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September 2011

Whitfield

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 […]

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August 2011

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. […]

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August 2011

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 […]

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March 2011

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 […]

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March 2011

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 […]

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February 2011

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 […]

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February 2011

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 […]

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February 2011

Modern Marvel

325 S. Shore Designed late in his career, this Sarasota School of Architecture gem shows off Ralph Twitchell at his best. The modern master got it perfect this time, with strong horizontal lines and beautiful proportions. Add a historic location—the museum area—and sheltered sailboat water, and you have a house that will bring out the […]

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February 2011

Home of the Month: Pine Run

It’s easy to find a well-priced condo these days, but to find one that’s architecturally significant, spacious and well-priced—that’s a different matter. And that’s why I’m so taken with this three-bedroom, 2 ½-bath, 1,800 square-foot unit in Pine Run, a complex down in Osprey. It’s beautifully designed. It has two atriums—actually, atria—and the bedrooms have […]

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October 2010

Heavenly Harbor Acres

The best neighborhood in Sarasota? That’s a tricky thing to actually put in writing, but I do know that Harbor Acres would be in the top two or three on anybody’s list. It’s got everything—perfect location, beautiful setting, gorgeous yet individualistic homes, and a population that includes the richest, most socially prominent people in town. […]

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