Its superb location and gorgeous water surround make Bird Key one of the area’s most upscale residential communities. Situated between downtown Sarasota and St. Armands Circle, Bird Key is a boater’s dream, with deep-water canals and a private yacht club that attract professionals, affluent families, retirees and even a few celebrities. Davie Lindsay Worcester of
Total number of property owners: 510
Total number of sales 7/2007-7/2008: 34
Range of sale prices: $595,000 to $6.9 million
Range of square footage: 1,660 to 6,762
A 4,155-square-foot home at
A three-bedroom, waterfront Bird Key home with a 70-foot great room recently sold for $3.4 million following a list price of $3,975,000. The 5,600-square-foot home at
Top of the Market
A grand estate on a full acre of Siesta Key shoreline sold for $8 million after a list price of $9.95 million, capturing top position in residential sales in July, and setting a record for the highest sale to date in
A home on the extreme end of Longboat Key’s Jungle Queen Drive, nearly surrounded by water with cruise-ship-worthy views, is being listed about $1 million under what it would have fetched mere months ago. "The residence was part of an estate, and the heirs do not wish to keep the home," explains listing agent Sylvia M. Zimmerman of Prudential Palms Realty. "So they have priced the house to sell at $2,495,000, which is practically land value." The 4,262-square-foot home has five bedrooms, five baths and water views from every window. Walls of windows flood the interior with natural light and give one the sensation of being aboard a yacht with water as far as the eye can see. An expansive lanai and oversized swimming pool make entertaining a breeze, and pilings are already in place for a custom dock. "There is a sheltered bayou preserve to the north for kayaking enthusiasts and the open bay right at your feet," says Zimmerman. "This property is perfect for boaters and wildlife enthusiasts and is a terrific buy. In a different market, this same property would have been listed at $3.5 million and sold in a matter of days."
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Green on Green
“If I had to select a motto for the project,” says Green, “I would go with Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing.’” He used energy-efficient appliances, solar hot water heating with a recirculating pump, generous overhangs and roof extensions to provide shade, French glass doors that open completely and a reflective white roof. Two splashing waterfalls recirculate pool water, and low-maintenance landscaping requires less irrigation than a traditional lawn. Air-conditioning usage is diminished because the home is naturally shaded beneath a canopy of avocado, mango and almond trees. The residence has received the coveted Energy Star rating, indicating that it is at least 32 percent more efficient than a standard new home. Late last summer, it won three prestigious Aurora Awards from the Southeast Building Conference. The Bayshore Green house is offered for sale at $2.15 million.
One of a Kind
Also in the museum area, a dramatic and uniquely designed residence enjoying 300 feet of bayfront and a glamorous indoor swimming pool is listed at $4.8 million. The home at 930 Alameda Way in Indian Beach has more than 6,000 square feet of Old World elegance with 23-foot coffered ceilings, expertly crafted stone, marble and wood flooring, gorgeous glass windows and French doors that open to expansive outdoor decks and patios. A navigable bayou and protected boat basin provide access to the bay while a boat garage, private dock with davits and deep sailboat water beckon boating enthusiasts. Sweeping views encompass the John Ringling Causeway across the bay and beyond Longboat Key. The home was designed by Philip Skirball of Skirball Group Architects and is co-listed by Lisa Skirball and Janis Collier of Michael Saunders & Company.