The Laurel Oak Country Club in Sarasota always rings a bell for most seasoned realtors in Florida. This golf community is one of the gems in the Sarasota real estate market that has continued to attract homebuyer and investor interest, and the reasons are all but too apparent.
One perennial draw for the 800-acre Laurel Oak real estate enclave is its outstanding location. The community's site east of Interstate 75 enable quick access to the Sarasota downtown, a well-known center for arts and culture in Southwest Florida and likewise host to myriads of urban amenities. Moreover, the storied beaches and resorts of the barrier islands of Longboat Key and Siesta Key are also within easy reach from the community.
The allure of homes for sale in Laurel Oak can also be attributed to the masterful development of the property that began in the 1990s. Fabulous privileges and amenities are offered in the community's magnificent 45,000 square-foot clubhouse. Among these are two dining rooms with inspiring views of the lakes, lush woodlands, and greeneries that went into the property's development. As to be expected, community socials gravitate toward these facilities wherein more than one hundred eighty special events are held each year.
The clubhouse complex also features twelve clay tennis courts where regular tournaments and professional training sessions are conducted. In addition, there is a six-lane junior Olympic-sized pool where swimming lessons for kids are also available and safety during peak summer months is ensured by a lifeguard on duty during pool hours.
More club member privileges are extended in the Laurel Oak's two 18-hole, championship golf links-the East and the West Courses. Manifesting the fine maintenance of these two layouts, several major golf competitions have been held at Laurel Oak, such as the qualifying round for the US Open and the Michelob Ultra-Lite National Tournaments.
The East Course, a signature Gary Player creation, measures 6,875 yards from the black tees and 4,673 yards from the white tees. The West Course, renovated in 2005 under the stewardship of famous course architect Rees Jones, has a yardage of 6,934 from the black tees and 4,647 from the white tees. The training services of golf pros are likewise available along with an expansive practice area for the long and short game.
Prices of Laurel Oak homes for sale can start in a single family home with a floor area of 2,400 square feet priced at around the $300s. The higher options can be on a 3,250 square-foot residence at the mid-$600s or on a luxurious 5,173-square-foot custom home with a posted price of $1.3 million, a due diligence for which can confirm the outstanding values available when owning Laurel Oak real estate.
Alan Atchley is a real estate broker associate in his family owned real estate company. His personal business website features information on the Sarasota homes for sale currently listed in the Sarasota MLS.