Grand Oaks in Venice FL – A mix of Coastal and Mediterranean Homes

Grand Oaks is an intimate gated community with 55 diverse single family residences once completed. Located on East Venice Avenue, Grand Oaks is a low-maintenance community with lush Florida landscaping. Some lucky owners will even be spoiled with an enchanting lake view – a lake with a small island which has been preserved from the earlier vegetation. Although Grand Oaks is designed as a maintenance-free community, it comes with surprisingly low HOA fees. The Coastal style inspired homes’ sizes range from the mid 1,800 SF to over 2,000 SF of interior living area. Two […]

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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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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

There is no questions 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 Venice & Sarasota area on the West coast of Florida, you can have it all. Ventura Village is a gated community with newer resale homes as well as new home construction within 2 miles from the beach and boat launch.  For your convenience, shopping, dining […]

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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 August 2019 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. 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 Downtown and to the area […]

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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, 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 through the graceful neighborhoods […]

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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, 2017 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. 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, who can enjoy the outdoors, the recreational amenities, and […]

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Venice Beach FL – The Shark Tooth Capital of the World

Venice, Florida, the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World,” is a friendly and vibrant city, located directly on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 estimates, the city has a population of 21,000. True to its name, the city center of Venice is completely surrounded by waterways. Three bridges provide access to the downtown area, which has come to be known as “The Island of Venice.”There is no other city on Florida’s west coast that could be compared with the “proud city” of Venice. Sarasota, […]

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