Getting to know an area is the first task for deciding which place fits your lifestyle. My job is to familiarize you with the various areas so that you can make an informed decision. There are so many areas and subareas that have so much to offer.
Lets start with downtown Sarasota, from the Bayfront park, eastward to Tuttle Ave between 10th Street and S to Bahia Vista. The most prominent feature is the Bayfront Island park which contains a beachfront bar and docks, marina, boat rentals, 3 restaurants, a playground, water park, shade trees, bay views and dolphin sculpture fountain. Just east of the the park is a row of high rise condos ranging from $500K to over $3million.
The downtown center includes 5 points park, the opera house, FST Theater and many fine restaurants and night clubs. The main streets are shaded and offer outdoor dining at curbside. To the north of bayfront park is a peninsula known as Golden Gate Point, containing some of the finest condos that Sarasota has to offer. The city has brick paved the circle, including trees, wide sidewalks and benches. The bayfront area to the north of the bridge includes the Ritz Carlton and more new and old high rise condos, vacant land slated for development, and the Hyatt hotel and marina as well as the famous Van Wezel performance hall and the 10th street boat ramp.
The area just east of the boat ramp includes the Centennial Park, with historic structures and a small museum. Just North off Fruitville Rd is a revived industrial and old residential area which is now zoned mixed use. You'll find some new development, residential, entertainment and an area of older homes nestled among the big oaks, renovated into coffee shops, galleries, boutiques and restaurants.
The downtown core contains a similar historic area called Burns Court, with dining, more galleries and bistros. Burns Court Cinema features off-beat indie films. The only residential single-family area in the core is Laurel Park, featuring renovated homes from the 1920s, and new construction of similar architectural character.
Just south of Bayfront park and US 41 is our world famous Selby Gardens, a waterfront botanical garden with a orchid greenhouse, bistro/ cafe, treehouse rainforest exhibit, event hall and art gallery. The surrounding area contains historic bayfront homes and newer condos.
Near the corner of main and 301 is an artists enclave of renovated homes called Towles Court, featuring more galleries and bistros, dining and shopping. Just east of 301 is the historic courthouse, jail, judicial and administrative complex for Sarasota County and city. Payne Park features well maintained clay courts, a dance hall, skate park, playground and open space for frisbee and dog walks. To the east of Payne Park is a single family area known as Paver Park, featuring homes from the $200K's and condos from the $100K's. This neighborhood is close to Alta Vista elementary, Sarasota Middle School and High School.
If you want more info, please feel free to contact me. Stay tuned for our next areas, Siesta Key, South Gate, The Ringling museum area, College town, Lido Key and more!