Former Englewood home of Donna Summer sold

cschelle@bradenton.comApril 17, 2013 

ENGLEWOOD -- A German couple loves to love the former home of Donna Summer, baby.

The home of the late Queen of Disco at 802 N. Manasota Key Road, Englewood, sold for $2.85 million Friday, according to Michael Saunders & Co. Summer died in Naples in May 2012, and she will be posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during a Los Angeles ceremony on Thursday.

The waterfront property located in a gated enclave was originally listed at $3.2 million and sold after being listed for 71 days by Nelda Thompson & Associates.

"The buyers, who live in Atlanta, were unaware that this was the home of Donna Summer," said Maryann Casey, an agent with Michael Saunders, who represented the buyers.

Summer was known for her disco hits in the 1970s, including "Love to Love You," "She Works Hard For The Money," and "Hot Stuff." She was the first singer to have three consecutive double albums to hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart.

It appears that there was a sign from the giant disco ball in the sky that this sale would happen for the couple. When Casey informed the buyers that they reached the final negotiation stage, the couple told Casey that a Donna Summers song was playing in the background.

"They didn't find the house," Casey said. "The house found them."

The home wasn't even on the buyers' original list to view, Casey said.

"While waiting in Atlanta for a flight to Sarasota they noticed the home on the Michael Saunders web site and added it to their schedule of properties to tour," she said. "This was the couple's first visit to Manasota Key and they immediately fell in love with both the home and the key; and bought the property in less than 24 hours. "

Casey described the buyers as a young family with children, who were looking for a second home. It was important to the family to have the Venice and Englewood airports nearby so they could fly in on their private plane to visit.

"People are looking to buy their retirement home 10 years prior to retiring because they see this as an opportunity to buy something and enjoy it now because you never know what lies ahead of us," Casey said.

The home has a Polynesian feel to it with all the tropical plants, with a touch of an old Florida cottage, but still has the amenities that the buyers desired, Casey said. Built in 1950 and underwent multiple changes over the years. The estate has four bedrooms and baths, open beam ceilings, an open patio overlooking the pool and secret garden, a boat house, dock and a sunning porch facing the Gulf of Mexico. Summer purchased the home in September 2007 for $3.6 million, according to Sarasota County property records

Summer's family and estate didn't leave any hints behind of who once lived there, but the couple did receive a nice memento.

"One of the things that the new buyer did get is plans that Donna had for an addition and renovation of the house," Casey said. "And I think they're going to follow through with them, and it would make Donna very happy that someone would appreciate her vision."

Charles Schelle, business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter @ImYourChuck.

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