Homes in south Sarasota have the best of both worlds, just south of beautiful Downtown Sarasota and just inland from Siesta Key - all of the location at a fraction of the price! Bee Ridge Road and Clark Road are the two major roads leading to Siesta Key and encompass the communities of Phillippi Landings, Oyster Bay Estates, Ridge Wood Heights, Pelican Cove, South Gate Ridge and Gulf Gate Estates.
Esplanade by Siesta Key is not on the island of Siesta Key and it's beaches but it is just inland, east of the Tamiami Trail and near Stickney Point Road which leads over to Siesta Key. This newer community started construction of paired villas and single family homes in 2013 and now is complete with 247 residences. The villas and homes run from 2-3 bedrooms and 2-3 baths from 1,856 to 2,842 square feet, built by Taylor Morrison. It is a gated community on over 75 acres. Like other Esplanade communities such as the one in Lakewood Ranch, it has upscale resort-style amenities such as the heated lagoon pool and spa, clubhouse with a fitness center & catering kitchen, outdoor grill and fire pit area. There are also sports courts for beach volley ball, tennis and bocce ball. It also has a dog park. The quarterly fees also include lawn maintenance for all homes and roof maintenance is included for the villas.
Homes in the Gulf Gate communities are just minutes from the beaches of Siesta Key but are priced at a fraction of the price that you will find for homes on the island. There are 3 communities of Gulf Gate, Gulf Gate Woods and Gulf Gate East. All have low HOA fees that maintain the lakes and landscaping at the entrances and are patrolled by a voluntary security patrol 24 hours a day. At this time, Gulf Gate East is the only community with deed restrictions. All are near shopping, movie theaters, the South County YMCA and the Gulf Gate Library. There are bike lanes along Gulf Gate Drive and the communities are also near the Legacy Trail which has over 10 miles of paved trails spanning from South Sarasota to Venice.
Homes in these communities were built from the 1960's to the 1980's with Gulf Gate East being the newest, built in the mid-1980's with home sizes from 1,100 - 3,600 square feet. The larger homes were built on the cul-de-sacs in the rear of the Gulf Gate East neighborhood with some lots as large as an acre. Many homes have been updated over the years and current prices range from the low $200,000's to the mid-to-high $500,000's.
Find your waterfront estate home in this community west of the Trail with homes overlooking Oyster Bay, Roberts Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The community also hosts the Field Club, tennis, yachting and social activities. Homes feature 3 - 6 bedrooms, 3 - 5 baths from the high $700,000's to over $5 million dollars, most with private pools. Ideally situated near the beaches of Siesta Key and minutes from downtown Sarasota with it's gourmet restaurants, museums and nightlife.
Looking for a luxury waterfront condominium community in Sarasota? You'll find it at Phillippi Landings. This gated community was built in 2006 and is situated on 10 acres of tropical landscape with a community boat ramp, boat docks, fishing pier, pool and spa and fitness club. Near the downtown Sarasota Opera House, Oslo Theatre, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Bayfront water and dog parks.
Looking for an active condominium community nestled in a lush tropical neighborhood just inland from Siesta Key? You'll find it at Pelican Cove. There are 731 units from 1 to 4 bedrooms priced from the low $100 to mid $500 thousands built between 1975 and 1981. The complex has 6 heated pools, 4 tennis courts, basketball and shuffleboard courts, 5 miles of walking trails, fishing areas and 86 boat slips that can be rented on an annual basis. There is also kayak and canoe storage and a launch area along with 3 community centers that host card and cooking clubs, yoga & dance and art studios. The Pavilion has an auditorium and stage for music and art exhibitions. Condo fees cover the 24-hour guard service at the front entrance, private roads, flood insurance, water, sewer, garbage removal and all of the amenities. Owners may have 2 dogs or cats and the units may be leased twice a year for a minimum of 2 months.