Longboat Key is an affluent island town located off the coast of Manatee and Sarasota counties in southwest Florida. Twelve miles of soft white sand beaches, lush tropical greenery, and a championship golf course and tennis club make this island paradise a highly desirable luxury Gulf Coast community. Longboat Key offers the very best in resort-style coastal living with luxury high-rise condominiums, grand waterfront estates, and gated villa neighborhoods. With a population of 7000 residents, the Longboat Key community has a small-town ambiance with high-end amenities and attractions.
The first homes were built on Longboat Key in the early 1900s, some of which are still standing. In the 1920s John Ringling, the circus magnate, turned his attentions to Longboat Key and purchased hundreds of acres of property on the island. Ringling built Longboat Key’s first road, what is now Gulf of Mexico Drive, and planted Australian pine trees along the thoroughfare. He also built a Ritz-Carlton Hotel on New Pass in the late 20s, although it was never completed and was eventually torn down. Today Longboat Key is the luxury tro pical retreat that Ringling imagined with its idyllic upscale resorts, world-class leisure amenities and nearby cultural attractions, and plentiful fine dining.
Longboat Key’s main attraction is the stunning stretch of pristine beaches and warm, calm turquoise waters. Nestled alongside the coast with the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Sarasota Bay to the east, Longboat Key is a water sports lovers dream with opportunities for sailing, boating, jet skiing, paddleboarding, windsurfing, and fishing. Longboat Key has several beautiful parks, including the Bayfront Park Recreation Center, Overlook Park and the Quick Point Nature Preserve. Sidewalks stretch the entire length of Gulf of Mexico Drive making it perfect for those who enjoy walking, running, cycling, or rollerblading. Unique, upscale shops and a variety of causal and fine dining restaurants can be found along the length of the island. Longboat Key also has a shopping plaza with all the essentials like a major grocery store, pharmacy, beauty salon, and more. Just a quick drive over the bridge at the southern tip of the island takes you to St. Armand’s Circle with even more options for shopping and dining. Longboat Key is close to downtown Sarasota with plentiful shops, restaurants and cafes, and easy access to arts and cultural attractions like the Ringling Museum, Asolo Repertory Theater, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
Longboat Key features some of the most outstanding luxury real estate found in the Sarasota area, where homeowners can wake up to the sound of waves and enjoy the salty breezes coming off the Gulf of Mexico. Luxury high-rise condominiums offer sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay and the downtown Sarasota skyline and spacious coastal mansions provide exclusive access to the island’s sugary sand beaches. There is a mix of yearlong and seasonal residents here and whether you want to call the island your home full-time or a enjoy a part-time retreat in gorgeous sunny weather year-round, there are plenty of home options to explore.