It’s not just a slice of southern Mediterranean style—it’s the whole cake. A 6,663-square-foot Siesta Key home that was listed for $9.8 million in 2017 is back on the market for $7,995,000.
Every square inch of the home is decked out with custom flair. There's no stark, modern gray or white here; instead, there's tassels, satin, mosaics, arches, crystals and gilding. Columns shimmer with glass and stone mosaics;vaulted, 20-foot ceilings and frescoes inspire long upward stares. Crystal chandeliers and light fixtures—sourced from the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City, as well as an estate in Palm Beach—hang from gold-leaf medallions.
Purchased in 1993, the details have been in the making for years—and for millions. About $5 million, to be exact.
"We remodeled our home in 2010, and of course, it's never ending!" the owners, Donald Grierson, a retired corporate executive, and his wife, Karen Grierson, wrote in an email to Sarasota Magazine. Their design inspiration comes from traveling abroad. "We have always loved the Old World flavor of the southern part of Europe," they say.
The Griersons add that the thing that carries the most “wow” factor for house guests is "the warmth and the unusual use of our mosaic, and the different variations of our ceramics and custom tiles throughout our home."
The couple brought in craftsmen from Bulgaria to install the one-of-a-kind tiles. Custom walnut and oak flooring and intricate millwork gleam throughout. A sunroom boasts natural stone, and the kitchen is decked out with top-of-the-line appliances that don't get in the way of that Old World flavor. The outdoor entertaining area is a system of terraces, decks and water features finished in Idaho Rocky Mountain quartz flooring. It took two years to install because every piece was hand-cut. There's also a wine cellar, wine bar, a summer kitchen and outdoor grill, outdoor decks, a negative-line swimming pool and spa, custom air-conditioned outdoor bathroom, and a loggia and fountain.
So how do the Griersons feel about letting go of their highly customized home? "We love the house the way it is," they write. "But someone else may want their own ideas and their own liking. Our house has many, many, different possibilities."
Interested? Contact Peg Davant and Joel Schemmel of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sarasota office at (941) 356-4552. More listing details can be viewed here.