Vol 6 No. 29 - April 12, 2006

Bayview condos tucked away on side street



SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
The eight units of Bayview condos are a little over 1,000 square feet with two
bedrooms, two baths and a lanai.
By Louise Bolger
SUN STAFF WRITER

You would think that after more than five years I would have profiled every condominium association and subdivision on the Island, but there always seems to be another one tucked away on a side street that I missed. Bayview condos in Bradenton Beach south of the Cortez Bridge is one of these.

Bayview condos was built in 1984 and has only eight units on two midrise levels with secured gated parking under the building. Directly on Sarasota Bay, Bayview residents have a spectacular view of passing boats, dolphins, pelicans and the Sarasota skyline, with west coast sunsets a short walk across Gulf Drive.

The units are a little over 1,100 square feet, with two bedrooms, two baths and a lanai. The association amenities include a heated pool situated on the bay, elevators and a boat/fishing dock. Monthly association fees are about $500. Rentals are permitted and range between $800 to $1,350 weekly and $2,400 to $4,000 monthly depending on the season.

Sales are few and far between. The most recent one I could find was in April 2002 closing at $330,000. There is, however, one currently on the market with a local broker listing for $695,000, as of this writing.

The location of Bayview condos couldn’t be better for both visitors and owners. Coquina Beach is directly across Gulf Drive from Ninth Street South, which is a short dead end street, shared by both single family homes and the Pelican Cove Condos, terminating at the Bay. Besides being able to walk to the beach, you can also walk to restaurants or pickup the Island trolley for longer jaunts.

Bayview is another example of one of the Island’s great little spots which can be easily missed. If you like living or renting in a more intimate waterfront environment, remember Bayview condos in Bradenton Beach.

If you live in a condo complex or housing subdivision that I may have not have written about in this column, feel free to shoot me an e-mail and I’ll consider it for a future column – rebolger@yahoo.com. In the meantime, enjoy your home and lovely Anna Maria Island.

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