Before he founded what became known as the Sarasota School of Architecture, Ralph Twitchell designed many houses in the Spanish Revival style and many of them are still around today. Here’s a particularly nice example in Whitfield that just came on the market—for the first time in 30 years.
It was built in 1925 and has all the hallmarks of the Spanish Revival style. The living is two stories high, with a vaulted pecky cypress ceiling and a fireplace. Spread throughout the house are lots of arched doorways and little staircases that go here and there. There’s also a lot of tile work and the floors are either tile or wood.
The home has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths but there is also a secluded guest house in back with another bedroom, bath, and full kitchen.
What really makes the house special is the incredibly lush and tropical vegetation that surrounds it, giving it the secluded feeling of a vacation house in Mexico. There’s a beautiful free form pool with terraces, wood-beamed porches, fountains and paths through the foliage.
The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is very well priced. It’s located about a block from the Sarabay Country Club, along with a grouping of other older homes from the same era of Sarasota history.
332 Lantana Ave. is priced at $525,000. For more information call Vicki Lonborg of Coldwell Banker at (941) 587-2050.