Across the water from Casey Key is Sorrento Shores, an area mostly located on a peninsula surrounded by South Creek and Blackburn Bay. With numerous waterfront properties on the Intracoastal Waterway and a number of inland canals, the area is a boater’s paradise. Large grounds, mature palm trees and lush tropical vegetation create a feeling of openness, ease and serenity.
Sorrento Shores was the first of several established communities in Osprey and Nokomis named after a picturesque Italian town on the Bay of Naples famous for its lemons and limoncello.
The neighborhood was developed in the early 1960s by CE Pitts and his son, Lauden, who purchased the land and planned its development. They took the name of the original owner who loved Sorrento, Italy. He was also fond of painting and had started to name the streets after various famous artists. Pitts liked the idea and continued the tradition.
Whenever a new street needed a name, her son went to his home encyclopedia. Under the “P” entry was a list of painters, and he chose one. As a result, Sorrento Shores has “Drives” named Renoir, Michelangelo, El Greco, Tintoretto, Titian, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Gaugin.
“Sorrento Shores is a boater’s paradise. Most of the homes on the canals and the bay have private docks, ”said Julie Russell, an agent for Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. “There is a community dock with slips on a first come, first serve basis for owners who do not have waterfront properties.”
She added, “There is access to the Gulf via the Intracoastal Waterway without fixed bridges. The canals are wide and deep to the end, so residents can have sailboats.
The northern part of Sorrento Shores has an Osprey address, while the southern part is in Nokomis. There are 235 single-family residences. Some are original ’60s cottages and ranches with two and three bedrooms and floor plans ranging from 1,200 to 2,100 square feet of living space. There are also Key West style residences with metal roofs. Values range from the middle of $ 300,000 to $ 900,000.
As in other communities west of the trail, there has been some demolition, especially along the bay and some canals. The upscale estate-sized homes that have sprung up instead have up to five bedrooms. Ranging from 2,500 to 4,500 square feet, they command asking prices of $ 1.2 to $ 2.5 million.
Russell’s Listing at 135 Tina Island Drive, for example, is a three-bedroom, four-bath home built in 2010, with 2,572 square feet in the air. Situated on a canal at the end of a cul-de-sac, the two-story home has 14-foot ceilings, a wraparound balcony, hardwood and tile floors, and a kitchen with custom wood cabinetry and stone counters.
Built by Bozena Homes, a local builder, it has two garages on the ground floor and exterior stairs that lead to the double doors of the main entrance. The architectural style and the umber-colored walls are Tuscan-inspired. “It’s quite spectacular with expansive views of the water and beautiful sunsets,” said Russell. “Plus, it has all the hurricane safety features.”
The asking price is $ 1,450,000.
Sorrento Shores demographics are a mix of retirees, empty nesters, and families with children. “The Pine View School, just a mile and a half away, attracts families,” said Russell. The district schools are Laurel Nokomis Elementary and Middle and Venice High.
The optional homeowners association fee is only $ 75 per year.
Residents love its convenient location, close to downtown Venice, shops, restaurants, and other recent commercial developments along the Tamiami Trail. The State Road 681 connector to Interstate 75 is also nearby. Oscar Scherer State Park is literally across the street. Sarasota and the beaches of Nokomis and Siesta Key Gulf are easily accessible by car.
According to Russell, prices have risen steadily in the area – 11.3% in zip code 34229 in the past 12 months.
Currently there are two homes on the market besides Russell, both on the waterfront, priced at $ 849,900 and $ 1,390,000.