Bay View Sarasota



The clients have been living on this property in the home they built approximately 35 years ago and were ready for a change. The former house, in its time, was fabulous, but now it had faded somewhat, was below base elevation and dated. The property is secluded with spectacular waterfront views and glorious sunsets. The design inspiration came from the extraordinary water views in all directions.

The client’s style was to be modern. The feel was to be clean, sharp, but comfortable. The design went together very quickly and now it is complete. The result is a combination of glass and stucco melded together with warm tones of composite wood and stone.

Talk about front row seats. This stunning residence, on a pristine, secluded site, commands breathtaking, panoramic views of Sarasota Bay, verdant mangrove islands and the Gulf of Mexico. The owners have lived on the property for 35 years—and desired a fresh take. Their vision? A modern, light-filled sanctuary boasting simple lines, an open floor plan, and a neutral color palette. A materials vocabulary of glass, wood, stucco, and stone that could stand up to the Florida climate. Above all, a playful sense of joy. In contrast to many sterile, mega homes, the owners wanted their modern residence to reflect their personality, be comfortable in tone and feel, and offer plenty of room for their large family. That translated to expansive gathering spaces, indoor and outdoor kitchen and dining areas, and a private owner’s suite for tranquil retreats. Finally, they needed the house to be raised above a baseline flood elevation, and for the garages on the south and the east side of the residence to be concealed.

CMSA’s design solution? A 6,173-square-foot modern home that is rooted in the natural environment and pays homage to Florida’s splendor, with unobstructed views of nature and water from every angle. The open design fills the interior with sunlight and delights the eyes with dramatic views. The intelligent floor plan is more than a design for living; it’s a design for inspired living. The exterior view is no less delightful. The cantilevered, asymmetrical design creates constant surprises. Depending where you stand, the house looks completely different. Here, the earthy materials blend seamlessly with the surroundings. Glass and stucco meld together with warm tones of composite wood and stone and aluminum-clad exterior doors and windows.

A modern, light-filled sanctuary

On the top level, the three guest bedroom suites and a family/playroom offer welcoming accommodations for the stream of visiting children and grandchildren. The 2,400-square-foot rooftop terrace is ideal for al fresco entertaining and dining—and the perfect viewpoint for enjoying southwest Florida’s legendary sunsets. The main living level comprises a great room, kitchen, master suite, office, home theater and an additional guest room. The sleek chef’s kitchen at the heart of it all is perfect for creating feasts both great and small. The ground level below the floodplain is home to the spacious garages and storage areas. Other exquisite extras include a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen and a movie theater. The home is also set up to receive solar photovoltaic system for net zero carbon footprint.

This multifaceted residence is tailor-made for its multifaceted denizens. It’s a place for entertaining, playing, savoring—and a sedate retreat to escape the hustle of everyday life. It offers the man-made beauty of architecture—and celebrates nature’s beauty inside and outside. This is truly a home for all seasons.

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