Here’s a house in Old Forest Lakes that I first noticed 30 years ago, and ever since then it’s been one of my favorite homes in Sarasota. It has beautiful curb appeal—long and low, with very strong horizontal lines capped by a well-proportioned roof that pulls the design together. It was built in 1956, but appears timeless.
Old Forest Lakes is one of those “best kept secret” kind of places, an old development right in the middle of everything (it’s located near Webber and Beneva) that has kept its appeal intact for the past 60 years or so. The surrounding area is solidly middle class, but Old Forest Lakes—no, it’s not gated; they didn’t do that back in those days—is a couple of rungs up the social ladder. Many old-time Sarasota families lived here and the houses tend to be large, rambling family homes set on lots of at least an acre.
This particular house is typical, yet a little more stylish than its neighbors. It’s big--over 3,200 square feet--with three bedrooms and two and a half baths. The rooms are very large, and it has been recently and beautifully remodeled. It has real hardwood floors, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and an enormous caged pool. Most of the windows have plantation shutters, which add to the strong horizontal lines.
Yes, there is a lake in Old Forest Lakes, and it’s beautiful—weeping willows and, I seem to remember, swans gliding by. This house has a premium setting, on a peninsula that juts out into the water. Younger families are starting to move into the area, remodeling the older homes. There are even some significant Sarasota School-type houses, yet most of them are solid, traditional, and old fashioned in the best sense of the word.
3707 West Forest Lakes Drive; priced at $975,000. For more information call Sylvia Zimmerman of Michael Saunders and Co. at (941) 350-5022.