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A Look Inside Downtown Sarasota’s New AQUA Condos

By: Bob Plunket

Bob Plunket takes us inside the new Guy Peterson-designed luxury condos.

December 31, 2013


Aqua condos Sarasota

Aqua condos Sarasota

Boy, that Guy Peterson is everywhere these days. It seems he’s designing everything in town, from that new $22 million house on Longboat to these news condos on Golden Gate Point. And it’s all to the good, as he has the perfect Sarasota look—a little bit of Sarasota School modernist, a little bit of Miami Tropical, and a whole lot of over-the-top luxury pared down to the most elegant simplicity.

Aqua condos Sarasota

Aqua, or AQUA, as its builders call it, is one of several new condo projects which are hopefully signifying the end of the recession and the return of the ultra expensive downtown apartment with fabulous views. It’s located on a smallish lot on Golden Gate Point, facing the bridge, not the marina, and at nine stories, it is best classified as mid-rise.

There are only eight units. The ones that are 3,800 square feet are called “Residences” and they start at $3,495,000. The ones that are 6,700 square feet are called “Grand Residences” and they start at $5,695,000. They all seem pretty grand to me, with 10- and 12-foot ceilings, private elevators, 360-degree views, “private water closets” and “discretely hidden wall safes.”

Aqua condos Sarasota

Aqua condos Sarasota

Aqua condos Sarasota

Judging from its plan and illustrations –it’s still under construction—Aqua is a very handsome building. The Peterson “look” works beautifully in an apartment building—all those geometric shapes are arranged in a pleasing way, like a set of building blocks that fir together perfectly. There are the usual luxury amenities—things like a concierge, 2 car garages, boat slips, and a yoga studio. But the real news here is a new benchmark when it comes to Sarasota’s modernist buildings.

For more information about AQUA you can visit its website, aqua280.com, or call Cheryl Loeffler of Premier Sotheby’s, who is handling the sales. Her number is (941) 308-6554.

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