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Longboat Key, Waterfront Condos Available | Sarasota FL

Longboat Key Condos for Sale

Beach, Golf, Swimming, Boating, Tennis

Longboat Key BeachLonboat Key condos provide plenty of amenities for all your outdoor plans. Many of the complexes have clubshouses with additional activities to keep you busy for a lifetime! Currently there are 149 two bedroom units on the market.

Some of our customers have been coming to Sarasota and Longboat Key for decades. They fell in love with our weather, beaches, the Gulf of Mexico, gentle palms swazing and fabulous sunsets decades ago. Is now the time to find the perfect Longboat Key lifestyle?

With approximately, just 150  condos currently for sale, buyers search for a condo ithat fits your real estate needs. Newer buildings offer luxury amenities providing activities for residents right at the resort complexes.

Condo prices currently start at $249,900 for a two-bedroom residence at St. Jude on the north end of the Key. The higheset priced condo is currently $5,999,999.

Update on the Longboat Key Condo Market

  • *Active Listings - Two+ Bedrooms 149
  • Pending Listings 32
  • Sales Last 6 Months 172

*Stats for two plus bedroom condos, villas and town houses.


Lido Key Beach, A Variety of Condos for Sale | Sarasota, FL

Lido Key Condos for Sale

Beach, Swimming, Boating, Tennis

Lido Key Condominium BuildingWhether you're an avid beachcomber or a passionate tennis player, Lido Key condos provide ample amenities for both activities. With approximately, just 25  condos currently for sale, you'll want to see if your dreamy condo is still for sale. Many of the newer buildings offer incredible luxury amenities providing activities for residents right at the resort complexes.

Condo prices currently start in the $500,000s for a two-bedroom residence. 

Lido Key' Beach is popular with residents and tourists who visit regularly. There are two parks on the Key: the Ted Sperling Park and the Ted Sperling Nature Park. The Park is open year-round from 6 am til 11:00 pm.

Ted Sperling Park Amenities

  • Playground
  • Volleyball Court
  • Pinic Tables
  • Rest Room & Rinse Off Showers

Ted Sperling Nature Park offers kayaking and paddleboarding.

Community Amenities

  • Secured Lobby
  • Lido Key Beach
  • Large Beach Pool
  • Clubhouse

Resorts on Lido Key are listed below. One of Sarasota, Florida's most adored barrier islands, the Key is close to St. Armands Circle and downtown. Residents enjoy a white-sandy beach, warm climate and beautiful sunsets every day.


910 Casey Cove Drive, Nokomis, Florida Open House

910 Casey Cove Drive - Open House

Stop by 910 Casey Cove Dr., Nokomis, FL on Sunday, June 19, 2016 and view this charming Key West style home. The home will be open 1-4 pm.

910 Casey Cove Aerial

Situated on a deep water lot with a dock and lift that will accommodate a large boat, 910 Casey Cove was built in 1991. The 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features include plenty of outdoor space with a swimming pool & spa, summer kitchen and screened enclosures for enjoying Florida's tropical allure. 

Casey Key is located south of Sarasota, Florida. The barrier island stretches 8 miles and connects to the mainland by two bridges. The north bridge is one of the oldest swinging draw bridges in the country. Residents enjoy the island's natural resources, and many celebrities have chosen Casey Key for its beauty and solitude. Casey Key is prominently residential although there are a few old Florida style motels and two public beaches at the south end. 

Sarasota, Florida's outstanding cultural attractions: the opera, ballet, symphony and theatre are about 20 minutes from Casey Key. Shopping, restaurants and professional services are all within minutes of the area too.

To schedule a showing at 910 Casey Cove Dr or for more information, contact Annette Smith at 941-504-3922.

910 Casey Cove Photo Gallery

910 Casey Cove - Front View
Living Room of 910 Casey Cove Dr...

Sales Remain Strong in September for Sarasota

In a traditionally slower month, September sales of Sarasota real estate remain strong. Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee posted the months statistics showing sales of 1,608 for both counties.

Click here for the entire press release.


Sarasota - Great Climate for Creative Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor Living in Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota's warm weather is perfect for outdoor living. These outdoor spaces are becoming year-round living areas -- extending a home's livability. You can get some great ideas from Houzz and design your perfect spot on the sun coast.

Contact the Annette Smith Team at 941-504-3922 for information on all area real estate or visit our website:


Regency House - Sarasota Condos Market Update

Downtown Sarasota Highrise, Regency House

With Sarasota Bay right across the street and Palm Avenue on the east side of Regency House, you just can't beat this waterfront location.

Built in 1972, Regency House is in downtown Sarasota on the bay front. It is in one of the most popular buildings with marina views.

Plenty to do here too. You can visit the park, Selby Gardens, galleries, shops and restaurants on Palm Avenue and Main Street. Beaches are close by too.


  • Club Room with Kitchen
  • Library
  • Private heated pool
  • Exercise
  • Secured Lobby
  • Vehicle Washing Area
  • Parking

Sales Activity

According to the Sarasota-Manatee MLS, there are currently two condos for sale in the Regency House. Selling prices are $420,000 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath residence offering over 1,537 sq.ft. of space and $485,000 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo featuring 1,424 sq.ft. There is one pending sale and two condos have sold in the last six month with prices ranging from $420,000 to $490,000.

You may also be interested in other downtown properties: 1350 Main, Bay Plaza and One Hundred Central. View all condos for sale on our downtown Sarasota condos page:


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota

Since 1973, guests and scientists alike enjoy visiting the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. Points of interest on the ground include:

  • Ann Goldstein Children's Rainforest Garden
  • Tropical Conservatory
  • Towering Bamboo Garden
  • Banyan Groves
  • Mangrove Bay Walk
  • Fern Garden Koi Pond
Entrance Sign at Selby Gardens

Originally, the home of William and Marie Selby, Sarasota, FL

If you have never visited the gardens, you are missing one of Sarasota's gorgeous treasures.


Redo at Beachplace on Longboat Key

Ideas for Beach Interior Design Project

You just purchased a condo, and it has to be gutted. Here a some ideas on Houzz that might be in your budget.

Beachplace is one of Longboat Key's most popular resorts. We often have buyers who purchase an affordable condo that just needs some personal attentions. Check out these ideas:

There are currently 7 condos for sale at Beachplace with partial or full Gulf views. Prices range from $599,000 to $1,349,000.


Sculptural Design Pieces to Spruce Up a Room

Looking for a conversation piece to spruce up your living room? Houzz provides plenty of options with suggested scuptural designs. From fabulous tables to clever chandeliers, you'll find some options here:


West of the Trail - New Listing on Morris Street

1884 Morris Street, West of the Trail, Sarasota

West of the Trail Home on Morris Street, Sarasota

Sandy Whitehead has a new listing at 1884 Morris Street priced at $1,250,000. The eloquent home is West of the Trail and within a few blocks of Southside Elementary, Southside Village and Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Downtown Sarasota and area beaches are close too.

With plenty of custom features and gorgeous landscaping, you’ll love the pool area of this home, complete with outdoor kitchen and casual seating. What a perfect place to entertain your guests. The home is 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. In addition to beautiful wood cabinets with granite countertops in the kitchen and family room, there’s a billiard room, a 200 square foot gym and a two-car garage.

Click into your own private gated enclave right in the heart of Sarasota. See complete listing details on our website at, and contact Sandy at 941-928-3435 if you have additional question or would like to make an appointment to view the property.

View all West of the Trail Listing Below


Country Club Shores Neighborhood on Longboat Key

Country Club Shores Neighborhood Longboat Key

Across from the Longboat Key Club, on the convenient south end of Longboat Key, you'll find the lovely neighborhood of Country Club Shores. Most homes in this community are on one of the canals which provide deep water access to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Each entrance to the neighborhood is flanked by two stone pillars off Gulf of Mexico Drive.

The Sarasota-Manatee MLS currently reports 24 single family homes for sale in Country Club Shores. Prices range from $524,999 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath built in 1968 to $3,495,000 for an elegant bay front home. The home was built in 2006.There are 3 homes under contract, and in the last six months, 18 homes have sold. As you can see from the stats below, this is a "hot" waterfront area.

Sales Activity – Last Six Months

  • Active Listings: 24
  • Current Listings Highest Price: $3,495,000
  • Current Listings Lowest Price: $524,999
  • Pending Sales: 3
  • Homes Sold: 18
  • Highest Priced Home Sold: $2,355,000
  • Lowest Priced Home Sold: $390,000

For more information on homes for sale on Longboat Key, visit our website at


Ritz Carlton Beach Residences | Lido Key, FL

Resort Pool at Lido Key Ritz Carlton

Located at 1300 Benjamin Franklin Drive on Lido Key, the Ritz Carlton Beach Residences personify luxury living.  The Ritz-Carlton Members Beach Club is on the same site providing 400 feet of private beach, as well as its resort facilities. 


  • Elegant Entrance
  • Secure Building
  • 24-Hr Concierge Service
  • State of the Art Fitness Center
  • Sauna
  • Social Room
  • Conference & Meeting Room
  • Resort Pool & Spa
  • Theatre
  • Billiards
  • Multiple Dining Options
  • Two Guest Suites

Residents are within minutes of shops and restaurants of Saint Armands Circle, as well as the downtown area's shops, galleries and theater.

Sales Activity

Currently six condos are for sale in The Beach Residences. Prices range from $1,395,000 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath resdidence with 2,077 sq. ft. of living space to $3,250,000 for a 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 residence with almost 4,000 sq.ft. There is one pending sale and two condos have sold in the last six month with prices ranging from $2,375,000 to $2,500,000.

  • Active Listing Prices: $1,395,000 - $3,250,000
  • Pending Sales: 1
  • Sales Last 6 Months: 2
  • Selling Prices: $2,375,000 and $2,500,000

You may also be interested in other area beach properties: Orchid Beach Club, L Elegance and St Armands Towers. View all condos for sale on our Lido Key condos page:


Beau Ciel | Downtown Sarasota, Florida

Luxuries Downtown Sarasota condos on the Bay

Located at 990 Boulevard of the Arts, Beau Ciel is adjacent to the Van Wezel on Sarasota Bay. The building is an architectural gem, and its beautiful presence, along with its outstanding amenities offers the ultimate in luxury Florida living. 


  • Elegant Entrance
  • Secure Building
  • 24-Hr Concierge Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Sauna
  • Social Room
  • Resort Pool
  • Hyatt Regency Sarasota Benefits

Sales Activity

According to the Sarasota-Manatee MLS, there is currently one condo for sale in Beau Ciel. Selling price is $2,650,000 for a 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath residence offering over 4,000 sq.ft. of space. There is one pending sale and two condos have sold in the last six month with prices ranging from $1,150,000 to $1,650,000.

  • Active Listing Price: $2,650,000
  • Pending Sales: 1
  • Sales Last 6 Months: 2

You may also be interested in other downtown properties: the Savoy, the Vue and Plaza at Five Points. View all condos for sale on our downtown Sarasota condos page:


Crystal Sands on Siesta Key

Located at 6300 Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key, Crystal Sands offers private beach access to the No. 1 Beach in US. Built in 1969, these Siesta Key condos are centrally located on the Key. You can walk to the Village or relax by the Sand's oceanside swimming pool. It’s in the heart of it all: wonderful restaurants, the local drugstore, the bank or the grocer.

Sales Activity

According to the Sarasota-Manatee MLS, there are currently 3 condos for sale in Crystal Sands. Priced from $779,000 for a two bedroom, two bath unit with 1271 sq.ft. to $929,000 for a two bedroom, two bath condo providing stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Higest priced condo: $929,000
  • Lowest priced condo: $779,000
  • Pending Sales: 2
  • Sales Lasst 6 Months: 0

Crystal Sands Condo Amenities Include: BBQ Picnic Area, Club House, Kitchen, 2 Community Pools, Covered Parking and pet friendly environment. Onsite-Management and excellent rental income potential.

You may also be interested in other area properties: Crescent, Harbour Towne and Beach Villas. View all condos for sale on our Siesta Key condos page:


April Sarasota Real Estate Stats - 2015

The REALTOR Association of Sarasota and Manatee just released sales data for April 2015. “Property sales in April 2015 in Sarasota County totaled 1,224 (791 single family and 433 condos), exceeding the all-time high reached in April 2004 by a single sale. Manatee County recorded 813 sales (539 single family and 274 condos), not a record, but very high compared to recent months. The historic level of sales activity has been driven by several factors, according to local real estate leaders.”

The Sarasota real estate market is one of the hottest markets in the country. We’ve mentioned many times how fabulous this city is. We’ve got incredible weather, beautiful scenery, excellent schools and outstanding cultural venues. Our Association President, Stafford Starcher reiterated “the fact that people want to move here and buy property here is no surprise, and we are no longer a secret in the national and international marketplace.” Correct -- Sarasota is no longer a big secret!

Click HERE for the complete press release in PDF format, including statistical charts.


West of the Trail, Sarasota, FL

West of the Trail Neighborhood

West of the Trail residents live in one of Sarasota's oldest and most pretigious areas. Many of the homes are listed in Sarasota's Historic Registry dating back to the 1920s. You'll find the area West of US 41 or the Tamiami Trail near Sarasota Memorial Hospital as the most popular of these neighborhoods. Convenient to the hospital, Southside Village, downtown, Southside Elementary School, as well as Siesta Key Beach, home prices start in the $400,000s and go up into the multi-million dollar range.

Builders have been on a spree in the last few years. Gobbling up older homes and demolishing them to replace with new structures. This area has really been hot!

Currently, there are approximately 53 single family for sale West of the Trail in the Sarasota Memorial Hospital area in some of the best subdivisions including Harbor Acres and Cherokee Park. Prices range from $424,900 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath house with 1230 square feet to $8,995,000 for a 4 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath house in McClellan Park. Nineteen (19) homes are under contract and 31 homes have sold in the last six months with prices ranging from $410,000 to $4,500,000.

For additional information visit the West of the Trail page of our website:


Harbour Towne Condos on Siesta Key

Bayside Condos on Siesta Key

Harbour Towne, a boating community located mid-key on Siesta Key, is the perfect residence for boaters and beachgoers. The beautifully landscaped, gated resort is located just across the street from the Siesta Key public beach offering a small private private marina with docking for residents.

Complex amenities include: heated pool and spa, clubhouse with full kitchen, covered grilling pavillion, tennis court and attached one car garages.

Currently, there are 6 condos for sale at Harbour Towne Yacht Club. Prices range from $569,000 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit with 1217 square feet to $749,000 for a 3 bedroom, 3 bath unit. One condo has sold in the last six months for $575,000.

For additional information visit the Siesta Key condos page of our website:


Phillippi Landings Condominiums in Sarasota, FL

Condominiums in Sarasota, Florida

Phillippi Landings, located West of the Trail on the mainland of Sarasota, was built in 2006 providing beautiful views of Phillippi Creek and the Intracoastal Waterway. The community is just across US 41 from the Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar. Siesta Key Beach is within minutes for sun worshipers, and downtown Sarasota is minutes away for the cultural enthusiasts.

Building amenities include: private boat slips, clubhouse, heated pool and spa, fitness center, pet park. There are also lighted board walk, and the community's landscaping is stunning.

Currently, there are 4 condos for sale at Phillippi Landings. Prices range from $319,900 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit with 1709 square feet to $435,000. Two condos are under contract, and two condos have sold in the last six months at a selling prices ranging of $329,000 to $345,000.

For additional information visit the Sarasota condos page of our website:


Beachplace Beach Condos

Beach Front Condominiums on FL West Coast

Beachplace, located at the convenient south end of Longboat Key, is a beach front condominium resort. The gated community has onsite management and secured buildings. One of Longboat Key's most sought after investment complexes, the rental policy allows owners to rent a minimum of one month, 12 times per year. Many condos offer outstanding views of the beach. Others offer expansive vistas of the Longboat Key Golf Course. There are assigned parking spots and plenty of guests parking in this community.

Building amenities include: a beautiful updated Club House, heated swimming pool, spa, grilling area and a fitness area. There are also four Har-Tru tennis courts.

Currently, there are 8 condos for sale at Beachplace. Prices range from $519,000 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit to $1,399,000. Four condos are under contract, and six condos have sold in the last six months at a selling prices ranging from $580,000 to $640,000.

For additional information visit the Longboat Key condos page of our website:


Orchid Beach Club on Lido Key

Orchid Beach Club, located at 2050 Benjamin Franklin Drive, on the south end of Lido Key, is a luxurious condominium resort. Many residences offer views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, and the Sarasota skyline. The guard gated community was beautiful built in 2005, and its amenities are outstanding. Residents can enjoy an active social calendar or relax with a book in the private library. For entertaining owners' guests, there is a dining room that seats 36 people. For fitness, the center offers exercise equipment, massage room, steam and spa rooms. This pet friendly building even provides a dog run with a "no size" restriction for owners' pets.

Currently, there are three condos for sale at Orchid Beach Club. Prices range from $1,795,000 for a three bedroom, 3 1/2 bath unit to $5,950,000. One condo is under contract, and one condo as sold in the last six months at a selling price of $1,900,000.

For additional information visit the Orchid Beach Club

website at:

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