Florida Gulf Coast estate offered at $11.8 million

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The Rossi House, a waterfront residence in Seaside, Fla., by internationally acclaimed Italian architect Aldo Rossi, is now being exclusively marketed by Christie's International Real Estate, the world's leading luxury real estate network.

The Rossi House, a waterfront residence in Seaside, Fla., by internationally acclaimed Italian architect Aldo Rossi, is now being exclusively marketed by Christie’s International Real Estate, the world’s leading luxury real estate network.

Offered at $11,800,000, the property is the architect’s only known residence in the United States — and the last home he completed before his passing. Rossi was a Pritzker Prize Laureate, designer, and theorist, and visionary behind such iconic landmarks as the Teatro del Mondo floating theater in Venice and the Cemetery of San Cataldo in Modena, Italy.

Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico from Seaside’s western edge, the secluded two-story residence was artfully designed to capture breathtaking sea views. In addition to dual porches that face the beach, the estate boasts a magnificent 16’ by 60’ rooftop deck with panoramic vistas of the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Seaside’s idyllic rooftop skyline. A motorized skylight retracts to give access to the rooftop deck.

Chic interiors feature rich finishes including cherrywood floors and ornate tilework. The home’s exquisite appointments include a master suite, home theater, a covered outdoor living area, canvas-covered courtyard with a built-in kitchen and dining area, and two barrel-vaulted carports. A small library of books on Aldo Rossi and on Seaside is also included.

“This estate is a true masterpiece and a testament to the exquisite design and visionary excellence of one of the late 20th century’s greatest neo-rationalist architects,” said Rick Moeser, senior vice president of Christie’s International Real Estate.

Seaside’s downtown area is a five minute walk down a beautiful footpath. The town of Seaside “could be the most astounding design achievement of its era and, one might hope, the most influential," according to Time.