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McClellan Park: 2200 Mietaw Drive

Every once in a while you find a house in Sarasota that’s so Key West in feeling that you can just picture yourself hanging out all day by the pool, wandering into the kitchen for margarita refills, while  your biggest worry is what to do about dinner tonight. This house right in the middle of […]


Return to Village Gardens

A typical Village Gardens exterior view. I’ve always liked Village Gardens—I used to live there—and when I was up there the other day, I started liking it all over again. They’ve spruced it up (not that it needed it; it’s always been beautifully maintained) and these days it’s looking better than ever. And as a […]


Siesta Key Condo: Sandy Cove

If you’re looking for a big condo on Siesta Key with an incredible view but an affordable price, here it is. Located in Sandy Cove, a 1970s development of villas and midrises, it’s on the fifth floor and the panorama over Big Pass to Lido, Bird Key, and downtown is a guaranteed “wow” moment. It’s […]



I’ve always loved this house but it’s been way out of my price range. They keep reducing it, though, and now it’s an incredible bargain. If you’re looking for a big, elegant home in a gorgeous setting, this may be the one—it’s down to $525,000. (That’s what I sold my shabby 1,100-square-foot bungalow for back […]


Downtown Sarasota’s Francis Carlton Apartments

Downtown’s Frances Carlton Apartments I’ve always loved the Frances Carlton Apartments, that extremely cute old building downtown next to Florida Studio Theatre.  But I felt they were very overpriced. Well, no longer. The ones currently for sale seems like pretty good deals. The apartments are laid out like a railroad flat. These apartments are small. […]


Cherokee Park

1735 North Drive, Sarasota. Living room Backyard. Built in 1936 by the developer of Cherokee Park, this Art Moderne masterpiece is a rarity in Sarasota. The style set the stage for the Sarasota School of Architecture but has all but vanished, with just a few examples left to recall the kind of glamour that made […]


Living on Longboat

Longboat Key used to be lined with houses like this—comfortable beach cottages, unpretentious but not without a certain style. Practically all of them have disappeared over the years, replaced by high-rises and mansions, but a few still remain, and this is one of the best. 4011 Gulf of Mexico Drive The Dineen House, subject of […]


Good Things in Small Packages: The 2011 Parade of Homes

This year’s Parade of Homes was just a shadow of what it used to be, with many models several years old and not much new to look at. There is a trend, though—smaller homes with big, fancy-home touches. Our home editor and Retail Therapy blogger, Carol Tisch, has an article about this in our upcoming […]


The Whitfield Historic Homes Tour

Great news! Chick Austin’s old house is going to be open this weekend as part of the Whitfield Historic Homes Tour and you don’t want to miss it. Chick Austin was the first director of the Ringling Museum back in the 1940’s and he was one of the great visual geniuses of the last 100 […]


A Symphony of Homes

If you like to look inside other people’s houses, you are about to hit the jackpot. This year the Sarasota Orchestra, instead of its annual decorator show house, has gathered together a spectacular collection of luxury real estate that is currently on the market, and has arranged for these homes to the open to the […]