Linda Carson posted a really beautiful article and video of the news broadcast about our historical community on July 5, 2016. Marnie Matarese, President and Norm Luppino, past-president and neighborhood historian of the Whitfield-Ballentine Manor Association were interviewed for the news segment and shared their enthusiasm and love of our unique community. We’ve posted the entire segment here along with the really wonderful video footage. If you would like to see it on the Our Suncoast News website you can find it at this link.
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – The Whitfield Balentine manor neighborhood lies just over the Sarasota County line in Manatee County. Yet has a Sarasota address.
The first homesteader here was an aide to General Grant in the Civil War.
“His name was John Regan Senior and he came down here in 1875 and homesteaded.”
Another famous residents who lived in the area was one of the Ringling brothers.
“Alfred Ringling built his home in what is now Whitefield estates back in 1920 and his home is still there. It was relocated when the sub division was built in 1925 and is the oldest surviving Ringling house in the region. It predates Charles and Johns by about six years.”
When it was originally platted in the 1920s, it was regarded as one of the best developments in the entire country. Big name golfers played on the golf course at what was then the Whitefield Estates Country Club.
“They had major tournaments with Bobby Jones, Tommy Armor was the first professional there.”
As the community grew, each decade had its own style.
“In the 20s, we have the Mediterranean, after the war everything was simplified and the mid century became popular that was the beginning of the ranch home, so blended in with these 20s Spanish homes are a lot of ranch long ranch style homes.”