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East County Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 3 years ago

Luxurious Life

by: Robin Hartill Managing Editor

What home would you buy if money were no object? These seven homes look like good choices.
The following properties are the highest price listings on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) as of Aug. 1, on Longboat, Lido/St. Armands, Bird, Siesta and Casey keys and mainland Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch.

1. Longboat Key
Price: $22 million
Address: 6633 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Built: 2013
Square feet: 9,262
Price per square foot: $2,375
Listed by: Deborah Beacham, Michael Saunders & Co.

After three years of construction, the 2.57-acre Ohana estate was listed in December for $22 million — a record for the Sarasota area.

The Gulf-front property consists of three Balinese-inspired pavilions and a separate beachfront guesthouse. The pavilions are set around a free-form swimming pool with a swim-up sun shelf and adjacent, palm-thatched beach pavilion.

The estate has a private seawall that extends into the Gulf that provides both privacy and protection from beach erosion. Other features include more than 60 types of tropical foliage, a Gulf-front swimming pool, Hemingway natural coral stone walkways and a private tennis court.

2. Casey Key

Address: 1160 N. Casey Key Road
Price: $16.9 million
Built: 2011
Square feet: 10,125
Price per square foot: $1,669
Listed by: Linda Roe Dickinson and Kelly Quigley, Michael Saunders & Co.

With just 400 residences and no commercial development, Casey Key offers maximum privacy. But the 2.57-acre gated and walled estate at 1160 N. Casey Key Road offers extra seclusion, with a white sand beach on one side and a yachting lagoon and bay views on the other.

Features include a bayfront billiard room with a mini-kitchen, outdoor living area with a stone fireplace and an infinity pool and spa.


3. Lakewood Ranch
Address: 8499 Lindrick Lane
Price: $16.5 million
Built: 2010
Square feet: 17,756
Price per square foot: $929
Listed by: Jim Soda, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Located at the Concession Golf Club, the 3.55-acre estate was built over a three-and-a-half year period. The home has a spiral staircase leading to an underground, 1,000-bottle wine cellar and tasting room, home theater with a 144-inch screen, billiards room and an exercise room with an adjoining sauna and steam shower.

4. Mainland Sarasota
Address: 374 S. Shore Drive
Price: $13.8 million
Built: 2005
Square feet: 10,883
Price per square foot: $1,268
Listed by: Joel Schemmel, Premier
Sotheby’s International Realty

Villa Solstice, better known as the Githler house, was built in 2005 in Sarasota’s historic Museum area and has views of Sarasota Bay, the Ringling Bridge, Longboat Key and the downtown skyline from nearly every room.

The home has hosted many Republican bigwigs and has many features that make it a prime venue for large events, including a large dining room with a separate full bar area and adjacent music room, 1,400-bottle wine room, chef’s kitchen and full catering kitchen with elevator access. Other features include a lagoon-style, zero-entry pool, an eight-person spa, a pool house with spa and two boat docks.

5. Siesta Key
Address: 7858 Sanderling Road
Price: $10.9 million
Built: 2003
Square feet: 6,312
Price per square foot: $1,727
Listed by: Mel and Jan Goldsmith, Michael Saunders & Co.

The 1.86-acre Siesta Key estate stretches from the island’s Gulf beach to a lagoon. The estate includes a variety of Asian accents, including a Japanese garden located between the main residence and the guesthouse.

The master suite in the main home has floor-to-ceiling glass doors with views of the Gulf. The estate includes an open courtyard pool and summer kitchen enclosed by South African ipe wood decking.

6. Lido/St. Armands
Address: 1415 Westway Drive
Price: $8.5 million
Built: 1965
Square feet: 8,375
Price per square foot: $1,015
Listed by: Reid Murphy, Developers Realty Inc.

Westway Drive is often called the priciest street in Sarasota, and the 0.72-acre home at 1415 Westway Drive, with 210 feet on New Pass, is its current priciest property.

Designed by Lido Shores developer Phillip Hiss, the home’s past owners include legendary crooner Bobby Vinton and a French count. The home features a 77-foot screened porch overlooking New Pass and the Gulf, a master suite located in a private wing of the home and a swimming pool in a private courtyard that separates the main home from a separate guest home.

7. Bird Key
Address: 433 Meadow Lark Drive
Price: $5,995,000
Built: 2006
Square feet: 5,965
Price per square foot: $1,005
Listed by: Deborah Beacham, Michael Saunders & Co.

The home at 433 Meadow Lark Drive known as Villa Toscana is designed to resemble an up-to-date version of a 17th century manse overlooking Little Sarasota Bay.

Features include an infinity pool, outdoor kitchen, master suite with a steam room and sauna, a game room with wet bar, a media room and a dock with a boat lift and separate Jet Ski lift.


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