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Bird Key

Affluent, secluded, and exclusive are the three words that come to mind when describing the upscale community of Bird Key. Located just beyond the famous John Ringling Bridge, this gated community features a total of 510 single-family residences, of which over 300 are waterfront homes. A combination of bayfront and canal-front homes makes this a boater’s paradise. The community features the Bird Key Yacht Club and is within a 3-minute drive to the Sarasota Yacht Club, where membership opportunities are available.

Bird Key is nestled between downtown Sarasota and St. Armands Circle, making shopping and dining convenient. Beyond St. Armands Circle is the famous Lido Key Beach. Directly across the community entrance is Bird Key Park, a popular waterfront location to exercise, fish, or bring your dog for a swim.

John Ringling purchased Bird Key in the early 1920s. Arvida Realty purchased the acreage from Ringling’s heir in 1959.

Arvida increased the size of the island from its original 13 acres to the current 250 acres.. The community of Bird Key was developed in the 1960s as a private single-family home enclave for some of America’s most wealthy and influential families. 

Over the years, the community has been carefully developed and maintained to uphold its reputation as one of the most exclusive and desirable addresses off the west coast of Florida. Bird Key is a wonderful place to live, with year-round sunshine, amazing amenities, and a strong real estate market.  

Bird Key Architecture 

Bird Key features homes in various architectural styles, from mid-century homes to luxurious coastal contemporary estates, many with water views.  When the Arvida Corporation developed Bird Key in the early 1960’s, three home options were offered: bay front, canal front and garden view. Within the community today, you will see these original home styles as well as many new construction homes replacing the older dwellings.

Key Features

Residents of Bird Key are a  diverse group, with something in common- a love of the outdoors and boating.  The community is home to families, young professionals, retirees, and even a few celebrities.  Here are reasons you will love living on Bird Key.

  • Exclusive neighborhood 
  • Elegant lifestyle
  • Waterfront estates
  • Natural beauty
  • Magnificent sunsets
  • Nearby cultural amenities 
  • Bird Key Yacht Club membership opportunity

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