Archive for October, 2003

10/1/2003

Ask the Experts

Q. I’m attracted to the look of bamboo flooring for my high-traffic study. What are the pros and cons of this wood treatment? Dave Gruber is about to make you very happy you inquired about this type of flooring. Bamboo flooring is stylish, versatile, durable and environmentally friendly. This product (which is actually a highly […]

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10/1/2003

Real Estate Gossip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: HARBOR ACRES (West of Orange Avenue and bounded by Bahia Vista on the north and Hillview Avenue to the south.) This 3,023-square-foot home at 1735 Flower Drive sold last January in only six days for the full asking price of $797,500 after a bidding war that resulted in three contracts. Drayton Saunders of […]

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10/1/2003

A Federal Case

Sarasota’s record for saving historic structures, heretofore spotty at best, has improved with the re-opening of the Federal Building on South Orange Avenue at Ringling Boulevard. Making this fine structure useful by housing some departments ofthe city administration there does more than recycle an old building. Itrestores a sense of place in a key downtown […]

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10/1/2003

In the Swing

A golf club with a bright future Sunrise Golf Club, located off Clark Road by Palmer Ranch, is a public-friendly golf facility that features a very playable course and a professional, Doug Mochrie, with a lot of experience. Mochrie was married to Dottie Pepper, a golf pro who still competes on the LPGA Tour, and […]

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10/1/2003

The Last Frontier

When a Lido Shores home on the Gulf of Mexico sold for a record $11 million in Sarasota last spring, it was time for the landlocked among us to face facts. We will never sip margaritas at sunset from our own dock on the Sarasota waterfront. An overreaction? This past July, there were only six […]

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10/1/2003

It’s About Value

You may think we editors sit around discussing left-wing, liberal politics, but lately we’ve been talking about real estate. It’s finally dawned on us that while we’ve been covering the Medieval Fair and arguing over comma splices, smarter minds were out there flipping West-of-the-Trail bungalows and watching their waterfront holdings quadruple in value. So when […]

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10/1/2003

Cat Nipped

Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are often overlooked because they have adapted well to human encroachment, hunting by night and hiding during daylight. Though only twice the size of a domestic cat, and less than a third the size of a Florida panther, these wily and majestic creatures are almost impossible to tame. They were common on […]

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