Live in a Paradise Here on Earth
Longboat Key spans two counties; the southern end is in Sarasota County while the northern end extends into Manatee County. Just south of Longboat Key lies St. Armands Key, with its world-famous shopping district and Lido Key. To the north, Longboat Key reaches to Anna Maria Island off the coast of Bradenton, Florida.Known for its tasteful luxury, manicured surroundings, an excellent private golf course, and devoid of garish billboards and neon signs, Longboat Key is much more than that.
Longboat Key is one of quietest barrier islands on Florida's Gulf Coast. a single main street, Gulf of Mexico Drive, runs the entire length of the island with short lanes and cul de sacs on each side. Those side streets are lined with everything from a few remaining old beachfront cottages to maintenance free villas and enormous developments of high-rise luxury condos. There are also grand waterfront mansions with gorgeous views of either Sarasota Bay for those facing east or the Gulf of Mexico for those facing west.
With an pleasant average year-round temperature of 73 degrees, Longboat Key is the perfect place for all sorts of relaxing activities from golfing to biking, tennis, fishing and sailing to leisurely strolls through boutique shops and elegant dining in 5-star restaurants.
Golfers and tennis enthusiasts especially like Longboat Key, it being the only barrier island in the Sarasota Florida area with a 45-hole golf course at the private Longboat Key Club. The Longboat Key Club Harbourside course is a 27-hole layout of three 9-hole courses designed by golf architect Willard Byrd. Bordering Sarasota Bay, this award-winning course plays through stands of oak, sabal palm, fiddle-leaf palm, Washingtonian palm, fig, palmetto and southern pine. Almost constant wind puts a premium on shot-making and course strategy, while the more gentle breezes off the Gulf of Mexico keep Harbourside a refreshing challenge year round. The 6,792-yard Islandside golf course, set in a protected bird sanctuary, borders the Gulf of Mexico and features water hazards on all 18 holes making accuracy off the tee essential. Over 5,000 palm trees and oleander line the course's fairways making Island side one of Florida's most spectacular golf courses.
Those who own yachts or fixed keel sailboats will appreciate the 291 protected deep-water slips at the Longboat Key Club Moorings Marina. Those who appreciate the arts will enjoy not only the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, with its permanent collection and changing exhibits of invitational shows, art classes and workshops, and cultural events year round, but also the close proximity across a short bridge to Lido Key and then across the Ringling Causeway to all the arts and cultural venues of downtown Sarasota.
As of the 2010 census about 6,800 professionals, retirees and young families were enjoying the Longboat Key lifestyle in about 8,800 housing units of all kinds. Since the economic recovery, more people have started returning to Longboat Key and it is currently estimated that about 7,200 permanently now live on this "Sliver of Paradise," as some like to call it. While some spend just a few months here each year, more and more people are choosing to become year-round residents of this 11-mile long sliver of paradise.
If you are considering purchasing a Sarasota Florida luxury home or condo, it would be a mistake not to let me introduce you to the "Longboat Key Lifestyle" before you make a decision. I assure you you won't be disappointed.