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July 3, 2013

Sarasota Golf Courses

New Sarasota Golf Course  in the Works

Sarasota Real Estate to be revived in Forest Lakes


Good news Sarasota! Real Estate developer Neal Nelinger has plans to redevelop Forest Lakes golf course. Plans were presented to the homeowners association of more than 1200 residents last month.  The developer has proposed to build 202 townhouses in the $190,000 to $250,000 price range along with a five thousand square foot club house with a ro-shop and restaurant.  Fabulous location in Sarasota convenient to downtown, I-75 and Siesta Key.

You can find more about Forest Lakes golf course development in the Sarasota Herald Tribune 

Feb. 26, 2013

Palmer Ranch Real Estate Trends

Latest Real Estate Trends: Palmer Ranch

Palmer Ranch is hot, hot, hot!  In the last 60 days 57 single family homes have gone under contract with an average list price of $417,199.  That’s $162.43 per square foot.  The highest list price was $1,300,000 in Silver Oak and the lowest at $194,199 in the Hamptons.  Most are 3 bedroom/3 bath pool homes.

There are presently 96 active listings in Palmer Ranch ranging in price from $229,000 in the Hamptons to $1,745,000 in Prestancia.

Almost any single family home under $300,000 in good condition gets a lot of attention!  Anything under $250,000 seems to attract multiple offers. Some of the most sought after Palmer Ranch communities are Wellington Chase, The Hamptons, Gulf Gate East, The Isles and Village Walk.

There’s plenty of movement in the Condo Market in Palmer Ranch, with 76 active listings. They range in price from $$79,900 for a 1 bedroom/1bath in Bella Villino to a 4 bedroom 3 bath in Valencia in Prestancia. Since the beginning of the year 30 condos in Palmer Ranch have gone under contract.  From a 2 bedroom 1 bath in Serenade of Palmer Ranch to a 2 bedroom 2 bath condo in Botanica there is something for everyone!  So many condos to choose from depending on your budget and lifestyle. 

If tennis is your game check out Pinestone with an active social calendar or Stoneybrook where golf rules! The Isles of Palmer Ranch and Village Walk offer tennis and countless activities to choose from. Don’t forget the Legacy Trail on Palmer Ranch!

Interested in tennis in Sarasota?  Keep exploring our blog and check out Tennis Heaven

Jan. 18, 2013



In Sarasota, just say the word and everyone has their favorite venue. No matter what you are interested in, I believe you can find it in Sarasota.

The Asolo Theatre is the state theatre and produce dramatic production on a repertory basis throughout the year. This year some of their offerings will include Natalie Cole, A Chorus Line, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Beach Boys, Howie Mandel Sheryl Crow, Le Miserables and the Boston Pops..

The Players Theatre is a community theatre in its 85th season here in Sarasota. They produce 8 musicals during the September to April season and then have a summer season of dramatic plays. Here you will find exceptional talent and opportunities to volunteer at the theatre, either on stage or off. They also have an ongoing school for students in acting, dance and singing.

“I just saw Annie at the Players and it was exceptional” writes George B.

“The Players scored a coup with the first production of the play Sunset Boulevard in the state of Florida. Their production was seamless and the Norma Desmond character was amazing.” JF

Florida Studio Theatre in downtown Sarasota produces a number of dramatic and comedic productions each year and stays on the edge of the newest in theatre.

Van Wezel is the local performing arts hall and every year has an extensive offering of great music and theatre. They have had everything from Seusical to Cirque du Soleil to …….. Tony Bennett.

Posted in Arts and Culture
Jan. 18, 2013

Tennis Heaven


Sarasota is a tennis heaven! The tennis conducive weather is all year round. Joining a club is probably the best way to ensure playing partners.

The Bath and Racquet Club is centrally located just off US 41 and has 23 har-tru courts, 14 are lit. Membership is required but is reasonable and includes gym facilities and racquet ball. They have a great fitness center with a wide range of classes available including spinning and yoga.

The Oaks Country Club offers associate tennis memberships that included dining facilities at the club. This is a well-run private country club tennis program with great avenues for including new members in play with round robins, etc., all geared to your level of play. “A friendly open atmosphere,” says one buyer.

Melissa S. loves Serendipity at the Country Club of Sarasota on Palmer Ranch. She drops her kids off at school and tries to get a game in before a hard day’s work.

There are several county courts that have open time. All you have to do is sign up at the court and the previous players times are limited so there is good availability. These are located at the Siesta Public Beach, Arlington Park, minutes from Downtown and Twin Lakes Park around the corner from Serenoa

We will be adding additional locations and opportunities for play as they are suggested by our clients.


Posted in Sports and Leisure
Jan. 18, 2013

Grandmas SRQ


Whatever your grandchildren call you; Sarasota has so many places to make memories with our next generation! So come on Omi, Nana, Gamma, Mimi, Granny, Gram, Grammy let’s explore Sarasota!

Some of our client’s favorite places include Island Park and the Children’s Fountain at Sarasota Bayfront Park. The kids love to run through the water and play in the playground…..such a beautiful spot overlooking downtown and Bird Key.  ‘Rocket’s grandson loves the Children’s Garden and Jungle Gardens.

Diane F’s granddaughter loves The Big Cat Habitat right near Sarasota Golf Course, Palmer Glen, Laurel Oak and down the road from The Founder’s Club.

We’ll check back in with more favorite places from our client’s grandchildren.