Luxury along the coast at La Casa Costiera
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Costiera in Italian means coast and is frequently associated with the Amalfi Coast south of Naples on the southwestern side of the Italian peninsula. La Casa Costiera in Holmes Beach means home on the coast and although the small condo complex is directly Gulffront, its style and color will remind you more of Tuscany than Positano.
La Casa Costiera is located on the Gulf side of Gulf Drive at 73rd Street in Holmes Beach. The 12-unit complex was built in 2005 and offers a variety of floor plans with square feet starting at 2,000. There are water views of varying degrees within the association, and beach access to one of Anna Maria’s spectacular beaches is virtually yards away.
Designed as a luxury condominium complex, La Casa Costiera does not disappoint, with interesting architectural features like arches, interior columns and attractive glass panels over doorways. Kitchens and bathrooms have stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.
The open and bright units have designer fireplaces and wet bars, as well as private elevators and either a two- or three-car garage space, depending on the unit. There is also a heated pool and spa for residents. Two of the units are ground level directly on the beach with cathedral ceilings and terraces facing the Gulf of Mexico, the others are in low-rise buildings.
The original sale prices were all over the million dollar mark, averaging around $1,500,000. With one exception closing at $1,355,000, there have not been any re-sales. Currently there are four on the market ranging from $1,399,000 to $1,599,000, all with three bedrooms and either three or two-and one-half baths.
Like all other properties on the Island, La Casa Costiera has also been a victim of the economic downturn and the problems in the housing market. But, unlike other types of real estate, La Casa Costiera’s appeal is to the upscale luxury buyer, traditionally a segment of the real estate market that has some immunity against market swings.
So whether you’re fond of the hills of Tuscany or the aqua waters of Amalfi, there’s enough of both within the walls of La Casa Costiera for the most discriminating buyer, all mixed together with Anna Maria’s own special appeal.