Bayview Heights is an exclusive, historic neighborhood in Sarasota that dates back to the late 19th century. In fact, the oldest home in Sarasota, which is in the National Register of Historic Places, is one of Bayview Heights’ 61 single-family homes. The neighborhood developed in earnest at the beginning of the 20th century, and the ample home sites are a testament to a bygone area when land in Florida was ripe for development.
Real estate in Bayview Heights reflects the different eras of home design in Southwest Florida. The older homes are in the Nantucket style, with some cottages, Florida ranch homes and modern Mediterranean residences mixed in. The neighborhood is located west of Osprey Avenue and close to the azure gleaming waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Modest two-bedroom cottages built on 1,120 square feet are priced at $277K, a testament to the resilience of the local housing market. A 3,634 square feet waterfront estate with three bedrooms and four bathrooms can be negotiated for $1.4 million.
Throughout its long history, Bayview Heights has managed to retain its status as a refined neighborhood. The landscaping has matured over the years, and thus banyan and oak trees line the wide boulevards and provide the neighborhood with plenty of shade. Bayview Heights is a great place to raise a family, but the housing price points also attract young professionals and retirees.
A walk through Bayview Heights feels like a historic tour, but all the modern conveniences of suburban life are just outside the neighborhood. Shopping, dining, nightlife entertainment, health care facilities, cultural centers, schools, and business hubs are all within walking distance. The pristine beaches of Siesta Key can be accessed by a causeway located just a few minutes south, and the elegant Lido Key is to the north.
Bayview Heights is served by Southside Elementary, Brookside Middle, Sarasota High Schools of the prestigious Sarasota Public Schools District.
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