Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bird Key FL Real Estate Update

Bird Key, a private boating community, was developed in the 1950s by Arvida. This barrier island is located between St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota FL. Yacht owners love the deep water canals that wind through Bird Key to Sarasota Bay and on to the Gulf of Mexico. Many of the single family homes have been replaced with luxurious mansions, others updated to include new features, architectural details and code standards demanded by today real estate market. Bird Key has no condominiums.

Bird Key residents enjoy their own private yacht club. The Bird Key Yacht Club is a member of the Florida Council of Yacht Club’s and is a great place for residents to gather for lunch, dinner, tennis or socializing.

Bird Key FL offers buyers luxurious surroundings behind its gates. The inventory of Bird Key Sarasota real estate for sale stands at 27 currently in the Sarasota MLS. The pending sales total 8 and 22 homes sold in the last six months indicating Bird Key real estate sales continue to be quite strong. Recent sales range from $407,000 to $4,950,000.

Bird Key Real Estate Neighborhood Update:

  • Least Expensive Home: $539,000
  • Most Expensive Home: $9,490,000
  • Under Contract: 8
  • Homes Sold in the Last 6 Months: 22

For more information on homes for sale on Bird Key, contact the John Allen Team at 941-544-6467. We have agents who specialize in homes in boating communities and have the expertise to guide you to a successful purchase of Bird Key Florida real estate for sale. If you are planning to tour homes on Bird Key, please give us advance notice so we can schedule appointments.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Historic Spanish Point

Just a short drive south of Sarasota,Florida you will find a little eight-mile long island known as Casey Key. Here you will find a place where time has stood still. Bask in the natural beauty of this island which enjoys bay to gulf water views,or,if you want to explore the history of the area, visit Historic Spanish Point in Osprey,Florida.

Historic Spanish Point was the prehistoric home of the Calusa Indians,among the first people to settle in the area around 3000 BC. The artifacts from this prehistoric people can be found throughout the grounds.

The island was later settled by John and Eliza Webb from New York. They planted citrus and vegetable plants, opened a citrus packing house and boat building operation and operated the Webb Winter Resort which attracted winter-weary residents from the North. Among those Northern visitors was Bertha Palmer of Chicago, who established her winter estate on Spanish Point. She transformed the landscape with her gardens and architecture.

Spanish Point has been preserved thanks to the donation of the property by the family of Bertha Palmer to the Gulf Heritage Association in 1980. Today, Spanish Point is a 30-acre archaeological, historical and environmental museum. Walk the nature trails where you will see historic pioneer buildings. Enjoy the boardwalk which rambles through native coastal habitats with live oaks and gumbo-limbo trees and a beautiful views of Little Sarasota Bay. You may even spot the resident American Bald Eagle!

See the magnificent display of colorful flowers in the Butterfly Garden, one of the largest on the Gulf Coast. Visit the “Window to the Past” built inside a prehistoric shell mound.

A popular site for weddings, Mary’s Chapel is a beautiful wooden structure which floods with brilliant sunlight as it streams through its stained glass windows.

Visit the Guptill House built in 1901 on top of a 50000 old Indian shell mound.

See a living history reenactment of pioneer life with performances in Mrs. Palmer’s pergola and sunken garden.

Take a trip across Little Sarasota Bay on a sharpie sailboat, a hand-built wooden reproduction.

At the end of the day, relax at the Spanish Point Pub & Marina where you will be sure to find something for everyone’s taste at this casual waterfront establishment.

Contact the John Allen Team for information on Casey Key real estate. Our real estate agents show Casey Key homes for sale regularly and will assist you in a smooth real estate transaction.