Area Information and Real Estate for sale
Osprey is a thriving community on “Little Sarasota Bay” with approximately 6,000 residents. Osprey’s location is on the southern border of Sarasota and north of Nokomis. About 10% of the 6.1 square miles area is water. Consequently, a lot of homes with bay- or water view are available in Osprey. The housing market is somewhat different compared to other regions because it is very common that tiny old homes are sitting next to big mansions. There is also a wide variety of different home styles in Osprey. From manufactured homes, cracker-barrel homes (from the 1920’s) to multi-million dollar mansions and condos – everything is available in the area.
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Historic Spanish Point in Osprey
Osprey is also home to the “Historic Spanish Point.” On this historic complex are a prehistoric shell mound, the pioneer homestead museum, an old chapel, a citrus packing house, an old boatyard and nature trails. If you are interested in history, Historic Spanish Point provides a glimpse back in time. It is interesting how the housing needs have changed over the years. Back then all family members lived together in 800 sq ft cottages (or less) and were happy to have a roof over their head. Today this is considered a two car garage. The wind of change is always blowing.
If you are more interested in nature, the Oscar Scherer State Park is the place where you want to be. The State Park is a habitat for the threatened Florida scrub jay and is located at the south end of Osprey, just before you leave Osprey and enter the Nokomis area. They even have a camp area where you can camp in the shade of mature Oak trees. They have restrooms, a meeting room with WIFI access and a lake where brave people can swim with gators. How much fun is that? The park has beautiful walking trails, and when you come at the right time of the year, you can watch the baby eagles in their huge nest.
Blackburn Point Bridge
On the National Register of Historic Places is another item listed, which also belongs to the Osprey area: It is the one-lane swing bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway called “Blackburn Point Bridge.” This bridge was built in 1925 and is one of a small number of surviving “swing truss bridges” in Florida.
The Oaks Club in Osprey
Two Communities are sticking out in Osprey: one is the super classy “The Oaks Golf & Country Club,” the other one is a boater’s dream called “South Bay Yacht and Racquet Club.”
The Oaks Club offers world class amenities including two championship-style 18-hole golf courses: the “Eagle” and the “Heron.” The Eagle was completely reconstructed to an Arthur Hills design in 2006. There are extensive golf practice facilities, a pro shop, and locker rooms. Other amenities include a tennis facility with 12 newly renovated Har-Tru, Hydro-Grid courts and pro shop, a heated junior Olympic pool, playground, and a professional croquet court. A 42,000 square foot clubhouse with three dining venues, ballroom, private party rooms, and meeting rooms is the center of an active social life.
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Southbay Yacht and Racquet Club in Osprey
The Southbay Yacht and Racquet Club is a boater’s dream. It is a beautiful deed restricted/non-gated waterfront community in Osprey, Sarasota County. Located on Little Sarasota Bay, it is truly a place to live if people cannot decide whether they want country living or waterfront living. Therefore, Southbay is ideal because homeowners can have both worlds. No stupid decision making – just have it all!
The 7 acre marina is the heart of the community. Southbay offers 172 deep water slips for boats up to 55 ft at a very affordable price. But South Bay is not all about boats: Some of the 360 homes are facing the Intracoastal Waterway, some are surrounding the marina, and the majority looks into manicured, park-like greenbelt areas.
You won’t find any brand new homes in Southbay. The majority homes are from the 70s and 80’s. However, they are in a beautifully maintained area. You know what it looks like when you buy a home in one of those new developments. It can be pretty frustrating when you are expecting some beautiful tropical surrounding while getting a desert instead. We’ve been through that and felt pretty disappointed.
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However, if you want a brand new home, Southbay is not for you. Only if you are looking for a charming older home, which is completely remodeled or updated, you may want to consider this community. Don’t be upset when a home is not updated. Some sellers think that it is a good idea to sell them as-is.
Back to South Bay. The amenities are manifold: overlooking the marina sits a huge clubhouse with ballroom, exercise room, sauna, and library. Furthermore, there is a park with five miles of winding sidewalks for walking/running/biking, a deep-water marina with access to the Gulf of Mexico via the Intracoastal Waterway, shuffle board courts, a 50’ heated swimming pool, and four lighted tennis courts.