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Eclectic, charming, artsy, and historical – Welcome to the Indian Beach neighborhood

Bev Murray of The Murray Group

I have long been a fan of the museum area - one of Sarasota’s oldest communities and arguably the most eclectic neighborhood of the city. In my opinion (which I’ll admit is undoubtedly biased because I live here!) it is one of the best kept secrets in Sarasota.

Firstly, it is beautiful; dozens of tree canopied streets from which dog walkers, runners and cyclists get plenty of glimpses of Sarasota bay, and there are two waterfront parks, which serve as the social hubs of the neighborhood. Flanked by the world famous Ringling Museum of Art, the vibrant Ringling School of Art and the breathtaking grounds of New College, and a bike ride from downtown Sarasota.

Secondly, it is diverse; the residents are a fascinating mix of the artsy, the well-heeled, active retirees, bike-wielding students and a growing number of young families. Multi-million dollar estates coexist alongside hodgepodge ranch homes and original Florida cracker cottages.

Thirdly, it’s so close to everything; downtown Sarasota is less than 2 miles, Lido Beach and St Armands are under 10 minutes’ drive, you can actually walk to the airport, and the new UTC mall and the I-75 are a straight hop out on University Parkway. The north trail, long-shunned by developers and visitors alike, could admittedly still benefit from investment and tlc to improve its street cred, but we have some fantastic independent restaurants, coffee shops and pubs which are all frequented and enjoyed by the community.

Given the recent uptick of interest in this tree canopied, community-minded neighborhood, I was not surprised when two of my listings in Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores sold within days of coming on the market.

In my opinion, these swift, uncomplicated sales were not just down to accurate pricing. They were due in large to the effort that the sellers put into getting the properties ready for market.

2054 Winchester Dr

The owners of 2054 Winchester Dr., did a sterling job of “de-cluttering” their home, and sprucing up and adding color to the landscaping in the front yard and making it as clean and inviting as possible – buyers would never have suspected that two active young boys lived there!

1065 22nd St 1065 22nd St

This gorgeous mid century modern home at 1065 22nd Street was under offer in a day. The sellers had spent weeks getting this home updated and ready for sale and, as it was unfurnished, they wisely decided to have it staged with a few well chosen pieces of furniture which complemented the mid 50s architecture of the home.
Never underestimate the power of presentation!

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Real Estate Market Update

The real estate market continues its brisk sales trend.

The median sales price for single family homes was $230,000, an notable 18 percent higher than June of last year.

The median figure for condos was $253,700, 3.6 percent up on last year. Condo sales tend to experience more variation month to month than single family sales. As is typical of the summer months, the number of new contracts written, was up only slightly on last year, and condos were slightly down.

Inventory levels continue to fall short - 3.8 for condos and 3.5 for single family homes – almost one month less than June 2014.

Properties that are reasonably priced are selling quicker than they have done historically, which is good news for Sellers. We just need more of them!

Single Family Homes

  June 2015 June 2014% Change
Closed Sales 831 727 14.3%
Cash Sales 385 391 -1.5%
Pending Sales 657 627 4.8%
New Listings 778 772 0.8%
Median Sale Price $230,000 $195,000 17.9%
Median Days On Market 45 66 -31.8%
Active Listings 2,366 2,927 -19.2%
Month Supply of Inventory 3.5 4.6 -25.3%

Condos and Town Homes

  June 2015 june 2014 % Change
Closed Sales 352 321 9.7%
Cash Sales 230 234 -1.7%
Pending Sales 241 274 -12.0%
New Listings 315 296 6.4%
Median Sale Price $210,000 $195,000 7.7%
Median Days On Market 43 65 -33.8%
Active Listings 1,150 1,269 -9.4%
Month Supply of Inventory 3.8 4.2 -10.6%
News & Events
Summer Circus Spectacular.

This event is presented by the Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling.
Click here for tickets and more info.

When: Saturday, August 1 at 2 pm and 5 pm
Where: Historic Asolo Theater. 5401, Bay Shore Rd. Sarasota

Manatee County-wide Pet Adopt-A-Palooza

Adoptable cats and puppies to choose from. Live demos and tips from local trainers. Free admission and parking. More information

When: August 1-2. Saturday: 11a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Bradenton Convention Center. One Haben Boulevard, Palmett

Florida State DanceSport Championships

For info and tickets, visit:

When: July 31-Aug 2
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota

The Kids Summer Beach Runs

1-mile beach runs every Tuesday through Aug 11. Registration starts at 5:30 pm, beach run starts at 6:30 pm. more information

When: August 4-5
Where: Siesta Beach, near the pavilion

Sarasota Craft Brew Fest

Unlimited craft beer and food samples, complimentary hand rolled cigars. $30/advance and $35 at the door. Click here for more info

When: August 22, 2015
Where: Robarts Arena at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds

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