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Special Pre Holiday pricing $139 Amazing condo bar none !!!!

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

It is ideal for a romantic getaway, honeymoon, business retreat, or family trip

Zilli Tower 503 is a family-owned 800 square foot tower apartment on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. It is part of the Zilli Collection .

Each with the Zilli touch of amazing view , decor ,( not typical wicker furniture , silly beach artifacts 40 year old flooring etc 1 SIZE fit all .)

We call it upscale coastal the properties are more of a resort , 5 star hotel feel . ( We own an elegant upscale home next door #247170 . A direct walk out 5 stories below this unit its #4649102 our newest addition updating as I type this ask for PDF file to see the new look .)

This amazing unit 503 Located on the tower top floor with breathtaking views of the beach, see video and pictures with convenient access day and night to a spacious beach. It is ideal for a romantic getaway, honeymoon, business retreat, or family trip.

At secluded Longboat Key small complex 5th floor unit of 5 floors beautiful views of the Gulf and the beach left to right

Please view my other beautiful vacation homes and make plans now to visit Longboat Key to see why we love it!

Zilli Villa property ID 247170

Zilli Tower 101 ID 4649102

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Jim Zilli
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2017

About Jim Zilli

Jim Zilli grew up in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area. He started coming to Longboat Key in the early 1980's. Jim chose this Tower 503 property as it was the perfect vacation property with an amazing gulf view. Jim had previously purchased the nearby two-bedroom villa and came to live in Longboat Key full-time in 2009. The Tower 503 has upscale touches equivalent to a Ritz or St. Regis suite.

Jim is CEO in the family’s Wisconsin on off-site catering special events business, so he has ample experience in hospitality. He finds great enjoyment and satisfaction helping guests have amazing vacations in his properties – many of whom come back year after year. “I have many families who I have gotten to know over the years and spent time , dining , golfing , helped them find realtors, and more,” says Jim.

Clients have complimented Jim’s style as attentive and not pushy. They appreciate he will check in with them during their stay. He wants renters to know he’s there for them.

Jim Zilli purchased this condo in 2015

Why Jim Zilli chose Florida South West

The most obvious reason Jim chose Longboat Key is the weather and beauty of this location, and the Villa is located just steps from a world-class beach. Guests never run out of things to do, whether it’s enjoying the nightlife in nearby Sarasota or simply collecting shells along the white sand beach. The weather provides just enough variety so you won’t be bored. Unlike other areas of Florida, Longboat Key is quiet, safe and has a small-town feel he enjoys. The area feels remote and natural yet it’s easy to access with the Sarasota airport just 7 miles east of Sarasota or from Tampa, which is 40 minutes away.

One of Jim’s favorite things to do is golf, and (there are several world-class courses within a 20-minute drive). He also enjoys movies, and recommends the annual film festival in Sarasota. He keeps a running list of the many, many things there are to do in the area - so whether you like to swim, sunbathe, walk on the beach, golf, shop, or all of the above, Jim’s guests find plenty to keep themselves entertained. At the same time, the secluded location offers privacy and quiet so if you, like most of us, need to catch up on rest while you’re here, you can fall asleep to nothing more than the gentle sound of the surf.

What makes this condo unique

At secluded Longboat Key small complex. 5th floor unit of 5 floors with beautiful views of the Gulf and the beach right in front of you.

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Zilli Villa


Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Sarasota/Bradenton Intl
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Enterprise Sailing Chartered Inc
Nearest Train
70 Miles
Tampa Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Hwy 75

Our 800 Square Foot, tower apartment is located on the tower top floor with breathtaking views of the beach, with convenient access day and night to a spacious beach. It is ideal for a romantic getaway, honeymoon, business retreat, or family trip.

The large dining area provides seating for up to four.

A spectacular ocean view balcony, perfect for viewing gorgeous Longboat Key sunsets.

A beachside cabana provides space for outdoor dining and shade on hot days. Complete with a full gas grill, it's located just steps from the beach. No shoes required!

The kitchen features modern appliances, including a large fridge, and microwave, has ample supplies and ensures you can prepare all the meals you'll need for your family and friends throughout your vacation without missing a beat or needing to bring supplies. Extra pots and pans, silverware for 8, and more are all here.

When your day at the beach is winding down, 2 TVs, putting green, games, and toys will keep your group occupied for hours. You'll even find a selection of beach and pool accessories, bug sprays, flashlight and sunscreen should you need them.

The bright and open bedroom has two queen-sized beds in it, beautiful outdoor views, a convenient vanity, and plenty of storage.

The heated pool, is well maintained, safe and always a comfortable 83 degrees.

The Zilli Tower 503 is less than seven miles to Sarasota, so it's convenient and also offers plenty of parking. Come make our tower home your home away from home in Longboat Key


Longboat Key Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 5
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Main Bedroom - 2 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Special Pre Holiday pricing $139 Amazing condo bar none !!!!
average rating of 4.756098 based on 41 reviews

A cruise without ever leaving the balcony

  • 5 of 5

Let me start by saying how different Longboat Key is from the rest of Florida. My girlfriend and I stayed in the east coast (Fort Lauderdale - Miami) for few days before driving west to the far more lush greens and turquoise blues of Longboat Key. We are island lovers so this barrier island catered to the secluded and peaceful feelings we are used to when traveling to Caribbean Islands.

This condo is usually booked from Sat-Sat (1 week min) but through good timing and the host's generosity, Jim Zilli, the owner of the condo, allowed us to come for a just a couple days! Right away, Jim made us feel like we were welcome with his quick and sincere replies to our emails, which to us makes the worlds difference when we stay at a strangers house. Feeling welcomed and knowing that the host genuinely wants you to have a great time makes for a much better experience.

After a 3hr drive from the west coast, we pulled up to the condo (free parking), got the keys from the main office , headed up to the 5th floor (highest floor), opened the door, and were greeted by one of the most immaculate, well furnished, and roomy oceanfront condos we have stayed at. And the view was spectacular. Unobstructed views of a SUPER calm and flat Gulf of Mexico, which was so soothing given that the east coast ocean was quite rocky during our stay.

The condo has a large living space with a huge dining table for 6 people, comfortable sofas and couch, a large TV, and a full glass wall that opens up to the balcony with high chairs, table, and even power outlet so you can use your laptop. The living space is accompanied by a kitchen with cooking utensils and dinnerware. The closets are stocked with tons of towels and beach towels. The bathroom has the necessary toiletries for a short stay. The bedroom had two very comfortable queen beds and a TV.

Jim provides all his guests a guide to all the hot spots for food and activities on the island so make sure you get this when you book with him. We spent our few days relaxing on the balcony and swimming in the white sand beach right in front of the condo. Not the best place to snorkel given that the Gulf is pretty murky near the shore. You really have to go far out before the water starts to clear up. But nevertheless, we loved the extremely warm water and on the last day, saw tons of dolphins and a huge manatee while we were out swimming!!

Great way to end our trip to Florida. Thank you Jim for memorable stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a pleasure it was to meet you this your couple , articulate as they were charming and I am so glad they had a great experience . Nice when travel experts who relax know Island experience get it
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Pittsburgh PA


  • 5 of 5

We stayed during the off season (10/7-10/14) so we didn't experience the high volume months of Dec. thru April. It was conveniently located near the Bradenton, Sarasota, Siesta Key areas and we still able to enjoy the less populated privacy of our beach area!! The pool and beach areas provided recliners, chairs, gazebos, grills, all conducive to an "ENJOYABLE STAY"!! The newly remolded condo was "TOP SHELF"!! Great sunset VIEW!!! I got to meet and talk to Jim Zilli (owner) who provided me with excellent info and resources pertain to real estate properties, restaurants, etc.!!



  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so lucky to have such great clients and so many recognize the effort, I enjoyed my time with John, he Is looking to relocate in the area and of course I know the market intimately and I am happy to help , with my things to do packet I provide, I hope I have the pleasure working with him again
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Salem, NH

Great time at Unit 503 Zilli Tower

  • 5 of 5

The unit is updated, clean and comfortable. There are plenty of towels, dishes, sun umbrellas, etc. The unit is well supplied. Turtle Crawl offers a great beach, with lounge chairs, shuffle board and a putting green. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Zilli (the owner) who is easy to contact if you need anything. We didn't need to call him because the unit had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. I would highly recommend this condo for a vacation.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I provide a welcome packet and she is looking for property here and is using my recommended realtor and she and her husband had a great experience in that area also which pleased me
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Nice condo with a beautiful view!

  • 5 of 5

It was our first time to Longboat Key and we had a great week! The condo was beautiful and clean! The kitchen was well-equipped and had everything we needed to cook. The view overlooking the beach is beautiful. Our favorite part was how low-key the beach was. We felt like we had the beach to ourselves! Beautiful blue waters and a great beach to take walks! Jim was great to work with and checked on us throughout our stay. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was a wonderful young couple , left a day early to get out of Florida and put the patio furniture inside the condo so it would not smash the window's . You are lucky if they do business with you . Jim
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The condo was lovely. Couldn't ask for a better view!

  • 5 of 5

Nicely maintained, clean. Very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Roswell, GA

All around perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This is a completely renovated, top floor (5th), one bedroom condo (2 beds!), that's absolutely perfect! The place is small but impeccably decorated with class, sophistication, and all the needed modern necessities (great job Jim and Susan!) The view from the balcony can't be beat and you're right on the beach!

The location on Longboat Key is fabulous - in an older part of the island (charming), so you're not surrounded by high-rises, lots of people, noise, and suburbia. The beach is gorgeous, white sand, with few people and lots of space to relax, roam through long walks, and enjoy the crystal clear water. The only thing I would have changed was the hurricane bands, but even with all the rain, it was a glorious vacation and spectacular accommodations! We will be back (I hope!)

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well what a nice review form the J& J girls and high praise as I know Julie , Jenna is very particular about design and brand and yes the weather was a bit of a drag but we are so lucky versus the suffering going on in Texas , woulds love to do business again and thank you
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Services $70 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund