A House for an Artist

By Robert Plunket June 4, 2008

Here’s the perfect spot for a Sarasota creative spirit to live.


By Robert Plunket


(Click here to watch me on TV discussing this property.)

I’m doing a special feature in our July issue here at Sarasota Magazine, about houses that appeal to the creative spirit, and here to preview things is this home at 809 S. Jefferson. It’s one of the oldest homes in Sarasota, dating back to 1913, and started off life as a church, of all things. Later on it served as the home of the town’s first mailman. Today it’s owned by an artist and her husband, who lavished a lot of time an effort in to restoring it to its current splendor.

 The exterior of 809 S. Jefferson.

It’s got a great central location, just south of the Y, and, at two bedrooms, one bath, the scale is, well, “intimate.” But the details are terrific. Many are original; many come courtesy of my favorite store, Sarasota Architectural Salvage. Check out the home’s claw foot bath tub. My grandmother used to bathe me in just such a tub, back during the war, which war I’m not saying. Also very neat – the cottage- style garden and landscaping.

The living and dining rooms.

 All the mechanical stuff and plumbing is updated. You can move in with just your palette and glue-gun.

 The home's bright green kitchen.


At $299,000 the house is pretty well-priced. Call the listing agent Nancy Werner at 941-923-8222.
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