Although I love the luxury homes in Sarasota, I also love the charm of its villas. I meet quite a few people who are either looking for a vacation home or just something smaller that they can nestle into and not have to worry about the maintenance that larger homes sometimes require. The great news is that there are a lot of villas in the area with a really broad range of pricing.
If you're looking to stay on Longboat Key and be close to the beach, a 2,536 square foot gem at 2157 Harbourside Dr. #802 in Harbour Oaks features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths with beautiful natural lighting throughout. The vaulted ceilings are a great feature of the combined living/dining area, and the wood-burning fireplace and travertine floors really make the place feel like home. The second floor has a spectacular overlook and the community pool and spa is only a few steps away -- and just a few beyond that is the beach. At $695,000, this is a great space for island living.
For a bit less at $529,900, the 2 bed/2 bath home at 6145 Midnight Pass Rd. in Horizons West Bayside has been delightfully updated with wood flooring, crown molding, and plantation shutters throughout. An updated kitchen includes wooden cabinets, Corian countertops, recessed lighting and stainless steel appliances. The 20-unit Siesta Key community features a clubhouse, private beach access with loungers, 2 heated pools and spa, 3 barbecue areas, access to launch kayaks onto the Bay, and a day dock for your boat.
If you're a golfer, there's another 20-unit enclave called Highland Park in the Meadows that you should probably check out. A home at 4480 Highland Park is currently listed at $459,999. This 3 bed/2 bath home offers 2,571 square feet of travertine tile and matching travertine crown molding. Greeted by a beautifully landscaped courtyard, you'll love the upgraded kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Plus, you'll have 54 holes of golf, 17 Har-Tru tennis courts, a fitness center, community pool, social activities, and miles of sidewalks for walking and biking, all conveniently located near the new UTC Mall and great restaurants.
For a great price in a gated community, you may also want to consider the 2-story, 3 bed/2.5 bath villa at 4530 Murcia Blvd. #14 listed for $439,000 in Prestancia. It has its own private screened-in pool and spa, a 2-car garage, and beautiful granite countertops in the kitchen (which look great with the wood floors that run throughout). It also has a separate media room, formal living and dining room, and a family room to top it all off.
For those who want to live on the waterfront, down in Nokomis there's another 2-story, 3 bed/3 bath property at 130 Inlets Blvd. #130 in the Inlets. The open floor plan leads to a private dock in a gated community featuring numerous amenities, including 4 lighted tennis courts, a resort-style heated/cooled pool, and an adjacent hot tub. The newly-renovated social clubhouse has an active membership and comes complete with a fitness room, library, and more. For only $374,900, that's a great price to be able to live on the water.
Lastly, Strathmore Villas has a beautiful 2 bed/2 bath villa with 1,195 square feet at 1808 Vera Pl. #73. Close to downtown, this updated 1963 villa has newer impact windows, custom wood blinds, crown molding, raised panel doors throughout, and a remodeled kitchen. The appliances and air conditioner are all less than 6 years old, and the community features a pool and clubhouse very near to the unit. Move right in for only $116,500.
The beautiful thing about housing in Sarasota is that there's something for everyone, but you have to know where to look. Let me know if I can help you find your dream home. Contact Julian today
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist