Longboat Key, FL

Real Estate: Living In Longboat Key

Longboat Key

An aerial view of Longboat Key town and beaches in Manatee and Sarasota counties along the central west coast of the U.S. state of Florida. File photo: Unwind, Shutter Stock, licensed.

Longboat Key is a town located in Manatee and Sarasota counties along the central west coast of Florida, located on the barrier island of the same name and situated south of Anna Maria Island, between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

The town of Longboat Key was incorporated in 1955 and has a total land area of 16.0 square miles, of which 4.1 square miles consist of land and 11.9 square miles consist of water.

According to the 2020 census, Longboat Key had a population of 7,446 people. The median value of a single-family home is $1,254,589 and the median rent of a one-bedroom apartment is $2,550. The median household income is $290,251, with 0.9 percent of the population living behold the Poverty threshold.

Much of the land area of Longboat Key is occupied by either single-family homes or condominium apartments – in addition to several hotels and sports clubs available for residents – with the majority of the town’s available land area currently being occupied. Many condominium associations on the island co-own common amenities for their respective residents such as pools facilities, tennis courts, sites offering scenic water views and access to private beaches.

Longboat Key is located north of the shopping and dining amenities of St. Armands Key, with the cities of Sarasota and Bradenton – along with the Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport – being located nearby as well.

Located within the limits of Longboat Key is Jewfish Key, a 38-acre island that is only accessible via boat; the eastern section of the island is home to a lush nature preserve.

The main highway artery of Longboat Key is State Road 789 – otherwise known as the Gulf of Mexico Drive – which runs throughout the entire island, with numerous connected boulevards offering access to residential neighborhoods.

Previous issues with the amount of water available to residents – as well as its overall quality due to elevated salt and sediment levels – were addressed when the Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District approved a direct connection between the island and the water supply of Manatee County, and later Sarasota County as well.