If you're in search of tasteful luxury and manicured surroundings, Longboat Key may just be the place for you. With its high-end boutiques, five-star restaurants, and beautiful beaches, it offers a nice balance between wildlife and upscale amenities. The only tourists who frequent Longboat Key are the ones who like peace, quiet, and privacy, and the same goes for those who decide to live here.
The island's 12-mile stretch of shoreline is just minutes away from the area's other cultural attractions, such as world-famous St. Armands Circle, Downtown Sarasota, and Siesta Key Beach, and to the north are Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria Island.
Most of Longboat Key is occupied by single-family homes and some of the region's most coveted condominiums. In addition to the great beaches, pools, tennis courts, golf courses, and all-around luxury amenities, the view of the Gulf of Mexico at sunset is to die for. Looking at it today, it's hard to believe that the island was farmland in the early part of the last century, and even more difficult to believe is that it was used as a bomb test site during World War II.
On November 14, 2015, the City of Longboat Key celebrated its 60th anniversary, and Condé Nast Traveler magazine now calls it one of the top islands in the United States. Again, the tourists who do take advantage of the several rental properties do it for the same reason the residents move here: for relaxation in luxury. Among the things to do on Longboat, there's the cultural resonance of the Center for the Arts, the shopping at Whitney Beach Shopping Center, and the ability to commune with nature at Joan M. Durante Park.
Of course, you can't talk about Longboat Key without mentioning the restaurants. With The Lazy Lobster, Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, and Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, it's safe to say that Longboat Key serves up some of the best seafood on the planet. When you further consider the grace, elegance, and style of restaurants such as the Chart House, the Longboat Key Club Restaurant, Euphemia Haye, and Maison Blanche, an argument could be made that Longboat Key is the best place on the planet to eat just about anything.
If you're thinking of calling Longboat Key home, you should be aware that over 50% of the current residents are over the age of 65, and less than 5% are under 40. Largely, Longboat Key has been embraced by the golden years. The real question you have to ask yourself is how soon you'd like yours to start.
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist