BRADENTON -- Downtown Bradenton's only bed & breakfast has a new owner after spending time on and off the market for the last two years.
The Londoner Bed & Breakfast, a six-bedroom, eight-bathroom Edwardian grande dame in Bradenton's Pleasant Pointe neighborhood, sold Oct. 29 to Jane and Jay Storey of Port Charlotte. The purchase price was $543,000, according to Manatee County property records.
The sellers, Jennifer and John Taylor, purchased the property in 2007 for $637,000. They renovated the circa-1906, 3,700-square-foot house to the tune of $150,000.
In 2012, the property went on the market for $1 million. The list price was reduced to $699,000 this year.
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Jane Storey, a former nurse, said she and her husband have been looking to buy into the bed and breakfast business for about a decade. They will continue to operate The Londoner under its current name for the time being. The inn will also retain its commercial tea room, which serves both guests and those wanting to stop in for tea time.
Storey said she and her husband are pleased with the good condition of the bed and breakfast. They are receiving help from Jennifer Taylor as they make the transition to being The Londoner's innkeepers.
"Jenny did a wonderful job," she said.
Prior to being purchased by the Taylors, The Londoner had been a rooming house and a single-family home. The Taylors briefly turned over the business portion of the bed and breakfast to another owner in 2012. The short-lived German Inn ceased operations by the end of that year.
Matt M. Johnson, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7027, or on Twitter@MattAtBradenton.