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 Cherokee Park Property Sells for $4.2 Million

It’s the highest non-waterfront residential sale in Sarasota County year to date.

08/28/2020 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Guide

Your Guide to Lakewood Ranch

There are many reasons to love Lakewood Ranch—even if you don’t live there.

08/24/2020 Edited by Ilene Denton

Out East

Nine Reasons to Love Lakewood Ranch

For more than 20 years, a new city has been rising to the east. Here are nine reasons to celebrate that right now.

08/24/2020 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

Toll Brothers at Venice Woodlands Premieres

The gated community will have 263 homes at completion.

08/17/2020 By Ilene Denton

Preview

SarasotaMOD Weekend Reinvents Itself for the Pandemic Age

The architecture festival returns Nov. 6-8 with some novel twists to honor the career of longtime Sarasota architect Carl Abbott.

08/17/2020 By Ilene Denton

Moments of Joy

A Home Chef ‘Travels’ to Her Beloved New Mexico in Her Kitchen

Online classes at the Santa Fe School of Cooking are helping her through the pandemic.

08/14/2020 By Ilene Denton

Awards

Murray Homes Wins Best in Show at Southeast Builders Conference

The annual competition encompasses 12 Southeast states and the Caribbean.

08/11/2020 By Ilene Denton

Flashback

Flashback: The Summerhouse Restaurant, 1975

The ‘glass pavilion set in a tropical jungle’ was the height of Sarasota nightlife.

08/11/2020 By Ilene Denton

Top Sale

A South Longboat Key Waterfront Estate Sells for $7.9 Million

The all-cash deal was the highest price year-to-date for a single-family home in the Sarasota County portion of that exclusive island.

08/05/2020 By Ilene Denton

What Your Money Can Buy

What a Luxury Siesta Key Bayfront Home Will Cost You

Plus a never-before-lived-in downtown Sarasota condo and Palmer Ranch lake-view home.

08/05/2020 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Guide

Neighborhood Guide: Babcock Ranch

The master-planned community promises environmental stewardship and high-tech amenities, as well as a serene location.

08/03/2020 By Ilene Denton

Babcock Ranch Neighborhood Guide

The Technology Behind Babcock Ranch

"Powered by the Sun" isn't simply a slogan.

08/03/2020 By Ilene Denton

Babcock Ranch Neighborhood Guide

Seven New-Home Neighborhoods Come to Babcock Ranch

Building has begun in earnest in this master-planned community.

08/03/2020 By Ilene Denton

Neighborhood Guide

Babcock Ranch Is America's First All-Solar Town

Coupled with 9,000 acres of bicycle and hiking trails and interconnected lakes, it is to be a town that celebrates health, wellness and technology.

08/03/2020 By Ilene Denton

Real Estate

New Luxury Riverfront Development Slated for Palmetto

Water’s Edge at Sanctuary Cove will have 15 homes, five of them on the Manatee River.

07/29/2020 By Ilene Denton

What Your Money Can Buy

What a Casey Key Modern Beach Retreat Will Cost You

Plus, a 988 Boulevard of the Arts condo in downtown Sarasota and a Palmer Ranch residence.

07/22/2020 By Ilene Denton

Moments of Joy

Moment of Joy: Baking Through the Pandemic

A 25-pound bag of flour is a sweet distraction for this novice baker.

07/20/2020 By Ilene Denton

Making History

City of Sarasota Receives Grant to Support Newtown

It’s the only Florida entity to receive one of 18 "Underrepresented Community" grants from the National Park Service.

07/20/2020 By Ilene Denton

Things To Do

What to Do in Sarasota: July 16-22

Outdoor Yoga at The Ringling, a national exhibit opens at Art Center Sarasota and more.

07/16/2020 By Ilene Denton