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Festive Holiday Events This Weekend!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Holiday season is here! Get in the festive spirit all weekend long throughout the Suncoast! Fill your calendars with these great community events. Click on the links below for more information!


Holly Days and Mangrove Lights 2017

Dates: Thursday, December 14th & Friday, December 15th

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Historic Spanish Point (337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey)

Cost: $12 per adult | $10 per senior | $5 per child (ages 5-12) | FREE for members


Cinematic Celebrations: Elf

Date: Friday, December 15th

Time: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Ringling Museum Courtyard (5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota)

Cost: $15 per adult | $10 per child (ages 6-17)


Holiday Pops Concert

Dates: Friday, December 15th & Saturday, December 16th

Times: 7:30 pm (Friday) | 3:30 pm or 7:30 pm (Saturday)

Location: Venice Performing Arts Center (One Indian Avenue, Venice)

Cost: $25-$42 per person


9th Annual Gingerbread Festival

Dates: Friday, December 15th - Sunday, December 17th

Times: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm (Friday) | 9:00 am - 9:00 pm (Saturday) | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: Westfield Sarasota Square Mall (8201 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota)

Cost: $1 per person


Frosty 5K

Date: December 16th

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: Twin Lakes Park (6700 Clark Road, Sarasota)

Cost: $40 per adult | $30 per child (ages 18 & under)


Marty's Toy Drive

Date: Saturday, December 16th

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Pirate City (1701 27th Street East, Bradenton)

Cost: FREE with donation


National Wreaths Across America Day

Date: Saturday December 16th

Time: 9:30 am

Location: Sarasota National Cemetery (9810 State Road 72, Sarasota)

Cost: FREE


Winter Arts and Craft Show

Date: Saturday, December 16th

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Venice Community Center (326 South Nokomis Avenue, Venice)

Cost: FREE


Storytelling with Santa and the Christmas Fairy

Date: Sunday, December 17th

Time: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Location: Powel Crosley Estate (8374 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota)

Cost: $32 per adult | $17 per child (ages 3-12)


Taste of Chanukah

Date: Sunday, December 17th

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Phillippi Estate Park (5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota)
Cost: $5 per person


Chanukah Klezmer Festival

Date: Sunday, December 17th

Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: Centennial Park (200 West Venice Avenue, Venice)

Cost: FREE


6th Annual Spectacular Community Christmas Concert

Date: Sunday, December 17th

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Congregational United Church of Christ (3700 26th Street West, Bradenton)

Cost: FREE


Flerlage Real Estate Group wishes everyone a very happy holiday season in the Suncoast!


North Port: 2nd Safest City in Florida!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

White, sandy beaches, endless entertainment attractions, perfect year round weather, and stunning recreational facilities are not the only things drawing home buyers to Florida. Another is the state’s commitment to safety, especially in its larger cities.


Home security website SafeHome recently analyzed safety throughout the state and ranked communities based on the data. When the results came back…...NORTH PORT was named the 2nd Safest City in Florida!!


To find their rankings, SafeHome examined 54 cities within the state with a population of at least 50K. Each community was given a Safety Score, which was calculated based on data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program and the U.S. Census.


North Port received a Safety Score of 85.53! Along with being the 2nd safest city in the state, it ranked within the Top 25th Percentile of Safest Communities in the entire United States!!


Are you ready to call North Port home? Check out the Current Homes for Sale! Give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today to make your dreams a reality!

7 Ways to Add Elegance When Selling Your Home!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Help your Suncoast home stand out from the crowd by adding elegant touches throughout your home! A more expensive looking home will increase buyer interest and help you get a higher price! Here are 7 tips to make your home look more elegant and expensive when selling!


1. Choose an elegant paint color. Painting is your first step to prepare your home to sell. It can instantly make your home look fresh and clean. Choose neutral colors that will appeal to a wide variety of home buyers. Add some elegance by adding colors with a slight sheen to them.

2. Declutter. Clean and declutter all rooms in your house. Once they are decluttered, you can choose a single focal point for each room to highlight the space and unique architectural features.

3. Remember Small Details. Fixtures can easily date a room. Update light, plumbing, and other fixtures throughout your home to add some instant style.

4. Invest in Kitchen Appliances. The kitchen is often one of the most important rooms for homebuyers. Make it a major selling point in your home by purchasing stainless steal or brightly colored appliances that are often found in higher end homes.

5. Update Window Treatments. Replace all dated window treatments. Choose neutral or bold colors and avoid patterns. Focus on drapes, blinds, or Japanese shades for elegance. Make sure that your treatments let in the maximum amount of light.

6. Add Crown Molding. Classic details like crown molding can add elegance to your home.

7. Purchase a new Garage Door. Curb appeal is vitally important when you sell your home. Your garage door takes up a large portion of the outside of your home. Although this is a more costly upgrade, it does offer a good return on investment and adds elegance to the outside of your home. Invest in new garage doors




Interested in Selling your Suncoast home? Give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today!

Reference: inman

5th Annual Venice Blues Festival!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Come listen to America's best blues musicians at the Venice Blues Festival! Head to ‚ÄčMaxine Barritt Park (1800 Harbor Drive South, Venice) this Saturday, November 18th for this 5th annual

music fest. The talented artists performing are from all over the country and represent the unique blues styles from their areas. Do not miss this favorite community event! Doors are open from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm. Dance the day away to incredible live musical performances and enjoy delicious food and beverages.



Music Lineup

11:00 am - 12:30 pm | Cece Teneal (Orlando, FL)

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm | Tommy Z (Buffalo, NY)

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm | Eliza Neals (Detroit, MI)

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm | Andrew "Jr Boy" Jones (Dallas, TX)

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio (San Francisco, CA)


Ticket Information

General Admission Tickets | $30

--Open seating (Bring your own chair)

VIP Tickets | $125

--Special seating in VIP Tent, Beverages & Food included, Artist photos

Children 12 & under | FREE

Purchase Tickets HERE!  



The Flerlage Real Estate Group hopes everyone has a rockin' good time this weekend in beautiful Venice during the 5th Annual Venice Blues Festival!!

Image Credit: Venice Blues Festival

Transition Your Outdoor Spaces from Summer to Fall!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage


With cooler temperatures, Fall is the perfect season to enjoy your home's outdoor living spaces in Florida. Spruce up your Suncoast patio, porch, loggia, or backyard this autumn and create the perfect cozy spot for you and your family to enjoy time outside. Focus on these design elements to transition your space from summer to fall.



COLOR. Use neutral colors as your overall base for the outdoor area. This allows you to easily transition between all of the seasons of the year. Switch out those beachy, bright hues of blues and greens, which are perfect for Florida summers, with oranges and reds that evoke the stunning colors of fall.


FURNITURE. The weather in the Suncoast allows residents to enjoy just as much time outside as inside. Your outdoor furniture should be just as comfortable as that inside your home since you can utilize the space year-round. Consider versatile, comfy pieces such as daybeds, outdoor swings, hooded chairs, and chaise lounges. Think about materials such as wicker, metal, and dark woods that are more seasonally appropriate in fall.


LIGHTING. The days get shorter as the year progresses so make sure you add some lighting to your outdoor living spaces. String bulbs, lanterns, and chandeliers can all add a beautiful ambiance to the space.


ACCENTS. Additional design elements can keep you nice and cozy outside this fall. Add hanging curtains to the space that can blow beautifully in the breeze. Put some throws on the furniture to cuddle up in on chillier nights. Keep your feet warm with an outdoor rug. Although the nights will stay relatively warm throughout the season, consider adding an outdoor fireplace to the space for some extra comfort. It will quickly become your family's favorite spot to gather at the end of the day.




Resource:  House Beautiful



Assessing Damage After Hurricane Irma

by Nick and Beth Flerlage


Hurricane Irma caused much damage throughout the Suncoast area. Our hearts go out to all of the families in our communities and throughout Florida as life transitions back to normal in the wake of the storm. Although the storm has passed, it is important to continue to stay safe and aware of your surroundings. If you are returning to your Suncoast home in order to inspect for damage, remain cautious and follow these recommendations:


  • Avoid any objects or trees touching power lines.

  • Stay far away from puddles that are close to electrical sources.

  • Wait until you get word from city officials to drink tap water and make sure that the sewage system is running properly.

  • If anything in your home is wet, turn off the main fuse box before unplugging appliances.

  • Check your refrigerator for spoiled food, if your home has power.

  • Do not place any storm debris in the street or by utility meters and storm drains.

  • Be careful when handling anything that runs on electricity or gas.

  • Take photos of any damage inside or outside of your home.

  • Drive with caution throughout your neighborhood and city.

  • Continue to listen to the radio or check with local authorities for any updates on disaster relief efforts.

  • Let your family know that you are safe.

Resource: Sarasota Herald-Tribune


Fun Community Events this Labor Day Weekend!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage


Labor Day Weekend is Here! That means plenty of time for grilling out, relaxing on the beach, and spending time with family and friends! Looking for something unique to do over the long weekend? There are many opportunities in the Suncoast! Check out these great community events for you and your family to enjoy all weekend long!


71st Annual Labor Day Regatta

Dates: Saturday, September 2nd - Sunday, September 3rd

Location: Sarasota Bay

Come to the oldest and largest regional sailing event in the entire Southeast! Since 1946, the Sarasota Sailing Squadron has been hosting this incredible annual event. Watch hundreds of competitive sailors from across the United States and Canada compete. Along with the 5 separate race courses and numerous age divisions to watch, there will be delicious barbeque, fun live music, and so much more! Want to compete? Register HERE!


9th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival


Dates: Saturday, September 2nd - Sunday, September 3rd

Location: Downtown Venice

Stroll through beautiful Venice as you find some of the best arts and crafts you can find! Talented artisans will be selling a wide variety of handmade goods, including ceramics, jewelry, metal works, paintings, and more. There will also be a great Green Market for you to stock up on lovely flowers and delicious food.


Venice Triathlon


Date: Saturday, September 2nd

Location: Downtown Venice

Cheer on the participants in the Venice YMCA’s annual triathlon as they make their way from Sharky’s on the Beach throughout downtown Venice. Triathletes of all ages are welcome to participate. This year also features a Splash N’ Dash for the younger athletes. There is still time for you to be active this Labor Day weekend and compete! Register HERE!



The Flerlage Real Estate Group wishes everyone a very Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend!  




Suncoast Home to Top School Districts!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage


The public school districts in the Suncoast are some of the best in all of Florida!! Educational Review and Ranking website Niche recently released their list 2018 Best School Districts in Florida! The website analyzed several key factors regarding academics, athletics, extracurriculars, resources, and more from data collected by the US Department of Education as well as student and parent reviews.


When all the results came in..........3 school districts in the area were found to be the best of the best! Find out how the Suncoast districts ranked below!


#6 Sarasota County Schools | 1960 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota

#14 Charlotte County Public Schools | 1445 Education Way, Port Charlott

#21 Manatee County School District | 215 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton


If you are interested in Buying a home within one of these top school districts, give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today or visit our website at

Don't Miss the 61st Annual Englewood Pioneer Days!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage


Englewood is the place to be this month! Enjoy the best family-friendly fun now through Labor Day at the 61st Annual ENGLEWOOD PIONEER DAYS! There are incredible events planned every weekend. With exciting contests and tournaments, dance parties, car shows, parade, and incredible community festival, there is something for everyone at the Englewood Pioneer Days! Click on the links below for details on all of the events!


Saturday, August 19th


Little Miss and Mr.  Englewood Pageant

  • Time: 9:00 am (Registration) | 11:00 am (Pageant starts)

  • Location: Lemon Bay High School Auditorium (2201 Placida Road)

  • Cost: $3.00 per person | FREE for participants & children under 5

  • Registration Form

Sunday, August 20th

Family Bowling Tournament 2017

  • Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm OR 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  • Location: Englewood Bowl (299 South Indiana Avenue)

  • Cost: $100 per team of 4 (includes 3 games, shoes, and balls)

  • Registration Form

Saturday, August 26th

Chalkfest 6.0

  • Time: 8:00 am (Sign in) | 9:00 am (Chalking starts)

  • Location: Dearborn Street

  • Cost: FREE

  • Open to artists of ALL ages

Kids Shipwreck Party

  • Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Location: Tringali Center (3460 North Access Road)

  • Cost: FREE

  • Open to children ages 9 to 15

Sunday, August 27th

8th Annual  Michael O'Donnell Memorial Fish-A-Thon

  • Time: 7:00 am - 8:00 am (Check in) | 8:15 am - 10:15 am (Lines in water)

  • Location: Tom Adams Fishing Pier (1400 Beach Road)

  • Cost: FREE

  • Registration Form

The Englewood Historical Tour

  • Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Locations: Englewood Area History Museum (1394 Olde Englewood Road) | Lemon Bay Garden Club (480 Yale Street) | Lemon Bay Historical Society (416 West Green Street) | Old Florida Outdoor Center (463 West Dearborn Street)

  • Cost: FREE

Tuesday, August 29th


  • Time: 7:00 pm

  • Location: Green Street Church (416 West Green Street)

  • Cost: FREE

Saturday, September 2nd

Cardboard Boat Race

  • Time: 9:00 am (Registration) | 11:00 am (Race starts)

  • Location: Indian Mound Park (210 Winson Avenue)

  • Cost: FREE

  • Registration Form

The Shipwreck Dance

  • Time: 5:00 pm

  • Location: Pioneer Park (300 West Dearborn Street)

  • Cost: FREE

The Taste of Englewood

  • Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Location: Pioneer Park (300 West Dearborn Street)

  • Cost: $5 or less per dish

Sunday, September 3rd

The Diaper Derby

  • Time: 2:00 pm

  • Location: Lemon Bay Woman’s Club (51 North Maple Street)

  • Cost: FREE

  • Contact Terry at (941) 474-3520 or to reserve spot

Open Car Show

  • Time: 2:00 pm

  • Location: 300 block of West Dearborn Street

  • Cost: FREE (Pre-registration) | $5 (Day of registration)

  • Registration Form

Monday, September 4th

Englewood Pioneer Days Parade

  • Time: 9:00 am

  • Location: Begins Englewood Center Parking Lot (200 South Indiana Avenue) ends at the corner of Old Englewood Road & Stewart Street

  • Cost: FREE

All Corvette Car Show S

  • Time: After Parade

  • Location: 300 block of West Dearborn Street

  • Cost: FREE (Pre-registration) | $5 (Day of registration)

  • Registration Form


*Sunday, September 3rd - Monday, September 4th*



  • Times: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Sunday) | 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (Monday)

  • Location: Pioneer Park (300 West Dearborn Street)

  • Cost: FREE


The Flerlage Real Estate Group hopes everyone has a fun time at the 61st Annual Englewood Pioneer Days!


Images Credit: Englewood Pioneer Days

Back to School in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage


The first day of school is fast approaching throughout the Suncoast! School buses will be loaded, backpacks filled with supplies, and the first bell ringing through the halls. Check out the dates for the first day of school at our area school districts.


Charlotte County Public Schools | 1960 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota


First Day of School: Thursday, August 10th

2017 - 2018 District Calendar  

Sarasota County Schools | 1960 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota

First Day of School: Monday, August 14th

2017 - 2018 District Calendar


The Flerlage Real Estate Group hopes all the students in the Suncoast have a successful and fun 2017-2018 school year!!!


Both Charlotte County Public Schools and Sarasota County Schools are top rated districts in the state. They are both dedicated to academic excellence and offering a wide variety of extracurricular activities. If you are interested in Buying your dream home within one of these school districts, Search Homes for Sale. Give the Flerlage Team a call today or visit our website at!



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