Bird Key, Lido Key @ St. Armands Circle
Three classic waterfront neighborhoods with great charm, tropical lushness and knockout views. Originally platted by circus impresario John Ringling in the 1920s, St. Armands revolves around the world-class shopping destination of St. ArmandsCircle. The soft white sand of Lido Beach and the Circle’s terrific shops and restaurants are a short stroll or bike ride away Lido Key has a mix of bayfront, canalfront and interior single-family homes and high-rise condominium complexes, some, like the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club and Orchid Beach Club, fairly new and luxurious. Artsy. architecturally important Lido Shores is also here. Nearby Bird Key boasts exclusive waterfront estates with manicured lawns and dramatic city skyline views.
On Bird Key & St. Armands Circle, non waterfront homes from high $700,000 to waterfront homes over $6 million. On Lido Key, single family homes range from $600,000 to high $7M and condos range from high $200’s to over $3 million.
Twelve miles of impeccably groomed beach-to-bay resort living, longboat Key boasts beachfront condominiums with endless Gulf views, gated communities of handsome single-family homes, a historic Village where peacocks roam the roads, two first-rate golf courses and a tennis center at the Longboat Key Resort & Club, and a few friendly mom-and-pop beach hideaways. Long a quiet getaway for many of the nation’s top retired CEOs, Longboat is now attracting active baby-boomer professionals who jet in with their families for long weekends and a smattering of Millennials who’ve come to love Longboat from their own childhood vacations here.
Single family homes range from $500,000 for older, smaller, non waterfront homes to over $7 million. Condos, villas & townhomes range from $200,000 for small 1 bedroom unit to over $5 million for a waterfront condo with over 4500 sq.ft.
Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island is an international magnet for tourists and year-rounders seeking an authentic Old Florida atmosphere. No cinemas, malls or big-box stores; just miles of silky white-sand beach, award-winning waterfront restaurants, mom-and-pop shops and a municipal fishing pier with a breathtaking view of the Sunshine Skyway The seven-mile island has three cities, each with its own personality: the city of Anna Maria, with water on three sides and the priciest waterfront properties; Holmes Beach, whose canal-front homes attract boaters, and offering a nine-hole golf course in swank Key Royale; and touristy Bradenton Beach, with bungalows galore.
Single family homes range from just under $400,000 for a intimate cottage with under 1000 sq.ft. to to over $5 million for a beach front home with almost 7000 sq.ft. Condos, villas & townhouse range from just under $200,000 for a 1 bedroom condo with about 500 sq.ft. to over $2 million for a beach front unit with over 2400 sq.ft.
Twenty thousand amateur and professional athletes from all over the world come to West Bradenton each year to train at IMG Academy and it’s brought tremendous international quality and youthful vitality to the neighborhoods surrounding it, including El Conquistador, Legends Bay and The Esplanade. There is still plenty of virgin Bayfront land that extends from Legend’s Bay to Cortez that is slowly being developed. This area is all about nature, the mangroves and tranquility. In nearby Palma Sola Bay Club there is a pool, dog park, putting green and launch for kayaks and paddle boards.
Manatee River Region
Follow the mile-wide Manatee River east and west to an array of single-family and condo communities that share abundant natural beauty and a relaxed, old Florida feeling. From the multimillion-dollar mansions that line leafy Riverview Boulevard to exclusive newer homes in Waterlefe Golf and River Club and everything in between, residents value good schools and houses of worship, excellent boating and proximity to the beaches. Easy access to Tampa International as well as Sarasota Bradenton International airports: in fact it’s not unheard of for people who live here to work out of state.
Single family home range from the $200,000’s to over $2 million. Condo’s east of I-75 in a gated, golfing community range from high $100’s to the high $400’s.
Voted as one of the top ten master planned communities in the Unites States, Lakewood Ranch emphasizes a “live, work, play” philosophy and backs it up with every possible amenity – not just golf and tennis, but polo and crickets clubs as well. Housing options range from condominiums to single family homes to custom estates. Half of its 38,000 acres is parks, recreation and green space. There are A-rated schools and a highly regarded medical center and hospital.
Test your skills on one of the golf courses, hike the many nature trails, enjoy a street festival in the Main Street shopping districts, join one of the 200+ community clubs, watch a polo match. Attend major national soccer events at Premier Sports Campus or watch Olympic hopefuls at rowing competitions at nearby Nathan Benderson Park.
Michelle is the perfect person to help you discover your dream home or condo in this master planned community. Michelle worked for the developer of Lakewood Ranch from 1998 – 2002 as well as managed the Visitor Information Center. She is very knowledgeable of all communities and builders. Lakewood Ranch is in it’s 25th year and is the #2 Master-Planned community in the United States.
University Park Country Club, Laurel Oak & The Meadows
These three standout country club communities offer an active lifestyle. University Park Country Club, with 1,250 homes, is Neal Communities’ flagship development. It was designed hand-in-hand with a horticulturist. and the mile-long entry drive sets a lush tone for the entire community. Laurel Oak has 400 homes on over 700 acres around two 18-hole Gary Player-designed golf courses.The Meadows, originally developed in the 1970s, is a master-planned community with 3.400 homes, three 18-hole championship golf courses, an active tennis center and “town center” with restaurants and shops.
All three are golf country club communities. The Meadows is the oldest of these three communities, development started in the late 1970’s and it is not gated. Single family homes there range from high $200,000 to 2016 built home just under $1 million. Condos, villas & townhomes range from just over $100,000 with under 1000 sq.ft. to the high $300,000. Single family homes in the gated communities of University Park and Laurel Oak range from high $300’s to close to $2 million.
East Sarasota Country: The Founders Club, The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch and Serenoa
Pent-up demand for custom homes on large lots and modern, energy-efficient construction are driving buyers to these premier, gated new-home communities in east Sarasota County.The Founders Club has 262 homes and home sites among towering live oaks around a Robert Trent Jones Jr: golf course. The Forest at Hi-Hat Ranch has estate-sized homes on 54 three- to five-acre lots filled with I 00-year-old oaks. Serenoa and Serenoa Lakes offer 192 and 92 large homes, respectively, on half-acre to one-acre lots.
Sereno and The Rounders Club are both golfing communities. Serenoa homes were all built in the mid 1990’s and price are mourned $500,000. The Founders Club is gated and started building in 2006, right at the top of the market so then had a slow down. Recently there is has been an increase in activities and homes range from about $1-3+ million. The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch started development in 2012 and home range from just under a million to about $1.5 million.
Sarasota’s largest master-planned community has a broad mix of housing options in 23 different neighborhoods, everything from zero-lot line villas to luxury golf-view estates. Nature trails, recreational centers and golf courses abound, as does a big YMCA branch with an aquatic center that was home last spring to the Pan-American Masters swimming championships. More than 1,800 athletes from North and South America participated. Meticulously landscaped boulevards lead to handsome neighborhoods like Stoneybrook, Silver Oak and Turtle Rock Perhaps the most prestigious is Prestancia, an exclusive 500-acre gated development that is home to the highly regardedTournament Players Club.
Palmer Ranch development began in the 1980 and there are a variety of neighborhoods, many of which are gated. The Prestancia community is know for their TPC Golf Course. Single family homes range from high $300,000 to over $1 million. Condo, villas & townhomes range from a 1 bedroom, under $100 sq.ft. for just under $100,000 to condo in the golf community of Prestancia in the high $600,000.
The Oaks, Osprey & Nokomis
A gracious, very private 1,000-acre-plus country club community midway between Sarasota and Venice, The Oaks has a rich history as the original winter estate of Chicago socialite Bertha Palmer. wife of hotel magnate Potter Palmer. Nature lovers will appreciate the I 0-acre bald eagle sanctuary and proximity to Oscar Scherer State Park and to Historic Spanish Point, where the public can tour Mrs. Palmer’s sunken gardens and fern and jungle walk. Housing options range even further in neighboring Nokomis, the southern gateway to Casey Key. which is bordered by Dona Bay and Roberts Bay.
The Oaks is a very exclusive gated community in Osprey (south Sarasota) with golf course on the east side and on west, home on the Bay. Single family homes range from high $500,000 to almost $3 M and there are condos on the bay that range from $300,000 to just under a million. The areas of Osprey & Nokomis range from home built in the 1950 listed for just over $100,000 to a bayfront home built in 2000 with over 7000 sq.ft. list for just under $5 million. Condos, villas & townhomes range from mid $100,000 to newer waterfront condos around 1 million.
Casey Key and Manasota Key
Celebrities and captains of industry seeking privacy and natural beauty are drawn to exclusive Casey Key and Manasota Key in south Sarasota. All of eight-mile Casey Key and the northern half of 7.5-mile Manasota are zoned single-family. so buyers can be confident that a high-rise condo won’t someday go up next door: Both islands are narrow, and many properties stretch from Gulf to bay. Manasota Key Road has a dense tree canopy and a lovely stretch of public beach adjacent to the nonprofrt Hermitage Artist Retreat, a collection of I 00-year-old cottages where renowned artists gather to recharge their creative batteries.
Homes on Casey Key range from just under 1 million to large bay to beach compound over $8 million. Homes on Manasota Key, south off Englewood range from just under 1 million to just under $4 million.
With its lively mix of restaurants, shops and theaters a short stroll from Sarasota Bay, downtown Sarasota draws homebuyers who want excitement, convenience and lots of natural beauty. An explosion of high-end condominium construction in the early 2000s yielded more than 1,000 new units to add to the ’70s-era condominiums that ring Gulfstream Boulevard and Golden Gate Point Charming single-family neighborhoods such as Laurel Park and Towles Court-a live-work artists’ colony-boast Craftsman bungalows and pocket parks. New construction is kicking up again, with several major projects on the drawing boards.
Condos from $200,000’s to over $5 million & single family from $400,000 to 2.5 million
The most family-oriented of Sarasota’s barrier islands. Siesta Key has tropical beauty and a laid-back vibe. The heart of the key is the bustling Village, with its eateries, boutiques and ice cream stands. Siesta Public Beach’s ranking as America’s No. I beach in 20 I I is a source of enormous civic pride, and has sent tourism skyrocketing. Three distinct residential areas offer great variety. On the north end are big Gulf-front estates, older historic homes and bayfront or large-bayou homes on deep boating water. In the center, fulltime residents populate single-family homes along the Grand Canal waterway and condos lining Crescent Beach. On the narrower south end are Gulf-front and bayfront condos, bayfront estates, and some of the largest Gulf-front homes behind the gates of the Sanderling Club.
Condo from $200,000’s to over $3 million and single family homes from $400,000 to over 5 million.