It’s hard to name one style for this Bradenton home, which is currently on the market for $12.9 million. The interior is marked by numerous wooden finishes – floors, walls and even honeyed ceilings. The ceiling lights in the kitchen are a bit of a disco, a trendy approach to lighting when the house was built in 1991.
Outside you will find lots of bricks. The lines of the house have a Japanese vibe that pairs well with the koi ponds, walkways, waterfalls, and a poolside gazebo that looks like a small temple.
“My husband didn’t like to travel, so he wanted to build a house that would make him feel like he was on vacation every day,” says owner Sandra Robinson.
Robinson’s husband was the founder of Robby’s Sporting Goods. He opened a boutique in Bradenton in 1960 to sell toys and sporting goods. By the mid-1980s, Robby’s was a chain of 45 stores across Florida, with $60 million in annual revenue. In 1988, the Robinson family sold the chain to Champs Sports.
Designed by Miami architect Don Roban and inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Robinsons’ home has been featured in Florida architecture. The property boasts manicured tropical plants anchored by eight century-old oak trees, as well as walking paths designed by landscape architect Jim Talley. It’s all on over five acres of waterfront property, making it one of the largest waterfront parcels in Manatee County.
Located in the River District, as the locals call it, the street runs along the Manatee River and is lined with palm trees and oak trees. The historic district is a patchwork of old and new, humble and grand Mediterranean-style homes, modern homes, Key West-style residences, old Florida cottages and ranch homes. The main house at 7000 Riverview Blvd., Bradenton, is 5,975 square feet, with five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. The property includes a two-bedroom, two-bathroom guest house that spans 1,702 square feet.
After 30 years, now that the couple’s children have all grown up, “it’s time to downsize,” Robinson says. But he will miss the sight. “Every morning I feel like I’m looking at a different portrait,” she says.
Robinson plans to leave most of the couple’s furniture behind; much of it has been specially designed for the home. And all the wildlife is also included: ducks, herons, foxes, a family of swans and a pair of peacocks.
Interested? Call Christy Travis of the RE/MAX Alliance group at (941) 545-5284.