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Are You Aware of the Awakening Happening in Downtown Sarasota
There's a Vibrant New Downtown Sarasota Lifestyle
Posted June 14, 2016
Let's first describe roughly the area we're referring to when we say "Downtown" Sarasota. The western boundary of Downtown Sarasota is, quite obviously, Sarasota Bay, the Golden Gate Point area and the Ritz-Carlton. The northern edge is about 10th Street given all that's happening in the Rosemary District and at Citrus Square. The eastern edge is roughly Washington Boulevard (U.S. Route 301) with a bit of a bump out to accommodate the area around the courthouse. On the southern side, Mound Street is a reasonable edge since it's about where Sarasota's historically significant and very desirable West of the Trail neighborhoods begin. The Downtown area is roughly one square mile but its is amazing how much is packed into that small urban area.
For those attracted by the convenience of being able to walk, ride a bike, or take a bus to just about anything and everything, there is just about every type and style of housing imaginable from elegant high-rise condos along the bay front to more modest condos and town homes, the charming old bungalow-style homes you find in neighborhoods like Laurel Park, the cozy residences over retail spaces in Citrus Square and the loft spaces of the Rosemary District. But there is housing everywhere, so why has Downtown Sarasota become "the place to be and be seen?"
The Herald Tribune, in picking "Downtown as its "Best Sarasota Neighborhood" expressed the opinion that it was because so much is now happening Downtown. "Things have definitely spruced up recently," it said, "When the sun goes down, they used to roll up the sidewalks, but now they put out patio furniture and sell you drinks and dinner." And, the excitement about Downtown Sarasota as a place to live has gotten even more intense since then with new housing being built for the first time in years as we reported recently.
New dining establishments are popping up everywhere. There are now more annual festivals and events; things like the Chalk Festival on Pineapple Avenue, the Boat Show at Bayfront Park, the Sarasota Jazz Festival, and the Sarasota Film Festival. During the cooler months, the Saturday Farmer's Market at Main Street and Lemon Avenue brings folks fro mall over downtown. Following a visit to the market, many of them venture into downtown shops, boutiques, or stop at one of the many sidewalk cafes.
The Sarasota waterfront district is also a big draw. Island Park, on a small peninsula right on Sarasota Bay has water's edge sidewalks all around it. It's a great place to go for an early morning jog, rollerblading, or a bike ride. Children love the water fountains and the playground zone and the park is pet-friendly so you'll see numerous four-legged visitors as well. With a light evening breeze, a evening walk along the Downtown Sarasota waterfront can be a delightful way to spend an hour or so before venturing into a favorite or maybe a new cafe for some light fare or sumptuous dining. Some Sarasota waterfront developments even offer the opportunity to keep your yacht right outside your door.
Sarasota's Arts and Cultural attractions also play a big role in the vibrant Downtown Sarasota lifestyle. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the Asolo, the Sarasota Opera, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Players Theatre of Sarasota and the Florida Studio Theatre bring more people into the Downtown Sarasota area on most evenings. And, there's a Sarasota museum to please everyone's interests from the Ringling Museum and the C�Zan mansion to the younger family-oriented GWiz hands-on Science and Technology Center.
If you have been contemplating visiting Sarasota to buy a second or permanent home or, if you're already here but thinking of moving to a different home or condo, don't overlook Downtown Sarasota. It truly is a gem for those who crave a more active urban lifestyle.
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Connie BelmontRampart Homes, Inc.
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