Also known as the city “Where Urban Amenities Meet Small-Town Living,” the coastal city of Sarasota draws many to its shores, attracted by its stunning natural setting, near-perfect weather, and overall quality of life. The county seat of Sarasota County, the city also includes the six barrier islands located off Sarasota Bay onthe Gulf of Mexico: Bird Key, Coon Key, Otter Key, St. Armands Key, Lido Key, and portions of Siesta Key’s northernmost tip. Originally settled as early as 1840, Sarasota today is a world-class city that’s renowned as a cultural and recreational hub in the region, as well as a highly sought after residential and vacation destination.
Real estate options abound in Sarasota, with a fine selection of homes that include single-family residences, quaint beach cottages, rustic bungalows, historic homes and sprawling estate properties, as well as a variety of apartments, townhouses, and condominiums. Designs range from traditional to contemporary, to the city’s own distinctive architectural style called “Sarasota Modern.” Land and lots suitable for new construction are also available should you prefer to build your own custom home.
Most homes are airy and take advantage of Sarasota’s lovely weather, allowing plenty of light indoors and access to outdoor spaces like patios and pools, while providing glorious views of either the bay and nearby keys, or the spectacular emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you’re looking for a modest home that gives you the privacy you crave or a beachfront residence for that ideal holiday getaway, you can find a home in Sarasota that will suit your needs.
Sarasota Quick Facts
- Early 18th century maps already identified the area as “Zara Zote,” which became “Sara Sota” when the settlers arrived; a federal one-word rule for postal designations further shortened the name to what it is today: “Sarasota.”
- Major thoroughfares in Sarasota include U.S. Route 41, which becomes part of the Tamiami Trail within the city; U.S. Route 301, which merges with the Tamiami Trail; Florida State Road 780, which becomes Fruitville Road; State Road 789, which heads out to Sarasota Bay towards the keys as the John Ringling Causeway.
- Sarasota has appeared on the “Best Places To Live” lists of numerous sources such as Money Magazine and Forbes.
- The distinctive architectural style called the Sarasota School of Architecture, or more popularly known as Sarasota Modern, incorporateddesign elements influenced by the tropical landscape of Sarasota, resulting in innovative homes that blurthe division between outdoors and indoors.
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