Longboat living at affordable
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Boats slips are available for small to mid-sized power
By Louise Bolger
SUN STAFF WRITER
Heres a news flash contrary
to what you may observe driving south on Gulf of Mexico Drive
and in the real estate section of local newspapers, you dont
have to be a multimillionaire to live on Longboat Key. You
do, however, need to love being near Sarasota Bay, the Gulf
beaches and having quick access to downtown Sarasota and Lido
Sutton Place condos, located on the bay side of Gulf of Mexico
Drive, offers all this and more, the more being the affordability
factor. In an area where $2 and $3 million condos are not
uncommon, you can still buy in Sutton Place around the half
Some of the current listing prices range from $410,000 for
a one bedroom, one bath to $597,000 for a two bedroom, two
bath bayfront unit averaging $507,000 for those currently
on the market. The seven recorded sales so far this year ranged
from $360,000 to $510,000.
The complex was built in the early 70s and offers townhouses,
villas and mid-rise buildings totaling 80 units. The townhouses
have one car garages and as many as three bedrooms and two-and-a-half
baths. The villas have a carport for one car, and the mid-rises
have covered assigned parking.
The mid-rises are located along Sarasota Bay with water and
marina views. Laundry facilities in the mid-rise buildings
are in a common laundry room. Pets and rentals are permitted.
There are 20 boat slips available for small to mid-size power
boats. Slips are assigned from a waiting list and are an additional
cost to residents.
There are two pools, one on the bay, and a clubhouse. But
one of the nicest amenities at Sutton Place is the deeded
beach access across Gulf of Mexico Drive with parking and
Sutton Place residents enjoy many of the same benefits as
the newly constructed condos being built on Longboat at a
fraction of the cost. But when the white pelicans come to
winter on the small keys across from their boat basin, Sutton
Place residents know its just for them.