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Siesta Key Sand Castles

Serene and perfectly located at Sandy Cove
The community won a top architectural award.

By Roger Drouin

Sandy Cove includes 112 condo units set amid lush tropical privacy, just steps from Siesta Village.

There’s a mix of buildings — from townhouses and villas, to low-rise and mid-rise buildings — with a diversity of units, ranging from 650 to 2,500 square feet. The community is comprised of four sections, Sandy Cove I, Sandy Cove II, and Sandy Cove III, and Sandy Cove IV.

Sandy Cove was built in the late 60s and early 70s, and has a special architectural pedigree. It is a unique waterfront community — part of Sarasota School of Architecture originally designed by Frank Folsom-Smith and located moments from Siesta Key Village with dining and shopping nearby. Smith won the FAAIA Honor Award for his design and development of the community.

When it comes to Sandy Cove’s setting, “it has the best of both worlds,” says Tracey Fried, who has owned a unit in a mid-rise building for six years. Her unit was just recently listed on the market.

“It is its own tropical paradise, beautiful and lush,” Fried says of Sandy Cove. “Yet you can walk right down to the Village. And you don’t have to fight all the traffic to go to the beach.”

Just about everything is walking distance away, including Morton’s Siesta Market, restaurants, and bars, adds Fried, who moved to Siesta from New York City and has enjoyed living in such a walkable community here. The community is located just northwest of the Village, but is very quiet and serene, Fried adds.

Fried’s unit is situated in Sandy Cove I — which has direct access to a private beach. The 632-square-foot, one-bedroom unit was recently listed, at $310,000. The light-and-bright unit features white kitchen cabinets and solid surface countertops, and all windows equipped with hurricane shutters.

Residents at Sandy Cove enjoy breathtaking views, a private beach, easy access to Siesta Village, and a low-maintenance lifestyle, says Bob Ruiz, a realtor with Key Solutions Real Estate who has the unit listed for sale. Other amenities include a kayak launch and fishing pier.

A good number of units have a water view, either of the Pass or Gulf of Mexico, or of a pond. Roughly half of the units have undergone renovation, says Ruiz.

A big plus is that large dogs are allowed, Fried says. “It is one of the best communities for dog owners on the Key,” she says. “People love pets here. People walk their dogs around, become friends, and there are even rules where dogs can play on the beach at certain hours.”

Sandy Cove, Fried says, overall is a close-knit community of not only neighbors, but friends, who enjoy meeting down at the beach for sunsets.

The property has a manmade lake in the middle, and is always perfectly maintained, Fried adds.

From her unit, “you can literally walk out the door and have the private beach.”

Turnover is low at Sand Cove, with only two recent sales over the past year.

“No one ever wants to leave,” says Fried, who is very sad to leave the community where she has lived for the past six years, but is now searching for a single-family home where she can grow her family.

Recent sales and listings

  • One recent sale was a one bedroom, one bath unit in Sandy Cove II. This 656 square-foot unit, which sold for $255,000 in May, 2018, was updated. Upgrades included gourmet Ikea kitchen with stainless steel appliances, modern bathroom, laminate flooring in master bedroom and refinished ceilings throughout. The unit was marketed as a great seasonal getaway or year-round home. In a neat feature, the lanai has an opening with a small palm tree growing up. The sale came out to $389 a square foot.
  • Another unit,that sold recently for $710,000, was a large furnished three bedroom, three bath penthouse. At 1,885 square feet, this sale came out to $377 a square foot. The unit has a fireplace, water views, and storm impact windows and sliders. This unit, according to the MLS listing, was located in Sandy Cove IV.
  • There are also two current listings, including Fried’s unit. The unit has 632 square feet, and one bedroom and one bath. It is listed at $491 a square foot. The living/dining area opens to the deck overlooking scenic landscaped grounds. The kitchen includes white cabinets and appliances, as well as solid surface counter-tops and a closet pantry for great storage. The bedroom includes a large closet and en-suite bath. There is also extra closet space, which is unusual in a condo of this size.
    • A 998-square-foot, remodeled two bedroom, two bath unit is listed for $475,000, or $476 a square foot. This unit is also located in the mid-rise building. According to the MLS listing, the condo features new impact windows and sliders, new air conditioning, new bathrooms and new open kitchen design with new cabinets and quartz countertops including new appliances.