Art Deco homes are a rarity in Sarasota. There are just a handful scattered around town, survivors of the glamorous style from the 1930s that served as the background for all those Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers movies. Perhaps the most remarkable is this beauty in Cherokee Park.

It was built in 1936 and has been tweaked and remodeled over the years, but each addition and change has been done with the aesthetics of the style in mind: the streamlined horizontals, the curves, the geometric proportions. Check out the use of glass block and the amazing ceiling moldings.

It’s a large home, 3,382 square feet, with four bedrooms and 3.5 baths, set on a lot that’s just over half an acre. The location couldn’t be better—one of Sarasota’s most prestigious old-time neighborhoods, convenient to everything.

My hat goes off to the current owners. They have furnished it with beautiful furniture from the period and everywhere are classic details and finishes. And I haven’t even mentioned the 10-car garage, designed for a serious car collection. It’s the perfect home for your ’36 Packard.

1700 North Drive is priced at $1.9 million. For more info call Lou Salvatori of Coldwell Banker at (941) 374-2666.

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