The Fogartys are one of the oldest families in Bradenton. They originally settled in the area in the 1840s. There’s a whole part of town named after them (Fogartyville), plus a cemetery, and there used to be a cafe/bar. Now the family homestead has just come on the market. The most amazing thing about it is its age. I’ve seen two dates—it was either built in 1895 or 1872. At any rate, it’s incredibly old for these here parts.
Luckily it’s been beautifully remodeled, with the original floors restored and lots of period touches, including the most prestigious of all—its own historical marker. There are also beamed ceilings, a fireplace, wainscoting, eaves and dormers. The overall feeling is “big old farmhouse.” The plumbing and electrical systems have been replaced—although I would guess that when it was originally built it had neither. It’s got three bedrooms, three baths, a new and very nice kitchen. There’s almost a third an acre of land, with a free-form pool, nice landscaping, and a view of the river.
The Fogarty house is located in one of Bradenton’s nicest neighborhoods, just west of 26th Street, off Riverview Boulevard. The trees are enormous and the atmosphere is very much Old South. There are other old homes nearby, although none quite as old or historic as this one.
The house is listed at $579,000 and located at 320 29th St. NW, Bradenton. For more information call Brenda Boyd May of Boyd Realty at (941) 750-8844.