Longboat Key – Luxury Waterfront Properties and Homes
Longboat Key is home to approximately 8,000 full-time residents It offers all the amenities Sarasota is known for—beaches, boating, golf, tennis and fine dining. Longboat Key stretches eleven miles along the coast of Sarasota and straddles Sarasota and Manatee counties, and is flanked by the crystal blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico on one side and beautiful Sarasota Bay on the other. Longboat Key attracts homeowners from every part of the globe. Longboat living offers residents considerable quiet when compared to some of the other barrier islands in the Sarasota area, and it also boasts some of the region’s finest dining establishments along with charming boutiques and shops, and…the most magnificent 10 miles of spectacular white beach on the Gulf coast.
The history of Longboat has been traced back to the Indian tribes of the Timucuan and Calusa who vacationed here for hundreds of years. Hernando DeSoto is said to have visited here in 1539 and it was Civil War veteran Thomas Mann who first settled on the island with his sons in 1891. He later sold the land around the turn of the century for $500. The north end of the island was where the first homes were built in the early 1900’s, some of which are still standing in the Longboat Village. In the 1920’s John Ringling bought hundreds of acres at the south end and built Ringling Boulevard, now named Gulf of Mexico Drive. The Town was incorporated in 1955 and the peak of development occurred in the 1960’s and 1970’s, with an eventual tightening of building codes in the 1980’s, creating the exclusivity that owners of Longboat Key real estate enjoy today.
Today, aside from the fabulous real estate the island offers, it is also home to the luxurious Longboat Key Club with its 45 holes of world-class golf, two full service pro shops, golf instruction and driving rage, as well as 38 Har-tru tennis courts, full service spa and several casual and fine dining options.
Being an owner of Longboat Key real estate is an investment in lifestyle. From luxurious new condominiums overlooking the Gulf or Bay, and waterfront estates lining both sides of the island, to charming bungalows and courtyard homes, there is a little of something for a variety of lifestyles and budgets. With the only golf course on a barrier island in the area, an abundance of tennis courts throughout the island, walking paths, gardens and wildlife preserves, marinas, and bountiful fishing, Longboat is a community that appeals to a wide variety of residents looking for a tasteful and refined lifestyle. Longboat Key residents are just a short distance from outstanding shopping and dining at St. Armand’s Circle to the south and charming Anna Maria to the north with its boutiques and many restaurants to choose from.