The community of Casey Key is one of Florida's best kept secret gems. It is unadorned by tourists' standards, but its the perfect island for those living here that want real estate away from it all. The barrier island also allows the Casey Key home buyers to get back to basics and enjoy a touch of Old Florida and the natural beauty many residents within the state have come to love.
When biking or driving within the community of Casey Key visitors will notice the collection of newer million dollar homes, villas, estates and family vacation homes that peek out from behind the Palm trees, Pine trees and other subtropical foliage that adorns the area. Of course, Casey Key real estate includes some older beach homes for sale, a few hotels and even fewer non-highrise condo properties nestled within the area. The community is protected from any mass commercial development, because of the area's restrictive covenants.
Even so, Casey Key homes are situated on either side of the only passage way within the area, Casey Key Road. Residents living here and Florida visitors gain driving access to the area via two connecting bridges. The Southern bridge is located at Albee Road West, while the Northern bridge is located at Blackburn Point Road.
Because of the amount of private property around this beach, there is limited access to public services on the island. Most residents will need to head to Venice or Sarasota, Florida for public services they need.
Yet, residents and visitors often head to Nokomis Beach to take advantage of the public facilities that are available within Casey Key. This long stretch of beach is a hot spot for locals that enjoy sunbathing, walks along the barrier, and the charming tiki snack bars just off the shore. Nokomis beach also offers access to a breathtaking boardwalk and exclusive boat launch area.
History of Casey Key
The first glimpse of the history of Casey Key is the swing bridge at Blackburn Point Road. Although the functioning bridge is obsolete because its rotating capability is not used, this one-lane Gulf Intracoastal passageway is one of the only few pivoting bridges still in use within the United States today. The bridge was built within the early 1920's, and it has been listed under the authority of the United States National Register of Historic Places.
The rich history of this unique and stunning coastline dates back to the 1840's. Unlike the paradise island that it is today, Casey Key was once considered to be one of Florida's wild and uninhabitable areas, until John Casey was commissioned to survey and map out the area. Part of Casey's job was also to remove the Seminole Indians that called the area home. Although John Casey's name appeared on the 1849 map of the area, the map also showed that the area was originally called Chaise's Key.
The Seminole War and Civil War halted any development of the area until the 1920's. Unlike the wild area that was mapped out by John Casey, today Casey Key provides some of the most sought after real estate within the State of Florida and the United States. In fact, the famous writer and director Steven King owns one of many beautiful properties that are often tucked behind ornate wrought iron fences.
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Casey Key Community Highlights
- This neighborhood is home to just under 500 residents featuring a mix of modest beach bungalows as well as waterfront mansions
- Casey Key has the largest concentration of beach homes in the Sarasota area.
- There are very few condos on the island.
- More secluded and remote than Bird Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key and Siesta Key.
- With the island being so narrow, most homeowners also own the property that’s on both the gulf and bay sides of the home
- Popular attractions include crossing the Blackburn Point bridge to the Casey Key Tiki Bar and the Casey Key Fish House
- Major medical facilities to serve the area are Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Venice Regional Bayfront Health and the Care Center at Venice
- Stephen King owns a home on the north end of Casey Key. John Gotti once owned a large beachfront estate here.