Do you want to live close to the beach and still have the comforts and convenience of a major city? An out of the way paradise like Lido Key, may be the answer for you with its lush tropical landscaping, high-end boutiques, art galleries, and fine dining featuring cuisine from all over the world. All of these delights are a mere stones-throw from downtown Sarasota, FL across the Ringling Bridge. In 1917, entrepreneur John Ringling purchased the key. He worked to develop the island and in 1925 began construction on the bridge to connect it to the city. His ingenuity in making the area a delight and accessible paid off big. Now, the key is a major destination for travelers.
Lido Key has everything that any top notch beach community has to offer and then some. It is a European inspired island with contemporary architecture and year round lifeguards. That’s a comfort to those who have young ones or simply love the water. The north end beaches offer seclusion and striking white sand making it a beautiful place to spend the day reading or taking a walk. The mid-key beach has playgrounds, pools, many concessions and grills, and lots of parking for those who need to drive. The beautiful Beach on the south end of the key has a playground and volleyball court, picnic areas with grills, and 100 refreshing acres of Australian pines.
The real estate in the beach area of Lido key features beach and bay front homes and luxury condos. Whether you are looking for a vacation or permanent home, there is plenty of real estate available. The Orchid Beach Club is a 54-residence well-appointed waterfront condominium with infinite amenities such as private garages, steam showers, and poolside cabanas. You can even have a private pool or wrap around terrace. L Elegance has homes for sale that are great for families with a children's wading pool and a golf front social room. This cozy but stylish complex is located within walking distance of St. Armand's Circle.
There are tons of recreational activities available on the key to keep you and your family busy. There is something here for everyone. A must see is the Circus Ring of Fame featuring circus stars in St. Armand's Circle. You can kayak in mangrove trails, as well as engage in diving, deep sea fishing and snorkeling. If you like to stay on land, many residents enjoy rollerblading, shelling, biking, or playing tennis and golf. There are also art fairs and car shows as well as many cultural events throughout the year.
St Armand's Circle is in the middle of the island and is just a short walk from most anywhere on the island. This is where you will find the culture of this distinct island. Simply put, the shopping here is superb! You will find boutiques carrying high fashion, fine china, jewelry, and antiques. After a day of shopping, soak in the atmosphere and enjoy delectable cuisine of master international chefs with a glass of vintage wine. There are also many specialty food shops, cafes and ice cream shops.
Surrounding the circle are wonderful homes and condominiums that range in price from $300,000 to over $10 million. St Armand's Towers is a two building condominium with 121 units that is placed between the Lido Key Florida Public Beach and St Armand's Circle. Just north of the circle is the elite neighborhood of Lido Shores. These multi-million dollar luxury homes have astounding views from which residents can experience the splendor of Sarasota sunsets.
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Homes & Condos for Sale in Lido Key Florida
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(all data current as of 9/20/2014)
$8,500,000 : 1415 WESTWAY DR, SARASOTA11 beds, 11 full, 2 part baths
$7,495,000 : 165 WHITTIER DR, SARASOTA6 beds, 6 full, 1 part baths
$6,500,000 : 1435 WESTWAY DR, SARASOTA5 beds, 6 full, 2 part baths
$6,399,000 : 1436 JOHN RINGLING PKWY, SARASOTA5 beds, 5 full, 4 part baths
$5,950,000 : 96 N WASHINGTON DR, SARASOTA3 beds, 4 full, 2 part baths
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