Waterfront, Gulf-front, Canal, Intercoastal, Intracoastal, Bay front and Water View

What do these terms mean when searching for property?

What types of waterfront property are there?

In the Sarasota area, waterfront real estate can be very different things. Here are some terms to help you know the difference.

Gulf Front or Beach Front

On the west coast of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico is often shortened to the term "gulf". Gulf-front homes or condos are actually on property that goes to the gulf. The home or condo may have a view of the gulf or it may be blocked by other buildings on the property. On the east coast, the term is beachfront or ocean front and in Europe it is known as property by the sea. This is the most expensive property.

Gulf View

Gulf view is a term that means the home or condo has a view of the Gulf of Mexico. That could be from one room or every room. The property may not be gulf-front to have a gulf view, it could be across the street and have a view of the gulf.

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Full or Partial Gulf View

A full gulf view is the most desirable view. That would be an unobstructed view of the Gulf of Mexico. A partial gulf view would have a view of the gulf but something blocks part of the view. The gulf is shallow at the shore and slopes out gently so there are not many docks on this water.

Bay, Bayfront, Intracoastal or Intercoastal

In the Sarasota area the Intra-coastal waterway runs between the barrier islands (Anna Maria Island, Longboat, Lido, Bird, St. Armands, Siesta, Casey, Manasota Key and the Island of Venice)  and the mainland. A home or condo on property that is on this waterway is often called bay front. There are different bays as you travel the Intra-coastal and those are generally wider water. This waterway is generally excellent for docks, fishing and boating. A property could be on one of the barrier islands or on the mainland and be bayfront.

Canal Front

Canal-front property is property that connects to a canal. In Florida you need to be sure that the canal is boatable. Some canals are not deep enough to allow boats, or they may be shallow but a flat fishing boat could enter. If the water is deep enough to allow boats, docks are common for the homes and condos on canals.

Boating Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods and condos with boat basins, marinas and docks are helpful for boat owners. This allows people to own property that is not bayfront and have their boat nearby. 


"No bridges to bay" is something that sail boat owners like to hear. It is important to know how high and what type of bridges a boat needs to pass through to get to open water.

Sarasota Demographics

The Sarasota area is one of the largest and affluent markets in 
Florida, offering small-town charm and big city amenities.

  • One of the best places in the nation to live and work.

  • Over 500,000 people.

  • Previous 5 years, growth 4 times faster than the national average.

  • Fastest-growing segment is middle-aged adults and children.

  • A strong base of retirement age people, about 1/3 of the population.

  • Approximately 1/4 of the population of Tampa/St. Petersburg area.

  • Per capita retail sales are almost 20% above the national average.

Cultural Activities

Theatre visits offer many choices such as The French Film Festival, the Asolo Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre, Island Players, Lemon Bay Playhouse, or Theatre Works, for a start.

Music interest? Check out the Florida West Coast Symphony, Key Chorale, the Jazz Club, Sara. Ballet of Florida, Sara. Blues Society. Opera Association, or the Sarasota Concert Band.

Enjoy collecting art? There are numerous galleries and art shows.


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