$6.2 million sale on Casey Key


2016-Casey-Key-Rd_004The sale of a bayfront estate on Casey Key closed August 29 for $6.2 million.

The gulf-to-bay property, at 2016 Casey Key Road, was listed by Deborah Beacham of Michael Saunders & Co.; the buyers were represented by Mark McCann and Camille Schwabe, also of MS&C.

Beacham reports that the sale closed at the highest price recorded on Casey Key in more than three years. It is seen as adding a fresh jolt to the market for luxury properties on the barrier island near Osprey and Nokomis.

The sellers are Richard and Katharine Lannamann. The buyers, whose names are not yet in the public record, are from Mississippi and will use the house as a second home.

The house, known as Casa Al Mare, was built in 2010, replacing a tear-down, under the direction of architect Thorning Little with classical Italian influences. It now has 7,783 square feet of air-conditioned area and 14,007 total square feet. It has six bedrooms, seven full baths and two half baths.

The selling price computes to $797 per square foot. It's most recent list price was $6.9 million.

The 1.35-acre property, then with a smaller house, was purchased by Vern Buchanan, now the region’s representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, and his wife, Sandy, in 1992 for $750,000. The Buchanans sold it in 1997 to Robert and Jayne Gunther for $1,350,000. The Gunthers, sold it in 2001 for $2.7 million to the Lannamanns. The Gunthers subsequently built a mansion on the north end of Casey Key that they now have listed at $16.9 million.

The house is on the bay side of Casey Key Road and has a private cabana on the beach, with 230 feet of Gulf frontage and 114 feet on the bay. It has a boat house for kayak storage and its own dock for a large boat, said Beacham.

Brick pavers lead to a four-car garage. The kitchen and bath counters are topped with backlit onyx, granite and marble. The house is finished with marble columns and fireplaces, a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, two master suites, four guest suites and a spa-like master wing that has views to both the bay and Gulf. A spiral staircase leads from the master balcony to the pool.

Harold Bubil

Recipient of the 2015 Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award from the American Institute of Architects/Florida-Caribbean, Harold Bubil is real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune Media Group. Born in Newport, R.I., his family moved to Sarasota in 1958. Harold graduated from Sarasota High School in 1970 and the University of Florida in 1974 with a degree in journalism. For the Herald-Tribune, he writes and edits stories about residential real estate, architecture, green building and local development history. He also is a photographer and public speaker. Contact him via email, or at (941) 361-4805.
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