The Hilton Leech House and Amagansett Art Studio

$ 1,100,000
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MLS #A44459323
Contact nameErin DiFazio
Contact phone941-870-8060
Year built1939
StatusMove-in Ready
Home area2,232 sqft
Lot Area0.42 acres
Half Baths1


Take your place in the legacy of the Sarasota art colony. Nestled under whispering bamboo, the .42 acre estate includes the main residence, a garage, and an art studio. The house was designed in 1939 by celebrated painters Dorothy and Hilton Leech, who came to Sarasota to help organize the Ringling School of Art, and then curated by Frank Colson, an internationally recognized ceramicist and sculptor. The studio began as a WWII army barracks and was moved to the site in 1947 to house the Amagansett Art School. Behind the privacy of oaks and pines, enter into an expansive living area which opens with a receding wall of glass to a the lanai and screened in atrium. A wall of brick and lighted mantel space holds two wood burning fireplaces, one interior, one exterior. In the office/family room a massive window lets in a wash of northern light which bathes the built-in desk and cupboards opposite a wood burning fireplace, and a half bath. A wooden staircase leads to the second floor bedroom, full bath, and small sitting room which opens via shutters to the natural light of the room below. A built-in breakfast booth graces the kitchen, with stone counters and solid wood cabinets. The western end of the home holds a full bathroom and two bedrooms, one with a screened in office porch with its own exit. The studio building has plumbing and electrical for what was once and bathroom and kitchen, large sliding barn doors to access the rear yard and ample lighting. It could easily be renovated to function as a working studio space or a guest cottage. The main portion of the garage building is currently used for storage, with a separate laundry room to the west. Built of Florida Cypress with extensive custom detailing, all three structures are locally and nationally designated, qualifying them for a number of incentives to facilitate stewarding this exceptional piece of history into the future. Despite the proximity to the bay, the home is not in a flood zone. The shingle roof was replaced in January of 2020, and the two story section of the home has an older metal roof, as does the studio. Walk to Morton’s Market, lunch at Libby’s, or a morning cup at Perq. Enjoy the new Sarasota Art Museum in the restored gothic high school building, under a mile away.


Additional Buildings / Amenities

  • Barn/Stable
  • Carriage House
  • Dock/Pier
  • Finished Basement
  • Gazebo
  • Greenhouse
  • Guest Cottage