SARASOTA, Fla., Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Listed by Michael Saunders & Company, a stunning Venetian-inspired classic estate – priced at $26.5 million – is the highest-priced single-family listing ever for Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties combined. The property is located inside the gates of the exclusive Longboat Key Club on the coveted south end of Longboat Key.

«This record listing is an indication of the growing popularity of luxury properties over the last several years, particularly in highly desirable areas such as Longboat Key,» said Michael Saunders, Founder & CEO of Michael Saunders & Company, who leads the region for top-producing company in luxury listings and sales. «The level of craftsmanship and detail in this home is breathtaking. This is a rare opportunity for the most discerning buyer, and we are very pleased that the sellers carefully selected Michael Saunders & Company to represent them.»

According to Trendgraphix, sales of luxury properties in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties rose by 17 percent in the month of January. There are currently 20 active listings of properties priced at $8 million or higher in the three-county area. Michael Saunders & Company recently represented the seller and buyer of a condominium with a selling price of $5.25 million, the highest priced condominium on Longboat Key since 2013.

Listing agent Michael Moulton reported, «This new record-setting listing is one of only eight beachfront homes behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. With nearly 20,000 square feet of living space, it is also in the top five largest homes in the tri-county area, according to tax records.»

The 19,300-square-foot home was completed in 2006. With more than 30,000 square feet of total living space, immense care was taken to blend the formal architecture and history of Renaissance Italy with Gulf-front living. Signature details in the home include a 10-car garage, hand-painted Venetian murals and ceilings, a three-story atrium with a domed skylight, a birdcage glass and bronze elevator, and a mahogany library. Each level of the home boasts spacious outside terraces for maximizing outdoor living. The living spaces are sun-drenched with decorative glasswork and custom windows – allowing exquisite views of the Gulf of Mexico to blend with the golden hues of the interior.

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