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

5233 Palos Verdes Drive SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 5233 Palos Verdes Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4434032)
3 beds 2 baths 1,518 sqft $299,000
3263 Woodberry Lane SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 3263 Woodberry Lane, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4434057)
3 beds 2 baths 1,548 sqft $289,900
1617 Bayhouse Court, Unit 220 SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 1617 Bayhouse Court, Unit 220, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4434107)
3 beds 2 baths 1,320 sqft $425,000
1606 North Drive SARASOTA, FL 34239
Photo of 1606 North Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34239 (MLS # A4433922)
6 beds 6 baths 5,538 sqft $2,295,000
8916 Silkwood Court SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 8916 Silkwood Court, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4434110)
2 beds 2 baths 1,225 sqft $1,350
1656 9th Street SARASOTA, FL 34236
Photo of 1656 9th Street, SARASOTA, FL 34236 (MLS # A4434104)
3 beds 3 baths 1,998 sqft $500,000
1836 Orchid Street SARASOTA, FL 34239
Photo of 1836 Orchid Street, SARASOTA, FL 34239 (MLS # A4434049)
5 beds 4 baths 3,857 sqft $1,050,000
1016 Rhodes Avenue SARASOTA, FL 34237
Photo of 1016 Rhodes Avenue, SARASOTA, FL 34237 (MLS # A4434085)
5 beds 3 baths 2,588 sqft $389,000
5420 Eagles Point Circle, Unit 305 SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 5420 Eagles Point Circle, Unit 305, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4434100)
2 beds 2 baths 1,717 sqft $2,500
8330 Glenrose Way, Unit 1624 SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 8330 Glenrose Way, Unit 1624, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4434081)
2 beds 2 baths 1,138 sqft $3,300
4641 Pine Green Trail, Unit 26 SARASOTA, FL 34241
Photo of 4641 Pine Green Trail, Unit 26, SARASOTA, FL 34241 (MLS # A4434094)
3 beds 3 baths 2,124 sqft $259,000
4022 Westbourne Circle SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 4022 Westbourne Circle, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4427327)
3 beds 2 baths 1,970 sqft $349,500
4715 Woodbrook Drive SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 4715 Woodbrook Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4434092)
2 beds 2 baths 1,079 sqft $1,495
Photo of VERNA / FRUITVILLE, SARASOTA, FL 34240 (MLS # R4901693)
0 beds 0 baths $739,000
7224 Monarda Drive SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 7224 Monarda Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4433727)
3 beds 2 baths 2,056 sqft $399,600

Sold Listings in Sarasota

1568 Landings Terrace SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 1568 Landings Terrace, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # J903556)
4 beds 3 baths 3,337 sqft $855,000
1262 Grantham Drive SARASOTA, FL 34234
Photo of 1262 Grantham Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34234 (MLS # L4907338)
3 beds 3 baths 1,713 sqft $229,725
5724 Sunflower Circle SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 5724 Sunflower Circle, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # J903519)
4 beds 4 baths 2,600 sqft $427,844
7125 Ryedale Court SARASOTA, FL 34241
Photo of 7125 Ryedale Court, SARASOTA, FL 34241 (MLS # J903402)
3 beds 3 baths 2,806 sqft $583,677
7537 Preserves Court SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 7537 Preserves Court, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4433291)
2 beds 2 baths 1,262 sqft $1,300
3350 S Osprey Avenue, Unit 102A SARASOTA, FL 34239
Photo of 3350 S Osprey Avenue, Unit 102A, SARASOTA, FL 34239 (MLS # J903276)
2 beds 2 baths 1,122 sqft $168,300
MLS # A4413529 SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4413529)
3 beds 3 baths 2,048 sqft $314,000
3500 Bay Shore Road SARASOTA, FL 34234
Photo of 3500 Bay Shore Road, SARASOTA, FL 34234 (MLS # A4407955)
4 beds 5 baths 3,047 sqft $1,200,000
5742 Sweet Leaf Way SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 5742 Sweet Leaf Way, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # J903277)
3 beds 3 baths 2,488 sqft $646,125
415 Edwards Drive SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 415 Edwards Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4432388)
3 beds 3 baths 2,550 sqft $1,900
5552 Bentgrass Drive, Unit 7-105 SARASOTA, FL 34235
Photo of 5552 Bentgrass Drive, Unit 7-105, SARASOTA, FL 34235 (MLS # A4432453)
2 beds 2 baths 1,298 sqft $1,500
161 Suntan Avenue SARASOTA, FL 34237
Photo of 161 Suntan Avenue, SARASOTA, FL 34237 (MLS # A4432458)
3 beds 2 baths 1,694 sqft $1,900
1836 Siesta Drive SARASOTA, FL 34239
Photo of 1836 Siesta Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34239 (MLS # A4429695)
2 beds 2 baths 1,094 sqft $250,000
2507 Wisteria Street SARASOTA, FL 34239
Photo of 2507 Wisteria Street, SARASOTA, FL 34239 (MLS # A4432186)
2 beds 2 baths 1,152 sqft $1,400
6753 Keystone Drive SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 6753 Keystone Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4417674)
3 beds 2 baths 2,072 sqft $2,195

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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