Suncoast : Home Tour : Ohana Magic

Magnificently poised on nearly 3 acres of pristine Gulf of Mexico beach, you’ll find Ohana, a breathtaking tropical hideaway inspired by the spirit of coastal South Africa and southern Indonesia. Located on Longboat Key, a beautiful barrier island on Florida’s gulf coast, Ohana captures the unique sense of both a remote island paradise and unparalleled cultural experiences in nearby Sarasota. Brought to life by acclaimed architect Guy Peterson and builder Michael K. Walker, Ohana is truly a place unlike any other on Florida’s Gulf Coast – a resort-like oasis where the art of living unfolds amid unforgettable surroundings. Named Ohana, the Hawaiian word for “family,” this resort style residence includes three African Sipo mahogany-clad main, guest, and master pavilions, as well as a separate beach house, totaling over 10,000 square feet of living space—plenty of room to accommodate a large extended family or entertain a crowd of guests.

From quiet relaxation in the luxurious master suite to grand entertaining on the expansive terraces, the main residence offers richly-appointed spaces in which to live, to re-energize, and to gather—all framed by endless views of the shimmering Gulf of Mexico. Jeff Hart of J Hart Interior Design calls the style “modern beach house,” as it includes all of the luxury and amenities of a modern home, while visually reminiscent of an isolated island get-away. “The inspired, contemporary interior spaces are minimally furnished to show comfort and function, while in no way compete with the wonderful architecture or vistas,” explains Hart.

Constructed with unique Balinese inspired design, the main pavilion boasts vaulted mahogany ceilings and wide use of glass sliding doors to create an almost open-air sensation, maximizing the breathtaking view of the outdoors. Rich Douglas fir beams and white oak flooring, with Philippine shell stone borders, create an exquisite blend of modern elements and natural textures.

The main living room showcases a gorgeous contemporary Indian rug, from Rugs As Art, hand-knotted of wool and bamboo silk. Furnishings include a Chinese Chippendale-inspired buffet table with a driftwood finish and mirrored doors from European Traditions, contrasted neatly with the stainless steel Chow cocktail table. The two cylindrical Pablo Design Cortina lamps filling the corner of the room, as well as the twin Van Teal “Run Forever” stacked silver globe floor lamps are from Home Resource Contemporary Furniture. Accent pillows and candelabra are compliments of Indigo West.

Within the main pavilion, a private elevator entrance leads to the master retreat. The serene suite comprises a dramatic floor-to-ceiling Oolite coral stone fireplace and a panoramic view of the Gulf through a wall of sliding glass doors to the terrace. Custom bedding was provided by Home Resource Contemporary Furniture. Also included in the suite are his-and-her closets, vanities, and separate water closets. Luxurious spa-like features—including large walk-in steam shower with a view of the Gulf, and separate free standing bathtub—create a sensory, restorative experience in the ensuite master bathroom. Adding luxury, the Dornbract “Symetrics” Watersheet tub spout provided by The Plumbing Place is featured. “The beautiful gentle flow from the waterfall spout creates a very natural complement to the organic shapes of the freestanding tub and other elements in the bath,” explains John Smithman of The Plumbing Place.

The kitchen and dining room are exquisitely crafted to promote either relaxed or formal entertaining. A Hangsgrohe “Talis” faucet and pot filler, along with a Blanco “Magnum” stainless steel sink from The Plumbing Place add to the functionality of the striking kitchen. Caesarstone quartz counters and natural teak cabinetry complement the organic spirit of the home. The main dining room is furnished with Casablanca table and chairs and a Constantini Pietro console table from Home Resource Contemporary Furniture. A Nepalese hand-knotted wool rug, from Rugs As Art, features an intricate Ikat pattern. The main pavilion also includes a breakfast room with wet bar to allow the homeowners to prepare their morning coffee before stepping out on the balcony to watch the sunrise.

Unique artistic treasures are found throughout the home, such as the beautiful concrete art sinks by Jake Brady Concrete by Design. “Each of the powder room vanity sinks were custom crafted with inlaid water-jet cut shells,” relates Jake Brady. “We create functional art where the only limitation is your imagination.”

Secluded, yet connected to the main pavilion, the guest pavilion offers a sanctuary of thoughtfully designed spaces exclusively for family and guests. Whether admiring the captivating view from the west-side terrace or simply relaxing for the evening amid the comfortable living area, the guest retreat accommodates visitors in unforgettable style. Elegant sliding doors open to a west-side terrace, overlooking the beach. Guests are provided an abundance of space with a large walk-in closet and the opulent guest bath features a solid granite tub and walk-in shower, accented by river stone flooring, for a serene tropical experience.

The private beach house, with three additional ensuite bedrooms, gathering room, and media room, affords the ultimate in blissful comfort for guests and extended family. A true resort-style escape, the beach house showcases magnificent views across the Gulf of Mexico from grand walls of glass.

Capturing the spirit of a luxurious Balinese resort, tropical courtyards and natural coral stone walkways brimming with exotic plant life add to the magical feel of Ohana. Designed by world-renowned landscape architect Raymond Jungles, the sixty plus varieties of tropical foliage feature assorted native plants, bougainvillea and indigenous palms reminiscent of a botanical rainforest. Deborah Beacham, who represents the property’s listing for sale, describes, “As I meander through the grounds of Ohana, a relaxing feeling pervades the experience. The plant material, which is lush and grown in, showcases some of Florida’s finest species of native plants. The team comprised of architect, builder, craftsmen, tradesmen, landscape architect, and interior staging experts have combined their efforts to create a masterpiece. There is simply no other property that offers the combination of gulf front land with unobstructed long gulf views, privacy within the compound, and amenities to delight a discerning buyer,” concludes Beacham.

A traditional palm thatched Chickee pavilion is even included for enchanting evening drinks or dining. Whether lounging in the free-form curvilinear swimming pool with accompanying spa, enjoying a match at the private tennis court, or taking a walk along the miles of white sand beach, the options for active pursuits are as endless as the views across the azure horizon.

Written by Scott Hickerson
Photography by Giovanni Photography

Black Bird Home Gallery
1540 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34236

Deborah Beacham
Michael Saunders & Company
440 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key, FL 34228

European Traditions
7488 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231

Home Resource
Contemporary Furniture

741 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

Indigo West
134 Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

J Hart Interior Design ASID
3909 Bee Ridge Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34233

Jake Brady
Concrete By Design

614 Florida Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236

The Plumbing Place
5678 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34232

Rugs As Art, Inc.
6650 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231

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