Quintessentially, Beneva Oaks is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Sarasota! This 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. And this impressive estate is now available, offered for the first time by the original owners! At over 6,000sqft, this home was designed to portray a classic New Orleans style faÃ§ade 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/ a 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 room, large chefs arena, family rm, bonus rm, & the most lovely Solarium w/ picturesque views of the lake and Floridian garden. Upstairs, 4 spacious bedrooms, 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!