Almost 100-year-old vintage Sarasota property on the market
Artist Julie Trigg, owner of a heritage home on Bay Shore Road in the coveted Sarasota Museum District, had planned to throw a celebration in 2025 when her 43-year-old home celebrates its 100th anniversary.
But this is not the case. The painter and bonsai master will live in the Garden District of New Orleans near her son. She will establish an art studio in downtown New Orleans as soon as she sells her Sarasota home, which has an asking price of $ 1,687,500. It is donated by David Jennings of Coldwell Banker.
“The upkeep of this wonderful house and this yard is becoming more than what I want to continue,” she said. “I devote a lot of time to painting but also to the cultivation of bonsai and I want to spend more time on these two passions rather than taking care of a large family home in which I am alone. My son suggested it. New Orleans and I knew it was a good shot.
“My son and daughter both left Florida and so many of the Sarasota painters I have known, admired and worked with over the years have sadly also left. I will take all of my paintings with me, some of them by Shirley Clement, Hilton Leech, Nike Parton and others whose works bring back fond memories to me.
The artist will also take with her canvas memorabilia from her own property, as some of her works of art are open-air paintings that she has done outside in her large hiking yard. “I had my studio in the guesthouse, the kitchen, the living room, the room next to my bedroom, all kinds of places in this house,” Julie said. “The light is excellent in almost any room here and I tend to spread out, so the paintings in progress and the work I have collected migrate from one place to another. This house is too big for me to live there anymore, but probably not for painting.
The artist also maintained a studio in downtown Sarasota where she did much of her work and stored paintings.
The two-story home at 4014 Bay Shore Road is located in the leafy Indian Beach / Sapphire Shores neighborhood, which dates back to 1891. It is one of the city’s oldest and most beautiful residential spots, and popular by seasonal residents and citizens all year round. . The Trigg Home features three bedrooms, two full baths, and one half bath spread over 2,696 square feet. The Mediterranean Revival Residence has a tiled roof, a 40 foot long porch with tiled floors, arched doors, French doors, crown moldings, coffered ceilings and a beamed ceiling and a beautiful wood-burning fireplace in white bricks in the living room. There is a boudoir adjoining the kitchen.
The floors are everywhere in original heart pine that the builder installed almost a century ago. There is a large formal dining room. The functional small kitchen, which is likely ready for a remodel, features white appliances, tiled countertops, and white painted cabinetry in a distressed finish. A window above the double sink invites natural light and a view of the eclectic rear gardens.
The property offers an oversized two-car independent garage and a one-bedroom guest house, as well as a charming gazebo and other garden amenities for outdoor entertaining amidst stands of bamboo, old oak trees. , palm trees and a collection of tiny bonsai trees. Julie Trigg’s house was part of the Creators and Collectors Public House tours in 2007 and 2014. Over the years, she has been active with Petticoat Painters, Art Center Sarasota (board member), Women’s Caucus for Art Florida and American Pen Women.
“Our family arrived at this property in 1979,” she said. “We had moved from Orlando to Sarasota for my husband Peter’s journaling work and we were living in Kensington Park. But, we often walked through this museum area and dreamed of having a house here near the water. The neighborhoods are historic, beautiful and peaceful. But we couldn’t afford anything.
Then the family got lucky when the sale of the Bay Shore property failed before closing, which was disastrous for the seller as he had already bought another location. “The house was part of a sale that included two additional vacant lots,” Julie said. “We asked the seller to remove the two extra lots from the packaging and let us buy the house. He agreed and we moved in. Years later, we bought one of the two vacant lots associated with this house. It’s at the corner of Bay Shore and 40th Street. It is a building land and it is sold with my house.
For about a decade the family lived in New York (job change for Peter who was at The New York Times) and when he took early retirement they moved back to Sarasota.
“We never sold this house but rented it instead. When we returned to Sarasota, we completely remodeled the house and the grounds. Peter passed away in 2007 and since then I have been living here alone with paintings and bonsai.
Julie Trigg came to love the art of bonsai in the mid-1970s almost by accident. Bonsai is the long-term cultivation and conditioning of a tree growing in a shallow container. Following the Japanese principles of bonsai pruning and training, the gardener achieves a nifty miniature replica of a mature tree in nature.
“I was attending an art fair and at the booth next to mine was an Asian man exhibiting his bonsai collection,” the artist said. “They were fascinating and over the next three days I continued to watch them in wonder and chat with him about the art. It turned out that he liked my paintings. At the end of the exhibition, he gave me a bonsai and I gave him a painting. I quickly killed my bonsai. I bought another one from someone on Siesta Key and killed that one too. After that I realized that I needed special training and a lot for this kind of gardening. And I’ve been a student ever since.
Recently, Julie Trigg won the President’s Award at a State Bonsai Show in Orlando and in the fall she is heading to Toronto for a jury show. She plans to connect with other bonsai gardeners, exhibit and participate in exhibitions when she moves to her new home in New Orleans. Of her 300 bonsai plants, Julie says she will only take about 30 because there isn’t room for more in her next home.
At the Bay Shore Road estate, most of his bonsai collection is outdoors and is now part of his vast, expansive garden. Potential buyers of her unique vintage home probably won’t be able to resist admiring the bonsai collection on the outside and all the paintings on the inside.