This is an interesting question. First of all, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties all have coast lines along the Gulf of Mexico. Thus, a Bay view would be facing east, possible west looking over a smaller body of water to the Gulf of Mexico. Thus a Gulf view would offer sunset waterview. A bay view offers a water view.
What do you want to look at? Some water views occur after a heavy rain. Some water views are available if you stand close to the exterior window and turn your head sharply in one direction or lean over the balcony railing. Or the water view is at the treeline and the palm fronds and tree branches obstruct the direct view which could be seen shifting back and forth as the wind blows the leaves.
Interpretation of a "water view" launches the imagination to dream of a stretch of a beautiful relatively isolated white sand beach with long waterview towards the horizon that is awash of a palette of rainbow colors at sunset.
Typically, the older condominium buildings, older homes, sometimes, manufactured homes have the best locations and views. Thus, a buyer is torn between a small dated home vs a newer home. Many 55+ communities have terrific locations, but, the age restrictions limit enjoyment access.
Affordability is relative to the buyer's pocketbook. Define affordable. Basically you get what you pay for. The number one rule in real estate is location, location, location.
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