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 than homes along the waterfront, which start at about $500,000. Nature lovers will find lush landscapes and subtropical wildlife at the local parks, as well as at Celery Fields (an erstwhile celery farm now known for its birds and wetlands) and the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
Sarasota also has a lively and diverse arts scene, which includes a ballet company and an 80-member orchestra. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall hosts Broadway shows, comedy acts and concerts throughout the year. Residents can choose among an array of music offerings, from jazz clubs to bluegrass jams, and browse art galleries as well as the Sarasota Museum of Art and the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy.
Florida is one of the most tax-friendly states in the country for retirees. There’s no state income tax, estate tax or inheritance tax. Permanent residents are entitled to a homestead exemption of up to $50,000. Seniors may qualify for an additional exemption.