There are a lot of things that make Sarasota a great place to live—the weather, white-sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, the arts, and dining scene; It seems like there’s a little something for everyone.
It's charm also comes from its many cultures and neighborhoods. If you're thinking about a move, here are some of the neighborhoods in Sarasota you'll want to know about.
In and around downtown, you'll find everything from upscale condos and historic homes, to classic ranch style houses from the 1950s. Here are a few of the different neighborhoods you can expect to find downtown.
Sarasota's historic district, with pricey homes dating back to the 1920s. Laurel Park is home to many top restaurants and shopping is just a short walk from the amenities of downtown.
The Rosemary District is an up-and-coming area popular with young professionals and millennials. North of downtown, this desirable neighborhood near the Sarasota Bay features town-homes and newly constructed condos as part of the quickly developing chic downtown scene. It’s artsy, high-energy, and burgeoning into one of Sarasota’s newest cultural districts.
This eclectic downtown neighborhood has affordable properties within walking distance of downtown yet manages to maintain a quiet and suburban feel with parks, trees, and lots of space.
West of Tamiami Trail
For people who want to live close to the beaches or near Sarasota Bay, try looking for homes "west of trail"; AKA, US 41/Tamiami Trail. Because this location is so desirable, homes here tend to hold their value and will be more expensive. Some of the smaller neighborhoods west of the trail are...
Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores
Located on the northern end of Sarasota, this neighborhood is affordable, accessible, and surrounded. You can find the Ringling Museum of Art, Ringling College of Art and Design, and New College in this area, along with the Asolo Repertory Theatre which puts on many plays and musicals throughout the year.
Near Marie Selby Botanical Gardens on Sarasota Bay, this neighborhood includes homes that are both stately and charming with slightly higher price points. It’s just a stone’s throw from the downtown bay-front and has all the amenities of downtown Sarasota without the business of the city streets.
Just east of Hudson Bayou, this neighborhood is made up of just a few streets with houses right on the water. Many homes here are priced in the millions, and The McClellan Park neighborhood just to the south is similar in nature.
Stretching south from Sarasota Memorial Hospital and over from the Siesta Drive Bridge to Siesta Key, South Poinsettia is an upper-middle-class neighborhood with many recently renovated old houses. If shopping is your favorite hobby, South Poinsettia is just across the street from the Westfield Siesta Key mall, which has high end shopping, great dining, and a Cinebistro for dinner and a movie.
East of Tamiami Trail
Most of Sarasota lies east of Tamiami Trail, so this is where you'll find the largest collection of neighborhoods. Gated communities with multi-million dollar country club homes built around golf courses, small family homes in affordable neighborhoods, town-homes—it's all here. These are some of the main neighborhoods.
A short distance from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport but still within walking distance of Sarasota Bay, Bayou Oaks is a neighborhood on the rise. It’s distance from the water and proximity to the airport have kept prices low, and it remains one of the most affordable options in Sarasota.
It may be outside the city limits, but given it's proximity to Sarasota and it's size—30,000 residents— Lakewood Ranch deserves a mention. Lakewood Ranch has grown a lot in the past few years and looks poised to keep trending upward. The area is mainly comprised of a master-planned community with several subdivisions built around lakes.
Nestled into Sarasota’s popular south side, between the hospital and the city's Arlington Park (known for it's aquatic center), this neighborhood is a mishmash of new high-end homes, older 1950s houses, new town-homes, and condos.
This neighborhood just southeast of downtown is home to many older Florida homes, and one of the more affordable neighborhoods in southern Sarasota.
The Barrier Islands
It would be remiss not to mention the reason so many people move to Sarasota: the beaches! If living by the beach is the life for you, you’ll want to look at the barrier islands just offshore.
Siesta Key is a well-known travel destination for good reason, white sandy beaches, picturesque sunsets, an exciting night-life, and plenty of shopping. The only people who love it more than the tourists are the residents!
From Siesta Village on the northern end of the island, to the homes on Blind Pass Road at the southern end, you can find condos and some single-family homes here at varying prices, easily reaching into the millions.
But all those fancy amenities come at a heftier price. Single-family homes start at around $600,000, and you can find condos at around $300,000.
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