Full services and amenities of the Ritz

Worldwide travelers were attracted to Sarasota when the hotel was built

Beach Residences on Lido Key
Beach Residences - The beach component of the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota is discussed in REALTALK™ #154.

When the Ritz-Carlton moved into Sarasota in 2001 with the building of its Residences on Ritz Carlton Drive the world took notice. It opened up the city to worldwide travelers that were looking for another location in Florida that represented the luxury brand. The brand was on a 20-year rebuilding effort and was constructing its luxury hotels all over the world. The building in Sarasota was a new concept of financing construction of the hotel with the sales of residences.

The success invigorated the city, but created a dilemma for the Ritz-Carlton. Visitors were expecting the amenities experienced in other properties owned by the company. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Course in Lakewood Ranch is an 18-hole championship course designed by Tom Fazio. They had built a second building, the Tower Residences on Watergate Drive in 2003.

But, they quickly realized that they needed a great beach for their guests and Lido Key was the perfect choice. The concept for the Beach Residences on Benjamin Franklin Drive was born and by 2005 it had been built with 88 luxury residences on the white sandy Gulf of Mexico shores. Owners, members and hotel guests have access to the many amenities offered by the Beach Residences.

Beach Residences at 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive
Beach Residences - Luxury residences on the beach

The Beach Club offers fresco style dining on the deck of the Gulf-front heated saltwater swimming pool. A jacuzzi is a part of the Beach Club for relaxation during the day. There are recreational programs for children in a pet-friendly environment. Grilling areas and covered areas for entertaining are available. The Lido Key Tiki Bar is within a short walk behind the club. The Beach Club is a wonderful place to relax and socialize.

Owners have access to two guests suites on the lower level to entertain family and friends in luxury style. The Beach Residences also offers 24/7 concierge services. There is a clubhouse, social room, library and a private theatre. The fitness center is outfitted with modern exercise equipment.

The location of the Beach Residences offers a splendid blend of nature, shopping and fine dining. Ted Sperling Park, with its hefty population of Mangrove trees is a dream for those who want to explore these waterways on a kayak or canoe that are created naturally in the wetlands of Lido Key. Or you can just feel free to walk on the beach, with 400 feet exclusively for the Beach Residences owners.

World famous St. Armands Circle is a tourist destination known for its fine dining and boutiques shopping. Travel by car or the hotel service van over the Ringling Bridge to other Ritz-Carlton amenities downtown. It also opens you up to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the opera, symphonies, ballet and other fine art shows. Festivals are common on Gulfstream Avenue across the street from the Ritz-Carlton residences downtown.

View from the penthouse of the Beach Residences
Sensational sunset and beach views from the Beach Residences penthouse on Lido Key

I am preparing to list the south corner Penthouse of the Beach Residences, #1201. This magnificent home has sensational views of the Gulf, bay and the city of Sarasota. The spectacle lights up at sunset with a brilliant display on the Gulf of Mexico. The property is a dream for luxury living with 4,189 square feet of living space. It is a true three bedroom with three full baths and one partial. There is a summer kitchen on the Gulf-side terrace. As I pointed out in REALTALK™ #154 last week the penthouse is offered with a two-car private garage and a third deeded parking space. And you receive all of the amenities of the Ritz -Carlton mentioned in this article.

This modern construction was not the first attempt for a Ritz-Carlton hotel in the area. History will note that the famous circus magnate and real estate developer John Ringling attempted the first Ritz-Carlton in the area. He bought the Ritz-Carlton naming rights for a planned hotel on the southern end of Longboat Key, one that had failed from construction delays and the Great Depression in the late 1920s.

The future of the Ritz-Carlton development in Sarasota is moving forward. A new tower is in its pre-construction stage on Watergate Drive near the hotel and residences downtown. This new building, expected to be completed in 2020, will have 70 residences but not all will be sold to the public. Call our office for pre-construction pricing.

I listed two properties last week that should draw some attention for home buyers looking in Osprey for property on the water or if you are looking to be on the Gulf of Mexico on the northern end of Longboat Key. The first in the Bay Acres community at 412 Bayshore Drive has breathtaking sunsets. This custom-built John Cannon home is ideal for the water enthusiast, offering 162’ of direct-bay frontage, with dock and 8,000-pound lift. On Longboat Key this rarely-available three-bedroom townhouse is located directly on the pristine Gulf shores, offering striking modern upgrades throughout at 260 N. Shore Rd, #4. 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
412 Bayshore Drive $2,095,000 Video Photo Slideshow
260 N. Shore Rd, #4 $1,999,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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