Visitors to London Bay Homes’ two-story Isabella model at The Founders Club in Sarasota tend to linger outside before venturing into the single-family estate home. Featuring coastal contemporary architecture with extended rooflines, Bahama shutters, rafters, and a columned front porch with pale yellow door frames, the fully furnished model references its proximity to Sarasota’s famed white-sand beaches and the Gulf of Mexico.
The Isabella Two-Story is an expanded version of London Bay’s popular Isabella floor plan, featuring a larger ground floor and a second floor offering a bonus room, fourth bedroom, fifth full bath, and a covered balcony.
The model, priced at $2,374,490, represents one of London Bay’s 18 available floor plans in the community. Celebrating 25 years, London Bay builds custom and semi-custom homes in many of the region’s most exclusive neighborhoods and communities from Marco Island to the Sarasota Keys.
London Bay Homes builds the majority of the homes in The Founders Club, an intimate golf and social club community offering just 262 homes and an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The Founders Club offers a grand 24,000-square-foot clubhouse, where members enjoy casual and fine dining, an active social calendar, and a fitness and wellness center. Boardwalks and walking paths meander throughout the community, which also has two Har-Tru tennis courts, basketball and sand volleyball courts, and a picnic pavilion.
From the home’s front verandah, views sweep across the community’s signature double fairway and a tranquil nature preserve, promising hours spent nestled in a comfortable chair reading or simply watching the day unfold. “The setting is truly awe-inspiring,” said Roland Nairnsey, Director of Sales for London Bay Homes. “It boasts all the tropical flora and fauna of Florida in a luxury setting.”
“We wanted the design to embrace the warmth and elegance of the seaside,” said Jennifer Stevens, senior design director at Romanza Interior Design, who created the stunning interiors. “The palette of soft greens, bright and aqua blues, with pops of yellow and coral capture the coastal feeling.” This elegant coastal palette is accented in the great room by the addition of metal, antiqued mirror, and silver finishes. The petrified wood and reed door panels on the media unit reference the coast. A soft cream toned rug adds a casual element while the wall sconces and delicate chandelier with a brassy finish are more formal in design. The home’s emphasis on the alfresco Florida lifestyle is enhanced by walls of sliding glass doors that showcase stunning sunset views over oaks and a lake.
The model’s open floor plan and coastal design are introduced in the foyer and adjoining dining room. Inside the 4,265-square-foot model, rustic wood flooring and driftwood finishes blend with an eclectic mix of glass, mirror, and metallic surfaces. White and gray backgrounds provide the canvas for sea and sunset accent colors. Artwork and art glass in vivid blues, aqua, and citron add dashes of color to the dining room. A round table seats six with cream colored chairs sporting darker trim details. The chandelier with classical lines is made more casual by the driftwood materials and visible light bulbs. A greige-tone buffet adds storage and serving space.
The well-appointed kitchen has alabaster-finished maple cabinetry, speckled gray granite countertops, and glass tile backsplashes, punctuated by the navy, soft blues, and greens in the diamond-patterned fabric of three stools cozied up to the freestanding island breakfast bar. Upper cabinetry features square glass doors showcasing a lighted interior, and a sunshine yellow painted finish. Stainless steel appliances and two industrial-styled brass pendants with nickel finishing above the island add glimmer to the room.
The master bath takes a cue from the kitchen, with alabaster-finished cabinetry, white quartz countertops and a floor the color of sun-bleached driftwood. A dressing table separates his-and-her vanities, and a custom built-in features shelves set against mosaic tile glass in muted colors of the model’s main palette. The large bathroom leaves ample space for a sculptural tub and a glass enclosed shower.
The master suite shines with a silver and gold leaf finished chandelier. The modern motif of the polished stainless steel, four-poster, king-size bed complements an antique pewter colored dresser and night stands. The weathered look of the wood floor balance the room and is covered with a soft area rug which warms the space. White bedding and upholstered wing chairs in the seating area are accented with a muted shade of apple-green.
The bonus room provides almost unlimited possibilities for extra living space. In the Isabella model, the room has been turned into an upstairs lounge space, which serves as the perfect place for kids and guests to have a private area of their own. A comfortable oversized white couch sprots bright pillows which echo the greens and blues found downstairs. A neutral and durable carpet is placed under the distressed wood media stand. The bonus room has an outdoor area. “You can see the spark of imagination ignite when a homebuyer steps into a bonus room for the first time,” said Nairnsey. “It provides the ultimate customization to reflect hobbies and lifestyles.”
The lanai is an essential part of the indoor/outdoor living experience in the Isabella model. The custom pool, spa, and resort-inspired outdoor areas, which include a patio and wraparound outdoor living area has a fully equipped summer kitchen. The dining space, seating groups, and chaises positioned to catch the sun provide numerous opportunities to entertain and relax.
Written by Tanner Nash
Photography by Advanced Photography Specialists
London Bay Homes
3001 Founders Club Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240