Summer broke records, beyond temperatures, that is. These feverish numbers have also made their way to the real estate market.

In the past few months alone, the most expensive vacant lot ever sold on Casey Key has been scooped up in a $6.5 million cash purchase and the most expensive listing in all of Sarasota County has landed on the market for $25 million. Today, Manatee County has its own remarkable transaction. We wrote about this home when it was listed for $12.9 million late last year. It recently sold for $8.55 million in cash, making it the highest ever sale of a single-family residence in mainland Manatee County. (This Anna Maria Island home fetched $16 million, also in cash, earlier this year.)

Featured in Florida architecture magazine, the house, built in 1991, is the antithesis of the modern rectangular giants we’ve seen rise in recent times. Indeed, the 7000 Riverview Blvd. is all illuminated with rare granite, wood mosaic floors, cypress wood walls and generous 20 foot beamed ceilings. Lots of glass frames a fairytale landscape design by Jim Talley, which includes koi ponds, walkways, waterfalls, walking paths, and tropical gardens.

The seller, Sandra Robinson, bought the property in 1991 with her husband, HL “Penny” Robinson, who in 1960 founded Robby’s Sporting Goods in Bradenton. Robby’s grew into a chain of 45 stores in the southeast. It was sold and renamed Fields Sports in 1988. Now that the children have all grown up, Robinson has sold to downsize the sprawling nearly 6,000 square foot home that spans nearly five acres.

Michael James of Michael Saunders & Company represented the buyer, while Jay and Christy Travis of RE/MAX Alliance Group represented the seller.