Birthplace of the Sarasota School of Architecture, Lido Shores is nothing short of “a drive-through architecture museum.” (Chris Angermann, Herald Tribune, April, 2011). Architectural pedigree combined with spectacular Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay views make Lido Shores addresses some of the most prestigious in Sarasota County.
In particular, the Sarasota School of Architecture centers on the Sarasota career of architect Paul Rudolph in the 1950s and 60s. Rudolph’s structures were characterized by integration of structures with the local sub-tropical climate and terrain. His style featured large sun shades, innovative ventilation systems, soaring ceilings and glass walls, sliding glass doors, and disappearing walls. The prestigious Sarasota School emphasized use of local materials such as cypress wood, terrazzo floors, and louvered walls and windows, particularly the famous jalousie windows seen all over Sarasota in classic southern homes.
Initially Lido Shores on Lido Key, consisted exclusively of Modern design homes from the Sarasota School, famous particularly for Rudolph’s Umbrella House and the intimate Healy Guest House. Today Lido Shores boasts nearly 150 homes ranging from one-story ranch homes to expansive estates. Some of the older homes have been demolished to make way for newer structures by the modern designs of architects Jonathan Parks and Guy Peterson and the prestigious palladium designs of Clifford M. Scholz.
The Lido Shores neighborhood, while upscale and exclusive, is warm and friendly. Neighbors enjoy casual conversations and gatherings on the private Lido Shores beach and gazebo facing the Gulf of Mexico. The privacy of the beach and the beauty of the famous Florida sunsets make the beach especially suitable for intimate gatherings such as weddings.
Properties in thisw community nestle against Pansy Bayou, Sarasota Bay, the Gulf of New Mexico, and New Pass, providing direct deep-water access to some of the most beautiful fishing and pleasure boating waters around.
Professionals, artists, retirees, and a small number of young families, many here year-round, make up the diverse population of Lido Shores. Residents enjoy walking their pets along the water, or the longer one-mile walk along the beach down to world-famous St. Armand’s Circle, home to prestigious restaurants and shopping.
For more significant excursions, the art galleries, theaters, and restaurants of downtown Sarasota are just a 5-minute drive away. The championship golf courses of Longboat Key Club are minutes away, as are the Mote Aquarium and the Ken Thompson Park. Ken Thompson Park is home to boardwalks through the mangrove trees, a kayak boat launch, and playgrounds, set against a lovely view of downtown Sarasota.
By choosing to live in prestigious Lido Shores you will have the opportunity to play a unique part in the history of Sarasota architecture while enjoying the best that Sarasota and southern living have to offer.