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“Friendly Neighbors” Takes on New Meaning on the Manatee River

May 14, 2018

The Manatee River is a lush and peaceful waterway located near Sarasota and Bradenton on Florida’s west coast.  In this pristine natural environment, many new homeowners are getting to know the locals up close and personal.  The Manatee River is teeming with many diverse forms of wildlife and it successfully sustains a delicate balance between human and wildlife populations. It’s an enviable setting, perfect for nature watching above and below the surface. Here are five fascinating neighbors residents enjoy at The Islands, a coastal community along the river where nearly every home has access and a boat dock on the river:

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Hottest Residential Construction Trends to Watch for in 2018

May 7, 2018

If you’re like many people who are looking to build a new home or renovate an existing one, you’re probably hoping to strike the perfect balance between timeless design and the hottest trends that are currently in fashion.

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Staging tips to help sell your home fast

April 25, 2018
If you are planning to put your house on the market in the near future, we are sure that the goal is to sell your home as quickly as possible   and  get your full asking price. Use these tips below in order to set the stage for success for selling your home fast.
 
Clear the ClutterThe most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of all the clutter. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. You don't have to go drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.
 
Boost Curb Appeal - Many potential buyers drive-by the property first before deciding on taking a tour.  Ensure your home is ready to lure onlookers by power washing the sidewalks and drive-ways, plant colorful flowers and greenery, wash windows and repaint where needed. 
 
Deep Clean the Inside - It may be worth hiring a professional cleaning staff to come in and really do a deep cleaning of your home so your floors are shining, grout is clean and every area is sparkling. This is one of the easiest ways to help your home put its best foot forward.
 
Home Lighting - One of the things that make staged homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting.  Increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures.  Aim for a total of 100 watts for every 50 square feet.
 
Neutral Colors - Neutral colors most often appeal to most buyers. These days neutral colors go beyond beige, from warm tans and honeys to soft blue-greens.  Try to stay away from those bold colors as they have a way of reducing offers.  You can bring in color with furniture and decorations.
 
Odors and Smells - You'll want to be aware of what you cook and any pet odors if you have a pet. Work towards achieving a clean smell.  Baking soda can help with removing odors. Fresh flowers, pretty soaps, candles and other odor devices are also a great investment.
 
Clean your Closets - Visitors will want to take a look inside your closets.  Closet space is very important for most buyers.  Try to get rid of as much as you can in your closets.  A good aim is for 20 to 30 percent of open space in each closet in order to achieve the impression of spaciousness.
 
Dining Room Table - The dining room table is often overlooked in decorating your home. Think about setting up place settings or using a series of smaller vessels down the center of the table.
 
Master Bedroom Setting - Create a relaxing bedroom setting with luxurious linens and soft colors that will make a potential home buyer want to hang out. You can't go wrong with clean, crisp linens, tasteful artwork and a blanket folded at the foot of the bed. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Style Behind Arthur Rutenberg Homes

April 20, 2018


Arthur Rutenberg homes are known for their stylish elegance, craftsmanship, and lasting value. It’s been a respected name in Florida homebuilding since 1953, and each home the company builds reflect its dedication and experience, from its award-winning model homes to your home.

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A Shoppers Guide to Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida

April 18, 2018

Of course you love the beach, the arts, the boating and the lifestyle of Sarasota…. but let’s face it, you still have to SHOP! When it comes to places to partake in life’s finest pleasure, there’s no shortage of places to venture.  Whether you favor outdoor palm-tree lined shopping centers, bargain hunting at outlet malls or unique boutique window-shopping, they are all within easy reach of The Islands private waterfront community on the Manatee River.

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We've Selected only the best Custom Luxury Homebuilders in Sarasota-Bradenton?

April 13, 2018

Selecting the right homebuilder that understands your wants and needs in a new home is one of the most important decisions during the home buying process. Fortunately, The Islands on the Manatee River has some of the best builders around.

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Best Places to Fish in the Bradenton Area

April 9, 2018

The Bradenton area is well known for its outstanding fishing venues. Whether you'd prefer to fish off a pier or the shore or take your boat out, you'll have plenty of destinations from which to choose.

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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MOVING TO FLORIDA’S GULF COAST

April 6, 2018

The Gulf Coast is less developed and crowded than the east coast of Florida. Because of that, you’ll experience a more easygoing pace of life and you’ll get to where you want to go more easily.

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Fun Area Amenities to Enjoy Near Parrish, Florida

April 4, 2018

The Parrish area of Southwest Florida has plenty of fun activities and attractions. It's home to many fun area amenities, including the following:

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