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Penthouse, home sales set Longboat Key price records

An En Provence property and a home in Bay Isles sold within two weeks of each other.


The penthouse of building 3 at En Provence occupies the entire top floor.
The penthouse of building 3 at En Provence occupies the entire top floor.
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The recent sale of a home in Bay Isles and a penthouse in En Provence both represented Longboat Key price records.

The building 3 penthouse in En Provence, at 2161 Gulf of Mexico Drive, sold for $8.2 million, the highest ever for a gulf-front condominium on Longboat Key.

The home in Bay Isles, at 550 Harbor Point Road, sold for $10 million, the highest ever for a bayfront home on Longboat.

Jennifer Schwell-Chaplin of Michael Saunders & Co. represented the sellers of the condominium, and Bruce Myer of Coldwell Banker Realty represented the sellers of the bayfront home.

Janet and Steve Walter of Michael Saunders & Co. represented the out-of-town buyers of each of the properties. The sales closed within two weeks of each other.

 Schwell-Chaplin said she sold the 6,000 square foot condominium pre-construction to the original owners in 2001 for $4.4 million. Listed for the first time, the penthouse was on the market for about 4½ months when the Walter Group connected the buyers, who are from Wisconsin, with the property.

Overlooking the gulf and occupying the top floor, the penthouse features nearly 2,000 square feet of covered and open terrace space.

 “They loved it the way it was and were very pleased they found exactly what they wanted,” Janet Walter said, of the four-bedroom, four bath property.

 “The previous owners were dear friends, and the penthouse passed to their three daughters, who were thrilled to know it would be cherished by the new owners as much as it was by their parents,” Schwell-Chaplin said.

According to public records, the penthouse was owned by Dennis and Jacqueline Tursso. Jacqueline died in 2017 at the age of 73 and Dennis died in January at 82.

 

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Eric Garwood

Eric Garwood is the managing editor of the Longboat Observer and the Sarasota Observer. Since graduating from University of South Florida in 1984, he's been a reporter and editor at newspapers in Florida and North Carolina.

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