LONGBOAT KEY -- A nearly 7,000-square-foot beachfront mansion sold Wednesday for $6.8 million, the highest-priced residential property sold on Longboat Key in more than two years.
The home at 6001 Gulf of Mexico Drive was recently completed by John Cannon homes on 1.12 acres and features its own private beach with Gulf views. James D. Abrams, who hired John Cannon Homes to build the house, listed it for sale in April for $7 million. A sales contract was submitted 8 weeks before construction was completed.
Abrams of Sarasota bought the vacant property on Longboat Key for $1.8 million in February 2011.
The house features a layout that offers endless views of the Gulf of Mexico. The luxury property was co-listed by The Addy-Wittig Team, of the Longboat Key South office of Michael Saunders & Co.; and by Jonathan Abrams of the firm's Siesta Key office. Lynne Koy, with Coldwell Banker, represented the buyer. The four-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath waterfront home features Spanish Mediterranean influences throughout and includes a three-story tower leading to a grand foyer. The home boasts custom millwork and mouldings, hardwood floors and imported tiles.
The home includes imported white marble flooring with traditional touches throughout. The main living level offers a kitchen with breakfast area with custom-crafted cabinetry, exotic granite and Sub-Zero, Bosch and Wolf appliances. In addition, the main level includes an over-sized living room, formal dining room, butler's pantry, family room and outdoor living areas, all featuring cypress ceilings, with an open patio overlooking the Gulf and pool area. The expansive master suite opens up to an intimate, private lanai overlooking the beach.
The upper level, which can be reached by a three-stop elevator, features two guest suites and has been designed for entertaining and gathering in either the bonus room or in the media room. Both levels offer a utility/laundry room. Balconies wrap the upper level.
A 12-person Jacuzzi cascades into a 40-foot Gulf front pool and a fire pit, summer kitchen and covered terrace offer all the benefits of al fresco dining on the lower outdoor living area.
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