Photo courtesy of the Indian Beach-Sapphire Shores Neighborhood Association.
As the northern gateway to Sarasota, the Indian Beach and Sapphire Shores neighborhoods are rich in local history and a great place to just hang out. Buttressed on the north and south by The Ringling Museum and the Ringling College of Art and Design, respectively, the area buzzes with an artistic vibe and has plenty of places to soak it up, along with some really fine original restaurants, international cuisine, and venues for relaxing.
The homes are incredibly diverse, ranging from century-old wooden homes to more modern manses, and the properties that line Bayfront Drive have some of the most beautiful views in Sarasota. If you live there, you've probably already caught on to the best places to eat and drink, but if not, let me fill you in a bit on what this area has to offer.
As far as food is concerned, the creative corridor offers a number of exceptional restaurants that highlight Sarasota's multi-cultural influences, especially if you're in the mood for something Asian. Yummy House is one of the most notable (and one of the newest) Chinese restaurants in town, serving delectable dishes that keep people coming back for more. Farther north on the Trail, Queen of Sheba offers heaping portions of Ethiopia's finest traditional recipes.
If you happen to be a fan of pho, LeAnh's Vietnamese Restaurant will make you a very happy customer; the Indian Beach Plaza across from Ringling College also features the Painter's Palate, where you'll find some outstanding Asian fusion. While you're at Indian Beach Plaza, you can drop by SRQ Cigars to lounge with your favorite stogie, or pull up a bar stool at one of Sarasota's best-loved watering holes to sample from the dozens of craft beers on tap at Growler's Pub.
If you're looking for lunch, Carr's Corner is one of Sarasota's gems hidden in plain sight, serving up fresh food that is largely locally sourced, and the recently opened Sunnyside Café has a menu as vibrant as its name. For a most tranquil and idyllic setting, visit the Banyan Café on the grounds of The Ringling Museum.
The neighborhood also includes Sarasota Jungle Gardens, home to 150 native and exotic animals including birds of prey, parrots and macaws, primates, small mammals, snakes, lizards, iguanas, alligators, crocodiles and other reptiles, as well as beautiful botanical gardens and a pond just teeming with pink flamingos. In the mood to play? For some less-than-serious sports, you can drop by Smuggler's Cove Adventure Golf for a few holes of putt-putt or take a trip to the North Watertower Park, which features one of the best Frisbee golf courses around.
To end your day, meet the rest of the community at Indian Beach, where people gather regularly at sunset to celebrate another day of living in paradise. Whether you live in the area or you want to explore another side of Sarasota, Indian Beach and Sapphire Shores have plenty to offer to those looking to live the good life.
Are you interested in a home here? Go to the Indian Beach and Sapphire Shores community pages to explore properties that are currently available. If you have questions or would like to schedule a viewing, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist