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Exploring Casey Key & Beyond with Lisa Napolitano

The Premier Sotheby's International Realty Global Advisor Curates Connections - Homes and Lifestyles

Lisa Napolitano is passionate about connecting people who desire to make a change in their current living situation, to their dream homes.  “I love what I do," she exclaims. Whether purchasing or selling a home, Lisa always put herself in the customer’s shoes. "Having relocated to many cities across the U.S., I'm always striving to have my clients feel confident and relaxed every step of the way,"

Lisa’s years of experience representing buyers and sellers is all inclusive. “Everyone deserves the extraordinary because luxury is not about price – rather it’s about an experience. And when it comes to real estate, experience matters.”® 

She is passionate, diligent, and responsive, but Lisa also understands each customer is unique, that communication is key, and her customers’ satisfaction is always her top priority. 

Here Lisa takes Venice City Lifestyle readers on a tour of her beloved Casey Key and beyond, where she lives and works as a top ranked global advisor for Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.

EXPLORE

An eight mile long barrier island, Casey Key offers gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico. It's home to small beach cottages and elegant beachfront estates, and it is surrounded by natural landscape and birds and wildlife.

With just over 400 residents, Casey Key is one of the most private barrier islands and certainly one of the most sought-after pieces of Florida real estate. It is a rare place where commercial development was frozen in time. There are no traffic lights and no high-rise condominiums. New construction is restricted to single family homes. Your neighbor might be a very famous writer or a celebrity who has chosen this idyllic gem to call their own.

“My husband and I moved to this area of Southwest Florida in 2009 to be close to my dad who lived in Venice. We were thrilled when we found paradise on Casey Key. Whether enjoying the beauty of the turquoise blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, walking on the beach, or simply reflecting on a breathtaking sunset, we are reminded of how fortunate we are to live on this small, pristine, barrier island." 

OF INTEREST

Blackburn Point Historic Swing Bridge is one of the few remaining swing bridges in Florida, the one-lane Blackburn Point Bridge was built in 1926 in Ohio and shipped to its location on the Intracoastal Waterway at the north entrance of Casey Key. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 29, 2001, it’s still operated by a bridge tender, who mechanically spins the bridge on its central axis to let tall boats pass.

The history of Casey Key is an interesting one: assigned with the task of removing the Seminole Indians from the area in the middle 1800s, Army Captain John Charles Casey also surveyed the area. Originally called Chaise's Key, it was published as Casey Key by mistake in 1856, when Casey produced a map which inadvertently changed the name. Since that time, several attempts have been made to right that mistake and change it back to Chaise’s Key.  “We were so interested in the history; my husband and I named our golden retriever Chaise!"

For the public, Nokomis Beach - located on the south end of Casey Key - is noted as the oldest public beach in Sarasota County and is home to the County’s first-ever beach pavilion. Nokomis Beach opened in 1954 and was designed by Jack West in classic Sarasota School of Architecture style. 

The North Jetty Park is a scenic and popular spot for Casey Key visitors and locals alike. It’s great for fishing, picnicking, or simply watching the boats come into the inlet between Venice and Casey Key from the Gulf of Mexico.

In addition to its beautiful stretch of white sandy beach, Nokomis Public Beach hosts an amazing, year-round sunset Drum Circle celebration every Saturday and Wednesday evening approximately two hours before sunset. Visitors from around the globe come to celebrate life, relax, and encounter rhythmic beats, dancing, hoopers, spinners, and a spectacular sunset. This unique event has taken place for decades. Come on over and enjoy sharing this special time with family and friends. Best to bring a blanket and beach chairs.

Sarasota County has the highest density of loggerhead sea turtles nesting on Florida’s west coast, and Casey Key is a favored spot for them. There's less development beach obstacles, artificial light, and other hazards for nesting here. It is not easy being a sea turtle today, but conservation easements such as the one built on Casey Key ensure that there will always be a safe place for some of them. Turtle nesting season occurs between May 1 through October 31 every year.

Casey Key is close to The City of Venice, which easily offers the best of both worlds – small city living and beach town bliss. It’s sometimes called the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World” due to an abundance of fossilized sharks’ teeth buried in its sands – particularly out at Caspersen Beach. Downtown Venice was master-planned in the 1920s to be pedestrian-friendly and reminiscent of its Italian namesake city. Thus, it is a very livable, walkable, and friendly place full of locally owned, one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants.

Lisa Napolitano brings an outstanding level of business acumen, area knowledge, real estate experience, and strong partnership affiliations to every deal she makes. Together with her work partner, Valerie Dall’Acqua, the duo are unstoppable forces and advocates for their clients. 

“My husband and I moved to this area of Southwest Florida in 2009 to be close to my dad who lived in Venice. We were thrilled when we found paradise on Casey Key. Whether enjoying the beauty of the turquoise blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, walking on the beach, or simply reflecting on a breathtaking sunset, we are reminded of how fortunate we are to live on this small, pristine, barrier island.“  

  • Styled after a home in Bermuda, 1312 Casey Key Road is a spacious and classic British West Indies estate (Coastal Home Photography).
  • 2305 Casey Key Road boasts dazzling views of the Gulf and 149 feet of private sandy walking beach (Coastal Home Photography).
  • 512 Casey Key Road is a Key-West style home on the bay with close access to the Gulf of Mexico (Coastal Home Photography).
  • 1604 Casey Key Road is a charming beach cottage with a private beach and breathtaking views of the Gulf (Prion Photography).
  • Lisa Napolitano (photo by ATELIER UNFORGETTABLE)
  • This Carl Abbott Contemporary at 4019 Casey Key Road offers breathtaking, panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico (CMS Photography).
  • Lisa Napolitano (photo by ATELIER UNFORGETTABLE)