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Some information below was extracted from the October, 2014 issue of Sarasota Realtor
© the Sarasota Association of Realtors

If you’ve recently moved to, or are considering moving to Sunny Sarasota Florida, you may not understand the Florida Homestead Exemption and how it affects the amount of property taxes you will pay on your new home or how you apply for it.

Here’s a very brief summary of what you as a new Florida homeowner needs to know and what to do to benefit from the Exemption. The goal of Homestead Exemptions is to reduce property taxes by sheltering a certain amount of a home’s value from certain taxes.

The Florida Homestead Exemption is, in simple terms, a reduction in the Assessed Value of your real estate property and it

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typical stoneybrook single-family homeStoneybrook Golf & Country Club is a one of several gated neighborhoods within the Palmer Ranch master-planned development which, at 10,000 acres was when it was developed, the largest real estate development project ever undertaken in Sarasota. Its location on the southern edge of Sarasota, next to the town of Osprey is sought-after because of its proximity both to the fine dining, shopping, arts and cultural and entertainment venues of Downtown Sarasota but also to the beautiful, soft beaches on Siesta Key. The landscaping in Stoneybrook is beautifully maintained making it a delightful place to take a stroll or a bike ride along sidewalks that meander past lakes, foliage and lush landscaping. Altogether, there are about 950 homes and condos in

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Siesta Key waterfront condo

Siesta Key

Here is a simply magnificent Siesta Key condominium with panoramic bay-side views of the Intracoastal Waterway looking toward Downtown Sarasota and the Stickney Point bridge.

While there are several attractive Siesta Key condominium properties, one of them, Dolphin Bay, built to modern standards in 1997, is one of my favorite bay front condo complexes. This gated and quite private complex has just 50 upscale condo residences and this one; a 2 bedroom, 2 bath plus den residence is absolutely immaculate and has simply magnificent panoramic water views.

The foyer, kitchen and baths have beautiful porcelain tile floors. The kitchen, has beautiful all wood cabinetry with neutral color Corian counter tops. The great room has

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Aria on Longboat Key

Aria on Longboat Key luxury condosNew Luxury Condominium

Yet another Sarasota Florida area luxury condominium development is now under construction, this one on the Longboat Key beachfront.

Demand for luxurious condominiums, especially waterfront condos, has come roaring back here in the Sarasota Florida area. One of the most recent additions to the list of Sarasota area luxury waterfront condos under construction is Aria on Longboat Key, a ultra-luxury development of 16 condominium residences right on the Longboat Key beach. The units will be available in four floor plans, each with 3 bedrooms plus a den with 3, 3 1/2, or 4 bathrooms. Aria is be located on a 5 acre park-like setting with 300 feet of white sand beach on the southern end of Longboat

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Lido Key is for Beach Lovers

lido key beachLido Key is a barrier island off the coast of Sarasota Florida offering elegant homes and luxury condos. It lies in the middle of the row of barrier islands just across the bay from downtown Sarasota. Lido Key is separated from the Sarasota mainland by the John Ringling Causeway and bridge and St. Armands Key with its world-famous St. Armands Circle shopping and dining mecca and from Longboat Key to its north by a short bridge across New Pass.

A quiet respite for beach lovers, Lido Key has three different types of homes, single-family waterfront homes, single-family homes not directly on the water and condominiums. Architectural styles range from contemporary and Mediterranean to a few remaining, older

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Live in a Paradise Here on Earth

longboat key club golf course and condosLongboat Key spans two counties; the southern end is in Sarasota County while the northern end extends into Manatee County. Just south of Longboat Key lies St. Armands Key, with its world-famous shopping district and Lido Key. To the north, Longboat Key reaches to Anna Maria Island off the coast of Bradenton, Florida.

Known for its tasteful luxury, manicured surroundings, an excellent private golf course, and devoid of garish billboards and neon signs, Longboat Key is much more than that.

 

Longboat Key is one of quietest barrier islands on Florida's Gulf Coast. a single main street, Gulf of Mexico Drive, runs the entire length of the island with short lanes and cul de sacs on each side. Those side streets are

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5831 Riegels Harbor Road, Siesta Key Here on Siesta Key at 5831 Riegels Harbor Road, you'll find the best of two worlds.   Its a boater's paradise because of its 50-foot deep-water dock which will accommodate a large powerboat or a sailboat, particularly attractive to a sailboater since there are no bridges between your home and Sarasota Bay.  But, it is just as much a sun worshipper / beach lover's paradise being so close to the famous white sands and warm, aqua water of Siesta Key's Crescent Beach, voted the USA's No. 1 beach.

Located on a large 8,700+ sq ft lot in a quiet cul-de-sac within a gated, prestigious and private tropical island community, this elegant 5,537 square foot, 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath custom luxury home is wonderfully suited for both your own personal life and for

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An Area of Upscale Sarasota Historic Homes & Neighborhoods

Ask anyone around here where the most desirable properties are in Sarasota and you'll very likely be told " West of the Trail."

The "West of the Trail" neighborhoods lie on the west (or bayfront) side of South Tamiami Trail (aka U.S. Route 41).  The area is bounded generally by Mound Street on the north and by Bay Road on the south.  Many of these serene and charming neighborhoods sit under canopies of 100-year old banyon trees. Some of these neighborhoods have deep-water frontage on Sarasota Bay.

People who buy homes in "West of the Trail" neighborhoods are generally seeking several of the following neighborhood attributes:

  • Homes of historic significance
  • Proximity to Sarasota
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Secluded But Worth Finding if You Want an Bradenton Luxury Waterfront Home

Hawks Harbor luxury waterfront homes

In Bradenton Florida, you will be able to easily find Bay Drive (69th Ave West) off Tamiami Trail (US Rte 41) and then turn west.  Shortly thereafter, you'll see, but only if you're looking for it, a small road, Tiara Drive heading southward.  Tiara Drive, lined with majestic royal palms, will lead you into the gated enclave which is Hawk's Harbor an enclave of just 2 streets, Hawks Harbor Circle and Bowlees Cove.  You have arrived in one of the most secluded communities of elegant Bradenton waterfront homes.

Behind the gates, you find just 53 luxury waterfront homes.  Hawk's Harbor was the brainchild of Mike Holderness, then president of Sara Bay Real Estate who still

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new Sarasota luxury waterfront condos at aquaUntil recently, the last major upscale condominium development to break ground in Downtown Sarasota was 1350 Main Street eight years ago in 2006.  Since then, luxury condominium development in Sarasota has been at a standstill.

But, in just the past few months, demand for luxury Sarasota condos, especially along the waterfront, has come roaring back.  One of the newest additions to the Sarasota luxury waterfront condominium market will be called AQUA and it will be built on a 22-acre lot right on Sarasota Bay at 280 Golden Gate Point.  AQUA's co-developers, Michael Adams and Jonathan McCague, believe the time is right for new Sarasota luxury condominium development.

AQUA will join Sansara at 300 South Pineapple Ave., Jewel Residences at Gulfstream

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