The West Villages – a huge Project!

The West Villages, North Port FL

The West Villages of North Port is a vibrant new planned town of 12,000 acres located between Venice and North Port. Besides many neighborhoods with distinctive communities, there will be a grocery stores, commercial developments, do parks and everything what people need for their everyday life. You don't have to drive far to enjoy a vibrant Florida lifestyle. The Beaches are nearby and all the cultural offerings of Sarasota a just a short drive away.

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Island Walk at the West Villages in Venice FL

Post updated August 2017 Let us find out if Island Walk, at the West Villages in Venice is appealing to you. Have a look at  the Island Walk’s community features first: The 24 h manned gate entrance protects your property  A 14.000 Sq. Ft. Resort Center offers Health, Fitness and Social Activities You will find a beautiful tropical resort pool – and the pool is huge!  Many resorts would be jealous.  You got to see it! There is plenty of space around the heated lagoon style pool with lounge chairs, umbrellas and tables. […]

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Nokomis, Florida, a town with this special “Old Florida” feeling – choose your lifestyle!

Nokomis in Florida, a hidden gem, is a quaint waterfront community bordered by the beautiful cities of Venice to the south and Sarasota to the north. The area is known for its miles of beaches, great shopping, superb waterfront restaurants and all the amenities for today’s lifestyles.  Are you an outdoor enthusiast?   You just found the right spot. There are plenty of green golf courses, tennis courts, and waterways to boat, canoe or kayak.  How about biking & walking?  The new Legacy Trail is a walking and biking path trough lush […]

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Active Adult or 55 plus communities in Venice and Sarasota, Florida

55+ or Active Adult Communities Post updated November 2018 55+ communities are now called “Active Adult Communities.” That sounds so much better and doesn’t look so “ooold.” What a relief. The homeowners in such communities now feel a lot younger although the threshold of 55+ remained the same. What happened? What is a 55 or active adult community? As the name suggests, no folks younger than 55 years of age can live in a 55 Plus community. Although, this statement is not 100% correct. The law says that at least […]

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Blackburn Estates on the Bay a hidden Treasure in Nokomis Florida – Homes for Sale

It’s time to move to Florida! If you prefer mega communities with 2,000+ homes, this is not for you. However, if you like small and cozy communities with a personal touch to it, you should continue reading.  There is a hidden gem called “Blackburn Estates on the Bay” – a rare find in Nokomis, Florida. An exquisite gated community of only 26 homes on estate sized lots.  A new waterfront community right on the Intracoastal Waterway, conveniently located, just minutes away from the beaches, shopping and all amenities Sarasota and Venice […]

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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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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 with the intention of earning 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 […]

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Chestnut Creek – Venice Florida

Chestnut Creek consists of 7 subdivisions with approximately 570 homes. Most of them have 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. Shopping, restaurants and medical facilities are close by; it takes only a few minutes to get to Venice Downtown or to the beaches. The interstate I-75 is also only minutes away. The tree international airports (Sarasota, Tampa and Fort […]

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Are you thinking of relocationg to Sarasota,Florida?

Everybody who considered to move to beautiful Sarasota on the West Coast of Florida, but was hesitant, because there was no Trader Joe’s or Costco, you can make the move NOW. Opening day was Friday September 7th. Of course I haven’t been in a Trader Joe’s yet, I was curious about the store and so I went on Saturday. The place was packed with shoppers and lookers alike – I thought they give away food for free. After the dust settles I will be back for sure. Along with last […]

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