• FLORIDA BUILDINGS I LOVE: No. 106: Usonian House, 2013, Lakeland
    A small, private college campus in Polk County has not only the largest collection of buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright in one place, it also has perhaps the newest building by the American master.In 2013, Florida Southern College, which is justifiably proud of its campus, used original Wright plans from ... read more
    By Harold Bubil
  • Market snapshot: Mission Estates and Mission Valley Estates
    The historic marker at the entrance to Mission Valley Estates on Laurel Street in Nokomis tells of the turpentining (also known as the naval stores industry) that flourished there after the Civil War. The labor force harvesting the gum from pine trees and distilling it into turpentine was almost exclusively ... read more
    By By Chris Angermann Correspondent
  • CHRIS WILLE: Housing boom alive and well
    Reports of the end of current housing boom are exaggerated.So states the American Enterprise Institute's Center on Housing Markets and Finance in its quarterly National Housing Market Indicators report, issued last week and covering national third-quarter 2018 data on residential sales transactions and house price trends. In November 2018, the ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • 2018 Lake Club home, lot sales top $55 million
    Homebuilders working in The Lake Club, an upscale village in Lakewood Ranch, completed 62 end-user home and lot sales in 2018, exceeding around $55 million.Multiple enhancements were completed in The Lake Club last year with more expected this year. Lake View Estates made its debut with residences starting at $1 ... read more
    By Staff report
  • New York's Chrysler Building in need of a rebirth
    One Thursday in the spring of 1978, an advertisement in The New York Times caught the attention of Manhattan's real estate industry."THE CHRYSLER BUILDING" it said in bold letters above a sketch of the skyscraper. "So celebrated, that no other address is necessary."The ad signaled a rebirth for the iconic ... read more
    By By Lily Katz Bloomberg
    Kelly Baldwin has joined the Longboat Key office of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.Baldwin specializes in waterfront properties, new construction homes and first-time homebuyers. She provides residential real estate services throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties.Previously with Michael Saunders and Co., Baldwin closed a sales volume of over $30 million ... read more
  • Helping teachers find affordable homes
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Rizi Manzon lives in the heart of Silicon Valley, in a modest-looking neighborhood of garden apartments and one-story houses on small lots. His own home is five minutes from Apple's headquarters in what is, by some measures, the most expensive housing market in the country. Average ... read more
    By By Dana Goldstein The New York Times
  • HAROLD BUBIL: Cocoon House rental pays off for Sarasota Architectural Foundation
    The Sarasota Architectural Foundation has a hit on its hands with the 1950 cottage on Siesta Key that is known as the "Cocoon House."In 2018, SAF rented the unique house, invested in a rehabilitation effort headed by SAF board member David Zaccardelli and contractor Pat Ball, and has been opening ... read more
  • Inspired by a vintage vibe
    A waterside home so inviting that it was named one of Sarasota's "Ten Most Beautiful" by a local magazine is on the market, which means potential buyers can wander through big rooms and spacious outdoor spaces and judge for themselves - provided they are qualified buyers and intend to spend ... read more
    By Marsha Fottler
  • FLORIDA BUILDINGS I LOVE: No. 105: Splendida, 1925, Sarasota
    Somehow, as the weekly FBIL feature enters its third year, the Taylor-Whitfield House has not received its deserved attention.Not that it hasn't been loved. Now known as Splendida, it is one of the most beloved and admired houses in Sarasota.Built in 1925 for J.G. Whitfield, the brother of the man ... read more
    By Harold Bubil