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Moving To Sarasota?

The city of Sarasota, FL is bordered by Sarasota Bay and the barrier islands, most notably Longboat Key, Siesta Key and Lido Key. The strikingly blue water from the Gulf and white sandy beaches combined with the ever-blooming lush vegetation provide a stunning backdrop in this coastal community. Sarasota offers a wide range of real estate choices, quality of services, recreation facilities, and excellent schools. This seaside city is a popular destination for retirees and young families alike.



The Sarasota area is a great place live with several different communities, but how do you know which neighborhood is right for you and your family. Here is a brief overview to get you started.


The city of Sarasota is one of Florida's top draws for people moving to Florida. The city's gorgeous Suncoast location means there are beautiful beaches and lots of waterfront real estate and its outstanding cultural attractions make it a rival for much larger cities. 

Downtown Sarasota

Downtown Sarasota is perfect for those who like to be at the center of it all. Sarasota is known for it’s great cultural offerings, so if you are looking for a home within walking distance of the city’s opera, art galleries and great dining , a downtown condo is ideal for you!  Downtown Sarasota
The heart of Sarasota is buzzing with activities from outdoor Farmer’s Market, boutiques,
cozy cafes, teahouses, bars, and an assortment of award winning global cuisine as well as
working artists community known as Towles Court featuring various art galleries and artist
residencies. Enjoy Marina Jacks a charming park for all to enjoy with stunning views of the
bay and Ringling Bridge. Make sure to visit the Tiki Bar for a fresh pina colada at the bar
while you roam the park. Tour the city on the water with Sight seeing cruises embarking
from Marina Jacks there is both a lunch tour and sunset dinner cruise through the inter-coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy delicious dining, outstanding views, and
and exceptional service! If you want your own day
out on the water there are boat rental services for
those who want a full or half day out on the water!
Sarasota Boat Rental offers reliable service, friendly
and knowledgeable staff, and clean rental boats -
perfect for a hassle-free day on the water. Sarasota
stays busy hosting events all year round, a list of
which can be found on the website: http://www.

Anna Maria Island

Ana Maria Island is the northernmost of the barrier islands in the Sarasota area. It is divided into three cities, Anna Maria to the north, Holmes Beach in the Centre and Bradenton Beach in the south. The island has the laid back feel of an Old Florida beach town.

Bird Key

Bird Key is an island in Sarasota Bay, linked to the mainland by John Ringling Causeway. It’s a small community of luxury homes with a great location, convenient to both Armand’s Circle and Downtown Sarasota.


Bradenton is just north of Sarasota and stretches along the Manatee River. West Bradenton is the older part of the community, and is popular because its proximity to the beach. East Bradenton is home to a number of newer neighborhoods including the Lakewood Ranch golf community.

Casey Key

Casey Key is a barrier island in Nokomis, to the south of Sarasota. Almost all homes here are waterfront and in the luxury price range.

Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch is an 8500 acre golf community east of Bradenton. It is the largest green-certified development in the country. The community consists of several different neighborhoods and housing styles from downtown apartments to luxury manor homes.

Lido Key

Lido Key is a barrier island directly west of Sarasota. It’s joined to the mainland by the John Ringling Causeway. It is home to several gorgeous sandy beaches and is adjacent to the Armand’s Circle shopping district.

Longboat Key

Longboat Key is a barrier island, between Anna Maria Island and Lido Key, to which it is joined by a causeway. It’s a great place to look for waterfront luxury homes and mid-priced luxury condos.

Palmer Ranch

Palmer Ranch is a golf course community located just south of Sarasota. It consists of nine neighborhoods including Huntington Pointe, which is close to the beach and Savannah at Turtle Rock which is a development of maintenance-free single family homes.


Osprey is a community South of Sarasota. It’s a quiet easy-going place with broad tree-lined street and ocean views. You’ll find everything from luxury waterfront homes to condos and affordable family homes.

Siesta Key

Siesta Key is a beautiful barrier island community, which is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Siesta Beach. The community is the place to look for luxury beachfront homes and ocean view condos.


Venice is a waterfront community south of Sarasota. The city boasts 14 miles of beaches and a quaint downtown that has a great laidback feel.

West Of The Trail

West of Trail is the area of Sarasota west of US 41, in Sarasota. It’s a historical part of the city with many beautiful homes. Neighborhoods include Harbor Acres, Oyster Bay and Coral Cove.


Spread out along Lemon Bay, the community of Englewood offers loads of luxury waterfront homes but is also a good place to look for affordable, single family properties as well. The community also includes Manasota Key, where there are beautiful gulf front beaches.


Sarasota Climate

Sarasota is warm and sunny all year round. In the winter the temperature is typically 65 - 70 degrees Fahrenheit (18-21 Celsius for Canadians!) and in the summer cool Gulf breezes keep the temperature between 72 and 90 (22-32 Celsius). The winter months are generally dry, while in the summer we often get afternoon thunderstorms.


Sarasota Schools

Students living in the Sarasota area are served by the Sarasota County, Manatee County and Charlotte County School Districts. School boundaries can be found on the following links:

Pine View School in Osprey was the top ranked school in the state in 2015, according to U.S. News and ranked 6th nationally. Other highly rated public schools in Sarasota include Suncoast Polytechnical and Riverview.

Sarasota Census

Population estimates, July 1, 2018, (V2018)NA
Population estimates, July 1, 2017, (V2017)419,119
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2018)NA
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2017)379,435
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2018, (V2018)NA
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2017, (V2017)10.5%
Population, Census, April 1, 2010379,448
Age and Sex 
Persons under 5 years, percent
Persons under 18 years, percent
Persons 65 years and over, percent
Female persons, percent
Race and Hispanic Origin 
White alone, percent
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
Asian alone, percent(a)
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
Two or More Races, percent
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
Population Characteristics 
Veterans, 2013-201742,527
Foreign born persons, percent, 2013-201712.4%
Housing units, July 1, 2017, (V2017)240,087
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2013-201773.4%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2013-2017$215,300
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2013-2017$1,397
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2013-2017$539
Median gross rent, 2013-2017$1,116
Building permits, 20174,344
Families & Living Arrangements 
Households, 2013-2017177,998
Persons per household, 2013-20172.24
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2013-201784.8%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2013-201712.9%
Computer and Internet Use 
Households with a computer, percent, 2013-201789.0%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2013-201781.5%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2013-201792.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2013-201733.9%
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2013-20178.8%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2013-201748.2%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2013-201744.3%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)896,229
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c)2,975,964
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1,200,117
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1,868,080
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)5,751,661
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c)$14,895
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2013-201723.6
Income & Poverty 
Median household income (in 2017 dollars), 2013-2017$55,236
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2017 dollars), 2013-2017$37,054
Persons in poverty, percent
Total employer establishments, 201613,671
Total employment, 2016142,030
Total annual payroll, 2016 ($1,000)6,044,037
Total employment, percent change, 2015-20163.0%
Total nonemployer establishments, 201640,328
All firms, 201243,592
Men-owned firms, 201223,648
Women-owned firms, 201214,035
Minority-owned firms, 20125,731
Nonminority-owned firms, 201236,185
Veteran-owned firms, 20124,487
Nonveteran-owned firms, 201236,328
Population per square mile, 2010682.6
Land area in square miles, 2010555.87
FIPS Code12115

Sarasota Healthcare

Sarasota offers excellent healthcare options and Sarasota Memorial Hospital, which is centrally located in Downtown Sarasota, is considered one of the top hospitals in the state.

Sarasota Transport

You can fly directly to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, daily from several US hubs and from Toronto. Tampa International is just an hour away and offers direct daily flights to over a hundred national and international destinations.

Driving time to Tampa is an hour, Orlando is 2 hours and to Miami is about 3.5 hours.

Sarasota County is served by the SCAT bus service.

Sarasota Recreation

Sarasota is truly a city where you will never run out of things to do. There is a long tradition of support the arts here and the city is home to a year round calendar of events and festivals. We also have some of the best beaches in the state and golfers have nothing to complain about either!

Sarasota Golf

Sarasota has numerous great golf courses for all levels of players. Top local courses include Legacy at Lakewood Ranch, University Park and River Strand, all three of which are open to visitors. There are a number of excellent private courses in the area as well, including the Ritz-Carlton in Lakewood Ranch and the Concession. If you're interested in Sarasota golf course homes, there are lots of great options here! 

Bent Tree Golf & Country Club

Mature oaks, expansive greens, and miles of lakes and streams create a unique and tranquil setting for this first-class, 18 hole par 72 championship golf course. Bent Tree is located east of 75 between Bee Ridge and Proctor Road.

Concession Golf & Country Club

The Concession Golf Course was designed by Jack Nicklaus in association with Tony Jacklin. This 18-hole par 72 course is located in Lakewood Ranch and offers spectacular views, peaceful surroundings, and scenic water features.

Country Club of Sarasota

The Country Club of Sarasota community is conveniently located on the East side of Beneva Road between Clark Road and the Tamiami Trail. 

This gated community of single family homes does not require mandatory country club membership. So golfer and non-golfers alike enjoy living in this community of generously proportioned home sites and diverse floor plans. This lovely community borders the TPC at Prestancia golf course and residents can also opt to join the nearby Serendipity Racquet Club with its world-class tennis, fitness, pool and dining facilities. 

Residents here at Country Club of Sarasota enjoy living in a well maintained, securely gated community. You won't find your standard cookie-cutter homes here, there is a nice variety of architecturally distinct and unique homes that are tastefully blended into the wonderfully tropic Sarasota landscape. 

Founders Club

The Founders Club is a private owned, Golf and Country Club located in Sarasota on Fruitville Road, east of I-75. The Golf Club features a 18 hole, par 72, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed golf course along acres of lakes and natural wetlands through-out the course and home areas. 

Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club

Heritage Oaks is a privately owned Golf & Country Club, located East of I-75 on Bee Ridge Extension. It features an 18 hole golf course among a beautiful setting that includes over 50 acres of wetlands and nature preserves, 4 tennis courts, swimming pools, fitness center for an active Florida lifestyle.

Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club

The Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club is located in the master planned community of Lakewood Ranch in southeastern Manatee County of Florida. 

The stunning collection of homes that comprise this gated community are built around the 54-hole private Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club and the Athletic Center. 

Besides the course, 36 holes of which were designed by the Palmer Course Design Co., and 18 holes designed by Rick Robbins there is a practice range, practice chipping area and practice putting greens. The large clubhouse features a formal dining room, grille and lounge, banquet facilities, private dining rooms, men's and ladies' lounges and card rooms, golf pro shop, locker rooms, cart storage and administrative offices. The Athletic Center features 18 lighted tennis courts, pro shop and deli; heated Junior Olympic and resort pools; and Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, aerobic room, steam rooms, saunas, whirlpool, therapy rooms, and locker rooms.


Laurel Oak Golf & Country Club

The Laurel Oak Golf and Country Club is a private golf course community of over 800 acres located east of I-75 off of Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota featuring two championship golf courses crafted by Gary Player. The club's other amenities include 12 Har Tru tennis courts, a full-size heated swimming pool and a beautiful clubhouse.

Longboat Key Golf Club

The Longboat Key Golf Club in Sarasota is an award-winning golf course with a 27-hole layout, it consists of three nines that make up three distinctive eighteen hole options, along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The Longboat Key Club provides its members with a consistent standard of excellence that has made it a premier private membership club on the golf coast.

Misty Creek Golf & Country Club

Misty Creek Golf & Country Club in Sarasota, east of I-75 is set in a wildlife preserve with resident bald eagles. It is only par 72 championship golf set on 350 acres of preserve with lakes and hammock forests, where every fairway is bordered with native trees, wetlands, and wild life.

Palm Aire Country Club

Palm Aire Country Club privately-owned Country and Golf Club featuring two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Joe Lee & Dick Wilson and a full array of athletic and social activities. Palm Aire Country Club is conveniently located between Sarasota and Bradenton off University Parkway.

Prestancia Golf Course

Prestancia is an exclusive Country Club community located in the heart of Palmer Ranch in Sarasota, FL. Minutes from Interstate 75, Siesta Key, one of the world's most acclaimed beaches, and downtown Sarasota. Prestancia, a 24 hour guard gated community, is home to the exclusive TPC Prestancia. TPC Prestancia is a non-equity Club operated by Heritage Golf Group and is a member of the TPC Network of properties nationwide. Opened in 1985, TPC Prestancia was the third private club in the TPC Network and has been the host club for eight Chrysler Cup Tournaments and five American Express Invitationals, Champions Tour events, on-equity Golf Country Club with two championship golf courses.

TPC Prestancia's Mediterranean-style Clubhouse features à la carte and private meeting spaces with banquet facilities for indoor and outdoor dining. Golf and social events are held throughout the year for Members. For added comfort and convenience, Members enjoy full-service locker rooms and a TPC Golf Shop fully stocked with an array of equipment and golf fashions.

Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club

Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club is a gated community in Sarasota, FL. Located in the master planned community known as Palmer Ranch, it is conveniently located to shopping, restaurants, and downtown Sarasota; world renowned Siesta Key Beach is less than a half hour drive from the front gate. 

Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club offers a challenging Arthur Hills designed golf course which opened in 1994. The par 72 layout will appeal to all skill levels of players. The course provides 6 teeing grounds ranging from 6,587 yards from the tips to 4,965 yards from the forward tees. The layouts well-manicured Bermuda grass fairways and Tiffeagle Ultra Dwarf greens will not disappoint. Be sure to bring quality shot making, as the course has water hazards, and natural wetlands that come into play 17 out of the 18 holes. 

The Meadows Golf & Country Club

The Meadows Golf and Country Club features a 18-hole Meadows Member Course redesigned by golf architect Ron Garl. It has one of the finest layouts in the area, offering six sets of tees with yardage from 4,586 to over 6,700. Other amenities are: The Meadows Country Club Tennis Center, 5,000 sq ft. Fitness Center, a junior Olympic Pool Complex and a variety of dining choices.

The Oaks Club Sarasota

The Oaks Golf & Country Club Sarasota is a country club community encompassing 1,000 acres east and west of South Tamiami Trail/Route 41 in Osprey, FL. Located close to downtown Sarasota, world renowned beaches, and excellent schools, this luxurious country club community is comprised of three distinct neighborhoods, The Oaks Clubside, The Oaks Bayside and The Oaks Preserve. Each offers its own unique look, feel and amenities. From spectacular waterfront estates that back up to Little Sarasota Bay to golf course homes to maintenance-free villas and condominiums, The Oaks truly offers something for everyone. 

Residents of The Oaks Club community are required to join the Club as Equity or Social members. This form of membership is important, because it ensures the Club's financial stability, helps to promote social interaction among the members, and reinforces the sense of community. Non-residents may participate in the Club as Associates. The three categories of Associates are golf, tennis, and social/dining. 

The Oaks Club is the area's only private, member-owned golf course community offering two championship golf courses, award-winning tennis programs, an elegant club, and three of the best restaurants in town. Members of The Oaks Club enjoy two 18-hole golf courses designed by Arthur Hills and Willard C. Byrd the Heron and the Eagle. Oaks Clubside is also home to the 41,000 square foot Georgian style clubhouse, which includes a well-stocked pro shop, a regulation croquet court, a junior-Olympic swimming pool and twelve Har-Tru tennis courts.

University Park Country Club

The University Park Country Club, rated #1 Golf Course in Southwest Florida features 27 holes of championship golf. The Lush fairways of the golf course traverse the natural woodlands and native habitat. Members also enjoy 11 lighted har-tru tennis courts with breathtaking lakeside views, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center. The Park Grille & Café, an award-winning dining and banquet destination overlooks the 9th and 18th greens and an expansive shimmering lake.

Sarasota Beaches

Sarasota Beaches are something Sarasota has in abundance. Probably the most famous is Siesta Beach, which is frequently cited as the best in the country. Located on the Siesta Key barrier island, its sparkling white quartz sand and the stunning turquoise waters of the Gulf are a sight to behold. Another local beach worth mentioning is Brohard in Venice. This is the place to come if your four-legged friend also enjoys taking a dip. It's almost a mile of sandy dog heaven, with lots of facilities for the two-legged members of the family as well.


Sarasota Arts, Culture and Recreation

Sarasota has a long tradition as an artists' haven and as a result, the cultural scene here could rival that of any large metropolis. The city has its own opera and several theater companies. There is a year-round schedule of festivals that covers everything from jazz, chamber and folk music to sand sculpting.

For sports fans, the Sarasota area is home to three major league spring training camps, the Orioles play at Ed Smith Stadium, the Pittsburg Pirates are just to the north in Bradenton and to the south in Port Charlotte, you'll find the Tampa Bay Rays. The Atlanta Braves Spring Training Complex opening in 2019. A year-round facility for Braves players development, training & rehabilitation.  Sarasota is also a stop on the ATP Challenger Tour. The other big sporting event on the city's calendar is the Powerboat Grand Prix, which takes place in June of every year.

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