E. Scott Kuffer, Sarasota Realtor
The Laurel Nokomis area is in unincorporated Sarasota County just north of Venice. In fact, Venice has been annexing portions of Nokomis and calling it “North Venice”. Nokomis was established around 1917 when Dr. Fred Albee purchased 112 acres and built a post office there. The area was originally inhabited by the Calusa Indians who took advantage of the abundance of fish and shellfish from Dona Bay and Shackett Creek.
There are many different Nokomis properties to choose from including mobile homes, condominiums, and single family homes, as well as some estate sized properties for horse lovers.
Casey Key is split between Osprey and Nokomis but it is a market unto itself as one of the most desirable Gulf front locations, and home prices on Casey Key reflect that with some homes priced up to $9,000,000.
Several New Home Communities are in Nokomis and North Venice including Toscana Isles, Vicenza, Cielo, Talon Preserve, and Venice Woodlands. These communities offer convenience to I-75 and are only a short drive to Nokomis Beach Park and North Jetty Park at Venice Inlet which features a great stretch of beach and the North Jetty where anglers wet their lines in hope of catching tonight's dinner..
Casey Key is an 8 mile long barrier island that stretches from Siesta Key to Venice Island. It is truly one of the most desirable places to live in Florida. Homes are either located directly on the Gulf of Mexico or the Intracoastal Waterway, and in some cases both, referred to as “Gulf to Bay” properties.
Most Casey Key properties are priced well over $1 million, although there are several low rise converted beach motels offering more reasonably priced condo units. There are two public beaches on Casey Key, Nokomis Beach and North Jetty Park and there is also a free public boat ramp at Nokomis Beach Park. The Sertoma Club of Venice sponsors the annual Venice July 4th fireworks display and Nokomis Beach is one of the most popular viewing locations.
There are two public beaches in Nokomis. At the end of Albee Rd over the bridge on Casey Key you will find Nokomis Beach, which features a boardwalk, concession with rest rooms, and the historic Beach Pavilion designed by Jack West in 1954. A mile to the south is North Jetty Beach Park which includes the public beach and the North Jetty of Venice Inlet. There is also a new concession and restrooms, and lots of parking. The "North Jetty Fish Camp" is also located there. It was established in 1946 when Bill Hubbard moved a retired street car from Ybor City to the site and began selling bait, tackle and other items. The "Fish Camp" is a remaining piece of "Old Florida". Located on Roberts Bay, Blackburn Bay, and Shackett Creek, Nokomis offers some of the most affordable waterfront properties for boaters with quick access to the Gulf via Venice Inlet. There is also a County Boat Launch on Shackett Creek for smaller boats at Loreto Bay Access.
Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico, Nokomis is blessed by afternoon breezes in the summer and stays a little cooler than locations further inland..
Fisherman take advantage of the many places in Nokomis to catch redfish, snook, spotted sea trout, and sheepshead and other species in the bays creeks and intracoastal waterway. The North Jetty is a great spot to fish especially for sheepshead ans mangrove snapper. There is also a "pompano run" every spring around Easter time, and of course Venice Inlet offers Nokomis fisherman quick access to the Gulf for offshore grouper and snapper fishing.
If you are looking for a waterfront dining option there are several places to check out in Nokomis. Pop's Sunset Grill is located right on the intracoastal and features an outdoor bar overlooking the water with dockage for thirsty boaters. They recently added a multi level Tiki Bar in addition to their indoor dining areas. Right nearby is Pelican Alley, also on the intrcoastal and featuring a wide selection of fresh cooked local seafood. On US-41 at Dona Bay you will find Nokomo's Sunset Hut, a two level bar and restaurant with upstairs and downstairs bars with great views of sunsets over the bay.
If you would like more information about Nokomis real estate I am always available to answer any questions you may have so contact me today
Nokomis Home Sales and Pricing Report on 3/7/2021
Median List Price: $412,500
Median Sale Price: $352,500
Homes For Sale: 52
Homes Sold: 68
Days on Market: 100