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.

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