Floating Oasis : An Exclusive Enclave in Longboat Key


The glorious and exclusive Longboat Key barrier island has only 10 miles of beach frontage, so beachfront development is a rarity. The new Infinity Longboat Key condominium, a private enclave of just 11 luxury residences, is a welcome anchor to the island. Designed in the coastal- contemporary style, Infinity Longboat Key is a mix of modern and traditional styles with large exterior overhangs, clean lines, and abundant floor to ceiling azure windows. The units sit atop four stories of private parking and each lucky owner enjoys endless sight lines.

Many single-family coastal homes boast about bringing the outside in, but Infinity Longboat Key has managed to achieve that desirable goal both as a structure and for each individual unit. The building’s footprint offered architect Mark Sultana the opportunity to create unusually deep balconies that run the full length of both the Gulf and Bay sides, equipped with upscale outdoor kitchens and enough space to host a party on either side. With condominiums that live like single-family homes and unmatched views of the Gulf and Bay, every unit was sold long before construction was completed.

The Infinity units open from the elevator directly into the foyer, with a great room, kitchen, and owner’s suite on the Gulf side, and additional en suite bedrooms on the Bay side. Every bedroom and the great room walks right onto the balcony. Because the condo was sold-out mid-construction, each unit was customized to the owner’s specifications.

Carrie Riley of Riley Interior Design worked on the core design, adornments, and finishes for all of the units as well as the common areas and the club house. A good portion of the buyers hired Riley for the complete interior design of their homes as well. “Your view is your canvas, your focal point,” explains Riley about her approach to the interiors. “The view. That’s what they are here for. We want the interiors to embellish upon it.”

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Greige neutrals complement the natural blue vista, with a linen blend sectional, a tone-on-tone geometric rug, and a Lexington hammered stainless steel-topped coffee table with pewter nail-head trim sourced from International Design Source. Floor-to-ceiling retracting azure glass doors open the span of the room to the covered outdoor terrace. Custom decorative sheer window treatments frame the space. A Crestron Smart Home design by Wicked Smart Homes, the residence features automated control of audio, video, lighting, shades, temperature and security.

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The generous sized kitchen is open to the great room and is a gathering area in its own right, featuring cabinetry sourced from Italy in a wood grain texture. The silver coral chandelier is from LyteWorks. The backsplash wave tile with matte finish brings interesting shadow play into the room from the under-cabinet lighting, supplied by Tile Market of Sarasota. The island countertop has a waterfall edge and cantilever effect. The island features Silestone in Bianco Rivers, while the other countertops are Silestone in Mediterranean Ocean. All appliances are Wolf and Sub-Zero. The owner brought in her own whimsical and colorful painting.

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The dramatic thickness of Silestone on the island countertop is featured. Behind is a built-in wine cooler with open shelving that hosts pops of color with mixed glasses and Moscow mule copper mugs.

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Metal rings and nail heads on the dining room chairs play off metal details throughout the house. The LyteWorks chandelier is a steel four-bulb pendant. Branch details in the centerpiece play off the metallic branch-based lamps from LyteWorks. The stunning thalassic rug in blues, beiges, and grays is from Surya.

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The owner’s bedroom works with a deeper and richer palette of neutrals. A Wolf Gordon grasscloth and metallic wallcovering is behind the upholstered bed. The draperies are a geometric pattern from Fabricut. Spikey sunburst-based Arteriors lamps from LyteWorks sit beside the bed. The seating area furnishings are from International Design Source. A Bernhardt chair in a mango-wood finish is the star of the space paired with a Lexington ottoman. The end table features a geometric knotted base.

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Large-format tiles in a rich brown from Tile Market form the backdrop for the show stopping Astral Night mosaic tiles. The floor is Yuma in gray, and the tub and sink are from Kohler. Custom cabinets are topped in Silestone Bianco Rivers.

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The bay-facing balcony is lined with an aluminum picket-rail fence. Oceanic blues and grays were used to create a comfortable, Floridian feel to conjure resort-living in the second owner’s suite bedroom. Transparent, decorative side-panel window treatments on a Lucite rod with chrome hardware frame the sliding doors. The same material is used as Roman shades for the complementing windows.

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The second owner’s bathroom is lit from multiple sources; recessed lighting in the ceiling, under-cabinet lighting, Kayla chrome one-light sconces from Lyteworks, and reflecting lights from the mirror and glass. Custom cabinets are topped in Kensho Silestone. The natural linen wall covering is Eldon Silver Lining by Winfield Thybony Design.

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The expansive Gulf-facing balcony with spectacular views of the water and sky features a living wall and numerous planters. The concrete fire table embedded with color-changing LED lights is by Jake Brady Concrete by Design. The seating is Palms Collection by Thos Baker and the multi-colored rug is by Scenario Home.


Written by Brooke Parker

Photography by Ryan Gamma

International Design Source
1785 Northgate Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34234

816 Manatee Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34208

Tile Market of Sarasota
1962 Main Street, Suite 120
Sarasota, FL 34236

Riley Interior Design
1929 South Osprey Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34239

Wicked Smart Homes
527 South Pineapple Avenue, Suite A
Sarasota, FL 34236

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