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June
13

Minor League Baseball in Bradenton

Baseball Bradenton

Baseball season is upon us, but you don't need to go to a Major League game to enjoy excitement and fun. Our real estate agents know that a hard-fought Minor League game can be a joy to behold. As you explore Bradenton homes for sale or go across the way to Sarasota homes for sale, you'll have the best Minor League Baseball action right in your own backyard.

Bradenton is home to the Bradenton Marauders, the Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. They play from historic LECOM Park, originally known as McKechnie Field, which has witnessed some of the greatest baseball games ever played in the Southeast.

A wonderful thing about Minor League Baseball is that you can enjoy it both before and after wrapping up the Major League season. There's always a welcoming community vibe, especially when LECOM Park is operated by the volunteer Bradenton Boosters during spring training.

Let's take a closer look and learn all about the team and venue.

About the Bradenton Marauders 

Part of the Florida State League, the Bradenton Marauders are the Single-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Like the field in which they now play, the Marauders have a longer history than one might think: They're directly descended from the Tampa Tarpons, which started in 1957.

In April of 2010, the Marauders played their first game in front of nearly 2,400 spectators at what was then called McKechnie Field, named after Bradenton resident and Hall of Fame inductee Bill McKechnie. In a promising start for the team, they defeated the Fort Myers Miracle with a score of 18-3.

In their first season, the Marauders led the league in runs, batting average, and on-base percentage.

The 2011 season is when the Marauders really established the vibrant local fanbase that they still have to this day. They attracted more than 56,000 fans after 40 home games, a complete turnaround, and a record-breaking performance in the world of Minor League Baseball.

They made an even bigger mark starting in 2015, their first-ever championship season, where they capped off one of the most memorable streaks of the decade to defeat the Tampa Yankees by three games to one. It was their first Florida State League title and truly put them on the map.

A Truly Historic Bradenton Landmark

LECOM Park was renamed in 2017 but is perhaps best known as McKechnie Field, where it has been closely associated with the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1925. Opening in 1923 as City Field, it has been called "Florida's Fenway Park." It's the oldest stadium in the U.S. and is still used for spring training.

It also stands shoulder to shoulder with world-famous Wrigley Field and Fenway Park as the third-oldest stadium still used by a Major League Team. Its layout, nostalgic appearance, and standard amenities have made it a stomping ground for the most enthusiastic baseball purists.

One of the most unique aspects of this family-friendly park is the role of the nonprofit Bradenton Boosters. The Boosters have worked hard for nearly a century to support and improve the venue – many of its upgrades and updates over time can be traced back to fundraising campaigns by these volunteers.

Throughout the spring training season, you'll find the Bradenton Boosters serving as ushers, security personnel, merchants, and press box attendants. It's one more way LECOM Park is a unique local institution.

Be sure to check out their home game schedule so you can experience this baseball diamond in person!

Contact us to learn more about Bradenton and Sarasota.

April
25

Sarasota: One of the Best Places to Visit in Florida

Sarasota

Lauded by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 place in Florida to visit, Sarasota truly stands out. Whether you're looking for Sarasota homes for sale or at neighboring Bradenton homes for sale, you'll have the chance to enjoy all the amenities this sun-soaked community offers. Our real estate agents are excited to show you more.

Replete with natural wonders and fascinating Florida history, Sarasota excels in more ways than one. As you explore, you'll encounter striking architecture, some of the best restaurants on the East Coast, and more than a few examples of the things that make Florida unique.

With sister city Bradenton adjoining it – just 25 minutes away from downtown – residents of either one can boast they are right in the midst of two of Florida's most desirable cities. Miles of quality beach and Florida vacation getaways like Longboat Key and Holmes Beach await.

Let's take a closer look at some of the unusual attractions in Sarasota:

  • The John N. & Mable B. Ringling Museum of Art – 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
    The John N. & Mable B. Ringling Museum of Art is located on the former estate of circus magnate John Ringling. Established in 1927 and including 21 galleries of art and antiquities from Europe, Asia, and the Americas, it spans 66 acres. In addition to the Museum of Art, you can visit the Circus Museum commemorating the history of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

  • Siesta Key – See Website for Location Details
    Siesta Key may just be the #1 place in Florida to enjoy the soft sand and glittering surf of the Gulf of Mexico. This barrier island is known for Siesta Key Public Beach, where the fine white sand is cool all year around. It also features a number of secluded spots where you might spot a dolphin.

  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens features two campuses giving visitors the opportunity to see an array of air plants from all over the world. The facilities are deeply connected with the traditional land stewardship of Florida's native people and are open all year long except on Christmas Day.

  • Mote Marine Lab & Florida Research Aquarium – 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Mote Marine Lab & Florida Research Aquarium is one of the crown jewels of Florida's tireless efforts to uncover secrets of the Atlantic. Researchers here nurse injured marine life back to health while gathering data that helps humans and the environment. You may have the chance to see manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and many others. The rays are among the most popular at the aquarium.

  • Save Our Seabirds1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
    While you're learning more about the unique Florida ecosystem at Mote Marine Laboratory, you can take a two-minute walk to Save Our Seabirds, an animal hospital that rescues, rehabilitates, and then releases ill and injured Florida wildlife, especially birds. You can visit with and learn about the birds, including the facility's permanent residents, with the help of experienced scientists and caregivers.

  • Saint Armands Circle – See Website for Location Details
    Located on the island of Saint Armands Key, just across from Sarasota, Saint Armands Circle is a lively shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Under the watchful eye of the famous John Ringling statue, you can discover more than 130 boutiques and specialty shops, including many you won't find anywhere else. Connected to the mainland by two bridges, it's a world away from the hustle and bustle.

Inspired to turn your visit to Sarasota into a move? Contact us to find out more or get started.

January
17

Plan Ahead for These Sarasota Events

Sarasota Events

If you live in Sarasota, FL, you're lucky to experience the area's amazing weather, abundant recreational opportunities, and countless family-friendly destinations. You'll also find numerous special events that cater to nearly every interest, whether you're a baseball fan or are searching for the perfect antique.

Our real estate agents suggest checking out the following events coming to Sarasota in 2022:

  • The Simon & Garfunkel Story - Feb. 12, 2022 - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236 
    The Simon & Garfunkel Story is an immersive, concert-style theater show that tells the story of the folk-rock duo using a full live band and state-of-the-art video projection and lighting. It takes you through their history, starting with their beginnings as Tom & Jerry and culminating with "The Concert in Central Park" in 1981 with over half a million fans. Along the way, you'll be treated to such hits as "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Mrs. Robinson," "Homeward Bound," and more.

  • Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walks: The Celery Fields, Second Mondays - Feb. 14, and Mar. 14, 2022 - Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34240
    Join bird experts Peter Brown and Kelley Berkey on a Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walk in The Celery Fields. The 400-plus acre site is owned by Sarasota County and is on the Great Florida Birding Trail, so you're likely to see many species along the way. Over 200 species of birds have been identified at The Celery Fields. Walkers and bird-watchers should meet at the Raymond Road Boardwalk and then proceed on the walk.

  • The Sarasota FL Antiques Show - Feb. 26-27, 2022 - Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
    If you love antiques, you won't want to miss The Sarasota FL Antiques Show, where you'll be able to shop inside in an elegant, comfortable atmosphere. Over 50 national and regional exhibitors will have smaller wares displayed in showcases and larger pieces such as furniture attractively arranged so you can appreciate them up close. You'll be able to see and buy fine antiques as well as decorative and fine arts from ancient times to the 20th century.

  • 33rd Annual Venice Italian Feast & Carnival - Feb. 24-27, 2022 - Venice Airport Festival Grounds, 610 Airport Ave. E., Venice, FL 34285
    You know an event is going to be fun when it's been an annual event for over 30 years! Head over to the Venice Airport Festival Grounds for the 33rd Annual Venice Italian Feast & Carnival. The festival put on by the Italian American Club of Venice has live entertainment, carnival rides, and of course fantastic food! Be sure to stop by after looking at Venice homes for sale.
     
  • Baltimore Orioles MLB Spring Training - starting Feb. 26, 2022 - Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota, FL 34237
    When Major League Baseball starts spring training in 2022, they'll have 15 teams playing in Florida's Grapefruit League and taking advantage of the area's great weather. Teams include the Baltimore Orioles, who play their home games at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Games offer a fun, relaxed way to see your favorite MLB players, as well as some promising minor leaguers who are trying to break into the major leagues. 

Contact us if you'd like to see Sarasota homes for sale or Bradenton homes for sale. Established in 1939, we've earned a reputation for providing professional, personal service. We live and work in the community and would love to help you with your real estate transactions. 

December
20

Florida in the Winter: 6 Things to do

Florida Winter

Florida is known as the Sunshine State, but our real estate agents can also offer some fun suggestions for when it's a little bit colder out!

"Cold" is relative, of course – when you're looking at Bradenton homes for sale or Sarasota homes for sale, you can expect daytime temperatures in the mid-70s, even in winter. In the middle of December, evening temperatures rarely go below 55. Most Floridians look forward to a few weeks of brisk breezes!

This means that, although you probably won't want to hit the beach, there are still plenty of things you can do around the area.

Let's take a closer look at some of your options:

  1. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art – 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
    John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is a unique Florida institution. It's closely intertwined with the history of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, known as "The Greatest Show on Earth." But it's also so much more: 21 galleries of European paintings, a rose garden, a highly regarded research library, and even a preserved 1905-train car. The Museum offers free admission every Monday.

  2. Sarasota Classic Car Museum – 5500 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
    For a taste of vintage automobile culture, Sarasota Classic Car Museum delights. Featuring a collection of around 100 vintage vehicles in a 60,000 square foot space, it draws visitors from far and wide. Particularly loved is the Italian Car Collection, sporting classics from Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, and Rivolta. Recent exhibits have given visitors a deep dive into the artistry and history of Porsche and Ferrari.

  3. Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy – 2121 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234
    Want a truly unique art experience? Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy brings joy to the forefront with its off-beat and eclectic contemporary collection. Paintings, sculptures, and more from local artists and those around the world will give you a new perspective. The Museum also maintains an outdoor garden area. This extraordinary art collection is ideal for families, including the young and young at heart.

  4. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium showcases the immense biodiversity of Florida and the Atlantic. Accessible 365 days a year, you'll get the chance to meet manatees, sharks, sea turtles, otters, and many more denizens of the deep. This independent, nonprofit marine research lab maintains one of Florida's top aquariums, including a shark habitat of 135,000 gallons.

  5. Robinson Nature Preserve – 1704 99th Street Northwest, Bradenton, FL 34209
    Robinson Nature Preserve is a fast-growing protected area of 682 acres encompassing a breath-taking biosphere of mangroves, tidal marsh, and coastal wetlands that developed from former agricultural tracts. With a rubberized pedestrian trail leading across the grounds, you'll have plenty of opportunities to see nature up close and personal. Kayaking is greatly enjoyed and encouraged.

  6. Bradenton Riverwalk – 452 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205
    See historic Bradenton come to life as you explore one of the top riverwalk areas in the United States. The Bradenton Riverwalk is a 1.5-mile public green space that has been open to the public since 2012. It has continued to expand ever since, with kid-friendly amenities such as a splash pad, skate park, and playground. The 400-seat amphitheater is used for live music and other community events.

At Wagner Realty, we know Florida is great in any season! Contact us to discover more about Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

November
8

Thanksgiving Recipes for Healthy Dining

Thanksgiving Dining

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and enjoy a delicious meal together. If you're watching your weight, you'll be glad to know that you don't necessarily have to load up on unhealthy foods. 

Many of our real estate agents love to cook. When they weren't busy showing buyers all the great Sarasota homes for sale, they spent some time looking for delicious healthy recipes you can prepare this Thanksgiving. Take a look at some of the ideas below. By lightening up the menu, you can make sure that this year the only thing that will be stuffed on Thanksgiving Day is the turkey! 

  • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
    This delicious butternut squash soup makes the perfect starter for Thanksgiving dinner. You can give it a healthy twist by swapping out the heavy cream for equally tasty coconut milk. Even better, if you use pre-cut butternut squash, you can make this recipe in just five minutes! That's a real lifesaver when you're already spending the bulk of the day in the kitchen. 
  • Shrimp Cocktail 
    Enjoying a healthy appetizer before dinner can help keep you from over-eating when you sit down for the main meal. Shrimp cocktail is an easy and festive dish that has a low-calorie count. Steam your shrimp in spices and make your own cocktail sauce instead of buying the pre-made version from the store - you'll be glad you did! 

  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon
    Instead of making a traditional sweet potato casserole that's loaded with brown sugar and marshmallows, try these roasted sweet potatoes with honey and cinnamon. They still have plenty of sweetness but without all the added sugar. This super-simple recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. 
  • Healthy Mashed Potatoes
    Most people agree that Thanksgiving dinner wouldn't be the same without mashed potatoes. But, you can make a healthy version that doesn't involve two sticks of butter. This recipe substitutes regular milk for heavy cream and adds just enough butter to make the dish taste delicious without being overly fatty. Top your potatoes with some fresh chives for a little extra dash of color and flavor. 

  • Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
    When you try these maple bacon Brussels sprouts, you'll have a hard time believing they're actually good for you! This decadent-tasting dish gets its flavor from real maple syrup, bacon, and cayenne pepper. Also, if you think you don't like Brussels sprouts, you probably just haven't had them cooked the right way - so do yourself a favor and try them out. 
  • Healthy Cranberry Sauce
    It's a great idea to skip the sugar-laden canned cranberry sauce and make your own instead. This easy cranberry sauce recipe calls for only three ingredients - fresh cranberries, maple syrup, and orange juice. If you want to make it extra special, add a bit of cinnamon and vanilla extract as well. 

If you're looking for the perfect Florida home this Thanksgiving season, the agents at Wagner Realty are here to help. We have the inside scoop on all the best Sarasota and Bradenton homes for sale, so don't delay. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started! 

October
18

Interior Design Trends to Know About This Fall

Fall Interior DesignA new home is like a blank canvas. There are plenty of Sarasota homes for sale, but it's your job to make that house your own, with everything from the colors of the walls to the style and layout of the furniture, and much more. Now, with fall upon us, it's the perfect opportunity to turn your new house into a home with some fun interior design trends. Here are a few you should know about.

  • Vintage Pieces
    There's nothing wrong with a home full of basic, functional, and comfortable Ikea furniture. But most homeowners today are looking for something more. They want something with personality. Something that has a story behind it. That's why vintage furniture is becoming popular. It's high quality and built to last, so you can have it in your family for generations. It can also help give your home a cozier, more personal look. Plus, buying vintage furniture instead of new pieces is more sustainable, reducing manufacturing and lowering your carbon footprint.

  • Natural Design
    Not everything can or should be bought secondhand. However, that doesn't mean you need to sacrifice sustainability. Simple choices like lighter, natural wood furniture pieces, rather than ones that have been stained darker, are more environmentally friendly. And when it comes to curtains and upholstery, choose more sustainable textiles, such as recycled cotton and organic hemp. Plus, those natural textures help give your home an upscale but cozy feel. It also helps to incorporate more natural light into the room, rather than relying on bulbs. And you can even add a few potted plants around the house, to complete the look. Being environmentally conscious doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style or decor. A little creativity and your home can be both stylish and sustainable.

  • Layers
    By layering different pieces on top of one another, you can create a look of contrasting or complementary colors. Start with a simple throw on your couch, with a color that pops against the sofa fabric. You can also layer curtains with shades on your windows. You can even layer a small, patterned rug over a larger, solid color one to create a whole new style choice. This applies to bedding, too. Sheets, blankets, pillows, and comforter don't all necessarily have to be the same color and style. Try mixing and matching to build new looks. What's more, you can keep multiple pieces around and switch them out periodically, to keep things fresh.

  • Compartmentalization
    A few years ago, open floor plans were all the rage. The kitchen, living room, and dining room were all one big space, and you could look over almost the whole house from a single vantage point. However, times have changed. Now, most homeowners want separate spaces and a bit of privacy between one room and the next. This is easily accomplished with a few partitions and room dividers. They allow you to define the spaces in your home more clearly. You can also create new spaces, like a home office, a den, or a play area for the kids. The mobility of these partitions also provides flexibility. And the dividers can be decorated in different colors and patterns, to blend seamlessly with the rest of your decor.

If you're looking for Bradenton homes for sale, our real estate agents can help you find the perfect one to meet your needs. Contact us to help you find your dream home, and find the design elements that will really make it yours.

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.  

September
13

Galleries to Explore on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island

Walking through an art gallery is a lovely way to connect with your feelings and expand your understanding of the world. So often, artists create images that evoke emotions that words can't express.

Luckily, Anna Maria Island has some lovely art galleries where talented, local artists showcase their pieces. Plan a trip to one (or more) of these galleries.  

  • Cove Gallery & Boutique: 104 Bridge St., Bradenton, FL  34217
    Just minutes away from many Bradenton Beach homes for sale, this unique gallery features ocean-inspired artwork. At Cove Gallery & Boutique, you'll find shadowboxes made from beach wood, paintings of waves, and beachy drawings. Admire the artwork, or purchase some for your own home.

    Cheryl Gonsalves's work is featured at Cove. She uses watercolors to create paintings of the ocean and seaside villages. Another prominent artist is Corin Finnie, who creates dreamscapes and murals. Guests also love admiring the sea glass creations of Avery Jackson.

  • Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island: 5414 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    The Artists' Guild is a nonprofit organization that seeks to unite and support artists in the region. More than 150 artists belong to the guild, and most display their art here from time to time. Inside, you'll see everything from photography to pottery to pastel creations.

    This gallery is not far from many Holmes Beach homes for sale. They also offer online art classes, and each month, a different artist's work is featured in their front windows. 
    Gallery West
  • Island Gallery West: 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    Island Gallery West was created in 1990 by a small group of artists, and it has grown since then. In 2021, it was named Anna Maria Island's Favorite Art Gallery by Sun. Here, you'll find all sorts of art, from mosaics to jewelry. There are also plenty of paintings and drawings, of course. The gallery is always staffed by an artist who can answer your questions and show you around.

    Island Gallery West features a different artist each month, so you can stop by often and always see something new. 

  • The Studio At Gulf & Pine: 10101 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria, FL 34216
    The Studio at Gulf & Pine is the perfect place to stop after a long day of looking at Anna Maria Island homes for sale. This large indoor gallery was founded by Rhea Chiles, the former First Lady of Florida.

    At The Studio, you can view and purchase artwork, or you can take classes. They offer community classes on painting, drawing, and even culinary arts throughout the year. This gallery is very involved in local preservation and historical efforts.

  • Anna Maria Island Art League: P.O. Box 1243, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    The Anna Maria Island Art League is not a traditional gallery but an organization created to support local and emerging artists through various festivals and events throughout the year. Their Springfest takes place annually on the beach and is a great place to view and purchase locally made art. If you become a member, you can enjoy discounts on classes and workshops.

Whether you're a lifelong artist or someone just learning to appreciate the beauty in art, these Anna Maria Island art galleries are well worth exploring. If you're new to the island and looking for a place to live, contact us. Our real estate agents can help guide you in your home search and help you find the right property for your art collection.

September
7

Rainy Day Activities for the Whole Family

Rainy Day Activities

Florida may be known as the Sunshine State, but this time of year, we also get our fair share of rain. If dark skies are threatening your beach plans, don't worry! There are tons of fun, family-friendly things to do in the Sarasota area. In fact, our real estate agents often take their families to these spots on their days off. 

  • The Ringling: 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
    The Ringling is home to an incredible art museum, a circus museum, and 66 acres of stunning bayfront property. It's also home to the Ca'd'Zan, the Venetial Gothic home of John and Mable Ringling, where you can take a step back in time with a personal tour. This is by far one of the most extraordinary museums in the world and is definitely a "must-see" area attraction. 
  • Mote Marine: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Mote Aquarium is another incredible attraction located just minutes from downtown Sarasota. When you visit this aquarium, you'll be able to get up-close and personal with manatees, sharks, sea turtles, otters, and more. Some of the best attractions here include Contact Cove, Florida's Bay Habitats, and Oh Baby! Life Cycles of the Seas. 
  • The Met: 35 South Blvd. of the Presidents, Sarasota, Florida 34236
    When you're ready for some serious pampering, you'll want to pay a visit to The Met. This luxury independent fashion house, salon, and day spa is located on St. Armands Circle. When you visit, you can book an appointment for a massage or facial, shop for incredible clothing and accessories, and visit their in-house fine jewelry counter. St. Armands Circle is just a short drive away from some of the best Sarasota homes for sale, so while you're there, be sure to take a drive around and explore some of these stunning neighborhoods. 
  • Regal Hollywood: 1993 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Watching a movie in the theater is a great way to spend a rainy day in Sarasota. The Regal Hollywood theater shows both new releases and classics on the big screen. If you're a movie fan, you can also join the Regal Crown Club, where you'll earn credits for the money you spend on tickets and concessions, or even join the Unlimited Program, which lets you watch as many movies as you want, as often as you want! 
  • The Mall at UTC: 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243
    You can shop 'till you drop at The Mall at University Town Center! This upscale mall features many of the most popular stores, including Macy's, Dillard's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lululemon, Michael Kors, and more. It's also a premier dining location, offering incredible restaurants like Season's 52, The Capital Grille, Brio Tuscan Grille, and The Cheesecake Factory. 
  • Artisans World Marketplace: 128 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
    Another wonderful shopping adventure to enjoy on a rainy day, Artisan's World Marketplace is a fair trade gift shop that carries handmade goods by artisans from around the globe. Here you'll find unique art, jewelry, and other items from Africa, Asia, and Oceania. When you visit this store, you'll find a wide selection of unique and beautiful items and can also feel good knowing that every purchase you make supports their mission to help rebuild villages and improve people's lives. 

Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. Your dream home is out there waiting for you, so don't delay! 

July
19

Summer Fun in Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch Summer 2021

Lakewood Ranch is definitely the place to be this summer. There are so many enjoyable activities that are open to the public, from yoga classes to soccer games. If you're looking at Lakewood Ranch homes for sale, we recommend checking out some of these nearby summer activities. 

  • Yoga in the Park: 2710 White Eagle Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
    Yoga is great exercise for the body and the mind. Not only do the poses stretch and strengthen your muscles, but they also help you relax and focus. Yoga in the Park takes place at Bob Gardner Community Center. Classes last from 9:00 - 10:00 am, and upcoming dates include August 8th and August 29th.

    There's no charge to participate in Yoga in the Park. Participants are asked to bring their own mats, water bottles, and towels. You can pre-register here.

  • Midday Volleyball: 6402 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    If you need a break from the hustle and bustle on Wednesdays, stop by Summerfield Community Park for a Midday Volleyball game, lasting from 11 am - 12 pm. You can pre-register here, and all are welcome.

    Teams of 2 - 6 people will compete on the sand volleyball courts. There's a light-hearted, casual atmosphere.

  • Barre in the Park: 2710 White Eagle Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
    Barre classes are so effective at teaching poise and balance. You're guaranteed to be sweating by the end of the session, too! Barre in the Park takes place at Bob Gardner Community Park between 9 am and 10 am. Upcoming dates include August 1st and August 22nd. 

    There's no charge for Barre in the Park, but participants are asked to register here. Bring a mat, water, and a towel to class, and be prepared for a fun workout! You'll find the class near the main playground. 

  • Lakewood Ranch Summer Camp: 14534 Arbor Green Trail, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    If you're looking for a fun way to keep your kids entertained this summer, consider sending them to Lakewood Ranch Summer Camp at the Goddard School. This is a STEAM-themed camp that will teach kids all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Children will learn by participating in fun, hands-on activities.

    Lakewood Ranch Summer Camp takes place daily from 7 am - 6 pm. You can learn more and register your child on their website. The Goddard School has been dedicated to play-based learning since 1988, and their summer camp is a great way for your child to experience that.

  • USYS National Championships: 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
    The United States Youth Soccer National Championships are taking place July 18 - 25th at the Premier Sports campus. If your kids are interested in soccer, watching some of the games is bound to be exciting. Group Play is scheduled for July 20 - 22, and the Finals for July 25th.

    If you're looking at Sarasota homes for sale, this tournament is just minutes away. You can stop by to watch just one game, or spend a whole day watching and learning more about soccer.

Lakewood Ranch is such an active, welcoming community. You can fill your schedule with these activities and truly get involved. If you're looking for a home in the area, our real estate agents can help. Contact us to learn more about the real estate market or things to do in Lakewood Ranch.

July
5

Sarasota County's Centennial Celebration

Sarasota County Centennial

Happy birthday, Sarasota County! We love calling this area home and are excited to celebrate this occasion. Sarasota County was formed on July 1, 1921, but the celebration is lasting all month long, and then some! Join our real estate agents in celebrating the centennial with these exciting events and activities taking place around Sarasota homes for sale.

  • Venice Museum & Archives - 351 Nassau St. S., Venice, FL 34285
    What was Sarasota like during its formative years? Take a visual tour with Celebrating a Centennial: The Origins of Sarasota, a current exhibit at Venice Museum & Archives. Photos tell the story of Sarasota's origin and development, along with the specific role played by Venice. While you're there, check out the other exhibits that give a fascinating glimpse of architecture, nature, and other features of the area. Celebrating a Centennial runs through January 12, 2022. Hours are 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and admission is free.

  • The Ringmaster's Wife - Senior Friendship Centers, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Sarasota served as the home of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The Ringmaster's Wife turns the spotlight on Mable Ringling, wife of John Ringling. An authentically dressed presenter will share Mable's first-hand perspective behind the scenes of "The Greatest Show on Earth." Light refreshments will be served and former mayors of Sarasota will be on hand for a meet-and-greet. The presentation takes place on Thursday, October 21, from 9 a.m. - noon. Admission is free.

  • Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale - Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Rd., Sarasota, FL 34241
    Sarasota's natural beauty is one of the biggest draws for residents and visitors. Beautify your own home with purchases at the Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale. The annual event is held by the IFAS Extension of the University of Florida to promote sustainable gardening. This year's event will have some added flair as part of the centennial celebration. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 9, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Admission is free.

  • Sarasota County Auto Tours 
    Learn the backstory behind Sarasota's top landmarks with Sarasota County Auto Tours. This new app, offered by the Sarasota County Centennial Committee, provides travel directions and audio narration that allow you to explore these points of interest at your own pace. Eight tours are available, each with its own specific focus. Areas covered include Bayfront, Downtown, and 5 Points, and Phillippi. Download the free app at Google Play for Android or the App Store for iPhone. 

  • Avenue of Art - Burns Square, 543 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
    What does Sarasota mean to you? In conjunction with the centennial, founders of the iconic Chalk Festival are sponsoring the Avenue of Art. Participants of all ages are filling the sidewalks in Burns Square with paintings that depict their vision of Sarasota County. Stroll the area any time of day or night to view these personal works of art. A QR code that displays information about the artist and the painting is being added to each completed work. The project will remain on display until September 30, prior to the Chalk Festival's "Spirited Festivities" over Halloween weekend. Budding artists can apply on the website. Donations of $10 for adults and $5 for students are welcome.

Ready to be a part of Sarasota County's next 100 years? If you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Wagner Realty to get started.

June
14

Upcoming 5Ks in the Sarasota & Bradenton Area

Sarasota 5k

The Sarasota and Bradenton area has an active running community, so you'll find plenty of local events that will help you meet others and get some exercise. Even if you're a beginner, you'll have time to train and get ready to hit local parks and other local running trails. Our real estate agents suggest checking out the following 5Ks and other races coming up this year near Sarasota and Bradenton homes for sale:

  • Lauren's Rainbow 5K – November 7, 2021 – Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34240  
    The Annual Lauren's Rainbow 5K features several additional races, including a 5-mile run and a 1-mile trail run. In addition to running the race, you'll be able to gather with other members of the community as the races finish on a hilltop. Food and music will add to the fun, which takes place in Celery Park, a beautiful area located just around the corner from Sarasota homes for sale

  • North Port Firecracker 5K – July 3, 2021 – North Port High School, 6400 W. Price Blvd., North Port, FL 34291
    Dress up in your most patriotic costume and celebrate July 4th by running the North Port Firecracker 5K. Run near North Port homes for sale, the race gives awards to the top 3 male and female finishers in a variety of age groups. The awards ceremony is held immediately after the last runner finishes, and each finisher will be given an American flag. 

  • Venice Half Marathon & 5K – October 9, 2021 – Maxine Barritt Park, 1800 Harbor Dr. S., Venice, FL 34285  
    The Venice Half Marathon & 5K takes you on a beautiful course with nearly constant water views along the Intracoastal Waterway, near Venice homes for sale. It features 12 bridge crossings, and you'll also run a large section of the Legacy Trail, which extends from Sarasota to Venice. The trail is mostly shaded, which is a huge benefit in sunny Florida. So runners can stay cool, the race has an early 6:30 a.m. start, which lets you see the sunrise while you're on the course.

  • Florida Turkey Trot – November 25, 2021 – Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 34235   
    Start your Thanksgiving and get a fun tradition started by burning off some pre-meal calories at the Florida Turkey Trot. It features some shorter dashes for kids 12 and under, so the event is great for the whole family. The 5K race is run at Nathan Benderson Park, a 600-acre park that has a 400-acre artificial lake. Proceeds benefit The Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, a non-profit that manages Nathan Benderson Park.

  • Subway Trick or Trot 5K Trail Run – October 16, 2021 – Ann Dever Park, 6961 San Casa Dr., Englewood, FL 34224  
    Costumes are encouraged at the Subway Trick or Trot 5K Trail Run, a scholarship fundraising race hosted by Zoomers Southwest Florida Running & Triathlon Club. Proceeds will also go to the Suncoast Humane Society and middle and high school athletics. The race is run on a 5K trail through Ann Dever Park, near Englewood homes for sale. Awards will be given for best costume as well as the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.

Contact us to learn more about the many recreational opportunities in the Sarasota and Bradenton area. And if you're ready to buy or sell a home, our experienced real estate agents are ready to provide professional, personalized service. 

October
23

How to Decorate Your Entryway for Fall

Decorate for Fall

Decorating your entryway can be an easy, fun way to shift into the fall season without exerting too much effort. It's a smaller space so that you can create an effect with just a few accents. Maybe you're expecting company, but you're too busy to decorate the whole house, or you're expecting potential buyers to visit since you've listed your home among Sarasota homes for sale or Bradenton homes for sale. Why not just focus on the entryway, and say it all with a great first impression?

We're sure you'll love these tips for fall entryways that will dazzle your company.

  1. Start with a Bench 
    You need a bench -- or something like it -- in your entryway, no matter what the season. If you've already got a nice entryway table or hall tree, so much the better. Metal, wood, wicker -- whatever suits your style. This piece of furniture will be the stage for all your decorating efforts. Here's where you change your seasonal pillows. Display your decorative gourds and pumpkins on top of it or under it. 

  2. Chalk it up
    What could be simpler for wishing your visitors well than a fall greeting on a chalkboard? Think your artistic skills aren't up to the mark? Go online and look for some simple examples of chalkboard art, and you'll be surprised at how well you can do by just imitating and adapting. Your message and art can welcome visitors but can also be directional, as in, "Follow the pumpkins to the kitchen for Fall fun," or "This way to hot apple cider."

  3. Did We Mention Pillows?
    A changing cast of seasonal pillows is an easy way to mark the passage of the seasons. Set the mood: spooky, fun, festive -- you decide. If you're handy with the sewing machine, you can make seasonal covers to slip over the pillows as the mood strikes you. For fall, you can, of course, go with traditional orange, cinnamon, and rust, but you can also jazz things up with a vivid purple or a striking green. 

  4. Go Vertical
    Make use of the space above the bench or to the side of the chalkboard. Hang some decorative hooks or install a rustic coat or hat rack to hang stuff: a wreath, a lantern, or seasonal garlands. 

  5. Seasonal Wreaths
    One of the best ways to mark the change of seasons is through wreaths, but you don't have to limit your display efforts to the front door. You can hang fun Halloween wreaths with pumpkin lights in the entryway to mark the spooky season, but also dried botanicals to signify the arrival of fall. 

  6. Lots of Pumpkins
    Pumpkins just lend themselves to inspiring creative fall displays and arrangements. Big ones, middling ones, ginormous ones -- mix and match -- you can paint your entryway masterpiece on a palette of pumpkins and gourds. Put 'em on top of the entryway table or under the bench. Draw or paint faces on them to set the mood, or decorate your pumpkins with garlands of fall leaves. If you'd rather avoid the messiness of carving, create Halloween creatures or fall figures out of them, using felt or construction paper and a hot glue gun. 

Our real estate agents are always ready to share good ideas that can help you sell your home. Contact us today. 

August
21

Decluttering with Kids: 5 Tips for Making it Possible

Decluttering with Kids

If it feels like your home is overrun with stuff or that it never really looks neat and tidy, it's time to add decluttering to your to-do list. Decluttering will make it easier for you to dust and scrub your space, and it'll give your home a more polished appearance. Homes with less stuff in them will also look their best when listed with other Bradenton homes for sale

While decluttering is often a difficult, time-consuming task under the best circumstances, decluttering with children adds an extra layer of stress. Check out these tips to make decluttering with kids as effortless as possible.

  1. Involve Your Kids in the Decluttering Process
    Ask your children to assist you with decluttering. Not only does this set a positive example for children (and demonstrate that it's okay to get rid of items you used to love), but it will provide you with their input about what items they still play with or what things they no longer use. 
  1. Do a Little Bit of Decluttering Each Day
    Life with kids is busy, and children are notorious for having limited attention spans. Instead of trying to tackle one room in a single day, give yourself permission to break the task up into smaller chunks. With regular work, your home will be ready to join the list of Sarasota homes for sale. Make a commitment to spend a certain amount of time (even if it's only 5 or 10 minutes) decluttering your home.
  1. Feel Free to Do a Little Decluttering on Your Own
    This tip might seem contradictory, but you should also carve out a little kid-free decluttering time. This will give you a chance to throw away broken or worn out items that your kids might insist on keeping. You can also thin out old art and schoolwork without risking hurting your child's feelings. 
  1. Give Every Item a Home
    Once you've decluttered a space, you need to make sure that every remaining item has a home. Ideally, items should be housed with other like items (books with books, craft supplies with craft supplies, building blocks with other building toys). This will make it easier for your children to clean up their messes and keep the space looking its best. Make sure that your children know what goes where in your home. You can accomplish this with labels, or if your child is too young to read, use pictures to show them what belongs in a specific space. 
  1. Make Sure the Decluttering is Suitable for Your Lifestyle
    When you're organizing, check that that the organization method is suitable for your family's lifestyle. For example, some families may prefer to organize a closet by type and color of clothing. However, this might not be sufficient for other households. Be sure to ask your child their preferences for organizing and let them have a say in the matter. 

Does your household need more space? Our real estate agents can help! Contact us today. 

August
14

7 Seashell Crafts the Whole Family will Love

Seashell Crafts

Living near the beautiful beaches of Sarasota and Manatee provides endless entertainment for family members of all ages, and allows you to enjoy activities that bring the whole family together. Combing the beach for seashells is a family activity that has been enjoyed for centuries, in part because of all you can create with those shells after you finish beachcombing. Our real estate agents are here to provide some inspiration for family fun, with our guide to seashell crafts.

  1. Seashell Wind Chime
    A seashell wind chime is a fun, easy project for family members of all ages, and all you'll need to get started is some string, shells, and a piece of driftwood that you found on the beach. If you need supplies, they're easy to find on the beaches close to Sarasota homes for sale. Just tie each length of string to the driftwood, add shells, beads, or any decorations that you'd like, then hang it somewhere the whole family can enjoy it.

  2. Create a Clamshell Wreath
    Creating a clamshell wreath is one of the more time-consuming projects on the list, but the payoff is more than worth it. Plus, it's fun! For this project, you'll need a wreath form, glue, and a whole lot of cleaned clamshells.

  3. Seashell Candles
    Whether you create the candle yourself with wax, a wick, and scented oils or use a store-bought tealight, you'll find that the right seashells can make excellent candle holders. For larger candles, you can place the candle inside of a mason jar, then use shells and other items you found at the beach to decorate the jar.

  4. Souvenir Jars from Your Favorite Beaches
    Is there a particular beach near Bradenton homes for sale that holds special significance for your family, or a day of beachcombing that you would like to remember? Creating a souvenir jar with shells, sand, and other items that you found on the beach is a fun, family activity. 

  5. Seashell Necklaces
    Kids love bringing a piece of the beach with them wherever they go, and seashell necklaces are very easy to make. For a simple necklace, all you need is a string and a shell. Grab some glitter, glue, and other decorations for crafty kids who want to customize their necklaces.

  6. Clamshell Creatures
    Clamshell creatures are easy to create and make great decorations for the rooms of younger kids. You'll need some brightly colored paint for each clamshell and some googly eyes. You can add more decorations, but even the simple version will be a hit with the kids.

  7. Seashell Centerpiece
    If your family loves the beach, then a seashell centerpiece can be a great way to bring a taste of your favorite place into your home. An especially large clamshell makes for a perfect base, allowing you to add shells, decorations, and even a plant. You can also use a bouquet of fake flowers in a vase for your centerpiece, and add seashells accent the look.

Whether you're searching for beautiful shells, taking a refreshing dip in the water, or just relaxing with your toes in the sand, there's nothing like living by the beach. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.

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/

May
1

7 Apps to Help You Stay Connected While Social Distancing

Apps to Stay Connected

Staying connected in a time of social distancing is no easy task. Yet, with all the new challenges our world is facing, we continue to find ways of maintaining our ties to one another. We think staying connected with loved ones is more important than ever, and our real estate agents are thrilled to share some of the apps we've been using to stay in touch. 

  1. Zoom
    Over the last couple of months, Zoom's popularity has skyrocketed, and not just for virtual business conferences, but social gatherings as well. The app can host up to 1,000 video participants in a session, making it great for getting large groups of friends together. Sessions under 40 minutes are free, but beyond that, you'll need a subscription. 
  2. Netflix Party
    Chances are you've been watching more TV than ever in 2020, but you're not alone if you miss having friends to binge your favorite shows with. Luckily, there's a solution for anyone who has a Netflix account and a Google Chrome web browser. Netflix Party is a Chrome extension that makes it possible to sync up your Netflix account with your friends' accounts, so you can watch TV in tandem, and even communicate back and forth. 
  3. WhatsApp
    A longtime favorite for folks who need to send text messages to international friends and family, WhatsApp has a lot of other features that are making it a popular app in the social distancing age. WhatsApp offers text messaging, audio, and video call functions and is compatible with Apple and Android devices, as well as Windows PCs. 
  4. Google Duo
    Chances are you know what Google is, but do you know what Google Duo is and how it can help you stay connected? Compatible with Apple and Android devices this helpful app lets you make video calls with those you love. Plus, you can make groups of up to 12 people and chat and make video calls within the group. 
  5. FaceTime
    Anyone with an iPhone has probably been using FaceTime since long before the pandemic struck, but this classic app is now more useful than ever. You can use it to video chat with friends and family around the world (as long as they also have an Apple device), and it even works over regular cellular service if you're not connected to the internet. 
  6. HouseParty
    One of the things we miss the most about how the world used to be is just hanging out and chatting with a few friends. HouseParty is a great option for fostering the easygoing vibe of a small get-together. It's a fun app that lets up to 8 people hang out in a virtual space. It also has screen sharing options and the ability to play virtual games. 
  7. Facebook Live
    Facebook has always provided a wide range of tools for staying connected, from sharing photos and videos to messaging with friends. But Facebook Live has become more useful than ever in recent times. It's been used to stream meetings, live music, stand-up comedy, even weddings! Our team has even found Facebook Live to be a great real estate tool for creating "virtual tours" of Bradenton homes for sale and Sarasota homes for sale.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can all stay connected while social distancing. At Wagner Realty, we still believe in the importance of human connection, and we're here to help you keep in touch while you're finding your dream home. 

March
13

Great Things To Do When It's Not A Beach Day

Things to do Sarasota

There's no doubt about it – Sarasota has some of the best beaches in Florida.

Our REALTORS® love the beach, but the weather doesn't always cooperate. What's a family to do when hitting the coast isn't in the cards?

Luckily, there are plenty of options for fun and family bonding. World-class museums, cultural institutions, and attractions for kids abound. Any of them makes for a full day of memories that last a lifetime. 

Here are some ideas for Sarasota fun when it's not a beach day:

  1. Crowley Museum & Nature Center – 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota, FL 34240
    Crowley Museum & Nature Center is a unique interactive experience open each Thursday through Sunday. It includes a self-guided nature trail that winds through pine flatwoods, oak, swampland, and the famous Sawgrass Marsh. There's also a museum where youngsters get the chance to explore how life looked in Florida's rugged pioneer days.
  2. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – 900 S Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Did you know you can explore a botanical garden with over 6,000 orchids near Sarasota homes for sale? The stunning, lush grounds of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are a delight for all ages. Kids will love exploring the children's rainforest garden or picking up their own plant to take home at the plant shop. 
  3. Tree Umph! Adventure Course – 21805 East State Road 70, Bradenton, FL 34202
    Are you ready for adventure? Tree Umph! Adventure Course is waiting with all-ages action, including courses for kids and adults. Add excitement to Lakewood Ranch homes for sale as you thrill to the best in zip line entertainment. Alone or in groups, you'll explore 14 acres of daring, innovative games. There are events for guests as young as seven years.
  4. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Even though you aren't headed to the beach, you can still learn about the seas and the fish that live there! The Mote Aquarium  & Laboratory features over 100 species of marine animals in their massive aquarium. Just down the road from Bird Key homes for sale, the interactive exhibits and viewable working labs at Mote Aquarium & Laboratory offer hands-on learning for all ages. 
  5. Historic Spanish Point 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229
    Step back into a different time when you venture over to Historic Spanish Point near Osprey homes for sale. Explore the outdoor archaeological and historic museum. Make the most of your time there by booking one of their tours and learn about the grounds from the knowledge tour guides or attend one of their many events on the grounds!   
  6. Manatee County Agricultural Museum – 1015 6th Street West, Palmetto, FL 34221
    An educational day awaits you a short drive from the best Palmetto homes for sale. The top-ranked Manatee County Agricultural Museum is a must-see. With multiple events every month, the program is bursting with memorable experiences. The Living Wax Museum, Heritage Days Walking Tours, and much more will expand the minds of visitors at any age.
  7. Florida Railroad Museum – 12210 83rd Street East, Parrish, FL 34219
    All aboard! If you have kids that love all things train-related, this museum is the perfect place to take the family when it's not a beach day. The Florida Railroad Museum features the railroad line that was the first to be built in Manatee County. After viewing Parrish homes for sale, stop by and ride this historic railroad line for yourself!
  8. Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum – 402 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida 34216
    Florida has a rich history and the staff at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum are dedicated to presenting and preserving that history. Down the road from Anna Maria homes for sale, this museum opened in 1992 and has been giving visitors a glimpse of historic Florida. While admission is free for this museum, donations are appreciated! 

"Fun" might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think about a home search, but Wagner Realty makes it a breeze. Our in-depth experience with Florida real estate smooths the path and gets you to closing fast. To get started, contact us today – rain or shine.

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!

January
24

National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day: Art Classes in Manatee & Sarasota

Sarasota Art Class

Painting, music, theater, sculpture—there's no end to the types of art you can be inspired by. Our REALTORS® count themselves lucky to live in the Sarasota/Manatee area, where inspiration is never hard to find. 

This January 31st is National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. In honor of the occasion, we're happy to share some of our favorite local art classes, studios, and creative spaces in the Manatee and Sarasota areas.

  • Ringling School of Art Continuing Studies - 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
    Take your art to a whole new level when you sign up for a class at Ringling School of Art Continuing Studies. These classes are designed for a multigenerational audience and all types of backgrounds. Their classes are broken up into three complementary programs including Studio and Digital Arts, Osher Lifelong Learning at Ringling College, and Englewood Art Center.
  • Art Center Manatee - 209 9th St. W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    Founded in 1937, Art Center Manatee is one of the oldest arts organizations in the Bradenton area. In addition to providing gallery and exhibition space to artists of all kinds, they offer classes in everything from drawing, painting, and photography to jewelry, glass, and pottery. For artists, it's always a welcoming and nurturing space, with numerous Bradenton homes for sale nearby. 

  • The Artful Giraffe - 1861 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Representing a community of more than 300 local artists in every conceivable medium, The Artful Giraffe is a wonderful place in Sarasota to discover new art and to display your creations. Mere minutes from Sarasota homes for sale, the Artful Giraffe also hosts 20 to 30 art classes every month in their state-of-the-art pottery studio that holds 25 students. 

  • Arts A Blaze Studio - 8111 Lakewood Main St. #107, Bradenton, FL 34202
    Arts A Blaze is a pottery painting studio that caters to artists and crafters of all ages and abilities. Best of all, no appointments needed. Just walk in, pick a project, and start creating! And with these Lakewood Ranch homes for sale nearby, your next inspiration is never far away. 

  • Renaissance School of Art - 4600 Pine Harrier Dr., Sarasota, FL 34231
    Renowned artist and illustrator Vladislav Yeliseyev founded Renaissance School of Art alongside with his wife Marina and daughter Polina in 2009. It quickly gained a reputation as a great place to learn about art hands-on. Plus, it sits right around the corner from these beautiful Sarasota homes for sale. Renaissance School of Art offers a range of programs in painting and drawing and represents an incredible opportunity to take your art to the next level. 

  • Island Art League - 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    A handful of Holmes Beach art lovers founded the Island Art League in 1989. What started as a small band of like-minded artists has grown to become a celebrated art resource in Holmes Beach. Within walking distance of many Holmes Beach homes for sale, the Island Art League offers everything from a large exhibit and gallery space to classrooms, photo labs, and even an art library and picnic grounds. 

  • Sarasota Clay Company - 1733 Northgate Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34234
    The Sarasota Clay Company is a clay workshop, gallery, and studio near these Sarasota homes for sale. They offer classes for all ages and abilities in hand building, wheel throwing, and sculpture, plus a full line of ceramic and kiln supplies for all your pottery needs. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Florida. Our little corner of Florida offers great opportunities for fun, adventure, and creativity year-round!

December
13

Shop Local for Your Last Minute Holiday Shopping in Bradenton & Sarasota

Shop Local Bradenton

Before you know it, the days for holiday shopping will dwindle. If you're still looking for a few last-minute gifts, our REALTORS® suggest shopping local. Here are just a few of the many wonderful and unique stores around Bradenton and Sarasota.

  1. Created Gems — 5212 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, FL 32424
    Jewelry is always an excellent gift for that special someone, and Created Gems is a fantastic place to find fantastic affordable pieces for every style. Shop their selection of earrings, slides, rings, and bracelets all set in 14 karat gold or platinum-finished sterling silver. Stop by when you're in town looking at Siesta Key homes for sale. 

  2. Florida Olive Oil — 307 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285
    Chances are high that there's someone on your shopping list who loves cooking. Help them savor every meal at home with specialty oils, vinegars, spices, and sauces from Florida Olive Oil. Located just minutes from waterfront Venice homes for sale, Florida Olive Oil has fine quality ingredients that make any meal a masterpiece.

  3. Just/Because — 7 S. Blvd. Of Presidents, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Stroll along St. Armand's Circle next time you're visiting Sarasota homes for sale and stop into Just/Because to grab a few fabulous stocking stuffers. This boutique shop has a variety of home accessories from more than 50 talented Floridian artists. Gifts for him and her include cosmetic bags, décor, wine racks, kitchen items, jewelry, and more. 

  4. Charley's Boutique — 5761 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34209
    Voted as one of the favorite local boutiques in town, Charley's Boutique has the best casual and formal wear from around the country. Their fashionable selection includes women's clothing, accessories and shoes, books, candles, lotions, soaps, and adorable baby gifts. Find something for the fashionista in your life with a trip to Charley's next time you're searching for Bradenton homes for sale.

  5. Vanessa Fine Jewelry — 8131 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    Give a gift that truly sparkles when you get your loved one a gift from Vanessa Fine Jewelry. This local jewelry shop near Lakewood Ranch homes for sale offers collections from world-renowned designers. Stop in and find jewelry that will impress this holiday season. Or have the team make something one-of-a-kind and inquire about custom designing. You can't go wrong with a trip to Vanessa Fine Jewelry. 

  6. Sea-renity Beach Spa & Bou-tiki — 112 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, FL  34217
    Give the gift of Vitamin Sea at Sea-renity Beach Spa & Bou-tiki. Located on Historic Bridge Street steps from Bradenton Beach homes for sale, this oyster of Anna Maria Island shopping carries art, souvenirs, jewelry, clothing, and more! However, we believe the ultimate gift you can give is a private beach massage. Trust us — a relaxing massage or couples massage on the calm shores of the Gulf is a gift of serenity anyone will love!

Don't save your shopping for Bradenton and Sarasota homes for sale until the last minute! Contact us to begin your search!

October
25

Pumpkin Patches to Explore for National Pumpkin Day

Pumpkin Patches Manatee & Sarasota

Get started on your Halloween festivities early by celebrating National Pumpkin Day on October 26th. Give in to your pumpkin obsession by picking out the perfect pumpkin to carve, eating pumpkin-flavored foods, and participating in fun-filled activities for the whole family at these great pumpkin patches and events around Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  

  • 28th Annual Pumpkin Festival — Hunsader Farms 5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, FL 34211 
    There's nothing quite like an afternoon at Hunsader Farms. Their exciting Pumpkin Festival returns this October and just so happens to have an event date on National Pumpkin Day. Join your family, friends, and our REALTORS® for a fun-filled day of live music, games, pony rides, crafts, activities for kids, a petting zoo, face painting, zip lining and, of course, plenty of delicious farm-fresh food. This event lasts from 9 am until 5 pm, so there's ample time to stop by after browsing Lakewood Ranch homes for sale.

  • Rubber Duckie Contest and Race — Jiggs Landing Outpost 6106 63rd St E, Bradenton, FL 34203
    Trade in your pumpkin for a rubber duck when you attend the 1st Annual Rubber Duckie Decorating Contest and Race. Drop off your decorated duckie before 10/31 where the best decorated duck will win a prize. Then come back and watch them race on November 2, at 2:00 PM down the Braden River. The event is the perfect excuse to check out nearby Bradenton homes for sale
  • Pumpkin Splash — Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex 2650 Waldemere St., Sarasota, FL 34239
    Splash into the harvest season at Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex. Their Pumpkin Splash event has floating pumpkins ready for kids 12 and under to swim to and pick. Although there is plenty to do in the area when viewing Sarasota homes for sale, this event does require prior registration. Also, little ones under the age of 5 must be supervised at all times. 


  • 31st Annual Pumpkin Festival — Fruitville Grove 7410 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34240 
    The 31st Annual Pumpkin Festival is carving yet another year of fun into their long history. Enjoy this free event in between your appointments to walk Sarasota homes for sale. The event features a petting zoo, playground, fun photo ops, and special Halloween-themed contests. On National Pumpkin Day, there will be live music, a children's costume contest, and a performance by the Torres Family Circus with the Globe of Death.


  • Pumpkin Patch Express — Florida Rail Road Museum 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish, FL 34219 
    All aboard the Pumpkin Patch Express at the Florida Rail Road Museum! Treat your children to an exciting ride after you've spent the morning looking at Parrish homes for sale. The Pumpkin Patch Express and Pumpkin Patch Caboose will take you to a patch where children can pick their own pumpkins. There are other activities throughout the afternoon as well, including hayrides and crafts!


  • 43rd Annual Pumpkin Patch — Jesse P. Miller School 4201 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34209 
    Their 43rd Annual Pumpkin Patch at the Jesse P. Miller School will be open on National Pumpkin Day for young ones to explore. Not only can you pick a great gourd, but proceeds from each pumpkin will be donated to community charities and scholarships. The event lasts from 10 am until 9 pm, so there's no reason to rush through your Bradenton homes for sale visits.


  • Fox Squirrel Corn Maze — 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd N, Plant City, FL 33565
    Get your pumpkin and corn maze fix when you venture slightly out of Bradenton and Sarasota Counties to the Fox Squirrel Corn MazeThe festival features plenty of fall fun for the whole family and is a short drive from Plant City homes for sale. The corn maze is open until October 27th on weekends only. Take your whole family to pick a pumpkin and see how long it takes you to get out of the maze.

After you've picked the perfect pumpkin, it's time to pick the perfect home. Contact us to view our best homes for sale in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

October
11

Museums in the Sarasota and Manatee Area

Museums in Sarasota

Did you know that the Sarasota and Manatee area is home to some of Florida's most unique museums? Whether you're interested in art, history, culture, classic cars, or whimsy, there's a local museum waiting to be explored. In addition to being great places to visit, museums add character to neighborhoods while preserving local history. Our REALTORS® have all the details on the best museums to visit in the Sarasota and Manatee area.

  • The Ringling Museum of Art – 5401 Bay Shore Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34234
    Located close to Sarasota homes for sale you'll find the fantastic Ringling Museum of Art, which is the State Art Museum of Florida. Once the home of circus magnate, John Ringling, The Ringling Museum features art from local and national artists, a circus museum, and the incredible Ringling Mansion – Ca' d'Zan. This family-friendly museum includes everything from vast art collections, and gorgeous gardens, to traveling exhibits that make every visit unique. The Ringling also features live performances in it the Historic Asolo Theatre, along with films on the big screen.
  • Sarasota Classic Car Museum – 5500 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234
    Whether you love classic cars or want to experience something new, the Sarasota Classic Car Museum is a great place to spend an afternoon. The museum features a collection of more than 75 classic automobiles from around the world, including exotic, one-of-a-kind creations.
  • Manatee Village Historical Park – 1404 Manatee Ave. East, Bradenton, FL 34208
    Just around the corner from Bradenton homes for sale is the Manatee Village Historical Park. Take a step back in time with a visit to this historic outdoor park, complete with an 1860 Courthouse and One Room Schoolhouse, all beautifully preserved. With free admission and 14 points of interest, this is a great way to learn about the history of Manatee County and Old Florida long before paved roads and electricity.
  • ArtCenter Manatee – 209 9th St. West, Bradenton, FL 34205
    Just across the river from Palmetto homes for sale, you'll find ArtCenter Manatee. Looking to enjoy some beautiful art, or find a place where your kids can pursue the arts in a supportive, encouraging environment? ArtCenter Manatee has everything that you need to enjoy the arts locally. Stop by to take in a rotating collection of unique, new exhibits, from local, state, and national artists. This is also a great place to participate in art classes for all ages.
  • Manatee County Agricultural Museum – 1015 6th St. West, Palmetto, FL 34221
    Close to Palmetto homes for sale, the Manatee County Agricultural Museum is a fun place to learn about the local history of agriculture, and how the industry has shaped the community. Also, this museum is home to the Manatee County Agricultural Hall of Fame where you can learn more about the people who brought agriculture to the area.
  • Marietta Museum of Whimsy – 2121 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234
    If you're searching for a museum that's a little different from the rest, then you'll certainly enjoy visiting the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy in Sarasota. This museum features a little bit of everything, from whimsical outdoor art to family heirlooms. The museum was founded by Marietta Lee, who has made it her mission to showcase the unique history of local families.

Still searching for a home close to the art, history, and fascinating museums? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

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!

August
5

Fishing & Sailing Charters Around Sarasota

Sarasota Fishing and Sailing
When potential buyers begin searching for Sarasota homes for sale, they often ask about things to do here. Boating and fishing top the lists of our real estate agents for outdoor fun in Sarasota.

Choosing the right charter means the difference between an incredible experience you'll never forget, and a day that's just so-so. To help make sure you enjoy every minute of your trip, we've created the following list of our favorite local fishing and sailing charters. 

  1. Sarasota Fishing Charters -  2576 Hillview Street, Sarasota, FL 34239
    For a family-friendly fishing trip, Sarasota Fishing Charters with Captain Jack Hartman is a great choice. He welcomes all anglers from beginners to those with expert skills. The tours cover local area waters including Sarasota, Siesta Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key, and Anna Maria Island and are ideal for catching Taron, Redfish, Snook, and other Florida fish species. 

  2. Charter Fishing Sarasota - 1718 Cherry Lane, Sarasota, FL 34236 
    Sarasota Charter Fishing is also a family-friendly experience. You can choose from inshore charter fishing in Sarasota Bay, sport fishing, offshore fishing, or a custom deep-sea charter. Some of Captain Will's favorite fish to catch include Snapper, Grouper, Shark, Kingfish, Amberjack, and Barracuda. Charter guests also love the exceptionally smooth ride that the 23' Maco offers. 

  3. Key Sailing: 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236 
    Book your adventure through Key Sailing and join Captain Tim and First Mate Jen on their 41' Morgan yacht. Whether you want to relax and enjoy the sunset, view local waterfront properties, or take the helm for a sailing lesson, Captain Tim and First Mate Jen are happy to accommodate you.  This Sarasota adventure is an excellent option for a couple's "date night," while families with children are encouraged to book one of their affordable private charters. 
  1. Captain Jack's Charters - 6174 Clark Center Ave. Sarasota, FL 34238 
    Captain Jack's Charters allows guests to experience the luxury of a 42-foot yacht. It's perfect for sunsets and sightseeing and available for weddings, birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and other special occasions. They'll arrange full catering with food and drinks, or you're welcome to bring your own. 

  2. Siesta Kation Sarasota Fishing Tours & Charters - 5587 Merrimac Dr. Sarasota, FL 34231
    For the ultimate well-rounded boating experience, look no further than Siesta Kation Sarasota Fishing Tours & ChartersSome of the services they offer include sightseeing, dolphin tours, diving, snorkeling, shelling, tiki bar tours, and sunset cruises. They also offer inshore, nearshore, and offshore fishing excursions. Choose the charter package that's right for you or have them create a completely custom package to suit your needs. 

  3. Inshore Addict Charters - 1059 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Captain Matt Davie of Inshore Addict Charters specializes in light tackle, inshore, and nearshore fishing. Both beginners and seasoned anglers are welcome on these charters. You can expect to catch local species like Snook, Trout, Tarpon, and Redfish. Sometimes, you'll also come across Sheephead, Cobia, Grouper, and more. 

Are you thinking about buying a home in the Sarasota area? Wagner Realty can help! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

July
15

5 Places for Horseback Riding in Sarasota-Manatee

Sarasota-Manatee Counties Horseback Riding

Horsing Around in Southwest Florida

When you think about moving to Florida, sun, sand, and surf most likely top your list of reasons to relocate here. But did you know Florida's call extends to horse farms, rodeos, polo fields, and thoroughbred horse racing tracks too?

Yes, "horsing around" can be added to your bucket list of things to do when you come to Southwest Florida. Moving to one of our nearby communities means you'll have the unique opportunity to enjoy equine events in cities like Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Parrish, Bradenton, and Venice.

Our real estate agents are here with some of the best places to enjoy horseback riding throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties:

  1. Epic Equine Experiences - 8272 Whiskey Pond Lane, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    If you want your time viewing Lakewood Ranch homes for sale to be truly epic, Epic Equine Experiences has you covered. Half-day trail riding on beautiful horses will bring you up close and personal with some of Florida's ecological wonders. Plus, delicious meals and lavish drinks are provided. Epic will even coordinate kayaking and swamp buggy adventures for you if you wish.

  2. Rosaire's Riding Academy & Pony Rides – 901 East Road, Sarasota, FL 34240
    Just a short ride from Sarasota homes for sale, you'll discover Rosaire's Riding Academy & Pony Rides. Rosaire's Riding Academy teaches riders of all ages how to handle, love, respect and enjoy horses. And if riding a horse just isn't for you, Rosaire's offers ground handling and grooming sessions. The academy hosts riding camps, individualized riding lessons, parties, and even a petting zoo. Your family can meet sheep, goats, and local poultry. You can even rent donkeys and camels.

  3. Born to Ride – 17960 Florida 62, Parrish, FL 34219
    Parrish homes for sale leave you in just the right area to canter on down to Born to Ride, one of the state's most unusual trail riding experiences. With help from riding experts, you'll explore Florida's gorgeous state parks. Everything you need is provided, and first-time riders are welcome. 

  4. BeachHorses – 8400 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34209
    Bradenton homes for sale aren't far from the beach, and BeachHorses combines two of the things residents love most about Florida. A service of Great World Adventures, BeachHorses has been a popular attraction since 2007. The first half of your journey is on the water and the second half is right on the beach. You'll even learn cool tricks – prepare yourself for horse surfing!

  5. Windsong Farm – 238 Lee Road, Venice, FL 34292
    Venice homes for sale may not have homemade pasta and singing gondoliers like their Italian cousin, but thanks to Windsong Farm, they do have plenty of horses to ride! Windsong Farms is one of the best bets if you want to introduce a child to the wonders of horseback riding. It operates a week-long summer camp with plenty to see and do for kids aged seven years to 16. Giddy-up!

Does buying a home in Florida have to be complicated? We say neigh! Wagner Realty will ride to the rescue with advice and customer care you can count on. You'll be galloping toward closing today in no time with us. Contact us today to find out more.

June
24

5 Top Spots for Birdwatching in Sarasota-Manatee Counties

Sarasota-Manatee Birdwatching

There's no shortage of fun outdoor activities to do in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. If you want to get out of the house and connect with nature, grab your binoculars and your camera and head out to some of the area's best birdwatching spots.

Whether you're new to the birdwatching scene of you're already a member of the Sarasota Audubon Society, you might be surprised by the array of interesting species you'll find nearby. Our REALTORS® recommend taking a drive to the following locations where you're sure to find some new feathered friends. 

Sarasota-Manatee Birdwatching

  1. Myakka River State Park - 13208 State Road 72 Sarasota, FL 34241
    Featuring over 58 square miles of prairies, wetlands, hammocks, and pinelands, Myakka River State Park is home to an abundance of wildlife. Here you can expect to see wading birds, raptors, songbirds, migratory species, and more.   You can observe the birds from the lakeshore or the Birdwalk, or canoe along the river. There's also an elevated canopy walkway and a 74-foot high observation tower. 

  2. Celery Fields - 6893 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240
    One of the best birdwatching spots in Southwest Florida, Celery Fields offers visitors the opportunity to catch a glimpse of over 220 species including Bald Eagles, Tree Swallows, Roseate Spoonbills, Osprey, Herons, Egrets, and over 20 different species of ducks.  Since the location is not far from some of the best Sarasota homes for sale, you can easily spend your morning birdwatching and the rest of the day home shopping! 

    Sarasota-Manatee Birdwatching
  3. Robinson Nature Preserve - 1704 99th St NW, Bradenton, FL 34209
    Northwest Bradenton is home to some of the most gorgeous Bradenton homes for sale and is also where you'll find the extremely popular Robinson Nature Preserve. The area is well known for Bald Eagle sightings, and with its 682 acres of tidal marsh, preserved mangrove, and former agricultural land, there are plenty of opportunities to see a variety of other species.  You can expect to see Pelicans, Herons, Egrets, Osprey, and more. Since the area is so protected, it's often possible to get quite close to the birds and observe them in their natural habitat.   

  4. Felts Audubon Preserve - 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto, FL 34221
    Located between residences and farmlands, Felts Audubon Preserve is one of the only places in the area to see colorful Indigo and Painted Buntings. There are also plenty of opportunities to see more than 160 avian species and over 30 different butterfly species.

    Once you've had your fill of birding, we recommend taking a drive around the area to check out some of the Palmetto homes for sale. This city offers residents a small-town feel with easy access to nearby cities and the waterfront. 

    Sarasota-Manatee Birdwatching
  5. Venice Area Audubon Rookery: 4002 S Tamiami Trail via, Annex Rd, Venice, FL 34293
    Birders from across the state and around the globe flock to the Venice Area Audubon Rookery where you can get so close to the birds that you barely need binoculars. Here you can watch them build nests, court, and mate, hatch their eggs and raise their families.  Expect to see Egrets, Herons, Ibises, Anhingas, and more. You'll also get a glimpse of alligators, who patrol the lake and keep predatory mammals away from the birds. 

    ​​​​​​​We suggest taking the scenic route home so you can take a look at some of the Venice homes for sale. You just might find the home you've been dreaming of! 

From outdoor adventures to shopping and nightlife, Our REALTORS® are "in the know" about all things there are to love about living in Sarasota-Manatee County communities. If you would like to learn more about the area and take a look at some of the gorgeous homes for sale, we can help! Contact us at Wagner Realty to get started.  

June
3

Summer Camps for Local Kids in Sarasota-Manatee

Sarasota Manatee Summer Camps for Kids

When it comes to summer fun for the kiddos, our real estate agents have a tip for you: Sarasota-Manatee has some of the top summer camps found anywhere in Florida! The concept of summer camp has sure changed over the years. Now, the conventional "cabin in the woods" approach is just one of many kids can embark on during break. Everything from arts to surfing to engineering is available to the lucky little ones living in our area. With more than 100 active summer camps around Sarasota and Bradenton, picking just one can be a real puzzler. To get you (and the kids!) started, we'd like to recommend five standout camps in Sarasota-Manatee:

  1. Summer Fun at Nathan Benderson Park (NPB) - 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota
    Every parent wants their kids to have fun at camp – and learning something new as well is a bonus! At NBP's Water Adventure Camp youngsters learn water safety and water sports techniques including kayaking, rowing, dragon boat paddling, sailing, and canoeing. On land instruction and safety requirements accompany all activities before campers get out on the water, so they obtain the knowledge and safety skills needed. NBP will provide all campers with PFD's (Personal Flotation Devices) as well. If your kids are land lovers, there are camps for Robotics and Coding, Drone Racing and Fishing at Nathan Benderson Park.

    All of this fun is just a short hop from Lakewood Ranch homes for sale.

  2. Dream Oaks Camp - 16110 Dream Oaks Place, Bradenton
    For children and young adults with special needs, the Foundation for Dreams celebrates the abilities and develops the strengths of children with special needs and chronic illnesses ages 7-17. The staff collaborates with families to provide individualized result-based goals, family support, and recreation in a camp environment. Summer camp programs feature fun activities that are strategically adapted to target specific, individualized goals to produce a comprehensive skill set with productive behaviors. Each unique program is specialized to meet your child's needs and strengthen his or her abilities. Dream Oaks camp is conveniently located from Bradenton homes for sale.

  3. Gator Tens for Life Athletic Summer Camp - 519 South Tamiami Trail, Venice
    Founded in 2013, Gator Tens for Life offers summer camps for kids five and up. It also sponsors "Mom's Morning Out" and "Parents Night Out" events. Led by a certified teacher, Gator Tens is associated with a local gym holding classes in cheer, judo, and other sports for kids five years and up. It's a fine way to cap off a season of looking at Venice homes for sale.

  4. Music Compound - 1751 Cattlemen Road and 801 Apricot Ave, Sarasota
    Music Compound offers a fun and educational music camp for all ages. Not sure which session to select? The Music Compound team encourages you to enroll the first week of camp, Intro to Music.  Each day features a different instrument, instructor, and approach. Intro week allows your child to select the instrument of their choice for following sessions, which focus on a specific instrument. Each session offers two to three instructors and provides an opportunity to learn three to five songs and perform at the end of the week.  Performances are the last 30 minutes of the session on the last day. Music Compound's music camp is offered in June and July, just down the street from top Sarasota homes for sale.

  5. Sailor Circus - 2075 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota
    What kid hasn't wished to join the circus? Sailor Circus Summer Camp is for children ages 5-15(child must have completed kindergarten by the start of camp), with camp running Monday-Friday 9am-3pm. Campers learn a variety of circus arts including triple and single trapeze, globes, silks, Rolla Bolla, hula hoop, low wire, clowning, flying trapeze, juggling, and much more! Campers enjoy a unique experience where they learn circus arts disciplines and then showcase their new skills with a costumed performance with friends and family invited to watch!

    A typical day begins with a warm-up and group stretch, 1-2 warm up circus activities (like circus relay, low wire, unicycle, trampoline, hula hooping, or juggling) snack, showcase act rehearsal, lunch, theater games, arts and circus crafts, showcase act rehearsal, snack, check-out and group games, dismissal. It's so much fun, you just might be tempted to drive from Holmes Beach homes for sale to make memories for your little one!

With our blend of local insight and outstanding customer service, Wagner Realty's real estate agents make it easy for you to find the property you've been dreaming of. Contact us today to find out more.

April
1

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

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

Mark Your Calendars for These Great Spring Festivals

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

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

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

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

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

March
25

A Mom's Guide to Kids' Birthday Party Places in Manatee & Sarasota Counties

Sarasota Manatee Birthday Party Places for Kids
Birthdays come around just once a year, and our REALTORS® know it's an important time for your kids. It's the perfect day to spend with friends and family all around. Sarasota and Manatee Counties feature plenty of locations to have a party that kicks another year off right.

No matter what interests your young one has, our nearby communities are at the center of exciting party venues that are enjoyable and educational. From party staples like pizza to hands-on art projects, we have it all.

Some of the best places to throw a birthday party are at your backdoor:

  1. Kids Supergym Lakewood Ranch - 7337 International Pl, Sarasota, FL 34240
    Kids Supergym is located not far from some of our Lakewood Ranch homes for sale. Two trained instructors will supervise all of the activities in the gym from trampolines to zip lines to ensure partygoer's safety and fun.  The Supergym's viewing lounge area serves as the ideal spot for parents and adults to watch and prepare for food and more celebrating.

  2. Bowlero Bradenton - 4208 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
    Give your child's birthday that extra helping of fun this year at Bowlero.  Bowling, arcade games, and kid-favorite foods are sure to be a hit, and Bowlero's party planners take care of the work for you. Located near Bradenton homes for sale, Bowlero and their staff turn a good time into a great party.

  3. Carla's Clay - 1733 Northgate Blvd, Sarasota FL 34234
    If you've been browsing for Sarasota homes for sale, you might have seen a terrific place for a hands-on birthday party. Carla's Clay is an art studio that offers classes for students of all ages. It builds on its Kids and Clay class with birthday party bookings of the entire studio. Fun activities are available for everyone, but there is a minimum of four guests for daytime parties and six for evenings. All supplies, instruction, and firing are included.

  4. Arts A Blaze Studio, 8111 Lakewood Main St, Unit 107 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    Arts A Blaze Studio
    is an all-inclusive, pottery painting and glass fusing art studio perfect to host your "budding young artist's" next birthday celebration.  With party packages geared specifically towards children, your child and their guests will leave with a memento to commemorate the fun they've had.  One of the studio's staff artists will be on hand to greet guests, help with pottery and paint selections, instruction, and clean up.  Arts a Blaze Studio is located near Manatee County's Lakewood Ranch master-planned real estate community.

  5. Cookie Cottage - 335 Gillespie Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
    What child doesn't love cookies? Cookies are a perennial favorite for kids, and Cookie Cottage will give them the whole experience. Located in the heart of historic downtown Sarasota, it provides custom cookie parties on any theme you choose. You'll get to decorate four to six cookies, a cupcake, and an apron. Indoor games, face painting, and crafts will be available, along with the option of a birthday cake.

  6. Evie's Family Golf - 4735 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233
    Up for a round of golf? Evie's Family Golf is the answer, with mini-golf, whiffle ball, and plenty of pizza. You'll get two hours of action for a discount price. Pizza, ice cream, and drinks are included, with the option to make your own pizza. Optional add-ons include bounce house access, face painting, cotton candy, and much more. It's a time to remember!

  7. Cat Depot, 2542 17th St Sarasota, FL 34234
    Cat Depot in Sarasota is the purrr-fect place to host your child's next birthday party. Included in the "Cat's Meow" birthday package is the 2-hour rental of a private party room for up to 20 guests. A party assistant will help with welcoming guests, arts and crafts, and introducing your child and their friends to some of the kittens and cats paying Cat Depot a visit until they meet their forever family.

When people think about buying a home, it usually doesn't inspire them to break out the party hats. An experienced real estate agent makes things easier with expert advice that will get you to closing.

Contact Wagner Realty to find out more. We look forward to helping you.

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