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As a general rule, real estate developers’ egos are directly proportional to the size of the projects they build. One exception to the stereotype is Matt Kihnke, developer of the new, contemporary high rise, SANSARA, in downtown Sarasota. Originally from Chicago, Kihnke and his brother have built numerous notable buildings in the Windy City and beyond.

Inspired by his mother, who began investing in real estate when he was a child, Kihnke learned the business from the ground up. After graduating college, he started rehabilitating homes, and then joined his brother on residential projects. Soon they moved on to new construction high-rise development with a distinctive flair for modern design. Kihnke’s love of architecture is evident in the sculptural, artistic quality of his first construction project in Florida, SANSARA.

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