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Bird Key Luxury Waterfront Homes
Bird Key is an exclusive private enclave of 510 homesites on quiet streets with striking vistas of Sarasota Bay and the city skyline. The Bird Key Yacht Club provides berths for yachts and the hub of social life. Developed during the 1950s and 1960s, many of the original homes have been razed and replaced with estates, while others have been completely remodeled, and still others are tear-down opportunities. Bird Key is located just mid-point on the Ringling Bridge that connects St. Armand’s Key to downtown.
Bird Key History
In 1911, Lindsay Worcester of Cincinnati was in Florida to recover from illness and she took a small boat with friends out to Bird Key for a picnic. She fell in love with the natural beauty, beaches, birds and palm trees on the small island. Her husband, Thomas Worcester, purchased Bird Key from the state to build a beautiful modern home for them. Their mansion took three years and cost over $100,000 to complete. Thomas sold it to John Ringling in the early 1920’s. John also purchased St. Armands Key and Lido Key. John’s sister, Ida Ringling North, moved into the mansion on Bird Key. Ringling built the Ringling Causeway from the mainland for easy access to Bird Key, St. Armands Circle and Lido Key with great plans for homes, shopping, hotels and entertainment. In 1936 John died and bequeathed the island to Ida, who lived there in the beautiful home until she died in 1950. The island was enlarged, her home was removed and the Bird Key Yacht Club today is on the site of the first home on Bird Key.
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