La Mer developer selling his own unit in house-like Siesta condo for $4.25 million
When developer Bob Progner considered creating two condominium buildings on two separate lots on Beach Road on Siesta Key, he had in mind to create dwellings that would live like spacious private homes but had all the no-maintenance-lock-and-leave features of an upscale condominium skybox.
The concept that materialized – collaborating with Design Team West and Bradenton-based contractor Mike Carter – made Progner and his wife Cyndi so happy that they took a unit for themselves and have been living at La Mer with gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico since 2004. Now these original owners are selling their island paradise home for $4,250,000 through Realtor Judie Berger of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.
Their two-level, elevated home has four bedrooms, three baths (plus a half bath), and is 4,646 square feet, not including multiple wide terraces that offer views to the Gulf of Mexico and venues for home entertaining. Besides an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, living room, and huge upper-level bonus/game room with a full wet bar as well as a laundry fitted with extra cabinetry for closed storage, the property includes other amenities. There’s a walled pool and spa, outdoor entertainment areas and a tandem garage that can accommodate six cars. Other amenities inside the home include two fireplaces and in some rooms tongue-and-groove ceilings, customized walk-in closets, wood floors and sand-hued large-format tile in others.
“I’m in the hospitality and lodging industry and my wife Cyndi and I own a resort on Cape May, New Jersey where we spend our summers,” said the homeowner. “So I know what people expect in a luxury property and I applied that same level of expectation to La Mer. Quality, built-like-a-fortress construction, elegant features and finishes, a spacious open layout, big windows and sliding glass doors for natural light and expansive views of the water. Maintaining high standards has certainly contributed to our quality of life, our security and our enjoyment of living on Siesta Key,” he said.
“The two buildings are situated right across from Siesta Key Beach access number seven on Beach Road so there is a view there to the Gulf,” continued the homeowner. “But two years or so after these buildings went up, the county bought several acres adjacent to the access and declared it preserved land. That was a huge bonus for La Mer because nothing is going to be built on that section of beach that will obstruct our views.” There are only four condominiums in this complex.
The architectural style of La Mer is modified Mediterranean with red tile roof, arched openings and stucco exterior finish. Cast stone balustrades rim the terraces adding to the Mediterranean influences and inside the Progner residence features such as wrought iron staircase railings, corbels in the kitchen cabinetry design and rich woods contribute to the classic European design scheme.
The sophisticated kitchen is organized with a two-tier granite island. Wood cabinetry is done in a medium honey-brown finish and is set off by light-colored granite countertops. Stainless steel appliances include a large French-door refrigerator, double stainless-steel sinks, wall ovens, a gas cooktop with a range hood that makes a design statement. The backsplash is white tile. Upper cabinets are a combination of glass-front doors (frosted and etched) and solid wood. A tongue-and-groove wood ceiling with three pendant lights suspended over the island is perhaps the showstopper in the room. At one end of the kitchen is a breakfast area situated in front of sliding glass doors that open onto one of several large terraces that increase the living area of the home.
The home has four bedrooms and there is a master bedroom suite on each floor, plus a guest room on each floor for a total of four large bedrooms. Three of the bedrooms have an ensuite bath. One of the master bedrooms has a gas fireplace. Another fireplace is between the living room and dining room.
The home is completely private. One enters it through a foyer courtyard that opens to a staircase or elevator that takes one up to the main elevated living level. The west-facing swimming pool is walled creating a private courtyard for swimming, sunning or al fresco meals on the pool deck. The home has the feel of a large private residence yet offers the features buyers want in a luxury condominium. The building is pet-friendly. Maintenance is provided and the residence offers the lock-and-leave security that homeowners who travel part of the year are looking for in a Florida island paradise getaway.