Lifestyle

CONDO REPORT: Studio Condos

Photos by Gary Elliott: Seabreeze South

Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Of the 389 condos for sale on Marco Island last week only 11 of them were studio condos. Studios, sometimes known as efficiencies, have one bathroom, a small kitchen and no separate bedroom. Murphy beds, wall beds and sleep sofas are part of studio living. Studios were popular options in the early history of ... Read More »

Right Way vs. Wrong Way

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The words jury-rigged, Mickey Moused or “Good enough for government work,” come to mind; these terms can be a way to describe a temporary or makeshift repair remedy. Not the jargon you want to hear when a jeweler is describing how he or she is going to perform the repair of your fine jewelry. At a young age I learned ... Read More »

MIND, BODY And Spirit: The Heart of the Matter

Submitted Photo: Seven little people who make the holidays happy!

Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “I have found that it’s not WHAT I have in my life but WHO I have in my life that counts.” ~ Author Unknown We have reached that time of year when I feel as though I’m at the top of a roller coaster, the very highest peak, after a long, steady climb. As I peer over ... Read More »

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT: Navigating Change

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer:  Sunset class at our new temporary location.

Laurie Kasperbauer  “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes it meaningful.” ~ Author Unknown In the late 1990s I was elected to the local board of education in my Iowa hometown. In my inaugural year, our board was asked to read a book as part of a team-building exercise. The book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” by ... Read More »

ALL THAT GLITTERS: Shock and Awe-mour 

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Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net So what is it? All can tell you is I am not the sole perpetrator of this emotional phenomenon. I have a great deal to do with the final result, which by the way is a joyful, positive, and most often, a romantic experience. The catalyst of creating this phenomenon is fine jewelry. Who knows? A pre-historic ... Read More »

Dr. Bryan Hanypsiak Comes Home

Submitted Photo: Dr. Bryan Hanypsiak

To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System We have all heard the story about those who come to Southwest Florida for a vacation and essentially never leave. For Physicians Regional Healthcare System’s Dr. Bryan Hanypsiak, this all-too-familiar story has a slightly different twist. Dr. Hanypsiak lived and worked in Naples for several years. As director of ... Read More »

One and Two Bedroom Condos

Angler’s Cove features one and two bedroom condos.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Of the 371 condos for sale last week, 236 or 64% of them were one or two bedroom condos. These are the most popular condos for sale on Marco. According to the Marco Island MLS there are 48 one bedroom condos for sale and 188 two bedroom condos for sale. The one bedroom condos range ... Read More »

Small, Medium, Large and Jumbo Condos

Aquarius is typical of a small condo.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott Last week 364 condos were for sale on Marco Island. The lowest priced condo on the market is an inland efficiency at Southwinds, listed for $110,500. The highest priced condo is listed at $9.9 million for 13,528 square feet of luxury at Cape Marco. One way to look at the market is the size of ... Read More »

The Holidays Are Here, Already?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s nuts. Last August I was searching for pool supplies at Walter Marte’s (Walmart) only to find Christmas decorations where pool stuff used to be, in August?! I used to be perturbed when stores start putting that stuff out before Halloween, now the summer is common practice. Funny thing though, years ago (more like decades ago) ... Read More »

A Day of Gratitude

Photo by Maria Lamb

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~ John F. Kennedy There’s something about water that draws us in. The vista of a lake; the intimacy of a pond. Even a puddle can entice the temptation to connect ... Read More »

The EYES Have It

To Your Health Scott Lowe  As a culture, we seem almost obsessed about eyes. Just look at the various sayings and idioms we have associated with eyesight. People often claim to go through life with their eyes wide open—or sometimes shut tight. Many of us can’t take our eyes off of someone or something. Nevertheless some seek out a bird’s ... Read More »

The Good, Bad, and the Downright Ugly

Good, bad or ugly, you decide. Submitted Photo

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Life can be a comedy and even more hilarious if you work with the public. Oh! Yes, I was found in the dark then cut, faceted and polished by the public and the final product took over fifty years to complete, and here I sit. (Sitting I find is now more comfortable than standing.) ... Read More »

How’s the Condo Market?

Casa de Marco, an inland condo.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com How’s the condo market? That answer depends on a number of factors. For instance, are you a seller or a buyer, where is the condo located on the island and what price range are you considering? According to the Collier County Property Assessor’s Office, Marco Island has 6,928 houses, 1,811 lots and ... Read More »

The Contradiction in My Yard

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I’m not sure when I heard a quote from Buddha for the first time, but for as long as I can remember, the image of Buddha has been associated with peace in my mind. This association gained solidity when I did my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Of course, the ancient sage, Gautama Buddha was ... Read More »

I Am Not My Brain

“...At the end of the day, all we have is who we are.”
~ Ryan Calhoun

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I have osteoarthritis in my knees. And in a roundabout way, my knee pain landed me in the office of a neurologist. A necessary step according to my cautious orthopedic surgeon, so I rolled my eyes (to myself) and dragged my feet all the way to the neurologist’s doorstep. After an MRI and a ... Read More »

What Does $500K Buy on Marco?

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CONDO  REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott Marco Island condo list prices last week ranged from $118,000 for a Seabreeze West studio to $9.9 million for a grand penthouse at the Belize. The median list price of the 346 condos for sale last week on Marco Island was just under $500,000. What does $500,000 buy? That depends on what you ... Read More »

A Goldsmith Shop vs A Jewelry Store

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Often times I am asked to do services that relate to the jewelry business that I am unable to perform or I simply refuse to do. I know you are saying, that’s the wrong attitude, service and pleasing the customer is top priority when running a “service” business…horse hockey! As many of you baby boomers know ... Read More »

Exploring Western Canada

Stunning scenery in Western Canada. Photos by Dave Pattison

Global  Traveler Dave Pattison  A recent journey to the magnificent Canadian Rockies revealed amazing frozen glaciers, snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, wild roaming animals and massive azure lakes. On a trip sponsored by Grand Circle Travel, which specializes in travel by small groups of seniors, I was able to explore Banff and Jasper National Parks, and the Canadian cities of Calgary, ... Read More »

It’s All in Your Head

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer
Yoga practice helps us to sort the things we can control from the things we cannot.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I was boarding a plane, heading for home a few weeks ago, when I spied my seat up ahead. I like the aisle seat where I can get up and move around easily to stretch and move my restless legs. So there in the middle seat sat a beautiful young woman with her arms ... Read More »

Lab Created Diamonds and Wrist Tops

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Call them what you will, manmade diamonds, created diamonds or even lab created, many of you reading this probably never even heard of such things, especially consumers who have not been in the market to buy diamonds in the last decade or so. Oh, I still get an occasional geriatric couple who have not been involved ... Read More »