Everyone knows that Sarasota County has been one the best-performing Florida real estate markets in recent years, but what about tourism? After losing visitors during the Great Recession that lasted from 2008 to 2012, Sarasota has been experience a gradual and healthy return of tourists, particularly seasonal residents attracted to the white sandy beaches of Siesta Key.
According to statistics published by Visit Sarasota in 2018, annual tourism growth in the region stands at 2.7 percent, and this explains the renewed interest in beachfront communities such as Whispering Sands. Located at the most salient point of Siesta Key right in front of the Gulf, Whispering Sands is one of the few high-rise beach condominiums developed for senior citizens in Sarasota County.
If your ideal retirement situation involves enjoying private beach access to the whitest sands in the world, Whispering Sands is perfect for you. This neighborhood consists of two imposing towers along with three low-rise condo buildings plus a few ground-level villas surrounded by a lagoon and a small nature preserve.
Whispering Sands was developed at a time when construction trends favored larger floor plans for condos; this means that you can find a two-bedroom and two-bathroom unit built on 1,282 square feet under air conditioning and including a panoramic balcony to enjoy views of Siesta Key or the Gulf of Mexico. This is a resort-style community with amenities such as swimming pools, clubhouse, exercise rooms, picnic area with barbeque grills, and a Tiki hut. Naturally, the most popular amenity is the private beach just steps away from the condo towers.
As of late 2018, pricing at Whispering Sands at $560K for a villa with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. As can be expected, the higher condo units facing the ocean command a higher price; for example, a two-bedroom unit on the eighth floor can be negotiated for less than $750K. Penthouse units with four bedrooms tend to be listed for more than $1 million.
The beach is not the only attraction within walking distance of Whispering Sands; the shops and restaurants of Siesta Village are just blocks away. If needed, a trip to Sarasota takes about 15 minutes.
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(all data current as of 4/7/2020)
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