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Suncoast : Home Tour : Delightful Delfina

Walk into the Delfina, a single-family estate model home at The Founders Club, and you’ll soon claim your favorite spot – or two. Imagine screening the latest Hollywood blockbuster on the leisure room’s pop-up TV, playing a friendly game of pool in the adjoining game room, or snuggling into the cloudlike bed in the romantic master bedroom. Built by London Bay Homes, a leader in Southwest Florida’s luxury home market for more than two decades, the model offers homeowners a relaxed, yet luxurious lifestyle in one of Sarasota’s premier communities.

“The Delfina was designed to capture the imagination from the moment you approach the home,” says Mark Wilson, President and CEO of London Bay Homes. “We’ve quite intentionally added a number of details that enhance the presentation from the moment of entry and continuing throughout the home.”

The four-bedroom Delfina offers formal dining and living rooms, and its 4,358-square-foot open floor plan allows a wonderful flow from room to room–and outside. Pocketing and zero-corner sliding glass doors blur indoor-outdoor boundaries, opening several rooms to a large al fresco living room and covered veranda.

Even your future guests will feel right at home with a space all their own–a secluded cabana retreat with a private full bath. London Bay Homes’ signature attention to detail and interior design by Romanza Interior Design combine to showcase the versatility and livability of the Delfina floor plan, available with a variety of options. The home also has a study, breakfast nook, four full baths, a powder room and a three-car garage. Its impressive architecture is accented with medallions and a welcoming entry tower with arched openings. Palms flank the paver driveway.

The model’s volume ceilings boast layered trays, painted beams and detailed crown molding to complement a transitional design theme blending clean-lined wood, stone, metal, and glass furnishings. Main living areas feature walnut-hued tumbled travertine flooring set in an ashlar pattern; grayed wood floors warm the study, game room and cabana. Neutral background colors provide a perfect canvas for soft whites and grays with dashes of citrus and blues.

Bookcases and cabinetry in the living room and a buffet niche carved out and encased in the dining room create a custom look. The open design of the Delfina visually connects visitors to al fresco areas from its foyer, where the view is directed across the gallery hall to the living room’s wall of sliding glass. Visitors get their first glimpse of the model’s pool and the lake, one of many throughout The Founder Club’s 700 acres, dedicated to golf, conservation areas, and a natural Florida setting.

The dining room’s volume tray ceiling is set atwinkle with twin golden chandeliers and matching gold place settings.

The Delfina’s fully equipped summer kitchen with a built-in grill, polished solid surface countertop and tiled backsplash is bound to get plenty of use. Outdoor areas are finished with stone flooring and provide several open-air and under-roof gathering areas with chaises, seating, and dining groups. The pool has a raised spa with a spillover, and its simple rectangular shape creates the illusion of water flush with the deck.

Beams add visual interest and contrast to ceilings in the leisure room, kitchen, and breakfast nook. The pop-up TV and a free-standing island breakfast bar provide subtle definition between rooms.

The kitchen features a playful combination of golden jade leather granite countertops and low-sheen arctic white cabinetry. It has a walk-in pantry and mosaic glass backsplashes.

An option of the Delfina floor plan, the game room addition expands family gathering spaces, and in the model features an oversized wall-mounted TV, a pool table, and comfortable lounge seating.

The option also creates a secluded fourth bedroom, shown as a special guest retreat with a wood floor, tall pitched ceilings, two closets and a full bath with toffee-finished maple cabinetry, a honed Saturnia countertop, and a shower with real pebble accents.

The study, master suite and guest wing were designed for privacy. Double doors open into the study, which boasts paneled walls below wainscoting and a deep tray ceiling with multiple levels of crown molding.

Sliding doors in the spacious master suite opens to the veranda and showcase pool and lake views. The suite also features his-and-her walk-in closets and a luxurious bathroom with a window-front tub, tile wainscoting, a separate tile-clad shower, and his-and-her vanities with brown linen-glazed cabinetry and honed Calcutta gold marble tops. Her vanity also provides a dressing table.

The model’s additional bedrooms are shown en suite with private full baths, white or smoke-finished vanities, solid surface white countertops with a quartz look, and glass tile accents.

London Bay earned a 2013 Silver Award for Best Architectural Design of a One-of-a-Kind Home during The Nationals, sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders. Romanza earned a Gold Award for Best Interior Design of a Custom Home in the same competition. London Bay Homes was one of only two companies named America’s Best Builder by Builder Magazine in 2008. The company owns a majority of the homesites in The Founders Club.

“Traditional” truly defines The Founders Club, an intimate Sarasota golf and social community offering just 262 homes and an 18-hole championship golf course created by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Dedicated to the origins and spirit of the game, the club allows players to walk the course and provides the area’s only traditional caddie program. Membership is limited to just 275, ensuring tee times are never required.

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.

The Delfina, like all single-family estate floor plans at The Founders Club, provides numerous options for total customization, each created by London Bay Homes to capture the individual homeowner’s personality and lifestyle. It is priced at $2,171,760 and represents one of London Bay’s 20-plus available floor plans in the community and one of four model homes currently available for purchase.

Written by Arelys Alexander Photography by Booth Studio

London Bay Homes The Founders Club 3001 Founders Club Drive Sarasota, FL 34240 866-918-3354


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