Welcome to Sarasota and Downtown
A vibrant area with distinct shops, restaurants, and waterfront views.
Take a scenic drive just 45 minutes south of Tampa to find one of Florida's rarest and best-kept secrets, a booming cultural hub called Sarasota where buyers are flocking to. Known by locals for its beachy neighborhoods and unbeatable atmosphere, Sarasota along with its downtown scene is rapidly growing in popularity. Voted one of the top 10 best places to live in the country by US News & World Report, Sarasota boasts an upscale dining scene, fabulous shops, and tons of things for locals to do in their free time.
Sarasota neighborhoods tend to be pristine and well-maintained. In recent years the area has seen extreme growth, and plenty of new residential developments continue to appear. There are multiple luxury high-rise condos in the downtown area with more under construction, and these are ideal for buyers who want sleek finishes, a modern atmosphere, and sweeping city, bay, and ocean views.
What to Love
- Best of all worlds with luxurious properties, beaches, and unique city vibe
- Flourishing dining and shopping scene
- A cultural atmosphere that's different from any other Florida coastal city
- St. Armands Circle’s unparalleled shopping and dining
Sarasota locals can live a relaxed life, but they can also take advantage of all that this city has to offer. The area boasts tons of shopping locations, incredible eateries, lively bars, and more, making this an ideal spot for those who want an upbeat and social scene.
Residents here can also live a more relaxed lifestyle if they choose. This area is extremely dog-friendly, and it is not uncommon to catch locals strolling in and out of shops in the morning with their furry friends. There are also tons of parks and community greenspaces, perfect for playing with pets or for those who want to bike or jog.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
There are countless incredible spots to eat in the downtown Sarasota area! With bars, grills, and fine dining experiences, there is something for everyone to enjoy here. For those who want a luxe night out, check out Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse. This high-end chophouse serves prime meat and seafood specials in a sophisticated and intimate setting. Boasting premier cuts of aged steaks, guests can expect a delicious and filling main dish that can be paired with an array of savory entrees such as king crab and bone-in filets. Top off the night with one of their expertly-crafted cocktails served by one of their knowledgable and friendly staff!
For a more low-key spot, be sure to check out Owen's Fish Camp
. A local spot that residents adore, Owen’s serves up innovative seafood dishes in a charming setting. Menu highlights include the Pecan Crusted Trout, the Lobster Cobb Salad, and the Cornmeal Crusted Catfish. End off the meal with a delicious slice of Apple, Bourbon Pecan, or Fried Black Cherry Pie.
The Dining Room at Marina Jack
is another great spot to check out water views in the area. Known for its seafood dishes, this is a must-visit spot for those who love fish. Serving outstanding pasta, seafood, and steaks, guests always leave feeling satisfied. Also boasting beautiful views of the water, this is a scenic location for a chic lunch or dinner. Watch the sun set and sing along with friends at Deep Six Lounge & Piano Bar just below the main dining room.
There are tons of shopping spots to explore in this vibrant area. Palm Avenue
is one iconic Sarasota shopping strip, where you can find luxury boutiques, swanky art galleries, and high-end jewelry stores. The Quay Sarasota Waterfront District
is another up-and-coming space that residents will be able to shop and explore soon. An extension of Sarasota’s urban downtown district, The Quay will feature popular restaurants, upscale shops, and contemporary living spaces for buyers to explore.
Things to Do
There are tons of things for locals to do in the downtown Sarasota area! Being a very culture and arts-focused area, it comes as no surprise that there are several museums, art galleries, and performing arts centers here. For those who appreciate live music, be sure to visit the Sarasota Opera House
. A historic building in the area, this opera house boasts incredible performers and events. Another great spot to visit is the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
. Featuring a rotating array of events, there is always something new to see here. With musicians, comedians, lecturers, and more, this is an enriching spot where locals can always learn or see something new.
Sarasota has several schools for students of all grade levels to consider. Ashton Elementary School
is one option in the area.