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Community Spotlight - Corey's Landing

by Roger Pettingell

Behind the secure gates of Bay Isles

Community and roads named for its first homesteader, Byron Corey

Amenities in Corey's Landing
Amenities - The community pool, spa and tennis courts are centrally located within Corey's Landing.

If you want to escape the cold harsh winters of the north and have an active lifestyle, the community of Corey’s Landing on Longboat Key may offer the best of all worlds for you. While you are away in the summer months your landscaping is part of the maintenance free arrangement with the community. Boating, swimming or relaxation in the spa is available in a centralized location or can be part of your home.

Many of the 72 homes in Corey’s Landing were built in the three years of 1989 to 1991. And over half of the homes in the community are on a channel that hugs the shoreline of Sarasota Bay. Your morning coffee break on your back deck of Mistletoe Lane faces a splendid view of the sun rising over the bay, a luxury lifestyle worthy of the pursuit.

The community and streets of Byron Lane and Mistletoe Lane owe their names to the first 1895 homesteader, Byron Corey. Byron had 154 acres of land on Longboat Key but lived in a home that was part of Byron’s dock. The acreage was fertile soil used to grow vegetables, which he transported to the Tampa market by means of the steamship Mistletoe. In 1998 land development was granted that followed an archeological survey which authorized home construction. The survey concluded that there was no significant prehistoric resources but noted future stabilization of an Indian shell mound around the perimeter of the channel. Shell mounds were ceremonial and common in Florida, a popular one is located in the Historic Spanish Point of Osprey.

Today there are modern amenities that exist for homeowners in Corey’s Landing. Membership in the Longboat Key Club grants you access to the resort championship Harbourside Golf Course which is steps out the back door of homes on Byron and Fair Oaks lanes. If your super-yacht is too big for the private dock of your back yard, space is available for the largest of private boats at the full service Longboat Key Club Moorings. The marina is within a short bike ride of Corey’s Landing.

Bay Isles Beach club
Homeowners in the Corey's Landing community have deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club

The community is behind the secure gates of Bay Isles and homeowners in Corey's Landing have deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club. On the white sandy Gulf of Mexico shoreline, the beach club is a private oasis with pavilions, showers, grills and beach volleyball courts. Members of the beach club have a security key to get on the beach and use the facilities at 2111 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

Grocery shopping at Publix and a CVS pharmacy is within short walking distance of Corey’s Landing in the Town Shoppes of Bay Isles. Fine dining is available nearby or within a short drive to famous St. Armands Circle. Continue over the Ringling Causeway Bridge to a world of boutique shopping, dining and entertainment arts. Downtown Sarasota offers opera, symphony concerts, theater, ballet and world renown artists who are ushered in daily at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Sarasota is the spring training ground of the Baltimore Orioles. Every March the professional teams from New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Toronto and other cities of the Grapefruit League hone their baseball skills at Ed Smith Stadium or at the home of the Pirates at LECOM Park in Bradenton.

3426 Mistletoe Lane, Longboat Key
Corey's Landing - 3426 Mistletoe Lane

Over the past three decades I have sold many homes in Corey’s Landing and currently have a bayfront listing at 3426 Mistletoe Lane, priced at $1,349,000. Extensive updates, inside and out, adorn this gorgeous three-bedroom home. Located directly on a stretch of Harbourside Golf Course, overlooking Sarasota Bay, this move-in ready home with 4,809 square feet of living space is waiting for you to begin enjoying. A protected outdoor entertaining area offers a resurfaced heated swimming pool and spa. I invite you to watch the video or take a virtual 3D walk-through of this wonderful home in Corey's Landing.

Last week I listed two residences for sale on Longboat Key. The first has mesmerizing 8th-floor vistas of downtown and Sarasota Bay that welcome you in this lovely three-bedroom Biscayne #285 residence in Building II of the Grand Bay community. Gorgeous beach-to-bay views welcome you to the second listing, a charming two-bedroom residence at the Beaches of Longboat Key Club, 775 Longboat Club Rd, #705. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #285 $929,000 Video Photo Slideshow
775 Longboat Club Rd, #705 $895,000 Video Photo Slideshow


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Home Showcase XVII - Three featured homes

by Roger Pettingell

Three homes within a short price range

Home Showcase and website menu overhaul for quicker information access

468 Walls Way
468 Walls Way - Stunning home in The Oaks

Today I showcase three single-family homes in different areas of my listing territory with a short price range around one million dollars. That is the theme for my Home Showcase series, the 17th in 2017. The homes are in The Oaks in Osprey, Queens Harbor community in the Bay Isles section of Longboat Key and Bayview Estates in the northern end of Longboat Key.

Nestled on more than a half-acre of property overlooking tranquil lake waters and golfing greens of The Oaks, this elegant four bedroom home is a showcase of majestic decor, intricate details and custom finishes. The sprawling, nearly 6,000 SF layout offers an abundance of space, where each room effortlessly flows to the next. Entertain with ease on the open, tiled pool deck with views of lush manicured landscaping and the lake, offering swimming pool and spa with waterfall feature. This is a good value for $1,395,000 at 468 Walls Way in The Oaks Bayside community.

The Oaks Bayside is a wonderful enclave of 135 homes in Osprey, one of three communities in The Oaks. This land is plentiful with foliage and wildlife animals, the home for bald eagles in a protected eagle preserve. It also has its own community dock.

Maintenance-free living at this four-bedroom Queens Harbour estate for sale

3545 Fair Oaks Lane
3545 Fair Oaks Lane - Queens Harbour

Enjoy the ease of maintenance-free living at this four-bedroom Queens Harbour residence. Offering peaceful lake views and overlooking the rolling greens of the Harbourside golf course, this charming 3,500 square-foot residence is ready for you to move right in. You will adore the convenient proximity to Harbourside Moorings marina, golf course and Longboat Key Club, with deeded access to the private Bay Isles Beach Club only a sunny bike ride away. Purchasing a home in Queens Harbour is a good choice for those who travel or have a residence here as a second home. Exterior home maintenance and landscaping is meticulously handled by the staff. The private Bay Isles Beach Club offers many amenities, beach volleyball and showers on the white sandy Gulf of Mexico shores. The homes in Bay Isles are behind the 24/7 manned guard gates, conveniently located next to the Publix, CVS and boutique shopping. This home at 3545 Fair Oaks Lane is listed at $1,195,000.

Elevated waterfront home for sale at 519 Bayview Drive on Longboat Key

519 Bayview Drive
519 Bayview Drive, Longboat Key - Home for sale

Lush, manicured landscaping, as well as a light and open, two-story layout are wonderful introductions to this elevated, waterfront home at 519 Bayview Drive in Bayview Estates. Listed at $995,000, this well-maintained, four-bedroom residence is ready for you to enjoy. Wonderful for entertaining, the open concept naturally flows from one room to the next. The home has a two-story protected lanai over the heated saltwater pool, boat dock and 7,000-pound lift, offering easy bay and beach access. The canal in Bayview Estates leads out to Bishops Bayou, Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Overhaul of completed last week

In January of this year we released a complete redesign of The website featured more video including a main video that stretches the width of the screen on the home page. It was designed with a responsive format that adapts to the size of the screen, making it ideally suited to respond to smartphone and tablet screen sizes. The back-end, along with the responsive design is attractive to the algorithms of the search engines.

Last week we overhauled the menu system with the goal to make the site more user-friendly. Now with one, possibly two clicks, you should be able to navigate to your most desirable location. For visitors who wish to search homes, you can find properties for sale in most Sarasota and Longboat waterfront or luxury estate communities in your price range by finding the community, then the price range. City information and monthly Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) reports back to 2008 are also one-click away.

We still have an advanced search function for those who have an exact idea of what they are searching for. If you want a lifestyle, such as having the Harbourside Golf Course outside your front door, open the Lifestyle Listings and scroll to the Harbourside Golf Course. These links pull from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) so are updated when they are put into the system. And if you find what you are looking for, please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.


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Home Showcase V - Featured homes on Longboat Key

by Roger Pettingell

Longboat Key homes highlighted

The largest of four towns in Florida split by two counties

Links on Longboat at Longboat Key Club
Longboat Key Club - Longboat Key homeowners enjoy a membership for its golf courses and amenities.

In the Home Showcase V, the series of articles highlighting featured homes in the area, this week will cover three featured homes that are on Longboat Key. Longboat Key is highly desirable as a winter residence for its wonderful sunsets, views of the Ringling Bridge and Sarasota at sunset, and of course the white sand and winter warmth on the Gulf of Mexico beaches. Visitors and home owners enjoy the barrier island for its fishing, golfing, swimming, tennis and its close proximity to fine dining and boutique shopping at St. Armands Circle. And of course there is the Longboat Key Club. With a membership you have access to two championship golf courses, four fine restaurants, tennis and much more.

On the Gulf of Mexico shoreline

4239 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Manor House #2
Manor House #2 in Pelican Harbour

Longboat Key is one of those rare towns in Florida divided by two counties. It is the largest of four that are split in the state. The first featured home is in the northern part of Longboat Key, in Manatee County at 4239 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #MH2. The island is divided between counties in the 4100 block of the main road that is Gulf of Mexico Dr. The home is a beach retreat on the Gulf of Mexico shores. It has been recently updated with more spacious rooms and a new full bathroom. The many updates to this home provide modern comforts. Although it is a single-family home, the offerings in this pet-friendly community of Pelican Harbour provide many amenities only available in other condominium communities on the island. This two bedroom home is worth a look, on the water at $1.195 million.

A sense of Key West in this Triton Cove home

3030 Gulf of Mexico Drive in Triton Cove
3030 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

If a Key West style home inspires you, the home for sale at 3030 Gulf of Mexico Drive in Sarasota County is perfect for your enjoyment. This three-bedroom home with three and one partial bathrooms has been beautifully updated. There is much to enjoy in this home including its own heated swimming pool and spa. It is elevated to help protect from storm surges and the five-car garage add to the functionality of this home. If you are a fan of gorgeous sunsets, the beach is a short walk away.

Behind secure gates and amenities of Bay Isles

3490 Bayou Sound
3490 Bayou Sound in Bay Isles

Bay Isles is a popular location for its security behind manned guard gates and access to the amenities offered through the Bay Isles Beach Club. There are separate communities in Bay Isles, each with their own charms and amenities and all in Sarasota County. The home at 3490 Bayou Sound offers that and much more under 2,500 square feet of living space. The split bedroom plan of three bedrooms and three bathrooms are wonderfully placed for guest privacy. The master suite has a walk-in closet and direct access to the heated swimming pool with screen enclosure. The private championship golf course of Harbourside Golf Course is outside of your front door step. Membership in the Longboat Key Club gets you access to the course and all that this private club offers. The home is ready for showing, listing at $850,000.

Last week I listed two more residences including a newer property built in 2015 at 188 Golden Gate Point, #102. The home overlooks the Sarasota Bay with spectacular views of the Ringling Bridge at sunset and with its lights on at night. This smart home is within a short walk to Marina Jack and downtown Sarasota. If your budget is under $500,000 for a home on Longboat Key then the residence in the Sand Cay community on the north end is worth a good look. Your view of the swimming pool and beach for sunset vistas is exquisite from this second-floor unit. Enjoy this fully furnished residence for yourself or use it as a rental with the generous opportunities this community provides. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing of any of these homes or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
188 Golden Gate Point, #102 $2,795,000 Video Photo Slideshow
4725 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #207 $479,000   Photo Slideshow


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Fairway Bay - Community Spotlight

by Roger Pettingell

Fairway Bay: golfing, boating and more

Choice among Townhouses, Mid-Rise and Atriums

REALTALK #80 on Fairway Bay, Longboat Key
REALTALK™ #80 - I describe the Fairway Bay community in this March 2016 REALTALK™ video.

So you want to be close to the fairway of a world class championship golf course and you want to moor your 85-foot yacht on the bay in a marina with wonderful amenities. Look no further than the community of Fairway Bay. That may be enough. You'll also be close to fine dining and Gulf of Mexico beach access. Then you would have a community aptly named Fairway Bay Dining Beach. What about a neighborhood that also is a short bike ride to great shopping at St. Armands Circle and grocery shopping at Publix? Understandably you might not want all that in a community name, but Fairway Bay does have it all.

Walk out your door and you are on the fairway of the second of two championship golf courses of the Longboat Key Club, its Harbourside golf course. There are 27 holes played in pairs of nine for your 18-hole pleasure. An accurate tee shot is required for the fairways on the 3,426-yard White Egret course but large greens are inviting you on your second or third shot. In contrast, there is plenty of open fairway on the Red Hawk course. There is also plenty of water so it is challenging, yet beautiful scenery on it its course of 3,323 yards. You also have the third option, the Blue Heron course of 3,401 yards. You may not even take your golf bag as the scenery here is enticing enough and launches this course as one of the most famous on the Longboat Key Club golf tour. The 18-hole Links on Longboat golf course is three miles to the south.

You are also within a short walk to your yacht in the largest deep-water marina on the Gulf of Mexico coast. This is a full service marina with boat slips up to 150 feet, that accommodate anything from nightly to annual docking. You are close to the Portofino Ristorante & Bar or you can jump on one of the shuttles to experience any of the seven other fine dining establishments at the Longboat Key Club. Annual or summer memberships are available for club membership to include all the amenities of tennis, spa and pool lounging.

Amenities at Fairway Bay
Among the many amenities at Fairway Bay is a resort-style heated swimming pool

If that isn’t enough you have a choice of townhouses that were built in Phase One of Fairway Bay in 1982. These townhouses won the Aurora design competition for their copper roofs and distinct blue awning. Arvida Corporation went on to build a total of 264 residences in the coming four years with more phases consisting of mid-rise and Atrium residences, a mid-rise with three-bedroom floor plans. There is a private garage for each residence of Fairway Bay. These properties start well below $1 million and have plenty of value on Longboat Key, known for its multi-million-dollar homes.

Fairway Bay has its own set of amenities including two heated resort style swimming pools, with hot tub and spa. There is also a fitness center and clubhouse. All properties are behind 24/7 manned gates and each owner has deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club. This club is on the beautiful white Gulf of Mexico beach sands. On the beach you will find private pavilions, showers, restroom, grilling areas and beach volleyball layouts. But the greatest amenities you will see are the views of the Sarasota Bay, city skyline at night or the sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico waters.

2016 Harbourside Dr, #334/335
Rare 3 bedroom - Call us to see this Fairway Bay residence with wonderful bay and skyline views.

I currently have on the market, a rarely available 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom residence at Fairway Bay with 2,462 square feet of living space with two terraces at 2016 Harbourside Dr, #334/335. I have three more listings added last week. The first is a wonderful 6-bedroom estate with guest cottage on Siesta Key with deep-water dockage near the famous white sands of Siesta Key beach. Our new listing at L’Ambiance is a 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom furnished residence that is on the southern Longboat Key Club golf course, Links on Longboat. I have another furnished residence for sale, a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom property in the Longboat Terrace community at 5393 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #204. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy. Happy Halloween!

Address List Price Media Slideshow
5151 Jungle Plum Road $3,195,000 Video Photo Slideshow
435 L'Ambiance Dr, #K306 $1,649,000 Video Photo Slideshow
5393 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #204 $620,000   Photo Slideshow


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Bay Isles and its Amenities

by Roger Pettingell

Security and beaches for Longboat Key

Deeded beach access granted to Bay Isles homeowners

REALTALK™ #53 talk about Bay Isles Beach Club
Bay Isles Beach Club - In REALTALK™ #53 we discuss beach access and club amenities.

I have an alert for Longboat Key home buyers! There is a secure neighborhood on the island with 24/7 manned guard gates, golf, tennis, swimming, a private Gulf of Mexico beach club and with a selection of single-family homes, maintenance free homes, villas, condominiums and townhouses on the market. With this much variety and amenities you may wonder how you may have overlooked this community.

Fact is, if you were looking to buy in places like the Harbor Section, Sabal Cove, Queens Harbour or Grand Bay you were looking at real estate that has deeded access to one of the most encompassing clubs on the island. Bay Isles on the southern end of Longboat Key is a neighborhood of communities behind a southern gate that serves communities such as the single-family homes in the Harbor Section or the townhouses and residences of Fairway Bay. The north gate near the Publix grocery provides access to the single-family homes in Sabal Cove, Weston Pointe, the maintenance-free homes in Queen’s Harbour and Coreys Landing, or the condominiums of Grand Bay.

Besides the security of this gated community, members of the Bay Isles Beach Club also have access to the private white sands of the Gulf located at 2111 Gulf of Mexico Drive. With your personal key card you open the gates to the beach with its outdoor pavilion, showers, restrooms, barbecue grills, picnic facilities and beach volleyball.

Also behind the north and south gates are the facilities of the Longboat Key Club, which expands your horizon with access to the moorings marina and Portofino Restaurant & Grill. Members of the Longboat Key Club can enjoy a challenging round of golf on the championship course at Harbourside Golf Course. This tree-lined course opened in 1982 and now consists of three nine-hole courses, the White Egret, Red Hawk and infamous Blue Heron.

Bay Isles Beach Club
Beach Access - Residents of Bay Isles have deeded access to the Bay Isles Beach Club.

All of these neighborhoods are near some of the finest shopping and dining that is available on Longboat Key, St. Armands Circle and Sarasota. Opera, orchestra, musicals, ballet and plays add to the thrill of living at Bay Isles. And no visit to Sarasota would be complete without a tour of the Ringling Museum of Art and the home of John and Mable Ringling, Ca’ d’Zan.

In the mid-70s Arvida Corporation, a developer that was responsible for a large portion of the southern end of Longboat, Bird and Lido keys, recognized the potential for this area of the island. In 1976 the company filed documents with the state of Florida under the chapter name, Bay Isles, realizing the market was in need of a secure neighborhood with amenities. What formed were the homes and residences that followed. Here is a look at some of the communities of the Bay Isles Beach Club.

Harbor Section: Take a right turn past the southern gate to navigate through the Harbor Section of Bay Isles. Each lavishly landscaped single-family home backs to a canal structure that leads to Sarasota and the Gulf of Mexico open waters. You can review the current set of CMAs and the inventory that is available in this section.

Fairway Bay: A community of 288 residences comprised of mid-rise buildings and townhouses in three separate associations. The community shares a pool, tennis courts, clubhouse and exercise room. Fairway Bay residences are access through the south gate along Harbourside Drive and is across the street from Harbourside Golf Course.

Emerald Pointe: Three homes of its total 16 have been sold this last year in the community of Emerald Pointe. Emerald Pointe is a pet-friendly community consisting of mostly two-story villas built around the year 2000 on Harbour Links Drive, easily accessible through the south gate. Properties also back up to the Harbourside Golf Course.

Marina Bay: Near Fairway Bay and Emerald Pointe is Marina Bay, 60 condominiums on Sarasota Bay in three buildings constructed in the early 1990s. Residents have access to a heated pool, spa, fitness facilities and tennis courts centrally located near the middle building. One small pet is welcome.

Weston Pointe: Weston Pointe, Winding Oaks, Bayou, Sabal Cove, Queen’s Harbour and Coreys Landing are mostly single-family homes located around a series of canals and lakes inside the north gate. Each single-family home owner in Weston Pointe has deeded rights to their own private boat slip on a canal that leads out to Sarasota Bay. This community is located within a short walk of the Publix and Amore By Andrea Restaurant, which serves some of the finest Italian cuisine on Longboat Key.

Winding Oaks: Continue up Harbourside Drive inside the north gate and you will find the community of Winding Oaks. Many of these single-family homes built on two small lakes were built in 1988 but have been updated for a more modern lifestyle.

Sabal Cove: Directly across the street Sabal Cove homes offer many of the luxuries that comes with a single-family home ownership. Harbourside Golf Course winds its way around the lake that backs up to the homes in Sabal Cove built in the early 90s. Some homes on the interior face a cul de sac, offering more privacy. The listing I have at 3340 Sabal Cove Lane faces the lake and greets you with manicured landscaping and a brick-pavered driveway.

Queen’s Harbour: Many of the homes built in Queen’s Harbour were constructed between 1995 and 2000 but have also been updated with modern technologies, appliances and building codes. Homeowners here can enjoy a good second home in the winter, as most of the exterior maintenance and landscaping is handled by the local association. Many of the homes in Queen’s Harbour have their own private dock on a canal that leads to Sarasota Bay.

Coreys Landing: Most of the exterior maintenance of homes in Coreys Landings is also the responsibility of the association. As with Queen’s Harbour some owners with homes on Mistletoe Lane have their own private boat dock on a canal that winds out to Sarasota Bay. Coreys Landing residents enjoy a community pool with spa and tennis courts.

3040 Grand Bay #215
Grand Bay #215 - Our new listing overlooks Harbourside Golf Course.

Grand Bay: Continue up the road to its end to find another set of 24/7 manned guard gates at the six-building community of Grand Bay, a masterful collection of residences that overlook Sarasota Bay. Grand Bay is the highlight of condominium living on the bay with many amenities starting with on-site management. The heated pool and spa, tennis courts, fitness center, clubhouse, path structure and picnic areas exist with the community that is wonderfully landscaped and well maintained. The 271 luxury condominiums were built between 1994 and 1999. The inventory is rich, check the history and pricing through our current CMAs.

I have my most current listing here at Grand Bay, a wonderful three bedroom, 3.5 bath Biscayne floor plan in building II at 3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #215. Enjoy a wrap-around terrace facing the Blue Heron nine of the Harbourside Golf Course and Sarasota Bay on the west side of the building. I also listed a stunning Beachplace residence atr 1115 Gulf of Mexico Dr, $503 that is offered furnished on the fifth floor. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #215 $829,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1115 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #503 $599,000   Photo Slideshow


The acronyms of housing associations

by Roger Pettingell

Associations help keep home values high

Differences in the types of associations are subtle

Water Club Condominium Association covers amenities such as pool maintenance.
Amenity rich - The Water Club Condominium Association covers amenities such as the pool.

Mention a community association and the first thought is to think of the fees. While that is important, homeowners (HOA) and condominium associations exist to provide the amenities that make that community a more desirable place to live. They are also good to help maintain high property values. Both types have similar features such as the common areas that pertain to pools, spas, fitness centers, tennis courts and even golf courses.

The differences between the two types of associations may seem obvious but the details reside in the rules and regulations written by the board of directors, typically an elected group from owners within the community. The board serves the association in order to write and enforce the rules. Although many owners typically do not involve themselves with the regulations of the association, they are there to protect the value of other homes or condominiums. You may have a better homeowner experience by knowing the rules. A simple remodeling project may become very costly if it violates the rules of the association.

Associations are typically formed as a corporation by the developer of the community as a Common-interest development (CID). The company will run the CID until it is turned over to a board of directors when a certain number of homes are sold within the new development and an HOA is created.

By definition, the HOA is a collective ownership of homes within a specified boundary where the homeowner owns the lot purchased but the common areas belong to the HOA. The common areas can be used to provide recreational amenities to that community. Privileges to the use of these amenities can be suspended with violations of the HOA rules, as determined by the board. So it does make sense to pay attention to the rules. A Florida law enacted in 2013 provides some control over associations as some were asserting their control with more vigor than others. At the time, nearly 2 million homeowners in Florida were affected by the new law.

Some HOAs provide lawn and landscaping services but for the most part the homeowners are responsible for the upkeep of their property. It is the responsibility of the homeowner in most cases to provide advance notification to the HOA for any alterations to the exterior of the home. In some locations, a building permit from the county and written permission from the HOA may be required for remodeling projects. Deed restricted communities are usually governed by the HOA with a set of rules for alterations to the home.

There may be also a Community Development District, or CDD, which may be assessed as part of your property taxes. HOA fees are paid directly to the association. The CDD assessments may be short-termed for the construction of amenities or services that benefit the community. These CDD fees are typically used to pay the interest and principal for a bond that was sold so these projects can be funded. These funds may also be used to pay for the maintenance of these amenities. A CDD is usually reserved for some public utility or infrastructure such as roads and utilities.

Bay Isles Beach Club
Bay Isles Beach Club is unique: Behind the secure gates are condominiums, town houses and single-family homes and all have access to its amenities.

Homeowners behind the gates of Bay Isles pay their annual fees directly to the association. In return, homeowners gain access to the beach club on the Gulf of Mexico side of Longboat Key. Bay Isles also provides north and south 24-hour manned security gates. It is unique in that condominium and homeowner associations reside within the geographical area defined by the association. Homeowner communities such as Queens Harbour, Corey’s Landing and other single family communities are within the service area of Bay Isles. Each homeowner has deeded access to Bay Isles and pay an annual fee for the privilege.

Grand Bay condominiums on Longboat Key are also a part of Bay Isles and provides its residents with an additional layer of security with 24-hour manned gates. Grand Bay also provides a fitness center, pool, tennis courts and community center as association amenities for its owners.

Condominium Associations are similar to HOAs relative to the common elements of the community. Condominium Association amenities of these common elements sometimes resemble those of an HOA. Whereas the HOA may refer to the homeowners, a Condominium Association defines ownership of the unit that is usually from the drywall inward and the floor upward to the ceiling. That includes plumbing, electrical wiring and appliances within the confines of the residence. So the Condominium Association is responsible for the exterior, roof and other common services such as the elevators.

Some Condominium Associations may differ in the maintenance of some of the building features. For instance, at Beachplace on Longboat Key the association maintains doors and windows while responsibility for maintenance of doors and windows is left to the owner at other Condominium Associations. Basic cable television may be provided by some associations, while it may not be provided at others.

Your broker should be able to provide some guidance in the area of association services, rules and fees. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

White sand meets blue water forms a great attraction

by Roger Pettingell

Sarasota renown for world class beaches

Tourists and home buyers attracted by beach quality

REALTALK™ #53 talk about area beaches
Bay Isles Beach Club - In REALTALK™ #53 last week I talk about our splendid area beaches.

The waterfront here draws tourists from around the world, at its pinnacle are the beautiful white sandy beaches that separate Sarasota County and Longboat Key from locations on the east coast of Florida. The bright sand is in stark contrast to the teal colors of the water that spreads to the skyline in the west for lazy day sunbathing and spectacular sunsets. It was my pleasure last week then to stand on the beaches at Bay Isles Beach Club on Longboat Key to feature why the club, and the local beaches, are so special in REALTALK™ #53.

Bay Isles Beach Club provides a secure location for residents that pass through either of two manned gates on Longboat Key. Membership is included with the property purchase in single family home communities such as Queens Harbor, Corey’s Landing, Sabal Cove and Harbor Oaks. Fairway Bay, Grand Bay and Marina Bay are condominium communities that also enjoy the fabulous beach that is associated with club membership. On the beach are amenities associated with an exclusive lifestyle that include showers, pavilions, restrooms, and grilling areas for private parties. Membership access to the beach is on a short list of beach availability on Longboat Key. Private homes and hotels line most of the 11 miles of land where the sand greets the Gulf of Mexico.

Longboat Key residents that have purchased homes in Country Club Shores on the lower end of Longboat Key enjoy their private canal dock space and their proximity to the world class golf courses of Longboat Key Club. It is also a short ride by bike or car to Lido Key beach through St. Armands Circle. Since 1990 the park has been owned by the city but operated by the Parks and Recreation Department of Sarasota County. It had been the site of the Lido Key Casino, built in 1940 but was demolished in 1969. It already had become a favorite location for sunbathing.

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic master sand sculpting competition
The Siesta Key Crystal Classic master sand sculpting competition is held in November each year.

Longboat Key and Sarasota residents travel a short distance to one of the finest beaches in the world, Siesta Key. The 99 percent quartz pebbles reflect the heat so standing in the sand is comfortable on even the warmest day of the summer. Besides named as the best beach in America by Dr. Beach in 2011, it was classified as the whitest and finest sand in the world at the Great International Beach Challenge in 1987. Travel Channel claimed that it had the best sand in America in 2004 and most recently was awarded this year as the #1 beach in the United States by online service TripAdvisor. Lifeguards make this a very safe beach for swimming and a great location for The Siesta Key Crystal Classic master sand sculpting competitions each November.

In REALTALK™ #53 I mention Manasota Beach, one of the lesser known and lesser populated public beaches off the coast of Englewood. This area has four beaches with public access on the seven miles of Manasota Key.

On the northern end of Longboat Key is a popular beach for boaters but accessible by land. The shallow waters of Beer Can Island is popular with the younger crowd. Near to this location is Whitney Beach, on the gulf side, just west of Gulf of Mexico Drive with public parking on Broadway Street.

Water Club, Longboat Key, Florida condominium beach
The white sands of the residents' beach of the Water Club, Longboat Key, is an invitation for relaxation while listening to the sounds of the surf.

Just a short drive north on Gulf of Mexico Drive over Longboat Pass Bridge is Coquina Beach. This a public beach with plenty of parking and fine arts and craft beach markets nearly every Sunday. This beach is expansive with lifeguards, restrooms, showers and a quaint little beach concession that serves light food, drinks, beer and wine. Caution should be taken if swimming by the bridge, tidal currents can be strong. There is plenty of beach place that make this popular in Manatee County.

We have some great properties for sale behind the gates of Bay Isles including those in the communities mentioned here. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

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