Longboat Key, Florida | August 21st, 2018 – Moving forward this year, our Judy Kepecz‒Hays team would likely see more of Casey Key, the beautiful island off the Sarasota communities of Osprey and Nokomis. Our Casey Key visits loom more frequent, as we’ve put 20 properties on the market in the island. Significantly, these prime offerings are now topped by a three-residence estate our team listed with a price tag of nearly $8 million just last month, one of the top listings in our market territory.
Aside from their superior features, this new listing and the rest we’ve put on the local market court buying interest through Casey Key’s character unique among Sarasota’s oceanfront residential communities. Unlike its neighboring keys, Casey’s entire eight-mile stretch is exclusively residential. Casey Key Road is the island’s only street, a meandering corridor through a subtropical canopy of lush vegetation and old-growth pines and oaks.
Upbeat Vibe in Osprey
The island residents’ access to the mainland is convenient too. Down south, Casey’s mainland link is via the span on Albee Road that opens access to points of interest in Nokomis. Nearer to our new Casey Key listing is the Blackburn Point Bridge, a one-lane bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway.
This span connects directly to Osprey where recent revitalization initiatives, such as those at Benderson Development’s Shops at Casey Key, should help push the real estate market in the island. An $8.2 million project is also lined up by the Florida Department of Transportation to add sidewalks and bicycle lanes in Osprey between McIntosh Road and the Blackburn Point Road gateway to Casey Key. Several new residential communities have also been developed in Osprey in recent years.
Nature’s Bounty in the Mainland
Then, there are the other sites of interest in Osprey which contribute to the quality of living in Casey Key. One of these attractions is the historic 30-acre Spanish Point, featuring a museum as well as an environmental complex including gardens and nature trails.
For a full appreciation of Mother Nature, Osprey offers the Oscar Scherer State Park, once voted as Florida’s best state park. Among its attractions are scenic hiking and biking trails, as well as camping grounds. Pet-friendly, this park also has two lakes and a large creek providing facilities for swimming, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking.
Osprey likewise takes pride in its new Scherer Thaxton Preserve, which like the Oscar Scherer State Park, is a protected area maintaining the habitat for the protected Florida scrub jay. Both nature sanctuaries are also the domain of scrubby and pine flatwoods that were once widespread throughout Sarasota County.
From the Oscar Scherer State Park, an outing’s itinerary can likewise include the Legacy Trail. This former railroad track stretches from Sarasota to Venice for some 10 miles, running directly through Osprey. Folks living in Casey Key bound for this trail typically park their vehicles at the Bay Street Park in Osprey just about half a mile east of US 41 (Tamiami Trail).
Restaurants and stores, as well as hotels, are a short distance and easily accessible from the Legacy Trail. Dogs on leash are allowed on this trail to keep their masters company.
In sum, Casey Key and Osprey share much of the current vitality of the Sarasota real estate market. Keep our team in mind if you’re buying or selling a residence in these communities. Send us an e-mail or call us, and let our insights and experience in this locality be your tools in engaging this market.