Downtown Sarasota

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Previously an area that many people overlooked, Arlington Park is now gaining in popularity. Most of the area was still orange groves and farmland when homes were first built in the area in the 1920's. Though it saw some continued development through the next few decades as Florida worked through the Great Depression, Arlington Park saw its next great explosion in the 1950's and 1960's, which account for many of the homes that comprise the neighborhood.  


Much of what people find so charming about Arlington Park are the bungalows and cottages built during this era, now refurbished and renovated. However, increasing its charm are the ranch-style homes that have been built in the meantime and the modern homes that have been more recently added.

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Golden Gate Point has developed over the last century as one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Downtown Sarasota.

Like Bird Key, Golden Gate Point is another community that has been built by Sarasota ingenuity, creating residences with some of the most spectacular views in the entire County. Nestled in Sarasota Bay at the east end of the John Ringling Bridge, Golden Gate Point has become one of Downtown Sarasota's most exclusive neighborhoods. It's hard to believe that much of the 22-acre peninsula was still undeveloped only a few decades ago.

When it was first platted on August 31, 1899, the small strip of land was little more than a mangrove swamp. Thick with cabbage palms and other vegetation at the turn of the century, the only building

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Wherever you live in the Sarasota area, you have year-round access to fresh produce. With snowbirds flying home for the summer months, not all of the area farmers markets are open year long. However, there are still plenty of options to get locally grown and organic produce.

SEASONAL MARKETS

Phillippi Farmhouse Market

Every Wednesday from October to May, Phillippi Estate Park at 5500 South Tamiami Trail hosts a farmers market from 9am-2pm. In addition to fresh produce, more than 40 vendors gather to offer plants for home gardens, prepared food, and other specialty items.

Englewood Farmers Market

Also from October to May, the Englewood Farmers Market takes place on Historic Dearborn Street on Thursdays from 9am-1pm. With over 50 vendors,

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There are a number of great places in Sarasota to listen to live music. Over the years, venues have changed hands and changed names, but there are a few standouts that consistently offer places for musicians to share their songs and for music fans to enjoy the experience. If you're looking to either kick up your heels or to sit back and soak in the tunes, these are the places you should most consider putting on your list.

Blase' Cafe - Siesta Key's Blase' Cafe offers upscale dining and live music seven nights a week. Located on Ocean Boulevard in Siesta Key Village, the restaurant features indoor and outdoor dining, where diners can enjoy some of Sarasota's local bands while under the stars. It's also just a few steps away from the Siesta Key

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One of the greatest places to live in Sarasota is Downtown. With new condominiums on the rise and some of our classics just as popular as when they first opened, I wanted to feature what is currently available for those who want great views within walking distance to restaurants, shops, theatres, and everything else Downtown Sarasota has to offer.

1990 Main St. #15, Sarasota
Modern two story Penthouse condo on the 9th Floor of Cityscape at Courthouse Centre, right in the heart of downtown Sarasota. This beautifully renovated condo has 20-foot ceilings with floor to ceiling windows along with a balcony to enjoy with city views. Walk out your front door and you are at the foot of the shopping, bars, restaurants, and all the entertainment main

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From fabulous estates to exciting fixer-uppers, Hudson Bayou has great appeal for the optimal Sarasota experience.

If real estate really is all about location, that could explain why the Hudson Bayou neighborhood is in such high demand. Located within walking distance of Selby Gardens, Burns Court, Downtown Sarasota, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and the Southside Village, residents of Hudson Bayou enjoy not only being surrounded by some of Sarasota's most popular venues and delectable restaurants but also a plethora of beautiful homes, both state-of-the-art and vintage. Cap that off with a blend of majestic oak trees and waving palms, delightful views of Sarasota Bay, and a fifteen-minute drive to either Siesta Key or Lido Key beaches, and you have

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Downtown Sarasota offers an urban lifestyle with a neighborhood feel, surrounding condominium owners with shops, restaurants, theatres, and more.

Even if you’re not a Sarasota native, it’s easy to see that the downtown area is growing. With most of the streets named after trees, the inspiration for this growth is written on all of the street signs. A simple walk down Main Street will give you ample evidence that the Downtown Sarasota neighborhood is certainly blossoming.

Heading east from the beautiful Bayfront and US 41, the first street you’ll come to is Palm Avenue, where the trees for which it is named line the streets among a variety of art galleries, boutiques, gift shops, and eateries. Further south, the street continues to be lined with palm

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For many years, the Rosemary District in Sarasota has been a “through-point” for folks to enter or leave downtown, always featuring a few spots worth visiting, but struggling to reach that tipping point of becoming a strong, thriving community. But with exciting new construction, Rosemary’s “Rising” is now officially underway to become the freshest place to live, shop, and play in Downtown Sarasota.

By getting in on the action, buyers stand to gain both the significant perks of living in a newly built structure and all of the historic character and charm that this neighborhood has to offer. Rosemary boasts unbeatable access to award-winning downtown dining, shopping, and entertainment. Station 400, a reassembled 1852 historic railway station, is great for

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Admit it: gift shopping can be a downright chore as the holidays draw near. The harried hustle through generic department stores, the overworked store clerks, the mind-numbing florescent lights.

So why not turn this task into a journey to discover some of Sarasota’s neatest sweet spots of stuff, stories, and local flavor? Grab a shopping partner, head to Downtown Sarasota, and enjoy exploring these truly unique spots where you can not only cross each name off your list, but also enjoy meeting folks who have either made or sourced their wares. Plus, it’s a great way to get to know Sarasota a little better.

For a shopping experience that can also be a feast for your eyes, head over to the artist community of Towles Court. This quaint cluster of Old

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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

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