In both the north and the south of Sarasota County, I've just sold two properties that showcase two completely different ways of living the Sarasota experience. I think they serve as a great example of how Sarasota has a little something for everyone.
445 N. Orange Ave. #208, Sarasota
In the Rosemary District of downtown Sarasota, I recently sold one unit #208 at Citrus Square. With the retail spaces below and the proximity to Main Street, the condos at Citrus Square offer a New Urbanist feel, with excellent walkability to restaurants, theatres, shops, and the Saturday morning Farmer's Market. Of course, the Citrus Square units are also really comfortable spaces with some wonderful amenities.
This particular unit had 10-foot ceilings and crown molding throughout its 1,173 square feet. In addition to 2 spacious bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, the office included a queen-sized Murphy bed and a built-in desk area. The kitchen featured all-new stainless steel appliances, which I think look really sharp with the wood cabinets and granite counters.
Although I like the spa-sized bathtub and glass walk-in shower in the master bedroom, I really love the balconies, both the master suite balcony and the Juliet balcony off the dining room. The view of the tree-lined street gives a nice glimpse into what New Urbanism is all about.
1349 New Forest Ln., Osprey
Then you've got a completely different kind of living scenario with the place I just sold down in Osprey. At 2,097 square feet, it is considerably bigger, but it still offers the same 2-bedroom-plus-den layout (although without the Murphy bed). Here again, the tray ceilings and crown molding make the place look like a work of art. Obviously the extra space (including a second family room) lends itself to a different flow and a more open floor plan than the condo at Citrus Square, but the real difference in this home lies just beyond the sliding glass doors.
Where walking through Citrus Square's French doors puts you on a balconet in the heart of the downtown, on Forest Lane you're treated to a grand lanai and a great view of the beautiful lake. Instead of a bustling downtown vibe, this particular home offers quiet introspection and a more harmonious relationship with nature.
Although these two places offer quite different living experiences, the important thing is the people who bought them are still elated about finding their dream homes. Ultimately, it's a matter of how the home will help supplement and support the lifestyle of its happy inhabitants.
What kind of home are you looking for? Let me help you find the perfect fit for you, so your Sarasota experience fulfills all its potential. Contact Julian Yates
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist