Spectacular views from Grand Bay homes

Different floor plans that fit your budget and lifestyle

Grand Bay - REALTALK™ #4
Grand Bay - The views and amenities of this community make it very attractive for buyers as I highlight in this REALTALK™ #4 video.

Looking out over the Sarasota Bay in the morning to view the sunrise is surely a stunning sight. Our photographer captured this beautiful scene in a time-lapse series while recording the residence at 3030 Grand Bay Boulevard, #345. These sunrises occur nearly every day in any of the homes in the six buildings that make up Grand Bay. When the sun rises more overhead, the Harbourside boat moorings and Harbourside golf course display their splendor. It doesn’t end there. As the sun falls in the sky Grand Bay owners with wraparound terraces are able to relax and witness this spectacle over the Gulf of Mexico while sipping on a good glass of wine. The views make this community one of my favorite places to sell on the bay side of Longboat Key.

At that point I don’t have to mention the vast amenities that come with ownership. In just one building you have access to the fitness center with a separate section for aerobics. Women and men have separate shower areas each equipped with sauna and steam rooms. The second floor has a large meeting room accessible by elevator. The lounge with bar is also located on this floor. A kitchen area is sufficient enough to support large gatherings.

sunrise over the bay
Imagine waking to this bay sunrise every morning.

There are many opportunities for recreation. Two on-site Har-Tru tennis courts are open for use daily, as is are the heated swimming pools which are conveniently laid out on the grounds between the two sets of large buildings. The Harbourside Golf Course of the Longboat Key Club wrap around all six buildings.

If you are into boating, the Longboat Key Club Moorings is one of the finest marinas in the area. The marina can accommodate up 291 boats with long-term and overnight rentals. These slips up to 150 feet offer Cable TV, slip telephones, WiFi with electricity and water service. Showers, saunas and laundry service are also available to guests of the marina. The Portofino Ristorante & Bar is a great place to relax and have a fine Italian cuisine dinner.

Security and privacy is also a top concern in Grand Bay. There is a manned guard gate past the convenient shopping at Publix, just off the Gulf of Mexico Drive. You are greeted with another mechanical gate before arriving at a second manned guard on the grounds of the Grand Bay complex.

Six buildings in one community
There are 271 residences in the six buildings that make up Grand Bay on Longboat Key.

These luxury condominiums have mostly been updated, built from 1994 to 1999 by the Arvida Corporation. I was selling for this company at the time, and had a great deal of the original sales here. Arvida was responsible for much of the development on south Longboat Key and Bird Key until the merger with Coldwell Banker in 2002.

To understand what you are buying in Grand Bay you might research three of the most popular floor plans, beginning with one of the most popular Antigua floor plan. My Antigua for sale in Building I is on the ninth floor and has all of the spectacular views that I describe in the opening paragraph above. It is complete with three bedrooms and three baths, plus a half bath with 10-foot ceilings in this spacious residence of 2,925 square feet commonly associated with Antigua floor plans.

The Cayman floor plan was constructed as another 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath floor plan at 2,550 square feet of living space. These are very popular; I have one pending, two active and one sold Cayman just this month. Another popular floor plan with over 2,200 square feet of living space is the Biscayne. These were originally constructed as two bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a den. Since many of these residences have been updated, you can typically find one that has the configuration that meet your requirements.

Grand Bay Antigua #196
This ninth-floor Antigua offers stunning views.

The granddaddy of all floor plans in Grand Bay are the penthouses. I sold a stunning penthouse last year with four bedrooms, and 5.5 baths with 4,413 square feet of living space. The wraparound terrace was spectacular with top floor views, hot tub and totaled 9,756 square feet of space.

Under 2,000 square feet are two bedroom residences with Aruba, Bimini and Capri floor plans. These are a good value and I have a Bimini listed to show. For references on pricing I have links to Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) reports for Grand Bay back to the year 2009. Here are four Grand Bay residences I currently have listed.

Address List Price Floor Plan Media
3060 Grand Bay Blvd, #196 $1,485,000 Antigua Video
3080 Grand Bay Blvd, #512 $649,000 Bimini Photos
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #233 $999,000 Cayman Photos
3040 Grand Bay Blvd, #243 $999,000 Cayman Video


My most current listing last week is this lavish luxury home behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. It is just steps from the Gulf of Mexico beach and overlooks the Links on Longboat golf course. This single-family home has an attached three-car garage, open pool deck and heated swimming pool. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 if you have a property to sell or buy.

Address List Price Media Slideshow
1011 Longboat Club Road $2,995,000 Video Photo Slideshow