Prior to the massive development of condominium towers in Lido Key, the charming Sarasota Bay barrier island was zoned for magnificent single family waterfront residences. This was part of the vision of American circus magnate John Ringling, who had a special fondness for his beloved Sarasota and her picturesque Keys. Today the highly-coveted homes at Lido Shores help to keep John Ringling’s dream alive.
Development of Lido Shores started after World War II and has continued ever since. As a result, many of the handsome estates at Lido Shores feature historically unique architecture that reflects the best of the Sarasota Modernist period. While there has been an emphasis on taking advantage of the dramatic views of the Gulf of Mexico, the home designers of Lido Shores have created an assortment of floor plans to fit all preferences. At Lido Shores, small and cozy 1,000 square foot oceanfront homes compete against palatial 9,000 square foot estates. Each residence has private beach or dock access. A number of marble sculptures dote the neighborhoods. These are statues of mythological deities from ancient Greece, some which belonged to John Ringling’s personal collection.
There are plenty of amenities for those who wish to call Lido Shore home. Boating and fishing lovers can enjoy their activities right from their backyard. Some of Florida’s finest golf and tennis clubs are located in Sarasota. St. Armands Circle, one of Sarasota’s most engaging and luxurious emporiums for dining and entertainment, is within walking distance of the neighborhood.
As can be expected with a residential project envisioned by John Ringling, life in the Lido Shores community is truly spectacular. From the breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Sarasota Bay to the luxurious comforts of nearby St. Armands Circle and Downtown Sarasota, the Lido Shores is the ultimate in Florida living.
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