Sarasota Area Real Estate Blog

There are a number of great places in Sarasota to listen to live music. Over the years, venues have changed hands and changed names, but there are a few standouts that consistently offer places for musicians to share their songs and for music fans to enjoy the experience. If you're looking to either kick up your heels or to sit back and soak in the tunes, these are the places you should most consider putting on your list.

Blase' Cafe - Siesta Key's Blase' Cafe offers upscale dining and live music seven nights a week. Located on Ocean Boulevard in Siesta Key Village, the restaurant features indoor and outdoor dining, where diners can enjoy some of Sarasota's local bands while under the stars. It's also just a few steps away from the Siesta Key

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The suburban paradise of Sarasota Springs offers a number of single family homes, perfect for the health conscious, working family. Houses and condominiums built over the last several decades with a variety of architectural styles, it’s a great location with access to local beaches, shopping, dining, and Downtown Sarasota. Sarasota Springs encompasses 3.6 square miles north of Bee Ridge Road between Beneva and Cattleman. It includes the beautiful Forest Lakes neighborhood, Colonial Gables, and Doctor's Hospital.

Sarasota Springs is largely residential, but is surrounded by a number of shopping plazas around the perimeter, full of grocery stores, chain restaurant favorites and local fare. This includes some of the best pizza in town at Solorzano's,

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With the tax deadline looming, I thought it would be good to remind you what you can itemize on your returns, and what you should consider if you're planning to sell your house this year. While many home improvements can't be used for deductions in the year you spend the money, those expenses can help to reduce your taxes in the year you sell your house.

Homeowners are able to claim their home mortgage interest payments, their real estate taxes, and their mortgage points each year, but there are a number of other things that can be deducted as well.

If you have refinanced your home and taken out a second mortgage or equity loan in order to implement some home improvements, all or some portion of the points can be deducted in the current tax

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Bent Tree is one of Sarasota's oldest communities, offering spacious lots and wonderful amenities. The golf course was established in 1975, and the old growth oak trees, with accompanying wildlife, are merely a few of the benefits to living in this beautiful area. Only a short drive to Downtown Sarasota and Gulf Coast beaches, Bent Tree offers resort-like living through a variety of neighborhoods, both open and gated.

The spectacular custom-built luxury home at 7412 Weeping Willow Boulevard is in the gated upscale community of Woodlands II. Situated on over half an acre of pristine beauty, this lakefront home is a wonderful place to appreciate Florida’s nature and wildlife. The 4,093 sq. foot home features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a 3-car

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The Easter season is upon us again, and there are a number of ways to get out and celebrate the coming of Spring with the family this year. Here in Sarasota, we're especially fond of Easter egg hunts and Easter morning sunrises.

Things kick off at the First Church on March 18 with their Easter Egg-stravaganza. In addition to the egg hunt, this free event will also include free lunch, crafts, stories, games, face painting, and more fun activities. Find out more at www.firstsrq.com.

Also on March 18, Harvest UMC will host their Easter Egg Hunt from 11:30-1:30 while also collecting canned goods for the Food Bank of Manatee. Food trucks will be on hand for people to buy lunch, and there will be bouncy houses, face painting, crafts, and Candy Land

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Desoto Lakes offers residents the opportunity to feel like they are living in the country while being less than twenty minutes from Downtown Sarasota. Although many of the streets are quite suburban, with quarter and half acre lots, the neighborhood also features a number of larger lots as well.

As one of the older neighborhoods in the Sarasota area, many of the bigger lots have been left largely in their natural states, providing a lovely natural habitat of tall pine trees, stately oaks, and plenty of palmettos and other lush foliage for the "Old Florida" feel. Many of the residents appreciate the diverse population of both domestic and native animals. It is quite common to spot eagles, hawks, and osprey flying overhead and armadillos, opossums,

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When you're buying a home, getting a good home inspection is crucial and could save you from a home improvement nightmare. An inspection will cost you a few hundred dollars, but finding out about possible structural damages or other pitfalls make it well worth the money. In order to make the most of this experience, here are a few things to keep in mind then having a home inspection done on a house you may want to buy.

Do Your Own Pre-Inspection

Before the inspector arrives, be sure to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the house. Try the light switches, look for peeling paint, inspect the decks and porches, find out where the electrical panels are, and take a look at the appliances. Make notes of anything you want the inspector to look

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With the recent cold fronts and storms, many people are experiencing how much damage freezing temperatures can do. Fortunately, here in Florida, we don't have to deal with the blistering cold, snow, and sleet that our neighbors to the north have to endure. Yet, as we have seen recently, it sometimes does get below freezing in the Sunshine State.

Here are a few tips on how to prepare for freezing weather.

Take care of the plants

Smaller potted plants should be brought indoors. For those that are too big to move or landscaping, cover them with sheets.

Take care of the pets

Even if your pets normally spend their time outside, bring them indoors during a freeze. While a dog house may protect from some of the elements, it won’t help during a

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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.

Although Longboat Key is known for its luxury homes, there are quite a few under a million dollars. For instance, the charming waterfront home at 519 Bayview Drive is listed at $995,000. With 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, this 3,444-square foot home is not short on luxury. Within walking distance to white sand beaches, the home rests on almost a quarter of

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It’s not difficult to believe that Sarasota is considered a perfect destination for anyone who loves riding a bike. Due to the warm and sunny weather all year-round  and very little elevation gain, even the most inexperienced of cyclists can handle the majority of trails and neighborhoods available to explore. Of course, there are always concerns to address no matter where you choose to bike, and as the years have passed, Sarasota has become more and more populated, causing the roadways to be ever congested. As long as a rider is prepared in both safety precautions and bicycling rules and regulations, Sarasota is the perfect playground for both the experienced and the beginner.

Many neighborhoods offer easy access to popular destinations, whether

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