Thursday, December 18, 2014

Saint Armand’s Key

St. Armand’s Key Real Estate for Sale

Saint Armand's Key

The development of properties at the St. Armand’s Key in Florida has a rich and colorful history tied with the famed Ringling Circus. This is one trivia that can spur much interest to those keen on acquiring homes in this barrier island on the west coast of Florida. Fronting the Sarasota Bay and the azure Gulf of Mexico waters, the community at the Ringling Estates/St. Armand’s property started taking shape in earnest as early as 1925. This was when a causeway was built using Ringling circus hands laboring in their off season to link the key with the mainland of Sarasota County.

St. Armand’s Key consists of about 130 acres and was formerly a homestead owned by a Frenchman pioneer, Charles St. Amand. His surname was misspelled to St. Armand in land deeds, and that name stuck to this day. The circus wiz John Ringling acquired the property in 1917, and from the outset, he envisioned the property development to include a residential district radiating around a shopping center. With the completion of the causeway in 1926, the Ringling Estates/St. Armand’s properties hit the market with encouraging sales of more than $1 million on the first day of its opening.

Saint Armand's Key

However, an economic downturn in the ensuing years highlighted by the Great Depression adversely affected the growth of investor interest in the property development. It was only in the mid-1950s that the property again began to attract significant attention from investors in St. Armand’s Key real estate, including both home buyers and commercial entrepreneurs.

Currently, Ringling Estates/St. Armand’s homes for sale still draw much of their market strength from the vision of its founding father. The shopping center has become a huge success so much so that it has become a magnet not only for St. Armand’s Key real estate investors. It has also helped attract home buyers in its outlying districts including the City of Sarasota.

Sales-listed residences at Ringling Estates/St. Armand’s can include homes upgraded from their original 1950s structures. One such option can have a starting price in the low $500s and feature a floor plan of 1,500 square feet. Residences of more recent vintage and floor areas of 3,000 square feet up to more than 6,000 square feet can have tag prices from around $1.3 million to $5.9 million.

Saint Armand's Key

Besides their proximity to a chic shopping haven which likewise teems with fine dining places, these homes are right next to Lido Key’s famous sand beaches. Various cultural events are also held regularly at the neighboring Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Numerous exciting lifestyle alternatives are available at the City of Sarasota as well, which also hosts the Ringling Museum of Arts, a showcase as enchanting as the development of St. Armand’s Key.


St. Armand’s Key Real Estate for Sale

Below are all of the current real estate listings available for sale on Saint Armand’s Key.

Please contact me if you would like to schedule a tour of any of the listed properties.

MLS# A4105830 - Status: Active View Property Details Add to Favorites View Map

  • 290 N WASHINGTON DR
  • Price: $5,990,000
  • Zip Code: 34236
  • 6700 Square Feet
  • Subdivision: SAINT ARMANDS DIV JOHN RINGLING ESTATES
  • Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 4+
  • Venetian elegance, bay-front home just steps to the heart of St. Armands Circle and the Gulf of Mexico with no bridges to Sarasota Bay and easy access to the Gulf of Mexico. Spend your day at the beach followed by shopping and world-class dining and ... Read More
  • Listing courtesy of: PREMIER SOTHEBY'S INTL. REALTY

MLS# A4102525 - Status: Active View Property Details Add to Favorites View Map

  • 96 N WASHINGTON DR
  • Price: $5,950,000
  • Zip Code: 34236
  • 5660 Square Feet
  • Subdivision: SAINT ARMANDS DIV JOHN RINGLING ESTATES
  • Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 4+
  • St. Armands Sarasota, Key West style home built on the Sarasota Bay front lot in 2005. The architectural, decorative and technological features embrace the natural beauty of the waterfront and enhance ease of living at this gated estate. The heated ... Read More
  • Listing courtesy of: MICHAEL SAUNDERS & COMPANY

MLS# A4103424 - Status: Active View Property Details Add to Favorites View Map

  • 35 S WASHINGTON DR
  • Price: $3,450,000
  • Zip Code: 34236
  • 4295 Square Feet
  • Subdivision: SAINT ARMANDS DIV JOHN RINGLING ESTATES
  • Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 4+
  • Location! Location! Location! Prepare to be wowed as you enter this stunning home built by International award-winners Bamboo Homes with spectacular views over Sarasota Bay. Walk to St. Armand’s Circle and Lido beach. Also very convenient ... Read More
  • Listing courtesy of: MICHAEL SAUNDERS & COMPANY

MLS# A3982298 - Status: Active View Property Details Add to Favorites View Map

  • 121 N BLVD OF PRESIDENTS
  • Price: $1,650,000
  • Zip Code: 34236
  • 3491 Square Feet
  • Subdivision: SAINT ARMANDS DIVISION JOHN RINGLING ESTS
  • Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 3+
  • This is a large, bright, signature home with numerous transom windows located in the Lido/St Armands area of Sarasota. Less than replacement, on a double lot, centered around a large southwest facing patio, pool & spa area with a cathedral cage p ... Read More
  • Listing courtesy of: RE/MAX ALLIANCE GROUP

MLS# A4100385 - Status: Active View Property Details Add to Favorites View Map

  • 556 N WASHINGTON DR
  • Price: $1,200,000
  • Zip Code: 34236
  • 1799 Square Feet
  • Subdivision: SAINT ARMANDS DIV JOHN RINGLING ESTATES
  • Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 3
  • Perfect location between the sandy shores of Lido Beach and the magic of St. Armands Circle. One of the very few single family homes with a private boat dock and lift on St Armands Circle / Lido Key! Just one bridge to open water....seadoo, skiff or ... Read More
  • Listing courtesy of: MICHAEL SAUNDERS & COMPANY

MLS# A3996534 View Property Details Add to Favorites View Map

  • 308 N WASHINGTON DR
  • Price: $1,147,000
  • Zip Code: 34236
  • 0.2323 Acres
  • Rare waterfront lot on tranquil Pansey Bayou just off of St. Armand's Circle. This fabulous location puts you in the middle of where you want to be. Close to dinner or shopping and the excitement of St. Armand's Circle as well as the beauti ... Read More
  • Listing courtesy of: PARTNERS REALTY OF SARASOTA

MLS# A4103330 - Status: Active View Property Details Add to Favorites View Map

  • 125 S BLVD OF PRESIDENTS
  • Price: $890,000
  • Zip Code: 34236
  • 1818 Square Feet
  • Subdivision: SAINT ARMANDS DIV JOHN RINGLING ESTATES
  • Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2
  • Back on Market, financing contingency was not met. Sarasota School of Architect and Design style house with 3 bedrooms / 2 baths on famous St. Armands Circle just blocks to the sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico, fabulous restaurants and shopping. F ... Read More
  • Listing courtesy of: KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY SELECT

MLS# A4101537 - Status: Active View Property Details Add to Favorites View Map

  • 228 VAN BUREN DR
  • Price: $699,000
  • Zip Code: 34236
  • 2233 Square Feet
  • Subdivision: SAINT ARMANDS DIVISION JOHN RINGLING ESTS
  • Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2
  • This 3-level contemporary style home is located in St. Armand's Circle, one of the most sought after areas in Sarasota. This property is within close distance of all the cafes, boutiques and galleries, fine dining and Lido Beach. Downtown Saraso ... Read More
  • Listing courtesy of: MICHAEL SAUNDERS & COMPANY

MLS# A4102075 - Status: Active View Property Details Add to Favorites View Map

  • 101 N ADAMS DR
  • Price: $679,000
  • Zip Code: 34236
  • 1481 Square Feet
  • Subdivision: SAINT ARMANDS DIV JOHN RINGLING ESTATES
  • Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2
  • Beautifully maintained 1960's florida style home with original terrazzo floors, situated on oversized corner lot. Fully sidewalked for lovely walks to the fine restaurants and shops of St. Armands Circle, or walk on over to Lido Beach to swim i ... Read More
  • Listing courtesy of: VICTORIA M KING LIC R E BKR

MLS# M5903704 - Status: Active View Property Details Add to Favorites View Map

  • 216 VAN BUREN DR
  • Price: $599,000
  • Zip Code: 34236
  • 1576 Square Feet
  • Subdivision: SAINT ARMANDS DIV JOHN RINGLING ESTATES
  • Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 3
  • THIS HOME IS IN A PERFECT LOCATION, ONLY MINUTES TO THE BEACH, DOWN TOWN SARASOTA, AND ONLY A QUICK STROLL TO ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE. THIS PROPERTY HAS TONS OF POTENTIAL, WITH A RENOVATION THIS PROPERTY WOULD BECOME A GREAT FULL TIME RESIDENCE OR EXCELL ... Read More
  • Listing courtesy of: ANNA MARIA ISLAND BEACHES RE