By Robert Plunket
The ultimate Sarasota penthouse? Could be. This unit in L’Ambiance, behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club, has the size and glamour that would make it hard to beat. And the 14-foot ceilings clinch the deal, giving it a sense of scale that you just can’t find anywhere else.
First, the stats. It’s 5,170 square feet, with four bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths. It’s a got its own little gym, several offices, 2,400 square feet of wrap-around terraces, views of the Gulf and downtown and three parking places down on the lower level. It’s also got three skylights, new windows and doors, and a kitchen that looks like it was put together by the design department at Saks.
In fact, all the details and finishes are extraordinary, with unusual woods, marbles, granite and tiles that are all a little different but complement each other as they flow from room to room. And everything is so subdued and luxurious. Not to denigrate any other penthouses around, but this one is by far the most tasteful. It’s like aromatherapy for the mind. You walk into it and you immediately calm down.
How nice is it? Well, it sold in 19 days, something unheard of in this price range. And the new owners—who took one look and said “yes”—are buying it furnished. The sellers are keeping their art collection—including a beautiful Craig Rubidoux in the master—but everything else is staying, another indication that, in its own way, it’s perfect.
L’Ambiance is usually regarded as the top building on Longboat, with many prominent local people as residents. In this case, both the sellers and the buyers are using it as a second—or is it third?—home. The listing agent was Cheryl Loeffler of Premier Sotheby’s, who also lives in the building. Cheryl currently has her right arm in a cast and when asked what happened she gives you a mysterious smile and says, “You should see the other realtor.”
Oh, and the price? Don’t know what was on the bottom line but the asking price was $7,495,000.
Read Bob Plunket's "Home of the Month" in our March issue.