Bird Key Real Estate Five Things You Should Know About Bird Key

 Bird Key has some of the best boating water in Sarasota.

 Extreme convenience to Lido Key & Longboat Key beaches, St. Armands Circle and downtown.

 Garden homes start around $500k, canal homes start around $1m, bay homes start around $2m.

 Bird Key Yacht Club offers boating, waterfront dining, tennis, fitness center, and social events.

 Residents include Jerry Springer (TV Personality) and Bryan Johnson (AC/DC).

 

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422 E Royal Flamingo Dr, Sarasota $745,000

  • 0.59 Acres

Absolutely Fantastic Location Directly Across The Street From The Bird Key Yacht Club. Largest Garden Lot On Bird Key. Great Building Opportunity. An Opportunity To Be Just A Few Steps From Your Boat Without Paying Waterfront Prices! You Can Build Just Abou...

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359 W Royal Flamingo Dr # (north Lot), Sarasota $1,825,000

  • 0.34 Acres

Fabulous Homesite On Dolphin Waterway With Views Of Sarasota Bay. Plans Are In Place For A Dutch West Indies-inspired Masterpiece To Be Built By Perrone Construction In Collaboration With Rowntree Enterprises. Current Home Is Scheduled For Removal. Model...

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359 W Royal Flamingo Dr # (north Lot), Sarasota $3,200,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 6.0 Baths
  • 3,966 SqFt
  • 0.34 Acres

Be Inspired By This Soon-to-be Built Dutch West Indies Canal-front Oasis, Located On One Of Bird Key’s Finest Streets! Welcome Home To The Bonaire On Bird Key, Voted Home Of The Year By Srq Magazine In 2013. This Will Be A Truly Luxurious Collaboration Be...

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359 W Royal Flamingo Dr # (south Lot), Sarasota $1,650,000

  • 0.34 Acres

Canal Lot On Dolphin Waterway With Great Views. There Is An Existing Structure On The Property. Price Includes House And Lot. House Is Currently Being Used As A Model Site And Is Open 1-4 Pm Every Sunday. Please Contact Listing Agent For Additional Deta...

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359 W Royal Flamingo Dr # (south Lot), Sarasota $1,650,000

  • 3 Beds
  • 4.0 Baths
  • 3,171 SqFt
  • 0.34 Acres

Location! Location! Location! The Existing Residence, Located On Dolphin Waterway In Bird Key, Has A Lovely Canal View And Has 3 Bedrooms And 3 Baths, A 3-car Garage And Could Be Considered As A Guest Cottage For The Soon-to-be Constructed Bonaire On Bird ...

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422 E Royal Flamingo Dr, Sarasota $745,000

  • 3 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 2,242 SqFt
  • 0.59 Acres

You've Heard It Before, The Key Words In Real Estate Are Location, Location, Location! This Largest Garden Lot In Bird Key, Directly Across The Street From The Bird Key Yacht Club Offering Boat Slips, Tennis, Fitness, Bar And Dining. An Opportunity To B...

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415 Wood Duck Dr, Sarasota $1,499,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 4.0 Baths
  • 3,550 SqFt
  • 0.28 Acres

Home To Be Built. Appx 3550 Sq Ft. Very Open Floor Plan. High Ceilings. Great Room And Master Open To Pool. Covered Lanai By Pool Area. 2nd Floor Balcony., Kitchen Open To Dining And Great Room. All Wood Painted Shaker Cabinets. Large Center Island. Gra...

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414 Partridge Cir, Sarasota $1,044,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 4.0 Baths
  • 2,423 SqFt
  • 0.30 Acres

Meticulously Maintained 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath Garden Home With Pool,manicured Landscaping And Outdoor Lighting. New Roof And Gutters In 2012. A Remodeled Kitchen With Granite Counters, Pull Out Racks In Cabinets And New Appliances Is Open To The Family Room Wit...

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609 N Owl Dr, Sarasota $1,065,550

  • 4 Beds
  • 3.0 Baths
  • 2,904 SqFt
  • 0.34 Acres

Waterfront Canal Home On Bird Key. Fantastic Boating From This Deep-water Canal With Direct Access To The Bay. 100' Of Canal Front With Concrete Seawall And Wooden Dock. In-ground Pool With Large Screened Lanai. Home Needs Some Updates, But Has Great Po...

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570 S Spoonbill Dr, Sarasota $4,500,000

  • 5 Beds
  • 7.0 Baths
  • 6,846 SqFt
  • 0.34 Acres

Bird Key- Beauty On The Bay. This Mediterranean Showplace Captures Breathtaking Sunsets Over Sarasota Bay. The "wow" Factor Begins As You Drive Up To The Home And Enter Through The Exterior Front Entrance. Immediately The Panoramic Water View Is Striking Fr...

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443 Bird Key Dr, Sarasota $849,900

  • 3 Beds
  • 3.0 Baths
  • 2,676 SqFt
  • 0.30 Acres

Totally Renovated Garden Oasis In Bird Key! This Large,lovely Home Was Extensively Updated In 2013,just For You! New Roof,new Hvac,new Kitchen,new Porcelain Flooring,new Bathrooms,new Designer Lighting, New Granite Countertops – And More! Walk Through The F...

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607 Owl Way, Sarasota $795,000

  • 3 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 1,768 SqFt
  • 0.28 Acres

Stylish Renovation Of This Lovely Garden Home With Lush Landscaping Affording Great Privacy Around The Pool And Pleasing Views From Every Window. This Home Underwent A Comprehensive Renovation In 2011-2012 Including A New Roof, Icynene Foam Insulation, New ...

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627 Mourning Dove Dr, Sarasota $4,490,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 7.0 Baths
  • 5,668 SqFt
  • 0.34 Acres

Refined Elegance In A Near Perfect Location, This Bird Key Bayfront Residence Has It All. Upon Entering Through The Custom Double Doors One Is Greeted By The Dramatic Two-story Foyer And Formal Living Room That Gives Way To Breathtaking Water Views Beyond. ...

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395 Bob White Dr, Sarasota $1,495,000

  • 3 Beds
  • 4.0 Baths
  • 3,142 SqFt
  • 0.29 Acres

Bird Key Paradise! Private Tranquility With Timeless Design And Understated Elegance Was Created By Award Winning Anchor Builders. This Quintessential Residence Features An Open Floor Plan With 12' To 16' Ceilings And Light Filled Rooms Which Centers Around...

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577 S Spoonbill Dr, Sarasota $817,777

  • 2 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 2,081 SqFt
  • 0.30 Acres

Location, Location, Location! This Is The Best Street With A Nice 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Home With Den Nestled In A Great Secure Family Community. This Home Has New Carpet, And Great Rental History. Bird Key Is A Popular Location Because It Is Centrally Loca...

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600 Wild Turkey Ln, Sarasota $799,000

  • 3 Beds
  • 2.0 Baths
  • 2,044 SqFt
  • 0.29 Acres

This Is What Dreams Are Made Of! Exclusive Bird Key...make This 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Pool Home On Oversized Lot Your Own Private Oasis! Nothing To Do But Bring Your Beach Chairs. Home Is Super Clean With Updated Features That Include- Large Tile Throughout Main...

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405 Partridge Cir, Sarasota $699,000

  • 3 Beds
  • 4.0 Baths
  • 2,588 SqFt
  • 0.28 Acres

Owner Would Like To See An Offer!!! Charming 3br/3.5 Ba Bird Key Garden Home Nestled With Lush Tropical Landscaping. Enjoy An Open Living And Dining Room That Lead Out To The Oversized Enclosed Lanai And Pool. The Home Offers Terazzo Floors, Split Floor Pl...

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211 Robin Dr, Sarasota $4,375,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 6.0 Baths
  • 6,435 SqFt
  • 0.57 Acres

Major Renovations And Addition In 2006. This Luxury Waterfront Estate Is Home To Sarasota's Most Magical & Enchanted View. As The Sun Sets, The Skyline Comes To Life Reminding You What Makes This The Most Magical View In Town. Positioned Perfectly To Comman...

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541 Blue Jay Pl, Sarasota $889,000

  • 2 Beds
  • 3.0 Baths
  • 2,697 SqFt
  • 0.33 Acres

Meticulously Maintained Spacious Custom Built 2 Or3 Bdrm 3 Bath Home With Many Extra Features. Located In The Beautiful Elite Bird Key Enclave, A Centrally Located Community Just Minutes From Beautiful Beaches, Cultural Activities, St Armands Circle & Downt...

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631 Mourning Dove Dr, Sarasota $2,525,000

  • 0.34 Acres

Breathtaking 180 Degrees Of Sarasota Skyline Are Visible From This "ready To Build" Bird Key Lot. A True Boater's Delight With Deep Open Bay Water, No Bridges To The Gulf Of Mexico. This Could Be One Of The Last Chances To Purchase Over A Third Of An Acre O...

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629 N Owl Dr, Sarasota $2,673,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 5.0 Baths
  • 3,823 SqFt
  • 0.38 Acres

Discover This Incredible Opportunity With An Impressive 121 Ft. Of Waterfront Along Tarpon Canal. The Old House Demolished, The Lot Expertly Prepared And Ready For The New Construction Of This Elegant 3,823 Square Foot Waterfront Residence With Three-car Ga...

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Bird Key in Sarasota

Located between downtown Sarasota and Lido Key is the exclusive waterfront neighborhood of Bird Key. There are only about 510 fortunate residents that call Bird Key home. The John Ringling Causeway, the new fixed span bridge, allows residents of Bird Key real estate to be just a few minutes away from the attractions and excitement of Downtown Sarasota, the beaches of Lido Key and Longboat Key, as well as the popular destination spot of

Bird Key real estate is made up of bay front homes, canal homes and garden (non-waterfront) homes. This is one of the most sought after areas in Sarasota, Florida. You will notice that many of the homes on Bird Key are newer. The island was developed in the 1950's and 1960's yet the area is in such high demand that many of the older homes have been torn down to make way for newer ones.

If you are searching for a luxurious waterfront similar to Bird Key you should also explore Lido Key, Casey Key, Siesta Key and Longboat Key as well.

Types of Bird Key Homes

The Bird Key real estate area is much admired by serious boaters. The canal front and bay front homes on the island can accommodate both large yachts and sailboats, and the bay front estates offer unparalleled views of the water and downtown Sarasota. Bird Key also has its own private yacht club.

Waterfront Homes

Bird Key homes essentially fall into three categories - Homes on the Bay, Canal homes and Garden (interior, non-waterfront) homes. Garden homes start around $500,000, canal homes around $1 million and bay homes start around $2 million. 

Homes on the Bay

I have heard it time and time again. I will be driving over the Ringling bridge west towards Lido Key with a potential buyer in the car and hear, "Wow, there are some pretty homes over there." They are of course referring to the bay front homes on Bird Key. They are usually commenting about the grandiose waterfront homes on the east side of Bird Key along Seagull Lane, East Royal Flamingo, Robin Drive and Meadow Lark Drive. The views from these homes overlook Marina Jack's, downtown Sarasota skyline and Sarasota Bay. They are some of the nice waters views that you can find in Sarasota, Florida. The bay homes on the west of Bird Key include those along Mourning Dove Drive, South Spoonbill Drive, West Royal Flamingo, Bird Key Drive, South & North Warbler Lane and Seagull Lane.  These also have amazing water views. The bayfront homes to the west have stunning sunset views over the Sarasota Bay looking towards Lido Key and St. Armands Key. On the south end of the island the bay homes along South Spoonbill Drive and Mourning Dove Drive have amazing water views overlooking the north end of Siesta Key, south end of Lido Key and Big Pass. I challenge anyone to find a bad bay view on Bird Key.

Canal Homes

Bird Key is blessed with wide deep canals that make it easy for boaters to navigate. There are no bridges to worry about so large yachts and sailboats are welcome. The Sarasota Bay and Gulf of Mexico are within a very short boat ride. The water views behind the Bird Key canal homes are pleasant. It is a great place to enjoy your morning coffee as well as a tasty dinner and drink with your family. Imagine jumping on the boat behind your house for a day on the water or a late day cruise to catch the magnificent sunsets.

Garden Homes

These are the non-waterfront homes on Bird Key. These are great for those looking to get into Bird Key on the lower end of the price spectrum. Garden homes make great investments since they are surrounded by many multi-million dollar waterfront estates.


Agent Voices

 Lauren Miller 

When my buyers are looking for an active, family-oriented, boater's paradise, I recommend Bird Key. As a resident, you can enjoy all the perks of having the Bird Key Yacht Club in your own backyard!

Lauren Miller


Bird Key Yacht Club

Bird Key Yacht Club is a comprehensive yachting and social club located in a quiet setting on the Sarasota waterfront. It offer boating, waterfront dining with the best views in town, tennis, a fitness center, a full schedule of social events and a wide array of special activities for boaters and non-boaters alike. Golf privileges are provided through an exclusive reciprocal arrangement. Membership hails from throughout the Sarasota area. View their website at www.BirdKeyyc.com.


 

Even More Information about Bird Key, Florida

As far as exclusive addresses go, not many neighborhoods can compete with Bird Key, Florida. In this community where the weather is always warm and the neighbors are friendly, residents get to experience the quintessential waterfront lifestyle every day. Whether you're looking for a primary residence or a home away from home, Bird Key real estate might be just what you're seeking.

Development of Bird Key truly took off during the 1950s when it was decided that the island was the perfect spot to build custom luxury homes. Those early developers were right. With a combination of an ideal climate, gorgeous scenery and convenient access to Sarasota, Bird Key was poised for success. It wasn't long before home buyers were anxious to put down roots in this desirable community.

Despite having been in existence for more than 60 years, Bird Key remains committed to constantly improving the community lifestyle. Improvement projects are always underway. Whether it's the construction of a new trail or the addition of numerous shady trees, Bird Key just keeps getting better with age. It's able to do so thanks to the active Bird Key Homeowners Association. This joint effort between neighborhood homeowners and the property management group that oversees Bird Key is one of the main reasons that home buyers want to live here. The benefits of living in a community where the residents are instrumental in the evolution of the neighborhood are clear. All potential projects are carefully considered to ensure that they will genuinely improve quality of life before they are undertaken.

In Bird Key, residents enjoy a relaxed lifestyle. The center of the social scene is definitely the Bird Key Yacht Club. Membership here is absolutely indispensable, particularly since it comes with reciprocal memberships in a number of other yacht clubs in Florida. Of course, yachting isn't the only thing on the agenda at this club. Tennis, biking and bowling are just the beginning of the other activities. It's possible to participate in a book club, enjoy a gourmet meal with a spectacular view and attend a gallery showing all without leaving the premises. Golfers won't be able to resist membership, either. Yacht club memberships include privileges at the prestigious Laurel Oak Country Club.

Perhaps the biggest perk to choosing Bird Key is the many gorgeous properties found here. Several homes feature unparalleled views of the bay and the Sarasota skyline. Inside, the custom features are simply extraordinary. Soaring ceilings, enormous windows and thoughtful touches are found throughout. Square footage is generous, offering plenty of room for the homeowner to enjoy luxurious privacy even with a house full of guests. With gourmet kitchens, expansive walk in closets and home theaters, these homes are definitely designed to delight.

If you're looking for a community where taste and refinement reside, then Bird Key is for you. However, this neighborhood is more than just an elegant locale. It's also warm and welcoming with a thriving social scene and plenty of friendly neighbors to go with the spectacular views.


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Bird Key History

In the early 1900's Lindsay Worcester of Cincinnati was vacationing in Florida to recover from an illness. She and her friends took a boat ride to Bird Key for a picnic. She ultimately fell in love with the small island and told her husband that she wanted to spend her final years there. Thomas Worcester, her husband, purchased Bird Key from the state of Florida. Their goal was to build a grandiose waterfront home.

Construction of their new home began around 1911/1912. Worcester added to the 14 acre island by dredging up 30,000 cubic yards of dirt. He also planted trees and other tropical foliage for the island to take shape. Worcester named it New Edzell castle after the ancestral Scottish estate of his wife. The home took 3 years to build at a cost of over $100,000. Unfortunately, Lindsay Worcester died in 1912 prior to the completion of the home.

John Ringling ultimately purchased Bird Key in the 1920's with a plan of building a vacation home for his friend and U.S. President Warren Harding. Unfortunately, that never came to fruition as Harding died in 1923.

Ringling built the Ringling Causeway from the mainland for easy access to Bird Key, St. Armands Circle and Lido Key with plans for houses, restaurants, shopping, hotels and entertainment. This was the first bridge to traverse the Sarasota bay. He even used his own circus elephants to haul timber for the bridge. In the late 1920's the country went into a depression and the real estate market collapsed.

Ringling's sister, Ida Ringling North, moved into the Worcester mansion on Bird Key.  In 1936 John Ringling died and bequeathed the island to his sister Ida. She lived there until her death in 1950. Bird Key saw little activity during this time period.

In 1951 Ida's son, John Ringling North, was the President of the Bird Key Development Corporation. They intended on expanding Bird Key to over 300 acres. However, the Sarasota community wasn't excited about the plan. During a contentious public hearing, State Representative James Haley asked the Ringling group's attorney, "Why don't you go back to New York and run your own business?" After several modifications and a number of hearings, votes and court actions, the Ringling proposal was shelved.

In 1959 Arvida purchased Bird Key. The approved plat included 511 lots, 291 of which are bay or canal front properties, and 220 of which are landlocked (now called "garden homes"). Lots were priced from, $9,000 to $32,000 and sold quickly.


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Listing information last updated on March 4th, 2015 at 1:01am EST.