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At home, steps from Crescent Beach
By Roger Drouin

Sara Sea is a small mid-Key condo community that’s a bit of a secret jewel on Siesta.

   The community is nestled just a quarter of a block from Crescent Beach and close to Point of Rocks. “There are only just 12 units, so it has a residential feel to it,” says Realtor Dawn Bear, with Key Solutions Real Estate. “It is just a little jewel.”

   The community is situated on the highly sought-after private street of Sara Sea, says Bear, who is the listing agent on a two-bedroom unit that looks out onto the garden area. The units at Sara Sea have a home-like feel amid a lush garden setting.

   The 12 units are situated in two buildings that have been superbly maintained, Bear adds. Significant improvements include a 100-year metal roof rated up to 180 mile-an-hour winds and hurricane-proof windows.

   Bob Ruiz, of Key Solutions, says the mid-Key location is prime. “Steps to the beach with no roads to cross, Sara Sea is an ideal location for anyone, especially families with small children,” Ruiz told Siesta Sand.

   Most owners are seasonal residents in the friendly community. Sara Sea’s rental policy allows one-month-minimum rentals, but most owners do not rent their units out, Bear says. “The clientele that owns there typically do not desire to rent their units out,” Bear says.

   All of the units are a very short stroll to the beach. The buildings sit on property that’s just over a half acre, Ruiz notes.

   Right outside the first-floor unit Bear has listed is a sun deck area for reading or sunning, and the unit catches a nice cross breeze. “You walk out your door down a private street to private, deeded beach access,” Bear says. “It’s beautiful.”

   While Sara Sea doesn’t have the usual amenities of a typical larger Siesta Key condo, such as a pool or gym, it’s location, privacy, and lush setting are top-notch, Bear says.

   Surrounded within lush tropical gardens, steps to fabulous restaurants, boutiques, shopping, and activities, the community provides the ultimate island experience. In addition to the beach, owners can stroll to such nearby businesses as Toasted Mango café and Miguel’s French restaurant, notes Bear.

   “And if you want to go to the Village, you can just hop on the Siesta Trolley and go into the Village,” Bear says. “You can park your car and not use it.”

   And Ruiz notes that the community’s close locale to the south Siesta Key bridge, means owners and visitors alike don’t have to battle as much of the seasonal traffic that backs up especially near Siesta Public beach.

    The community was constructed in 1975. There is not much turnover at Sara Sea. Over the past two years, there have been two sales, both selling for over $340 a square foot.

Current listing, and recent sales:

  • The first-floor, two-bedroom, two bath unit listed by Bear is on the market for $420,000, or $359 a square foot. It features 1,092-square-feet, and the unit is in a quiet and private location, Bear noted. “This may be the best location [in the community],” the realtor says. “It is ground floor, the closest to the beach and further from Midnight Pass Road. There is a gorgeous expansive lawn area out the door.” The unit also has privacy glass.
  • In June, 2016, a 1,002 square-foot unit with two bedrooms and two baths sold for $360,000, or $384 a square foot. The unit was updated with stone counter tops in the kitchen and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen table overlooks the private balcony. The master bedroom has built-ins with a cute window seat as well as a closet, and the second bedroom has a Murphy Bed – so you can choose to use it as a study or a bedroom.
  • In April, 2017, another two-bedroom, two-bath unit, with 1,092 square feet of living area, sold for $375,000, or $343 a square foot. The updated upstairs end-unit condo boasts multiple windows for all day light and air flow. In addition, the kitchen has been opened up completely and renovated, as well as the two baths.
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