I checked out two more potential bargains over the weekend. First, the Carl Abbott house in Hidden Forest (off Mink Road in the northeast part of town.) This is a great house. The two-acre plot gave Carl a lot of room to stretch out— it’s Carl Abbott at his most expansive. No need to do clever things to maximize a beachfront lot. Now he has all the room in the world and uses it. Five bedrooms and almost 6,000 square feet. The views of all the greenery and the oak trees are spectacular. It has somewhat the feeling of the famous Putterman House in Lido Shores, but on a much larger scale. The kitchen and baths are still in their 1984 state. Personally I’d keep them.
Next, I’ve always been fascinated with those expensive condos in Lakewood Ranch, near Main Street. They’re midrise; one is called Watercrest and the other is Lake Vista, right across the street. Well, it seems that 22 of the Lake Vista ones are on the auction. I was told they are all owned by the same person. Talk about your bad investments.
For more info go to auctions.skysothebysrealty.com or call the auction hotline: 941-308-6560 or 800-332-376