Featured Neighborhood: Downtown Sarasota

Posted by Julian Yates on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at 2:00pm.

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 trees, but then the art galleries give way to condominiums with gorgeous views of Sarasota Bay. On the north end, The Palm Avenue parking garage is a great place to leave your car for a day of exploring the neighborhood, and turning onto Cocoanut Avenue you will find  the Florida Studio Theatre, which is the perfect place to catch an Improv show or play.

One street up, you will find the historic Sarasota Opera House on Pineapple Avenue, as well as Five Points Park, which offers festivals celebrating music, food, arts and crafts throughout the year. Further south, Pineapple takes you to Burns Court. Although homes rarely come up for sale in Burns Court, it is home to a number of boutiques and restaurants, plus the Burns Court Cinema, which plays newly released independent films for movie lovers.

Lemon Avenue is always bustling on Saturday morning, when the Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market transforms the area into a collection of vendors offering everything from produce and plants to delicacies and décor. On New Year’s Eve, Lemon Avenue is also home to Sarasota’s historic pineapple drop at the stroke of midnight. For live music, Mattison’s and The Gator Club present an assortment of acts ranging from classic standards to modern rock every night of the week.

Throughout the length of Main Street are a variety of great shops, boutiques and restaurants. On the block between Lemon and Orange alone, you can find cuisine from Greece, Vietnam, France, Japan, Mexico, and, of course, the sea.

The recent addition of a roundabout at Orange Avenue includes a piece of public art inspired by the “Embracing Our Differences” festival that takes place every year on Island Park. The piece is said to inspire unity among our differences, and with the different landscapes offered by each block in Downtown Sarasota, it certainly lives up to its promise.

Moving toward Main Street, we come to Osprey Avenue, named for the beautiful birds of prey you’ll see nesting in trees around Sarasota, which carries us to Gillespie Park to the north and Laurel Park to the south. The next street, Links Avenue, not only touches upon the legacy of golfing in Sarasota, and fittingly ends at Gillespie Park’s Historic Downtown Village, but also leads south to the new home of McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre and Humor Institute, as well as the Towles Court Arts District. In addition to a number of specialty shops and eateries, this block also features the Hollywood 20, home to the world renown Sarasota Film Festival.

Downtown Sarasota has a little something for everyone, which is probably the reason so many people are choosing to make it their new home. With so much to experience, are you ready for downtown living? Contact me today to start your search!


Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist

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