Sarasota, Florida 

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Only for the elite - 1/2/2018
After just 6 months of living here, we wanted to leave. Four years later we are finally making that happen. Pros include gorgeous beaches, health conscious markets and stores and warm weather. Cons: homeless everywhere, poor work ethic, arrogant and rude population. Entitlement runs high here. Babysitters expect $15 plus an hour, companies won’t work with you unless your request is a paying one ($$$$) and schools are far from excellent despite what statistics show. Everyone here is living a lie of falsified status because all you see is real wealth or poor- there’s no middle class. Who has the nicer car, home, life? Who has what? Who did what? On and on. It’s overbearing to meet so many people hung up on what they own rather than who they are, we’ve isolated ourselves from the masses in a town of complete transplants.

I can’t wait to leave this nightmare of a state. The beaches are the only positive left in my opinion and those are even becoming over Read More

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Everything but the weather stinks - 11/1/2017
I rated Sarasota just one star. I don't know about the rest of Florida but Sarasota is definitely the most antisocial place I ever lived in (not anymore). The militarism is especially obnoxious. I'm a college graduate and I’ve traveled quite a bit. Strangers insult you on the street. Privacy invasion by random strangers is common. Don't be surprised if you get cracks about your personal life 20 years ago from people you don't know. I've never seen such an abnormal interest in the personal lives of strangers. I'm not a celebrity and I don’t use Facebook. At one point three sheriff's deputies came to my apartment banging on the door at 3 o'clock in the morning. I was sound asleep and it scared the heck out of me. Before I opened the door I called 911. When I finally did open the door the deputies appeared to be putting away their guns. I have no criminal history. They said they were looking for somebody I don't know, but I very much doubt they were telling the truth. I had been at that Read More

A place for older people to enjoy life! - 10/6/2017
Sarasota is an upscale city, located on shore of the Gulf of Mexico, far enough south not to get too cold winter for tropical plants to freeze out and die. it has a nice freeze off the gulf, warm, not too humid in winter time, and things to see and do. it has markets, shops, restaurants, stores, a new mall, an international airport, located along Interstate I-75 which goes from Miami to Canada! its a busy place, since new people are moving in, young people who are there to stay and work. the cost of living makes it hard for them, since the county doesn't have many middle and upper income paying jobs to offer. the average is about 10-12 dollars per hour, and the cost of living index is 114% of the national average. people who come here and live here have money, they aren't concerned about it, they come here from all over the world in all walks of life. professional people, entertainers, business people, and some not so successful people also. Sarasota has some of the best beaches in Read More

Sarasota...Na - 5/27/2017
The beach is beautiful, since its been redone..Na.. cultural is what I can say, no parking, great sand....Restruants Ok not great, Siesta Key...expensive for not much..People are strange, melting pot...Rude, dont do'll regret it..They can build a community in 5 months..renovations on the other hand upside down..headers wrong...worst tile work ever..plan on at least a 2 year remolel...The winter weather great..Summers on the other hand 98 W/99%humudity...decent schools,smelly gyms for kuds to have no manners..Have friends dealung with others kuds hitting and punching and no doing a thing&thats private schools...mostly the eighty and iver crowd for 6 months with the same ourfit , hair color and all the husbands look the same...and are the nasty along with the store owners and employees..Shopping hurendess.. the absolute worst...and all the arts they talk about sliwly deminishing, as the locals complain about all the art and music festivals Read More

A True HELL HOLE, as in Florida - 1/7/2017
First, let me say, is the weather. Six months in a sauna, then the "season" where every half crazy and Alzheimer candidate suddenly emerges like Cousin Eddie. These idiotic old folks get up and start driving around and never stop. There is "breakfast out", then the Doctor, then Walmart, then the Doctor, then the "early bird". So you cannot enjoy ANY part of the year. Even in "winter", as in TODAY, the temperatures are 80 degrees and when I woke up today the humidity was also 89PERCENT. Some wonderful winter weather. House prices go up dramatically, then collapse. You can get invited to endless "dinner on us" seminars and "presentations" where they try to sell you everything from hearing aids to botox to "financial plans" to insurance, etc, etc, even "cremation" lunches. ( I suppose they serve you an incinerated piece of meat). Then you have the so called entertainment. Well, it mostly occurs in the winter and the wealthy snowbirds have pushed the prices up so high no one can really Read More

Say No to Sarasota - 12/30/2016
Agree with many of the other comments about rude people. Moved here in 2012 thinking the arts scene would draw a more friendly, open-minded population. But many new residents bring wealth and privilege and a pretentious "me first" attitude. Almost every time we drive here, we see people getting cut off or getting flipped off by other drivers. There is an "arts crowd," catered to by several non-profit organizations who waste their money on expensive events for these self-indulgent phoneys. There is no intellectual stimulation, and it's hard to meet people. This attitude carries over to the workplace. The worst experience of my career. Even though the winter weather is wonderful, we're finding a new community that offers friendly people, a genuine vibe, real culture, better drivers, and a more open atmosphere. Goodbye, Sarasota, and good riddance. Read More

Are you young? Look to relocate elsewhere! - 10/23/2016
The 2016 election has really made the ugliness of Sarasota come out. There are Tr*mp signs on every corner as well as Tr*mp shops. Anyway, this place is not good for young people, why? Well, because the cost of living is very high (btw, this site's cost of living is super inaccurate), traffic is awful, people drive like maniacs, restaurants are expensive and there's not much variety (a lot of places are closed of Sundays), people from up north come here and stay for 6 months and turn this place into a living hell. Young people are leaving this place for a reason, so do yourself a favor and don't take that job offer. Read More

Overall - 5/1/2016
I lived here 12 years ago and enjoyed it very much. Now, in 2016, I find it very different. So built up, much more traffic and high rises. Even the beaches have changed. Yes, the restaurants are wonderful, there are many cultural activities to do and see. But overall, prices are so high you need to have a lot of money or make a lot of money to live here. Rent or owning is super expensive. We can't find a single family home in a 55+ for under $300,000.00. The traffic in the winter is so overpowering it takes the joy out of going anywhere. You spend most of your time in traffic. The first week I was here in December there were 3 major accidents within 5 miles of me in either direction. People drive erratically. But then again, I live off a busy street. Caution. Yes, it's beautiful. From the sky, for a weekend in the summer (if you like the heat..we do), but we've chosen to look elsewhere that's more affordable and still can give us affordable living, things to do that we love, lovely Read More

Way more expensive than noted on this site. - 11/10/2015
Average rent in sarasota is 1500.00 amd thats basic for studio, 1 bedroom house or apartment. Cost of homes are roughly 200,000.00 plus. Maybe 150,000 and under for condos/villas. A lot of people in the service industry live with several generations in order to afford it. Read More

Do not move to Sarasota unless you are rich!! - 11/5/2015
I moved here to Sarasota Fl. back in 2012 from New York it's been 3 years now. This is definitely not my ideal spot to settle down. The people are horrible, unfriendly, and ignorant as hell. Everything and everyone here is still partially segregated, the cost of living is sky high and not to mention snow bird season which is the winter time when all of the tourist and visitors come down just Read More

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