Two Sarasota Area Homes Are Ranked Among America’s Most Spectacular Beach Homes

Posted by Tom Heatherman — August 18, 2011

1313693846SARASOTA, FL—(August 11, 2011)—As featured on Time Magazine’s/Moneyland website, two Sarasota area properties have been ranked on the list of 2011’s Top 10 Most Spectacular Beach Homes compiled by

One of the homes—an estate property in the exclusive Sanderling Club on Siesta Key—occupies the number one position on the list, which has also been showcased on CNBC, USA Today, Yahoo and AOL Real Estate. The other, a Gulf-front estate on Casey Key, is ranked ninth on the list. Both were designed by noted Sarasota architect Guy Peterson, FAIA; and are currently being offered for sale through Michael Saunders & Company.

1313693980“Earning the top spot on such an impressive list of luxury properties is even more gratifying because the competition includes some of the most spectacularly-designed oceanfront homes in the Hamptons, Laguna Beach, Malibu, Carmel and Kamuela, Hawaii,” said Linda Roe Dickinson, of Michael Saunders & Company, who is the listing agent for the Siesta Key property. “The property has also been featured in Four Florida Moderns, a book by Saxon Henry that celebrates the architectural designs of Guy Peterson.”

The dramatically sculpted residence, which is situated on 1.53 acres in the very private and gated Sanderling Club on Siesta Key, resulted from four-year collaboration between the homeowners and Peterson. In the end, all agree that they achieved exactly the timeless and contemporary masterpiece that was envisioned for the property.

“The purity and logic of a simple concrete frame is enriched by the placement of volumetric “cubes,” says Peterson, who organized the home’s living spaces into color coded cubes. The cubes reflect a privacy gradient from public uses and shared spaces to private family areas and a children's zone. The home makes maximum use of its beachfront setting with deep overhangs that shade the pro1313694051perty from direct sunlight but allow for maximum light and spectacular water views.

“In Oasis by the Sea, Peterson has designed an incredible piece of art in architecture,” says Saunders agent Deborah Beacham of her Casey Key listing, which occupies the ninth spot on the same list. “This fabulous ‘smart home’ is set on the exclusive island of Casey Key where there are no traffic lights, no high rise condominiums and fewer than 400 single family homes. Casey Key is truly a destination for those who desire a location off the beaten path.”

Completed in 2008, Oasis by the Sea includes amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico through towering walls of glass as well as inviting outdoor spaces that extend from the interior living areas. This home—which has won numerous awards, including the silver winner of SRQ's Annual Home of the Year—is for the sophisticated collector who will cherish the islands exquisite privacy while appreciating its proximity to the cultural amenities of nearby Sarasota.”

“This house is composed of two simple pavilions separated by a transparent two story connector containing the entry on the ground level and a bridge on the second level linking the living spaces,” explains architect Peterson. “The primary (Gulf facing) pavilion contains the main living spaces of the house and the owner's private suite and office. All enjoy commanding views of the Gulf of Mexico.”

About Michael Saunders & Company

Now in its fourth decade of service to Southwest Florida, Michael Saunders & Company has grown from a single small office into a network of 24 full-service offices—with more than 500 professionally trained associates and 150 staff members. Powerful world-wide affiliations—including Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Luxury Portfolio, Christie’s Great Estates, the European Real Estate Network (EREN) and Mayfair International Realty extend the company’s message to qualified buyers globally, ensuring the broadest possible exposure for our properties.

Michael Saunders & Company is ranked as the 75th largest brokerage in dollar volume in the latest Real Trends 500 Survey of the 500 largest brokerages in the U.S., and is included among the 35 most influential Realtors in luxury real estate.

For more information about Michael Saunders & Company, please call 1-888-552-5228 or visit us on the Web at

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