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Sarasota, Historic Preservation, and Robert on the Radio?

Posted by Robert Casella on Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at 4:29pm.

Sarasota, Historic Preservation, and Robert on the Radio?

I recently had the pleasure of talking with host Gail Shane, of Gail Shane and Friends on 106.9 FM and 1220 AM, regarding the real estate market. Particularly, the focus of my discussion was on historic preservation in Sarasota. My interest in the area really stems back from my father's involvement in historic homes back in New Jersey, and now in Sarasota Florida.

The irony is that my real estate connection really begins with new homes. After selling new homes for a builder the last several years, I eventually decided to go out on my own as a real estate agent in the greater Sarasota Bradenton market. While selling new homes in golf course communities is and continues to be a central focus for my business, I have reconnected with my love of older historic homes. It could be that my father took me to countless Civil War Battlefields. Or maybe it was because I used to play hide and seek in his law office, which was built in the 1800's and was full of interesting turns, twists, and unique features. Either way, there is just something incredibly interesting about the stories behind some of these older homes.

This past weekend, I had the privilege of volunteering for the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation. I was stationed at the Samuel T. Humber House at 993 S. Orange Avenue in the Bungalow Hills section of Sarasota. A Dutch Colonial Revival landmark, this home was built in 1916. With its sharply sloped roof, original wood floors, double hinged french doors and iron balcony in the master suite (to name just a few), this home could keep you intrigued for hours. Better yet, I had the opportunity to talk about it on the radio...you will just have to listen to learn more! The archive is located at www.gailshane.com. The show aired on March 3, 2012.

Thanks...and see you soon!


Robert Casella, CLHMS - Licensed Realtor
Certified Luxury Home Specialist

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