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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