Back during the boom, when they were building all sorts of things in all sorts of locations, a number of large, elaborate homes were built in downtown neighborhoods on rather small in-fill lots. The trend ended abruptly in 2006 but now they’re starting up again. What are these homes like, both the new ones and the ones that are now about 8 years old? Are they something you would want to live in?
First of all, they’re big. This example—built in 2006–at 1871 Laurel Street is almost 3,000 square feet. It’s got four bedrooms and five baths. And like many of them, it has a detached garage with a very nice apartment above (with a separate address).
Second, they generally have very high-quality finishes, like hardwood and travertine floors, granite, a fancy kitchen, beamed ceilings, fireplaces, custom window treatments—this one has wooden plantation-type shutters.
Stylistically, most of them are period designs, with this one being a Mediterranean Spanish with echoes of the 1920s. The overall feeling is that the builders have rearranged and transfigured a new golf-course home in, say, Lakewood Ranch and put in on a quarter-acre lot on a pretty street a block or two from Main Street.
That’s the biggest plus– location. You may be close to the neighbors, but you’re also right downtown. If you like downtown living but don’t want a condo or a charming old house with its plumbing problems and creaky floors, one of these homes may be the ideal solution. Be prepared to pay, though. This one is priced at $1.25 million.
For more information call Reid Murphy of Developers Realty at (941) 232-3304.