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