April 2015

There are 3 blog entries for April 2015.

There's no doubt about it, Canadians are hot for Florida. And who could blame them? Sarasota's Siesta Beach is beautiful, but it undoubtedly takes on a whole new level of grandeur for those whose often face consecutive months of below-freezing temperatures.

But if our neighbors from the north want to stay longer to escape the cold, they run into a hitch: American visas for Canadians are only good for six months. This meant that they would have to either return to Canada, or file for an extension of stay with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

This might not seem like a big deal until you consider some facts compiled by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:

  • 70 percent of Canadian visitors who come to the U.S. for a month or longer visit
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I've been waiting for a whole month to share this one with you, and now that spring is in the air, it's a perfect time to let imaginations blossom in the homes of our dreams. Last month, I shared some homes with you that I termed "attainable luxury" on Siesta Key. This month, we're going right to the top and looking at some of the most expensive homes on Siesta Key.

8585 Midnight Pass RoadA long, winding paver drive meanders through the walls of brick and a gated entry under giant oaks, past the pond and rose garden to a manse right out of the pages of Traditional Home. Set on over 1.5 bayfront acres, this 4-bedroom/7-bath Collingwood crafted home possesses palatial charm like no other. Luxurious detailing features a wood paneled office/library with

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When people are looking for a house, it helps to think about their lifestyles and the amenities that will best support and enhance them. Sometimes, when I see a particular house, I imagine the kind of people who would be happiest there. For instance, I listed a house near Osprey that would be perfect for active lifestyles and nature lovers.

The home at 514 Oak Bay Dr. is a very pretty 1,846 square feet at the end of a cul-de-sac overlooking a nature preserve. It’s just about one eighth of a mile away from the Legacy Trail, the bicycle trail that runs from Venice to South Sarasota. There is talk about extending the trail all the way to downtown, so this spot would be great for those who like to bike.

Essentially, the home sits in the heart of

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