Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Very Attractive Sarasota Villa Home You've Waited For

  Here is that extremely attractive, completely updated villa home with golf course you’ve been looking for as your seasonal or permanent home on the warm and friendly Sarasota Florida Sun Coast. And, to make it even more attractive, it is in The Meadows subdivision, one of the most attractive Sarasota neighborhoods with three 18-hole golf courses, 2 pro shops and teaching facilities. The Meadows and Highlands courses are private. The Groves course is public. For non-golfers, there are biking and fitness trails throughout the community.

  With golf course views, this villa home has been updated with the best quality available. The appeal begins right away as you come into the pavered drive and up the walk that welcomes you into a gated courtyard entry to this stunning villa. Two large bedrooms, two full baths plus a den give this 1,878 sq ft home all the flexibility you might desire.

  Hardwood flooring continues from the foyer throughout the home while the two baths, the laundry and the spacious enclosed lanai are finished with attractive tile flooring. The new kitchen with an abundance of solid wood cabinetry for storage, and granite counter tops and recessed lighting make this an appealing home for entertaining friends and neighbors. Other features include crown molding, a full set of appliances including refrigerator, oven, range, microwave, dishwasher, disposal, washer and dryer and a beautiful wood-burning fireplace. French doors from the kitchen into the den add an attractive architectural detail. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet plus an extra custom-built closet. A fountain outside the dining room window adds to an incredible sense of ambience.

  Both bathrooms have been updated and there are plantation shutters in the den, guest bedroom and the garage. Top of the line sun/privacy shades along the windows facing onto the lanai. The 2-car garage has very generous and handy loft-type storage in addition to cabinets and shelving. New fans and fixtures and the air conditioner is only 2 years old.

  Priced attractively at $329,900, this is a maintenance-free villa home you can move into and start enjoying the sunny and warm Sarasota lifestyle immediately. If you’d like to view this home or know more about other attractive villa and traditional homes with and without golf course views, call me at today at 941.266.2512 and mention MLS # A4155897. As a resident of The Meadows community myself, I can show you the best home and villa values in this unusually attractive Sarasota, Florida neighborhood.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Introducing Sarasota's Unique "Island Park"

  One of the perks of buying a home or condo in Sarasota or in one of the several attractive neighborhoods like The Meadows is how close you’ll be to one of Sarasota’s most casual, and at the same time, most inviting parks. Bayfront Park (also known as Island Park), is practically surrounded by water with a marina on its northern side, views of Sarasota Bay, directly west across the Bay, Bird and Lido Key and the John Ringling Bridge and Causeway and to the south smaller boats in a small harbor area with Siesta Key behind them. Turn around to view the Sarasota mainland skyline.

  The famous “Dolphin Fountain” is one of the more memorable features of the park and is a “must see” as is the “unconditional Surrender” kissing sailor statue nearby. At various times of the year, Bayfront Park is also home to a variety of arts and cultural events including the annual "Season of Sculpture" which draws sculptors from both locally and internationally

  The park has comfortable benches under old Florida Banyan trees and in the center, there’s a large area of lawn for those who wish catch a few rays, toss a Frisbee or just relax in the warm Sarasota sunshine,. Your children and grandchildren will love Bayfront Park for its playground and spray fountain wafting water into the air from playful animal statues. If you have dog, this is the perfect place to take it for a walk as the park is dog-friendly. Many bring their pets here for a waterfront stroll or even a bit of exercise playing in the water.

  Hungry? For seated dining , Marina Jack’s is located right at Bayfront Park. For more casual fare, O'Leary's offers burgers, sandwiches, and such plus a tiki bar where a range of tropical drinks, wine and beer is available as you listen to live music, sit at picnic tables and do a little people-watching of those walking, rollerblading or biking past on the half-mile long paved walkway encircling the park.

  Feeling ambitious or playful? The park has a canoe/kayak launch and paddleboats and wave runners can be rented at O’Leary’s. Or, enjoy a dolphin or manatee cruise from right in the park at Marina Jack’s on LeBarge which offers everything from morning dolphin and manatee watch and nature cruises to a tropical sunset cruise with a light fare menu, full bar and live entertainment.

  For more information on the many other attractions here in Sarasota Florida, visit my Sarasota real estate website. Or, if you wish, call me at 941-266-2512. I'f be happy to help you plan your move to the "Sunny Paradise" that is Sarasota Florida.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

An Attractive Sarasota Home in an Attractive Neighborhood

  Did you know you can have a beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath home in an attractive Sarasota neighborhood for well under $300,000?

  Well, you can and hedre is just one example.

  At 3380 Chelmsford Court # 8 is a beautiful 2 bed/2 bath villa home with den on a quiet tree-lined street in the Chelmsford Close neighborhood in The Meadows subdivision. A new tile roof was installed in 2015. This 1,513 square foot home built in 1991 with a 2 car garage sits comfortably in a maintenance-free community offering beautiful landscaping throughout.

  Your private courtyard entrance is has lovely plants and trees. Inside, there's a spacious foyer and outstanding features like a spacious living/dining great room. The eat-in kitchen has lots of cabinet space, dishwasher, disposal, microwave, oven, range and refrigerator and there's separate laundry room with washer, dryer and sink. \The open split floorplan has a private glass-enclosed lanai with gorgeous views of a lake and the 10th hole at the Meadows Golf & County Club golf course. The two bedrooms are of generous size.

This delightful place to call home seasonally or permanently is situated in a planned community which has a heated pool, walking and bicycle trials and extensive preserve areas. The Meadows Country Club offers a voluntary membership that includes three 18-hole golf courses, 17 Har-Tru tennis courts, a junior-olympic pool, fitness center, and restaurants. This carefree home and relaxing lifestyle can all be yours at the listed price of $270,000.

  The Meadows subdivision, one of Sarasota's most popular and sought-after communities, is ideally situated east of Downtown Sarasota, near Interstate I-75. The Meadows is a charming Sarasota golfing community offering a variety of lifestyle choices to fit the interests of young professionals, single families, and active retirees. The Meadows has three 18-hole golf courses, 2 pro shops and teaching facilities. There is also an experienced PGA staff to help you tune up your game. The Meadows and Highlands courses are private. The Groves course is public. For non-golfers, there are biking and fitness trails for those so inclined.

  This mature neighborhood, developed by the well-regarded builder, Taylor Woodrow Homes, in the 1980s and 90s, is comprised of single-family homes, condos, villas, townhomes and garden homes nestled on over 1,650 acres of oak hammocks, nature preserves, and scenic lakes. There are over 3,400 residences in The Meadows. Homes range in size like this villa home from just over 1,500 to over 5,500 square feet with an equally wide range of prices ranging from the mid $200's to $1.4 million for the largest, most elegant homes.

  If you would like to tour this particular home, please mention Listing A4152577. To see this and several others currently available in The Meadows, please call me at 941.266.2512. I would be pleased to introduce you to Sarasota and show you around my favorite Sarasota neighborhood. Well, I may be just a bit biased since I live here in The Meadows.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Siesta Beach Renovation Project Is Finally Complete -- and Amazing !!

  A grand opening celebration was held on February 20th commemorating completion of a $21 million makeover of one of America’s most recognized and awarded beaches, Siesta Public Beach on Siesta Key.

  In 2015, TripAdvisor.com ranked this Siesta Key beach as the “USA Traveler’s Choice for Best Beach.” What makes Siesta Public Beach so spectacular is that, unlike most beaches that consist of pulverized coral, Siesta Beach sand is over 99% quartz, a material so reflective of the sun’s rays that even on the hottest days, the sand feels cool and comfortable underfoot.

  When the property that is now Siesta Beach was originally purchased by Sarasota County in 1954, 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 with wide expansive of that wonderful soft-as-silk sand.

  The makeover unveiled this month is the culmination of nearly a decade of planning consulting and financing followed by nearly two years of construction. Clearly, the pièce de résistance” of the project is the new elevated concession stand, to be known as the Siesta Sun Deck, which offers a stunning views from 20 feet above the beach. While the views are stunning all day, they are particularly stunning at sunset.

  Other elements of this huge project include completion of a 15-foot wide pedestrian esplanade running the length of the park and restoration of a historic pavilion. Add 140 more parking spaces, new tennis courts, a new playground structure that looks like a giant sand castle, 20 new picnic shelters, improved access plus installation of new landscaping with native plants that make the area much more attractive visually and you begin to understand the vast scope of this project. Additionally, a public safety facility has been added to the concessions building providing needed space for lifeguards and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

  Regardless of all these upgrades, many Sarasotans will still continue to come to Siesta Public Beach just to enjoy the sugary, soft white sand and the warm and clear waters of Sarasota Bay. Others, however, will now find Siesta Public Beach a much more welcoming place where families will play tennis or volleyball, hve a picnic or just watch their children or grandchildren romp on the new playground equipment. But, everyone, the young and not-so-young who come to Siesta Public Beach will surely enjoy one of Sarasota Florida’s most popular features; a sunny day at the beach that had already been ranked “The Top Beach in America” even before this project made it so much more impressive.

  Come visit Sarasota and Siesta Key and let me help you find that perfect home or condo on or close to this magnificent beach. Call me at 941.266.2512 today and let's get you started on the road to happiness here in sunny Sarasota Florida.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Sarasota Florida "Active Adult" Communities

  Lakewood Ranch is getting another new “village.” Lakewood Ranch, the award-winning master-planned community on about 17,500 acres at the southern edge of Manatee County right next door to Sarasota, Florida now incvludes Del Webb Lakewood Ranch, a gated, 55-plus active-adult community. The design center and sales office along with the first 4 decorated models are new open. For those in a hurry, there are also some “quick move-in” homes available now.

  The initial phase of Dell Webb Lakewood Ranch is expected to contain roughly 400 homes, although Pulte, the builder says it ultimately plans to build as many as 1,300 on the 643-acre property it bought in 2014. There are currently 10 different floorplans ranging from 1,289 to 2,684 square feet of living area and priced from the mid $200,000 to over $400,000. Future plans inlcude even larger layouts with prices up to the mid-$500,000s.

  Lakewood Ranch offers its residents everything they could want to enjoy the Southwestern Florida Sun Coast lifestyle regardless of age or income; a wide selection of home styles, gourmet and casual restaurants, top-notch schools, unique shopping opportunities, and a hospital/medical center. For golfers, Lakewood Ranch includes 4 private 18-hole courses plus an upscale 18-hole public golf course. The community also has dozens of parks, lakes and nature preserves plus over 150 miles of sidewalks and trails.

  Homes being offered at Del Webb Lakewood Ranch will have from 2 to 5 bedrooms, 2,3 or 4 full baths plus a half bath, 2 or 3-car garages and design options such as sunrooms, gathering rooms and lofts. For the residents' use, this adult community will include a clubhouse, heated resort-style pool and spa, and a fitness center/movement studio.

  If the Dell Webb Lakewood Ranch type of 55+ active-adult community sounds appealing to you, I would be delighted to show it to you. If, your interests lean more to a more established traditional neighborhood, but one that still includes an active lifestyle and three challenging and well-maintained golf courses and a beautiful county club, I'd be pleased to introduce you to The Meadows, another very attractive Sarasota Sun Coast neighborhood. For answers to all your questions about either of these attractive Sarasota real estate options, call me at 941-266-2512. I'd be delighted to introduce you to Sunny Sarasota Florida, recently ranked as one of the "Best Places to Retire in the United States."

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Sarasota Ranks High on Another "Best Place to Retire" List

  Each and every day, nearly 10,000 Americans reach the point in their lives when they are ready to retire. One of the biggest decisions to be made at that point is “where to live during retirement.”

  Livability.com, an on-line resource that explores great places to live, has just published its latest list of the “Ten Best Places to Retire” and not surprisingly, Sarasota ranked high on that list. Yes, some people find their decision on where to live driven by their family considerations. But, those with the freedom to move to a new area might find it interesting to learn that Sarasota ranked in the #2 position in Livability’s list.

  Over the years, Sarasota has earned many awards and recognitions as well as a secure spot in many, many "Top 10 Best" lists. Santa Barbara, CA took the #1 spot this year, but out of the 2,000 cities around the country considered for this year’s list, Sarasota came in 2nd while no other city in the state of Florida made the list at all.

  It's no surprise that Sarasota would appear at the top of another "Best Places To Retire" list. CNN/Money chose Sarasota as one of the “Best Places to Retire." Money magazine called Sarasota “The Best Place to Retire Young” and American Style magazine listed Sarasota among it’s “Top Small Cities for the Arts”

  The Livability.com article says that Sarasota ranks highly because, among its many other attributes, of its high quality health care facilities. Sarasota Memorial Hospital, for example, is the 2nd largest hospital in Florida and over 1,300 doctors are employed in the Sarasota metropolitan area. And, there are four more major health care facilities including Doctor's Hospital, Manatee Memorial Hospital and the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Sarasota and the surrounding communities are also populated with physical therapy clinics as well as all sorts of other health-care, fitness and educational services for seniors.

  Sarasota also ranks highly because of it's warm and sunny climate, moderate cost of living, excellent air quality, low crime rate, and an enormous variety of arts, cultural and social venues from museums, theaters and art galleries to fine and casual shopping and dining. For sports fans, Sarasota offers spring training baseball, polo, tennis, sport fishing and offshore boat racing, over 80 private, semi-private and public golf courses and, of course, those world renowned soft white sand beaches. Siesta Key Beach has been on “Best Beaches in the World” lists many times.

  It’s been said, and rightfully so, that Sarasota has all the charm of a small southern town with all the conveniences of a big city.

  The Sarasota area also offers the widest possible variety of residential properties from downtown high-rise condos from the most luxurious to more modestly priced units, waterfront homes and condos, highly walkable urban neighborhoods both downtown and in historically significant districts, and golf and country club communities in just about every price range to meet every imaginable need or desire.

  For more information on the many housing optuions available to you here in the Sarasota Florida real estate market, visit my Sarasota real estate website. Or, if you wish, call me at 941-266-2512. I'f be happy to help you plan your move to the "Sunny Paradise" that is Sarasota Florida.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Sarasota Real Estate Sales Are Up But Don't Be Fooled, There Are Attractively Priced Homes Available

  While for the first 9 months of 2015 home and condo sale in the Sarasota - Manatee County market ran at a record rate, real estate sales actually slowed slightly this Fall. 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 closings fell slightly 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 in these traditionally slower months.”

  The big issue facing buyers at this point is that few properties are for sale. Fortunately, there was a very slight increase in the number of properties for sale in September with 3,337 available in Sarasota County up from 3,303 in August and 2,571 in Manatee County up from 2,534 in August. While these numbers are up slightly, they're a reduction from a year ago of 9% in Sarasota and 6% in Manatee County. Today the availability of homes and condos ranges from only a 3.2 and 3.6 month supply in both counties versus what's considered to be an equilibrium level of a 6 month supply.

  The last time the number of properties on the market met that benchmark 6 month equilibrium level was back in 2013. Then, there were about 11,500 properties for sale in the two counties (about 5,500 in Sarasota County and 5,000 in Manatee County). Today, there’s a total of less than 6,000 resulting in homes and condos in most price ranges selling quickly and at somewhat higher prices.

  So, yes, if you've heard that Sarasota real estate prices have risen, it's true. But this needs to be put into perspective. The affordability of homes and condos in both counties is still at a much better level than in the boom years of 2004 to 2006. People wishing to buy property in the sunny Sarasota area can still find the home or condo they’ve dreamed of today at a price still considerably below what they would have paid for the same home just a few years ago.

  As the colder season comes upon you Northerners, you’ve may be considering how nice it would be to own a second or even a permanent home on the warm, sunny and friendly Florida SunCoast. And, there are attractively priced homes and condos available. But, you cannot dawdle. Once you see the property you want, you need to be prepared to make an offer immediately because others are looking at that same attractive home or condo and they are ready to make a offer.

  Some of the nicest properties are available in The Meadows subdivision centrally located in Sarasota, an area on which I focus my attention as a Realtor. The Meadows is a mature neighborhood, developed in the 1980s and 90s, comprised of about 3,400 single-family homes, condos, villas, townhomes and garden homes nestled on over 1,650 acres of oak hammocks, nature preserves, lakes and featuring a country club with three challenging 18-hole golf courses.

  You may wish to visit my Sarasota real estate website first to learn more other Sarasota area communities and neighborhoods. But then please call me at 941.266-2512 and let's plan your trip to Sunny and Warm Sarasota Florida real soon.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Have You Been Introduced to the Sarasota Polo Club

  One of the many things that make Sarasota Florida such an attractive place to live is the abundance of things to see and do. One of the more unique aspects of Sarasota and its surrounding suburbs is the presence of the Sarasota Polo Club.

  While polo is more commonly associated with Great Britain and South America, the sport also enjoys a strong following in the United States. From its beginnings in a New York City riding academy in 1876 to the 2010 Open Championship held here in Florida, the popularity of the sport in the United States continues to grow. And, the Sarasota Polo Club is an outstanding example of what a first class polo club can be. With 130 acres and 9 meticulously groomed and irrigated polo fields, two stick and ball fields and a regulation size arena, the Sarasota Polo Club is one of the largest polo clubs in the United States.

  Sarasota Polo Club’s facilities also include a member’s clubhouse, a full-size outdoor arena, a covered pavilion, a three-quarters of a mile exercise track, veterinary clinic and three 24-stall barns. During the polo season up to 600 horses are housed on the Polo Club grounds or in the 35 private ranches surrounding the polo fields.

  New players are always welcome to join the Sarasota Polo Club which offers 4, 8 and 10 goal leagues. Practice games are offered 3 days a week and an arena polo program is also available. The club hosts U. S. Polo Association (USPA) tournaments from 4 to 12 goal tournaments during its season each year.

  During the polo season, attending a polo match can be a fun filled afternoon. The kids will enjoy pony and Clydesdale wagon rides, tailgate parties, half-time entertainment and even a round of divot stomping.

  Polo matches at the Club are open to the public every Sunday afternoon during the season from mid-December to mid-April. General admission rates in 2015 were $12 for adults with children 12 and under admitted free. Well behaved dogs on leash are allowed on the grounds.

  So, once you’ve had your fill of sunbathing on some of the finest beaches in America this summer, and you're ready to introduce yourself and your family to something exciting, consider bringing the family, your guests and a picnic basket to the Sarasota Polo Club when the 2015 - 16 season opens.

  There's a good reason they call polo "the fastest game on four feet." The excitement is real and the Sarasota Polo Club is one of the “Best of the Best” places to witness world-class polo play.

  If Polo sounds like the sort of exciting sport you'd enjoy either watching or maybe even participating in, ask me for more information about Sarasota Florida and the wide variety of homes and condos available here in just about every price range. Call me at 941-266-2512 or visit my Sarasota Florida real estate website. I'd be delighted to assist you in finding the home or condo in the right neighborhood in the right price range thats just right for you.