Archive for October, 2005

10/1/2005

Flipped Out

Cheryl Loeffler is doing her darnedest to answer an interviewer’s questions about the downtown real estate market, but every other sentence is interrupted by the incessant ring of her cell phone. More clients desperately seeking downtown real estate in Sarasota. Loeffler, co-founder of Premier Estates Advisors of Prudential Palms Realty, is one of Sarasota’s top-selling […]

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10/1/2005

The Landscape Artist

Fate brought Tim Macksey to a career in landscape architecture. "I was majoring in marketing at Michigan State in 1971 when my dad, who was a developer, asked if I wanted to come to Sarasota and help him with a project that became Lake Arrowhead. I planted the landscaping and discovered I loved it." Since […]

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10/1/2005

A Grande Small Place

To most buyers scouting Boca Grande property, a Ruth Richmond ranch house built for the budget-conscious in the 1960s would not inspire lofty dreams. (Richmond was a fashion designer who built more than 1,000 Southwest Florida homes, which were modestly priced but prized for their style, from 1958 to 1978-see accompanying story.) This one didn’t […]

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10/1/2005

Right Now

In Da Club Club 2040 (two blocks north of the Hollywood 20 on Sixth Street), offers a fresh spin-it’s for members only. The club, which takes up an entire block, boasts the largest dance floor in town and is actually two clubs in one, with a South Beach-style space featuring house and lounge music and […]

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10/1/2005

At Home in Florida

Design experience: Twenty-five years, 17 in Sarasota. Style defined: I’m happiest working in a traditional or transitional style that references a Florida look. Color is my signature. My home is: A 10-year-old West Indies-style home inspired by a vacation to Nevis. Favorite room: My cozy mahogany paneled den. I curl up with my two dogs […]

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10/1/2005

October Events

Art Selby Gallery. Continuing through Oct. 8 is Part I of the Ringling School’s annual faculty show, featuring works from the fine arts, computer animation, interior design and CORE studio departments. Opening with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 14 and continuing through Oct. 29 is Part II, which offers art from the […]

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10/1/2005

Before & After

John and Elisabeth Root of Medina, Ohio, discovered Sarasota and knew they’d found their second home. And it was no problem moving from their pretty "trial" villa in Turtle Creek into a spacious Deer Creek pool home. But how does one transform a dated model home with pink Corian counters, acres of porcelain tile bordered […]

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10/1/2005

In the Swing

Golfers usually associate a "long drive" with the likes of Tiger Woods and John Daly, who both drive the ball over 300 yards. Well, in the case of the Venetian Golf & River Club, a long drive means just what it says, because it’s no short hop from Sarasota to reach this WCI facility’s 18-hole […]

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10/1/2005

Mexico’s Treasure

Anyone who spends more than two weeks in Mexico becomes obsessed with the food. I’ve seen it happen over and over again. People arrive thinking it’s the same stuff they get at Don Pablo’s out by the mall-until they taste the real thing. Sometimes it’s the perfect taco, sometimes it’s a fancy classic like huachinango […]

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10/1/2005

Homefront

CANE IS COOL There’s good reason for the liberal use of caning and woven panels in British Plantation-style furniture: Colonials in the heat and humidity of the tropics realized cane-back and cane-seat chairs are comfortable and cool. Southwest Floridians can appreciate cool comfort, too, and nowadays cane furniture comes in forms as pleasing as their […]

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10/1/2005

In Town

After a lifetime spent playing the blues, Delbert McClinton is finally beating the Cost of Living, the title of his latest album (available at his Web site, www.delbert.com). He’ll be wailing at the Sarasota Blues Fest at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds on Oct. 29 (for ticket info go to www.sarasotabluesfest.com); we spoke to him recently […]

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10/1/2005

One Great Room

Ann and John Ross’s 1970s-era waterfront home got a jolt of color and breezy island attitude when designer Lee Younger took "the elephant in the room"-an assertive green vintage chinoiserie curio cabinet the homeowners never really liked but couldn’t jettison because it’s an heirloom-and made it the focal point of the new living/dining room. Younger […]

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10/1/2005

Lundy’s Legacy

Not to be outdone by the other notables in the much-lauded Sarasota arts group of the 1950s (which included writers, painters and the ground-breaking proponents of the Sarasota School of Architecture), Victor Lundy arrived here in 1951, soon to become world-famous in architecture. Born in Manhattan, Lundy traveled through Europe and back to the United […]

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10/1/2005

Modern Love

New owners have often ruined Sarasota School houses by expansion. An exception: the Rudolph-designed Burkhardt/Cohen House on Casey Key, renovated by Toshiko Mori. The new guest house, raised 17 feet above sea level, connects to the original 1957 Rudolph house via an exterior stainless steel staircase, which becomes the new center of the house, connecting […]

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10/1/2005

In the Garden

In Louis De Marco’s lush, peaceful Siesta Key garden stands a magnificent grove of Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) full of filtered light and contemplative beauty. Like a cathedral’s majestic organ, the imposing canes reach 70 feet high, wind eliciting melodic clatter from the swaying stalks. "It began with a small clump, about two feet tall, […]

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10/1/2005

Street Talk

NOISEMAKER Radiohead David Beaton helps bring new voices to the local radio scene. Fogartyville CafĂ© co-owner David Beaton led the band of community activists and New College students who brought WSLR-LPFM Radio (96.5 FM) to the local airwaves in August. The nonprofit, non-commercial station offers 24 hours of music and public affairs programs-everything from the […]

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10/1/2005

Real Estate Go$$ip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH OYSTER BAY STEAMS UP A flurry of new construction is happening in lush, hushed Oyster Bay, one of Sarasota’s most prestigious West of Trail neighborhoods. Here, waterfront homes on manicured lawns sit prettily beneath towering trees and children ride bikes down leafy, winding South and North Lake Shore drives to play tennis or […]

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10/1/2005

Living Color

When ill-starred adventurer Ponce de Leon trudged ashore in 1513 to claim a tropical paradise for God and Spain, he christened the land that lay before him "Pascua Florida"-feast of flowers. Landfall was on the east coast, just above the Indian River. We can only guess which flowers he found there. But whatever they were, […]

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10/1/2005

Cabana Magic

Some of the most coveted properties in Sarasota aren’t showy, sprawling or rising 10 stories into the sky. Instead, they’re a scattered collection of tiny beach cabanas, as simple and unassuming as can be. But you’ll probably never see any of these hot properties advertised. Their value and their cachet just keep escalating, and the […]

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10/1/2005

Simple Magic

As grand palaces rise all around us in Sarasota (like the 20,000-square-foot edifice that a retired couple will soon move into on Longboat Key), it’s worth escaping every now and then to the pleasures of rustic simplicity. That’s just what I was lucky enough to do this summer, when I-and three other editors at the […]

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