There is definitely something to be said for the well travelled. They carry with them a mysterious knowledge of the great unknown. Visiting exotic destinations, witnessing faraway places most only read about in romantic novels, experiencing in person the kinds of adventures featured in old movie clips or pictured on vintage postcards.
1435 Westway Drive is a gem of a find. The sort of discovery one might chance upon while globe-trotting to some glamorous, remote location. This Modus Custom Residence overlooks the glistening sapphire waters of New Pass on Lido Key and is a 6000-square-foot under air, 8,500-square-foot under roof marvel with phenomenal views of the Pass and the Gulf of Mexico beyond.
“My purpose was to build a home that exhibits both casual elegance and exceptional craftsmanship,” says Steven Hanson, owner of Modus Custom Residences. “It’s British West Indies with a bit of a modern spin.”
At first glance, one might almost expect Ernest Hemingway to amble down the front steps with a single malt whisky in hand, but upon closer inspection, it becomes very clear that this home is much too ‘au courant’ for that. While the impressive anterior reveals distinct elements reminiscent of the architectural style– stucco exterior, powder gray slate roof, long covered balcony, detailed railings, and cypress wood accents—it is clearly manifested with a fresh perspective. “The graceful prominence of the design envelops you,” says residential designer, Brian Phipps, owner of A Phipps Home Design, “Once you enter the court, you are surrounded by an artfully, warm panoramic view of the façade.”
With elevated water views from almost every room, and 80 feet of seaside frontage, ‘Westway’ is picture perfect. The richly appointed great room invites weary travelers and expectant guests to unwind in sprawling luxury. Exquisitely crafted black walnut built-ins flank either side of the Italian Calcutta Gold marble fireplace, while cushy rattan couches and corresponding chairs provide the perfect resting spot. A rectangular glass coffee table reflects just the right amount of light, while a cappuccino-colored Sisal area rug grounds the space, and offsets the spectacular hand-scraped maple floors in a rich chocolate truffle. “These Anderson Virginia Vintage Sanctuary Plank hardwoods were the perfect complement to the outdoor stone on finish and texture,” says Liliana Allen, President and co-owner of Oracle Surfaces, responsible for the selection of all flooring. “Surfaces are key elements…giving life to any area.”
Italian marble and black walnut surfaces are gracefully reintroduced in the gourmet kitchen on the countertops, backsplash, and center island. Top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances and modern leather bar stools with rectangular cutouts make the space hip and fun. Exciting and bright, this is a setting perfectly equipped for a master chef, while spacious enough to accommodate a slew of hungry inhabitants.
“It was a privilege to work with Steven and his staff. They came to us after seeing some of our beautiful magazine advertisements,” says Jamie Lawrence of Elite Cabinetry. “The transitional stylings of the inset cabinets with a milk white finish complement the warmth of the America Walnut island. The balance of the French curved hood coupled with the stainless steel banding creates the refined upscale look we envisioned.”
After a delicious meal, why not withdraw to the grand master retreat resplendent with his and her suites, closets, and bathrooms? Encompassing the entire upper level, this great escape showcases an expansive covered balcony and lanai with million-dollar views, private gathering area, glorious round reading room, and charming bar enclave. Why would anyone leave? Decorated with a minimalist approach, one is still left with an abundance of pleasures to appreciate from the highly polished, quilted cotton bed linens to the handsome well-crafted furnishings. “Furniture and fabrics were purposely incorporated to promote that British West Indies feel,” said Louise Stewart, co-owner of Stage III Design, who staged the home. “Simple, clean lines with a spacious, airy feeling.”
Taking asylum in one of the master baths, enjoy a luxurious, steamy soak in the oversized Jacuzzi tub or refresh with an invigorating rinse in the 12-foot steam shower with 24-inch rainhead. Flawlessly designed, both master baths are impeccably dressed, from the gorgeous floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, to the silver-finished fixtures to the Crema Marfil flooring. Like the inner layer of an abalone, the setting is lustrous.
Visitors can enjoy solitude in the first floor VIP guest suite equipped with a master bedroom, master bath, and sitting room, or in the guest wing located on the mezzanine level over the garage. Purposely designed with privacy in mind, it is accessible by stairs or elevator, and features two guest bedrooms and baths, kitchen, and gathering room.
After an afternoon nap or quiet respite, enjoy a tall, sparkling cocktail on the veranda while taking in a long, lingering sunset. The covered lanais and balcony porches feature glossy, Diana Royal marble flooring and richly hewn cypress ceilings for an elegant, yet casual, outdoor living space. Sophisticated, comfortable furnishings overlook a spectacular, 47-foot-long, heated saltwater pool featuring a waterfall and hidden grotto with private seating and flat screen TV… not to mention, unrivaled views, deeded access to one of the loveliest beaches the area has to offer, and a private coral reef off the seawall. With a property of this caliber, why travel, when you can enjoy paradise 365 days a year without ever leaving home?
Written by Marcia Carroll Burzair
Photography by Ryan Gamma
Modus Custom Residences
444 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 101
Longboat Key, Florida 34228
A Phipps Home Design
3615 Mineola Drive
Sarasota, Florida 34239
5435 Jaeger Road
Naples, FL 34109
Lovera Home Improvements, LLC
Oracle Surfaces LLC
421 Central Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Stage III Design
PO Box 17826
Sarasota, Florida 34276