Bird Key hides a great housing market that not many people are aware of. Even local residents and Florida native overlook this island as they drive towards St. Armands Circle, south Longboat Key and the beaches of Lido Key. House hunters looking for privacy will surely find it in Bird Key, which can be described as an exclusive residential club located in the middle of the Sarasota Bay.
Bird Key is the first island that drivers and bike riders come across as they travel away from the Florida mainland on the John Ringling Causeway. The American circus tycoon acquired Bird Key and Lido Key as part of his vision of developing a Mediterranean resort village in Florida. Whereas Lido Key is a combination resort, commercial and residential island, Bird Key is more of an exclusive, offshore country club.
Nearly every home in Bird Key can be described as a waterfront residence. Some properties look out into the Sarasota Bay while others have private docking space just a few feet away on inland canals. This island is also the home of the graceful Bird Key Yacht Club, where homeowners can keep their larger vessels and enjoy the swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness center, or even an afternoon coffee break with a panoramic view of the Sarasota Skyline. Bird Key Yacht Club members can enjoy use of the golf course at the inland Laurel Oak Club.
The entrance to Bird Key is partially hidden from plain view by the Yacht Club and the lush landscaping of the area. For this reason, many people believe that this is a gated community; however, this is not the case. Bird Key is an open neighborhood, but its unique location offers plenty of privacy and safety.
Although Bird Key is a small island, the neighborhood features plenty of real estate diversity. From bungalows to modest single-family homes and from larger estates to spectacular waterfront mansions, Bird Key attracts home buyers interested in value, safety and great waterfront views. The lifestyle here is very placid and convenient thanks to the Lido Key beaches and St. Armands Circle being within walking distance. The same can be said of Downtown Sarasota, which makes for a pleasant visit after an afternoon bicycle ride.