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.)

Trend Report

Kitchen Designs That Sizzle

Tips from area kitchen designers, from ovens we can turn on from our phones to bigger refrigerators to stock up for staying at home.

07/14/2020 By Ilene Denton

Moments of Joy

Moment of Joy: I 'Walked' Across Italy

Reaching my 10,000 steps every day is how I'm surviving the pandemic.

07/13/2020 By Ilene Denton

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

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