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Hideaway Bay

Hideaway Bay

 To call Hideaway Bay one of the best-kept secrets of Longboat Key won’t be an exaggeration. Formerly known as Wake Island, this small community is tucked in a northeastern nook of Longboat Key off Millar Bay and opposite the three islands of Sister Keys.

Hideaway Bay is accessible from Gulf of Mexico Drive only via General Harris Street. This lone access road links to Hideaway Bay Drive, a long and winding causeway lined by buffers of dense mangroves and palm trees leading into the community.

A Longboat Key old-timer and developer, Herb Field, and his son, Tim, take credit for the development of Hideaway Bay. Other projects that Herb initiated on the island include the Colony Beach Resort and the Buccaneer (now Harbour Villa Club).

 

Small Enclave Amidst Nature’s Bounty

Comprised of just 19 waterfront single family houses, Hideaway Bay started its development in 1973. At that time, the property only had one residence.

Reflecting the stringent local regulations, especially on matters affecting the natural environment, it took six years to secure all necessary permits and satisfy various environmental requirements for the Hideaway Bay project to proceed. It was only till 1980 that the first property was sold in this community.

The long wait and efforts spent, however, were all worth it. Much of the natural environment in Hideaway Bay has been meticulously preserved. As a result, the community provides spectacular views not only of the bay waters but also precious sights of shorebirds and marine life that thrive in the locality’s pristine natural setting. 

 

A Close-knit Community

The privacy that Hideaway Bay offers is comparable to its residents living on their own island. Its ambiance is that of a small, quiet village, and intimate with a strong sense of community.

Most residents of Hideaway Bay stay in the neighborhood year-round. They are comprised mainly of professionals with families, retirees and semi-retired business entrepreneurs.

The homes in this community all have lush landscaping but with varying architectural designs. There are those with Spanish Mediterranean style, while others come in distinctive Tuscan and Florida contemporary renditions. The current asking prices of the homes for sale in Hideaway Bay start in the upper $800s and top at close to the $3 million mark, high-end quotes befitting of this prime community. 


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