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Editor’s Note: No matter where you are on this Bradenton property, there’s a seamless sense of being at one with the surrounding landscape — which made it the ideal house for us to feature in our Spring 2020 “Great Outdoors” Issue. 

You can’t make up your mind. You want to live in the country, with an orchard and a meadow and room for your horses. You want to live on the waterfront, with a place to dock your boat. You want to live close to urban buzz, with great restaurants and theater and museums just a short drive away. You want plenty of room for family and friends, but you don’t want to live in a cookie-cutter McMansion. 

Well, guess what? You’re not as impossible a dreamer as you might have thought. Because all of that and more is encompassed in an extraordinary 7.64-acre estate on the Braden River, being offered by Michael Saunders & Company for $2,600,000 — which, given all that the property includes, seems like a bargain. 

Custom-built 10 years ago by contractor Bruce Williams for a prominent doctor and his family, this gracious home is just 20 minutes from Bradenton’s Riverwalk and a half hour from downtown Sarasota. Busy SR 64, 57th Street and an elementary school are even closer, but you’d never know it. Once you pass through the front gate and take the long, winding drive that curves past the stables, the paddock and the fruit trees, you feel like you’ve escaped into an enclave far, far away from Florida traffic. 

As Michael Saunders’ Stacy Haas puts it, “You feel like you’re in the country but you’re close to everything.”

The 8,000+-sq-ft house has 8 bedrooms and 9 baths, two garages and a separate-entrance in-law suite.
The property’s 322 feet of river frontage includes a private dock and boat lift.
The stable has three stalls, plus tack and storage rooms.
The kitchen has two of everything, including dual kitchen islands. The space flows easily from family room to terrace to pool.
The salt-water pool has underwater seating stools and a sunken in-pool spa.
The circle motif in the double doors reappears in the family room’s custom-built entertainment center.

If you’re interested in this property, call:

• Stacy Haas at 941-587-4359

• Kate Enis at 941-330-6068 or

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