Featured Neighborhood: Casey Key

Posted by Julian Yates on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at 9:34am.

The eight-mile island of Casey Key is an exclusive tropical paradise featuring beautiful estates with mansions, modern homes, and old Florida charm.

While it is now considered home to some of the most coveted properties in Florida, Casey Key was once considered uninhabitable. Wild and overgrown, the island, formerly known as Chaise's Key, was surveyed and mapped out by John Casey, who was also commissioned to convince the Seminoles to relocate. Since Casey's map was published in 1856, the eight-mile-long island has been transformed into a lush tropical paradise where the rich and famous go to relax.

Casey Key Road is the only street, twisting its way through a subtropical canopy of old-growth oaks, pines and lush vegetation. However, although Casey Key has beautiful beachfront which can be seen during the winding drive, there are only three ways to access it: Nokomis Beach, North Jetty Park, or own property. But once you get there, you can walk the entire length of the island on the beach. Considering that Casey Key is connected to Siesta Key at Midnight Pass, you could walk the length of both islands if you have the time.

Exclusively residential, the best way to truly enjoy the beach Casey Key has to offer is to own a home there. Properties range from sprawling mansion estates and modern homes to a few old Florida homes remaining from the real estate boom in the 1920's. The further you go north on Casey Key Road, the more “private road” signs there are, and the more secluded the homes become.

Blackburn Point Bridge - Photo by EbyabeThere are only two ways to access Casey Key. To the north, Blackburn Point Road features one of only two swing bridges remaining in the United States. Built in the 1920's, the Blackburn Point Bridge also includes a 15-acre dog friendly park with water access for kayaks, picnic areas, and a nature trail. This area west of the bridge is also the home to the Casey Key Fish House, where many residents dine as Casey Key itself has no restaurants on the entire island, other than snack bars at the parks. Fortunately, the Casey Key Fish House specializes in fresh, locally caught seafood.

The south bridge on Albee Road delivers visitors to Nokomis Beach, which hosts the historic Nokomis Beach Drum Circle every Saturday night. Further south, the North Jetty Park offers great fishing from the seawall and stone pier, dolphin watching, and some of the best surfing you'll find on the east coast of Florida.

An hour south of Tampa and approximately 15 miles south of the city of Sarasota, Casey Key is nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay, and it has become an incredible source of relaxation and inspiration. Even resident author Stephen King based his novel Duma Key on his experience here. Are you ready for Casey Key to inspire you?

 


Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist

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