Vol. 8 No. 30 - April 16, 2008


Great boating access at Smuggler’s Landing

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER All residential units in Smuggler’s Landing
are on a canal and come with a parallel, 40-foot deepwater boat slip.

Charming Cortez has been in the news quite a bit during the last several years, starting a couple of years ago with the county considering the purchase of the Seafood Shack restaurant and adjoining property to use for public boat ramps and a maritime museum. Then the news was the opening of the Cortez Maritime Museum, sale of the waterfront trailer park and ongoing discussions about the development of the flower farm boarding Cortez.

And the little hamlet with its own zip code is still in the news with the latest being the closure and reconstruction of the humpback bridge on 127th Street West, a huge benefit to the area when completed.

Most everyone is familiar with the historic village of Cortez on the south side of Cortez Road, but the abundance of waterfront residences on the north side of the road are somewhat less familiar. Both single family homes and condominiums are available on the north side of Cortez, and Smuggler’s Landing condos is just one of the canal front complexes in this area.

The condos are situated on three canal front streets, West 126th, West 128th and West 129th. The original buildings were built between 1989 and 1991, with two newer buildings completed in 2000. All residential units are on a canal and all come with a parallel 40 foot deepwater boat slip. The main canal from Smuggler’s Landing leads directly out into the intracoastal between the Cortez and Manatee Bridges near marker #50.

The attractive complex has a variety of floor plans to offer as well as some two story townhouse models. Maintenance fees vary based on the unit and range from just under $300 a month to the mid $400s. Considering the cost of dock space in commercial marinas these days, the monthly maintenance fees at Smuggler’s seem like a bargain if you’re a boater. The complex also has two pools, spa, tennis courts and two clubhouses. Under building parking is provided as well as a large walk-in storage space in the garage area a rarity in condo living.

Like every other area of Manatee County, Cortez has been hit with the real estate slow down, with no sales recorded in Smuggler’s Landing since 2006. That year’s sales were between $445,000 and $700,000. Currently there are five units on the market with asking prices from $369,000 to $549,000.

Waterfront living is still the criteria for many who live in Florida. Tiny Cortez has some of the most diverse real estate in Florida and some of the best boating water. Check out Smuggler’s Landing in Cortez. There may be a lot going on for such a small area, but that just makes it a more interesting place to live.

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