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Sarasota Neighborhood Guide

When you hear about Sarasota, Florida, if anything comes to mind, it is probably warm year-round weather and beautiful beaches. Sure, Sarasota is called “Paradise” for a reason, but it also has a diverse selection of neighborhoods from hip urban areas to small town exurbs and country club suburbs. There is something for everyone in “Circus City.”

Unique Sarasota Neighborhoods

Sarasota’s Gulf Gate neighborhood is home to a one of a kind collection of delis, shops, restaurants, and services. Mainly near the Gulf Gate Drive, Superior Avenue, Gateway Avenue, and Mall Drive areas, Gulf Gate has attractions for people of all ages. It used to be the quintessential neighborhood for Florida retirement in the 1970s, but it has gotten a makeover in recent years, and now, it also attracts young professionals, younger retirees, and young families.

Gillespie Park is located within an easy walking distance of the exploding downtown scene in Sarasota. This has made it a hip neighborhood in recent years. The area is known for its affordable concrete duplexes and old cottages. However, there is much revitalization going on in the area. One of the signature landmarks of Gillespie Park is the famous boat and lighthouse at Osprey and fifth. If you are in the neighborhood, be sure to try The Breakfast House.

Best Suburbs for Retirees in Sarasota

Niche is a popular real estate website that regularly locates the best suburbs to retire to in America. They recently published an article on the 2016 Best Places to Retire in Florida based on weather, quality of health care, the number of retirees, and entertainment options. The top spot on their rankings for the entire state was Warm Mineral Springs. This Sarasota suburb of about 5,000 is notable for its free-flowing artesian spring. Other suburbs on the Niche list are Englewood, Venice Gardens, Southgate, Venice, and South Bradenton.

The local Sarasota Magazine also came out with its own list of Where to Retire in Sarasota. Gillespie Park made the list. Village Gardens is another location that is noted for its affordability. It is a condo complex on the north end of town within walking distance to the airport. Lido Shores also received high marks due to its many homes designed by the famous Sarasota School of Architecture. If you have a little bit more to spend, consider Sanderling, a private, gated community on Siesta Key.

Find Your Own Ideal Sarasota

Not all retirees are looking for the same things out of a neighborhood. Fortunately, there are many tools available for finding your perfect slice of Sarasota. Neighborhood Scout offers interactive maps that help you find the best community based on crime rates, public schools, housing, and more. For instance, if low crime rates are important to you, consider Tatum / Fordville, Desoto Lakes, or Point O’ Rocks.

When you do your research, you are sure to find a neighborhood that is ideal for your lifestyle. Take the time to explore the city and find a home that is right for you.

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