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Bird Key Sarasota History

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Located in Sarasota Bay, just south of the Ringling Causeway and nearby St. Armands Key, lies Bird Key. Originally, the small island was connected by a causeway which ran between it and the Ringling Causeway. Known as one of the most desirable locations on Florida's west coast, Bird Key was home to John Ringling North, a nephew of the famous circus magnate. Other famous residents include hard rock singer Brian Johnson and tennis star Martina Navratilova. And, one of its biggest boasts is the Bird Key Yacht Club, offering a marina, event hosting and much more.
Bird Key Sarasota History
Bird Key wasn't always the beautiful jewel we enjoy today. Back at the beginning of the last century, the small island was no more than a flocking ground for birds (hence the namesake). It only stood a few feet about the shallow grass flats surrounding it. That is, until Cincinnati transplant Thomas Martin Worcester fell in love with the plentiful fishing nearby.

The Worcesters and Arvida Realty Company
About late 1911 or early 1912, Mr. Worcester and his wife began to dredge and fill, raising the island out of the water by approximately 5... read article

Bird Key Real Estate Report For May 2014

Between downtown Sarasota and peaceful Lido Key lies Bird Key, an exclusive waterfront community which boasts panoramic views of the bay, canals, and the Gulf of Mexico. With approximately 510 residences on the barrier island, this upscale area is just minutes from Longboat Key and internationally renowned St. Armands Circle via the John Ringling Causeway.

First developed in the 1950s and 1960s, many of the original homes have been replaced by newer construction or have undergone extensive remodels. Residents of this island not only enjoy waterfront living, they also enjoy one of the finest and most convenient locations in the area.

Bird Key by the Numbers
In the month of May, this community had an active real estate market, which included:
There were 2 new listings with an average list price of $2,362,5000
There were 5 homes sold in the month of May for an average price of $808,700

Inside the Numbers
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Click on address to view more details on new homes listed:
336 W Royal Flamingo Dr Sarasota Florida 34236
635... read article

Bird Key Real Estate Report For March 2014

Between downtown Sarasota and peaceful Lido Key lies Bird Key, an exclusive waterfront community which boasts panoramic views of the bay, canals, and the Gulf of Mexico. With approximately 510 residences on the barrier island, this upscale area is just minutes from Longboat Key and internationally renowned St. Armands Circle via the John Ringling Causeway.

First developed in the 1950s and 1960s, many of the original homes have been replaced by newer construction or have undergone extensive remodels. Residents of this island not only enjoy waterfront living, they also enjoy one of the finest and most convenient locations in the area.

Bird Key by the Numbers
In the month of March, this community had an active real estate market, which included:
There were 3 new listings with an average list price of $1,395,667
There were 2 homes sold in the month of March for an average price of $717,500

Inside the Numbers
See New Listings
See Average Days on the Market
See Recently Sold Properties
See Inventory Totals

Click on address to view more details on new homes listed:
629 N Owl Dr Sarasota Florida 34236
465 Partridge... read article

Marketing Tips To Selling A Home On Bird Key

For homeowners on Bird Key thinking about selling their properties, now is a good time to get serious and put their homes on the market because the national and local economic landscape is stealthily changing. There is a shift happening and the majority of consumers do not yet know about this phenomenon. Because it isn't a sea change, it's subtly moving without much notice, though signs are definitely there.

The real estate market has been on the rebound, especially in this county. Distressed property inventory is steadily declining, something which helps homeowners to gain more equity as the value of their properties rise. Fewer distressed properties also means less discount competition for sellers. In the month of January, there were five properties on the island which went up for sale with an average listing price of $1,713,980; and, two homes sold in the same month for an average of $2,065,000.

Homes listed in the past twelve months didn't stay on the market long, many sold within 90 days, and the majority sold within just 30 to 60 days. However, that might begin to change as the months tick off the 2014 calendar because of a few changes happening in the economy at-large.... read article

What You Should Know About New Construction

New construction is something many buyers in the real estate market don't think about. And when they stumble across the notion, it's usually dismissed as being too expensive or too far of a commute. But that's simply not the case in many instances. You might be surprised to learn what new construction homes bring to the table--it's a lot more than you think.

But, just as with buying an existing home, there are a few considerations to take into account. You obviously want to get the best deal without having to give-up too many of your wish list items. So, here's a look at what you ought to know about buying new construction and the choices you'll have to make.
New Builds Versus Existing Homes
Someone that's ready to go all-out on customization is a dream come true to new home builders. They want buyers who can't find what they're looking for and need a general contractor or custom home builder to make it a reality. But like anyone else in business, custom builders are in business to make money, so there's a substantial amount of upgrades and the like along the way to make each project more lucrative.
The vision of a new... read article