Miami may be known for glitz and over-the-top beach homes, but another Florida enclave is packed with glamorous architecture: Lido Shores in Sarasota. Located on the southwestern coast of Florida, Sarasota is a booming arts and cultural capitol of the state, known for the Sarasota School of Architecture that flourished in the post-war era.
Nowhere does Sarasota’s architecture shine more than in Lido Shores, a sandbar neighborhood full of modernistic homes dating to the 1950s. Take this three-bedroom, three-bathroom home located just a few blocks from the water. Designed by renowned architect William Rupp and called the Pavilion House, the home showcases the Sarasota School’s affinity for open floor plans, indoor-outdoor living, and large planes of glass.
A bright red double door welcomes you to the home, and the airy interior spaces are always looking out to the exterior; floor-to-ceiling glass and clerestory windows let in the light and provide views to the pool and landscaped yard. Overhanging roofs provide shade from the Florida sun, and a quiet interior courtyard creates a meditative, relaxing center.
Renovated by Seibert Architects, the 2,691-square-foot home feels larger than its footprint thanks to its openness. A galley kitchen flows to both living and dining rooms, and the bedrooms also feature floor-to-glass windows that look out on to shell stone paver pathways and mature landscaping.
Although the home isn’t waterfront, Lido Shores homeowners have deeded access to a private beach and aren’t far from downtown Sarasota. Love what you see? 1155 Center Place is on the market now for $2,400,000.