Daily Double

By Robert Plunket January 7, 2009

A great deal for Sarasota retirees—and a dream rental for architecture buffs.


By Robert Plunket


Click here to see our Real Estate Junkie disucssing Village Green on TV.


My poor sister. After 20 long years in an Illinois prison (no, she wasn’t an inmate; she ran the educational programs) she and her husband, who also just retired, were looking forward to a wonderful new chapter in their lives, hopefully in a sunny clime with lots of sports activities. Then they got their latest Merrill Lynch statement. “It’s all gone,” she wailed. Well, maybe not all, but hundreds of thousands of dollars. “We’ll never be able to afford Sarasota now.”


Not so fast, Sis. True, the half-million-dollar home you had your sights set on may be out of reach, but there are incredible bargains for retirees now. Consider this home in Village Green that I saw last Sunday. It’s got a great location – in the middle of everything and right on the golf course – and the size is perfect for grandparents (two bedrooms, two baths, two-car garage, plus a big den, and a lanai) and best of all, it’s got a great sunny feeling. The asking price? $185,000.

Village Green is located just east of Southgate, and is built around the Village Green Golf Course (open to the public and very well maintained.) To me the distinguishing characteristic of the place is how upscale it looks compared to the surrounding neighborhoods. The houses, mostly concrete ranches from the 1970s, have custom touches and nice architectural details that suggest French provincial or Bermuda. True, there is a very calm, sedate, conservative feeling to the place, but for many people – particularly those coming from prison – that can be a big plus. (Village Green is not age restricted.) The house could use some cosmetic updating but the golf course view and the price make it a real find.

A Village Green home's living room and golf course view.

Call Michael Cochrane at 941-539-4520.

Paul Rudolph's iconic Cocoon House. 

And here’s the chance of a lifetime for an architecture aficionado: the Cocoon House is for rent! Yes, the iconic Siesta Key modernistic masterpiece designed by Paul Rudolph back in 1954 is looking for a tenant. It is located on a canal (with dock) at the north end of Siesta, a short walk from the beach. It was designed as a guest house/retreat and is quite small, but it does have two bedrooms. And best of all, the rent is affordable: $1,250 a month.


Call Martie Lieberman for more details. 941-724-1118.
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