A true beach resort, the Gulf & Bay Club on Siesta Key offers luxurious leisure living, with superb amenities and excellent service, in lush, beautifully maintained surroundings. The split entrance on Midnight Pass Road has cute little water fountains in front of the signage wall, paved roads and lots of tropical shrubbery – a glimpse of more to come inside.
Centrally located on Barrier Island, just blocks from Crescent Beach, the Gulf & Bay Club has its own access to the pristine white sands of Siesta, with 800 feet of private beach. Siesta Village is easily accessible on foot and by bicycle.
Stickney Point Bridge, just over a mile south, provides easy access to the mainland for shopping, entertainment and dining. Downtown Sarasota is only a 20 minute drive away.
“I consider it one of the top three resorts in Siesta Key,” said Judy Berger, agent at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. “If my clients want to buy a place to use and/or rent, I always take them to the Gulf & Bay Club.”
She added: “Everyone loves it there. Lots of seasonal tenants come back every year to the same accommodation.
Developed and built from 1979 to 1986 on 32 acres, the Gulf & Bay Club has 392 condos in five grand seven-story buildings (labeled A through E), which wrap around a pleasant lagoon like a horseshoe open toward the beach. An exterior road passes to the rear where covered carports provide dedicated unit parking.
A sixth structure (Building F) is smaller – only five stories – and directly overlooks the beach.
Two wooden bridges span the inland lake. One is at the bottleneck that divides the lagoon into two sections. The other leads from both shores to an island in the middle of the larger lake, with picnic tables and palm-thatched umbrellas. Two large water fountains, which can be illuminated at night, send a sparkling jet into the air.
Numerous walking paths connect the buildings and activity facilities. Well-manicured lawns, mature palms and flowering shrubs are everywhere. Weathered wooden walkways cross a strip of mangroves on the way to the white sand beach.
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Residents and guests can enjoy three heated swimming pools, hot tubs, eight tennis courts, pickleball and shuffleboard courts, indoor basketball/racquetball courts, and barbecue and picnic areas. Other amenities include two clubhouses with pool tables and media facilities, a fitness center with a trainer and masseuse, six dry saunas, and an electric vehicle charging station.
Gulf & Bay Club’s two- and three-bedroom condos range in size from just 959 to over 2,040 square feet of living space. Berger’s listing at 5780 Midnight Pass Road, Apt 110B (Building B), is a 3-bed, 2-bath unit with 1,361 square feet under air, priced at $1.35 million.
“It’s an L-shaped end unit on the ground floor with windows on two sides, so it looks like a single-family home,” Berger said. “It has a screened in porch, with sliders onto the lawn, where you can sit and watch the beautiful sunsets. Through the front door there are only 30 steps to the carport.”
She continued, “My owners have stripped the unit down to the studs and remodeled every inch of it for their own use. It’s as close as it gets to paradise and being right at the beach.”
According to Berger, Gulf & Bay Club’s demographics include year-round residents and investors. But most owners use it as a second home or vacation spot.
“A family I know has been living there since the complex was built. Parents are deceased, but a number of children have purchased units for their own use. They have friends and relatives who live there as well,” she explained. “It shows the longevity of the club and how much people love it there.”
There is a full-service management company with friendly staff eager to help. An on-site rental program office assists residents and investors who wish to rent out their condos. Regulations require a 28-night minimum stay, a longer commitment than the one-week requirement of many other Siesta Key vacation facilities.
Quarterly condo fees of $4,001 cover maintenance of all amenities and common areas.
Currently, there are five condos on the market at Gulf & Bay Club, ranging in asking price from $899,000 to $1.695 million.