Elegance in the Museum Area
There’s nothing that inspires feelings of old Sarasota glamour like the North Trail museum area. Turn off the Trail, and it feels like you’re stepping back in time, to an era when fabulous parties and gracious homes took center stage.
That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about my latest listing. It’s a stunning compound, a property of a lifetime, at 3315 Bay Shore Road, right in the heart of the museum area.
Listed for $7,995,000 with a two bedroom guest house and poolside cabana, this grand 11,067 sq.ft. estate features balconies, patios or terraces off every room, handsome waterfront library, 1,000 bottle wine cellar, resort-like Bayfront pool and a lighted har-tru tennis court. What more could you ask for? It’s the perfect private retreat.
When you step outside the home onto the nearly 2.5-acres grounds, you’ll be struck by the views. The expansive property offers 240 feet along Sarasota Bay.
It might be hard to leave this home, but when you do, you’ll find you’re in the center of it all.
The area also plays host to The Ringling, a world-class museum. The grounds were once the home to John Ringling, one of the owners of the circus known as “The Greatest Show on Earth” and one of the wealthiest men in America during the 1920s. On The Ringling property, you can explore the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, the Ringling’s beautiful historic Ca’d’Zan home and the 66-acre grounds. There’s always something to do and see at The Ringling, like exciting traveling exhibits, waterfront concerts and special events.
Ringling College of Art and Design, considered one of the best art schools in the country, is also in the neighborhood. It has 13 majors, including illustration, virtual reality and graphic design. In fact, the college’s graphic design program was recently ranked No. 2 in the South and No. 1 in Florida. The college regularly hosts well-known artists and actors, most recently Woody Harrelson, to speak on campus. And new buildings – from libraries to soundstages – are constantly popping up on this booming campus that’s a true asset to the community.
The area is also home to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, so you can step onto a plane in no time and be off to a meeting or your next adventure. It’s minutes away from Dolphin Aviation, too, where you can jet off in style in a private plane.
If you’re staying in town, there’s much to explore in downtown Sarasota – live performances, shops, restaurants and more. It’s just a quick trip down the Trail to get to the center of it. Plus, if you’d like to shop and stroll on St. Armands Circle or catch the sunset at Lido Beach, you’re in a perfect location to do that, too.
The world really is your oyster. And wherever your heart desires, you can get there from here.