LONGBOAT KEY -- Two vacant Gulf of Mexico lots purchased by billionaire international fashion designer Michael Kors almost a year ago will be the site of a home planned to be so well used it will have its own live-in staff.
According to architectural and engineering plans filed this week with the town of Longboat Key, Kors plans to build a 6,300-square-foot home on 2.25 acres of waterfront with room for him and his husband, four sets of guests and three servants.
Valued at $2.17 million, the two-story concrete and glass structure will feature four guest rooms with private baths, a staff living area with three private bedrooms and attached baths, as well as amenities ranging from a 460-square-foot kitchen to a 70-foot-long lap pool with a panoramic view of the Gulf.
Alaina Ray, the town's planning director, said the home is of typical size and value for what has been built in the city recently. The town is in the midst of a small building boom, with Hilton adding 82 rooms to its resort and luxury condo developments Aria and Infinity under way. Ray said about 30 luxury homes are also under construction in town.
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Elevation drawings included in the plans for Kors' home show a structure that presents a waterside profile punctuated by wide expanses of floor-to-ceiling doors and windows and a pool area totaling more than 11,000 square feet. However, the home will cut a fairly low-key profile at 6271 and 6281 Gulf of Mexico Drive, as even with the pool the home occupies only 16 percent of the land it is to be built on.
"It has modern clean lines and it's low slung," Ray said. "It will have a very small impact to the lot."
Although Kors' fashion company is based in New York, he won't be far from work living on Longboat Key. He just opened a retail store at the new Mall at University Town Center. His company also operates an outlet store at the Ellenton Premium Outlets mall. Kors sells upscale handbags, shoes, watches and clothing for men and women.
His new home is not solely dedicated to guests and house staff. It also features a 400-square-foot master bedroom with a 225-square-foot bathroom.
Kors, whose net worth is estimated around $1 billion, is particularly known for designing handbags that cost hundreds of dollars. Born Karl Anderson Jr., Kors is married, having wed Lance LaPere in 2011.
New York architecture firm Stelle Lomont Rouhani designed the home, with structural engineering completed by GMS LLP, also of New York. The general contractor is Michael Walker and Associates Custom Homes of Sarasota. City documents also show that American Plumbing of Sarasota will handle water and gas pipes, while KPI Engineering of Tampa is designing the home's electrical system.
Matt M. Johnson, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7027, or on Twitter @MattAtBradenton.