Start the new year with your own warm-winter retreat or full time residence in this delightful home featuring a coveted casita. Your home is nestled in a palm-treed lot with preserve views within the 24 hour manned gates of Tidewater Preserve, a premier resort and boating community on the Manatee River. The main living area features an open floor plan with views of the pool and spa with the peaceful wooded preserve backdrop from the kitchen, living, and dining areas. The gourmet kitchen provides all the features you will require such as a huge low-bar island with plenty of space for preparing and serving delicious treats for family and guests who will eagerly gather around and enjoy talking with you from the bar seating area, breakfast table and living space. Open up the wall of sliders to make indoor and outdoor pool-side entertaining effortless in the fantastic “winter” days in sunny Florida, especially with the desirable Southern exposure on your pool. When it’s time for sleep or to enjoy a private space for hobbies, work and relaxation this 4 bedroom home, plus a rare casita with its own private entrance, delivers easily. Enter the casita from the front porch, step into a private foyer leading to the suite featuring a full bathroom, closet, and room for long-term guests and family or whatever you choose: office, music/art studio, theatre, or serene den. The beauty of the casita is it fulfills a dream of homeownership, “I wish I had a private space for…”Within the main home, the spacious master bedroom looks out to the screened pavered pool area, the lawn and the natural preserve. Featuring a French door onto the covered lanai, huge walk-in closet, luxurious bathroom with water closet, walk-in shower, soaking tub, and stone counters on separate large vanities, your owners retreat is secluded from the rest of the home with grand double doors. On the opposite side of the home, bedroom 2 also looks out the lovely back outdoor spaces and just outside its door is a full bathroom featuring walk-in shower. Bedrooms 3 and 4 have their own private hallway. These 2 bedrooms are separated by a beautiful full bathroom with spacious walk in shower. For Buyers’ peace of mind, the original owners who custom designed it with WCI, are sharing a professional home inspection report that was done in December. The HOA includes grounds maintenance and an amazing package with Spectrum for cable, WIFI, and internet, plus the resort amenities: full time activities director, fitness center, 2 clubhouses, pools, Har-Tru tennis courts, walking trail along the river, dog park, playground, kayak launch, lifts from the boating lagoon out to the Manatee, then to Gulf of Mexico. Within the 24 hour guard gates is a private marina too. No CDD. It’s time to enjoy this special home in the sun that is convenient to Sarasota, Tampa, Lakewood Ranch and the gorgeous gulf beaches.