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SRQ DAILY Oct 25, 2021

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"The market has taken a very typical breather through the late summer but we're still most likely in the 'calm before the storm.'"

- Alex Krumm, broker-owner of NextHome

[Real Estate]  Realtors Remain Bullish Despite Slight Sales Drop
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

September marked the first month in some time when real estate agents in Sarasota and Manatee counties saw less activity than the same month last year. But leaders from the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee remain bullish about the state of the market.

“The market has taken a very typical breather through the late summer but we're still most likely in the ‘calm before the storm,’” said Alex Krumm, broker-owner of NextHome Excellence and the 2021 RASM president. “The same factors that have made this year one of the busiest on record are still in play, and prices will almost certainly be driven higher by a very limited supply of homes.”

The two-county area saw 2,072 sales in September, an 11% drop in number of sales compared to September 2020. Condo sales in particular dropped significantly, about 22.3% in Sarasota and 26.3$ in Manatee, but there were also fewer sales of single family homes, about 5.1% fewer in Sarasota and 4.5% less in Manatee.

But prices continued to rise across the market, showing a continued hunger to purchase property in the region. The median price for sales in Sarasota climbed to $407,000 in Sarasota and $430,000 in Manatee, both jumps over greater than 22% year-over-year.

In this market, cash remains a key medium for transactions, with about 42.6% of single-family home sales and 60% of condo sales moving that way.

All this creates incentive to sell, and the association notes new listings in September outpaced pending sales, despite the inventory of active listings decreasing by 58.9%. There remains less than a month’s worth of inventory in the region. Single-family homes have been listed about seven days before contract date, and condos have been snapped up even faster, an average of six days.

“This year, our market was driven by a tsunami of buyers who wanted to own real estate,” Krumm said. “Next year we'll still have the buyers, but this time, there aren't enough homes to sell to them—and we won't be able to build enough homes to assuage the pressure. The forecast is very, very strong for higher prices in 2022.” 

[Costume Party]  Don't Be Scared for Halloween at Mattison's

Don’t be scared this Halloween—come to Mattison’s for their annual Halloween Costume Contest a day before Halloween on October 30th. Whether you are lurking around Downtown Sarasota or Downtown Bradenton stop into Mattison’s to enter the contest. Mattison’s City Grille in Sarasota will hold their contest at 9 pm sharp with a $50 Mattison’s Gift Card being awarded to the Best Male costume, Best Female costume, and Best Group costume. If you are getting ghoulish up in Bradenton stop by Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille from 7-9 where the prizes will be $100 Mattison’s Gift Card for first place, $50 Mattison’s Gift Card for second place and $25 Mattison’s Gift Card for third place. Enjoy Halloween themed Boozy drinks, devilishly good food and haunt the night away with live music at both locations.

For more info visit mattisons.com. 

[Real Estate]  Sales Begin in Wellen Park's Playmore District Neighborhoods

Homebuyers interested in living at Wellen Park will soon have even more options from which to choose. Sales are beginning at the neighborhoods in Wellen Park’s Playmore District, with options for a range of price points and lifestyles. For buyers ready to make a move now, Florida-based Neal Communities currently offers paired villa and single-family homes at Boca Royale, ranging from 1,632 to 2,907 square feet and priced from the $300s. The 1,000-acre gated neighborhood is set amidst lakes and nature preserves and offers amenities that include a fitness center, resort-style pool, pickleball courts and “Hydro-Grid” clay tennis courts, and an 18-hole par-72 golf course.

Neal Communities is also building two smaller Playmore District neighborhoods. Avelina will feature 96 British West Indies- and coastal-style single-family homes with five floorplan options, ranging in size from 2,327 to 2,762 square feet. The gated, maintenance-assisted neighborhood will include a small passive park for connecting with nature. Sales are expected to begin early 2022 with pricing in the $500s.

National luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers will offer 270 attached villas and one- and two-story, single-family homes at Solstice, its introductory neighborhood for Wellen Park. The future amenity center will include a resort-style swimming pool with lap lanes, tennis and pickleball courts, fitness center, tot lot, social hall, and yoga and event lawns. Sales will begin November 1, with pricing starting in the mid-$300s.

The intimate Gran Place neighborhood from Southwest Florida homebuilder Sam Rodgers Homes will feature just 42 homesites. With pricing starting in the $600s, the single-family, semi-custom homes will include three to four bedrooms and three-car garages. Only 21 of the neighborhood’s 63 acres will be developed, and many lots will overlook lakes or preserve areas. Sales are expected to begin in January, and models will open summer 2022.

Mattamy Homes will offer attached villas and single-family homes at their Sunstone neighborhood. Residents will enjoy exclusive access to a resort-style amenity campus, including a beach-entry pool, clubhouse with lap lanes and spa, clubhouse with fitness center, dog park, tot lot, pickleball and bocce ball courts and more. Sales are expected to begin in December, with pricing from the mid-$300s.

The Playmore District puts residents in the middle of the action at Wellen Park. Neighborhoods enjoy easy access to the master-planned community’s network of trails and amenities like CoolToday Park, the Atlanta Braves’ spring-training home. The Playmore District also offers close proximity to Downtown Wellen, the community’s central hub currently under construction that will offer a range of shopping, dining and recreational options.

Downtown Wellen will feature a vibrant hub filled with shopping, dining and entertainment options and other amenities. The mixed-use development will be open to residents and visitors alike and feature waterfront experiences, pedestrian-friendly streets and public community spaces. Expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2022, Phase One of Downtown Wellen will include retail shops; waterfront dining and other restaurants; a stylish food truck park, a town hall; a unique natural playground and splash pad; an outfitter equipped with e-bikes, paddle boards and kayaks for enjoying the 80-acre Grand Lake; and a 2.8-mile health and wellness trail.

For more information about living at Wellen Park, call 941-499-8210, go to wellenpark.com or visit the Welcome Center at 12275 Mercado Drive in Venice, Fla. The Welcome Center is open Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5:30 pm and Sunday, 12 pm-5 pm. 

Pictured: Playmore District located near Downtown Wellen, a vibrant hub that will offer shopping, dining and entertainment options and other amenities, currently under construction.

[Agriculture]  Manatee County Farm City Week Tour

Come join in celebrating the 30th year of Manatee County's Farm City Week by visiting a few of Manatee County's finest agricultural operations. This is a fun-filled, day-long tour. There are a limited number of tickets available and will sell out quickly. Farm City Week Farm Tour takes place on Friday, November 19, 2021, 8:30am - 3:00pm.  Check-In begins at 8:30am at Dry Prairie Baptist Church (40849 SR 62, Duette, FL 34219). The tour will start with visiting West Coast Tomato, Duette Preserve and Wish Strawberry Farms. The tour will end in Myakka City in the afternoon at Grainger Farms. Specific site details and timing will be provided on November 18.

Link to register here.($35 a person includes two bottled waters, lunch and entry into all hosting sites. The hosting sites are not open to the public and you will not have access to these locations beyond the tour day. Reservations and advance payment are required. If you have any questions or need assistance, call Mary Lawrence at (941)722-4524 ext. 1809. 

[Performance]  The Ringling Kicks Off the Art of Performance Season with Flamenco

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is thrilled to announce the opening of their Art of Performance season with De Paso by Sara Perez & Ruben Puertas. Show times are Oct. 30 and November 3 at 7:30 p.m. and October 31 at 5:30 pm. Dancer and choreographer Sara Perez makes her Sarasota premiere with a stunningly precise new work, De Paso (Along the Way), which reveals the choreographic virtuosity of this rising star in the realm of contemporary Flamenco. In a theatrical duet with firebrand dancer Ruben Puertas, De Paso employs the remarkable song, guitar and percussion talents of four musicians as part of a dance work that uses the language of Flamenco to express the allure of the unknown, the fear of failure, and the joy of sharing life’s journey with others. This presentation is part of the Casa Patas Foundation’s commissioning series of new Flamenco works, back by popular demand after two sold out shows in 2019 at The Historic Asolo Theater. 

Tickets for De Paso by Sara Perez & Ruben Puertas are priced at $25-35 with a 10% discount for members and are available at https://www.ringling.org/events/de-paso-sara-perez-ruben-puertas or by calling 941-360-7399. 

Photo courtesy of The Ringling

[Gala]  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties to Honor Steven and Marjolaine Townsend at Champions for Children Celebration

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties will honor Steven and Marjolaine Townsend at the annual Champions for Children Gala on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 6:00 pm. Steven and Marjolaine believe that education is the key to unlocking a world of possibilities for our youth. Their humble beginnings have led to their philanthropic passion for equipping the next generation of leaders.

Presented by the Annette J. Hagens Memorial Foundation, all proceeds from the event will ensure youth across Sarasota and DeSoto Counties have access to award-winning programs that foster academic success, strong character and leadership, healthy lifestyles, and career readiness. Champions for Children will take place at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota.

The gala will feature an outdoor cocktail hour, award presentation and reception, a three-course gourmet dinner curated by Chef Paul Mattison and Mattison’s Catering, dancing, and a live and silent auction. Individual tickets are available for $350 per person. Sponsorships are also available starting at $3,500. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at bgcsdc.org.  For more information, call Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties at 941-366-3911. 

[SOON]  SPORTS: Boys & Girls Club: Drive for 75 , October 25, 8am

Save the date for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County's Inaugural Keeping Kids Safe Golf Tournament, celebrating 75 years on Monday, October 25, 2021 at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club at 15150 70th Terrace East, Bradenton. Registration begins at 8AM and a shot-gun start at 9AM. Cost is $1500 per team and includes boxed lunch, cart, awards reception, and silent auction. The event features four person teams, shotgun, and best ball scramble. We estimate a sold out tournament of 100+ golfers. The Silent Auction will feature exclusive items for attendees, ranging from pro-golf packages to high-end sports items. Complimentary beverage cart and cigars on course. Awards Reception/Silent Auction will begin at approximately 1PM. Rules: Bogey is your friend (on any hole, if you get a bogey, pick up and move on), If a team has a combined handicap of 29 or less, they move back a tee. Celebrity – 5th player on par 5s. On-course games include closest to the pin, longest drive, hole in one, and first and second place gross and net.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County: 75th Anniversary Online Auction , October 10 – October 25

Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County is getting ready to run an online auction in celebration of our 75th anniversary. Starting on October 10, 2021 and running through October 25, 2021, Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for our organization. For 75 years, BGCMC has provided afterschool and summer programs that offer hope and opportunity to every child in our community, especially those who need us most. We rely on the generosity of our donors to help provide essential support for our children and teens. Categories include Food & Gourmet Items, Golf & Sports Gear, Memorabilia, Entertainment, Sports, Travel, and Wine. Don't See An Item You Like? Simply Make a Donation. Every donation made during this auction event will be matched dollar for dollar up to $75,000.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Orchid Show Watercolor Workshop: October , October 25, 10:30am-2:30pm

In conjunction with Selby’s Annual Orchid Show, capture the artistic essence of orchids using special, behind-the-scenes orchid reference materials while painting along with the instructor on Monday, October 25 from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Open to artists of all ages/experience levels. Class Fee: Members $70/Non-members $90. Class Size: 12 Students. Instructor: Carolyn Merenda.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: SPARCC: Halloween Card & Game Party , October 27, 10am-2:30pm

Halloween fun will play a big role at Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center’s (SPARCC) annual Card & Game Party. The event is being hosted at the Plantation Golf & Country Club on Wednesday, October 27, from 10am to 2:30pm. Games of chance and skill like Mahjongg, Bridge, Euchre, a 50/50 drawing, duck pluck and additional drawings for fantastic gift baskets will keep guests occupied. Hand crafted items will be available for purchase in a boutique setting and a delicious lunch and dessert, coffee, tea, soda, a cash bar and Harvest Candy Bar will keep spirits satisfied. Tickets are $50.00 per person. Bring your friends and set up a table for cards or Mahjongg. Your registration supports SPARCC and helps raise funds to provide life-saving, free and confidential programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

[SOON]  FOOD: Sarasota Opera: Curtain Raiser Dinner , October 27, 6pm

Curtain Raiser Dinner will take place on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 6pm at Michaels on the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Welcome back. Join your fellow Sarasota Opera friends as we celebrate the start of the 2021-22 Season. The evening begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres amid the lush landscape of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens followed by a three-course dinner and exciting performances by Sarasota Opera Artists.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Club of Sarasota: Sunset Jazz at the Crosley , October 27, 5pm-7pm

Sunset Jazz at the Crosley will take place on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 5pm to 7pm at Seagate, Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 North Tamiami Trail. A Free Jazz Club of Sarasota Concert at the Powel Crosley Estate with Michael Ross, James Suggs, Liston Gregory III, John Medico, and Emmanuel Montalvo. A $15 per person donation is suggested to support the Scholarship Fund.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Madeby Gallery: 12th Annual Student Show , October 5 – October 28, Gallery hours.

You are invited to see this outstanding show and the opportunity of purchasing original art, digital art prints, and fine crafts by the Ringling College of Art and Design Students. All artwork will be on display online only on this page. To purchase please call 941-822-0442 and make arrangements for curbside pickup or shipping. The twelfth Annual Ringling College of Art and Design Student Show will run October 5-28, 2021. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 2021 Manatee Leadership Prayer Breakfast , October 28, 6:30am-9am

Join us on National First Responders Day, October 28th 2021, in honor of our HEROES at the 2021 Manatee Leadership Prayer Breakfast hosted by Paul Sharff, CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County. Help us maintain the tradition of assembling together to build relationships and pray for our community, our state and our nation in support of our youngest citizens. Doors open at 6:30am, breakfast served at 7:15am, program starts at 7:30am promptly and ends at 9am sharp at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. This event will benefit the From Cradle to College Foundation that exists to support the 6,500 children served every year by the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: American Lyric , October 28, 5:30pm

The soundtrack of America as heard by three diverse masters on Thursday, October 28 at 5:30pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Amanda Gorman's Excerpt from In This Place (An American Lyric). This program consists of Amy Beach String Quartet Op. 89, Samuel Barber Summer Music for Woodwind Quintet, and Dvorak String Quintet "American."

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Landscape Photography Workshop at Historic Spanish Point , October 28, 10:30am-1:30pm

We’ll discuss a winning methodology and workflow guaranteed to improve your landscape photography skills no matter what kind of equipment you use on Thursday, October 28 from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Lecture format with examples and techniques, followed by practical exercises at beautiful and photogenic Historic Spanish Point Campus. Any photography equipment welcome. Open to students of all ages/experience levels. Class Fee: Members $55/Non-members $75. Class Size: 20 Students. Instructor: Perry Johnson.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Introduction to Calligraphy - October , October 4 – October 27, 10:30am-12:30pm

Add creative flair to correspondence, invitations, art projects, and more with calligraphy. This course offers an introduction to the beginner techniques used to practice making letterforms. Students will learn the tools, materials, how to hold and use the pen, starting with basic strokes. This course will specialize in Chancery Style calligraphy and will be taught indoors and outdoors. Introduction to Calligraphy will take place on Mondays & Wednesdays from 10:30am to 12:30pm on October 4 & 6, 11 & 13, 18 & 20, 25 & 27. Members are $130 and Non-members are $145. Class Size is 9 Students and the Instructor is Norma Albertha Winter.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Orchid Show Tripod Tuesdays , October 5 – November 23, 9am-10am

Selby is offering special early hours access to our Tropical Conservatory during the Annual Orchid Show. This special opportunity permits photographers with advance registration to use tripods to capture images of hundreds of rare orchids and other endangered tropical plants. Open to all ages/experience levels. Early registration is recommended, as space fills up fast. Drop-ins are encouraged, but are limited to a first-come, first-served basis. Drop-in fee is $20. Payments can be made with cash, cheque, or card. Orchid Show Tripod Tuesdays will take place on Tuesdays from 9am to 10am. Class fee per session: $20. Class Size: 20 Students.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Crosley Theater Company: Murder, Mystery, & Poe , October 21 – October 31

Murder, Mystery, & Poe Runs from Thursday October 21 2021 to Sunday October 31 2021 at Bradenton Kiwanis Theater, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton. Approximate running time: 2 hours. Join the Crosley Theater Company for an eerie evening of theatrical works from the Master of the Macabre…Edgar Allan Poe! The First Act will feature Poe’s tale of Revenge & Murder, “The Cask of Amontillado”. After intermission, it is “An Evening with Gwendolyn.” Gwendolyn Crosley, wife of inventor Powel Crosley, thoroughly enjoyed last night’s séance. It’s a shame she didn’t get to speak with her favorite author, Edgar Allan Poe. She did make contact with an enigmatic friend of his, Sarah Royster. Alas, the encounter was brief and Gwendolyn returned home alone. Or did she? Watch one woman’s descent into madness in “The Telltale Heart". Produced by the Crosley Theater Company.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Sarasota Sailing Squadron: 50th World Sunfish Championship , October 23 – October 29

The Sarasota Sailing Squadron located on City Island is pleased to announce that the 50th World Sunfish Championship will be coming to Sarasota in October 2021. The 100 competitors come from North, South, and Central America, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Europe. They will be sailing new boats supplied by Sunfish Direct. They have qualified previously in events held in their respective countries and represent the country's best sailors. The week long event will be held Oct. 23-29. Twelve races are planned during the week. A "lay day" is scheduled if needed for inclement weather, a time for visitors to enjoy the many amenities that Sarasota has to offer. Many family members also attend and join in the Squadron's planned activities, enhancing the experience for everyone. The 50th Regatta organizers also plan to invite past Wold competitors to attend which will bring many more sailors to enjoy the racing via spectator boats and entertainment events.

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