“What a wonderful guide to living in Sarasota! This book is loaded with vital information about our neighborhoods, schools, restaurants, nightspots and hidden treasures of the Gulf Coast. A must read for new arrivals to SW Florida.”–Robert & Denise Pope
Ready. Set. Move.
Greater Sarasota has more than 385,000 residents who enjoy great weather, affordable housing, abundant wildlife and natural beauty, and a host of outdoor activities year round. Sarasota is both surprisingly sophisticated and wonderfully welcoming.
Our goal is to help you make the most of our magnificent Suncoast community by helping you to:
- Choose the right place to live
- Determine the right schools for your kids
- Find the best shops for every need
- Figure out how to enjoy your leisure time
- Assimilate quickly within the community
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14 Excellent Reasons to Make the Move to Sarasota
Sarasota is Actually Affordable
Because residents benefit from no state income tax, low property taxes, a variety of budget-friendly housing options, and low energy costs, Sarasota can be a very affordable place to live. Compared to larger cities like Boston, New York City, Chicago or Washington D.C. the cost of living in Sarasota is a bargain. If you elect to make Florida your permanent state of residence you will also qualify for the Homestead Exemption which results in an extra annual $25,000 property tax deduction.
Yes, it is hot and humid in the summer, but no hotter than a typical August day in Washington, DC. Happily, we live along the coastline that blesses us with a daily refreshing Gulf breeze and frequent afternoon rain showers that offer relief from the heat.
The reward for making it through the summer heat is the promise of no snow. So, trade in your scary tire chains, noisy snow blowers, ugly mittens, and sloppy galoshes for some much-needed sunblock, swimsuits, sporty convertibles, and flip flops.
No matter what cultural and arts activities you enjoy, Sarasota has something for you year-round. Of course, the October thru May season in Sarasota offers the richest array of activities that include elegant Galas and Charity events, unforgettable Opera performances, a host of theatre options, musical entertainment, art walks and gallery showcases, a ten-day film festival, sand sculpting competition, and much, much more. Check out the Thursday Ticket in the Sarasota Herald Tribune as well as the multitude of social calendars available on line.
Award Winning White Sand Beaches
In 2011 Dr. Beach, a.k.a. Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, yes he is a real doctor and director of FIU’s highly respected Laboratory for Coastal Research, and considered America’s Foremost Beach Expert awarded Siesta Key as America’s Best Beach. The Intracoastal Waterway flows along the east side of the Key with the Gulf along the west. Siesta Beach is renowned for its brilliantly white sugar fine crystal sand that consists of 99% pure quartz, keeping it magically cool under your feet. In addition to Siesta Beach, you can enjoy the sun and sand on Longboat Key, Lido with its public pool, Crescent, Turtle, Nokomis, and Venice beaches. All are free to the public.
Multiple Housing Options
Greater Sarasota offers a vast array of housing options — from villas to townhomes, to condominiums, to humble historic houses, to mansions, to large acreage estates. Whatever your heart desires, the Suncoast has it. A four bedroom, three bath home with a refreshing pool, located behind the gates of Turtle Rock in Prestancia is currently priced at approximately $415,000, while a beachfront three bedroom, two bath condominium on Lido Key would cost around $500,000, and a single-family home on 3 acres in Northport is priced just under $300,000.
A report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that compares health differences among counties finds Southwest Florida fared well overall, according to a recent story on Sarasota’s ABC7. “Last year we were sixth in health outcomes,” explained Chuck Henry, chief officer of the Florida …Read More
You have lots of dining choices in the Sarasota area that include both national and regional as well as locally owned restaurants. But thanks to the Originals group, you can get lots of great benefits from patronizing local dining establishments. Here’s a bit of the story …Read More
Sarasota Stands Out for It’s Lush Landscape, Lively Arts Scene, and Overall Affordability As Kiplinger’s notes: Located along the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota has miles of white-sand beaches, including Siesta Beach and Lido Beach. Homes a few miles inland tend to be newer and more affordable …Read More
Sarasota Herald Tribune Blog Highlights New Businesses It can be hard to keep up with all the business activity in the thriving Sarasota economy. Happily, the Herald-Tribune gives us a hand with its regular updates on Grand Openings. A recent example is the fun and …Read More
Sarasota Magazine Picks Its Top 21 They present these fun and fabulous eateries in alphabetical order Check them out here.Read More
The Sarasota County School District is one of only five of the state’s 67 school districts graded as an A district in 2013 by the Florida Department of Education. The district is ranked third in the state in student achievement; 90 percent of its elementary …Read More
Our region’s affordable cost of housing might surprise you. You have certainly seen glossy advertisements for lavish waterfront estates and sprawling golf course mansions. But, Sarasota actually has housing options within everyone’s price range. Although the real estate market is experiencing an uptick, current pricing …Read More