Beautiful views from the Inlet
Silestone counters in the remodeled kitchen, Canadian wood flooring, and views of the Gulf and Blind Pass from nearly every room: these are just a few of the features of a recent listing in The Inlets, a condo community of 39 one-and-two bedroom units on the south end of Siesta Key.
After just one week on the market, as of press time, there had already been several showings and an interested party, says Keith Redding, the listing agent and broker with Key Solutions Real Estate.
The two-bedroom, third-floor unit was recently renovated, from top to bottom, and was listed because the sellers are relocating from the area. “The building is phenomenal,” says Kelly English, who owns the unit with her husband. “I think we live in paradise. But we live in the quieter part of paradise. It is much quieter than the main beach on Siesta.”
The Inlets, at 9200 Midnight Pass Road, is a short walk to Turtle Beach, as well as three restaurants and Turtle Beach Marina, yet it is the quiet atmosphere amid shaded landscaping that English has come to love. “We are big walkers and we often walk to the Stickney Point Bridge. It is shaded on this side of the Key. There are a lot of regular walkers and that nice to see.”
The charming community consists of 39 one and two bedroom units in a single three-floor building. The property lies between Midnight Pass Road and Blind Pass, which connects Turtle Beach Park and boat ramp to the Intracoastal Waterway and Little Sarasota Bay and the Gulf beyond. Community amenities include boat docks which are available on a first come/first served basis, a large pool overlooking Blind Pass, outdoor grilling, elevator and covered carports. Owners are permitted one small pet and rentals are permissible for a minimum of 1 month 12 times a year.
Redding, the real estate broker, notes that The Inlets is unique for a Siesta condo community in that the majority of residents reside there fulltime or seasonally. Good price vales and reasonable HOA fees, as well as a one-month-minimum rental policy, tend to attract more resident-owners rather than investors. Units here, Redding says, rarely come on the market, with only one recent sale over the past year.
The Inlets offers condos for those who want to be on the water and close to the beach — “without the full pricing of being beachfront,” Redding told Siesta Sand. In addition, the HOA fees of $469 a month is very reasonable compared to similar properties, and is a good value when considering all of the amenities and excellent maintenance track record of the community, Redding adds.
“There is a huge greenspace, with a lawn around the pool along the water,” Redding said. “It is almost like a golf course, the condition of the grass. It is a very well-kept community.”
English has also served as Vice President of the community’s homeowner’s board. “It is an extremely well run community. We are a small board, and our reserves are very healthy.”
English says the board is focusing on year-round quality of life at the Inlets. “Most of the members of the board are permanent residents,” English told Siesta Sand. “It is our home, so we do all we can for it. It is not a community where the board sits around all summer, waiting for the winter people and plant flowers to get ready for that. We want to make sure it is pleasant for everyone all the time.”
• The unit recently listed for sale, by Redding, of Key Solutions is a two-bedroom, two-bath unit with 922 square feet, listed for $375,000. The listing price comes out to $406 a square foot. The fully renovated condo unit has Gulf or Blind Pass water views from nearly every room. The recent, designer renovations include: Canadian maple flooring, silestone counters, stainless steel appliances, new cabinets, light fixtures and fresh paint throughout. Additional renovations include new bathrooms, vanities, counters, new electric window shades, and new HVAC. The enclosed lanai offers an additional 200 square feet of living space and provides the most amazing views of Blind Pass and the azure waters of the Gulf.
• In November, 2016, a one-bedroom, one-bath unit sold for $275,000. That sale came out to $390 a square foot. The 706-square-foot unit was turnkey furnished. The condo unit had been updated, and it overlooks Turtle Lagoon and the Gulf of Mexico. Upgrades included: Hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless appliances, paint, furniture and furnishings, as well as a newer AC unit. The lanai was enclosed.