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Sat Apr 8, 2017 asked:
there must be a 1000 or more Residential Properties for rent during season in Sarasota City for less than 7 days but someone just told me there is a law with a minimum 7 Nights. Does anyone…
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Mon May 30, 2016
Writeforyou answered:
Would he be interested in having a live-in housesitter? I have references :-)
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Tue May 13, 2014
Sandra LaFlamme answered:
Hi Samira!

Sometimes it's easier to get around quickly on bike. It makes everything close because we have a growing number of bike lanes.

On any given Sunday -- you'll see folks coming to our open houses on their bikes spanning from Lido and riding to Siesta. Make the ride fun, easy, and energetic.

From Captain Curt (Stickney Point Bridge) to Siesta Key University (Village)-- takes me 7 minutes. This area is also approximately the span of Crescent Beach. From Sunrise to 10am, I always see runners and walkers at the waters edge -- covering the same distance.

Some of the communities are 13 acres on the bay side. And another 12 acres on the gulf side. With the lushness of the landscape -- distance seems to be covered fast.

Lots of folks will agree with what you've probably already found out -- sometimes a $150.00 bike can give you access to the beach without spending the extra $500,000 to be "right ON " the beach. :-)

Sunny Regards,
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Thu Mar 27, 2014
Gregg Rappaport answered:
Yes, we have a converted railway right of way called The Legacy Trail. It is wonderful for bikers, walkers, etc. Here is a website with more info about it: ... more
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Wed Nov 20, 2013
Benjamin Litke PA answered:

The terms "safe" or "good' areas or neighborhood are not to be spoken of by Realtors due to the exposure to steering that Dave Barr is speaking of. My suggestion to you would be to call the Sarasota Sherrifs office or visit the website of the local Sherrif or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

To help protect yourself, travel the areas and look for yourself, use Google Earth to view the area and when making a choice, choose a residence with features that restrict access. Guarded and gated communities are a good start, install an alarm if one is not present, chose a condo building that has enhanced security features and cameras. Before buying ask your potential neighbors for their feedback.

Below is a link to the FDLE website as there is a link to the local Sherrif's department in another post.

Good luck and please feel free to contact me any time with questions you may have.

Benjamin Litke PA
Coldwell Banker Residential
Cell: 941-993-5125
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Sat Jul 13, 2013
Albert Wooster answered:
Hi Joann,

I lived in Village Walk and I will give you me guestimates of ratios.
Snow bird / second home owners = maybe 20-30% (with many of those planning to retire to this home)
Retired full timers = maybe 40+%
Couples, professionals, families - the rest of the %

Are you looking to retire to Sarasota?
I specialize in Palmer Ranch and would be glad to answer any other questions you might have.
Looking forward to helping you!

Best regards,

Albert Wooster, P.A.
Cell: 350-1220
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Tue Oct 2, 2012
Sandra LaFlamme answered:
Hi Laura,

Still fabulous -- DeSota Rod/Acres is getting better and better.

With many folks choosing this area for the great access to jobs, schools and amenitites, it's wonderful soil content has the folks at the Sarasota County Extension Office ( bragging about the harvest coming from the active home owners vending at the Sarasota Downtown Farmers ( Market.


Sandra LaFlamme, Realtor
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Tue Sep 18, 2012
Sandra LaFlamme answered:
Hi Michael,

Since this is in the minds of many buyers -- it's nice to know there are resources available to help.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office submits monthly data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. Once of the websites that can let you see a map AND read the information is below.

Additionally, you will find their contact information, safety tips and programs listed. They are very helpful in finding meaning with this information.

They are a great service to our community and actively participate in speaking to service clubs as often as available. I'm always encouraged to hear what they have to say and learn from their insights.


Sandra (Voss) LaFlamme, Realtor
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Sat Sep 15, 2012
Tammy Hayes answered:
Here is a blog I wrote on dog parks.

Southwest Florida pet friendly parks and beaches

Are you looking for a place to enjoy the outdoors and take your pet with you? Southwest Florida provides recreational opportunities for dog owners and their pets. Here are some options.

Pet Parks
Hounds on Henry Street is a dog park located at Henry and Shreve Streets in Punta Gorda, FL. The park has a fenced area for large dogs as well as a small dog and puppy fenced area. There are water spigots, benches, picnic tables, trash cans, and disposal bags available. They do not have public restrooms. The surface type is grass with cement paths. Dog owners are responsible for their dogs at all times.

Paw Park is located at 24410 Bayshore Rd in Port Charlotte, FL. This park has a fenced area where your pet can play off the leash. There is a separate small dog area, water hoses, water bowls, and disposal bags. There are restrooms and a playground nearby.

Edgewater Paw Park is located at 22410 Glass Lane in Port Charlotte, FL. This park does allow dogs and has over one acre of fenced-in land where your dog can roam. They have a picnic area with picnic tables, a playground, restrooms, trash cans, and bag stations. Dog owners must be in the fenced area with their pet at all times and must have their leash in their hand.

Judd Park, or sometimes called Pooch Park, is located at 1297 Driftwood, North Fort Myers, FL. This 14 acre facility offers a lighted softball field with clay infield. Other amenities include four tennis courts, 2 pavilions, playground, canoe/kayak launching, dog park and restroom facilities. The dog area is gated and fenced in and has potable water for dogs and owners and several signs indicated which areas are for large and small dogs. Dog lovers are encouraged to use the facility and to please pick up after their dogs.

K-9 Corral at Estero Park is located at 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero, FL. You can bring your dog to the park to exercise and socialize with other dogs. The fenced area is open during normal park hours. Small and timid dogs have a designated area while larger dogs have a separate area for themselves. This two-acre canine wonderland is surrounded by large trees that offer much shade for you and your pup. Disposal stations and water locations are provided.

Barkingham Park is located at 9800 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers, FL. The park has two fenced in areas for dogs to play. There is a small agility area. There is also a smaller fenced area for shy and small dogs and puppies. They have dog water fountains, a cool off dog shower, dog waste disposal stations, and park benches. They also have many trails to walk such as the mitigation lake and primate back trails through pine and palmetto habitats. Dog owners are required to have proof of vaccinations, dog licenses, and keep their pet under control at all times.

Dog Beaches
Dog Beach is located at the south end of Lovers Key just west of New Pass Bridge and north of Bonita Beach, 8800 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers, FL. There are no restrooms or running water. Parking is free. This is an off-leash beach area that can be used for dogs. Owners must clean up after their dog, prevent them from harassing wildlife and shorebirds, and control their dogs at all times.

South Brohard Beach and Paw Park is located at 1600 Harbor Dr. S., Venice, FL. This park is for dog lovers. It has a fenced dog play yard, doggie drinking fountains, showers on decks for dogs only, fire hydrants and leash posts. The park is also adjacent to the only beach in Sarasota County that allows dogs to roam free. Dog lovers have declared this park and beach to be the best doggie park in the state.
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Sat Sep 15, 2012
Sandra LaFlamme answered:

Our Sarasota Association & National Association give us statistic's for this area falling in the 34239 zip code as a 60% owner occupied neighborhood.

Additionally, they tell us that it is 37% married folks -- 75% of the total residents commute 15 minutes or less to work.

As the absorption rate for this neighborhood is increasing, I believe we will see more and more folks moving into the area who want to take advantage of WALKING to work.

As the beautiful tree lined streets, easy access and wonderful parks make it an ideal lifestyle for busy people & their pets! Sarasota, of course, is VERY pet friendly. Arlington park has one of my top 3 favorite dogs parks.


Sandra LaFlamme, Realtor
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Thu Aug 23, 2012
Carl Pallas answered:
Hi Terry,
It was great talking with you. I know which ever area you and your wife decide you will love Florida.
Stay with the Realtor you are working with. If anything should change you have my contact info.

Good luck selling your home.
Carl Pallas
Wagner Realty
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Thu Aug 23, 2012
Jane answered:
You can't do much better than Bay Haven School of Basics Plus, right there in the middle of the neighborhood!!! But, you'll probably have to get on the waiting list!! Great school...historic too, built in 1920's... a twin to Southside School on the other side of town!
Miss my ole neighborhood, where we used to live, for 20 years, where two of my four children walked to Bay Haven! Now a grandson is going there, to carry on the family tradition!
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Thu Jul 19, 2012
Charles Offer answered:

You will find that biking around St. Armands, and to Bird Key and the mainland, is relatively safe. There are bike lanes and good sidewalks. There is nothing like a walk from St. Armands Circle across the bridge to downtown, as long as you have enough energy for the walk back. Bicyclists will ride in groups from the city to cross to St. Armands, and you'll see them riding up Longboat Key and back. Yes, there is plenty of traffic in season, but if you're a smart cyclist, you'll be fine.

I work in the St. Armands Circle office of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, and am prepared to provide you with information on the area as well as listings for all properties that might appeal to you. Please contact me if you are interested in my help with your search..

Charles Offer
423 St. Armands Circle
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 321-9664
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Sun Jun 3, 2012
Lynn Brock answered:
ed rossi, a few months have passed since you first asked your question. the rental market was and remains very active. the available rentals listed on MLS are accessed by agents searching for their clients.

your question sounds like you just want an address and you'll check it out yourself. best to try craigs list. although craigs list started with good intentions, today there is a lot of questionable advertisements. if you use this source, check and double check the reliability of the information.

if you rent in florida six months or less it is considered a short term rental and subject to tourist taxes, etc. most short term rentals are furnished or turn key furnished. the latter means everything is included, sheets, pots/pans, dishes you just show up. A furnished rental may have some furnishing but the tenant supplies their personal living stuff.

your question never addressed when you wanted the rental to start. some condo associations have restrictions on frequency of renting units as well as duration.

by this time you have hopefully secured teh 2 bd 2 ba that you were seeking.

best regards,

lynn brock
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Sun Apr 29, 2012
Raffie Hamilton answered:
If you have any other questions in regards to property I would be happy to help.

Raffie Hamilton, Broker
Good Life Realty
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Fri Apr 27, 2012
Tammy Hayes answered:
Lockwood Meadows Way is located in Lockwood Meadows and the home at 2244 is not listed for sale. It is in Sarasota north of Fruitville Rd off of Lockwood Ridge Rd near Kensington Park. If I can help with anything else, let me know.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Green Lion Realty, Port Charlotte, FL
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Mon Apr 2, 2012
Tammy Hayes answered:
Most of the zip code 34237 is located North of Fruitville Rd between Beneva and N Washington. The area is in close proximity to downtown, St Armands Circle, Gulf beaches and Ed Smith Stadium. There are quite a few short sale properties in that neighborhood.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Green Lion Realty, Port Charlotte, FL
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Wed Feb 29, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
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Tue Jul 5, 2011
Brian McGreevy answered:
For information about what is around any property, it is best to get the satellite view. To do this, go to Google Maps and input the address. Here is the link:

Hope this helps.

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 Best in Client Satisfaction
Five Star Award Winner
Sarasota Home Realty
2100 Constitution Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34231

Phone: (941) 544-6763 FAX: (941) 866-7588
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Thu Jun 30, 2011
Faye Doyle answered:
"Villa type homes" are homes which share common areas, maintenance yard care is included in the community fees, shared community amenities, sometimes these home have zero lot lines, often Villas have a shared wall. In Granada Park the homes own the ground they sit upon. The homes currently built do not share walls. There will soon be shared wall townhomes being constructed on the site. The pool will be going in as well as the fitness center and play-yard.
Please feel free to contact me for more detailed information.

Faye Doyle, Realtor
Coldwell Banker
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