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The Ken Thompson House, A Midcentury Waterfront Home Built for the Most Powerful City Manager in Sarasota History, Enters Market for $2.3 Million

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 14 August 2019 07:12

SARASOTA, FLA.(May 31, 2019) — A midcentury Harbor Acres home with direct access to the bay and Gulf has entered the market for $2.3 million. Originally built for Ken Thompson, Sarasota’s legendary city manager from 1950 – 1988, the residence is positioned on a half-acre of boating water. Located at 1515 Hillview Drive, the property is marketed exclusively by Joan Koplin of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sarasota — Downtown office. Listing details can be viewed here.

Designed by renowned architect William Zimmerman, associated with the Sarasota School of Design, the home was built by Craig McAllistair. Icons of Sarasota’s residential development, the duo created a home that captured the essence of integrating indoor and outdoor environments. 

The three-bedroom, two-bath residence features a great room with hexagonal Saltillo tile floors, pecky cypress walls and a wood-burning fireplace. Sliding glass doors lead to two screened lanais. The gourmet kitchen is crafted with cherry cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

An expansive outdoor living area is accented by brick pavers from a Chicago reclaimed building. A cedar outdoor shower and outdoor lighting were recently added, along with a new custom-designed metal roof. With a shared dock and private lift, there is direct access to the bay and Gulf by boat from the protected bayou. 


“Created by some of Sarasota’s most well-regarded architects and builders for a legendary city leader, this home has a storied past — and a bright future for a discerning buyer. In addition to its waterfront location, the close proximity to Southside Village, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, downtown and the beaches makes this property truly exceptional.”

    Joan Koplin, 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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