Longboat Key’s real-estate values are rising, but the island still has plenty to offer in a wide range of prices.
How far can your money go on pristine Longboat Key?
That’s a question on many minds as the local real-estate market heats up and home values rise.
To determine how much bang buyers can get for their buck, the Longboat Observer scoured the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for listings at four price points: $250,000, $750,000, $1.5 million and $5 million and found a condominium unit and single-family home in each range.
1. 2721 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 303
Neighborhood: Longboat Beachcomber
Listing agent: Mary Moore and Dia Wilson, Wagner Realty
Square feet: 675
Year built: 1970
What makes it unique: The unit is offered turnkey with furnishings and can be rented out weekly.
The Beachcomber property is located mid-Key on the Gulfside beach and has a Gulfside pool and sundeck.
The unit has recently been remodeled and includes a new kitchen and bathroom, refinished cabinets, granite countertops, new paint, tile flooring, baseboards, crown molding and new lighting throughout, according to Moore.
2. 102 Twin Shores Blvd.
Neighborhood: Twin Shores
Listing agent: Marni Hayden, My Realty Co.
Square feet: 953
Year built: 1950; renovation completed in 2010
What makes it unique: The home is one of four villas that were renovated in 2010 from eight rental units at the back of the 55-and-up Twin Shores mobile-home community that dates back to the 1950s but fell into disrepair over the years. Although they’re located in a mobile-home community, they’re actually concrete villas.
“The biggest thing about them is they have their own little marina and their own deeded beach access. You have waterfront access on both sides,” Hayden said.
3. 2425 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 14D
Neighborhood: Sea Gate Club
Listing agent: Bruce Myer, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Square feet: 1,470
Year built: 1973
What makes it unique: The unit includes granite tops, stainless-steel fixtures and extended kitchen cabinetry, and its master suite feature has a spa-like bath with rain-shower heads and streaming jets.
It’s located on the 14th floor, giving expansive views of the Gulf and the Key’s beach, according to Myer.
The community has a beachfront pool, Har-Tru tennis courts and clubroom.
4. 592 Juan Anasco Drive
Neighborhood: Sleepy Lagoon
Listing agent: Tina Rudek, Engel & Voëlkers
Square feet: 2,132
Year built: 1974
What makes it unique: The property is located on a canal and includes a swimming pool and large family room, part of which could be converted into a fourth bedroom.
“(It has) complete tranquility and is only two lots away from Sarasota Bay, offering a great 2,000 square feet, plus a floor plan perfect for entertaining and bringing the outdoors in,” Rudek said.
5. 455 Longboat Club Road, Penthouse 2
Neighborhood: The Pierre
Listing agent: Mark Huber, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
Square feet: 2,410
Year built: 1990
What makes it unique: The unit offers views of the Gulf, bay, Islandside Golf Course and Intracoastal Waterway and offers 14-foot ceilings and two balconies.
The community is located behind the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Islandside gates and has a heated outdoor pool, toddler pool, hot tub and gazebo.
Residents can access the property’s beach through the property’s dune walkway.
6. 3548 Fair Oaks Lane
Neighborhood: Queens Harbour
Price: $1.5 million
Listing agent: Judy Kepecz-Hays, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Square feet: 3,470
Year built: 2000
What makes it unique: The home has a dock, 19-foot ceilings and swimming pool. Its Queens Harbour neighborhood is located behind the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside gates and has access to the Bay Isles Beach Club.
“It has bayfront, it has volume ceilings, split bedrooms. There’s a private courtyard pool and also a separate guest suite that could be used as an art studio or hobby room. It’s a fabulous neighborhood; you couldn’t pick better neighbors,” Kepecz-Hays said.
7. 5030 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Neighborhood: Longboat Key bayfront
Price: $4.98 million
Listing agent: Richard Perlman, Michael Saunders & Co.
Square feet: 5,126
Year built: Primary residence built in 1985 and remodeled in 2001; guest house built in 2001.
What makes it unique: The estate known as “Bayside Villa” is located behind iron gates that open to gardens, a fountain and antique stone statues at the entrance.
The property includes a primary residence and guest residence, an outdoor kitchen on the pool deck, boat dock, deeded beach access and garage parking for 14 vehicles (the late owner was an avid car collector).
“It’s definitely a car collector’s dream come true, or (the garage space) could be used for a fitness studio,” Perlman said.
8. 4125 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit S301
Neighborhood: La Firenza
Listing agent: Roger Pettingell, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Square feet: 4,810
Year built: 2007
What makes it unique: The residence is one of just 10 units at La Firenza and has its own three-car garage, along with views of the beach from nearly every room. It has a split-bedroom plan and a master suite with its own foyer, wet bar and private sitting room or study with its own terrace that overlooks Sarasota Bay.
“This is the only Gulf-front penthouse available on Longboat Key. It offers everything you would want: amazing Gulf views, top-level finishes and ample space for you and your guests,” Pettingell said.
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