Ask any native of Sarasota where the most desirable properties in Sarasota are and you will very likely be told "West of the Trail."
The group of "West of the Trail" (The Trail is the Tamiami Trail aka U.S. Rte 41) neighborhoods lie on the west (or bay front) side of South Tamiami Trail. The area is bounded generally by Mound Street on the north and by Bay Road on the south. Many of these serene and charming neighborhoods sit under canopies of 100-year old banyon trees.
Home buyers who typically buy a home in one of the "West of the Trail" neighborhoods are generally those who are seeking more than one of the following attributes:
- Homes with historic significance
- Excellent schools within walking distance
- Proximity to excellent health