Teeing Off at The Founders Club
One of a handful of ultra-luxurious golf courses that debuted here in this decade, The Founders Club is nestled into 700 oak-filled acres on
Total number of property owners: 262 Total number of sales from 8/2007 to 8/2008: 9 Range of sale prices: $815,000 to $2.96 million Range of square footage: 3,264 to 6,578
A luxurious new four-bedroom, four-bath home at
A Lee Wetherington model home set on a preserve lot with fine finishes and numerous upgrades sold recently for $815,000 following an original list price of $849,000. The 3,264-square-foot Carrera II model at
MLS statistics courtesy of Greg Sheller of Re/Max Alliance Group. MLS records transactions and listings by members of the
Top of the Market
A custom-designed Casey Key home that sold for $4.85 million after an original list price of $5,495,000 captured the top spot in residential sales in August. It also represents the highest sale on Casey Key since March 2007 and the largest sale on record for a bayfront home on the island. The newly constructed Colonial-style home at
“My buyers wanted a feeling of being on vacation all year long,” says selling agent Robin DiSabatino of Michael Saunders & Company. Annette and Albert Ayers of Michael Saunders & Company were the listing agents.
Sales information provided by Kim Ogilvie of Michael Saunders & Company.
A custom Craftsman-style home originally listed at nearly $1 million is now offered for sale at $749,000. Located at
Reclaimed oak floors, brick work, custom windows and doors, gorgeous two-story fireplace and a state-of-the-art kitchen with built-ins galore make the interior of this home original and charming. The master suite has its own private library, while each of the four bedrooms and three baths is spacious and beautifully appointed. Situated in a park-like setting beneath majestic oaks and overlooking a creek that flows to the
Wraparound porches provide shaded outdoor living areas amidst manicured gardens. “This is a beautiful two-story home on nearly an acre of property, and it’s being offered at a significant $200,000 price reduction,” says listing agent Tierney Foster of Re/Max Alliance Group. “It’s an incredible buy.”
Hannerle Moore recently closed a sale totaling $3.625 million, the highest recorded sales price this year for a single-family home on St. Armands. Moore, who was with Sky Sotheby’s International Realty’s Longboat Key office at the time of closing and is now with Michael Saunders & Company, represented the buyer of
The five-bedroom luxury residence is situated on a large double lot within walking distance of
“My buyers had been coming to Lido Key for 13 years and staying in condominiums,” says
And Kim Tritschler of Re/Max Effort Realty in Nokomis sold a $3.5 million waterfront home in the
“My buyers are from
Zebrawood without guilt.
Love the look of exotic wood veneers for your kitchen cabinets, but feeling uncomfortable about sacking the forests? The German-based luxury kitchen designer and manufacturer Alno has introduced its Alnoart Woodglas collection. A patented ink-jet technology prints a continuous wood grain directly onto aluminum-framed glass doors. The result is a high-shine veneer that you’d swear was zebrawood. It won the 2008 Kitchen Innovation of the Year award from the German government. www.alno.com
Interior designer Kurt Lucas of JKL Design Group made headlines a few years ago with the design of his own outrageously opulent “castle”—complete with moat—off Mound Street just south of downtown Sarasota.
My favorite residential project: My favorites are the ones I do for myself—the castle, [my apartment in] the Orange Blossom—so I have to say my next one. For my next house I’m going to design and build a great contemporary. Everybody thinks I only do gothic or baroque, and that’s so far from me. The smartest way to spruce up your home on a budget: Paint. It’s so cheap and if you don’t like it or if you get bored with it, you can change your house weekly if you want to. Put some color and life on your walls, or if your furniture is the dominating color, make your walls light and crisp. The trend: Is toward intense color—dominant pinks and great darker lime—balanced with rich chocolate. It’s contemporary, it’s traditional, it’s transitional, it’s happy. If money were no object: I’d do a combination of [
The Great Outdoors
Leave it to the showstopping French design king, Philippe Starck, to come up with this fresh take on outdoor furniture. His RobinWood collection for Sutherland Furniture features 25 pieces of aluminum-and-slatted-teak outdoor furniture in modern, geometric shapes. You’ll lounge in style. www.sutherlandfurniture.com
One Great Room
A couple’s home makeover inspires a new business.
By Carol Tisch
When Jim and Sharon Butler built their new 7,000-foot home in the Oaks Clubside last year, the idea of Extreme Remodelers of Sarasota was born. Their experience convinced Jim that our town needed a one-stop company to help consumers manage the trials and tribulations of home makeovers.
“I realized people in Sarasota had to go to as many as 19 different places—from appliance stores to cabinet, lighting, plumbing and tile showrooms—just to figure out how to put their remodeling project together,” says Butler. “The number of choices and the prospect of coordinating the various craftspeople are daunting,” adds the 30-year veteran of the kitchen and bath business (the past 10 years as owner of CCS Cabinetry in
Real Estate Junkie
Blogger Robert Plunket checks out the market for listings of interest; here a few of his recent postings.
It’s starting to amaze me what we have in
There are no chain restaurants (except for Subway), and the bars are Florida classics, from the racy Daiquiri Deck, where the bad boys hang out, to the Beach Club, an integral part of Sarasota nightlife. Like Margaritaville, it has tourists covered in oil, who provide great people-watching, but there is also a strong local presence to give you a sense of community.
Here’s a sampling of what’s available. I am being very strict geographically. If it wasn’t within a block or two of Big Olaf’s Ice Cream—a landmark if there ever was one—it isn’t included.
The high-rises above anchor one end of the Village. One is the Terrace, and the other is the Terrace East. Prices start at $500,000 for the smaller units (and some are quite small) and go up to a couple of million for premium units on high floors. These buildings are dated but will never go out of style. They have among the best views in town.
Typical of the Village’s new construction are the villa-type homes on Calle Miramar. They’re big, they have every luxury finish, and there seem to be a lot of them on the market. Some have much better views than others, but at the moment you can pick and choose. They usually start around a million and half and go up to $3 million.
The Village’s architecture is eclectic and placed in charming randomness. A 60-year-old beach cottage will be next to a multimillion dollar home. (Not that the beach cottage doesn’t cost a million dollars, believe me.) Above is a perfect Old
Glen Oaks Manor is built on the site of the former Winter Headquarters of the circus, at Beneva and
The answer lies in the sensational Glen Oaks Manor layout. From the outside the villas are nondescript and lacking in personality. But inside all hell breaks loose. They are built around a series of courtyards and atriums, so that they turn away from the world and become their own ultra-private spaces. The only window to the outside is in the guest bedroom.
You can do anything you want with a Glen Oaks villa, and believe me, the decorators have. None of the interior walls are load-bearing, so you can tear down, rip out, enlarge, etc. You can turn it into Country French, formal English,
What you do with the courtyard is the key issue in a Glen Oak villa, and in this particular example (3804 Glen
My dream is that someday they’ll have a Glen Oaks Manor house tour, possibly to benefit the Old Decorators’ Home, and you’ll get to see eight or 10 examples all at the same time. What a master class that would be.
It’s built on what may be the best piece of land in
The price is certainly right. You can easily get something for under $100,000. The house below is listed at $65,900.
But keep in mind it’s less than 600 square feet. Braden Castle homes are tiny vacation homes from the 1920s, don’t forget—charming but very small in scale. Even the amenities are in keeping with the place’s character. There are a clubhouse, a great old fishing pier, shuffleboard courts, and my favorite, the library.
Debuting this month, Extreme Remodelers offers luxury makeovers from start to finish, including kitchens like his and Sharon’s with high-end cabinets, Viking appliances and designer details. But gourmet test kitchens need great cooks as well as great equipment, so Butler is offering the region’s first