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Bird Key Real Estate

Bird Key real estateBird Key is characterized by its fabulous Sarasota island-community lifestyle, with deep water canals, a private yacht club, and magnificent bay-front homes for sale. Perfectly located just west of downtown Sarasota on the way to the popular St Armand's Circle and Lido Key, Bird Key offers Sarasota luxury real estate within easy reach of all in-town amenities. Learn more about Bird Key.

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622 S Owl Dr, Sarasota, FL - $9,995,000

Residential, Single Family Home
  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 5,355 SQFT
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The Spectacular Location Of This Designer Bird Key Home Will Astound You. The Bird Key Lifestyle Is A Sought-after Experience, And Life At This Estate Is The Perfect Complement. Situated On Two Direct Bayfront Lots, Offering An Amazing 450+ Feet O...

100 S Warbler Ln, Sarasota, FL - $5,390,000

Residential, Single Family Home
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 5,780 SQFT
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Glistening Bay Views Pour Into All Of The Main Living Areas Of This Captivating Shangri-la! The Reflection Dances Off Of The Mesmerizing Crystal Ballroom Chandelier In The Living Room And Welcomes You Upon Arrival. This Stunning Estate Is Situate...

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409 Meadow Lark Dr, Sarasota, FL - $4,499,000

Residential, Single Family Home
  • 5 Beds
  • 7 Baths
  • 5,800 SQFT
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This Majestic Waterfront Estate, Offers Sweeping Views Of The Bay And Downtown Sarasota From Its Coveted North End Of Bird Key Location. The Main Floor Opens Up To A Regal Stone Fireplace In The Living Room, A Formal Dining Room With Stunning Chan...

554 S Spoonbill Dr, Sarasota, FL - $4,395,000

Residential, Single Family Home
  • 4 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 3,890 SQFT
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Owner Is Motivated! Make An Offer! This Is Undoubtedly One Of The Most Coveted Deep Water Lots In Sarasota! It Is The 11th Largest Home Site In Bird Key, Offering Over 25,000 Sq Ft Of Land And 233’ Of Bay Front, With Sumptuous Views Of Mangroves ...

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216 Bird Key Dr, Sarasota, FL - $3,999,000

Residential, Single Family Home
  • 5 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 5,267 SQFT
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An Architecturally Significant And Beautifully Designed Contemporary Home In A Highly Desirable Location In Bird Key On Little Sarasota Bay, Perfectly Positioned For Extraordinary Views And Breathtaking Sunsets. This Home Has Been Completely Renov...

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670 Mourning Dove Dr, Sarasota, FL - $2,950,000

Residential, Single Family Home
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 4,310 SQFT
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Overflowing With Charm And Allure, This Stunning Home, Offering More Than 4,000-square-feet Of Designer Living Space In The Exclusive Community Of Bird Key, Will Impress You At Every Turn. Ideally Situated Just Three Homes In From Sarasota Bay, On...

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444 Meadow Lark Dr, Sarasota, FL - $2,399,000

Residential, Single Family Home
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 4,267 SQFT
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Price Reduced! Retreat To This Enchanting Private Oasis On Bird Key! This Is A Magnificent Canal Front Home With Exquisite Details Throughout. The Main Living Area Features A Welcoming Airy Foyer With Soaring Tray Ceilings, A Stunning Sleek Firepl...

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624 Mourning Dove Dr, Sarasota, FL - $2,295,000

Residential, Single Family Home
  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 3,365 SQFT
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Take Quintessential Bird Key Waterfront Elegance And Add A Splash Of Tropical Color, And This Impeccable Home Is The Result. All Four Bedrooms Are On The Main Level Along With A Good Size Den/office. Direct Sailboat Water, No Bridges And Two Boat ...

411 Pheasant Way, Sarasota, FL - $2,250,000

Residential, Single Family Home
  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 3,774 SQFT
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Step Into Old World Venetian Elegance With This Two-story, 5/4.5 Home, Built In 2005 Of All Steel & Block. Custom Artisan Finishes Add A Richness To The Graciously Scaled Rooms. A Foyer Welcomes You To The Living And Separate Dining Room With Tray...

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438 Partridge Cir, Sarasota, FL - $2,195,000

Residential, Single Family Home
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 5,933 SQFT
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From The Stone Marble Accents, 14’ Ceilings And Luxurious Finishes, To The Private Garden Portico, Heated Swimming Pool And Spa, You Will Fall In Love With Every Aspect Of This Custom-built Waterfront Home In Bird Key. Built By Luxury Builder Las ...

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636 Mourning Dove Dr, Sarasota, FL - $2,100,000

Residential, Single Family Home
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 4,009 SQFT
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Lovely Bird Key Canal Front Home! Enjoy First Floor Living While Providing Your Guests With Their Own Second Floor Suite In This Spacious 4,009 Sf Residence Featuring 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Plus Large Office/den. The Open Floor Plan Presents Bea...

461 E Royal Flamingo Dr, Sarasota, FL - $1,720,000

Residential, Single Family Home
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,920 SQFT
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This Home Is A Prime Location On Bird Key With 100 Feet Of Frontage On An Oversized, Deep Water Canal-front Lot. It Is Just Five Homes In From The Tranquil Waters Of Sarasota Bay. Lovingly Cared For And Maintained Over The 34 Years This Family Has...

Bird Key

Bird Key, FloridaBird Key has some of the best homes that Sarasota has to offer. Real estate in Bird Key is made up of about 510 properties, around 300 of which are waterfront homes, while the remaining 200 plus are inland homes. These inland properties are referred to as "garden homes" and offer a great value for those not requiring immediate waterfront access.

Prized Bird Key waterfront homes for sale on the other hand, include both bay-front properties with spectacular views of Sarasota Bay (especially the houses found along Robin Dr, Meadow Lark Dr, and Mourning Dove Dr, which additionally offer dazzling views of the Sarasota city skyline), and canal-front properties, featuring deep and protected water ideal for boat dockage. Bird Key is known for its wide canals, which are easy to navigate and provide scenic views from the rear of the canal-front homes.

Bird Key homesBird Key was originally developed by Arvida Realty, Inc. in 1959, when the island was purchased from the estate of circus magnate John Ringling. A unique feature of the development was the underground electric utility system, which was a progressive feature ahead of its time back then. Bird Key development was completed on October of 1960, one year after construction began and today has become a mariner's haven with an unrivalled location.

Bird Key Yacht Club

The Bird Key Yacht Club offers a plethora of boating, dining, sporting and social activities for Bird Key resident members. Here, members enjoy numerous special events, private parties, member excursions, tennis, bridge clubs, and more. The club makes for a gorgeous setting for special events such as dinner parties, weddings, celebrations, or even business meetings. Bird Key Yacht Club members can also enjoy reciprocal dining, tennis, and golf privileges at the Laurel Oak Country Club on the mainland. As a member of the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs (FCYC), Bird Key Yacht Club offers members the privilege of visiting any other member's club, enjoying a berth and first-night-free dockage. All charges for club activities thereafter are billed to the Bird Key membership.

History of Bird Key

Bird Key has a long development history that began when Thomas Worcester bought the island as a retirement paradise for himself and his wife, Davie Lindsay Worcester. They lived in a smaller lodging—the only one on the island at the time—for a number of years, while their dream home was being constructed. Sadly, Davie died in 1912 before construction was finished. Thomas lived in the estate home for a while with his sister and her family, but in the early 1920s, they sold to the property to John Ringling. Ringling's intentions were to make the home a "summer White House” for his friend, President Warren Harding, but when Harding died in 1923, that dream ended.

Meanwhile, Ringling’s other real estate developments saw nothing but sunshine. Ringling had developed St Armand's Circle and Lido Key, adjacent to Bird Key, and the area was immensely popular during the 1920s land boom. St. Armand’s Circle became an attractive site to stroll through, listen to bandstand music, shop, dine, and be seen. Ringling also developed the Ringling Causeway Bridge, the first major bridge to traverse Sarasota Bay, even using his own circus elephants to haul timber. When the bridge opened, Ringling himself led a celebratory parade across it. By 1928, though, the real estate boom became a bust, and Ringling eventually gifted the city with his namesake bridge and causeway. For more than 20 years, St. Armand's, Bird Key, and Lido became sleepy communities once again.

Meanwhile, in the early 1920s, Ringling’s sister, Ida Ringling North moved into the old Worcester home that her brother had purchased. In the years after the boom, Ringling’s developments suffered the effects of time and neglect. But in the early 1950s a group of investors bought Bird Key. Headed by Ringling’s nephew and Ida’s son, John Ringling North, development plans began to slowly evolve. Actual development did not begin until the property was sold again, this time to Arvida Realty, who further developed the key with luxury in mind.

Bird Key Community Today

Today, Bird Key remains a highly desirable and central place to live. The magnificent entry, the only one in and out of the island, gives residents the sense of living in a tucked-away community, where they can safely walk their pets, cycle, or take an evening stroll through the key or even across the Ringling Bridge. Along the way, residents pass by beautiful homes with sleek modern designs, Mediterranean, Key West, and Florida style ranch bungalows. Bird Key homeowners here include working professionals, retirees, executives, and even several well-known celebrities who come here for the same reasons as everyone else—beautiful weather, casual lifestyles, a thriving arts community, marine wildlife, and lovely beaches.

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Listing information last updated on August 18th, 2017 at 5:38pm EDT.