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For Sale: Three Homes for Hunkering Down

From a Gulf-front estate to a well-priced condo, here are some houses we wouldn't mind spending (extended) time in.

By Robert Plunket March 19, 2020

Now that we’re stuck at home for the foreseeable future, I sure am glad I live in a big, sunny condo with pretty views and no shared spaces with the neighbors, as nice as they are. I’ve got three bedrooms to hang out in, plus a living room, den and screened lanai, and there is a golf course around the corner for those all important walks that have become the high point of my day.

 But what about you? If you’re looking for a place to buy, you suddenly have a new box to check: How does it hold up in an era of self-quarantining and social distancing? Here are three places on the market that do a great job, at three different price points.

Aquadisia in the Sanderling Club


If you’re a billionaire and price is no object, snap up Aquadisia on Siesta Key. It’s been on the market for years but now it’s starting to look perfect for these trying times. First of all it’s set on 3.86 acres, well out of coughing distance from the neighbors. And it has a guest house so if a family member—or the butler—tests positive, you can keep them even more isolated. 

It is not walled and gated, but the community—Sanderling—is. And the home, designed by Guy Peterson, is sleek and modern and would be easy to scrub down several times a day, if it came to that. In addition, it’s right on the Gulf, with 528 feet of beachfront. With a pool, beautiful outdoor spaces, and over 9,000 square feet of living space, you’ll be very comfortable—and very isolated 

7712/7660 Sanderling Road is priced at $11.9 million. For more info call Joel Schemmel of Premier Sotheby’s at (941) 308-6497. 

4400 White Cedar Trail has a wood-burning fireplace and a bright, sunny interior, with a pool that overlooks a lake.

4400 White Cedar Trail

Here’s a home in Deer Creek I wouldn’t mind spending three months in. It’s bright and sunny, with a beautiful pool and views out to a lake. It’s set on .38 acres so you won’t feel hemmed in, and even though it could use some redecorating—it was built in 1989—the overall vibe is peaceful and rather pretty.

You’ll find plenty to keep you occupied. There’s a wood-burning fireplace in the family room to cheer you up as you watch Fox or MSNBC and there is also an office where you can begin your novel. The outdoor living area by the pool is particularly nice although there doesn’t seem to be an outdoor kitchen. The Legacy Trail is nearby for when you want to get out of the house and you can also bike to Costco to stock up on toilet paper.

4400 White Cedar Trail is priced at $595,000. For more info call Susan Elkins of Michael Saunders at (941) 374-6016.

4809 Village Gardens Drive is a well-priced condo with a cozy lanai.

4809 Village Gardens Drive 

And finally, if all your budget will permit is a well-priced condo, take a look at this unit in Village Gardens, a well-established community near the airport. It is attached to another unit on one side, but it has its own carport and entrance that will keep you well over six feet from the neighbors. 

You’ll find two bedrooms and two baths in just over 1,000 square feet. The beauty of this condo, as opposed to its competition, is the private view it offers. Village Gardens is famous for its landscaping and you’ll be looking out on manicured grass and tropical plants. The complex is also great for walks and bicycling. The lanai has been enclosed and makes a great den. It’s being offered turn-key, so you can move in and start self-quarantining right away. 

4809 Village Gardens Drive is priced at $142,500. For more info call Ulrica Regnander of Coldwell Banker at (941) 928-5151.

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