Where Urban Amenities Meet Small-Town Living!
Sarasota, FL is an artsy town with an eclectic mix of affluent retirees, artists, historians, beach lovers and families lucky enough to find themselves living in paradise. For many, it epitomizes the idea of “true Florida.” Lush landscaping, beaches with sugary sand and nearly perfect year-round weather make Sarasota a desirable place to call home.
Many people discovered this tropical paradise through visiting or hearing about its many beaches including Siesta Key Beach, honoree of the “world’s best beach” title. Some people ventured in on a business meeting or weekend excursion. However they got here, people don’t want to leave this sun-filled wonderland and are returning in droves to make it their home.
The real estate market forecast for Sarasota is warm and sunny, much like the summer beach forecast. Boasting record high sales in the spring, people are discovering everything this place has to offer. You might live here if you want a hip condo downtown within walking distance of theaters, live music, gourmet dining and boutique shopping. Or perhaps you’re into the island vibe and tropical breezes found on any of Sarasota’s beaches or barrier islands. And just maybe you’ve always dreamed of sending your children to some of the best schools found in the state and country. As the old adage goes, “you can have it all here!”
Recent surveys have shown its not just retirees who are moving to Sarasota. Young families are coming, not only for the schools, but the history and arts they can introduce to their children. Working people can enjoy high paying jobs, the best recreational activities around and a vibrant downtown area. There are many family-friendly neighborhoods with parks, schools, and entertainment options. Many people choose to live on Sarasota Bay, where boating and bird watching are top priority, and others enjoy gulf to bay estates with price tags reaching into the tens of millions. The rich and elite have long known about the values and beauty found in Sarasota but locals know too that their real estate dollars can stretch here and provide them with amenities not found anyplace else. Historic and artsy neighborhoods with old oak trees provide a great backdrop for raising a family and enjoying your golden years.
For all, Sarasota is nature’s playground. Here you can boat, fish, waterski, bike, run, kayak or just lie on a glorious beach and do nothing but count your blessings. It’s not uncommon to see dolphins jumping through the waves as you make your way down Sarasota Bay. Catch and cook your own fresh fish or stop at any number of waterside cafes or fine dining establishment, where you can get a healthful, locally grown lunch or dinner. And if it’s that one-of-a-kind sunset you want, visit Siesta Key Beach and commune with the locals over the weekly held drum circle.
Rich with museums, playhouses, theaters, concert venues and live music, people can experience any number of artistic outlets in Sarasota. The Sarasota Film Festival has grown through the years and has gained the attention of directors and producers who want to unveil their latest production screened at a respected festival. Famous directors and actors can be found on the local scene as the festival returns each year. With ties to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, many generations of famous performers still live in the area. A tour of the famous home of John and Mabel Ringling or a stroll through the Circus Museum provides a sense of how esteemed Sarasota was and is. The beautiful Van Wezel Performing Arts Center offers year-round entertainment and holds free summer concerts for the locals. Downtown jazz and blues bars, and restaurants like P.F. Chang’s and Michael’s on East provide outstanding sounds and eats. There are well over 1,000 restaurant choices in the area, so even the most adventurous appetites are catered to.
Sarasota has world-class shopping from downtown specialty shops to the new University Town Center, which draws shoppers from all parts of the world. At St. Armand’s Circle you can shop at Tommy Bahama’s or get ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s and find just about everything else in between. Many local artists display their goods in Main Street storefronts, and old restored cottages along Fruitville Road house neat thrift shops and antique stores. If golfing is your passion, you’ll find too many golf courses to mention, all within minutes of Sarasota. The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport provides a convenient airport for travelers, and hotels, including many with a five star rating, are plentiful.
Sarasota, FL, by all accounts has everything you could ever desire in a community. Find your dream home in a tropical paradise where people are happy. Something for everybody… that’s Sarasota!