For Sale: A Big, Beautiful Mansion on Bird Key

The owner is the founder of Garanimals, who spent millions in upgrades.

By Robert Plunket July 31, 2015

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Any home on Bird Key is special, but only a special few reach the level of this 8,100 square foot show-stopper. Located on a premium lot over half an acre in size, it faces west toward Lido Key—perfect for sunset viewing. And it has just about everything you could hope for in a Sarasota mansion.

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The owner is Jerald Kamiel, who made a fortune with Garanimals, the children’s clothing company that specializes in cute separates that kids can mix and match. Kamiel bought the place for $4.75 million in 2009 and spent millions in upgrades.

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It’s got six bedrooms, six baths, two half baths, two docks (both deep water), two boat lifts, a couple of jet ski lifts, 200 feet of seawall, and a gorgeous lawn sweeping down to the water. There’s also a very impressive motor court out in front, plus a staff apartment over the four-car garage.

The style of the home is Mediterranean, but the interior has a more subdued, traditional feel. The master suite is state-of-the-art, with a sitting area, his and hers walk-in closets, and an enormous bath with a stand alone tub. There’s also a 500 bottle wine cellar, although I don’t think it’s actually part of the master suite. (That trend hasn’t started yet.)

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Of course it’s indoor-outdoor living that’s the specialty here in Sarasota, and here the home excels. Aside from the spectacular pool and spa, you’ll find various terraces and balconies scattered here and there. There’s also an outdoor kitchen.

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And everyone agrees that Bird Key has the perfect location. You’re five minutes from downtown and five minutes from the beach. There’s no commercial activity, just luxurious homes, great boating, affluent neighbors--everything you move to Sarasota for.

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552 S. Spoonbill Drive is priced at $6.25 million. For more information call Judy Kepecz-Hays of Coldwell Banker at 941-587-1700.

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