Quintessentially, Beneva Oaks is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Sarasota! A gated community w/tree lined streets of majestic oaks, is centrally located to shopping, restaurants, downtown, Siesta Key Beach & within the Riverview High School district. This impressive estate is now available, offered for the 1st time by the original owners! At 6,000+ sqft, this home was designed to portray a classic New Orleans style façade w/ a lush Floridian backdrop incorporating the lake view from the main home & detached, fully-equipped guest home. The estate is bestowed w/a stunning circular drive to the grand entryway w/ large open balcony from the second floor. Upon entry, refined characteristics are discovered & continue throughout – chandeliers w/ceiling medallions, custom architectural millwork includ. wainscoting & intricate crown & base moldings, voluminous ceilings, large transom windows & more! The main home offers an expansive master suite on the first level, along w/a formal study, dining rm, large chefs arena, family rm, bonus rm, & the most lovely Solarium w/picturesque views of the lake and Floridian garden. Upstairs, 4 spacious bdrms, aka the “kids wing” w/two Jack ‘n Jill baths, can easily adapt to multiple other spaces, i.e. exercise or craft rooms. Detached from the main home, is an incredibly charming Guest Home, w/ a formal entry, kitchen, laundry, full bath, & open lanai nestled under the shade of a mature Jacaranda. An incredible estate full of character & charm!