Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Waterfront Neighborhood Is Tucked Away

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Waterfront Neighborhood Is Tucked Away

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Southpointe Shores is an attractive enclave of luxury waterfront homes on Little Sarasota Bay across from southern Siesta Key. It's easy to miss, though. Like Coral Cove, its neighbor to the north, it is hidden behind strip malls and the Volvo car dealership on U.S. 41. People rush past it in their cars without the slightest idea of what they're missing.

Located south of Stickney Point Road, Southpointe Shores was developed in the 1960s and 1970s with boating access in mind. More than half of the 112 properties in the community have canal or bay frontage. Two distinct sections have independent access points, both off Tamiami Trail.

Sandalwood Drive, with a beautifully landscaped median at the entrance, leads into the larger of the two, which reaches out into the bay like a three-fingered baseball mitt. Each of the "fingertips" are peninsulas, ideal for gorgeous, unobstructed views of the Intracoastal Waterway, also known as Little Sarasota Bay.

A single tongue along Southpointe Drive, thrusting into the bay and separated from the larger section to the north by a long canal, comprises the rest of the neighborhood. A sign at the entrance announces that it is a designated bird sanctuary. Another sign tells drivers to proceed slowly because children are present, emphasizing the family quality of the community.

As an older Sarasota neighborhood, Southpointe Shores has the appeal of lush, mature foliage throughout. There are majestic king and queen palms lining the streets, tall Norfolk pines reaching into the sky, and gnarled oak trees with Spanish moss drifting in the wind.

The inland homes close to the Tamiami Trail are mostly two- and three-bedroom Florida ranches with concrete driveways and shingle roofs. Valued in the $200,000 to $450,000 range, many of them have been renovated.

Several of the houses have vintage "Sarasota school" architecture.

Along the canals and bayfront, a number of the original houses have been replaced by luxury mansions in Mediterranean and Key West architectural styles. Paver driveways, barrel-tile roofs metal roofs abound. Prices reach the millions.

But, according to Kelly Quigley, a Realtor with Michael Saunders & Co. …

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