Directly across from Sarasota’s downtown, Lido Key provides something for everyone. Mansions on small lots interspersed
with modest homes radiate from St. Armands Circle’s enclave of upscale shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Along the
west shore, condos and hotels overlook Lido’s public beach, while southern and northern points offer natural settings
of tranquil natural beauty for kayaking, shelling, birding and fishing.
Located between Sarasota’s bayfront and Lido Key, this island was dredged in 1960 and developed by Arvida. Now, it has
some of the most opulent and most expensive waterfront mansions in town. There are a few empty lots where existing
homes have been leveled as well as glimpses of an occasional tastefully renovated ranch with deepwater boating.
North of Lido is the exclusive island of Longboat offering plenty of golf, tennis, boating, Zagat rated restaurants and
less populated beaches. Resorts and condominiums dot the shoreline with a smattering of mansions while bayside
neighborhoods offer deepwater docks for access to Sarasota Bay. Approximately 80 percent of Longboat residents are
part-time. As a matter of fact, the island is empty in summer months.
Over the years artists and writers like painter Syd Solomon and novelist John D. McDonald, have turned Siesta Key into
a colony of creativity. While the north end of the island is a haven to single-family beach and canal-front homes,
condominiums can be found mid key along Crescent beach and near the village. South of Stickney Point Bridge, condos and
resorts give way to estate properties and gated communities then condos once again become part of the scene at Turtle
Connected to the mainland by an ancient, one-lane steel swing bridge, Casey Key is an enclave of the very wealthy. A
single road that barely allows for two cars, winds past grand estate homes and a few remaining beach cottages. The key
is skinny as a snake, but its elevation is enough to survive the pounding of that rare tropical storm. The most
coveted estates own property from Gulf to Bay. Stephen King and Martina Navratilova have homes here.
Back on the mainland from Casey Key is a Sarasota community called Osprey. The Oaks Club offers elegant, upscale living
with exceptional deepwater boating and first-rate golf course. It was the South County’s first high-end golf-course
community and remains one of the most prestigious in the region.
Sarasota County continues to sprawl southward and includes "the island of Venice". Separated from the
mainland by a man-made Intra-coastal Waterway, this is a delightful 1920’s town of parks and pedestrian-friendly
avenues that were designed by John Nolen. He’s also credited for New York City’s Central Park. Unlike other wealthy
towns, Venice is unpretentious and friendly with the downtown maintaining a Mediterranean Revival Style. The main
thoroughfare, Venice Avenue is flanked by boutiques and cafes facing a grassy park-like setting of walking and jogging
paths, bandstand and tennis courts. Eventually this divided, tree lined road leads directly to one of many public
Once considered reasonable, the island has seen home prices soar. Off island, north, east and south of town, sprawling
developments have made an appearance offering golf, boating and family friendly alternatives.
This long barrier island draws people who want seclusion in a natural setting that includes plenty of wildlife.
It’s one of the few places left, on the west coast, resembling the "Old Florida"... the way it used to be in
the ‘40’s and’50’s. Here, there are not... as many mega-mansions ...yet! Year after year another older home falls by
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