It’s very un-Sarasota, and that’s what makes it so unique. But that doesn’t mean it’s anti-Sarasota. It fits in beautifully.
1714 Irving St.
It’s a 1925 two-story Tudor at 1714 Irving Street, just off Osprey. There are maybe three or four in the entire town. Pelham, New York and Oak Park Illinois are full of them, but it’s a style that passed Sarasota by. Half timbered and sporting green awnings, it’s a classic between-the-wars affluent American house. It sits on a big corner lot, with a green lawn in front and a backyard shaded by century-old oaks. It even has a rose garden. The view out the sun room window is straight out of an Andy Hardy movie – old bungalows, green hedges clipped just so, giant sun-dappled trees. It’s an ultra-premium West of Trail location, and believe it or not, you can walk downtown.
The interior matches the exterior. It’s full of quirky, charming touches, many original. The pecky cypress living room is a perfect blend of Florida Tropical and New England Colonial. There’s a wood-paneled den, a great old fashioned kitchen, original tile in the bathrooms, and, my favorite – a shower off the downstairs hall. (It was for the convienence of old Mr Dozier, a prominent Sarasota lawyer, after he was incapacitated.)