McClellan Park is one of Sarasota’s most cherished and convenient of all neighborhoods. Salkin & Soulbis proudly represent one of the most beautiful lots in the neighborhood. At the corner of Okobee Drive and McClellan Parkway, this 16,500 square foot property would accommodate a home of distinction. Property available for $575,000.
In Saturday’s June 25th “Real Estate” section of the Sarasota Herald Tribune, the following article was printed about the wonderful virtues of living in McClellan Park.
Market snapshot: McClellan Park a well-kept secret
This used to be a street, but is now the pedestrian entrance to McClellan Park from Osprey Avenue.
STAFF PHOTO / HAROLD BUBIL
Located just south of the Southside shopping and restaurant district, between South Osprey Avenue and Sarasota Bay, the 56-acre area was developed by two sisters, Katherine and Daisietta McClellan, who first visited Sarasota around 1910.
Envisioning the area as a high-class residential section, they hired landscape architects who put in sidewalks and curved roadways, unusual at a time when the grid pattern was the norm. They also built a clubhouse in pecky cypress with tennis, croquet and clock golf facilities, and dredged the bay to create a large yacht basin and a beach area for use by the residents.
Pergolas marked the Orange Avenue entrance and large shade trees and flowering bushes lined the shell-covered streets. When McClellan Park opened in 1916, local ads called it Sarasota’s “Garden Spot.”
Katherine, a professional photographer, combined artistry with a sense of history. Because there was an Indian mound on the property, she used Seminole words to name the streets. The clubhouse’s decor was described as being “furnished in Indian effect.”
But while they appreciated the area’s cultural history, the sisters wanted McClellan Park to be known as a thoroughly modern development. To provide the most up-to-date amenities, they made sure every lot had running water from artesian wells, electricity and telephone lines, and a septic tank.
But the sisters’ hopes of creating an upscale community did not materialize. Despite advertisements claiming that McClellan Park was “close in but just outside city limits,” prospective buyers did not line the streets. In 1923, a local development company bought the many unsold properties and finished building out the neighborhood.
Today, McClellan Park continues to maintain its historic ambience and Old Florida allure. There are numerous two-story clapboard cottages and Spanish Mediterranean-style houses dating back to the 1920s, many of them faithfully remodeled, as well as larger, mansion-style homes along McClellan Parkway and scattered throughout the neighborhood.
“It’s a perfect location,” said Donald Geikie, an agent for Michael Saunders & Co. “It’s got character and charm, proximity to shops and restaurants, Sarasota Memorial Hospital close by, and a good school district.”
As a result, the population is a mix of retirees, professionals — many of them doctors — and families. “The majority now looking there are probably young families,” Geikie said.
Inventory is quite low, however. Currently only four houses are for sale, including Geikie’s listing, ranging in price from $499,000 to $1,195,000.
“Sales have been on the slack side,” Geikie said. In 2010, four properties were sold, and so far this year there have been only two sales, with one additional pending.
Still, Geikie has no doubt McClellan Park will continue to attract buyers. “It’s a true neighborhood,” he said. “Everyone’s walking their dog. You’re going to meet everyone, know everyone.”
For more information about McClellan Park or any other luxury real estate in Sarasota, please contact Salkin & Soublis at www.LuxuryRealEstateInSarasota.com.