Siesta Key beach is known for having the whitest and finest quartz sand in the world. Amenities include a fitness trail, food and gift concessions, picnic tables, tennis courts, ball fields, soccer field and playground equipment. Siesta Village is located within walking distance from the beach where there is a wide variety of restaurants, bars, clothing and gift shops and a small supermarket.
On Siesta Key you’ll find an array of residential properties within walking distance to the beach, including quaint “old Florida” bungalows, efficiencies, penthouse beachfront condos and luxurious estate homes with gorgeous views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico. There are many beautiful bay front properties available as well.
People wanting to purchase on one of Sarasota’s barrier islands usually consider real estate on Siesta Key, Lido Key, Bird Key, Longboat Key and Casey Key. Siesta Key is the most conveniently located key to Sarasota. If you are working or commuting to Sarasota on a daily basis, you might consider Siesta Key over the other islands.
Longboat Key, Florida is a barrier island stretching about eleven miles between the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Sarasota Bay. There is a south bridge that connects to Lido Key and north bridge that connects to Bradenton Beach.
This private island paradise is located within a few miles of mainland Sarasota and the many cultural activities the city offers. You can find world-class shops on St. Armands Circle, just a bridge away on Lido Key.
Tennis and golf enthusiasts will appreciate first-class facilities on the island. Longboat Key is the only barrier island in the Sarasota area with a golf course. The Longboat Key Club is a private club consisting of tennis and 45 holes of golf.
Lido Key and St. Armands Circle is conveniently located just a few minutes from downtown Sarasota. The island is linked with bridges to the mainland of Sarasota and south end of Longboat Key. St. Armands Circle maintains world-class status featuring elegant shops, award winning restaurants and fine hotels.
North Lido Beach is a very private stretch of beach bordered by towering Australian pines. The public beach offers a swimming pool, playground facilities, concessions, gift shop and cabana beach rentals. At the southern end of Lido Key, you’ll find a 100-acre park. This park is very inviting with amenities including nature trails, playground equipment, volleyball court and observation tower. It features a picnic area shaded by Australian Pines which includes picnic tables and cooking grills. This is a very popular area on the weekend when boaters and jet skiers anchor offshore to swim and picnic.
St.Armands Key is a highly desirable, exciting and energetic neighborhood located around St. Armands Circle. There are canal front and bay front homes in this area as well as condominiums. Residents can enjoy a short stroll to wonderful Lido Beach or to renowned St. Armands Circle, where they can dine in many gourmet restaurants and explore more than 130 fine shops.
Anna Maria Island is a quaint Barrier Island nestled in the Gulf of Mexico. White sandy beaches and beautiful turquoise waters are the main attraction here. It is a place where “old” Florida charm can still be found, the speed limit never exceeds 35mph and flip flops are a way of life. One visit to Anna Maria Island and you will be calling it, “My island in the sun”.
Originally the island was used for hunting and fishing by various Indian tribes and the only way on and off the island was by boat. Visit the Anna Maria Island Historical Society for a look at this island paradise in its original form when it was discovered by the local Timucan and Caloosan American Indian tribes and then by Spanish explorers (including Hernando DeSoto) in the name of the Spanish Crown.
George Emerson Bean became the first permanent resident on the Island in 1892, followed by John Roser. Bean settled on the northern tip of the island, now known as Bean Point. It was Bean, his son Will along with Charles Roser who developed the area by adding streets, a water system and homes. Shortly after came a school and churches which lead to the beginning of an island community. A jail was built in 1927 for the drunk and disorderly visitors which is still standing today on Pine Avenue without a roof due to a fire in the 1940’s. Mr. Bean homesteaded much of what is now the City of Anna Maria. In the early 1900s, Bean began to develop the Island with the Anna Maria Beach Company, which laid out streets, built sidewalks and houses and installed a water system.
Bird Key is a wonderful upscale community located between downtown Sarasota and St. Armands Circle/Lido Key. Residents have the convenience of a short drive or bike ride to the beach and downtown Sarasota, yet Bird Key is very secluded affording plenty of privacy. The island is a dream for boaters with spectacular bay front homes, deep water canals and a private yacht club.
Most of the homes on this key were built in the 1960’s. However, many of these homes have been torn down for larger, more elegant homes. If you want a new home within a short distance to the beach and downtown Sarasota, this would be one of the best locations. Contact me for a list of Bird Key homes, either old or new.
One of Florida’s most prestigious islands is Casey Key. The 8-mile long island touches the south end of Siesta Key and stretches down to Venice. There are two bridges providing access to Casey Key.
The residents of Casey Key are blessed with a tropical setting, stunning beaches, beautiful sunsets, boating, privacy, elegance and convenience. All of the amenities of a large city such as shopping, recreation, medical facilities, fine dining, arts and culture are within a short drive away.
Unlike Siesta Key, Longboat Key or Lido Key most of the homes on Casey Key are waterfront with boat access and are either on the beach or have the beach across the street. So, if you are looking to be on the beach and have a boat in the backyard, visit Casey Key.
Casey Key real estate exudes a unique blend of old Florida charm, wealth and elegance. The island consists of mostly single-family homes. You won’t find large condominium complexes on the island, only a few low rise condos and beach hotels that were allowed under previous zoning. Some of the areas most expensive real estate is found on Casey Key. It is not uncommon to see visitors driving down the island just to admire the palatial waterfront homes.
Downtown Sarasota Historic District is a historic district in Sarasota, Florida, United States. It is bound by 1st Street, Orange Avenue, State Street, Gulf Stream Avenue and North Pineapple Avenue. Sarasota is known as Florida’s Cultural Coast and is home to ballet, opera and a professional symphony. There are more than 10 theaters and 30 art galleries located in Sarasota. Main Street in downtown Sarasota boasts dozens of shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and nightclubs. Sarasota has a lot to offer, from the Bayfront Park dining at the marina to the east end of Main Street near the movie theaters. There are many special events throughout the year in Downtown Sarasota including live music, art festivals, and parades. Every Saturday from 7AM to 1 PM a farmers market is held in downtown Sarasota. Downtown boasts the following attractions: McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, The Players Theater, The Art Center, Selby Gardens, Le Barge, Towles Court, Burns Court Cinema, and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
“West of the Trail” is in reference to any properties that are west of route 41 which is also known as Tamiami Trail. West of the Trail real estate that is for sale is sometimes referred to as luxury homes, and prices can range from $400,000 to well into the millions. Many of these homes are situated on the water with views of Sarasota Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway. This is one of the oldest and most prestigious areas of Sarasota. Classic Florida charm, this area includes the historical neighborhoods of Cherokee Park, Harbor Acres, McClellan Park, Desota Park and The Landings among many others.
These areas are typically purchased by professionals and families who love the access to downtown living with the old Florida feel. This quiet area offers narrow winding streets of older Florida homes with a historical look. With its close proximity to Sarasota Memorial Hospital it has become a favorite among medical professionals.
Palmer Ranch is a large master planned community of neighborhoods on over 10,000 acres located in Sarasota, Florida which has become one of the most popular areas of Sarasota to live because of its very well planned out neighborhoods, location to many conveniences, and the diversity of housing styles from maintenance free condos to million dollar estates. Palmer Ranch is home to over 20 different neighborhoods.
Palmer Ranch was part of the original 80,000 acres of Florida land purchased by Bertha Honoré Palmer, wife of Chicago department store tycoon Potter Palmer, best known for the famed Palmer House hotel in Chicago. It is one of many previous Florida cattle ranches developed into planned communities.
Bertha Palmer, known as Mrs. Potter Palmer, came to Sarasota in 1910, and made a property on Little Sarasota Bay called Spanish Point her winter home. A progressive woman, she added lavish gardens and buildings and improved agricultural methods; today that land is the Historic Spanish Point garden and historic site. While the house is gone, outbuildings and landscape remain, including remnants of designs by Achilles Duchene, after whom the Duchene Garden is named. Other former Palmer holdings now open to the public including the Myakka River State Park and an expansion of Oscar Scherer State Park.
There are approximately 32 golf courses in the Sarasota area. There’s a golf course waiting for every level of ability. The Sarasota county area houses some of the finest Golf Course Communities. Majority of said communities are semi-private or private with many of them including multiple amenities: Pools, pro shops, club houses, restaurants, tennis courts, etc. Whether you’re looking for something modest to lavish you will find a variety of houses opportunities. Just to name a few, the 18-hole “Club” course at the TPC Prestancia facility in Sarasota, Florida features 6,571 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The 18-hole “Serenoa” course at the Serenoa Golf Club facility in Sarasota, Florida features 6,270 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The 18-hole “Lakes” course at the Palm Aire Country Club of Sarasota facility in Sarasota, Florida features 6,698 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The 18-hole “Gator Creek” course at the Gator Creek Golf Club facility in Sarasota, Florida features 6,912 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . There are also properties located in golf course communities which can be found in advanced search.
Sarasota has numerous natural waterways and the options are almost limitless. From Bay front properties, gulf front homes, condos, and townhouses, to canal front homes, some even by rivers. No matter where you are, you will experience the natural gift Florida has given you and that could be a dream come true to many people. Many of waterfront homes have boat docks and with our great weather year long, there’s no shortage of time to focus on you soaking in that warm breeze. Due to Sarasota being on the west coast of Florida, wherever you may be, you will always enjoy our renowned sunsets. When you buy a Sarasota home, every day will be relaxing and wanting to stay home will take on a new meaning.
In 1995 Lakewood Ranch began its master planned community which included multiple small villages. Located in Manatee County, Florida, it consists of over 17,500 acres becoming bigger every year. What originally was a Timber Ranch owned by Milwaukee’s Uihlein family has now become a busy town with 15,000 residents, 1,200 businesses, 3 golf courses including Ritz Carlton, hospital, several A rated-schools including a University, countless neighborhoods, theaters, unique boutique shops, parks, athletic centers and even Polo and cricket clubs. Lakewood ranch is also one of the few largest green certified communities in the US. Along with over 150 miles of sidewalks and trails which include Florida’s natural beauty: wetland preserves and lakes. You really get it all with Lakewood ranch.