Sarasota: An Uncommon Jewel
Sarasota is that most uncommon of American markets that combines a fully-realized, leisure-centric lifestyle with the daily rhythms of a small-scale, progressive metropolis
Truly, Sarasota is a rare jewel with many facets. Its physical beauty—which begins at the water’s edge and spreads eastward to encompass miles of fragrant orange groves, gentrified horse farms, majestic state parks, and gritty cattle ranches—is bathed in year-round sunshine. It won’t take long to figure out why people who live in Sarasota affectionately call it ”paradise.”
Speak to anyone who has spent more than a few days discovering Sarasota and you will hear them marvel at how such a small city can offer such an unexpected array of world-class cultural amenities, together with a dizzying assortment of outdoor pursuits. You will hear non-stop raves about a coastal town where you can laze on one of America’s finest beaches in the morning, play a challenging round of golf in the afternoon and don a tuxedo that same evening to attend a glittering premier. You will hear about a town that fiercely embraces more than its expected share of the performing arts—including its own ballet, symphony and world-class opera. You will hear about a town that is host to one of Florida’s greatest art museums and botanical gardens; that supports more than a dozen live theater companies, and is home to several important institutions of higher learning—including the University of South Florida, Ringling College of Art & Design, New College of Florida and Manatee Community College. You can truly have it all in Sarasota and never run out of things to see, do and learn.
From a recreational standpoint, Sarasota is also uncommonly blessed. On the water, you can partake of power boating, deep water sailing, on- and off-shore fishing, wind surfing and the exquisite pleasure of sunning, jogging or playing on miles of magnificent powdery white beaches. On dry land, outdoor enthusiasts of every sort will have their favorite pastimes fully indulged. There are well over 120 golf courses in the region, one of which—The Concession—was recently named the best new private course in America. Many of the world’s top professional athletes—especially tennis players and the sport’s most gifted young prodigies—come to the world-renowned IMG/Nick Bollitieri Tennis Academies—in nearby Bradenton—to perfect their playing skills. Many of them move to Sarasota permanently to take full advantage of the finest in professional sports training and the excellent weather in which to practice and perfect their games.
Since 1991, the Sarasota Polo Club has thrilled riders and spectators alike with exciting polo matches at one of Sarasota’s most beautiful outdoor settings. For hikers, bikers, kayakers and campers Myakka River State Park—Florida’s largest—offers miles of winding trails, a scenic navigable river and up-close encounters with some of Florida’s most colorful species of animals, reptiles, birds, and insects..
For those whose idea of recreation involves nothing more strenuous than fine shopping and gourmet dining, Sarasota has plenty to please and more on the way. From the tiniest specialty boutiques to the splashiest luxury retailers—including Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s, and coming soon, Niemen-Marcus and Nordstrom—there are no shortage of places to catch up on your power shopping. The restaurant scene is also remarkable for its variety of choices, with cuisines to excite every palate and stunning new eateries opening every day.
Sarasota is a community with an enormous philanthropic heart. Through such annual events as the Florida Winefest & Auction and the Sarasota Film Festival the community tirelessly marshals thousands of volunteers and millions upon millions in donations for the needy through numerous local charities and worthy non-profit organizations. The city literally bustles all year long with these worthy activities.
Sarasota’s diversity doesn’t apply to just its cultural offerings, recreational venues, restaurants and shopping districts. Housing opportunities are equally diverse, with a multiplicity of neighborhoods and housing styles to match any preference. From glorious beachfront mansions to charming downtown bungalows and exquisite new condominiums, there are homes to suit any preference and price range. Rimontgo features exclusive agreements with Florida’s leading independent real estate companies being more than equipped to familiarize you with the region’s many unique communities, neighborhoods and housing opportunities.
Sarasota is located on Florida’s Southwestern Gulf Coast. Only 50 miles south of Tampa, its convenient location puts it within an easy drive of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale (3 hours), Orlando (2 hours), Naples (2 hours), and Ft. Myers (1 hour). Because of its national and international appeal, Sarasota is served by three nearby airports, including Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, Tampa International Airport and Southwest Florida International Airport. Each offers excellent domestic schedules and easy connections to all international destinations.
With the strength of today’s Euro against the American dollar, there’s never been a better time to buy a Florida vacation home and enjoy the myriad pleasures of Sarasota and Southwest Florida. The only thing missing from this gorgeous little slice of ”paradise” is you.
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