If tropical breezes and a laid-back upscale location is what you are looking for, then Longboat Key should be on your "must-see" list.
The 11 miles of white sand beaches run from St Armand's Circle in Sarasota County into Manatee County and Anna Maria. Condominiums are the dominant residences Gulf side with a level of sophistication and finish found in some of the most beautiful homes and can be upwards of 4,000 square feet or more. Spectacular views and sunsets are had by most. The beaches have minimal access for those not in residence. Upper floors also enjoy the nighttime views of the lights from Sarasota.
Single-family homes are generally located bayside and on canals with access to Sarasota Bay. For boaters, access to the Gulf of Mexico without having to contend with any bridges is an enormous benefit to life on Longboat Key. Price points for interior lots are lower for those on a gulf course. Still, most will have some deeded beach access. At the northern part of the key, several areas have erected pristine gulf and beachfront mansions.
Longboat Key is also a scarce barrier island with two 18-hole golf courses. So if you want to hit a few practice rounds between walking the beach and dinner at one of the eight restaurants, the Longboat Key Club gives you many options for enjoying that precious downtime.
Access to the mainland is either by St. Armand's to the south or Cortez Road or Manatee Rd to the north side. For day-to-day needs, the shopping center mid-key at Bay Isles offers a fully equipped grocery store that caters to the sophisticated tastes that the well-traveled residents expect.
Several world-class restaurants include The Chart House, Euphemia Haye, and Cafe on the Bay. There are also 'tropical casual' places to dine just a few minutes away at St. Armand's. You will also find many boutique and specialty shops that cater to an upscale clientele. Anna Maria, Holmes, or Bradenton Beaches to the north offer shops and dining with more of a 'beach' town feel.
What we like best about Longboat Key are:
Beaches: Longboat Key boasts 12 miles of pristine beaches with turquoise waters and soft white sand. Residents can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, and other water activities all year round. Here are ten things to do on Longboat Key.
Golfing: Longboat Key is home to several world-class golf courses, including the Longboat Key Club & Resort, which offers 45 holes of championship golf.
Boating: Longboat Key is a paradise for boaters with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Residents can dock boats at one of the island's marinas or leisurely cruise along the coast.
Dining and Shopping: Longboat Key has a variety of upscale dining and shopping options, including the renowned St. Armands Circle, which is just a short drive away. The Circle offers a vibrant mix of boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and frequent events and festivals.
Nature and Wildlife: Longboat Key has several nature preserves and parks, including Joan M. Durante Park and the Public Tennis Center. These areas offer opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and other outdoor activities.
Luxury Real Estate: Longboat Key offers many luxurious options, including beachfront condos, single-family homes, and expansive estates. Buyers can choose from various styles and price points to find the perfect property to suit their needs and lifestyle.