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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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sarasota senior lifestylesMembers of the Baby Boomer generation have started turning 65 and many of them now have the opportunity to make a really important decision.  Those getting close to retirement may also want to consider making this decision now rather than waiting.

In 2012, there were over 43 million people over the age of 65 in the United States.  In 2015, virtually every day almost 10,000 people reach the point in their lives when they are ready to consider retiring. On a national basis, this demographic change has many implications, but on a more personal level, couples approaching retirement might want to have a discussion that will start with something like this;  “Now that we’re free of the needs of our careers, where do we want to spend our retirement years ?  

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Sarasota Lifestyle Options

For the first 9 months of 2015 home and condo sale in the Sarasota and Manatee County market have run at a near-record pace.  But, as we entered the Fall season, Sarasota real estate sales slowed slightly as expected. In the latest month reported, overall property sales in September were 1,608 with 927 in Sarasota County and 681 in Manatee County.   Sarasota County home and condo closings fell a bit after six straight months of over 1,000 sales per month.   Association President Stafford Starcher said, “The local real estate market has finally taken a breather after months and months of near-record sales but overall, property sales numbers for the year to date have been very strong, in fact, stronger than we've seen in a number of years.”


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Sarasota Florida real estate sales ended Year 2014 at a record level with 11,550 properties changing hands during the year. The 2014 total exceeded the previous record established back in 2004 when 11,482 home and condominium sales were recorded.

The Sarasota real estate sales statistics are noteworthy not only because they are record-setting, but they occurred while on a nationwide basis, residential property sales actually fell by 3.1% during 2014.

In spite of a record number of luxury real estate sales in the Sarasota market in 2014, 80% of the sales were actually on properties priced at $500,000 or less. The median sale price of single-family homes in the Sarasota real estate market which includes Sarasota and Manatee County was $195,500. For

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Ask any native of Sarasota where the most desirable properties in Sarasota are and you will very likely be told "West of the Trail."

The group of "West of the Trail" (The “Trail” is the Tamiami Trail aka U.S. Rte 41) neighborhoods lie on the west (or bay front) side of South Tamiami Trail. 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.

Home buyers who typically buy a home in one of the "West of the Trail" neighborhoods are generally those who are seeking more than one of the following attributes:

  • Homes with historic significance
  • Excellent schools within walking distance
  • Proximity to excellent health
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