Built in 1959 and designed by Tollyn Twitchell for Ralph Twitchell Architects, the 3,419-square-foot, ranch-style home is listed with Lisa Rooks Morris of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.
It sits in the Sarasota beachfront neighborhood of Lido Shores, an area that’s a haven for modern architecture. It features homes built by architects affiliated with the Sarasota School of Architecture, a loose-knit regional style founded by the architect Ralph Twitchell.
“There’s more concentration of [modern homes] in Lido Shores than any other community,” says Morris.
With four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, she says the home was built “to blend in with the surroundings.”
It features a covered lanai along with walls of windows and takes full advantage of the temperate climate.
As Morris notes, the home offers “a seamless transition to living inside and outside. It was a great design in 1958, and the current owners did an amazing restoration.”
The three-year renovation was completed in 2019, and included a new roof, windows, and landscaping, as well as updated plumbing, HVAC, and electrical. Baths and bedrooms were expanded as well. A saltwater pool is also on the property.
Attached to the primary suite is a dressing room with plenty of built-ins, plus an elongated bath marked by a vanity, glass-enclosed shower, and a soaking tub. The kitchen has curved cabinetry and Caesarstone countertops, as well as chef-grade appliances like a Viking range and Sub-Zero fridge.
In 2020, two national architectural organizations—the American Institute of Architects and the Society of American Registered Architects—recognized the restoration work.
The sellers have owned the home since 2014.
“They really wanted to bring it back to what it was intended to be,” says Morris.
They worked with Michael Epstein, AIA, of Siebert Architects, a leading firm in the Sarasota School of Architecture that was established in 1955.
Since 1988, the home has had just two other owners.
The Lido Shores neighborhood is “affluent but very unpretentious,” says Morris, and reflects Sarasota’s penchant for culture and philanthropy.
Morris says she feels the buyers are likely to be aficionados of midcentury modern, and that if they are, they will find many like-minded people in this community.
“There are some owners in the neighborhood,” she says, “who have purchased several of these houses and restored them.”
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