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Sand Castles logoA mix of old and new canal homes
By Roger Drouin

Solitude Lane and Big Oak Lane offer deep-water canal access and dead-end-street seclusion just steps from Crescent Beach and Siesta Beach and only a few blocks from the Stickney Point Bridge.

The single-family homes on this pair of streets are part of the “Secluded Harbor”sand castle pic sept15 3 subdivision, and they share a canal that runs between the two streets.

The neighborhood has a mix of new and classic homes. There are just fourteen homes that range from just-built construction and 1990s construction to older built in the 1960s and 70s. Some of the older homes have been remodeled or sand castle pic sept15 1updated.

Homes range from 4,130 square-feet with six bedrooms to as small as 1,320 square-feet with two-bedrooms, and lot sizes run from 7,100 to 13,080 square-feet, with the typical lot between 9,300 and 9,600 square feet, according to data from Multiple Listing Service(MLS).sand castle pic sept15 2

All of the homes are waterfront and many feature pools.

“It is an excellent location,” said Realtor Ron Flynn, of Key Solutions Real Estate, “a very nice area.”

The single-family neighborhood is nestled among lush landscaping and nearby condos. To the north it is close to the new Summer Cove Condos on Siesta, completed in 2007, and Peppertree Bay; to the south it neighbors Moonmist Circle villas, Siesta Harbor, and Midnight Cove.

The typical buyer looking at a home here is one who is seeking the “whole Siesta Key lifestyle,” said Karen Greco, a realtor with Michael Saunders & Company who listed a home that sold in February, 2014. The location allows owners to ride their bikes to the beach and have quick access to the bay.

A Ruth Richmond classic

One of the homes in Secluded Harbor was built in 1969 by developer Ruth Richmond, on Big Oak Lane. Richmond became known for quality, concrete-block construction and for introducing home elements that have become essential aspects of a Florida home — such as screened lanais and sliding doors that disappear behind the walls, letting in open light. The developer was one of the first to feature “greenhouse windows” above the kitchen sink.

The 1969-built home, located canal-front and three houses from the Intracoastal, sold in February, 2014 for $680,000, or $334 a square foot. It features three bedrooms and two baths, and of course a greenhouse window and large sliding doors. As with many Ruth Richmond homes, the home has an open floor plan, and plenty of outdoor space.

“It was completely redone,” said Greco, the listing agent. “The kitchen had granite countertops and the master bathroom had a walk-in shower and double vanity. The entire backyard is pavers and has an outdoor fireplace. It is a beautiful outdoor area.”

The buyers were from Minnesota. “They absolutely love it here,” Greco said.

The home also had a new metal roof installed in 2010, and in 2002 a new air conditioning system and duct work was upgraded.

Other Ruth Richmond classic homes are sprinkled all over the key, both waterfront and non-waterfront, Greco said. “It is a great classic house,” the Realtor said of this style of home. Many of these homes are being torn down to make way for new construction, or are being upgraded as was the case with the home on Big Oak Lane.

Brand-new construction

Over on Solitude Lane, a two-floor home offers a contrasting style of waterfront living.

This brand-new concrete-block home was completed in May. The home features an elevator, outdoor shower, heated pool, separate kitchen pantry, thermal windows, and high efficiency appliances. It has five bedrooms and four baths at 2,894 square-feet. The home has a second-floor balcony overlooking the pool and canal.

Homebuilder Bob McGrath constructed it on a vacant, 7,100 square-foot lot purchased in September, 2014 for $343,000, according to MLS.

The home, listed for $1,449,000, was active under contract, as of press time. If it sells for list price, it will come out to $501 per square foot.

The home is four houses away from the Intracoastal.

A remodeled three-bedroom

Another home on Big Oak Lane features three bedrooms and three-and-a

half bathrooms at 2,819 square feet. It was built in 1991. The home has an open floor plan with a dramatic 2-story great room and a two-sided fireplace that is shared by great room and family room. The home faces the Intracoastal.

It last sold in 2012 for $950,000. Since the sale, the home has been remodeled inside and out, improving the home by an estimated $250,000, according to Sarasota County permits.

NOTE: Realtor Ron Flynn of Key Solutions Real Estate Group contributed to the sales information used in this article. Other data was compiled from the Sarasota County Property Appraiser Office, Sarasota County Planning & Development Services permits, and Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

“Solitude Lane and Big Oak Lane homes are canal front.”


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