Central Sarasota
This is generally defined as the area south of the Downtown Core to Stickney Point Road (but we will have the West of Trail area in its own Community). There are very few “gated” isolated communities – most neighborhoods have grown over the years right along with Sarasota. Natives will probably have attended school in this area – the old Sarasota High School, Phillippi Shores Elementary, Brookside Middle School or Riverview High School.
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Downtown
The downtown area starts at the bay front with its own marina, a large bay front park that is home to numerous community activities and bordered by several high rise condominiums that take advantage of both water and downtown views. The downtown area is also home to many of the County’s artistic venues including the Sarasota Opera House, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center and the Florida West Coast Symphony.
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East of I-75
The most pristine part of Sarasota County is found to the East of Interstate 75. Building restrictions and zoning codes have left much of this area untouched by development. With few exceptions, where development has occurred its been restricted to one home per 5 acres, making this the most popular area for those who want the lifestyle of a “country gentleman”. Areas such as Saddle Creek and Myakka Valley Ranches are designed for the equestrian, offering miles of trails for riding and many homes have their own barns. Hidden River boasts its own runway and airplanes have the right of way on the roads. The “denser” developments located east of I-75 are typically gated golf course communities.
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Lakewood Ranch
Award-winning Lakewood Ranch is a 7,000 acre master-planned community encompassing all aspects of residential and commercial development. Seven villages, offering a variety of lifestyles from townhomes to estate living, share dramatic landscapes with forest and wetland preserves and hundreds of species of native wildlife. Recreational facilities include Lakewood Ranch Country Club and Athletic Center, 54 holes of Championship golf, the Sarasota Cricket Club, nine world-class polo fields and a variety of community parks, lakes and nature preserves. The community, also features shopping, dining and excellent schools and healthcare facilities, and was recently voted “Best Neighborhood” by the readers of Sarasota Magazine
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Longboat Key
Longboat Key lies in two counties and is its own town which has its own elected council. It has few named subdivisions and one private golf club, The Longboat Key Club, which runs along the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. It offers homes and condominiums with both spectacular golf course and gulf or bay views. There are many areas that offer homes along canals with direct sailboat access to the bay.
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Northern Sarasota
This area of Sarasota lies north of downtown, along the bayfront and extends along the Sarasota/Manatee County Line to I-75. Homes along the bayfront are typically spectacular as most older homes are torn down and replaced. The neighborhoods up to the bay feature winding roads and tree lined streets. Our Arts community is well represented by the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art which features the Ca d’Zan (House of John), the Historic Asolo Theater and Florida State University Performing Arts program.
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Osprey & Nokomis
The Osprey/Nokomis area is the transition between Sarasota and Venice. Generally left out of the investment of new development dollars, this area is seeing a surge in popularity and new housing opportunities are coming off the ground. There is a great deal of re-development along the lengthy bay front, as with all other areas of the community that are blessed with this spectacular amenity. Many homes have these views, as well as a number of newer condominium complexes. This is the access for the exclusive Casey Key.
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Siesta Key
Siesta Key is accessible via two bridges from Sarasota, or by boat of course. Most of the Gulf and Bay in the middle third of Siesta is lined with condominiums while the southern and northern third are residential. Many of the homes have canal frontage with access to the bay. Many of the condominiums on the Key allow for rentals and have on-sight management to accommodate vacationers. Each condominium sets its rules for rental requirements.
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South Sarasota
This area is typically defined as the part of town south of Clark Road/Stickney Point Road. The Westfield Shopping Mall Sarasota Square marks the south boundary. US 41 along this stretch of roadway is where you will find most of our large car dealers and furniture showrooms.
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St Armands/Lido Key
Lido Key has a large public beach with pleanty of parking right off St. Armands Circle and a beautiful public park at its southern tip. The key is primarily residential with a mixture of large waterfront mansions, condominium towers and interior vacation homes. St. Armands Circle is THE shopping destination for Southwest Florida. St. Armands is literally a circle and it is surrounded by some of the finest shopping and dining in Florida. The Circle includes shops for clothing, jewelry, art, shoes and even cigars. The dining choices are endless from some 4 star restaurants to laid back alfresco dining, and ice cream to top it all off. A simple walk for window shopping is even a popular pastime. The center of the Circle is the sight of art festivals, jazz concerts and boat shows.
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Venice
From charming downtown European inspired architecture to country club living out east there is something for everyone in Venice. Designed in 1925 by renowned architect John Nolen it was one of the nations first planned cities complete with walking neighborhoods, widely landscaped thoroughfares, and homes designed around parks. You’ll discover 1920s Mediterranean style homes within walking distance of the main downtown shopping district only minutes from the beach. Along the gulf you will find a mix of low-rise condos from the 1970s to brand new upscale condo projects that offer every amenity. South Venice has older residential neighborhoods that have such amenities as a private boat launching ramp and a ferry that takes you right to the beach. All for only a few hundred bucks a year. Numerous golf course communities throughout town offer a large selection of home styles from suburban ranch to villas.
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