Siesta Key with its world famous beach may be Sarasota's most popular island, but ask any local which one is their favorite and more often than not the response will be Lido Key. Featuring a beautiful stretch of sandy shore that includes two nature preserves, the multi-sensory experience of St. Armands Circle, and the proximity to Downtown Sarasota, Lido Key offers a myriad of benefits to all who call it home, and arguably lives up to that well-worn term, "paradise". One look at some of the incredible homes that have been built on Lido will make this clear.
To start, check out this 7,415 square foot gulf front masterpiece in Lido Shores. The 5 bedroom/8 bath home offers mesmerizing water views with a combined total of 14,000 square feet under roof, including the covered terraces for every room. It also has an elevator, a marble staircase, two separate garages for up to 7 cars, and a private gym. With an asking price of $7,900,000, you can be sure every aspect of luxury has been considered.
If you don't need so many bathrooms, the 6,700 square foot Venetian beauty at 290 N Washington Drive may be the perfect home. Built in 2008, this 5 bedroom/6 bath home includes a private dock for a 50’ boat, a private beach, a theater with elevated seating and surround sound, a tranquil waterfall, and multiple car storage bays. With an asking price of only $4,490,000, this is a great opportunity for someone to claim their piece of paradise.
The 4,231 square foot estate at 78 North Polk Drive includes a large boat dock made of Brazilian Ironwood decking, and a 10,000-lb. lift equipped with lighting and shore power. In addition to its own private waterfront setting, this magnificent home also features a gated entry, gas coach lamps, impeccable landscaping, a solid brick driveway, and spacious 3-car garage with epoxy floors. Built by Murray Homes and designed with quality as the first priority, the elegant interiors include Venetian plaster, crown molding, marble flooring, and custom lighting throughout. The open floor plan accommodates entertaining on a grand scale, but for more intimate soirées, the custom salt water pool, the master suite's Roman showers, and the array of balconies are sure to please.
Lido Key also features a number of homes from the Sarasota School of Architecture. Built in 1955, this 3,563 square foot jewel was designed to focus on the pool with poolside elevations that are virtually all glass. The quality of light throughout this residence is quite magical and because of the thoughtful design, you also have wonderful privacy. This 4 bedroom/5 bath home is a piece of Sarasota history that has been kept in impeccable condition, enhanced by high-end finishes including custom fitted Italian cabinets, state of the art appliances, professionally designed landscaping, and an inviting gas fire pit. At $2,200,000 it may not give you immediate waterfront access, however the beach is only steps away.
To get a little deeper into Sarasota history, the 3 bedroom/4 bath gem at 444 South Polk Drive was built in 1946, but has been completely remodeled and now includes porcelain plank floors, new cabinets, exotic granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The outdoor kitchen also features all stainless steel appliances and a built-in bar, and the pool and spa area have been enlarged to approximately 1,600 square feet to include an outdoor shower and new mechanics. The 14 foot open beam ceiling and skylight windows make the 2,272 square foot air-conditioned interior seem more spacious, and at $1,375,000, this is a wonderful find.
Of course, these are only a few of the options available. If you're considering a life of luxury on Lido, let's schedule a tour and find the right house for you.
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist