If you’ve been desperately daydreaming about a career change—and who hasn’t these days?—here’s what may be the perfect opportunity. It’s a fully set up bed and breakfast in the best part of Venice. Talk about working from home…
Called the Banyan House, it’s been around for years and has terrific online reviews. Originally built in 1926, it may well be the most historic house in Venice. Built by one of the city’s founding fathers, it was a boarding house during the Depression, then a nursery school, then the town’s unofficial USO during World War II, then a shark’s tooth museum. It has Venice’s first swimming pool, and the famous banyan tree was a gift to the original owner from Thomas Edison.
You’ll find six bedrooms and six baths in the main house, plus three apartments in the original carriage house. There are all sorts of public rooms, porches, terraces and so on, plus beautiful gardens and water features, including a koi pond with waterfall and a brook that meanders through the carefully tended vegetation. The property is being sold fully furnished.
The Banyan House is located in the Venezia Park Historic District, where all the nice old Spanish homes from the 1920s can be found. It’s short bike ride to both the shops and restaurants downtown, and the beach.
519 Harbor Dr S., Venice, is priced at $1.75 million. For more info call Janice Holloway of Coldwell Banker at (941) 483-6699.