Siesta Key is a jewel among Florida's Gulf Coast islands. With its white sand beaches and relaxed tropical pace, it's no wonder why prospective Sarasota homebuyers typically begin their search for property on the key. For those in the know, however, that quest often begins in a small gated neighborhood a mile south of the Stickney Point Bridge.
Often noted as being the only guard-gated, single-family community on Siesta Key, the Sanderling Club has an appeal that stretches far beyond its privacy and security. It harkens back to an older Florida, when architecturally expressive homes sat on lush, expansive lots. Nature takes precedence there and only adds to the solitude and seclusion. It is a tropical hideaway full of charm, history, natural beauty, and amenities galore.
The neighborhood began as a resort in the early 1940s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Sanderling Beach Club and the numerous cabanas in the community were designed by famed architect Paul Rudolph. Considered one of the leading American architects of the '50s and '60s, Rudolph's characteristic style is evident in Sanderling Club. Many of the homes in the community were built in the mid-'40s to late '50s, and their diverse and distinctive designs further that yesteryear feel.
For today's homeowner, however, Sanderling Club has a lot to offer in the way of modern conveniences. The membership-based community boasts three tennis courts, access to a private marina on Sarasota Bay, a communal patio and barbecue, a playground, and even use of the historic beach cabanas. Better yet, this secluded, park-like community is only minutes away from the restaurants, bars, and shops of Siesta Key Village.
The center point of the community is Heron Lagoon, an enclosed body of water created by a 1921 hurricane that closed off a pass into Sarasota Bay. Many of the homes in Sanderling Club are situated right on the lagoon, but others offer views of the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. For those interested in waterfront living, Sanderling has it all.
If you're exploring the Sarasota area and looking for a vacation home or a permanent residence, don't overlook this hidden community. Sanderling Club is a rare find in the world of Florida real estate. The homes there have all those highly sought-after traits you see in big print on real estate flyers: location, waterfront views, beach access, fantastic amenities, access to the Gulf. But it also has that rare, old Florida essence that is getting harder and harder to find and is nearly impossible to recreate. This is a community that is by no means lost in time, but has held on to its heritage and celebrates its vintage appeal.
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist