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Although the beaches hold incredible appeal for people who want to live on the Gulf Coast, there is also a great allure in the charm of Old Florida. Even the words “old Florida” conjure images of large oak trees with Spanish moss tinsel and sipping lemonade on the porch. If you're interested in simpler days, before the world got so consumed with hustling and bustling, perhaps you'll want to consider life in one of these Old Florida homes.

Starting with the oak trees, the mature landscaping at 1336 46th Street in Sarasota surrounds the main house and guest apartment/studio. In the midst of this canopied, fenced-in oasis, the main house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, central air, and wood laminate flooring, while the guest apartment is a 15' x 23' open

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One might call this month's featured property a "back to school special." Located at 4518 Falcon Ridge Drive, it is, after all, just a few steps away from what's become the “education corridor” of Beneva Road. And with how well this 1960 home has been maintained, we could all learn a little something here!

This 1,430 square foot gem definitely stands the test of time, and modern updates have added greatly to its value. In 2000, the entire house was re-plumbed overhead, the roof replaced in 2009, and the electrical system upgraded in 2011. More recently, the bathrooms have been modernized, and the kitchen updated with wood cabinets, new counters, and modern appliances. Even with all the modern upgrades, including new tile throughout, the house still

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For downtown living with a neighborhood feel, Laurel Park is one of the most popular communities in Sarasota. With its near-perfect location (walking distance to Historic Burns Square, Main Street and Payne Park), its eclectic architecture, and even its hidden kayak access to Sarasota Bay, Laurel Park offers a little something for everyone.

For instance, look at the 4 bedroom/3.5 bath walled estate home at 1655 Laurel Street. It welcomes you with a Southern-style courtyard, and the open floor plan fills the living room, dining room, and European kitchen with light. Beautiful French doors open to a caged saltwater pool, heated spa, and lush, tropical landscaping. This 3,142 square foot home is a stone's throw away from the park where neighbors gather

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The word “bungalow” has come to mean different things to different people. The architecture originated in the Bengali region in South Asia and referred to one-story residences with broad verandas. Bungalows have since come in many shapes and sizes, and some even have second stories built into the sloping roof.

One of the benefits of bungalows is that they are generally only one story, cutting out the complication of stairs for those who would rather not climb them. Sticking to the original model's broad veranda or front porch also makes for a very welcoming approach and great place to relax with your libation of choice. Which type of bungalow is for you depends on where you want to be and how much you want to pay -- but make no mistake, Sarasota

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Every now and then, I come across one of those properties that has so much potential that I simply must share it. Recently, I listed a 4 bedroom/3 bath home at 7837 Wilton Crescent Circle in University Park. If you're looking for your own little private piece of paradise, I would love to show it to you. With a list price of $525,000, this 2,739 square foot home sits on .31 acres and is soon going to make some new homeowner very happy.

Built in 1994, this home gets huge points for elegance, style, privacy, and great use of space. Obviously, the entirety of University Park is immaculate, from its grand gated entrance to its beautiful golf courses, but the Wilton Crescent neighborhood stands apart. Filled with gorgeous magnolia trees, astounding when

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I've been waiting for a whole month to share this one with you, and now that spring is in the air, it's a perfect time to let imaginations blossom in the homes of our dreams. Last month, I shared some homes with you that I termed "attainable luxury" on Siesta Key. This month, we're going right to the top and looking at some of the most expensive homes on Siesta Key.

8585 Midnight Pass RoadA long, winding paver drive meanders through the walls of brick and a gated entry under giant oaks, past the pond and rose garden to a manse right out of the pages of Traditional Home. Set on over 1.5 bayfront acres, this 4-bedroom/7-bath Collingwood crafted home possesses palatial charm like no other. Luxurious detailing features a wood paneled office/library with

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When people are looking for a house, it helps to think about their lifestyles and the amenities that will best support and enhance them. Sometimes, when I see a particular house, I imagine the kind of people who would be happiest there. For instance, I listed a house near Osprey that would be perfect for active lifestyles and nature lovers.

The home at 514 Oak Bay Dr. is a very pretty 1,846 square feet at the end of a cul-de-sac overlooking a nature preserve. It’s just about one eighth of a mile away from the Legacy Trail, the bicycle trail that runs from Venice to South Sarasota. There is talk about extending the trail all the way to downtown, so this spot would be great for those who like to bike.

Essentially, the home sits in the heart of

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One of the things that I love about selling real estate in Sarasota is being able to spend time in luxury. I love to see the looks on people's faces when they first glimpse the view they'll get from their enormous hot tub, or that gleam in their eye when they scan the patterns in their new marble columns. Some may call it materialistic, but it is materialism at its finest, a great appreciation for all the finer things.

I'd like to share a glimpse of the luxury I get to revel in while I introduce people to their perfect home. This month, I want to talk about what I call “attainable luxury.” Basically that means that these are incredibly beautiful homes with more amenities than most Americans will ever see, but you weren't probably weren't named in

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