Additional Sarasota Information
For those who want to experience Downtown Living, Sarasota Style, the timing couldn’t be better. With the Bayfront at her feet, Sarasota is possibly the only small city in the state where, within a few short steps from your home, you may boat, enjoy world-class dining, stroll in the botanical garden, take in a play or go to the opera.
Discover the beauty of the Sarasota area and the amenities offered.
Recently voted the “Best Little City” in the nation by Money magazine and ranked third among medium-sized metropolitan areas on a list of best places to start a business by Inc. Magazine, Sarasota is the gem on Florida’s gulf coast. Surrounded by abundant natural beauty and sizzling real estate, sophisticated, yet laid-back, Sarasota is a culturally rich city dedicated to nurturing the arts and a wide array of entertainment, recreational and educational opportunities from world-class tennis, golfing and boating to the opera, ballet and the symphony. The “sugar” white beaches, vibrant downtown, exceptional dining and shopping, film festivals, art shows, and breathtaking sunsets all contribute to the uniquely special lifestyle Sarasota offers.
The beauty of Sarasota will get your attention on your first visit. If you first see Sarasota from the window of an airplane, the colors of the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay, contrasting with the brilliant white sand of Longboat, Lido, and Siesta postcard perfect beaches, will make you eager to see more. A rainbow of colors rises from the tall condominiums shining in the sun, the warm tile on the roof and patio of the mansion built by circus magnate John Ringling, the many shades of green from the lush vegetation, the exotic flowers blooming year round, and the lavender seashell-design the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Sarasota boasts some of the oldest and newest homes in the area. Some homes were built over 50 years ago as winter vacation retreats and fisherman‘s cottages. Gated bay and gulf front estates with manicured grounds, marble foyers, soaring ceilings, the newest fixtures and technological advances, and spectacular views are among the many new designs.
Arts & Culture
Sarasota is home to more than 30 art galleries and cultural venues that rival and surpass those found in much larger communities. Residents from any neighborhood can enjoy the wide range of activities available throughout Sarasota: art museums, community and professional theater, world-class opera and ballet companies, a performing arts hall, music and film festivals, a symphony orchestra and more. Some of the major arts organizations are:
- FSU Center for Performing Arts/Asolo Theater Co.
- Florida Studio Theatre
- Golden Apple Theater
- Gloria Musicae
- Players of Sarasota
- Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
- John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
- Florida West Coast Symphony
- Jazz Club of Sarasota
- Sarasota Ballet of Florida
- Sarasota Film Festival
- Sarasota Film Society
- Sarasota Opera
- Circus Sarasota
The area also offers many other pleasurable choices: educational opportunities, spectator or participant sports, boating and other water activities, restaurant styles, and state parks.
Quality services are available from knowledgeable physicians, bankers, lawyers, investment brokers, lenders and insurance agents, who can help answer your questions about living and conducting business in Florida.
Sarasota, together with its neighbors to the north and south, Manatee County and Charlotte County, makes up the 7th-largest market in Florida. It is also Florida's third-fastest growing major market. With over 600,000 people, the Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte area is one of the largest, most affluent market in Florida. The per capita retail sales are almost 20% above the national average. While there is a strong base of retirement age people, about a third of the population, the fastest-growing segment of the market is middle-aged adults and their children. Sarasota has approximately 1/4 the population of the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.
The Advantages of living in Florida
Not only does “The Sunshine State” offer award-winning weather and a variety of extraordinary lifestyles, there are significant tax benefits for the Florida resident to consider:
- No personal income tax
- No inheritance tax
- No state estate taxes
Homestead benefits are also offered:
- $25,000 real estate tax exemption
- Asset protection from certain judgment creditors
- Property assessment cap