It is challenging not to be bias when writing about Siesta Key. The locals refer to this amazing barrier island simply as the “Key”, ignoring the other 5 barrier Islands that surround Sarasota. Our office is located on the Key and we have lived on the Key for a number of years.
You cannot write a narrative about Siesta without discussing the sand. The island itself is a total of 3.5 square miles of which 2.4 square miles is land and 1.1 square miles is water. The sand on the beach is often compared to baby powder. Ninety nine percent of the sand is composed of crushed quartz crystal, which keeps the sand cool to the touch even in the summer months.
Siesta Key provides the perfect environment for a primary or secondary residence, in addition to a combination of a secondary/income producing home. Throughout the years Siesta Key has received the distinct designation of the number one beach in the United States, from Dr. Stephen Letherman “Dr. Beach”, USA Today and Trip Advisor. The allure of the beach helps protect the values of the properties.
Siesta Key is a family and pet friendly beach community, which offers a number of outdoor activities from biking, fishing, snorkeling and kayaking. Cross over one of our two bridges to the mainland and you will experience the cultural center of Florida. Sarasota has several live theaters, a symphony, a ballet company, and an opera house. Per capita we have the largest number of Zagat rated restaurants.
Siesta Key is one of the few beachfront communities that has not been commercialized. Business suites are prohibited and flip flops are a must. People often choose bikes over automobiles. You will not even find a Starbucks!
The restaurants and shops are locally owned. Next to our office you will find The Gallery on Siesta Key, which offers paintings, sculptures, and jewelry, created by local artists. The restaurants are plentiful. Have breakfast at the Sun Garden. The mussels at the Cottage are amazing, the Oysters at SKOB (Siesta Key Oyster Bar) are half price for happy hour, the grouper bites at the Daiquiri Deck are always fresh and the chocolate martinis at Blasé Café are to die for.
As of this writings the least expensive single family home on Siesta Key is $429,000 and the most expensive home is $10,900,000. If you prefer a condo the range is $222,000 to $2,550,000.