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These Were the Top 10 Local Real Estate Sales of 2022

This year, a roaring local real estate market brought never-before-seen price points that inched the Sarasota and Manatee region toward a new level of luxury.

By Kim Doleatto December 28, 2022

With loads of square footage and waterfront views, these ten homes stole the show in 2022.

Home prices spiked in 2022, and so did interest and homeowner's insurance rates, but that didn’t seem to slow down buyers, who splurged on waterfront properties with lots of square footage like never before this year. Real estate investors also went all in, with never-before-seen price points for spec homes in the works. This one raised eyebrows due to its unprecedented $25 million price tag—then got topped by a jaw-dropping $32.5 million price tag for this one when it's complete. For now, it’s a mystery what they’ll eventually fetch. But in the meantime, here’s a look at the top 10 priciest sales that did happen in 2022.

No. 1: $17.5 Million

1423 and 1435 Hillview Drive, Sarasota

This double-lot compound was 2022's highest residential sale.

Image: Denis Lauzon

A 12,000-plus-square-foot, three-story waterfront estate on nearly two acres in Harbor Acres fetched $17.5 million, making it the highest-ever residential sale in the tri-county region of Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. 

The sellers, Nicole and Chad Williams, bought 1423 Hillview Drive in 2007 for $7,287,500, then bought 1435 Hillview Drive next door in 2019 for $3,575,000 and made continuous improvements to the home, like pouring a million dollars into the exterior, where there’s an oversized basketball and tennis court combination and saltwater pool with rock waterfall. Sarasota County records show Danny Fast is its new owner. 

No. 2: $16 Million

100 Beach Ave., Anna Maria, Manatee 

This home brought Manatee County to the luxury home sales forefront in 2022.

Image: Ian Wenzel

This five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom Anna Maria Island Gulf-front estate sold for $16 million, making it the highest-priced sale of a single-family residential home ever recorded in Manatee County. The custom-built coastal home has 110 feet of beach frontage with sweeping water views, a guest house, a pool and a spa. The nearly 7,500-square-foot home was listed for $16.5 million in August of last year. Manatee County records reveal the buyer, Samuel Jampolis, paid cash.

No. 3: $15.5 Million

1309 Vista Drive, Sarasota

There's even a chandelier in the fitness room.

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This Harbor Acres home fetched $15.5 million in an all-cash closing. Cynthia Kaye Wilson purchased the property in 2005 and eventually demolished the existing home to build this two-story, French provincial-style house in 2010. With 230 feet of Sarasota bayfront, it sits on nearly one-and-a-half acres, spans 8,452 square feet under air, and has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half-bathrooms, a pool and a Jacuzzi. 

Inside, it’s dripping with Old World elegance, with custom-built features and materials imported from France, like the roof tiles and ornaments, the antique white oak and stone flooring, the hand-carved cabinetry and the interior doors. Outside, front doors restored from the Belgian Embassy, winged cherubs, lion statues and Roman gods dot the extensive gardens. Sarasota County records reveal a trust named for John Chew Jr. and Judith Chew of Ridgeland, Mississippi, bought the home.

No. 4: $12 Million

3021 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

The back exterior has a pool overlooking Sarasota Bay.

The back exterior has a pool overlooking Sarasota Bay.

This ultra-chic, modern new build soars above many of the neighboring homes in historic Indian Beach-Sapphire Shores

The five-bedroom, five-and-one-half-bath home offers more than 7,100 square feet of living space on almost half an acre. The new home was engineered out of concrete, with 47 pilings sunk 35 feet below ground. Sarasota County records show the buyers, also the home's first residents, are Daniel and Lauren Henson.

No. 5: $11.5 Million (Tie)

1313 Westway Drive, Lido Key

This Mediterranean home stands out against modern and midcentury modern homes in Lido Shores.

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Satisfied with a FaceTime video tour and online listing pictures, the buyers of this home—a couple from Dallas—paid cash after it was on the market for just 11 days.  The interior was designed by Adrienne Vittadini, who learned about Palladian villas during her time in Italy. Highlights of the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home include views of New Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. An outdoor loggia is anchored by the saltwater infinity-edge of a heated swimming pool with a waterfall. There’s also a new boat dock, various fruit trees, and close proximity to private beach access.

No. 6: $11.5 Million (Tie)

3105 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

The slide is visible from the beach.

You may know this house for its standout feature: a water slide. Inside, there are polished floors of wood and stone, soaring atrium-like spaces, elaborate finishes, onyx pillars, glass railings, etched mirrors, tray and arched ceilings, and wood-paneled offices. A grand foyer has a three-story curved staircase and the main level has a two-story great room with polished limestone tile, an aquarium, a butler’s pantry, a wet bar and a formal dining room. An infinity-edge saltwater pool and spa and, yes, that water slide, starts from the third-story deck.

No. 7: $10,575,000

The penthouse at 401 Quay Commons, Unit #1903 

This penthouse is the only condo to make it to this year's top 10 sales list.

Image: Denis Lauzon

This penthouse is the only condo to make this year's top 10 most expensive sales list. Its 6,100 square feet are perched at the top of the coveted Ritz-Carlton Residences, overlooking Sarasota Bay and the barrier islands. Pamela and Lee Kennedy sold it to the trust of Michael Marberry.

Built in 2021, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and 5,893 square feet of living area. Monthly fees for the amenities that come with the five-star living the Ritz-Carlton Residences is known for amount to $4,678 a month.

No. 8: $10.5 million

1144 Sea Grape Point Road, Casey Key

The home sits on just over an acre.

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This compound went under contract in just four days for $10.5 million—cash. It sits on more than an acre overlooking Blackburn Bay, with 445 feet of bay frontage. It has multiple verandas and an outdoor area with a saltwater pool and spa, rock waterfall and slide, floating swim-out dock, kayak launch and dock with several boat slips for accessing the Intracoastal Waterway. Set on a private road, deeded beach access is just across the street. It also boasts a nearly 3,000-square-foot guesthouse with three guest suites. Built in 2016, the new owner, Michael S. Kimball, will be the home’s second-ever resident. 

No. 9: $10.4 Million

6211 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

Turrets and earthy tones mark this Meditteranean compound.

Built by a Mennonite carpenter, the 5,000-square-foot home is filled with Old World warmth with elements like arched windows, ceramic Spanish tile, detailed molding work and oak wood floors. On almost an acre, there are five en-suite bedrooms and an en-suite, two-story library and office along with 6,000 square feet of outdoor covered spaces that include a heated pool and spa. The location on north Longboat Key also offers celebrity name-dropping opportunities. Just a few doors down, clothing designer Michael Kors bought a two-acre double lot in 2013 for $6 million and built a home that was featured in Vogue and other high-profile publications. Records show James Vicki, who also owns 139 S. Washington Drive on St. Armands Circle, bought the home.

No. 10: $10 Million

550 Harbor Point Road, Longboat Key

The home spans more than 6,000 square feet.

This expansive property is hidden behind the gates of the Bay Isles community in Longboat Key and is among the highest prices ever attained there. 

The third-of-an-acre lot sits on a deep-water canal with 156 feet of water frontage with access to Sarasota Bay—and space to accommodate a large yacht.

Inside, five bedrooms, five full baths and a half-bath are split between the first and second floors, with the ground-level bedroom potentially serving as a second primary suite. County records show Bill and Beverly Thomas, of Dallas-based Arrowhead Management Trust, bought it.

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