If you’d like to enjoy all that Sarasota has to offer, little can compare with the benefits of downtown living. This choice is especially attractive in a city that has grown by leaps and bounds in density, yet managed to maintain its uniquely breezy, relaxed small town character, all while nurturing a quality of world-class entertainment, dining, and other amenities usually found in a large metropolis.
Living in Downtown Sarasota primely places you within walking distance from entertainment any night of the week, from a number of weekly locally-organized music events or spots like McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, to the art-deco themed Hollywood 20 movie theater and the Sarasota Opera House, which was recently ranked Sarasota’s 2nd most popular attraction by TripAdvisor after Siesta Beach. A stroll down Main Street allows you to pick from a plethora of dining choices, such as authentic, modern Italian at local favorite Cafe Epicure, creative award-winning cuisine at Selva Grille, or ethnic cuisine ranging from French, Vietnamese, Japanese and Thai to Indian or Mexican.
WIth all the new development in town, and with so many prime venues for food and entertainment, most folks assume that living in Downtown Sarasota is beyond their budget. However, Downtown Sarasota boasts a surprising variety of housing options and prices, from high-rise condos to historic neighborhoods like Laurel and Gillespie Park, tucked just blocks away from Main Street, making downtown living more attainable than many may think.
Just south of downtown, a number of quaint “in-between” condos combine fantastic mid-level views with easy access to the bay, historic buildings, art galleries, and dining on Palm Avenue. One available now is a loft-like 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,014 square foot condo at 707 S Gulfstream Avenue. The 6th floor view is just above the tree-tops, offering an abundance of light throughout the day. It makes a perfect winter getaway or year-round home with its excellent use of space, including a large bedroom with en suite bath, and plenty of storage space. It also boasts a kitchen with lacquer cabinets, Corian countertops, and a breakfast bar, as well as access to multiple amenities including a heated saltwater pool, fitness center, and saunas. Listed at an attainable $300,000.
Just a few doors down at 33 Gulfstream Avenue, there's a 1 bedroom offering 820 square feet for only $219,900. That's an incredible price to be able to walk out your front door and walk across the street to Sarasota's Bayfront.
However, downtown living doesn't necessarily have to be condo living. With Downtown Sarasota being skirted by Laurel Park, the Rosemary District, and Gillespie Park, there are a number of unique, attainable cottages and homes also available.
For an even more “neighborhood” feel, the “Sunflower Cottage” at 1774 9th Street is a quaint artist’s bungalow in Sarasota’s up-and-coming neighborhood of Gillespie Park. Developed by town’s first mayor, Scottish-born John Hamilton Gillespie and home to a beautiful, ten-acre park with a lake, walking track, tennis and basketball courts, you’d hardly realize that this colorful neighborhood lies just blocks away from downtown. Shaded by old Florida pine trees, the cottage is a cozy 706 square feet, 1 bedroom and 2 bathrooms, with the property allowing for expansion as it is zoned for two homes to be built (a main residence plus a guest studio of up to 600 square feet). Listed at $179,000, this property goes beyond merely attainable and fits into the elusive category of "affordable" so many people are so concerned about.
If you’re looking to enjoy downtown living to the fullest, I can help you find what you're looking for. Contact me today to start your search with Sarasota Property Finders. Your dreams of living in paradise are attainable, indeed.
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist