Perico Bay Club: our back
By Louise Bolger
SUN STAFF WRITER
A beautifully landscaped gated community with multiple pools,
and water views on a protected island, two miles to the beach
and sparkling Gulf waters, under $600,000. Sounds too good
to be true, well its not. In fact, its right in
Anna Maria Islands back yard Perico Bay Club
on Perico Island.
The entrance to Perico Bay Club is on Manatee Avenue mid-way
on the south side of Perico Island. Dont confuse it
with Perico Isles whose entrance is located on the north side
of Manatee Avenue almost directly opposite the Bay Clubs.
Built between 1988 and 1992, Perico Bay Club is home to approximately
700 residential units on 13 streets organized into eight different
neighborhoods. Each area has its own association, heated pool
and personality. There are also four lighted tennis courts,
a central clubhouse and Olympic size pool near the entrance.
As you drive through the entry gate, which is manned 24 hours,
you immediately feel like youve entered into a lifestyle
suspended between casual island and ordered mainland. And
indeed you have since Perico Bay Club represents the best
of both worlds, equally quick access to the beach and town
and waterfront living without the exposure of the Island.
There are nature walks, bike baths and a safe, friendly community
Perico Bay Club has a variety of housing options and styles.
There are traditional condominium buildings with two living
levels. The first living level is slightly elevated with a
short flight of stairs, the second level is a full flight
up no elevators. Some of the condo units have lake
views and some have bayfront views on Palma Sola Bay. All
have lanais, many glass enclosed. The bayfront units on Edgewater
Circle have detached one car garages and there are some models
with a third bedroom or den.
The villas at Perico Bay Club are not elevated and have several
different models. Most are two bedrooms, two baths and some
of the larger villas also have a third bedroom or den. They
also come with either one or two attached garages and some
models have entry courtyards. Many of the villas are lakefront
with spacious decks looking over the lake off the lanais.
The majority of the villas are one level with some two levels
on Waterside Lane.
The condos are organized as traditional condominium associations.
However, the villas are homeowners associations which
require a survey when sold since the land under the footprint
of the villa is resident-owned.
Next week well talk about current values and appreciation;
meanwhile keep Perico Bay Club in mind as an alternative to