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Its charms divided between Sarasota and Manatee counties, Longboat Key offers waterfront golf, fine dining and luxury resorts. In fact, it’s 12 miles of white sand beaches have helped to make this a luxury Gulf Coast resort community. A large number of its nearly 6,000 residents are retirees who enjoy the island’s championship golf course and tennis club, and its dining and shopping. Longboat Key brings you an elegant and scenic environment that offers the rare combination of breathtaking beaches and cultural activities – all within a relaxed and elegant lifestyle.
Although Longboat Key real estate is most commonly thought of for high-end properties, it does present something for everyone. Stately condominiums and grand estate homes punctuate the skyline along the sparkling white sand beach front while single family home communities, modest apartments and garden units cluster mainly along the bay side, with views of the city at sunrise a spectacular bonus. The private Longboat Key Club consist of luxury homes, designer condominiums, and carriage homes and boasts two championship golf courses along with an energetic tennis center. It encompasses the entire southern terminus of the Longboat Key real estate.
Offering many choices of activities and environment, Longboat Key real estate is home to roughly 8,000 year-round residents. This number nearly triples during peak tourist season, Thanksgiving through Easter. The year-round average temperature is 73 degrees, perfect for fishing, boating, biking, golf, tennis, hiking, or just enjoying the tropical flora and fauna. Several Sarasota community activities, such as a regional triathlon, have added to Longboat Key’s fame in recent years. There are plenty of fine restaurants and shopping areas on the Key, and access to the mainland is a simple drive across the John Ringling Causeway to Sarasota and beyond. Take a look at our Sarasota real estate today.
The longest (11 miles) and arguable the grandest of the west Florida keys, Longboat Key real estate glistens along either side of Gulf of Mexico Drive, stretching from Tampa Bay south to New Pass. Longboat Key was the vacation land of the Timucuan and Caloosa Indians for hundreds of years. Their excavated ceremonial shell mounds are evidence of a lively society of fishermen, trappers and traders.
When Hernando DeSoto visited here in 1539, he was believed to have used a “longboat” to navigate through the north pass, thus giving the spit of land its name. Although development began on the key in the early 1900’s, and was spurred by John Ringling’s purchase of great sections in the 1920’s, The Town of Longboat Key was not incorporated until November 14, 1955.
Longboat Key is also great for the nature lover. Enjoy the natural habitat, beautiful views and if you have time apply for volunteer opportunities to help baby sea turtles, rare birds, dolphins and manatee on Longboat Key gulf coast and the bay.