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Manasota Key

 
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Manasota Key is an enchanting barrier island off the coast of Englewood where there are no traffic lights, just a two-lane road with pristine beaches.  There are low-rise multi-family condos and apartments on the south end of the island.  The north end has private homes and estates on one-acre lots, tucked behind lush tropical foliage.  Homes on the north end of the island are either on the Gulf side or the bay side and most have deeded access to both the gulf and the bay. 

Manasota Key is also the home of the Hermitage, an artists retreat.  "An Artist community inspiring creativity with "old Florida" history; verdant, tropical ecology; and communal living with fellow Hermitage artists and our Gulf Coast Communities."  The Hermitage consists of 5 buildings on 8.5 acres of beachfront.   The original "beach cottage" was built in the 1930's as a guest house for the Hermitage. It had been used as a "motel" and briefly (and notoriously) as a nudit colony.  The building was too far gone and too close to the beach to saved in it's original place.  The new beach cottage is being constructed 37 feet east of the original.  The area between the cottage and the beach will be planted with appropriate native dune vegetation. 

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