Variously home to pirates, smugglers, and privateers, Florida’s keys have long been a destination for treasure hunters and bohemian lifestyles. Today the culture of the keys is more refined and relaxed, but the mystique remains for visitors and residents to discover.
Sleepy Lagoon, one of the modern-day treasures of the keys, is nestled in the northern middle section of historic Longboat Key. Generally infused with a casual and comfortable atmosphere, this community is home to an eclectic gathering of people from all walks of life. The 250+ homes range from unique bungalows to showpiece mansions in a casual intersection of the Key’s colorful past and cultured present.
Homes on the east shores of this neighborhood are treated to picturesque views of premium Sarasota shores and skyline, and homes along the western shoreline enjoy breathtaking Gulf of Mexico vistas year round. Prices range from $412K to $8.4M, promising rewarding finds for a wide range of incomes.
An evening drive through the neighborhood reveals diverse architectural styles and individual tastes. Sleepy Lagoon encourages individual expression, and the result is a treasure trove of waterfront mansions, discreet villas, and unassuming residences.
Unique tastes and flavors season the area’s limited commercial ventures as well. One of these flavors is the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, located in the heart of nearby Longboat Village. In spite of hurricanes and inclement weather, this landmark establishment survives as one of the oldest structures on Longboat Key, and the menu entices with fresh Florida seafood selections. Located on the northern edge of the Sarasota Bay, Mar Vista is just a brief drive away, or you have the option of arriving dockside after a day of boating or sailing.
Sleepy Lagoon is also a place for residents to discover the treasure within at venues such as the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. A satellite campus of the Ringing School of Art and Design, the Center offers courses in painting, drawing, jewelry design and assembly, 3-D art creation, and photography.
For more wide-ranging adventures, bridges from Longboat Key spanning the Gulf and Bay waters lead residents southward to Lido Key’s beaches, a favorite of locals, and northward to resort destination Anna Maria Island. Just south of Lido Key children love discovering the treasures of the underwater world at Mote Marine Laboratories.
Follow the centuries-old lure of treasure hunting to Sleepy Lagoon, one of the crown jewels of Longboat Key, and you will find that your discoveries have just begun.