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Sarasota Real Estate Analysis

SARASOTA COUNTY

AT A GLANCE

LAND AREA: 556 SQUARE MILES

PERSONS PER SQUARE MILE (2010): 683

POPULATION (2012 ESTIMATE): 386,147

COLLEGE GRADUATES: 29.3 PERCENT

MEAN TRAVEL TIME TO WORK: 21.7 MINUTES

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.

LIFE’S A BEACH   

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.

DOWNTOWN SARASOTA AND BEYOND  

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.

FORE!

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.

SOUTHERN EXPOSURE

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

1255 E Peppertree Drive, Unit 406 SARASOTA, FL 34242
Photo of 1255 E Peppertree Drive, Unit 406, SARASOTA, FL 34242 (MLS # A4197067)
2 beds 2 baths 1,462 sqft $465,000
7790 Pine Trace Drive SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 7790 Pine Trace Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4197033)
3 beds 2 baths 2,114 sqft $269,000
1130 Villagio Circle, Unit 204 SARASOTA, FL 34237
Photo of 1130 Villagio Circle, Unit 204, SARASOTA, FL 34237 (MLS # A4197042)
2 beds 2 baths 1,058 sqft $154,900
8105 Longbay Boulevard SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 8105 Longbay Boulevard, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # T2905384)
3 beds 2 baths 1,412 sqft $1,800
3007 Bucida Drive SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of 3007 Bucida Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # T2905369)
3 beds 1 bath 1,250 sqft $1,550
380 Bearded Oaks Circle SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of 380 Bearded Oaks Circle, SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # A4197047)
2 beds 2 baths 1,316 sqft $1,600
2738 Orchid Oaks Drive, Unit 104BAY SARASOTA, FL 34239
Photo of 2738 Orchid Oaks Drive, Unit 104BAY, SARASOTA, FL 34239 (MLS # A4196991)
2 beds 2 baths 1,365 sqft $165,000
4836 Ocean Boulevard SARASOTA, FL 34242
Photo of 4836 Ocean Boulevard, SARASOTA, FL 34242 (MLS # A4196926)
0 beds 0 baths $945,000
2237 Grove Street SARASOTA, FL 34239
Photo of 2237 Grove Street, SARASOTA, FL 34239 (MLS # T2905364)
2 beds 2 baths 1,419 sqft $1,475
145 Holly Avenue SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 145 Holly Avenue, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4196780)
2 beds 2 baths 3,124 sqft $1,400,000
MLS # A4196930 SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # A4196930)
3 beds 2 baths 1,975 sqft $249,900
2516 E Milmar Drive SARASOTA, FL 34237
Photo of 2516 E Milmar Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34237 (MLS # A4197024)
3 beds 3 baths 1,737 sqft $2,000
500 N Tamiami, Unit 1201 SARASOTA, FL 34236
Photo of 500 N Tamiami, Unit 1201, SARASOTA, FL 34236 (MLS # A4197029)
3 beds 5 baths 3,630 sqft $2,650,000
5021 Midnight Pass Road SARASOTA, FL 34242
Photo of 5021 Midnight Pass Road, SARASOTA, FL 34242 (MLS # A4196964)
3 beds 3 baths 2,504 sqft $699,000
4751 Travini Circle, Unit 4-107 SARASOTA, FL 34235
Photo of 4751 Travini Circle, Unit 4-107, SARASOTA, FL 34235 (MLS # A4197023)
1 bed 2 baths 1,032 sqft $131,900

Sold Listings in Sarasota

6607 35th Court East SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 6607 35th Court East, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4196996)
3 beds 2 baths 2,046 sqft $355,000
6029 Rodgers Avenue SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 6029 Rodgers Avenue, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4196781)
2 beds 2 baths 1,401 sqft $194,300
12224 Marsh Pointe Road SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 12224 Marsh Pointe Road, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4196759)
2 beds 2 baths 1,542 sqft $334,531
1644 Redwood Street, Unit F SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 1644 Redwood Street, Unit F, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4196526)
1 bed 1 bath 633 sqft $875
MLS # A4196434 SARASOTA, FL 34236
Photo of SARASOTA, FL 34236 (MLS # A4196434)
3 beds 2 baths 1,918 sqft $705,000
2215 Circlewood Drive, Unit 46 SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 2215 Circlewood Drive, Unit 46, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4196173)
2 beds 3 baths 1,324 sqft $1,350
7543 Aguila Drive SARASOTA, FL 34240
Photo of 7543 Aguila Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34240 (MLS # A4195205)
4 beds 3 baths 2,847 sqft $2,750
5574 Golf Pointe Drive SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 5574 Golf Pointe Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4195809)
2 beds 2 baths 1,412 sqft $1,300
MLS # A4195813 SARASOTA, FL 34241
Photo of SARASOTA, FL 34241 (MLS # A4195813)
3 beds 2 baths 1,242 sqft $140,000
2721 Tangelo Drive SARASOTA, FL 34239
Photo of 2721 Tangelo Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34239 (MLS # A4195814)
3 beds 2 baths 1,712 sqft $345,000
12217 Marsh Pointe SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 12217 Marsh Pointe, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4195727)
3 beds 2 baths 1,542 sqft $1,900
3342 Mayflower Street SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 3342 Mayflower Street, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4195730)
3 beds 3 baths 1,384 sqft $1,585
2911 Savoy Drive SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of 2911 Savoy Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # A4195699)
3 beds 2 baths 1,186 sqft $162,500
712 41st Street SARASOTA, FL 34234
Photo of 712 41st Street, SARASOTA, FL 34234 (MLS # A4195676)
2 beds 2 baths 1,385 sqft $319,000
8730 Filson Place SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 8730 Filson Place, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # T2902385)
2 beds 2 baths 857 sqft $165,000

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Sarasota School Data

Sarasota School Districts

Sarasota Schools

Florine J Abel Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.manatee.k12.fl.us
Alta Vista Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/av
Sarasota Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.sarasotamiddleschool.com
Sarasota High School
9-12, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/shs
Brentwood Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/brentwood
Brookside Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/brookside
Fruitville Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/fruitville
Mcintosh Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/LNS
Phillippi Shores Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/pse
Riverview High School
PK, 9-12, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/rhs
Southside Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/southside
Tuttle Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/tuttle
Gocio Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/gocio
Gulf Gate Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/gulfgate
Wilkinson Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/wilkinson
Ashton Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/ashton
Bay Haven School Of Basics Plus
K-5, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/bayhaven
Booker Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/bms
Booker High School
9-12, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/bhs
Lakeview Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/lakeview
Emma E. Booker Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/emma
Sarasota School Of Arts/Sciences
6-8, charter
http://www.ssas.org
Incarnation Catholic School
PK-8, private
Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School
9-12, private
http://www.cmhs-sarasota.org/
Sarasota Christian School
PK-12, private
http://sarasotachristian.org/