It's tough to name a style for this Bradenton home, which is currently on the market for $12.9 million. Inside is marked by loads of wood finishes–honey-gleaming floors, walls and even ceilings. The overhead lights in the kitchen are a tad disco, a hip approach to lighting at the time when the home was built, in 1991.
Outside, you'll find lots of brick. The lines of the home have a Japanese vibe that marries well with koi ponds, footbridges, waterfalls and a poolside gazebo that resembles a small temple.
"My husband did not care to travel, so he wanted to build a home that felt like he was on vacation every day," says homeowner Sandra Robinson.
Robinson's husband was the founder of Robby's Sporting Goods and he opened a shop in Bradenton in 1960 to sell toys and sporting goods. By the mid-'80s, Robby's was a 45-store chain across Florida, with $60 million in annual revenues. In 1988, the Robinson family sold the chain to Champs Sports.
Designed by Miami architect Don Roban and inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Robinsons' home was featured in Florida Architecture. The property has manicured, tropical plants anchored by eight century-old oak trees, along with walking trails designed by landscape architect Jim Talley. It all sits on more than five acres of riverfront property, making it one of the largest waterfront parcels in Manatee County.
Located in the River District, as locals call it, the street traces the Manatee River and is lined with palm and oak trees. The historic neighborhood is a patchwork of old and new, humble and grand Mediterranean-style houses, modern homes, Key West-style residences, old Florida cottages and ranch homes. The main home at 7000 Riverview Blvd., Bradenton, is 5,975 square feet, with five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. The property includes a two-bedroom, two-bathroom guest home that spans 1,702 square feet.
After 30 years, now that the couple's children have all grown, "it's time to downsize," says Robinson. But she'll miss the views. "Every morning, I feel like I'm looking at a different portrait," she says.
Robinson plans to leave most of the couple's furniture behind; much of it was specifically designed for the home. And all the wildlife is included, too: ducks, herons, foxes, a swan family and a pair of peacocks.
Interested? Call Christy Travis of RE/MAX Alliance Group at (941) 545-5284.