Situated to the south of the Tampa Bay area and to the north of Fort Myers, stretching across the shores of Sarasota Bay, lies the beach and bayfront city of Sarasota. It has a population of nearly 54,000 full-time residents, whose ranks swell during the winter months as seasonal residents make their escape from the cold climates up north and in the midwest.
This area is home to some of the most highly rated beaches and best weather in the country and is not only ideal for older adults, but families as well. Top rated schools include Ashton Elementary School, Sarasota Middle School, Sarasota School Of Arts/Sciences, and Sarasota Suncoast Academy. There are also a number of private schools, as well as a university.
The diverse demographics mean the city has a lot to offer for all ages and for all interests and tastes.
<h2>Sarasota Real Estate</h2>
Real estate properties are quite plentiful here by type, from luxury single family estates to master-planned communities, to condo communities right along the beach and bay, to townhomes and villas. Most of these have on-site security and a wide variety of resident amenities.
The average list price comes-in at $620,100 and the city’s median sales price stands at $220,000. The price per square foot averages $175, making it affordable for all kinds of budgets.
<h3>Things to Do and See</h3>
Sarasota is one of the best places, not only in the Sunshine State, but also, the country, for finding challenges on some of the most well-designed courses, which include such courses as Bobby Jones Golf Club, Serenoa Golf Club, The Meadows Country Club, Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club, Laurel Oak Country Club, Rolling Green Golf Club, and TPC Prestancia, just to name a few of many.
This is also home to great explorations into the past and the most striking features in nature, such as the Crowley Natural and Cultural History, Sarasota Classic Car Museum, South Florida Museum, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Cà d'Zan Mansion, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
For those who treasure plenty of choice of retail therapy, popular venues include Westfield Southgate, St. Armand's Circle, a world-famous shopping destination, Colonial Village Shopping Center, and Sarasota Crossings.
Of course, the beaches offer some great escapes, with white sand, plenty of sunshine, and wonderful places to spend a day. Being located near and on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the bay, there's ample opportunity for boating, fishing, sunbathing, snorkeling, kayaking, and sightseeing.