Buying a Water Front Home in Sarasota, Florida

By: Marc Rasmussen

There are a number of luxurious water front homes in Sarasota from which a buyer may choose. With 35 miles of shore line and the delightful barrier islands, known locally as 'keys', there are many homes in various price ranges in Siesta Key, Bird Key, Longboat Key, Casey Key and Lido Key.

The area is world renown for its beaches made of velvety sand. The clear, aquamarine water of the Gulf of Mexico is perfect for swimming, snorkeling or boating any time of the year as Sarasota is located on the Central West Coast of Florida with mild, balmy weather where daily highs range from the low 70's to the low 90's. The sun shines almost every day and you can smell the fragrance of exotic tropical plants that grow everywhere all year round.

Canal front homes in sarasota start around $600,000. Homes on the bay or those with inter-coastal views start at approximately $1.5 million on up. The Sarasota area offers a choice of lifestyles to many types of buyers - for those with young families to retirees.

One of the popular activities in Sarasota that can be engaged in most any day of the year is golf. There are a number of public and private golf courses in the area, some of which are:

? Misty Creek Country Club (private)

? Longboat Key Club Harborside (private)

? Longboat Key Club Islandside (private)

? Bird Bay Golf Club (public)

? Bobby Jones Golf Complex (public)

? Buffalo Creek Golf Course (public)

? Calusa Lakes Golf Club (public)

? Imperial Lakes Golf Club (public)

? Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club (public)

? Venice Golf & Country Club (public)

Among the most popular water front neighborhoods in Sarasota are:

Siesta Key: This neighborhood contains the most popular beach in the area. There are a number of excellent restaurants as well as shopping districts which include Siesta Village. This island boasts a number of beautiful custom water front homes in Sarasota.

Bird Key: This Key is actually a small, man-made island. The luxurious homes located here have amenities like a private yacht club, deepwater canals and direct access to Sarasota Bay.

Lido Key: This island boasts a large public beach, a county park and some popular resorts.

Casey Key: This Key is an eight mile island which is considered one of the most exclusive areas on the Central West Coast of Florida. Some homes have frontages on both the Gulf of Mexico and the Intercoastal Waterway.

Longboat Key: This beautiful barrier island is known for its many private beaches as well as the elegant single family water front homes located on both sides of Gulf of Mexico Drive. For detailed information about Sarasota water front homes, you will want to consult with a broker who is knowledgeable about the area. Contact Marc Rasmussen at Sarasota real estate for help in finding your perfect home.

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