Neighborhood: Not Applicable, Ridgewood, 34231 - Sarasota/gulf Gate Branch
Property Taxes: $6,861
Cut from the pages of Southern Living Magazine, this custom two-story charmer is nestled in the ancient oaks, whose Spanish moss-laden limbs sway along the banks of the Phillippi River. Just a short boat ride from your dock and boat lift to the ICW, Sarasota Bay or the Gulf of Mexico. Fish from your dock, watch manatees frolic under the mangroves or paddle your kayak up river and enjoy the peaceful beauty that surrounds this hidden gem. Blending the Old South, modern amenities and unique spaces, you won't find another home quite like this anywhere. Enter the home from the grand staircase into a light-filled foyer, flowing effortlessly into the living room with its large fireplace, volume ceilings and polished oak floors. The formal dining room is surrounded by grand pillars and there’s a separate office or den with built-in bookcases and a desk. The kitchen with its granite counters and hardwood cabinets includes ample space for the gourmand in the family and has a breakfast bar along with a separate informal dining area overlooking the water. The master suite commands tranquil views of the water and garden and has access to a screened patio offering you a place to start your day with a quiet moment and a cup of coffee. Downstairs, you'll find the family "fun" room which includes an open space for watching TV or a place for a pool table. A kitchenette with two bedrooms and a full bath are part of this level, along with a cozy outdoor seating area. The lanai also includes a wood-burning fireplace and a built-in gas grill and looks out over the newly resurfaced heated pool, hot tub and deck. Also inside the screened-in pool area, you'll find the large (12X20) air-conditioned art studio which can double as a cabana, playroom or tackle shack. This home also has an incredible amount of storage. There is room for at least three cars, an air-conditioned workshop, and even a walk-in (6X8) gun safe for your valuables.
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