Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sarasota FL Real Estate Popular on South West Gulf Coast

Do you want to live in a city located near outstanding beaches, golf courses and other attractions? If so, Sarasota may be just the place for you. Located on South West Florida’s shimmering Gulf Coast and featuring some of the country’s best beaches, Sarasota is certainly the place to be for the beach aficionado. In addition to all the sights and attractions that Sarasota has to offer, the barrier islands of Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Lido Key, Casey Key and Bird Key are within minutes from the city. Here, Sarasota residents can escape to an island paradise such as Siesta Key Beach while also remaining near the amenities of downtown Sarasota. Downtown Sarasota affords residents an urban lifestyle where they can walk to work, home, the waterfront, restaurants and shops.

Across the Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota, Bird Key real estate is often purchased by boating enthusiasts as this area’s homes wind through deep water canals. Owners of large boat and yachts often seek these luxury homes as well as luxurious mansions on near St. Armands Circle.

With so much to offer its Sarasota residents, it is not surprising to learn that Sarasota real estate is a popular commodity. As anyone who has visited Sarasota knows, leaving this paradise can be difficult. Because of Sarasota’s natural beauty, warm weather and incredible amenities, Sarasota was named one of the Best Small Cities in the United States by Money Magazine. In addition, Money Magazine named Sarasota one of the Best Places to Retire Young in 2007. From golf communities like University Park, Lakewood Ranch, the Oaks and Prestancia to waterfront condos on the barrier islands, there is a piece of Sarasota FL real estate for every lifestyle.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Condos at Sea Gate Club - Longboat Key, FL

For those who are interested in living in a smaller condo unit that offers magnificent views, condos at Sea Gate Club Longboat Key are a popular option. Featuring relatively small units, Sea Gate Club Longboat Key is a good option for those who want to live on the beach but do not need a whole lot of extra living space. With each unit at Sea Gate Club on Longboat Key offering some of the most magnificent views in the area, these condos are a good choice for those who are looking for a home with a view.

With units ranging in size from 1,046 to 1,513 square feet, the 90-unit Sea Gate Club Longboat Key offers some of the smallest units in the area. Constructed in 1973,  Sea Gate Club is located within walking distance of the Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside section as well as the Avenue of the Flowers. Furthermore, St. Armands Circle and Sarasota are both located just minutes away from the complex. As such, residents of condos at Sea Gate Club can easily select from a variety of shopping and dining opportunities as well as several area amenities, including tennis, golf and more.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Longboat Key Condos at Water Club

Offering a wide variety of amenities, spacious units and beautiful views, Longboat Key condos at Water Club have quite a bit to offer to residents. From swimming pools to fabulous beach views, Water Club Longboat Key is a great place to call home or to choose as a vacation property.

With units ranging in size from 1,392 to 5,225 square feet, Water Club Longboat Key has something to suit the lifestyle needs of just about anyone. In addition, because the two towers were constructed in 1996, they also feature several desirable characteristics that are generally found only in newer buildings. These include high ceilings and large windows, which makes it easier for residents to take in the beautiful views that surround the property.

In addition to the magnificent views and ample living space provided by each unit, residents of these Longboat Key condos also enjoy access to a variety of amenities. Some of these include a clubhouse, a heated swimming pool, fitness facilities, a spa/hot tub and tennis courts. The manned guard gate and private garages also offer residents with an extra level of privacy and security. Whether looking for a home with great views, ample amenities or a convenient location, residents of Water Club can enjoy it all.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Luxury Condos at Vizcaya Longboat Key

For those who are looking for a private and secure place to live in Longboat Key, Vizcaya may be the perfect option. Not only is the community gated and guarded, each of the three 4-story buildings also features a secured lobby as well as private elevators. In other words, for those who value their privacy, Vizcaya on Longboat Key may be the perfect choice.

In addition to providing residents with a great deal of privacy, Vizcaya Longboat Key also offers a convenient location coupled with a wide variety of amenities. Constructed in 1997, Vizcaya on Longboat Key offers all of the amenities that would be expected from a modern day condo. Some of these include tennis courts, a swimming pool, a fitness center, a clubhouse, a sauna and a spa.

Aside from the numerous amenities that Vizcaya on Longboat Key has to offer to its residents, each of the units is quite spacious as well. In fact, the 2 to 5 bedroom units are available in sizes ranging from 2,499 to 6,021 square feet. With its spacious units, convenient location and ample amenities, it is easy to understand why Vizcaya in Longboat Key is one of the most highly sought after condo communities on the island.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Positano Longboat Key

With views overlooking the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and only 29 units located on 10 acres of beachfront land, it is easy to see why Positano Longboat Key is among the most coveted condo complexes in the area. Not only is the condo conveniently located in the middle of the island, but residents of Positano Longboat Key also enjoy a level of privacy that is not easy to find in condos in the area.

Located just a short drive from Sarasota and St. Armands Circle, residents don’t have to travel far in order to enjoy all of the amenities the area has to offer. For those who simply want to stay home, however, there is certainly plenty to do. Thanks to its location on beachfront land, residents of Positano on Longboat Key can enjoy the beach at any time. The property is also home to a clubhouse, exercise facilities and a heated swimming pool and hot tub. First floor condos also have their own private swimming pools, which can be accessed by walking down a private flight of stairs. Other luxury features found in all of the units include gourmet kitchens and expansive terraces, while a manned guard gate, private garages and private elevators all help residents enjoy a level of privacy and security that is unsurpassed in the area.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Oaks Club - Sarasota Real Estate

The Oaks Club is one of the few country club community with homes on Sarasota Bay. Located off Highway 41 in Osprey, FL, the Oaks Club is convenient to downtown Sarasota as well as Siesta Key Beach. Members of this privately owned club enjoy two championship golf courses, a tennis facility with 12 Har-Tru tennis courts, a grass croquet court, and exceptional dining. The Oaks consists of three guard gated communities: The Oaks Clubside, the Oaks Bayside and the Oaks Preserve. Community life is active in the Oaks as members are offered an outstanding social calendar for all!

The Sarasota MLS reports more than 50 Oaks Sarasota real estate listings for sale. Prices of single family homes range from $349,500 for a maintenance free home in the Oaks Preserve to $4,900,000 for a prestigious address on Osprey Point Road in the Oaks Bayside. This Georgian luxury estate home has bay views.

Call the John Allen Team at 941-544-6467 for more information about the Oaks Club real estate options and its outstanding country club lifestyle in Sarasota, FL. If you are interested in learning more about Sarasota golf club communities, our agents can help you with a selection and guide you through a smooth real estate transaction. We serve the entire Sarasota real estate market and have a team of experts ready to assist you.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sarabande Downtown Bayfront Condos

Are you in the market for a luxurious downtown Sarasota condominium with magnificent views? Look no further than Sarabande Sarasota. This condominium majestically stands on exclusive Palm Avenue facing the gorgeous downtown Sarasota Bayfront Park. Residents have a full view of the Marina, Marina Jack's and O'Leary's. Sunsets from this building are incredible too. Buyers at Sarabande are looking for luxury and convenience. Sarabande is minutes from just about everything Sarasota offers: the beaches, outdoor activities, cultural venues, shopping and dining. Within walking distance to Main Street and Palm Avenue galleries and shopping, Sarabande has it all!

St. Armands Circle and Lido Beach are minutes away from Sarabande as well as over 80 area golf courses.

Currently, the Sarasota MLS reports two condos for sale at Sarabande. Current Prices range from $1,395,000 for a 3 bedroom, 3 ½ bath condo with over 2700 square feet with a full bay view to $1,995,000 for over 3,500 square feet and 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths. There is one pending sale at Sarabande and two condos at Sarabande have sold in the last six months.

Call the John Allen Team today for an experienced downtown Sarasota realtor. Our agents regularly show downtown Sarasota real estate listings including luxury condominiums including One Hundred Central,1350 Main and Plaza at Five Points.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Four Popular Longboat Key Florida Condos

Buyers of Gulf-front properties in Sarasota, FL often seek a luxury condominium on Longboat Key. The beautiful 11 mile island is positioned between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Famous St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota are both a nearby. Sarasota is known for its pristine beaches and even more for its cultural venues: an opera, a ballet, a symphony and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Buyers of Longboat Key condos begin their search on the beaches of Longboat Key. The beach offers residents and visitors a relaxed lifestyle, water activities, shelling as well as fishing from the shoreline. Many condos on Longboat Key are right on the beach providing easy morning walks in the sand as well as numerous amenities which buyers seek in today’s condo market.

Popular Longboat Key Condos

Sanctuary – Four Gulf front buildings comprise this beachfront condominium on Longboat Key. Amenities include two Har-Tru tennis courts, a lap pool, swimming pool, Clubhouse and more. This condo complex is also behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club.

L'Ambiance – Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club, gated, two Gulf front buildings with resort amenities including swimming pool and tennis courts and even more.

Positano – Luxurious spacious residences on the northern end of Longboat Key. Clubhouse, fitness center and swimming pool. Residents enjoy a very private pristine beach at Positano.

Villa di Lancia – Residents enjoy wonderfully landscaped tropical grounds at Villa di Lancia. The amenities include a 24 hr guarded gate, on-site manager, fitness center and much more. This elegantly designed complex is pet friendly too.

There are many other options available. Visit our comprehensive website for a complete listing of all Longboat Key Florida real estate. For all your Longboat Key condo needs, contact the John Allen Team at 941-644-6467. Our team experienced agents show Longboat Key properties regularly and are here to help guide you to a smooth closing at L'Ambiance, Positano, Sanctuary or Villa di Lancia. Become a Longboat Key real estate owner and love your life at the Beach!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Longboat Key Properties

Longboat Key properties have been visited year after year because visitors and residents enjoy this key's manicured landscaping, private beach and waterfront activities.  This exclusive island located minutes from downtown Sarasota stretches between the Gulf of Mexico to Sarasota Bay for about 11 miles.  Longboat Key's beach is white and powdery.  You'll see early morning fishermen, shell collectors and walkers as you sit on your balcony and enjoy the birds swooping for their catch.

Properties on Longboat Key range from tiny beach cottages, ranch style homes to magnificent homes to luxurious beachfront condominiums.

Popular Neighborhoods on Longboat Key

Bay Isles
Country Club Shores

Popular Condo Properties on Longboat Key

L Ambiance
Positano Longboat Key
Water Club
Grand Bay

Recent Condominium Activity on Longboat Key

The Sarasota MLS list 150 single family homes for sale on Longboat Key and over 400 condos, villas and townhouses.  There are 45 properties on Longboat Key under contract and 178 properties have sold in the last six months.
Currently there are properties for sale on Longboat Key available at L Ambiance, Sanctuary and Privateer if you are searching for a property behind the gates of the prestigious Longboat Key Club.  If you are interested in viewing any Longboat Key real estate, contact the John Allen Team at 941-544-6467.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Homes for Sale in Sarasota, FL

If you are searching for a home for sale in Sarasota, FL, you are probably looking for waterfront property.  Sarasota Florida is all about the water.  The barrier islands of Casey Key, Siesta Key, Bird Key, Lido Key and Longboat Key offer a variety of options to buyers desiring a resort lifestyle.  You can choose from single family homes, condominiums, villas or town houses.  Land is expensive on the islands if you plan to build.  You might just find a tiny beach cottage to raze if you do want a new home.  Some of these older beach cottages are priced just at land value.  Keep in mind that waterfront land is premium and even though prices have adjusted, Florida waterfront property commands a higher value than mainland property.

Homes for Sale in Sarasota

Casey Key

A very private key with little traffic and no traffic lights, Casey Key homes for sale currently total 51 in the Sarasota MLS.  There are a few small condos here converted from "mom and pop" type motels.

Siesta Key

Siesta Key is known for its world-famous beach.  Named to Dr. Beach's Top Ten Beaches List numerous times, the quartz white sand is cool to the touch.  Currently the MLS lists approximately 166 single family homes for sale, 23 villas, 362 condos and 17 townhouses.  Siesta Key is popular with families all year.

Bird Key

Bird is home to one of Sarasota's most active Yacht Clubs.  The Bird Key Yacht Club offers residents a beautiful clubhouse, marina and outstanding recreational activates.  Homes for sale in Bird Key now total 43.  Views from these waterfront homes are incredible.

Lido Key

Often called a European style beach community, Lido Key's location to world famous St. Armands Circle is awesome.  Play at the beach all day and play on the Circle in the evenings.  Rainy days -- shop til you drop at this fabulous outdoor shopping arena.  Many of Lido Key's condos offer outstanding views of the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay.

Longboat Key

Many people who visit Longboat Key have been coming for decades.  Longboat Key is home to the prestigious Longboat Key Club.  Behind guarded gates are several luxury condominium buildings offering top amenities sought by buyer's of luxury Sarasota FL real estate.

Homes for sale on Longboat Key range from condos, villas, town houses, single family homes.  Prices have adjusted and buyers are fining outstanding bargains on this pristine Key.  Currently there are approximately 150 single family homes, 392 condos, 17 villas, and 13 townhouses for sale on this barrier island.

Whatever your lifestyle, Sarasota FL real estate has a perfect home for you.  The cultures of Sarasota are very different from many other Florida cities offering a symphony, ballet, opera, theater and outstanding art galleries.  Sarasota has outstanding schools too.  Give the John Allen Team a call at 941-544-6467 for some real estate guidance.  We'll explain your options for purchasing a home for sale in Sarasota.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Siesta Key Real Estate Listings

Some Siesta Key real estate listings include some of the most outstanding waterfront real estate available in Sarasota. The Key has been blessed with one of the best beaches in the world. Dr. Beach named Siesta Key Beach to his Top Beaches List numerous times and travel magazines and journals tout the quartz like sand worldwide.

Real estate listings on Siesta Key include single family homes, condominiums, villas and town houses. Land closes to the beach, in the best condition are obviously the premium choices and finding a good value in this market is still in favor of the buyer. Siesta Key beach is pristine and residents and visitors enjoy walking, boating, shelling and fishing. Siesta Key Village offers beach and specialty shops, restaurants, cafes and a little night life too.

The Sarasota MLS currently reports 580 Siesta Key real estate listings. There are 166 single family homes for sale price from $269,000 to $15,000,000. Condos, town houses and villas available currently on Siesta Key total 403.

Siesta Key Real Estate Listing Activity


  • Lowest Priced Listing: $269,000
  • Highest Priced Listing: $15,000,000
  • Pending Home Sales: 36
  • Homes Solds Last 6 Mo.: 86
Condo, Villa, Town Houses:
  • Lowest Priced Listing: $134,900
  • Highest Priced Listing: $3,200,000
  • Pending Condo Sales: 42
  • Condos Sold Last 6 Mo.: 147
No need to get frustrating searching for Siesta Key real estate listings on your own! The John Allen Team can be reached at 941-544-6467. Give us a call right away, and we'll send you listings right away and update you on new listings until you find the Siesta Key real estate listing that works for you!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Luxury Casey Key Real Estate Update

Casey Key Gated Waterfront EstateCasey Key real estate, along with the high end market, has taken longer to begin its recovery from lagging home prices.  On the Western Coast of Florida, the lower end homes are being scooped by buyers who want to get their piece of Paradise while prices are still low.  High-end information requests are starting to come in for Casey Key real estate now that word is out that the bottom in this area could be now.  Located south of Sarasota and north of Venice Florida, Casey Key is one of Sarasota's barrier islands which also include Siesta Key, Bird Key, Lido Key and Longboat Key.  It is a private charming island with tropical foliage everywhere.

Many celebrities including Stephen King own homes on Casey Key.  Visitors, vacationers and buyers of luxury properties come to Casey Key each year to learn about its pristine beaches.  Collecting seashells on this island along with sharks teeth is a pastime here.  Many buyers make Casey Key an annual event seeking the opportunity to purchase a property in Paradise.

Private Cabana on Casey Key Beach
The Sarasota MLS currently reports an excellent selection of homes for sale on Casey Key including Gulf to Bay estates.  Many properties offer potential buyers boat docks, cabanas, tennis courts and swimming pools. Inventory of property is currently excellent for the luxury real estate buyer.

Casey Key Real Estate Activity

Active Listings: 59

Single Family Homes for Sale: Priced from $895,000 to $12,000,000

Pending Listings: 2

Sales Last Six Months Closed Transactions: 11

Selling Prices Closed in Last Six Months: From $958,000-9,900,000

Casey Key real estate favors the buyer currently. Make an offer as many of these Casey Key homes for sale have been on the market for several years, and their sellers are negotiating. Life in our Paradise!

For all of your Sarasota real estate needs, call John Allen at 941-544-6467 or Annette Smith at 941-504-3922.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Sarasota Real Estate - Homes on the Water at Bird Key

Sarasota real estate buyers searching for waterfront properties, usually pick Bird Key homes for sale when they are avid boaters. Many Bird Key properties are on deep water canals.  Bird Key's Yacht Club is an outstanding added amenity to this beautiful waterfront community offering "an active social scene, restaurant, fitness, tennis and heated pool".  Of course, there is dockage for your boat as well as fuel.

According to the Sarasota MLS IDX database, there are currently 36 homes for sale on Bird Key. The MLS data reports the lowest priced home on Bird Key is $524,000 for three bedrooms, three baths. The home is considered a "garden" home and not on the water.  The lowest waterfront home on Bird Key is priced at $1,295,000.

Prices of Bird Key homes for sale range from $524,000 to $9,490,000 in this popular waterfront neighborhood.  There are 11 pending sales.  Bird Key real estate continues to actively participate in this buyers market as home sales in the last six months total 17 with selling prices ranging from $475,000 to $2,450,000.

Bird Key homes are located south of the first traffic light just over the Ringling Bridge from Sarasota, FL.  Lido Key Beach and St. Armands Circle is a very short drive from Bird Key for a day at the beach, shopping and dining.

We specialize in all Sarasota real estate. Give us a call if you are thinking of buying or selling a home in Sarasota. Make an appointment with Annette Smith or John Allen for a specialized marketing plan if you wish local/global exposure for your Bird Key home.  We have the Internet and social networking covered from A-Z!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sarasota Waterfront Real Estate

The Sarasota Association of Realtors reported its MLS data for December 2009 last week, and Sarasota is doing quite well.  There's been a significant trend upward in its real estate market.  Sarasota MLS listings are being shown multiple times, mutiples offers on properties prices correctly happen every day,  Buyers are still looking for good deals on Sarasota waterfront homes and condos for sale and finding them.  The holiday season in this coastal resort was outstanding with international buyers seeking Sarasota relaxed lifestyle.  St. Armands Circle's business was brisk as visitors browsed for clothing, accessories, gifts and enjoyed the holiday decorations.

The real estate stats for the month of December 2009 reported for Sarasota real estate continues to show that Sarasota's waterfront real estates market is on a comeback!  Are you searching the Sarasota MLS for waterfront homes and condos for sale?  We can assist you with your purchase!

Waterfront Condo Communities to Consider in Sarasota

Lido Key

Lido Beach Club
L Elegance
St. Armands Towers
Orchid Beach Club
The Beach Residences

Siesta Key

Harbour Towne
The Terrace
Crystal Sands
Sarasota Surf & Racquet

Longboat Key Club

Longboat Key

Water Club
Islander Club
Tangerine Bay
Grand Bay

Waterfront Neighborhoods to Consider

The Barrier Islands:  Bird Key, Siesta Key, Lido Key-St. Armands, Longboat Key

Mainland Sarasota:

Harbor Acres
Oyster Bay Estates

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Continue searching the Sarasota MLS for Sarasota real estate or let us iniate a search for you.  Call Annette Smith (941-504-3922) or John Allen (941-544-6467) or send us an email with your parameters and price range so we can put you in our system for Sarasota properties.