Whitney Beach in Longboat Key is a beachfront community with an illustrious history. During World War II, Whitney Beach was a resort for the American military, and it served in this capacity until the late 1950s. In 1971, the former resort was remodeled as a low-rise waterfront condominium, one of the first multi-family properties developed in Longboat Key.
Over the decades, the condo buildings and numerous amenities at Whitney Beach have been remodeled, but the original aesthetic largely remains; it feels like a quiet beach resort in from the time when the tourism potential of this part of Florida was just starting to be developed.
Located on Bishop’s Bayou near the northern tip of the island, Whitney Beach offers 103 condo units that offer one or two bedrooms. The upper level units tend to be in higher demand because their windows and balconies offer views of palm trees, white sands, blue skies, and either the Gulf of Mexico or the Sarasota Bay. A few units are villas that have direct access to the beach, and the overall ambiance is intimate and relaxed.
Whitney Beach occupies 10 acres of the island. The amenities are a strong selling point; residents enjoy their own boat dock complete with fishing pier and a large station where the day’s catch can be cleaned prior to lunch or dinner. There are three swimming pools with tiki huts, beach lounge area, a conservatory structure ideal for painting and writing, tennis courts, and garden paths. Monthly homeowners association dues are in line with other resort-style communities.
As of summer 2018, pricing at Whitney Beach started under $260K, one of the most attractive real estate offerings on Longboat Key. Only a handful of properties come on the market each month, and they tend to sell quickly thanks to its prime location and amenities. Whitney Beach is located blocks away from beach taverns, cafes and restaurants; the island’s main shopping center at Bay Isles, about a mile away, features a new Publix supermarket.
Condos for Sale at Whitney Beach in Longboat Key
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