• CHRIS WILLE: Truly living large in massive Lake Club mansion
    It's a shell of a house, waiting for someone to select some interior finishes that are available in large quantities.Still under construction, the two-story mansion in the exclusive Lake Club community of Lakewood Ranch is on the market for a shade under $6 million. It has 19,000 square feet of ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • From drab to delightful
    Dan and Christine Kittinger, a contractor/developer and CPA respectively, were recently retired, living at the Ritz-Carlton in a 14th floor condominium and on a European vacation when they made the decision to downsize to a dwelling on water where they could see their boat from their living room. They chose ... read more
    By Marsha Fottler
  • HAROLD BUBIL: Lessons from Florence
    Many of the points I will make in this column were stated by various experts at the Herald-Tribune's Hurricane Expo in Sarasota on June 9. But, just in case you were not there ...Hurricane Florence reminded the country, and not just the part that is susceptible to hurricanes, of the ... read more
  • Market Snapshot: Beneva Oaks
    Head half a mile or so south on Beneva Road from Clark Road and you will pass a tall, cream-colored stucco wall with parallel horizontal, gray stripes on the eastside. Before long you'll come to the entrance of Beneva Oaks, two lanes divided by a median strip that has a ... read more
    By By Chris Angermann Correspondent
  • FLORIDA BUILDINGS I LOVE: No. 93: McCulloch Pavilion, 1960, Sarasota
    Modern architecture is ideal for commercial uses, most certainly furniture stores - all that glass, and open floor plans, for showing off the goods.That is how the McCulloch Pavilion came to be. It was built as the Scott Building, housing a showroom for the Barker Furniture Co., at the peak ... read more
    By Harold Bubil
  • CHRIS WILLE: Tariffs boomerang on home market
    The challenge to create new affordable housing will soon get even tougher, thanks to new tariffs on Chinese products that American homebuilders use. Those new levies go into effect on Monday.But homebuilders have already been saddled with levies on Canadian lumber, steel and aluminum. Neal Communities announced Thursday the Lakewood ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • Lakewood Ranch Waterside sells 100th home
    LAKEWOOD RANCH - One-hundred homes have been sold in the Lakewood Ranch Waterside subdivision since the first builder started work there just over a year ago.Waterside is the newest development in Lakewood Ranch and the master-planned community's first in Sarasota County.Two neighborhoods are selling in Waterside: Shoreview, in which PulteGroup ... read more
    By Staff Report
  • Tariffs, labor shortage force new-home prices up
    Two reports issued this week focusing on the construction industry indicate the cost of homebuilding is rising because of U.S. tariffs and the ongoing labor shortage.After the Trump administration imposed more tariffs - $200 billion worth - on Chinese goods this week, homebuilders responded by saying this latest round of ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • CHRIS WILLE: Tales of 2 treasures
    Here's something that doesn't hit the market often: Vacant land in a prime residential and/or commercial location on a lively and charming street on an island. The heart of the City of Anna Maria beats on Pine Avenue.Partners Ed Chiles and Michael Coleman snatched up a lot of lots on ... read more
    By Chris Wille
  • Harvey Vengroff's Sarasota affordable housing project resuscitated
    The Sarasota City Commission resurrected the affordable housing apartment project known as Sarasota Station with a 3-2 vote Monday night on a resolution that allows developer Harvey Vengroff to resume seeking development approvals without starting from scratch.The project appeared dead in the water in January when Vengroff sent the city ... read more
    By Chris Wille