At $1.5 million you have quite a choice when it comes to Sarasota real estate. Best buys in this price range include mini-estates on the east side of town, lavish apartments on the keys, and nicely restored historic homes in premium close-to-downtown neighborhoods. Let’s take a look.
7165 Proctor Road This home just east of I-75 has a surprise in the back yard—a state-of-the-art 6,000-square-foot garage, perfect for the serious car collector. It holds more than 20 vehicles in air-conditioned splendor. And the home itself is pretty nice, too—a 1992 traditional Colonial set on 2 ½ acres. $1,495,000. Info: Jaime Carrion, Michael Saunders & Co., (941) 928-8892.
129 Taft Drive #W201 Everything is brand-new in this just completed apartment on Lido Key, half a block from the beach. In addition to high-tech and “smart” features, you get three bedrooms, three baths, high-end upgrades, and best of all, the feeling of living in a luxurious beach resort. $1,495,000. Info: Patrick Dipinto, Ocean Real Estate, (941) 323-0033.
2202 McClellan Parkway Built in 1927, this McClellan Park home—with a two-bedroom guest cottage—was recently renovated down to the studs with new everything. But they kept the vintage charm intact, with refinished original floors and two fireplaces, one in the enlarged master suite complete with spa bath and walk-in shower. $1.5 million. Info: Andree Huffine, Coldwell Banker, (941) 232-4053.