Clark Spring Lake is a
By Louise Bolger
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Most of the single-family and
duplex homes located on Clark Lane, Clark Drive and
sections of 68th Street, Palm Drive and Holmes Boulevard
border on a spring-fed lake.
SUN STAFF WRITER
I’ve got a secret, and it doesn’t have anything
to do with Garry Moore and the 1950s TV show. It does have
everything to do with another little known island neighborhood.
Clark Spring Lake Estates in Holmes Beach is a diversified
area of single-family homes and duplexes located on Clark
Lane, Clark Drive and sections of 68th Street, Palm Drive
and Holmes Boulevard.
The unique aspect of this area is that most of the residential
properties border a spring-fed lake. Yep, right in the middle
of Holmes Beach is a lake, and I hear that some people fish
in it and even operate small row and paddle boats.
Just like so many other sections of the Island, Clark Spring
Lake is undergoing a rapid change. Older single family and
duplex homes are being renovated and rebuilt, changing the
face of the area.
I could not find any recorded sales for this year, however,
2005 did have some turnover. Two duplexes sold for $370,000
and $405,000, and four single family homes sold for $480,000
to $739,000. Remember these sales were last year and do not
reflect any appreciation for 2006.
I am aware of three properties currently on the market. A
one-level, two-bedroom, two-bath home with a fireplace, garage
and deeded boat dock listed for $575,000 on Clark Drive; a
new single family home/condo with three bedrooms and three
baths, garage and elevator listed for $899,000 on Holmes Boulevard;
and a corner lot duplex on Clark Lane listed at $597,500.
In addition, there are vacation rentals available in some
of the duplex units on Holmes Boulevard. A two-bedroom, bath-and-a-half
villa rents in the high $2000’s per month in season.
Within walking distance to the beach and the Island trolley,
it’s a surprise that Clark Spring Lake has remained a
secret to so many island folk. Now that the secret is out, I
would like to thank Mr. McCaffrey for giving me a heads up on
another one of Anna Maria’s hidden treasures.