May 2016

There are 4 blog entries for May 2016.

Every now and then I come across one of those homes that I really want to share with people, even after the "For Sale" sign comes down! I'll admit that often I get carried away with all of the ultra-luxurious homes around Sarasota, but sometimes I find these little gems where, after spending a few minutes in them, I'm just inclined to say, “This is a really nice house.”

Here's one such place that recently came across my "hidden gem" radar: a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home west of the Trail at 6036 Border Lane. Built in 1954, the vintage property has a classic charm and feels like much more than its 1,286 square feet. The split floor plan opens up to a large, screened lanai that speaks to an old Florida vibe, making the most of the expansive yard

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Florida has welcomed a growing number of people from other countries who have discovered their home in paradise. In the 2015 Profile of International Home Buyers prepared by the Research Division of the National Association of REALTORS®, 25% of international homebuyers (largely from Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela) are buying property in Florida. 

These homes purchased by internationals range in price from $300,000 to $800,000, so most real estate professionals obviously see these as good clients to have; and for citizens who want a boost in our economy, supporting international buyers with money to invest in the community seems like a big win/win. That said, the immigration process is

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In both the north and the south of Sarasota County, I've just sold two properties that showcase two completely different ways of living the Sarasota experience. I think they serve as a great example of how Sarasota has a little something for everyone.

445 N. Orange Ave. #208, Sarasota

In the Rosemary District of downtown Sarasota, I recently sold one unit #208 at Citrus Square. With the retail spaces below and the proximity to Main Street, the condos at Citrus Square offer a New Urbanist feel, with excellent walkability to restaurants, theatres, shops, and the Saturday morning Farmer's Market. Of course, the Citrus Square units are also really comfortable spaces with some wonderful amenities.

This particular unit had 10-foot ceilings and

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The first weekend of May is always a special one in Sarasota. For starters this year, there's the annual Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest at Siesta Key Public Beach on May 7. Traditionally held the first Saturday of May, the contest is free, open to all ages, and offers five cash prizes for best sculptures. But if you'd rather just admire eye candy, check out Corvettes on the Circle on St. Armands Circle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 200 classic and modern Corvettes will be on display in Circle Park, and trophies will be awarded to the top three Corvettes in each generational class as well as Best in Show during the awards ceremony at 3 p.m.

Calling all foodies: If you're up for something different on May 7, head to the 6th Annual Food and Wine on

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