Florida home, private courtyard, easy flow between indoor/outdoor living

Florida home, private courtyard, easy flow between indoor/outdoor living

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
3 Bathrooms

About our home

Even on a quiet street, this home built around a courtyard is a sanctuary and an oasis. You can relax with your morning coffee outdoors in your pajamas alongside the beautifully private pool which is the center of this U-shaped home. A high garden wall closes the "U" of the house and a "roof" of screen overhead makes the courtyard the place you can feel the breeze, hear the rustle of the palm trees and see the stars yet remain comfortable day and night. A dining area (lanai) next to the pool is tucked under an awning for shade. The house is light-filled and airy with vaulted ceilings and tiled floor throughout. The casita (little house) guest bedroom & bath are far across the courtyard from the master bedroom & bath for additional privacy. The third bedroom is now a den but has a comfortable twin air bed if needed and its own bath. Built in 2005, the floorplan is all on one level. A full size washer and dryer are in the laundry room which connects to the garage.

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More about us

  1. We are a married couple, semi-retired, who love to travel. JD was a career (25 year) U.S. Air Force pilot who lived around the world. Victoria was a corporate banker who traveled extensively. We both went to seminary as second careers and served the Presbyterian Church (USA) in and near Chicago for more than a decade.

  2. We have had 3 terrific house exchanges in France.

  3. Victoria is very allergic to cats.

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Where is it?

Neighbourhood

Our neighborhood, a small community of spacious homes, is woven around three ponds. The charming center of town of Venice, FL (shops, restaurants, bistros, bakeries, wine bars, parks and coffeehouses) is 3.5 miles from our front door. A Venice video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qv8BaWKcW4
From downtown Venice, 1 more mile (great walk under shady jacaranda, banyan and live oak) takes you to never crowded Venice Beach with its many miles of walkable white sand and the endless turquoise water of the Gulf of Mexico. Morning drop-in yoga classes on the beach are every day! Venice has many miles of bicycle paths along the Gulf and the Intercoastal Waterway. The neighboring larger town of Sarasota (0.3 hour drive) offers more restaurants, shopping, art galleries, museums, music venues and more beaches. Our town of Venice is centrally located for touring Florida: Tampa (1.5 hours driving), Naples (1.5 hrs), Disney World (2 hrs), Miami (3 hrs), Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral (3 hrs), and Key West (6 hrs).

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