Although the beaches hold incredible appeal for people who want to live on the Gulf Coast, there is also a great allure in the charm of Old Florida. Even the words “old Florida” conjure images of large oak trees with Spanish moss tinsel and sipping lemonade on the porch. If you're interested in simpler days, before the world got so consumed with hustling and bustling, perhaps you'll want to consider life in one of these Old Florida homes.
Starting with the oak trees, the mature landscaping at 1336 46th Street in Sarasota surrounds the main house and guest apartment/studio. In the midst of this canopied, fenced-in oasis, the main house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, central air, and wood laminate flooring, while the guest apartment is a 15' x 23' open living space with kitchenette area, a private bathroom, and a window AC unit. Both roofs were redone in 2008, and the raised wooden deck that connects the two buildings is an ideal place to start pouring the lemonade. Listed at $229,900
Built in 1975, the entire community of Pelican Cove has the Old Florida feel. As the roads wind their way through the beautiful oak trees and lush landscaping, coming home to a fabulously updated townhouse like the one at 1619 Treehouse Circle will offer you a sense of Old Florida with the bonus of modern amenities. Set among the oaks, it already has a treehouse feel, doubled by the privacy of an enclosed Florida room. The flooring is new throughout, and the kitchen has been updated with granite counters and stainless appliances. All 3 bathrooms have been tastefully remodeled, the 2 bedrooms are spacious, and the formal dining and living rooms feature cathedral ceilings. The community is located on the Intercoastal Waterway, and in addition to the kayak launch, its amenities include six pools, a new exercise room with equipment, three community buildings, tennis courts, lectures and classes in every subject from Pelican Cove University, and many clubs and art studios. Listed at $329,000
Lounging around the beautiful pool and spa overlooking a large lake at 7515 Weeping Willow Drive may make you feel like you are lost in the Old Florida woodlands. With 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, an office, formal living room, formal dining room, and large kitchen opening to the family room, this 3,175 square foot gem has room for everyone. Listed at $554,900
Of course, Old Florida isn't all about the oak trees. Consider the 1,608 square foot townhouse in the heart of Siesta Key at 5858 Midnight Pass Road. There may be no oak trees around, but you cannot live or play any closer to the world-famous beaches of Siesta Key. Built in 1966, this 3 bedroom, 3 bath unit has been updated while preserving its original charm. Enjoy the afternoon westerly breezes and sunsets over the Gulf from a large private patio right outside the front door, or enjoy spectacular Gulf views from the west-facing Florida room. The community pool and clubhouse are steps away and adjacent to the beach, and the property is minutes from dining, shopping, boating, healthcare facilities, and the vibrant nightlife of Siesta Key Village. Listed at $1,200,000
If you really want to talk Old Florida, consider the beautifully-maintained 1914 house at 710 Indian Beach Circle. This two-story gem includes a large, wrap-around, screened-in porch, overlooking 150 feet of lawn to spectacular Sarasota Bay sunsets. The majestic living room features high, coffered ceilings, an original marble fireplace, and beautiful real oak floors. The kitchen features large windows, cherrywood cabinets, and lots of counter space. A large dining room overlooks the bay as well, and a wood-paneled library with full bath completes the first floor. The upstairs features four bedrooms, each with its own full bath, and the original Southern Pine floors (recently refinished) keep the upstairs light and airy while retaining the Old Florida feel. The master bedroom has oak floors, a beautiful screened-in balcony, a walk-in shower, large soaking tub, vanity, and walk-in closet. With its location just minutes to downtown and Sarasota’s world-famous beaches, this home is the ideal package of location, charm, and quality so rarely found today. Listed at $1,999,999
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