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This Colonial-style bungalow is one the great beauties of downtown Sarasota. Every little detail is perfect, from all those windows, so beautifully proportioned, to the high ceilings, the two fireplaces, and the wood floors. The kitchen has just the right amount of retro, the baths are great—part old and part new—and there’s a sort of garage outback that’s now a studio/office with a apartment above, so picturesque it could be the set of a Tennessee Williams play.

And did I mention the chicken coop in the back yard?

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The house dates to 1925, one the most important years of Sarasota’s architectural history. It was then that the first boom started and all those Spanish houses were built. In the minority were the Sears catalog-style bungalows, of which this would be a premium model. It’s a little bit grander than the others, definitely a deluxe version.

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The main house has three  bedrooms and two baths. The living room runs along the front of the house, with a pretty open dining room on one side and a sun room on the other, giving you a big living area. The kitchen has stainless steel counters, retro cabinets and old fashioned touches, like the curtain that conceals what’s under the sink. I haven’t seen that since my great grandmother’s house.

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There’s a brick patio between the structures. I love the upstairs garage apartment. It’s an arrangement so practical that most of the new infill homes downtown carry on that tradition.

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The house is located right across the street from Towles Court. I’m not sure if the chickens convey—you may have to negotiate them separately.

Priced at $999,000. For more information, call Cheryl Loeffler and Betsy Sublette of Premier Sotheby’s at 941-308-6554.

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