338 West Bay Drive

Here's a home with a perfect Florida lifestyle built right into it. Located on the Island of Venice with the Intracoastal boat traffic sailing right by, the estate—a main house and a separate guest house—is a short stroll from the shops and restaurants of downtown Venice. But it has a private, secluded feeling, with two entrances, enclosed gardens and a motor courtyard. It's hard to find this kind of space and luxury right in the middle of everything.

338 West Bay Drive 2The home's style might best be described as high-quality informality. Built in 2001, it has a nice architectural interplay of angles and curves, with light streaming in through aquarium windows and high ceilings. The outdoor living area merges seamlessly with the indoors. There's even a tower room (accessible via elevator) with windows on all four sides. With its built-in bar and games galore, it's the ultimate hangout space, complete with two Murphy beds and a bath that turn it into an extra guest suite.

The main house also features a master bedroom with separate his-and-hers baths and room-sized closets. There's also an additional guest room. The detached guest house is self-contained, with a living room, bedroom, large living room and eat-in kitchen. The possibilities for accommodating visiting friends and relatives are endless.

Built by a prominent local businessman, the home epitomizes the easy luxury that makes Venice such an attractive alternative to Sarasota proper. The famous beach with all its shark's teeth is a short bike ride away, as are the jetty and its excellent fishing. The walk-to-town location is unique, along with the elaborate ponds, water features and outdoor entertaining spaces. It's a happy-looking house, perfect for fun with the extended family.

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