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August 2012

Real Estate Junkie: August 2012

The Ultimate Vacation Home No town understands the second home better than Sarasota. It’s in our blood. From Bertha Palmer’s The Oaks to the quaint beach bungalows of long-ago Siesta Key to the pioneering golf communities of the Meadows and Palm-Aire— we’ve spent well over a century designing, building and servicing some of the best […]

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August 2012

The Sand Men

If you find yourself in northern Italy later this summer or early fall, be sure to visit the charming 15th-century Palazzo Bembo on Venice’s Grande Canal, a few steps from the Rialto Bridge, where—surprise!—you can dip your feet into a thousand pounds of silky white Siesta Key sand flowing from a basin in the floor. […]

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July 2012

On The Homefront: July 2012

Ahead for iconic modern architect Carl Abbott: a retrospective exhibit and a glossy new book. A high-profile few months lie ahead for Sarasota’s modern architect Carl Abbott. Large-scale photographs and drawings of his iconic designs go on exhibit June 29 through Aug. 3 at Ringling College’s Selby Gallery. And—after 15 years of his tossing around […]

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July 2012

Real Estate Junkie: Whistling Dixie

If J.R. Ewing were ever to move the family from Southfork to Florida, this 10,000-square-foot waterfront estate in the best part of Bradenton would be the perfect choice. Spanish Med it’s not; the style here is Greek Revival meets Neo-Georgian, and the Southern feeling is everywhere, from the five-car garage facing the motor court to […]

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July 2012

Homefront

Dramatic texture and striking contrasts feature heavily in this rug from Sarasota’s award-winning Rugs As Art. Combining both transitional and contemporary patterns in a rich color palette along with exquisite detail carved deeply into the dense, cut-and-loop pile, this rug will endure both in beauty and quality. Rugs As Art, Inc. offers excellent selection, unbeatable […]

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May 2012

On The Homefront

What we loved most at the Parade of Homes and designer showcases this spring. Are you a house voyeur? If you haven’t heard the term, you probably don’t swoon over HGTV makeovers and multimillion-dollar real estate listings in the Sunday newspaper. But if you count the days until the next Parade of Homes or designer […]

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May 2012

Real Estate Junkie

In most of Sarasota’s high-end real estate, you’ll feel a little like Citizen Kane, rattling around in a mansion that’s much too big for you and your opera-singing mistress. This home on Siesta Key is a happy exception. It’s big, all right (almost 10,000 square feet), but the feeling is intimate rather than overwhelming. Imagine […]

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May 2012

Homefront

Smaller details, like this table from Black Bird Home Gallery, can be the start to a great room design. Start Small When putting together a space in a home, it’s common to think large-scale first. But spring is the perfect time to focus on beauty in small packages and fine details, say the experts at […]

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April 2012

The Next Hot Sarasota Neighborhoods

Bob Plunket highlights five up-and-coming Sarasota neighborhoods.

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April 2012

On The Homefront

If price, size, location and amenities are comparable, it’s common sense that most prospective condo buyers would prefer a glamorous new building over one that’s beginning to show telltale signs of age. Enter the condo board: the volunteers who’ve pledged to look after you. Ever since Jerry Seinfeld’s folks moved to Florida, community associations have […]

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April 2012

Top of The Market

More robust real estate news: January’s top-selling home went under contract in just four days at $110,000 over list price. The three-story home at 636 Beach Road on Siesta Key sold for $4.1 million after a list price of $3,990,000. With 4,163 square feet, it has four bedrooms, four baths and plenty of beach-front terraces. […]

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April 2012

Homefront

New Bradenton Showroom Home-Tech has been an industry leader in the fields of home-service agreements, air conditioning and major appliance sales and service for more than three decades. With programs like the Gold Service Agreement Contract, which lets subscribers fully insure their appliances and air-conditioning for an entire year, Home-Tech offers complete and comprehensive care. With […]

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April 2012

Neighborhood Watch

Homebuyers yearning for peace, quiet and a whole lot of land—a minimum of five acres, to be exact—often look east of I-75 at Gator Creek, Saddle Creek and Saddle Oaks, says Lee Byron of Michael Saunders & Company: “They’re especially appealing to buyers from Connecticut, Virginia and other parts of the country who are accustomed […]

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March 2012

Homefront

Custom Cabinetry Celebrating 25 years serving the Suncoast, Contemporary Cabinetry and Closet Concepts has spent those years focused on providing excellent customer service and designs for kitchens, closets, wall units, home offices, armoires and Murphy beds.   Thanks to virtually unlimited capabilities, “We can express our clients’ personal style in almost every way possible,” says […]

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March 2012

Real Estate Junkie

Siesta Beach, now officially the country’s best, has lots of beautiful condos overlooking its pure white sand, but a house in such a prized location is hard to find—particularly a house like this showstopper. With three levels for living, a four-car garage underneath and a rooftop swimming pool, it may well be Sarasota’s ultimate trophy […]

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March 2012

Neighborhood Watch

The posh Osprey country club community The Oaks made a comeback in 2011, with 60 homes sold, a 60 percent increase over 2010. “Prices have settled in,” says Carol Clark of Signature Sotheby’s International Realty. “The vast majority of homes sold last year were beautiful executive homes on large lots with mature landscaping in the […]

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March 2012

Top of the Market

A 4,287-square-foot Manasota Key Gulf-front home at 7100 Manasota Key Road, originally listed for $4.2 million in late 2010, has sold for $2.4 million, making it the highest-selling residential property sold in December. It has four bedrooms, five baths and an infinity pool flanked by a summer kitchen. The master bedroom has two terraces, one […]

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March 2012

On the Homefront

Timing is everything, and unfortunately, sales at The Concession Golf Club and Residences suffered mightily as it debuted smack in the middle of the housing bubble five years ago. But the rough patch appears to be over for the 1,200-acre gated community, according to Sarasota builder Roy Dupuis, whose spectacular Grand Cypress and Villa San […]

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February 2012

On The Homefront

One of the joys of a Florida summer kitchen is winter. True, everything tastes better when it’s cooked outside. But the simplest outdoor meal can seem deliciously decadent when your friends are freezing up North. That’s one reason why the appetite for summer kitchens is growing in Sarasota, from tiny galley kitchens nestled under canvas […]

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February 2012

Neighborhood Watch

Good news for sellers of downtown Sarasota condominiums, says Linda A. Page of Michael Saunders & Company: With just 171 units on the market at year-end, there’s under a year’s worth of inventory; “the lowest for a long time,” she says. “People love the vibrancy of downtown. They’re buying, and they’re staying put,” says Page, […]

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