by Robin Hartill | August 25, 2016

The Roost: Signature Florida Architecture

Architectural archetypes emblematic of our state

Photography by Pix360

Photography by Pix360


The modern main home was built in 2007. Its 4,755 square feet of living space includes three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. The adjacent 935-square-foot guest home is the restored 1948 Revere Quality House, built in the Sarasota School of Architecture style. The guest house has two bedrooms and one bathroom, and was originally commissioned as a prototype of minimalist construction that could withstand Florida elements while maintaining a modular and streamlined aesthetic. The main home has floor-to-ceiling windows throughout and a second level consisting entirely of a master retreat, complete with a terrace. The 0.68-acre property sits on a bayou and features a courtyard with a swimming pool and a private dock.

100 Ogden St., Siesta Key
List price: $3,100,000

Photography by Troy Ward

Photography by Troy Ward


Built in 2011, as a nod to Old Florida, this 4,985-square-foot abode has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, plus two bunk rooms that share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. The design of this spacious retreat echoes classic traits of Florida cracker architecture. This style of wood-frame home was widely built in the 19th century in Florida and is exemplified here by a metal roof and gracious dual-floor porch area. Outside there’s a swimming pool, al fresco kitchen and fireplace. Also on the 0.12-acre property, a separate carriage house with one bedroom and one bathroom.

41 Mistflower Lane, Santa Rosa Beach
List price: $2,999,000

Photography by Harry Lim

Photography by Harry Lim


Built in 1922, this 4,984-square-foot Spanish Colonial Revival home has four bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths, and sits on 0.85 acres. The creation of this architectural type—popular from 1915 to 1940—was a side effect of U.S. excitement after the much-anticipated Panama Canal was opened. Signature elements of this eclectic style (a mash-up of Spanish Baroque, Moorish and Gothic ornamentation), such as curves, arches, a light stucco exterior, terracotta roof tiles, decorative ironwork and a courtyard, all take the stage here. The patio by the pool offers a view of the Halifax River. A dock and boat lift provide direct access to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.

2 Tropical Lane, Daytona Beach
List price: $1,750,000

Photography by Nick Doll

Photography by Nick Doll


This palm tree–adorned conch-style retreat, located on 0.1 acre, has a main residence of about 1,600 square feet (with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths) and a 500-square-foot guest home (with one bedroom and one bathroom). Built in 2002, the home’s design keeps it cool, shady and airy. It has a two-story porch, plantation shutters and cathedral ceilings reflective of the breezy Key West conch style of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The heated swimming pool can be enjoyed year-round. Walk or bike to the beach, Duval Street, Mallory Square and Ernest Hemingway’s house.

1716 Von Phister St., Key West
List price: $1,550,000

Photography by 30A Homes

Photography by 30A Homes


Hardly cookie cutter, this 2,584-square-foot home on 0.08 acre, with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths and a private en suite guest pad, has a rooftop terrace and a courtyard waterfall that flows into a heated pool. Many architectural traits of this 2008 residence are replicated throughout its    New Urbanist neighborhood, such as the white roof and pristine Bermudan-style exterior. The 158-acre master-planned community is based on principles that encourage uniformity, sustainability, green living and walkability. Other Gulf Coast neighborhoods, such as WaterColor and Rosemary Beach also reflect New Urbanism, but have their own look.

38 N. Charles St., Alys Beach
List price: $2,449,000