Lido Shores is a one mile stretch of the land located at the northern tip of Lido Key. It lives like an little isthmus nestled between St Armand’s Key and Longboat Key. All Lido Shores residents enjoy a private beach access with a pavilion on the Gulf of Mexico. This intimate community is defined by a wide variety of architectural styles, and is most recognized for its midcentury and contemporary modern architectural gems. It also includes Westway Drive, often called “The Rodeo Drive of Sarasota.”
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Nearly half of the homes in Lido Shores are waterfront homes fronting either the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, New Pass, or Pansy Bayou. The Lido Shores Property Owners Association organizes social events throughout the year.
While it is less than a mile from the furthest point to the numerous amenities of St Armands Circle, there are a few local gems just a few steps away. You can enjoy laid-back island waterfront dining at New Pass Grill or the Salty Dog Café. You can walk, bike, or even park your boat here. Mote Marine Aquarium and Laboratory and Save Our Seabirds are also right next door.
City Island Park offers wonderful green spaces overlooking the Sarasota Bay and views of Sarasota’s Downtown. Learn to sail or just be social at The Sarasota Sailing Squadron.
Just across the drawbridge onto Longboat Key, you can become a member of the Longboat Key Club for year round golf and tennis.
Lido Shores has a unique place in architectural history. Beginning in the early 1940s, a group of local architects embraced the visions of Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph to create a regional modernism that came to be known as The Sarasota School of Architecture. Their designs incorporated new and native materials such as cypress, plate glass and terrazzo floors, as well as structures such as roof overhangs, louvered walls and shutters to provide ventilation in the subtropical Sarasota climate. Tim Seibert, Gene Leedy, Carl Abbott and Jack West are leading names of this regional style.
In the early 1950s, the progressive developer Philip Hiss hired Paul Rudolph to design a colony of such climate-sensitive modernism creating Lido Shores. When Hiss planned Lido Shores, he wanted his neighborhood to showcase the works of the Sarasota School architects, who were attracting international attention at the time. The neighborhood still contains several very important examples of the original Sarasota School of Architecture.
Today, Lido Shores continues to have some of the most architecturally significant homes in Southwest Florida designed by well recognized and talented current architects such as Jonathan Parks and Guy Peterson in a modernist style, as well as Clifford Scholz with his palladium designs.
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