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Whitney Beach Real Estate for Sale – Longboat Key, Sarasota, Florida 34228

Whitney Beach

The Whitney Beach neighborhood on Longboat Key is drawing increased home buying interest not so much on new residential property developments that reinvigorated the market for Sarasota homes for sale. Renewed market enthusiasm in this community at the northern end of the barrier island has been fostered by the recent makeover of its nearby 10-acre Whitney Beach shopping plaza whose deterioration had previously been a turnoff for prospective home buyers in the locality.

The plaza’s decline started in the 1980s when a Publix Super Market opened at the other end of the Longboat Key. The Whitney Beach shoppers’ hub started its rehabilitation in 2012 when it was acquired by a group of Bradenton investors.

$2-million makeover

Whitney Beach

The new owners of the property have already invested $2 million in the shopping center. It now sports a new Key West-style metal roof, and a new air conditioning system and signage were also installed. Besides a coating of fresh paint, the Whitney Beach Plaza likewise improved its landscaping, and its parking lot was also repaved and restriped. The Whitney Beach Plaza owners have opened a liquor store in the center and look forward to having a market or grocery store, bar and kayak rental shop in their property.

Six new tenants, including a café, have been lured by the facelift of the 25-unit strip mall and are already generating added customer traffic. A further increase in business activity can be expected as Whitney Beach is under an overlay district approved in 2012 and designed to spur additional mixed-use development in the area. With this zoning regulation, rejuvenation of a bank and gas station near the plaza is a distinct possibility.

Strategic location

Whitney Beach

Besides the plaza’s makeover, buying interest in Sarasota homes for sale in Whitney Beach is sharpened by this community’s convenient location close to the Gulf of Mexico Drive, the main road bisecting the 12-mile length of Longboat Key. Southward, this road leads to access points to the life and leisure attractions of St. Armands Circle and farther east to lifestyle options at Sarasota’s downtown district. Northward, the choices shift to the attractions of Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria Island.

Longboat Key’s own attractions are but of course even closer. Just across west of the plaza, for instance, is one of the public access points to the barrier island’s beach frequented by college students and families with young children. Public parking for beachgoers is available at nearby Broadway Street which also provides access to two fine local dining venues—Mar Vista Dockside & Restaurant Pub and Moore’s Stone Crab. The Longboat Key Center for Art, a haven for artists and art enthusiasts, is likewise located close to Whitney Beach.

The Sleepy Lagoon Park is one of the subdivisions at Whitney Beach which offers plenty of choices among Longboat Key homes for sale. Many of the properties typically sales-listed in this neighborhood are million-dollar waterfront homes featuring three to seven bedrooms within floor plans ranging from 2,120 up to nearly 9,000 square feet. Typical listings here also include smaller canal-front homes priced between the $600s and close to the $900s.

Whitney Beach Homes for Sale

Below are the current real estate listings available at Whitney Beach

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MLS# T3147032 - Status: Active View Property Details Add to Favorites View Map

  • 6701 GULF OF MEXICO DR #320
  • Price: $525,000
  • Zip Code: 34228
  • 702 Square Feet
  • Bedrooms: 1 Baths: 1
  • One of a kind ground floor unit . Large one bedroom and bath with enclosed garden and porch off master bedroom and living dining and kitchen looks out to a patio, pool and Gulf of Mexico. Many days from this room you see water like the Bahamas. I ... Read More
  • Listing courtesy of: THE TONI EVERETT COMPANY

MLS# A4442654 - Status: Active View Property Details Add to Favorites View Map

  • 6701 GULF OF MEXICO DR #323
  • Price: $429,000
  • Zip Code: 34228
  • 936 Square Feet
  • Bedrooms: 1 Baths: 1
  • Mesmerizing direct Gulf views welcome you into this charming beach retreat located on the idyllic beaches of North Longboat Key. Enjoy watching sea birds soar over azure waters and dune grass sway in the gentle breeze from your living room. Step out ... Read More
  • Listing courtesy of: PREMIER SOTHEBYS INTL REALTY

MLS# A4456442 - Status: Active View Property Details Add to Favorites View Map

  • 6700 GULF OF MEXICO DR #116
  • Price: $395,000
  • Zip Code: 34228
  • 1377 Square Feet
  • Subdivision: WHITNEY BEACH CONDO
  • Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 2
  • Villas in Whitney Beach Bayside are highly desirable (no one above you or stairs to climb) and Villa #116 is the only two bedroom currently on the market! This attractive Villa offers many updates including newly installed New South Windows in the ki ... Read More
  • Listing courtesy of: MICHAEL SAUNDERS & COMPANY