Archive for October, 2003

10/1/2003

Two Men and a Moat

How do you landscape a castle? Well, a moat might be nice for a start. That’s what homeowners Kurt Lucas and Ron Butine thought when it came time to add some water and garden elements to their 4,700-square-foot Sarasota castle called Palazzo de Colores. Hidden behind iron gates and an enclosed stone entrance porch, the […]

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10/1/2003

Do-Over

When graphic designer Andy Eggebrecht purchased his 1,700-square-foot Gulf Gate home, he says that he saw "genuine promise in an over-renovated 1967 Sarasota School of Architecture" house. He knew he’d probably spend another $100,000 refurbishing the place, but was amazed at how much work the project ultimately entailed. After coping with collapsed plumbing, paneled walls […]

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10/1/2003

Liquid Assets

Everyone has their own system for buying a home, whether it’s an investment or a primary residence. Here are some time- and money-saving tips from local residential investors, which apply whether you’re buying an $85,000 rental or an $850,000 bayfront beauty: 1. Decide in advance how much you can afford. There’s no point in wasting […]

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10/1/2003

Street Talk

BLESS THIS HOUSE Sarasota’s newest real estate icon is a Catholic saint. St. Joseph is the Catholic patron saint of the home, family, and construction workers-and lately, of Sarasota real estate. Karen Cullen of St. Matthews Catholic Books and Gifts is doing a brisk business in four-inch-tall plastic statues of the saint, who raised Jesus […]

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10/1/2003

Homefront

*Michael Saunders: Impressive Sales and Awards Michael Saunders has been busy lately, and it’s not just with selling real estate-she’s been hard at work receiving awards. Over the past few months, Saunders was inducted into the Community Video Archives Hall of Fame, and a 30-minute video of her life and achievements is now available through […]

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10/1/2003

Rooms With a Clue

One of my favorite little Florida pleasures is to research state history and then go and stand some place where a famous person has been. And, by far, the biggest windfall of brushes with past fame can be had at grand old Florida hotels (and some of the newer). I can’t help but hear those […]

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10/1/2003

Hidden River Reflection

On Tuesday, June 24, I was sitting in the Jackson, Miss., airport, browsing through USA Today. I came across a short story about a small riverfront development in eastern Sarasota County in Florida, where a levee had broken and a river had rampaged through 40 of the 90-some homes. No name of the river or […]

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10/1/2003

Unbroken Circle

Johnny Cash didn’t just walk on a stage-he swaggered. For more than 40 years, from Podunk to Prague, the Man in Black loped from the wings with a distinctive, bad-ass stride, conquering honky tonks, concert halls, sports stadiums and prisons with nothing more than the power of his presence. Singer Merle Haggard, who was an […]

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10/1/2003

Great Lines

When a realtor showed graphic designer Andy Eggebrecht a 1,700-square-foot house on a corner lot near Gulf Gate School, Eggebrecht made an offer the same day and bought the place for $140,000. The owner of AE Design Group says he saw genuine promise in an over-renovated 1967 Sarasota School of Architecture home. "I had been […]

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10/1/2003

Made in Sarasota

"Not too many people have this in their freezer," says Elizabeth Geisler, producing a bundle of white oak twigs from her refrigerator. And no one else in Sarasota could possibly have a cornucopia of baskets of all shapes and sizes hanging from the ceiling in magnificent profusion and filling a glass-fronted display case along a […]

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10/1/2003

Mr. Chatterbox

If you’ve been thinking that I haven’t been myself lately you’re absolutely right. First of all, I lost 15 pounds! Yes, even though it was virtually unnoticeable, I was carrying around, as my boss told me recently, "a lot of baggage." I had learned to accept my "spare tire" as a natural part of the […]

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10/1/2003

Boxes and Beauty

House and site are one in an ingenious Lido Shores home that stands like a modernist beacon in a neighborhood that was once the flagship of the Sarasota School of Architecture. Guy Peterson, FAIA, designed the 4,800-square-foot residence for a 60-something Oregon couple. As devoted to imaginative design as they are to privacy, the couple […]

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10/1/2003

Why Can’t We?

"If you want to see your children graduate from college I suggest you have a mastectomy as soon as possible." The surgeon’s words echoed in my head and every ounce of energy drained from my body like sand in an hourglass. I glanced up at the X-ray on the wall in front of me, still […]

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10/1/2003

Home Grown

Wayne "Bucky" Hibbs Jr. first walked into Farm & Garden Supply in 1953 at the gangly age of 11 to help his father Wayne Hibbs sell cattle feed and chickens. For the next five decades, father and son grew the store, switching from feed to flowers and chemical fertilizers to organics. They even hosted a […]

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10/1/2003

Modern Love

When architect James Bowen and his wife Anastasia moved to Sarasota from California, they had some definite criteria for their new home. They hoped for a modern structure west of the Trail, with a side front entrance and a detached garage. They got their wishes and more in a 2,000-square-foot, two-story residence in Cherokee Park […]

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10/1/2003

A Master Plan

Good design is often like a math equation. There’s a time to figure out all the variables, a time to add and subtract, and a time for creative thinking to achieve original results. Fortunately, Gary Roberts, owner of Bamboo Development, has a head for numbers and a penchant for perplexity. Plus, he and Marilee Kline, […]

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10/1/2003

Flora-days

For Kurt Lucas and Ron Butine’s whimsical castle home, featured on page 118 of the October 2003 issue, landscaper Scott Younkman deliberately avoided any hint of tropical influence. To complement the aged look of the home, he designed garden areas that were formal, refined and sculptural. "Ron said he wanted the landscaping to look like […]

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10/1/2003

Hot Tickets

Art ArtCenter Sarasota. Continuing on view through Oct. 11: the Sarasota Centennial Celebration, offering a juried photography competition on City Life & Its Buildings and oil and watercolor paintings of 1940s’ and ’50s’ Sarasota scenes. Opening Oct. 21 to continue through Nov. 15: a national invitational honoring the legacy of Hilton Leech and a Fall […]

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10/1/2003

Downtown’s Condo Craze

Every week for the past few months, press releases for condo buildings boasting everything from feng shui rooftop gardens to courtyard coffee shops come winging into newspaper and magazine offices, making one thing abundantly clear: A downtown Sarasota address might be the next must-have accessory of the ’00s. With four major projects under construction and […]

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10/1/2003

Small Pleasures

After 16 successful years on Longboat Key at the Four Winds Resort, Ivo Scafa has moved his culinary talents to the mainland in a small Southgate restaurant in a strip mall on Siesta Drive. The plain exterior and the unlovely Budweiser neon sign in the front window may not entice casual strollers or shoppers. But […]

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