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The home at 2735 Gulf of Mexico Drive has glass walls overlooking the Gulf and a roof-top terrace. (Courtesy Roger Pettingell)
Longboat Key Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 3 years ago

Former Wal-Mart CEO sells Longboat home for $5.75 million

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by: Robin Hartill Managing Editor

A beachfront home at 2735 Gulf of Mexico Drive sold today for $5.75 million.

The sale price is the highest year-to-date price paid for a home on the Key this year.

Sarasota County property records list the sellers as H. Lee and Linda Scott. H. Lee Scott was CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. from 2000 to 2009.

The names of the buyers were not immediately available through property records.

The Scotts paid $6,650,200 for the home in April 2010.

Michael Moulton, of Michael Saunders & Co.’s Longboat Key South office, represented the buyers. Roger Pettingell, of Coldwell Banker Previews, represented the seller.

According to a news release, the six-bedroom, 7,550-square-foot home sits on a Gulf-front property with tropical landscaping and fountains and a courtyard with a lily pond. The home features a chef’s kitchen, butler’s pantry, formal dining room and temperature-controlled wine cellar. The home was built in 2008.

“This latest sale further confirms the strong resurgence of the region’s luxury market over the past couple of years,” Moulton said in the news release. “Year-to-date, there have been 44 sales throughout the region involving properties priced above $3 million, compared with 29 such sales through this time last year. Six of this year’s sales — involving three single-family homes and three condominiums — took place on Longboat Key.”

"It seemed like this part of the market took a little more to develop back," Pettingell said. "I think we recovered from the bottom up and it just took time until we got to this level."

For more information, pick up a Nov. 13 copy of the Longboat Observer.

Contact Robin Hartill at [email protected].

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