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Siesta Key Transportation and Parking

Siesta Key Transportation and Parking

Want to know how to get around, onto, and off Siesta Key? Key Solutions Real Estate, your Siesta Key, Florida real estate resource, provides an overview of Siesta Key transportation and parking — read on to learn more about the area’s public transit system and other transportation options.

Siesta Key is a barrier island that’s connected to Sarasota and the mainland by two bridges, the North Bridge and the South Bridge, making it very easily accessible. You can make the crossing by boat or ferry as well, through which you can also access other nearby areas such as Longboat Key. The nearest airport is the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

Public transit on Siesta Key is managed by Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT), which offers daily bus service (Route 11) from 5 a.m. to midnight except on major holidays. SCAT’s fleet...

Siesta Key Dining Guide

Apart from the beach and the balmy climate, one of Siesta Key’s biggest attractions is its varied selection of restaurants. The Sarasota area as a whole has a superb dining scene and Siesta Key is no exception as this Siesta Key dining guide from the Key Solutions Real Estate Group will show.

Whether you’re looking for fresh seafood, a hearty home-style breakfast or gluten-free dessert, you’ll find Siesta Key’s dining options to be diverse enough to meet your culinary needs. From casual to fine dining, sandwiches to fondues, the island’s restaurants will have you coming back for seconds.

If there’s nothing you love more than a complete breakfast, head to The Broken Egg. A neighborhood institution since 1985, it is also a great place to have a casual, filling lunch.

Siesta Key’s an island so you can expect to have plenty of fresh seafood around. Among the best places for seafood are Captain Curt’s, the Siesta...

Siesta Key Florida Shopping Guide

Shopping may not be the first activity you’d want to indulge in when you’re just steps away from “the Best Beach in America” (Dr. Beach, 2011), but when you do get a hankering to buy something, you’ll be happy to know that Siesta Key has a surprisingly eclectic shopping scene. The team at Key Solutions Real Estate Group has put together this Siesta Key, Florida shopping guide for your convenience.

Since Siesta Key is a mere eight miles in length and folks here don’t want their island to be too commercialized, you will find the majority of the shops, restaurants and services here in just two main areas—North Village and South Village. Both villages boast a diverse selection of boutiques and specialty shops, where you can get anything from a new bathing suit to groceries.

You’ll hardly find any chain stores on Siesta Key. Most of the establishments here are independently owned outfits known for their distinctiveness and excellent...

Siesta Key Florida Area Resources

New to Siesta Key? Need to find out where you can get aspirin or a haircut? Check out this list of Siesta Key, Florida area resources from Key Solutions Real Estate Group, specialists in Sarasota and Siesta Key real estate for sale:

Gas & Service Stations

  • BP on 1250 Stickney Pt. Rd.
  • Shell/Circle K on 5041 Ocean Blvd.
  • Siesta Shell on 3440 S Osprey Ave.

 Fitness Centers & Trainers

  • Fitness Professionals LLC - Boot Camp
  • Fitness Quest
  • Gym Source
  • Siesta Key Fitness Center

 Grocery Stores & Supermarkets

  • Albertsons
  • Crescent Beach Grocery
  • Publix Super Market at The Landings
  • Siesta Market
  • ...

Siesta Key Florida Real Estate Services

Are you planning on investing in real estate in Siesta Key? Do you need help marketing your property here? Or are you looking to increase your cash flow by maximizing the income-earning potential of your home or condo in the area? What you need is a real estate firm that provides comprehensive Siesta Key, Florida real estate services—what you need is a Siesta Key Realtor from the Key Solutions Real Estate Group.

Key Solutions specializes in residential real estate throughout the Sarasota area, from Downtown Sarasota to Lakewood Ranch, Siesta Key, Longboat Key and Lido Key. They deal with a wide range of properties, including land, foreclosures, and luxury and waterfront real estate.

“We offer a full spectrum of Siesta Key, Florida real estate services,” says Keith Redding, the firm’s Broker. “These range from the expected home-buying and selling services to home staging, design consulting and property...

Sarasota Florida Relocation Services

Relocating to Sarasota? If you’re moving to the area and you need more information on real estate in Sarasota as well as insights on everything from the lifestyle options to the job market, the team at Key Solutions Real Estate Group is here to provide you with a complete range of Sarasota, Florida relocation services.

In this post, as part of their continuing effort to provide you with relevant Sarasota, Florida relocation services, the team is taking a look at the job prospects in the region and how things will look in 2012. Read on to find out whether you should seriously consider moving to Sarasota or investing in downtown Sarasota luxury condos.

“2012 is shaping up to be a positive growth year, jobs-wise,” says team member Brian Tresidder. Citing a recent Forbes magazine article, “...

Sarasota Florida School Districts

Moving to Sarasota with school-age children? You’re in luck. The Sarasota, Florida school district is one of the best in the state and both public and private schools in the area are highly rated in general. Since the quality of area schools also affects home values, this is good news for those who don’t have children but who want to invest in Sarasota, FL real estate, as well.

Since Sarasota is not as densely populated as other urban areas, there’s only one Sarasota, Florida school district—Sarasota County Public Schools. The district administers 64 schools, including special, alternative and charter schools, and its budget per student is significantly higher than the state and country average.

As previously mentioned, while schools here are generally of a high quality, there are those that consistently stand out from the rest. Here’s a brief look at some of the most highly rated public and private schools...

Sarasota Home Buying and Selling Tips

Buying or selling a home is never an easy undertaking, whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor. As long-time specialists in Sarasota homes for sale and other properties throughout the region, the team at the Key Solutions Real Estate Group are more than happy to provide you with a few Sarasota home-buying and selling tips:

 For Buyers:

  • Clean up your credit; make sure everything is in order with regards to your credit history even before you begin your home search. This might take time, especially if you run into problems, so it’s best to get this done early.
  • Know how much house you can afford. Run the numbers, factoring in your income, expenses, debts such as student and car loans, and so on.
  • Get pre-approved, not just pre-qualified. A homebuyer who’s been pre-approved has a better negotiating position....

Sarasota Florida Architecture & Housing Styles

Sarasota is an architecture lover’s dream come true. The city, which enjoyed boom periods in the 1920s and ‘50s, has managed to preserve quite a few of the homes and buildings built during those eras. This, along with the fact that real estate developments in the region continue to this day, has resulted in a rich mix of Sarasota, Florida architecture and housing styles.

Downtown Sarasota, Florida home styles alone are surprisingly wide-ranging. Located right on the bay, this area is composed of several distinct neighborhoods, many of which contain designated historic districts. The Downtown Sarasota real estate market features everything from single-family homes to duplexes to condos and the Sarasota, Florida architecture you’ll find here include Mediterranean Revival, Craftsman, Spanish Eclectic, Florida Vernacular, and contemporary. You can opt for new luxurious waterfront Downtown Sarasota condos or a 1920s...

Sarasota Tops Another Ranking: Voted Best Small City For The Arts

Sarasota Arts

When it comes to great art in a small town Sarasota, Florida ranks number one. According to a poll by American Style Magazine, Sarasota was voted the number one art city with a population under one hundred thousand. There have been many art influences on Sarasota Florida, but on was unlike any other.

John Ringling, of the Ringling Brother and Barnum and Baileys Circus, had great impact on the city of Sarasota Florida. The Ringling estate contains two circus museums a fine art museum and a theater. If you’re an outdoors person there are still great art opportunities in Sarasota. The first Wednesday of the month there is an evening performing arts show on the St, Armand’s Circle. There are also live performances in downtown Sarasota on Friday nights where you can take in dinner and a show.

Jim Shirley,...