A nearly native Floridian, Ilene Denton has lived in Sarasota since her senior year in high school. Besides her long journalism career, she had a 10-year stint as deputy director of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. (Ask her about some of her backstage shenanigans sometime.)

Top Sale

A Longboat Key Estate Breaks Sale Record at $13 Million—and One Dollar

The all-cash deal is the highest residential real estate sale ever recorded in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties, by a buck.

07/09/2020 By Ilene Denton

Things To Do

What to Do in Sarasota: July 9-15

A virtual FST Improv Festival, a Sarasota Ballet performance on TV, a healing soak in Warm Mineral Springs and more.

07/09/2020 By Ilene Denton

Small is Big

A Tiny Home Community Debuts in Tampa

Escape Tampa Bay Village joins the movement toward compact living.

07/07/2020 By Ilene Denton

What Your Money Can Buy

What $975,000 Gets You in The Lake Club

Plus homes for sale in Baywood Colony and University Park Country Club.

07/06/2020 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Guide

Neighborhood Guide: North Manatee County

Your guide to fast-growing Parrish, Ellenton, Palmetto and Terra Ceia.

07/06/2020 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Guide

Welcome to North Manatee County

Tremendous growth and country charm mark this appealing region.

07/06/2020 By Ilene Denton

North Manatee County Neighborhood Guide

New Home Communities Come to North Manatee County

With 23,918 new homes permitted for construction, north Manatee County is booming.

07/06/2020 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Guide

Outdoor Fun Abounds North of the Manatee River

From county parks and preserves to boating on the Manatee River, there’s plenty to enjoy.

07/06/2020 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Watch

A $3.5 Million Golden Gate Point Condo Goes Under Contract—In Five Days

Another big sale for the exclusive downtown Sarasota neighborhood.

06/26/2020 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Eagle Point Club, 1925

Sarasota County’s very first winter resort was at this Venice waterfront enclave.

06/26/2020 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

Parrish Notches Highest-Ever Single-Family Home Sale

A waterfront estate in River Wilderness sells for $2,125,000.

06/25/2020 By Ilene Denton

What Your Money Can Buy

What $998,500 Will Buy You on the Intracoastal Waterway in Venice

Plus a Palm Beach-inspired residence in Oyster Bay and a new home in Cresswind Lakewood Ranch.

06/23/2020 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

West Villages Is Now Wellen Park

The fast-growing master-planned community in south Sarasota County rebrands with a new name and more future development.

06/18/2020 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Guide

Welcome to Palmer Ranch

Sarasota County’s largest master-planned community is a haven for the good life.

06/15/2020 By Ilene Denton

The Future Was Female

Who Was the Celebrated Pioneer Who Gave Palmer Ranch Its Name?

Bertha Honore Palmer was a famed Chicago socialite—and so much more.

06/15/2020 By Kay Kipling and Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Guide

Neighborhood Guide: Palmer Ranch

Your guide to Sarasota County’s largest master-planned community.

06/15/2020 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Guide

New Home Communities Come to Palmer Ranch

Check out these six new-home developments.

06/15/2020 By Ilene Denton

A Home with History

Pioneering Bertha Palmer’s Circa 1918 Siesta Key Cottage is Reborn

Along with a brand-new main residence and outdoor living area, it forms a charming Point of Rocks estate.

06/15/2020 By Ilene Denton

Palmer Ranch Neighborhood Guide

Active Lifestyles Thrive in Palmer Ranch

Golfing, bicycling the Legacy Trail, swim clubs and more—there’s lots to do for all ages.

06/15/2020 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Flashback: Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams Loved Sarasota

No fish tale: The baseball superstar’s other Sarasota passion was fishing.

06/15/2020 By Ilene Denton