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Casey Key Florida - Discover This Secluded Island Paradise
By John C. Allen

Just 15 miles south of Sarasota Florida is one of the most prestigious and private islands in Florida. Casey Key is an eight mile long barrier island that is home to some of the most luxurious and expensive homes on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The island is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Little Sarasota Bay to the east. Homeowners are a combination of full time and seasonal residents from around the world.

Landscape

Casey Key has fantastic water views, with the Sarasota Bay on one side and the Gulf of Mexico and beach on the other. Tropical plants and palm trees are all around the island, making it a great place to relax. It is a private residential area that tucked away from all of the people and businesses on the mainland. The seclusion the island offers is sought after by many. With only around 400 single family homes on the island, relaxation, seclusion and privacy is inevitable.

Activities

Casey Key is a great area for water sports. The island offers water and beach activities and is known for being a nice play to go surfing, fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming. Residents enjoy family picnics and a variety of sports activities on the beach. Close by are fine restaurants, shopping, golf and tennis in the mainland. The slow pace of the island and low traffic makes it a perfect place to go for a bike ride, walk, or jog.

Real Estate

The island consists almost entirely of single-family homes and estate properties. Homes on Casey Key are very expensive, but this private retreat is a true island paradise and many believe the high price tags are justified. Many of the homes and estates are secret getaways for the rich and famous. Residents enjoy private beaches with unsurpassed sunsets. In addition, many residents here are avid boaters.

Casey Key properties include homes that are Gulf-front, bay-front or sprawling Gulf-to-Bay estates. These luxurious houses have many architectural styles, but the most abundant are Spanish Mediterranean, Contemporary, Key West and "old Florida." Current listing prices for real estate on Casey Key start around $1 million and go up to $20 million.

Casey Key History

The island was originally named Chaise's Key when the area was mapped out in the 1850's. It was changed to Casey Key after Captain John Charles Casey. He was assigned to the area to help map the area. In the 1920's, a real estate developer briefly changed the name to Treasure Island. When the Florida real estate market collapsed, the name reverted back to Casey key.

For those that can afford the high price, living on Casey Key can provide an atmosphere like no other. The small number of residents, secluded luxurious beach homes and amazing vistas of the beaches and Gulf of Mexico make this island a true island paradise.

John Allen is a Sarasota real estate agent representing buyers and sellers of fine residential real estate. He specializes in condos, waterfront homes and golf course properties. Visit www.buysarasota.com for more information.

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