Sarasota FL Real Estate Blog

What Makes Sleepy Lagoon A Great Choice?

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The Sleepy Lagoon neighborhood can be described as peaceful, quiet, cozy, and relaxed.  It is situated at the northern end of the Longboat Key in the County of Manatee, near Sarasota.  The neighborhood has a total of 269 single family houses along the Gulf of Mexico Dr., providing its lucky residents access to the bay vistas and the beach. 

Sleepy Lagoon extends from the Edlee Lane to the bayside Shinbone Alley and along the Gulfside Rd. on the opposite side.  With no signs announcing that you are in the neighborhood, the area is easily missed and has a tucked-away atmosphere. 

The houses at Sleep Lagoon come in eclectic architecture designs with Mediterranean, Modern, and Key West styles.  The mansions fit comfortably with the Florida ranch homes in the area. 

Long and narrow paralleled canals extending from the Sarasota Bay offers deep-water dockage and additional waterfront property.  Lyons Lane offers a front view of the nature preserve and the Bishops Bayou only has homes situated on the south side. 

At Gen. Harris St. and the Gulf of Mexico Dr. stands the newly-built Presbyterian Church which is beautifully designed.  There is also a small commercial area that includes the Longboat Key Signs business and the town’s development and planning department. ...

Deep Energy Retrofit Project in Sarasota

2504838_473Erika Brigham’s place in the south downtown area of Sarasota has recently been rated ‘Homes-Platinum’ by LEEDS.  This is the highest rating designation from the US Green Building Council. 

Sarasota’s Dwell Green in cooperation with the US Dept. of Energy launched its pilot program, called the Deep Energy Retrofit, and Brigham’s 1920s wood-frame bungalow house underwent the retrofit project. 

Brigham owns a tiny house with the 2-kw photovoltaic system capable of generating electricity directly from the sun.  Oftentimes she experiences an energy surplus because of her tiny space.  She stated that she is billed by FPL the $7.07 monthly service fee.  She added that the house does not have a solar water heater but an on-demand tankless gas-powered type. 

Phil Peters from the Philip Peters Contracting Service Company was Brigham home’s green rater.  He added that it was also his 1st project.  Bonita Springs’ E3 was LEED for the Homes provider. 

Peters stated that the home’s tiny size qualified for the home-size adjustment according to the standard requirement for LEED for Homes.  For Platinum rating, the minimum score required is 80 and the Brigham house received a 92 score out of 136 possible points. 

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