Gillespie Park

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Though I've written before that Laurel Park is the most charming neighborhood in Sarasota, over the last several years, Gillespie Park has really come into its own and may be giving Laurel a run for its money. A few decades ago, it wasn't the best of neighborhoods and most people didn't feel safe walking through it after dark. However, many of the original homes built in the 1920s have been restored, new homes have been built, yet affordable rental housing is still available, making Gillespie Park the most economically diverse and eclectic neighborhood in Downtown Sarasota, if not the entire county.

The neighborhood is named for John Gillespie, the Scottish immigrant who became Sarasota's first mayor and built the first golf course in the United

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