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For Sale: Modern Mansion in Lido Shores

New to the market is this quietly spectacular Lido Shores home–located at 1155 Center Place–that dates from 1957. It was designed by William Rupp and is pure Sarasota School of Architecture, particularly after a recent redo by Siebert Architects. My favorite touch is the glass walled garage, which sort of forces you to buy a […]


“Diamond in the Rough” Homes For Sale Near Southside Village

By Robert Plunket The category of “diamond-in-the-rough” has always been my favorite when it comes to real estate. I love a run-down old house with a lot of character, and if it’s perfectly located and cheap, so much the better. Here are two I’ve had my eye on. They are, oddly enough, right on the […]


The Fogarty House

The Fogartys are one of the oldest families in Bradenton. They originally settled in the area in the 1840s. There’s a whole part of town named after them (Fogartyville), plus a cemetery, and there used to be a cafe/bar. Now the family homestead has just come on the market. The most amazing thing about it […]


For Sale: Tim Seibert’s Famous Ness House

Tim Seibert may well be the most prolific of the Sarasota School of Architecture guys, with a career that goes back to the Paul Rudolph days and stretches to the present. (Though he is technically retired, his firm still exists.) One of the benefits of this longevity is that he can now help renovate his […]


Palmetto Paradise

300 13th Ave. W., Palmetto If you’ve been house hunting in our area, after a while everything very well may start to blur. You’ve got your gated communities, you’ve got your condos, you’ve got your remodeled resales. Maybe it’s time to think outside the box and take a look at something completely different, like this […]


McClellan Park Vintage Charmer

How cute is this! A storybook cottage in the perfect neighborhood, just a short walk to Morton’s Market and Southside Village. Built in 1925, it’s got great period details: rolled eaves on the roof, the original front door with wrought-iron trim, wood floors, a wood-burning fireplace, arched doorways, a beamed and vaulted ceiling in the […]


Bermuda-Georgians in Boca Grande

I’ve had my eye on Boca Royale down in Englewood for several years now, mainly because of the architecture. It’s a sort of Bermuda-Georgian, formal yet tropical, and a nice change from the Mediterrean Revival of just about all the new developments. So I made a special trip there this weekend, to get a more […]


Labor Day in Arcadia

I went to Arcadia over Labor Day weekend and I must say, what a quiet, peaceful place it is. Compared to Sarasota it’s another world entirely, like a cattle town in Texas that time forgot. I don’t think it’s doing too well financially. Three different antique dealers refused to take credit cards, so as to […]


Sarasota Real Estate: Carl Abbott House, 3638 San Remo Terrace

There was a wonderful exhibit of Carl Abbott architecture at Ringling College’s Selby Galleries (it just closed Aug. 3) and as you looked at the gorgeously geometric beach houses with their soaring roofs and acres of glass, the questions arose: Is this right for me? Is it “too modern?” What would I do with my […]


Sarasota Real Estate: Bungalow Bliss

1629 Seventh St. If you’ve been waiting for the perfect Gillespie Park house, 1629 Seventh St. may well be it. It’s got everything: perfect location (on the fancy block of restored bungalows), the original 1925 floor plan, the original wood floors, doors, hardware, windows, etc.—the things most restorers spend so much time and money trying […]