By John Morton
A house for sale near Siesta Key’s Point of Rocks was voted the overall winner in this year’s “Ultimate House Hunt” competition produced by HGTV, receiving the most votes among 84 national finalists.
More than 1.2 million online votes were cast in eight categories, with the property at 7340 Point of Rocks Rd. winning the top honor as well as first place in the Beachfront Homes category. It has an asking price just under $6 million and features 15,523 square feet sitting 12 feet above the Gulf of Mexico. It has five bedrooms plus a one-bedroom guest house.
“I absolutely love this home because it has so much charm and elegance,” said Denise Mei, the listing agent for the winner who works out of the Siesta Key office of Michael Saunders & Co. “I am so proud and grateful to be representing this amazing home. We are just elated that it won on HGTV.”
Three Siesta Key houses competed in the contest, all with Michael Saunders. Taking second place in the Beachfront Homes category was a listing at 8324 Sanderling Rd., represented by Kim Ogilvie. It has a $9 million asking price.
A third Siesta Key house, located at 5131 Jungle Plum Rd. on the Intracoastal Waterway, competed in the Waterside Homes category. It has a $9.98 million asking price.
Other categories were Amazing Kitchens, Countryside Retreats, Curb Appeal, Downtown Dwellings, Homes with a History, and Outdoor Escapes.