Bird Key is an exclusive gated island community situated on the Sarasota Bay adjacent to downtown Sarasota and Lido Key. Bird Key has a rich history, initially a small 13-acre island that was eventually developed and expanded to its current size of approximately 250 acres. The first home was built on the island in 1917, which was named for the large population of birds that flock to the area. Like many other local barrier islands, it attracted the attention of John Ringling, circus magnate and founder of the Ringling Museum of Art, who purchased the island in 1922 and began developing it as a luxury destination for the country’s rich and famous. Ringling also created the nearby upscale St. Armand’s Circle as a shopping and dining district catering to Bird Key, Lido Key, and Longboat Key residents. Today Bird Key is a fashionable enclave with 511 homes and a diverse mix of residents that include retirees, working professionals, families and even a few celebrities.
Bird Key is surrounded by deep water canals, and about half of the homes in this prestigious neighborhood are waterfront properties. Bird Key has one of the finest private yacht clubs in the state of Florida and is a veritable boater’s paradise—you’ll find many boats, large yachts, and sailboats parked at the docks. Residents enjoy unparalleled views of Sarasota Bay and the downtown Sarasota skyline. Charming Bird Key Park is steps away and an excellent place to catch a sunrise or sunset, put in a kayak, fish, or walk your dog.
Bird Key is a prime location central to all the attractions of the Sarasota area barrier islands and beyond. A quick drive over the John Ringling Causeway takes you from Bird Key to downtown Sarasota with award-winning restaurants, high-end and unique shops, and entertainment venues like the Van Wezel Theatre. From Bird Key, you can easily visit other popular area attractions like The Ringling Museum of Art or Asolo Repertory Theater. The exotic tropical flowers and plants of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are just a quick jaunt over the causeway. In the opposite direction lies St. Armand’s Circle and Lido Key, with some of the best fine dining, luxury resorts, and shopping the area has to offer.
You can enjoy privacy and security in the gated community of Bird Key with 24-hour security and access to exclusive amenities like tennis, swimming, a fitness center, and other activities at the private Bird Key Yacht Club. Some of the area’s most gorgeous and spacious properties can be found on Bird Key, with elegant custom finishes and features like soaring ceilings, gourmet kitchens, infinity pools, and private docks. Amidst this luxurious setting, you’ll find a warm, welcoming, and thriving community to call home.