There are a lot of very nice penthouses on Longboat Key, but this one in Grand Bay (3060 Grand Bay Blvd., #1101) is hard to beat. It has an enormous wrap-around terrace (5,300 square feet) that’s bigger than the air-conditioned living area (4,400 square feet), and it comes complete with outdoor spa and gazebo. The view (we’re on the 11th floor) is spectacular. You can see the Gulf, the bay, and the lights of downtown Sarasota.
Grand Bay is a group of several large buildings located behind the gates in the Bay Isles section. You’re on the bay rather than the Gulf, but many people like it better that way—your view includes the city, and Grand Bay has always been considered one of the premium buildings on the key. You also have access to all the amenities on the Longboat Key Club, including 27 holes of golf and the private beach club. The enormous marina is also close by.
With its 11-foot ceilings and glass walls, the apartment is very open and light, with just about every room opening out onto a terrace. The living is 24 x 32 feet. The master has his and hers marble bathrooms and walk-in closets. There are three guest rooms, each with bath, an elaborate kitchen with a large breakfast room, and a library.
Another plus is the pet policy. They allow two pets of any size, so you can bring the St Bernard. He’ll have plenty of room to play fetch on the terrace. With the bull mastiff.
Priced at $3.5 million. For more information call Judy Kepecz-Hays of Coldwell Banker at 941-587-1700.