The Sarasota School of Architecture has been hailed as one of the premier regional styles of midcentury modern design.
Homes built in this style on the west-central coast of Florida are admired across the country, and owning one is like owning a little piece of functional—and beautiful—heaven.
Yes, we do mean that Siesta Key. (Before the popular reality TV show, Siesta Key was nothing more than a sleepy beach town with great food, pristine sugar sand beaches, and a smattering of swaying palm trees.)
This beautiful home was built by architect Mary Hook—one of the neighborhood’s founders—who lived in the home for some time.
“This home was built with a laid-back style,” says listing agent Martie Lieberman. “It’s solid, good architecture focused on the space itself. This particular style focused on making sure every wall slid open so you could go outside.”
That seamless transition from indoors to the outdoors is a signature element of the Sarasota School of Architecture design. In every room, outside spaces are visible through sliding glass doors, floor-to-ceiling and clerestory windows, or skylights. The house even has the dogtrot—also known as a long breezeway—intact.
“In many homes of this style, people tend to … make their living rooms or bedrooms larger,” Lieberman says. “The owners of this house used a bit of the dogtrot to expand the kitchen, but the rest was left original.”
One thing you’ll notice missing: the crown molding.
“People are used to seeing it,” says Lieberman, “and one of the things I always hear when showing this house is, ‘look at those corners!’”
Crown molding is a nice accent, but sometimes it’s used to cover up less than stellar handiwork.
“The corners in this house are so precise and so perfect,” Lieberman says, “[there’s] no need to cover them up.”
There’s a separate building on the property that was once an artist studio. Now it’s a gym. Out back is a manicured and lush lawn, and plenty of space to build a pool if that’s on your wish list.
In addition, you’ll find a sandy trail to the turquoise waters of the gulf. The home is in close proximity to Siesta Key Village.
For buyers in search of midcentury magic, a sojourn to Sarasota is just the ticket.