When we travel over 1,000 miles to enjoy a beach vacation we’re not interested in being steps from the beach, across from the beach, or having what is euphemistically advertised as, “a view of the beach.” We want to be on the beach, and as close to the water as possible.
In our opinion, it simply makes no sense to stop 1,000 or even 500 feet short of our destination. This is why, after over 40-years of traveling all around Florida, and an intense three-year search for what we consider to be the perfect location, we chose the closest beachfront condo to the Gulf of Mexico on Siesta Key. With this million dollar view we can watch dolphins jump and manatees cruise slowly by in crystal waters of the Gulf of Mexico that are only a stone’s throw from our lanai. This is beachfront at its best!
The Best of Both Worlds
Our condo is built on a very narrow strip of sand. As you can see in the picture to the right, the Gulf of Mexico is approximately 200 feet from our lanai, and the bay inlet is only about 100 feet from our front balcony. We are so close to the water that some of our guests have said that “sitting on the lanai is like being on the lido deck of a cruise ship,” and that “the pictures simply don’t do it justice.”
This unique setting provides us with the best of both worlds – the beach and magnificent sunsets on one side, and boat docks framing beautiful sunrises on the other side. Our guests have free use of the boat docks, kayak storage rack and kayak launch.
Note: Our condo is in the building shown to the right in the picture above. It is on the third floor and located near the center of the building – about 75 feet from the elevator and the stairs. Between the two buildings you can see the heated pool and clubhouse.
After buying our dream beach retreat, our first priority was perfecting the 120 square foot lanai. At the risk of sounding gauche, we spared no expense when we decided to rip out the old and start fresh with 13 feet of floor to ceiling sliding glass panels across the western view of the Gulf and a large vertical picture window on the southern wall that provides a clear view of the expansive beach to the south.
To insure there would be nothing to interfere with our direct view of the beach and Gulf, we replaced the “picket fence” railing you’ll see on other the other condos in the complex with a custom tempered glass rail. This eliminated the “living behind bars” feeling of the picket fence and provides a totally unobstructed view of the beach and the Gulf of Mexico.
The lanai screens slide too, which allows you to take amazing sunset pictures without having to leave the comfort of your front row seat. Most of the other units in our complex have a fixed lanai screen that cannot be moved for taking pictures. As you can see in the picture to the right that shows our lanai on top, the clear glass railing and sliding screens make a huge difference.
We love sitting on the lanai in the morning enjoying our coffee with the gentle Gulf breeze as we make plans for the day, and then returning later to savor the sunset with a glass of wine before heading out for dinner.
Open Design With Gulf Views Throughout
With our unique lanai design, and the wide-open floor plan of the condo, you will also enjoy direct gulf views from the kitchen, dining room and living room.
The view from the Master Suite, which has a 4 x 6 foot sliding window directly facing the beach and Gulf, is equally amazing. The picture to the left was taken from the Master Suite bed. Can you think of a better way to start your day than waking up to that view every morning?
Large Bedrooms with King Size Jamison Beds
The condo floor plan is spacious with large bedrooms that easily accommodate the king-size Jamison pillow-top beds you will find in the master suite and east bedroom. These beds are two notches up from the beds Jamison sells to the Marriott, and oh so comfortable. Both bedrooms also have plenty of closest space, and there are two freshly updated full bathrooms – one with a large tiled shower in the master suite, and the other with a tub and shower.
Direct Bay View from the Guest Bedroom
If you have family or guests staying in the east bedroom they will not feel shortchanged in the least. While it is the only room in the condo that does not have a direct beachfront view of the Gulf of Mexico, as you can see in the picture to the right, it has a 3 x 6 foot sliding window that provides a lovely view of the bay inlet.
The east bedroom and its accompanying full bath can also be closed off from the rest of the condo, which converts it into a second bedroom suite, and provides your guests with privacy when they come and go from the bathroom.
Easy Access and Convenience
For your convenience, your reserved parking space is straight across from the entrance where you will find an elevator and carts that you can use to move things between your vehicle and your room.
Whether you are planning a romantic getaway or a family vacation, our beachfront Siesta Key condo is a great destination for creating memories that may last a lifetime. If you are our guest for even just one week, I think you’ll understand why the locals say, “If you’re lucky enough to live on Siesta Key, you’re lucky enough!”