• Bradenton's eco-friendly Mirabella development wins innovation award
    Mirabella Florida, a 55-plus community built on the site of the old Village Green golf course in west Bradenton, has collected another award for its eco-friendly nature. The development was named one of the five most innovative active-adult communities in the country by online information and ratings site evaluates ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • CHRIS WILLE: Beloved 1961 waterfront home presents a selling dilemma
    Gary and Kathy Hendricks face a delicate, difficult quandary.They own a home sitting on about a third of an acre right on the Intracoastal Waterway. Only yards away, the Stickney Point Road bridge leads to Siesta Key. The powdery beaches of the barrier island are but a half mile away.Their ... read more
  • CAN Community Health pays $4.8 million for corporate headquarters
    SARASOTA - CAN Community Health Inc. has paid $4.8 million for a prominent office building that will become its corporate headquarters.CAN, which provides medical and other services to the HIV/AIDS community, acquired the modern-design building this month at 4440 Fruitville Road.The two-story building, recently occupied by Creative Agency Services, will ... read more
    By John Hielscher
  • Home prices, sales rising in Sarasota-Manatee market
    Last month, the Sarasota-Manatee residential real estate market showed an increase in the number of closed sales and pending sales, a continuation in the rise of median prices and a drop in inventory levels.Home buyers preferred condos and townhouses over single-family homes, a likely sign that snowbird season has been ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • Crash course on flipping
    This Saturday night (April 28) at 10 p.m. on the DIY network, local homeowners Katie Marie and David Hughes will enjoy the spotlight as they and their renovated 1,700-square-foot, three-bedroom home at 2619 Webber Street are featured in an episode of Buyers Bootcamp, starring Scott McGillivray. He's the Canadian TV ... read more
    By By Marsha Fottler Correspondent
  • HAROLD BUBIL: Missing from 'design options' - the Van Wezel
    On Wednesday, I went to a public presentation to see the three "design options" for The Bay project around Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, where the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization presented the initial "design options" from Sasaki Associates.Wednesday is also deadline day for my Sunday column. As I have discussed ... read more
  • FLORIDA BUILDINGS I LOVE: No. 71: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sarasota
    "The straight line belongs to men, the curved one to God," architect Antoni Gaudi once said.Architect Victor Lundy borrowed from God freely. He was known for such curvaceous 1950s buildings as St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Herron House in Venice and the "Blue Pagoda" pavilion that he designed for the ... read more
    By Harold Bubil
  • REAL ESTATE BRIEFS: West Villages closes first quarter with record breaking sales
    With a strong March sales total of 115 homes, West Villages Florida closed the first quarter with 346 home sales - a 38 percent increase over 2017's first quarter.The 346 sales puts West Villages' annual sales for the period ending March 31, 2018 at 1,051 home sales - a record ... read more
    By Staff Report
  • Market Snapshot: Bridle Oaks
    You can't see Bridle Oaks' entrance gate from Capri Isle Boulevard, the main road that runs past the east Venice neighborhood. It's also easy to miss the sign on the median at the beginning of the curved drive that leads to the community."Most people don't know about this cozy little ... read more
    By By Chris Angermann Correspondent
  • Ultra-luxe condo tower coming to Sarasota bayfront
    An ultra-luxury condominium tower with clear bayfront views is coming to downtown Sarasota. Seaward Development's lavish 18-story EPOCH project shows the market for multimillion-dollar condos has not passed the saturation point.The condo community will rise from a 100-foot-wide site between South Palm and South Gulfstream. The only thing separating the ... read more
    By Chris Wille