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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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Sarasota Luxury Waterfront Condos & Town homes

Condo on the Bay - Sarasota waterfront real estateThe Condo on the Bay development consists of two towers of luxury waterfront condominiums right in the heart of Sarasota's Arts and Culture District. Located at 888 and 988 Boulevard of the Arts, Condo on the Bay also includes marina-facing town homes at 902 through 940 Boulevard of the Arts.

Condo on the Bay is "the place to live" if you live and breathe the Arts but might also love relaxed evenings on your terrace enjoying colorful Gulf of Mexico sunsets.

With its limited number of deep-water boat slips, you may keep your boat right in front of your town home. Or, maybe you would prefer to simply relax with breathtaking views of Sarasota Bay, Bird and Lido Key, and the Gulf of Mexico beyond.

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Is One of Them Your Own "Little Piece of Paradise"?

upscale estate home in longboat key flUpscale properties on the Sarasota Florida real estate market continue to sell very well. As an example, this month a truly unique Longboat Key 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bath estate home directly on Sarasota Bay with a separate 1 bedroom, 1 bath guest house and a two-story duplex sold for $2.7 million.

The home has a gorgeous, huge deck with a gorgeous waterfront pool and fountain with a summer kitchen with gas grill all accessible through wall-of-glass sliding pocket doors that showcase spectacular views of Sarasota Bay. The spacious kitchen with wood cabinetry and granite has an expansive breakfast bar, built in desk, additional eat-in area, gas cook top and stainless steel appliances. A

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It's Time to Buy Your "Piece of Paradise"!


the siesta key island lifestyle is paradise to manySiesta Key is one of the major barrier islands situated just off Sarasota Florida separated from the mainland by Sarasota Bay and the smaller Roberts Bay.

On the Gulf Coast side of this 8-mile long island, Siesta Key has the best beaches in Florida (any think the best in the U.S.) facing the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Siesta Beach, rated the #1 beach in America in 2011 by Dr. Beach, is world-famous for its soft white quartz sand, unsurpassed anywhere in America in its beauty and comfort. On the inland side, Siesta Key faces Sarasota Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway where residents and visitors both enjoy fishing, boating and sailing on protected waters and along the edges

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 An Exceptional Sarasota Florida Outdoor Event

2014 Siesta Crystal Classic Sand Sculpture CompetitionIf you have not seen the outrageously beautiful sculptures that master sculptors can create from sand, you simply must attend the 5th Annual Siesta Crystal Classic from November 14 through 18, 2014 on Siesta Key Beach.

Siesta Key’s pristine crystal sand is ideal for sculpting. Siesta Beach, named "America's #1 Beach," has become a favorite among competitive professional sand sculptors. Citing the beauty and cleanliness of the soft, white sand, sculptors have remarked that their sculptures look almost as if they were carved in marble. Master Sand Sculptor Brian Wigelsworth said, "These competitions are held all over the world, but many times it requires bringing in tons of the right sand.

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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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