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Longboat Key penthouse hits the market

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LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. -- A rare listing is now on the market: The penthouse of the Longboat Key Club at The Beaches high-rise on Longboat Key.

Ann Elizabeth and her family have lived in the more than 2400 sq. ft. penthouse for 15 years, and she says the desirable southwestern corner of the building on the gulf side is a priceless spot -- perfect for watching the beautiful Florida sunsets, but positioned just right to avoid direct and harsh sunlight.

"I didn't imagine I could find something like this," she says. "To tell you the truth, I knew I could find the beach, because there's a lot of buildings, but this building in particular is a nice design, very well built, we don't have another building on top of us. Every room has a fabulous view. I can watch the birds migrating, the fish migrating, all kinds of wildlife on the golf course," says Elizabeth.

It's those views that make the $2.1 million listing even more valuable. From the bay to the beach, you can see nearly 360-degree views sitting out on the wrap around balcony; from the downtown Sarasota skyline, to the longboat key golf course, and the Gulf of Mexico, south to Siesta Key.

Inside, an open floor plan with all the highest quality touches -- including marble floors and granite counter-tops, Euro chic finishings in the kitchen, and even a fireplace for those cooler Florida nights.

And it's all about the sunlight in this condo. Sliding glass doors surround the living area, bringing the outdoors in. With no residence above, it allows for skylights.

Three bedrooms and 3 full baths are a rare find in a condo, and each one in this penthouse has its own Gulf view.

While Elizabeth has owned a single-family home on the Suncoast, she says she enjoys condo life more.

"I had a home on St. Armand, and I had a pool, and you know, all of the things to take care of that are very expensive, but here you get so much more for your money: you get more facilities," says Elizabeth.

24-hour concierge and security, a gym, tennis courts, pool and hot tub, and a walkway right onto the beach -- these amenities make this residence an example of Longboat Key living at its best.