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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 . Beautiful woman's touches thru out. !!

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

More Details

Jim Zilli
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

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 Longboat Key

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


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
  • Children welcome
  • 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 , 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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(49 traveler reviews)

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Wow-this is paradise

  • 5 of 5

Wow-the picture taken from the patio is exactly what we saw when we walked into this beautiful 5th floor unit. If you wanted to you could spend all your time right there and be happy in comfy chairs or lounge. We've been vacationing in Long Boat Key for 30+ yrs-even since our move to FL 10 years ago. This unit has the nicest furnishings of any we have stayed at. When I go on vaca I want to stay in a place at least as nice as my home and hopefully nicer! Everything you will need is here. Well equiped kitchen and towels galore. There were enough beach towels to grab a clean one if you went to the beach every day. It was very quiet when we were there and I think this might be that kind of area. You don't have the mega hi-rise feel. Beach is gorgeous and chairs available free and umbrellas in the unit if you need.There are many nice restaurants closes by as well as Publix grocery for to-go options. We love and highly recommend "The Lazy Lobster" restaurant a couple blocks away. If you aren't familiar with the area the owner provides a very nice welcome packet with lists of places to eat and things to do. The only thing I'd change was the weather-why did Florida decide to take part in winter the week we were there? The owner Jim is very responsive. I had to clarify refund policy as I had an ill pet when I first started looking for a place to celebrate New Yrs Eve. He called me right away to discuss my issue and reassured me. We are already talking about a week to go back in the summer or early fall.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Beth was so low key and overly easy to work with , I would love to work with her again in the future . Highly recommend here to others .
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Weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

The location was absolutely perfect. We were able to walk right onto the beach and was provided with everything we needed for the beach (towels, chairs, umbrella). We were close to restaurants and were provided with several recommendations on where to eat and what to do in the area. It is a perfect place for a getaway.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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outstanding place

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about our condo and grounds. Beautiful ocean view. Unit completely remodeled. Beach quiet and perfect. Pool heated. Would love to have a hot tub. We already booked for next year. Jim and Laurie

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jim and Laurie, thank you for your business and kind words, next year we will meet for sure, there is an amazing Packer bar on Anna Maria Island, if we can get our Packers to get to the Super Bowl , the bar is a fabulous experience.
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay at 503 Zilli was incredible. Loved the unit, all updated, well stocked full kitchen which we used. Might recommend a good chefs knife but that's a little picky. Fell in love with the view immediately and hated to leave it. Although we both ended up with head colds which had us down for a couple of days we still were able to enjoy our time. Lots of beach walking shell collecting, even saw dolphins from out patio. Only thing I would change would be to extend the length of stay. Jim thanks so much!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I need to Thank you guys , yes a special property on a special Island , chef knife on its way , thanks for the heads up . Hope to see you again !!!!!
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Great condo, great view, great location

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay on Longboat Key. Check in was a breeze. The condo's location is bar none. Beautiful view of the Gulf. We watched the sunset almost everyday from the balcony. We also spotted quite a few dolphins too! The condo was clean. The location was perfect. Half way between St. Armands Circle and Bridge Street. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bryan was so low key , love your comments on location bar none , the upscale custom fabricated highboy cocktail table really allows you to see the gulf not look thru the railing . thank you again
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The Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I decided to vacation in Longboat Key this year. We have both been to Siesta Key and loved the beaches there. Upon speaking with Jim Zilli, the owner of the condo where we stayed in Longboat Key, he told us that LBK was a much better area in which to stay. He was right! Everything was top notch...from the condo that was completely updated, modern and the condo view which was everywhere we ate while on vacation-delicious and reasonably priced (and I'm telling you EVERY meal was out of this world)...our vacation was nothing short of PERFECT! All the beautiful beaches are a short drive. Shopping at St. Armand's Circle is close by. The people are friendly. We even met friends for life at the Lazy Lobster Restaurant and had cocktails at there house one evening with the Sarasota skyline in the background. We made beautiful memories! A big THANK YOU to Jim Zilli for making sure every detail of our vacation in his beautiful condo was PERFECT! We will see you again LBK. Hopefully sooner rather than later!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow what can I say , grateful for her gracious comments .
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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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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