Sarasota, Florida 

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antisocial - 7/5/2021
I lived in Sarasota for three years and I hated it. It's the most antisocial community I've ever lived in. Very unfriendly. I could cite multiple examples. Most people are transplants from the Northeast north of Virginia, or a military retiree. I'm 65 and a retired Read More

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You can't go home again..... - 5/8/2021
You can't go home again. Left SRQ after high school and moved back 20 years later but it was already ruined by developers, crime, climate change and crummy politics. Luckily for me I inherited my family home with great views of the not polluted Sarasota Bay/Gulf. Home and car insurance is high. There a great funky underbelly but also a lot of snobby country club types who are as shallow as the water table. Traffic is horrible - almost all year round now. World class beaches - but bumper to bumper to get there. Like to drink - a great place. Look elsewhere - it's a big world. Read More

Living in Sarasota - 10/14/2020
I've lived in Sarasota for 8 years. The snowbird population is continuously rising which is contributing to horrible traffic, unaffordable housing and over crowded beaches and restaurants. The winter months weather is awesome but due to red tide pollution the beaches are not recommended unless you risk the chance of becoming ill. The quaint atmosphere of Sarasota is quickly fading due to rapid growth. Public housing expansion and homelessness are always on the political menu which is encouraging more crime. The median house price has been stated to be around $240,000. I strongly disagree. After house shopping off and on for numerous years the average price for a house in a low to medium neighborhood was closer to $350,000 and above. The house we are renting is almost 50 years old, less than 1500 square ft and was over $400,000 when the owner bought it. We have chosen to buy out of Sarasota. But I can see where people who can afford to live in the concrete high rise downtown in Read More

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

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

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