Can a home be picturesque and this big at the same time? This two-story, 8,400 square foot bayfront estate in Harbor Acres—which just sold for more than $9 million—says yes.

The home, located at 1486 Hillview Drive on more than half an acre, was a solid investment of easily earned money. The sellers are Merle and Patricia Butler of Red Bud, Ill. (pop: 3,800), who in March of 2012 won $157 million as their share of the largest Powerball in history, all from a $3 quick-pick ticket purchased in Red Bud. Just a month after they hit the jackpot, the Butlers paid $7.5 million for the house, making it Sarasota County's highest sale of a single-family home in 2012.

This time around, it sold for $9.342 million, making it the most expensive sale in prestigious and pricey Harbor Acres this year down (although that's down from an initial $13,950,000 listing price last year).

Merle was a computer analyst for an insurance company and a Vietnam veteran, and the couple lived in Red Bud their entire lives, where they owned a modest home, complete with a Winnebago in the driveway.

We wouldn't exactly describe this home as modest. It's a four-bedroom, four bath, two half-bath estate, with careful wood craftsmanship that's since been largely pushed aside for stark, straigh lines. Arches, warm-hued marble floors, French doors galore and gleaming dark wood columns and molding—check out that signature ceiling detail in the living room—give the home a timeless elegance. ​​There's a billiard room and a butler's pantry, and an elevator runs from the garage to the top floor. There's also a three-car garage and motor court with three extra covered spaces.

Outside is a covered outdoor living area, kitchen and fireplace, and large deck overlooking the infinity-edge pool and hot tub along 100 feet of waterfront that show off Siesta Key, Lido Key and Big Pass. A private dock offers direct access to the bay and Gulf of Mexico. 

The Butlers' future plans are unknown but, according to the Randolph County property appraiser, they do still own a modest home in Red Bud.

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