‘Aquadisia’ in Siesta Key is a water lover’s listing

Aquadisia in Siesta Key
Aquadisia in Siesta Key

The owner of the “Aquadisia” estate on Siesta Key has listed the residence and its 550 linear feet of Gulf beach for sale with an asking price of $18 million.

The listing for Aquadisia, the most expensive in Sarasota County, is held by Realtor Kim Ogilvie and her husband Michael of Michael Saunders & Co.

Ogilvie told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune she expects a national marketing effort will be required to find a buyer for Aquadisia on behalf of the owner, Jeff Roberti.

Aquadisia, derived from the word aphrodisia, is a four-acre cluster of residences surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and by a lagoon on the other.

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The estate includes a main residence and two guest houses with a total of 11,100 square feet of living space. The wood-dominated main living level spans 5,000 square feet and includes a deck with a spa tub. The estate is located inside a gated Siesta Key enclave called the Sanderling Club.

Former owner Stacey Siegel advertised the property for sale for $22 million on Zillow.com and sold it a year ago for $11.85 million to Roberti in an all-cash transaction.

Roberti told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that he listed Aquadisia for sale because he travels about 200 days a year and struggles to meet the demands of both his profession and the property.

“Maybe I am the first guy who bought a big property and thought that was what he wanted,” he told the newspaper. “And then when I started thinking about all the moving parts and the complexity of the property … there are two of us.”

Among the distinctive features of the property are its 550-foot beach and a labyrinthine garden with the letter “A” displayed at its center, serving as the logo of Aquadisia. The property also has 50 royal palm trees and a swimming pool that extends under the main house. [Sarasota Herald-Tribune] Mike Seemuth