What’s it like to live in Sarasota, FL?

Warm temperatures year-round, award-winning beaches and a thriving art and cultural scene have made Sarasota a go-to place for retirees and families, not to mention a handful of celebrities (including Stephen King and Rosie O’Donnell). This southwest Florida region, which is about an hour from Tampa and two hours from Orlando, continues to attract new residents with great restaurants and plenty of shopping options.

Living in Sarasota has elements of what many consider paradise, mixed with some hints of reality. Those who live, work or visit downtown Sarasota will see their share of new construction as the region continues to see an influx of residents moving to the area. However, as the Sarasota community flourishes so does its economy. Sarasota offers a sizeable job market for those working in healthcare, small business and tourism.

U.S. News analyzed 100 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on the quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there.


What’s the weather like in Sarasota, FL?

Although heat and humidity are a regular part of life in South Florida, that doesn’t stop many people from enjoying the area’s outdoor activities, such as golfing, boating and fishing. Still, residents know to keep their umbrellas handy for the fierce rainstorms that usually pass through from April to October.



What is there to do in Sarasota, FL?

Sarasota is a great place for those who enjoy the outdoors. There are a number of parks in downtown Sarasota, not to mention the massive Myakka River State Park. Golf courses also abound. And then, of course, there are the beaches. Siesta Beach has earned acclaim for its white sand and clear water. Lido Beach, just south of St. Armands Circle, is another wide stretch of shoreline that’s easy to access. If those get crowded (as they often do), beachgoers opt for Longboat Beach, Venice Beach, Bradenton Beach or the beaches of Anna Maria Island, all of which are a short drive from Sarasota.

Where to live in Sarasota, FL?

Located at the corner of Blvd of the Arts and the Tamiami Trail, BLVD Sarasota is the most anticipated new address coming to downtown Sarasota this year. The 18-story high-rise will feature 49 boutique condo residences offering views of the Sarasota Bay by day and the dazzling city lights by night. The new Sarasota condo will offer residents amenities that can’t be matched in the area including a rooftop pool and entertainment deck, on-site restaurant and wine cellar, fifth-floor pet walk and grooming center and more. BLVD Sarasota condos are priced from $1.7 million. For more information about this new condominium development, click here.

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Published by US News Vanessa Caceres

Only in Sarasota: Nathan Benderson Park, U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships

Long known for beaches and culture, Sarasota is also gaining a reputation for world-class sporting events, including the enormous World Rowing Championships that will bring athletes and fans from around the world to Nathan Benderson Park in September.

Tickets are going quickly for the 2017 World Rowing Championships to be held Sept. 23 to Oct. 1 at Nathan Benderson Park. The event is expected to attract 40,000 spectators throughout the week to cheer on the top rowing teams from the U.S. and around the world.

The options range from $10 a day for standing-room-only access to roam Regatta Island to $20,000 to rent a private luxury suite for the week. VIP passes for the finals during the Championship Weekend Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 are already sold out, said Max Winitz, media and public relations manager for the World Rowing Championships organization. Ticket sales are at 68 percent of the organizers’ goal and are expected to accelerate when participating countries select all their athletes.

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Home to many of the greatest minds in the world in both business and politics, there is a lot to love about our Nation’s Capital. The underrated food scene, living near the Potomac and of course, endless landmark architecture and history. However, when residents of Washington D.C. are ready to escape from the stressful city life, many have found a tropical oasis that rivals their capital city address. Welcome to Sarasota, Florida.

1. Foodie Haven
Sure, D.C. has great crab, arguably the best in the country but Sarasota has got some serious seafood game themselves. When it comes to great food, Sarasota delivers. Sarasota is home to more than fourteen hundred restaurants from elegant gourmet eateries to fantastic food trucks. No matter what you crave, you can find it or find the fixings to prepare it. We have multiple fresh food markets, boutique/specialty grocery stores, weekly farmer’s markets, traditional butcher shops, and fresh seafood vendors (of course).

2. Big Top History Buff
Not exactly the U.S. History of the Nation’s Capital but the history of Sarasota is directly tied to the old fashioned American Dream. Home to the “Greatest Show on Earth” and John Ringling, Sarasota boasts the Ringling Museum which depicts the history and story of the Ringling Circus, including a tour of the Ca’d’Zan Mansion, Museum of Art and Circus Museum.

3. World’s Best Beaches
Nothing against the Chesapeake Bay but there is really no comparison as far as beaches are concerned. Award-winning beaches have drawn residents and visitors to Sarasota, Florida for decades. With over 40 miles of pristine coastline, Sarasota beaches are stretched out over six barrier islands along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Each coastal getaway offers a unique characteristic of Florida beauty. Common to all – the powdery white sand and warm, crystal clear waters simply can’t be beat on a sunny day.

4. Landmark Architecture
Little known fact: Sarasota, Florida is home to some of the country’s finest examples of mid-century modern architecture. You might not notice it at first—it’s not well-publicized, and often the buildings are tucked away on side streets or behind lush rows of palms. Still, they’re there, and they’ve been drawing a small but loyal stream of architectural tourists. They come to see Paul Rudolph’s 1953 Umbrella House, with its cubed structure and lemon-yellow door, or Victor Lundy’s 1958 Lutheran Church with its striking, tent-like roof and many more.

It’s fun to drive around, searching out these gems. It feels a bit like a scavenger hunt, where each clean-lined discovery is better than the next. It gives you the sense that there’s a lot to explore in this Gulf Coast town, a lot more then you may have of heard—if you’ve heard anything at all.

But if you haven’t heard much about Sarasota, you likely will soon. Not only is the city the 10th-fastest growing in the country, but its beaches are regularly listed among the nation’s best. Combine that with a charming downtown, a thriving food scene, an ever-growing list of cultural attractions (like the Sarasota Museum of Art and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens), and it’s no wonder this laid-back beach town is becoming a warm weather travel destination for arts lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Are you ready to make your move? Sarasota’s newest and most impressive downtown address is home to just 49 expansive modern condominiums and an unprecedented level of resort-style amenities. BLVD Sarasota, a brand-new luxury high-rise tower located in Downtown Sarasota’s Rosemary District, beside the famed Boulevard of the Arts, is a masterpiece of design, blending contemporary style with today’s modern necessities to meet the demand for a chic urban lifestyle in one of Florida’s most desirable coastal communities.

The extraordinary design, unprecedented amenities and an enviable location combine to create a true walkable lifestyle in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Situated in the renowned arts and culture district of the Rosemary District, the 18-story tower showcases panoramic waterfront and city views from truly expansive private terraces.

The city of Sarasota can be described as the epicenter of Florida innovation. With the constant creation of timeless art, a booming entrepreneur-driven economy and an ever-evolving downtown atmosphere, residents of the Sunshine State look to Sarasota to answer the question of “what’s next?”. And now, the town is buzzing with excitement as BLVD Sarasota has the answer to that question.
Always on the cutting edge of innovation, Key Solutions Real Estate has partnered with IMERZA to incorporate a one-of-kind virtual tour experience showcasing the stunning residences at BLVD, unlike anything the city has seen before.

With IMERZA’s cutting edge virtual reality technology, buyers can tour, design and decide to buy with confidence. Real-time virtual walkthroughs featuring unparalleled graphics, perspectives and the ability to make real-time upgrades specific to a client’s style allow buyers to see the space as their own. Fixtures, finishes, furnishings and more can be changed at the touch of a button. Homebuyers are able to compose an immersive experience of their new sanctuary and snap a photo for effortless sharing.

Our Virtual Reality Sales Studio is now open at 500 Tamiami Trail. Don’t miss your opportunity to secure your first selection and special pre-construction pricing during our introductory offering.

Request a digital brochure here.

The vibrant downtown city of Sarasota continues to attract world-renowned talent across many factions of industry including arts & culture, retail, and real estate. Very quietly, the city has also attracted wine lovers from across the globe because of their growing lists of wine bars and perfect pairs that local chefs have cooked up. The dining scene in Sarasota is beginning to become the worst-best kept secret in Florida and wine lovers are the first ones discovering this unique combination.

Here are a few of our favorite spots to sip on a fresh pinot or try an exotic blend:

Sarasota Vineyard

Sarasota Vineyard is a warm, friendly environment that is perfect for catching up with friends, first dates, intimate gatherings and corporate parties. The wine list changes regularly and always includes an array of both old and new world wines. More than 100 wines are featured in the wine dispensers, offering the ability to try new and exotic wines in one ounce, three ounce or six ounce pours.

Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar

An intimate urban-sophisticated restaurant that is refined both in ambiance and menu, Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar is a favorite with local gourmands and visiting culinary adventure-seekers. Chef/owners Ryan Boeve and Arthur Lopes (see also: Lila) strike a balance between global and local dishes with an award-winning and extensive wine list.

Magnum Wine & Tastings

A sophisticated destination for Girl’s Night Out, after-office drinks, or a quiet glass of wine or beer with someone special. Owner/Proprietor, Heath Cordes, will help you choose the perfect complement to any occasion or track down a favorite label or vintage that you can’t find anywhere else. Magnum Wine & Tastings is host to many of the Sarasota area’s finest wine events. Wine makers from all over the world visit the shop to share their best work with Magnum.

BLVD Sarasota

The newest, and only, luxury residential development coming to Sarasota this year will be a favorite among wine lovers. For avid wine collectors, there comes a point when a collection calls for more than your average wine rack. At BLVD, the temperature-controlled wine cellar provides an abundance of storage as well as an interesting way to entertain friends. This intimate and engaging space includes seating and a personal tasting area, where passionate vino lovers will feel right at home. The wine cellar is just the beginning to BLVD’s unique amenity offerings.

While only 49 fortunate families will enjoy this enviable lifestyle, others will marvel at the innovation and imagination show in planning the amenities at BLVD. The zero horizon rooftop pool is only the beginning –5th Floor Pet Lawn and Grooming Station, Indoor Golf Driving Range, Conference Center and the most state-of-the-art Fitness Center around. And, when you don’t feel like going far, BLVD residents are only an elevator ride away from dining at the chic, full-service restaurant on our first floor and a 100-yard stroll to the boutique coffee shop next door.

BLVD Sarasota’s Virtual Reality Sales Studio is now open at 500 Tamiami Trail. Don’t miss your opportunity to secure your first selection and special pre-construction pricing during our introductory offering. To join our VIP Interest list, receive our digital brochure or to schedule an appointment, please register today.