Just early this February, our Judy Kepecz-Hays team put on the market a residence in a waterfront development—Hawks Harbor—that exemplifies the compelling value proposition of properties just off Sarasota Bay.

This community is located south of Bay Drive in Bradenton, only about one-fourth mile west of the vital roadway of U.S. 41. Hawks Harbor is an upscale gated community comprised of only about 50 residences. Many of these houses are directly located bayfront while others are along a deep-water canal leading off to nearby Bowles Creek onward to Sarasota Bay.

The inland houses in Hawks Harbor were built around a charming lake with a fountain accent. With this setting, splendid water views could be enjoyed in all of the residences. Verdant and lush landscaping also set a quiet setting for this community, right from its Bay Street entry lined with tropical Florida palm trees.

Classic Luxury Features

The residences in Hawks Harbor were constructed starting in the early 2000s (our team’s listing was completed 2002). The houses located bayfront or canal-side typically feature private boat docks. For the non-waterfront residences, deeded access is available at the community’s marina allowing unobstructed access to Sarasota Bay,

Hawks Harbor, overall, is an upscale neighborhood with its residences built in compliance with green-building standards. Moreover, these houses comply with the new Florida building code that sets tougher hurricane protection measures.

A good number of the residences in Hawks Harbor are valued in the million-dollar range. The community’s dwellings consist of an impressive mix of architectural styles like Mediterranean, Caribbean, Cape Cod, and Key West designs. The typical features of these luxury dwellings include spacious game rooms, wine cellars, gazebos, outdoor kitchens, swimming pools, and boat docks with storage

Golf in Nearby Sara Bay

Hawks Harbor is more than a boating community though, as it is conveniently located close to some of the major points of interest in Sarasota and Bradenton. The community’s residents, for instance, can avail of membership in the nearby Sara Bay Country Club. This country club, founded in 1926, is located on Willow Street just a few minutes’ drive east of Hawks Harbor.

Sara Bay features a championship golf course that underwent an extensive renovation completed in October 2018. It nonetheless retained the original design of noted course architect Donald Ross. Play on this 18-hole layout runs at a par 72 over 7,012 yards. Sara Bay Country Club also offers social and dining facilities for meetings and celebrations.

Besides these perks, residents of Hawks Harbor also have easy access to the sports facilities of the IMG Academy. Baseball, football, soccer, tennis, golf, and lacrosse are among the events that IMG hosts.

Several schools serve Hawks Harbor families with school-age kids. These include Bayshore Elementary, Harlee Middle, and Bayshore High School. In sum, this community captures all the delights of living in Sarasota with generous slices of a namesake bay as the centerpiece.

Luxury waterfront properties are the specialization of our Judy Kepecz-Hays team. Call or email us if you want to buy or sell a residence in Sarasota and her islands.