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Value listings on the Longboat Key beaches

by Roger Pettingell

Valuable residences on the beach

Sand Cay, Westchester and the Beaches Home Showcase communities

Value is a perception, an objective view of products, services and even homes. I selected residence sales today for my Home Showcase XXXVIII article that have a great amount of value. These are residences under one-million dollars. You don’t have to be a one-percenter to love and purchase these homes, especially if you want to have a place in the sun on Longboat Key. By the way, just about anywhere on Longboat Key is near the beach and all three of these are on the beach. That's value.

775 Longboat Club Rd, #706 - Beaches

This direct Gulf-front, 7th-floor residence at the Beaches is completely updated and move-in ready. Gulf shores and striking sunsets abound from every room of this designer 2BR beach getaway. Includes abundant secure parking.
$799,000 - Click here for the video

775 Longboat Club Rd, #706 - Click here for the website
4825 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #503 - Westchester

Direct Gulf-front retreat furnished and ready to rent or renovate! This 2BR, 5th-floor residence is a flourish of beautiful beach views and striking sunsets from every room. Includes covered parking and deeded beach access.

4825 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #503 - Click here for the website
4725 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #309 - Sand Cay

This lovely, top-floor residence at Sand Cay offers cathedral ceilings, an open 2BR layout, plenty of windows to enhance the sunny atmosphere and is just steps from the beach.

4725 Gulf of Mexico Dr, #309 - Click here for the website

Enjoy your holiday and stay safe from Hurricane Dorian. We have listings that are available for sale that you will see reenter the market starting in the fall. We also have several new listings that are off the market now but poised to be listed in MLS soon. Please contact us at (941) 387-1840 to schedule a showing of these properties or to see the other residences in our inventory.


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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.

Who Lives Here and Why

by Roger C. Pettingell

Who Lives Here and Why

When prospective clients contact me to live in Longboat Key and Sarasota they generally have a good idea why they want to move here. If they vacation here first they witness the splendid sites and activities this area has to offer.

To think of great year around weather your first thought is to draw a mental picture of the beaches and the amount of sunshine that this state has to offer. Florida is a larger state than it may appear, so the complexion of each area represents a different way of life. The hustle of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, the equestrian lifestyle around Ocala or the college cities of Gainesville and Tallahassee each are attractive in their own ways.

Sarasota and the six barrier islands attract a different type of resident. They are looking beyond the great beaches, golfing, restaurants, fishing and boating that other beach communities share in Florida and settle here for a more relaxing life with a home style atmosphere of luxury homes in quaint neighborhoods.

Planet Venus at sunset shines like a bright star in the southwest from any location on the Gulf of Mexico coast beaches at sunset.For the most part they have worked hard all their life to achieve their status and want to share that with others of similar backgrounds. Neighbors are friends with similar backgrounds but security and privacy is a priority they all share.

The list is impressive of those who have purchased real estate here in the Sarasota County area. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, Brian Johnson of AC/DC, thrill author Stephen King, professional wrestler 'Macho Man' Randy Savage, talk show king Jerry Springer, Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, actress Jane Lynch, sports commentator Dick Vitale, tennis coaching legend Nick Bollettieri, tennis star Martina Navratilova, TV series host Jack Perkins, R&B recording legend Donald 'Duck' Dunn, founding Moody Blues band member Graeme Edge, and our most recent addition actress Rosie O'Donnell, have all purchased property here.

It is likely that this area originated as an arts center through the contributions that famed circus promoter John and Mable Ringling brought to the area. Nearly a century later of classical arts Sarasota was voted the number one top art destination in the nation for small cities by readers of American Style Magazine. Northern neighbor Bradenton was voted number two in that same poll.

Sarasota is home to the oldest continuing orchestra and the oldest theatre company in the state. It is home to the first professional ballet and opera companies on the Gulf coast of Florida. An annual film festival for one week in April attracts visitors from around the world.

America’s favorite pastime begins each year here in Sarasota for the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium in downtown Sarasota. A total of 16 teams from the National League and American League have a hefty pre-season schedule in March.

Recreation, fishing, boating and relaxation; there is more that Sarasota and the Gulf of Mexico barrier islands has to offer. Come to Longboat Key and Sarasota for the beaches and sunshine, stay for all that remains.

Happy Thanksgiving. It is my hope that your travels are safe and your visit with family is memorable.

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