Bypass the typical Monday blues on August 15 by joining our real estate agents in celebrating National Relaxation Day. Give yourself some well-deserved pampering at these luxurious spas in Sarasota County.
Enjoy the ultimate pampering with a Sarasota County home that fits your lifestyle. Contact us at Wagner Realty to learn more.
LONGBOAT KEY, FL, February 23, 2022 – Becky Smith, Broker Associate has been named new Branch Manager for Wagner Realty's Longboat Key Office, located at 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Ste 101, on Longboat Key. Becky will be taking the helm as her predecessor, Dia Wilson has transitioned to concentrate full time on her real estate business.
Becky joined Wagner Realty in October of 2002, and quickly achieved multiple top sales and listings awards. She served on the REALTOR Association of Sarasota & Manatee (RASM) Professional Standards Committee. Becky brings more than twenty years of managerial real estate skills to this position and still manages the Wagner Realty Anna Maria Island Office.
Originally from Mishawaka, Indiana, Becky and her family moved to Anna Maria Island in 1988, so she considers the area islands her home. "Becky brings so much to the table" notes David Eckel, Wagner President and Broker, adding "we know the Longboat Key Office will continue to bring a high level of credibility and reliability as Becky moves into this additional leadership role."
In addition to his real estate talents, she was a member of Toastmasters International for more than thirty five years. "I love Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key and look forward to leading my fellow Wagner Realtors as we continue to provide exceptional service to those looking to buy and sell homes in this incredibly beautiful area on the Gulf Coast of Florida."
Becky can be reached at Wagner Realty by phone at 941.773.1954, on the web at annamariaislandpro.com or by email at BeckySmith@WagnerRealty.com.
One of the great things about living on the coast is that you don't have to go far to enjoy an amazing view of the water. You also don't have to go far for a good meal. Our real estate agents know you can do both at these fantastic waterfront restaurants.
Contact us today to learn more about life in SWFL. Our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Sarasota, Bradenton, and the surrounding areas.
Our real estate agents want to introduce you to the taste of Sarasota!
Florida is known for its excellent seafood, but that is only the beginning. No matter if you are exploring Sarasota homes for sale, going with Bradenton homes for sale, or looking elsewhere in the area, you are sure to enjoy this region's food culture.
While all your favorite chains are represented, unique chef-led restaurants are a big part of what makes Sarasota special. These run the gamut from small, family-owned eateries – often in historic buildings – to acclaimed locales led by some of the most famous chefs in the world.
As a result, the flavors of Sarasota incorporate influences from all across the globe. With such a strong blend between local community restaurants and celebrity chefs who come to the city to show they've made it big, there's an endless array of options for you to savor.
Let's take a closer look at some prime Sarasota picks:
The culinary scene is one of the many draws of living in the Sarasota area. Contact us today to learn more about what Sarasota has to offer.
If you've been looking at homes in the Sarasota area, you already know there's a lot to love! As if the gorgeous weather and stunning beaches weren't enough, residents and visitors also enjoy a wide selection of amazing dining experiences.
On their days off, our real estate agents love taking a break to visit some of their favorite local breakfast restaurants. International Waffle Day is coming up on Thursday, March 25th, making now the perfect time to try out a few for yourself.
Our real estate agents are ready to help you find your dream home! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.
The Internet has made planning vacations a breeze. But along with the ease of booking travel and accommodation on the web, we've also seen a rise in the incidence of vacation scams.
It's all too easy to be fooled into thinking that a great bargain for a beautiful vacation property you're trying to rent is for real, when in fact, you've been had by scammers who have taken your money and run with it.
Here are 6 tips that can help you avoid vacation rental scams while you're booking your dream vacation.
Avoiding Vacation Rental Scams
Our experienced team is here to help with your vacation planning! With 8 offices, our team has plenty of Florida properties to choose from for your vacation. Plus, our Anna Maria Island office has been open for over 80 years!
What's the best part about living in Florida? Every day is a beach day! Our real estate agents love living so close to the shore. From splashing in the waves in the summer to enjoying the warm sun on winter beach walks, we love calling the Gulf Coast home. If you're ready to get your toes in the sand, we suggest you check out these five beaches in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
Looking for a home within walking distance to the beach? We've got Sarasota homes for sale that you've got to see. Perhaps you'd prefer something a little closer inland? Then check out our Bradenton homes for sale. Contact us today to schedule tours for our best homes in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
'Tis the season for giving, and our real estate agents invite you to join our shop small initiative. Our local businesses support our communities economically and socially. Without them, Sarasota and Manatee Counties just wouldn't feel like home. Let's support our friends, family members, and neighbors by purchasing gifts from these local shops.
Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast…
Living in Florida means living outside for most of the year. If you have someone on your gift list that loves the outdoors, you can't go wrong with a gift card to Surfer Bus. Located around the block from Anna Maria homes for sale, this kayak rental service makes it effortless to get out onto the open water. For those who prefer to stay on land, Zegway by the Bay is a better bet. This unique company offers Segway tours around local towns near our Holmes Beach homes for sale. If you're looking to hit the town in style, consider a gift certificate to Longboat Limousine. Cruising from our Longboat Key homes for sale throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties, you can simply enjoy a luxurious ride with million-dollar views of the Gulf of Mexico.
Gifts for the Foodie…
Who doesn't love good food? Gift the foodie in your life a gift certificate to Jennings Downtown Provisions. A favorite destination of those who moved into Bradenton homes for sale, Jennings is a restaurant and bar specializing in great eats like tacos and flatbread. The Bradenton Farmer's Market is another fantastic place where a single gift card will fill them with the best local flavors.
Gifts for Lovers of All Things Local…
The Original Sand Dollar and Sun & Surf Beach Shop have various gifts that fit perfectly under the tree. If you're seeking something unique, you'll find several one-of-a-kind, locally-owned, giftshops near our Sarasota homes for sale, like Artisans' World Marketplace, Maker's Market, and The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. Or you can think outside the box and pair a foodie gift card from above with a trip to the theatre.
Gifts that Celebrate the Arts and Nature…
While some nonprofit shops may not have gift certificates for purchase, you can gift tickets or memberships to some of our local museums like The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Selby Gardens, and Sarasota Art Museum.
Gifts to Benefit A Favorite Cause...
It's a time of increased need throughout our community, which makes it a great time to give the gift of support. We also encourage you to consider gifts that help nonprofits in the Sarasota and Manatee Counties. If you aren't sure which non-profit you would like to support, visit The Giving Partner website. The Giving Partner, presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, helps local nonprofits tell their story and enables you to explore how each nonprofit is making a difference in our neighbors' lives. The Giving Partner database contains over 700 profiles of 501(c)(3) charitable organizations serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties.
If you're interested in buying or selling homes in Manatee or Sarasota Counties this holiday season, feel free to contact us. For more gift giving inspiration, be sure to check out our collection of short videos.
Our real estate agents invite you to come and enjoy relaxed living right along the Gulf of Mexico on Longboat Key. A quaint coastal getaway only twenty minutes from downtown Sarasota, Longboat Key is nestled between the Gulf and the Sarasota Bay. With just over 7,000 residents, this cozy haven is a perfect place to live all year or use as a warm winter getaway.
Living in Longboat Key
Longboat Key is located between Manatee and Sarasota Counties and offers 12 miles of white sand beaches. A luxurious Gulf Coast resort community, Longboat Key offers endless opportunities for waterfront dining, boating, fishing, tennis, golf...or just relaxing. Only a short drive from the bustling St. Armand's Circle, Longboat Key offers a leisurely atmosphere for those who want to get away from the crowds and clamor of the other Gulf Coast cities.
There are numerous access points to public beaches, but you'll feel like you're on a private beach with limited beachgoers. A majority of residents are retired, giving Longboat Key a truly laid-back lifestyle. Luxurious resorts like the Resort at Longboat Key Club, Cedar's Tennis Resort, and Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort provide hours of fun.
For foodies and fine diners alike, Longboat Key provides plenty to satiate any appetite. Fresh seafood is always within reach, available in both beachside bites and elegant eateries. Harry's Continental Kitchen offers amazing coastal cuisine while the Chart House Waterfront Grill has the steak and seafood combinations that'll make your mouth water.
Sample a Slice of Life on Longboat Key
Are you interested in discovering what life would be like living on Longboat Key? We encourage you to spend a few days enjoying everything the area has to offer in one of our stunning rental properties. Conveniently located steps from the Gulf and only a few blocks from the best shopping, dining, and entertainment in Bradenton and Sarasota, our spectacular Longboat Key rentals allow you to envision life along the shore.
One of the perks of living in Florida is the year-round warm weather. With high temperatures and the cool ocean breeze, any day is a perfect day for a picnic. Our real estate agents encourage you to pack up a basket of your favorite snacks and head down to one of these inviting outdoor spaces for a picnic with family and friends.
Would you love to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf every day of the year? Contact us today.
Although current events may have canceled your global travel plans, there's still plenty of time to have an amazing vacation close to home. Our REALTORS® invite you to plan a staycation at one of our Florida rental properties. Situated near or directly on the sandy shores of the Gulf Coast, these rental properties allow you to soak up the sun and maximize your time to relax, unwind, and enjoy the simple pleasures that the Sunshine State has to offer.
Who says you can't staycation forever? We have a portfolio of gorgeous Longboat Key homes for sale on the water and many stunning Bradenton Beach homes for sale within a short stroll to the shore. Contact us today to book one of our amazing rental homes and discover what life is like along the Gulf Coast.
One of the best things about living in the Sarasota-Manatee area is it's proximity to the water. Not only is the area home to some of the best beaches in the country, but it also offers many opportunities to enjoy a memorable waterfront dining experience.
Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or are looking for a great place to enjoy a casual lunch, the ideal waterfront restaurant is just a short drive away.
Our REALTORS® have some favorite waterfront locations to share with you. Here are five to start your local waterfront dining tour.
If you're ready to make the Sarasota-Manatee area your new home, we're here to help! Whether you want to live on the water, in the city, or in the suburbs, there's a home in the area that's perfect for you. Contact Wagner Realty today to discuss your goals and get started.
Join our REALTORS® at Wagner Realty as we observe National Lost Dog Awareness Day on April 23rd. This annual event celebrates the happy reunions of lost pets and their owners while raising awareness for the hundreds of other missing or abandoned dogs that need a loving home. There are plenty of cute canines throughout the Sarasota and Manatee Counties that are available for immediate adoption. As you browse homes for sale along Florida's Gulf Coast, we invite you to stop by one of these compassionate animal shelters and find a four-legged friend to add to your family.
Participating in National Lost Dog Awareness Day is a great way to show your support for the thousands of abandoned dogs that go to sleep every night without a permanent, loving home. To learn more about dog adoption centers in the area, or to shop Sarasota and Manatee County homes for sale, contact Wagner Realty today.
When's the last time you spent the weekend enjoying the sun and exploring the fun found around Sarasota and Bradenton? Our REALTORS® encourage you to get out and get involved in the many fantastic weekend events that fill our coast with rich arts and culture. Celebrate our gorgeous weather and vibrant communities by attending one of these five great spring festivals happening in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.
Contact Wagner Realty today to learn more about other spectacular springtime festivals happening around Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
When you find yourself in a living in a new city and want to find the best spots to grab a bite to eat, what do you do? That's easy—ask a Local! Luckily, our REALTORS® live and work in Longboat Key are thrilled to share some of our favorite eateries that will have you dining like a native Floridian in no time.
Homes in Longboat Key offer easy access to beautiful Gulf Coast views and miles of beautiful beaches. With all that seaside scenery, it comes as no surprise that Longboat Key serves up some of the best seafood around, but our local restaurants also offer much more! Here are some of our favorites:
When you're ready to begin your search for a home in Longboat Key, contact Wagner Realty. We have the "inside scoop" on the best homes for sale in our area--not to mention the restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and attractions in Longboat Key.
Longboat Key is a town divided between Florida's Manatee and Sarasota counties. The charms of this tropical, Gulf Coast community are endless with 12 miles of secluded, sandy white beaches. Ask anyone who owns a maintenance-free home in Longboat Key and they'll tell you it's the best choice they ever made. Our REALTORS® have all the information you need to join this maintenance-free living style--trading bleak winters for alluring beaches and plenty of sunshine.
Whether you're a beach comber, club hopper or nature lover, maintenance-free living homes in Longboat Key are the answer to your new way of living. When you tour Longboat Key condominiums and homes, you'll soon understand why so many opt for a maintenance-free lifestyle.
Contact Wagner Realty to introduce you to the world of maintenance-free living in Longboat Key, FL. Our REALTORS® in Longboat Key have the market knowledge and experience to help you search for the perfect home in Florida for you.
Imagine waking up each morning with an important decision--Will you spend the day lounging on the shore searching for sand dollars or shopping in luxury boutiques? When you move to Longboat Key, FL this can be your reality.
Longboat Key FL was named among the top 10 islands in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler. For those who live here, this comes as no surprise. It is the perfect place for a tropical holiday or to live as a castaway year round. This quiet island community has something for everyone. We put our heads together at Wagner Realty and created this checklist of reasons why you should consider Longboat Key for your new home.
If you're considering making the move to this quiet island, contact our team of local REALTORS® in Longboat Key. Our team knows the area well and will help you find the ideal home. Contact Wagner Realty today to get started on your home search.