A Tour of Exquisite Opulence — Bird Key
Not one to pass up a sneak peak into Sarasota’s finest homes, er mansions, I replied yes to an invite to tour a few houses for sale on Bird Key. While I had driven around the exclusive island situated between Sarasota and St. Armand’s Key, I had never actually been in a house.
Of the five houses we saw, priced between $1.5,000,000 and $5.6,000,000, one in particular was a show-stopper. According to the listing agent, the owners were moving to assisted living, but nothing about this house suggested the owners were in their 90’s. It was kick-ass stunning — not just the soaring architecture, the glass walls, the modern furniture, the sleek swimming pool, but the art. Oh, yes, the art. I was not permitted to take picture of it, the realtor informed me, due to its exclusivity. I was the told that after the owners move, they would be donating the collection to the Ringling Museum. Flabbergasted by the massive collection, I was clearly looking at a lifetime of acquisition. The selling agent confirmed we were seeing one of Florida’s finest collections without divulging any names.
The other houses paled by comparison although nothing priced in the millions is ever shabby. All had verdant lawns, capacious windows, serene swimming pools, multiple decks, and assorted high-end amenities. Several were on the water with full or partial views, boat docks, and cabanas. One house was already in contract despite having just gone on the market.
Residents of Bird Key have access to a yacht club with tennis courts and scheduled activities as well as several pocket parks lining the causeway to the island. The island is also home home to tennis star Martina Navratilova and AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson. Rumor has it that Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman once owned a home there as well.
I’m not sure why Palm Beach gets all the publicity for being the ritziest locale in Florida. This isle of 9.3 square miles is a citadel of prosperity and good fortune.
The Sarasota Spectator