2 bedrooms with queen beds and twin bed on porch.
About Richard Martin
I am a retired executive and former Sarasota mayor. I've lived in Sarasota for over 30 years and can point you in the right direction whatever your interests.
Richard Martin purchased this Apartment in 1991
Why Richard Martin chose North Trail
Location, location, location: serene setting on art school campus with dock and gardens overlooking bayou yet 5 minutes to Main Street and 10 minutes to Lido Beach.
Pets allowed on a case-by-case basis.
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Upon arrival at the Laughing Mullett we were a little disappointed because the apartment had a musty smell, but the next day we realized it had probably been closed up for a while and just needed time to air out. We spent most of our time outdoors on the beautiful bayou and walking the beautiful city of Sarasota. There are a couple of kayaks to use as well. (It would be great if there was also a life jacket to use while paddling around..just in case.) The neighbor above is a lovely lady and as we were stepping into the entryway she offered us a bag of coffee to use during our stay; pleasant surprise. We didn’t cook, but it looks as though everything is available should you want to. All in all we really enjoyed our stay.
Perfect getaway, working with richard was excellent! He was very professional and it was exactly what we were looking for. Quiet and clean!
Tranquil yet Near Lots of Things to Do
As others have pointed out, this home is close to a busy boulevard and yet, we hardly ever heard it. Instead, one steps out the door and sits by the canal and waits for the mullets to jump out of the water. Not just tranquil: Idyllic! We were literally across the street from the Ringling College of Art and Design and were able to pop in on the exhibits and go for a cup of coffee. Another day, we cross the street and we are at the Museum of Art and Whimsy. Ringling Brothers Circus Museum? 6 minutes away. Opera? Classical music? Theatre? All very close.
Downtown is about 12 minutes and that's where the better restaurants are, so we are far enough away to be out of the maelstrom but close enough to get everywhere. (Even the airport is just 10 minutes away.) So the location for us was perfect.
As far as the house goes... this is one of two ground floor units and this one is by far the roomiest. Two bedrooms with a living room and dining area and an alcove with another bed if needed. More than adequate kitchen - we had breakfast at home every day and dinner a couple of times. Our bed was very comfortable. While our neighbors sometimes joined us at the canal, mostly we had it to ourselves and it never felt invasive. Richard, our host, is not on site but he responded quickly when we reached out and he provided local support so we always felt taken care of.
Cross Tamiami Trail and there are nice walks to the bay where the "big" homes are but for us, it was the quiet of the walks that attracted us. If you're looking for a getaway in a beautiful city, this is the place.
Even though I wasn't in town to meet Norman and his wife, I enjoyed hosting them from afar. It is always rewarding to hear from guests that enjoy and take full advantage of the many charms of the apartment, bayou setting, and proximity to all that is Sarasota. Our neighbors and friends that met them, spoke highly of their friendliness and appreciation for time well-spent. I hope you return, and that we get to meet next time around. Thank you!
Great little place
We really enjoyed our stay at the Laughing Mullet. The view of the water/slough was so fun -we had pelicans, egrets and even a heron! It’s not a fancy place, but very cozy, clean and in a great location. Great internet connection too. We had everything we needed. Our little Chihuahua loved the sunshine, and so did we. Charming place! Hope to be back again!
Conveniently located, quiet and relaxing.
The waterfront garden was an unexpected pleasure, and despite being close to a major road, the apartment is very quiet.
We had such a great experience, the apartment had everything we needed and more.....
Everything was clean and comfortable, but the best thing was the view, we spent hours watching the fish jumping sitting and sharing under the trees in front of the quite bayou.
On top of that beaches and restaurants were minutes away.
We gladly return and highly recommend to anyone who wants to get away from our daily routine.