The word “bungalow” has come to mean different things to different people. The architecture originated in the Bengali region in South Asia and referred to one-story residences with broad verandas. Bungalows have since come in many shapes and sizes, and some even have second stories built into the sloping roof.
One of the benefits of bungalows is that they are generally only one story, cutting out the complication of stairs for those who would rather not climb them. Sticking to the original model's broad veranda or front porch also makes for a very welcoming approach and great place to relax with your libation of choice. Which type of bungalow is for you depends on where you want to be and how much you want to pay -- but make no mistake, Sarasota has bungalows for everyone.
Consider the 1,950 square foot home at 2331 McClellan Parkway in the historic neighborhood of McClellan Park, just minutes from the glorious Sarasota Bayfront, downtown Sarasota, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and only steps from all that Southside Village has to offer. The new circular driveway and a large carport contribute to the extensive remodeling and thoughtful enlargement of the gorgeous 1940s home. The beautiful, original hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings with wood beams create a wonderful heart for this impeccable 3 bedroom, 3 bath home, including a grand master suite. The custom pool with travertine paver pool deck, a new asphalt shingle roof, and many new doors and windows make this bungalow a great buy. Listed at $699,900
For those who may not need quite as much space but want to be a bit closer to the beach, a 1,155 square foot 2 bedroom/2 bathroom home at 5206 Winding Way is fully remodeled to include all-new stainless steel appliances, solid wood kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, and ceramic tile flooring. This home truly defines the Florida lifestyle with the plush veranda and bonus glassed-in Florida room. 1965 was a good year for building bungalows, and this one has been beautifully updated. Listed at $479,900
Of course, not all bungalows are vintage. The custom Peterson home at 366 S. Creek Drive was built in Osprey's South Creek community in 1998, and enjoys low HOA fees that include a dry dock, lit tennis courts, basketball court, and playground. The home boasts high ceilings, beautiful windows, a cupola with lighting, a great room with fireplace and wood floors, and a large backyard with plenty of room for a pool. The brilliantly designed gourmet kitchen has wood cabinetry, and a powder room is nearby for guests. The large master suite's window seat looks out over the lush landscaping, and both bathrooms are remodeled with walk-in showers, the master with an extra-large tub. Listed at $474,900
The 2 bed/2 bath home at 2405 Valentine Street was built in 2014, and is loaded with the finest of upgrades and finishes! It also features beautiful wood floors, but also makes the most of modern amenities such as a tankless water heater, central vac, impact windows and doors, energy efficiency through spray foam insulation, and a whole-house water filter system. The kitchen is a cook's dream with beautiful cabinetry, soft-close drawers, a six-burner gas stove, convection oven, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and an island with a prep sink and breakfast bar. The family room is adjacent and includes many built-ins and tons of natural light. This is a split-plan home with a gracious room for a den. The property sits on an oversized lot with a lovely, open back porch overlooking the private fenced yard as well as a quaint front porch to sit at night and admire the sunsets. Listed at $359,000
Generally though, when people think "bungalow," they think vintage, and a perfect example is the charming 1940s bungalow at 1369 17th Street. Its restored floors, remodeled kitchen, stainless appliances, and all-new light fixtures and fans really accentuate the open dining and living area (including a fireplace)! The brick front porch is perfect for a swing or rocking chair, and the picket fence around this 4 bedroom/2 bath, 1,386 square feet home make this beauty pretty much what the American Dream is all about. Listed at $199,000
Isn't the variety impressive? The beautiful thing about housing in Sarasota is that there's something for everyone, but you have to know where to look. Let me know if I can help you find your dream home. Contact Julian today
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist