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March 2013

The Ultimate Sarasota Penthouse?

By Robert Plunket The ultimate Sarasota penthouse? Could be. This unit in L’Ambiance, behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club, has the size and glamour that would make it hard to beat. And the 14-foot ceilings clinch the deal, giving it a sense of scale that you just can’t find anywhere else. First, the […]

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March 2013

Close Encounters of the Geodesic Kind

Well, here’s something different. A geodesic dome house. It’s enormous, four stories high and more than 3,300 square feet (although I must say you have to be a math major to figure the square footage in a house like this.) And it’s made out of concrete. And it’s not stuck out the country, either, where […]

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February 2013

Real Estate Junkie: $10 Million

By Bob Plunket This home at the north of Siesta Key has just sold for $10 million, the biggest sale since 2011. People are hoping that maybe it means big expensive homes will now be easier to sell. This one was on the market for six years, and the asking price was originally around $20 […]

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February 2013

For Sale: Siesta Key Stunner

By Robert Plunket Siesta Key is full of million dollar homes, but this beauty is something special. It’s got a style and elegance that leaves most of the others in the dust. HGTV certainly thinks so—they were planning to feature it on an upcoming segment on “Live Here Buy This” until a scheduling conflict got […]

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February 2013

Towles Court: Art and Commerce

By Robert Plunket Towles Court is Sarasota’s arts and crafts district, several square blocks of homes, mostly vintage, that have been remodeled to become galleries and shops and restaurants. Though its economic groundings have seemed shaky at times over the years, it’s established itself as a place to spend a couple of hours wandering around, […]

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January 2013

Get a Peek Inside These Powerball Winners’ Sarasota Home

If you ever wondered what house you would buy if you won the lottery, here’s one winner’s answer. This Harbor Acres home on prestigious Hillview Avenue was sold three months ago to Merle and Patricia Butler of Red Bud, Ill., who won $157 million as their share of the largest Powerball in history. The Butlers […]

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December 2012

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 […]

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December 2012

“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 […]

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December 2012

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 […]

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November 2012

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 […]

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