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Luxury Waterfront Homes on Siesta Key
“Fiesta Siesta” is an apt monika for this lively, trendy beach town boasting one of the world’s widest and whitest sand beaches. The architecture is an eclectic mix of expensive waterfront homes (including the exclusive Sanderling Club), beach cottages, and mid-rise condominiums. A mecca for spring break students, Siesta Village is a continuous party of bars and good casual restaurants. For families with children, the informal lifestyle, its many waterfront estates, and the excellent private school, The Out-of-Door Academy, Siesta Key attracts active, interesting families.
Membership in the Sanderling Club has many benefits, including deeded gulf access and usage of the club’s cabanas, which were designed by renowned architect Paul Rudolph. They and other structures within the Sanderling Club are on the national register of historic places.
History of Siesta Key
Homesteaders began settling on “Sarasota Key” (now Siesta Key) in the 1880’s, but few remained long enough to establish their claims. An exception was Capt. Louis Roberts and his wife, Ocean Hansen Roberts, for whom Ocean Boulevard, Roberts Road and Hansen Bayou are named. In 1906, Capt. Roberts enlarged his house and began calling it the Roberts Hotel. The following year he, along with Harry Higel and E.M. Arbogast, formed the Siesta Land Company. By 1946, the Key was still labeled “Sarasota Key” on government maps, but was called Siesta Key by the County. In late 1910, E.M. Arbogast began construction of the Bay Island Hotel on the north shore of the Key. Meanwhile, Harry Higel’s dredge was busy not only digging the canals and filling low land, but also excavating shell deposits that could be used to surface the roads as they were built. The canal that leads from Hansen Bayou westward to the recently closed Siesta Fish Market was dug for its shell deposits. Harry Higel was mayor of Sarasota in 1916 and supported a bond issue that was passed and resulted in the building of the first Siesta Key Bridge in 1917. The second bridge on Stickney Point Road was built by the County in 1926. They platted the subdivision of Siesta on the northern end of the Key.