$5.25 million for Paul Rudolph-designed house with fabulous view


IMG_6613 A 1950 house at 1201 Hillview Drive in Sarasota's Harbor Acres sold this afternoon at $5.25 million, or about $1,400 a square foot.

But most of the value is in the land, said Roger Pettingell, the Coldwell Banker real estate agent who brought the buyer to the listing held by Kim and Michael Ogilvie of Michael Saunders & Co. The house is on a curve of Sarasota Bay with dramatic views of the John Ringling Bridge and downtown Sarasota.



It's also on grade, which is desirable, except for the risk of storm surge.

The house has architectural pedigree. It was designed by Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph in 1949, and is a landmark of the Sarasota School of midcentury architecture. It was remodeled in 1997 to give it a much beefier appearance than it had in 1950.

Despite all that, said Pettingell, it might be a tear-down, as 80 percent of the value is estimated to be in the land.

IMG_6620The sellers, Michael and Cynthia Lieberbaum, have owned the house since 1970.

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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