Contemporary beach house in Sanderling Club on Siesta Key for sale

A contemporary beach house stands out in the lush Old Florida gulf-to-bay enclave of Sanderling Club on Siesta Key

Marsha Fottler
 |  Correspondent

A large chic and understated beach house in the desirable enclave of Sanderling Club on Siesta Key has come onto the market for $5,950,000 through Judie Berger of Sotheby’s International Property. The Siesta Key home has nearly 7,000-square-feet of living space on two floors and has several designated outdoor entertainment spaces including a fire-pit deck near the private beach, a picnic area with wooden table under the palms on the back lawn, a pool deck with heated pool and spa, wide upper balconies and a spacious lanai for outdoor cooking and dining.

The house was built in 1969, but what it looks like today and how it functions is dramatically different from the original structure. The current owners, who have lived on Siesta Key for more than 30 years, bought the property in 1997, took it down to the studs and commissioned architect Rick Garfinkel (AIA) to design a comfortable contemporary beach-side home that takes in the Gulf views from as many vantage points as possible. The homeowners stressed that they wanted the home to have simple, clean lines.

The front facade of the home is a 1990s island vernacular. The pale yellow house with its metal roof has white trim and pale blue shutters. It’s set far back from the street with a winding paver driveway that ends at a large motor court surrounded by palm and other vegetation. It nestles nicely into the landscaping, polished and neat, but not ostentatious.

The back of the house is more open, more dramatic and has design elements that reference the Sanderling Beach Club. It is open to nature with big windows and walls of sliding glass, crisp white railings and emphasis on space, height and light. The homeowners wanted clean lines and simplicity, which this part of the property both defines and celebrates.

This two-acre gulf-side estate includes 189-feet of beachfront. Called Paradis Azur, the house has honed travertine floors, 10-foot ceilings with recessed lighting, and white plantation shutters for window treatments. There are five bedrooms, four full baths and a powder room. The open concept kitchen intersects with the dining area and family room, which in turn opens to the lanai, pool deck and a green lawn that gently tumbles toward the sandy beach of the Gulf of Mexico. There’s a three-car garage and across the road from the house the property continues to include a dock on the lagoon. The homeowners association mandates that the lagoon can be enjoyed for non-motorized water sports only.

The large kitchen has wood cabinets, dark granite counters, a center island and walk-in pantry. A Viking gas range, SubZero refrigerator and stainless steel appliances and stainless range hood add to the gourmet features. Other features include a wine bar, home gym, two home offices, game room, and other spaces that offer flexibility because the bedrooms can be used for other purposes. The nautical-tropical pool bathroom has been custom designed to reflect its poolside location.

Upstairs, the Gulf-front master bedroom suite includes an extra large luxurious bath, office with built-ins, exercise room, large covered balcony, coffee/wine bar, laundry room and storage. The customized and highly organized walk-in closet room is a stand out feature.

Having beautiful views to the outside from nearly every room in the house is not uncommon for residents who live in Sanderling Club, which is located one mile south of Stickney Point Bridge. The community was designed to respect the natural environment and preserve it too.

Elbridge S. Boyd developed the Sanderling Club. Originally from Atlanta, Boyd and wife Helen moved to Siesta Key for health reasons and settled on Shell Road. In 1946 he formed Siesta Properties with the intent to create a membership residential community of homes on the water, either the Gulf of Mexico, placid tree-rimmed Heron Lagoon or Sarasota Bay. He kept as much of the natural environment as possible and between 1946 and 1958 Boyd’s company built 67 houses (he called them cottages) nestled into old-growth Florida foliage so that each house had water and nature views plus privacy. The exclusive neighborhood grew into the gated Sanderling Beach Club with a homeowners association.

Amenities include the private beach, three tennis courts and a playground. Additionally, there are 25 beach cabanas that residents may lease. There’s a waiting list. The original set of 10 cabanas were designed by renowned architect Paul Rudolph (1918-1997), who was 34 at the time. He was also commissioned to design the Sanderling Beach Club in 1952. This tall, light and airy structure, designed in accordance with principles that came to be known as the Sarasota School of Architecture, is acknowledged as one of Rudolph’s masterpieces and with the cabanas was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. The crisp white wooden beach club building with its undulating roof line which references the Gulf waves is an iconic Florida building intrinsically linked with its site. Since the building is within the gated private community of Sanderling, the only way to see it or to use the cabanas is to own at Sanderling, visit someone who lives there or be part of a public architectural tour that includes touring the structure.

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