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October
3

Barn Door Tips

Barn doors look lovely in country chic homes and even in some cottage-style houses. They work well as closet doors, pantry doors, and even as laundry room doors. While there are plenty of pre-made barn doors for sale, making your own barn door is a fun project — and a great way to personalize your new home! Follow these steps from our real estate agents to make your own barn door.

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September
26

Anna Maria Island

Who says you need to leave home to enjoy a vacation? When you live near Anna Maria Island, staycations are just as fun as any exotic getaway. Whether you live on the island or want to rent a local property for your getaway, here are five things you can do around Anna Maria Island at any time during the year.

  • Visit Coquina Beach
    No Florida staycation is complete without a trip to the beach, and Coquina Beach is one of the best on Anna Maria Island. With everything from changing stations to picnic tables and grills and plenty of space for games like volleyball and Frisbee, you'll have everything you need for a full day of fun. When you're ready to wind down, you can stroll down Coquina Baywalk, a short, easy wheelchair-accessible trail that takes you on a picturesque journey along the island's coastline.

  • Go Kayaking in the Mangroves
    Florida's coastline is known for its uniquely beautiful mangrove forests. These marshy areas are filled with tall, densely rooted trees sprouting straight out of the slow-moving water, combining land and sea in a way that few other landscapes can match. Places like Bimini Bay and the Robinson Preserve are full of mangroves that are perfect for some quiet kayaking.

    You're free to head out on your own, but guided tours are also available for people who want a bit more structure during their outing. Most of these tours include the cost of kayak rentals in the booking price, so they're a great option if you don't have a kayak of your own. 

Parasailing

  • Go Parasailing
    After you've toured Anna Maria Island and sailed its surrounding waters, there's still one more way to explore this gorgeous place: by air. Parasailing is an easy and fun way to see the island from a whole new angle. It's thrilling to soar a few meters above the water, and most people find it much more approachable than similar activities like hang gliding. 

    There are many boat captains offering parasailing tours off the Anna Maria coastline, and some will even take you further into the Gulf of Mexico if you ask. 

  • Explore Bridge Street
    When you need a break from the sun, you can head over to Anna Maria's famous Bridge Street. Take your time sightseeing among the beautiful old buildings, grab some lunch on a seaside patio, and stop into a shop or two. 

    There are also plenty of experiences to enjoy while exploring this area. The street contains several galleries filled with works by notable local artists, and many are free to enter. You can also visit The Fish Hole Miniature Golf to play a round of mini-golf that your whole family is sure to enjoy. Don't forget to stop by the street's 700-foot pier, the only place where you can enjoy a leisurely walk over the sea-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. 

  • Take a Sunset Cruise
    Want an unforgettable date night activity? A sunset cruise around Anna Maria Island may be just what you're looking for. There are many boats available for private and group evening tours around the 7-mile island. You'll enjoy fresh sea breezes, get a chance at spotting dolphins and manatees, and finish your ride with a view of a glorious sunset. 

Life around Anna Maria Island is so blissful that it makes every day feel like a vacation. Contact us today to take a look at our roster of properties in this area, including many Sarasota homes for sale just 20 minutes away from Anna Maria Island. We'll help you make all your seaside dreams come true.

September
19

sarasota fall

Fall is when temperatures start to cool off in the Sarasota area, but the end of summer doesn't mean the fun is over on the Florida Gulf Coast. In fact, it's quite the opposite. 

The arrival of fall brings a plethora of fun outdoor festivals, markets, and events in Sarasota and Bradenton. It's good timing because fall is the perfect season to spend time outside in Florida. These are some of the upcoming events that our real estate agents are most excited about.

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September
12

Rental Program

Renting out a home, condo, or other housing can be a great source of additional income, whether you're dealing in short-term vacation rentals or properties that are leased annually. But with the potential for profit also comes a great deal of work, from finding the right tenants to collecting rent and maintaining your property. The tasks associated with renting out your property are not only time-consuming, but it's also easy for something to go wrong.

That's why our company - through our real estate agents and a team of rental experts - offers a property management program to make things easier for you if you're renting out your property. In fact, our team currently manages more than 1,200 properties, including annuals, short/long term, and vacation rentals in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. The following are some of the benefits of utilizing a rental program.

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September
6

community theater

Theater season is just around the corner, and our real estate agents are already excited about the upcoming performances. Community theater is so important in our area as it serves as both a fun escape and an artistic platform for our local performers. This year's calendar is full of musicals, dramas, comedies, and even family performances, so there is sure to be something for everyone. Here are a few of the highlights that we're looking forward to the most:

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August
22

Tippecanoe Environmental Park

Florida is simply brimming with fun outdoor activities for the whole family. One place our real estate agents highly recommend visiting is Tippecanoe Environmental Park. Whether you spend an hour here or a whole day, you're bound to leave feeling relaxed and more connected to nature. Here are the key details you should know before your visit.

  • Location and Logistics
    Tippecanoe Environmental Park is located south of Sarasota, a few miles west of Port Charlotte homes for sale. It's not far from Port Charlotte Beach Park. In fact, you could visit both on the same day. The easiest way to reach the environmental park from Sarasota or Bradenton is to take the 41 south to Murdock.

    The address is 2400 El Jobean Rd., Port Charlotte, FL 33948.

    You can visit Tippecanoe Environmental Park between the hours of 6 am and 9 pm. 

  • An Overview
    Tippecanoe Environmental Park is a nature preserve, which means it's protected land. It encompasses nearly 400 acres, some of which are marshes and swamps. There's also a good amount of pine forest within the preserve. This is one of the things that makes it such an appealing place to visit — you get to see several different ecosystems. 

    A creek called Sam Knight Creek runs through the preserve. It later feeds into Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve.

  • Canoeing and Kayaking
    Tippecanoe Environmental Park is a great place to paddle. You can paddle through Sam Knight Creek or through some of the deeper swamps. There are several canoe launches throughout the park that you can use. So, put your kayak on top of the car, head out for a paddle, and stop to see some Sarasota homes for sale on your way home.

  • Hiking and Walking
    If you're not in the mood to paddle, then you can walk through the park instead. There are about 7 miles of trails through the land. Most of the trail is packed with limestone, which makes for comfortable walking. Even when it is wet, there is very little mud to worry about. There are a few picnic areas and seating areas where you can enjoy a packed lunch or a snack.

    Bug spray is highly recommended for this hike. The marshlands attract a lot of insects, including mosquitoes and black flies.

    Cycling is permitted on some of the trails at Tippecanoe Environmental Park. There is a bike rack at the trailhead in case you want to bike a little, then leave your bike and hike a bit.

  • Plants and Animals
    There are always a lot of water birds in the park's marshlands. Watching the egrets dip their heads into the water for fish is fun. Several species of lizards and frogs call the park home, too. 

    Definitely take the time to stop and admire the Mangrove trees. These unique trees send shoots from their branches down into the water. Those shoots slowly develop into new roots for the tree, taking up water from the swamp. 

The next time you're looking at Bradenton homes for sale, drive a little further south and visit Tippecanoe Environmental Park in Charlotte County. Whether you bring a kayak or just take a walk along the hiking trails, you'll love the natural beauty and the abundance of wildlife. Contact us if you're still looking for a place to call home. We'll tell you more about our Florida real estate services.

August
8

Sarasota County Spas

Bypass the typical Monday blues on August 15 by joining our real estate agents in celebrating National Relaxation Day. Give yourself some well-deserved pampering at these luxurious spas in Sarasota County. 

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August
1

Trails in Manatee County

The early bird may get the worm, but the early riser around Bradenton homes for sale gets something much better: spectacular sunrise views. Our real estate agents love to start their day with an early morning walk along these Manatee County trails.

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