance to Sarasota Jungle Gardens, The Ringling Museum, and Asolo Theatre, this neighborhood is also only a few minutes from Downtown Sarasota and the airport. As North Tamiami Trail continues its renovations, this is a wonderful neighborhood for growth.

Move into the quiet neighborhood you will love and have all of the perks of new construction at 4690 Rilma Ave! Upon entering the foyer, you are welcomed with ample lighting and space from the beautiful open floor plan. To the immediate right, you have a private den to make your own private space or office, and

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Often called “Florida's Cultural Coast,” Sarasota is well known for its many theatres. Each offers a wonderful variety of shows where audiences have been delighted for decades. With so many standout area theatres, residents are almost guaranteed a new show every week.

Historic Asolo Theater – America's only 18th century European theatre, the Historic Asolo Theater is one of the most beloved objects in The Ringling collection. Crafted in Asolo, Italy in 1798, it was brought to Sarasota, piece by piece, in the early 1950s and painstakingly restored in 2006.

Asolo Repertory Theatre - A world-renowned acting company known for producing the highest quality professional theatre in true rotating repertory, the Asolo company started performing in

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One of the big draws for people choosing Sarasota both as a vacation spot and home is access to the Gulf of Mexico and the opportunities to explore it by boat. Many who retire here find the water calling to them every day to either go fishing, waterskiing, or just get away from things and relax. If the water is calling to you, and you've got a boat that needs somewhere to dock, you may want to check out some of these homes.

200 Quay Commons #1205


Under Construction. Newly Released, the “Fairchild" floor plan offers over 3,700 square feet of living space, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a den overlooking the sparkling waters of Sarasota Bay. The kitchen is a chef’s dream offering Wolfe and Subzero appliances, 9’ high European cabinetry, oversized center island featuring

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645-647 Madison Ct

Like any area of business, real estate experiences its peaks and valleys. Therefore, it's a good idea for people looking either to buy or sell to become familiar with its seasonal trends. Since Florida seems to stand apart from other states in so many ways, our season is a little different, offering unique opportunities for buyers and sellers.

Throughout the country, the winter months of December and January are pretty slow in the housing market. The holidays keep people busy and bank accounts somewhat limited, and most folks aren't prone to exploring open houses when it's cold outside. 

But Florida isn't like most of the country. With the mild winters here, people start house hunting after the holidays. According to Trulia, search traffic for

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Over the course of decades, The Landings has grown to encompass so much of what Sarasota is about. With over 700 residences ranging in style from single-family homes to villas in the trees, this community seems to offer a little something for everyone.

Located just west of the Trail near Proctor Road, The Landings is ideally situated just a few minutes from both downtown Sarasota and the pristine beaches for which our area is so well-known. A gated and deed-restricted community, The Landings features meandering roads that wind among large shade trees, tranquil lakes, an assortment of nature trails, and a true appreciation for Florida's natural beauty. Nowhere is this more evident than among the 76 multi-level townhouses designed to coalesce with

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Now that the improvements to Bee Ridge Road are nearing completion, Sarasota Springs is about to get a lot more popular. Only a few minutes from Downtown Sarasota and the University Town Center, this neighborhood boasts an extensive array of homes in a wide variety of price ranges.

To start off, the 3500-square foot home at 3211 E. Forest Lake Drive includes 5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, a 3-car garage, and a detached in-law suite. With an asking price of $975,000, the kitchen comes complete with Bosch appliances and a gas range, the huge living room includes a fireplace, and the family room opens up to the screened in swimming pool and spa area. This spacious home sits on a ¾ acre lot with sprawling mature oak trees in the Old Forest Lakes community,

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As we reported a couple of years ago, both the city and county of Sarasota are pretty dog-friendly places. According to BringFido.com, a website that highlights places where dogs are welcome, Sarasota has 194 restaurants that offer doggy dining, including El Greco and Cafe Epicure, two of my dog Nemo's favorites. And in addition to the off-leash Paw Parks we highlighted in 2015, a resolution was passed by the Sarasota County Commissioners last December which designated 71 local parks and preserves as “dog friendly,” meaning that you can bring your dogs as long as they're on a leash.

This is great news for dog owners in Sarasota. For most of us, our four legged friends are part of the family, and if you're like me, you like to take your dog with you

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Previously an area that many people overlooked, Arlington Park is now gaining in popularity. Most of the area was still orange groves and farmland when homes were first built in the area in the 1920's. Though it saw some continued development through the next few decades as Florida worked through the Great Depression, Arlington Park saw its next great explosion in the 1950's and 1960's, which account for many of the homes that comprise the neighborhood.  


Much of what people find so charming about Arlington Park are the bungalows and cottages built during this era, now refurbished and renovated. However, increasing its charm are the ranch-style homes that have been built in the meantime and the modern homes that have been more recently added.

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