Sarasota Lifestyle Guide

New Listing: 6140 Midnight Pass Rd #109

6140 Midnight Pass Rd, #109 - Siesta Key  |  List Price: $629,000

Leave your shoes and your worries at the door then step into serenity. This contemporary first floor unit has been completely renovated and will not disappoint! New flooring, water heater, carpet in the bedroom, hurricane sliders, appliances, and more. Open the sliding windows, and allow the fresh, salty breeze from the Gulf of Mexico rush in. You are only seconds from the private beach and minutes away from the lively shops and restaurants in The Village.

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Inventory Up 30% - Will Prices Drop?

Typically, when you see consistent demand and a large increase in supply there is downward pressure on price. This doesn't necessarily mean Sarasota home and condo prices will decline. It is too early to for that. It does mean home buyers have more options and sellers have more competition.

Tracking Supply and Demand

The number of Sarasota county listings for sale was up 30.9% from one year earlier and up 4.2% from the previous month. The number of sold listings in Sarasota county decreased 2% year over year and increased 11.2% month over month. The number of under contract listings was up 0.3% compared to the previous month and up 9.9% compared to the previous year. The Months of Inventory based on Closed Sales is 5, up 31.9% from the previous year.

The Average Sold Price per Square Footage was up 1.1% compared to the previous month and up 1.1% compared to last year. The Median Sold Price increased by 2.1% from last month. The Average Sold Price also increased by 3.4% from last month....

New Listing - 1654 Dolphin Lane

1654 Dolphin Lane - Sarasota

Listing Price: $1,000,000  |  Listing Agent: Sharon Straw with DWELL Real Estate

Explore this custom designed single family home in historic Laurel Park. Built to code in 2008 with a tiled hip roof, a beautiful private pool surrounded by tropical foliage and a privacy wall. A stunning master suite has its own fireplace and private patio. Built to exacting standards of old world craftsmanship. Custom wood cabinetry, hardwood and tile flooring, 2 fireplaces, 10' ceilings and 8' doors. The gourmet kitchen will delight you with professional grade gas appliances. A very quiet street that is only 3 blocks from the downtown area. Selby Gardens, the Bayfront and Lido beach are only minutes away. Contact Sharon Straw for more information at sharon@dwellsarasota.com.

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New Listing: One Watergate - Coming Soon

A stunning new listing is in the works and will be available for sale in the next few weeks. 1111 N. Gulfstream Ave #3F at One Watergate in Downtown Sarasota will be a condo you wont want to miss. A renovated 3rd floor unit with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,577 square feet of living space and views of the Sarasota Bay. List price for this amazing condo will be $559,900. Contact us for more information. Interior photos of this listing will be available in the next few weeks.

View photos of the One Watergate building.

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Modern, Beautiful and on the Market

Modern, beautiful and on the market! The Sarasota real estate market has an eclectic array of modern homes for sale in all sorts of shapes, sizes, locations, project completion dates and prices, but they all have an artistic edge and beauty worth admiring. These are a few of our favorite contemporary listings on the market right now! 

1665 9th St - Sarasota

List Price: $499,888

Just Finished Contemporary and modern new construction located in the downtown neighborhood of Gillespie Park in Sarasota. Enjoy Sarasota with a 10 minute walk from here to Main Street in Downtown area right next to Marina Jack! Right by Sarasota Military Academy, a great school, Gillespie Park features a playground, walking area, and tennis courts. Featuring 3 bedrooms, 1 Den/Office and 3.5 baths, laundry room, garage, and vinyl fencing all around the home. Totaling 2242 sqft under A/C, this home is spacious as well as stylish by all means! Zoning allows you to run an office from home as well! To continue, this home features large balconies from both the master suit and front bedroom. A modern interior design that offers quality premium options including: Tile throughout the first floor, hardwood throughout the second floor, a custom built open concept modern staircase. The kitchen in this home is spectacular offering granite countertops, in wall built in oven and microwave, separate cooktop and 3 rows of cabinets that allow for tons of storage and LED light under and above cabinets. Also includes beautiful contemporary tiled bathrooms with custom glass tile finish, LED Can lights throughout, 10 foot...

New Construction in Downtown Under $1M

Craving the downtown lifestyle but need to be in something new and priced well below the $1,000,000 price point? We have assembled 8 up-and-coming new developments in, and around, the downtown area that fits all the above. 

Courtyard at Citrus Downtown Sarasota

Courtyard At Citrus: 461 Orange Ave

Located just north of Fruitville Road in the Rosemary district, Courtyard at Citrus offers 1 & 2 bedroom floor plans, with units listed for sale starting at $375,000. Designer features can be found from ceiling to floor in these luxury condos. Units are anticipated to be complete by June 2017. See all units for sale: Courtyard at Citrus

The Artisan on Main Street in Downtown Sarasota

The Artisan on Main Street

Stylish and contemporary, The Artisan on Main Street townhomes will be a stricking new addition to the downtown area. Located off Main Street and School Ave, each of the 37 units will have private roof top terraces and living space ranging from 1,857 to 2,690 sqft. Available floor plans are starting at $485,900. Read our blog on this community: The Artisan on Main Street

1500 State Street in Downtown Sarasota

1500 State Street

In the heart of downtown, 1500 State Street offers 5 unique floor plans with 734 to 1,026 square...

New Listing: 1685 Laurel St #9

This quaint and charming townhome located in downtown Sarasota at Villas on Laurel is officially on the market. Tastefully apointed and fully furninshed, this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom property is a great find for the downtown area. View more photos and additional information about this listing.

Location! Downtown! Laurel Park! This Townhouse is ALL BAMBOO FLOORING in the common areas, even the Staircase. Bathrooms that are a NEUTRAL TEXTURED TILE. Many, many UPGRADES in Kitchen and Baths. End Unit #9 comes with 2 PARKING SPACES. BUILT IN BOOKCASES in Living Room, Guest Bedroom and Third Bedroom. Lighted Art Niche, 2 Pantries with Wrought Iron Door bring old world character to the Contemporary, yet warm Design. Furniture quality Cabinetry in Kitchen with Large Granite top Island and Breakfast Bar. Lighted Overhead Cabinets with Glass Doors for Display. Surround Sound, Private Garden View on Laurel Park, Bonus Square Footage extended Dining Area with Hand Painted Art on Walls and Custom Built in Window Bench. OPEN STAIRCASE has 22 foot ceiling and Lofted Landing at the top of the stairs. Garden Jetted Tub, Glass Block Roman Double Shower, and Tankless Hot Water Heater. Easy to move right in and Maintenance Free! Turn-key furnished with the exception of the Artwork, Glass Collections, or Large Bird Sculptures. Items that are staying are: Dishes, Utensils, Pots & Pan, Linens and Furniture that is only 2 years old....

Coming Soon - Downtown Townhouse in Burns Court Villas

Coming soon for sale, this stunning townhouse in the Burns Court Villas community in downtown Sarasota. This immaculate 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2,013 square foot, 2007 built townhouse will be priced at $1,150,000. See the photos below and contact us here if you would like a private viewing. 

Burns Court Villas

Burns Court Villas are comfortably situated between Pineapple Avenue and Palm Avenue, only steps away from Burns Court Cinemas. Twenty three lucky residents enjoy these two to three story Mediterranean style villas with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, private elevators, cozy courtyards, courtyard swimming pool, one to two car garages and extensive tropical landscaping.

This is the perfect location for those who want to be within walking distance to all of the luxuries of downtown Sarasota yet far enough away for a little more peace and quiet. From the Burns Court Villas you can walk to countless restaurants, the foreign films and artistic movies of Burns Court Cinema, art galleries of Palm Avenue, Selby Garden, Marina Jacks, and Sarasota bayfront.

New Listing - 1521 Oak Street Unit 16

Distinctive Urban Townhouses with European design advantages. Just 23 residences as an alternative to downtown high-rise living!  The private 2 story “Firenze” floor plan has a private entrance at street level. No stairs to climb! The abundant open interior features begin after entering through the private landscaped loggia. Warm,...

Just Listed - The Q in Downtown Sarasota

We just listed this amazing townhouse in The Q condo community in downtown Sarasota. This was just finished and is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2,531 square foot townhouse with an asking price of $889,900. We are $100,000 less expensive than similar condos within the community. View more information about 261 Cosmopolitan Court

261 Cosmopolitan Court

Discover this ultra-contemporary brand new townhome with over 2500 square feet under air, an additional 300 SF of terraces, and a two-car garage. This innovative design will inspire you in an end unit offering wonderful light, an elevator, and a third floor terrace with bi-directional views of the sunset and downtown Sarasota. The highest quality finishes feature Lube' kitchen and bath cabinets, Bosch appliances, Caesarstone quartz countertops, Duravit vitreous china sinks, and German made Hansgrohe plumbing fixtures. Top-notch construction details include 8 foot solid core wood doors throughout, high ceilings, Miami-Dade impact-rated hurricane windows, plentiful closet space, and luxuriously-sized bathrooms. In addition to three large bedrooms, there are two bonus rooms that could serve as offices, sitting rooms, or dens The fee simple ownership comes with incredibly low monthly fees of $269. Live in downtown Sarasota and enjoy walking to the cultural arts, restaurants, shopping, and Sarasota Bay. Ready for immediate occupancy and priced well below developer units.

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Within 100 Yards of Main Street

Looking to enjoy the downtown lifestyle in Sarasota, Florida. I don't blame you. That is a lifestyle many people seek. Just take a look at the number of construction cranes littered around downtown and that shows the demand for condos in downtown Sarasota. We get inquiries daily from people who want to purchase in the downtown area. 

Today's article is about the downtown condos that are within footsteps of Main Street. We didn't actually measure out 100 yards to each condo community but I am sure we are pretty close. These condos are for those people that simply want to be in the middle of the action. While the Renaissance condo building is a great place to live it is definitely a far walk to Main street on a hot Florida day. 

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1. Introduction to Downtown Sarasota
     1.1 Video of Downtown Sarasota
     1.2 Drone Video of Downtown Sarasota
2. Downtown Condos Near Main Street
     2.1 100 Central
     2.2 1350 Main
     2.3 Bay Plaza
     2.4 Cityscape
     2.5 Dolphin Tower
     2.6 Gulfstream Towers
     2.7 Library Mews
     2.8 Marina Tower
     2.9 Orange Blossom Tower

10 Foreclosures Under $400,000

Seeking a nice property in Sarasota and at a great value? Check out these 10 bank owned properties for sale. They range from $200,000 to $400,000 and are primarily located in the Sarasota area. You will even find a condo on Siesta Key and a few homes in the Palmer Ranch area.

If you would like to see any of these properties just click - Contact Us or call at at 941.822.0708.

5339 Christie Ann Place - $200,000

5315 Bent Oak Drive - $257,900

33 Gulfstream Avenue - $279,900

5704 Doral Court - $284,900

740 47th Street - $295,000

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1920's Bungalow Beauty For Sale

This 1920's bungalow beauty is definitely a property worth seeing. Updated to meet the comfort standards of the 21st century and located in the highly sought after neighborhood of Indian Beach in Sarasota, you'll want to be sure to check this listing out. Read more about this charming abode and view additional photos below. 

  • Built in 1926
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1,427 Square Feet
  • $409,000

Call us at 941.822.0702 if you would like to see it.

A charming 1926 Craftsman Style Bungalow is nestled among the majestic Live Oaks of historic Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores. The first floor has the original wood flooring which has all been refinished. Crown molding/9 ft ceilings, a limestone gas fireplace, with antique lighting, a single French door and custom plantation shutters. Two bedrooms downstairs give the option of a Master and guest room and/or guest room/office. The full bath boasts original cupboards, new shower, pedestal sink and beautiful tile detailing. A renovated kitchen with Kitchen Maid maple cabinetry, stainless steel/granite and a crackled/glazed tile wall leading to the rear porch and upstairs. A newer upstairs addition features a master bedroom with plenty of natural light and second full bath. Lovely fenced in backyard with a covered portico. Old Florida at its best with...

Distressed Sales Near Downtown Sarasota

Downtown Sarasota Looking for a great deal in downtown Sarasota? It is an ideal locale for active people of all ages. Sarasota offers plenty of pristine coastlines to enjoy year-round, but downtown is where the action truly happens. Packed with amazing dining, entertainment and shopping options, downtown Sarasota is a fun and culture-filled place to live.

Foreclosures and Short Sales in Downtown Sarasota

With all of the condos downtown and surrounding neighborhoods like Laurel Park and Gillespie Park you might think there is a broad range of distressed properties for sale. Well, there really isn't. Take a look at the map below. Here are all of the properties around downtown, listed on MLS, that are classified as bank/corporate owned and short sales. 

Distressed Sales in Downtown Sarasota

Click on the properties below to view more information about them. 

1111 Ritz Carlton Drive - $799,000

Ritz Carlton Sarasota...

The Artisan on Main

Looking for a new townhouse in downtown Sarasota? Well, you are in luck. A new development has been announced - The Artisan on Main. This townhouse condo development is located on the east side of downtown. Located here:

Location of The Artisan on Main condos

Artisan on Main Townhouses RenderingThere is quite a bit of re-development going on in and around downtown Sarasota. If you are interested in opportunities around the Ringling Park area you should read this post - Re-development opportunities near downtown Sarasota.

The Artisan on Main condos will be located at the end of Main street, east of North Washington Blvd. and south of School Avenue. The townhouses will border Fruitville road and is across the street from Kanes Plaza office tower. 

The Artisan on Main Condos

These thirty seven townhouses will have private rooftop terrace and range in size from 1,857 to 2,690 square feet. Residents will be within a bike ride to all of the amenities of downtown Sarasota. They can also just meander over to Payne Park and enjoy a stroll through the park.

Prices will start in the $400,000s.

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Redevelopment Opportunity near Downtown Sarasota

Ringling Park Homes Sarasota

Looking for a great place to build a home near downtown Sarasota?

For many, living in a condo is not appealing. Yet, many love the downtown lifestyle. There are a handful of single family home neighborhoods within a 5 minute drive to downtown Sarasota. 

1) Laurel Park

2) West of Trail

3) Ringling Park

4) Gillespie Park

The above neighborhoods are a great place to look if you are seeking a single family home near the city. 

On our sister website DwellingWell.com I wrote about redevelopment opportunities in Ringling Park. You can read about it here - Ringling Park - So Close to Downtown Without the Big Prices.

Ringling Park Redevelopment

If you drive through Ringling Park you are starting to see some changes. People are drawn to this area because of quick and easy access to downtown yet don't have to pay the prices of the West of Trail neighborhoods. Homes in Ringling Park can be as much as half the price of a comparable home West of Trail or in Laurel Park.

The owners of the lot below have started construction of a large home on a 13,900 square foot directly on Ringling Blvd. 

 

Just next door...

Most Walkable Downtown Sarasota Condos

Do you love walking to shopping, dining and entertainment? We get many inquiries from people seeking a walkable neighborhood in Sarasota. There are only a handful of neighborhoods in Sarasota where cars are not needed on a daily basis and you can walk to your basic needs and wants. Below are the most walkable areas in Sarasota.

Walkable Condos in Sarasota

Below are some of the most walkable condos in downtown Sarasota. These condos allow residents to walk out your front door and have shopping, restaurants and other fun things to do within footsteps. They rank well according to Walkscore.com.

100 Central

100 Central condos Sarasota

100 Central is the perfect building to call home. This condo building was constructed in 2005, and it features 95 residences. Each resident has their own private parking spaces, valet, a concierge, and use of the meeting and fitness rooms. The pool is large and perfect for entertaining your out-of-town guests. View all condos for sale in 100 Central.

1350 Main

1350 Main condos Sarasota

This is one of the most desirable residences in all of Sarasota. This high-rise building offers condos with...

Want a Home in Downtown Sarasota?


Laurel Park homes SarasotaSpending the day relaxing under the palms while the breezes blow softly across the way seems impossible, but not for those who choose to make sunny Laurel Park their home. Living in the Laurel Park community provides tons of convenient access to local restaurants, festive events, and plenty of diverse entertainment. The neighborhood is a diverse area that is full of places to peruse with some time off from work. The area is listed on the National Register of Historic places because of the older buildings, but there are many new homes and more recent construction in the area as well. Homes in the community are just as diverse as the residents with a mix of beach homes, duplexes, single family homes, cottages, and more to enjoy. Residents often pay between a quarter of a million to more than a million dollars for their home or condo depending on the style and exact location they choose. 

Whether spending time with a loved one and a bit of fresh seafood is just the thing, or a day out shopping with the girls is a better idea, Laurel Park residents can do it all. Boating, cycling, beach volleyball, surfing, sailing, fishing, and swimming are just a few of the things that people living in the community enjoy doing in their spare time. Residents can grab a cup of coffee at a nearby cafe while catching up with an old friend. A picnic at Island Park is always a fun activity and gives people the chance to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air when they are not at the beach. There are several museums nearby for people who are interested in the fine arts and the local culture. For a bit of downtime, some relaxation at one of the local resorts or spas is an excellent way to unwind and get rid...

Priced Reduced - Downtown Foreclosure

We just lowered the price on our listing in Gulfstream Towers. This is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,055 square foot foreclosure in the heart of downtown Sarasota. The price was lowered to $289,900.

We apologize for quality of the photos below. We are in the process of cleaning the condo and having professional photos taken.

Call us at 941.822.0708 if you would like to view this condo. 

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Live in Downtown Sarasota for less than $400,000


Looking to live and enjoy the lifestyle that downtown Sarasota has to offer but don't want to spend more than $400,000? You should consider the condos in the Renaissance.

Market Update

Below are statistics for sales in The Renaissance for the last 180 days.

Beds Baths SqFt Heated List Price LP/SqFt Close Price SP/SqFt DTC DTCL ADOM CDOM SP/LP Ratio
Min 1 1 700 $210,000 $250.00 $200,000 $225.17 ...

Will You Make Money Buying Pre-Construction Condos?

Pre-construction condos in SarasotaHave you ever thought about buying a pre-construction condo for investment purposes? This is a game many people want to play and it is usually only played by the wealthy because of the high prices that new downtown Sarasota condos typically sell for.

There can be a mad rush to buy when a new condo building is released. Early buyers will typically buy at lower price levels because the developer will eventually raise prices as more and more condos are sold. Do these investors make any money doing this?

Below you will find a variety of condo buildings in downtown Sarasota. I pulled sales data from when the units were purchased and then sold. It typically takes 24 months to build a condo. The purchase date is when they closed on the property. In most cases the units were sold well before the closing date. For example, unit 1101 in the Ritz Carlton was closed in November 2001 for $1,260,000 but the price was established up to 2 years prior to that when they released the units (pre-construction).

Gain and loss figures do not include Realtor fees as well as the ongoing carrying costs of a condo - association fees, contents insurance, maintenance and property taxes. The figures are purely just sales price. 

Ritz Carlton Residences

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