At 100—The Story Continues at McClellan Park Community


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, November 10th, 2016 – Established in 1916 only a year after Sarasota was incorporated as a city, McClellan Park continues to make history and reshape itself as an exciting destination for searchers of Sarasota homes for sale.

This community located a short distance south of the city’s downtown marked its 100th anniversary in October, auspiciously on the heels of several prestigious awards granted to one of its newest residences. This home, located at Seminole Drive, indeed adds further charm to the community which in recent years has morphed into a quaint blend of traditional and modern home designs.

Sustainable Theme Cited

At 100—The Story Continues at McClellan Park Community

Called Verandah House, this impressive residence is an ultramodern rendition adjudged worthy of an Award of Excellence for New Work from the Florida Gulf Coast chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). An Honor Award for Sustainable Design from the AIA Florida-Caribbean is another recognition that was recently extended to this home rendition by Halflants + Pichette Studio for Modern Architecture. It also copped the H. Dean Rowe Award from the AIA’s Tampa Bay chapter.

On top of these regional citations, the Verandah House received national recognition from the Association of Licensed Architects which recently conferred to it a Gold Medal for residential design. The winning attributes of this home include its extensive solar panels, shaded terraces, and light steel trusses generously employed to create 16-foot roof overhangs.

Though definitely modern and striking, this home’s build settles quite nicely into its neighborhood. This has been achieved through the extensive use of exposed concrete, ipe and cypress wood in the award-winning residence.

A Showcase of Luxury Homes

The same meticulous efforts to blend with the historic ambiance of McClellan Park were taken in the design of a new build at Mietaw Drive in this community. Listed in the MLS of Sarasota homes for sale early this year, this home has drawn media mileage with its modern design with touches of the West Indies style.

Sustainability is prominent as well in its makeup with such home features as bamboo floors, custom LED lighting, and plenty of windows for the optimum use of natural light. Built with a floor area of 3,400 square feet with four bedrooms, this residence is sales-listed with a tag price of $1,725,000.

The current most expensive McClellan Park property available though is a multi-generational estate home built in 2000 at Seminole Drive. With an asking price listed at $5 million, it is touted as the highest priced non-waterfront single-family home in Sarasota proper.

At 100—The Story Continues at McClellan Park Community

This residence boasts of a floor area of 10,335 square feet featuring nine bedrooms and nine and a half baths. Its half-acre site also has a romantic 1,900-square-foot guest cottage built in the 1940s. In addition, the estate has a studio suite atop a two-car garage, a pool house/office with kitchenette and bath, outdoor shower, and a potting room.

Historical Plot Awaits Buyer

A parcel of about three-quarters of an acre is likewise amongst current listings of Sarasota homes for sale in this historic neighborhood. Notably, this was the site of the original McClellan Park clubhouse and served for many years too as home to the McClellan Park Family Learning Center.

This property, now offered at $1,288,000, failed to land a buyer when it was sales-listed four years ago. If a sale materializes with its recent relisting, yet another chapter would open to the continuing story of the McClellan Park community.