Southbay Yacht & Racquet
Ideal Homes, Ideal Location at Southbay Yacht & Racquet Club
The Southbay Yacht & Racquet Club – also known simply as “Southbay” – is one of the most exclusive and elegant waterfront communities in southwest Florida. Southbay is set in the south part of Osprey on the Intracoastal Waterway, about halfway between Sarasota and Venice. Southbay is the splendid setting for more than 350 lavish single-family luxury homes built in the 1970s and 1980s. It’s an exceptional community enjoyed by boating and fishing enthusiasts, active families, active retirees, and others in love with the delightful Florida outdoors. It even has a rich, fascinating history. Towering, mature oaks dominate the landscape. Mediterranean-style architecture prevails at Southbay, and the lavish homes are only one of the community’s many superlative features.
An Upscale Boating Community
Southbay provides everything today’s homebuyer demands in an upscale residential and boating community. Southbay’s private marina covers 7 acres and offers 172 boat slips for residents. Vessels up to 55 feet long can be docked at the marina. Boat owners appreciate the instant access to the Intracoastal, and they’re only minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. Southbay also offers a friendly community clubhouse and exercise room, an onsite library, shuffleboard and tennis courts, a large heated pool, and more than 5 miles of paved hiking paths for walking, jogging, skating, and bicycling. A range of social events and community activities are scheduled throughout the year. Southbay even features its own private waterfront park, Lookout Point Park, a charming location for sunsets, contemplative walks, and romantic moonlight strolls. Residents and guests can go fishing in the Intracoastal from right at the park’s edge.
Map Of Southbay Yacht & Racquet Club
A Fun History
The real estate that’s now Southbay retains some fascinating Florida history. From 1964 until 1971, what’s now Southbay was the site of the once-famous Floridaland Park, one of the largest Florida theme parks in the pre-Disney era. Floridaland Park featured an “authentic” Native American village and a Wild West “ghost town,” porpoises, dolphins, water-ski shows, and a petting zoo. As many as 5,000 visitors a day patronized Floridaland Park at the height of its popularity in the mid-1960s. Floridaland Park closed in the same year Disney World opened, but older local residents remember it fondly.
Climate and location complete the picture at Southbay.
The average annual temperature is 73 degrees, so outdoor recreations and active lifestyles can be pursued almost daily. Oscar Scherer State Park is basically right across the street; it’s 1,400 primitive acres of towering Florida pines, streams, and lakes. The park offers everything you would expect: canoeing, birding, bicycling, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, a comprehensive picnic facility, fishing dock, restrooms, showers, foot paths, boardwalks, and much more. Oscar Scherer State Park is beloved by local residents and a marvelous resource for families at Southbay.