Cottage Cozy

By Robert Plunket April 2, 2008

These two represent the best of the breed.


If you love cute little remodeled cottages, here are two of the best currently on the market. There are both cozy (about 1,000 square feet), affordable, and very well updated. Plus the locations can’t be beat.



2400 Browning St.


Let’s start with 2400 Browning, located right behind Sarasota High and an easy walk to downtown and Midtown Plaza. This is a 1948 wood frame bungalow, two bedrooms, one bath, remodeled in the “Pottery Barn style.” The wood floors have been beautifully refinished, and the bath, with its pedestal sink and marble accents, is particularly nice. It’s very cheerful and sunny and nicely landscaped.





Master bedroom and patio of 2400 Browning.



The garage is connected by a charming enclosed breezeway with a tile floor, and the garage itself would make a good master bedroom conversion—it already has plumbing. It’s been reduced to $229,000 and is an excellent choice if you don’t want to go through the pain of remodeling an old house yourself. And the neighborhood is becoming the new hot spot for young professionals. Call Marcia McLaughlin or Michele McCourtney at (941) 954-5454.




Exterior of 618 Marlin Drive in Sapphire Shores.


Next is a similar-size cottage from the mid-1950s in Sapphire Shores, the premium area up by the Ringling Museum. This is a great old Sarasota neighborhood, full of million-dollar homes, and a short walk to the bay and the Asolo. This house has two bedrooms and two baths (unusual in such a small house) and it is in beautiful condition. It’s not so much remodeled as perfectly kept up. The terrazzo floors are shiny and look brand-new, and the house is constructed of concrete block. It’s owned by an artist and her boyfriend and the artist’s touch is everywhere—it’s simple and well-designed, with a calming, Zen-like feeling. There is an exceptionally nice enclosed patio with hot tub.

Kitchen and patio of the Sapphire Shores home.


This house just came on the market; I don’t even think it’s on the MLS yet. The asking price is $289,000, not bad for something so nice, and in such a good location. It’s being sold by the owner—call Phil at 544-3363, or [email protected]


Here’s what I learned about cottage remodels: Try to find one done by the owner, not a flipper. It will have more thought and better materials put into it. Also, ask yourself—can it easily be enlarged? Both of these homes fit the bill perfectly.
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