One of the things that I love about selling real estate in Sarasota is being able to spend time in luxury. I love to see the looks on people's faces when they first glimpse the view they'll get from their enormous hot tub, or that gleam in their eye when they scan the patterns in their new marble columns. Some may call it materialistic, but it is materialism at its finest, a great appreciation for all the finer things.
I'd like to share a glimpse of the luxury I get to revel in while I introduce people to their perfect home. This month, I want to talk about what I call “attainable luxury.” Basically that means that these are incredibly beautiful homes with more amenities than most Americans will ever see, but you weren't probably weren't named in Forbes' list last week. We'll cover those houses next month.
First, there’s the fixer-upper over at 1136 Windsong Lane. Well, it’s not exactly a fixer-upper, but a $2,490,000 work in progress, just waiting for you to lend your creative input to one of the most spectacular residences in Sarasota. This 4-story building features 3 living floors over a multi-car garage and a saltwater pool on the fourth floor. You can just imagine the view. With 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, an elevator, and a gourmet kitchen with gas appliances, this is 4,740 square feet of pure refined potential.
Speaking of pure potential, take a look at 125 Big Pass Lane. You’ve probably heard the old adage that the three most important things in real estate are location, location, and location. Well, this $2,495,000 piece of property boasts almost a full acre on north Siesta Key with over 100 feet of waterfront. It almost doesn’t matter what you build on it; this is one of the best properties in Sarasota.
If you really want to embrace the ideal Florida lifestyle, you may want to consider buying a home once owned by one of the experts. John D. MacDonald, whose Travis McGee mystery novels were set right here, once owned 1430 Point Crisp Road -- and it can be yours for only $2,995,000. This 36,000 square foot property offers a whopping 371 feet of water frontage, a dock, lanai, screened-in pool with waterfall features, and the ability to tell everyone “Ernest Hemingway slept here.”
If you’re like Hemingway, you’re going to want to get out on the water. The $3,095,000 ⅔ acre of tropical paradise at 4034 Roberts Point Road features frontage on Coconut Bayou and Roberts Bay, complete with docks and boat lifts. Of course, while you’re on dry land, between the four-bedroom home and separate guesthouse you’ve got 6,000 air conditioned square feet of luxury. And with a six-car garage, you’ll be getting around in style by land and sea.
One of the older houses on this “cream of the crop” list is 113 Big Pass Lane. Built in 1958 in what is now called the Ralph Twitchell neighborhood, this $3,100,000 half acre features a Key West style home with over 4,300 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, and incredible views from your covered outdoor eating area. This is where the King of Siesta Village should live.
Lastly, the Guy Peterson-designed luxury home at 150 Givens Street truly is the pièce de résistance. Located right on the gulf, this $3,650,000 was built in 2008 and features state-of-the-art everything from appliances to elevators. It’s got 3 stories, a 3-car garage, 5 bathrooms, and 4 bedrooms, the master suite featuring floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over one very coveted view.
I hope you've enjoyed this little taste of the luxury that Sarasota has to offer. Be sure to check back in next month when we look at the houses for double these numbers. In the meantime, let me know if you'd like a tour.
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist