I agree with many of the previous suggestions, but I would like to ask to to define what you mean by "best" water view. With the recent adjustment in prices for condos in Sarasota, there are plenty of excellent condos with beautiful water views. You are not likely to find a view of the Gulf in your price range, unless you settle for a one bedroom condo in Siesta Tower. There are plenty of choices for beautiful bay views, and it's up to you to decide if you prefer sunrises and looking back at the city light from the keys, or westerly views of the bay and sunsets from the mainland.
In addition to the view, I hope that you'll consider lifestyle when looking for your condo. On Longboat Key, you'll find great beaches, golf, and boating opportunities, but those $350,000 waterfront condos on mid-key can be pretty far from the theatre and concerts in downtown Sarasota. There are some great downtown condos with bay views that are very close to fine dining, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, and excellent restaurants, and these places are not far from the beaches or boating. If you are looking for nearly new buildings with modern amenities, downtown offers Alinari, The Renaissance, and Broadway Promenade with bay views for $350,000 or just slightly more.
On Siesta Key, there are plenty of condos with beautiful bay views for $350,000 or less, and there also several with views of their own boat harbor. you'll want to learn about Siesta Harbor, Pointe, Island Reef, Sunrise Cove, and Bay Tree Club. The lifestyle on Siesta Key is relaxed and the beaches are spectacular, but it can get pretty crowded in the season. Condos at the far south end of the key are away from the crowds.
On the mainland, be sure to check out Pelican Cove. It's now possible to get a 3 bedroom condo with a view of the harbor for only $350,000, and 2 bedroom units with a spectacular view of Little Sarasota Bay, the Intracoastal Waterway, and gorgeous sunsets are available for not much more. Pelican Cove offers 87 boat slips, 6 swimming pools, tennis, kayak and canoe storage, and numerous other amenities on 75 beautifully-landscaped acres. It also has the convenience of being on the mainland, which means great access to shopping, restaurants, hospitals, etc. If you are not familiar with Pelican Cove, be sure to check it out.
I think that you'll have to spend some time visiting these condos, to find the "best" water view, I would be happy to help you with your search. If you like, you can start by viewing listings on my web sites, either http:// http://www.CharlesOffer.com
or http:// http://www.FloridaMoves.com/Charles.Offer
. Otherwise, I will be happy to email you listings that meet your needs. Either way, I guarantee that you will have plenty of condos to learn about. If I can help in any way, please contact me.
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