REASONS TO LIVE IN SARASOTA – SOUTH WEST FLORIDA

When on the topic of “top” places to live, move or retire, Sarasota consistently comes up in conversation. We not only have highly ranked schools, but we are also very popular for our community’s love and involvement in the arts. And let’s not forget about the consistently top-ranked Siesta Key Beach! The unreal powdery white…

Home sales, prices jump in May – South West Florida

By John Hielscher Published: Monday, June 22, 2015 at 11:53 a.m. Home sales remained hot in Southwest Florida during May,  2015 as buyers shrugged off higher prices and kept the region on pace for what could be a second-straight record year. Buyers closed on 2,569 existing single-family homes and condominiums in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte…

Southwest Florida’s real estate boom

By Josh Salman Published: Monday, June 1, 2015 at 1:00 a.m.   SARASOTA COUNTY– Southwest Florida’s real estate boom has made its way to Palmer Ranch a master-planned community in southern Sarasota County marked by prestigious golf courses, wandering families of sandhill cranes and quiet cow pastures. Forgotten by homebuilders during the prolonged slump, the…

Property values still rising in Sarasota County

By Zac Anderson for Herald Tribune Published: Friday, May 22, 2015 at 8:04 p.m. SARASOTA COUNTY – Property values rose substantially in Sarasota County and every local city in 2015, new data released Friday show, providing further evidence of a strong real estate recovery.   A report from the Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s Office put…

The City Of North Port – Sarasota

The City of North Port is conveniently located just minutes from the rich cultural center of Sarasota. But visitors and residents need not travel outside of North Port to have a great time. The city itself has an impressive number of fun outdoor activities to enjoy. Nature hikes and mountain biking can be done along…

Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sure, Florida’s got sunshine, beaches and palm trees. But the driving force behind it being home to many of the nation’s fastest-growing cities has been the return of hospitality, trade and construction jobs.   New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed Florida was home to six of the…

Sarasota name The Happiest City in America to live in

No. 1 Happiest: North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metro area reported the highest well-being on Gallup’s survey. Roughly 30% of the area’s population was at least 65 years old, nearly the highest share compared to other metro areas. Many members of the area’s relatively large elderly population are likely retired. Living in retirement does…

Sarasota: West is best on a Florida state visit

Most of the million or so British tourists who visit Florida each year go for the glitz of Miami or the theme parks of Orlando – and there’s nothing wrong with that. But a discerning minority are now choosing to go to the Gulf of Mexico instead; the “left-hand side” of the state’s peninsula. And…