The Second Bayshore Condominium Association was incorporated in 1969.
Our archives reveal just how much the landscape has changed since then.
Second Bayshore in the 70's
A colorful brochure published in 1970, advertising Second Bayshore condos.
A contemporary kitchen at 2nd Bayshore in 1970. The ad reads, "The location is superb. You are close to everything. And, right in the Condominium area, is a recreation hall, shuffleboard and a swimming pool. These are for use only by Condominium Apartment Residents. The price is unusually low. Bayshore has been building for decades and is able to combine utmost construction efficiency with high quality. A glance at the features will prove this. Condominium apartments are the new way of Florida life. They give you ownership without the disadvantages of home ownership. And Bayshore Gardens Condominium Apartments give you so much for your money.
Stylish and modern, this living room beckons prospective owners. The ad reads, "Bayshore Gardens Offers You More - Price, location, features and construction combine to make Bayshore Gardens Condominium Apartments the best dollar value in Florida. Your condominium apartment has been scientifically designed for comfort and efficiency. You'll have a spacious living area plus a private balcony or terrace. You'll be living among friends yet have all the privacy you desire. Best of all, you will own your apartment. It's yours. But, the many chores of home ownership are done for you. The landscaping will be beautiful and everyone will enjoy the silvery lighted walkways. You'll live amid true Florida beauty."
Floor plan choices: One Bedroom/One Bath, Two Bedroom/One Bath, Two Bedroom/Two Bath. The ad specifies "Outstanding Features:" Self-service elevator • Adults only • Recreation hall • Shuffleboard courts • Swimming pool • Hourly bus service to Bradenton and Sarasota • Wall-to-wall carpeting • All electric Medallion apartments • Your own balcony or terrace • Formica vanity and Formica kitchen cabinets • All electric GE kitchen • GE air conditioning and heating • Ge water heater and GE range • Convenient pre-wired telephone outlets • Sliding glass door in living room • Concrete block construction • Master TV antenna • Central laundry facility • Off-street parking for each apartment • Central water and sewage systems • Pleasant landscaping with lighted walks • Engineered drainage, paved streets and curbs • Near medical center • Near churches • Formica drop-leaf table in kitchen eating area • Soundproof construction • Full time maintenance men • Storage locker for each apartment • Shopping center and theater • NEW!! Therapeutic hydrotherapy jets in pool
The Second Bayshore building layout, ca. 1970, with buildings labeled from A through P, and bounded by Flamingo Blvd on the South end, Welcome Road on the West, Restful Drive on the North, and 17th Street West on the East. Also on the map are a Utility Building, a Recreation Building, a Pool, and Shuffleboard courts. Locations and dimensions of the present courtyard building, pool, and shuffleboard courts were amended to their present locations after this advertisement was published. Building P was subsequently sold, and is no longer part of Second Bayshore Condominium Association.
This aerial photograph depicts a view of Bayshore Gardens and Sarasota Bay, looking southeast, across the bay to Longboat Key. Bishop's Point, which houses the Longboat Key Club, juts into the bay. The Gulf of Mexico lies in the far distance.
MONTHLY FEES IN 1970
Condo fees for a one bedroom/one bath until in 1970 started at $38.00 a month. A two bedroom/two bath unit cost $ up to $54.50 a month. The ad reads, "All the chores of home ownership are done for you. You contribute only a small maintenance fee. This fee is used for street lighting maintenance, swimming pool maintenance, real estate taxes, insurance, power and light for the common ground, garbage and trash removal, legal and accounting costs, repairs, reserve, common ground maintenance, ground mortgage payment, recreation hall maintenance, and private CATV system."