117 South Polk Drive, SARASOTA, FL

$4,950,000

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4

Beds

4

Baths

2,583

Square feet

0.39

Acres

About 117 South Polk Drive

Tucked away in a tranquil waterfront sanctuary a short stroll from Lido Beach and upscale dining and shopping in St. Armand's Circle, this one-of-a-kind Sarasota School of Architecture design home presents a rare opportunity. Situated on a .39-acre canal-front lot, the home boasts expansive glass walls, flourishing tropical gardens and unparalleled privacy. Built in 1952, the Lido Key residence underwent a series of thoughtful renovations, transforming it from a midcentury-modern ranch-style house into a Sarasota School of Architecture masterpiece, honored with a Florida AIA Design Award in 2022. The stylish nearly 2,600-square-foot home flawlessly blends cherished historic elements with modern luxuries. The design evolution began after the home’s purchase in 1989, with the current owner orchestrating three major renovations over the next 30-plus years. The remodels accentuated the home’s original Sarasota School elements, including a flat roof, large sliding glass and screen doors, wide overhangs, beamed ceilings and terrazzo flooring. Among other vintage features are built-in storage cubicles and a roll-up pass-through window from the kitchen to lanai. Mahogany cabinetry and built-ins throughout add an air of sophistication. The first renovation included the addition of a floating entrance canopy roof, kitchen and bath updates, and conversion of the carport into a two-car garage with plentiful storage and Japanese-style white glass windows. A second remodel added meticulously designed front and rear courtyard gardens and additional living/dining room windows for enjoying the scenery, aligning with the Sarasota School’s philosophy of integrating interior and exterior spaces. A wall of glass sliders opens to the lanai, featuring a built-in Artisan grill and sliding screen doors to the backyard’s pool, verdant gardens, spa, fire pit and sculptures. Towering sea grapes conceal the property from the street and bamboo ensures privacy from neighbors on both sides. Beyond dense waterside mangroves and coconut palms is a deepwater boat dock with a lift for cruising to nearby Sarasota Bay and the Gulf. The most recent renovation, finished in 2021, converted the home into a versatile split plan with the addition of a private guest wing, which includes a room divider, book cases, well-appointed wet bar, full bath, remote control operated museum shades and indoor/outdoor shower. Terrazzo floors, a beamed ceiling grid and glass walls on two sides overlook lush greenery, mirroring the overall aesthetic of the home. The opposite end of the house encompasses the primary suite: a bedroom with stunning backyard views, full bath and closet; a luxurious adjacent office with a built-in mahogany desk and plentiful display shelving; a guest bedroom with, full en suite bath; and a den with grooved plywood paneling, custom bookshelves and a walk-in closet. The den could easily become a fourth bedroom, and separate full bath with original tiles, exposed brick and clerestory windows is just across the hall. Experience an unsurpassed living experience in this distinctive architectural home next to pristine beaches and St. Armand's Circle.

Features of 117 South Polk Drive

MLS® # A4591376
Price $4,950,000
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 4.00
Full Baths 4
Square Footage 2,583
Acres 0.39
Year Built 1952
Type Residential
Sub-Type Single Family Residence
Style Mid-Century Modern
Status Active
HOA Fees $30
HOA Fees Freq. Annually
Has CDD N
Property Taxes $13,888

Pets Information

Pets Allowed Yes

Rentals Section

Mininum Lease No Minimum

Community Information

Address 117 South Polk Drive
Area Sarasota
Subdivision LIDO BEACH
City SARASOTA
County Sarasota
State FL
Zip Code 34236

Amenities

Parking Covered, Driveway, Ground Level, Off Street
# of Garages 2
View Garden, Pool, Water
Is Waterfront Yes
Waterfront Canal - Freshwater
Has Pool Yes

Interior

Interior Features Built-in Features, Ceiling Fans(s), Primary Bedroom Main Floor, Open Floorplan, Skylight(s), Solid Wood Cabinets, Stone Counters, Walk-In Closet(s), Wet Bar
Appliances Bar Fridge, Built-In Oven, Cooktop, Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Ice Maker, Microwave, Range, Refrigerator, Washer, Wine Refrigerator
Heating Natural Gas
Cooling Central Air, Mini-Split Unit(s), Zoned
Fireplace Yes
Fireplaces Living Room
# of Stories 1

Exterior

Exterior Features Courtyard, Garden, Hurricane Shutters, Lighting, Outdoor Grill, Outdoor Shower, Private Mailbox, Rain Gutters, Shade Shutter(s), Sliding Doors
Lot Description Flood Insurance Required
Roof Membrane
Foundation Slab

School Information

Elementary Southside Elementary
Middle Booker Middle
High Sarasota High

Additional Information

Date Listed December 5th, 2023
Days on Market 90
Zoning RSF2
Foreclosure No
Short Sale No
RE / Bank Owned No

Listing Details

OfficeMICHAEL SAUNDERS & COMPANY

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