(Please scroll to the end of this “Description” for special Off-Season Rate structure***.) On LBK’s laid-back, beachy North End: A 26-foot lanai overlooks a pristine stretch of dune and the wide, under-populated Gulf beach beyond - as well as the large, inviting pool surrounded by palms (gently lighted in the evenings). The recently completed total renovation includes a brand new expanded, fully-equipped open-plan kitchen (glass-fronted cabinets, quartz countertops, GE Profile appliances). New hurricane-rated sliding doors (with turtle-glass) and new windows (this is an end unit), a bonus second guest room (for the occasional child guest), all-new Travertine bathrooms, five-foot shower stalls with rain-shower and hand-held heads with glass enclosures. A GE washer-dryer (in the guest room closet), and new A/C. The Master bedroom opens onto the lanai with the same view as the living room.
The MAIN ROOM floors are Saltillo Mexican tiles topped by a large water-color area rug. A super comfortable sectional focuses on the view and a 55" Samsung Smart Flat-screen TV recessed into an entertainment center - and surrounds a large 70s Vintage George Jensen glass & Lucite cocktail table. A "Sputnik" chandelier illuminates the dining table with four Pottery Barn chairs (two more flank a side-board - a leaf is in the closet). A 52" overhead fan cools the room when A/C is too much.
The NEW KITCHEN has all-wood, custom, modified-Shaker white soft-close cabinets with glass doors, and fitted pantries, quartz countertops, a teal, stainless and gray glass backsplash (mimicking the fleck in the countertops) and a peninsula looking out toward the Gulf. Three stools sit under the shallow breakfast bar. The GE Profile stainless steel appliances include a slide-in, 5-burner convection range, convection microwave, quiet dishwasher with third rack, and a counter-depth French-door refrigerator with in-door "auto-fill" water/ice. It.is fully equipped for a comfortable long-stay – including a Blend-Tec power blender, a Cuisinart with small insert and spiralizer, a Keurig, a 12-cup coffee maker, instant hot water pot, Kitchen Aid stand mixer, Instant Pot, small George Forman grill, toaster, citrus juicer, hand blender, electric wok, bamboo steamer, scale, four-dozen spices, good knives and, we hope, all necessary cooking equipment and dining/drinking supplies.
The LARGE SCREENED LANAI is furnished with a rustic Mexican sideboard, a wood table (configurable for 2, 4 or 6) with cushioned wood foldable chairs. A comfortable three-seat all-weather sofa and cocktail table sits at one end and an all-weather easy-chair and ottoman at the other. A white-washed, tongue-in-groove planked ceiling hosts a pair of exterior fans that cool the space. A dimmable light adds to the ambiance and three exterior plugs encourage working or browsing outside. The views- - day and night - are spectacular.
The MASTER BEDROOM, with sliders out to the lanai and a large window (with Levolor shade), is furnished with a brand-new king bed (Simmons Beautyrest Silver 14" Hybrid) with contemporary antiqued-iron headboard, two dressers, two nightstands, and a 43" Samsung Smart TV The all-Travertine and brushed nickel bathroom, has a new five-foot shower stall (rainshower and hand-held heads), and glass doors. The 36" tall, Travertine-topped dark cherry vanity features six drawers (hairdryer) a large framed mirror, a small lighted stand mirror, and scale. The large walk-in closet is fully custom fitted with multiple rods, a six-drawer chest, shoe shelves and linen/towel shelves. Wall-to-wall semi-sheer pinch-pleated curtains provide a bit of privacy from the Lanai. An overhead fan is handy when A/C is too much. Flooring is beige wall-to-wall berber.
The GUEST BEDROOM, with two large windows (with Levolor shades), has a queen bed, two nightstands, a double dresser (classic Henry Link washed wicker) and 32" Samsung Smart TV. The all-new Travertine and chrome bathroom (with entrances from the guest room and the hallway), has a five-foot shower with glass doors, a rainshower and sliding hand-held. The walk-in closet includes double hanging rods, shelves for linens, two closed cabinets (one an owners') and a GE 27 inch Laundry Center (ironing board and iron). An overhead fan is above and beige wall-to-wall Berber.below.
The SMALL KIDS’ ROOM is furnished with a bunk bed with trundle, a "wave" rug and small chest. A large window looks out to the pines and an Obscura glass pocket door adds to the light.
Two thirds of the main hall closet has been fitted to manage a plethora of sand "toys:" four Tommy Bahama "back-pack" sand chairs, umbrellas, a beach cart, portable table, two coolers, noodles, kickboards, fishing poles and kids’ pails. The remaining third holds a vacuum cleaner, cleaning tools and supplies.
There is boosted Wi-Fi, Comcast HD Xfinity cable service with HD full-service boxes connected to each TV (which access a full-range of channels, on-demand, as well as your own Prime, Netflix, etc. accounts), a wi-fi printer and a landline for your use (cell service on LBK is terrible).
All new crown, baseboard and deep door trim, as well as new shaker-style doors with brushed nickel level hardware, add to the upgraded ambiance.
All towels, beach towels, tea towels, guest towels, blankets plus two sets of quality linens for the master king bed, and the guest queen bed (plus kids sheets for the bunks) are provided along with a minimum of two pillows for each person.
The apartment is on the second floor (walk-up) affording gorgeous views. There is no elevator, but there is a cart designed to “walk-up” stairs to manage heavier pieces of luggage. Uncovered parking is adjacent.
SEA PINES is an intimate (4 building, 28-unit, 2-story), well-managed Old Florida complex at the laid-back, charming, northern end of Longboat Key. It’s within a three-minute walk (just across GMD) of two eateries (traditional Italian at Bayou Tavern and breakfast/lunch at Longbeach Café), Chubbies, a new pub, a beachy clothing shop, fitness center and LBK Liquor. Historic Long Beach Village starts at Longboat Drive & Broadway (across GMD from the Sea Pines entrance); famous Mar Vista restaurant and, eventually, new, top-end The Shore restaurant (slated to open late Fall 2019) are a 0.3 mi. walk.
ENVIRONS: Just north of Sea Pines is fun Beer Can Island and the bridge to Anna Maria Island with Coquina Beach, Leffis Island preserve, Wednesday & Sunday markets, pizza, ice cream, boat rentals, playgrounds, the sand-front Beach House restaurant (fab Happy Hour) and several more eateries. The Cortez bridge to the mainland and funky Cortez fishing village (with several on-water seafood shacks - Star Fish by far the best) is under three miles, and several major shopping centers are a mile or so further east along Cortez Rd. Conintuing north, past the bridge, on Anna Maria is a shopping center with a Publix and more (4.5 miles from the condo).
Heading south from the condo on LBK, favorite Harry’s restaurant and deli and Joan Durante Preserve are two miles. A huge Publix (in a small shopping center) is 6 miles, St. Armands Circle, Mote Aquarium and the Ringling Bridge to Downtown Sarasota are about 11 miles (bike paths the whole way).
We have posted PHOTOS of the complex taken from the beach side (ours is the right-end unit in the third building from the left), from the rear/road entrance side, the view from the lanai of the beach and pool, the pool itself, the beach and views from the beach. As well as of the interior.
***RENTAL TERMS: Minimum time frames are 28-31day (monthly). Maximum four occupants (with the occasional child guest). ***Special Off-Season Rate Structure: The one-month minimum is an HOA rule and LBK town ordinance - recently aggressively enforced. So, if we rent for two or three weeks, the unit will be left un-rented for the remainder of that month. Sorry, no pets and absolutely no smoking or vaping (inside or out).