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Lighten Up Your Suncoast Home!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Keep your home looking fresh and airy all year round by lighting up your living space. Feel like you are living in a cloud, bathed in that bright Suncoast sun every time you step through your front door. Follow these 5 home owners tips for creating a lighter living space today!

 

White paint. Instantly brighten up the space (and make it appear larger) by adding fresh coats of white paint. Look beyond the walls and consider lightening up the hardwood floors as well.

 

Declutter. Open up your space and let more light in by minimizing the amount of stuff you have sitting out. Spaces get lighter with smooth lines. Remove clutter from surfaces, minimize furniture, and add hidden storage systems throughout your home.

 

Mirrors. Mirrors have long-since been a go-to trick for opening up a space. Create the illusion of more space by adding mirrors. Along with wall mirrors, consider mirrored back splashes or accessories, such as trays, glass top tables, or crystal decor.

 

Light linens. Create a cozy, breezy spot for you and your family by adding airy curtains and crisp white throws and pillows throughout the space.

 

Grays and blues. Add some subtle pops of color throughout your home with soft shades of gray or blue.

 

For more handy Home Owners Tips, check our our http://www.experiencevenice.com/!

Fall Festivities this Weekend in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

Fall is officially here and Halloween is fast approaching! Get in the seasonal spirit with fun community events planned all weekend long! Find some incredible pumpkins, catch a "scary" movie, take a hayride, stock up on candy, and so much more throughout the Suncoast at this fabulous Fall events! Happy Fall from the Flerlage Team!

Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular

Date: Saturday, October 14th

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: Ed Smith Stadium (2700 12th Street, Sarasota)

Cost: FREE with non-perishable food item donation!

Enjoy a family fun event with Halloween games and activities, costume parade around the bases, and screening of Monsters, Inc. on the outfield big screen!

 

26th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival

Date: Saturday, October 14th

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Hunsader Farms (5500 County Road 675, Bradenton)

Cost: $10 per person | FREE for children 12 & under

Check out all the fall festivities on the farm! With arts & crafts, petting zoo, rock climbing wall, hayrides, pumpkin games, scarecrow displays, live music, and so much more, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

 

29th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest

Dates: Saturday, October 14th & Sunday, October 15th

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Fruitville Grove (7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota)

Cost: FREE!

Come to Fruitville Grove this weekend for pumpkin painting, mini train rides, pony rides, and more! Find fantastic Halloween decorations for your home as well.

 

Events to Check Out This Weekend in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

After a short work week, the weekend is going to be here before you know it! Not sure how to spend it? There are numerous community events planned throughout the weekend. Check out our recommendations for ways to spend your upcoming weekend in the beautiful Suncoast!

 

 

 

Literacy Under the Trees

Date: Saturday, September 9th

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Oscar Scherer State Park (1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey)

Cost: FREE park admission with donation of gently used book or by presenting library card!

Celebrate International Literacy Day at the beautiful Oscar Scherer State Park. This is the perfect weekend event for families. Enjoy story time with local authors, literary activities, book signings, and a book swap for all ages.

 

A Taste of Downtown

 

Date: Saturday, September 9th

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Sarasota Opera House (61 North Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota)

Cost: $65 per person | Purchase tickets HERE!

Come enjoy delicious bites from Sarasota’s best restaurants at the 4th annual Taste of Downtown. Dine on tasty dishes paired with craft beers, fine wines, and specialty cocktails on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House. Participating restaurants include Bijou Cafe, Brick's Smoked Meats, Cafe L'Europe, Clasico Sarasota, Currents at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Duval's Fresh Local Seafood, El Greco Mediterranean Cafe, H20 Bistro at Hotel Indigo Sarasota, Jack Dusty at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, Kahwa Coffee Sarasota, Louies Modern, Mattison's City Grille, The Melting Pot, Michael's On East, Nancy's Bar-B-Q, The Rosemary, Selva Grill, Sift Bakehouse and Five-O Donut Company, Tsunami Sushi, and many more. All proceeds from the event benefit the Sarasota Youth Opera, who will be performing.

 

Snooty Memorial Open House

 

Date: Sunday, September 10th

Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: South Florida Museum (201 10th Street West, Bradenton)

Cost: FREE admission!

Snooty the manatee was a beloved resident of the Suncoast area for 69 years. Come remember his legacy at the South Florida Museum. This day of remembrance and celebration will include a visual tribute to Snooty in the Bishop Planetarium, special hands on memorial projects, and visits to the Manatee Rehabilitation Program.

 

Fins, Flippers, & Friends!

 

Date: Sunday, September 10th

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Sarasota Sailing Squadron (1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota)

Cost: $75 per person | Purchase tickets HERE!

Support the Sea to Shore Alliance at their 5th annual fundraiser. Enjoy delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres while listening to live entertainment by Trevor Bystrom and John & Cheryl Moody. Check out the silent auction filled with incredible trips, prizes, and items. Learn more about life in our oceans during the presentations by Dr. James “Buddy” Powell, Executive Director of the Sea to Shore Alliance, and keynote speaker Dr. Randall Wells, Director of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. All proceeds from this event help protect the manatees, North Atlantic right whales, sea turtles and their habitats in our communities.

 

 

There is always something fun happening in the communities of the Suncoast. Come make this thriving, active area your home! If you are interested in Buying or Selling your Sarasota area home, give the Flerlage Real Estate Group a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.    

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credits: MySuncoast and Sea to Shore Alliance  

 

 

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 http://www.experiencevenice.com/.

Health and Happiness Found in North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton Residents!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

With strong senses of community, endless outdoor recreational amenities, a thriving local economy, and more, cities throughout the Suncoast promote the well-being of their residents. In fact, North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton has been named the 6th best metropolitan area for well-being in the entire country, according to a report released by Gallup-Healthways!

 

 

In order to determine the overall well-being of communities throughout the United States, Gallup polled 354,473 adults over the telephone in 2015 and 2016. The Well-Being index was calculated based on a 0 to 100 scale. The were 5 key elements of well-being that were examined, including Purpose (happiness with what one does in their daily lives and sense of motivation to achieve goals), Social (happiness with personal relationships), Financial (happiness and security with economic situation), Community (happiness in the city where they live and sense of safety), and Physical (ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle).

 

 

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton was ranked 6th overall for residents’ well-being. The area’s well-being index score was 65.2! The community also ranked in the top for each of the key factors: 14th for Purpose rank, 4th for Social rank, 1st for Financial rank, 12th for Community rank, and 14th for Physical rank!

 

 

If you are interested in moving to the Suncoast, give the Nick Flerlage Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.

 

 

 

 

Florida Residents Enjoy a Sense of Well-Being!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

With endless days of beautiful weather, plenty of fun recreational activities, and endless amenities and services, Florida is a state that promotes the well-being of its residents. In fact, it has been named the 11th best state for well-being in the entire country, according to a report released by Gallup-Healthways!

 

 

In order to determine the overall well-being of Americans nationally as well as statewide, Gallup polled 177,192 adults over the telephone. The Well-Being index was calculated based on a 0 to 100 scale. The were 5 key elements of well-being that were examined, including Purpose (happiness with what one does in their daily lives and sense of motivation to achieve goals), Social (happiness with personal relationships), Financial (happiness and security with economic situation), Community (happiness in the city where they live and sense of safety), and Physical (ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle).

 

 

Florida was ranked 11th overall for residents’ well-being. Residents in this state feel a strong sense of well-being in the areas of purpose, social, and physical!

 

 

 

 

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The Suncoast is the perfect spot for Florida homebuyers looking to find their own sense of well-being. The thriving cities in the Suncoast area offer ample opportunities to maintain a healthy lifestyle outdoors, a strong sense of community, and so much more.

 

 

If you are interested in moving to the Suncoast, give the Nick Flerlage Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.

 

 

 


Source: Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being

What Buyers Should Expect in a Home Inspection!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

You are ready to close on your home in the beautiful Suncoast! You obviously fell in love with the home but what if there are issues that you overlooked?! It is important to ensure that the home you are buying does not have anything wrong with it before you sign that final agreement. A Home Inspection is the best way to protect yourself and your finances before you purchase the home. Here are our tips to make sure that you get the most out of this step in the home buying process!

 

 

How to find a home inspector.

It is important to do your research before hiring a home inspector. Home inspections can be costly so you want to make sure that you are getting the most for your money. More importantly, you want someone who will do a thorough review of the home to uncover any issues that you need to know about. Contact the Nick Flerlage Team for our list of Recommended Home Inspectors in the Suncoast area. We are happy to help you! We also suggest that you interview several home inspectors before hiring one. This gives you the opportunity to find out about their particular experience, areas of expertise, and past training. Finally, ask to see some examples of their past home inspection reports. The more detailed the better for you!

 

 

What happens during the home inspection.

Once you have found a qualified home inspector, they will go to the home to do a thorough review. If possible, it is recommended that you attend the walk through with them so you can find out about any issues as they uncover them. If you cannot, a good home inspector will take detailed notes and photos for you to see afterward. The home inspector will examine all major aspects of the house. This includes its structure and systems, such as electrical and mechanical. They will check how everything operates, from the plumbing to the air conditioning. They will also look at doorways, windows, ceilings, walls, and floors for any problems. Remember, a home inspector does not have x-ray vision (unfortunately) so some issues might remain hidden. However, they should be able to identify the main areas you need to know in order to decide whether it is best for you to proceed with the closing or walk away from the home.

 

 

Check out our other Home Buying Tips for more important information that will help you along this process. If you are still searching for your dream home, Search Homes for Sale throughout the Suncoast. Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.experiencevenice.com/.

 

 

Suncoast Valentine's Day Events for You and Your Loved One!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! There is no better place to spend this romantic holiday than in the beautiful Suncoast! Romantic events are planned the weekend prior to and on Valentine’s Day in the cities in our area. Check out our recommendations for things to do this Valentine’s Day!

 

 

"Wild About You" Valentine Celebration

 

 

Date: Saturday, February 11th

Time: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Italian American Club of Venice (1375 Ringling Drive, Venice)

Cost: $25 per person (member), $30 per person (non-member)

Have a romantic evening with your sweetheart at this great event. Enjoy social time from 5:30 to 6:00 pm before having a delicious dinner from White Roses Banquet & Catering. Afterwards, dance the night away to music from The Cruzer. Call Johanna at (941)468-5013 for tickets.

 

 

3rd Annual Maxine Barritt Park Valentine's Art & Craft Show

 

 

Dates: Saturday, February 11th - Sunday, February 12th

Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Location: Sharky’s On The Pier (1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice)

Cost: FREE!

Find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart at this great annual arts and craft show. There will be artisans selling their handmade products, including paintings, pottery, sculptures, photography, fiber, woodwork, food, and so much more.

 

 

Siesta Key Village Association Valentine Stroll

 

 

Date: Tuesday, February 14th

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Siesta Key Village

Cost: FREE!

Take a stroll with your loved one in beautiful Siesta Key. Stop in businesses that have red and pink balloons displayed to receive a Valentine’s candy kiss. Enjoy time in the village while you listen to great live music.

 

 

Renew Your Vows!

 

 

Date: Tuesday, February 14th

Time: 4:30 pm

Location: Siesta Key Beach (948 Beach Road, Siesta Key)

Cost: $10 per couple

Celebrate your love by renewing your vows at the beautiful Siesta Key Beach! It will be a romantic evening with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico, live music, and light refreshments. Each couple will receive a certificate, flower, and gift. A magistrate will begin the renewal services at 6:00 pm. Couples much register by February 10th by calling (941)861-5000.

 

 

Renew Your Vows!

 

 

Date: Tuesday, February 14th

Time: 4:30 pm

Location: Venice Beach (101 The Esplanade South, Venice)

Cost: $10 per couple

Celebrate your love by renewing your vows at the beautiful Venice Beach! It will be a romantic evening with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico, live music, and light refreshments. Each couple will receive a certificate, flower, and gift. A magistrate will begin the renewal services at 6:00 pm. Couples much register by February 10th by calling (941)861-5000.

 

 

Marina Jack II Valentine's Day Cruises

 

 

Date: Tuesday, February 14th

Times: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm; 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm

Location: Marina Jack (2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota)

Cost: $39.95 per person (lunch cruise); $69.95 per person (dinner cruise)

Take your sweetheart on one of the 3 Valentine’s Day cruises on the Marina Jack. All three cruises will feature live music by Dan Crawford. These romantic cruises will feature delicious lunch and dinner options for you to enjoy. Call (941)365-4232 to make reservations.

 

 

Wishing you and yours a very romantic Valentine’s Day in the Suncoast!

 

 

 

 

New Year's Eve Celebrations in the Suncoast!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

There is no place better than the Suncoast area to ring in the New Year! Fill your weekend with festive fun at one of the great New Year's Eve events occuring in communities throughout the area. Celebrate the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 with your family and friends at one of these celebrations.

 

 

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2016 Sarasota Pineapple Drop

 

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 1:00 pm - 1:30 am

Location: Downtown Sarasota

Cost: FREE!

Come to the largest New Year’s celebration in the Suncoast. There will be a midway with family carnival starting at 1:00 pm. Spend the day listening to live music, enjoy delicious food from local vendors and restaurants, and partake in fun activities and games. At midnight, watch the Pineapple Drop at the corner of Main Street and Lemon Avenue.

 

Starlight and Fire Family New Year's Eve Party

 

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Cost: $8 per adult (member), $4 per child (member under 12), $10 per adult (non-member), $5 per child (non-member under 12)

Your family will love celebrating the New Year in a winter wonderland at the White Cottage. Stay warm in the “snow” with bonfires, roasted marshmallows, and hot chocolate. There will also be crafts and fun activities. Your whole family will dance the evening away to music by Sean Phillips.

 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration at Marina Jack  

 

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 7:00 pm - 2:00 am

Location: Marina Jack (2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota)

Cost: Varies based on Venue

Marina Jack is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. All of the venues have special events and dining packages offered for the evening. Enjoy live music by musicians and bands, such as Off the Cuff, Rock Lee, Kettle of Fish, and The Groovehounds. Of course, there will be delicious food served. For reservations, call (941)365-4232. At the end of the night, stay for an amazing fireworks show at midnight. Can’t make it to Marina Jack? The fireworks show can be viewed for free anywhere from downtown Sarasota!

 

New Year's Eve "Snow Ball"  

 

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 7:30 pm - 12:30 am

Location: Italian American Club of Venice (1375 Ringling Drive, Venice)

Cost: $70 per person (member), $80 per person (non-member)

Ring in 2017 at the Italian American Club of Venice at the “Snow Ball”. Dress to impress! It is recommended to wear white! A jacket is required and black tie is optional. The evening will begin with delicious food before the celebrating begins with dancing and live music from The Cruzer. Midnight will be greeted with a champagne toast. For tickets, call Johanna at (941)468-5013.

 

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New Year's Eve Beach Bash

 

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 8:00 pm - 12:30 am

Location: Sharky’s On The Pier (1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice)

Cost: $10 cover charge

Party on New Year’s Eve at one of the most perfect settings in Venice! Enjoy an evening on Venice’s fishing pier with live entertainment from dance band Chameleon. There will be party favors and a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. Grab a bite to eat before the party by placing a dinner reservation at Sharky’s On The Pier.

 

New Year’s Eve at Selby Gardens

 

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 8:00 pm - 1:00 am

Location: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (900 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota)

Cost: $250 per person

Have a New Year’s Eve that you will never forget! The Walsh Family is hosting a black-tie event at the beautiful Gardens. Your evening will be filled with the spectacular Lights in Bloom display, a delicious four course meal, dancing, and live entertainment. There will be a special performance by the Sarasota Ballet! At the end of the night, enjoy fireworks over Sarasota Bay. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

 

 

 

Wishing you a very happy and prosperous 2017!

 

 

 

 

 

Suncoast Christmas Gifts for Everyone on Your List!

by Nick and Beth Flerlage

 

It's time to get all your final Christmas shopping done because the big day is almost here! If you still have people on your list, do not worry! There are amazing gifts that you can find for everyone on your list by shopping local in the Suncoast area. Whatever your family members might love, you can find the perfect gift for them. Here are our recommendations for great gifts for Suncoast families!

 

 

The Suncoast is a dream come true for any nature lover. Give the gift of the great outdoors by buying an annual pass to the Florida State Parks. Annual passes are $60 for individual or $120 for family. With Oscar Scherer State Park, Myakka River, Stump Pass Beach, and more parks right in our area, this is the perfect gift.

 

 

Is there someone on your list that loves the ocean? Buy them a membership to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium (1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota). This allows them to visit the aquarium every day of the year to explore life below the sea!

 

 

If there are still others on your list that you need great gifts for, head to Downtown Venice! This fantastic, historic downtown is bustling with unique boutiques and stores filled with the perfect gifts. With galleries, clothing stores, home goods, gift and novelty shops, and so much more, you will find something for every person on your list downtown.

 

 

 

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