Sarasota may be a small city, but it's full of a lot of personality! Every little niche has its own vibe and lifestyle.
If you're looking for an artsy side of town with an eclectic community, look no further than quaint Burns Court.
Buildings: Burns Court Villas, Palm Avenue Villas, Kanaya, Orange Club
Types: Single Family Homes, Villas/Townhomes, and Condos
Price Range: High hundred thousands to about $2million
Be sure to check out: Burns Court Cinema for all your independent and foreign films, and The Fountain restaurant, for $5 pizza on Mondays! :-)
This is where you need to be if you literally want to be in the middle of the downtown action.
Buildings: 1350 Main, 100 Central, Plaza at Five Points
Type: High-rise condos
Price Range: $400,000+. The higher the floor, the higher the price.
What stands out: You are smack in the middle of the busiest part of downtown. Walk out your door and in seconds, you can be at the Opera, FST, Whole Foods, Starbucks, or any one of the many fabulous downtown restaurants or shops.
Golden Gate Point
One of the most exclusive areas of Sarasota, this peninsula between downtown proper and the Ringling Bridge offers some of the most luxurious addresses and best views in town.
Buildings of Note: Grande Rivera, Vista Bay Point, and La Bellasara on the Point, and One Watergate, Ritz Carlton Residences, and The VUE, just across the way, among others
Types: Low-, mid-, and high-rise condos
Price Range: $300,000 to $5million
Who will really love it: Boaters! Most locations in/around downtown don't have boat docks or moorings. Golden Gate Point has several options for those who want to house their boat.
An adorable collection of historic homes set in the southern section of towntown.
Buildings: These are almost all single-family homes.
Types: Single family homes, duplexes, and a few apartments
Price Range: For the traditional historic homes in this area, you're looking at about $400,000-$900,000.
What's new? Because of this prime location that is "the best of both worlds," walkable in a friendly neighborhood setting, according to its residents, there are some new homes going up around this little community that vary greatly from the historic ones in size, architectural style, and price.
Palm Avenue Waterfront
Some of the best views in town exist in this little section on the southern edge of downtown just east of Tamiami Trail, which is also a prime spot for gallery-hopping along Palm Avenue.
Buildings: Embassy House, Frances Carlton, Bay Plaza, Marina Tower, 7OneOne Palm, Sarabande, Savoy on Palm, & Tessera, just to name a few
Types: Mid- and High-Rise Condos
Price Range: $300,000 and up
The stand out: Stroll down Palm Avenue to numerous restaurants and art galleries, or pop across 41 and enjoy the bayfront at Island Park - here you are close to everything but in a quieter way than the buildings along Main Street.
North of Fruitville, and yet still supremely walkable, these buildings offer great city and water views for a much more enticing price.
Buildings: Condo on the Bay, Beau Ciel, Alinari, Renaissance, Broadway Promeade by the water, and Valencia at Rosemary, Risdon on 5th, and Citrus Square to the east.
Types: Mid- and High-Rise Condos, plus some great new townhomes
Price Range: starting point around $200,000!
What's the catch? There really is none. You can surely walk to Main Street in less than 10 minutes, you're across the street from Van Wezel and Bayfront Park, and there are many lovely spots right there - give Lolita Tartine a try! This is a great alternative to the higher price points of other downtown neighborhoods, and still with a great view.