One of the big draws for people choosing Sarasota both as a vacation spot and a home is access to the Gulf of Mexico and the opportunities to explore it by boat. Many who retire here find the water calling to them every day to either go fishing, waterskiing, or to just get away from things and relax. If the water is calling to you, and you've got a boat that needs somewhere to dock, you may want to check out some of these homes.
For a beautifully unobstructed view of Sarasota Bay, you might want to try the 7th story of the iconic Condo on the Bay at 888 Boulevard Of The Arts. This resort style condominium has everything! The pool looks over the bay. The tennis courts, fitness center, and sauna help to ensure good health. And the location is sublime, just a few blocks from downtown. For only $595,000, this 1555 square feet beauty has 2 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, and boat docks available for the right buyer.
The Harbor Villas at Dona Bay is a great place to be a boater. With direct access to the IntracoastalWaterway and Gulf of Mexico, the complex also includes a heated pool and spa, and is just minutes from the beaches. The unit features recently upgraded appliances, granite countertops, wood cabinetry, and a spacious balcony with awesome full bay views of Dona Bay. This 3 bedroom/3.5 bathroom home is 1860 square feet, and includes the use of a dock space with water and electric, and comes with two secure covered garage parking spaces.
The custom built residence at 314 Dolphin Shores Circle in the exclusive gated waterfront community of Dolphin Shores in Nokomis is uniquely sited with two sides of canal frontage and a deeded boat dock with davits just outside your door offering quick and easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy the water views from most rooms of the home as well as enhanced water views from the multiple outdoor living areas. The open split bedroom floor provides functionality and privacy. Built in 1993, this 2945 square foot home includes 3 spacious bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, with an asking price of $695,000.
Portofino on the Bay is a Mediterranean-inspired waterfront gated community that seldom has occupancies because no one wants to leave. This distinguished enclave of twenty homesites provides deeded access to Little Sarasota Bay with a community day dock as well as the opportunity to purchase a private boat slip separately. Built in 2007, all 3097 square feet of this beautiful home are well lit with natural light through the abundance of custom windows, and the chef-inspired kitchen features granite countertops, solid wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, a natural gas cook-top, and a closet pantry for extra storage. With an asking price of $800,000, this home at 1690 Assisi Drive may just be help carve out the ideal Florida lifestyle.
But if you want to move a bit beyond ideal, you may want to consider the little bit of Shangri-La at 100 South Warbler Lane. Perched on approximately ½ acre of bay front with 278 feet of seawall, this 5780 square foot home features volume ceilings, mahogany flooring, custom cabinetry, Brazilian marble counters and hurricane-impact windows and doors. Dazzling sunsets can be enjoyed from the privacy of your bay front terrace with Infinity pool, cascading waterfall and gas fire pit. Boat dockage is protected and will accommodate a 60-70 foot vessel, and the indoor/outdoor entertainment center with a fully equipped home theater, bar and outdoor kitchen with grill make this a great place for entertaining. Of course, with an asking price of $5,730,000, chances are good you'll be wanting to show this one off.
These are just a few of the places where boaters may find their little piece of paradise. Contact me when you'd like to go see which one will be right for you.
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist