Yin and Yang

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25 S Washington Dr

Nick Churton of Michael Saunders & Company’s London Office is spoilt by choice over a couple of fabulous waterside homes in Sarasota.

The Broker: Michael Suanders & Company

The Properties:

1001 Tocobaga Ln – agents: Kim Ogilvie and Drew Russell

25 S Washington Dr – agent: Lenore Treiman

It wouldn’t be good if we were all the same. And it wouldn’t be good if we all wanted to live in the same style homes. Which is all very fortunate as two houses, both in Sarasota, and both in the same price range couldn’t be more unalike if they tried. Yet they happen to be instantly and equally likeable.

The first, 1001 Tocobaga Ln, is a minimalistic, white, waterside palace. It overlooks the Intracoastal, which reflects sparkling sunlight onto the icy cool and spacious interior surfaces. Here is a sophisticated modern, contemporary home with an unbeatable outlook over the Intracoastal to downtown Sarasota – by day it’s impressive and at night it is magical. This is 6,000 square foot, three-level, elevator-served living at its finest. It is a lifestyle that spills out onto the outdoor area having expansive sundeck and deep-water dock with double boat lifts. It was for a similar west-facing view that, just a mile or so away, John and Mable Ringling chose to build their celebrated home, Ca d’Zan, in the 1920s.

The second home is the Spanish inspired, Casa del Mar. It is just a few minutes’ walk away from the highly popular and engagingly friendly St. Armands Circle, next to Longboat Key. From here is a charming, private and privileged view of Sarasota Bay. To say this stylish home and enchanting garden were put together by owners who understand decoration would be a gross understatement. Here is a home furnished by experts in the art of interior design. This is a sumptuous, private and elegant house brimming with character, with beamed ceilings, graceful archways, intricate ironwork, wood burning fireplaces, large picture windows, period tile and original wood floors. There is also a two-bedroom guesthouse.

So the choice is yours: modern or traditional, out front or retiring, waterfront or backwater, cool or hot. If you love haut couture interiors this might be a problem you would like to have. I suggest you go and see both before you make up your mind.

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