Private Ground Floor Condo Just Steps From the Beach
Bruce and Karen Goracke
About Bruce and Karen Goracke
My wife and I both grew up, and still live in, Omaha, Nebraska. Business brought us to Sarasota several years ago and we liked the area so much we decided to look into purchasing a place in the area. It was a long hunt, but we finally found the treasure. We are eager to share our place with our guests!
Bruce and Karen Goracke purchased this Condo in 2013
Why Bruce and Karen Goracke chose Longboat Key
We have been looking at acquiring a beachfront property for years before finally purchasing this unit on Longboat. The area offers a safe, peaceful environment, yet still has the essentials in very close proximity. There is a large grocery store, pharmacy, shops, restaurants and pubs, and other activities, all while maintaining a very homey, residential feel. This is what attracted us to Longboat. Our resort's beauty and great management made the decision to focus on a property in this association an easy one. We hope you will enjoy your stay, and please send us any suggestions for bettering our place, as we want our guests to have as pleasurable a stay as possible. With its beauty, friendliness and great management, our association can and will accomplish this objective. Very well maintained grounds and amenities, without the pretentiousness, make staying with us a relaxing pleasure.
What makes this Condo unique
This condo has the unique benefit of being ground floor and very close to the beach, while also being tucked away from the main area of foot traffic, so the patio is very private. There is also a nice view of the water from the patio as well.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We had a wonderful time. The property was comfortable and clean. The front desk was friendly and accommodating. The beach was beautiful! The condo was a short walk to the beach which was great for the kids. There are tons of toys available to play with at the beach. We especially love the chairs available at the beach. We rented a paddleboard from the bike shop near Harry's down the road which was great. It was a relaxing and fun vacation. Thanks!!
My most favorite place
Last year was my first time to visit Long Boat Key my husband brought me for my 50th birthday. I instantly fell in love with the area. Sand Cay Resort was amazing! Renting from Bruce was such a delight. He was always so willing to answer any questions. We brought our family this time. The unit was PERFEC!! We have an awesome 18 month old grandson and it was wonderful havinu no stairs to climb or waiting for an elevator. Literally 50 steps through lush grass right to the sand. Then you were on this amazing not crowded beach that provided beach chairs. Could it get any better? Yes it did the sunsets were breathtaking. The condo was very clean and well equipped with anything you could think of. You could definitely tell that Bruce and Karen love sharing their home with others. Just returned home today and already looking at dates to book this condo for next year.
No gulf view from ground floor
Sheets in bedroom had hairs on them ( luckily I brought my own sheets) mattresses were NOT comfortable, floors were dirty.
I am very sorry to hear of those issues you experienced. Please know that this is not something that I ever hear of, particularly with our new cleaning company which has been very good. I will discuss this with our management company. I am also going down there tomorrow and will look at the mattresses. However, I was there last month and they seemed very good to me. I guess mattresses can be very subjective. Thanks Tracy, again, I am sorry about your issues and I will be sure to follow up on them.
UPDATE: I have now returned from a week in Florida and had none of the problems discussed above. The floors, linens and the entire unit were very clean and the mattresses were comfortable. I also discussed this with our management and they said that they have not had problems with the cleaning company either. This must have been an isolated circumstance. I should also mention that the view of the water is from some areas inside the unit and also on the patio. I bought patio chairs for the patio that sit higher up to enhance the view from there. While we do not have a full 100% side to side view of the water due to being ground floor and having bushes around our lot, you can see the water from several different vantage points inside and outside the condo.
One of these can be seen on photo #10. To say that there is no view is simply not true.
A fantastic place to stay in Longboat Key
We truly enjoyed our stay in the condo. We have two kids (ages 5 and 2) and it was perfect for our family. It was right on the beach with easy parking (and no stairs!) and tons of amenities. We really appreciated that beach chairs and tons of beach toys were available for us to use, and that they were right on the beach so we didn't have to carry them back and forth. The condo also had a pack 'n play, high chair and stroller. We also took advantage of the DVD library at the leasing office on the rainy days. Thank you Bruce and Karen!
Thanks for the great review Beth, and glad you had a great time! Having the ground floor unit is nice and convenient for just getting in and out, back and forth to the beach, unloading groceries, etc. I really do like that aspect as well as the privacy of the location. Thanks again!
We loved being right on the beach!
The unit was, clean, big, and had all the supplies we needed. The owners and office staff was very friendly and attentive. The landscape was beautiful and we loved being right on the beach!
Thanks for the great review Sarah! I do love that there is plenty of space to stretch out, some of the other places on Longboat can be pretty tight. And the location being ground floor and right next to the beach is also nice, I always forget stuff when I go to the beach, so running back and forth is a lot easier. Thanks again for the nice review and thanks for staying with us! Bruce
Condo is affordable and very clean. Could stand some updates on appliances and furniture
Property is great. Staff in front office were very nice and helpful. Great place!
Thanks for the great review Brian! We have a newer cleaning crew and they seem to be doing a great job. Our association has spent a lot of money making upgrades to the property the last few years and I think it really shows. I am also glad to hear that the staff was helpful, this is the norm. We are going down in a couple weeks and are planning on looking at the furniture. Some people like the "Old Florida" feel, but I think we could go for the more modern look. Right now we have contractors in there putting in baseboards and crown molding, painting the entire unit and making some other upgrades as well. We upgrade our unit every year somehow. Thanks again!