The Ness House: 7647 Sanderling Road

Tim Seibert may well be the most prolific of the Sarasota School of Architecture guys, with a career that goes back to the Paul Rudolph days and stretches to the present. (Though he is technically retired, his firm still exists.) One of the benefits of this longevity is that he can now help renovate his older structures, as he did with his famous Ness House (1959), which just came on the market.

Register of Historical Places designation.

It’s behind the gates of the Sanderling Club on Siesta Key, which is one of the reasons it’s a little unfamiliar to many locals. You can’t just go and drive by it. It’s been on several recent architectural tours, though, and I’m keeping my eyes open for Open House schedulings, because this one is something to see.

Living room.

There are modern houses, and then there are modern houses. This one is pretty uncompromising. It’s strong rather than pretty. Lots of geometric solids and planes, with the interior spaces pretty well enclosed. They don’t really look out to tropical nature, but rather to enclosed patios and courtyards, in the manner of the famed Mexican architect Luis Barragan. The finishes are likewise kind of tough and rough—lots of polished concrete and a kitchen that is downright severe-looking. And though the property, almost an acre, is planted with a variety of tropical plants and trees, the area immediately surrounding the house is an expanse of crushed shell.

Kitchen/dining area.

The home has three bedrooms, four baths, in 3,850 square feet; it's located at 7647 Sanderling Road. There’s a pool, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and it borders on Heron Lagoon. The asking price is $2,590,000. For more information contact Ellen Wells at Michael Saunders and Co., (941) 544-4849.