The early history of Sarasota is intrinsically tied to Longbeach Village. In 1842, this northern section of Longboat Key was a trading post and a fishing village known as Zarazote to Cuban fishermen and Saraxola to Native Americans. By 1912, Longbeach Village had been developed into a hotel and fishing camp. Even before Longboat Key formally became a town in 1955, this community was home to more than 250 residents who mostly occupied beach cottages, frame homes, and block houses.
These days, Longbeach Village is one of the most interesting neighborhoods of Longboat Key; to a great extent, its atmosphere makes it seem like a mini Key West, and this has attracted artists and writers as both seasonal and permanent residents over many decades. If you are looking for an authentic Old Florida lifestyle that is within walking distance of white sand beaches, this charming community will not let you down.
In addition to historic beach cottages and Florida ranch-style homes, Longbeach Village also offers a condominium residences with amenities such as swimming pools and tennis courts. A few properties have been completely renovated as recently as 2021; such is the case of a premium four-bedroom listing built in the American Coastal style with five bathrooms, a three-car garage, heated swimming pool, and a three-car garage. This $1.9M estate sits on a 9,602 square feet lot, and it offers nearly 2,500 square feet of interior. More modest single-family residences are usually listed under $600K.
Some of the most attractive homes in this neighborhood offer waterfront views. All of them have easy access to the Whitney Public Beach, which is a five-minute walk away, and to a public pier on the bay side of the island. Coquina Beach is a five-minute drive to the north, and Anna Maria Island is a mile away. Also within walking distance are two traditional seafood restaurants plus a nice cafe. As for shopping, you do not have to leave the island thanks to the Bay Isles shopping center, which is an easy drive away and features a GreenWise Publix supermarket along with a CVS pharmacy.
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(all data current as of 6/30/2022)
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