The Sarasota real estate market has a gem in The Oaks Club that can very well match the features of other golf communities in neighboring Florida districts. For one, vehicular traffic isn't much of a bother to and from the Oaks Club real estate development. It is located just far south enough from road bottlenecks such as those in nearby downtown Sarasota. But more importantly, this private membership golf club has a heritage of almost one hundred years that attracted home buyers and investors both from the US and overseas.
The Oaks is located on the mainland side of Little Sarasota Bay and combines the lures of the bayfront with the advantages of golf links within a residential community. Prestige, too, is woven into the enclave as its beginning traces back to one of Sarasota's famous pioneers, Berta Honoré Palmer, who built a residence on the property.
The superb social life of this community manifests in its elegant, 34,000-square-foot clubhouse with exquisite dining facilities. Among them is the Glen Room for formal dining, and The Tavern and The Grill Room for more casual occasions. Club members always have a busy events calendar including dinner dances and theme parties, as well as friendly bridge and mahjong sessions. Other club privileges include access to twelve tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a croquet court. Residents at The Oaks can avail of either equity or social memberships. Non-residents are given options to join the club as associate members for tennis, junior tennis, and golf.
Golfing privileges can be enjoyed in two layouts, the Eagle and the Heron, both 18-hole, par 72, championship courses. Sea Isle Paspalum grass at the Eagle Course extends from tee to green for fast play conditions. Designed by the famed course architect Arthur Hills, this layout plays at 5,022 yards from the nearest tees and 7,003 yards from the farthest. The Heron, originally designed by William Byrd, measures 6,695 yards from the farthest tees and 4,986 yards from the nearest.
Looking for sales-listed homes in The Oaks Club calls for lifestyle choices in three neighborhoods: Oaks Bayside, Oaks Clubside, and the Oaks Preserve. Residential alternatives can range from condos to villas and from estate homes to townhouses. The Oaks Club homes for sale hence have varying price levels. At the lower end of the scale, there are condominium units that can be negotiated starting from the high $200s. Going premium can mean investigating an estate home with an asking price of over $4 million that is indeed the hallmark of real estate acquisition opportunities available at The Oaks.
Alan Atchley is a real estate broker associate in his familly run business. His personal website features all the Sarasota homes for sale currently listed in the MLS.