With all of the new condominiums and hotels in construction around Sarasota, you may be wondering how you can get your piece of paradise. After all, combining the vitality of the downtown area with its proximity to the beaches makes living in downtown Sarasota just about as perfect as it can get. And when you're living the downtown condo life, you get some really great amenities without many of the hassles of owning a house.
If you're exploring downtown Sarasota for the first time, you may want to start small. After all, most of downtown living is spent outside of your residence. For the active go-getter, the 1,081 square foot unit at 435 S. Gulfstream Avenue offers 1 bedroom/1 bath across from the marina at Sarasota's Island Park, and is a short distance to Selby Gardens and Historic Burns Court. The open floor plan is light, bright, and airy with a huge master bedroom and bath suite, walk-in closets, galley kitchen, dining room, and large, open living room with gorgeous wood floors. The Regency House is beautifully updated with a heated pool, exercise room, library, club room, secure lobby, and assigned parking. This is a great way to get your feet wet in downtown living at only $289,900.
Of course, you may want a little more space, and if you really want to feel that downtown vibe, consider the two-story, 1,573 square foot loft at 1990 Main Street. Cityscape at Courthouse Centre was built in 2005 and is the only contemporary loft-style building in Sarasota, providing a great live/work experience. The master suite has spacious walk-in closet upstairs and a very large second bedroom downstairs with plenty of closet space as well. The massive great room is 35 feet long, with wood floors and a bright, open floor plan, culminating in an oversized balcony with partial bay views. With this kind of rare space, this may be one the best deals in the downtown area at $389,000.
If unobstructed bay views are important to you, 888 Boulevard Of The Arts may have just what you're looking for. Poised directly on Sarasota Bay with a Van Gogh floor plan, this 1,700 square foot unit and offers 2 full bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 balconies. Mirrored walls enhance views through the ceiling-to-floor picture windows in the main living room. The kitchen has lots of cabinetry including a planning center, a breakfast bar, and a pantry, and the formal dining room includes private balcony access via sliding glass doors. The master suite also has water vistas and another balcony to watch the sunsets over the bay. This secure, gated building, built in 1982, includes fitness centers, tennis courts, bay front swimming pools, and available boat docks. This is where luxury begins, listed at $675,000.
You can't get any more downtown-centric than 100 Central Avenue. Built 2005 in the heart of downtown Sarasota, adjacent to Whole Foods, Starbucks, the library, and Five Points Park, this is a very spacious unit with high ceilings. Included in the 1,725 square feet of space are a welcoming foyer, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, an office extra storage, a large terrace with a partial bay view, and two parking spaces. The kitchen offers superior finishes with cherrywood cabinetry, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances. The meticulously-maintained fifth floor amenity level is complete with a resort-style heated pool and spa, tropical trees, outdoor grill and bar, a guest suite, an art studio, a media room, a library, a social room, and fitness center. At $865,000, this is the downtown lifestyle most people dream about.
When you're driving toward downtown from Lido Key and you reach the apex of the John Ringling Bridge, one of the first welcome signs to downtown are the buildings on Golden Gate Point. La Bellasara is a dog-friendly, gated community located at 464 Golden Gate Point that has a beautiful split-plan condominium available with 3,135 square feet of luxurious living space. The private elevator leads you up to 3 spacious bedrooms, 3 en-suite bathrooms, and a separate library/study with wood flooring and built-in his-and-hers desks. The large gourmet kitchen -- with a five-burner gas stove, double ovens, vegetable sink, and walk-in pantry -- also includes an expansive breakfast bar and large breakfast room with gorgeous bay and marina views. The entire condo is wrapped in a tiled terrace, equipped with a full summer kitchen including a gas grill, refrigerator, and sink. If all that isn't enough, the amenities include an exercise room, theater room, meeting room with bar and kitchen, full concierge service, and a heated pool and spa. If you're looking to live downtown in ultimate style, $2,687,000 moves you in.
Of course, this is just a sampling of the downtown condos available. There are quite a few buildings in the downtown area, and each neighborhood has its own unique charm. If you're considering a move downtown, let me help you find your perfect spot. Contact Julian Yates
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist