It feels more like the 1920s instead of the 2020s at a historic home on Westmoreland Drive in Sarasota, FL.
“It really takes you back in time, [but] with all of the modern conveniences of today,” says listing agent Lisa Kartz. “It’s like nothing else; [it’s] one of a kind.”
Built in the Mediterranean Revival style in 1926 by John M. Beasley, the Beasley House is on the market for the second time in five years, this time for $775,000. It last changed hands for $525,000 in 2015 and has undergone significant renovations since then.
“The floors are original, a lot of the tile is original,” says Kartz. “The kitchen was completely remodeled just three years ago, but keeping with the same theme throughout the entire house.”
There are updated appliances in the kitchen, a modern bathroom, and new windows throughout the home. Or “all the comforts of today,” adds the agent.
The home is on a third of an acre and has three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.
“From various areas in the house, [there are] peekaboo views of Sarasota Bay,” Kartz says. “What I think is unique about this house is, for a period house the rooms are very large and generous.”
There’s also a three-car garage along with a private courtyard and pool. Architects Pringle and Smith designed this home and other buildings in the Sarasota area, including the Orange Blossom Hotel and the Sarasota Terrace Hotel.
Based in Atlanta, Frances Palmer Smith and Robert Smith Pringle had one of the leading Southern architecture firms of the early 20th century.
In 1996, the home was listed on the National Register of Historic places, a designation that protects its integrity and reinforces its significance.
“It must maintain its original exterior for it to remain on the National Register of Historic Places,” Kartz says.
The Beasley House sits alongside other historic homes in the city’s Whitfield Estates neighborhood.
“People want something that is unique, something that is different, and something that is not cookie-cutter and that really explains Whitfield Estates,” Kartz explains. “Every house is different. You’ve got everything from historic, to modern, to 1950s midcentury, to brand-new construction. You’ve got a little bit of it all.”
And thanks to this home’s location, new owners can choose to join the nearby Sara Bay Country Club, which features one of the oldest golf courses in Florida, designed by Donald Ross.
The perfect buyer “would be somebody who appreciates the grandeur of the ’20s and the workmanship of the roaring ’20s,” Kartz says. “It is absolutely like stepping back into the 1920s. It has been maintained and restored to what we think would be how it originally was.”