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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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Every now and then I come across one of those homes that I really want to share with people, even after the "For Sale" sign comes down! I'll admit that often I get carried away with all of the ultra-luxurious homes around Sarasota, but sometimes I find these little gems where, after spending a few minutes in them, I'm just inclined to say, “This is a really nice house.”

Here's one such place that recently came across my "hidden gem" radar: a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home west of the Trail at 6036 Border Lane. Built in 1954, the vintage property has a classic charm and feels like much more than its 1,286 square feet. The split floor plan opens up to a large, screened lanai that speaks to an old Florida vibe, making the most of the expansive yard

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If there were an award for “most charming neighborhood” in Sarasota, Laurel Park would surely be a top contender. Just south of downtown, its eclectic blend of homes and shady trees make this area a very special place indeed. Fusing creativity, community, and historical preservation along with contemporary architecture, Laurel Park combines the best of Old Florida with the latest amenities in the kind of neighborhood where we all want to live someday.

Its proximity to downtown makes it a great neighborhood for those who appreciate walkability and bikeability. Because of Laurel Park's charm -- from the refurbished houses and colorful palette, to its hidden brick roads and artist collective -- it's not unusual to see people out on strolls just to

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Perhaps it's the season that makes me nostalgic, but with Sarasota's rich architectural history, there are a number of vintage homes waiting for people to bring new life into them. At any spot along the economic spectrum, there's a great chance for someone who is looking for a new place to settle down in a home that has some history. I'd like to take you on a tour of just a few that are currently on the market.

Let's start with the 1936 bungalow at 3312 Bay Shore Road. The 960 square feet that comprise this 2 bedroom, 1 bath home may seem small, but considering the prized location in Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores, it has the potential for a really big life. Walking distance from Indian Beach, where people gather nightly to watch the sun set, this

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Although Sarasota is noted for its beaches and the homes that dapple the keys, there are a lot of homes on the mainland that still open you up to island living. From the top of Manatee all the way to South Sarasota, the homes west of Tamiami Trail offer up the best of both worlds, infusing the beauty of Sarasota's architecture into some of the area's most sought-after locations.

12516 Safe Harbour Dr., Bradenton

The four-bedroom home at 12516 Safe Harbour Drive in Bradenton features 3,700 square feet of up-lit triple crown molding, 10-foot doors, granite throughout, coffee wood cabinets, 20-inch tile with designer insets, leaded glass, Italian stone archways, and gorgeously engineered wood flooring. The entertainment area on the second floor and an

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If you're a visitor or new arrival to Sarasota, one of the most satisfying things you can do is take a downtown stroll from Five Points Park down South Pineapple Avenue, past the taller buildings and through the roundabout, until you come to one of the most enchanting, tucked-away spots in Florida: historic Burns Square.

The Burns Square district is a treasure trove of Old Florida architecture mixed with an eclectic array of shops, restaurants, and culture that seems somehow hidden away in plain view of the soaring condos and gleaming bank towers of downtown Sarasota. The area gets its name from a narrow side street off of South Pineapple where a collection of tightly-packed Mediterranean Revival bungalows

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Once again, Sarasota's Siesta Beach has been voted the best beach in the U.S. This time it was by TripAdvisor as part of their yearly Travelers' Choice Awards. With much of the U.S. getting slammed by winter storms, news about beaches and warm getaways are a hot topic and the story got a lot of news attention, even getting picked up by CNN and Huffington Post.

For those of us who live here, however, this is old hat. Every year Siesta Beach is always being picked as the best beach in the U.S. -- sometimes even the world. No, there was nothing surprising about the announcement for us. What is surprising, however, is the amount of property still available in Siesta Isles, a gorgeous subdivision of waterfront homes right next to Siesta Beach.


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All photos courtesy of the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation.

One of the great things about homes in Sarasota is their diversity seen through our local architectural heritage. Since William Whitaker built the first cabin in 1863, to the development of the Sarasota School a hundred years later, Sarasota boasts an incredible stylistic array of vintage homes. Some of these historic properties didn't age gracefully and have been removed to make room for more modern residences; but for those who wish to honor Sarasota history in restoring an older home, there are a few things you should consider as you prepare for your project.

Figure out what has to stay. When you take your first tour of your vintage home, there are going to be little things

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