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July
26

Wagner Realty Supports the Bradenton Police Department's  Bradenton Blue Foundation With Its 5th Annual Golf Classic

Bradenton, FL  July 26th – On Friday, October 7, 2022, Wagner Realty will host its annual Golf Classic at Tara Golf and Country Club in Bradenton.  The Golf Classic has raised vital funds for the Bradenton Police Department's Bradenton Blue Foundation, a non-profit created to support officers and our community with funds for specialty training, technology, safety equipment and community outreach. 

"This has become such an important community event," notes David Eckel, Wagner Realty's President and owner, adding "supporting our local law enforcement is so important. The Golf Classic is a wonderful opportunity for like-minded people to enjoy a great day on a premiere golf course, all to benefit our men and women in blue and the greater Manatee community." 

Every year, more than 70 businesses support  the Golf Classic through sponsorships and/or donated auction items. "The generosity, time and effort of everyone involved, is just incredible," notes Natalie Russell, event organizer and company Operations Manager. Businesses – large and small, and individuals have enthusiastically supported The Wagner Golf Classic to support the Bradenton Blue Foundation.

Sponsorships are available as low as $100, and auction item donations are appreciated.  To purchase golf tickets, sponsorships and/or participate in auction bidding visit www.Wagner2022GC.givesmart.com or scan QR code. For questions, please contact Natalie Russell, Operations Manager at 941.727.2800.

July
4

Wagner Realty Celebrates the 4th of July Parade, Island Style

Anna Maria Island, FL, July 5, 2022 –Wagner Realty along with island locals and guests came together on July 4 to celebrate the nation's birthday and Independence Day. Guests arrived early outside the Anna Maria Island office Along with chairs, coolers, and water toys, families were fully attired in decorated in red, white and blue. While waiting for the parade, the Wagner staff handed out water bottles with koozies and cups, beads, candy, glow bracelets, and festive fans to the crowd. 

"It was so nice to see the smiling faces of families here in our great community, and especially our young ones" notes Natalie Russell, Wagner Realty's Operations Manager, adding "we want to thank all our guests who sat with us outside our office to enjoy the festivities."

As one of the oldest real estate companies in Manatee County, Wagner Realty began operations in 1939. Wagner Realty is locally owned and operated and is one of the largest real estate companies in the region. Every year, for more than 23 years, Wagner Realty has been voted "Favorite Real Estate Company" by readers of the local newspaper.

Pictured: Lucas and Ralph Martinez, Lucky Schmidt, Vera McGill

March
21

Wagner Realty's

Wagner Realty's "Perfect PAWtners" Support Humane Society's Fundraising Event

BRADENTON, FL  March 21, 2022 – Perfect Florida weather brought all the animal lovers out to Caddy's Waterfront Restaurant on Saturday, March 19th for the 16th Annual Paws in Motion Walk-a-thon fundraiser.

The Wagner Realty team, led by Sandy Greiner of the Greiner Group put together a booth full of Wagner team volunteers and walkers in support of the Humane Society of Manatee County (HSMC). Special thanks to Cindy Simmons, Rebecca Compton and Sandy Greiner for managing the booth and keeping the free giveaways fully stocked.  Nearly $1,500 was raised by her team that will provide shelter, food, spay/neuter services and medical care for animals that need extra tender loving care.

Leading the Wagner Team walkers was Sadie, the goldendoodle owned by Ryan Hoffman, Commercial and Residential REALTOR for Wagner Realty. 

"We are sincerely grateful to Sandy Greiner, The Greiner Group, the staff and agents at Wagner Realty" said Rick Yocum, Executive Director of Humane Society of Manatee County, adding "our shelter depends on the year-round compassion and commitment of our community and I'd encourage those interested in supporting the Humane Society to go to www.humanemanatee.org for more information."

Sandy Greiner can be reached by calling 941.794.2246, by email at sandygreiner@wagnerrealty.com or on the web at SandyGsBeaches.com.

March
21

Spend the Day at the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

The Bishop Museum

Science fiction movies are fun, but they can't beat the excitement and wonder of exploring real-life stories. Our real estate agents love learning about our world at the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, just minutes from Bradenton homes for sale.

About the Bishop

Opened in 1947, the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is the largest natural history museum on the Gold Coast. Baby Snoots, a West Indian manatee affectionately known as Snooty, arrived in 1949 and became the museum's signature attraction.

Thanks to the museum's popularity, it moved into its current larger home in 1966. In time, exhibits grew to include the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat along with a replica of Barcarrota's Plaza, a 16th-century Spanish town.

In 2001, an electrical fire destroyed the planetarium and seriously damaged the museum's educational wing and administrative areas. Happily, in September 2002, the museum reopened bigger and better than ever. Throughout the years, renovations and additions have continued, maintaining the museum's status as a must-see destination.

The Bishop Planetarium

After being leveled by the 2001 fire, the Bishop Planetarium reopened in June 2005 as the top astronomy facility on the Gold Coast, not far from Sarasota homes for sale. The state-of-the-art projection system includes cutting-edge software that's 1.5 times brighter than the previous system, with four times the contrast.

Shows like "Passport to the Universe," narrated by Tom Hanks, take viewers on a virtual trip through the cosmos. Get a fascinating look at what lies beyond our own solar system and watch phenomenons like black holes. In addition, the planetarium can recreate a dark sky natural environment, allowing for the display of live on-air events as they happen.

Mosaic Backyard Universe

As part of the goal to make science fun and accessible for all, the museum created its latest addition, the Mosaic Backyard Universe. A one-time parking lot has been transformed into a backyard where kids can learn in a familiar setting. Features include a Tree House Platform, Cardboard Rocket, fossil-filled Dig Pit, Science Shed, and freshwater pond that's home to a number of turtles.

Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat

Sadly, Snooty passed away in 2017 at the age of 69. But his legacy lives on in the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat, a 60,000-gallon pool where sick and injured manatees can prepare for their return to the wild. The habitat is designed to resemble a cypress spring so they can once again become accustomed to the food and environment they'll encounter. Above- and below-water viewing areas give visitors a chance to watch the manatees regain their strength and abilities.

Other Exhibits of Interest

  • The first floor holds permanent exhibits showcasing artifacts representing the earliest animal and human inhabitants of the Gulf Coast. Displays include "Land of Change" and "Fabulous Florida Seas."

  • The second floor is separated into two areas. River Heritage Hall focuses on how maritime history impacts community economics and culture, while Environmental Hall takes a sweeping look at the past, present, and future of Florida's environment.

  • Gallery spaces are home to a changing selection of temporary exhibits, including traveling exhibitions and special-interest ones developed by the museum's curators.

Information and Hours

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is located at 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $23.95 for adults, $17.95 for ages 12-17, $14.95 for ages 5-11, and $8.95 for ages 2-4.

Life in Bradenton and Sarasota goes beyond fun in the sun. If you're selling or buying a home, contact us at Wagner Realty for cheerful and experienced assistance.

November
1

Plan Ahead for the Englewood Beach Waterfest

Englewood Beach

Southwest Florida is known for its gorgeous waterfront, and what better way to enjoy that waterfront than at the Englewood Beach Waterfest? Whether you live in the area or are in town to look at Englewood homes for sale, this event is a must-see. Last year's event was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, but the festival is back and better than ever for November 18th - 21st, 2021. Here are the other key details about each of the activities at the festival.

  • Powerup Pre-Race Party: 260 Maryland Ave., Englewood, FL 34224
    The Powerup Pre-Race Party kicks off Englewood Beach Waterfest on November 18th. It is scheduled for 5 - 10 pm at The Lighthouse Grill. There's a cash bar, and guests can choose dishes from a special pre-race menu. You can also listen to live music, meet some of the drivers who will compete over the weekend, and chat with other fans. 

  • Waterfest Block Party: 262 S. Indiana Ave., Englewood, FL 34223
    The Waterfest Block Party is another great way to get excited about the upcoming water sports competitions. It takes place on Friday, November 19th, between 5 and 9 pm at the Englewood Shopping Center. There will be food for sale, delicious drinks, and live music to enjoy. Throughout the evening, the race boats will parade through the shopping center, giving you the chance to see them up-close. 

  • OPA Racing World Championships: Beach Rd., Englewood, FL 34223
    This is the highlight of Englewood Beach Waterfest! The OPA Racing World Championships are scheduled for Saturday, November 20th, and Sunday, November 21st. The gates at Englewood Beach will open at 9 am both days, and the races begin at 10 am.

    The OPA Championships bring numerous powerboats to the water off the coast of Englewood. You can watch them power along at incredible speeds over 150 miles per hour. There are various purses they compete for throughout the day. For example, in previous years, the drivers have competed for a $10,000 Geico Triple Crown Purse. In 2019, there were 75 boats overall. A similar number is expected for 2021. Races should conclude around 4:00 pm each day.

    You can purchase Waterfest tickets online for $20 per person or pay $25 per person at the gate. Tickets are for both days and include parking and bus transportation to Englewood Beach. Children under 12 get free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket.

  • The Family Conservation Center: Englewood Beach
    The Family Conservation Center along Englewood Beach will also be open during Waterfest. Here, you can learn about sea creatures, including horseshoe crabs, sea turtles, coral reefs, alligators, and various birds. 

    The Family Conservation Center also hosts a number of fun kids' activities. Kids can have their faces painted, help build a boat, create sand art, or go on a sea-themed scavenger hunt. There's even a photo booth where you can snap a memorable photo with your favorite sea creature.

  • Cantina and Food Court: Englewood Beach
    There will be several tents on the beach throughout Waterfest. These tents will serve as a food court where local restaurants will prepare various seafood and regional dishes. There's also an on-site bar serving beer, wine, and the signature Raceday Cocktails. 

Life on the water is something to celebrate in the Englewood area. If you're looking at Bradenton homes for sale or Sarasota homes for sale, we recommend stopping by for this annual event. Our real estate agents would be happy to help you find the perfect home nearby. Contact us to learn more about our services.

October
11

Celebrate the Arts at These Upcoming Festivals

Craft Shows in Sarasota

Fall in Florida brings many exciting activities. While people up north are hunkering down for the winter, here, we're enjoying slightly cooler weather and gearing up for the busy season. From now until the summer returns, there's no shortage of things to do. 

This time of year, when they're not busy helping clients find their dream homes, our real estate agents enjoy visiting local craft shows on the weekends. Whether you're an art enthusiast or just looking for something fun to do, we recommend paying a visit to these upcoming events. 

  • Sarasota Rocktoberfest: JD Hamel Park, 199 Bayfront Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236
    This is so much more than a craft festival! Sarasota Rocktoberfest will feature tons of live music, huge glasses of beer, and plenty of mouthwatering Oktoberfest-themed food, including smoked sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels, roasted meats, and more. The event runs from October 15th to 17th, and admission is free! You'll also have the chance to shop at the marketplace, which features a wide selection of art, crafts, and fine products. 
  • Downtown Venice Art Festival: 100 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285
    The town of Venice is vibrant, beautiful, and filled with historic charm. The Downtown Venice Art Festival will feature more than 100 notable artists from across the nation. Here you'll find everything from painting to jewelry, photography, sculpture, glass, ceramics, mixed media, and more. The festival will be held on November 6th and 7th from 10 am to 5 pm, and admission is free. While you're in the area, you'll want to take a drive around so you can get a look at some of the beautiful Venice homes for sale
  • 32nd Annual St. Armands Art Festival: 411 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236
    The St. Armand's Art Festival has been named one of the best art festivals in the country. It features over 175 artists and craftsmen displaying their original work. Here you'll find sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, oils, watercolors, pottery, and more. The festival is scheduled for November 13th and 14th from 10 am to 5 pm, and admission is free. Since St. Armands Circle is so close to some of the best Sarasota homes for sale, you'll also want to make sure you leave enough time to take the scenic route home. 
  • Siesta Key Crystal Classic: 948 Beach Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242
    A bit of a different way to view art, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic gives you an opportunity to get a close-up view of sand sculptures created by 24 professional artists from around the world. While you're there, you can also enjoy sand sculpting lessons and demonstrations, live bands, and a bar tent. You also won't want to miss the Vendor Village, which will have over 70 retail vendors and 6 food trucks. The event will take place from November 12th through November 15th. 
  • Acrylic Painters USA Curated Exhibition: ArtCenter Manatee 209 9th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
    If you've been exploring Bradenton homes for sale, you'll definitely want to familiarize yourself with ArtCenter Manatee. They host a variety of art shows throughout the year, including the upcoming Acrylic Painters USA curated exhibition. This event will be held from October 26th through November 19th, and admission is free. 

Now is the perfect time to find your dream home in Florida, and the agents at Wagner Realty are here to help! Contact us today to learn more and get started with your homebuying journey.  

August
2

Events and Festivals Happening This August

Sarasota Events

In August, the calendar may be moving toward fall, but summer fun is still going strong around Sarasota and Bradenton. Join our real estate agents for some good times at these exciting local events and festivals taking place this month.

  • NBP Rec Days - Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 34235
    Have you joined the kayaking craze? Maybe you want to pass your love of fishing on to your kids. NBP Rec Days are a great opportunity for the whole family to try various water-based activities, including stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, and sailing, right by Sarasota homes for sale. Fishing licenses are required for those who choose to participate. Dates are Saturday, August 14, and Saturday, August 28, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fees are $10 per person, with a maximum of $35 for families of five or more. Kids aged 6 and under are free.

  • Majesty of Rock - CoolToday Park, 18800 W. Villages Pkwy., Venice, FL 34293
    It's a marriage made in rock 'n' roll heaven when Majesty of Rock performs at CoolToday Park, right down the street from Venice homes for sale. Frontman John D'Agostino leads the group of talented musicians through a selection of tunes from iconic classic rock bands Journey and Styx. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, but you'll probably spend most of the night dancing away. Music starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 21. General admission tickets are $12.

  • World Series of Comedy - McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34236
    Cap off a day of viewing Bradenton homes for sale with a night of laughs. The best of the best are competing in the World Series of Comedy, with 40 comedians appearing in four days. Your vote will help decide who moves on to the finals. Festivities run from Thursday, August 12, through Sunday, August 15. Visit the website for showtimes. Tickets are $25.

  • IQuest: Playing Around with Science - The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 - 10th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
    Prepare the kids to go back to school by sneaking some learning into their fun. At IQuest: Playing Around with Science, the award-winning game designer gives tips on creating games that incorporate scientific know-how. After playing science card games, participants will try their hand at designing their own games. IQuest takes place Saturday, August 14, from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. The $8 admission includes a slice of pizza and a beverage.

  • Plantation Wine Festival - Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice, FL 34293
    Enjoy a relaxing afternoon sampling a variety of wines in the lush surroundings of the Plantation Golf & Country Club, which opens its doors to the public for the Plantation Wine Festival. As if the wine wasn't enough, the club chefs are preparing a sensational assortment of food to dine on as well. The event will be held indoors in air-conditioned comfort, where you can look out over the beautiful greenery, colorful flowers, and serene waterways. The festival is scheduled for Sunday, August 29, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 for club members and $35 for non-members. 

Are you buying or selling a home around Bradenton or Sarasota? It doesn't have to get in the way of your summer entertainment. Contact us at Wagner Realty and let us handle the hard stuff.

July
15

Discover The Village of the Arts!

The Village of the Arts

 

"The Village of the Arts" was born in 1999 when the non-profit Artists Guild of Manatee was formed. Its mission was to build a community where artists could live and work, while enhancing their quality of life and creating a harmonious artisitc environment with creative spirit. Located in Manatee County, near Downtown Bradenton, the Village offers an eclectic mix of early 20th century residential bungalows, Florida Cracker homes, and some later additions. The neighborhood includes a legal commercial overlay, which enables a rare live/work/play mix. Local residents enjoy Village Walk events that feature a varitety of artists. Village boundaries stretch from 9th Ave West to 17th Ave West between 9th St West and 14th St West. Over 275 individual properties are within the Village. The Village has experienced incredible growth, evolving from a neglected neighborhood, to a unique and loved artistic retreat.

Village residents and the Guild have partnered with United Way Manatee for grassroots neighborhood beautification, worked with Realize Bradenton on downtown visioning and planning and offered space to other nonprofit groups during the monthly artwalks. They have also collaborated with the City of Bradenton on various ordinances affecting the Village. 

To find out more about the Village, go to https://www.villageofthearts.com/

February
14

Upcoming Races in the Sarasota & Manatee Area

Races in Sarasota

On your mark, get set, race! Get your running shoes ready and check out these races taking place around the Sarasota and Manatee area during February and March.

  1. Sarasota Military Academy 3rd Annual Raiders Rise & Run 5K | Sat, Feb 22, 2020 — Payne State Park 2110 Adams St, Sarasota, FL 34237
    The Sarasota Military Academy is once again hosting its annual Raiders Rise & Run 5K to benefit their middle and high school Raider's teams. These young cadets have won both state and national titles, but their programs rely on continuous support from the community. The SMA Raider's Rise & Run 5K benefits these programs. If you're in the area viewing Sarasota homes for sale, join the Raiders at Payne State Park.  

  2. Manasota Track Club 25K & 50K Ultra | Sat, Feb 22, 2020 — Oscar Scherer State Park 1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34429
    If you've already raced 5Ks, 10Ks, or even 15Ks in the 2010s, take your running skills to the next level with the Manasota Track Club's 25K & 50K Ultra. You read it right — 25K and 50K distance races will take place at Oscar Scherer State Park. If you'd rather watch from the sidelines, pay a visit to Oscar Scherer State Park in between tours of Osprey homes for sale.

  3. 11th Annual Take Stock 5K/Fun Run/ Mentor Mile | Sun, Mar 01, 2020 — 8100 Lakewood Ranch Main St., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    If you're browsing Lakewood Ranch homes for sale, you'll become very familiar with the bustling Main Street within the community. Hosting events throughout the year, March kicks off with the 11th Annual Take Stock 5K, Fun Run, and Mentor Mile on Main Street. Proceeds from all three races benefit the Take Stock in Children organization, which provides mentorship and college scholarships.

  4. Shark's Tooth 10K & Shark Fin 5K | Sat, Mar 07, 2020 – Sun Mar 08, 2020 — Venice Airport Festival Grounds 610 Airport Ave. E., Venice, FL 34285
    Runners in the Shark Tooth Capital of the World are invited to participate in the Megalodon Challenge — a two-day race combining the Shark's Tooth 10K and Shark Fin 5K. Door prizes, music, and a post-race party on both days make the Megalodon Challenge one of the best weekends of the year. If you're planning on scheduling visits to Venice homes for sale, be sure to sign up for the Megalodon Challenge at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds.

  5. The 2020 Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup | Sun, Mar 22, 2020 — Nathan Benderson Park 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL 34235
    If one of your goals is to complete a triathlon, you're in luck! Nathan Benderson Park and the Sarasota-Bradenton area are hosting the 2020 Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup. Conveniently close to Interstate I-75 and Sarasota homes for sale, the challenging course will take participants on a 750m swim, 18.3k bike ride, completed by a 5k run. Push yourself at this Sarasota triathlon! 

  6. Robinson Preserve Twilight 5K & 10K Run | Fri, Mar 27, 2020 — Robinson Preserve 1704 99th St NW, Bradenton, FL 34209
    The 12th Annual Annual Robinson Preserve Twilight 5K & 10K celebrates the stunning sunset views of Robinson Preserve. The event starts at 5:30 pm with age bracketed Kids Dashes. After the kids are done with their races, runners and walkers hit the trails for a 5k or 10k. Be sure to stick around after the race for food and beverages under the stars! Don't forget to register in advance and check out Bradenton homes for sale before your race time. 

Do you want to race into a new home within Sarasota and Manatee County? Our REALTORS® are here to do more than cheer you on! Contact us today!

November
22

6 Things to be Grateful for in Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Things to be Grateful for in Sarasota

Thanksgiving is upon us, offering an opportunity for reflection and gratitude. Everyone has their own favorites to be thankful for, but we thought it might be nice to start the holiday week off by sharing some of our favorites.

  1. The Beaches
    There's hardly a spot in Florida that isn't within an hour's drive of the ocean — no more than 30 minutes for most homeowners in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. We're thankful for every inch of sandy shoreline that allows us to live on permanent vacation. We especially love that beaches like Siesta Key are within walking distance of many Sarasota homes for sale

  2. The Sunshine
    The beach wouldn't be paradise without the sun! Our warm weather provides year-round comfort and stunning sunsets. We recommend checking out Robinson Preserve for beautiful sunset views near Bradenton homes for sale

  3. The Art Scene
    Sarasota and Manatee Counties have vibrant arts and culture scenes that rival other major metropolitan areas. Sarasota is home to art galleries and performing arts centers galore. Take a day and explore the Ringling, near Sarasota homes for sale. This creative community takes every opportunity to showcase its talent, and we take every opportunity to support it with our gratitude.

  4. Activities for All Ages
    No matter your age or ability, Sarasota and the surrounding areas have plenty of activities for all to enjoy. There are tons of hot-spots for shopping, both luxurious items, and handmade or antique goods. For a little bit of everything, swing over to Nathan Benderson Park near Lakewood homes for sale. Benderson Park is a unique 600-acre community park that includes North America's premier 2,000-meter sprint rowing course and a regatta center. But of course, there are outdoor recreational activities for everyone here, with golf courses, fishing holes, athletic facilities, and local parks stretched from end to end of the county. With museums, preserves, historical sites, and modern marvels at every corner, we're thankful for so much to do in our backyard.

  5. The Location
    While Sarasota and Manatee are rich in activities, we're also a quick drive to hundreds of other amazing destinations. Hop on I75 for a quick trip to Tampa for a Bucs game, southeast to Miami or the Keys for a classic getaway, or northeast to Orlando for the number one tourist attractions on the planet. With Gainesville, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Daytona, and Panama City Beach all within half of a day's drive, you can explore every amazing Florida city each weekend of the year.

  6. The Relaxation
    There is so much to see, do, and experience in our town — and yet, it is still the perfect place to do absolutely nothing. Take an afternoon and get out on a charter boat for some fishing near Anna Maria Island homes for sale. Or, you can stroll or drive through town without a destination in mind. 

If you're you looking for a home close to a relaxing beach or a condo in the heart of a bustling art, culture, and dining scene, contact us today, and we'll help you find a home that you'll be thankful for every day of the year.

November
15

No-Shave November: Barbershops in Manatee & Sarasota Counties

Barber Shops in Sarasota

No-Shave November has blown up in recent years, with men all over the world letting their beards grow wild as a way to raise awareness and money to fight cancer. Our REALTORS® have always been happy to take part, but when November draws to a close, we're about ready for a shave. 

Luckily, we have some great barbers in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. So when No-Shave November ends and you're ready to kiss your beard goodbye, these local barbershops are the places to go. 

  • Locals Barbershop LLC - 3322 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    Bradenton's Locals Barbershop LLC is one of our go-to spots for a shave, trim or haircut in Manatee County. No appointments are needed, but you can book one online. You'll always find three barbers on duty, ready to hook you up with whatever style you need. With a location near many Bradenton homes for sale, a great haircut is never far away.

  • Captain Kirk's Midway Barber - 6836 14th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207
    A Bradenton staple since 1993, Captain Kirk's Midway Barber offers snips and shaves with great prices and a friendly atmosphere. They do master cuts for men, women, and kids, so whether you need a quick beard trim, a clean shave or a trendy fade, they'll get the job done for you. Plus, the convenient location is close to many Bradenton homes for sale
     
  • Just Gents Barber & Spa - 126 N Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Yes, men need to pamper themselves now and then. And when they do, they go to Just Gents Barber & Spa, Sarasota's premier grooming service. Perfect for guys who want to look great, feel great, relax, and rejuvenate. Just Gents is located right around the corner from these Sarasota homes for sale and offers a wide range of body, hair and skincare products and services, specifically designed for men.

  • Sarasota/Bradenton Hair Salon - 3645 Cortez Rd W #140, Bradenton, FL 34210
    Men and women alike will get a great trim or cut at Sarasota/Bradenton Hair Salon. Haircuts and shaves for men range in styles from fun to funky and always come with a low price tag. Plus, every service comes with a one-week guarantee, so if you're not happy with your fresh look, you can always come back after looking at Bradenton homes for sale

  • JD Barbary Shoppe - 8111 Lakewood Main St # 104, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    In some corners, traditional barber skills are a dying art. But not at JD Barbary Shoppe. Here is a place you can stop in any time for a classic haircut experience, courtesy of master barbers who are well versed in all the tonsorial arts. From traditional straight-razor shaves to modern-day trimming techniques, JD Barbary Shoppe offers something genuinely timeless. Look for their authentic striped barber pole on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, minutes from these Lakewood Ranch homes for sale

  • Venice Island Barber Shop - 505 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285
    Established in 1961, Venice Island Barbershop is your father's barbershop, but that doesn't mean it can't be yours too. Decked out in vintage barbershop style, the shop is home to five antique barber chairs, with a talented barber stationed at each one. Just up the street from Venice homes for sale, Venice Island Barbershop offers an ideal mix of modern trends and timeless style.

Contact us to learn more about life in Manatee and Sarasota Counties! Our team has helped families find their dream homes of Florida's Sunset Coast, and we're committed to helping you find yours.

October
18

Yoga Studios to Find Your Center in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Yoga Studios Sarasota & Manatee

Yoga has helped people of all ages improve their breathing, balance, and alleviate stress levels. 

Luckily, residents of Sarasota and Manatee Counties have plenty of yoga studios to choose where to improve their yoga practice. These yoga studios have expert instructors and supportive classes ready and able to help you work out the knots and bring your daily life back into balance. Find your center at one of these area yoga studios. 

  • Pineapple Yoga Studio - 517 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
    The team at Pineapple Yoga Studio are experts at helping you bring light and love into your life. They keep their classes small so that you receive plenty of personalized attention. They also offer numerous retreats and workshops so you can develop a deeper connection with your inner self as you ponder Sarasota homes for sale

  • Balance Pilates and Yoga - 5120 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34210
    If you are eager to bring your life back into balance, be sure to look into Balance Pilates and Yoga. They can help strengthen your body, engage your mind, and nurture your spirit so you can relax before seeing Bradenton homes for sale.

  • Salty Buddha Co. - 2219 Gulf Dr. N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
    When life gets tough, get salty with it! At Salty Buddha Co., they will teach you how to stand up and blow with the breeze when the storms start to rise. Their instructors will take you out on the water so you can roll with the waves and help you dig your heels into the sand for those times when you need to stand firm. As you become one with nature, you can look around and see the fantastic Bradenton Beach homes for sale.

  • Yoga Girlie - 907 5th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221
    Yoga Girlie LaRae Brownewell has a passion for helping people. She is a master at helping her students find peace so that they can enjoy prosperity. Since 2000, she has built her studio into one of the best studios in Palmetto. That is why many people who purchase Palmetto homes for sale look her up when they need to work out their stresses.

  • My Tranquility Farm - 13710 Golf Course Rd, Parrish FL 34219
    If you want to try something different and out of the ordinary, then consider a day doing yoga with goats at My Tranquility Farm. This unorthodox approach might be the ticket for helping you sort through the listings and decide which Parrish homes for sale you want to see. A day at Tranquility Farm is a one-of-a-kind experience you won't find anywhere else in the state.

  • Dragonfly Ayurveda and Yoga - 439 Tamiami Trail #202, Venice, FL 34285
    Searching for some peace and quiet? You will find plenty at Dragonfly Ayurveda and Yoga, where they will make it easy for you to sort through and sift out the noise of daily life. This fabulous studio offers small classes and personalized instruction guaranteed to help you relax and decide the best Venice homes for sale for you and your family. 

Our REALTORS® know Florida is the best place in the country to rest and relax. When you contact us, we will do our best to help you identify the ideal community and the perfect home for you to buy.  

September
9

Fall Festivals in Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Fall Festivals Manatee

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year along the Gulf Coast. You can be sure everyone will be taking full advantage of the cooler weather by getting out and active! Our REALTORS® are here with the return of these family-friendly fall festivals around Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

  1. Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival — 5500 CR 675, Bradenton, FL 34211 | Oct 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
    In its 28th year, the Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival is a way to spend a fall afternoon after shopping Bradenton homes for sale. Over a dozen live shows will take place as well as a craft show, chainsaw sculptor and juggler. A petting zoo, pony rides, corn maze, face painting, playground, and butterfly experience keep kids entertained while mom and dad enjoy food galore!

  2. Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival — 7410 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34240 | Oct 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
    The Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival takes place every weekend in October. After touring beautiful Sarasota homes for sale, bring the whole family for live music, costume and pie-eating contests, a petting zoo, playground and so much more! Their Farmer's Market and Pumpkin Palace are open rain or shine. This means just about any weekend is a perfect opportunity to attend the 31st Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival!

  3. Suncoast Food & Wine Fest 2019 — 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211 | Nov 9
    The Suncoast Food & Wine Fest is ready to raise a glass to its 18th year! Spend the afternoon sampling tasty food from the best restaurants in Manatee County and sip on fine wines while supporting the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch. Proceeds from this festival go directly to the charities of Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Take a much-needed break from walking Lakewood Ranch homes for sale and visit the Suncoast Food & Wine Festival to celebrate the harvest season with kindness and generosity.

  4. Fall Kids Fest — 1100 US-41 Bypass S, Venice, FL 34292 | Sept 14
    If you're looking for a great indoor activity, attend the Fall Kids Fest at AMF Bowling as you get ready to schedule showings for Venice homes for sale. All kids 15 and under can bowl and rent shoes for free for their first hour with adults receiving a discounted rate as well. They're also discounting their tasty treats, offering $2 hot dogs, $1 cookies and soft drinks, and only $14 for a whole pizza!

  5. Bayfest — 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, FL 34216 | Oct 19
    Anna Maria homes for sale put you close to one of the coolest fall festivals of the year. Bayfest presents a fun-filled day during their 19th annual free street festival. A classic car show will display over 100 amazing vehicles while five great bands perform live music from 10 AM to 9 PM. There will also be plenty of food, refreshments, arts and crafts vendors and even a kids zone for the little ones. Take a quick stroll down Pine Avenue and enjoy the cool fall weather in Anna Maria.

  6. Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Festival — 948 Beach Rd., Siesta Key, FL 34242 | Nov 15-18
    We may not have fall leaves and a chilly breeze, but what we lack in Northern autumn hallmarks we make up for in Southern charm. Once you've completed your search for Siesta Key homes for sale, check out the Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival. You'll be blown away by the intricate detail and larger than life features of these amazing san sculptures. Grab your ticket and spend the weekend on the beach marveling at these impressive creations.

Looking for a great home in Manatee or Sarasota Counties to settle in for the fall? Contact us today, and we'll help you with your search!

August
26

Labor Day Events Around Manatee & Sarasota Counties

Manatee & Sarasota County Labor Day Weekend Events
Scheduling your plans for Labor Day weekend along Florida's Gulf Coast? Our communities throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties are jam-packed with weekend activities and celebrations. Whether you're a long-time resident, newcomer, or visitor, our REALTORS® are here with favorite Labor Day events sure to pique the interest of every member of your family.

  1. Sarasota Architectural Salvage, 1093 Central Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Buying one of our Sarasota homes for sale is the perfect reason to go treasure hunting for unique décor at Sarasota Architectural Salvage during their Labor Day Sale.  Get great items for your new home and save money while you're attending their weekend sale. FREE beer and/or soda all weekend, Register for drawings and specials online.  This event will be taking place Labor Day Weekend. 

  2. Tampa Bay Labor Day Tournament — Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
    Take advantage of the long Labor Day weekend with an exciting soccer tournament. The 2019 Tampa Bay Labor Day Tournament will take place at Premier Sports Campus just around the corner from Lakewood Ranch homes for sale. One of the best in the state, this tournament brings teams from far and wide to compete in front of their families and friends in this fun annual event!

  3. 27th Annual Canes Cross Country Classic 5K & 1K — 2900 51st St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209
    Spend your Labor Day having fun in Manatee County's oldest running tradition. The 27th Annual Canes Cross Country Classic takes place just up the road from Bradenton homes for sale and challenges runners of all ages to get out and get active. There is a 1K family fun run/walk, as well as two 5Ks for under and above 18 aged runners. Come out and start your Labor Day with an exhilarating morning run!

  4. Labor Day Scramble — Lake Venice Golf Club, 1801 Harbor Dr. S., Venice, FL 34285
    Ready to get one last round of golf in before the summer ends? Head over to the Lake Venice Golf Club around the corner from Venice homes for sale and participate in their Labor Day Scramble. Beginning at 8:00 AM on Labor Day, a $25 entrance fee gets you 18 holes, a cart, food and more. Play against your friends and potentially walk away with some amazing prizes!  

  5. 63rd Annual Englewood Pioneer Days Parade & Festival — Dearborn Street Plaza, 300 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223
    Every year, one of the longest and best Labor Day celebrations occurs right down the road from Englewood homes for sale. The 63rd Annual Englewood Pioneer Days Festival has activities from August 17th through Labor Day. On Labor Day itself, there will be a morning parade on Dearborn Street followed by a festival and car show at Pioneer Park that you don't want to miss!
  6. 2019 Summer of Rum Festival - Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, 1001 N Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606
    Take a little road trip from Bradenton up to DowntownTampa this Labor Day weekend for The Summer of Rum Festival on Saturday, August 31, 2019, from noon to 11:00 P.M. Try out a variety of cocktails from Pina Coladas, rum runners, Cuba Libres, frozen daiquiris and more. The Caribbean Food Market will showcase a variety of local vendors. Try out 40+ rums during the Island Tasting Party, and the celebration ends with an amazing fireworks show.

Are you ready to buy a home in Sarasota or Manatee County before? Contact us today and our team will help you find the home of your dreams!

April
17

2019 Manatee and Sarasota County Earth Day Events

Earth Day Events Sarasota and Manatee County

  1. Sarasota Earth Day Celebration | Oscar Scherer State Park – 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229 | April 27
    This annual tradition allows visitors to enter Oscar Scherer State Park for free to celebrate their Earth Day events. Attendees can visit vendor booths, enjoy live music and sample delicious food. Volunteers can help place over 5,000 plants along the restored wetland area. Close to Venice and Siesta Key homes for sale, the Sarasota Earth Day Celebration is a great way to keep this beautiful state park clean and safe for the diverse wildlife that calls it home.

  2. NAWP Earth Day Garden Party | Longboat Key Club, 220 Sands Point Rd, Longboat Key, Florida 34228 | April 22
    The National Association of Wedding Professionals (NAWP) -  Gulf Coast Chapter will host its 2019 Earth Day Garden Party at The Resort at Longboat Key Club on April 22 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  NAWP invites attendees to celebrate the plants and to hear chef/owner of Zildjian Catering, Alyson Zildjian, speak about eco-friendly events. Thinking of buying a home on Longboat Key? You'll want to check out these Longboat Key homes for sale.

  3. Earth Day Celebration at The Market at Lakewood Ranch | 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota, FL 34240 | April 24
    Come enjoy live music at The Market! Activities include Sunset Yoga from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and a family-friendly series of yard games, along with creating your own nature bug!  If you can't make it for the Earth Day Celebration,  The Market at Lakewood Ranch is open every Wednesday afternoon and evening from December through April, from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Join your friends and the new neighbors who have just moved into beautiful Lakewood Ranch. Looking to buy here? Don't miss these Lakewood Ranch homes for sale.

  4. Englewood Earth Day Festival | Boca Grande, FL 33921 | April 28
    The Barrier Island Parks Society is planning yet another Earth Day Celebration in Englewood. This free festival of food and fun features opportunities to learn about the environmental work local non-profits are conducting. Be sure to visit the Barrier Island Parks Society website for updated information. Consider joining them on the Sunday after Earth Day. This area is so beautiful, consider it calling it "home" by browsing Englewood homes for sale.
  5. Earth Day Festival at Selby Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota | Monday, April 22, from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
    The City of Sarasota and UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County will host an Earth Day Festival on Monday, April 22, from 11:30 am -1:30 pm at Selby Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota. The event will feature information booths throughout the park on a variety of environmental issues, including energy efficiency, stormwater pollution, composting, native plants, electric vehicles and more. Food will be available for purchase from the Spice Boys food truck. Visitors will have a chance to tour two tiny homes, pick up free bicycle gear, try an e-scooter, learn about plastic pollution and how to turn single-use plastics into reusable items, hear more about Sarasota in Motion, the city's transportation master plan, and learn why putting fats, oils and greases down the kitchen drain is so bad. In recognition of Arbor Day and the City of Sarasota's celebration of 33 years of being designated as a "Tree City USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation, some attendees will also be able to take home free native plants and trees available at the festival. For more information, contact the City's Sustainability office at 941-926-6686 or sustainability@sarasotafl.gov

Contact Wagner Realty to learn more about Florida homes in and around 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. 

December
10

5 Places in Sarasota to Volunteer This Holiday Season

Sarasota Holiday Volunteering

Our real estate agents know about all the things that make Sarasota such a great community to live in. And one of the best things is the people. Many people in our city like to volunteer during the holiday season, and Sarasota has no shortage of opportunities to help make our community a better place. The holidays often bring an increased need for community services and the groups that provide those services have an increased need for volunteers. So during this season of giving, consider giving some of your time to help one of the many organizations that make Sarasota a better place. Whatever your skill set, you can find meaningful work that supports the community. Not sure where to start? We have a few suggestions to help.

  1. The Salvation Army Sarasota, 1400 10th Street, Sarasota, Florida 34236
    The Salvation Army Sarasota has a wide variety of ways to volunteer. Successfully providing over 700 meals per day to those in need takes a lot of volunteers! There is always a need for food prep, service and clean up. Other programs provide shelter and life recovery services and those programs need volunteers to help with laundry, teaching, and mentoring. Additionally, volunteers answer the phone, drive the van, help at special events, and provide other essential tasks to help the Salvation Army serve those in need.

  2. Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, 1757 N. East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34234
    Do you have a knack for building, repairs, or painting? You can help Habitat for Humanity Sarasota to build and provide critical repairs to homes. They provide the tools and training so even if you don't have experience, you can still help out. Opportunities are updated weekly, so there's plenty of work to go around.

  3. Humane Society Sarasota County, 2331 15th Street, Sarasota, FL 34237
    The Humane Society Sarasota County is the area's largest no-kill shelter and always needs plenty of animal lovers to help out. Volunteers can help with cleaning and laundry, dog and cat companionship and care, administrative support and help at special events. Of course, they are always in need of foster homes for animals as well.

  4. MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
    If your love of animals is more for the swimming kind, volunteering at MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium might be for you. MOTE is dedicated to research and education supporting conservation and sustainable use of the oceans. Cashiers, greeters, tour guides, and membership specialists are all volunteer opportunities that help educate the community on the importance of marine stewardship.

  5. Resurrection House Inc., 507 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Caring and compassionate people are needed to help Resurrection House Inc. provides day services for the homeless of Sarasota. Over 180 volunteers help people back to self-sufficiency with a faith-based program that provides necessities such as showers and laundry, medical treatment, and counseling services.

Making a real difference in someone's life this holiday season can be a rewarding experience that makes your community a better place. When shopping for a home, deciding where you want to live is an important part of the decision. Sarasota homes for sale offer everything you want in a home and a community. Contact Wagner Realty today and get started finding the right home for you.

November
20

Where to See Santa in Sarasota

Sarasota See Santa
Whether you're a kid or a kid at heart, Christmas wouldn't be the same without a glimpse of Jolly Old Saint Nick. Luckily, Santa loves soaking up the sun in Sarasota before he gets too busy preparing for his big night.

Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on his favorite spots to hang out while he's here, and we're ready to let you in on the secret. Here are six of the best places to see Santa in and around Sarasota. 

  1. The Mall at University Town Center: 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota
    The Mall at University Town Center isn't just a great place to do all of your holiday shopping; it's also one of the best places to see Santa. Bring the kids to the mall's Grand Court where they can visit with Santa and become official members of his flight crew. They'll get to try on an official flight suit, learn how to fly Santa's sleigh, and play under magical lights and snowflakes. Santa and his helpers will be at the mall starting on November 9th and running until Christmas Eve.

  2. St. Armands Circle: N. Blvd. of the Presidents, St. Armands
    Enjoy a memorable evening of family fun in beautiful St. Armands Circle during the Holiday Night of Lights. The event takes place on December 7th from 6 to 9 p.m. and features a parade, holiday carol sing-along, and lighting of a 55-foot tree. Children will love having their photos taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, while Mom and Dad take advantage of shopping discounts at the area's unique local shops.

  3. Sarasota Holiday Parade: Downtown Sarasota, 1718 Main Street, Sarasota
    The Sarasota Holiday Parade has been a favorite of locals and visitors for the past 22 years. It's now grown to be one of the largest and most popular holiday parades along the Suncoast. Taking place on December 1st from 7 to 9 p.m., this event is the perfect kickoff to the holiday season. Watch as thousands of participants light up downtown Sarasota with festive floats and holiday music. Make sure you stick around until the end, where you'll see Santa and Mrs. Claus closing out the parade.

  4. The 33rd Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights: Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island and Centennial Park
    You don't have to spend much time on Sarasota Bay to see why it's home to some of the best Sarasota homes for sale. Whether you're lucky enough to live in one of these homes or you take a trip down to one of the nearby parks, you'll love the breathtaking waterfront views of the 33rd annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. The event is held on Saturday, December 8th at 6 p.m. Keep a close eye on the festively-decorated boats, and you just might see Santa and some of his elves.

  5. Holidays Around the Ranch: 8100 Lakewood Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
    Holidays Around the Ranch
    , held on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, is popular among revelers of all ages. Join in on the fun on December 14th from 6 to 9 p.m. Sing along with carolers while you wait for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive in a decorated horse-drawn carriage. Enjoy a line-up of live performers and musical entertainment while sipping cocoa and eggnog. Your kids definitely won't want to miss sliding down the real outdoor snow slide, and everyone will love watching the spectacular tree lighting.

  6. Privateers, Inc. Christmas Parade: Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd. Anna Maria
    The Anna Maria Privateers are spreading holiday joy again this year with their annual Christmas Parade and Santa's Open House. The parade starts at Bayfront Park and then travels south, winding through the three island cities. After the parade, children are welcome to come to the open house and receive a gift from Santa himself.

Let Us Help Your Holiday Wishes Come True

If your holiday wish this year involves buying or selling a home in Sarasota, we can help! Contact Wagner Realty today to discuss your real estate goals.

November
12

Thanksgiving Day Runs for Sarasota Area Families

Sarasota Area Turkey Trots
Family-friendly Thanksgiving Day runs, also known as Turkey Trots, first began way back in 1896. Since then, the tradition has grown hugely popular across the United States, offering families and friends a fun way to burn some extra calories before indulging in the day's festivities.

While most of the country will wake up to cold, blustery weather on Thanksgiving morning, Sarasota area residents and visitors will enjoy mild temperatures that are perfect for an early morning run. This year why not start a new family tradition that will allow you to gobble guilt-free all day long? This list of the area's most popular Turkey Trot races will help you get started. 

First Inaugural Florida Turkey Trot: Nathan Benderson Park, Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota

Our real estate agents love visiting beautiful Nathan Benderson Park and are excited for the First Inaugural Florida Turkey Trot 5k. This centrally-located first-class venue is perfect for families coming from Sarasota, Bradenton, and Lakewood Ranch. 

The event will feature a chipped-timed 5k run/walk with a final "floating mile" over the lake and bracketed "Turkey Dashes" for the kids. Stick around after the race for sweet treats and beverages, and don't forget to bring along your canned-food donations for the All Faiths Food Bank.

All participants will receive a  commemorative shirt and finisher medal. Proceeds from the event benefit The Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. (SANCA).

ALSO Youth 9th Annual Turkey Trot 5K: Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota 

Participants in the ALSO Youth 9th Annual Turkey Trot 5K will enjoy beautiful views of some of the best Sarasota homes for sale as they race over the iconic Ringling Bridge. This chip-timed race offers awards for the top finishers in each group, a finisher's medal for participants under age 15, and a long-sleeve tech shirt for all pre-registered participants.

After you're done, be sure to check out the post-race party and celebrate while enjoying music, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, and a variety of beers. 

Tidewell Hospice Turkey Trot 5k: Lakewood Ranch Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

Are you too busy to make it to a race on Thanksgiving day? You're in luck! The Tidewell Hospice Turkey Trot 5k is held on Sunday, November 17th. This chip-timed 5k run/walk is both stroller and pet-friendly, making it an excellent family-friendly option.  

Children will love participating in the "Turkey-Dashes," and the 5k course features turkey-themed volunteers, plenty of water stations, and music to help you hustle along. Registration includes a commemorative moisture-wicking shirt.

You're sure to have fun at the after-party featuring food from local area restaurants. On your way home from the event, don't forget to take the scenic route so you can get a look at the many beautiful Lakewood Ranch homes for sale

Bradenton Turkey Trot "Give to Run" 5k: GT Bray Park, Bradenton

The 22nd Annual Bradenton Turkey Trot puts a unique spin on their event by skipping the registration fee. Instead, participants are encouraged to support The Food Bank of Manatee and Turing Points with monetary donations and/or canned goods. 

Participants have the option to purchase Turkey-Trot themed t-shirts, and the overall male and female winners will each receive a delicious pie for their Thanksgiving celebrations. This event is hugely popular and always has a large turnout. If you've been checking out Bradenton homes for sale this is a great way to meet some of your potential new neighbors. 

After experiencing the strong sense of community in the Sarasota area, we're confident you'll be more excited than ever to make this area your new home. Contact Wagner Realty to learn how we can help make your dream a reality.

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October
8

A Local's Guide to Halloween in Sarasota

Sarasota Halloween Events
Ask any of our real estate agents, and they'll tell you that Sarasota locals know how to celebrate Halloween. If you're lucky enough to be in the area this month checking out Sarasota homes for sale, you'll want to visit some of the area's hottest Halloween events. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • 30th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest (Every Weekend in October)
    Every Saturday and Sunday in October, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival. Enjoy a day of family-friendly fun including live music, a petting zoo, and decorated photo spots.

    Parking and admission are free, and attractions like pony rides, pumpkin painting, a rock wall, and bounce house are each available for a small charge. Don't miss the costume contest every Saturday at 1 pm and the pie eating contest every Sunday at 1 pm

  • Halloween Ghost Hunting Tours (October 12)
    If you're interested in a paranormal experience, look no further than the Halloween Ghost Tours at Historic Spanish Point. With over 5,000 years of history, this location is home to plenty of ghostly spirits and opportunities to interact with the after-life. Are you brave enough to check it out for yourself?

  • Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular (October 13)
    The fourth annual Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular is a free event held at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. It kicks off at 5:00 pm with children's games and activities. Be sure to dress your little ones in their best Halloween costumes so they can join in on the parade around the bases before the 7:00 pm showing of the movie "Hocus Pocus" on the outfield video board.

  • Victorian Funeral (October 19)
    Begin your Halloween festivities by venturing out to Historic Spanish Point in Osprey for an unforgettable traditional Victorian Funeral. Immerse yourself in the grandiose and macabre experience as a grieving Victorian widow bids farewell to her beloved husband. This theatrical reenactment is sure to put you in a spooky mood and prepare you for the rest of the season. 

  • 6th Annual Haunted Trails at Oscar Scherer State Park (October 26 and 27)
    If you're looking for a fright, you don't want to miss the 6th Annual Haunted Trails at Oscar Scherer State Park. Here you'll find a trick-or-treat trail for the little ones, scary trails geared towards specific age groups, interactive games, the infamous Haunted House created by the Nokomis Fire Department.

  • 27th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival (October 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28)
    It wouldn't be autumn in Sarasota without a visit to the Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival. This famous festival is one of the signature events of the season. Visitors of all ages will love the Halloween attractions including a craft fair, hayrides, face painting, petting zoo, live music, train rides, and more.

  • Selby Gardens Spooktacular (October 28)
    Enjoy the gorgeous Selby Gardens in all of its Halloween glory during the Selby Gardens Spooktacular event, held on October 28th. Children of all ages will love trick-or-treating and participating in pumpkin decorating, seed planting, and "mad scientist" experiments. Adults can treat their palates with delicious foods from Michael's on East grill, the Selby House Café, or a tasty frozen dessert from B's Cool Treats.

Your Sarasota Real Estate Professionals

Autumn is an excellent time to relocate to the Sunshine State! Whether you're a local planning to sell your home or a buyer searching for the perfect new residence, our qualified agents make it easy. Contact Wagner Realty today to discuss your needs and learn how we can help. 

January
4

Step-by-Step Guide for Relocating to Sarasota

Sarasota Relocation Guide
If you're thinking about relocating to a warmer climate, Sarasota, Florida is a wonderful choice. It's the city "where urban amenities meet small-town living." Winters are tropical, with occasional Gulf breezes and rain showers to ease the heat. You'll find a thriving art and culture scene and exciting residential and commercial architecture. If you're making the transition as a Sarasota retiree, you'll find many activities to fill your leisurely days.  

Our REALTORS® live, work, and play in the Sarasota area. We believe it's one of the most desirable cities in America. When you're ready to explore local living options, we'll be happy to arrange tours of Sarasota homes for sale. In the meantime, take a look at our Step-by-Step Guide for Relocating to Sarasota.

1. Visit Sarasota
If you haven't made up your mind about your move, visit our fabulous city and you'll know for sure. Sarasota is far more than just palm trees, beaches, and sunshine. You'll enjoy entertainment, dining, and outdoor activities. With the extensive selection of homes, you're certain to find the style, space, and amenities you want.

2. Connect with a REALTOR®
Establish a relationship with a Florida real estate professional who can manage the home-buying process from beginning to end. Your REALTOR® can begin searching for a home that meets your criteria. 

3. Organize your move
Consider delegating your moving tasks. Movers can pack, load, move, unload, unpack, and set up at your final destination while you relax and remain stress-free. If you're moving for a transfer or promotion, your employer might reimburse your expenses. Otherwise, they could be tax deductible.

4. Arrange your utilities
You must contact several sources to establish utility services in your new home.

5. Connect your phone
If you're a cell-only family, check to see if your provider has coverage in Sarasota. Companies like Wirefly, Xfinity, and others offer Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) home landline service. 

6. Get legal to drive in Florida
Drivers in Florida must have:

  • Florida auto insurance: Ask your current agent for a referral to a Florida insurance agent.
  • Florida drivers license: The Sarasota County Service Center may be able to convert your out-of-state license to a Florida license. Bring original documents to prove your ID.
  • Legally registered vehicle: You must register your out-of-state vehicle within 30 days of establishing residency, placing your children in school, or beginning a job. Visit your local Florida Tax Collector's office with your ID, original car title, vehicle registration, Florida Insurance verification, and an executed HSMV 82040 VIN verification inspection form,

7. Find a new doctor
The Sarasota County Medical Society maintains an online Sarasota Physician Directory.  

8. Find a new dentist
Visit Dentist.com for a directory of Sarasota dentists

9. Enroll your kids in school

10. Change your address
Complete a USPS.com online address change so your mail will follow you to Sarasota. USPS partners will send digital coupons you can use at your new location.  

11. Register to vote
Follow the instruction at the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections website to complete the voter registration process online or print, complete and mail the application. 

Wagner Realty to Find Your Sarasota Home

We'd love to help you make the move to Sarasota. Contact Wagner Realty if you're buying or selling your home, or visit our Sarasota Home Buyers Guide to learn more about living in Sarasota.

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December
18

5 Spots in Sarasota to Ring in the New Year

Sarasota New Years Eve Spots2018 is almost here, and our REALTORS® in Sarasota know just how to celebrate. If you're still free on New Year's Eve, it's time to make plans for an unforgettable evening. 

Here are five of our favorite ways to ring in 2018 right here in Sarasota: 

  1. NYE Party at the Municipal Auditorium
    One of the biggest and most popular parties in Sarasota, this all-inclusive bash benefits charity and features top-shelf liquor, bottomless champagne, live music, appetizers, valet parking, and other VIP perks. We're actually sponsoring this year's event, which will fill out the historic Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Get your tickets now to take advantage of early prices for the "Best NYE Party in SRQ".

  2. Pineapple Drop & Fair on Main Street
    Downtown Sarasota gets tropical every year for a unique NYE tradition: the Pineapple Drop. But before you look up at midnight to watch the illuminated fruit on Lemon and Main, you can spend all day with the family at a big outdoor New Year's Eve Party. Carnival rides, games, three stages of live entertainment, dozens of local food and drink vendors, and more will fill Main Street from 2 pm onward. Grab the kids for an all-day celebration, or come after dark to drink and dance the night away with your favorite adults.

  3. Fireworks Show at Marina Jack
    This year, Marina Jack and the City of Sarasota will work together to produce a midnight fireworks show over the marina and bay. Grab a seat at one of two four-course dinners at the restaurant (which overlooks the water), or spend midnight on the water itself, with a four-hour dinner cruise that boards at 8 pm. The celebratory cruise will include a delicious buffet, champagne toast, and live music. No matter how you spend the evening, the fireworks show is sure to dazzle.

  4. Speakeasy at the Powel Crosley Estate
    Want to ring in 2018 like it's still 1928? Come to the famous Powel Crosley Estate for a New Year's Gala and After Party that will be roaring all night long – or at least until 1 AM. The waterfront mansion will transform into a speakeasy-style party venue, complete with card games, live jazz, dancing under the stars, and a classic and delicious meal straight out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. Get glamorous and channel your inner flapper for an unforgettable New Year's Eve.

  5. Glamour at the Selby Gardens
    If you're looking for something formal and fancy, why not spend the evening among the flowers? Our friends at the gorgeous Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are hosting a black-tie New Year's Eve "experience" among their tropical plants and festive holiday lights. The evening will include hors d'oeuvres, a four-course dinner, and live music and dancing. Of course, it all ends with a champagne toast at midnight and a fantastic view of the fireworks over Sarasota Bay.

After you experience our night life, don't forget to check out all our beautiful Sarasota homes for sale. Our agents are always ready to help you find the listing of your dreams. Contact Wagner Realty today to get started on your search for a new home in the new year.

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December
7

Holidays on Main at Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch Holidays
Our team of Lakewood Ranch REALTORS® loves a good Christmas party as much as anyone, and we wanted to give you a heads up on some of the fun holiday happenings around Lakewood Ranch this season! You can expect a packed schedule of events on Main Street at Lakewood Ranch this month, including some that you definitely don't want to miss. So gather up your holiday cheer, and join us for Christmas on Main!

  • Thursday, December 7, 14 & 21 - Carriage Rides, Strolling Carolers, Santa Stroll
    Every Thursday until Christmas, carolers will be out on the streets spreading holiday cheer from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. You can also take a carriage ride as you listen to the carolers sing, and keep an eye out for Santa as he strolls the streets during this free weekly event.

  • Friday, December 8 - Holidays At the Ranch
    This annual holiday street festival is one of our favorite Christmas events. From 6 pm to 9 pm, you can enjoy a spectacular Christmas lights display, join in with singing carolers, and watch Santa make a grand entrance in a horse-drawn carriage. There will also be children's activities, rides, and crafts, as well as plenty of holiday-themed refreshments.

  • Saturday, December 9 - Lunch with Santa at MacAllisters
    Join Santa for lunch at MacAllisters Grill & Tavern between 12 pm and 3 pm for great food and a chance to have some fun with Santa Claus himself. Call ahead to reserve a spot.

  • Saturday, December 16 - Breakfast with Santa at Polo Grill & Bar
    In case you missed your chance to dine with old Saint Nick at MacAllisters, he'll also be sitting down for breakfast at Polo Bar & Grill from 8:30 am to 10:30 am on Saturday, December 16. Reservations are available by phone, and don't forget to bring your Christmas list!

  • Sunday, December 17 - Lunch with Santa at Main Street Trattoria
    Last chance! Sit down with Santa for lunch at Main Street Trattoria from 1 pm to 3 pm on December 17. We assume he'll be too busy making toys from then until Christmas, so be sure to make a reservation and take the opportunity to meet him while you can!

  • Friday, December 22 - Jingle Run 5K
    One of the largest chip-timed 5K run/walks in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, the annual Jingle Run 5k is a great way to get your blood pumping and the holiday spirit flowing. Just tie some jingle bells to your shoes (they will be provided) and you're off! There will be holiday music along the way, and a post-race party at the end of the line.

  • Saturday, December 23 - Christmas Celebration
    The Christmas on Main festivities culminate with the December 23 Christmas Celebration, which includes food, fun, games, rides, and music. Join Grace Community Church for this special Christmas Celebration from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.

No matter the season, there's always something going on at Lakewood Ranch! Contact Wagner Realty today to learn more about life in this vibrant community. Our team is committed to helping you find the perfect Lakewood Ranch homes.

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November
22

2017 Bradenton Blues Fest

Bradenton Blues Fest
When you think of living in Bradenton, Florida, the first thing that most likely pops into your mind is enjoying our city's sugary sand beaches. However, Bradenton boasts a full slate of local activities and events sure to please locals, visitors and new residents alike starting with our upcoming Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend.  One of the best-kept secrets in Bradenton and beyond is the annual Bradenton Blues Festival.  The Bradenton Blues Festival main event will be Saturday, December 2.

The Bradenton Blues Fest Returns

For music aficionados, the Bradenton Blues Festival is known for amazing sets from hot local and national blues musicians. It's put on every year by the nonprofit Realize Bradenton, solely dedicated to a vibrant and prosperous downtown for the Bradenton community.

In addition to the smooth blues solos, Blues Festival is known far and wide for the best eats. As you enjoy acts on the big stage, you'll also have the opportunity to sample local craft beer and pick your favorite from more than a dozen specialty food vendors.

The fun doesn't end when the last act takes a bow, either – there's still Sunday to look forward to.

The Bradenton Blues Brunch Won't Have Your Favorite Foodies Singing the Blues

The Bradenton Blues Brunch caps off the event from 11 am to 1 pm. on Sunday. You'll find it along with a lively crowd of blues fans at Mattison's City Grille, a hip hangout you just can't miss when you visit the Bradenton Riverwalk.

Mattison's is known for mouth-watering steaks and seafood, a dizzying selection of tasty cocktails, and scrumptious key lime pie that will have you coming back for seconds. It also distinguishes itself with a complete selection of fresh signature sushi rolls.

Tickets for the brunch are available for $50 and attendees will nosh their way through a three-course, seated-and-served brunch headed by renowned chef Paul Mattison. Mimosas, wines and even a Bloody Mary or two will be on hand to be paired with each course.

Plus, you'll get live entertainment from top local blues duo Fowler and Walker. Find out more about the line-up and book your Blues Fest tickets soon – they're going fast!

Our REALTORS® would love the chance to show you Bradenton's most breathtaking homes for sale. See all Bradenton living has to offer – and enjoy Florida's finest blues event at the same time. Contact us to get your home search started.

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November
14

St. Armands Circle Holiday Night of Lights Shows Santa the Way

Sarasota Kicks Off the Holidays with Family Fun

Sarasota - St. Armands Circle
If you plan to schedule year-end tours of Sarasota homes for sale, be sure to include a few of our local holiday events to get you acquainted with our city. Our REALTORS® have put together this list of just a few of Sarasota's attractions certain to put you in the Christmas spirit.

St. Armands Circle Holiday Night of Lights

Dubbed as The Holiday Destination on the Gulf Coast, you can join in the excitement on Friday, December 1 as Holiday Night of Lights on St. Armands Circle kicks off the Christmas season with lights, music and celebration.  The festivities will begin at 5:30 PM with special performances followed by a sing-a-long at 6:00 PM.  Don't miss Santa's arrival from the North Pole in his magical sleigh just in time for the lighting of St. Armands' spectacular Christmas tree.  Santa will be available for photos from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM.

You can dine, shop the Circle and take advantage of store promotions. St. Armands Circle will host a variety of entertaining activities for your entire family.

Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

The Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is a must-see, beachside attraction with 25 boats decked out with colorful decorations, twinkling lights and festive music. This dazzling waterborne parade travels close to the shore, keeping viewers engaged and entertained.

The parade takes place at 6:00 PM on December 9. Boats of all shapes and sizes create an enchanting holiday display as they depart City Island and cruise across Sarasota Bay to Bayfront Park.

Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
You'll want to claim your spot early to beat the crowd. Bring lawn chairs, coolers and snacks to nibble while you wait. And don't forget your camera. 

This year, the organizers have changed a few things to make the parade even better. They've expanded the parade route and extended the Bayfront Park viewing area to accommodate more spectators. They've also relocated the VIP viewing area to Marina Jack's Fuel Dock.

Holly Days and Mangrove Lights at Historic Spanish Point

At Spanish Point, you can explore history through museums, nature trails, boardwalks, and historic buildings. You'll see native butterflies, insects, plant species and a rare mangrove tree shoreline.

Beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving through December 30, the historic site shows off its holiday spirit. The staff decorates the museum, grounds and mangrove trees with miniature white lights. Beginning at 6:00 each evening, you'll experience lighted pathways, music throughout the venue and a unique holiday ambiance.

On Thursdays and Fridays during the holiday season, Spanish Point will remain open until 9:00 PM. They will be closed on December 28.

Get to Know Sarasota

If you plan to relocate to Sarasota, you'll find exciting things to do year round. Contact Wagner Realty if you're thinking about selling your current home or buying a new one. Our real estate professionals have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process.

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October
31

Sarasota Farmers Market-Year Round Family Fun

A Chance for Sarasota Families to Gather  

Sarasota Farmers Market
Held every week, the Sarasota Farmers Market takes place right in the heart of Downtown year-round. Read on to find out more, and feel free to get in touch with our REALTORS® to learn more about life in Sarasota, FL.

A Long-Running Sarasota Tradition  

The Sarasota Farmers Market was established in 1979, offering a selection of local plants, produce, prepared foods and crafts that caught on quickly with the local community. It has only grown in the years since, quickly becoming a beloved mainstay of the Downtown Sarasota area. Today, the market spans more than 5,000 square feet and offers a space for more than 70 vendors to sell their locally grown and crafted goods.

Weekly Family Fun in Sarasota, FL

Operated by the nonprofit SFMV, Inc. (Sarasota Farmers Market Vendors), this weekly market promises a colorful variety of locally grown produce. Availability changes with the seasons, so be sure to return again to see what's new! Of course, there's a lot more to the Sarasota Farmers Market than fresh veggies. For example: 

  • Arts and Crafts: Handmade soaps, jewelry, baskets, clothing, candles, pottery and paintings are just a few of the things you can find at the market.
     
  • Flowers and Plants: An ever-changing selection of plants are available from local nurseries and florists, from orchids and floral arrangements to vegetables and herbs that you can plant in your own garden. 
     
  • Food and Beverages: Food trucks and tents provide all kinds of refreshments, from a hot cup of Joe at JavaDawg Coffee to a hearty meal courtesy of Alpine Steakhouse. :
     
  • Local Produce: As with any good market, farmers are at the heart of the Sarasota Farmers Market. Local and organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, eggs and honey are always on the table. 

Visiting the Sarasota Farmers Market also provides an opportunity to check out some of the local businesses in Saratota's vibrant Downtown district. Grab lunch at Boca Kitchen Bar and Market, find the latest catch at Duval's Fresh Local Seafood, or stop for coffee and fresh baked goods at Coffee Carousel. 

Plan Your Trip to the Farmers Market

The Sarasota Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm. Unlike many farmers markets that close up shop in winter, the Sarasota Farmers Market continues every week throughout the entire year, offering a selection of goods that changes with the seasons. You'll find it on Lemon Avenue, near its intersection with Main Street. Parking is available on the streets and in public lots nearby. 

Contact Wagner Realty today to learn more about all the latest happenings in the Sarasota area. Our team is standing by to help you find the best Sarasota homes for sale.

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October
18

10 Traits of a Great Neighborhood

10 Traits of a Great Neighborhood
Finding the right home may be your top priority as a shopper, but identifying the right neighborhood is just as important for landing a home you'll love long-term. Our REALTORS® know what it takes to become a neighborhood expert, and we've compiled the top 10 traits of a great neighborhood.

How to Find a Neighborhood You'll Truly Love

  1. Easy Access to Key Services
    Whether you need to shop for groceries, go to the gym, stop at the post office, or simply run your daily errands, having the services you need close to home makes it much easier to get things done. So if you're shopping Sarasota homes for sale, keep an eye out for neighborhoods that allow you to take care of business.

  2. Fun and Entertainment Close to Home
    Every neighborhood offers something to do, but the right neighborhood for you will have entertainment options that match your taste. If you like the idea of a master-planned community with nearby entertainment options, check out Lakewood Ranch homes.

  3. Local Businesses
    Small businesses are the lifeblood of so many neighborhoods because they provide necessary services, unique products, and fun activities close to home. An active, growing small business community is a sign of a great neighborhood, so be sure to sample the local business scene.

  4. Great Food
    We all have our own neighborhood preferences, but most would agree that great food close to home is a major plus. Look for a neighborhood that offers all of your favorite dining options, along with new things to try. Becoming a neighborhood expert has never tasted so good.

  5. Safe Streets
    Whether you're shopping for a family home or flying solo, finding a neighborhood with low crime rates is certainly an important priority. Try visiting neighborhoods both during the day and at night to get an idea of security in the area.

  6. Strong Schools
    Perhaps you're shopping with your family in mind, or you simply want to leave the option open in the future. Either way, finding a neighborhood with a strong school system will serve you well.

  7. Spectacular Scenery
    It's so nice to be able to sit on your patio or peer out the window and enjoy spectacular scenery close to home. Shopping for a home near the water is a great idea if you're looking for lovely views, and Longboat Key homes are a perfect example.

  8. Walkability and Public Transportation
    Do you enjoy being able to walk to nearby amenities, or hopping on public transportation rather than driving to work? Finding a neighborhood with transportation options that fit your lifestyle will make life much easier.

  9. Outdoor Fun
    You won't have any trouble finding outdoor fun in Florida neighborhoods, but it's still a good idea to make sure that a neighborhood offers your favorite outdoor activities. Homes for sale in Bradenton make it easy to enjoy all of the outdoor entertainment our corner of Florida has to offer.

  10. The Right Fit for You
    We have covered many of the topics that shoppers find most important in neighborhoods, but ultimately this process is all about finding the right fit for you. Try creating a list of your own ideal neighborhood features, and rank them in order of priority.

Whether you're still searching for the perfect neighborhood or you already have an ideal match in mind, our local real estate team is here to help you cross the finish line. Contact Wagner Realty to buy and sell homes in the Sarasota/Bradenton area.

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October
13

Don't Miss Lakewood Ranch's BOOFEST on Main Street

Living in Lakewood Ranch is a HOWLING Good Time

Lakewood Ranch Boofest Event
It's October, and we all know what that means, everywhere you turn ... ghosts and goblins abound.  It's no different in Lakewood Ranch.  Just minutes from Southwest Florida's beach, shopping, dining, and local events, the Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Corporation is busy preparing for the community's annual themed Halloween event, BOOFEST on Main Street.

The mission of Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Corporation is to nurture a sense of community and friendships through memorable events and social clubs within their community. Some of the LWR's  activities are so popular that they have become annual events such as the Eggstravaganaza, Boo Fest, and Holidays Around The Ranch.

Our local REALTORS® know the importance of getting to know your new neighbors when you buy a home in a new community, so we've created this Lakewood Ranch event highlight so you don't miss any of the howling good fun that will be happening at BOOFEST on Main Street.

BOOFEST On Main Street Is A Lakewood Ranch Tradition

Kids of all ages love Halloween. The family-friendly community of Lakewood Ranch has plenty of scary good fun planned for its annual October holiday event. 

Since Halloween falls on a school night, BOOFEST is scheduled for Friday, October 27--the fun starts at 6 PM.

Children will find plenty of thrills and chills at this all-ages Halloween celebration. It includes its own super Spooktacular Maze, crazy balloon art, and themed performances from local dancers.

Young guests are encouraged to dress in costumes to visit neighbors and friends. Exhibitors and sponsors will fill their bags with all sorts of tasty treats. Naturally, there will be a costume contest with plenty of prizes.

A full haunted house is planned – giving all the young ones many chances to enjoy on one of the most exciting nights of the year. It's the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit!

Find Your Lakewood Ranch Home with Us

BOOFEST is your family's opportunity to pack a whole season of Halloween fun into a single night. Plus, if you just can't get enough of this creepy extravaganza, you still have time for a full evening of trick or treating throughout the weekend.

Lakewood Ranch is known for its safe and welcoming neighborhoods, so parents can feel confident as their children participate in the local festivities. And, of course, BOOFEST is just one of several yearly events you'll be able to enjoy if you buy one of the homes for sale in Lakewood Ranch.

People throughout Florida and beyond relocate to Lakewood Ranch for all sorts of reasons including great amenities, mild weather, and a wide range of beautiful homes. Once you visit, you might find that you wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

Our REALTORS® can help you find the perfect home for you and your family.  Contact us to get started.

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August
28

7 Instagram-Worthy Spots in Bradenton

Downtown Bradenton - Bradenton Area Visitors Bureau
Bradenton is one of the most desirable communities in all of Florida's picturesque west coast. With seaside charm and sophisticated amenities in a mid-sized city of 54,000, it attracts visitors and new residents alike each year. As the county seat and the core of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice area, there is truly something for everyone.

Sure, just about any seaside town in Florida will wow you with its fair share of marvelous attractions, but Bradenton is in a class by itself. Let's take a closer look at seven of the top sights that will make you want to take a selfie:

  1. Bradenton Riverwalk
    In 2012, Bradenton launched its 1.5-mile Riverwalk packed with beautiful homes and high-class businesses. It has become one of the city's economic engines, filling the social calendar with events like concerts, festivals, and talks by world-class experts. Plus, it's absolutely gorgeous: Known as a "gallery of outdoor art" it boasts nineteen distinct pieces by local artists.

  2. Village of the Arts
    The Village of the Arts is a small, spirited community where artists from a variety of disciplines live and work. From the first moment you arrive, the colorful buildings, murals, and even cars will take your breath away. From baking to yoga, you'll find anything with a creative spark here. One of the monthly art walks is the best way to take it all in and stage the perfect photo.

  3. Twin Dolphin Marina
    It's not surprising that Bradenton is home to an enthusiastic boating and water sports community. No matter whether you like sailing, jet skis, or anything in between, you'll find what you want at the Twin Dolphin Marina. Amenities include luxury live-aboard facilities, concierge services, and – of course – sunset harbor views that are second to none.

  4. Bean Point
    Bean Point is as far north as you can go on spectacular Anna Maria Island. This seven-mile barrier island is known for the sea turtles that come ashore each year to nest. Bottlenose dolphins cavort and play in nearby waters, and a vast assortment of seabirds can be found through most of the year. Named for its first resident, Bean Point offers some of the best views in the area.

  5. Robinson Preserve
    Robinson Preserve is a 600-acre natural preservation area that offers a true adventure to those willing to explore. It welcomes visitors to a secluded and pristine vision of Old Florida that can be compared only to its "big brother," the historic Everglades. The best way to trek through Robinson Preserve is to plan a day-long kayaking expedition with an experienced guide.

  6. Historic Bradenton Pier
    When walking along Sarasota Bay for sightseeing or a picnic, no journey would be complete without a visit to the Historic Bradenton Beach City Pier. It is home to one of the most popular restaurants in the entire metro area, serving delectable seafood. It's also one of the best places to glimpse a truly unobstructed view of the Bay – and you're welcome to fish all day.

  7. Your New Bradenton Home
    Picture it: A beautiful home that meets all your needs, nestled in the heart of a seaside paradise. Warm sun, sand, and surf all year around, with inviting sea breezes and the gentle whisper of the water lapping not far from your window. All of this and more could be yours when you decide to work with Wagner Realty, the trusted REALTORS® in Bradenton.

Homes in Bradenton appeal to people of varying tastes and lifestyles. You can combine beauty, convenience, and "old Florida" charm with the right home. Contact us today.

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August
9

Gamble Plantation State Park in Ellenton FL

Find the Unexpected in Ellenton, Florida

Ellenton Florida's Gamble Plantation

 Most people envision crystal blue water and white sandy beaches when they think about relocating to Florida and not American history class and the Civil War.  However, plantations were built and flourished in Florida.  One such plantaton still stands today as the Gamble Plantation Historic State Park in Ellenton, Florida.

Gamble Plantation's History

In 1844 Major Robert Gamble purchased 3,500 acres northeast of today's Bradenton and his plantation soon became a leading producer of sugar cane, molasses, citrus, grapes and olives.  Gamble's plantation became renowned for its 10-room, two-story architectural design.  Greek revival in design, its red brick and tabby walls were two feet thick.  The exterior of the home showcases wide-shaded upper and lower verandas wrapping around three sides of the home.  The original 40,000 gallon cistern remains today.

Legend has it that Confederate Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin used the Gamble Mansion as a safe haven after the Confederacy fell in 1865 until he fled the United States for England. Like many southern plantations, after the war the Gamble Mansion fell into disrepair.

Gamble's mansion was sold to the Patten family after the war.  In 1925 the property was saved by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and restored the home, who donated the mansion and 16 acres of land to the state of Florida.

Gamble Plantation Historic Park Today

Ellenton's Gamble Plantation Historic State Park welcomes thousands of visitors each year. The park covers over 3,500 acres and the beautifully restored mansion is open for guided tours.

The Gamble Plantation State Historical Site is the only remaining plantation house in South Florida. Built in the mid-1800's by Major Robert Gamble, it was the epicenter of a large sugar plantation. The area along the Gulf Coast from the Crystal River to below Tampa Bay was optimal for growing sugarcane, and many wealthy Floridians settled and built plantations there.

The park grounds open daily at 8 AM. The visitor center/museum is open Thursday through Monday, 9 AM – 5PM.

Living in Ellenton

Ellenton, FL is a cozy community settled along the banks of the Manatee River just a short drive away from Bradenton, Sarasota, and Anna Maria Island. Waterfront properties abound and an eclectic variety of Ellenton homes offer the best in Florida living.

When you are considering a move to the sleepy southern town of Ellenton, our REALTORS® can help you find a beautiful home that will suit your family's needs. Contact Wagner Realty to find out more about South Florida living.

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July
27

Don't Miss Siesta Key's Turtle Beach! |

Siesta Key Turtle Beach

When it comes to beach days in Sarasota, Siesta Beach gets most of the hype – and rightfully so. Its powder-white sand and gorgeous sunsets regularly top "most beautiful" lists and Siesta Key is a historic beach town with plenty of daytime and nighttime activities. However, that national and global acclaim brings the crowds, especially on sunny weekend days. If you want to enjoy the charm and beauty of Siesta Key without spreading a towel on a packed beach, we recommend Turtle Beach instead.

Just a few miles south of its more popular cousin, Turtle Beach takes up the southern tip of Siesta Key, nestled close to quiet Siesta Key homes instead of hotels and bars. Here are some of our favorite things about Turtle Beach:

Turtle Beach Has Both Lagoon and Gulf Views

Turtle Beach is right on the Gulf of Mexico, but it's separated from the other side of Siesta Key (the part that faces Sarasota Bay) by a small lagoon. This keeps it quiet, narrow, and difficult to develop, especially as erosion frequently eats away the sinkingly soft sand. Even during peak seasons in Sarasota, Turtle Beach is one of the quietest places in Siesta Key, and it's sandwiched between two bodies of water to boot. Get gorgeous sunset views to the west and quiet lagoon views to the east, plus overhead shade from trees that tower over the grassy dune.

Amenities Make it Easy to Get Away

Turtle Beach has everything you need to spend a fun, stress-free day at the beach: ample free parking, public restrooms, showers, picnic tables, charcoal grills, and even a boat launch. It's not as newly renovated or well-maintained as the public facilities as Siesta Beach, but the parking lot isn't nearly as crowded either, so you probably won't have to hunt for a spot in the lot or get there at dawn to get a table. Just spread a tablecloth and set up lunch with your family after a few hours in the water.

Snorkeling & Shelling

Turtle Beach's name is no accident. Sea turtles nest here once a year, and sea life in general is more active and visible, in part because the beach has a steeper drop-off and human feet don't disturb the deeper water. Bring your snorkeling gear (or rent some on your way through Siesta Village) to take advantage of some of the best snorkeling off Siesta Key, FL. When you're on shore, pay attention to the shells in the darker sand too. Local artists and collectors love Turtle Beach for its abundance of unique, well-preserved shells.

Our REALTORS® in Sarasota know which beaches are the least crowded, and they also know local real estate trends and news that will give their clients an upper hand. If you're selling your house or looking for a new home in Sarasota or Siesta Key, contact Wagner Realty to get in touch with an agent who can help.

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July
8

Spending the Day at Sarasota's Marie Selby Botanical Gardens |

Sarasota Selby Gardens

Sarasota certainly isn't short on beautiful scenery, but one hidden gem shines especially bright. Full of colors that rival our sunset skies and scents that evaporate stress, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is tucked into a lush waterfront spot right next to the Marina. In between beach days on Lido and Siesta Key, you can spend a whole day exploring this downtown treasure, known simply as Selby Gardens or Selby to those with homes in Sarasota. Whether you're planning a romantic date, a fun family outing, or a solo stroll, Selby is the perfect place to do it, and it's open every day except Christmas for your convenience.

Here are some of our favorite ways to make the most of your time at this world-renowned plant conservatory.

Explore the Children's Rainforest Garden

One of Selby's newest and most impressive sections is the Ann Goldstein's Children's Rainforest Garden. This interactive space is designed to simulate the biological richness and cool tranquility of the rainforest, while turning every spot into a hands-on learning opportunity for kids. Your kids will love the 12-foot-tall waterfall that splashes into a tranquil pool, the century-old Banyan tree that offers ample natural shade and seating, and the swinging rope bridges that stretch overhead for bird's eye views of the canopy and garden. You'll love the way Selby integrates biology and ecology lessons into their all-natural play areas, which also include special thatched research huts and an outdoor classroom.

Take an Art, Landscaping, or Yoga Class

Your day in the garden could also be a learning experience – if you enroll in one of Selby's many art, wellness, or horticulture classes. Join Yoga in the Gardens for an early morning stretch session, hone your photography skills on Tripod Tuesday, or pick a watercolor class that matches your experience level. Or if you want to learn how to landscape your Sarasota home, take a gardening class that focuses on orchids, bamboo, succulents, or another Florida-friendly theme. Selby's educational opportunities include one-off classes and season-long series, so you can choose how much time to commit.

Walk Among the Butterflies & Ferns

Everything at Selby serves a purpose beyond looking pretty, but the plants and flowers in front of Payne Mansion have a magical role: attracting butterflies. Visit the Butterfly Garden after touring the historic mansion, and meet dozens of colorful guests who drop in every day to enjoy the gorgeous plant life. Then stroll over to the Fern Garden for another blissfully serene experience. Just follow the circular path around the low-lying and towering ferns, which flourish in Sarasota's subtropical climate and show off a wide range of scents, textures, and colors.

Selby Gardens View

Follow the Mangroves for Waterfront Views

Make sure you stay until Selby closes, because the waterfront location makes for perfect evening views of Sarasota Bay, downtown Sarasota, and Bird Key. Three different mangrove species are native to the region's shorelines, and Selby's boardwalk meanders through grand examples of all of them. Enjoy the black, white, and red mangroves as you follow the wooden path along the shoreline, to a spectacular lookout spot right on Sarasota Bay. Selby hosts a Fourth of July party every year to take full advantage of these stunning bayfront views.

When you live in Sarasota, you have year-round access to this lush retreat and its schedule of fun and educational events. Our REALTORS® in Sarasota can help you find the perfect home to landscape in our subtropical beach town. Contact Wagner Realty to get started today.

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Amazing Fourth of July Events in Sarasota

How Sarasota Celebrates the Red, White and Blue

July 4 Events Sarasota

When the night sky lights up this Fourth of July, where will you be? For families with homes in Sarasota, it's hard to get this answer wrong. Siesta Key's explosive Independence Day celebration has drawn thousands for the past 26 years, but the country's best beach isn't the only place to be on Tuesday, July 4. Our gardens, parks, and restaurants also offer world-class waterfront views and patriotic celebrations this Fourth, so you can choose your view every year.

If you live or plan to buy a house in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, just pick which body of water you want to see sparkle, and settle in for a full day or evening of Fourth of July fun. Here are some of our favorite spots to celebrate:

Siesta Key Public Beach

It's no surprise that Sarasota's most popular fireworks show happens right on its famous white sand beach. The 27th annual Siesta Key Fourth of July Fireworks start at 9:15 PM this year, and the explosives last at least a full half hour, with colors and shapes that rival even the most picturesque Siesta Key sunsets. The Chamber of Commerce's official celebration is always on Siesta Key Public Beach, but if you want to beat the crowds and enjoy unbeatable views, go a little south of the public area, toward Crescent Beach.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

A lush, tropical retreat in the middle of downtown Sarasota, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are nearly surrounded by Sarasota Bay and the Hudson Bayou. They take advantage of their stellar views of multiple fireworks displays over Sarasota Bay, with an evening party that features live music, a cookout, and cool drinks. The All-American Cookout starts at 6, but free trolleys bound for Selby start leaving the Sarasota Friendship Center at 5 PM.

PIER 22 in Bradenton

Would you rather skip the beach and city crowds, and take in some waterfront fireworks at a slower pace? Head north to Bradenton's PIER 22, a literal pier that juts right out onto Manatee River for unbeatable waterfront views. This Fourth of July, the restaurant is hosting a buffet-style barbecue and waterside fireworks display. Come to PIER 22 at 6 PM for the Independence Day buffet, a single seating event that coincides with the explosions over the river.

Bayfront Park & Marina Jack Trail

The fireworks over Sarasota Bay are visible from both sides of the causeway, but the best views are from the edge of the marina, where family-friendly Bayfront Park pokes out into the water. Grab dinner and drinks at Marina Jack or O'Leary's Tiki Bar & Grill, then walk the Marina Jack Trail along the perimeter of this small but beautiful bayfront park. The fireworks over Sarasota Bay will begin at around 9 PM this Fourth of July, so grab a bench or spread a blanket and enjoy the spectacular show.

Before the Fireworks: Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Looking for a family-friendly distraction before the fireworks begin? Sarasota Jungle Gardens is right on the Bay near Ringling Museum and New College of Florida, and it's an interactive wonderland with flamingos, alligators, and lush landscapes where kids can frolic and adults can relax and take in waterfront views. Kids' admission is half off from Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4, making it the perfect pre-fireworks destination for Sarasota families.

Are you interested in buying a house in Sarasota? Contact Wagner Realty for more information about our beautiful beach town and its fun, lively neighborhoods. One of our REALTORS® in Sarasota will help you get started on your real estate journey. 

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