Beach living is an obviously huge draw for people who want to live in Sarasota, this city claiming the nation's #1 beach and all. However, even with 35 miles of beach in Sarasota County, only so many can actually live right on the edge of the sand. And once people get a feel for sand between their toes first thing in the morning, they tend to never want to leave. This makes the task of finding a beachfront home in Sarasota rather challenging ... but there are always options if you know where to look.
First off, here's proof that you can live on the beach for less than half a million dollars: Check out the 2 bedroom/2 bath unit at 8900 Blind Pass Road. It's less than 1,000 square feet of living space, but then again, you may not need a lot of space if what you're really after is the great view of the beach on one side and a dock with access to the bay on the other. Listed at $479,000.
For a little more elbow room, the split-plan 2 bedroom/2 bath at the Lido Beach Club offers 1,421 square feet of beachfront living. Located on the 12th floor of 1212 Benjamin Franklin Drive, this north-facing residence has expansive views of the Gulf, the bay and downtown Sarasota, and the convenience of condominium living right on the sands of Lido Beach. It features a spacious living room/dining room, and an updated kitchen: new cabinetry with soft-close drawers and beautiful marble counters, including a large breakfast/serving counter). The master, guest, and living rooms have direct access to the balcony through impact-resistant sliding glass doors, and the building includes other great amenities such as a Gulf-front heated pool, fitness room, and Wi-Fi equipped library and social room. Listed at $699,000.
But perhaps you've got your sights set on Siesta Key, and who could blame you? Consider the 1,240 square feet on the 11th floor of the iconic Crystal Sands at 6300 Midnight Pass Road. Wake to sunrises and retire to sunsets on your expanded lanai along this 2 bedroom/2 bath home. The property also includes two pools (one beachside), outdoor grilling, and an abundance of chairs, lounges, and cabanas available on your stretch of beach. Listed at $850,000.
Need more than 2 bedrooms? Head up the road to 5740 Midnight Pass Road for a coveted chance to live at the Gulf & Bay Club. This 3 bedroom corner unit allows full western views plus endless northern views of the powder-white sand of Siesta Key Beach. A sampling of the latest updates include: elevated ceilings, all-new lighting and ceiling fans, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, large center island with induction stove-top, and custom solid wood cabinetry. The spacious laundry contains a sink and full-sized stackable washer and dryer. Some of the Gulf & Bay Club amenities include three pools, tennis courts, spa, workout rooms, hand ball courts, and grills. Listed at $1,650,000.
If you prefer to have your feet on the ground, and you're really looking for your own parcel of paradise, you'll find an abundance of Old Siesta Key charm in 6916 Point Of Rocks Road. This 4 bedroom/3 bath home offers 2,359 square feet on the more private end of Point of Rocks Beach (known as one the top snorkeling spots on Florida's West Coast), and includes a 1 bedroom beach cottage. Exit out the back door of this home through the tropical backyard, with its tree-lined privacy wall and natural vegetation, and you're on the beach.
With your feet on the ground, you might as well have your head in the clouds for at least a minute. The 2 acres at 7858 Sanderling Road features a private beach and lagoon skirted by the 5 bedroom main residence and a two-story guesthouse buffered by a lush Japanese garden. This home is a true haven of serenity resplendent with the beauty of Sarasota's natural surroundings. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to panoramic views of Gulf waters in the expansive master suite, which manifests the sensation of ultimate seclusion on one of the nation's most revered beaches. Listed at $10,900,000.
It's a small group of people that get to live within sight and a few steps from the beach. Want to be in that group? Contact Julian
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist