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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

150 S Washington Drive SARASOTA, FL 34236
Photo of 150 S Washington Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34236 (MLS # A4419258)
2 beds 2 baths 945 sqft $569,000
2632 Hidden Lake Drive N, Unit E SARASOTA, FL 34237
Photo of 2632 Hidden Lake Drive N, Unit E, SARASOTA, FL 34237 (MLS # A4419250)
0 beds 1 bath 523 sqft $59,000
4807 W Country Club Drive SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 4807 W Country Club Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4418499)
3 beds 2 baths 1,786 sqft $344,000
6349 Beechwood Avenue SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 6349 Beechwood Avenue, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4419014)
3 beds 3 baths 1,969 sqft $550,000
4559 Pike Avenue SARASOTA, FL 34233
Photo of 4559 Pike Avenue, SARASOTA, FL 34233 (MLS # A4419149)
2 beds 2 baths 1,196 sqft $195,000
6151 Candlewood Way SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 6151 Candlewood Way, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4419239)
3 beds 2 baths 2,326 sqft $347,000
312 Canal Road SARASOTA, FL 34242
Photo of 312 Canal Road, SARASOTA, FL 34242 (MLS # A4419230)
4 beds 4 baths 1,792 sqft $1,525,000
425 Sapphire Drive SARASOTA, FL 34234
Photo of 425 Sapphire Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34234 (MLS # A4419242)
2 beds 1 bath 1,038 sqft $1,500
5823 Riegels Harbor Road SARASOTA, FL 34242
Photo of 5823 Riegels Harbor Road, SARASOTA, FL 34242 (MLS # A4419238)
4 beds 6 baths 4,822 sqft $1,795,000
5855 Midnight Pass Rd, Unit 231 SARASOTA, FL 34242
Photo of 5855 Midnight Pass Rd, Unit 231, SARASOTA, FL 34242 (MLS # A4419232)
2 beds 2 baths 1,056 sqft $1,795
4524 Hidden View Place, Unit 2 SARASOTA, FL 34235
Photo of 4524 Hidden View Place, Unit 2, SARASOTA, FL 34235 (MLS # A4419206)
3 beds 2 baths 1,518 sqft $184,900
2405 Gulf Gate Drive SARASOTA, FL 34231
Photo of 2405 Gulf Gate Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34231 (MLS # A4419225)
2 beds 2 baths 1,630 sqft $289,000
4605 Glebe Farm Road SARASOTA, FL 34235
Photo of 4605 Glebe Farm Road, SARASOTA, FL 34235 (MLS # A4419218)
3 beds 2 baths 2,002 sqft $415,000
2621 Tanglewood Dr SARASOTA, FL 34239
Photo of 2621 Tanglewood Dr, SARASOTA, FL 34239 (MLS # A4419155)
2 beds 2 baths 1,709 sqft $299,500
4665 Arborfield Road SARASOTA, FL 34235
Photo of 4665 Arborfield Road, SARASOTA, FL 34235 (MLS # A4418392)
3 beds 2 baths 2,495 sqft $375,000

Sold Listings in Sarasota

3944 Chatsworth Greene, Unit 26 SARASOTA, FL 34235
Photo of 3944 Chatsworth Greene, Unit 26, SARASOTA, FL 34235 (MLS # A4418732)
3 beds 2 baths 1,928 sqft $350,000
5603 Rain Lily Court SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 5603 Rain Lily Court, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # N6102877)
3 beds 3 baths 2,488 sqft $510,000
4402 67th Avenue Circle E SARASOTA, FL 34243
Photo of 4402 67th Avenue Circle E, SARASOTA, FL 34243 (MLS # A4184924)
3 beds 2 baths 2,183 sqft $317,500
1286 Grantham Drive SARASOTA, FL 34234
Photo of 1286 Grantham Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34234 (MLS # A4418997)
3 beds 3 baths 1,758 sqft $233,596
210 Amherst Avenue, Unit 100 SARASOTA, FL 34232
Photo of 210 Amherst Avenue, Unit 100, SARASOTA, FL 34232 (MLS # A4418866)
2 beds 2 baths 1,250 sqft $1,100
2772 Prospect Street SARASOTA, FL 34239
Photo of 2772 Prospect Street, SARASOTA, FL 34239 (MLS # A4412249)
4 beds 2 baths 1,590 sqft $1,800
7851 Allen Robertson Place SARASOTA, FL 34240
Photo of 7851 Allen Robertson Place, SARASOTA, FL 34240 (MLS # A4418552)
3 beds 3 baths 2,849 sqft $545,000
4929 Thames Lane SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 4929 Thames Lane, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4418451)
3 beds 2 baths 1,490 sqft $1,800
8239 Midnight Pass Road SARASOTA, FL 34242
Photo of 8239 Midnight Pass Road, SARASOTA, FL 34242 (MLS # A4418348)
2 beds 3 baths 2,574 sqft $1,000,000
5640 Howard Creek Road SARASOTA, FL 34241
Photo of 5640 Howard Creek Road, SARASOTA, FL 34241 (MLS # A4418259)
4 beds 3 baths 2,700 sqft $440,000
5404 Sundew Drive SARASOTA, FL 34238
Photo of 5404 Sundew Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34238 (MLS # A4417555)
3 beds 4 baths 3,942 sqft $583,750
5571 Rosehill Road, Unit 204 SARASOTA, FL 34233
Photo of 5571 Rosehill Road, Unit 204, SARASOTA, FL 34233 (MLS # N6102707)
2 beds 2 baths 1,316 sqft $1,500
1195 Villagio Circle, Unit 208 SARASOTA, FL 34237
Photo of 1195 Villagio Circle, Unit 208, SARASOTA, FL 34237 (MLS # A4417930)
2 beds 2 baths 1,058 sqft $1,075
378 Saint Armands Circle, Unit B SARASOTA, FL 34236
Photo of 378 Saint Armands Circle, Unit B, SARASOTA, FL 34236 (MLS # A4417661)
1 bed 1 bath 800 sqft $1,000
4215 Deerfield Drive SARASOTA, FL 34233
Photo of 4215 Deerfield Drive, SARASOTA, FL 34233 (MLS # A4417612)
2 beds 2 baths 1,120 sqft $1,400

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/altavista
Sarasota Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/sarasotamiddle
Sarasota High School
9-12, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/sarasotahigh
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/mcintosh
Phillippi Shores Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/phillippi
Riverview High School
PK, 9-12, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/riverview
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/bookermiddle
Booker High School
9-12, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/bookerhigh
Lakeview Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/lakeview
Emma E. Booker Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/emmaebooker
Sarasota School Of Arts/Sciences
6-8, charter
http://www.ssas.org
Incarnation Catholic School
PK-8, private
https://www.incarnationschool.edu/
Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School
9-12, private
http://www.cmhs-sarasota.org/
Sarasota Christian School
PK-12, private
http://sarasotachristian.org/