Newly relisted after renovations. See reviews below.
This is one of the most unique and private homes in the state. It is situated on a pond with a lighted fountain and gazebo. The perimeter has a natural fence of 20 foot high flowering bushes. The interior of the property has a long paved pathway which runs through tropical gardens filled with thousands of flowering shrubs. This is a bird and butterfly sanctuary which is as beautiful as many public botanical gardens. The heated pool and spa is enclosed in a screened in porch which has a large seating area which can accommodate a variety of activities. There is a putting green just outside the screened in lanai which is a multipurpose area that can be used for putting, bocce ball, bean bag toss, ping pong, and other outdoor games. The ping pong table is set up in the garage to play day and night but it can be moved out to the putting green if desired. There are lots of pool toys available and a large pool area and pool deck. There is a BBQ on the pool deck area for lots of outdoor fun. There are plenty of outdoor tables and chairs as well.
SECOND HOUSE - There is a second home on the property with an additional 3 bedrooms, bath, game room, and more. I can send photos of it. It is available for an additional fee of $400 a night which is negotiable depending on the number of days it's rented.
PRIVACY - Enjoy the tropical paradise and serenity of this very private estate! Secluded home situated on 2.5 acres. Heated pool, spa, semi private lake, gazebo 3 bedrooms for a total of 5 double beds (2 king, 2 queen, 1 full size).
GENERAL USE - 3 Bedroom 2 bath. There are 2 sofabeds as well. The property is very large with lots of flowing plants, pond and more to enjoy.
PRICING - Pricing is negotiable. Let me know your budget and I will do my best to accommodate you. If the property is available within the next 2 weeks I am willing to negotiate a very special price that will meet your budget. Send me an offer. Let's make a deal! I'd like to get it rented.
LENGTH OF STAY - If the calendar is open you are invited to book any length of stay that is allowed on the calendar. The property can be rented once in a 30 day period according to Sarasota County policy.
HEATED POOL & SPA - We include floating chairs and pool toys. Pool/Spa heating is extra because not everyone uses the pool/spa and the cost varies depending on the time of year. The actual pool heating expense is calculated and you just pay for what you use. In the summer of course the water is warm and no heating is required.
SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS: The main house master bedroom has a king size bed and a double size sleeper sofa. Bedroom 2 has a king size bed. Bedroom 3 has a queen size bed. The living room has a queen size sleeper sofa. Younger kids can use the air mattresses.
PING PONG TABLE - For all to enjoy.
POND - Enjoy fishing in the pond, feeding the 15 turtles, and be amused by the otters and beautiful birds that inhabit the property. Throw bread into the pond from the gazebo and the turtles and fish will come over to you. They all enjoy an easy meal. Dragonflies patrol the evening skies eating mosquitoes and other annoying bugs so that the bug population is minimal. There has never been an alligator in the pond.
WINDING PATHWAYS - The grounds is a certified national wildlife habitat. The winding paved pathways will take you through the natural gardens and butterfly plants that surround the property. Over 10,000 flowering tropical plants with rich red, yellow, white and purple flowers line the nearly half mile of pathways. The most colorful time of year is summertime when dozens of species are in full bloom. See hundreds of huge, magnificent plants (which are too large for typical homes) line the 1/4 mile perimeter of the property. There are over 100 huge trees scattered throughout which provide welcome shade, cool air and homes for countless butterflies including Monarch, Gulf Fritillary, Pipevine Swallowtail, Cloudless Sulpher and Zebra Longwing (Florida's State Butterfly) who play regularly in the thousands of plants available just for them.
SHOPPING - Just a mile to dozens of grocery stores and restaurants. Walmart is a mile away. 4.5 miles to the luxurious UTC mall and shopping area.
TENNIS - You have access to 2 private tennis courts. We supply 2 tennis rackets and tennis balls.
BEACHES - Several beaches are located nearby. We include beach chairs, beach umbrellas, beach towels, and coolers for your trips to the beach. My preference is Siesta Key beach which is rated #1 in the world. Newly renovated it has ample parking and restrooms. There are plenty of casual restaurants in the area as well as bars for dancing late into the night. Sunday night an hour before sunset there is a drum circle on Siesta Key beach which attracts dozens of drummers and hundreds of onlookers, dancers, and interesting characters. Definitely entertaining for young and old.
OUTDOOR FUN - There is a sound system, TV, and outdoor lighting on the patio. Corn hole bean bag toss game is ready for action! A bar is available outdoors for drinks. Lots of outdoor seating and tables. Large putting green can be used for Bocce Ball and other activities.
FISHING - If you want to fish, the pond behind my home is fun to fish in. It has Tilapia and Bluegill. You will catch a fish every cast. There are many bridges nearby that people fish from so that you can salt water fish without renting a boat. Two of the most popular are the Sunshine Skyway bridge and the Venice Beach Fishing Pier. There are many other areas to fish from as well. I have plenty of coolers for food and drinks along with beach chairs and umbrellas. If you prefer deep waters there are charter fishing boats in the area located at Marina Jacks where there are 50 boats for hire.
BOATING - Many boats are available to rent in the area. The inter-coastal area is very calm and great fun. Join dozens of other boaters for fun in the sun.
BBQ - Propane BBQ is available for cook outs. Extra folding tables and chairs are available for larger groups. Watch the video to get a better idea of the property.
PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL - Located near I-75 it is easy to get to Tampa, Fort Myers and Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium to enjoy your favorite teams for spring training.
PETS - Sorry, pets are not allowed in consideration of other guests who may be allergic.
Bethany C. says: We had an amazing time here. The property is absolutely gorgeous. Gene was very helpful. Memories for a life time.
Marvin R, says: THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL PROPERTY AND THE HOUSE IS GREAT. We had a really nice stay here lots to do. We totally enjoyed our stay. The house was great and the area was great. Grocery stores and restaurants down the road and a short drive to the beach. The house pool and grounds make you not want to leave them.
Krista T says: BEAUTIFUL PROPERTY AND NICELY KEPT HOME: We had a great weekend! The pool and hot tub were great, the rooms were big and clean and the property was full of fun games and everything we could need for a few fun days in the sun. I would highly recommend coming back here. Thank you to the hosts!
Paul F. says: WONDERFUL STAY! - Property is amazing! Full landscape that is well maintained. Updated kitchen is great! Great for a family vacation. Thank you Gene!
Rush C. says: The property allowed the gathering of three generations. Loved the layout. I loved the conversation settings. The pool, the ponds and turtles and landscaping were awesome.
Steve G. says: Great experience. What a great place to stay in Sarasota. We travelled with two families and 9 people. Plenty of sleeping space for everyone. Great space in the kitchen and great room. The backyard pool and grounds are fantastic. While the great beaches, restaurants and shopping are just a short drive away hanging out in the pool and hot tub was one of our favorite things to do. The grill, putting green, ping pong table and other games made it an easy place to relax and enjoy good friends and family. There is so much space to hang out and relax in the outdoor areas with a tv, fire and outdoor bar area with fridge. Working with Gene was very easy and he was very accommodating. We would definitely book here again if our travels take us back to this area.
David D. says: A great week in Sarasota. This home is in a great location for all activites in the Sarasota area. Our group was impressed with the unique landscape of this property. It was very private and had all of the amenities one could ask for. The pool & hot tub were very refreshing. We also used the propane fire pit several evenings . The owner was very responsive to several of our needs and I would highly recommend this property. David D. Charlotte, NC
JD I says: Truly a paradise in a quiet Sarasota neighborhood From the private, almost Batman-like entrance into a manicured landscaped driveway, to the warm and welcoming entrance and easy-living great room, to the OMG pathways around the property that includes a beautiful pond with fish and turtles, this is an amazing property. The master suite with private bath, large walk-in closet and access to the huge and well-appointed lanai is both peaceful and secluded. The other two bedrooms, on the other side of the home, are well-sized and share another very nice bath. The lanai with lovely pool, toys, lots of comfortable furniture, large grill about anything you can think of including a popcorn machine (no kidding!) is visible from almost every room in the home. The location is convenient to numerous grocery stores, restaurants and major thoroughfares to highways (east) and to the beach (west). Quiet, well-appointed and incredibly you have an upcoming family gathering or get-together of friends this is a property you want to seriously (and I mean seriously) consider. And, the owner is very responsive and (while we did not meet him in person) is very nice.Get the full listing »