Listing of the Day
Location: Longboat Key, Florida
Price: $26.5 million
Serenissima, meaning “The Most Serene” in Italian, is modeled on the elegance of Renaissance-era Venice. While imposing in scale and décor, the palatial home remains open to the sea and sky, creating a light and airy atmosphere.
A domed skylight in the entrance atrium, and a large sunroom opening onto the terrace and the sea beyond, flood the home with natural light. “The open space of the foyer is unlike anything I’ve ever seen being in the business for over 30 years,” says the home’s agent Michael Moulton. The residence’s many dramatic entertaining spaces are similarly balanced by more intimate family and leisure rooms.
The home was designed by Clifford M. Scholz Architects, a well-known designer of more than 100 of Southwest Florida’s most admired and luxurious homes and many of the region’s leading country clubs. He is also known for careful design and restoration of some of the area’s most important historical architectural residential gems, according to Mr. Moulton.
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Built in 2005, Serenissima is located on the southern end of Longboat Key, within the secure gates of the Longboat Key Club, a triple-A, four-diamond private beachfront resort. Mr. Moulton describes the club as “a private enclave of stately residences.”
The 35,200-square-feet property (with 19,300 square feet of this indoors) sits on 1.18 acres, and has six bedrooms, six full and two half bathrooms.
Set behind the exclusive gates of the Longboat Key Club, amenities include 45 holes of championship golf, 20 Har-Tru tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness center, full-service spa, gulf-front swimming pool, eight restaurants, and 291 deep slip marina.
The home itself includes a full-house sound system and a luxury 10-seat home theater. A heated infinity pool provides stunning views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico, while the master chef’s kitchen includes a JennAir electric flat top grill and rotisserie, Dacor ovens and warming drawer, Sub-Zero refrigerators and freezer, Asko dishwashers, and hand-cut crystal drawer pulls.
The home also boasts gas fireplaces, a 10-car gallery, and an ornate birdcage elevator.
The famed St. Armand’s Circle, founded by John Ringling nearly a century ago, is less than three miles or 10 minutes from Serenissima. It is an island al fresco shopping center with 138 merchants known for its collection of continental shops and restaurants, tropical plants and cozy courtyards, antique statuary, and festivals that range from luxury automobile shows and gourmet food and wine tastings, to art fairs and musical events.
Agent: Michael Moulton, Michael Saunders & Company
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