Where to watch the sunset in Venice FL

img_1757Some of my favorite spots to watch the sunset include:

Any part of the 14 plus miles of sandy public beaches on Venice Island

Fins at Sharky’s on the Pier  700 Feet of fishing pier

South or North Jetties that connect the intracoastal waterway to the Gulf

The 10th Green at Venetian Golf and River Club

Evening picnic on the Service Club Beach Boardwalk

Let Mark Cummings help you find your favorite spot 941-408-5326

Hidden Lakes Club Venice Florida

Hidden Lakes Club is a gated single family home community.  Situated between I-75 and East Venice Ave, just off of Jacaranda Blvd makes the community very appealing.  The community amenities include Club House with gathering room, fitness area, swimming pool, hot tub, play ground, basketball court and tennis.  Home Owners fees run about $2,000 per year, this includes all the amenities above, gate & road maintenance along with irrigation for lawns.  Homeowners take care of there own lawn and trimming of bushes and trees.  For more information about this community, give Mark a call at 941-408-5326

Cost to own at Venetian Golf and River Club

One of the questions that is asked by clients the most:
What are my expenses to own a home in Florida? Florida offers communities that are not as common in up North. The most used terms and names of communities are HOA’s, CDD’s, Condo Associations, PUD’s, Maintenance Free, Gated, Attached villas and Detached villas. This becomes very confusing for many clients.

The best way for me to explain would be to use examples of communities.

Here is an example using Venetian Golf and River Club Grand Villa Series.

Venetian Golf and River Club Grand Villas
HOA Fee $736
Includes Guard gated access, security patrol, irrigation, basic cable

Sub Association Fee $1,700
Includes Lawn Care and Irrigation

Venetian CDD $3,427
Common Maintenance, Sidewalk and Road Repair, Area Lakes, Entry Feature and Street Lighting. River Club, Fitness pools and Restaurant, Amenity and Expense Fee

Millage Rate for taxes 1.65%

For a $300,000 home for example your taxes would be approximately $4,000 plus CDD.
Add all of this together about: $9,900.00 “$825 per month”

For more details, give Mark a call at 941-408-5326

Monthly Cost to own a home at Islandwalk at West Villages

One of the questions that is asked by clients the most:

What are my expenses to own a home in Florida?  Florida offers communities that are not as common in up North.  The most used terms and names of communities are HOA’s, CDD’s, Condo Associations, PUD’s, Maintenance Free, Gated, Attached villas and Detached villas.  This becomes very confusing for many clients.  The best way for me to explain would be to use examples of communities.  

Here is an example using Islandwalk at West Villages:

Home Owners Association Fee $3,400
Includes Lawn care, irrigation, basic cable, Guard Gate, Maintenance of Lakes, Access to Club area, fitness and pools.

Community Development District Fee $633.00 per year

Mil Rate for taxes 1.62%
For a $300,000 home your taxes would be $4,000 plus CDD
Add all of this together about: $7,250 per year “$605 per month”

Give Mark a Call at 941-408-5326 with any questions.

This will adjust based on the size of lot, price of home and should only be used as an example.


Bellacina by Casey Key, an Esplanade Community

Bellacina by Casey Key 

Bellacina is the 9th Esplanade Community by Taylor Morrison in South West Florida.  Pricing starts in the low $300’s for a villa with about 1,700 sq. ft.  The largest home they offer at this time Trevi VII with 2,740 sq. ft. and a base price in the mid $400’s.  Lot premiums in the community could add up to $55,000 along with additional upgrades, which most will spend between $25,000 – $45,000 without a pool.  

Bellacina a gated community with approximately 165 acres with easy access to I 75 North and US 41 will be a great place to live.  A complete maintenance free community designed for carefree living with an assortment of resort style amenities.  The resort amenities include pool, spa, fire pit, sport courts, fitness center and catering kitchen.  Bellacina has a special place for dog owners to exercise and have fun. 

The annual fee per year of about $3,500 includes lawn care, irrigation for lawn & access to all the amenities.  Give Mark a call for more information at 941-408-5326

Remember your only a few minutes away from Nokomis and Venice Beaches!



Jetty Villa For Sale

Jetty Villas

Jetty Villas


Island of Venice Gulf Front single-story maintenance free residences. Enjoy your villa with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths with partial views of the Gulf of Mexico from your roof top patio. Move right in to this Furnished, freshly painted villa with private brick patio. You will be amazed by the large bright living room with sliding patio doors. Open the doors and listen to the waves as they break on the shore line. Only a few steps to community heated pool, Gulf of Mexico, Jetty Sunsets, Local restaurant and Marina. The updates include new roof (2015), new paint inside (2015) and out, new washer, Dryer (2014), Water Heater (2015) & updated kitchen. The Jetty Villas offer a truly relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy the Island life. Pets up to 30 lbs are welcome and rentals are allowed up to 12 times per year.  Call Mark for more information 941-408-5326

Sarasota National A WCI Community Venice Florida

Sarasota National is back.  WCI has purchased the golfing community in Southern most Venice.  They are offering single family homes from 1,600 sq ft up to 2,039 sq ft.  Carriage homes will be offered as well in the initial launch…The Carriage homes range from 1,710 sq ft up to 2,376 sq ft.  Sarasota National golf course offers 18 holes of open play with large greens and fairways that are quite forgiving.  Currently WCI is preparing the boulevard, golf club and course to be ready for season.  The sales center is open and they hope to have everything ready for a soft launch the first week of September.  Models should be open October or November for potential homeowners to view.  This will be a great addition to Venice.

I’ll tell you a little about one of there most popular plans the Azalea.  The Azalea offers 1,862 sq ft with a large 2 car garage, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.  WCI will offer 4 different architectural styles.  Style S offers a side load garage with a hip roof.  This plan has a large great room plan with 10′ to 10′ 10″ ceilings through out.  The owner’s suite features a wall of windows and a 5 piece bathroom along with a large walk in closet.  With the kitchen open to the amazing great room and lanai you will never miss a beat.  Pricing will target the mid to upper $200’s.  Feel free to call 941-408-5326 my direct line and I’d be glad to talk with you more about Sarasota National.



Boca Grande, Florida

Boca Grande, FL

Need to get away from it all?  Boca may be the place to go.  Boca Grande offers sun and relaxation with an Island atmosphere.  Boca Grande is located about 45 minutes south of Venice, FL.  From South Venice Florida you go south on FL-776 through part of Englewood FL, then turn right onto Placida Road for about 9 miles, then right onto Boca Grande Causeway “Toll Road” $6.00.
When you go over the bridge you enter another world.  You will see more golf carts and boats than cars many times.  Boca Grande is walker friendly with small shops and restaurants to explore.  Try the Loose Caboose for lunch:
www.loosecaboose.biz and the
South Beach Bar & Grille for dinner at sunset:
Fun activities while your on the island:
Rent a golf Cart for a few hours
Go to one of the many beaches
Climb a Banyan Tree on Banyan Street
Visit the lighthouse at Gasparilla Island State Park
Get Lost at least once…don’t worry it is to small to get lost for long.
Interested in Boca Grande Real Estate?  I’d be glad to help…I can send all the listings to you now.
Need details on listing your Boca Grande home or Condo?  Give me a call.
Hope you have fun…It is one of my favorite places to explore…
For all of your real estate needs from Sarasota to Boca Grande FloridaIMG_0517, Give me a call 941-408-5326

Four Ideas for Family Fun

Four Ideas for Family Fun:

Living in Venice I am asked by so many new clients what to do with children or grandchildren that is fun…Day Trips or for just a few hours.  With 2 boys that are always looking to have fun, we need a full time activities director to keep up.  Here are a few ideas:
Crowley Museum and Nature Center
16405 Myakka Road
Sarasota, FL 34240
We like to go in the spring and fall and enjoy 3 – 4 hours walking the raised boardwalk area.  There are swings and a small zip line that the boys enjoy.  It is so quiet and a neat drive to see the other part of Florida.  From Venice it is about a 1/2 hour away.  “Nikki says that she likes the raised boardwalk”
Adventure Island
10001 N McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33617
For summer fun, this is a great water park.  Slides, cliffs and a lazy river keeps everyone happy make this a full day trip.  From Venice it is an hour away, right across the street from Busch Gardens.  “I like the Key West Rapids Ride the best”
MOTE Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236
Any time of year is a good time to go to the MOTE.  Watch the sharks, pet the stingrays & pick up a sea creature.  This is a good 2-3 hour excursion that is only about 1/2 hour from Venice.  “Evan likes petting the Rays”
4801 E Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33617
Another good place to go any time of the year.  Ride the zip line, walk the ropes course up to 36′ high, and watch a movie at the IMAX Dome.  3 – 6 hours can be spent here.  Things to do for all ages 2 – 100 will have fun.  It is about 1 hour from Venice.  “Nate likes the rope course”
There is so much to do within an hour of Venice.  Give me a call 941-408-5326 for all of your real estate needs.Crowley Museum

Venice Florida inventory of homes

Why inventory of homes for sale is falling in Venice Florida.

When I arrived in Venice Florida back in 2004 I was amazed at the low inventory.  In early 2005 there were more agents in town than properties on the market.  Starting in August of 2005 the market started to change…South West Florida was one of the first areas to notice the effect of the slow down and inventories started to grow out of control reaching over 3,000 units for this area.
Inventory levels rose mainly due to demand going down in Venice.  In 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 there was an average of 2,035 units selling each year in our mls.  This isn’t counting the 100’s of new homes and condos being built in that time frame as well.  From 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 there was an average of 1,269 units selling each year in our mls with practically no new builds in 2008 & 2009.
Inventory levels started shrinking as property prices found a bottom in Venice in 2009 and 2010 causing consumers to recognize the worst was over.  Consumer confidence started to build and the sunshine brought them back.  2012 was a banner year…best since 2005 as far as units sold.  There were 2,111 units that sold in our MLS.  New construction is at a fever pitch with many communities nearing completion and other communities taking off.
In 2008 there were 283 closed properties in the first quarter…This year there have been 596 closed properties in the first quarter.  The average sale price in Venice for the first quarter was $192,000.  Last year we had 533 properties close in the first quarter at an average price of $177,000.  Venice Florida and Nokomis Florida have bounced back.  Single Family homes are on a constant rise and in High demand.  Condos and Villas have taken off and are trailing Single Family homes in appreciation.
To go back to the original question in this blog…why are inventory levels so low:
Demand is back
Insurance and Property taxes are stable
People have confidence in the investment
The volume of Cash buyers in our market
Value…this is the best reason I can think of…Buyers want value and Venice offers them that.  We have went from an average sale price in 2005 of $300,000 plus to just under $200,000 now, and going up.  Consumers recognize value.
Give me a call for all your Real Estate needs 941-408-5326