The Harbor Section on the southern edge of Bay Isles offers the ultimate in exclusivity and luxury in a waterfront residential setting. You need to clear two gates to access this neighborhood. The first is the south gate of Bay Isles on the east lane of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Turning shortly right thereafter then leads to Harbor Sound Drive and the gated entrance itself of this charming neighborhood.
There are only 67 residences in this high-end community, a truly opulent collection of some of the choice single family homes on Longboat Key. One of the Harbor Section’s residences, a Palladian-inspired mansion sold for $4.75 million in 2013, was in fact named as one of the finalists in the “House of the Year” 2014 poll of the Wall Street Journal.
Mini-peninsulas Laid Out
All of the homes in Bay Isles’ Harbor Section are located either fronting a canal, a lagoon, or Sarasota Bay. The neighborhood’s awe-inspiring layout was created by dredging canals which eventually formed several mini-peninsulas traversed by the arterial roads Harbor Gate Way, Harbor Cay Drive/Lane, Harbor Point Road, and Harbor Cove Circle. Its main road, Harbor Sound Drive is also host to some of the finest single family homes in Bay Isles.
The home sites in this neighborhood range from approximately 14,500 square feet up to 27,000 square feet. The majority of the residences have their own private docks, and some even have their own boat lifts. The homeowners’ association handles the maintenance of all of the neighborhood’s seawalls, thus sparing individual homeowners from this potentially costly concern.
High-end Home Features
Many of the residences in this community were built during the 1980s and the 1990s, and those listed among Bay Isles homes for sale could be expected to have had some recent upgrades. There are several recent builds too here, one of which is scheduled for completion in 2017.
The floor areas of current sales listings at the Harbor Section of Bay Isles range between 3,700 and almost 7,000 square feet, designed with three to five bedrooms. Their market quotes start at close to $1.8 million and top toward the $5.3 million level.
There are more to expect from these gems besides their direct and unobstructed access to the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. These residences teem with modern and high-end finishes.
Their landscaping is exquisite and creates quite an impressive curb appeal.
Many of these Bay Isles homes have three-car garages or even larger. The circular paver-brick driveways and barrel tile roofs of many of this neighborhood’s residences further contribute to the homes’ enchanting appeal to would-be buyers of luxury Longboat Key real estate.
Abundant Island Joys at Arms’ Length
Homeowners in this neighborhood automatically gain membership to the Bay Isles Beach Club located nearby at the gulf front. This club’s private beach provides a pavilion with picnic tables, barbecue grills, showers, restrooms and beach volleyball courts.
Additional lifestyle perks can be had with an optional membership to the Longboat Key Club, including tennis and golf privileges. Other life and leisure choices are also within easy reach in the local Shoppes of Bay Isles and other commercial hubs on Longboat Key. Southward, the lifestyle delights at St. Armand’s Circle and downtown Sarasota are added selling points for the amazing Harbor Section homes of South Bay Isles.
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