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Siesta Key Sand Castles

By Roger Drouin

Living the Key Life
Resort-like, renovated property listed for sale in Sarasota Beach subdivision

A home listed for sale on Avenida del Norte is its own tropical oasis, with lush landscaping, wrap-around decks on the second and third floors, and a courtyard pool.

The three-story Georgian home is listed for sale for $1,229,000 and has a total of 3,526 square feet of living space in two buildings — a main structure and a separate cottage building adjacent to the pool.

The home was completely renovated by the current owners, who purchased it in 2012. “They spared no expense,” says listing agent Bob Ruiz, “including slate-tile flooring throughout, and a gourmet chef’s kitchen with an abundance of stone and wood cabinetry.”

The home also features a soaring 20-foot ceiling in the main-level living space and a coral stone fireplace that reaches to the ceiling in the great room. Airy and light, the home has an open feel on the main level, with grey tile flooring and an abundance of windows.

In addition, the location is ideal — situated on the north end of the Key, only a short stroll to the Village and a quick boat-ride via canals to the Gulf. The Sarasota Beach subdivision is bounded approximately by Beach Road (including Tenacity Lane), Ocean Blvd, Avenida del Mare, and Avenida de Mayo. There are over 500 parcels in the community and no HOA, says Ruiz, of Key Solutions Real Estate. “The community is a vibrant neighborhood with walkers and bicyclists,” he says. It is one of the most sought after neighborhoods on the Key.

The property at 651 Avenida del Norte has a total of four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The main home has 2,736-square feet of air-conditioned living space, and is a three bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home, according to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser. The detached cottage was constructed in 2013, with one bedroom and one bathroom. The cottage has 790 square-feet of living space. According to Ruiz, it would make an excellent guest cottage or in-law suite.

“Your life will be a never-ending vacation in this stunning 4 bedroom 3.5 bath property with boat dock and 10k lift,” reads the MLS listing for the property.

The property’s boat lift is located just across the quiet residential street from the home. A deep-water canal connects within yards to the Grand Canal, and then a quick boat ride leads to the Intracoastal Waterway and Gulf of Mexico just beyond. The boat dock, according to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s website, was constructed in 2013.

The thoughtfully designed kitchen contains white cabinets and appliances, 2-inch granite counter-tops with matching back splashes, and a central island fronted by stone with seating for four. The adjacent spacious dining area opens through French doors to the porch and pool just below. Two bedrooms with Jack & Jill bath complete the main level. A stone staircase leads to the spacious third floor master suite with a den/office, a large master closet fitted with built-ins, and an opulent bath with a sleek soaking tub. A pool/media room, one-car garage, and office/storage space on the first floor complete the home.

The property’s listing price of $368 a square foot is at the lower range for property with similar locations close to the beach and Village on Siesta Key, Ruiz says. The price range for those homes, Ruiz told Siesta Sand, is $330 to $600 per square foot, with this home it’s at $368 and that’s without the first-floor game room bonus square footage, says Ruiz, the listing agent.

Several homes are listed for sale in the Sarasota Beach neighborhood.

For sale is a four bedroom, four bath ranch home on Island Circle listed for $1,050,000. The home has 3,146 square feet, and a pool, and the listing works out to $334 per square foot.

A five-bedroom, four canal-front home is also listed for $1,565,000, or $446 a square foot. That home has 3,506 square feet. The classic Coastal contemporary home had a major renovation in 2002, with additions and the entire interior including the windows, plumbing and electric reworked and updated.

Another home in the subdivision is listed for $1,148,000. The four-bedroom home has an open floor plan, a virtual wall of glass, and a pool overlooking the Grand Canal. The home has a new roof and hurricane shutters. The home has 4 bedrooms, and 4 baths (including a separate In-Law/4th bedroom/media room with a full bath and a separate entrance).

Four homes have sold in the area over the past year, including a 2,506 square-foot canal home that sold for $1,245,000, or $497 a square foot.