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August
15

National Thrift Shop Day: Score Secondhand Treasures at These Shops

Thrift Shops in Sarasota

August 17th is an important day: National Thrift Shop Day! Thrift shops are a great place to discover secondhand treasures. You can save money, donate to a good cause, and give new life to things that might otherwise have been discarded. The best part of this holiday, of course, is celebrating by visiting a thrift shop. Our real estate agents recommend checking out one of these stores in the Sarasota area.

  • World's Attic Thrift Shop: 700 N. Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232
    World's Attic Thrift Shop
    has a great selection of men's and women's clothing. They also have an area with accessories, such as purses and jewelry, along with a few aisles of home goods. This would be a great place to pick up a lamp, some wall hangings, or holiday decor.

    This thrift shop is open Monday - Saturday. If you have something to donate, stop by Tuesday - Friday between 10 am and 3 pm.

  • Sunshine Thrift Store: 3611 1st Street E #230, Bradenton, FL 34208
    If you happen to be looking at Bradenton homes for sale on National Thrift Shop Day, stop by Sunshine Thrift Store. This is a large thrift store with more than 30,000 items in stock at any given time. Their clothing selection is very well organized by gender, clothing type, and colors, so you should have an easy time finding what you need.

    Sunshine Thrift Shop also has a good selection of housewares, linens, and furniture. They're open 7 days a week.

  • Fabulous Finds Thrift Shop: 1038 North Orange Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34323
    Fabulous Finds Thrift Shop is a good place to look for secondhand designer clothing, unique furnishings, and boutique accessories. They get a lot of items from theater groups and hobbyists, setting them apart from the average thrift store.

    Fabulous Finds is open Monday - Saturday, and they're near plenty of Sarasota homes for sale. So, you may want to do a little house hunting while you're in the area.

  • Habitat for Humanity Sarasota ReStore: 2095 17th St., Sarasota, FL 34234
    Habitat for Humanity Sarasota ReStore is a thrift shop that sells donated items to the public. The proceeds go to support the work of Habitat for Humanity, an organization that builds homes for those in need.

    This is a huge thrift store with more than 17,500 square feet of retail space. In addition to the typical clothing and accessories, you'll find light fixtures, appliances, patio furniture, and tools. This is a great place to shop when trying to equip a new home or decorate your yard and garden.

  • SPARCC Treasure Chest: 1426 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34236
    SPARCC Treasure Chest is a thrift store whose proceeds are used to fund SPARCC programs. SPARCC, or Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, exists to provide victims of rape and other crimes with safety, resources, and assistance.

    At this thrift store, you'll find terrific deals on clothing. They have special 50% off deals every day. This is a great place to shop for jewelry as they have lots of trendy, stylish items at affordable prices. Sometimes, you'll even stumble upon a nice dresser, small appliance, lamp, or decorative dish set.

Whether you stop by one or several of these thrift stores on National Thrift Shop Day, we hope you find some awesome treasures. Maybe your visit will inspire you to make thrifting a more regular part of your routine. If you're new to the Sarasota area and looking for a place to call home, contact us. Our friendly agents can help you navigate the local housing market.

January
24

Sarasota & Manatee Food Truck Guide

Sarasota Food Trucks

Whether you're a foodie hunting for the best-hidden gems around Sarasota and Manatee, or you're just looking for a great place to grab a quick bite at lunch, local food trucks are an excellent option for finding unique, handcrafted fare. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on some of the best food trucks in the area.

Sarasota County Food Trucks

  • Fire Tacos – 886 S. Packinghouse Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232
    Tacos are always a favorite for food truck connoisseurs, and Fire Tacos offers some of the best tacos that you'll find near Sarasota homes for sale. You'll often find this truck posted up on Packinghouse Road, serving up authentic Mexican fare with ingredients that are as fresh as it gets.

  • Polpo Pizza Co. – Sarasota Farmers Market & Phillipi Farmhouse Market
    When you're in the mood for a great slice, Polpo Pizza Co. has you covered with their award-winning wood-fired pizza. You'll find this food truck at the Sarasota Farmers Market every Saturday and the Phillipi Farmhouse Market every Wednesday.

  • Spice Boys Kitchen – Various Locations Around Sarasota County
    Sample the flavors of the Middle East, expertly prepared by chefs Steven Schmitt and Carl Kolber at Spice Boys Kitchen. They set up shop all around Sarasota County and beyond, so be sure to check their Facebook page for the latest schedule.

  • Peachey's Baking Company – 5500 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231
    After you sample some great pizza at Phillipi Farmhouse Market, why not enjoy something sweet for dessert? Peachey's Baking Company can be found at the market every Wednesday and at other farmers markets around Sarasota County during the rest of the week. The doughnuts here are crafted with old family recipes and are well worth the trip on their own.

Manatee County Food Trucks

  • River Road Stop – 131 Upper Manatee River Rd., Bradenton, FL 34212
    Have a craving for some proper barbecue near Bradenton homes for sale? The River Road Stop is sure to satisfy, with a menu full of sandwiches, sides, and barbecue goodness. Since this is a semi-permanent location, there are also picnic tables set up so that you can enjoy a delicious meal under the stars.

  • Dona Betty Tacos – 6285 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207
    Consistently one of the top-rated food trucks in the area, Dona Betty Tacos has earned its reputation by serving delicious tacos for dinner and late-night snacks in Bradenton. You will often find this truck near the Wells Fargo on 14th Street, serving up fully loaded tacos that you won't want to miss.

  • Traveling Kitchen Grill & Catering – 4927 96th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34211
    Burgers, finger foods, and perfectly fried sides are always on the menu at the Traveling Kitchen Grill & Catering food truck, which you can frequently find near Palmetto homes for sale. Stop by during the big holidays for special menus, or check out the permanent Traveling Kitchen brick-and-mortar location for a sit-down meal.

  • Parrish Cuban Grill – 8304 US-301 N., Ellenton, FL 34221
    There are some great food trucks near Ellenton homes for sale as well, including the very popular Parrish Cuban Grill. As the name suggests, this food truck offers up authentic Cuban fare for lunch and dinner. They are often set up in the Parrish Advance Auto Parts parking lot.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to visit your favorite food trucks and so much more? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout SWFL communities.

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.

September
20

Why People are Moving to Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Sarasota Moving

People are flocking to the Sarasota area! Statistics recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that between 2010 and 2020, Sarasota's growth rate was nearly double that of the nation as a whole. While the growth rate of the U.S. population over the 10-year period was 7.4%, Sarasota grew at 14.4%, and nearby Manatee County grew at a shocking 23.8%.

Every day, our real estate agents work with buyers who are competing for the best Sarasota homes for sale. What is it about this area that's so attractive? From gorgeous weather to award-winning beaches, there's so much to love about living in the Sarasota area. Here's a closer look at some of the most important benefits. 

  • No State Income Tax
    The lack of a state income tax is one of the biggest benefits of living in Florida. Since so many visitors come to Florida each year, they pay the taxes for us! Tourists pay a 7% sales tax on the state level. On the county level, hotel stays and short-term property rentals are also subject to a 5% tourism tax. While this may seem annoying when you're visiting, once you become a resident, you'll love being able to hold onto your hard-earned dollars. 
  • Strong Job and Employment Market
    If you're still working, you'll be glad to know that the Sarasota area has a strong economy and a low unemployment rate. Some of the top industries in the area include healthcare, hospitality, education, professional services, retail, and trades. 
  • Culture and Performing Arts
    From the Ringling Museum and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to the Sarasota Ballet and the Van Wezel Performing Art Center, there are many diverse cultural and performing arts attractions in the area. In fact, Sarasota has been named Florida's "Cultural City," thanks to its active theatrical and performing arts scene. 
  • Incredible Dining Options
    There are almost countless dining venues and drinking establishments in the Sarasota area. From incredible fine dining and casual cafes to upscale wine bars to local breweries, there's something here for everyone. Some of the most popular entertainment destinations in the area include Siesta Key, Downtown Sarasota, St. Armand's Circle, and Lakewood Ranch. 
  • Award-Winning Beaches
    Sarasota's beaches receive recognition nationwide. Siesta Key Beach has been named the number one beach in America multiple times thanks to its powdery, sugar-like sand. Other beaches throughout the county are also some of the most popular in the state of Florida.  
  • A Year-Round Playground
    Sarasota has an average of 251 sunny days each year and an average year-round temperature of 73 degrees. It's the perfect location for anyone who enjoys being out on the water boating, kayaking, or swimming. The city of Sarasota was also named the #1 Best Place to Retire nationwide by U.S. News & World Report. 
  • Affordable Real Estate
    Despite all of these incredible benefits, real estate in Sarasota and Bradenton is still relatively affordable. In fact, many residents find that owning a home here is often less expensive than renting. At the beginning of 2021, the average home price here was $319,793, and the median rent was $1,995 per month.

Finding your dream home in Florida can be a challenge, but it's much easier when you work with a great agent. The experts at Wagner Realty have access to all the best Sarasota and Bradenton homes for sale, and we want to help you! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

August
2

Events and Festivals Happening This August

Sarasota Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July
26

Back to School Shopping in Sarasota and Bradenton

Sarasota Shopping

School will be back in session before you know it. Of course, here in the Sarasota and Bradenton areas, that doesn't mean summer fun is over. But it does mean it's time to hit the shops for some back-to-school shopping. 

Whether you're in need of books, art supplies, clothes, or all of the above, our real estate agents know just where to look! Check out these great local stores for all your back-to-school shopping needs in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL!

  • St. Armands Circle - 431 St Armands Cir, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Encircling a charming city park adorned with Italian statues, the shops at St. Armands Circle are an endlessly enjoyable place to shop. Easily explored on foot, the stores here provide for a wide range of back-to-school needs. It's an especially great area to get all your school clothes shopping done, with shops including Hatley, Modern Soul Boutique, Crazy Shirts, and Little Bo-Tique. The shops at St. Armands Circle offer some of the best shopping opportunities on the Gulf Coast, just a stone's throw from many Sarasota homes for sale.

  • The Mall at University Town Center - 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243
    One of the largest shopping centers in the Sarasota area, the Mall at University Town Center has a shop for just about anything you might need. Stock up on school supplies at Paper Source, make sure your kids have the latest technology at the Apple Store, and hit the Gap and Gap Kids for all their back-to-school clothes. The mall is packed with fun dining options too, and there are plenty of attractions here for the whole family. 

  • The Paper Inn - 5917 Manatee Ave W #609, Bradenton, FL 34209
    For the young artist in your family, Bradenton's The Paper Inn is one of the best places in the area to stock up on back-to-school supplies! This beloved local art supply and stationery store offers a wide range of essentials for budding artists, and they even host their own arts and crafts classes. The Paper Inn is located a short drive from many Bradenton homes for sale and is also one of the area's best destinations to find crafting and scrapbooking supplies. 

  • Bookstore1 - 12 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
    A good bookstore offers something for everyone, and Bookstore1 is a great bookstore. You'll find great reads here for every interest and every age group, from pre-K kids just learning their letters to college students looking to stock up for their Humanities classes. The folks at Bookstore1 have made it their mission to be Sarasota's best independent bookstore, and their friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you find anything you're looking for. 

  • Children's World - 4525 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233
    Children's World is the top destination in Sarasota for school uniforms. But it's also much more than that. They're also an amazing resource for all kinds of school accessories, books, supplies, toys, and games. You'll find a vast selection of everything your kids need to learn, grow and explore, both at school and at home. Children's World has been serving the Florida Gulf Coast since 1964, and they frequently host in-store play days for kids as well. 

Contact us today to learn more about life on the Gulf Coast of Florida and talk to our real estate agents about all the unique opportunities our area has to offer. We can't wait to help you find your dream home in the Sarasota and Bradenton areas!

June
28

5 Places to Help You Stay Active in Sarasota and Bradenton

Stay Active in Bradenton

Our area is also a great place for retirees to get active and stay active!

If you haven't tried the SilverSneakers app, we highly recommend it. It's a perfect way to motivate yourself and also to find great fitness locations no matter where in the country you may be. Our real estate agents are particularly fond of these SilverSneakers locations in Sarasota and Bradenton:

  1. Sun N Fun RV Resort - 7125 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34240
    Sarasota's Sun N Fun RV Resort is a beautiful place to park one's motor home and relax, but it's also much more than that. They're all about promoting a healthy, active lifestyle and offer amenities that include an extensive indoor fitness canter and an Olympic-size outdoor pool. Dozens of group activities and fitness classes are also available, ranging from yoga and Pilates to strength training and martial arts. Sun N Fun RV Resort also makes a great home base if you're in town looking at Sarasota homes for sale.

  2. G.T. Bray Recreation Center - 5502 33rd Ave Dr. W, Bradenton, FL 34209
    A state-of-the-art recreation complex in the heart of Bradenton, the G.T. Bray Recreation Center is a hub for all things fitness-related. Classes and programs are offered for every age and fitness level, with amenities that include tennis and racquetball courts, an Olympic-sized pool, an outdoor running/walking track, and a beautifully appointed indoor fitness center. The G.T. Bray Recreation center is also just minutes from these Bradenton homes for sale, making it a convenient option for staying active. 

  3. Lana's BarBelles - 7014 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
    It's not easy to find a quality fitness center that's specifically tailored to women's needs. But Bradenton has a great resource in Lana's BarBelles, a woman-owned fitness center that focuses on group and personal training for women. They offer a free fitness assessment and specially-tailored programs to help all ages and fitness levels reach their health and wellness goals. Many folks visit Lana's BarBelles for the first time while they're in Bradenton on winter vacation and then keep coming back again and again. 

  4. GYM SRQ - 3530 Clark Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231
    One of Sarasota's most consistently highly-rated gyms, GYM SRQ goes the extra mile to create a better fitness experience. No matter where you're starting out or what your goals may be, they have classes tailored to your needs. Small group classes and one-on-one sessions with certified personal trainers are available to help you not only lose weight or gain strength but also learn the principles behind living a longer, healthier life. 

  5. Terra Ceia Bay Country Club - 2802 Terra Ceia Bay Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34221
    The Terra Ceia Bay Country Club is home to a truly spectacular golf course with splendid views and meticulously manicured greens and fairways. But the country club also offers a wide range of additional fitness activities and amenities, including racquet courts and a swimming pool. There's also a tiki bar and grill on-site, making it a great place to socialize and meet people in the local community. The Terra Ceia Bay Country Club is just a short drive across the Manatee River from Bradenton and minutes from many Palmetto homes for sale.

Contact us today to learn more about how to stay active and reach your fitness goals in Sarasota and Bradenton, and be sure to talk with our team about finding your retirement dream home!

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. 

May
25

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in the Sarasota and Manatee Area

Dog Friendly Restaurants

Sarasota and Manatee Counties feature many fun places to dine, many of which offer fresh local seafood and fabulous water views. Some will also let you bring your dog with you as you enjoy their restaurant.

Our real estate agents suggest taking your pooch to the following dog-friendly restaurants in the Sarasota and Manatee area:

  1. Sun Garden Cafe - 210 Avenida Madera, Siesta Key, FL 34242
    Sun Garden Cafe, which serves lunch and dinner, offers locally caught fish, locally grown produce, farm-fresh eggs, and artisan foods from around the world. Feel free to wear your flip-flops and dine inside or outside. Well-behaved dogs are always welcome, so if you buy one of our Siesta Keys homes for sale, you can bring your pooch with you.

  2. Owens Fish Camp - 516 Burns Ct #7030, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Located near Sarasota homes for sale, Owens Fish Camp brings in local fish from the Bay every day. The atmosphere is casual old Florida, where you can try a craft beer with your seafood and eat at one of the front porch tables with your dog. A huge Banyan tree out front and a tire swing out back add to the laid-back, comfortable vibe.

  3. Turtle Beach Grill - 8865 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, FL 34242
    Located across from Turtle Beach near Sarasota homes for sale, the Turtle Beach Grill has dog-friendly dining on their outside patio deck. You'll be able to enjoy live entertainment on the deck Thursdays-Sundays from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Visit the Turtle Beach Grill for lunch, dinner, or drinks, and you can even arrive by boat and dock at Bayfront Yachtworks.

  4. Gulf Drive Cafe - 900 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
    The Gulf Drive Cafe has been a popular fixture in Bradenton Beach since 1981, and it's easy to see why. The dog-friendly restaurant offers amazing views since it sits on 2 acres of waterfront on the Gulf of Mexico near Bradenton Beach homes for sale. Fresh seafood is a mainstay of the lunch and dinner menus, and while you're enjoying your meal, you can also have a cold cocktail and listen to live entertainment. And if you time it right, you can catch a multi-colored sunset from your restaurant view.

  5. The Waterfront Restaurant & Craft Bar - 111 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, FL 34216
    Whether you have a picky or an adventurous palate, you'll find something to love at The Waterfront Restaurant & Craft Bar, located near Anna Maria homes for sale. Utilizing fresh, natural flavors, the restaurant serves recognizable favorites as well as rare seasonal items. Try a selection from the micro-brew and wine bar and sit at the open-air patio that has views of Tampa Bay.

Even pets love calling the Sunshine State home! Contact us today to learn more about what homeowners enjoy about living in the Sarasota and Manatee area. 

May
17

How to Pick the Perfect Houseplants

Houseplant Tips

One of the best parts of buying a new house is giving it those personal touches that help turn it into a home. Our estate agents can help you find Bradenton homes for sale, but only you can make that home your own. One simple and rewarding touch you can add to any home is houseplants. What kind should you have, though? Here are a few things to consider when selecting houseplants.

  1. Benefits
    Think about what benefits you want. For instance, if you want to reduce stress, go with a lavender plant. Its scent has a calming effect and can improve sleep. Maybe you're looking to make your air more breathable. In that case, peace lilies and English ivy absorb toxins to improve indoor air quality. Or you might want to add a splash of color to your decor. If so, coleus comes in various bright shades, including purple, orange, and red. Gardon croton has leaves of red, yellow, green, and copper. And bromeliads bloom in red, orange, yellow, and pink. There are many other houseplants with myriad other benefits. Do some research and find out which ones best suit your needs.

  2. Environment
    Consider where your houseplants will be kept and what their needs are. How much sunlight does it need? What temperature range does it thrive in? Does it need a dry environment or a humid one? If you're looking for a plant for your bathroom, for instance, you should try the humidity-loving monstera plant. If you have a room without windows, try a snake plant. If you've got a big window with lots of sunlight, consider a jade plant or a lemon tree.

  3. Care
    Perhaps the most important consideration is how much care your plant will need and how much care you'll be able to give it. How often does the plant need to be watered? Does it need any other care, such as pruning? If you travel a lot, then look for a plant that doesn't require as much care - or be prepared to get a plant-sitter. Air plants, for instance, don't even need soil. Keep them in indirect sunlight and water them every two weeks, and they'll thrive. What if you're afraid you'll forget to water your plant on a regular schedule? Or that you'll accidentally overcompensate, watering it too often? Set a reminder on your phone to alert you when your plant needs water or other care. It can be set to go off automatically once a week, every two weeks, or however, often your plant needs attention.

  4. Containers
    Once you've chosen your houseplant, it needs to go in the right container. Porous clay pots are good for your plants and the environment. They retain moisture while letting soil toxins escape. You might also consider a glass terrarium designed to keep in moisture and heat. Whatever container you use, make sure it's got holes on the bottom for water drainage. If you're buying a baby plant, know how much it will grow over time, and get a container that will accommodate it - or be prepared to transplant it later. A larger pot can also allow you to put multiple plants in the same space. 

If you've got houseplants inside, you're likely going to want a few outdoors as well. Fortunately, there are plenty of Sarasota homes for sale with big front and backyards, perfect for gardening. Contact us to help you find the space that's right for you!

February
1

Bird Species You'll Spot in Sarasota & Manatee Counties

Sarasota Bird Species

Welcome to bird watching paradise! The coastal regions of Manatee and Sarasota Counties offer some of America's richest and most diverse bird habitats, and our real estate agents are always eager to cross a few rare species off our lists!

Bird Species to Look For

Our corner of the state is hosts a wealth of bird species year-round, and many more use it as a stop-over on their annual migrations. All told, more than 320 bird species have been recorded in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

When you're exploring our local beaches, forests, prairies, and estuaries this spring, be sure to keep an eye out for these amazing birds. 

  • Purple Martin: This South American native flies north every year to breed in Florida. Many residents in the Sarasota area put out gourd houses for them. 

  • Roseate Spoonbill: This year-round resident really sticks out in a crowd thanks to its bright pink plumage and spoon-like bill. You'll see colonies of them around mangrove islands.

  • Loggerhead Shrike: Though this small gray bird may not look scary, it's earned the nickname "butcher bird" for its habit of hanging prey out to dry on thorns or barbed wire to be eaten later. 

  • Black Skimmer: This increasingly rare black-and-white beach bird can still be seen around Lido Beach in good numbers. It gets its name from the way it hunts, "skimming" the water's surface with its bill. 

  • Florida Scrub-Jay: This handsome blue-and-gray member of the jay family is found only in Florida, making it one of the state's most sought-after birds.

  • Snowy Egret: This small wading bird with brilliant white feathers is a member of the heron family and one of several egret species in Florida.

  • Downy Woodpecker: America's smallest woodpecker, this is one of at least six woodpecker species you can see in the region. 

  • Limpkin: This wading bird is known for its distinctive shriek-like call (earning it the nickname "crying bird") is often seen dining on snails in Florida's wetlands. 

  • Purple Gallinule: With its purplish-blue plumage and bright orange beak, this bird is instantly identifiable. It often haunts the margins of swamps, sometimes walking across the surface of aquatic vegetation. 

  • Swallowtail Kite: With spectacular plumage that always catches the eye in flight, this black-and-white bird of prey often nests in pine trees adjacent to wetlands.

  • Crested Caracara: This resident of Florida's pine flatlands—a scavenger in the falcon family—is among our largest and most striking birds.

Where to Go Birding

Not sure where to find these unique and fascinating birds? Try some of these local parks and preserves in Sarasota and Manatee Counties:

  • Myakka River State Park: The pine flatwoods of this park, located just minutes from these Sarasota homes for sale, are among the best places to see Crested Caracara. 

  • Pinecraft Park: Spanning 15 acres, this small park has a unique hammock forest habitat crisscrossed by streams, making it a prime spot to see a wide variety of bird species.

  • Oscar Scherer State Park: Just outside Sarasota, this park harbors one of the largest populations of Florida scrub-jays.

  • Felts Audubon Preserve: This conservation area offers beautiful birding trails, a short drive from many Bradenton homes for sale.

Contact us today to learn more about ways to explore the great outdoors in Bradenton, Sarasota, and the surrounding areas. And be sure to ask our team about how we can help you find your dream home in Florida today. 

January
25

Explore Beaches in Sarasota and Manatee Counties with This Guide

Sarasota Beaches

What's the best part about living in Florida? Every day is a beach day! Our real estate agents love living so close to the shore. From splashing in the waves in the summer to enjoying the warm sun on winter beach walks, we love calling the Gulf Coast home. If you're ready to get your toes in the sand, we suggest you check out these five beaches in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

  1. The "Best" Beach: Siesta Beach — 948 Beach Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242
    You don't need to venture far from your front door to hit one of the best beaches in the United States. Ranked #1 and in the top-ten of many local, regional, national, and international lists, Siesta Key Beach will never disappoint. The powdered quartz sand isn't the only draw to this sun-kissed shore. Siesta Key Village has plenty to eat, explore, and entertain you all day long.


  2. The Lowkey Beach: Longboat Key Beach — 2825 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228
    Longboat Key is an excellent beach that's beloved by locals and visitors alike. What makes it so lowkey? It's located near Longboat Key homes for sale. Those that live close have no trouble walking or biking to the shore. If you're arriving on four-wheels, however, you'll encounter limited parking. This helps keep the beach free of crowds, which is ideal if you're a local looking to leave the bustling tourist beaches behind.


  3. The Local Beach: Venice Beach — 101 The Esplanade N., Venice, FL 34285
    A family-friendly beach sits right along the shores of the Shark Tooth Capital of the World in Venice. Venice Beach is a local spot for those who want to enjoy the sun, sand, salt, and surf. It's not just people you'll see playing at this beach; dolphins frequently splash in the waters close to shore. If you're interested in diving, there's a coral reef only a quarter-mile offshore to explore or drive by these Venice homes for sale.


  4. The Busy Beach: Coquina Beach —1437 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
    Located on stunning Anna Maria Island, Coquina Beach is open from sunrise to midnight. You can easily fill all of those hours with on-site activities like their paved multi-purpose trail, children's playground, sand volleyball court, games tables, and of course, a whole lot of tanning. The wide beachfront brings in droves of people, including those who just want to enjoy a seaside meal at the Coquina Café. There's even a biweekly market during the low-season months.


  5. The Nature Beach: Turtle Beach — 8918 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242
    While Siesta Beach gets all the attention, you'll find a quieter retreat a little farther south on Turtle Beach. This is a fantastic place for nature lovers as a nearly empty expanse of sand dunes where you can watch seabirds, sharks, fish, and even tortoises stroll by. There's also a boat launch, though you can rent kayaks or paddleboards if you don't have your own watercraft.

Looking for a home within walking distance to the beach? We've got Sarasota homes for sale that you've got to see. Perhaps you'd prefer something a little closer inland? Then check out our Bradenton homes for sale. Contact us today to schedule tours for our best homes in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

January
11

Healthy Dining Options Throughout Sarasota and Manatee

Healthy Dining Sarasota

Standards of healthy eating have changed over the years. Fortunately, one thing experts agree on is that healthy food doesn't mean bland and tasteless. Our real estate agents maintain their high energy levels by visiting these favorite healthy dining restaurants throughout Sarasota and Bradenton.

  1. Green Zebra Cafe - 1377 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236
    It's brunch time all day long at Green Zebra Cafe, with a delectable assortment of breakfast wraps, scrambles, toasts and Benedicts served from open until close. Try the signature raw pancake, made with a dehydrated banana pancake, cashew whipped cream, strawberry chia coulis, and fresh fruit. There's also a juice and smoothie bar with selections such as Apple Pie, and I Dream of Ginger. Green Zebra is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  2. Paleo Connection - 3515 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL 34234
    Whether you're new to the paleo diet or you've already jumped on board, there's one special restaurant around Sarasota homes for sale to check out. All of the dishes at Paleo Connection follow this healthy eating style that emphasizes lean meats, fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds. The menu changes with the seasons to accommodate the freshest available ingredients. Hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday.

  3. Chicken Salad Chick - 7350 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton, FL 34210
    Chicken salad is a deceptively simple dish that lends itself to a wide range of preparations. At Chicken Salad Chick, just minutes from Bradenton homes for sale, each delicious variation is named after a woman who inspired founder, Stacy Brown. Flavors such as Lauryn's Lemon Basil, Barbie-Q, and Cranberry Kelli use fruits, nuts, and seasonings to accent the juicy chunks of chicken. Chicken Salad Chick is open 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  4. Bowled Life - Food Truck Various Locations
    Add açaí berries, a superfood loaded with antioxidants, to your own diet with a visit to Bowled Life. Their luscious açaí bowls incorporate fruits and toppings such as honey, Nutella, almond, flax seeds, and almond milk. Other healthy menu options include avocado toast, smoothies, and salads. When you're out and about, follow Bowled Life on Facebook or Instagram for their food truck schedule. Eatery hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily.

  5. Get Fit Fuel - 8327 Market St., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    Get Fit Fuel bills itself as a "one-stop source for healthy meals on the run." The shop carries a variety of fresh-made, prepackaged breakfasts, entrées, and snacks that are perfect for grab-and-go when you're out viewing Lakewood Ranch homes for sale. Build your own açaí bowl or try one of the house specialties. Order on the handy app, available for iPhone and Android, for pickup or delivery. Hours are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekends.

  6. The Sandbar - 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria Island, FL 34216
    Ed Chiles, owner of The Sandbar, developed an interest in environmental issues through his father, former governor Lawton Chiles. The restaurant has long been a landmark near Anna Maria Island homes for sale. The Sandbar is open for outdoor dining and carryout 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday.

Enjoy healthy eating around the dining table of your new Sarasota or Bradenton home. Contact us at Wagner Realty to get started.

December
7

How to Give Back This Holiday Season Near Sarasota and Bradenton

Give Back in Sarasota

The holidays are a season of giving, and our real estate agents are always on the lookout for new ways to give back to our local community. This year, with so many families in the Sarasota and Bradenton areas suffering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for help is greater than ever. 

Whether you're a long-time resident of the area or are looking at Sarasota homes for sale and Bradenton homes for sale, we're excited to share ways to help. Please consider some of these opportunities to give back this holiday season!

  1. Give to a Toy Drive
    As a child, one of the great joys of the holiday season is the thrill of unwrapping gifts on Christmas morning. That's why participating in a local toy drive is a great way to give back and share some joy with a child in need. No matter where you live, chances are, there's a toy drive in your area. Here in Sarasota, the 4th Annual Toy Drive, hosted by the Sarasota sheriff's office, or the local chapter of the Marine Toys for Tots program, helping children in need since 1947. 

  2. Give the Gift of Warmth
    Far too many people must face winter without the warm clothing they need. Donating unused winter coats to a winter coat drive is a great way to give someone the warmth and security they need this holiday season. Here in the Sarasota and Bradenton area, the annual Facing Homelessness coat drive collects much-needed winter coats for the homeless every December. 

  3. Donate Blood
    Blood and platelet donations are always in need, but many people forget about it during the holiday season because their attention is turned to other charities and causes. But the American Red Cross is always in need of donations, and the winter is actually one of the seasons of greatest need. Giving blood at a local blood drive this time of year is a life-saving gift that directly helps those who need it most.

  4. Donate to a Food Pantry
    No one should go without, especially during the holiday season. Donating canned goods and similar non-perishable food items to a food pantry or food bank is a great way to help. This is more true in 2020 than ever before. Check out this directory of food pantries and similar charities in the Sarasota area to learn more about where you can give. 

  5. Give to the Boys and Girls Club
    For more than 150 years, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America have helped create brighter futures for children in need. This nationwide charity network does so by providing quality voluntary after-school programs for kids who may not otherwise have access to them. Our local Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County can always use your assistance, and there are many ways to give. Financial donations are always much appreciated, but you can also volunteer your time, just as essential. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. If you're looking for your dream home, our team is here to help every step of the way. We're also thrilled to offer some unique ways to give back to the community we love.

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
15

Fun Things to Do at Home in Bradenton and Sarasota

At Home Activities

Do you think that staying home has to equal boredom? Think outside the box...literally. The four walls of your house don't have to limit your entertainment options. Our real estate agents have discovered some fascinating ways to stay busy while staying indoors near Sarasota homes for sale

  1. Visit a Museum
    Have you dreamed of visiting the Louvre? Now you don't even need a plane ticket. The famed museum in Paris has created a series of virtual tours exploring its various permanent collections. You can also "visit" the city's Musée d'Orsay as well as London's British Museum, the Guggenheim in NYC, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. A little closer to Sarasota homes for sale, the Ringling Museum is offering kids learning programs, virtual family tours, and digital performances. 
  2. Enjoy a Concert
    Popular artists such as Luke Bryan, Post Malone, and Billie Eilish have been turning YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram into concert venues with live streaming performances. Billboard maintains an updated list of scheduled shows on their website. Get your music fix and support local artists by "attending" Connect Bradenton's weekly series each Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Virtual tip jars are posted for each musician.
  3. Start a Journal
    With few avenues to express yourself, thoughts can begin circling in your mind, resulting in stress, anger, and sadness. The simple act of putting pen to paper releases negative emotions by clarifying thoughts and feelings. Journaling is also a great method for problem-solving and conflict resolution. You might discover creativity you didn't know you had! Go high-tech with a digital journal or stick with old-school pen and paper. The only rule is following your personal preference.
  4. Get Fit
    Can't go to the gym? Then bring the gym to your home. Raise your heart rate and decrease stress with a wealth of pre-recorded and streaming content online. Find a class to help perfect your Downward Dog or demonstrate the fine points of a bicep curl. Yoga Bradenton is streaming their classes online, with sessions available for all levels of experience. 
  5. Learn a New Language
    So you've always wanted to learn a new language, but just never had the time. That excuse is gone, and Duolingo is the perfect solution for attaining your goal. Duolingo turns learning into a game as you race against the clock to "level up" and earn virtual coins. Choose from dozens of languages, ranging from French and Spanish to Scottish Gaelic and Latin. Duolingo is a free app for both Android and iOS.
  6. Meet Up for Happy Hour
    Commiserate with friends over an adult beverage or two with a virtual happy hour. All you need is Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, or other video chat app. As a bonus, the bar never closes, and you don't have to choose a designated driver.
  7. Host a Movie Night
    Theaters might be dark, but the show goes on in your home with Netflix Party. The free software allows you to stream Netflix content in sync with your virtual guests. There's also a chatroom where you can all share screenshots, GIFs, and comments. Make sure you have Google Chrome installed before downloading Netflix Party.

Isolation or not, Wagner Realty is here for you. Contact us with all your real estate questions.

February
28

Doggy Daycares Your Pet Will Love in Sarasota and Manatee

Manatee Doggy Daycares

It's always hard to say goodbye to your favorite pets at the beginning of a busy day or trip out of town, but if you live around Manatee and Sarasota, then you can rest easy knowing that there are plenty of dog daycare facilities to choose from. Here are a few you might like to check out.

  1. The Lucky Puppy – 8003 US Hwy. 301, N Suite 105, Parrish, FL 34219
    Close to Parrish homes for sale, The Lucky Puppy, offers your puppy a free socialization program every Monday to make new friends. The team at the Lucky Puppy provides a mix of one-on-one interaction with your pet, and group pet activities to promote socialization.

  2. Doggy Resort SRQ – 3424 17th St., Sarasota, FL 34325
    With grooming, training, daycare, boarding, and even a bakery, Doggy Resort SRQ has everything you need to keep your pup happy near Bird Key homes for sale. The Doggy Resort features indoor/outdoor playgrounds, a shaded pool, indoor climate control, and optional extras that include expert dog training.

  3. Camp Bow Wow – 2101 17th St., Sarasota, FL 34234
    Camp Bow Wow allows pet owners to monitor their pups anytime with live webcams. Close to Sarasota homes for sale, Camp Bow Wow is a nationally known chain with a comprehensive program that includes extensive socialization with both pets and people, along with regular exercise.

  4. PetSuites – 5205 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, FL 34203
    Near Anna Maria homes for sale, PetSuites offers a "first-day free" program at their full-service facility. They even feature a puppy pre-school. Customize your pet's experience with a wide variety of packages, including day play for energetic pups, day boarding for pets that prefer relaxation, and a day spa.

  5. Bayside Pet Resort at Lakewood Ranch – 15117 Garnet Trl., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
    If you're looking for a luxurious doggy daycare to pamper your pup close to Lakewood Ranch homes for sale, then the Bayside Pet Spa is the place to be. Dogs at Bayside Pet Spa get their own private space, along with the option to socialize with other pets. This facility also goes above and beyond with services that include professional grooming and dog training.

  6. Fox Creek Pet Ranch – 5557 Lorraine Rd., Bradenton, FL 34211
    If you have cats or other small pets in need of daycare then Fox Creek Pet Ranch, located near Parrish homes for sale, is a perfect option. Fox Creek Pet Ranch provides care for a wide variety of pets in a facility that is advertised as safe, clean, loving, and healthy.

If you're searching for a community where both you and your favorite pets feel right at home, then our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Manatee and Sarasota.

February
21

The 2020 Guide to Spring Training in Manatee & Sarasota

Manatee Spring Training

Grab the Cracker Jack, warm up your mitt and get ready to stand up and cheer — spring training is coming back to the Sunshine State! Each year, some of the best teams in Major League Baseball spend two months in Florida preparing for the upcoming season. We're lucky to have two World Series championship teams call Sarasota and Bradenton home for their spring training season: the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles. 

Our REALTORS® encourage you to take advantage of the warm weather and head out to a spring training game this year. Whether you're a Pirates fan, Orioles fan, or merely a lover of America's favorite pastime, our two spring training facilities are just a few miles from downtown Sarasota and Bradenton.

  • Ed Smith Stadium — 2700 12th St., Sarasota, FL 34237
    Known as Birdland South, Ed Smith Stadium has welcomed the Baltimore Orioles for the last ten years. Built-in 1989 and renovated soon after the Orioles' arrival in 2011, this ballpark once hosted the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox. As one of the best venues in the Grapefruit League, Ed Smith Stadium is within a few miles of many beautiful Sarasota homes for sale, making it the perfect place to relax after a long day walking some of the best properties in the city.

  • LECOM Park — 1611 9th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
    Part of the Grapefruit League, the Pittsburgh Pirates, have been coming to LECOM Park for spring training for over half of a century. This award-winning ballpark was recently renovated with enhanced fan areas, new seating, and a state-of-the-art clubhouse. If you're in town searching for Bradenton homes for sale, take the afternoon off and watch the Pirates play at LECOM Park. Be sure to head five miles east to Pirate City to view the Pirates' spring training workout and practice field as well.

2020 Spring Training Games in Sarasota & Bradenton

Are you ready for a preview of the 2020 MLB season? There's no better place to watch the best teams in the league play than at LECOM Park and Ed Smith Stadium. 

Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Games

Be sure to purchase discounted tickets in advance or gather your closest friends for a Group Ticket Package featuring preferred seating. Six-game Weekend Packages are also available, guaranteeing your same seat as the Pirates load the bases against the Yankees, Rays, Tigers, Blue Jays, and Twins! Catch the first part of spring training with these February games. 

  • Feb 22 – Bradenton | Minnesota Twins
  • Feb 23 – Bradenton | Detroit Tigers
  • Feb 25 – Bradenton | Philadelphia Phillies
  • Feb 26 – Bradenton | Boston Red Sox
  • Feb 27 – Sarasota | Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Feb 28 – Bradenton | Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Games

Get ready to see the Os in action against some of the best teams in the American and National Leagues, including the 2019 World Series Champions the Washington Nationals. Pick up single-game tickets or create a 5-Game Flex Plan featuring two prime games. For the ultimate experience, purchase a Birdland South Spring Training Membership which includes access to exclusive events, early admittance to watch batting practice and reduced ticket prices on spring training games in Sarasota and regular reason games in Baltimore! Games through February include: 

  • Feb 23 – Sarasota | Boston Red Sox 
  • Feb 25 – Sarasota | Tampa Bay Rays 
  • Feb 26 – Sarasota | Atlanta Braves
  • Feb 27 – Sarasota | Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Feb 28 – Bradenton | Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Feb 29 – Sarasota | Miami Marlin

Spring training is one of the many things you'll love about living in the Manatee and Sarasota area. For assistance in buying and selling homes in the area, contact us today!

January
6

Festivals Coming to Manatee & Sarasota Counties this Month

Festivals in Sarasota

Winter is once again upon us, and that means it's time to enjoy some of the most popular annual festivals throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. From fine wine to art, music, heritage, and family fun, there's an upcoming festival to suit every interest. Our REALTORS® know local fun, and we've got the details on 7 festivals to visit in Manatee and Sarasota Counties in January 2020.

  1. Forks & Corks – Jan. 23 – 27 – 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34234
    If you've lived around Sarasota homes for sale, then you already know that our area is home to an amazing collection of restaurants and wineries. The Forks & Corks festival is a celebration of the local culinary scene, with four days of fun at Sarasota and Manatee dining spots. There will be a reception in the scenic courtyard of the Ringling Museum, along with tastings of wine from around the world and classes on making wine.

  2. Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival – Jan. 11 – 12 – 199 Bayfront Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236
    With free admission and a scenic location at JD Hamel Park, the Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival is an excellent opportunity to explore the work of local artists. The park will be transformed into one huge outdoor art gallery, showcasing the work of both local and national artists. Shop for paintings, jewelry, mixed media, glass, sculptures, ceramics, and more.

  3. Native American Indian Festival – Jan. 24 – 26 – 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34237
    Founded by the late, local artist and educator Rex Begaye, the Sarasota Native American Indian Festival is a celebration of our area's Native American heritage. Learn about the culture and history of Native Americans in the Sarasota area at the 13th annual edition of this popular local festival. There will be opportunities to shop for one-of-a-kind Native American crafts, hear stories, sing songs, and dance to traditional music.

  4. Seafood & Music Festival – Jan. 17 – 19 – 199 Bayfront Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236
    The fun at JD Hamel Park continues with another exciting weekend at the Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival. General admission is free, with plenty to see, hear, and taste throughout the weekend. Enjoy seafood from legendary local dining spots, and listen to live music all weekend long. In between meals and shows, you can shop at the bustling marketplace filled with art, food, and more.

  5. Manatee County Fair – Jan. 16 – 26 – 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto, FL 34221
    It's easy to enjoy family fun close to Palmetto homes for sale, thanks to local events like the Manatee County Fair. The fair features rides, live entertainment, tons of great food, and fun for all ages. Learn more about local agriculture and heritage, with a packed schedule of events spread over 11 days.

  6. Music on Main – Jan. 10 – 8100 Lakewood Main St., Bradenton, FL 34202
    There's always a celebration from 6-9 PM on the first Friday of each month at Lakewood Ranch with Music on Main, a free concert series and block party for the public! In January, The Reality Band will be taking the stage and showcasing their Jamtronica & Reggae music stylings. There's always plenty of food vendors and beer trucks to keep the party going! Plus, proceeds from the event benefit a different non-profit in the area each month. Be sure to stop by after checking out Lakewood Ranch homes for sale. Please note that for January, the event will be on the 10th. 

  7. 17th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival – Jan. 25 – 26 – St Armands Cir., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Every January, St. Armands Circle turns into a free art gallery for the public to enjoy. During the 17th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival, over 200 artists from around the world will be displaying their works of art along the Boulevard of Presidents and St. Armands Circle. Meet the artists and ask about their creations or ask them to commission an original piece just for you! 

When you call Southwest Florida home, the festival season never truly ends. Contact us to make this vibrant area your home.

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
12

Dog Parks in Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Manatee Sarasota Dog Parks

Take Your Pooch to These Parks Near You

Your precious pooch wants and needs regular exercise, but walks around the block can get old fast. Our real estate agents recommend some of our favorite dog parks in Sarasota and Manatee Counties to share quality time with your pet in the Florida sunshine.

  1. Brohard Paw Park - 1600 S. Harbor Dr., Venice, FL 34285
    You and Fido can both work on your tans at Brohard Paw Park, the only beach area in Sarasota County where dogs are permitted and within convenient distance of Venice homes for sale. There is an adjacent fenced-in dog play yard with picnic tables, benches, doggie waste bags, showers, and drinking fountains for pets and their humans. Just south of Paw Park is a beach for humans only, equipped with boardwalks, benches, and showers. Hours at Brohard Paw Park are 7 a.m. - dusk daily.

  2. Bayfront Park - 4052 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228
    The off-leash area at Bayfront Park, only minutes from Longboat Key homes for sale, is like a playground for dogs. Your pet will have a blast romping on and around structures such as ramps, teeter-totters, and even a "fire hydrant." The fenced-in park has a separate area for small or shy dogs. Bayfront Park is open daily except for Monday when the park is closed from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

  3. Lakeview Paw Park - 7150 Lago St., Sarasota, FL 34241
    Lakeview Paw Park gets high marks from users because of the plentiful trees that provide cooling shade on the grounds. Separate areas give small and large dogs their own spaces, and benches and picnic tables are available for humans. Adjacent Lakeview Park, close to Sarasota homes for sale, has scenic paths where leashed dogs are welcome. Park hours are 6 a.m. - sunset.

  4. Laurie Crawford Dog Park - 2811 - 51st St., Bradenton, FL 34209
    Happy Tails Canine Park opened in 2000 as Manatee County's first dog park, not far from Bradenton homes for sale. In April 2019, the facility was renamed Laurie Crawford Dog Park in honor of the local animal advocate who helped create the park. Upgrades include the addition of 1.25 acres of tree-shaded areas along with pavilions and benches, picnic tables, water fountains, waste bag dispensers, and trash cans. Hours at Laurie Crawford Dog Park are sunrise to sunset seven days a week. The new park area is closed for maintenance Monday from 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. is closed during the same hours on Thursday. 

  5. Dog Leg Canine Park - 7550 - 69th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34221
    The cleverly named Dog Leg Canine Park is a three-acre fenced-in area located at Buffalo Creek Park, just down the street from Palmetto homes for sale. Older, sensitive and small dogs have their own section away from the more rambunctious dogs. An on-site covered shelter offers welcome shade, and dogs stay hydrated at the water fountain. Free waste bags are provided. Dog Leg is open sunrise to sunset daily but closed for maintenance 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. to close the last Friday of each month.

  6. Holmes Beach Dog Park - 62nd St. and Flotilla Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    Holmes Beach Dog Park 
    is a popular attraction around Holmes Beach homes for sale. Relax on a shaded bench as you watch your dog socialize and make friends in the fully enclosed area. The community is fundraising to make upgrades to the park including landscaping for more shade, more secure fencing and gates, and even a potential park expansion.  Hours are sunrise to sunset daily.

Searching for the perfect home for your family, including the four-legged members? Contact us at Wagner Realty, your top choice for professional real estate services.

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.

May
27

Outdoor Adventures Await in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Outdoors Sarasota Manatee

Life in the Sunshine State is sweet! Our year-round warm weather and gorgeous natural spaces make Florida the perfect place for outdoor adventures. Sarasota and Manatee Counties offer residents the perfect mix of land and sea excursions that people of all ages can enjoy. Here are some of our REALTORS® favorite outdoor adventures from Bradenton to Englewood.

  1. Florida West Scuba & Charters – 509 N. Tamiami Tr., Venice, FL 34285
    After you've toured Venice homes for sale, discover what colorful fish and wildlife make their homes under the sea with excursions from Florida West Scuba & Charters. Known as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World, Venice is the perfect place to dive into adventure and go searching for your own shark teeth. The crew at Florida West Scuba & Charters has never come back from a trip empty-handed, so you're sure to see shark teeth and fossils on your journey. With basic, advanced and refresher open water dive classes available, there's a sea of adventure waiting for you just off the Venice coast.

    Outdoors Sarasota Manatee
  2. Around the Bend Nature Tours – P.O. Box 1136, Bradenton, FL 34206
    Around the Bend Nature Tours invites you to discover the area's natural and cultural history with guided tours throughout the county. They'll take you exploring in the estuaries around Palmetto, teach you about Florida pioneer history at Duette Preserve, and guide you through diverse habitats to view gorgeous birds. Featuring summer camps, field trips and coastal climate walks, Around the Bend Nature Tours — conveniently around the bend from Palmetto homes for sale — will take you on an exciting journey through the natural landscape that's right in our backyards.

    Outdoors Sarasota Manatee
  3. Full Moon Night Hikes – Myakka River State Park, 13208 S.R. 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
    Even after the sun sets, there are still plenty of outdoor adventures awaiting you around Sarasota. Stay up with Hike It Florida and walk through Myakka River State Park under the moonlight. You'll venture for five miles through the wilderness, listening to the creatures in the distance. This three-hour affordable hike will engage your senses. Just a quick drive from Sarasota homes for sale, Full Moon Night Hikes with Hike It Florida are perfect ways to explore nature at nighttime while still making home early enough for bedtime.

    Outdoors - Sarasota Manatee
  4. ((ecko)) ecotours – Sarasota & Manatee Counties
    How do you define the perfect outdoor adventure? Kayak tours along the bay? Paddleboard excursions through estuaries? Hiking and boating through Florida's natural splendor? However you envision your perfect outdoor adventure, the local experts at ((ecko)) ecotours are ready to make it happen. Live like a traveler, not a tourist, and join them on a variety of ecotours throughout Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Many of the ecotour facilitators they work with are certified by the Florida Society for Ethical Tourism, including two that are certified platinum for their educational and sustainability efforts. Within a short drive from Lakewood Ranch homes for sale, there are tons of opportunities for you to explore Florida on land and sea!

  5. The Legacy Trail – 303E. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34285 / 7301 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota, FL 34238
    Interested in creating your own outdoor adventure? Then strap on your helmet and head to The Legacy Trail. This new trail connects Culverhouse Park in Sarasota with the Venice Train Depot. Over 10 miles of paved trail is open for you to explore on your own terms. Ride through Oscar Scherer State Park and enjoy the serene sounds of nature. Peddle passed Osprey Junction Park where you may see snakes, alligators, and bald eagles. By the time you get to Sarasota, you're only a few miles away from Stickney Point Road which will lead you to Siesta Key homes for sale and miles of beach where you can end your outdoor adventure perfectly.

Contact us at Wagner Realty to buy and sell homes throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

April
17

2019 Manatee and Sarasota County Earth Day Events

Earth Day Events Sarasota and Manatee County

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

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

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

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

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

April
8

Manatee and Sarasota Counties: Where to Adopt a Four-Legged Friend

Manatee & Sarasota  Pet Adoption

Join our REALTORS® at Wagner Realty as we observe National Lost Dog Awareness Day on April 23rd. This annual event celebrates the happy reunions of lost pets and their owners while raising awareness for the hundreds of other missing or abandoned dogs that need a loving home. There are plenty of cute canines throughout the Sarasota and Manatee Counties that are available for immediate adoption. As you browse homes for sale along Florida's Gulf Coast, we invite you to stop by one of these compassionate animal shelters and find a four-legged friend to add to your family.

  1. Humane Society of Manatee County, 2515 14th St. W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    The mission of the Humane Society of Manatee County is to teach compassion and respect for animals through care, education, and working together.  When you adopt a pet from the Humane Society of Manatee County, not only do you save the life of an animal, but you bring our area one step closer to becoming a no-kill community.  Visit them Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm or Saturday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and add a dog (or cat) to your family in your new Bradenton home.

  2. Nate's Honor Animal Rescue — 4951 Lorraine Rd., Bradenton, FL 34211
    Located near beautiful new Lakewood Ranch homes for sale, Nate's Honor Animal Rescue is changing the way the community views sheltered pets by educating area families about animal shelters. Help their no-kill shelter find forever homes for their rescued dogs by visiting one of their two adoption centers in Bradenton.

  3. Humane Society of Sarasota County, 2331 15th S., Sarasota, FL 34237
    Your family's new four-legged friend is patiently waiting for you at the Humane Society of Sarasota County. The organization is the area's premier no-kill shelter and works toward the common goal of living in a community where all animals are cared for and loved.  They provide compassionate care to shelter pets, find them permanent homes and promote responsible pet ownership throughout Sarasota County.  One of our area's Siesta Key homes for sale would be the perfect place for the newest member of your family.

  4. Satchel's Last Resort — 8101 Coash Rd., Sarasota, FL 34241
    The compassionate people at Satchel's Last Resort believe that no dog is unadoptable. They rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome canines of all shapes and sizes. Even if these animals have been turned away from other shelters, Satchel's takes them in and helps reintegrate them into loving homes. Some of their dogs are now living lives of love as they act as service dogs for those in need throughout the community. Give a great dog a second chance by adopting through Satchel's Last Resort, not far from Sarasota homes for sale.

  5. Moonracer Animal Rescue — PO Box 2103, Holmes Beach, FL 34218
    If you're dreaming of living in one of the beautiful Holmes Beach homes for sale, you're not alone. The wonderful dogs at Moonracer Animal Rescue also dream of finding a forever home close to the sun and sand. Moonracer is fighting to make Manatee County a no-kill shelter community. You can support them and help them achieve this goal by adopting one of their fantastic dogs.

  6. Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA — 5718 21st Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34209
    Not far from Longboat Key homes for sale is the Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA. This privately funded no-kill shelter in Manatee County offers affordable dog adoptions that include spay/neutering, microchipping, collars and leashes, and a free appointment with their veterinarian. They even provide a Slumber Party program that lets you take a dog home for the night to see if they're a good fit for your home.

  7. Venice Doberman Rescue —611 Mobile Rd., Sarasota, FL 34293
    For decades, the folks at Venice Doberman Rescue have placed hundreds of Dobermans with loving families. They believe that every Doberman, young or old, deserves a caring home where they can live happily with compassionate owners. If you would like to find an adorable Doberman after purchasing Venice homes for sale, give Venice Doberman Rescue a call to meet their current furry friends.

Participating in National Lost Dog Awareness Day is a great way to show your support for the thousands of abandoned dogs that go to sleep every night without a permanent, loving home. To learn more about dog adoption centers in the area, or to shop Sarasota and Manatee County homes for sale, contact Wagner Realty today.

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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