The best is served for last, the wiser of folks would say, and this could rightfully be said of Grand Bay, the finale in the property developments of Arvida Corp. on Longboat Key.
Grand Bay was developed in 1994‒1999 on a waterfront site of nearly 24 acres on Bishop’s Point. This Arvida swan song completed the 22 neighborhoods of the Bay Isles community woven within the gated bayfront perimeter of Longboat Key Club‒Harbourside.
Made up of six upscale condominium towers, Grand Bay was developed as a community with its own guarded gate. A lagoon and lush greenbelt also define it from the rest of the Bay Isles neighborhoods. Gorgeous landscaping of royal palms and lush bougainvillea plantings further enhance the community’s serene setting.
Grand Bay offers plush amenities as any high-end Longboat Key condominiums for sale should. It has a spacious clubhouse which could be converted into three separate venues for special events and social activities. At the lower level of the clubhouse, there’s a catering kitchen. Space upstairs accommodates a modern fitness center with a sauna and changing rooms. Outside, there are two Har-Tru tennis courts and two heated swimming pools.
Beach-based facilities are bundled with Grand Bay residences for sale as well. Owners of a home in this community get an automatic membership to the three-acre, gulf-front Bay Isle Beach Club. The club is conveniently accessible via a pedestrian underpass from Bay Isles across Gulf of Mexico Drive. Besides its private beach and cabanas, this club features picnic, barbecue and beach volleyball facilities.
Additional five-star resort amenities are available to Grand Bay residents with a membership at the Longboat Key Club. This club’s membership privileges include access to the 27-hole Harbourside golf course, premier tennis facilities, and superb dining outlets. Another membership perk is use of the Longboat Key Moorings, touted as one of the largest among the west coast resort marinas in Florida.
Diverse Condominium Choices
Consisting of 272 residences, Grand Bay provides a wide range of Longboat Key homes for sale. Its four taller towers have six residences per floor, offering choices on homes with floor areas of between from 2,250 and 2,925 square feet.
The prime choices in these high-rises are its penthouses which have living areas of up to 4,413 square feet with four-bedroom layouts. Their price quotes fall in the $2.6‒$3.2 million range.
The price points are softer in Grand Bay’s two smaller buildings. These residences typically feature two-bedroom choices within floor areas in the 1,200‒1,300 range and offered at around the $600s.
The coveted Grand Bay residences for sale are those which provide mesmerizing views of the neighboring golf course and the wide expanse of the bay extending to sights of the Sarasota skyline. As enticing, is the development’s proximity to local life and leisure hubs, such as the Shoppes of Bay Isles with a Publix Super Market. The lifestyle choices in St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota are within easy reach as well from the residences of Grand Bay.
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