After enjoying an alfresco lunch at Mercato, I strolled through the gated entryway to Residences at Mercato — and was suddenly transported to a tranquil neighborhood oasis. I followed the brick-pavered street, lined with lush landscaping, and arrived at the Enclave, the newest luxury model home by Lutgert Construction. As I stood outside, I took in the serene surroundings and marveled at how this beautiful home could be so quietly tucked into cosmopolitan Mercato.
From the moment I walked through the Enclave’s door, I was drawn into a charming retreat. Wide plank oak floors and plantation shutters invoked a carefree, coastal-contemporary ambience. I stood still, absorbing the details of the painted tongue-and-groove ceiling and crown molding. Just off the foyer, I stepped foot into a private study. Filled with natural light, a free-standing desk and table were accented by muted gold and silver tones. The adjacent powder room was awash with ocean gray granite countertops and a custom wall of tile. Nearby, a spacious laundry room was discreetly positioned for convenience.
As I moved into the kitchen, open and airy, I imagined my family and friends gathered around the oversized center island, topped with warm, Taj Milan marble. The brushed nickel appliances perfectly complemented the subtle gray and beige tones of the Sarasota cabinetry and backsplash. The open concept, two-story great room beckoned me with its 60-inch European Home H-Series fireplace with black reflective interior panels and Terramare Palermo wall tile. Bathed in taupes and bright whites, the décor was equal parts coastal cool and urban sophistication.
I felt a casual comfort as I sat down on the couch, my eyes wandering to the sliding glass doors that brought the outside in. As I entered the expanded 594 square-foot outdoor living space, I experienced a cozy covered outdoor area where I sat by an outdoor gas fireplace and television. To my delight, it had been outfitted with retractable Titan electric roll-down screens, affording the option to enclose the seating area if I wished.
As I sat outside, I marveled at how roomy the space actually was, and began envisioning the family get-togethers I would host. The outdoor kitchen with grill, Naturekast cabinetry, sink, refrigerator and dining area would be the perfect place to celebrate a birthday party or throw a holiday barbecue. I imagined my guests splashing around in the 27-by-30-foot sparkling pool with spa, accented with silver travertine and white iridescent glass tile. I could program the Sheer Descent LED waterfalls to cascade into the pool with vibrant color, depending on the occasion. I pictured red, white and blue lights dancing in the background of a Fourth of July bash.
Once I stopped daydreaming about my idyllic Gulf-coast lifestyle, I remembered there was an entire second level of living in the Enclave that I’d yet to explore. As I headed up the stairway, crisp, white coastal wood details immediately caught my eye. Arriving on the second level hallway, I noticed how the master suite was set apart from the other two bedrooms, creating a private escape. I was immediately welcomed by the sumptuous wood floor and intricate ceiling design of the master suite. The bedroom interior had been curated with Sandy linens, natural driftwood grays and pops of rich navy blues. A spa-like master bath was outfitted with Ivory Canyon quartz countertops, walk-in shower and separate Kohler Stargaze tub. The detailed millwork of the master walk-in closet was designed to organize dual wardrobes.
It was difficult to tear myself away from the peaceful master suite, but I was delighted to find two additional en-suite bedrooms. The second bedroom was infused with calming neutral tones and an elegant four-poster bed. Sliding glass doors opened to a sunny balcony. The en-suite bath was adorned with Biltmore quartz countertops and walk-in shower. As I toured the third bedroom, the intricate beadboard detail on slate-blue walls drew me in. This exceptional feature was complemented by a cream-colored upholstered headboard and taupe dresser. The soothing en-suite bath was crafted with butterfly beige granite.
Each design element I discovered was unique, yet blended together in the home’s stunning coastal contemporary style. It was so quiet … exceptionally private, yet right in the heart of lively Mercato. The Enclave represents urban living with the ease of a single-family home — truly the best of both worlds.
Developed by The Lutgert Companies, Residences at Mercato is marketed exclusively by Premier Sotheby’s International. For more information, visit residencesatmercato.com.