For downtown living with a neighborhood feel, Laurel Park is one of the most popular communities in Sarasota. With its near-perfect location (walking distance to Historic Burns Square, Main Street and Payne Park), its eclectic architecture, and even its hidden kayak access to Sarasota Bay, Laurel Park offers a little something for everyone.
For instance, look at the 4 bedroom/3.5 bath walled estate home at 1655 Laurel Street. It welcomes you with a Southern-style courtyard, and the open floor plan fills the living room, dining room, and European kitchen with light. Beautiful French doors open to a caged saltwater pool, heated spa, and lush, tropical landscaping. This 3,142 square foot home is a stone's throw away from the park where neighbors gather for community potluck dinners a few times a year. Listed at $1,297,000
If you're looking for something with a little more history, check out the urban oasis at 1936 Morrill Street. Built in 1925, this historic bungalow has been sensitively cared for and tastefully updated. Loaded with character, the main house boasts high ceilings, unique built-ins, two wood-burning fireplaces, heart-pine wood floors, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a lovely sunroom, and charming galley kitchen with a mudroom for storage. The detached carriage house has been converted to an office craft area and artist's studio below, and includes a generous upstairs apartment with full kitchen and laundry. Listed at $949,000
To see the diversity of Laurel Park, take a look at the 1926 Mediterranean-style bungalow at 527 Madison Court. It's been lovingly and extensively restored, integrating modern amenities into its 2 bedrooms, a studio with Murphy bed, 2 completely remodeled full baths, and formal dining and living rooms, each with a wood-burning fireplace. Imported Chicago brick fills a St. Augustine-like courtyard flanked by a delightful sunroom, and the outdoor cabana has plenty of storage, a pool bath, and outdoor shower to compliment the heated California-style pool. The home features restored hardwood floors in most of its 1,549 square feet, while nine-foot ceilings and new ceiling fans will keep you cool all summer long. This home is located on a quiet bricked street, and it just doesn't get much more charming than this. Listed at $695,000
Ok, well, maybe it can get a little more charming. This is Laurel Park, after all. So if you want a true "live-work" opportunity, 1947 Morrill Street is your chance to live the artist's life in a 1998 built, two-story home in Sarasota's Towles Court Artist Colony. This 3 bed, 2 bath home with an open floor plan is perfect for retail, an artisan instructional business, yoga studio, or beyond, and the unique, yet cozy characteristics of this building are too numerous to name. The "lifetime" metal roof, hardy board siding, and large paver patio are shaded by ancient oaks and a tropical tree canopy. The main home is linked to a vintage, two-story accessory cottage that opens to the main interior walkway of this very vibrant artists' collective. Listed at $899,000
For something newer, the two-story Cottage Walk townhouses at 435 S. Osprey Avenue offer 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, a spacious open kitchen, and a ground-level open floor plan. These homes were just finished this year and are waiting for someone to bring new life to Laurel Park. In addition to the 1,835 square feet of living space, they also feature two outdoor entertaining spaces to enhance your enjoyment and offer plenty of opportunities to get to know your neighbors. Unit #4 listed at $589,000
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist