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Lido Beach stretches for several miles between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Not only is it an ideal vacation destination, it also has a thriving residential community with a prime real estate market. This island paradise is easily accessible, yet off the beaten path in a relaxed, secluded atmosphere. If you are interested in buying property on Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key or St. Armands Key, there are many local real estate agents waiting to help you select the perfect property for your family. Lido Beach offers a gorgeous setting with a mix of condominiums, single family homes and tourist units. In addition, Lido Beach is home to world class shopping at St. Armands Circle, some of the best restaurants in the state and only minutes across the bridge to Sarasota's many cultural activities. The average price of a single family home on Longboat Key is $1,341,312 and the average price for a condominium is $832,641. The average price of a single family home on Lido Key and St. Armands Key is $1,615,226 and the average price for a condominium is $1,426,182. (2005)

The following is a recap of the communities of the Lido Beach region:

Lido Key is located just a few minutes from downtown Sarasota. The island is linked with bridges to the mainland of Sarasota and the south end of Longboat Key. Lido Key includes private, secluded beaches along with St. Armands Circle, which features elegant shops, award winning restaurants and fine hotels. North Lido Beach is a very private stretch of beach bordered by towering Australian pines. This public beach offers swimming, playground facilities, concession stand and shops. At the southern end of Lido Key is a 100-acre park with picnic tables and grills, a volleyball court and children's playground. This is a popular area for boaters who anchor just offshore to swim and jet ski. The center area of Lido Key contains St. Armands Circle, as well as a public beach area. There are canal front and bay front homes in the St. Armands Circle area, where residents can easily stroll to the beach, shops, cafes, coffee shops and ice cream shops. Recreation abounds on the keys and ranges from swimming, boating, parasailing, fishing, jet skiing, sailing, dolphin tours and sunset cruises.

Siesta Key has more of an “old Florida” feel, with bungalows within walking distance of the beach along with oceanside condos and palatial mansions with gorgeous views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico. This eight-mile long barrier island has beach sand that is made up of 99 percent quartz and is rated one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Longboat Key stretches for about twelve miles between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf. There is a south bridge on Longboat Key that connects to Lido Key and a north bridge that connects to Bradenton Beach on the mainland. Real estate on this key includes single family homes, condominiums and hotels. The south end of the island is more expensive due to the close proximity to St. Armands Circle and Sarasota. You will find a wide variety of homes on Longboat Key that range from bungalows to large, lavish estates. Longboat Key is the only barrier island in the Sarasota area that has a golf course. A private club on the island consists of 45 holes of golf, as well as tennis.


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