Located offshore of the city of Sarasota and only a relaxing and short drive over the connecting North Bridge lies a wonderful, pristine eight-mile-long sub-tropical barrier island called Siesta Key.
This resplendent area is an island that is settled in the cool, clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and is seen as a place one would imagine a perfect vacation destination would be, or even better, the perfect place to live and enjoy living all year-round.
The Beaches Are Just A Short Stroll From Modern Amenities
Residents and tourists here enjoy taking a barefoot stroll along the powdery white beach, a refreshing swim in the calm aqua waters of the Gulf, or a visit to either of the Key's two main shopping centers, where buyers can find wonderful items ranging from fashion accessories, souvenir T-shirts, paintings and other art work, and also enjoy an evening of fine dining, relax at a nice an cozy *censored*tail lounge, and probably think of settling here for good.
The area's real estate options offer investors a wide variety of housing choices, from luxury and upscale hi-rise condominiums that offer wonderful views of the Gulf of Mexico, to lavish waterfront estates set in a wonderful tropical surrounding, to more modest but lovely and cozy bungalows.
The area's rise to fame has risen so fast that in only a few years, the island has become a wonderful haven for the elegant, opulent and tastefully-designed housing options, that range from waterfront estates, town homes, apartments and condominiums.
Residents Here Have Access To Wonderful Facilities And Amenities
The key's residents and tourists are afforded complete and easy access to the area's marinas, which offer boat rentals, charter fishing trips and guided water tours, as well as other watersports activities. In this locale, the residential developments here have facilities for docking boats and other pleasure craft.
Prospective home buyers in Siesta Key can choose from buying simple one-bedroom condos or standard bungalow and single-family units, to opulently designed waterfront properties, the prices may vary, but most home developments here start from $300,000 and go up to a million dollars or more. However, there are home developments that are available to suit every lifestyle and budget. Most of the beach front in this area is now lined up with condos.
In a recent study done by the University of Florida, it was noted that almost one in four individuals aged 55 and older who moved full-time to the Sunshine State between 2000 and 2003 started out as people taking a breather from harsh winter conditions in other areas. In addition, 30 percent of current winter vacation tourists have noted that it was likely or very likely, they would move to Florida year-round at some point.
The study also added that Florida led the country in the number of winter residents, with about 818,000 tourists in 2005, followed by Texas and Arizona. The winter residents also contribute billions of dollars to the local economy. However, with spiraling property taxes and the threat of hurricanes, Florida now faces stiff competition from other states that are starting to become attractive to retirees and young families, such as Georgia and the Carolinas.