Wrought Iron Gates
Tarpon commission approves fence at Cycadia Cemetery to block vandals
By Danielle Paquette
The broken granite, later discovered by an angry family, is just another case of cemetery vandalism in a string stretching back to the 1960s, said Tarpon Springs’ director of public works, Paul Smith.
Intruders cloaked by night have nabbed metal vases, bronze plaques, and even a 70-year-old, 75-pound sphere memorializing the cemetery’s founder.
“It has historically been a problem,” Smith said. “The current fence doesn’t discourage people from entering the cemetery, cutting through the cemetery at all hours of the day.”
The city’s discussions about what to do about vandalism in the city cemetery stretch back to the ’60s,too. However, Smith has proposed a permanent solution: a new 6-foot-tall, wrought iron-style picket fence that would cost about $175,000.
The fence would be sleek black, Smith told city commissioners Tuesday, and attach to an automatic gate that opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. It would replace most of the wall that is there now. The cemetery would be visible through the fence.
Smith said that before writing a proposal, he consulted with the family of F. Kettrell Powell, a beloved community leader and permanent cemetery board member who died in 2010.
Powell cared deeply about the cemetery, Smith said. He, too, had wanted to increase security.
“He would’ve loved this — it’s something he envisioned before he passed away,” said Vice Mayor Chris Alahouzos. “This is something we’ve been waiting for.”
Commissioners unanimously approved the fence plan and, after permits are obtained from Pinellas County, construction is scheduled to start by February.
The project will be paid for out of the cemetery’s perpetual care fund.
Hunters Creek home on wooded half-acre lot
By Lisa Zapalac
Set amid a wooded, half-acre lot in Hunters Creek, this Mediterranean-style custom home at 10822 Roaring Brook Lane in Memorial’s Hunters Creek is a stunning property with stunning with exceptional finishes and quality construction.
Listing agent Charlotte Leach of Martha Turner Properties said the two-story home with 6,453 square feet boasts an array of features from state-of-the-art technology to cabinets and doors that were hand-carved.
A front entry with hand-made wrought-iron gates opens to the beautiful property that has four outdoor security cameras.
Inside, a faux-painted ceiling and walls enhance the large entry that features arched openings and art niches.
Faux-painted walls and ceiling also define the large formal dining room, which includes arches, downlighting, stone flooring and a large chandelier.
Just off the entry and dining area is the living room that has stone flooring, a faux-painted ceiling and walls, custom drapes and expansive windows capturing views of the patio, pool and rock waterfall.
Space for big gatherings in Beverly Hills
With a grand terrace, gazebo and large motorcourt, this Beverly Hills estate is designed for entertaining guests. It is listed at $18.95 million.
Set behind 12-foot-tall wrought-iron gates, this Beverly Hills estate centers on a renovated traditional-style house polished to reflect the elegance and glamour of its early days. With a grand terrace for entertaining and a large motorcourt, the compound is designed for events and large-scale gatherings.
Formal entry hall, library with a walnut-paneled bar, 21-seat screening room, six fireplaces, gym, 2,000-bottle wine cellar/tasting room, offices, entertaining gazebo, tennis court, swimming pool, pool cabana
In the third quarter, 75 single-family homes sold in the 90210 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.4 million, according to DataQuick. That was a 26.3% price decrease from the third quarter last year.
France’s president opens Elysee garden to public
Visitors were taking advantage of a new policy inaugurated by President Francois Hollande to open the 18th-century Elysee Palace gardens to the public every last Sunday of the month. In the past, the palace and gardens were only open to the public once a year on France’s Heritage Days weekend in September.
Access to the gardens is just off the Champs Elysee avenue via an ornate wrought-iron gate topped with gilt rooster, the French national symbol.
Parisians stroll in the presidential garden of the Elysee Palace, Paris Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. Visitors were taking advantage of a new policy inaugurated by President Francois Hollande to open the 18th-century Elysee Palace gardens to the public every last Sunday of the month.
In the past, the palace and gardens were only open to the public once a year on France’s Heritage Days weekend in September. The gardens are open from noon to 5 p.m. the last Sunday of the month from October to March, and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. from April to September.
The gardens are open from noon to 5 p.m. the last Sunday of the month from October to March, and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. from April to September.
Kisumu’s home away from home
By Frankline Sunday
The property is about five kilometres from Kisumu’s CBD in the leafy Tom Mboya estate. There are no sign posts along the 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre and no customised gateways announcing that you have arrived.
In fact, you’ll be forgiven for mistaking this place for just another plush residence for a well-to- do family with a passion for landscaping.
However, the plain wrought iron gate slides open into a serene one-acre paradise whose thick vegetation insulates the haven from the noisy traffic of the matatus, tuk tuks and boda bodas barely a stone’s throw away.
Swaying lush palm, jacaranda and Camel’s Foot trees form a cool canopy that gives the establishment a microclimate of its own, providing visitors with a welcome relief from the sweltering Kisumu heat.
Welcome to Panda’s Paradise, a small establishment of self-catering and fully-serviced cottages where visitors get to create for themselves an experience of rest and luxury away from home as they deem fit.
“We have guests who come for one day and we also have guests who have been here for more than a year,” explains Redemptor Osano, the manager of the facility.
Panda’s Paradise was once a three-bedroomed maisonette belonging to a wealthy Asian family and when the children grew up and moved out, their parents decided to expand and transform the property into guest cottages.
to be continued