Real Estate in Sarasota/Bradenton Florida
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Sarasota Real Estate Analysis








Source: U.S. Census Bureau 

Long considered the cultural capital of Florida, sophisticated Sarasota County has been an intellectual haven for artists and writers for decades; home at one time or another to Pulitzer Prize-winning author MacKinlay Kantor (Andersonville); mystery writers John D. MacDonald, Mary Jane Clark and Martha Grimes;, John Jakes (North and South) and even the most blockbuster author of our modern time, Stephen King. Popular lecture series bring thought leaders to our doorstep. (The Ringling College Library Association’s Town Hall series has featured everyone from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush.) And SILL, the nonprofit Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning, offers dozens of lectures by retired college professors and former diplomats on global issues and music appreciation.

Beyond the abundance of cultural opportunities, Sarasota boasts an acclaimed public education system with one of the nation’s only public grade 2-12 schools for the academically gifted and a visual and performing arts magnet high school, as well as a strong commitment to teaching the arts in every classroom at every school. Its institutions of higher learning—which include the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Ringling College of Art and Design, and New College of Florida, the state’s honors college—bring vibrancy to the community. Sarasota’s medical facilities are first-rate, its streets clean and well maintained.

And it’s a shopper’s paradise, with charming destinations like St. Armands Circle, downtown Sarasota, Southside Village and the Island of Venice. Shopping is about to go on steroids with the planned October 2014 opening of University Town Center, under construction at I-75 and University Parkway. Gucci, Armani, Tiffany & Co., Anthropologie and Kate Spade are among the high-end stores that will inhabit it.


For many newcomers, a daily amble down the beach at sunrise is the quintessential Florida dream come true, and they often flock first to waterfront living on one of Sarasota’s barrier islands, or keys, as we call them.

Longboat Key is a manicured, 12-mile stretch of Gulf-to-bay living. The south end is dominated by the multimillion-dollar homes and luxury condominiums behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club; the north end is home to an eclectic collection of bungalows and beach cottages known as Longbeach Village. Beyond its beaches, Longboat’s attractions include golf, tennis, good restaurants, protected boating water for residents on the bayside, and a popular walking-biking trail that runs the island’s length.

Lido Key is known for its broad public beach and its proximity to the posh shops and restaurants of St. Armands Circle. On Lido, newer luxury beachfront condo towers like The Ritz-Carlton Beach Club and Orchid Beach Club mix with ’70s-era low-rise condominiums and a smattering of single-family beach homes.

Siesta Key, with its world-acclaimed white sand beach, is the most family-oriented of the keys. Housing choices range from Florida ranch-style and mid-century modern homes to Med Rev mansions. The heart of Siesta Key is the Village, with its outdoor bars and restaurants, eclectic shops and ice cream stands.

Further south are Casey and Manasota keys. Here, you’ll find some of the region’s largest and most opulent Gulf-to-bay estates. Life quietly revolves around the beaches and waterways, but there are cultural amenities, too. A short drive to the mainland is Historic Spanish Point, originally part of the Bertha Palmer estate (yes, that Palmer, of Chicago’s famed Palmer House Hotel). And the Hermitage Artist Retreat brings top visual artists, composers and writers to its historic beachfront campus on Manasota Key, many of whom give free beach readings and open studio tours.


If the middle of the action is where you want to be—theaters, restaurants, coffee shops, lovely Bayfront Park—take a look at the many downtown condominium options. Downtowners love walking to the lively Saturday morning farmer’s market and the numerous art festivals and street parties. Choices range from two-bedroom condos built in the 1970s to ultra-luxury apartments in the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. A renaissance in new-condo construction is about to begin, with a half-dozen big projects announced over the past several months, including Sansara, The Jewel and The Vue.

Immediately to the west, boaters are drawn to the choice neighborhoods of Bird Key, with its elegant bayfront, canal-front and garden homes, and Golden Gate Point, with its luxe condo towers and marina views.

Single-family homes can be found in the historic downtown neighborhoods of Laurel Park and Gillespie Park. And nearby, West of Trail, with an eclectic mix of old Florida cottages, bungalows, Florida ranches and newer Med Rev homes, retains its huge popularity; as do the charming Sapphire Shores and Indian Beach neighborhoods surrounding the Ringling Museum complex.


Country club communities have long been a draw to newcomers because of their golf and tennis amenities and the chance to join a ready-made group of new friends. In Sarasota County, there are dozens to choose from, among them The Oaks, The Meadows, Laurel Oak, The Founders Club, Serenoa, and Prestancia in the master-planned community of Palmer Ranch. Many are updating their amenities with luxurious spas and fitness centers.

Venice, in south Sarasota County, is also golf country. Several golf course communities offer a wide range of suburban ranch homes and villas with fairway views. Among them are Jacaranda Country Club, Plantation Golf & Country Club, Waterford Golf Club, Mission Valley Golf & Country Club, Calusa Lakes, Capri Isles, Pelican Pointe and the newer Sawgrass and Venetian Golf & River Club.


Speaking of Venice, the city founded in 1925 by a Cleveland, Ohio-based railroad union looking to lure winter visitors is poised for profound growth, with several major communities in various stages of planning and development.

Lennar recently purchased the nearly 1,100-acre Gran Paradiso development, which had sputtered during the Great Recession, and is marketing villa, manor, executive and estate homes surrounding a large clubhouse, resort-style pool, tennis, media center and fitness trails.  WCI Communities’ Sarasota National, a 2,400-acre golf course community, will have 1,500-plus homes at build-out. And at build-out, Neal Communities’ Grand Palm will have 2,000 homes.

Source:  Sarasota Magazine, Ilene Denton.


Sarasota Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Sarasota

4447 Denice Lane SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of 4447 Denice Lane, SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # A4471438)
3 beds 2 baths 1,655 sqft $285,000
4126 66th Place E SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 4126 66th Place E, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4471151)
3 beds 2 baths 2,034 sqft $439,999
1760 Assisi Drive, Unit 5 SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 1760 Assisi Drive, Unit 5, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4471378)
4 beds 6 baths 3,330 sqft $850,000
3256 Jolson Drive SARASOTA, FL 34237
Photo of 3256 Jolson Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34237 (MLS # A4471461)
3 beds 2 baths 1,558 sqft $229,000
8939 Province Street SARASOTA, FL 34240
Photo of 8939 Province Street, SARASOTA, FL 34240 (MLS # A4471232)
4 beds 3 baths 2,332 sqft $459,900
2220 Seward Circle SARASOTA, FL 34234
Photo of 2220 Seward Circle, SARASOTA, FL 34234 (MLS # A4471462)
3 beds 2 baths 1,424 sqft $1,595
4106 Central Sarasota Parkway, Unit 1016 SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 4106 Central Sarasota Parkway, Unit 1016, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # U8089831)
2 beds 2 baths 1,069 sqft $3,000
1188 N Tamiami Trail, Unit 205-E SARASOTA, FL 34236
Photo of 1188 N Tamiami Trail, Unit 205-E, SARASOTA, FL 34236 (MLS # A4471454)
0 beds 0 baths 184 sqft
8016 36th Street Circle E SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 8016 36th Street Circle E, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4471226)
3 beds 2 baths 1,634 sqft $365,000
1064 N Tamiami Trail, Unit 1327 SARASOTA, FL 34236
Photo of 1064 N Tamiami Trail, Unit 1327, SARASOTA, FL 34236 (MLS # A4471450)
2 beds 2 baths 1,084 sqft $1,795
800 N Tamiami Trail, Unit 201 SARASOTA, FL 34236
Photo of 800 N Tamiami Trail, Unit 201, SARASOTA, FL 34236 (MLS # A4471444)
3 beds 2 baths 1,960 sqft $595,000
850 S Tamiami Trail, Unit 702 SARASOTA, FL 34236
Photo of 850 S Tamiami Trail, Unit 702, SARASOTA, FL 34236 (MLS # A4471369)
1 bed 1 bath 576 sqft $1,165
5803 Fairwoods Circle SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 5803 Fairwoods Circle, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4470980)
3 beds 3 baths 1,815 sqft $385,000
5309 Charlie Brown Lane SARASOTA, FL 34233
Photo of 5309 Charlie Brown Lane, SARASOTA, FL 34233 (MLS # A4471304)
4 beds 4 baths 2,768 sqft $510,000
7416 38th Court E SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 7416 38th Court E, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4471414)
3 beds 2 baths 1,941 sqft $359,900

Sold Listings in Sarasota

3722 Breezemont Drive SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of 3722 Breezemont Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # J915493)
3 beds 2 baths 2,219 sqft $349,900
1565 22nd Street SARASOTA, FL 34234
Photo of 1565 22nd Street, SARASOTA, FL 34234 (MLS # J915168)
3 beds 2 baths 1,225 sqft $195,000
4931 Baccus Avenue SARASOTA, FL 34233
Photo of 4931 Baccus Avenue, SARASOTA, FL 34233 (MLS # J915412)
4 beds 3 baths 2,512 sqft $428,500
2334 Majestic Way SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 2334 Majestic Way, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # J915371)
3 beds 2 baths 1,446 sqft $206,200
MLS # A4466754 SARASOTA, FL 34235
Photo of SARASOTA, FL 34235 (MLS # A4466754)
2 beds 2 baths 1,108 sqft $174,000
500 N Jefferson Avenue, Unit 3, Building C SARASOTA, FL 34237
Photo of 500 N Jefferson Avenue, Unit 3, Building C, SARASOTA, FL 34237 (MLS # A4461199)
1 bed 1 bath 682 sqft $900
4868 Peregrine Point Circle N SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 4868 Peregrine Point Circle N, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4441963)
3 beds 4 baths 2,927 sqft $5,000
MLS # A4430461 SARASOTA, FL 34239
Photo of SARASOTA, FL 34239 (MLS # A4430461)
2 beds 3 baths 1,475 sqft $278,000
4535 Glebe Farm Rd SARASOTA, FL 34235
Photo of 4535 Glebe Farm Rd, SARASOTA, FL 34235 (MLS # A4470446)
3 beds 2 baths 1,842 sqft $2,800
3513 Norwood Court SARASOTA, FL 34234
Photo of 3513 Norwood Court, SARASOTA, FL 34234 (MLS # A4470594)
2 beds 1 bath 968 sqft $1,150
2229 Goldenrod Street SARASOTA, FL 34239
Photo of 2229 Goldenrod Street, SARASOTA, FL 34239 (MLS # A4470382)
2 beds 2 baths 1,190 sqft $1,250
MLS # A4468823 SARASOTA, FL 34242
Photo of SARASOTA, FL 34242 (MLS # A4468823)
3 beds 3 baths 3,005 sqft $3,500
2546 Browning Street SARASOTA, FL 34237
Photo of 2546 Browning Street, SARASOTA, FL 34237 (MLS # A4469408)
2 beds 2 baths 1,432 sqft $1,650
2501 Gerry Road SARASOTA, FL 34240
Photo of 2501 Gerry Road, SARASOTA, FL 34240 (MLS # T3249251)
4 beds 2 baths 1,630 sqft $1,750
3862 Buckeye Circle SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of 3862 Buckeye Circle, SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # A4470246)
3 beds 2 baths 1,339 sqft $1,595

Walk Score for Sarasota

Sarasota School Data

Sarasota School Districts

Sarasota Schools

Florine J Abel Elementary School
PK-5, public
Alta Vista Elementary School
K-5, public
Sarasota Middle School
6-8, public
Sarasota High School
9-12, public
Brentwood Elementary School
PK-5, public
Brookside Middle School
6-8, public
Fruitville Elementary School
PK-5, public
Mcintosh Middle School
6-8, public
Phillippi Shores Elementary School
K-5, public
Riverview High School
PK, 9-12, public
Southside Elementary School
K-5, public
Tuttle Elementary School
K-5, public
Gocio Elementary School
K-5, public
Gulf Gate Elementary School
PK-5, public
Wilkinson Elementary School
PK-5, public
Ashton Elementary School
K-5, public
Bay Haven School Of Basics Plus
K-5, public
Booker Middle School
6-8, public
Booker High School
9-12, public
Lakeview Elementary School
K-5, public
Emma E. Booker Elementary School
PK-5, public
Sarasota School Of Arts/Sciences
6-8, charter
Incarnation Catholic School
PK-8, private
Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School
9-12, private
Sarasota Christian School
PK-12, private
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