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.)

10,000 Steps

Venice Walking Tour Offers a Peek Into the City's History

Slip on your sneakers and follow the handy self-guided tour brochure, produced by Venice MainStreet and the City of Venice.

12/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

Longboat Key Estate Breaks MLS Residential Sale Record at $16.5 Million

Serenissima, a Gulf-front residence in the Longboat Key Club, was originally listed at $26.5 million in 2017.

12/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

Longboat Key Beachfront Estate, Villa del Sogno, Sells for $10.5 Million

The residence, behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club, originally was listed for $20 million.

11/12/2020 By Ilene Denton

Awards

State’s Top Landscape Architect Design Award Goes to Michael Gilkey

The ‘Urban Modern Retreat’ in Cherokee Park is singled out by the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

11/10/2020 By Ilene Denton

Open House

27 Sarasota-Manatee Neighborhoods You Need to Know

Whatever your passion, take it from us, we guarantee you’ll find the neighborhood to follow it in the Sarasota-Manatee area.

11/08/2020 By Ilene Denton

What Your Money Can Buy

What a New-Construction Residence in Gillespie Park Will Cost You

Plus a Manatee River mansion and a Lakewood Ranch model home.

10/26/2020 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

Sapphire Point in Lakewood Ranch Unveils 14 Model Homes

The Pulte Homes development plans a grand opening event Dec. 12.

10/26/2020 By Ilene Denton

Home Tour

Annual Lakewood Ranch Tour of Homes Morphs into ‘Ranch Road Home’

The revamped event, a nod to Covid-19, takes place Nov. 6-22 in 21 Lakewood Ranch villages.

10/26/2020 By Ilene Denton

What Your Money Can Buy

What a Home in Historic Granada Will Cost You

Plus, an 18,000-square-foot golf course estate in The Concession and a solar-powered residence on Longboat Key.

10/13/2020 By Ilene Denton

The Luxury Market

The Residences at St. Regis Longboat Key Launches After $200 Million in Pre-Sales

Three six-story residential buildings with 69 luxury condos will replace the now-razed Colony Beach & Tennis Resort.

10/08/2020 By Ilene Denton

Beach Life

Take a Look at This Newly Redesigned Vacation Condo

A light, bright plan brings the Gulf-front condo into the 21st century.

10/06/2020 By Ilene Denton

Test of Time

The Midcentury Modern Walter Farley Residence in Venice is One of Florida’s 2020 ‘11 to Save’

Produced by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, the annual list showcases the most threatened historic structures in the state.

10/05/2020 By Ilene Denton

Free Trees

Sarasota’s Free Community Tree Giveaway Starts Oct. 5

Four species of native Florida trees are available to city residents.

10/05/2020 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Guide

Neighborhood Guide: Wellen Park

Wellen Park is the new name for the fast-growing master-planned community in south Sarasota County previously known as West Villages.

10/02/2020 Edited 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.

10/02/2020 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

Iconic Sun ‘n Sea Resort Sells for $13.25 Million

Newly announced Sage condo complex will be built on the north Longboat Key Gulf-front site.

10/01/2020 By Ilene Denton

Moments of Joy

Travel Shows Fill Our Editor's Itch to Hop a Plane

Senior editor Ilene Denton says she's thankful for streaming television.

09/29/2020 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

A Gulf-Front Lot on Siesta Key Sells for $5 Million

The lot, at 4266 Higel Ave., is the priciest residential land sale in Sarasota or Manatee counties to date in 2020.

09/25/2020 By Ilene Denton

What Your Money Can Buy

What a Penthouse on Golden Gate Point Will Cost You

Plus a newly renovated Arlington Park ranch and a coastal contemporary home in Englewood.

09/25/2020 By Ilene Denton

Wellen Park Neighborhood Guide

Nine Communities Comprise Fast-Growing Wellen Park

Slated for an eventual 33,000 homes, this south Sarasota County mega-development has begun to boom.

09/25/2020 By Ilene Denton