Indian Beach: Old Meets the New


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, July 11th, 2016 – Indian Beach may be one of the oldest communities in Sarasota but it still counts amongst our bayfront localities where prospective buyers have a choice on some of the newest Sarasota homes for sale. It recently added a new neighborhood, the Bellora, an infill development of the award-winning custom home pros, Legacy Builders on the West Coast.

This project broke into the limelight in the recent 2016 Parade of Homes (POH), the annual showcase of the Manatee–Sarasota Building Industry Association. Bellora was adjudged “Best Overall” amongst the 10 featured communities in this event, demonstrating the outstanding design of its model home and the exquisite planning that went into the neighborhood’s superb location.

Choice Inland Site

Indian Beach: Old Meets the New

This property is planned for just 23 home sites located along the stretch of Moderne Rue, which has been appropriately renamed as Bellora Way. Bayshore Road defines Bellora’s western boundary, while Corwood Drive marks the edge of the neighborhood’s northern perimeter.

The model home that Bellora entered in the 2016 POH is currently featured amongst Sarasota homes for sale at a listed base price of $1.02 million with a leaseback provision. Flaunting a modern contemporary design, this residence features three bedrooms and two baths and a half within floor area approaching 2,700 square feet.

Unlike in its neighboring Sapphire Shores, Indian Beach is covered by some deed restrictions, and Bellora presents the only buying opportunity for new, custom-built Sarasota homes for sale in this community.

The Indian Beach‒Sapphire Shores area has quaint roots, being a pre-historic settlement of Native Americans as evidenced by the Indian mounds here. Europeans settled in earnest in this locality starting in the mid- to late 1800s. Eventually, circus magnate John Ringling developed this area after building a home adjoining these charming communities.

Cultural Hub and More

Both now have the enviable distinction of being at the hub of the arts and culture scene in Sarasota. Within a short walk or bike ride from these communities are the John Ringling Museum, the Ringling School of Art, and the New College of Florida.

The other attractions near the Bellora in the Indian Beach area are quite diverse. This locality is also the host to the Sarasota Jungle Gardens gathering some 150 native and exotic animal species. These include not only birds of prey but also parrots and macaws, as well as primates, small mammals, and a wide variety of reptiles. Likewise, it features lush botanical gardens plus a pond inhabited by pink flamingos.

Residents and visitors in the mood for play can get lots of fun at the Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf. Also, the nearby North Watertower Park provides one of the best Frisbee golf courses in Sarasota.

Eclectic Community Mix

For the famed sunset of the Suncoast, one ideal place to be is at the bayfront stretch of Indian Beach. A popular option too is the Sapphire Shores’ Sun Circle Park fronting the basin that Ringling had developed to allow a safe local boat anchorage. This park now has its own children’s playground, thanks mainly to the residents of Indian Beach and Sapphire Shores who pitched in to fund its construction. The park has also been hosting an annual art show as a result of the efforts of a homeowners’ association unifying both communities.

Future residents of Bellora will find a charming population mix of well-to-do homeowners sharing the community with middle-class academics, artists, young professionals, as well as some college students. Also besides high-end residences, more moderately priced pre-owned Sarasota homes for sale are available around the neighborhood. Some of these residences date back to the 1950s and the 1960s, showcasing a flawless fusion of the old and the new at Indian Beach.