Pelican Cove in Sarasota – a true Botanical Paradise on Little Sarasota Bay

Pelican Cove in Sarasota

Condos in Pelican Cove

Pelican Cove an extraordinary community – a community not only in an excellent location with an unprecedented lifestyle. The condominium community  is recognized as a “Community of Excellence” by the Florida Community and Association Journal for the last three years.

Now we hope that you are at least a little curious

The resort style condominium complex really looks like a tropical paradise – or more like a nature preserve, botanical garden – or maybe like a bird sanctuary? We really don’t know how to describe it. You don’t see the buildings, they are hidden behind lush landscaping. Almost invisible. 

Mature trees create plenty of shade, and at least 75 different species of plants (we have no clue who counted them) are covering the grounds – thriving in the shade and blooming. Birds are singing in the trees and otters are playing in the little creek which is meandering through the community. Yes, it is a jungle ..…where is Tarzan? Anyway, whenever you come everything is always extremely well maintained and looks just awesome.

Pelican Cove

A true Botanical Wonderland 

The gated bayfront community (24h manned gate) with 731 condominiums sits on 75 acres with lush, lush Florida vegetation. The gate is hard to find. The entire community is hard to find – unless you really know what you are looking for.

This little paradise is located across Sarasota Square Mall, between Vamo Road and Little Sarasota Bay. And YES, the community is directly on the Bay, and some privileged condo-owners do even have bay views.

Harbor in Pelican Cove

The harbor with 87 boat slips

The location can’t be any better. All your favorite stores like Macy’s, JCPenny’s, Ann Taylor, Publix, Target, Lowe’s and Costco are only a stone’s throw away, and you can actually use the bus or your bike to get there. Sarasota’s downtown area is close by, and the beautiful Siesta Beach is only minutes away.

Well, if this sounds already too good to be true, it even gets better. Part of the complex is a private harbor with 87 boat slips for rent which can accommodate power and sailboats up to 40 feet. The rate for a 20-foot boat is about $600 per year. This seems pretty reasonable.

You’re done with your big boats? Understandably, we’ve been through that ourselves. However, if you love going out with your kayak or canoe you can launch your kayak right here. There are 135 storage racks for kayaks and canoes available for residents.

We hopefully grabbed your attention by now. “For heaven’s sake, what is the name of the community?” You may ask?. Okay, here comes the little secret. Psst: The name of the community is ……“Pelican Cove”.

Now everybody knows. Okay, before we complain a little about the things the community is lacking, a quick look at what the “Cove” has to offer.

Let us stay positive! Okay, the typical pool with clubhouse – nothing really exciting you may think. Lets see if you are right: Six heated swimming pools plus spa (how about that?), a sauna, three community centers, a grand piano, laundry facilities, exercise room, library, four lighted tennis courts, shuffleboard, a professional photography studio, a sculpture studio, a woodworker’s shop, a basketball court, several fishing gazebos, six miles of exquisite walking and nature trails, a dog run, a butterfly garden, many social club activities like card club, tennis club, singles club, computer club, boat harbor club, kayak club, woodworking club, photography club, and many activities not associated with club membership, like meditation classes, Tai-Chi, Ping-Pong, water exercise classes, pottery classes, sculpture classes, Latin and Tap Dance classes and cooking classes.

Pelican Cove Pool

One of the six heated pools

Other activities like concerts, exhibitions, meetings and bridge and poker nights are also part of the deal. There is another thing worth mentioning, something very unique in Sarasota: “The Pelican Cove University”, an adult-education program featuring retired resident “professors” who teach up to 30 different subjects during the season.

Find your happy place in Pelican Cove here.

The association provides on-site management (community office Building), full-time maintenance and pest control, two suites, which can be rented by residents to accommodate family and friends. Also, an in-house closed-circuit television channel provides residents with information about all the community activities throughout the year. Pelican Cove is also very pet-friendly (to a certain degree): 2 large dogs (100 lbs each) are allowed to live with you in paradise, too, but only when you are the owner of the condo. For renters, there is a different set of rules in place: sorry – no dogs. Unfair, isn’t it?

Hm, now all of that leaves us very little room to complain ….about what? The weather?

Here are a few more facts about the Pelican Cove community: The 731 condo homes, built in the late 70’s – early 80’s, sit on a lot  divided into six distinctive neighborhoods: the Bay houses, the Glen houses, the Grove houses,

Pelican Cove in Sarasota

view of the Bay

the Brookhouse, the Harbor houses and the Treehouses. The condominiums come with over 20 different layout plans. Spacious two and three bedroom condos and townhomes suit any type of lifestyle. Only the Treehouses feature townhomes with over 2,000 sq. ft. of living space, all other 2/3 bedroom condos are two-story buildings, overlooking the bay, nature preserves or pool areas.

Pelican Cove is not a 55+ community, although the population consists mostly of retirees or homeowners who are at least not too far away from retirement. However, that should not be a surprise for a community in Florida, right?

What do the association fees include? Ground maintenance , 24 h security and the cost of insuring and maintaining the buildings, cable, heated pool, tennis courts, kayak storage, harbor/boat slips, flood insurance, fishing pier, recreational building, private roads, water/sewer, pest control, reserves  and  – a lifestyle in the middle of tropical grounds,that isn’t available anywhere else in the area.

Of course, in a community of 731 units, there are always condos on the market for sale. Some of them are somewhat outdated because the owners lived there happily since their homes were built. Other units are perfectly updated, and most of them are somewhat in between. Prices are starting in the high $100’s with smaller (more outdated) units, while the majority is in the mid $200 – $300 range. Completely remodeled and updated units with spectacular bay views are on the market for $400k +.

Get in touch with us at 941-460-8832 or email us below for any question …or schedule your private tour! You got to see it.