Sandcastle, built in 1979, is one of the most unusual beach front condominiums in all of Vanderbilt. Uniquely constructed as a courtyard building with a rectangular opening in the middle of its roof to allow the rains to fall through to an interior courtyard located on the 2nd story level over the garages. The rainwater finds it way to drainage and and right back out of the building.
A 5 story mid-rise with 4 floors of residential living over the ground floor interior garages. In Sandcastle, every resident enjoys a secured under building garage space, some 2 for there are 18 garage spaces in all with extra guest parking outside. Note the term “garage space”- like many of the condos with garages, they are actually adjacent spaces that enjoy their own garage door. In Sandcastle double garage doors are utilized often shared between 2 different unit owners.
What is so unique to Sandcastle is the location of their ground floor garages inside the building and gated too! Consider that a garage space is the most coveted asset on the beach and bay.
There are a total of 12 units with 3 units per floor and 3 distinct floor plans. The 3 bedroom beach front unit is located on the south side of the building, the 2 bedroom beach front unit on the north side and range from 1700’ square feet to 2100’ square feet. A spacious 2 bedroom unit encompasses the front of the building which enjoys through views to the bay as well as a partial Gulf view from the Master which measures some 1645’ square feet.
Plans originally intended to merge Sandcastle with Sandcastle Villas across the street on the bay into one condo association. It never happened but the boat dock with 13 slips that was built behind Sandcastle Villas remains tied to this building, Sandcastle, exclusively with an easement for access to them. They are subject to a Sovereignty Submerged Lands Lease with the State as well as a 6% sales tax upon transfer.
Sandcastle’s amenities include a beach side pool, BBQ and extra storage located inside the garages. An entry lobby phone provides secure access. Pets are not allowed with the exception of caged birds and fish in an aquarium. Four leases are allowed per year with a 30 day minimum.
Sandcastles wow presence to the Gulf is underscored by its nominal beach path – just a few sandy foot steps to Vanderbilt’s dreamy sea.