Enjoy the beauty and feel of old Florida. The house is on a wide section of the Grand Canal, which will give you great views across the water from inside the house as well as from outside. The lush tropical vegetation will add to your sense of peace.
Observe birds and boats from the lanai, or use it as a sleeping porch. Enjoy the outdoors in privacy on the patio, surrounded by fragrant natal plums overhung by a live oak with stag horn ferns and bromeliads. Watch the sunsets and perhaps even catch a glimpse of manatees from the dock. From your bed, listen to the calls of the resident gecko and the sounds of fish jumping in the night.
The dock will accommodate a boat up to 25 feet long. Bring your own boat, or rent one locally. You are only one bridge away from the Intercoastal Waterway. There you can go water skiing and boogey boarding or observe nesting sea birds with their young. From there, it is a short ride to the pass at the north end of Siesta Key and into the Gulf, with gorgeous views of Sarasota and the coastal islands all along the way. You can fish from along the seawall at the house or from your boat in the bay or Gulf.
This 1950s furnished home has an open feeling with lovely views of the outdoors in every direction. The one-story, ground-level floorplan, which gives comfortable access to everyone, is becoming hard to find. Newly tiled, it features a split design with bedrooms and bathrooms at each end of the house. The master bedroom with king-size bed looks out into the foliage of the patio at the west end. The second bedroom, with queen-size bed and an adjoining office area, is at the east end of the house, looking south to the canal. Also at the east end of the house but looking north, the third bedroom has two twin beds. The second bathroom is between the two bedrooms at the east end, giving increased privacy to each. In addition, young children or singles can sleep comfortably on sofa or futon -- or 'camp out' on the screen porch (lanai).
From the house, you are within a mile of Siesta Key Village with its trendy shops and restaurants.
*Recognized for its cool, white, powdery sand, Siesta Key Public Beach -- with its life guards, playground, tennis courts, volleyball, and picnic tables -- is less than a mile and a half away. Across the Intercoastal Waterway, Sarasota offers shopping and business centers, opera, ballet, concerts, and professional theater, Selby Botanical Gardens, Ringling Museum, Mote Marine Aquarium, Myakka River and Oscar Shearer State Parks, and much more.
*Siesta Key is Dr. Beach's #1 beach in the USA and it's also the only Florida beach listed by Travel Channel as “best beaches for romance” and one of two Florida beaches listed as “best beaches for families”! Check it out at the Travel Channel website.
Keywords: Siesta Key home, Grand Canal, water-front, pet-friendly
We are a semi-retired couple. That is, Mike is retired after 30 years with IRS and now has a little business through which he helps people who have tax-collection problems. AnnaMarie stayed home for many years with young children, then as a home-schooling mom. She is now working as a Vocational Counselor with Rehabilitation Services in Georgia. We hope to live on Siesta Key as soon as possible, but we have grandchildren in Georgia, so we haven't been able to pull ourselves away yet...
We chose this home because Siesta Key is our dream retirement spot. It is on the Grand Canal and in a charming community that encourages healthy outdoor living. Sarasota is the perfect mix of culture and relaxation.
There is never a time when the weather is not perfect. In the summer there is a constant sea breeze; in the winter the 'cold' days are hardly chilly by most standards. The house is open and bright with lots of access to the outdoors. The lanai, patio, deck and dock given plenty of options for outdoor living. I personally love sleeping outdoors and the lanai is the perfect spot most times of the year.
View Wildlife from the Dock or Lanai (including Pelicans, Herons, Egrets, Sea Gulls, and perhaps an occasional Manatee). Fish off the deck, or just sit and read your newspaper or novel. On Siesta Key's nearby Crescent Beach, you can play Volleyball or Tennis, take your children to the Playground or join in the Sunday night Drumming. On and around Siesta Key, you can enjoy Swimming, Hiking, Biking, Boating, Sailing, Water Skiing, Fishing, Windsurfing, Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Shelling, and Rafting. In and around Sarasota, enjoy Golf, Live Theater, Shopping, Restaurants, Cinemas, Museums, Gyms, Shopping, Horseback Riding, Sightseeing, and much more! See Mote Marine Aquarium, Selby Botanical Gardens, the Ringling Museums, or performances at the Van Wezel. Go Hiking, Biking or Kayaking at Myakka River State Park or Oscar Scherer Park, both nearby on the mainland.
* Siesta Key is the only Florida beach listed by Travel Channel as “best for romance” & 1 of 2 listed as “best for families.' *
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