SARASOTA, Fla. (FOX 13) - The Van Wezel Home in Sarasota, Florida takes you on a trip back in time.
It's a piece of the city's history and it's going up for sale.
"It's an incredible experience. It was a very unique design it was definitely a showplace when it was created," said Joel Schemmel, the Premier Sotheby's International Realty listing agent for the home and estate.
The asking price is $3,695,000.
Built in 1936, the home was one of the first on Lido Key and boasted the first swimming pool.
"The terra cotta, the tiles, the bright colored tiles and how it all kind of comes together. I think it’s very Sarasota," said Schemmel.
The view is so spectacular, you can see the changing depths of the water beyond the shore.
Its legacy involves another legendary man from Sarasota's history.
"This site was originally developed by John Ringling," explained Schemmel. "When John Ringling was looking at St.Armand's and Lido, this is where he pulled his boat up when he was doing his canvassing and looking at properties."
Lewis and Eugenia Van Wezel contacted John Ringling and told him they wanted a home in his new development. Well-known architect Thomas Reed Martin went to work.
He crafted a Mediterranean waterfront villa with terra cotta tiles, wood-beamed ceilings, and arched entryways. At the time, it cost about $15,000.
"Even though it was built in 1936, it has tons of functionality," said Schemmel.
Not to mention, a lot of space for entertaining.
Over the years, the Van Wezel's guests have included Albert Einstein, Brigitte Bardot, and Alfred Nobel, the founder of the Nobel Peace Prize.
"It's about this kind of piece of Sarasota history," said Schemmel.
The Van Wezel's lived on the property until their deaths in the late 1970s. Proceeds from their estates were used to form a foundation, which helped build the nearby Van Wezel Performing Arts Center.
Their home stands as a legacy and a reminder of Sarasota's past.
"The next owner, it’s going to be all about refining it and tweaking it and making it their own," said Schemmel.
An open house will be held on Sunday, March 17. It's located at 535 S. Blvd. For more information call Joel Schemmel of Premier Sotheby’s at 941-308-6497.