By Bob Plunket
This home at the north of Siesta Key has just sold for $10 million, the biggest sale since 2011. People are hoping that maybe it means big expensive homes will now be easier to sell. This one was on the market for six years, and the asking price was originally around $20 million, though the most recent listing price was $12.5 million.
What are the new owners—reportedly a family from New England—getting for their money? First of all, a terrific location, right on the water overlooking a beautiful view of the downtown skyline. (Minor drawback—the sunset cruise boats pass regularly and people gawk.) There is 500 feet of waterfront—the lot has water on two sides. With almost two acres of land, there is plenty of room. What may be most unusual is the boathouse, a rarity in these parts due to zoning and conservation laws.
The home itself was designed by prominent architect Clifford Scholz in 1999 and is built in what is called the “Coastal Style”—lots of light and air, with verandas galore and vaguely Queen Anne/Victorian detailing. It has seven bedrooms and eight baths, plus guest quarters. The property is gated, and of course has a pool.
Let’s take a little tour. . .