Although Sarasota is noted for its beaches and the homes that dapple the keys, there are a lot of homes on the mainland that still open you up to island living. From the top of Manatee all the way to South Sarasota, the homes west of Tamiami Trail offer up the best of both worlds, infusing the beauty of Sarasota's architecture into some of the area's most sought-after locations.
The four-bedroom home at 12516 Safe Harbour Drive in Bradenton features 3,700 square feet of up-lit triple crown molding, 10-foot doors, granite throughout, coffee wood cabinets, 20-inch tile with designer insets, leaded glass, Italian stone archways, and gorgeously engineered wood flooring. The entertainment area on the second floor and an extra kitchen outside make this home great for foodies or those who love to have guests. With the price reduced to just under a million dollars, this home is just minutes from the beach and seconds from the bay.
If you want to be a part of Sarasota's history, you may want to consider being part of the Corrigan House tradition. This 3,700 square foot Mediterranean Revival home was built in 1920, and is on the National Registry of Historic Homes. Named for the man who designed and built the first electrically driven vehicle in the United States and published the first automotive catalogue, this exquisite home is rich with culture and rests only a few minutes away from the Ringling Museum and Asolo Theatre in the beautiful Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores neighborhood. Retrofitted with wonderful modern amenities, this home is surrounded by Banyan trees and feels like old Florida while still keeping up with the times. It is an exquisite example of what can be done with an older home.
If you're into a life on the water, check out this 5,168 square foot home in Whitaker Bayou. With a deeded deep-water boat dock right across the street, this immaculate two-story home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, an office, guest quarters, a huge great room with kitchenette, an oversized four-car garage, and 750 square feet of covered terraces wrapping around the front and side of the home. With a gorgeous balcony over the heated pool, this home presents Florida living at its finest.
For a little taste of Key West, stop by 1044 Tocobaga Lane, a home built in 2011 and nestled in a private community of only 10 properties. The 4,400 square foot home features a lovely pool with an outdoor kitchen and incredible craftsmanship throughout all three stories. From the mahogany door and Brazillian cherry floors; to the travertine tile, green onyx counters, and red Silestone island in the kitchen, this home is a complete work of art. With beautiful views from the balconies, expansive bedrooms, his/hers walk-in closets, a large slate shower, and custom vanities in the master suite, the five bedrooms throughout the home make for great living and luxurious entertaining.
One of the reasons that there are so many Mediterranean-style homes around here is that they just work so well. That's really evident in the 4,373 square foot home at 7315 Captain Kidd Avenue. Each of the four bedroom suites has its own bathroom, and the balconies look out to a gorgeous screened-in pool featuring its own waterfall. The property is replete with tropical foliage and orchid blooms, making this home a piece of paradise. For homeowners looking to invest, this home also has a successful track record as a vacation rental.
If you're ready to move in, this 5,472 square foot Mediterranean home in the Oaks comes mostly furnished. The courtyard welcomes you with a tranquil fountain and carved wood double doors that open to an elegant foyer. This is the perfect blend of elegant and casual living spaces, featuring a dining room with sparkling crystal chandeliers, a magnificent great room opening to gourmet kitchen, and a large lanai with a sparkling pool and spa. The master suite has his/hers baths and walk-in closets, and the wood-paneled library comes complete with bar. Of course, membership to The Oaks Club is a must.
Remember, island living isn't necessarily restricted to the islands. You're in Sarasota, where every place is a part of paradise.
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist