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Historic Dona Bay Waterfront Home Enters Market for $2.489 Million

Written by Posted On Friday, 02 November 2018 12:27

SARASOTA, FL.(October 8, 2018) — Villa Terra Mar, a waterfront Mediterranean estate listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has entered the market for $2.489 million. Built in 1927, the home is situated on 2.8 acres on Dona Bay. Located at 218 Pocono Trail East, Nokomis, the residence offers 156 feet of water frontage with direct boating access to the Gulf of Mexico. Marketed exclusively by Joel Schemmel and Sharon Chiodiof Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sarasota office, listing details can be foundhere

Framed with large banyan trees, lush landscaping and paver pathways, this sprawling gated and walled estate has the feel of stepping into an old Palm Beach-style resort. The large rectangular pool and spa is at the center of this incredible property and is lined with stately palm trees, patios and extensive gardens. The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath main residence boasts original Saltillo terra cotta tile and hardwood floor, a spacious family room with sliding and French doors opening to an expansive outdoor living area. A charming one-bedroom guest house is crafted with a wood slat ceiling, heart of pine flooring, fireplace and private patio. The adjacent waterfront parcel on Dona Bay, included in the 2.8 acres, provides direct access to the Gulf of Mexico and can be developed separately.

Constructed as part of the early development of Nokomis, the home’s original owner was Alvah Jordan, owner and operator of an Everett, Washington pulp and paper mill purchased from John D. Rockefeller. Although the property has undergone certain modifications over the years, the main and guest houses continue to relay their original architectural integrity, as well as a historic association with the Boom Time of Nokomis.


“It is exciting to be able to market a property like this that brings together the historical significance, natural stunning Florida landscape and amazing waterfront access.”

– Joel Schemmel, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

About Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Headquartered in Naples, Florida, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has over 1,100 associates and employees in 40 locations throughout Florida and North Carolina. Premier Sotheby's International Realty also benefits from an association with the storied Sotheby's auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit


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