Bird Key

Bird KeyMy dad and I used to drive by Bird Key in our travels around town and he would say, “When I was working at Boomhower Realty, we were selling  lots on Bird Key for $60,000 back in 1972 when we moved here to Sarasota!” I would marvel at that and had to check that out for myself….

Bird Key has a long history.  I’ll start by saying Bird Key is largely its own man-made island originally owned by Thomas Worcester and later purchased (along with several other neighboring islands and mangrove clusters) by John Ringling. Over the years, several acres of the island were “land-filled” by digging out a boatable canal system and dumping the extracted dirt behind constructed sea walls to make many of the lots on Bird Key.

The island has several canal-front homes, land-locked interior homes and stunning bay front homes of all shapes and sizes. Asking prices are ranging from $650,000 for an interior 2,500 s.f. home built in 1976 to well over $5 million for an ultra-modern, full bay front home with 5,300 s.f. built in 2004.
My research proved dad right…again! Back in the late 60’s and early 1970’s, interior lots were selling in the $60’s and around $200k for a full bay view empty lot. Today, similar lots are selling for around the mid $300’s for a land-locked lot to $1.8 million for full bay view lots! Most of the lots are approximately a third of an acre on the key which is nestled between the Sarasota City skyline and popular St. Armand’s Circle.

Bird Key is now a thriving 500+ home gated subdivision and features a lovely central yacht club, restaurant and banquet room.  For a more complete story, click here.  http://www.sarasotahistoryalive.com/stories/journals-of-yesteryear/bird-key-the-jewel-in-sarasota-bay/

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