More Roofs Eyed in Lakewood Ranch

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 5, 2018 – National builders Lennar Corp. and Taylor Morrison are poised to further expand their footprints in Lakewood Ranch via a proposed project just adjacent to their existing communities in the master development. A total of 3,262 homes is what Schroeder-Manatee Ranch (SMR), developer of Lakewood Ranch, seeks for approval of the Manatee County Government in the planned project site east of Lorraine Road and north of State Road 70.

2018 Parade of Homes: Something for Every Home Buyer

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 5, 2018 – It would be something of a minor miracle if a serious buyer couldn’t find a match in the 2018 Parade of Homes set February 17‒March 11 that again offers a windfall of choices on Sarasota homes for sale. As in previous years, single family homes and multifamily homes comprise the parade’s lineup entered by 39 builders that include major national and regional industry players.

Vibrant Home Market Spurs More Commercial Projects

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 1, 2018 – Our region’s commercial property sector continues to position itself to tap the benefits from the recent robust gains of the market for Manatee and Sarasota homes for sale. Several new communities like Indigo, Mallory Park, and Arbor Grande are notably on the flanks of this mixed development for office, commercial and industrial uses.

New Custom Home Choices Set in Sorrento, Nokomis

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 27, 2018 – Two well-established Sorrento communities in Nokomis are building out their remaining vacant home sites in South County, providing opportunities for buyers in search of newly constructed villas and custom-built Sarasota homes for sale.

Punta Gorda’s New Brand: Florida’s Harborside Hometown

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 21, 2018 – Oak Harbour, a new home community in Punta Gorda got a welcome marketing boost recently as the city adopted a new brand for itself—Florida’s Harborside Hometown—a tagline that jibes perfectly with this residential project of national builder KB Homes.

More Competitive Home Prices: A Driver for Sarasota Region?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 19, 2018 – There are indications that the Sarasota‒Manatee region could outperform other Florida housing markets this 2018, with our area’s more attractive price ranges. Teaming up with a well-networked realtor though would remain crucial in order to bag a value-for-money deal on Manatee and Sarasota homes for sale.

Buoyant Medallion Home Revs It Up in 2018 Builds

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 15, 2018 – Medallion Home, after achieving a banner performance in 2017, is set to build more Sarasota homes for sale in three of its new communities in the Southwest Florida region which include Legends Bay, Twin Rivers, Gamble Creek Preserve, The Enclave at Country Meadows, and The Inlets.

Sarasota Reaffirms Top Ranking as Retirees’ Best Choice

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 12, 2018 – Age 55-plus communities in the Sarasota area, such as Del Webb at Lakewood Ranch and Artistry Sarasota, got some added marketing lift recently, as our region was again featured among the top 30 small U.S. towns to retire. Other Florida markets in this list include Pensacola, Dunedin, and Fernandina Beach.

Seaward Development Set to Reboot Aging Downtown Condo

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 7, 2018 – Just about a month after its groundbreaking for a downtown boutique condominium project, Seaward Development rolled out its initial plans this January to start building yet another entry to high-end selections of Sarasota condos for sale. This yet unnamed new condominium’s preliminary plan calls for a total of 25 units each with living area of 4,000 square feet designed with four bedrooms.

Condos Strum Vibrant Chords This Buying Season

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 5, 2018 – Recent real estate data point to a vibrant 2018 buying season for multifamily homes in our region, with the upward momentum drawn not only from the strength of condos for sale in Sarasota and Manatee exhibited in December. A spate of new listings this January, including fresh line-ups from some preconstruction condominium projects, should also help drive activity in the local condo market.

Lakewood Ranch Girds for a Festive March

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, February 1, 2018 – Residents of Lakewood Ranch, especially those at Greenbrook Village, will have a ringside seat to one of the larger events ever to be hosted in the master development. Meticulous preparations are now underway for the maiden run of the Sarasota Balloon Festival to be held March 8‒11 at the Premier Sports Campus which Manatee County has recently purchased from Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder Manatee Ranch (SMR).

Who Wants to Take a Bet on Gamble Creek Village in Parrish?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 30, 2018 – Realtors have been quite occupied recently in Foxbrook and Twin Rivers as per recorded deals in the MLS of Sarasota homes for sale. Homes sold in these two communities in Parrish totaled about 50 homes last year, and further market activity could be expected as a large property development—Gamble Creek Village—is being groomed just east of Foxbrook and Twin Rivers.

New School to Serve Lakewood Ranch

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 23, 2018 – The market appeal of the family-oriented community of Mallory Park just got sharper, as a new middle school will soon be rising just east of this Lakewood Ranch residential development. Households with school-age kids in other communities nearby that also stand to benefit from this new school include those in Arbor Grande, Savanna and the Esplanade Golf and Country Club at Lakewood Ranch.

Sarasota Region among Best Performing U.S. Metros

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 25, 2018 – Folks who recently decided to relocate in the North Port‒Sarasota‒Bradenton metropolitan area because of its strong potential for economic growth are being proven right in their decisions.

LWR Weaves a Banner Season Anew: Here’s How

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 18, 2018 – Lakewood Ranch (LWR) notched record home sales in 2017, and there’s reason to believe that it is headed for another banner year in 2018. Ranked as the country’s third best-selling master-planned development last year, LWR’s sales of new homes soared by 56 percent in 2017 to 1,206 units from the 775 new Lakewood Ranch builds sold in 2016.

What’s Cooking around SRQ Airport Corridor?

This coming April, the budget airline Allegiant will open its local presence. It will launch three new nonstop flights to and from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) which is easily accessible west of these two communities via the Tallevast Road corridor. Residents of Soleil also enjoy proximity to SRQ and could potentially benefit from Allegiant’s opening flights at the local airport.

West Villages Town Center Is a Go in 2018

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 10, 2017 – Market tailwinds are also widely anticipated from the Atlanta Braves moving their spring training complex in the West Villages area. The facility for this popular ball club is estimated to cost $110 million to build. During its groundbreaking in October last year, it was announced that the Braves’ training stadium should be ready for opening in February 2019.

More Homes Lined Up at Vilano, Glen Creek

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 8, 2017 – Leading U.S. homebuilder D.R. Horton appears quite confident that the demand streak seen during 2017 in Southwest Florida for new home builds will spill over to the 2018 market. As an added push on Sarasota homes for sale, more residential construction are set at the community of Vilano located at the former course of the Sarasota Golf Club. Its developer, the luxury brand Emerald Homes of D.R. Horton, opened Vilano’s Phase 2 in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Neal Locks and Loads, Firing from All Cylinders in 2018?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 4, 2017 – With its home sales at a record pace moving into the last quarter of 2017, Neal Communities looks ready to head onwards the New Year firing from all cylinders. In early 2018, this homebuilder is set to hold a grand opening for its new community of Tides End in West Bradenton and introduce as well its villa home styles in Indigo, one of its new neighborhoods in Lakewood Ranch.

Construction at Quay Sarasota Rolls Forward in 2018

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, January 2, 2018 – The initial construction phases of the bayfront Quay mixed development in north downtown Sarasota is set to begin this 2018, following final city approval of this project in early December. The approved general development agreement sets an overall layout for the site and allows for up to 695 condo units and 175 hotel rooms, as well as retail space of 189,050 square feet and office space of close to 39,000 square feet.

Cortez Girds for an Eco-Friendly Enclave at Hunters Point

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 28, 2017 – A major facelift looms in the westernmost neighborhoods of the fishing village of Cortez in Manatee. This looming change appears coming as the county’s planning commission unanimously approved in mid-December a plan to develop a solar-powered resort community in this area.

Boca Royale Homes for Sale Heat Up

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 26, 2017 – Boca Royale has recently emerged as a market hot spot for south Sarasota homes for sale, and this upbeat mood is likely to continue in 2018 whether for new builds or pre-owned residences available in this golf community in Englewood. In 2017, some 50 properties or one home a week were sold in this development. This property’s developer, Neal Communities, for November alone notched nine sales of new builds at Boca Royale.

Selling Season Buildup Starts Strong

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 22, 2017 – Home sellers in our region have begun preparing for the upcoming 2018 selling season, as seen in the spike of new listings of Manatee and Sarasota homes for sale for the month of October. Newly listed Sarasota condos for sale increased by 8.8 percent for the month, while October listings of single family homes in the county was up 4.3 percent compared to a year earlier.

New Homes at Waterside Pump Up Lakewood Ranch Sales

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 21, 2017 – The whole of Lakewood Ranch is headed for a record year in 2017. LWR Communities reported that with just a month left for this year, its home sales have risen by 50 percent to 1,050 units sold over the year-earlier level. This new record surpasses the 2004 sales of 1,023 homes during the housing boom.

What Drives Home Market Vigor in Punta Gorda

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 14, 2017 – Price-conscious home buyers, particularly retirees, are injecting vigor to the residential property market in Charlotte County, especially in historic Punta Gorda. This was one of the observations of industry analysts during the 7th annual Market Trends, an event organized in November by the Lee Building Industry Association and Collier Business Industry Association at Miromar Design Center in Estero.

This Airline Is Selling You Condos

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 10, 2017 – Allegiant Travel Company, known for its budget airline Allegiant Air, announced in November that it is starting to take reservations of prospective buyers interested to purchase units in its planned condominium-hotel project in Port Charlotte. From its plans revealed earlier, it looks like this venture could resonate even amongst players north in the Sarasota real estate market.

Home Buying Steps up at Riverview in Bradenton

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 6, 2017 – Market activity in the Riverview Boulevard neighborhoods has picked up momentum recently, with a new crop of buyers entering this historic district of Bradenton, some local realtors observed.

Sandcastle and Beach Pavilion Bring New Dynamics to Lido Key Real Estate

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, December 5, 2017 – Two recent Sarasota City Commission project approvals in Lido Key—the upgrade of the seawall of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach and the rehab of the Lido Beach pavilion—have brought added dynamics to the island’s property market.

Vibrant Growth for Retail

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 30, 2017 – The growth of the retail sector in our Southwest Florida region appears picking up pace, drawing momentum mainly from the remarkable growth of the local housing market both for new builds and existing Sarasota homes for sale.

Live in Sarasota If You Want to Build Wealth

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 29, 2017 – Yes, it’s true. Sarasota is in the league of San Francisco, New York and Boston as the best regions in the country for investors and business-savvy folks to grow their wealth. A recent study conducted by MagnifyMoney, a media outfit of borrowing service provider LendingTree, is an eye-opener, especially for folks who are weighing the true worth of Sarasota homes for sale.

Waterline Set at Holmes Beach amidst Drive on Sustainable Tourism

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 28, 2017 – Realtors who specialize in homes for sale in Anna Maria may soon be engaging potential buyers booked at the Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club. This new resort is set for a soft opening on November 29 and has already been accepting reservations from December 15 onwards.

SW Florida Draws Strength from Retirees, Foreign Buyers

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 24, 2017 – In May this year, an industry analysis cited the North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton area as one of the “10 biggest comeback stories” from the 2007 U.S. real estate crash. It estimated an 8 percent annual price growth for our region since the market bottomed out in 2011.

North Port Joins the Big League

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 22, 2017 – The city of North Port has joined the big league—this is the takeaway that local realtors brought home from their summit early this November. The October groundbreaking of the new spring training complex of the Atlanta Braves in the West Villages community district development in North Port certainly provided a platform in forging this idea that the city has leveled up with neighboring major search destinations for Sarasota homes for sale.

Deals on Distressed Homes for Sale

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 21, 2017 – Prospective home buyers hunting for low-priced distressed properties in Florida will have to try a little harder. RealtyTrac, the Irving, California-based real estate information company, reported recently that September foreclosure filings in the state slipped by 39 percent from a year earlier and by 29 percent from August.

No Alarm Bells Even as September Home Sales Plummet

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 13, 2017 – Combined closed sales of the Manatee and Sarasota home market dropped a hefty 16.8 percent in September, but local realtors aren’t worried about a crash. The decline in sales was mainly attributed to the business days lost because of Hurricane Irma.

Sarasota Reaps Good Numbers Anew

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 9, 2017 – The personal-finance website WalletHub has again awarded high marks to Sarasota in its 2017 analysis of the “Best Small Cities in America.” In this rating, Sarasota achieved 95th percentile, topped only by Boca Raton (98 th percentile) amongst other small Florida cities.

Manatee Sets Incentive Program for Affordable Homes

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 6, 2017 – Searching for relatively newer Bradenton homes for sale priced under the $200s would probably limit the choices to just a handful of condos like the Palms of Cortez. Moving forward though, the selection for affordable residences could widen significantly with the recent approval of the “Livable Manatee Incentive Program.”

New Redevelopment Funding to Spur Growth in SW Manatee

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 3, 2017 – Local government funding of as much as $5.8 million is expected to be available later this fiscal year for funding redevelopment projects in Southwest Manatee County. Combined with the upbeat mood of the local property sector, this funding could provide some added lift to Bradenton homes for sale in this area.

Parrish Bats to Preserve Rustic Air amidst New Developments

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 30, 2017 – Civic leaders in Parrish are taking steps to ensure that the major real estate developments planned in their community won’t alter the rustic charm that made the local residences as desirable as the homes for sale in Bradenton and Sarasota.

Braden Woods Neighborhoods Adding a New Park Preserve

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 27, 2017 – Braden Woods, a charming neighborhood in East Manatee, is already favored by prospective buyers of Bradenton homes for sale for its rustic setting and wide open spaces. Pretty soon, this market appeal could be further boosted by the establishment of the Braden River Preserve, a heavily wooded acreage on Braden Woods’ southeastern periphery that also borders southwest of the River Club golf community.

Lakewood Ranch Goes Greener with Polo Run

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 18, 2017 – Lakewood Ranch further builds up its standing as one of the biggest green master developments in the country, with its first solar-powered community rising on State Road 70 east of the Premier Sports Campus. Dubbed as Polo Run, this environment-friendly community is being developed by Lennar, a prolific contributor to newly built Lakewood Ranch Homes for Sale.

LBK Poised to Fast-Track Undergrounding Utilities

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 17, 2017 – Five years is the projected timeframe for the completion of the undergrounding of utilities in Longboat Key set to start in 2018. Longboat officials took the opportunity to piggyback on the permits and contractor of the FPL project to set the underwater cable conduits necessary for the island’s utilities undergrounding.

Homebuilders Strut Their Wares at Trevesta

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 12, 2017 – Sales efforts have gained momentum at Trevesta, with its four designated builders hyping up their bets in this new residential development in north Manatee County’s Parrish–Palmetto market area.

Grande Condo Project Is Relocating to the Quay

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 11, 2017 – It looks certain that there will be a change of address for the current market listings of the pre-construction Sarasota condos for sale at The Grande at the Ritz Carlton Residences. The proposed site for the high-rise condominium is being relocated to the 15-acre Quay property adjacent north of the Ritz Carlton complex, as per the plans that Quay developer GreenPointe Holdings submitted to the city in September.

North Port Golf Course Redevelopment Looms

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 6, 2017 – A parcel of 207-plus acres in North Port that was formerly home to the Sabal Trace Golf & Country Club may soon be redeveloped and thus bring some added pep to Sarasota homes for sale clustered around this property. Its 18-hole golf links have been idle and overgrown for more than two years after the club was closed in May 2015.

Texas Big Gun Sets Foray in North River Ranch Homebuilding

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 5, 2017 – The country’s top builder, D.R. Horton is poised to further expand its footprint in north Manatee where it already has a strong presence in Parrish, Ellenton and Palmetto, as well as in market listings of Bradenton homes for sale.

Parkside Neighborhood Set at Babcock Ranch

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 27, 2017 – The Palm Beach Gardens-based Kitson & Partners has recently added Parkside as another neighborhood in its 17,000-acre Babcock Ranch project in Charlotte County, which is touted as the world’s first solar-powered city. National homebuilding giant Pulte Homes is the designated builder for Parkside’s plat of 150 home sites.

Post-Irma: Consumer Preference May Drift More towards New Builds

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 25, 2017 – There could be a marked shift in buyers’ preference from older pre-owned Florida homes for sale to newer builds or brand new construction in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, some local realtors believe. The cut-off for prospective buyers wary about severe Irma-like weather disturbances would likely be those built after 1992.

New School, Road Extension Boost North Parrish Homes for Sale

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 18, 2017 – Market interest on homes for sale in Parrish is poised to step up further particularly those in its northern communities like Copperstone, Lakeside Preserve and Lexington. Two looming developments could help pump up real estate buying and selling in this north Parrish area. One of these is the new school under construction on the southeast corner of Erie and Martha Roads, which has been officially named as North River High.

Pulte Unveils VR Tours of Model Homes

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 18, 2017 – Virtual reality (VR) tours of unbuilt model homes are now part of the marketing tools of the PulteGroup and its subsidiaries in the Sarasota real estate market. The VR system that this homebuilding conglomerate is now using for our region requires no headset or goggles. Users of its system can use either a PC or an android phone to view and interact on a particular model posted on online links that Pulte provides.

CORE Business Park: A Boon for Summerfield

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 12, 2017 – Much could still be expected from the market activity in Summerfield, the first community to be established in Lakewood Ranch in 1995. Since the start of 2017, some 60 pre-owned homes were sold here and about half a dozen residences were sales-listed in August alone.

Hurricane Irma: A Stress Test for Florida Home Insurance

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 12, 2017 – Insurers’ financial strength particularly in Florida will be put to a stress test, industry analysts say, as a result of damage from Hurricane Irma which early estimates indicate will cost the insurance sector somewhere between $20 billion to $40 billion in claims.

Market Ripples to Watch as Bayfront Connectivity Rolls

September 5, 2017 – It looks like we’re going to see home construction and market activity rising a notch higher north of Rosemary District as a ripple effect of the continuing implementation of Sarasota’s Bayfront Connectivity Plan. This plan initiated in 2009 aims to tame vehicular traffic on the Tamiami Trail (US 41) and make it more pedestrian-friendly, an initiative that should contribute greatly to many Sarasota homes for sale.

Neal Steps on the Gas at Grand Palm

September 5, 2017 – Neal Communities, reaping continued strong sales in its Grand Palm development, has further stepped up its efforts to draw more prospective buyers of Sarasota homes for sale to this community in Venice. Towards this end, the Lakewood Ranch-based Neal recently launched eight new Grand Palm home designs, along with its opening of a new interactive Discovery Center and a new entrance to the community.

DR Horton, Medallion Home Face Off in East Sarasota

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 30, 2017 – National homebuilding giant DR Horton appears meeting head on the overtures of Bradenton-based Medallion Home to woo prospective buyers of Sarasota homes for sale in its new development, Waverley, on Proctor Road in east Sarasota.

Fort Hamer Bridge: A Spur to Parrish Homes for Sale

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 28, 2017 – The newly built Fort Hamer Bridge in Parrish is yet to open to traffic on September 23. However, thousands of runners have already crossed it and in the process helped provide some market mileage both for new and existing Parrish homes for sale in the area.

Ashton Woods Steps Up Sarasota Homebuilding

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 23, 2017 – Atlanta, Georgia-based builder Ashton Woods is definitely upbeat after having sold out its communities of Whitaker Park in Sarasota and Palma Vista in Bradenton. This August, it announced completion of its move-in ready builds in Palmer Park, Rosedale and Hammock Park, three local developments where it plans to further build up its inventory of Sarasota homes for sale.

New Watercrest Community Makes Waves in Venice

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 21, 2017 – Sales and marketing is in full swing at the new community of Watercrest in Venice, with this development’s clubhouse unveiled in late July and two spec homes completed this August ready for occupancy. Three new builds here were likewise sold recently, underscoring the resurgent buying interest on Sarasota homes for sale in Venice.

New Amenities for Aquarius Club Condos Coming?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 17, 2017 – Some perks may be added to condos for sale at Aquarius Club in Longboat Key if the revival proposed for its neighboring Colony Beach & Tennis Resort eventually pans out. This revised plan includes two restaurants, a lounge with a bar, fitness facilities, a 15,700-square-foot spa and a salt water lagoon. All of these facilities will be open to Aquarius and Tencon residents if the Unicorp’s latest proposal is carried out.

Strong Equity Gain Prods Move-up Home Buying

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 16, 2017 – The ranks of move-up home buyers in the months ahead are likely to grow larger in Manatee and Sarasota, thus requiring the services of real estate agents well-versed on lending programs tailor-fit for these type of buyers. Growth in home equity has been robust recently in the two counties, a sign that it’s an opportune time for homeowners to sell their residence and to buy a nicer replacement.

Farmhouse-Style Homes, Anyone?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 10, 2017 – Historic Laurel Park and the new community of the Reserve at Honore are coming up with farmhouse-style residences courtesy of David Weekley Homes. This Houston-based builder announced the plan for these new offerings amongst Sarasota homes for sale following the quick market absorption of a farmhouse-inspired home it completed recently on the block of 407 South Pineapple Avenue in its new community, Enclave at Laurel Park.

What Drives New-Home Communities in Lakewood Ranch?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 9, 2017 – More than 10,000 residences sold as of January 2017, and the counting still mounts. This running tally ticking like clockwork pretty much lays out the track taken by Lakewood Ranch which is marking its 23rd anniversary in 2017. Located roughly between the cities of Bradenton and Sarasota, these projects creating new homes for sale in Lakewood Ranch largely emerged as part of the housing recovery following the Great Recession.

West Villages Sales Upbeat as Braves Training Center Gains Headway

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 8, 2017 – More home sales could be expected in West Villages even as this master development in North Port, south Sarasota County already reported 526 residences sold in the 2017 first half. Further market momentum on Sarasota homes for sale in this sprawling property looms with the expected finalization of the construction of the Atlanta Braves Spring Training Complex within its enclave of roughly 10,000 acres.

It’s Open Season for Condo Hunters

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, August 2, 2017 – The timing looks right for folks hunting for condominium units and townhouses in Sarasota, as the median sales price for these residential types eased in June on the back of solid gains in new listings of Sarasota condos for sale.

Custom-Built Homes Gaining Traction in Sarasota-Manatee

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 31, 2017 – Personalized luxury custom homes now appear among the strongest segments of the Sarasota-Manatee real estate market. June sales of Sarasota homes for sale priced from the $600s up to the $900s advanced by 27.6 percent to 37 units, while residences sold at that same bracket in Manatee soared 38.5 percent to 36 custom-built dwellings.

What Makes the Market Tick in East Sarasota?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 28, 2017 – East Sarasota communities on the flanks of the Bobby Jones Golf Club, such as Glen Oaks and Eastwood, are getting a generous share of the recent uptick of market activity on Sarasota homes for sale.

Shoreview Models Open at Lakewood Ranch Waterside

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 26, 2017 – Home buyers who have focused their searches on existing Lakewood Ranch communities off University Parkway now have choices other than those at Miramar, Boca Grove and Edgewater Village. On Deer Drive running perpendicular towards south of University Parkway, selling started this July in the newly opened Shoreview in Lakewood Ranch Waterside.

Commercial Developments Perk Up in Charlotte

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 24, 2017 – Commercial development has stepped up in Charlotte County in the wake of significant gains of its residential sector in recent years. Just this July, a new Publix opened on the Burnt Store Promenade just west of Tamiami Trail (US 41). This supermarket’s old building here was completely demolished late last year.

First Bradenton Entertainment District Shaping Up Quick

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 20, 2017 – The drive to create the first entertainment district in Bradenton has gained immediate traction less than a week after city officials unanimously approved several blocks in the heart of Old Manatee for this new lifestyle hub.

Mixed-use Complex Eyed in Venice Island

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 18, 2017 – The residential community of Bellagio on Venice Island may soon be neighbors with a new area amenity. South of this neighborhood, which is host to charming Venice homes for sale, an 11.6-acre parcel is being considered for a mixed-use development consisting of a hotel and retail buildings.

St. Armands Parking Garage Opens 2018

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 17, 2017 – A parking garage is set to begin construction in spring 2018 at St. Armands, host to a life and leisure hub helping drive market interest on Sarasota homes for sale. Two years in its planning stage already, this facility is projected to be completed late 2018.

Parrish Neighborhoods Heat Up with New Builds, Resale Listings

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 14, 2017 – River Plantation in Parrish has become many a realtor’s delight these days, with some 14 pre-owned residences sold since the start of this year, MLS records of Manatee and Sarasota homes for sale show.

Sarasota Region Bats for 100% Green Energy Use

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 12, 2017 – Expect green standards to become a weightier factor amongst Sarasota homes for sale in the years ahead. This June, the members of the Sarasota City Commission in a resolution voted unanimously to support a community-wide campaign towards having 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2045.

Flood Mitigation Set on Harbor Acres

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 10th, 2017 – Residents of Harbor Acres may soon get some relief from floods which have been a constant concern in their area especially during the hurricane season. Starting this July, “open throat” intakes along curbs in this bayfront neighborhood will be installed as part of county measures to address the flooding which this community typically experiences after heavy rains.

Strong Market Desire Noted for Sarasota–Manatee Homes for Sale

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 7th, 2017 – Realtors’ recent statistics showed that closed deals on Sarasota homes for sale for May rose 8.7 percent to 822 units from 756 a year earlier. This is the strongest gain and the most number of homes sold in a month so far this year, following the advances ranging from 2.4 to 8.3 percent from February to April this year.

KB Homes Adds More Roofs in Punta Gorda

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 6, 2017 – This June, the Los Angeles, California-based homebuilder, put on the market three pre-construction single family homes in Oak Harbour, a new community off South Jones Loop Road in Punta Gorda. These new additions to recent listings of Charlotte homes for sale have floor areas ranging from 2,128 to 2,620 square feet designed with three bedrooms and priced between the $200s–$300s range.

Sarasota Flexes Economic Strength from Arts and Culture

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 5th, 2017 – Sarasota has reinforced its claim as Florida’s Cultural Coast, one of the key factors boosting marketability of Sarasota homes for sale. This endearing reputation has been reaffirmed in a recent nationwide survey which showed a robust growth in the economic contribution of arts and culture activities in the county as well as in its neighboring Manatee.

More Homes Coming to Sylvan Lea

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 3, 2017 – The MLS of Sarasota homes for sale would likely have more listings coming soon from the Sylvan Lea community on Porter Road. This June, M/I Homes set the development of a 5.5-acre site next to this heavily wooded property. The Columbus, Ohio-based builder earlier in the month purchased the parcel for $4.4 million, as part of its aggressive expansion in the Sarasota–Manatee region.

Manatee: A Strong Magnet for Investments

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 30, 2017 – Manatee has developed a strong reputation as a business destination in the South Tampa Bay area which consequently bring tailwinds as well for homes for sale in Bradenton. A new report from New York City-based SmartAsset, a financial guidance company, ranked the county No. 7 in its Florida investment index, besting neighboring Hillsborough (No. 8). The rest of the top 10 in the ranking are located in the northeast, central or panhandle parts of the Sunshine State.

Sarasota Workforce and Business Development Blooms

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 29, 2017 – Opportunities on career development and on growing a business, two factors contributing to the market health of Sarasota homes for sale, appear strong in the Manatee–Sarasota region, recent reports indicate. CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, a non-profit focused on providing opportunities for better jobs and wages in the two-county area, reported that from its 2010 inception up to 2016, $10.1 million was invested in the region’s workforce development.

New Home Builds Set at Longbeach Village

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 5th, 2017 – Prices of Sarasota condos for sale showed signs of softening in April, and this trend is likely to persist in the months ahead. Less than a dozen residential properties are currently for sale at the historic Longbeach Village, but it would have an additional 12 soon at the former site of the Longboat Key Center of the Arts which was closed in May.

Funding Eyed for Urgent Manatee Projects

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 27th, 2017 – Manatee County is considering a $1.3 billion gross budget for its next fiscal year which could finally fund priority projects shelved earlier because of the Great Recession. The coming fiscal year marks the first time that the county has abundant discretionary income since that economic debacle induced mainly by the last housing bust.

Shoreview Homes Rising Fast at Waterside

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 6th, 2017 – Prices of Sarasota condos for sale showed signs of softening in April, and this trend is likely to persist in the months ahead. Shoreview, the first community at Lakewood Ranch Waterside, is fast shaping up with one of its builders, Pulte Homes, having started construction of its first two models.

Boca Royale Sales Ramping Up for Neal Communities

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 28th, 2017 – Boca Royale Golf & Country Club in Englewood looms as one of the best-selling properties of Neal Communities for 2017. In April, this Lakewood Ranch-based developer of Manatee and Sarasota homes for sale notched 14 sales in the 800-acre Boca Royale golf community, doubling the seven new homes it sold in March in this property.

Margaritaville: A New Excitement at Harbour Isle

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 4th, 2017 – Market interest on the Harbour Isle community in Harbour Isle on Anna Maria Sound could pick up some more after selling 24 residences during the last 12 months. It was announced this June that a Margaritaville-style community will be developed in this 220-acre waterfront property off Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton.

Sarasota Condo Sale Prices Soften as Inventory Rises

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 29th, 2017 – Prices of Sarasota condos for sale showed signs of softening in April, and this trend is likely to persist in the months ahead. April median prices of condos and townhouses in the county slipped 1.4 percent to $215,000. This marked the first monthly decline in median price since the start of 2017 after double-digit gains of as much as 17 percent during the first three months of the year.

More Home Investors Back in Sarasota?

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 22nd, 2017 – Sellers of single family homes in Sarasota seeking a fast cash sale now appear to have better chances at sealing a quick deal, recent real estate data show. Cash sales on pre-owned residences in the county ramped up 6 percent in April, the first gain in 12 months, indicating renewed investor activity in the area. Cash sales on single family residences in the county have declined by as much as 32 percent in the last 12 months.

North Port Plans More Amenities

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 21st, 2017 – More city services are coming to residents of North Port, the largest and fastest-growing municipality of Sarasota which is again expected to log the sharpest gain in property values amongst municipalities in the county this year. Such a leap could be further strengthened in the future by the recent city approval of a $12 million aquatic center at Butler Park at 6205 West Price Boulevard north of Heron Creek Golf and Country Club.

M/I Homes Expands Footprint to Oasis at West Villages

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 20th, 2017 – National builder M/I Homes has announced that it will soon be building at the West Villages, a fast-growing master-planned development straddling the boundaries of Venice and North Port. Ranked amongst the top 20 U.S. homebuilders in the U.S., this company has set its sights on the master development’s Oasis at West Villages for its first venture in south Sarasota County.

Medallion Girds for 360-home Project off Rye Road

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 1st, 2017 – More roofs loom to be added at the Rye Road corridor that already teems with pre-construction sales listings at the Del Tierra and Rye Wilderness communities in East Manatee. In May, the members of the Manatee County Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of a new community tentatively called Rye Estates/Coddington Subdivision on a 120-acre site between Rye Road and Waterline Road.

Texas Developer’s Payne Park Village Okayed

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 31st, 2017 – Expect a spike on market activity on Sarasota homes for sale around the Alta Vista neighborhood, Ringling Park and Paver Park. This east downtown area will soon join the flurry of construction in the city with the recent approval of Payne Park Village. Work on this new community is expected to commence before the end of 2017, according to its developer, Houston-based David Weekley Homes.

Redevelopment Moves Forward in Southwest Manatee

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 30th, 2017 – Market activity could pick up some more at the condominium community of Wildewood Springs in South Bradenton where some 20 units were sold since January this year. The recent improvements at the Parkwood Professional Center on 26th Street a short distance east of this property could further attract buying interest not only on its available units but also on other nearby Bradenton real estate for sale.

Beneva Communities Look Upbeat as Area Retailers Mull Expansion

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 25th, 2017 – Readings on the market of Sarasota homes for sale in communities flanking Beneva Road, such as those in Glen Oaks and Fairway Oaks must be upbeat, as two nearby shopping centers off this road corridor are on an expansion mode. One of these commercial hubs is Sarasota Commons at 935 N Beneva Road which is now aggressively marketing a potential expansion opportunity of as much as 18,000 square feet on its northern end.

Impact of Venice Workforce Housing Weighed

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 24th, 2017 – Residents and developers of communities off East Laurel Road in Venice are keeping a close eye on a planned workforce housing on Knights Trail Road and its potential impact to local property values. This project cleared its first hurdle this May with the Venice Planning Commission approval of a rezoning of the housing site to allow construction of up to 18 units per acre.

Safety Improvements Set at I-75–SR 64 Interchange

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 23rd, 2017 – Bradenton homes for sale around the Interstate 75 interchange at State Road 64 may pick up some steam from the interchange’s long-anticipated safety improvements which were finally given the green light recently. Costing $39.1 million, the work on the interchange calls for its reconfiguration so that it will handle the traffic far better than its current design, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) said.

Concept Drawn for New Anna Maria Span

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 18th, 2017 – The location of Bradenton Beach condos Sunbow Bay, Sandy Pointe and Westbay Cove promises to get even more scenic, judging from the aesthetical design recommended for the new Anna Maria Island Bridge planned for construction just north of these properties. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has already determined that a high-level fixed bridge will replace the current Anna Maria span built in 1957 at the western end of SR 64.

Hunters Point: New Development Set at Cortez

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 17th, 2017 – Prospective buyers of homes for sale in Cortez will find no builds newer than the residences built in the 2000s at Harbour Landings, but this could soon change. The new construction, moreover, won’t be coming from just at the Peninsula Bay approved last year but also from a revived development west of it. Early this May, plans were submitted for Hunters Point Resort & Marina, a small master-planned development at 124th Street Court West just north of Cortez Road West and east of Cortez Bridge.

Sarasota–Anna Maria Ferry Set for July Opening

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 16th, 2017 – Will daily commuters between Sarasota and Anna Maria Island have ferry and water taxis part of their commuting habits? Two entrepreneurs are convinced of this trend picking up and are investing on it, ventures that could help ease road traffic between the two popular places. One of the investors, Paradise Boat Tours owner Sherman Baldwin, is set to open a ferry this July specifically for local day-trippers from Sarasota to Anna Maria.

Home Demand, Inventory Building Up in South County

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 11th, 2017 – More inventory becoming available is driving the home market higher in Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, and North Port, according to Peter Rivera, president of the realtors’ association covering the south Sarasota County areas. Rivera, in a recent media interview also attributed recent market gains in their territory to home buying ahead of foreseen hikes in interest rate and more buyers engaging the market following the election.

Kolter Launches Artistry Sarasota

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, May 10th, 2017 – The West Palm Beach-based Kolter Group, after entering The Vue, The Mark and The Grande at the Ritz-Carlton in the derby of Sarasota condos for sale, has launched its first community of single family homes in the county. Called Artistry Sarasota, this new residential development is located at the eastern end of Palmer Boulevard where it links to Iona Road east of Bee Ridge Extension.