Villa Serena Inn

$ 2,300,000
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MLS #A4448891
Contact nameSteven Levin
Contact phone941-725-7366
Year built1924
StatusMove-in Ready
Lot Area1.16 acres


Sarasota’s oldest surviving inn, The Villa Serena Inn, has recently completed an extensive 6 year rehabilitation costing over $1,500,000 is ready for an operator. Featuring a new pool, exterior paint, roof, driveways, landscaping and more the Inn is ready to accommodate both short term and long term tenants.

The 1.16 acres features 12 residential apartments (4 transient suites, 8 non-transient suites) set in beautiful Banyans, Oaks and Palm trees which provide a park-like setting with various fountains and statuary. In addition to the residential units the property also has a roughly 1,000/SF catering hall making the Inn Ideally suited for weddings, private parties and other special functions creating additional income.

A step into the foyer leads to the stairwell and ground floor apartments, the building reflects a glorious tradition and past. Today, each of its quaint apartments provide a fully equipped galley kitchen, most with a cozy breakfast nook, well-appointed Sitting Room with traditional oak floors. Italian sheer curtained windows provide an abundance of natural daylight.

Villa neighbors include the Sara Bay Country Club, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, New College, the University of South Florida, Ringling School of Art and Design, the Asolo Theater and the SRQ Airport.

Originally built in 1926 and designed by Architect Clare Hosmer for Clarke Douglas Williams, a New York stockbroker. Once called the “Italian palace” the Inn featured some of the most elaborate furnishings in Florida from the era and is Sarasota’s only remaining original Inn from the “Roaring Twenties”.

The Villa Serena Inn’s claim to fame is all of the sports celebrities who have stayed here over the years. The Penthouse hosted such American legends as Baseball Great Babe Ruth and Champion golfer Bobby Jones. Now, almost a century later, the Villa Serena Inn continues the tradition of providing gracious hospitality and quiet refinement for its clientele.

Contact: Eric Massey ( 941-957-3730 )