Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Versace Mansion up for Auction

In what they are calling "the auction of the century", the Versace Mansion will soon be sold on the auction block.  This event was covered by a local Miami news station, complete with a guided tour of this incredible palatial home.  Click the link below to view the news coverage. 

This is quite a house!!!


Monday, July 29, 2013

Marina Jack's location once known as City Pier

A well known Sarasota landmark, Bayfront Park/Island Park, is a popular location for locals and tourists.  Sidewalks make it a wonderful spot for a morning or evening stroll and is also popular for rollerblading and bicycling.  Children love the water fountains to splash in and the huge playground zone. My favorite is to just sit on one of the many park benches and watch the waves lap up onto the shore as the evening sun fades.

Another highlight for this beautiful spot are the two waterfront restaurants, O'Leary's Tiki Bar and Grill and Marina Jacks dockside.

One of my personal favorite activities when I have out of town visitors is to take them on the LeBarge Tropical Cruise near Marina Jacks.  It is a two hour sightseeing cruise along the coastline with live serenade of Jimmy Buffet tunes. The evening is topped off watching the sun set before heading back to the dock.  It is a great opportunity for photo taking and an enjoyable evening with a tropical flair.

History of Bayfront Park/Island Park
Our thanks once again to Sarasota History Alive for the following videos which give us a short history of Bayfront Park.

PART ONE - City Pier

PART TWO - City Pier

Friday, July 26, 2013

Inventory Drops to new decate low; sales remain high

In June, the inventory of available homes in the Sarasota market fell to the LOWEST LEVEL IN OVER A DECADE!

For the first half of 2013, sales are up 13.8 percent over last year at this time. If the current trend continues, 2013 will go down as the second highest sales year in the 90 year history of the Sarasota Association of Realtors.

For the entire article provided by the Sarasota Association of Realtors, along with graphs and charts, CLICK HERE.

Or visit SarasotaStats.com at any time for the most current report.

Other helpful sites include:

SarasotaBayNews.com with the most current Team Vitale newsletter.

SarasotaBayGreatDeals.com for current listings of Short Sales and Foreclosures.

And remember, if you have any questions about Real Estate in the Sarasota/Manatee areas, call us at 866-242-9506.  We are always here for YOU!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Charles Ringling and his influence on Sarasota's Development

We often think of John and Mabel Ringling because of the incredible museum and mansion left to the people of Florida and because of their influence on Sarasota and its keys. But brother Charles left an important footprint on our landscape as well. 

Charles Ringling

Sarasota History Alive offers a short video on Charles' accomplishments in the video below.


"Although Charles is often overshadowed by his brother, John, his contributions and accomplishments remain a legacy to Sarasotans today."

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Avenida de Colores Chalk Festival in Sarasota

Sarasota residents, whether personally artistic or not, are proud of our artists and performers.  SarasotaHistoryAlive's website offers an interesting and fun video about one of the annual Chalk Festivals.  Enjoy!


Click Here to view the video

Local Fisherman Catches Sharks (and then releases them)

Sarasota Bay and its Keys are well known for availability to virtually every kind of water sport - parasailing, beach and swimming, water skiing, jet skies, deep sea fishing, etc., etc., etc. 

But one local has taken water sports to a whole different realm.  Richard Gabor recently made headlines on ABC 7 My Suncoast news for his unique hobby - catching and releasing sharks on Siesta Key's Turtle Beach.

For the article and photos, click here.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

New Mall Opening in October 2014 at University Parkway

Just in time for the holidays in 2014!

CLICK HERE to view the "virtual photos".

June issue of "Inside Out Coldwell Banker Previews Magazine"

Just spotted the June issue of the new Coldwell Banker Previews Magazine in my in-box and wanted to share that link with you as well.


Coldwell Banker Launches Online Luxury Real Estate Magazine

Coldwell Banker Previews,

the luxury side of real estate, 

has launched a new online magazine. 

Click here to view the magazine and have the opportunity to subscribe (upper right hand corner).

Friday, July 12, 2013

Mortgage Rates on the Rise

Those of us who remember the double digit years still find anything under 5% a bargain.  And when compared to today's interest rates on other items such as cars, credit cards, etc., they still are! But after several years of historically low rates, buyers are concerned with even this slight increase.

Click here for the article "Mortgage rates reach highest level in 2 years" at CNNMoney.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mote Marine's caviar goes global

10 years ago, Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota came up with a way to farm-raise sturgeon.  What started as a project to save a species, created an international reputation for Mote Marine. Now, their farm-raised sturgeon caviar is raised all over the world.

For the video and article, click here.

Thank you to Debbie M. for sharing this fascinating article via Facebook.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sarasota Architecture

The "Sarasota History Alive" site offers an interesting article on some of Sarasota's early architects and their influence on Sarasota's homes and buildings.

For the full article, click here.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Nik Wallenda Walks the Grand Canyon

Nik Wallenda has been hot news over the last few weeks because of his death defying high wire act over the Grand Canyon.  But did you know that Mr. Wallenda "practiced" right here in beautiful Sarasota?  Here are a few YouTube videos of his recent walks.

Video by HuBStudios

Video by HowBoutJoey

As we say, these were just "practice".  But for the big event . . . .

Watch as he walks the Grand Canyon!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Sarasota Homes with Historic Designation

The Ashton home on Bay Shore Road holds a place in Sarasota's fascinating early 20th century history not only because of its interesting builders but also because of its subsequent tenants.

To read about the Ashton home, as told on the SarasotaHistoryAlive.com site, click here.