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Sarasota Real Estate Analysis

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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

Photo of TAMPICO DR, SARASOTA, FL 34235 (MLS # A4404384)
0 beds 0 baths $78,000
MLS # R4900170 SARASOTA, FL 34235
Photo of SARASOTA, FL 34235 (MLS # R4900170)
2 beds 2 baths 1,246 sqft $159,900
2320 Elfin Way, Unit 62 SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 2320 Elfin Way, Unit 62, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # N6100607)
2 beds 2 baths 1,121 sqft $169,900
6415 Midnight Pass Road, Unit 211 SARASOTA, FL 34242
Photo of 6415 Midnight Pass Road, Unit 211, SARASOTA, FL 34242 (MLS # A4403989)
3 beds 3 baths 2,358 sqft $699,000
MLS # A4404368 SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # A4404368)
3 beds 2 baths 1,608 sqft $224,900
3703 Calliandra Drive SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of 3703 Calliandra Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # A4404374)
3 beds 3 baths 2,206 sqft $324,900
5665 Westwind Lane SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 5665 Westwind Lane, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4404372)
2 beds 2 baths 1,169 sqft $159,000
142 Holly Avenue SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 142 Holly Avenue, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4403659)
3 beds 2 baths 1,479 sqft $255,000
6415 Midnight Pass Road, Unit 808 SARASOTA, FL 34242
Photo of 6415 Midnight Pass Road, Unit 808, SARASOTA, FL 34242 (MLS # A4404360)
2 beds 2 baths 1,287 sqft $530,000
2473 Guthrie Circle SARASOTA, FL 34235
Photo of 2473 Guthrie Circle, SARASOTA, FL 34235 (MLS # T3109658)
3 beds 2 baths 1,523 sqft $1,750
3701 Parkridge Circle, Unit 7-104 SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 3701 Parkridge Circle, Unit 7-104, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4404144)
3 beds 3 baths 1,954 sqft $246,999
6300 Midnight Pass Road, Unit 311 SARASOTA, FL 34242
Photo of 6300 Midnight Pass Road, Unit 311, SARASOTA, FL 34242 (MLS # A4403958)
2 beds 2 baths 1,271 sqft $925,000
3035 61st Street SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 3035 61st Street, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4403410)
5 beds 3 baths 4,250 sqft $1,000,000
5241 Lake Village Drive, Unit 34 SARASOTA, FL 34235
Photo of 5241 Lake Village Drive, Unit 34, SARASOTA, FL 34235 (MLS # A4404257)
2 beds 2 baths 1,065 sqft $168,000
5727 Magnolia Ridge Place SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 5727 Magnolia Ridge Place, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4404183)
3 beds 2 baths 1,922 sqft $374,900

Sold Listings in Sarasota

2411 Gulf Gate Drive SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 2411 Gulf Gate Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4213917)
2 beds 2 baths 1,291 sqft $280,000
4244 Eastwood Drive SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of 4244 Eastwood Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # N6100562)
3 beds 2 baths 1,732 sqft $190,000
5729 Autumn Fern Circle SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 5729 Autumn Fern Circle, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4403909)
4 beds 4 baths 3,982 sqft $570,080
1716 Glenhouse Drive, Unit GL 320 SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 1716 Glenhouse Drive, Unit GL 320, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4184618)
1 bed 1 bath 865 sqft $1,300
1353 Oak View Drive SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of 1353 Oak View Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # A4213840)
3 beds 2 baths 1,740 sqft $1,850
2826 Oriole Drive SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 2826 Oriole Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4403588)
4 beds 3 baths 2,045 sqft $2,300
5453 Manchini Street SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 5453 Manchini Street, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4403091)
3 beds 3 baths 3,102 sqft $778,232
2310 Eugene Street SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 2310 Eugene Street, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4215344)
2 beds 2 baths 1,010 sqft $203,300
3368 Howell Place SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of 3368 Howell Place, SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # A4215929)
3 beds 2 baths 1,800 sqft $1,800
2619 Bucida Drive SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of 2619 Bucida Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # N6100453)
4 beds 2 baths 1,692 sqft $1,825
7225 Cloister Drive, Unit 109 SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 7225 Cloister Drive, Unit 109, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4403261)
1 bed 1 bath 734 sqft $975
8110 Cardena Lane SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 8110 Cardena Lane, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4208658)
3 beds 3 baths 1,672 sqft $1,900
2458 Waldemere Street SARASOTA, FL 34239
Photo of 2458 Waldemere Street, SARASOTA, FL 34239 (MLS # T3106988)
2 beds 1 bath 800 sqft $1,400
9747 Knightsbridge Circle SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 9747 Knightsbridge Circle, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4403035)
3 beds 3 baths 1,856 sqft $2,400
7539 Aguila Drive SARASOTA, FL 34240
Photo of 7539 Aguila Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34240 (MLS # A4214114)
3 beds 2 baths 2,004 sqft $345,000

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