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Snowbirds built this town. And if we can get them to buy some real estate while they’re here this winter, maybe we can make a dent in our enormous inventory. Here’s some pricing and lifestyle information you may want to forward to friends and relatives up North—the ones you like, anyway.
Top: Winds of St. Armands' street scene. Below: The clubhouse.
Top: The exterior of a Botanica condo. Below: A unit's kitchen.
Moving up a notch or two on the economic scale are the mid-level places, in which Sarasota abounds. Palmer Ranch has many almost-new developments that are perfect for snowbirds. One of my favorites is Botanica; it seems a little more stylish and upscale than most, with the architectural detailing being South African/Dutch Colonial—not something you see every day. There’s a great unit on the market at 7452 Botanica Parkway. It’s on the second floor (with a private elevator) and overlooks a nature preserve. It’s spacious—almost 2,000 square feet, with three bedrooms, two baths. It’s a former model with lots of upgrades and has been reduced to $299,900. Contact Rob Clark of Horizon Realty at [email protected]
Top: An aerial shot of The Beaches on Longboat Key. Below: A Beaches bedroom.
And finally, there is snowbird heaven: Longboat Key. This is one of the best addresses in the state, and you can easily spend millions. It’s a little trickier to get something on the beach for under a million, but here’s a unique unit in The Beaches, behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club, that’s priced at $799,900. It’s a one-bedroom, converted from a two, with two bathrooms, and a very special feature—since it’s on the ground floor you can walk down from your terrace right to the beach. It’s about as close as you can get to a Gulf-front house on the best stretch of beach for under a million. It’s located at 775 Longboat Club Road, unit 101. Call Sylvia Babineau at (941) 504-0551.