Harbour Towne Yacht Club: A boater’s oasis and beach-goers paradise

Harbour Towne is an enclave of 50 town-home style units in a lushly landscaped setting, located mid-Key, and a short walk to Siesta Beach. It offers canal and bay views from throughout the property. Of the 50 units, 25 are three-bedroom condos and the other 25 are two-bedroom units. The units range in size from 1,217 to 2,326 square feet.  All of the two-bedroom units in the community are single-level units, while the three-bedroom units are two-level (on the second and third floors).

The deep-water boat slips and ideal location with no bridges to the Bay make the community a top choice for boaters, Ruiz says. “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. Harbour Towne Yacht Club is only a seven-minute walk from Siesta Public Beach, adds Ruiz, who also resides at Harbour Towne.

But the community is also a draw for those seeking more of a townhouse style, rather than a typical condo. For instance, 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. In addition, owners are able to store a barbeque grill in the garage and grill just outside their unit.

The community is comprised of five three-story buildings across 5.3 acres. The smaller scale of the buildings, along with the lush landscaping, and friendly neighbors, gives Harbour Towne a home-like feel for Kathy Roche, vice president of the board of directors and a long-time resident.

A quiet, well-kept community

“If you are coming in and new to the area, it is a great place to make warm friendships,” says Roche, who purchased a unit at Harbour Towne with her husband in 2000. The Roches are half-year residents on Siesta, spending the other half of the year in Ohio.

While it is not the most glamorous feature, the fact that each unit includes an attached garage (with the storage space) was a major plus for the Roches.

“Very few [other] condo units have garages,” Roche says. The couple keeps their car and a bicycle in the garage, but some neighbors store multiple bikes and kayaks in their garages. And the storage space above the garage is unparalled in a Siesta condo.

The other unique attribute of the community is the private, deeded boat docks. Roche says many unit owners keep boats, but some do not.

“It’s a quiet, well-kept community,” Roche says of Harbour Towne. The community is fully funded with reserves, and sets aside a portion of HOA fees for regular, long-term maintenance such as roofing and paint.

Community amenities include a heated pool and spa, tennis court, clubhouse with full kitchen, and covered pavilion with grills. The club house was renovated five years ago, Ruiz says. The pool deck and resurfacing was done three years ago, and pickle ball courts were added two years ago.

But perhaps one of the nicest attributes is the neighbors that make up the community, Roche says. Often an informal social gathering will take place at the club house after a few residents start talking at the pool.

“Residents gather most evenings at the pool/clubhouse,” adds Ruiz. “Because of the docks, boats, and grilling outside the unit, residents frequently run into each other making for a very congenial community.”

Renters are welcome, Roche adds, but the community’s one-month rental minimum encourages seasonal and full-time residents. As a result, it is an owner-driven community. More than 80 percent of owners are owner/residents, estimates Ruiz.

One trend Roche has noticed is her neighbors will purchase their condo before they retire, and as they retire, will spend more time at Harbour Towne. “Before retirement, it is used as a getaway, and as they retire, they stay fulltime or more of the year,” she says.

Recent and pending sales over the past year have ranged from $338 a square foot to $419 a square foot.

• Topping the higher end of the sold prices, a 2,326-square foot unit with three bedrooms and three baths sold for $818,000, or $352 a square foot. The retreat offers full Bay views and a completely renovated interior. The unit has master suites on both levels, and, according to the MLS listing, the home reflects the soft, sandy tones of the island, especially in the impeccable kitchen adorned with exquisite granite and solid wood  cabinetry.

Current listings include four listed by Ruiz and a fifth listed by a Key Solutions colleague. Three two-bedroom two bath units range in price from $539,000 to $599,000.  All have been renovated to varying degrees and feature spacious lanais overlooking the marina. Multi-functional, the lanai may be used as a den/office, alternate dining space, or to accommodate overnight guests. 

Ruiz also has a  three-bedroom, three-bath unit listed for sale for $649,900.  The unit affords big marina water views –  and  deeded slip with 20k pound lift for a 45′ boat directly outside the unit.

Featured unit 1273 Dockside, listed for 599,000 is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath END UNIT with abundant natural light. The unit has been beautifully renovated to include an open kitchen with stone-topped wood cabinets, a fabulous tiled counter to ceiling backsplash and stainless steel appliances. Other renovations include wood-look tile flooring, and luxurious bathrooms with new vanities topped with marble and gorgeous tile work and mirrors. A large glassed-in area can be used as a den, added dining space, and/or to accommodate overflow guests.  Look through the back wall of glass to see your boat in its deeded 40 foot slip which will accommodate a 45 foot boat with 16k lb lift directly outside the unit. A lovely garden alcove makes for a welcome entry to the unit and, just steps away to the attached one-car garage. A walk-about attic over the garage provides coveted storage space.