November 2014

There are 5 blog entries for November 2014.


Siesta Key is a jewel among Florida's Gulf Coast islands. With its white sand beaches and relaxed tropical pace, it's no wonder why prospective Sarasota homebuyers typically begin their search for property on the key. For those in the know, however, that quest often begins in a small gated neighborhood a mile south of the Stickney Point Bridge.

Often noted as being the only guard-gated, single-family community on Siesta Key, the Sanderling Club has an appeal that stretches far beyond its privacy and security. It harkens back to an older Florida, when architecturally expressive homes sat on lush, expansive lots. Nature takes precedence there and only adds to the solitude and seclusion. It is a tropical hideaway full of charm, history, natural beauty,

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The Sarasota real estate market has been heating up for some time, but unless you are in the housing industry, one of the major factors driving this activity might come as a surprise to you. In September, Florida Realtors, the largest trade association in the state, released their 2014 report on the "Profile of International Home Buyers in Florida." Their findings definitely match our experience here at Sarasota Property Finders: 2014 is shaping up to be a stellar year for international home sales.

The report found that 20 percent of Florida Realtors with international clientele had 26 percent or more international clients, while on the national average only 15 percent can boast that number. 29 percent of Florida Realtors reported that the number of

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After years of congestion, America's #1 beach is well on its way to offering more parking. But the $21.5 million project isn't just about creating more parking spaces. Siesta Key Beach is getting an entire facelift to offer more to everyone who visits or resides nearby.

The three-phase project will not only add about 250 parking spaces, but will also expand amenities for beachgoers. The first phase has been completed with a new parking lot added, new tennis courts installed, and a new maintenance building constructed. To cut down on runoff to the new retention pond (added to help with drainage from Beach Road), the newest parking lot was created with a special pervious concrete that allows stormwater to seep right through instead of overflowing the

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Oasis: that's the term I'd choose if asked to describe this loveliest of homes in a single word.

Thank goodness nobody's making me stick to a one-word description, however -- there is so much to love and enjoy at 8901 Fishermens Bay Dr. This 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath property is one of 17 residences making up the gated community of Fishermens Bay, an exclusive waterfront neighborhood with a romantic Key West atmosphere. Panoramic views of the lush backyard garden can be enjoyed from the sun deck and an extra-large, screened-in lanai. Last time I showed the home, my imagination filled with scenes of leisurely weekend brunches in this personal slice of paradise -- perhaps after a dip in the salt-water pool or a long soak in the heated spa. Surely you can see

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[Photo courtesy of siestakeycrystalclassic.com.]

In addition to being the #1 beach in the country (according to Dr. Beach), Siesta Key Beach also hosts some of the best events in Sarasota. One of the most astounding happenings is the Siesta Key Crystal Classic, a four-day master sand sculpting competition that just keeps getting better every year. Going way beyond any sand castles you have seen before, 24 artists will go to work from November 14-18 to create mammoth sculptures out of Siesta Key Beach's powder-fine sand. I can't wait to see what they come up with this year!

This is the fifth year for the Crystal Classic, and over 35,000 people are expected to come out and watch the magic happen. Fortunately, plenty of trams, buses and shuttles will be

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