Siesta Key, Florida


Pros

-Attractive setting
-Historic interest
-Leisure activities

Cons

-Cost of living
-Tourist impact
-Crime rates

Location

Central Florida Gulf Coast, starting 25 miles south of the Tampa–St. Petersburg area
Profile: Resort-city complex
Elevation: 11
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time

What Bert Has To Say About North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota Metro Area


Sarasota is an affluent resort community with an interesting history. In the late 1880’s, golf was introduced to the area from Scotland, and today, there are more than 30 golf courses near downtown. Leftover Scottish influence defines the appearance of many buildings. Led in part by the Ringling family of circus fame, the area became a top resort and real estate investment attraction in the 1920’s.

Today the area is booming once again as a pleasant residential area and retirement destination, and this has impacted housing and living costs. Bradenton is more residential and close enough to the Tampa area that some make the commute, while also being close enough to that area that many weekenders make the trip south to enjoy Bradenton’s beaches. Venice is a small coastal city some 12 miles south of Sarasota.

The downtown areas of all three cities are pleasant and walkable, with plain, sprawling suburbs surrounding Bradenton and Sarasota towards the north-south I-75 corridor. Although the economy in general and future job growth projections are strong, this is not a great area for the career-minded to settle; much of the area’s wealth and economic base are brought in from elsewhere, and employment is heavily centered on healthcare, government and retail. There is plenty to do, and the area is strategically to provide a smaller city lifestyle while taking advantage of the greater set of city services available in the Tampa-St Petersburg area.

Located on the shore of Sarasota Bay, Sarasota sits on level, sandy terrain across from a long, narrow barrier island. There are areas of banyan trees and other tropical plants. Inland sections contain agriculture and orchards. The climate is subtropical with a substantial Gulf influence. Summers are long, warm, and humid, with afternoon highs of 90 or more and warm evenings in the 70’s. Afternoon sea breezes and frequent thunderstorms moderate temperatures. Winters are quite mild with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s and lows rarely below 50. Invasions of cold northern air produce an occasional light frost and a cold winter morning or two.


Highlights


CITY - Siesta Key
ZIP CODES - 34242
REAL ESTATE - For Sale  For Rent
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Quick Facts About Siesta Key


ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Siesta Key is 5.30 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Siesta Key jobs have Increased by 5.19 percent.

COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Siesta Key's cost of living is 63.50% Higher than the U.S. average.

POPULATION
As of 2014, Siesta Key's population is 6,433 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -9.45 percent.

TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 20 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Siesta Key is $508,800. Home appreciation the last year has been 15.20 percent.

SCHOOLS
Siesta Key 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 Siesta Key.


Siesta Key Housing Market


It's a good time to buy in Siesta Key. Home Appreciataion is up 15.2% in the last 12 months. Browse Siesta Key Real Estate.
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Comments


re: climate and lifestyle - 12/28/2007
Rich, I agree with everything you wrote except for one thing. No one, and I mean, NO ONE hypes the weather up unnecessarily like Jim "get me to ground zero" Cantori and... (read more)
Perfect November through April!!
May through October is another story! Heat, humidity and mozzies with 4 inch wingspans. Welcome to the Gulf... (read more)
climate and lifestyle
like any sub-tropical paradise, the climate is the best and the worst all rolled into one. Today is Dec. 28th, 2007, the temperature is 82, the breeze is on, life is as... (read more)
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