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An Area of Upscale Sarasota Historic Homes & Neighborhoods

Ask anyone around here where the most desirable properties are in Sarasota and you'll very likely be told " West of the Trail."

The "West of the Trail" neighborhoods lie on the west (or bayfront) side of South Tamiami Trail (aka U.S. Route 41).  The area is bounded generally by Mound Street on the north and by Bay Road on the south.  Many of these serene and charming neighborhoods sit under canopies of 100-year old banyon trees. Some of these neighborhoods have deep-water frontage on Sarasota Bay.

People who buy homes in "West of the Trail" neighborhoods are generally seeking several of the following neighborhood attributes:

  • Homes of historic significance
  • Proximity to Sarasota
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Secluded But Worth Finding if You Want an Bradenton Luxury Waterfront Home

Hawks Harbor luxury waterfront homes

In Bradenton Florida, you will be able to easily find Bay Drive (69th Ave West) off Tamiami Trail (US Rte 41) and then turn west.  Shortly thereafter, you'll see, but only if you're looking for it, a small road, Tiara Drive heading southward.  Tiara Drive, lined with majestic royal palms, will lead you into the gated enclave which is Hawk's Harbor an enclave of just 2 streets, Hawks Harbor Circle and Bowlees Cove.  You have arrived in one of the most secluded communities of elegant Bradenton waterfront homes.

Behind the gates, you find just 53 luxury waterfront homes.  Hawk's Harbor was the brainchild of Mike Holderness, then president of Sara Bay Real Estate who still

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new Sarasota luxury waterfront condos at aquaUntil recently, the last major upscale condominium development to break ground in Downtown Sarasota was 1350 Main Street eight years ago in 2006.  Since then, luxury condominium development in Sarasota has been at a standstill.

But, in just the past few months, demand for luxury Sarasota condos, especially along the waterfront, has come roaring back.  One of the newest additions to the Sarasota luxury waterfront condominium market will be called AQUA and it will be built on a 22-acre lot right on Sarasota Bay at 280 Golden Gate Point.  AQUA's co-developers, Michael Adams and Jonathan McCague, believe the time is right for new Sarasota luxury condominium development.

AQUA will join Sansara at 300 South Pineapple Ave., Jewel Residences at Gulfstream

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