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Lakewood Ranch Florida is an award-winning master planned community that offers a resort lifestyle fused with a real sense of community. With 8500 acres, Lakewood Ranch is the largest green certified community in the United States. The neighborhoods meander through the nature preserves, golf courses, parks, lakes, and over 150 miles of sidewalks and nature trails.

It is no wonder why Lakewood Ranch is so popular because it offers nearly every amenity you can think of nearby including a state of the art medical facilities, top rated schools, an abundance of cultural events, challenging golf courses, funky boutiques and specialty shops, family events, world class polo, athletic club, tennis, superb restaurants and the list goes on. Plus the development

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Seaplace Longboat Key FLAre you searching for your slice of Paradise? We just listed a gem of a condo at Seaplace on Longboat Key. The owners did a fabulous job on renovations taking the space taking down walls and opening up the living/dining area to beautiful open style living. Sip your morning coffee and enjoy incredible close-up views of the Gulf of Mexico. The view changes every day from crashing waves to a calm still scene where you'll see seagulls and pelicans diving for their catch as sailboats drift in the distance.

New Listing: 2045 Gulf of Mexico Dr #109 Longboat Key, FL 34228

This condominium residence at Seaplace Longboat Key FL features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a screened lanai overlooking the swimming pool, beach and the Gulf. There is a laundry room in the

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Sarasota FloridaSarasota Florida just made another list. This time Portfolio.com named the Sarasota Bradenton area as the number 1 place to retire in the United States.

Portfolio.com used a six point formula to rank the top retirement destinations. Results of the survey for Sarasota-Bradenton show that:

  • Nearly 27 percent of its residents are 65 or older, the fourth-highest concentration of seniors in any market. That’s more than double the national average of 12.9 percent.
  • Bradenton-Sarasota has a median age of 48.1. A median is a midpoint, with half of all residents being older and half being younger. The national median age is 36.8 years.
  • Fully 95 percent of the seniors in Bradenton-Sarasota moved to Florida from another state. Only 53 percent of the
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santa-pug_213The Sarasota area has a full schedule of events and traditions to entice everyone, starting with the Festival of Trees and ending with the New Years Celebrations. Once again, there are a wonderful schedule of Holiday events scheduled here in Sarasota Florida.

Did we miss an event? Just drop us an email or leave a comment at the bottom of the page and we will be happy to add it.

December 2010 Holiday Events


December 1-8

Festival of Trees
Location: Historic Powel Crosley Estate
Time: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Info: 941-722-3244
Web: http://www.bradentongulfislands.com/crosley-estate/
Live entertainment, dozens of gorgeously decorated trees, gingerbread village, antique crosley cars (weekend only)

December 2-12

Mame
Location: The Players Theatre
Time:

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Situated on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, the luxury condos of Positano on Longboat Key offer residents luxurious amenities as well as an unparalleled level of privacy and security. In addition, thanks to the prime location of the condos in the middle of the island, residents of Positano in Longboat Key are also located only a short drive away from all the restaurants, shopping venues and other attractions found at St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota.

Positano - Longboat Key, FLPositano was recently built in 2007 to the most stringent hurricane building codes. With only 29 units ranging in size from 3,156 to 3,319 square feet, residents of Positano enjoy plenty of space and privacy. All residences feature three bedrooms plus a den/office or three bedrooms with a den and

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Retirees and baby boomers are still calling us to ask about popular Sarasota country club real estate. Many of these buyers are avid golfers or tennis enthusiasts and are searching for a second home. Their plan is to visit over the next several years, enjoy their home in Sarasota, lock the house up and head back to real life until retirement. Amenities are the key, and the more amenities available to these buyers, the better the chance of fulfilling their dream of a complete resort lifestyle.

There are several new golf communities in the area, but here are five of the most popular country club communities in Sarasota:

Lakewood Ranch Country Club – a master-planned community offering a Town Center, a gorgeous Club House featuring bar, dining room,

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Saint Armands CircleSt Armands Circle is an exclusive island located just off the coast of Sarasota, Florida that provides an unforgettable experience to visitors from around the world. Over 130 exclusive shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants surround a large European-style roundabout with a park in the middle.

The Beginning

Charles St. Amand, a French pioneer, purchased a Florida mangrove island located just west of the fishing village of Sarasota in 1893. The three tracts of land totaled about 131 acres. St. Amand settled in this area where he fished in the surrounding waters and raised produce. Land deeds later misspelled his name as “Armand” and the name eventually stuck. The island is today called St. Armands Key.

Circus Magnate John Ringling Develops the

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You would never guess that the beautiful island of Casey Key, with its beautiful and elegant homes, famous lifestyle, wonderful beaches, and natural landscaping was once part of a wild region in the late 1840's. U.S. Army Captain John Charles Casey, a graduate of West Point, was sent by the U.S. Government in the mid-1800s to survey the area. Casey was also assigned the task of assisting in the removal of the Seminole Indians from the region during his survey.

The Key was called Chaise’s Key on the 1849 map, and John Casey’s name was on the map marking the area where he was surveying. When Casey’s map was published later in 1856, the name was changed to Casey Key. Since that mistake, several attempts have been made to change the name back to Chaise’s

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Popular with buyers wanting to be close to St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota, Lido Key condos are available in a variety of price ranges. Known as a European style beach community, Lido Key is home to many international residents. Early morning beach walking is a daily occurrence as well as gatherings of friends and visitors for sensational Lido Key sunsets.

Lido Key residents enjoy the beach, shopping and dining on St. Armands as well as visiting cultural events such as the opera, ballet and symphony in downtown Sarasota.

Four Popular Lido Key Condos

Orchid Beach Club – one of Lido Key’s newest condominiums buildings, Orchid Beach Club is a luxurious beachfront building. The amenities in this building are in line with what buyers

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Located along prestigious Gulf of Mexico Drive, the two buildings of the Water Club sit directly on a gorgeous stretch of the Gulf front beaches. The Water Club provides incredible amenities including a Gulf front resort style swimming pool and spa. In addition, there is a 24 hour guard gated entrance as well as outstanding concierge services to its owners and part-time residents. With one of Longboat Key real estate's most beautiful and efficient Club Houses, residents and guests experience the ultimate in luxury including an elegant entry for entertaining, library, game room, fitness center and ballroom for larger functions. In addition to a resort pool, there are lighted Har-Tru tennis courts on the grounds.

Longboat Key offers residents walking and

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