Coastal Contemporary Architecture Takes the Limelight


Add “coastal contemporary” to the architectural concepts which have enriched the local choices on home construction styles recently. The very first rendition which set off the growing popularity of this design was the new two-story, 23,000-square foot-clubhouse of the Sarasota Yacht Club. This striking waterfront landmark is located near the western edge of the John Ringling Bridge en route from the Sarasota downtown to St. Armands Key.

Architect Mark Sultana of DSDG in Sarasota, one of the brilliant minds behind the clubhouse’s design, describes coastal contemporary as “a morph of the cozy Key West style, or British West Indies style, and the modern.” This great mix creates a magnetic warmth eloquently expressed in the yacht club’s translucent standing-seam metal roof, high ceilings, and tropical hardwood exteriors.

Nautical details such as sail shades and a floor built from a recycled yacht deck further lend charm to the new Sarasota Yacht Club facility. Manifesting the critical acclaim for its coastal contemporary design, the clubhouse has emerged as one of the leading contenders in the 2015 People’s Choice Awards, a survey sponsored by the Florida Foundation of Architecture, and in the 2014 inaugural Spirit of Sarasota Award presented by Sarasota magazine at the biannual design conference of the AIA Florida Gulf Coast chapter.

Success in new condos

Coastal Contemporary Architecture Takes the Limelight

The coastal contemporary architecture likewise appears quickly winning adherents in the Sarasota condo market. The Park Residences at Lido Key, an 18-unit luxury condominium which is being developed with the same architectural design, has already sold about half of its residences.

Each condo here has a floor plan of approximately 2,500 square feet, designed with three bedrooms. The units’ price starts at around $550/per square foot or at roughly $1.4 million.

Last call at Infinity

Infinity, another new condominium that DSDG designed in the coastal contemporary architectural style, is likewise being warmly received in the market for Sarasota condos for sale. As of June 2015, only one of these units remains unsold.

Located in the northern end of Longboat Key, this upscale condominium is comprised of just 11 residences ranging in size from 3,380 to 6,370 square feet. The remaining unit currently listed among luxury Sarasota condos for sale (MLS Number: A3999542) is a four-bedroom unit with a floor plan of 3,638 square feet and a tag price of $3.3 million.

The development of Infinity broke ground in December 2014, and as of spring 2015, its coastal contemporary main building is already taking shape, with the exteriors of the separate clubhouse and fitness center already complete and their interiors undergoing the final touches.

Options at Longbeach Village

Should prospective buyers miss out on units at the Infinity, the Longbeach Village just a short distance north of this condominium can provide some luxury home alternatives. In late 2014, a three-bedroom waterfront home here built in 1995 in a contemporary design was listed among Sarasota homes for sale with a $3.4 million tag price.

For a more traditional choice, another three-bedroom, three-story home in Southern architectural design in this historic village was also sales-listed around end-March 2015. Quite spacious at 2,075 square feet, this delightful find among Sarasota homes for sale is priced in the mid-$800s.