Rolling white-sand beaches and sparkling azure waters combine with a sophistication and charm to make Sarasota the gem of Florida's Gulf Coast. The endless array of activities and the exhilarating mixture of attractions, restaurants and shopping near the homes for rent will appeal to anyone. There is so much to do, like explore master works of art, catch a round of golf, stroll through world-class shops, canoe through unspoiled mangrove-lined waterways, dine on a bay-front cruise, or just dig your feet in the sand and bask in the glow of an evening Gulf sunset. If you're looking for any of these things, Sarasota will not disappoint.
Sarasota is located on the central west coast of Florida. Its official limits include Sarasota Bay and several barrier islands between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. These islands (known as keys) include Siesta Key, Lido Key and Longboat Key, which are famous worldwide for the quality of their beaches.
Sarasota, together with its neighbors to the north and south, Manatee County and Charlotte County, form the 7th-largest market in Florida. It is also one of Florida's fastest-growing major markets. The Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte area is one of the largest, most affluent markets in Florida. It has a strong base of retirement-age people -- about a third of the population -- but the fastest-growing segment of the market is middle-aged adults and their children. It has approximately 1/4 the population of the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. Quality service is available from knowledgeable physicians, bankers, lawyers, investment brokers, lenders and insurance agents who can help answer your questions about living and conducting business in Florida.
Local higher education in the area includes Argosy University/Sarasota, Eckerd College, FSU Film School, Keiser University, Manatee Community College, New College of Florida, Ringling School Of Art And Design, Sarasota County Technical Institute and the University of South Florida at Sarasota-Manatee.
In the Sarasota area, you can enjoy the breathtaking sunsets, educational museums, operas, ballets, plays, golf tournaments, and boat races. You can join in tennis, lawn bowling, water skiing, shell collecting, bird watching, growing exotic tropical plants, taking university classes, golfing, or boating.
Traveling to areas around Sarasota is easy, with quick access to Interstate-75. Tampa's amenities, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Florida Aquarium, Dali Museum and other attractions, are only an hour north of Sarasota. Disney World's many attractions near Orlando, are only 125 miles away, about a 2.5 hour drive.
But residents from any neighborhood can enjoy the wide range of activities available right in Sarasota. Whether your taste in art leans more toward circus posters, Rubens and Poussin, seashell creations, sand sculptures, or the new art of the Ringling School of Art students, you can find it here. Your hunger for theater can be filled by the Foreign Film Festival, the Asolo Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre, Island Players, Lemon Bay Playhouse, or Theatre Works, for a start. There is also the Florida West Coast Symphony, Key Chorale, Gloria Musicae, the Jazz Club of Sarasota, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Sarasota Blues Society, Sarasota Opera Association, or the Sarasota Concert Band. Sarasota's cultural attractions are all gems, but the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is its crown jewel. If there is a restaurant style you can think of, Sarasota has it.
Sarasota boasts some of the oldest and newest homes in the area. Some homes were built over 50 years ago as winter vacation cottages. Others are new gated bay-front estates with manicured grounds, marble foyers, soaring ceilings, the newest fixtures and technological advances, and spectacular views. The living opportunities are as diverse as the city itself. Sarasota offers everything from beach front, condo, gated, new home and quality old homes. Along with plentiful rental options, living in this city is as easy as a Sarasota sunset. Prepare for your move to Sarasota by searching rental homes and apartments.
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