Sarasota, Florida 

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Sarasota an illusion. - 9/17/2020
Lived here 20 years. Gulf of Mexico is destroyed and polluted by cities dumping thousands of gallons of waste water into it. Crime swept under the rug. Huge drug problem. Homelessness galore. Astronomical housing prices. Horrible traffic. The museum is wonderful and the water is beautiful to look at. But it’s all a facade. Read More

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Sarasota is Paradise! - 8/21/2019
Sarasota is paradise! We live in downtown Sarasota and walk almost everywhere. Within a 20 minute walking distance we access numerous delicious restaurants, 10 live performance theaters (Florida Studio Theater has 5 separate venues) and two movie theaters. Many of the restaurants have live music. The parks on Sarasota Bay provide beautiful opportunities to relax, exercise, walk the dog, paint, and more. Sarasota's commitment to the arts results in a year round schedule of festivals with artists from around the world expanding our horizons. I strongly recommend Sarasota for active Read More

Why We Liked, But Left, Sunny Sarasota - 1/4/2019
With white sandy beaches, a sunny climate and more cultural appeal than many other Floridian cities, Sarasota is a popular retirement destination- and with good reason. Haing lived there for a number of years, here are our lessons learned. While we ultimately chose to leave the sunshine state (and are very happy with our choice!) there are definitely some tempting draws.

First, the positives. With what has been voted the number one beach in America, Siesta Key’s white quartz sand and tropical blue waters offer year round family entertainment- free of charge... if you can get a parking place. The health care is great, downtown continues to undergo redevelopment and outlying communities offer easy proximity to golf courses, shopping (some of the malls offer concierge parking) and entertainment. The ballet, opera and West Coast Black Theatre Troupe are just a few of the cultural amenities on offer.

About 20 minutes drive from downtown, Lakewood Ranch has a Read More

Pathetic place! - 11/29/2018
In a word? Creepy! It’s really rundown, a downright scary place. I just can’t see the draw to this place! Jobs are non existent. Auto insurance is doubled from where I moved from. Costs are sky high and fir the life of me I can’t understand why? This place boasts a cultural arts scene, everything looks to me like it’s been dipped in water and left out to rust. “Country Clubs” have paper signs in front selling at 30% discount? The mall is ok at best, the beach has white sand, yes but junkies galore here, it’s scary to go to Publix. It’s depressing, zero restaurants worth the bother to dine. Dirty, filthy town that I find it hard to believe anyone would want to live in. Can’t imagine where someone could lived yo find this a paradise. Can’t wait to leave here! Read More

Chicagoland native that moved here 1 yr ago - 11/3/2018
We moved from the Chicago suburbs to Sarasota a year ago in Aug. We settled into Gulf Gate Estates, which is an excellant family neighborhood, with excellant A rated schools. Gulf Gate is a prime location with stores,speciality shops and restaurants within walking distance. We're a mile and a half from Siesta Key, 1hr and 15 minutes from Tampa Airport, and the same distance to Busch Gardens. There's a chain of islands to explore, all within 30 minutes. Siesta Key being the most popular. If you're looking for a slower place, with that true authentic FL island feel, I HIGHLY recommend Anna Maria Island. My husband and I had our wedding on the beach there, and the sunsets are breathtaking. I recommend going to the AMI Pier and grabbing a bowl of fresh gumbo, where you can sit on the dock and eat, grab a beer and listen to the waves underneath you. While you're at it, head over to Longboat Key. Sarasota County county is also home to Casey Key, which has AWESOME beaches. And about 20 Read More

What a hidden treasure! - 10/25/2018
I have lived here since 2008, and Sarasota is a gem! The beaches are beautiful. The schools here are near top notch. Crime is low. Can't ask for much Read More

Canyonlands - 7/12/2018
After two decades, hardly recognizable. Quaint downtown is now canyon lands. Streets are shadowed by high rise condos and office buildings on both sides with a half dozen or more planned as 2017 heads into 2018. Sarasota is also on every homeless persons bucket list resulting in battles between tourist interests and homeless advocates. Park benches were often occupied reclining itinerants whom the courts determined had equal access. Rather than offend, the city removed the benches.

Sarasota has always been a haven for artists whose community consists of fine and contemporary art to performing art many starting during the days of Ringling. Sarasota has a first class museum, its own opera, ballet and orchestra. There are film festivals plus a couple for the LGBTQIA community. There are a half a dozen performing arts theaters with the grand master being the Van Wezel. It attracts first class talent of all genres world wide. Of course there are multiplex theaters, and an Read More

Great place - but expensive - 6/5/2018
I moved here in 2009 from out west. I fell in love with Sarasota when I was exploring while looking for a new place to live. I wanted beaches, great weather, and culture. Check, check, check. Lots of restaurants and shopping, too. But, you will take a big pay cut to live here and the cost of living is high. If you're buying a home, you won't get much for your money. If you buy and condo or townhome, tack on a chunk for monthly/quarterly fees. And watch those flood zones -- you can end up paying a fortune in insurance. Rentals are hard to find and they are expensive. It has its bad sections, as any city does. There is a huge homelessness problem that the City just can't seem to figure out. It is very hot and humid about half the year, but winters are great. Season (October - April) is crowded and traffic is heavy. I've just started researching my next move, as I want to buy a nice home in a smaller beach town that's more affordable than here. There is a stunning amount of wealth here, Read More

Sarasota best place to retire..?? - 2/17/2018
I grew up in the 50’s in Sarasota. I raised my family there.
My two grown kidos are still there.
My one son and two grandsons who live in N.J visit twice a yeast.
Yes it’s quite busy tourist season because it has a lot to offer.its beautiful, homes are nicely priced, beaches beautiful.
My husband and I have lives in Malibu Ca. 4 35 years and we are ?? ng to t settle down in Sarasota within next year.
It’s the second most beautiful place in the world.

I am looking for this to happen soon?
And we have a big middle class their together.
I will give Sarasota a 11 out of Read More

Sarasota The Hidden Gem - 2/9/2018
Sarasota is in the Gulf of Mexico coast, about 68 miles south of Tampa. It is a beautiful small city that has everything, from culture, performing arts, world class restaurants, pristine beaches and sophisticated living; while being more affordable than many other similar cosmopolitan cities.
Its mild weather is great for year-round outdoor activities like biking, fishing, golfing, hiking, jogging, kayaking, sailing and swimming.
The health care in the area is ranked among the best in the state of Florida with the Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.
The people in Sarasota are friendly, sophisticated, interesting and very international.
There are plans in place to make Sarasota a more, attractive cultural destination with open, public access to the bayfront and plenty of areas to walk around, which this represents other potential economic opportunities. I hope you get a chance to explore Read More

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