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Located between Tampa Bay and Ft. Myers, Sarasota, Florida is a cultural jewel on the Gulf of Mexico. Sarasota proves to be the perfect mix between urban locale and small town atmosphere. You will find a lively cultural scene including multiple performing arts centers and groups such as the Sarasota Opera House, the Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Concert Band as well as a wealth of arts found in the Arts Center of Sarasota and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
If you happen to be more interested in food than the arts, Sarasota hosts several food festivals throughout the year including Forks and Corks Wine and Food Festival in January, the Taste of the Sun Coast in March, the Florida Winefest & Auction in April, Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week in June and Stone Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival and Taste of Sarasota in November. Even local restaurants boast a range of cuisines from local seafood to fine dining, with one of the highest concentrations of Zagat rated restaurants in Florida. Be prepared to enjoy Florida’s weather, because many restaurants are open air.
White sand beaches and pristine views are never far from any Sarasota homes for sale. The laid back lifestyle of the West Coast of Florida includes outdoor activities such as golfing, boating, fishing, tennis, and simply enjoying the nature that surrounds the area. St. Armand’s Circle is a popular shopping area for tourists and residents alike. Popular for its diverse shops, you can find anything from designer clothes, shoes and accessories to a thoughtful gift for someone special.
The oceanfront luxury homes for sale in Sarasota rival some of the best in the country. There are several neighborhoods that offer million dollar estate homes for those with lavish taste. One in particular, Lakewood Ranch, contains several options for activities. In fact, half of its 8,500 acre community is reserved for open space and recreation areas which includes miles of nature infused hiking trails, playgrounds, pools and polo fields. The environmentally conscious will like that Lakewood Ranch is a green community, being held to the standards of the Florida Green Building Coalition. There have even been new conveniences added nearby such as a movie theater and a number of shopping options that include a Prime Outlet Mall.
If your preference leans more toward historic homes and areas, Laurel Park near downtown has been designated a National Register of Historic Places District. Home styles vary from bungalow to Mission, Colonial and Mediterranean revival with some dating back to the 1920’s. Its proximity to the local shops and restaurants only make this beautiful area more desirable. This quaint neighborhood is just a short walk from the water for the surfer or fisherman.
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