With 13,500 square feet—plus a 1,400-square-foot detached two-bedroom guest home, private boathouse—a game of hide and seek could last for days at this Casey Key estate, located at 712 N. Casey Key Road. (You could find us in the wine cellar, which currently stores 1,500 bottles but can fit even more.)

If you’re still feeling playful, play a game of tennis on the private court, take a swim in the pool by the outdoor bar and kitchen, yell "checkmate!" on the life-size chessboard, or place a bet in the billiards and poker room. Or maybe a boat ride is more your style. Boathouses are no longer allowed to be built in Sarasota County, but luck has it that this one is grandfathered in.

The entryway is downright palatial, with wrought-iron balustrades framing a sweeping double staircase that climbs toward a 26-foot coffered ceiling hung with a grand chandelier. It's so grand we'd feel rude wearing jeans past the threshold.

But we'd feel right at ease wearing them in the home's movie theater—or while taking a walk on the Gulf of Mexico or Sarasota Bay. This property sits on 2.3 acres between the two, which means there are water views from just about every window of the six-bedroom, which is also fringed with 13 outdoor terraces.

Want more? The home also has a private gym, staff quarters and a 13-car air-conditioned garage. The 2,500-square-foot owner’s wing has a private bayside terrace, sitting area, dual bathrooms, dual showcase closets and a morning kitchen. Opposite the owner’s wing are four penthouse-style guest suites, each with full baths and walk-in closets, all centered around their own private family room.

It's the most expensive listing in Sarasota County. Another home down the street was listed for $19.9 million in February. By the end of April, it sold for $16.6 million cash, tying for the highest sale ever recorded countywide. Longboat Key’s Serenissima estate sold for the same price roughly five months before that.

Built in 1999, the current owners bought the home in 2014 for $8 million, according to the Sarasota County property appraiser.

The home has a lot of crown molding buyers may have to contend with, and it’s been spared the common gray and white treatment of more modern listings, but the new owners will no doubt have the extra funds to throw at personalized updates to turn this private compound into a home. 

Interested? Contact Brian Loebker here.

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