By Roger Drouin
Located mid-Key, Harbour Towne Yacht Club is a gated community of 50 town-home style units amid a landscaped oasis. But for Realtor Bob Ruiz, who lives in the community and has represented either seller or buyer in three separate recent sales there, the prime feature of the community is the deeded, deep-water boat slips — a unique amenity for a condo community on Siesta.
The deep-water boat slips and ideal location with no bridges to the Bay make the community a top choice for boaters. “The water is no less than four-and-a-half feet at low tide,” Ruiz said. “It’s straight across from Phillippi Creek, and the No Wake zone is less than a mile long, then you are out in the Bay.” Each unit comes with its own private deeded boat dock.
Rarely found on the Key, Ruiz noted, each unit also includes its own full car garage, with walk-around attic storage, attached to the unit. Harbour Towne is only a seven-minute walk from Siesta Public Beach, Ruiz said.
Mary Deskiewicz and her husband originally purchased a two-bedroom, two bath unit at Harbour Towne, but in 2013 they moved to a larger, three-bedroom, three bath unit. “We realized we wanted a larger space,” Deskiewicz told Siesta Sand. “We did not look elsewhere because we want to stay in Harbour Towne [when upsizing],” Deskiewicz said.
The couple, who are boaters, live part time in the community, but they hope to spend more time on Siesta now that Deskiewicz has retired. The couple always enjoys coming down to Siesta when they can, but Harbour Towne is an especially welcoming sight when coming from the “white winter” of Syracuse. “The people that do the landscaping do a really nice job,” Deskiewicz said.
Another draw is the proximity to Siesta public beach and close distance to the Key’s two shopping districts.
Deskiewicz enjoys the company of her neighbors in the close-knit Harbour Towne. Spending most of winter and early spring last year at Harbour Towne “went by so quickly, because there is always something to do and a gathering by the pool,” she said. These gatherings often turn into an impromptu happy hour complete with snacks and cocktails.
The community is comprised of about half of owners who live part time in their unit, said Ruiz. Another thirty percent live year-round, and about twenty percent of owners rent out their units as investment properties. The community has a one month rental policy. “It’s well run,” Ruiz said of the condominium, with large reserves and low monthly condo fees of $600 a month. The management company, Tuttle Enterprises that oversees HOA management of the condominium is on top of staying within condominium guidelines and handling important matters such as pool-maintenance contracts, Ruiz said.
• Recent sales in Harbour Towne have ranged from $525,000 to $565,000 for a two bedroom unit; and $617,000 to $699,000 for a three bedroom unit.
• As of press time, one unit was currently listed for $725,000, or $417 a square foot. The three-bedroom, two bath, 1,737 square foot unit has been completely upgraded inside.
• Another 2,326 square foot unit is listed for $719,900. The unit, listed by Ruiz, is located steps from the community’s pool. The lanai has views of the marina. According to the MLS, “the 2nd floor billiards room, huge master suite with oversized bath and closets, and space for a possible 4th bedroom afford the ideal guest retreat.”
• A two bedroom two bath unit with 1,217 square feet is listed at a reduced price of $449,000. Ruiz also has this listing for sale as well.