If you and your partner bicker a lot, this house would nip that in the bud. It would be tough to stay angry in the living room, where a large glass wall frames a minimal Zen garden and saltwater pool. And you couldn’t stoke that anger by sneaking away, since most rooms have a glass wall that looks out on tranquil traveling palms. Skylights in the showers continue the trend, serving up sunny sky views into everyday moments.
Another calming element? The need to do nothing. This house needs zero fixes. No ripping out heavy "what were they thinking” window valances or knocking out the old kitchen cabinets. The multi-phase restoration, completed in 2019, brought attention to the original midcentury-modern details while adding modern functionality. From top to bottom, inside and out, this house is masterfully updated with all the dreamy items today’s homebuyer craves, like en suite bathrooms, guest suites, a media den and office, and less exciting but necessary replacements like all new plumbing, electric wiring and air conditioning. In fact, the home’s renovation, led by Michael Epstein of Seibert Architects, with the help of Ball Construction and Yoder Homes, was so expertly done, it won awards.
In 2020, it was recognized nationally by the American Institute of Architects and the American Registered Architects in 2020 and 2021. Fondly named the "Zigzag House" for its standout shark tooth roofline, it’s also a landmark for architectural enthusiasts. For fans of the Sarasota School of Architecture, it’s a temple.
The home at 1332 Westway Drive in Lido Shores was designed in 1959 by Tollyn Twitchell for Ralph Twitchell Architects in the first year that he partnered with his father. Ralph Twitchell is often called the father of the Sarasota School of Architecture, a movement that embraced post-war innovative architectural concepts. In fact, the sawtooth roof in the center of the house is made with a honeycomb material repurposed from a midcentury warehouse design. The movement was also marked by blurring the lines between the indoor and outdoor environment, open floor plans, entire walls of sliding glass and materials that houses had never been constructed with before, all of which can be seen in this home.
It was built for Sarasota philanthropist Rita Adler and her family. Current owners Clare and Roberto Arguedas bought it in 2014 for $1,075,000, and were responsible for the respectful renovations that made its original retro south Florida vibe shine today.
Spanning 3,419 square feet on a 13,209-square-foot lot, the east and west bedroom wings extending from either side of the main living space are separated for privacy and offer direct access to the outdoors. Polished concrete flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows and sliders throughout complement the minimalist design elements, like pocket doors, recessed lighting and hidden closets. Located in the Lido Shores enclave on Lido Key, the home is surrounded by other architecturally significant homes, including the nearby Paul Rudolph Umbrella House, an icon of the Sarasota School that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Included in the purchase is deeded, private beach access to North Lido Key Beach. You can't stay angry there, either.
Interested? Call Lisa Rooks Morris with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty at (941) 544-3332.