Film Festival Finds

By Robert Plunket April 1, 2009

I’ve found the perfect houses for three of the stars in town for the Sarasota Film Festival.


By Robert Plunket


Click here to see our Real Estate Junkie discuss his finds for the Film Festival stars on TV.

Sarasota is one of the few cities its size that is full of homes that are perfect for celebrity hideaways. Just ask Jerry Springer, Stephen King, Donna Summer, Martina Navratilova, etc, etc. And with the Sarasota Film Festival going on this week, the town is full of stars and producers checking out the local real estate scene. So to make it easier for them, I’ve combed through what’s available and come up with three sensational houses that are definitely movie star-worthy.


3710 Bayou Louise Lane

First of all, for Jon Voight (here for the Hal Ashby tribute on Saturday night) I would recommend this showplace right on Big Pass at the northern end of Siesta Key. It’s a very private walled compound with 225 feet of shoreline, its own beach, two docks (one on the Gulf, the other on Bayou Louise) and a self-contained guest house designed by famed local architect Guy Peterson.


The main house was built back in 1960, but it has been updated and enlarged over the years and is now almost 6,500 square feet of calm, peaceful luxury. The thing here is the incredible views over to the south end of Lido, down to the city skyline, and out to the Gulf. Plus a kind of old fashioned Sarasota feeling that hints of the old days on Siesta, when life was unpretentious and Mc Mansions didn’t exist yet.


This house is new on the market, so I suggest Mr. Voight act quickly. Kim Ogilvie is the listing agent; she can be reached at 941-376-1717. The price? A movie star bargain at $5,795,000.



680 Beach Road

Our next house would be perfect for one of the younger stars, like Woody Harrelson. Woody (here for opening night’s The Messenger) doesn’t want a big pretentious mansion. He wants a cool beach house where he can hang out and relax, have some brews, etc., and 680 Beach Road on Siesta Key couldn’t be more perfect. This is a real old-fashioned beach bungalow, right on the sand, right in the middle of the action – it’s just a short walk to Siesta Village. I imagine this house is being sold for the value of its land – at $3,500,000, it’s rather pricey for a two-bedroom, 2,100 square foot home from 1978. But I wouldn’t tear it down; it’s perfect the way it is. Quintessential Siesta Key, with charm galore, a drop- dead view, and one of the best lots on the key. It’s less private than the other picks, but I imagine Woody will want to hang out on the porch and check out the girls on the beach.  


Woody's view from the balcony.

The listing agent is David Drewett and he can be reached at 941-364-4000.


1301 West Way

And finally, the ultimate, the peak of luxury and glamour. It’s got to be Adrienne Vittadini’s home on Westway in Lido Shores. The famed fashion designer built and decorated this home herself and the result is the prettiest house in town, bar none. It oozes low-key European elegance and style. This is not just a great celebrity home – it’s done with such taste and knowledge of design that there’s nothing else quite like it in Sarasota.

At last – a classically inspired mansion that’s not the least bit pretentious

Adrienne's new living room. 

And the setting is equally spectacular. It’s gated and private, and faces out to New Pass. You can watch the yachts go by, just past the infinity pool. There’s a dock and staff quarters for your chef and personal assistant. It’s a little over 6,500 square feet, with 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, and three fireplaces. I particularly like the way the rooms open onto stone terraces over-looking the azure water. And the perfectly proportioned Palladian architecture.


The Vittadini house is priced at $8,999,000. Call Linda Roe Dickinson at 941-350-3304.


And we’ll see you- and the stars – at Night of 1,000 Stars on Friday night. It’s the one “must attend” film festival party and Sarasota Magazine is a proud sponsor.



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