Queens Harbour, formerly known as Manchester Bay, is one of the crown jewels on the northern end of the gated Bay Isles development on Longboat Key. A Boca Raton-based developer initiated homebuilding in this property around the mid-1980s. Market response to it was lukewarm, but interest picked up when a world-renowned British developer, Taylor Woodrow, later took over and renamed it Queens Harbour.
Woodrow’s superb hands showed in the marvelous layout of the home sites, making full use of the property’s idyllic location fronting scenic Sarasota Bay. Two small lakes and deep-water canals were also earlier dredged at Queens Harbor, further enhancing the home choices in this high-end, exclusive enclave.
Queens Harbor, over the years, has become a favorite for wealthy folks who need a warmer second home during the winter months. With its “sailboat water” feature, this community has also won over upscale, sea-loving households.
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Upon build-out of Queens Harbor in the 1990s, it flaunted residences located facing the bay, lake- or canal-front, or cozily inland amidst fabulous landscaping and walking trails. This masterpiece of a waterfront community now features luxury single family homes with varied floor plans ranging over 2,000 and more than 4,000 square feet.
Recent market activity here were on sales listings priced over the million-dollar mark. Popular among prospective buyers are those Queens Harbour homes for sale which have been upgraded to include contemporary residential styles, modern appliances, and electronic upgrades.
As a whole, the residences in this community also draw buyers because of their maintenance-included features. Advantageous for part-time residents, the Queens Harbor homeowners’ association takes charge of outside maintenance as well as repainting the residences every five years.
Bound by the love for a quiet and laid-back waterfront setting, the residents of Queens Harbour have a high sense of community. There are plenty of nearby facilities for bonding among families and neighbors. Besides a heated community pool and spa, residents have deeded access to the gulf-front Bay Isles Beach Club. Its exclusive facilities include a private, white sand beach, picnic areas, beach volleyball court, showers, and restrooms.
Opting a membership to the Longboat Key Club brings even more life and leisure possibilities. Also woven right within the Bay Isles enclave, the club provides a marina, facilities for dining, tennis courts, and a 45-hole golf course. Its links also serve as a refreshing backdrop to some of Queens Harbor’s residences.
The community’s main access roads, Bay Isles Parkway and Harbourside Drive, conveniently link with Gulf of Mexico Drive to further broaden residents’ lifestyle choices. The Shoppes at Bay Isles, anchored on a Publix Super Market, is but minutes away from Queens Harbour.
Taking the Gulf of Mexico Drive corridor either north or south leads to premier choices of shopping and dining locations, such as those in St. Armands, Bradenton, and Sarasota, which too are very much part of the joys of living in Queens Harbour.