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Is Sarasota The New, Hot Place To Move?

Check out these interesting facts about your great city!   As of 2014, Sarasota’s population is 52,501 people.  Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 26%.  The median home cost in Sarasota is $151,000.  Home appreciation in the last year has been 14.09 percent.  Compared to the rest of the country, Sarasota’s cost of living is 3.80% lower than the U.S. Average.  Sarasota’s public schools spend $13,014 per student.  The average school expenditure in the U.S. Is $12,435.  There are about 17.3 students per teacher in Sarasota.  The unemployment rate in Sarasota is 5.00%, whereas the US average is 6.30%.  Recent job growth is very positive and job availability has increased this year by 5.19%.

Sounds pretty darn good to me.  The above statistics plainly illustrate a prosperous financial trend, the advantage of public schooling, the ideal price-range of affordable housing and the ability to keep the job market healthy.

The phenomenon that occurred in the New York housing game, namely Manhattan dwellers trading in their expensive high rise apartments to move to Brooklyn, made Brooklyn the hip, new place to live.  Just like  Brooklyn, Sarasota has its own shabby chic areas that are really starting to come back, and if you’re looking to take advantage of the good life in Sarasota, these up- and -coming areas give you a lot more bang for your buck!  A little work, some cosmetics and BAM!  You’re in and you’re hip and you’re living in the coolest spot in the city.  Here are some examples of the new, hipper places to check out when looking for a home in Sarasota.

Sarasota Bradenton RestaurantsSome of the most interesting people in town are giving a second glance to these refurb areas that are inviting interesting shops and restaurants that bring a good steady income to the area.  When you’re here, everything is just around the corner!   You’ll find bungalows, in the mid-century modern class, as well as the ranch house your Grandma had, and, well, they are suddenly very chic.  These  areas are about to take off, so now’s the time to grab something historic, but very cool, before everybody finds out.  

Take Gillespie Park for example. This neighborhood has been taking off for a long time but it is finally becoming the bohemian enclave it was always destined to become.  Why now?  Because downtown Sarasota has exploded with its art scene, music, new shops and eateries popping up all over the place. Gillespie Park is literally across the street. What was once a place to avoid, Gillespie Park is becoming a place that is morphing into the perfect neighborhood, showing more houses each month that are getting a make -over and drawing attention to a more interesting place to buy.

The Paver / Ringling Park area also borders downtown Sarasota on the east side.  It is made up of small custom homes from the 50’s, all pretty much the same floor plans, but a short walk to downtown, or a short drive to anywhere.  It’s an easy trip to the beach, the ballpark and other attractions.  These homes have great potential and there are a handful of designers who will be glad to help you create a re-do.

Gulf Gate has been a hot retirement area since the 70’s, and those retirees looking to downsize into an apartment are laying the groundwork for young families to move in and take over.  Once a sad collection of shabby stores and tanning salons, Gulf Gate Village is presently the hippest place to live in Sarasota. The once hole-in-the-wall corner bars are becoming an important part of the Sarasota music scene.  I’m reading that this is the best bar/music scene in town.  Places like Mr. Beery’s and the Angry Pickle are the current rage. But that’s not the whole story.  It’s a foodie’s destination, featuring everything from Vegetarian to excellent Italian, and it’s a great spot to find gourmet with a twist, featuring anything from cupcakes and sushi to import grocers, and some greasy spoons that serve legendary junk food. Its also an easy bike ride to Siesta Key.

Last on our tour of the popular places to move in Sarasota is Pine Shores.  Right over the South Bridge and past Midnight Pass Road is a little-known neighborhood that is the only mainland community that’s a quick walk to Siesta Key. Of all of the waterfront communities west of the Tamiami Trail , Pine Shores is both vibrant with houses under $100k, and it’s a sleepy community.  Lots of land and a 1950’s spirit of design gives life to eccentricity.  The three distinct styles on Pine Shores are the newer waterfront homes that are high $$, the one story condos and the older homes near Tamiami Trail that are totally affordable to young and old alike and family-friendly.

Sarasota Bradenton VacationWhat more can I say?  Sarasota’s schools are excellent, the unemployment rate is lower than most places in the country and there’s great-looking, affordable housing. If you’re an artist or a musician, you’ll find your niche right here in Sarasota’s vibrant music scene.  Between Anna Maria Island and Siesta Key, you’ve got some of the country’s best beaches.  You can dine out on almost any international dining style, and enjoy anything from the finest restaurants to the best take-outs and everything in-between.

There’s a lot of history in Sarasota, which boasts 71 different registered sights on the National Register of Historic Places.  Just a few are Caples and Ringling Estates Historic District, the U.S. Post Office-Federal Building, the Christy-Payne Mansion, the El Verona Hotel-John Ringling Hotel, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and the Atlantic Coast Line Passenger Depot. So there is always something fun to do and a new place to explore, so there’s never a dull moment in Sarasota.  

There is culture, theater, and an opportunity for adults and children to take dance instruction, learn to play an instrument or act in local plays and musicals.  When you add it all up, Sarasota has more to offer in a consistently warm climate that affords so much more time to play, than places that have cold winters, and summers that barely last 4 months.  So come on down.  Now’s a great time to make Sarasota your home! It’s a city to come to when you’re young, and stay till your Golden Years!

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