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Welcome to Sarasota

You'll love living in our warm and welcoming community.

Miles of pristine white sand beaches await.

Lots of outdoor activities all year long

A cultural and arts mecca with something to entertain everyone

An endless variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options.

Exceptional healthcare for all ages

Plenty of housing choices for new residents ~

Affordable single-family homes, condos and villas

Our diverse sports activities might surprise you

A great place to retire

An inviting social scene with a calendar full of fun events

Excellent education choices for children and adults

90 percent of our elementary and middle schools are A or B schools.

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You will love our new book: Moving to Sarasota: The Un-Tourist Guide

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.

M2S-3D-coverThis fun and fact-filled guide to making Sarasota your home provides just what future residents need to settle in comfortably and quickly.

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

Reason #1
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.

Reason #2
Winterless Wonderland

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.

Reason #3
Cultural Mecca

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.

Reason #4
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.

Reason #5
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.

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