Of all historic neighborhoods in Sarasota County, Sandy Hook is probably one of the most desirable, but it is also one of the least talked about, and this can be attributed to its secluded location in Siesta Key. Located near Sarasota Point on the westernmost tip of the island, it is easy to drive right past Sandy Hook if you are heading south on Ocean Boulevard because its magnificent real estate is surrounded by lush and mature vegetation.
Sandy Hook has a very interesting origin that combines architectural vision with the struggle for gender equality. A few years before World War II, Mary Rockwell Hook purchased a few waterfront acres in Siesta Key for the purpose of developing projects that were routinely denied to her because she was a woman. By the 1960s, Rockwell had invited the most innovative architects in Southwest Florida to build unique and sumptuous mansions on her slice of the island.
These days, Sandy Hook is an intimate enclave that combines the relaxed Gulf beach lifestyle with history and stylish architecture. Most of the properties are opulent mansions built in the Old Florida, Key West and Sarasota styles; a few smaller cottages and condos are also available, but they are not listed for sale very frequently and start around one million dollars.
Mary Rockwell’s architectural legacy means that many of the properties in Sandy Hook probably meet the criteria to enter the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood is very quiet and peaceful; the retirees and families who live here enjoy private beach access and being able to walk to the nearby Siesta Village shopping and entertainment center. Siesta Village has everything you need; from grocery stores to seafood restaurants and even dental clinics, you will hardly be pressed to leave the island.
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Homes for Sale at Sandy Hook in Siesta Key
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