Property of the Month: Architectural Perfection by Jack West

Posted by Julian Yates on Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at 3:02pm.

Every now and then -- actually, fairly often in Sarasota -- I run across a home that just makes my jaw drop. It's not always the biggest and most elaborate houses that have this effect. Sometimes it's much more about the home's design and what it brings to the neighborhood.

Granted, with 3,323 square feet of living space west of the Trail, 1833 North Lake Shore Drive is larger than your average home, but even more spectacular is the way the home is laid out, and how beautifully the .36 acre lot embraces it. This quintessential mid-century modern has maintained its original 1952 design and later addition by Jack West, who also designed the Sarasota City Hall. It's located in Oyster Bay Estates, considered by many to be in the Golden Triangle of Sarasota.

The home has the perfect proportion of walls and glass, and the Ocala block construction harmonizes with nature in a special way as greenery, whether it be bamboo, oak, pine, or tropical foliage, can be seen from nearly every window in the house. Multiple seating areas and a seamless open floor plan make it a wonderful place for entertaining, yet the gated entry and the private courtyard pool also make it feel like a secluded oasis. The central sitting room's ceiling is a glass pathway to the sky above, creating a light and airy feel throughout. An elegant, sleek wooden staircase makes great use of the space.

The master suite is quietly perched amidst the treetops on the second level. Featuring two walk-in closets and drawers built into the wall, the room is spacious enough to include a very relaxing sitting area that makes the most of natural light.

The bathrooms have been completely renovated to include modern fixtures, elegant tile work, and, as with the rest of the house, brilliant use of glass. The four bedrooms are positioned for privacy, and each one has its own character and voice. The kitchen is a gourmet chef's dream, with stainless steel appliances, plenty of counter space, an island, and a gorgeous view.

The standing-seam, copper-hued aluminum roof is a great accent to the architecture, and the dual-level pool is simply divine. The home also includes a double parking garage and three air conditioning zones, allowing for some versatility in how air can flow through the house.

True architecture aficionados will understand that $1,500,000 is a great investment for a home so perfectly designed. Contact me today to go take a look in person.


Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist

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