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.