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This issue we start off with a visit with the U.K.’s Vince Fraser, the mastermind behind the Sarasota Film

Festival’s digital artwork. His film festival work is phenomenal and in this issue he shares the progression

from conception to final design of this year’s artwork with us. On the REAL web site we also get a look at some of his other artistic endeavors, from gaming pods to iPAD cases and beyond. Thanks to another Brit,

Rob Smithson of Trinity Graphic, for making this possible.

Next we take a stroll down Hillview Street. If you missed it you shouldn’t have. Giving Hunger the Blues raised over $100,000 for All Faiths Food Bank. A huge success and thanks to all the

sponsors, performers and volunteers! Possibly the best block party you will find anywhere, this was REAL’s first year as a sponsor and I can assure you we will be back. Mark your calendars, the 17th annual Giving Hunger the Blues is scheduled for Sunday March 25, 2012. Continuing on let’s jet off to Miami and visit the home of the late Elizabeth

Taylor’s first fiancé, William Pawley, Jr. It’s said that Pawley ignited

Taylor’s love for jewelry with her first engagement ring. For only $45,000/ month you can hang out there and pretend you are a star. If you’re really lucky maybe Pawley will come by with a few of Taylor’s love letters! Settling back in Sarasota I’m proud to announce that REAL is teaming

up to sponsor Jesse White and Sarasota Architectural Salvage’s upcoming charity event season. It’s incredible how like minded people find each other. Thank you Jesse for all that you do for the community and congratulations

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Multi-Family Housing Making a Roaring Comeback

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DEDON Outdoor Furniture: From Classic To Cool By Michael Bush

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According to a recent forum held by the University of Florida’s graduate real estate department for its Board of Trustees, the resurgence is due to the following factors: 1) Changing demographics leads to increased demand 2) The deep recession 3) A preference for a more urban lifestyle 4) Disillusionment with the American dream 5) Mounting cash reserves by certain financial institutions Changing Demographics Only one in five households will be married couples with children in 2025. Those who do choose the traditional family lifestyle will postpone this decision for up to (8) eight to (10) ten years after a formal education. 78 million ‘echo boomers’ are getting ready to enter their prime renting years. 10 million immigrants rent for an average of 10 years. The Deep Recession Florida has been particularly hard hit by the current recession. Unemployment remains at historically high levels while median family income remains below many comparable states. Some attribute this to a ‘brain drain’ to areas like Austin, Texas. Qualified home buyers often revert to renting in times like this.

Disillusionment with American Dream Potential buyers do not view housing as a promising financial investment. They view it as basic shelter and prefer other investments. Mounting Cash Reserves in Financial Institutions Due to the recent change in under writing guidelines, many potential development projects have been shelved. Historically low interest rates coupled with plummeting vacancy rates has ‘incentivized’ some large institutional investors to place debt and/or equity in potential Class ‘A’ rental apartment developments. The above demand factors and investment appetite are spurring development of 21st century rental apartment prototypes. These prototypes can be divided into the following groupings. They do share some common features though. The two types of emerging rental apartment developments are: The ‘Millennium’s’ Urban Lifestyle Apartment These complexes can be described as mostly compact dwelling units (DU’s) located in populous urban cores in larger metropolitan areas across the U.S. In Florida, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, and Orlando come to mind. These ‘Millennium’ DU’s are typically contained in mid to high rise buildings with structured parking. The average unit size is often below 900 square feet. Dwellers often learn to make due with smaller quarters by compact furniture schemes such as those offered by the well know retailer ‘Ikea’.

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A growing number of residents prefer the urban lifestyle and spend less time in the dwelling and more time in assembly areas such as restaurants, cocktail lounges, and at sporting events. Therefore, they really do not prioritize the amount of space in their living quarters. A large single family home in the suburbs does not have the allure it once had, unless the residents are the one in five referred to above.

This new 21st century prototype may be positioned on the outskirts of metropolitan areas co-located with golf communities, water resorts, parks, and other lifestyle amenities. Units may mimic single family home environments with spacious living quarters, multiple baths, oversized storage and convenient covered parking. These units appeal to those who have opted out of the potential home

buyer market for reasons cited above, but wish to retain unit features common to home living such as sound attenuation and reduced transmission, security and multiple layout options. Common to both prototypes are ever expanding lifestyle features built into common areas such as fitness centers, auxiliary retail outlets, multi-media theatres, internet cafes, and daycare centers. The challenge that architects, developers, contractors, and investors have in bringing these new products to the market is the opposite pressures of cost escalation and rent pricing thresholds. If the cost of delivery is $120,000 per dwelling unit, can the rental pricing structure stay at or below $1.20/square foot of area in the unit per month? Put simply, can the investors reap a return if a unit that equals 1,000 square feet charges $1,200 per month? While the features and amenities may vary, there are well established principles that, if followed, will lead to success. Some examples are shown herein. Expect to see cranes reappear on skylines in the next year in cities such as Tampa, Orlando, Miami, and Jacksonville that signal construction of this new phase of redevelopment. Unlikely supporters will be those who traditionally opposed developments such as the Sierra Club and ‘Green Initiative; groups. These groups have come to realize that there is a pent up demand for 60 million new dwelling units by the year 2030. They would prefer these new units to be within redeveloped areas where infrastructure such as roads, sewer, and water are already available and are serviceable. These environmental groups prefer the infill development in lieu of suburban sprawl. Commutes are reduced due to the live/work connection when residences abut work places. Further, green initiatives reduce the ‘carbon footprint.’ Many of these new developments will attain LEED certification attesting to the efficacy of the project features that support conservation.

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Majesty On The Manatee River Hosted by Peter Van DerNoord of Van DerNoord Realty attendees at the REAL Magazine social were treated to the best craftsmanship and views available on the Manatee River. Although a sizable crowd, the 9,500 square foot estate made for an intimate gathering. Outside of the home the deep water dock capable of securing a 90' yacht or sailboat hosted a majestic sailboat beckoning visitors. Superb catering by Riverhouse Reef and Grill was the icing on the cake with their irresistible delicacies. The event was sponsored and supported by: The Building Dr., C/M/S Photography, Dance Art Food Festival, Innovative Agent Services, InSparations Hair & Spa, Massey Yachts, Regatta Pointe Marina, Riverhouse Reef & Grill, Szambelan Vodka, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tony H2O Gallery. Jesse White – Community Child Advocate Of The Year Jesse White, founder and owner of Sarasota Architectural Salvage, was named Junior League Child Advocacy Community Child Advocate of the Year at the third annual Junior League Child Advocacy luncheon. Those who know White are fully aware of his commitment to environmental sustainability, recycling, reuse and resource conservation. Beyond green White supports local charities such as the Child Protection Center, Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Mote Marine, Ringling College of Art + Design and New College. White and the staff at Sarasota Architectural Salvage also volunteer as tutors, mentors, presenters of green workshops and participate in school projects at Booker Middle School, Phillippi Shores School and Southside Elementary School. Lauren Dorsett To Chair Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Event Lauren Dorsett, the evening news anchor at ABC7, will chair the American Cancer Society’s 2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Campaign. “I'm thrilled to be a part of MSABC this year! Fighting breast cancer is not only a cause close to my own family, but so many across the suncoast. I'm humbled to take a leadership role in this year's walk and to be working alongside so many inspiring women” she states. This year the American Cancer Society debuts the “Put On Your Pink Bra Campaign” in Florida. The edgy, with it, promotion is certain to raise awareness of this year’s event. Last year the Making Strides walk raised over $460,000 towards the fight against breast cancer. The walk is scheduled for October, 22, 2011 at the Sarasota Polo Grounds in Lakewood Ranch. For more information call (941) 365.2858 or visit

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i n it esw s n h t he e nn ew Habitat For Humanity Sarasota Receives Two Grants The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. awarded Habitat for Humanity Sarasota a grant for $25,000. The grant was made possible through the Sarasota Association of Realtors (SAR) Affordable Housing Fund and will fund a SAR TEAM BUILD ReHabitat home. Photo, left to right: Michael Bruno; Sarasota Association of REALTORS, Renee Snyder; Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, Wendy Hopkins; The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Kathy Roberts; Sarasota Association of REALTORS, Tom Waters; The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Judi Bell; The Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

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Giving Hunger The Blues Raises $100,000 For All Faiths Food Bank

The 16th Annual Giving Hunger The Blues block party was a considerable accomplishment in the fight against hunger in Sarasota County. Over $100,000 was raised benefiting All Faiths Food Bank, the most effective anti-hunger organization in Sarasota. Giving Hunger The Blues has become the Food Bank’s largest one day fundraiser, raising over $950,000 to date.

Everyone from Giving Hunger The Blues and All Faiths Food Bank expressed their gratitude to the many sponsors, restaurants and volunteers without whom this event would not be possible. Save the date, the 17th annual Giving Hunger The Blues block party is scheduled for Sunday, March 25, 2012. $100 Million Listing Fit For A King And Queen With all the buzz about the royal wedding how about the $100 million Florida Coldwell Banker listing as a residence for Kate and William? The exquisite estate in Windermere, FL, listed by The Lorraine Barrett Team, is perfect for the future king and queen. This estate, named Versailles, is described as “the largest modern day palace under construction in America.” Designed to mimic the 17th century royal residence of Louis XIV, the 90,000-squarefoot lake front palace located on 10+ acres features a large boat house, formal gardens, two tennis courts, a gatehouse, 10 satellite kitchens (perfect for Kate who enjoys cooking), a 2-story wine cellar and a fitness center with spa facilities. In addition, the residence has plenty of sporting activities to keep William busy; a two lane bowling alley, an indoor roller rink, a video arcade and a baseball field. The estate also has a children’s wing, a movie theatre, an activity and game room and a 12-foot, two-sided aquarium. Talk about a home fit for a king and queen! See more at www.

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Creating an artistic oasis in her home, Pamela is surrounded by her favorite things: photography, art, books and ceramics.

Pamela Hughes What’s Next?

She is known around the world as the founder and principal of an exceptional design group, a savvy businesswoman and a talented artist. Pamela Hughes exudes poise and polish, but her reality runs deeper than a professional facade. Even at a young age she distinguished herself as someone special, a creative and independent spirit who was driven by an innate desire for excellence in her endeavors.

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Balancing Work and Style “When I am designing a five-star hotel it is more like stage-set design. It is all about drama and atmosphere.” “When we are designing for a homeowner, we must be very personal with them about how they live, what they want and what their dreams are.”

Pamela grew up surrounded by the very elements that would inspire her professional success. Her mother was trained as a fashion designer whose family was an artistic bunch that includes painters, ceramists, jewelry designers and decorators. Her father was an executive in the aviation industry whose successful career took him –and his family– across the country in a series of business-related moves. She began to shine at an early age. Pamela recalls sewing at the tender age of three, working alongside her mother as she learned about textiles and built an understanding of how to put pieces together. “I started to sew clothes for my dolls, then for myself,” she recalls, laughing, “I still consider myself to be a frustrated fashionista!” While a career as a fashion designer wasn’t her ultimate destination, Pamela did utilize her fashion sense, carriage and good looks as a young model in Washington D.C. throughout her college years. “I was fascinated with anything that had to do with art and design,” reveals Pamela. As an Applied Design major at the University of Maryland, she pursued her interests by studying subjects such as art history, furniture design, illustration and fabric design, as well as interior design. She also delved into interior architecture through graduate school courses.

Conceptualizing a modern space with her talented design team at Muleh in Washington, DC.

She envisioned herself working as a fashion designer, tapping into her own modeling experience, as well as her skills in sewing and apparel creation. But one day, in a serendipitous moment, everything changed. “I walked into an interior design studio completely by chance,” Pamela recalls. “I will never forget that moment; I was completely overwhelmed by the feeling that this was where I belonged.” The opportunity to combine her talents in drawing, drafting and color, paired with her intimate knowledge of textiles and her creative nature, was like manna from Heaven. She launched a career with an interior design firm and learned the business from the ground-up. She went on to build her own thriving company, Hughes Design Associates, which maintains offices in Sarasota and McLean, Virginia.

Pamela has built a brand that is synonymous with elegance and style, and her business reflects the elements that have contributed to her success. Her close-knit family continues to act as a foundation upon which her life and career have been built, and her international travels have opened her mind to a wealth of cultural and artistic resources. “I come from a family that loves life,” she explains. “I have always been inspired to live mine to its fullest, and to enjoy every moment.” In her professional and personal endeavors, Pamela gleans inspiration from the world around her. “I see new things everywhere,” she offers. “I have been fortunate to avoid creative impasses; I’m always bursting with ideas.” Moving frequently throughout her childhood taught her not only to adapt, but to discover the good in every situation. Creatively, Pamela

Above: Visiting with Marston Luce at his shop in Georgetown, DC, enjoying his extraordinary collection of 18th through 20th century French and Swedish antique pieces.

Below: Pamela and designer Carrie Cox browse accessories at a shop in DC’s hip U Street corridor.

craves the opportunity to explore new locales, to eke out unique beauty and style. She has always been this way. As a teenager, mature for her years, Pamela convinced her parents to let her travel to Europe accompanied only by a friend. “I was sixteen and had long been interested in architecture,” she recalls. “I had this amazing desire to look at historical buildings.” And for three months, that’s exactly what she did. A mother herself, Pamela admits that she is not as liberal in her parenting. But the freedom to move, to explore and discover a world beyond her own, fulfilled an innate need in her younger self. The milestone trip to Europe has been one of the defining moments of her life.

Her work with a broad spectrum of clients has Pamela in the company of luxury homeowners around the world as well as high-end builders and developers of commercial and residential projects. Since being called upon to handle the design of local projects including The Ritz-Carlton, The Members’ Beach Club, The Tower Residences, Plaza at Five Points and the clubhouse at The Concession Golf Club, she and her firm have become a sought-after group among Sarasota and Manatee County residents, who appreciate the classical elements that comprise the Hughes Design style. While the firm doesn’t impose a signature look to its projects, there is a common thread woven throughout the fabric of its impressive portfolio: a sense

of quality that evades definition, but remains nonetheless present in every space created by Pamela and her team of designers. Pamela’s touch is particularly evident in her firm’s residential projects: she understands that a home needs to be a haven. The residences she designs, she explains, must reflect the lifestyles of her clientele. “I love to make other people happy,” she explains. “It’s true- home is where the heart is. By creating a space that serves as a retreat for families, a place that is beautiful and comfortable and inspiring, I am contributing to the well-being of my clients and their loved ones. It’s a wonderful opportunity.” While she has been inspired by visionaries including Winston

The frame can be almost as important as the art. Here, Pamela and Bill Hartman select moldings for antique prints from the collection at his gallery on Palm Avenue. Left: Keith Christopher at the Hodgell Gallery on Palm Avenue shows Pamela the latest acquisitions of cutting edge wall art and sophisticated art glass.

Pamela’s creativity is not limited to designing beautiful spaces. Her culinary skills have been honed by years of cooking for family and friends.

Churchill, Coco Chanel and Sarasota’s own Michael Saunders, Pamela reveals that her own vision is what influences her work. “I do believe it is a gift,” she acknowledges. “I walk into a room and can instantly see how the character of a space will influence its design.” Like Hubert de Givenchy, Pamela attributes her creative talents as true gifts, which she utilizes to their fullest. Her professional life, filled with exciting travel and work, is tempered by downtime spent in her adopted hometown of Sarasota. Pamela is an avid cook who enjoys the delights of Italian and French cuisine. She remains fascinated by history, which she absorbs through books, documentary films and visits to galleries and museums. And sometimes she simply sits and enjoys Sarasota’s glorious beaches, shining sun, fresh gulf air and cerulean blue sky overhead. 32


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per p esr p s pee c c tt i viev s es Trends In International Real Estate By Patricia Tan

I write this soon after returning from a springtime marketing trip to Western Europe. I make a similar trip at least twice each year and combine having a presence at overseas property shows, with delivering educational seminars to European buyers looking to invest in Florida and meetings with our valued partners in various European countries. These trips afford me the opportunity to experience first-hand, how our European cousins are spending their Euros, Sterling, Krona or other currency, when they look to buy real estate outside their home countries. The top two destinations for European buyers buying second homes for vacation or retirement are Spain and France. Promises of a mild Mediterranean climate, sunshine, warmer temperatures and easy accessibility are hard to beat. The Spanish property market has been hard hit in recent years. First, over building in many of their top resort areas left these locations less desirable. This was followed by allegations of corruption, and homes constructed without proper permitting or clean title to the land upon which they were built. Some Europeans are still nervous about buying a second home in Spain. France has also been a popular destination. In addition to the traditional retiree and vacationer, many Europeans have purchased homes in France as rental investments. French developers have been quick to take advantage of the fact that almost 50% of the population there rent homes. They have structured developments to offer guaranteed rental income and capital growth to savvy investors. So how does Florida stack up? The U.S.A generally has one of the most transparent real estate markets in the world. How a property is zoned, what has been permitted there and who owns it, is usually a matter of public record. Foreign purchasers of real estate here can feel somewhat protected by this, and have the comfort of title insurance which accompanies most U.S real estate transactions – this is not the case in many other countries. Florida is generally acknowledged as a retirement destination, and the many empty homes we see during our summer months certainly bear witness to the fact we can boast many owners of second homes. However, recent years have seen a shift in the

profile of the European buyer who makes an investment here – “investment” being the operative word. Many European buyers will buy a home to meet their personal needs, but they will also want to rent it for part of the time – if not to make a cash return, to at least cover their annual cost of ownership. For this reason, many of them will purchase homes that allow short term rentals – weekly or monthly. Here on the Gulf Coast, once you leave the beach areas it is hard to find homes in subdivisions that allow such rentals. The majority of British and German buyers for instance, prefer to buy single family homes rather than condos, and suitable houses can be difficult to find in the beach areas. The limited choice of homes that allow short term rentals on the mainland drives many European buyers to purchase homes in Orlando and Central Florida where short term rentals are allowed and encouraged. Recently we have seen a growing number of Europeans come to our area to purchase true investment properties – homes they will never use themselves, and where they plan to install a tenant on an annual lease who will pay many of the running costs of the home in addition to a monthly rental. What makes Florida attractive for such an investment at this time? First, real estate prices have rolled back many years to the low prices we see today. In addition, for some international investors, the weakness of the U.S. Dollar against their home currency makes our prices look even lower. We also have a healthy demand for rental properties both from those losing their homes to foreclosure, and from a growing population – retirees unable to sell their homes “up north”, those building new custom homes in our area (yes, this class of buyer has returned!) who need a place to live while construction takes place, and owners and employees of businesses relocating to Florida. Many Europeans see real estate as a key component of their investment portfolio, and may already own rental properties in more than one European country. The time is right for further diversification, to add Florida to the list of places they collect rent. We recently worked with some European investors who were purchasing tenanted condos in Fort Myers for between $50,000 and $75,000 and seeing net returns of up to 9%. We just sold a Sarasota condo with tenants in place to a British buyer who will achieve a more modest net return of around 5% - but still much more than he would see from a savings account or CD today! For the higher priced homes, many investors will sacrifice cash income in the short term for a better future upside on capital appreciation, as might be the case when purchasing a waterfront property for instance. Like the Scottish couple we recently showed beachfront condos on Lido and Longboat Key. They wanted a luxury property they could call home for a few months each year, and rent to other visitors when they were not using it themselves.

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r er a e al l c ca rae sr e s The Center For Faith And Freedom Stuart Roth – Making A Difference Founder Stuart J. Roth explains, “We have an expertise for telling stories and tend to focus on issues that impact families, the building blocks of society. Organizations that work to combat illness, abuse, mental issues, homelessness, poverty and hunger have a common thread in that they aid individuals who are often overlooked, people who aren’t being heard. We support the organizations that are helping those individuals find their voices.” The Center for Faith and Freedom is a faith-based organization that operates in an ecumenical manner. “We do not impart a theological perspective or viewpoint into our relationship with our clients or into the work that we provide,” Stuart offers. “Our aim is to support organizations in need of our assistance and, in turn, to make a real difference in the lives of others.” The story of The Center’s creation has been told before; the prologue to this is Stuart’s own life, an unassuming foundation upon which the awardwinning organization has been built. It has been said that to whom much is given, much is required. This is a motto that drives Stuart, a man who leads his life in a faith-based manner and who believes in sharing the blessings that have been bestowed upon him.

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It wasn’t always this way. Growing up in a Jewish family, Stuart recalls believing in God but not feeling “religious.” He explains, “We observed major holidays, but I never felt that I had a personal relationship with God.” A series of life-changing events guided him down a spiritual path that led to a new sense of faith. Now a Messianic Jew, he acts upon a calling to be a witness to the grace of God. “I have had the fortune of meeting people from all walks of life, with their own thoughts and feelings about religion,” he notes. “I’m not here to argue about religion, God or the Bible. Instead, I choose to sow the seeds of faith, to open a dialogue with people who seek courage or inspiration and to share with them what has God done in my life. It’s a simple, yet powerful message.” Simple, yet powerful might also describe the work performed by the professionals at The Center for

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