Historic Casa Del Carnevale Enters Market For $12.875 Million In Sarasota

Written by Posted On Thursday, 27 August 2020 12:48

Originally built for Lavoris co-founder Charles Leigh, the waterfront home also has a circus legacy

SARASOTA, FLA. (August 17, 2020) — An exceptional historical residence, located in the St. Armands division of John Ringling Estates, has entered the market for $12.875 million. The Italian Renaissance-style home was originally built in 1936 for Lavoris Chemical Company co-founder Charlies Leigh; it was the fifth house constructed on St. Armands. Leigh’s daughter, Marion Leigh McKennon, and her husband, Joe McKennon — who had a legacy with the Ringling Brothers Circus as well as Sarasota’s art and cultural scene — took ownership of the house in the 1950s. Located at 139 South Washington Drive, the estate is marketed exclusively by Lisa Rooks Morris of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sarasota – Downtown office; additional listing details can be viewed here.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2018, Casa Del Carnevale boasts 171 feet of water frontage with a private dock and expansive views of Sarasota Bay. An extensive renovation has expanded the home to nearly 10,000 square feet (over 7,800 square feet under air), while still maintaining the integrity of its original design. The five-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath estate boasts multiple terraces with exquisite vistas as well an extraordinary central courtyard and Romanesque pool. Additional luxury appointments include a wine room, billiard room, elevator and maid’s quarters. The elegant interiors have been adorned with custom tapestry, textile, mosaic and artwork.

The McKennons were performers who toured the country with a repertory theater company. Joe, a former military sergeant, also worked in many aspects of the circus during his lifetime. He served as an assistant curator of the Ringling Circus Museum and was the author of three historical books about the circus before his death in 2001. Marian, a former Red Cross nurse, sculptor, painter, producer and marionette maker, was a socialite and longtime champion of the Sarasota Opera until her death in 1998.

“This architecturally significant home presents a rare opportunity to own a piece of Sarasota history," said Lisa Rooks Morris. "In addition to its storied past, this home has been updated utilizing the most exquisite materials and finishes. Its sought-after waterfront location and resort-style amenities offer a private luxury lifestyle.” 

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. The brokerage is a division of The Lutgert Companies, a prominent member of Southwest Florida’s business community since 1964. For more information, visit premiersothebysrealty.com.

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