Through the mid-2000s housing bubble, a lot of residence builders purchased struggling golf programs, seeking to convert them into residential actual property. By 2013, the Sarasota Golf Membership, one of many space’s oldest with a 52-year historical past, met that destiny (together with about half a dozen different Southwest Florida hyperlinks).
Situated east of I-75 between Palmer Street and Bee Ridge Street, the Sarasota Golf Membership occupied 172-acres in a lush setting. Surrounded by different communities – Nation Wooden Estates to the east, Palmer Glen and the Enclave to the north, and Laurel Oaks Golf and Nation Membership to the south – it was nicely off the crushed path.
Beginning in 1963, homes had been constructed alongside the perimeters of the fairways on the north, east, south and west sections of Leewynn Drive. As well as, two aspect streets, Par Lane and the loop of Rolling Inexperienced Circle, which extends tongue-like into the hyperlinks, had been lined with single-family properties to kind a form of golf course neighborhood.
The properties are largely Florida ranches, with a smattering of two-story dwellings, and even a mid-century trendy residence. Located on generous-sized tons, their facades embody wooden, stone or stucco finishes. Roofs are available in tile, shingle and steel selection. Driveways are lined with pavers, concrete or pebble driveways.
Because of this, Leewynn Drive presents a horny, lived-in environment. A number of brief stretches are canopied by moss-covered oaks. Mature foliage and ample shrubbery, together with palm timber, magnolias and cedar adorn the grounds.
“I like that you’ve got privateness,” mentioned Tonio Paternostro, a realtor with Re/Ma Alliance Group. “With restricted entry from Fruitville and Bee Ridge Street, there’s not a number of by visitors.”
His pending sale at 2235 W Leewynn Drive is a 3-bed, 2-bath, 1,620 square-foot, Sarasota Faculty of Structure residence that has been fully renovated. “The house owners took it all the way down to the studs, eliminated some partitions and put in new sheetrock, flooring, electrical, plumbing within the kitchen and loos,” mentioned Paternostro. “The additionally added a hallway. You would not get into the home by the storage. Now you possibly can.”
He continued, “Distinctive are the massive sliders in the lounge, visitor and grasp bedrooms that open up into the yard.”
Owners favored residing on the golf course. When a number of massive builders, together with Centex Houses and Miami-based Lennar Houses tried to buy the property, the residents of Sarasota Golf Membership Colony filed fits to dam improvement. A brand new supervisor hoping to revitalize the golf course put in new placing greens and made different enchancment.
In the end, all efforts failed, nonetheless, and D. R. Horton, the most important residence builder in america, purchased the course. In 2013, with its luxurious subdivision, Emerald Houses, it broke floor for a neighborhood known as Vilano, providing 126, one-and two-story residences in Spanish Mediterranean type structure.
Ranging in dimension from 2,558 to 4,363 sq. toes, the properties all have barrel tile roofs and paver driveways. Tons are a minimal of 1 acre in dimension, with some as massive as 2.5 to five.5 acres. A majority of the properties have non-public swimming swimming pools.
The brand new neighborhood has attracted enterprise executives and dealing professionals, together with docs and attorneys and their households. There are additionally empty nesters whose youngsters and grandchildren come for visits. They love the quiet and privateness.
Their neighbors on Leewynn and the aspect streets weren’t as happy initially. They’d fought off earlier subdivisions proposals and will not get pleasure from expansive views of inexperienced fairways.
To make up for the loss, D. R. Horton created massive retention ponds throughout the outside of Vilano. Together with bushes and timber within the backyards, they supply scenic buffers between the 2 neighborhoods, and your entire Sarasota Golf Membership Colony has a way of serene peacefulness and seclusion.
Each subdivisions, though totally different in look and worth level, are common, and houses don’t come available on the market typically. “They’re steady communities with largely year-round residents,” mentioned Paternostro. “The neighbors on the opposite aspect of my itemizing have lived there 10 years.”
Presently, there are solely two properties available on the market in Vilano with asking costs of $650,000 and $779,900. There are additionally two pending gross sales within the surrounding part, Paternostro’s on Leewynn at $344,900 and a home on Rolling Inexperienced Circle for $360,000.