Sarasota County is thought by many to be the nicest place to live in Florida. It is made up of Sarasota, Osprey, Laurel, Nokomis, Venice, North Port, and barrier islands including Siesta Key, Lido Key, Casey Key, and the southern half of Longboat Key. The northern part of Englewood and the southern part of Lakewood Ranch are also included in Sarasota County. Smart home buyers are able to save thousands of dollars by taking advantage of real estate commission rebates in all of these areas!
With 35 miles of pristine beaches lining the Gulf of Mexico, arts, culture, abundant nature, and very high quality of life, Sarasota County is hard to beat! Downtown Sarasota is vibrant and alive with great restaurants, live music, a bustling farmers market, and a thriving Main Street which connects to our bayfront at Marina Jack.
Siesta Key is well-loved for its popular Siesta Key Village and beaches including Turtle Beach, Crescent Beach, and the very local Shell Beach. Siesta Key Public Beach, formerly known as Sarasota Beach, is the best rated in the country. Other outstanding beaches in the county include Lido, South Lido, Nokomis, and Venice Beach.
The health care system, schools, amenities, public services, attractions, and parks are all known for excellence. Myakka River State Park, found in the eastern part of Sarasota County, is almost sixty square miles of old Florida wilderness! The river, while loaded with alligators, is popular with canoe and kayaks enthusiasts. Canoe rentals, airboat rides, fishing, bird watching camping, and hiking are all popular activities.
Osprey, Laurel, and Nokomis are lesser-known gems in central Sarasota County, while Venice is a quaint but growing town in the southern part of Sarasota County.
Because of the quality of life in Sarasota County, the real estate market is robust and in demand. Many buyers now opt for new home construction, while others are drawn to the appeal of more established neighborhoods. Purchasing a lot and building a custom home is another good option if you have time and don’t mind paying for it. Generally, there is more value in resales of single-family homes. Of course condominiums, villas, and duplexes are popular.
No matter what you decide upon, don’t forget to take advantage and get your Sarasota buyer rebate, equal to 1.5% of the purchase price.