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Where John Ringling Played Poker

47 S Washington Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236, USA
$3,750,000

Description

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Fabulous 1927 National Register Mediterranean Revival home on the Bay! The William J. Burns House, a prominent local residential landmark linked to Sarasota’s most significant period of growth, is situated on less than 1 acre of land and is located approximately one block from the St. Armands shopping area and approximately 2 miles South of the downtown commercial area of the City of Sarasota. The interior plan of the house incorporates over 3,500 square feet of living space. The first-floor area includes a small entry hall, living room, dining room with Art Noveau influenced French doors and flanking windows, music or sunroom that is accessed through an archway from the living room, a downstairs bedroom, kitchen, small service porch off the kitchen and 1 1/2 bathrooms.

The living room is a full two stories in height. The most dominant adornment of the space is an elaborate carved Italian fireplace front piece and mantle with a tile hearth. The 7’ marble fireplace, as well as the lot, were gifts from none other than John Ringling himself! Famous detective William J. Burns, the “Sherlock Holmes of America”, built the residence, designed by renowned pioneer architect and developer of Sarasota, Thomas Reed Martin (1866-1949) as the first “fireproof” home in Sarasota.

Updated in 2016 with new electrical and plumbing, the kitchen is a Chef’s delight, with marble countertops, double Bosch dishwashers, Sub Zero Refrigerator, 4 Sub Zero drawers, double Wolf ovens, warming drawer, Wolf 5-burner gas range, two sinks, filtered drinking water, ice machine, and wine cooler! The original iron staircase is adorned with unique 1920s inset colorful tiles. Features include 20 ft. ceilings in the living room. The sunroom currently used as a dining room has floor to ceiling French doors on three sides. The front of this room looks over the courtyard and fountain while the rear overlooks the Bay. There is also a media room on the first floor.

Upstairs, the master suite overlooks the Bay with a large balcony for gazing at the dolphins. Large his and her closets are conveniently situated off the master bedroom. The master bath has dual vanities, a claw-footed tub and a separate shower overlooking the Bay. A guest suite on the upper level has a full bath and closet. In 1982, a 15 x 30-foot swimming pool with decking was installed behind the house. The 14k lbs. boat lift was installed in 2018.  This residence is located on one of the prettiest streets on St. Armand’s Circle and first-class restaurants and boutiques are right around the corner. World famous Lido Beach is also only a few blocks away.

Detail

  • Property ID
    163804
  • 3
    Bedrooms
  • 3/2
    Bathrooms
  • Property Size
    3956 sqft
  • Land Size
    0.43 acres
  • Mediterranean
    Style
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    Year Built
    1927

Updated on July 2, 2019 at 3:39 pm

Address

  • Address: 47 S Washington Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236, USA
  • City: Sarasota
  • State/county: Florida
  • Zip/Postal Code: 34236
  • Country: United States

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Lynne Koy
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