While we don't really party how we used to, we're still the best mechanics in Sarasota. Here's a sweet goodbye to the old party home...
Decades ago, when I moved to Sarasota, I heard tales about the famed celebration house on Bayshore, when New College students and other counter-culture folk would gather for elaborate parties.
Well, the party is over. The home, at 4201 Bayshore has been marketed. Following the closing on Dec. 1, it'll be ripped down and replaced with a 3,000 square foot house --it could be worse--intended by the new owner, somebody in the area. I really don't know what it went for, but the asking price was $2.2 million.
The house is just one of Sarasota's oldest. It was constructed in 1904 and possessed up until the 1950s with a pair of"spinsters" who came down every winter. After they passed it away though several owners before it was purchased by Judge Andy Owens, a pretty colorful character . He lived there for some time, then started renting it. It's present tenant is Matthew Reynolds, a web designer and ship builder.
A New College grad himself, Matthew has kept up the custom. "We've had some amazing parties here," he remembers. "Good musicians, individuals from all over, lighting displays. We had 450 people "
The house itself reminds one of Grey Gardens, the decaying mansion Jackie Kennedy's aunt lived in in Easthampton. It's set in an acre of property, directly on the bay, with an incredible view over to Longboat. There is even a little shore.
So, good-bye party house. Another piece of Sarasota history bites the dust.