The narrow, 8-mile long island of Casey Key is one of Sarasota's hidden gems, an isolated and exclusive enclave just off the sleepy mainland town of Nokomis. There are only around 400 residents, no massive hotels and little else besides a single road and two public beaches. Casey Key might not have as much going on as some of Sarasota's more lively islands, but for many people that's part of its charm.
Casey Key's small expanse of land is home to some of the most spectacular houses in Sarasota, several owned by bona fide celebrities -- like author Stephen King -- who call the island home for part of the year. Drive south down Casey Key Road from the Blackburn Point Bridge through a canopy of old-growth palm, pine and oak trees and you'll catch glimpses of everything from massive modern mansions to modest old beach homes, all directly on the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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