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

3019 Rosemead SARASOTA, FL 34235
Photo of 3019 Rosemead, SARASOTA, FL 34235 (MLS # A4211487)
3 beds 2 baths 1,659 sqft $315,000
4174 Central Sarasota Pkwy, Unit 223 SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 4174 Central Sarasota Pkwy, Unit 223, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4211124)
1 bed 1 bath 949 sqft $115,000
4142 Central Sarasota Pkwy, Unit 1416 SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 4142 Central Sarasota Pkwy, Unit 1416, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4211125)
1 bed 1 bath 661 sqft $165,000
3779 Kingston Boulevard SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 3779 Kingston Boulevard, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4211464)
3 beds 2 baths 1,495 sqft $349,900
7017 Island Queen Court SARASOTA, FL 34233
Photo of 7017 Island Queen Court, SARASOTA, FL 34233 (MLS # A4211403)
3 beds 2 baths 2,100 sqft $397,000
5660 Gardens Drive, Unit 5660 SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 5660 Gardens Drive, Unit 5660, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4211480)
2 beds 2 baths 1,080 sqft $169,500
4166 Central Sarasota Pkwy, Unit 525 SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 4166 Central Sarasota Pkwy, Unit 525, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4211126)
2 beds 2 baths 1,209 sqft $151,999
7611 Weeping Willow Circle SARASOTA, FL 34241
Photo of 7611 Weeping Willow Circle, SARASOTA, FL 34241 (MLS # A4211459)
3 beds 4 baths 2,586 sqft $527,000
2733 Grove Street SARASOTA, FL 34239
Photo of 2733 Grove Street, SARASOTA, FL 34239 (MLS # A4211280)
3 beds 2 baths 1,726 sqft $379,900
9610 Club South Circle, Unit 4103 SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 9610 Club South Circle, Unit 4103, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4211397)
2 beds 2 baths 1,230 sqft $161,500
4008 72nd Avenue E SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 4008 72nd Avenue E, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4211378)
3 beds 2 baths 1,549 sqft $294,500
MLS # A4211478 SARASOTA, FL 34242
Photo of SARASOTA, FL 34242 (MLS # A4211478)
2 beds 2 baths 1,103 sqft $479,900
4983 Oarsman Court SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 4983 Oarsman Court, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4211474)
3 beds 3 baths 1,906 sqft $329,000
1102 Palm View Road SARASOTA, FL 34240
Photo of 1102 Palm View Road, SARASOTA, FL 34240 (MLS # A4211470)
3 beds 3 baths 2,731 sqft $550,000
5353 Starwood Place SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of 5353 Starwood Place, SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # A4211451)
3 beds 2 baths 1,722 sqft $244,000

Sold Listings in Sarasota

5135 Flag Street SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of 5135 Flag Street, SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # A4211363)
3 beds 3 baths 1,807 sqft $316,360
1503 N Lakeshore Drive SARASOTA, FL 34239
Photo of 1503 N Lakeshore Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34239 (MLS # A4211436)
4 beds 4 baths 3,136 sqft $1,674,978
6452 Friendship Drive SARASOTA, FL 34241
Photo of 6452 Friendship Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34241 (MLS # A4211179)
4 beds 2 baths 1,624 sqft $240,000
1531 Clower Creek Drive, Unit 144 SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 1531 Clower Creek Drive, Unit 144, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4211020)
2 beds 2 baths 1,216 sqft $360,000
12320 Marsh Pointe Drive SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 12320 Marsh Pointe Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4210705)
3 beds 3 baths 2,488 sqft $669,235
507 Madison Court SARASOTA, FL 34236
Photo of 507 Madison Court, SARASOTA, FL 34236 (MLS # A4210743)
4 beds 2 baths 1,670 sqft $473,000
7868 Grande Shores SARASOTA, FL 34240
Photo of 7868 Grande Shores, SARASOTA, FL 34240 (MLS # A4210374)
3 beds 3 baths 2,488 sqft $856,916
4001 Crockers Lake Boulevard, Unit 1023 SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 4001 Crockers Lake Boulevard, Unit 1023, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4210089)
1 bed 1 bath 572 sqft $950
4653 Chase Oaks Drive SARASOTA, FL 34241
Photo of 4653 Chase Oaks Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34241 (MLS # A4209708)
4 beds 4 baths 2,848 sqft $2,595
3701 Schwalbe Drive SARASOTA, FL 34235
Photo of 3701 Schwalbe Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34235 (MLS # T2927139)
3 beds 2 baths 1,628 sqft $1,690
6242 Aventura Drive SARASOTA, FL 34241
Photo of 6242 Aventura Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34241 (MLS # T2927137)
3 beds 4 baths 1,849 sqft $1,945
6481 Kahana Way SARASOTA, FL 34241
Photo of 6481 Kahana Way, SARASOTA, FL 34241 (MLS # T2927119)
3 beds 2 baths 1,798 sqft $1,799
5444 Ashton Manor Drive SARASOTA, FL 34233
Photo of 5444 Ashton Manor Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34233 (MLS # T2926908)
3 beds 2 baths 1,628 sqft $1,775
380 Bearded Oaks Circle SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of 380 Bearded Oaks Circle, SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # A4208991)
2 beds 2 baths 1,316 sqft $1,600
3343 Espanola Drive SARASOTA, FL 34239
Photo of 3343 Espanola Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34239 (MLS # A4208787)
3 beds 3 baths 1,979 sqft $250,000

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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