Make this Anna Maria Beach House YOURS!

If the thought of living just a jump, skip and a hop away from the beach, or hearing waves crashing to the shore at the end of your street appeals to you, then listen up, because we’ve found your dream home!

A beautiful 3-bedroom, 3-bath home on Beach Avenue in the City of Anna Maria is now available and we can’t wait to tell you about it! There are no streets to cross to get to ultimate relaxation  – with direct beach access only steps from your front door. You’ll be enjoying the white sand beaches and blue Gulf waters in no time. This is island living at its best! Once you step into the foyer you will notice the bright open floor plan. The wood beam vaulted ceilings and natural light from the skylights are a plus in this home. Open all the French doors and bring the outdoors in. Feel the ocean breeze and smell the salt air. Step out into your enclosed covered patio and relax by the screened in solar heated pool. Lush mature tropical landscaping offers privacy all around. Plantation shutters throughout, inside laundry room and the custom granite eat in kitchen are all nice touches in this property.

If you want our expert advice – don’t hesitate on this one. Contact TEAM BUKY today to start living the island life! The first umbrella drink could be on us! Check out the full list of property details here.

Siesta Key Living

You can’t start a conversation about the Siesta Key lifestyle without first mentioning the beach. Consistently voted as one of the best beaches in the world, Siesta Key’s public beach boasts some of the softest, whitest sand you will ever see. This 8-mile long crescent-shaped barrier island is easily accessible by two bridges connecting it to Mainland Sarasota. It is made up of four main areas: Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach, Turtle Beach and Siesta Key Village – each with its own local flavor and appeal. Best of all, you can get around the Village easy and for free on Siesta Key Free Ride shuttles.

You can find everything you need on this quaint island from groceries, amazing local fare, shops and boutiques to pharmacies and gas. But if you must leave, you’ve got quick access to city amenities. If you’re looking for more to do, Sarasota’s attractions are just minutes away for your convenience. There’s no shortage of museums, shows, theaters, and events just at your fingertips and you’re also only a short drive to Sarasota-Bradenton International airport.

Some of our personal must-stop spots on the Key include:

Big Olaf Creamery – a long time Siesta Key staple for the BEST ice cream around. But watch out – the line may wrap around the building (yes it’s THAT good!) http://www.bigolafsiestakey.com/

Siesta Key Oyster Bar – or “SKOB” to locals. This quintessential island-style open air bar/restaurant serves up GREAT food, ice-cold drinks and live music all week-long. http://www.skob.com/

Broken Egg Café – for the best breakfast on the Key (Cinnamon Roll French Toast, anyone!?) Broken Egg Café is a must. Do yourself a favor and get there early! http://www.anotherbrokenegg.com/location/siesta-key

Ophelia’s on the Bay – This romantic dinner spot boasts a magical bay front view and an even better menu. http://opheliasonthebay.net/

Lelu Coffee Lounge – For the perfect little beach “pick me up”. Also serving a pretty impressive menu of eats! http://lelucoffee.com/

With its award-winning beaches, easy going vibe and delectable eats, Siesta Key may be the ideal vacation destination for some, but why not make it your forever home? Contact TEAM BUKY today to make it happen!

 

Why BUY??

Real estate has long been known as a  way to diversify a portfolio and it can also act to bridge the gap between equities and a fixed income, which is more important as you begin to consider retirement. Of course, one of obvious factors to consider when looking at the real estate market is that return on investment is not guaranteed. Even so, whether you are looking for a home to live in full-time or a second home for vacation purposes in our beautiful gulf front area, here are a few things to think about when doing the internal “rent versus buy” debate before making a leap.

The immediate benefits of renting that come to mind are the flexibility and the low maintenance requirements. If you aren’t considering this move as a full-time home, then having the flexibility of a termed lease and the comfort or a property manager to handle issues can be very appealing. The fact is though – in our little piece of paradise, oftentimes you can find a condominium that suits your needs and also covers quite a bit of the maintenance. Also, because it is such a vacation destination with year-round favorable weather, if you are considering this to be a part-time home you may find that renting it out during your “off season” could cover much of your personal cost.

Let’s take a look at some other benefits to purchasing your own place in paradise versus renting it…

  • Equity. We did already cover this one briefly, but let’s go one step further and point out that unlike renting, where your monthly payments pay your LANDLORD’s mortgage, by owning the property yourself, you increase your PERSONAL OWNERSHIP in the property with each payment.
  • Tax deductions. Tax deductions will, of course, vary depending on whether you are staying in the residence full-time as well as other deductions that may apply to you, but you can be sure that as a RENTER, you don’t see any sort of tax incentive from Uncle Sam.
  • Make it Personal. As an owner, you can have the liberty to take a home and truly make it your own. Build it out to suit your needs and decorate it so it’s your own little oasis. Who doesn’t want to feel at home in their house?
  • You’re in Charge. If you own a property – it is up to you how maintenance is handled. In vacation areas like ours – if this is not your primary residence, there are ample property management companies you can choose from to make sure your home is in good hands while you’re away. If you live in a condo or a community with a Homeowner’s Association, often, some of the maintenance burden is put on them as well.
  • Monthly Costs. Over the past couple of years we have seen rental costs increase dramatically in the Sarasota-Bradenton area – even pushing it to the top of the list for high rent in Southwest Florida. You may find in doing your research that you will actually SAVE money in purchasing versus renting, especially if you are considering renting our your home seasonally while you are not occupying it.

Team Buky is a group of Real Estate experts in the Sarasota-Bradenton area and we LIVE here because we LOVE it here. We know that you will too. Contact us today to start searching for your dream home in paradise!

WHY USE A REALTOR®?

While roughly 90% of buyers use the Internet during their home search, 87% of all buyers still purchased their home through a real estate agent. This figure has gradually increased from the 69% who opted to work with REALTORS® in 2001. * So, why is it that we are seeing this? What exactly is the value (and, there is HUGE value) of working with a REALTOR® to purchase your home? We’ve compiled a few reasons for you here and of course, we’re happy to set up a private consultation to discuss your needs and how we can help you to find the perfect home in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. Read on and contact us today to take the first step!

SERVING YOUR BEST INTERESTS

REALTORS® are members of the National Association of REALTORS® and must adhere to its strict code of ethics. They are obligated to be professional and protect their clients’ interests.

 LOCAL MARKET EXPERTISE

REALTORS® are local experts in their market, which is especially important is you are moving from another area. They are able to provide you with important information about the community you may be searching in, possible Homeowner’s Association requirements, utilities, school districts and more. They may also be able to steer you away from a home or community that you thought would be a good fit and into something even more ideal that you didn’t even know to look for in the first place.

THE INSIDE SCOOP

Oftentimes, REALTORS® also have the “inside scoop” on what is happening in the local area Not only might they be able to tell you about upcoming construction or rezoning, for example, but they typically have additional resources outside form the local MLS. They may be able to tell you about listings not yet on the market, or opportunities that aren’t searchable online yet.

NEGOTIATIONS

Let’s face it – not many of us out there look forward to the stickiness of negotiating the price of an item especially one so involved as a real estate transaction. Having a REALTOR® to represent your interests and do the negotiation on your behalf is a HUGE weight lifted off of your shoulders in this process. Buying a home can be one of the most stressful times in your life simply because it is such a life change and building block. Why not make it simpler on yourself and work with someone who can do the “dirty work” for you

THE LEGAL JARGON

While finding a home that looks like it meets your needs in an online search might be easy, the steps that follow are certainly not. There is of course the negotiation process to work through, but beyond that, there are the countless steps involved including home inspections, disclosure reports, closing costs and other technical/legal procedures. Working with a licensed REALTOR® ensures that you have experience on your side and someone to guide you through the jargon that is sure to come your way.

SUPPORT!

Having someone in your corner to serve as support can be invaluable in any situation. Buying a home is more than just the walls and land roof that come with it. You are purchasing a place that you will be making memories and a life in. A REALTOR® can serve as your sounding board for ideas, your support during the process, and a neutral third party that can keep you looking at all options along the way.

*2015 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

Homes & Estates Magazine – Spring 2016

Let the first Homes & Estates issue of 2016 put you in a truly global state of mind. The writers of this proprietary Coldwell Banker publication will take you around the world with renowned Italian jeweler Buccellati, award-winning hospitality designer Todd Avery-Lenahan, UK-based hotel brand Belmond and legendary fashion house Louis Vuitton.

This impressive publication is exclusive to Coldwell Banker listings priced above $1 million and is distributed to a worldwide audience. Inside, you’ll find luxury listings from across the globe – and your luxury home could be included int he next issue!

Check out this beautiful publication today and contact Team Buky to find out how your home can be a part of the next issue!

Beachfront Bliss at Vizcaya, Longboat Key

Breathe in the salt-laced breezes, bask in stunning sunsets and watch the moon over the Gulf of Mexico. Exquisite but understated, this direct gulf-front, 2/3 bedroom residence lives like a home on the beach offering unimpeded views.  This rarely available plan is in the highly sought after gated South Longboat Key community of Vizcaya. A full 500-feet of beachfront offers unlimited vistas, alive with the music of cascading fountains and serene hidden courtyards.  This very private residence boasts an entry courtyard, luxurious gulf-front master suite, spacious guest suite with separate exterior entrance and great room with floor-to-ceiling windows providing dramatic views.  Its impressive culinary kitchen features Neff cabinetry and opens to the family room with custom built-ins and easy access to the summer kitchen with gas grill on the oversized terrace. A generous 2-car private garage completes this home.

Amenities at Vizcaya include an elegantly appointed clubhouse, Har Tru tennis court, full concierge service provided by resident managers, fully equipped health spa and fitness facility with aqua treadmill and state-of-the-art equipment. Steam and dry saunas plus massage therapy treatment rooms complete the facilities where you may free your mind and restore your peace. You will truly feel at home, where 2, 4-legged family m

embers (no weigh limit) are welcome. This worry-free lifestyle is in close to St. Armand’s Circle and the arts and culture of downtown Sarasota. Complete details on this residence can be found on our website.

For more details on the Longboat Key lifestyle that comes along with this stunning residence, check out our LBK Lifestyle post here and contact us today to set up your private tour!

Try Something New for Dinner, Sarasota!

New to the area and looking for some local hot spots for dinner? Or, have you been in Sarasota a while, but looking to branch out from your typical dining choices? Lucky for you, TEAM BUKY is represented by more than one self-proclaimed “foodie” and we have pulled together quite a list for you. Check out our top picks for some MUST TRY restaurants for dinner in town – you can thank us later!

ANTOINE’S http://www.antoinessarasota.com/

Featuring an continental menu in a cozy and sophisticated environment, their elegant cuisine offers elaborate seafood specials including PEI mussels prepared 7 different ways and served with the best fries in Sarasota. Everything is prepared to order, in-house including bread, pasta, dressings, desserts. A wide selection of fine wine and beer are available to accompany your delectable dinner.

CAFE L’EUROPE http://cafeleurope.net/

Café L’Europe has been Sarasota’s dining destination since 1973. Savor elegant European cuisine, award-winning wines, and hand-crafted cocktails on St. Armands Circle. The Legendary L’Europe continues to be Sarasota’s “Original” Fine Dining Restaurant.

EAT HERE/SIESTA KEY http://www.eathereflorida.com/siesta-key

Opened in 2013, Eat Here/Siesta Key offers an island atmosphere with craft cocktail creations and a to-die-for menu. The chef team on Siesta Key likes to play with hearty Steak and Duckling presentations in company with their extensive locally-caught seafood offerings.

INDIGENOUS http://www.indigenoussarasota.com/

Keeping with their mission of conscientious sourcing, Indigenous’ menu of seasonal American cuisine changes progressively throughout the year based on peak ingredient availability. The restaurant’s physical home, too, was meticulously restored to compliment its surroundings, the historic Towles Court district in downtown Sarasota. Comfortable, sophisticated indoor and outdoor dining are both available year round.

LOUIE’S MODERN http://www.louiesmodern.com/

Downtown Sarasota’s newest dining hot spot on the street level of the modernistic, award-winning Palm Avenue parking complex, pays homage to the Seidensticker family’s father and his provocative era, when well-mixed cocktails, sophisticated food and good company were status quo.

MAR VISTA http://marvista.groupersandwich.com/

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant is located on the bayside of North Longboat Key in the heart of Longboat Village. This Old Florida style restaurant is considered one of the twelve oldest surviving structures on Longboat Key. Enjoy a delicious fresh Florida seafood meal inside the quaint dining room or on the outdoor covered deck overlooking picturesque Sarasota Bay. It’s waterfront dining with a unique atmosphere. Leave a dollar bill on the wall and a little bit of your heart to find on your return visit. There is no place quite like the Mar Vista.

OWEN’S FISH CAMP http://owensfishcamp.com/

Located in the heart of Burns Court in Downtown Sarasota, Owen’s Fish Camp is an ode to old Florida living. The casual atmosphere allows guests to relax and enjoy what makes Florida so special. It wouldn’t be called a fish camp if we weren’t bringing in the Bay’s local fish every day. Not only do they have fresh seafood but accompanying southern classics with a great craft beer and wine selection.

SELVA GRILL http://www.selvagrill.com/

Selva’s Nuevo Latino cuisine represents the marriage of exotic flavors from Latin America and the United States. Selva offers innovative, intricately prepared dishes, plated and presented as works of art. They’ve earned raves from all over the world, including from the New York Times, which said Selva is “serving possibly the best food in Sarasota,” and that “everything on the menu is worth trying.”

SHORE DINER http://dineshore.com/

Shore Diner is an open air, mid-century Florida beach café with a menu that utilizes many local farms, to create a fabulous abundance of fresh choices. Organic recipes are their specialty, combined with local coastal favorites. From your first sip of their signature cocktail, to your last bite of Key West Shrimp and Scallop Risotto, the entire Shore experience is nothing short of a beach day makeover, with laughter, a cool vibe and delicious eats.

SOCIAL EATERY & BAR http://socialonfirst.com/

Social Eatery & Bar takes an inventive and original approach to Italian-American cuisine that emphasizes fresh-made and local ingredients. With retractable roofs, guests have the option to dine in or dine out (depending on Florida’s choice of weather!)