Sarasota Florida Bird Key DriveLike the majority of islands in Sarasota, Bird Key got off to a rough start. The Worcester family bought Bird Key from the state of Florida in the early 1900’s and planned to build a home for their retirement. Construction was begun and they added 30,000 cu. yards of dirt, as well as added foliage and trees. Mrs. Worcester passed away before completion of the home and as a result the property sat empty until it was bought by John Ringling in the 1920’s. Ringling built the Ringling Causeway to prepare an easy access for Floridians to access Bird Key, St. Armand’s Circle, and Lido Key. Myth has it that Ringling used his own elephants to help with construction of the bridge, but in fact it was more expensive to train elephants than to hire workers. Soon after the bridge was built came the crash of the stock market, and the end of Bird Key for a while. Ringling’s sister- Ida- moved into the Worcester mansion in the 1930’s and remained there until her death in 1950. Ida’s son tried to continue the dream of building on Bird Key, but was quickly shot down by the Sarasota community. With so many denials, Bird Key was put on a shelf, with one lone development. Finally in 1959 Arvida bought Bird Key and was successful in getting approval for 511 lots, 291 of these lots looking over some type of water (whether it be canal, Gulf, or bay). The lots were priced between $9,000 and $32,000 and sold not long after. To this day you will see a mix of older homes from the original construction in the 1950’s, to beautiful updated mansions that are recently built or newly renovated. Bird Key has spectacular views, deep canals and water access, close proximity to downtown Sarasota and St. Armands Circle, and an air of luxury that wafts throughout each street you drive down. This island is not broken down by subdivisions as many others are, but by streets. The streets are well known and have names that reflect the character of the street.

Bird Key Drive

Bird Key Drive is the main road that runs through the entirety of the island.  Homes here overlook Sarasota Bay, or are considered “garden lots” (land-locked).  Garden lots are less expensive and perfect for those who appreciate the proximity of Bird Key to the water and other Sarasota landmarks.

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Blue Jay Place

Blue Jay Place contains all “garden lots”, perfect for families that enjoy relaxing amongst lush tropical foliage. Many of the properties on Blue Jay Place have towering oak trees and other native Florida plants that remind you beautiful mature Florida neighborhoods are.

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Bob White Way and Bob White Drive

The homes on Bob White Way are all landlocked, while the homes on Bob White Drive are all canal homes, which offer deep water access for large fishing boats and yachts. Each canal on Bird Key has been dredged to much deeper standards than many other waterfront docks in the area.

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Meadow Lark Drive

Meadow Lark properties are highly sought after for their prestigious views of the Bay and the Sarasota skyline.  In the afternoon you can see the Marina Jack boat heading out for a dinner sunset cruise.  On the east side, sail boats and yachts can access the Bay because of the deep canals.

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Mourning Dove Drive

Mourning Dove Drive is a small street with several beautiful smaller homes, as well as some large estates overlooking the Ringling Causeway and the Sarasota skyline.

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Owl Drive and Owl Way

The properties on Owl Drive North are canal front, while Owl Drive South properties are both canal and garden, and on Owl Way they are all garden lots.  The canals in Bird Key are dredged much deeper than on other islands and because of this they are in high demand by avid boaters.

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Partridge Circle

The homes on Partridge Circle are a combination of garden lots and canal lots. Many of the homes are renovated 1960’s ranch style homes, while there are some that are newly built as well.  One advantage of living on Partridge Circle is the small amount of car traffic.

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Pheasant Way and Pheasant Drive

Pheasant Way homes are garden lots, while properties on Pheasant Drive have canal access.  These homes are both newly constructed mansions and older ranch style homes built in the 1950’s. The properties boast of luscious Florida landscape and private, quiet streets.

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Robin Drive

The homes on Robin Drive are the properties that you may have seen when driving over the Ringling Causeway.  These properties boast of the most fantastic views and the closest range to St. Armand’s Circle, as well as downtown Sarasota and Lido Key.

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Royal Flamingo Drive, East and West

Homes located on West Royal Flamingo Drive have the most spectacular sunset views available. These homes overlook Lido Key and the Sarasota Bay.  Most homes on east Royal Flamingo Drive have canal lots and garden lots, and some of these properties also have views of the Bay.

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Seagull Lane

Seagull lane is a small street that contains some beautiful, smaller homes, as well as a couple of large estates overlooking the Ringling Causeway and the Sarasota skyline.

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Spoonbill Drive, North and South

The properties on North Spoonbill feature mostly canal homes, These properties are loved for their deeply dredged canals that make them favorable for large sail boats and yachts.  Homes on South Spoonbill Drive overlook the Bay, South Lido Key, and the Big Pass.

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Warbler Lane, North and South

Warbler Lane juts out into the bay and features homes on both the canal and the Bay.  Homes on the Bay side over look Otter Key, St. Armands Circle, and parts of Lido Key, while homes on the canal side have a view of the John Ringling Causeway and some of St. Armands Circle.

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Contact Us to schedule your personal tour of Bird Key or call the Wilson HomeTeam at (941) 321-8686 now for immediate answers to your questions

  1. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,562 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,196 sqft
    Year built: 1974
    Days on market: 1
  2. 5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,651 sqft
    Year built: 1965
    Days on market: 10
  3. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,982 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,810 sqft
    Year built: 1963
    Days on market: 15
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,330 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,503 sqft
    Year built: 1973
    Days on market: 16
  5. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,044 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,632 sqft
    Year built: 1971
    Days on market: 34
  6. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,310 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,810 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Days on market: 45
  7. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,888 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,196 sqft
    Year built: 2018
    Days on market: 48
  8. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,221 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,730 sqft
    Year built: 1966
    Days on market: 57
  9. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,098 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,632 sqft
    Year built: 1963
    Days on market: 63
  10. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,612 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,374 sqft
    Year built: 1968
    Days on market: 64
  11. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,936 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,810 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Days on market: 64
  12. 6 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 7,047 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,810 sqft
    Year built: 2011
    Days on market: 76
  13. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,881 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,632 sqft
    Year built: 1976
    Days on market: 86
  14. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 6,449 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,780 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Days on market: 104
  15. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,267 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,939 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Days on market: 129
  16. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,172 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,552 sqft
    Year built: 1967
    Days on market: 133

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(all data current as of 3/22/2018)

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