Sarasota area has many distinctions

Attractive for its proximity to downtown, Sarasota Bay and beaches

The Field Club
Field Club - Established with its purchase in 1957.

Bayfront homes in Sarasota have a charm that is representative of old Florida when the town was growing into a city. Travel north from downtown along US 41 and turn left on Indian Beach Road to find Bay Shore Drive where you will find beautiful older homes next to new or upgraded homes. You’ll see a similar setting of charm and new as you head south on US 41 and look to the bay side, commonly referred to as West of Trail.

The Tamiami Trail, or US 41, is so named for its Tampa to Miami passage. Homes west of the road, south from Mound Street and north of the Field Road area, are West of Trail. Their beauty in the communities of Harbor Acres, Southside Village, McClellan Park, Oyster Bay and Bungalow Hill reflect that charm while in close proximity, or right on, Sarasota Bay.

Homes on roads such as the north and south running Camino Real and South Osprey Avenue are preferred by professionals for their convenience in travel to downtown Sarasota. Bahia Vista Street, Hillview Street, Hyde Park Street and Siesta Drive are direct connections from the bay to the Trail. Once on the Trail, there are many fine restaurants and shops to explore.

Doctors prefer this area for its close proximity to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and medical corridor of urgent care facilities and specialty medical services that lines the Trail. Professionals are attracted here so they can conduct business through the banking and financial services on the Trail.

Bungalow Hill
Bungalow Hill community in REALTALK™ #172.

West of Trail is also home to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, the only garden in the world dedicated to epiphytes. An epiphyte is a plant that grows on another plant but does not absorb nutrients from its host. The botanical gardens focuses on the study of two epiphytes, orchids and bromeliads, on its 15 acres of land on the West of Trail northern end. The property was once owned by William and Marie Selby of Texaco Oil fame and the mansion on the property was once the home of Christy Payne, a director and treasurer of Standard Oil. An extensive library and nine acres of gardens attract scientists from around the world to study these epiphytes.

Homes West of Trail are also south of the Burns Court District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Owen Burns and circus magnate John Ringling were significant developers for much of Sarasota’s growth, including the district designed by Owen Burns in the 1920s. Also on the National Register of Historic Places, the Southside Elementary School, was built in 1926 from the same architectural plans as another local school, Bay Haven. The highly respected Southside Elementary School is West of Trail on Webber Street.

The prestigious Field Club is in the southern area West of Trail. With its six dining areas from casual to formal dress, this private club has a marina, large swimming pool, tennis courts and a wellness center. Stanley and Sara Field of the Marshall Field department stores, started construction of their summer home in 1926. Members of the Sarasota Yacht Club purchased the home in 1957 to be used as a private member club.

The homes I have listed West of Trail have a higher property value for the reasons listed above. Shopping, dining, swimming on the beach attract the affluent to the area West of Trail. Four recent listings are in Harbor Acres and Bungalow Hill, with two in Oyster Bay.

1449 Hillview Drive
1449 Hillview Drive - Harbor Acres home for sale

Most of Harbor Acres homes rest on two peninsulas that extend into Sarasota Bay, with a natural harbor created between the land masses. The first home I highlight today at 1449 Hillview Drive exhibits exclusive waterfront luxury living in a stunning coastal contemporary estate home. Completely updated inside and out in 2015, the sprawling interior is a flourish of clean lines, modern upgrades, with a beautiful new pool deck, deep-water dock and lifts. You can be on the water close to downtown Sarasota in this home recently listed at $2.995 million.

A recent listing at 1024 Citrus Avenue in the Bungalow Hill community is a four-bedroom home waiting for you to make it your own. Located just minutes from downtown Sarasota, this Spanish Mediterranean-inspired home offers 3,400 SF of beautiful interior space, including cathedral ceilings, cook’s kitchen and plenty of outdoor entertaining space, listed at $1.395 million. Bungalow Hill is a unique community annexed to the city of Sarasota in the 1920s. Watch the history of Bungalow Hill in my REALTALK™ #172 video last month.

We did a community spotlight video on Oyster Bay in REALTALK™ #150 and highlighted the Field Club mentioned in this article. Both homes I have listed in this community are under $1 million and have all the wonderful features of homes in this area.

1331 Quail Drive
1331 Quail Drive - Oyster Bay home for sale

The unique design and exclusive location of the first listing at 1331 Quail Drive is a Mediterranean-inspired home that is sure to impress. Built in 2006, you will love the lush, Florida-sourced landscape and an open layout adorned with glass walls of sliders and windows in most rooms, allowing for seamless indoor-to-outdoor entertaining. Art enthusiasts will fall in love with the custom interior, offering two-bedroom plus loft-style office, cook’s kitchen overlooking living and dining room, 11-foot ceilings, Lutron/LED lighting and stone flooring throughout.

This charming four-bedroom Oyster Bay home at 4557 Camino Real is a flourish of fabulous finishes and custom details. It is only minutes from downtown Sarasota’s city life and unforgettable Gulf beaches at Siesta and Lido Keys. This home is surrounded by manicured foliage with a lovely courtyard entry. The open layout of this home’s interior offers beautiful hardwood flooring throughout with French doors leading out to the pool deck that create an effortless flow from room to room for the entire family to appreciate.

We have many homes to offer West of Trail. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

 

Call us at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing