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We are working hard with our neighbors to build Sarasota’ newest neighborhood - Sarasota Design District.
Here is the copy from the listing:
Art in architecture — Near completion, an art modern inspired home designed by Traction Architecture, an award-winning architecture firm whose work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Dwell, Sarasota Magazine, and on the cover of SRQ’s Home of the Year issue. For the Bougainvillea Residence, Traction teamed up with custom homebuilder, Ampersand Construction, also a Home of the Year winner. The design references the art modern style, with streamlined forms, glass corners, smooth surfaces and porthole windows. Clean lines, exposed materials and expanses of glass connect interior and exterior spaces. Upon entering, glass sliders offer views to a backyard oasis with a pool and a 500 square foot two story structure, ideal for a guesthouse, art studio or office. In the main house, high ceilings and bright spaces are perfect for entertaining. Open den features a dramatic glass corner that filters northern light into the home and contains a window seat with treetop views. Functional layout includes 3 bedrooms and spacious master suite with light-filled bonus room, great for an office or gym. A tandem two-car garage has additional space for storage. The home was designed to accommodate a future elevator. Located west of the Trail, in a coveted school district. Minutes from the beach, downtown, the Mall, and Southside Village. Construction to be complete this Spring. Don’t miss this opportunity to live in a one-of-a-kind home that celebrates the art in architecture.
Though we missed a mention by a fluke, Sarasota Magazine just did a piece on our client, Red Bridge Investments and our project at 1924 Bougainvillea Street. In fact, the 1827 Loma Linda house we completed with DSDG and Mark Sultana is also mentioned, as is Chris Leader of Leader Design Studio who we will be building with this summer. Coincidentally, the concrete floors at the Seagrape House by Traction Architecture, as well as the rest of these houses, were polished by our sister company Sarasota Superfloors.
Author: Ilene Denton
New modernist homes are popping up in the popular West of Trail area, better known for traditional bungalows, stucco ranches and newer Med-Rev residences. Guy Peterson’s Spencer House on South Orange Avenue has the highest profile, but a block north, Chris Leader of Leader Design Studio is completing a modern residence for a former Lido Shores couple, and Mark Sultana of DSDG has built a handful (including one for his own family).
Lisa Gialdini’s new-home project at 1924 Bougainvillea is the latest. She’s hired Jody Beck and Ross-Alan Tisdale of Tampa’s Traction Architecture (their Seagrape House was featured in our December issue) to design a 3,300-square-foot home with high-end finishes, pool and separate 500-square-foot guesthouse. Slated for completion in March, it will be offered for sale at around $1.3 million.
Gialdini is a tax attorney who lived and worked in Russia for 20 years, and she named her company Red Bridge Investments for Russia’s Krasnymost, or Red Bridge. In Russia, “I was used to living in small spaces where I had to use every available square inch I could,” she says, “and I wanted to make sure the Bougainvillea house is as user-friendly as possible.”
She’s purchased three other West of Trail properties for future redevelopment. Two are on Goldenrod, and the other is on Shoreland. All will have clean lines, she promises. “I don’t go in for a lot of frou-frou,” she says.
Our remodel at Coral Cove is complete and the clients are enjoying their “new” home. Please watch for sneak peeks of some of the great choices they made. In the end there was not one aspect of the original home that had not been remodeled. Our friends at Sarasota Magazine have just written a piece on the Neighborhood.
Neighborhood Watch: Coral Cove
Coral Cove is a beautifully groomed, mainland waterfront community set right on the Intracoastal Waterway. But what really sells Coral Cove, says Michael Saunders & Company realtor Christy Neff, is its private, two-acre neighborhood park and boat launch reserved for the use of homeowners.
Located a mile south of Stickney Point Road across the Intracoastal from south Siesta Key, Coral Cove was developed in the 1950s, and many of those original homes have been torn down to make way for larger residences.
“It’s a nice family neighborhood, very stable,” says Neff. “Most people live here year-round, and they have get-togethers at the park several times a year—lobster night, soup night, children’s birthday parties.” At summer’s end, five homes were on the market—one non-waterfront home listed in the $300,000s, and the other four on either canals or open bay starting at $1.2 million. Coral Cove for the most part escaped the foreclosure wave of the past several years. In 2012, Neff says, a house sold every 26 days. “That’s pretty darn good,” she says.
Number of Coral Cove properties: 204
Number of sales from July 2012-July 2013: 12
Range of sale prices: $168,000 to $2.2 million
Range of square footage: 1,269 to 6,151
We are just about to start a remodel on Bird Key Drive, which will modernize this 1960s Ranch and bring it up to todays standards. The work includes a new kitchen by Campbell Cabinetry, new bathrooms from Fergusons and the Tile Market, and a pool remodel by our friends at Water Designs.
Check back with us to follow the progress!