LIVE LOCAL in Sarasota, Florida
With a lively arts scene, gorgeous beaches, and a burgeoning business center, Sarasota is a magnet for people looking to relocate. It's been included on lists such as U.S. News & World Report's 10 Best Places to Live in the U.S. and ranked #1 on their 2021-2022 Best Places to Retire list.
While Florida's entire Gulf Coast is abundant with award-winning beaches, Sarasota’s 35-mile stretch of sand and surf boasts some particularly stunning gems. Six keys (barrier islands) hug the coastline, all with gleaming-white, sugar-soft sand and glorious sunsets, but each with its own distinctive vibe.
Two bridges from the mainland lead to 8-mile-long Siesta Key, where you’ll find a bustling area of shops and cafes in the village area, and three beautiful beaches consistently rated as among the best in the U.S. and the world. Siesta Beach has a park and tennis courts, as well as a playground for the kids. At Crescent Beach, adventurers enjoy climbing along the Point of Rocks surrounding the tidal pools and coral reefs. And the boat docks and picnic areas at Turtle Beach make it a family favorite. Other local beaches include Lido Beach, Venice Beach and Nokomis Beach.
Besides the glorious weather, one reason so many people are making their way to Sarasota is its vibrant arts scene. From the elegance of the Sarasota Opera House, the Sarasota Ballet, and the Asolo Repertory Theatre to Sarasota Contemporary Dance, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, the Circus Arts Conservatory, and the world-renowned Sarasota Film Festival — to name a few! Creativity thrives here and downtown Sarasota offers an incredible blend of urban and cultural amenities.
And it’s not just about highbrow events. One of the most intriguing neighborhoods in Sarasota is the Towles Court Artist Colony, a downtown district of bungalows on brick-lined streets, founded in the ‘90s as a live-work haven for artists. Today the colony is vibrant with galleries and studios, salons, cafes, art therapists, teachers, and more.
Stunning beaches are of course the main attraction for visitors to the Sarasota area, with golfing coming in at a close second. But when the temperature and humidity reach brutal levels in the summer months, locals look for less weather-dependent activities. Favorite nearby attractions include:
- The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
- Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
- Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
- Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
- St. Armands Circle
- Sarasota Jungle Gardens
If you're looking for the perfect place to find your dream home, Sarasota offers the very best of all worlds. Contact me today for more information about the area or to schedule a private showing.
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