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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...

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. 

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

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.

Artist rendering of The Artisan on Main condos...

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. 



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...

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...

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. 


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

The Hottest Neighborhood in Sarasota?

West of Trail homes in SarasotaIf you’re looking for luxury with a rich history, established neighborhoods, and an elegant mix of old-world glamour and modern sophistication, living West of the Trail in Sarasota is the perfect option for you. Retirees, young professionals, families, and those who wish to live somewhere the weather is warm all year and an upscale lifestyle is prominent fall in love with the idea of a home West of the Trail. The neighborhoods located here are upscale, elegant, and sophisticated. They are the epitome of high-end living with the casual feel of waterfront living.

The homes West of the Trail are the homes dreams are made of. Many of the neighborhoods in this area of Sarasota are decades old, but that doesn’t detract from the contemporary elegance each one portrays. Older, elegant homes with a Spanish flair have been completely remodeled to bring buyers all of the modern upgrades needed to live the most luxurious lifestyle available. New homes feature spacious terraces and wraparound porches with outdoor kitchens and uninterrupted views of the oceans. Each neighborhood is designed to perfection, with homes large enough to accommodate big families and cozier homes perfect for a retired couple.

What’s so wonderful about living West of the Trail is the lifestyle it provides residents. Here, it is all about chic outdoor living. Many of the homes here are waterfront homes, which means you’ll spend the vast majority of your time on the water. You can decide between taking the boat out into the bay or over to the barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico, where you can dine at waterfront restaurants, play on white sand beaches, and frolic in the...

Casey Key, Florida - Seeking Waves, Water and Sand?

Casey Key, FloridaHidden away, south of Sarasota, is Casey Key delights the eye with every view. An eight mile long barrier island, gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico can be had from the exclusive homes that line Casey Key Road. Old growth landscaping comprised of palms, oaks and pine gently shade the older beach homes and estates. Privacy and the beach at the door are features included with this island lifestyle. Your neighbor might be a very famous writer or celebrity who has chose this idyllic gem. Waterfront living is at its pinnacle in Casey Key, with only 400 residents amidst this quiet and serene beauty. Whether its walking on the beach hand-in-hand or dining superbly al-fresco on your deck overlooking the Gulf or Bay, Casey Key will enchant.

The history of Casey Key is an interesting one; assigned with the task of removing the Seminole Indians from the area in the middle 1800s, Army Captain John Charles Casey surveyed the area. Originally called Chaise's Key, it was published as Casey Key by mistake in 1856, when Casey produced a map. Building trust with the Seminoles, he forged a peace with Billy Bowlegs, the Seminole Chief. That peace lasted until the Seminole Wars, when the Chief was exiled out to the Western United States. Casey Key began to see its first settlers after the Civil War, and in 1923 the northern end gained a bridge, the Treasure Island Bridge.

Old Florida can still be found in today's Casey Key, with winding roads and gated fronts, giving an air of privacy to the luxury homes and older cottages. Waterfront estates are common here and one can walk the beach to find shark's teeth and seaglass, as well as shells. Wildlife abounds...