1400 Westbrook Drive.
First is the amazing Japanese house in Oyster Bay. It’s based on the famous Katsura Villa outside Kyoto, a royal palace from the 1600s. It’s considered the epitome of Japanese architecture, with its simple but highly sophisticated composition, its Zen-like gardens, shoji screens, and framed views of the water.
Above, the Sarasota home’s tea house; below, the Katsura Villa’s tea house.
It’s priced at $3.5 million. Call Jon Partridge at 724-4452.
Next is the famous Roundhouse on Riverwood, near Riverview High. It was built in 1960 by Hilton Leech, one of the town’s famous old Bohemian painters, for use as a studio and place to give art classes. The architect was Jack West, from the Sarasota School. Yes, it is completely round. You have to be a math major to figure out the square footage, but I’m told it’s around 2,500.
Above, the Roundhouse’s original purpose: an artist studio; below, the mid-century modern-inspired living room.