|Contact name||Edie Force Van Ostenbridge|
|Home area||10,999 sqft|
|Lot Area||3.14 acres|
This stunning Manatee River Estate is a Historic Masterpiece, a homestead influenced and inspired by Georgian Colonial Architecture of the 18th Century, which was the rave in New England and the southern colonies. The inspiration came from the Georgian Estates built in England. The idea goes back to the reign of King George I and King George III in the 1700’s. The Brits drew their enthusiasm from the Italian Renaissance, ancient Greece, and Rome.
In 1932, this elegant Bradenton home was built by E.E. and Lillian Bishop, philanthropic residents of Bradenton and Snead Island. They came here from Maryland to look for a winter home. Rumor has it that they purchased the Kaiser’s boat and used it to cruise up the Manatee River looking for a home site that had the highest point above the river. They found this 25 ft. bluff with over 3 acres of land on which now resides this beautiful brick home. They brought their horses down for the winter and corralled them in the front yard circle. The stable was located where the maintenance building stands now. Mr. & Mrs. Bishop were well known to entertain the local Conquistadors. They also helped establish the Manatee Players, the Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum, and the Bishop Animal Shelter.
The Bishop home was later purchased in 1976 by the McClure family who have
enjoyed this versatile home for four generations. The McClures are a fifth generation family
who have been very involved citizens of Manatee County.
The home doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the unique characteristics of Georgian Homes with its instinctive balance and symmetry. The “Doorway” has the Pilasters and Capital of the Ionic design complete with its Entablature and Pediment. The Ionic order is one of the three classical styles of ancient Greece and Rome, which set the standards of the Western world architecture. More features include the roof balustrade, hyphens, and the hip roof with four dormers and many fireplace chimneys. As you move through the house, you will notice its Nautical theme. The original chandelier, which hangs by the main staircase, is patterned after a seafaring lantern, as the Bishops were avid boaters.
Following along with the architecture, the interior design made sure there were plenty of enchanting spaces for entertaining, cooking, and sleeping. In this home, the entrance leads you to a striking foyer with archways into an impressive drawing room. The drawing room has an exquisite fireplace and stunning views of the Manatee River. Hidden in the archways between the foyer and the drawing room are curtains that can be pulled down for more private gatherings in the drawing room. Each side featuring decorative arched French Doors offering heightened elegance and graceful curves. The home is beautifully decorated with fine Orientals in the library, drawing room, foyer, and dining room. The interior design brings on memories of times past with the intricate craftsmanship and pure elegance of an era of fine workmanship. Included is the majestic staircase with balusters, and the exceptional crown molding. Most all of the rooms in the main house have outstanding views of the Manatee River, including the upstairs bedrooms. Upstairs offers 2 fireplaces, downstairs offers 7 fireplaces and the basement playroom has a fireplace. The interior floors are adorned with wood flooring and intricate tile, including one of the basement rooms. Most baths boast elaborate and uniquely designed tile. Many windows are adorned with plantation shutters. Masses of natural light flow into the home. Most all rooms offer sceneries of the river and/or the beautifully landscaped yard.
At the landing on top of the Grand Staircase, Plexiglas follows the railings from floor to ceiling, including a Plexiglas door, which can be closed. Not only does this provide protection for smaller children, it doubles as an enclosure to the suite for one of the four air conditioning zones (seven units total). This second floor includes six bedrooms and six baths. All of the bedrooms have their own bath for plenty of private guests and family bedrooms. And most of the bedrooms have outstanding views of the Manatee River. The nanny’s bedroom has its own private bath, too, and is right next to the second staircase leading to the kitchen and the nanny’s downstairs sitting room which is off the kitchen, formerly a bedroom. A long hall along the riverfront bedrooms upstairs creates an expansive living space for playing with the kids. One of the bedrooms has the access to the east walk-in attic storage area, reaching the length of the entire east wing. There is also a room where you access the elevator. It is near the second staircase that goes to the kitchen on the west side. Or you can use the Grand Staircase to access the downstairs on the east side. In the northwest bedroom upstairs, pull down the attic stairs to access the entire main wing attic area with 4 dormer areas for more storage, awesome views and a kid friendly highlight for playing!
The East Wing can be closed off. This suite includes a private kitchenette/family room known as the “Garden Room”, 2 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, and its own private entrances. It features the Master bedroom with fireplace, guest room with private bath, huge Master closets with soffit cabinets, his and her tile baths, private library with fireplace, and finished basement for table tennis and billiards, formerly a workshop. The finished basement has 2 rooms and extra storage space. The floor of the east basement/playroom also is adorned with beautiful intricate tile and a wall with a whimsical aquarium mural.
The West Wing contains the outstanding massive kitchen with abundant cabinets, a kitchen island, eat-in kitchen capabilities, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The gas stove has 6 burners and a grill. A pantry room contains an extra Sub-Zero refrigerator and a large freezer. This ground floor area also includes the nanny’s sitting room and an extra full bathroom. All these rooms enjoy spectacular views of the Manatee River. There are also 2 catering entrances with prep areas and the entrance to the west/second basement. The elevator and an extra staircase in the kitchen lead up to the second floor.
The outside landscaping is beyond lavish, with its beautiful native trees and plantings. The private dock is over 300 feet long, 8 feet wide, w/ covered boat slip and davits and a 20 x 20 Terminus. Great for a golf cart to take all your supplies to your boat! The home has a brand new roof of sea green tile with hurricane quality hardware. The back yard view from its enormous brick courtyard and its position atop the 25ft. bluff provides expansive views up and down the River and quick access across to the Bradenton Yacht Club. In summary, there are 10 bedrooms (potentially), 10 1/2 bathrooms, and 10 fireplaces in this unique home!
Additional Buildings / Amenities
- Carriage House
- Finished Basement
- Guest Cottage