Title /blog/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:01:35 -0500 Creative Traffic Solutions for Downtown and Siesta Key http://www.sarasotaandbeyond.com/blog/posts/2017/01/22/creative-traffic-solutions-for-downtown-and-siesta-key/ <p>City and county leaders are on the verge of hailing new, creative efforts to reduce traffic congestion in downtown Sarasota and on Siesta Key. Electric-vehicle shuttle service, as well as open-air trolley service, are among the proposed solutions.</p> Sarasota Real Estate Sarasota Lifestyles Sarasota Tourism Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:01:35 -0500 Boutique resort opens at Siesta gateway - Siesta Key Palms Hotel http://www.sarasotaandbeyond.com/blog/posts/2016/08/09/boutique-resort-opens-at-siesta-gateway-siesta-key-palms-hotel/ <h3><em>New owner has given 1950s building a complete facelift</em></h3> <p><strong>21-room Siesta Key Palms Hotel, a boutique style resort with a five-star attitude</strong></p> <p>Henry Rodriguez has taken motel more than a half century old at the gateway to Siesta Key and spun it into a luxury, boutique resort.</p> <p>It&#39;s an Old Florida environment &mdash; without feeling so old.&nbsp;[...]</p> Sarasota Lifestyles Florida Tourism Sarasota Tourism Tue, 09 Aug 2016 09:28:00 -0400 1500 State Street -Downtown Sarasota Sophisticated Urban Lifestyles http://www.sarasotaandbeyond.com/blog/posts/2016/08/07/1500-state-street-downtown-sarasota-sophisticated-urban-lifestyles/ <h2>Coming to Downtown Sarasota</h2> <p><strong>1500 State Street - Boutique Condo of only 20 residences</strong>. This unsurpassed location is near all that makes downtown Sarasota such a great place to live. One of the best walkable areas, you&#39;re moments to the Sarasota Bayfront, Marina Jack, great cultural venues, shopping and [...]</p> Sarasota Lifestyles Sun, 07 Aug 2016 12:19:01 -0400 Local Home Price Increases Outpace State and Nation http://www.sarasotaandbeyond.com/blog/posts/2016/08/05/local-home-price-increases-outpace-state-and-nation/ <p>Home prices in Southwest Florida are still outpacing state and national increases.</p> <p>Single-family home prices rose 7.8 percent in the Sarasota-Manatee region in June over the year, data provider CoreLogic reported Tuesday.</p> <p><em>Florida posted the nation&#39;s sixth-highest home appreciation rate. But home values in the state remain 23.9 percent off their pre-recession peaks.</em>&nbsp;[...]</p> Sarasota Real Estate Sarasota Home Prices Fri, 05 Aug 2016 20:08:40 -0400 Florida Sets Another Tourism Record http://www.sarasotaandbeyond.com/blog/posts/2016/06/01/florida-sets-another-tourism-record/ <span style="font-size: 0.7em; line-height: 1.3;">The broader economy might be throwing out some mixed signals, but Florida tourism was showing no signs of waning during the first three months of 2016.</span> <p> While the nation&#39;s&nbsp;gross domestic product&nbsp;saw a mere 0.5 percent bump in annual growth rate during the first quarter, and as retailers struggled with a customer base that is more prone to [...]</p> Florida Tourism Sarasota Tourism Wed, 01 Jun 2016 20:06:23 -0400 Home Prices Continue to Rise - Sarasota Real Estate Report http://www.sarasotaandbeyond.com/blog/posts/2016/02/27/home-prices-continue-to-rise-sarasota-real-estate-report/ <p> <span style="font-size: 16.2px; line-height: 14.56px;">The end of 2015 witnessed record-breaking sales for both&nbsp;Sarasota and Manatee counties. January sales reflected the expected seasonal dip as a result of reduced buying activity during the holidays, even as median prices continued to rise.[...]</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Market Statistics Sarasota Real Estate Sarasota Real Estate Market Report Sat, 27 Feb 2016 15:02:22 -0500 New Hotel Planned for Rosemary District http://www.sarasotaandbeyond.com/blog/posts/2015/12/22/new-hotel-planned-for-rosemary-district/ <p> A Boston developer plans to build a boutique hotel in the city&#39;s Rosemary District, joining a throng of new projects targeting the hospitality industry.</p> <p> The 76-room hotel, called <strong>The Sarasota Modern</strong>, is planned on about one acre at the southwest corner of Boulevard of the Arts and Cocoanut Avenue, just east of U.S. 41.</p> <p style="font-weight: inherit;font-style: inherit"> The five-story building would include a 151-seat restaurant, outdoor pool, juice bar and gym and spa, according to plans recently filed with the [...]</p> Sarasota Real Estate Sarasota Tourism Sarasota New Construction Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:22:00 -0500 Signs of Life for Sarasota Quay Development http://www.sarasotaandbeyond.com/blog/posts/2015/12/17/signs-of-life-for-sarasota-quay-development/ <p><a href= "http://files.usmre.com/5379/blog/misc/Sarasota_Bayside.jpg"></a>The owner of the former <a href= "http://sarasotaandbeyond.idxbroker.com/i/sarasota" target= "_blank">Sarasota</a> Quay property is taking initial steps toward development.</p> <p style="font-weight: inherit;font-style: inherit">GreenPointe Communities, which paid $27 million for the 14-acre bayfront site last December, expects to submit a formal development plan to the city of Sarasota early 2016.</p> <p style="font-weight: inherit;font-style: inherit">The project, called "<strong>Sarasota Bayside</strong>," will - for now - retain the scope of the development that was approved eight years ago, GreenPointe regional president Rick Harcrow said [...] Sarasota Real Estate Sarasota Lifestyles Sarasota Home Buyers Sarasota New Construction Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:13:16 -0500 Sarasota Market Remains Strong in October 2015 http://www.sarasotaandbeyond.com/blog/posts/2015/12/04/sarasota-market-remains-strong-in-october-2015/ <p><a href= "http://idxbropamcharron.usmblogs.com/files/2015/06/SAR-Manatee-Assn.jpg"> </a>The October <a href="http://sarasotaandbeyond.com/communities/" target= "_blank">real estate market</a> in Sarasota and Manatee counties remained strong, with overall sales slightly lower than September and last October, but median sale prices up substantially over last year at this [...] Sarasota Real Estate Sarasota Real Estate Market Report Sarasota Home Buyers Fri, 04 Dec 2015 09:35:11 -0500 Florida Breaking Tourism Record in 2015 http://www.sarasotaandbeyond.com/blog/posts/2015/11/27/florida-breaking-tourism-record-in-2015/ <p><a href= "http://files.usmre.com/5379/blog/misc/florida-sunset-1241593.jpg"></a>The Sunshine State welcomed an estimated 79.1 million visitors during the first nine months of 2015, the most of any such period in Florida's history.</p> <p>The nine-month count was a 5.5 percent increase when compared with the same period in 2014.</p> <p>The third quarter of this year saw an estimated 25.5 million visitors, an increase of 6.8 percent, [...] Sarasota Recreation Florida Tourism Sarasota Tourism Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:21:21 -0500