Vanderbilt Surf Colony consists of 3 twelve story high rises on the peninsula (aka Baker Carroll Point). The buildings enjoy spectacular positions on the point. Surf Colony I & II are sited on the westernmost side with Surf Colony III at the very northwest tip. A coveted location that feels like living on an island. As the sun sets a transcendent quiet amplifies the stir of a dolphin or the lumbering woosh of the manatees as they feed on the back bay waters with the fishing jumping day and night. The many coastal vistas are resplendent past the lush strip of mangroves to the Gulf and the big bay waters that, in short order reach the Gulf via Wiggins Pass.
Vanderbilt Surf Colony I and II, built in 1980 and 1982 are essentially like kind images of one another. These 2 high rises offer the larger 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans with 11 floors of residential over their formal lobbies. Built like an inverted U with 6 units per floor. Surf Colony I consists of 65 units total with 66 units in Surf Colony II. The 3 bedroom 3 bath interior units, the 03 and 04 stacks in both buildings hold the largest floor plans on the peninsula with nearly 2100’ square feet of interior living. The 2 bedroom floor plans situated in the 01, 02, 05, and 06 stacks approach 1500’ sq ft. Surf Colony III, built 1984, consists of all 2 bedroom floor plans with just over 1200 to 1300’ sq ft of interior living.
Each building is operated as a separate condo association. They are all enjoined in a secondary association, The Vanderbilt Surf Colony Recreational and Maintenance Association, Inc. to share the cost of the 2 tennis courts. In addition, they manage the 16 boat slips allotted to their buildings in the peninsula’s marina, and a limited number of kayak racks. The boat slips are operated as 100% equity lease agreements, the kayak racks as simple annual lease agreements. At this writing, summer of 2016, there is a waiting list for the kayak racks.
Surf Colony I enjoys its own pool. Surf Colony II and III share the maintenance costs for their shared pool in the 3rd association formed named The Surf Colony II and III Pool Maintenance Association, Inc. Important that Buyers understand the existence of these separate associations for their fees are typically bundled in the condo fee.
Surf Colony I & II have 12 garages a piece, carports and assigned open parking spaces. Surf Colony III has 8 garages and assigned open spaces. Outside parking is plentiful for all the buildings. Surf Colony II and III allow 12 leases per year with a 30 day minimum. Surf Colony I allows 9 leases per year with a 30 day minimum. Both Surf I and III limit leases to 6 months.
Pets are not allowed with the exception of fish and caged birds in Surf Colony I and III.
Each building offers a porte-cochère, a lovely lobby, social room, BBQ grill, extra storage, bicycle storage and an office in each building for their on-site Manager. Lobby phones provide secured entry into the buildings as well as an entry gate into the peninsula.
Free access to gorgeous Delnor Wiggins State Beach Park is gained by foot via the back road that extends toward the beach behind Surf Colony I. The State Beach Park is one of the most beautiful in all the land secluded from the nearby condos with the same mangrove forest that buffers it from the peninsula. You name it, Delnor Wiggins State Beach Park offers it- from a boat launch pad to beach front grills, restrooms, food service, nature tours and more (see more about this beach in Destinations).
Life in the Surf Colony buildings offers a serene level of privacy coupled with a dazzling array of vistas from the lushly landscaped grounds beside the verdant mangrove forest to full blown Gulf and Bay vistas to steal your breath away. The vibrant buzz of “Uptown” which IS the Vanderbilt area is just minutes away if you must return to civilization.