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January
3

Set Sail in 2022 Near Siesta Key

Siesta Key

Centrally located with easy access to the Gulf, Sarasota Bay, and a wide variety of local waterways, Siesta Key is a sailor's dream. Whether you're new to sailing with a desire to learn the ropes or you've been spending time on the water for decades, you'll feel right at home with the sailing community in Southwest Florida. Ready to set sail into a new year? Our real estate agents have the details on all that you can look forward to when sailing near Siesta Key in 2022.

If you love spending time around the water, then the beaches and waterways near Siesta Key homes for sale offer endless opportunities for your outdoor excursions. As a barrier island, Siesta Key offers easy access to the water, along with a collection of outstanding marinas where you can ensure that your sailboat is always ready for your next adventure.

  • Learning to Sail
    New to sailing and excited about living in a community where you can pursue a new passion for spending time on the water? Many of the marinas and sailing charter companies around Siesta Key offer excellent educational programs that can teach you everything you need to know to enjoy life on the water. Build your skills with classes for all experience levels, learn the specifics of navigating local waterways, and get certified to pilot a wide variety of watercraft.

  • Local Marinas
    Siesta Key is also a welcoming place for anyone who already owns a watercraft or is shopping for a new one. There are countless local marinas that help you keep your craft in top shape and provide a place to set sail whenever you please. And it's not just about maintenance or convenience. Many local marinas are home to vibrant communities that make it easy to connect with other sailing enthusiasts.

  • Easy Access to the Water on Bayou Louise
    Marinas are great, but what about when you want to set sail from a dock in your backyard? Bayou Louise, which runs through the northern edge of Siesta Key, is a protected waterway that provides easy access to Sarasota Bay and tons of other local waterways. If you're shopping for a home that makes it easy to spend time on the water, the area around Bayou Louise is the perfect place to start.

  • Tons of Nearby Waterways to Explore
    One of the great things about living in Siesta Key is that it's centrally located near so many other great coastal communities and waterways. You're likely to spend plenty of time on nearby Sarasota Bay as you pass by Sarasota homes for sale. Then there's the scenic Manatee River, which runs past Bradenton homes for sale and provides access to tons of smaller waterways along the coast. There are multiple smaller bays to explore before you reach Tampa Bay, and of course, the Gulf of Mexico is always waiting for you.

  • Beaches, Fresh Seafood, and So Much More
    There's plenty to enjoy when you're on solid ground around Siesta Key as well, with all of the attractions that you'd expect from a coastal Florida community and so much more. Needless to say, the beaches are pristine, the local, waterfront seafood restaurants are second to none, and the sunsets are so spectacular that you'll want to watch them every single evening.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy time on the water around Siesta Key? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Siesta Key, FL area.

September
20

Why People are Moving to Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Sarasota Moving

People are flocking to the Sarasota area! Statistics recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that between 2010 and 2020, Sarasota's growth rate was nearly double that of the nation as a whole. While the growth rate of the U.S. population over the 10-year period was 7.4%, Sarasota grew at 14.4%, and nearby Manatee County grew at a shocking 23.8%.

Every day, our real estate agents work with buyers who are competing for the best Sarasota homes for sale. What is it about this area that's so attractive? From gorgeous weather to award-winning beaches, there's so much to love about living in the Sarasota area. Here's a closer look at some of the most important benefits. 

  • No State Income Tax
    The lack of a state income tax is one of the biggest benefits of living in Florida. Since so many visitors come to Florida each year, they pay the taxes for us! Tourists pay a 7% sales tax on the state level. On the county level, hotel stays and short-term property rentals are also subject to a 5% tourism tax. While this may seem annoying when you're visiting, once you become a resident, you'll love being able to hold onto your hard-earned dollars. 
  • Strong Job and Employment Market
    If you're still working, you'll be glad to know that the Sarasota area has a strong economy and a low unemployment rate. Some of the top industries in the area include healthcare, hospitality, education, professional services, retail, and trades. 
  • Culture and Performing Arts
    From the Ringling Museum and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to the Sarasota Ballet and the Van Wezel Performing Art Center, there are many diverse cultural and performing arts attractions in the area. In fact, Sarasota has been named Florida's "Cultural City," thanks to its active theatrical and performing arts scene. 
  • Incredible Dining Options
    There are almost countless dining venues and drinking establishments in the Sarasota area. From incredible fine dining and casual cafes to upscale wine bars to local breweries, there's something here for everyone. Some of the most popular entertainment destinations in the area include Siesta Key, Downtown Sarasota, St. Armand's Circle, and Lakewood Ranch. 
  • Award-Winning Beaches
    Sarasota's beaches receive recognition nationwide. Siesta Key Beach has been named the number one beach in America multiple times thanks to its powdery, sugar-like sand. Other beaches throughout the county are also some of the most popular in the state of Florida.  
  • A Year-Round Playground
    Sarasota has an average of 251 sunny days each year and an average year-round temperature of 73 degrees. It's the perfect location for anyone who enjoys being out on the water boating, kayaking, or swimming. The city of Sarasota was also named the #1 Best Place to Retire nationwide by U.S. News & World Report. 
  • Affordable Real Estate
    Despite all of these incredible benefits, real estate in Sarasota and Bradenton is still relatively affordable. In fact, many residents find that owning a home here is often less expensive than renting. At the beginning of 2021, the average home price here was $319,793, and the median rent was $1,995 per month.

Finding your dream home in Florida can be a challenge, but it's much easier when you work with a great agent. The experts at Wagner Realty have access to all the best Sarasota and Bradenton homes for sale, and we want to help you! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

June
21

Summer Lawn Care: How to Install a Sprinkler System

Summer Lawn Care

Your dream house has a beautiful yard with grass, trees, shrubs, even a flower garden. There are plenty of Sarasota homes for sale that fit the bill. Our real estate agents can help you find the one that meets your needs. Caring for your new lawn, though, is up to you.

One of the most important aspects of lawn care is water - giving the area just enough water, just often enough, without doing it too much or too frequently. To do that, you'll need a sprinkler system that's designed just for your lawn's needs. You can have it professionally installed, but as long as you're reasonably handy, you might prefer to go the DIY route instead and install it yourself. Here are some tips for installing your sprinkler system.

What You'll Need

Before you begin the installation, you need to make sure you have all your tools and materials ready. Here's a list of what you'll need:

  • PVC Pipes and Fittings. PVC pipe is sturdy and durable but easier to work with than metal, so you can cut it down to lengths of whatever size you need. The fittings let you put the pipe segments together in different formations, as needed: elbow fittings, for joining two lengths together around a curve, and T-fittings, for joining three.
  • Sprinkler Heads. The most important part of your sprinkler system. You can choose the direction of the spray, as well as how much and in what pattern. You'll also need risers to connect the heads to the PVC pipe.
  • Timer. Allows you to set when and how often your lawn gets watered. A smart timer can automatically adjust to weather conditions so it doesn't go off when it's raining.
  • Valves. The valves allow you to control how much water flows through your sprinklers. They're accessed through a valve box and connected to the system with wiring.
  • Drains. These remove the excess water from the pipes when the sprinklers aren't on. It can be done either manually or automatically.
  • Backflow Prevention. Sometimes, water from the soil can flow back into your water supply, contaminating it with dirt and bacteria. A backflow prevention valve keeps this from happening.

What to Do

The first step is to find the pipe that you'll be using as the water source for your sprinkler system. Water will flow from that pipe through all of your PVC pipes and be distributed to your lawn. Check the pressure of that pipe to make sure it's up to the job.

Next, dig trenches around your yard in the pattern in which you want to place your sprinklers. Also, dig one from the water main to where you want to place your valve box, and dig a hole for the valve box. Dig the trenches between four and twelve inches deep. You'll want to rent a trenching machine to help you get them the right width and depth. Then, lay the PVC pipes in the trenches.

This is just the basics. There's a lot more to know about sprinkler installation. Don't attempt to install your own sprinklers unless you know what you're doing or have an expert on hand to help you. If you're unsure, call a professional.

If you're looking for Bradenton homes for sale with great lawns that are perfect for DIY gardening projects like this, contact us! We'll help you find the home of your dreams!

May
25

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in the Sarasota and Manatee Area

Dog Friendly Restaurants

Sarasota and Manatee Counties feature many fun places to dine, many of which offer fresh local seafood and fabulous water views. Some will also let you bring your dog with you as you enjoy their restaurant.

Our real estate agents suggest taking your pooch to the following dog-friendly restaurants in the Sarasota and Manatee area:

  1. Sun Garden Cafe - 210 Avenida Madera, Siesta Key, FL 34242
    Sun Garden Cafe, which serves lunch and dinner, offers locally caught fish, locally grown produce, farm-fresh eggs, and artisan foods from around the world. Feel free to wear your flip-flops and dine inside or outside. Well-behaved dogs are always welcome, so if you buy one of our Siesta Keys homes for sale, you can bring your pooch with you.

  2. Owens Fish Camp - 516 Burns Ct #7030, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Located near Sarasota homes for sale, Owens Fish Camp brings in local fish from the Bay every day. The atmosphere is casual old Florida, where you can try a craft beer with your seafood and eat at one of the front porch tables with your dog. A huge Banyan tree out front and a tire swing out back add to the laid-back, comfortable vibe.

  3. Turtle Beach Grill - 8865 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, FL 34242
    Located across from Turtle Beach near Sarasota homes for sale, the Turtle Beach Grill has dog-friendly dining on their outside patio deck. You'll be able to enjoy live entertainment on the deck Thursdays-Sundays from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Visit the Turtle Beach Grill for lunch, dinner, or drinks, and you can even arrive by boat and dock at Bayfront Yachtworks.

  4. Gulf Drive Cafe - 900 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
    The Gulf Drive Cafe has been a popular fixture in Bradenton Beach since 1981, and it's easy to see why. The dog-friendly restaurant offers amazing views since it sits on 2 acres of waterfront on the Gulf of Mexico near Bradenton Beach homes for sale. Fresh seafood is a mainstay of the lunch and dinner menus, and while you're enjoying your meal, you can also have a cold cocktail and listen to live entertainment. And if you time it right, you can catch a multi-colored sunset from your restaurant view.

  5. The Waterfront Restaurant & Craft Bar - 111 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, FL 34216
    Whether you have a picky or an adventurous palate, you'll find something to love at The Waterfront Restaurant & Craft Bar, located near Anna Maria homes for sale. Utilizing fresh, natural flavors, the restaurant serves recognizable favorites as well as rare seasonal items. Try a selection from the micro-brew and wine bar and sit at the open-air patio that has views of Tampa Bay.

Even pets love calling the Sunshine State home! Contact us today to learn more about what homeowners enjoy about living in the Sarasota and Manatee area. 

April
5

Where to Get Farm-Fresh Produce in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Produce Stands in Bradenton

Spring is in the air, and that can only mean one thing... farm-fresh produce isn't far behind! It's something we look forward to every year. 

Of course, here in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, the growing season never really ends. But the arrival of spring still has our real estate agents excited to hit these local farmers markets in search of the freshest crops of spring. For fresh produce this season, be sure to stop by these local markets. 

  1. Oneco Farmers Market - 5108 15th St E Unit 501, Bradenton, FL 34203
    The Oneco Farmers Market is one of those places where you truly never know what you might find. Sure there are the staples, like fresh fruits and vegetables from some of Florida's finest growers. But this market also hosts vendors of all kinds, offering an astonishing variety of handmade crafts and unique foods. Located in a former big-box store just minutes from these Bradenton homes for sale, the Oneco Farmers Market is a true gem in Manatee County. 

  2. Sarasota Farmers Market - 1517 State St Suite 103, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Established in 1979, the Sarasota Farmers Market is one of the oldest markets in the area and one of the most reliable. They're open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 7 am to 1 pm. The market also features a dizzying array of vendors, offering everything from farm-fresh produce and house plants to artisan baked goods and organic skincare products. It's truly an incredible place to find just about anything, and it's mere footsteps from many Sarasota homes for sale.

  3. Detwiler's Farmer's Market - 2881 Clark Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231
    Fresh, healthy food is never hard to come by at Detwiler's Farmer's Market. Not only do they have prime fruits and vegetables of every kind imaginable, but also a full-service butcher shop and seafood shop, an Amish-style deli, natural groceries, a wellness department, and a farmhouse bakery. There's even an old-fashioned ice cream shop that serves amazing local ice cream. Or stop by their other locations, including one near Palmetto homes for sale. 

  4. Siesta Key Farmers Market - 5104 Ocean Blvd, Siesta Key, FL 34242
    Open in Siesta Village every Sunday from 8 am until 12 pm, the Siesta Key Farmers Market is always a fun place to browse in search of something special. You'll find homemade candles, local honey, specialty teas and coffees, paintings and crafts from local artists, handmade jewelry, and artisan soaps. And of course, you can always count on local farmers to bring in their latest crops. The offerings here often change with the seasons, so you'll want to visit Siesta Key Farmers Market again and again. 

  5. Bradenton Farmers Market - 400 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    The Downtown Bradenton Farmers Market is a favorite destination for Bradenton locals. Open every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm on Old Main Street, it's more than just a place to buy fresh fruits and veggies. It's a social event, a central gathering place, and a crucial part of the community. The market offers live entertainment, games and activities, amazing food, and of course, an astonishing array of vendors selling everything under the sun. 

We just love springtime in Florida! Contact us to learn more about life in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, and be sure to ask our team about finding your Florida dream home today.

March
15

6 Tips for Avoiding Vacation Rental Scams

Vacation RentalThe Internet has made planning vacations a breeze. But along with the ease of booking travel and accommodation on the web, we've also seen a rise in the incidence of vacation scams. 

It's all too easy to be fooled into thinking that a great bargain for a beautiful vacation property you're trying to rent is for real, when in fact, you've been had by scammers who have taken your money and run with it.

Here are 6 tips that can help you avoid vacation rental scams while you're booking your dream vacation.

Avoiding Vacation Rental Scams

  1. Too Good to be True?
    You know the old truism: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers try to reel you in with deeply discounted vacation rentals. All too often, these properties do not exist, or if they do, they belong to someone else. Be sure to check pricing on similar rental properties in the same location to see if the price is realistic.

  2. Does the Property Really Exist?
    As mentioned earlier, it's possible the property doesn't even exist. The scammer may have grabbed a picture from another website or is using an address from another property. You can try to verify that the property exists with a couple of Google searches.

  3. Research the Owner
    Research the owner's name, address of the property, and images. Check out the owner of the rental website, as well as the individual who pays property taxes. Beware if you are asked to pay rent in full by wire transfer.

  4. Pay Attention to the URL
    Scammers want you to move from the vacation rental website's communication system to a fake website. Check the URL. 

  5. Use a Credit Card
    Scammers commonly ask for payment by Western Union, cash, check, or wire transfer before arrival. This is a great way to lose your money, without the possibility of recovery. A wire transfer allows the scammer to move funds to another bank account, close the first one, and take your money and run.

  6. Rent a Property with a Traceable History
    Best bet: rent from someone you know, or go by recommendation from a trusted source. Renting from professional management companies that specialize in vacation apartments and/or cottages is another good bet. Looking for a short-term rental on Florida's Gulf Coast? That's our specialty! We believe planning a vacation should be a breeze, that's why our team is here to help you find a short-term or long-term rental perfect for your family! We've been a top choice for Gulf Coast house and condo rentals for years.

Our experienced team is here to help with your vacation planning! With 8 offices, our team has plenty of Florida properties to choose from for your vacation. Plus, our Anna Maria Island office has been open for over 80 years! 

Or if you're looking to move here permanently, our team can show you Bradenton and Sarasota homes for saleContact us today to book your trip in the Florida sunshine.

February
22

How to Ensure Your Pet Stays Safe During a Renovation

Pet Safe Renovations

Renovations are a great way to keep your home up to date, to add value, and to compete with other Bradenton homes for sale when it comes time. Unfortunately, many homeowners put off updating their homes because of how complicated it is to get work done when you have pets. Here are a few suggestions for keeping your pets safe and minimizing stress so that you can do the work when it's needed.

  1. Find a safe place.
    Workers tend to leave doors and gates open, and honestly, it's not their job to watch out for your pets. The best thing for everyone is for you to find a safe place to keep your pet while workers are in the house. This might be a back bedroom, or it might be a crate. Try to include some things to keep your pet comfortable, like their favorite bed, blanket, or toys, plus necessities like food, water, and a litter box.

  2. Make sure everyone knows.
    Definitely let contractors know where you'll be keeping your pet, so they make sure not to let them out. As a precaution, if you're keeping your pet loose in a closed-off room, post a sign on the door reminding everyone to be careful opening the door.

  3. Do a safety check at the end of the day.
    Once the workers leave for the day, you'll likely be in a hurry to let your pet out so they can enjoy some freedom for the evening. But wait! Before opening that door or crate, do a walk-through of all the areas where the contractors have been throughout the day. Make sure doors, windows, and gates are all closed, and be sure there are no safety hazards such as sharp objects or loose wires.

  4. Know the schedule.
    It's also important to know where the contractors will be and what they'll be working on each day if only to make sure that you don't inadvertently put your pet in a room they need access to. Check-in regularly and make sure you know if there are any delays or changes in the schedule. In fact, it's probably in your best interest for a lot of reasons to know these things, and not only for the safety of your pet.

  5. Consider getting your pet out of the house.
    In some ways, having renovations done is a little like showing your home while it's on the market. Some homeowners leave their pets locked up in a room, but our real estate agents always appreciate it when pets are removed from the home. That way no one has to watch out for your pet, and it may minimize your pet's stress, too. Consider boarding your pets, or asking a friend or relative to keep them at their place during the day when the workers are there. Dogs could also be dropped off at doggy daycare, or if you have a job that allows it, brought to work with you.

Keeping your home up-to-date compared to other Sarasota homes for sale is an important part of owning property. If you're ready to list your home for sale, or even if you just have questions about what renovations you'll need to do before selling, contact us today, and one of our agents will help guide you through the process.

January
18

Is it Time to Upgrade Your Kitchen Appliances?

Kitchen Upgrades Sarasota

If your kitchen is beginning to look a bit outdated or things just aren't working as well as they used to, you might be wondering if it's time to upgrade your appliances. Our real estate agents usually recommend replacing your appliances before they break, as replacing items one by one can result in mismatched appliances. The last thing you want is a set of appliances that differ by color, age, or style appliances especially if you're planning to sell your home. Mismatched appliances can really give your kitchen a cluttered look.

Figuring out the best time to replace your kitchen appliances is the key to maximizing the longevity of your products and also maintaining your home's aesthetic value. Below are some tips to help you determine the best time to upgrade your kitchen appliances.

  1. They're Simply Aging
    Every appliance has a lifespan, so knowing the age of each kitchen appliance can help you predict when they might be on their last legs. Refrigerators generally last 13 to 15 years, while dishwashers usually last about 8 or 9 years. Of course, the exact lifespan will depend on the product and brand. If your appliances are getting up there in age, then it's probably time to start thinking about replacements.
  2. Your Kitchen is Out of Style
    If your appliances are wood-paneled, bright green, or look like they're from the 1960s, then they might be a little outdated. While your outdated appliances may work well or have sentimental value, installing modern-looking appliances may be helpful when it comes time to sell your home. Some of these Sarasota homes for sale have classic stainless steel appliances, which really creates a timeless look.
  3. The Noise is Becoming an Issue
    If your dishwasher sounds like a semi-truck or your refrigerator is buzzing, it might be time to start thinking about new appliances. You may have even become used to the sound by now, but you'll notice such a big difference when you upgrade. In fact, some of these Bradenton homes for sale have the quietest kitchen appliances on the market today.
  4. Your Utility Bills Are Too High
    Some old appliances can actually be really expensive to keep around because they're not very energy efficient. Modern refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, and washing machines consume a fraction of the energy compared to older models from ten or twenty years ago. Upgrading to new appliances may be expensive in the short term, but you may actually see some cost savings down the road.
  5. They Don't Work Like They Used To
    All appliances tend to lose performance over time, so if yours aren't working as well as they used to, then it's probably time to start saving-up for replacements. If it's taking longer for your oven to heat up or your dishes aren't coming out as clean as they used to, it might be time to start shopping.

There are no hard-and-fast rules for determining the best time to replace your appliances, but age, style, and condition are often the best indicators. For guidance on the best ways to upgrade your kitchen, contact us today!

December
21

7 Tips for Finding the Right Home for Your Retirement Years

Sarasota Retirement Years

If you have been considering selling your current home before purchasing the home where you'll retire, this year presents an excellent opportunity to take the next step. Single-family homes are in high demand, making it easy to find a buyer, and interest rates are low if you're planning to finance your next home. Our real estate agents have more details on why this is a great time to shop and how to find the right home for your retirement years.

  1. Not Quite Ready to Retire? It's Still Smart to Be Prepared
    Even if you don't plan to retire for a few more years, it's wise to plan. If you need financing, it may be easier to secure a mortgage while you're still working. Shopping for your retirement home now also gives you more time to prepare, visit communities, and ensure that you choose a home that you'll love.

  2. Consider the Amenities and Necessities You'll Need Now and in the Future
    Choosing the perfect home to enjoy your retirement depends on your needs now, as well as what you'll need in the future. Ensure that any neighborhood and home you choose has the accessibility necessary for you to enjoy your retirement and that the services you may need in the future will be close to home.

  3. Visit Communities You Might Like to Call Home
    If you're planning to purchase a home in a community you've traveled to in the past, be sure to schedule a visit to help decide if you would like to live there long-term. Spending some time around the sun and sand near Sarasota homes for sale and Bradenton homes for sale makes for a fun vacation while also allowing you to learn more about a community you might choose to call home. Plus, our inventory of rentals are excellent options for you to learn what area you like best! Choose between annual options or 6-month rentals. 

  4. Make a List of Priorities to Help You Shop
    For many people, moving to live closer to family members and friends is a strong motivator when shopping for a home for retirement. Understanding what's most important to you will help you narrow your options. Make a list of your priorities, starting with the most important factors, and use it to aid your home search.

  5. Work Out Your Retirement Budget to Understand Your Purchasing Power
    Remember that your budget is likely to be different in retirement than it was while working, and plan for the future accordingly. If you haven't done so yet, lay out your budget for retirement so that you know exactly how much home you can afford while still leaving the funds you need to enjoy your retirement years.

  6. Take Advantage of an Appealing Real Estate Market
    If you've been waiting for an advantageous real estate market to sell your current home before buying your retirement home, now is an excellent time to strike while the iron is hot. The high demand for single-family homes means that you may be able to sell at a premium, which will leave you with more money to pursue your perfect home for your retirement years.

  7. Get a Knowledgeable Agent 
    Getting help from a knowledgeable real estate agent is always recommended and can truly give you peace of mind as you prepare for retirement.

Searching for a home near the sand and sun where you can enjoy retirement to the fullest? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Florida's Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

November
27

Gift Local This Year: Gift Ideas from Shops Near Bradenton and Sarasota

Sarasota Gift Local

'Tis the season for giving, and our real estate agents invite you to join our shop small initiative. Our local businesses support our communities economically and socially. Without them, Sarasota and Manatee Counties just wouldn't feel like home. Let's support our friends, family members, and neighbors by purchasing gifts from these local shops.

Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast…

Living in Florida means living outside for most of the year. If you have someone on your gift list that loves the outdoors, you can't go wrong with a gift card to Surfer Bus. Located around the block from Anna Maria homes for sale, this kayak rental service makes it effortless to get out onto the open water. For those who prefer to stay on land, Zegway by the Bay is a better bet. This unique company offers Segway tours around local towns near our Holmes Beach homes for sale. If you're looking to hit the town in style, consider a gift certificate to Longboat Limousine. Cruising from our Longboat Key homes for sale throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties, you can simply enjoy a luxurious ride with million-dollar views of the Gulf of Mexico.

Gifts for the Foodie…

Who doesn't love good food? Gift the foodie in your life a gift certificate to Jennings Downtown Provisions. A favorite destination of those who moved into Bradenton homes for sale, Jennings is a restaurant and bar specializing in great eats like tacos and flatbread. The Bradenton Farmer's Market is another fantastic place where a single gift card will fill them with the best local flavors.

Gifts for Lovers of All Things Local…

The Original Sand Dollar and Sun & Surf Beach Shop have various gifts that fit perfectly under the tree. If you're seeking something unique, you'll find several one-of-a-kind, locally-owned, giftshops near our Sarasota homes for sale, like Artisans' World MarketplaceMaker's Market, and The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. Or you can think outside the box and pair a foodie gift card from above with a trip to the theatre. 

Gifts that Celebrate the Arts and Nature…

While some nonprofit shops may not have gift certificates for purchase, you can gift tickets or memberships to some of our local museums like The John and Mable Ringling Museum of ArtSelby Gardens, and Sarasota Art Museum.

Gifts to Benefit A Favorite Cause...

It's a time of increased need throughout our community, which makes it a great time to give the gift of support. We also encourage you to consider gifts that help nonprofits in the Sarasota and Manatee Counties. If you aren't sure which non-profit you would like to support, visit The Giving Partner website. The Giving Partner, presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, helps local nonprofits tell their story and enables you to explore how each nonprofit is making a difference in our neighbors' lives. The Giving Partner database contains over 700 profiles of 501(c)(3) charitable organizations serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties.

If you're interested in buying or selling homes in Manatee or Sarasota Counties this holiday season, feel free to contact us. For more gift giving inspiration, be sure to check out our collection of short videos.

September
25

World Tourism Day: Be a Tourist in Your Southwest Florida Hometown

Tourism in Bradenton

World Tourism Day is around the corner on September 27th, and you won't have to travel far from your Southwest Florida home to enjoy fun attractions for all ages this year. Whether you're interested in art, science, the outdoors, or family fun, Southwest Florida communities feature something for everyone. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on 5 local attractions that allow you to enjoy World Tourism Day in Southwest Florida.

  1. De Soto National Park – 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton, FL 34209

    Explore the grandeur of the great outdoors at De Soto National Park, which is located just a short drive from Bradenton homes for sale. This park offers a mix of outdoor fun and educational attractions, including "living history" demonstrations at the recreated historic native village at Camp Uzita. There are also kayak tours guided by park rangers, a visitor's center where you can learn more about the park's history, fishing clinics, and a "Junior Ranger" activity book to help younger visitors enjoy all that the park has to offer.

  2. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236

    Educational family fun is never far from Sarasota homes for sale, thanks to exciting local attractions like the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. Mote does extensive work in preserving local marine ecosystems and is a great destination for learning about the natural areas that make the region such a unique place to call home. Get up close and personal with marine animals while discovering exciting, educational exhibits at the aquarium. Plus, Florida residents who purchase their weekend tickets online can enjoy half-priced admission until the end of September

  3. Art Uptown Gallery – 1367 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236

    With 40 years of experience and a commitment to showcasing the spectacular work of regional artists, the Art Uptown Gallery is a must-see for art lovers located close to Sarasota homes for sale. The Art Uptown Gallery is regularly voted a local favorite by both visitors and collectors, with both 2D and 3D exhibits. This gallery is committed to showcasing the work of local artists, and recent months have seen a surge in creativity with plenty of new art on display.

  4. The Fish Hole Mini Golf – 8120-8140 Main St., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

    Get ready for some family fun near Lakewood Ranch homes for sale at The Fish Hole Miniature Golf, an 18-hole "adventure" mini-golf course ideal for golfers of all ages. The Fish Hole Features misters throughout the course to keep you cool and is home to a wide variety of local plant life. There are more than 50 types of regional plants around the course, along with tags to help you identify each plant. The large koi pond on-site is another popular attraction, especially for kids who love to feed the fish.

  5. Siesta Key Aqua Adventures – 5253 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

    Have fun on the water when you book a day with Siesta Key Aqua Adventures. Close to Siesta Key homes for sale, Siesta Key Adventures offers many different ways to get out on the water with friends or family. Choose between single kayaks, tandem kayaks, banana boats, or an aqua spinner. Or opt for one of their dolphin tours to relax on the Gulf and search for wildlife. 

Still searching for the perfect Southwest Florida community to call home? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Southwest Florida communities.

May
27

Outdoor Adventures Await in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Outdoors Sarasota Manatee

Life in the Sunshine State is sweet! Our year-round warm weather and gorgeous natural spaces make Florida the perfect place for outdoor adventures. Sarasota and Manatee Counties offer residents the perfect mix of land and sea excursions that people of all ages can enjoy. Here are some of our REALTORS® favorite outdoor adventures from Bradenton to Englewood.

  1. Florida West Scuba & Charters – 509 N. Tamiami Tr., Venice, FL 34285
    After you've toured Venice homes for sale, discover what colorful fish and wildlife make their homes under the sea with excursions from Florida West Scuba & Charters. Known as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World, Venice is the perfect place to dive into adventure and go searching for your own shark teeth. The crew at Florida West Scuba & Charters has never come back from a trip empty-handed, so you're sure to see shark teeth and fossils on your journey. With basic, advanced and refresher open water dive classes available, there's a sea of adventure waiting for you just off the Venice coast.

    Outdoors Sarasota Manatee
  2. Around the Bend Nature Tours – P.O. Box 1136, Bradenton, FL 34206
    Around the Bend Nature Tours invites you to discover the area's natural and cultural history with guided tours throughout the county. They'll take you exploring in the estuaries around Palmetto, teach you about Florida pioneer history at Duette Preserve, and guide you through diverse habitats to view gorgeous birds. Featuring summer camps, field trips and coastal climate walks, Around the Bend Nature Tours — conveniently around the bend from Palmetto homes for sale — will take you on an exciting journey through the natural landscape that's right in our backyards.

    Outdoors Sarasota Manatee
  3. Full Moon Night Hikes – Myakka River State Park, 13208 S.R. 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
    Even after the sun sets, there are still plenty of outdoor adventures awaiting you around Sarasota. Stay up with Hike It Florida and walk through Myakka River State Park under the moonlight. You'll venture for five miles through the wilderness, listening to the creatures in the distance. This three-hour affordable hike will engage your senses. Just a quick drive from Sarasota homes for sale, Full Moon Night Hikes with Hike It Florida are perfect ways to explore nature at nighttime while still making home early enough for bedtime.

    Outdoors - Sarasota Manatee
  4. ((ecko)) ecotours – Sarasota & Manatee Counties
    How do you define the perfect outdoor adventure? Kayak tours along the bay? Paddleboard excursions through estuaries? Hiking and boating through Florida's natural splendor? However you envision your perfect outdoor adventure, the local experts at ((ecko)) ecotours are ready to make it happen. Live like a traveler, not a tourist, and join them on a variety of ecotours throughout Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Many of the ecotour facilitators they work with are certified by the Florida Society for Ethical Tourism, including two that are certified platinum for their educational and sustainability efforts. Within a short drive from Lakewood Ranch homes for sale, there are tons of opportunities for you to explore Florida on land and sea!

  5. The Legacy Trail – 303E. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34285 / 7301 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota, FL 34238
    Interested in creating your own outdoor adventure? Then strap on your helmet and head to The Legacy Trail. This new trail connects Culverhouse Park in Sarasota with the Venice Train Depot. Over 10 miles of paved trail is open for you to explore on your own terms. Ride through Oscar Scherer State Park and enjoy the serene sounds of nature. Peddle passed Osprey Junction Park where you may see snakes, alligators, and bald eagles. By the time you get to Sarasota, you're only a few miles away from Stickney Point Road which will lead you to Siesta Key homes for sale and miles of beach where you can end your outdoor adventure perfectly.

Contact us at Wagner Realty to buy and sell homes throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

April
1

Mark Your Calendar: 5 Spring Festivals in Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Spring Festivals Sarasota & Manatee Counties
When's the last time you spent the weekend enjoying the sun and exploring the fun found around Sarasota and Bradenton? Our REALTORS® encourage you to get out and get involved in the many fantastic weekend events that fill our coast with rich arts and culture. Celebrate our gorgeous weather and vibrant communities by attending one of these five great spring festivals happening in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Mark Your Calendars for These Great Spring Festivals

  1. Village of the Arts Artwalk Weekend – 1017 12 Ave W., Bradenton, FL 34205 | April 5-6
    The first Friday of every month kicks off the Village of the Arts Artwalk Weekend. Take a stroll through the Village's galleries and shops, stopping to admire the wonderful works of art that our talented area artists bring to life. Pick out a few pieces to take home or learn more about these creations from the artists themselves. Close to Bradenton homes for sale, the Village of the Arts Artwalk Weekend is a can't miss event every month!

  2. The Sarasota Chalk Festival – Burns Square, S. Orange Ave at S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | April 5-7
    Who doesn't have fond memories creating murals along the sidewalk of their childhood homes? Head out to the Sarasota Chalk Festival and watch as skilled artists turn Pineapple Avenue into a canvas for dazzling creations. These breathtaking masterpieces, just a quick walk from Sarasota homes for sale, will fill your weekend with inspiration and awe. Be sure to visit at night as they light the street with votive candles and offer wine tastings to create a truly romantic experience.

  3. The Sarasota Film Festival – 322 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | April 5-15
    World-class cinema can be found just across the bay from Longboat Key homes for sale. The Sarasota Film Festival returns for its 20th year to showcase ten days of fantastic independent films. As one of the top film festivals in North America, residents and visitors of Manatee and Sarasota Counties are given an excellent opportunity to laugh, cry and be entertained with amazing stories from around the world.

  4. Main Street Live – 420 12th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205 | April 13-14
    Right across the Manatee River from spacious Palmetto homes for sale is Bradenton's biggest block party. Come on out to Main Street Live in Bradenton this April and bring in spring with music from Reverend Barry & The Funk. Old Main Street will be closed to traffic as vendors, food trucks and live music fills the street. Join us and rock the night away as we dance and dine under the stars.
     
  5. Sarasota Veg Fest – Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237 | May 4
    Trust us — even the pickiest eater in your family does not want to miss the Sarasota Veg Fest. Celebrate healthy lifestyles, delicious food, and eco-friendly living at this free spring festival in Sarasota. Not too far from the Siesta Key homes for sale you've been dreaming of sits the Sarasota Fairgrounds which will host this second annual event. Sample delicious foods from more than 150 veg-friendly and vegan vendors, learn how to make healthy diet choices and enjoy live music and entertainment. There is even a Veggie Kids Zone full of arts, crafts, and activities for children. Guest speakers, raffles, fitness classes, and food demonstrations are also ripe for the picking at this great green gathering.

Contact Wagner Realty today to learn more about other spectacular springtime festivals happening around Sarasota and Manatee Counties. 

March
11

Siesta Key is Calling--It's Time You Answer

Siesta Key FL

9 Things You'll Love About Living on Siesta Key

Life is better at the beach. As Florida locals, our REALTORS® know that's true. If panoramic beachfront views, turquoise water, and sugar-white beaches sound like paradise to you, then buying a home on Siesta Key might be a perfect choice.

Interested? Here's our "short list" of nine things you'll love about living on Siesta Key, Florida:

  1. Let's start with the obvious: our beaches are incredible. Imagine relaxing to the calming sound of waves every day... and our sunsets are simply amazing! It's hard to argue with perfection. TripAdvisor's 2019 ratings just came out and Siesta Key beaches rank as the #6 beach in America and we're always listed among the top 10 in the world.
  2. There are so many great restaurants, it's impossible to choose just one, but if you're in the mood for oysters, get a "taste" of living on the Gulf at the Siesta Key Oyster Bar (affectionately named "SKOB" by locals). There's nothing like slurping down a fresh oyster at SKOB. You'll find SKOB at 5238 Ocean Blvd in Sarasota.
  3. Your toes will be tapping when you visit a local Siesta Key getaway for an evening out with live entertainment. Looking for some nightlife? Head out to The Beach Club, located 5151 Ocean Blvd, Siesta Key. Dubbed as the area's premier location for live local bands, The Beach Club features some of the best entertainment around, a huge dance floor, and drink specials daily.
  4. Going for a run on the beach takes on a whole new meaning when it's on Siesta. Make plans with your family to participate in one of our local fun runs. Find the perfect Siesta Key race in our area and make plans today.
  5. Big fish stories begin in Siesta Key. Charter a fishing excursion with Siesta Key Fishing Excursions at 946 Siesta Drive in Sarasota. Said to be the largest charter fishing service on the Gulf Coast, Siesta Key Fishing Excursions schedules both inshore and offshore adventures.
  6. Aside from the beaches, our community has a vibrant arts scene. Browse places like The Gallery on Siesta Key (5129 Ocean Blvd, Siesta Key), an art gallery and clothing boutique, that showcases beach-inspired paintings, photographs, sculptures, jewelry, and other unique items from local Sarasota artisans. Art Avenue, located at 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, focuses on high-end pieces of international art from well-known artists like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Leroy Neiman.
  7. For a truly unique beach celebration check out The Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival. This Festival draws master sculptors from across the globe to create incredible sand sculptures. Since its inception in 2010, the festival has become mega-popular with last year's festival welcoming over 65,000 attendees. During the four-day event, participants have 24 hours to create sand masterpieces that transform Siesta Key Beach into an outdoor art gallery. This year's Crystal Classic is November 15 - November 18, 2019.
  8. If you visit Siesta Key, you have to experience the beat of the Siesta Key Drum Circle. Every Sunday young and old, locals and tourists, artists, dancers, and everyone in between gather about an hour before sunset on Siesta Public Beach to watch the sunset, listen to drummers, see dancers, and even marvel at the occasional sword and fire performer.
  9. If water sports top your family's list for fun things to do, it's easy to rent a boat or kayak, parasail or jet ski.

Do we have you convinced Siesta Key is the right place to buy a home? Contact us at Wagner Realty to talk with one of our local real estate professionals to get your home search started.

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