Bird Key – A boater’s paradise
Bird Key offers many homes situated directly on the bay or on deep-water canals and its own yacht club, and is easily a neighborhood that can be labeled a Boater’s Paradise. Bird Key is a fashionable island neighborhood, with vistas of the Sarasota bay front, beautiful bridges, the islands of Lido and Longboat Key and, best of all the chance to enjoy sunrise or sunsets over the sparkling Intracoastal waterways. This exclusive enclave has just 500 single-family homes and residents particularly appreciate its privacy, manicured lots and security controlled environment. Owners of Bird Key real estate include professionals of every stripe, including physicians, attorneys, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and celebrities.
History aficionados will appreciate Bird Key’s beginnings which involve circus great, John Ringling. Ringling purchased Bird Key, St. Armand’s, and Lido Key in the early 1920′s and built the Ringling Causeway from the mainland for easier access. He bequeathed the land to his sister, Ida Ringling North, in 1936. After her death in 1950, the island was enlarged. Today, the Bird Key Yacht Club sits on the site of the first home ever built on Bird Key. And, many of those original 1950’s homes are being transformed either through renovation or rebuilding into some of Sarasota’s most prized homes in town.
The island is entirely residential without commercial properties and it has more than 300 homes located directly on the water, Bird Key is perfectly situated just minutes in either direction with St. Armand’s Circle to its west and downtown Sarasota on the east, both with an array of shopping, dining and attractions within a very short distance of home. The Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport is just a short drive from Bird Key.
The Bird Key Yacht Club is an outstanding yacht club on Florida’s West Coast. It offers exceptional formal and casual dining in venues with stunning views of Sarasota Bay and the Sarasota skyline. The Club provides the Bird Key community a unique social, dining, and recreational experience for members and their friends.