Here Are Four Routes for Joy Rides around Sarasota

Longboat Key, Florida | August 27th, 2019 – One of the perks of being in the real estate business to make a living is having frequent chances to drive around some of the most scenic parts of Florida which happened to be in our market territory. Over the years, our Judy Kepecz-Hays team has developed fondness for many of these road corridors, and here are just four of our favorites.

Riverview Boulevard, Bradenton

A trip along this charming boulevard best starts from the historic Palma Sola area of West Bradenton. This isn’t a long drive and thus not too tiresome to take, given that this corridor is just some five miles long.

However, Riverview Boulevard affords some marvelous views as it curves along the south banks of the Manatee River. Via this boulevard, you can also take interesting side trips to the DeSoto National Memorial Park and the vastly upgraded Robinson Preserve.

Driving through Riverview also traverses Fogarty Point and Warner’s Bayou. This quiet area is flanked by some of Bradenton’s old-time and well-established neighborhoods, like the Willemsen subdivision, featuring houses with eclectic architectural designs from various eras.

Here Are Four Routes for Joy Rides around Sarasota

Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

A tour of Bay Shore Road comes easy and quite pleasant too, as this corridor extends for less than two miles. To fully capture its charm, start from the south on Indian Beach Drive only about a quarter mile from the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41). The water view of Sarasota Bay as you enter Bay Shore from Indian Beach Drive is truly mesmerizing.

Driving onward north unveils the charm of old Sarasota in the vintage houses of the historic communities of Sapphire Shores/Indian Beach. You’d be thrilled driving under lush tree canopies past the Sarasota Jungle Gardens northward to the Ringling Museum of Art and the New College of Florida.

Casey Key Road, Nokomis

Casey Key Road bisects its eight-mile long, namesake barrier island where our Judy Kepecz-Hays team recently extended realty services for a market listing. A bridge in the north and another in the south connect Casey Key Road to Nokomis in the mainland. The span in the north at Blackburn Point is notable, as it is one of only two swinging bridges in operation in the U.S. since the 1920s.

Canopies of old-growth subtropical vegetation, pines, and oaks dominate most of Case Key Road’s length. Remnants of some Florida Cracker beach cottages and mansion estates are impressive sights on the gulfside of this road. Stops are limited along this road though, and the beach is only accessible near the southern end of Casey Key.

Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

Our short list of scenic roads, of course, won’t be complete without citing the Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD) which brings the Judy Kepecz-Hays team daily to our home base in Longboat Key. This road is actually part of the 17.5 mile State Road 789 also covering the Gulf Coast stretch of Bird Key, St. Armands Circle, and Lido Key.

Besides Longboat’s beach views and occasional glimpses of Sarasota Bay, the roadside sceneries along this route include the Ken Thompson Park, home of the Mote Aquarium on City Island. The best point toward north comes in the last five-mile stretch shared by Longboat Key and Bradenton Beach which has been officially designated as a scenic Florida highway. Significantly, too, the panorama northward along GMD gets an added enhancement as Longboat buries the town’s overhead utility cables.

These four roadways are but a few samplings of the local infrastructures which help sell real estate in and around Sarasota. Our team can share more information, especially to sellers of residences properties who want to have a total overview of the local market preparatory to pricing and promoting their properties among prospective buyers.


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