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For the first time in over 10 years, a new condo project to be built on Siesta Key was announced this month. Being developed by Crossgate Partners LLC and local architect, Mark Sultana of DSDG Architects, Oceane will be located right on the waterfront at 4740 Ocean Boulevard between the 22-unit Windward Passage the larger Siesta Towers. Oceane will provide six stunningly luxurious waterfront residences, 2 units per floor on each of 3 floors, just a brief walk from all of the nightlife, entertainment, local and global cuisine and shops at Siesta Key Village and the world-famous soft, white, crystalline sands of Siesta Key Beach.

Boasting impressive 4,500 square foot floorplans with top-of-the-line appliances, unsurpassed views of the waters, these

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  Downtown Sarasota and the Sarasota waterfront are no strangers to luxurious condominiums especially in the past couple years. Another now an elegant condominium tower is about to be added at a most luxuriously unique location.

  The Grande at Ritz Carlton, a new 18-story luxury condominium tower is going to be built adjacent to the famous Ritz-Carlton hotel in Sarasota. The developer, The Kolter Group expects to break ground in the Spring of 2017 with construction expected to be completed in about 26 months.  The Grande will provide an elegant waterfront lifestyle, extraordinary services and a full range of superb amenities; the kind of legendary service one expects when one hears the legendary Ritz Carlton name.  The 72 three- and four-bedroom

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  From time to time, I enjoy introducing my readers to local neighborhoods that may be of interest to those considering relocating to the sunny Sarasota Florida area just named one of the "Top 10 Places to Retire" by BankRate.  Laurel Meadows is just such a community.

  Located just east of I-75, the homes in Laurel Meadows features things many families want, reasonably-priced  3 and 4 bedroom homes on larger than usual lots in an attractive setting away from downtown traffic but still convenient to everything one could want including access to all of Downtown Sarasota's many amenities and, of course, our wonderful beaches.

 Developed in the early 2000's, the three local builders of Laurel Meadows offered a variety of Florida contemporary design

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Sarasota Lifestyles The Sarasota - Manatee County real estate market, continuing a trend we have seen recently, is becoming more and more favorable to potential buyers as more homes and condos come onto the market. At the end of April, the inventory of available single-family homes in Sarasota County was higher by 8% and in Manatee County higher by 14.2% than at this point a year ago.

Similarly, the inventory of condominiums for sale has risen by 25.5% in Sarasota County and by 19.8% in Manatee County from this same point last year. There were 4,256 properties for sale in Sarasota County and 3,060 for sale in Manatee County.

Even as more homes and condos came on the market, sales of homes remained at a brisk pace. the average property in the two counties in April sold

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McClellan Park homesSet in Sarasota's picturesque "West of the Trail” area, McClellan Park is a serene neighborhood of homes in a tranquil setting of narrow, winding streets, lovely gardens and lush canopies of ageless trees. There is a sense of history here preserving the charm of the “Old Sarasota” of nearly a century ago.

Just south of Downtown Sarasota, McClellan Park in bound roughly on the north by Hyde Park Street, on the west by Oriole Drive and Blue Heron Drive, on the south by Cunliff Lane and on the east by South Osprey Avenue with McClellan Parkway running through its center. This is a neighborhood where you can take an evening to Morton’s Gourmet Market for fresh produce and prepared foods or to Pacific Rim for contemporary Japanese and Thai fusion fare or

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sarasota lifestyles  There has been a slight decrease in the level of real estate activity in the Sarasota Florida market for the past few months and this could present an opportunity for those wishing to invest in a home or condo in one of the most popular and welcoming cities in America.  The local newspaper, the Herald Tribune, reported this week that, for the fourth time in the past five months, existing single-family homes and condos across Southwestern Florida sold at a slightly slower pace than in the same period in 2015. 

While home, condominium and townhomes in the Sarasota Florida market sold at a slightly slower pace in early 2016, there was also an increase in the number of properties available for purchase. During February, for example, 1,359 properties (888

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siesta key beach

On Saturday, Feb. 20th, there was a public grand opening celebration of the completion of an enormous 24 month, $21 million makeover of the facilities at one of America’s most recognized and awarded beaches, Siesta Key Beach. This is the beach that was ranked by TripAdvisor as the “USA Traveler’s Choice for Best Beach” in 2015.

 When property that is now Siesta Key Public Beach was originally purchased by Sarasota County in the early 1950’s it was only 9 acres in size with just 1,200 feet of waterfront. Today, with help from Mother Nature and additional purchases over the years, the beach has grown to over 100 acres of some of the finest white, sugary quartz sand on the planet.

The makeover unveiled this month is the culmination of two years of

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laurel oak estates country club

  If you would enjoy the pleasure of playing a round of golf on a mature, yet beautifully maintained course, but would also like the flexibility to enjoy a membership in a prestigious yacht club, the Laurel Oak Estates country club community may be the perfect place for your primary or seasonal home here in sunny Sarasota Florida.

   Laurel Oak Estates is a private, gated member-owned golf and country club community nestled on just over 810 acres off Bee Ridge Road near downtown Sarasota.  Among its many other amenities, Laurel Oak has two lush and challenging championship 18-hole golf courses.  But Laurel Oak Country Club also has something extra that is very special; an exclusive arrangement of reciprocal privileges with the Bird Key Yacht Club

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sarasota florida home styles  Now that the stress of finding the right gift for that special one in your life or maybe your six adorable grand kids is about over, wouldn't this be a great time to lean back and think about something you might want to do just for yourself (or yourselves) in 2016 ... Yeah, OK, let's call it making your 2016 New Year's Resolution.

   While it's still unseasonably warm up North, we all know that's going to change and probably soon.  Wouldn't it be great to go some place warm and sunny as soon as the holidays are over, and, maybe, even stay there for a few months, or even forever.

  May we suggest coming to visit Sunny Sarasota Florida, one of the most beautiful, warm, and relaxing cities in the United States and a place frequently ranked among the

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