Listing Details for MLS #A4426298
1100 Sunset Dr, Venice, Fl

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Residential Property - Single Family Residence in Venice

Listing Price: $1,895,000 (Mortgage Calculator →)Days on Market: 576

Description of Property

You will love this vintage mid-century modern beachfront property on the Gulf of Mexico hidden by almost two acres of lush foliage. VIRTUAL TOUR https://tours.coastalhomephotography.net/public/vtour/display/1228703?idx=1 Designed as a writer's studio and home for the Black Stallion book series author Walter Farley (1956) by Sarasota School of Architecture icons Ralph Twitchell & Jack West, the four-bedroom, four-bath home and separate artist's studio was a magical place for the artistic family to thrive. The main house sits directly on the beach, beyond where you can build today, but if you want to save or restore the structures there are incentives or rules in place to help you accomplish this. Inside you will find original terrazzo floors, floor to ceiling glass, wood jalousies, 8' tall doors, huge built-in closets, desks, cabinets, and a fireplace originally designed by Paul Rudolph for the Revere Quality House. The land goes from the Gulf of Mexico beach through Florida jungle, along an enchanting path to the street. There is a natural creek that provides beauty and privacy along the N side of the property. NOTE: The house and grounds need major work. Sellers have not lived there for many years, and cannot warrant its condition. You will want a thorough and complete inspection to consider its renovation capabilities. A new survey (2019), elevation certificate, and misc floor plans are available for your kind review. Share Survey & Virtual Tour with your architect or builder and imagine the possibilities! Also see MLS A4443020 Vacant Land listing.The average asking price for a 4 bedroom/4 bath single family residence in this Zip code is $1,585,000. This single family residence is listed at about 120% of the average asking price. This is the only 4 bedroom/4 bath single family residence between $1,600,000 and $2,200,000 currently listed for sale in this Zip code.

from Gulf of Mexico - MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
Almost two acres on the Gulf of Mexico, the Farley Property is where the Black Stallion books were written - MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
Front of Farley Residence designed by Ralph Twitchell and Jack West Sarasota School of Architecture 1953-1956 - MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
Farley Art Studio on the property where the Black Stallion books were written - designed by Ralph Twitchell and Jack West, Sarasota School of Architecture (1953-1956) There are two carports to the right of the studio and 3 storage rooms. Notice the decorative use of Ocala block. - MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
Entering Farley property down a magical lane - MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
Entering Farley property through its magical lane - MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
About halfway through the property there is a clearing and the buildings begin. To the right you can barely see the art studio, where Black Stallion books were written. Not shown are carports (2) to the right of art studio. - MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
Walking toward Farley residence, there is an Ocala block wall here and also a taller one along South side of the property. Designed by Ralph Twitchell and Jack West (1953-1956) - MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
Entering front door at Farley house, foyer, see through to living room and beach beyond. Designed by Ralph Twitchell and Jack West for the Farley family - this is where Black Stallion books were written - MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE
MLS #A4426298 - VENICE

Property Details At A Glance

Property Type: Residential
Property Use or Sub Type: Single Family Residence
City: Venice
County: Sarasota
Subdivision: Acreage & Unrec / Not Applicable
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Sq. Ft. Gross: 3,299
Sq. Ft. Living Area: 2,987
Cost per (heated) sqare foot: $634
Year built: 1956
Annual Tax: $29,597
Homestead: No. This property does not currently have homestead exemption.
Taxes and fees can change periodically, and other fees may apply. Please check with your Suncoasteam agent for more details.

Interior Features:

  • Built in Features
  • Eating Space In Kitchen
  • Master Bedroom Downstairs
  • Open Floorplan
  • Split Bedroom
  • Walk-In Closet(s)

Appliances: Electric Water Heater

Fireplace: Yes
Fireplace Features: Family Room, Wood Burning

Additional Rooms:

  • Bonus Room
  • Den/Library/Office
  • Florida Room
  • Formal Dining Room Separate
  • Great Room
  • Storage Rooms

Flooring: Terrazzo

Laundry Features: Laundry Room

Green Features

Green Landscaping: Xeriscape


Elementary School: Venice Elementary
Middle/Junior High School: Venice Area Middle
High School: Sarasota High

Pool & Waterfront Info

Private Pool: No
Water Front: Yes
Water Frontage: Gulf/Ocean
Water Access: Yes
Water Access Type: Beach - Public, Gulf/Ocean
Waterfront Feet: 109
Water View: Yes
Water View: Beach, Gulf/Ocean - Full

Exterior & Construction

Architectural Style:

  • Contemporary
  • Custom
  • Florida
  • Historical
  • Mid-Century Modern

Rooms: 9

  • Block
  • Concrete
  • Stucco

Foundation: Slab
Roof: Other

Exterior Features:
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Sliding Doors
  • Storage

Carport: Yes
Carport Spaces: 2
Garage Dimensions: 23x22

Parking Features:
  • Covered
  • Driveway
  • Guest
  • Workshop in Garage

Floors in Unit: One
Cooling: Other

Heating & Fuel:
  • Electric
  • Partial
  • Wall Units / Window Unit

Patio & Porch Features: Covered, Screened
Other Structures: Other, Workshop


  • Mature Landscaping
  • Trees/Landscaped
  • Wooded


  • Greenbelt
  • Trees/Woods
  • Water


  • BB/HS Internet Available
  • Cable Connected
  • Public

Sewer: Public Sewer
Water Source: Public

Lot Information

Lot Features:

  • CoastalConstruction Control Line
  • Flood Zone
  • In City Limits
  • Irregular Lot
  • Oversized Lot

Flood Zone Code: X,AE,V
Flood Zone Date: 2016-11-04
Flood Zone Panel: 12115C0329F
Acreage Description: 1 to less than 2
Lot Size (acres): 1.85
Lot Size (sq. ft.): 80,677 square feet
Front Exposure: East

Legal Description & Other Information

Financing Available: Cash
Pets Allowed/Pet Policies: Yes
Zoning: RSF1
Tax Legal Desc.: COM AT NE COR OF S 1/2 OF US LOT 2 OF SEC 13-39-18 TH S 89-50 W 795.6 FT ALG N BDRY LINE OF S 1/2 OF US LOT 2 TO WLY R/W OF 60 FT RD TH S 12-45 E 617.2 FT FOR POB TH S 89-50 W 537 FT M/L TO GULF TH NWLY (LONG LEGAL)
Parcel Number: 0178090001
Disclosures: Lead Paint, Other, Seller Property Disclosure
Section: 13
Range: 18
Township: 39



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