Judge John G. Webb of Utica, New York was the first man to settle in the area he later named Osprey, after the large bird that nests in the loftiest branches of the town's indigenous pines, live oaks and gumbo limbo trees. The Osprey Post Office was established in 1884 with Webb as its first postmaster. ... more.Today's Osprey, located on Little Sarasota Bay, is a thriving community with abundant residential opportunities. Osprey is noteworthy for being the site selected in 1910 by Bertha Honore Palmer, widow of Chicago magnate Potter Palmer and an early Sarasota visionary, for her winter estate and gardens.

At Spanish Point, site of the estate, she designed elaborate gardens while preserving early pioneer dwellings and the remains of the area's prehistoric past. Historic Spanish Point remained in the Palmer family until 1980, when the site was donated to Gulf Coast Heritage Association.

Osprey is also home to Oscar Scherer State Park, 1,384 acres of pine and scrub flatwoods located on the banks of a small tidal creek. The park offers canoeing, a swimming lake, campgrounds, nature trails, bicycle paths and picnic areas.

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235 Woods Point Rd, Osprey, FL 34229

235 Woods Point Rd, Osprey FL

$506,500
SOLD ON
8/7/2023
Single Family Home
2 bedrooms, 2 baths
1,936 Sq.Ft.
11,004 Sq.Ft. lot
Built in 1993
-82.4868
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587 Meadow Sweet Cir, Osprey, FL 34229

587 Meadow Sweet Cir, Osprey FL

$675,000
SOLD ON
8/28/2023
Single Family Home
3 bedrooms, 2 baths
2,217 Sq.Ft.
5,550 Sq.Ft. lot
Built in 1996
-82.4803
27.1831
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5566 Sand Fossil Ct, Sarasota, FL 34238

5566 Sand Fossil Ct, Sarasota FL

$920,000
SOLD ON
9/20/2023
Single Family Home
4 bedrooms, 4 baths
3,182 Sq.Ft.
7,824 Sq.Ft. lot
Built in 2022
-82.4552
27.2012
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496 Meadow Sweet Cir, Osprey, FL 34229

496 Meadow Sweet Cir, Osprey FL

$545,000
SOLD ON
4/28/2023
Single Family Home
3 bedrooms, 2 baths
1,589 Sq.Ft.
6,050 Sq.Ft. lot
Built in 1999
-82.4792
27.1835
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192 Park Trace Blvd, Osprey, FL 34229

192 Park Trace Blvd, Osprey FL

$932,500
SOLD ON
3/30/2023
Single Family Home
4 bedrooms, 3 baths
3,023 Sq.Ft.
17,003 Sq.Ft. lot
Built in 2001
-82.4693
27.1929
SLD
801 Golden Pond Ct, Osprey, FL 34229

801 Golden Pond Ct, Osprey FL

$715,000
SOLD ON
7/25/2023
Single Family Home
3 bedrooms, 2 baths
2,134 Sq.Ft.
12,265 Sq.Ft. lot
Built in 2003
-82.4668
27.1906
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