Sarasota, Florida, is well-known as one of the region's most culture-rich cities, and downtown Sarasota is the center of it all. Located on Sarasota Bay, downtown offers something for everyone. It provides a wide array of big city activities and events while still retaining the small town vibe.
Visitors to downtown will enjoy an eclectic mix of shops and dining, with everything from kicky used book shops to gourmet restaurants. One of the most popular shopping events in the downtown area is First Friday. On the first Friday of every month, the local businesses on Main Street and Palm Avenue extend their hours, allowing shoppers to enjoy evening shopping while sipping on wine. Be sure to come back on Saturday morning to visit the Sarasota Farmer's Market at the corner of Lemon and Main. It takes place every Saturday, rain or shine. The market features fresh produce, flowers, arts & crafts, as well as just-baked breakfast food. It is a wholesome activity for the entire family, including four-legged friends. Read more about downtown Sarasota real estate.
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Visitors to downtown will enjoy an eclectic mix of shops and dining, with everything from kicky used book shops to gourmet restaurants. One of the most popular shopping events in the downtown area is First Friday. On the first Friday of every month, the local businesses on Main Street and Palm Avenue extend their hours, allowing shoppers to enjoy evening shopping while sipping on wine. Be sure to come back on Saturday morning to visit the Sarasota Farmer's Market at the corner of Lemon and Main. It takes place every Saturday, rain or shine. The market features fresh produce, flowers, arts & crafts, as well as just-baked breakfast food. It is a wholesome activity for the entire family, including four-legged friends.
Other fun options to partake in downtown include athletic pursuits such as walking the gorgeous (and now iconic) Ringling Bridge and renting kayaks, boats, or jet-skis from vendors along the bayfront. Speaking of the beautiful waters of the gulf and bay, downtown is located right on the waterfront. Residents enjoy not only the spectacular views from the condos, but also the proximity to Island Park, a great place to walk or run, and to the world-renowned beaches. Downtown is just minutes from the sugary sands of Siesta, Lido and Longboat Key Beaches.
Another reason for Sarasota's popularity is that the city offers something for every taste. There is a thriving community of visual artists showing their works at several venues throughout the city. The world-famous Ringling complex is situated on 20 acres and contains the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, two circus museums, the historic Ca d'Zan mansion, the Asolo Theater and the Ringling College of Art and Design.
Other cultural amenities include the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, featuring diverse entertainment from Broadway musicals to family fun, the West Coast Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Ballet.
There is an appealing array of property available for people who want to live in the center of everything Sarasota has to offer. High-rise condos give many residents the best of both worlds, with to-die-for water and city views and walkability to many shops, restaurants, and other amenities. If a yard is a must for you, Laurel Park may appeal. Located within walking-distance to everything, the neighborhood features adorable historic homes and an active and friendly community feel.
Sarasota was chosen by CNN/Money Magazine as America's Best Small City and one of the top eight Best Places to Retire in the US. Discerning people from all across the US, Canada and Europe must agree, as they flock to the area every year.
Beaches, sunshine, arts, restaurants, entertainment, golf, friends. We like the idea of downtown because we are walkers. The homeless problem prevented us from buying there.
We love Sarasota and have been coming here for years. We originally thought about downtown because we like the vibe. Ultimately, we decided to purchase west of the trail because of the homeless problem downtown. There are just too many homeless downtown and it is starting to make the town less desirable.
I love living downtown. It is vibrant, energetic and fun yet isn't too large. I have lived in a condo for several years and would not trade it for the suburbs.
Homeless people. Please fix it Sarasota!
In my opinion it is the best place to live in Sarasota if you enjoy the city lifestyle. This area of Florida has so much to offer.
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Four Things to Know About Downtown Sarasota Real Estate
Most downtown Sarasota real estate options consist of condominiums.
There aren't many single family homes downtown. See Laurel Park if you want one.
If you want a walkable lifestyle get as close to Main Street as you can.
Many Realtors stretch the definition of "Walkable". Ask Us where to live downtown.
Downtown Sarasota Lifestyle Explained by a Resident
For me, a huge part of Sarasota’s charm is the cool combination of big city cultural venues and easy-going small town charm… and then of course, there’s the amazing waterfront! Day or night, there’s plenty to do, whether you’re into outdoor recreation, the arts or just daydreaming the day away on picture-perfect beaches.
I love strolling downtown, roaming the shops and then stopping for a cup of coffee and a perfect pastry at Allegra at Whole Foods, my absolute favorite café. If you like a little entertainment along with your retail therapy, check out downtown’s First Fridays, monthly events when shops and galleries are open late with complimentary refreshments. Be sure to save some money for Saturday though, when the Sarasota Farmers’ Market opens up with loads of crafts, jewelry, local produce and awesome breakfast foods. My friends and I love to grab some fresh-baked muffins and fruit and head down to the waterfront for a little picnic in the grass.
Which brings me to one of the very best features of my favorite city – it’s right on drop-dead gorgeous Sarasota Bay. Cool mornings are perfect for walking the Ringling Bridge, cycling to Island Park or just packing up the car and taking the short drive out to Lido, Siesta or Long Key where sugary white sands fringe those gorgeous translucent Gulf waters. You can swim, sun, snorkel or rent water sport equipment for some seaside fun.
Flowers are everywhere here! The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are the perfect place to while away a balmy afternoon among rare orchids, mysterious mangroves and glimmering koi ponds. If you want to be where the really wild things are, head over to the Sarasota Jungle Gardens where you can roam ten spectacular acres of tropical gardens or have a turn at holding an eight-foot Burmese python at the bird and reptile show!
Sarasota’s lively arts scene rivals that of any city in the country, just one reason it’s known as the Cultural Capital of Florida. Visit awe-inspiring museums and impressive galleries by day, or experience the wonder of artistic evenings. You can head to The Ringling Museum of Art’s after-hours event, Art After 5, for cocktails and a stroll through the exhibits, or check out Friday evening art walks at Palm Avenue, Towles Court and Burns Court for live music and open galleries and studios.
You can’t be in Florida and not have a special sunset ritual, and one of my absolute favorites is combining beauty and exercise by walking the Ringling Bridge as the sun goes down. Once darkness falls and the city lights are twinkling, we sometimes take the dog, stroll down Main Street and slip into the marina to roam the docks, view the visiting boats or just watch the stars come out.
The end of the day also signals the time for one of Sarasota’s very fine and very cheap happy hours – check out great views of Bird Key and super drink prices at Marina Jacks or go upscale with magnificent martinis under the umbrellas at Mattison’s. If you’re still hungry after all those delicious tapas, there are a myriad of restaurant options; Sarasota is truly a foodie heaven! You can dig into anything from Mediterranean fusion at chichi Mozaic to top-notch seafood at delightfully funky Owen’s Fish Camp.
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Why Live in Downtown Sarasota?
Downtown Sarasota, Florida is an ideal locale for active people of all ages. Sarasota offers plenty of pristine coastlines to enjoy year-round, but downtown is where the action truly happens. Packed with amazing dining, entertainment and shopping options, downtown Sarasota is a fun and culture-filled place to live.
If you are looking for a vibrant music scene, downtown Sarasota has you covered. You’ll find an abundance of concert halls and clubs where you can find your favorite performers or talented up-and-comers. Spend an evening at the Sarasota Opera, which has been entertaining guests for over 50 years and offers a wide array or performances. Or grab tickets for a show at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, which can seat over 1,700 concert fans. For a more laid-back musical experience head to one of the many bars that feature great live music alongside amazing cocktails, like the ever-popular Five O’Clock Club. Or head outdoors and check out the annual Blues Festival at the Bradenton Riverwalk.
If you’re an art lover, then you’ll love filling your Sarasota home with pieces found in downtown’s rich arts scene. It’s hard to walk down the street in downtown Sarasota without bumping into an art gallery or other cultural destination. There is a variety of art festivals held regularly throughout the year, and there are plenty of unique boutiques and shops featuring handcrafted items. Check out the amazing finds at Towles Court or head to Burns Court to seek out priceless antiques.
If you’re a foodie at heart then you can’t beat the variety of amazing restaurants that downtown Sarasota has to offer. You can find everything from freshly caught local seafood to ethnic cuisine from all corners of the globe. There are so many dining options that it can be hard to choose, which is why culinary tours have become so popular in the area. These guided expeditions allow you to taste the best of the best at some of the area’s most beloved restaurants and bakeries.
There is an endless amount of things to see and do in downtown Sarasota. Take a picture at the famous Unconditional Surrender statue. Catch a movie at the Burns Court Cinema. Spend a lazy day fishing at Hart’s Landing. Or ring in the New Year with the Pineapple Drop, a huge New Year’s Eve party that welcomes thousands of revelers each year.
No matter where your interests reside, you are bound to find plenty to do in downtown Sarasota. It is an exciting place to live where no two days have to be the same.
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Because downtown Sarasota is our home.
With so many real estate options in downtown Sarasota, DWELL Real Estate can help you navigate the many condo and home communities, narrowing down the choices until you find the perfect home. Whether you are looking for a cozy condo with a large terrace and a personal concierge or a large condo with floor to ceiling windows, a library, and a resort-style pool in which the children can entertain their friends, our agents will help educate and explain the downtown Sarasota real estate market.
No matter which stage of life you find yourself in, life in downtown Sarasota is about more than just concrete, windows and square footage. It’s about lifestyle. It is only here that you will find yourself living the kind of lifestyle most people only dream of living. It is here you can marry a life of luxury with the casual feel of beach living. Weekends are perfectly spent making the short drive over the bridge onto the white sand beaches of the barrier islands with the children. If you’re retired and finally able to live life on your own terms, perhaps a round of golf on one of the many championship golf courses located only minutes from your front door sounds like a perfect way to spend a weekday morning. Retired, working, or raising a family, evenings are perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail on the bay at the Ritz-Carlton and a delicious dinner at one of downtown’s many upscale restaurants.
Finding the perfect downtown Sarasota condo means waking up to the first day of the rest of your life. Let one of our Realtors help you find the perfect home for your family, whether they live with you full time or visit a few times a year with the grandchildren. Don’t just choose a new home; choose a new lifestyle. The life of your dreams is much closer to reality than you think.
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