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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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In 1995, the master-planned community started developing seven different villages on a former timber ranch on the border of Sarasota and Manatee counties. Summerfield, the first neighborhood development, has since evolved into the fourteen different villages of Lakewood Ranch, offering a wide range of single-family homes, condominiums, villas, townhomes, and luxury estates. Each village in Lakewood Ranch has its own distinct vibe, catering to a certain sort of lifestyle.

Condominiums in the gated enclave of the Esplanade and the 55+ Del Webb start in the mid $200s, while the downtown vibe of the Waterfront at Main Street start in the high $300s. Beyond the gates of Country Club East and Lakewood National are some of the finest golf courses around

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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.

981 Caloosa Drive is updated and move-in condition with stylish finishes, open great room for entertaining, and living options include in-laws suite, studio, or duplex rental all on ground level living. Large oak trees create character and curb appeal. There is an abundance of drive space for your parking needs

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Sarasota may be most well-known for its beautiful beaches, and since they are an integral part of paradise, I thought you might want to know which ones are not to miss and what to expect from each of them.

Siesta Beach

Having earned a No. 1 rating on Dr. Beach’s annual list of America’s Best Beaches, Siesta Beach is a favorite among visitors and residents alike Having recently received a complete upgrade on its parking, playgrounds, and more, people travel from around the world to feel the 99 percent pure quartz, powder-sugar soft sand between their toes. The amenities are endless, and the upgrade included a 450-foot Mobi-Mat pathway that allows for easy handicap accessibility for pedestrians and users of wheelchairs, strollers, and beach carts.

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The community of Lake Sarasota started around one of the Florida tourist attractions that helped make Florida the destination it has become. From 1955 to 1959, the Sunshine Springs & Gardens offered visitors twenty acres of tropical gardens, complete with swan boat tours, and a water ski show on a 400-acre, man-made lake, featuring water-skiing elephants and the "Aquabelles" female ski tea. What remains of the lake is now the 16-acre Lakeview Park, which features a playground, picnic area, canoe/kayak access to the lake, and a paw park, and parts of Bent Tree Country Club, which borders Lake Sarasota, to the east.

The neighborhood is also bordered by I-75 to the west, Bee Ridge Road to the north, and Proctor Road to the south. Given Lake Sarasota's

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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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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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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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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.

The contemporary home at 924 Indian Beach Drive was built in 1998 and has only had one owner. The open great room plan features a gallery entry, volume ceilings, and white walls and tiled kitchen. The spacious screened porch overlooks a deep backyard with lush foliage and room for a pool. The master suite has a

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Since Sarasota Magazine named Paver Park as one of its "Next Great Sarasota Neighborhoods," people have been realizing how much the neighborhood now commonly referred to as the "west of Tuttle" district has to offer. Paver Park was initially developed in the 1950's by Martin Paver, whose development motto was "build better than the building codes require and create a place where you would like to live and raise a family." Paver's vision has stood the test of time, as today the neighborhood features a wide diversity of families and housing options. Within walking distance to Downtown Sarasota and Payne Park, some of the original homes in the Ringling/Paver Park area have been restored to their original charm, while others have been razed for modern, energy

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