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2100 Benjamin Franklin Drive 203f, SARASOTA, FL
More About Lido Key Real Estate
Lido Key is smaller than many of its neighboring barrier islands on Florida's Gulf Coast. As such, property is limited, and, given the desirability of the area, highly prestigious and exclusive as well.
Most of the island's length is run by Benjamin Franklin Drive. West of this road, there are many resorts, hotels, and condo buildings, taking advantage of the perfect ocean views and convenient beach access. Given the narrowness of the key, most properties on the eastern side of Benjamin Franklin Drive boast deep water access. many of these properties also have pools overlooking their private docks, and the beautiful blue water.
Between Benjamin Franklin Drive and Boulevard of the Presidents, buyers will be able to find a number of low-rise condos, villas, and more vintage island cottages.
As for the luxury properties on Lido Key's coast, these fall into a few main styles. The first is the Spanish-revival villa, showing off ornate pillars, fountains, arcades, and red-tile roofs. Another popular style is the range of contemporary modern designs, including the classic Floridian style incorporating curved lines, ornate lattice-work, and glass bricks.
Also found in Lido Key are mid-century bungalows, with the recognizable low, shallow-pitched (or even flat) roofs. Interiors are open, with vaulted roofs, large fireplaces, and patios.
Lido Key's condo market has tremendous variety, from sprawling luxury properties, to affordable single-room units. For luxury condos, you can expect to find fantastic views of the ocean, modern design, spa-like bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, and the best amenities and services.
For most condos in Lido Key, the best features will undoubtedly be the easy access to Lido Key's famous beaches and the views of the sparkling blue water beyond.
Area Information for Lido Key, Florida
Lido Key is a barrier island just west of downtown Sarasota, Florida. The Key is connected to Sarasota via the John Ringling Causeway over Sarasota Bay. Lido Key is also connected to Long Boat Key in the north, and between Lido Key and the mainland are Bird Key and St. Armands Key.
South of Lido Key is the popular Siesta Key - accessible in roughly 20 minutes via the mainland. Lido Key itself is only 2.5 miles long, and less than 400 feet wide at its narrowest.
Lido Key Attractions & Amenities
A little quieter, smaller, and less busy than some surrounding areas, Lido Key still has many attractions that keep the residents happy, and the visitors coming back.
First, Lido Key is known for its nature viewing and boating opportunities. The area includes many facilities for kayaking or sailing, and the area is excellent for viewing dolphins and manatees.
Just east of Lido Key, along John Ringling Boulevard and Causeway connecting to the mainland, St. Armands Circle is an area with a host of unique stores and luxury retail outlets, as well as numerous restaurants. This island is accessible from 3 separate routes on Lido Key, making it a convenient place to visit for a night out, a bite to eat, or to do some shopping.
On the northern end of the island, The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium has displays for many sea creatures, including a huge shark tank.
Perhaps the biggest draw for Lido Key are the public parks and beaches, known for their soft sand and crystal clear water.
Lido Key's Natural Beauty
Despite its popularity, Lido Key has managed to preserve an excellent balance between development and its natural spaces. For nature lovers, Lido Key has a number of highlights, like:
Lido South Park - On the southern tip of Lido Key, this park includes public parking, facilities, and beaches.
South Lido County and Ted Sperling Park - Mangrove forest-lined inlets make this an excellent spot for kayaking.
Lido Key Beach - With wide-open spaces, ample parking, and powder soft sand, this is the highlight of Lido Key. If you're looking for more peace and quiet, take a stroll north to enjoy quiet trails and empty beaches.
City Island Park - At the northern end of the island, this park offers open greens and paths, surrounded by educational and boating facilities.
Otter Key and Pansy Bayou - These protected areas on the mainland side of Lido Key are a haven for Gulf Coast wildlife.
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Listing information last updated on July 27th, 2021 at 3:21pm EDT.