Occupying just under two and a half acres on the Intracoastal Waterway across from Siesta Key is a modern interpretation of traditional Floridian design that promotes a laid-back lifestyle without sacrificing elegance. Coldwell Banker Realty’s Sindy Carr, who is listing the property for $6.5 million, says of the unassumingly majestic property, “There’s a formal look to the home, but in terms of lifestyle it has a very casual feel for a multimillion-dollar property.” The expansive 10,554-square-foot residence features classical expressions balanced against modern elements, suiting the lifestyle of contemporary families. Carr reports interest from buyers more concerned with having ample waterfront acreage and privacy, which is quite rare in Sarasota, than living in a trendy neighborhood.
The two-story living room is a formal setting for entertaining, wrapped with a mezzanine and set beneath a dazzling Swarovski crystal chandelier. Adjacent to the living room, and sharing a double-sided fireplace, is an inviting wood-clad library. The home’s dining room opens up to the outdoors, while an outdoor kitchen, spacious alfresco dining area, and expansive swimming pool capitalize on the stunning waterfront site. “It really feels like a resort,” says Carr of the manicured grounds, which offer unobstructed panoramic views. A separate carriage house would be well suited for an art or music studio, while the landscape-buffered dock with two lifts appeals to boating enthusiasts.
It’s awe-inspiring but not pretentious, says Stefany Holmes, who has managed this gated property known as “Whispering Pines.” Noting the impressive winding approach to the residence, she states, “It’s a remarkable home for entertaining because it’s so private.” Holmes, a local native, insists, “It’s truly your own slice of Sarasota.” She reports the new owners will discover unexpected neighbors that include manatees swimming near the dock and eagles nesting in tall pines. The residence’s chef-worthy kitchen and butler pantry make entertaining easy, while a solarium with sweeping water views blurs the lines between indoors and out. A game room is anchored by a brass-topped, turn-of-the-century bar from France, another unique accent that marries Old World elegance with Florida’s casual lifestyle.
Although the home reminds her of The Great Gatsby, Holmes explains, “It’s the kind of coastal casual house you can walk into with a little sand on your feet and not feel guilty.” With its gym and sauna for wellness, regal library, state-of-the-art kitchen, and access to the water, she suggests it is uniquely positioned to accommodate sheltering in place. Not only is the home built to withstand major hurricanes, but its commercial generator could literally power a supermarket.
“This house would be best enjoyed by a family that can fill up the bedrooms, one that likes to entertain and host guests overnight,” says Holmes. The home benefits from its proximity to Siesta Key Beach—the stretch of powder-white sand has been ranked the best in America—but avoids the crowds now converging on that once-undiscovered destination.
Coldwell Banker Realty | Siesta Key | 5145 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34242