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While Siesta Key has gained some notoriety lately from the television show that bears its name on MTV, life is not always like what you see on television. Although Sarasota does have beautiful beaches, an active nightlife, and plenty of watersports, with a median age of 62.8, it's not entirely the 20-something playground it's made out to be. However, with over 6,000 residents and over 2.2 million visitors a year, it's still a really wonderful place to live and visit.

Of course, it wasn't always so. Up until the 20th century, the barrier island was mostly inhabited by wildlife and the occasional fisherman, and went by a variety of names, like Sarasota Key, Little Sarasota Island, and Clam Island.

After the Siesta Inn opened in 1906, guests,

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From income-generating rental properties to full-time waterfront residences, Siesta Key’s abundance of possibilities is irresistible!

Living near the water is an alluring temptation that Siesta Key deals in spades. From long-term getaways for snowbirds to full time residents, Sarasota Property Finders offers our clients a multitude of options of island living at its best. In just a few minutes or less from your doorstep, enjoy the white, pristine beaches of the Florida Gulf coast and the myriad of dining and shopping choices at Siesta Key Village.

Charming Beach Home in the Heart of Siesta Key

If you are searching for a full-time residence, look no further than 632 Calle de Peru. This gorgeous three bedroom, 4 bath home is located in the heart of

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This week, I want to focus on a West of Trail beauty and an adorable Siesta Key home I think you'll love. 

The highly desirable Granada neighborhood is home to a charming Spanish Mediterranean 3 bedroom/2 bath home at 1681 Bonita Lane that has been tastefully renovated by its current owner. Most of this West of Trail gem features beautiful travertine floors, but the bedrooms retain the original wood flooring for a cozy, retro feel. The kitchen and both bathrooms have been updated with new cabinets and counters, and the kitchen also now includes all new appliances and custom woodwork on the accent wall and breakfast bar.

Two of the bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bathroom, and the master bedroom includes a walk in closet and French doors leading

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For those who love the island life, condominium living may just be the best way to go. With tended grounds and terrific amenities, a condo can be a huge contributor to a life of leisure. The great thing is, thanks to the diversity of condominium types on Siesta Key alone, you don't necessarily have to be a millionaire to live there.

For instance, look at the 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo at 6157 Midnight Pass Road. Granted, with 789 square feet of living space it's not immense, but considering that it's just across the street from Crescent Beach, you've got paradise at your feet. This particular condo has been very successfully used as a seasonal rental for the last several years, so if you're looking to invest in property, this is a fantastic

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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

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Now that the economy and housing market are bouncing back, new homes are sprouting up all around Sarasota. In addition to the number of condos going up around downtown, there are also quite a few single-family homes ready to help you create the life in paradise you're longing for. Check out a sampling of new homes below!

204 52nd Avenue W Drive, Bradenton
Starting small, here is a cute little 1 bedroom/1 bath property in Bradenton at 204 52nd Avenue W Drive. With 9' ceilings in the living area and master bedroom, this cozy little home offers a large backyard just waiting for someone to create their own serene oasis. Only nine miles from Bradenton Beach, the home includes a carport with locking storage; amenities offered by the homeowners association

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Not all island living is created equally. If you're looking to find somewhere to nest on one of the keys around Sarasota, it's important that you understand each island's unique personality. So, imagine for a moment that you're at one of those speed dating things. Every five minutes another island comes and sits across from you, wanting to take you home.

First up, Anna Maria is really cute. She's got an incredibly charming personality and a lot of creative flair. She says she's into sandy toes and keeping things nice and natural. She doesn't seem like the kind to put on airs, and she's not big into mainstream chains and such. She likes the small-town vibe and wants to keep it that way.

Next, Longboat Key gracefully glides into the chair, taking

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I've been waiting for a whole month to share this one with you, and now that spring is in the air, it's a perfect time to let imaginations blossom in the homes of our dreams. Last month, I shared some homes with you that I termed "attainable luxury" on Siesta Key. This month, we're going right to the top and looking at some of the most expensive homes on Siesta Key.

8585 Midnight Pass RoadA long, winding paver drive meanders through the walls of brick and a gated entry under giant oaks, past the pond and rose garden to a manse right out of the pages of Traditional Home. Set on over 1.5 bayfront acres, this 4-bedroom/7-bath Collingwood crafted home possesses palatial charm like no other. Luxurious detailing features a wood paneled office/library with

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Once again, Sarasota's Siesta Beach has been voted the best beach in the U.S. This time it was by TripAdvisor as part of their yearly Travelers' Choice Awards. With much of the U.S. getting slammed by winter storms, news about beaches and warm getaways are a hot topic and the story got a lot of news attention, even getting picked up by CNN and Huffington Post.

For those of us who live here, however, this is old hat. Every year Siesta Beach is always being picked as the best beach in the U.S. -- sometimes even the world. No, there was nothing surprising about the announcement for us. What is surprising, however, is the amount of property still available in Siesta Isles, a gorgeous subdivision of waterfront homes right next to Siesta Beach.

Siesta

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If you want to live luxuriously, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better place to hang your chapeau than on Siesta Key. The 3.5 square mile island features the quartz crystal sands of the number-one beach in the country, plenty of incredible restaurants, and some of the loveliest vistas around. It's no wonder that the average listing price in the Siesta Key zip code is over $1.3 million.

When you're thinking about condominium living on Siesta Key, the question to ask yourself isn't so much where to find luxury -- it's how to choose which luxuries are most important to you.

Crystal Sands at 6300 Midnight Pass Road offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas and suites, two luxurious heated pools, and a perfect location on Crescent Beach. The covered

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