Bird Key is a vintage 1950s waterfront development with upscale features by which other high-end marina communities are measured.
A former estate of circus magnate John Ringling, this property was developed by Arvida Realty in 1959. Underground electric utilities were adopted in its development, a unique feature much ahead of other real estate development projects at that time.
Pleasure Boats’ Haven
Deep and protected water, known in real estate parlance as “sailboat water,” also formed the backbone of development of Bird Key. Wide canals were dredged within its area. Home sites were platted along them, thus creating canal-front properties ideal for boat dockage.
Bird Key is comprised of about 510 homes, around 300 of which are either canal-front or bayfront homes. The remaining 200-plus home sites are located inland and are popularly called in the market as “garden homes.”
Besides easy water access, its spectacular views make Bird Key a standout destination in searches of luxury homes for sale in the Sarasota real estate market. The scenic splendor in this community is highly prized especially in Bird Key homes for sale located bayfront. These choice residences not only provide a dazzling panorama of Sarasota Bay but also offer wondrous sights of the downtown’s skyline.
In addition to its luxury homes for sale, this waterfront community is also host to the Bird Key Yacht Club which offers many wonderful privileges to its members. Besides its boat facilities, this club provides access to sports, dining, social activities, and special events.
An Extravaganza of Home Choices
Bird Key residences are an eclectic mix of modern homes with sleek designs, Key West, Mediterranean, and Florida style ranch bungalows. Its homeowners are as diverse— executives, working professionals, retirees, and some celebrities.
Listings of Bird Key homes for sale typically start around the high $700s for inland or garden homes featuring three bedrooms and two baths within a floor area of about 2,100 square feet. The crown jewels of this luxury community are waterfront estate homes priced over $6 million, the quintessence of Bird Key’s opulent marina lifestyle captured to its fullest.