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Million Dollar Views without the Price

Life at One Watergate in downtown Sarasota in the middle of the arts.  Walk to the theater, opera, ballet, dining, and art galleries.  Or if you're into fitness walk or run across the Ringling Bridge to Lido Beach.  Fabulous bay and city views can be seen from the wrap-around balcony of this 2-bedroom, 2-bath 1,736 sq ft beautiful condo.  Take a look at this video

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Lido Beach Pavilion to Stay As Is

Controversy over a local developer's plans to build an upscale bar and restaurant in the place of the Lido Beach Pool & Pavilion in Sarasota has been mounting.  Over 5,000 petition signatures were obtained in opposition.

A meeting on Monday supported by an onslaught of community residents showed the opposition, citing that the plan would inhibit local Sarasota residents and families from being able to park and access a public beach area, which has been available for residents for decades.

The developers have withdrawn their plans, and the Sarasota commission voted 4-1 against the plan.



Van Wezel Performing Arts Offers Top Performances

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, perched on Sarasota Bay, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and has been there longer than I have been in Sarasota, Florida - over 45 years.

This amazing venue brings top performances from orchestras, dance, singers, broadway plays, and lecture series.  Some of the events in the 2019 season are the Broadway play, The Lion King - singer Gladys Knight - The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - The Boston Pops - Dancing with the Stars - The Russian National Ballet.  

Sarasota is so full of culture, and this is just a small part of it.  To live here in a home or condo and enjoy all Sarasota has to offer CLICK HERE

Your dog likes to go to the beach

Venice, Florida, fifteen miles south of Sarasota, has a beach which allows dogs to play together and swim in the Gulf of Mexico.

It is an amazing location in Sarasota County where dogs all seem to get along together.

Just south of this beach is Caspersen Beach, where you can look for sharks teeth.  This short video shows you that this is just one more thing to do in Sarasota, Florida!

Florida Top Destination for Foreign Real Estate Buyers

Florida continues to be the top choice for foreign buyers of investment and vacation homes in the U.S.  19 percent of foreign buyers purchased property here in 2018. 

Not surprisingly, Sarasota has been ranked high again at #3 as the best place to retire in the United States, according to a report by U.S. News & World Report.  I can attest to that, after having lived here in Sarasota for 44 years since I moved here with my family as a teenager from England!

Lido Key Emergency Beach Renourishment

Work has started on the dredging of New Pass between Lido Key and Longboat Key.  As you drive over the New Pass bridge, you see the dredging equipment in the pass below you.  The loss of sand on south Lido Key is serious and it is necessary to renourish the beach immediately.  Previously the residents of Lido Key had asked neighboring Siesta Key to "give back" some of the sand that had shifted, but Siesta Key is reluctant to do so, so the sand is not coming from Big Pass.

Occasional renourishment of all the beaches is common in waterfront areas.


Landmark Colony Beach & Tennis Resort is Demolished

The once-famous Colony Beach & Tennis Resort on Longboat Key has been reduced to rubble after years of neglect.  This former resort was the #1 tennis resort in the country with many well-known players coming to visit and play here.

Plans are being advertised for a 5-star St. Regis Hotel and luxury condominiums, to be completed in the next two to three years.  Please let me know if I can assist with any information.


Recent Real Estate Update

Despite rising interest rates, sales and prices of real estate have continued to rise in the Sarasota/Manatee area.  That is not surprising considering 70 percent of my buyers pay cash, so interest rates are not usually a factor.

In addition, many buyers are coming from the north to get away from the cold, high property taxes and state income taxes.  Now that Sarasota is "on the map" and a destination, the area is expecting 26,000 new families to move here in 2019.

Sarasota real estate sales rose 7.6 percent in the past year, and inventory continues to be low with only a 2.7 percent increase over last year.  It is still a seller's market.  Properties that are remodeled and in good condition are the first to sell if priced properly.

Florida Ranked Fourth for Affluent Owners

A study by RewardExpert used holistic criteria to determine why households between $200,000 to $500,000 choose a place to live.

Florida came in fourth after Colorado, Nevada & Michigan.

Besides the obvious criteria like schools and taxes, the study takes into account public safety and quality of life.

The four top reasons why an area is chosen are: High-ranking public schools, high property values, low property taxes and no state income tax.

Sarasota, Florida is experiencing much of this population growth.  CLICK HERE to find homes in the Sarasota/Manatee area.


Firehouse Chili Cook-Off in Southside Village

This Sunday, October 14 from 2 to 5 is the Firehouse Chili Cook Off in Southside Village in Sarasota, Florida.  This is the 19th year that Morton's Gourmet Market will host this popular event. 

Multiple restaurants in Sarasota will be cooking their best chili recipes for you to sample. The proceeds benefit the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund.  One hundred free tickets will be given to teachers, nurses, firefighters, police offices, active military - first come, first serve.  Come listen to the talented Daisy Dukes Band. 

Tickets are $10 to sample all the chili being offered!

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Carolyn Donnelly, P.A.
Coldwell Banker Res RE
 Sarasota & Longboat Key, FL
Phone: 941-350-9900​



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