Bird Key Sarasota Homes for Sale

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 St. Armands Circle. 

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. Read more about Bird Key.

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450 E Royal Flamingo Dr, Sarasota $1,009,500

  • 3 Beds
  • 4.0 Baths
  • 2,819 SqFt
  • 0.29 Acres

Requesting Backup Offers! The Garden Estate Of Your Dreams! Nestled In The Silence Of A Private, Guarded Neighborhood, Amidst Truly Mature Landscaping, This Updated Spanish Hacienda Offers Easy Walking Distance To Sarasota's Downtown, Across The Turquoise W...

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552 S Spoonbill Dr, Sarasota $6,250,000

  • 6 Beds
  • 8.0 Baths
  • 8,108 SqFt
  • 0.57 Acres

This Sanctuary Of Enviable Proportions Offers Unmatched Waterfront Beauty, Tranquility, & Endless Days Of Water Sports. Baypoint Estate With 200 Ft Of Seawall & Deep-water Dockage On One Of The Largest Bayfront Home Sites On Bird Key. Newly Renovated In 201...

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435 Partridge Cir, Sarasota $950,000

  • 3 Beds
  • 3.0 Baths
  • 2,290 SqFt
  • 0.29 Acres

Dramatic, Light Filled, Contemporary, Home With A Seamless Connection Between The Indoor And Outdoor Space. Beautifully Renovated With Soaring Ceilings, Tile Planks That Mimic Wood, Impact Glass Sliding Doors, Brick Pavers, New Plumbing And Electric. Detail...

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105 N Warbler Ln, Sarasota $2,995,000

  • 3 Beds
  • 5.0 Baths
  • 4,249 SqFt
  • 0.33 Acres

As Soon As You Step Foot Into This Exquisitely Renovated And Tastefully Designed Residence You'll Know You're In A Special Place. French Doors Open To Gorgeous Water Views From The Foyer, Great Room, Dining Room, Office, Home Theater/media Room And Upper L...

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440 Meadow Lark Dr, Sarasota $1,650,000

  • 3 Beds
  • 3.0 Baths
  • 2,908 SqFt
  • 0.38 Acres

It's All About The Location. Desirable Meadow Lark Drive Property In World Known Bird Key. Open Floor Plan Design For Entertaining. Two Master Suites, Both With Den/study, As Well As Pool And Water Views. Three Bedrooms/ 3 Baths With 2 Dens. The Family ...

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438 Partridge Circle, Sarasota $2,750,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 4.0 Baths
  • 5,933 SqFt

Want It All? You Found It! Waterfront, Location And Value! Built By Las Casitas In 2004 At Almost 6,000 Square Feet Is A Rare Find As A Water Front Single Story, 3-car Garage Home On Bird Key. Upon Entering You Are Welcomed By The Natural Light And Openness...

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122 N Warbler Ln, Sarasota $1,850,000

  • 5 Beds
  • 4.0 Baths
  • 3,700 SqFt
  • 0.57 Acres

Bird Key Is One Of The Most Sought After Waterfront Communities In Sarasota County. It Is An Island With Only 511 Homes. This Community Affords Security, Yacht Club, On Site Management And Upscale Amenities. Bike Ride Is Less Than 10 Minutes To St. Armand's...

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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. Model Is Open From 1-4 Pm On Sunday On Proper...

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

  • 4 Beds
  • 6.0 Baths
  • 4,323 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! This Will Be A Truly Luxurious Collaboration Between The Naples Architectural Firm Of Stofft Cooney, Perrone Construction, Acknowledged As...

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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. This Property, The South Property, Is Currently J...

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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 4 Baths, A 3-car Garage And Could Be Considered As A Guest Cottage For The Soon-to-be Constructed Residence To The...

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125 N Warbler Ln, Sarasota $3,800,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 6.0 Baths
  • 5,865 SqFt
  • 0.34 Acres

Reduced!!! Imagine Living The Luxurious Lifestyle Found In This Stunning Residence On Bird Key, Offering Sunset Views Of The Azure Waters Of Sarasota Bay! Brilliantly Sited On 120 Feet Of Sea Wall, This Expertly Constructed Residence Is Walled For Complete...

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476 Partridge Cir, Sarasota $2,995,000

  • 5 Beds
  • 6.0 Baths
  • 5,267 SqFt
  • 0.36 Acres

A Sumptuous Expression Of Island Elegance, This Beautiful Home Rests On A Peaceful Canal & Enjoys Deep Sailboat Water In The Stylish Island Neighborhood Of Bird Key. Resplendent In Every Detail, The More Than 5,200 Sq. Ft. Of Living Area Begins At The Grand...

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347 West Royal Flamingo, Sarasota $2,700,000

  • 4 Beds
  • 4.0 Baths
  • 3,721 SqFt
  • 0.34 Acres

Pre- Construction - Elegant Coastal Architecture - From Allegra Homes - Your "dream House" On One Of The Finest Deep Water, Canal Front Lots Available On Bird Key. With An Artistic Flair And An Attention To Detail This Home Is Designed To Bring All The Won...

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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!


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Bird Key Real EstateFive 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).

 

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.


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.

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


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Listing information last updated on August 2nd, 2015 at 5:33am EDT.