Sarasota, Fla. | $1.05 Million
A 1953 ranch house with four bedrooms and four bathrooms
This house sits at the edge of a lagoon, on an island (Palm) inside an island (Siesta Key). It is less than half a mile from an ocean beach and a mile, along pleasantly walkable back roads, to a business district with bars, restaurants, a market and a dance club. Downtown Sarasota is about a 15-minute drive.
Size: 3,146 square feet
Price per square foot: $334
Indoors: Built as a small cottage, the property was expanded in the 1980s. It still has the cypress-sheathed living room with tile floors and a rough stone fireplace. The original doorbell remains at the entrance of the kitchen, which was last remodeled in 2014. The dining room and adjacent cypress-paneled playroom are also part of the early structure, as a guest suite opening to the screened patio in back (the bathroom is used as the pool bath).
The addition includes a 340-square-foot family room leading out to the pool area and connecting to a 700-square-foot master suite with a new bathroom and walk-in closet. This section also contains two guest rooms and a bathroom with a laundry chute that passes through the wall into the neighboring laundry room.
Outdoor space: The cage enclosing the pool helps keep out mosquitoes and debris as well as providing safety. The half-acre property includes 180 feet of lagoon frontage and a playground set. Parking is in a detached two-car garage with a workshop and bike storage space.
Taxes: $6,549 (2018)