West of the Trail
Near the beach, downtown and everything in between!
North of Downtown and South of University Parkway
The neighborhoods north of downtown, up to the Ringling Museum, offer everything from modest ranch homes, newer modern, antique Sears kit homes to some of the largest and most exquisite Bayfront estates in Sarasota. Favorites are Sapphire Shores, where residents often meet at the bayfront park to share a sunset and a cocktail and Indian Beach, with wonderful, colorful vintage homes, canopied by old growth trees.
Jungle Gardens: "One of the oldest continuously operated attractions in Florida established in 1939, Sarasota Jungle Gardens evokes memories of Florida days gone by. Full of flora, fauna and fun..." Total kitch and you can hand feed the flamingos! Visit their website.
You will quickly learn that Sarasota is a college town with Ringling College, New College and the University of South Florida are all located nearby.
The market has continued to improve as costs of homes closer to Siesta Key are sky rocketing. You can still find tremendous values within the neighborhoods near the Ringling Museum.
Mable and John Ringling chose this location to not only build the museum to house their extensive art collection but they built one of the grandest homes in America in 1926. Today, visitors have made The Ringling Museum and Ca da Zan (House of John) one of the most famous attractions in Southwest Florida. Visit the website.