Location is the Key – Bellagio, Venice Florida – the only gated community on the Island of Venice

Bellagio is the only gated community on the Island of Venice. The community of 150 homes is a private sanctuary,  with all the amenities you desire: a spacious clubhouse with a small library, a large heated community pool, a well-equipped exercise room, a clay tennis court, and miles of paved walking/hiking/biking trails to downtown Venice, to the beaches or along the Intracoastal Waterway – Bellagio on the Island of Venice truly offers something for everyone to love. Once you have passed the gate you will notice how beautifully landscaped Bellagio […]

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The risk of remodeling your home in Venice Florida without a proper permit

Some people always  need to learn it the hard way …and one of our sellers recently did so too. This blog is about permits, cutting corners and (not) saving money. Although, you can save a lot of money when you are handy and know how to swing a hammer, when it comes to “major home modifications” you need to think twice what you are doing. If you don’t ever want to sell your home, or if you are sure that you will never have an insurance claim, you may get along with your “none permitted” roof replacement (unless a “nice” neighbor turns you in – what exactly happened to one of our sellers). Be aware that most cities and counties require that homeowners obtain a permit before carrying out major modifications, and they are enforcing the permit laws vigilantly. Ignorance of the law is no protection against punishment! What is a major modification? This is a question the building department can answer best, or you can find the exact information on the building department’s web site. Here are a few major modifications for Sarasota County: Roof replacement, A/C replacement, replacement of doors and windows, installation of hurricane shutters, major plumbing … the list goes on and on and is not complete, but it might give you an idea. At this point, you may ask yourself what a homeowner actually can do without a permit. The answer is: Not a lot – it basically […]

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Inexpensive Living near the Beach in Venice FL

Inexpensive Living near the beach

Post updated January 2020 There is no question about it that many people are dreaming of living in a warmer climate with easy access to the beach.  Some will also think that they have to give up culture and a diverse lifestyle for living near the beach. Here in the greater Venice & Sarasota area on the West coast of Florida, you can have it all. Ventura Village is a gated community with newer homes within 2 miles from the beach and boat launch.  For your convenience, shopping, dining, and […]

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Investing in Sarasota Florida Real Estate – lucrative and rewarding

Investing in Sarasota Florida Real Estate -lucrative and rewarding – only if done right. “My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.” Errol Flynn (1909 – 1959) Let’s start with a definition of ‘Investment Property’ first: “A real estate property that has been purchased to earn a return on the investment (purchase), either through rent (income), the future resale of the property (appreciation), or both. An investment property can be a long-term endeavor, such as an apartment building, or an intended short-term investment in the case of flipping (where […]

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Why buy a new home in Venice, FL? Emotional Factor to Newness.

Some homebuyers will take nothing less than a brand-new home with the idea that no one else has used the bathroom. Others prefer a home with character in an established and mature neighborhood. Personal preferences aside, there are pros and cons to each option. Pro’s and Con’s There is no question that some people prefer that ‘new-home smell’ and on top of that many people like to personalize their home by picking out everything from the beginning. Some buyers find it a financial incentive that buying a new home will typically require less maintenance for years to come. They love the peace of mind that comes along with the builder’s warranty. In addition, your new home is built with new efficient appliances, walls, ceiling and floors with more insulation, dual pane windows and new efficient heating and cooling systems, all of which saves you MONEY. On the financial side builders often offer some incentives like giving a credit if you use their Lender, should you finance your home purchase. The best value for a new home is available if you buy into a development when it is nearly complete. . If you need to sell in a year or two, you don’t have to compete with new construction. On the other hand, new developments have the advantage of pre-construction pricing and you will have a better choice of premium lots. You should consider staying in that house for a longer period […]

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Chestnut Creek – Venice Florida

Updated January 2020 Chestnut Creek located in Venice Florida, consists of 7 subdivisions with approximately 570 homes. Most of them have a lake and/or nature preserve view. A quiet cul-de-sac leads into the community with that big lake in the center. A roundabout goes around the lake, and, like spikes of a wheel, streets are pointing to the subdivisions. Visit our website to find all current homes for sale in Chestnut Creek.  Shopping, restaurants, and medical facilities are close by; it takes only a few minutes to get to Venice […]

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Venetian Golf and River Club – Venice Florida

Discover the Venetian Golf and River Club a prestigious gated community, nestled along the serene Myakka River. Whether you are a golfer or would like to play tennis or just want to take part in social activities, Venetian Golf & River Club has it all. As a resident, you enjoy a palette of amenities.  The River Club is the center of all social activities: fine and casual dining, private and corporate functions and weddings. The Club seats for up to 200 people. The 18 –hole 72 par championship golf course meanders […]

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Grand Palm – Venice, Florida

Grand Palm is a master-planned community in Venice, with a big focus on nature  Post updated December, 2019 Welcome to Grand Palm in sunny Venice Florida. This is one of the newer developments in Venice and the first community built under the 2050 guidelines in Sarasota County. Grand Palm is also part of the new West Villages.  The Philosophy of Grand Palm is to save trees, build wildlife corridors, preserve resources, restore wetlands and conserve energy. So there is a big focus on nature. Grand Palm welcomes residents of all ages, […]

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South Venice is a Beach and Boating Community – No Deed Restrictions

Updated January 2020 Don’t like Homeowners Associations and their rules and regulations? Have a closer look at the South Venice Beach Community. With 7,000+ homes, South Venice is the largest subdivision in Sarasota County. The none deed restricted community is unique in several ways: no homeowner is forced to be a member of the homeowners association, but if he decides to become one, the $60 annual fee will grant him  access to the community center and to many community events.  Of course, you can keep your boat or your RV […]

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