Siesta Key, FL Real Estate News

By Regina Brassil, ABR, AHWD, e-Pro
(True Sarasota Real Estate)
One thing I love about selling Sarasota real estate is being able to share the local traditions and favorite "hole in the wall" places with my clients. What it took me 5 years to discover, I can download to them and allow them to begin to enjoy life here to the fullest - right away! Driving down Clark Road in Sarasota the other day, I was absolutely thrilled to see a sign for the newly opened Broken Egg. The restaurant has been a Siesta Key tradition for as long as I can remember, and beyond. Locals and tourists alike return again and again, willing to wait patiently in the long lines to get a fantastic breakfast. Now located both on Clark Road and in Lakewood Ranch, The Broken Egg has given access to the "mainlanders." Same great food, without the wait times which are a way of life on ...
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By Regina Brassil, ABR, AHWD, e-Pro
(True Sarasota Real Estate)
When people hear Siesta Key, they often think of the world famous beach. Perpetually on the "World's Top Ten Beaches" list, this fabulous stretch of sand is powder fine, pure white and made of 100% quartz. That fact becomes especially important on hot summer days, when you can trek barefoot across a massive expanse of sand which never gets hot. The sunsets on Siesta Key are stuff of legend.  A flat, wide open west facing horizon affords you a front row seat to one of nature's most spectacular shows; one that actually draws applause from spectators on a nightly basis. Siesta Key Village is ofen next on the visitors guide of must-do. The village is a kitschy and fun enclave of shops, restaurants and open air bars that invite you to explore in a casual and fun atmosphere. There is nothing ...
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By Regina Brassil, ABR, AHWD, e-Pro
(True Sarasota Real Estate)
When I first moved to Sarasota, I of course enlisted the help of a local Realtor to assist me in finding a home. (I did not have a license as of yet) . I like to tell the story of how I told the Realtor how much I had to spend, and then added "I would love to have a view of the water, if possible". And ten minutes later, when she stopped laughing, she said "You do mean a swimming pool, right?" :) Ok, that is a slight exaggeration. But I was a bit disappointed to find out that the substantial sum which I had acquired from my home sale in New York was not enough to get me within 4 miles of the beach. That being said, I have an awesome home, and I love it... But the recent market has caused some significant changes on the Keys. The very place where I stood, in awe, nearly a decade ago, whe...
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
Thinking about buying or selling on Siesta Key? It is important to be an educated consumer so you don't overpay if you are buying or leave money on the table if you are selling. Below are some Siesta Key sales statistics for November 2009. Siesta Key, Florida Real Estate Update 32 properties sold in November 2009 on Siesta Key 94 properties currently under contract on Siesta Key Siesta Key Houses 9 single family homes sold $1,150,000 - highest home sales price $450,000 - lowest home sales price $692,955 - average home sales price 155 - Average days on market Siesta Key Condos 23 condos sold $1,800,000 - highest condo sales price $150,000 - lowest condo sales price $530,021 - average condo sales price 400 - average days on market If I can help you buy or sell a home or condo on Siesta K...
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
Looking for a waterfront home on Siesta Key? Take a look at the popular Siesta Isles waterfront community on the island. Many of the homes are on the canal providing great boat access for residents. They can hop on their boat in the back yard and be cruising in the Sarasota bay within minutes.  The homes were primarily built in the 1960's and 1970's. However, some of the homes have been torn down to make way for newer, more modern structures. Currently asking prices in Siesta Isles range from $420,000 to $1,795,000. If you must live on the water on Siesta Key then you should look at the homes for sale in Siesta Isles.
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
Just off the coast of Sarasota, Florida sits the island oasis known as Siesta Key. This 8 mile long paradise is most famous for the beach. Siesta Key beach is white, made up of quartz and feels very refreshing on the skin. The beach was recently rated as the 2nd pretties beach in the country by Dr. Beach. It is ranked in the top 10 year after year. Visitors from all over the world flock to Siesta Key for the pretty sand, relaxed lifestyle and to take a dip in the calm, clear Gulf of Mexico. Siesta Key Homes For Sale Homes vary on the island. With the recent price correction it is now possible to buy a modest homes on the island for less than $300,000. We have not seen those prices for quite some time. On Siesta Key you can find a modest yet cozy home within walking distance to the beac...
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
Palm Bay Club condos on Siesta Key are one of the more popular destinations on the island. The complex runs from the Gulf of Mexico to Sarasota bay on both sides of Midnight Pass Road. There is one tower offering residents spectacular water and beach views as well as 6 midrise complexes. Palm Bay Club is well maintained, not run down despite offering short term rentability. Palm Bay Club 2009 Sales 7 condos sold in 2009 Lowest sales price - $340,000 - 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 870 square feet Highest sales price - $640,000 - 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,300 square feet, Tower condo with water views Averaeg days on market - 239 days Currently for sale in Palm Bay Club 17 condos currently for sale Lowest asking price - $349,000 Highest asking price - $949,000 Average asking price - $520,046 Med...
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
Roberts Point Road is one of the most exclusive streets on Siesta Key. It is quiet, laid back, comfortable and extremely desireable. There are some mega-mansions in Roberts Points on Siesta Key. Located near the north end of Siesta Key it allows residents easy access off the island into Sarasota. Roberts Point residents can be walking along the Siesta Key beach within a few minutes car ride or even a bike ride. Some of the waterfront homes on Roberts Point are nothing short of breathtaking. There are over the top estates with breathtaking views of the Sarasota bay as well as older homes that been extensively remodeled or the unremodeled ones that simply have not been torn to make way for newer homes. If Roberts Point sounds right for your give us a call at 941.812.6272. We would be hap...
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
This is one of my favorite condo complexes on Siesta Key. The great thing about Terrace East are the gorgeous water and beach views, convenience to Siesta Key village and Siesta Key beach within about a 100 feet. You can park here and rarely have to get in the car. Need a meal? You can walk down to Daquiri Deck, Gilligans or the Broken Egg. Everyone is in the village seems relaxed and having a good time. Terrace East condos has 46 condos that were constructed in 1973. Many of the units have been remodeled. As of October 2009 the price ranges of condos for sale range from $649,000 to $995,000. You also won't find a bunch of renters in the Terrace East condos. They don't allow short term rentals in the building. If I can help you buy or sell a Siesta Key condo give me a call at 941.812.6272
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
I had the pleasure of showing a couple of properties in the Sanderling Club yesterday. What a fabulous beach front community on Siesta Key. It is one of the few gated beach front communities in Sarasota, Florida. It is located just south of the Stickney Point bridge on Siesta Key and just south of the Point of Rocks area. This is a very exclusive neighborhood with several beach front estates. Some of the estates have several acres on the water. As of late 2009 you can figure the starting price for getting a home on the beach is the neighborhood of around $2.5 million. The beaches in the Sanderling Club are very private andy ou can walk for miles and miles without seeing very many people. The community offers beach cabana for those who do not live on the beach as well as tennis faciliti...
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
Horizons West condos is a 135 unit community sitting on 6 acres on Siesta Key, Florida. There is a midrise building directly on the beach which offers residents a magnificent view of Siesta Key beach and Gulf of Mexico. The buildings runs parallel to the water so all units have great views. Horizons West also has free standing villas which gives residents the sense of their very own beach home. They are all within a short walk to powdery sands of Siesta Key beach. Another great amenity of Horizons West is their rental policy. They allow 1-7 day rentals which generates a nice income every year. It helps defray some of the cost of ownership like property taxes, maintenance fees and association fees. There is even an on site rental office so you don't have to lift a finger. The sands of S...
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
It was great to see an article about Siesta Key beach in a recent New York Times article. I post some of the article below: If They Gave Awards for Sand ... Well, They Do   SUMMER may seem an odd time to flee to Florida, but thanks to a happy accident of geology, there’s one small island there that may be better to visit the more the mercury rises. “Do you really have to put this in your paper?” asked a frequent visitor, Linda Guckenberger of Columbus, Ind. “Siesta Key is a hidden treasure, especially in the summer. The heat in Indiana is oppressive in August, so when we tell people we’re going to Florida, they think we’re nuts. They say, ‘Why aren’t you going north?’ ” Siesta Key, an eight-mile-long, crescent-shaped barrier island on the Gulf Coast south of Sarasota, is becoming more p...
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By Judie Berger, Sarasota Luxury Homes Expert
(Premier Sothebys International Realty)
     Siesta Key's famous soft white powdery beach is unsurpassed in its beauty. Residents and tourists alike marvel at its beauty from dawn until late evening romantic sunsets.   But just back from that marvelous beach is an artist and writer's colony, with shops, fine restaurants and boutiques, as well as homes and condos to match every taste.      The Travel Channel said of Siesta Key; "Relaxing is easy on Siesta Key; sand soft and white as sugar, brilliant sunshine and azure waters abound.  But be prepared - with so much to see and do, it's almost impossible to lie idle on this island!"       Siesta Key real estate includes every imaginable form of home from simple beachfront seasonal and year-round waterfront homes and condos to elegant estates.      Go sailing, boating or fishing e...
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
Let's assume you have $100,000,000 burning a hole in your pocket and you want to buy a vacation home on Siesta Key.  Which property would you buy and why? 1) Siesta Key Waterfront Home This home is located on the north end of Siesta Key and has stunning views of the Sarasota bay and downtown Sarasota skyline. It is a great for boating enthusiasts. However, it is not on the beach and not within walking distance of it. It is a 7 bedroom, 8.5 bathroom, 6,456 square foot home with a 75,712 square foot lot on the water. Property Description Discover Sarasota's most admired waterfront property offering a perfect balance between serene beauty and understated luxury overlooking crystal blue waters and the Downtown skyline. Set on nearly two acres including 500' of sea walled- waterfrontage, thi...
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By Eric P. Thompson, Sarasota, Florida
(Park Place Realty Network)
  Siesta Key Florida shopping has the usual tourist attraction shops. I would highly recommend a visit to St. Armands Circle- famous for its first rate shops and boutiques- which is adjacent to Longboat Key on the south end of the island. 
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By Axel Weiss, Sea to Sky Realty
(Bradenton Realtor and Sarasota Homes for Sale)
"Dr. Beach", alias Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman (Direktor der Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research und anerkannter Experte auf dem Gebiet der Küsten-Prozesse) hat diese Woche bereits zum 19. Mal eine Liste der besten Strände in den USA veröffentlicht. Hierbei darf natürlich die Golfküste Floridas nicht fehlen! Auf den sensationellen Platz 2 seiner Top Ten hat Dr. Beach diesmal den traumhaften Strand von Siesta Key, Sarasota gewählt. Besonders beeindruckt hat Dr. Beach der extrem feine und weiße Sand, der auf der Welt seinesgleichen sucht und jährlich Urlauber aus allen Ländern anzieht. Auch das klare warme Wasser, das zum stundenlangen Baden einlädt, sowie der breite, zu Freitzeitaktivitäten einladende Strand haben ihn fasziniert. Insgesamt erfolgte die Entsch...
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By Andree Huffine
(Coldwell Banker Real Estate)
A home with great "curb appeal" has a major advantage over other homes when it comes to making it available for sale and so it makes sense to do  a little bit of work on the front of your home which can pay big dividends in how fast your home sells and how much it sells for, according to Rich Stover, an experienced Sarasota Florida real estate Realtor..     When a potential buyer pulls up in front of your home, their first impression is absolutely crucial. Sometimes buyers won't even look at a home with droopy shutters, sagging gutters, peeling paint or a bumper crop of wweds or overgrown shrubs in the front yard. Worse, if they do see these sorts of things, they might come in expecting a "fixer-upper" that they can buy a a bargain price."     If a home looks from the outstide, at it's ...
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By Annette Smith, Sarasota Real Estate Agent
(Allen Real Estate Services, Inc.)
Summer Cove, a private bayside community on Siesta Key is located at the site of the old Summerhouse Restaurant.  Completed in 2007 Summer Cove consists of a 9-floor highrise and a and a 5-floor midrise.  These two buildings house 45 total residences.  Luxury abounds at Summer Cove and many owners enjoy spacious balconies with sensational views of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Amenities at Summer Cove include: Kayak and Canoe Launch Bayfront Pool and Spa Fitness Center Lounge Club Room Media Room Catering Kitchen The Club House at Summer Cove is the old Summerhouse Restaurant completely renovated.  This building uses expansive windows and few walls.  Residents and visitors enjoy fabulous views of Florida tropical foliage.  If you are interested in a purchasing a cond on Siesta Ke...
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By Annette Smith, Sarasota Real Estate Agent
(Allen Real Estate Services, Inc.)
Located just minutes from Siesta Key's south bridge, Crescent condos are an easy access to shopping, dining and the mainland.  Residents enjoy an island lifestyle with walks on the beach and sensation vistas of waterfront living. Crescent condos werebuilt in 2006.  Utilizing contemporary architectural details, these Siesta Key condos provide a modern style of luxury to Crescent Beach.  Each unit is different in this 26 unit complex and owners' luxurious styles are individualized. Top of the line amenities are available to residents of Crescent: Private beach access Beach front pool and spa Sundeck Outdoor grill and fireplace Fitness center Media room Covered Parking There are currently 5 units available at Crescent, a mid-rise condominium building, ranging in price fro $1,249,000 for a ...
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By Marc Rasmussen, Sarasota Real Estate
(DWELL Real Estate)
Have you ever been to Siesta Key? Go with me on a drive through this island paradise located off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. I shot a little bit of footage of homes, condos, the beach and Siesta Key village.   If you want to learn more about this fabulous vacation spot visit my Siesta Key real estate page.    
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