If you’ve ever wanted to live in a place that resembles a tropical getaway, look no further than Sarasota! It’s no wonder that the city has been rated by U.S. News as the best place to live in Florida. Year-round warm temperatures and award-winning white sand beaches are well-known draws for the city, however, there are many other reasons to love living in Sarasota, including the rich cultural scene and affordable cost of living. We’ve rounded up the top features of our city that make it a dream-town-come-true.
An Affordable City in Paradise
Sarasota offers an enviable life at a great cost of living that is impossible to find in big cities like Boston or San Francisco. Residents don’t pay state income taxes and can receive a deduction in property tax each year for electing Florida as their permanent residential state. The city also has low mortgage rates, low energy costs, and a thriving job market (ranked 11th in “Best Cities for Jobs” by Forbes).
Warm Weather, Year Round
You’ll get your daily dose of sunshine and never again have to worry about snow in Sarasota! The city has an average of 251 sunny days per year, and the temperature rarely dips below 50 degrees. Not only will this help boost your mood and provide you with plenty of opportunities to have fun outside, but your vehicles will also enjoy a longer life free of battling freezing temps and winter elements.
The Sarasota life is a healthy one, thanks to four local award-winning hospital facilities. Sarasota Memorial Health Care System was rated as one of “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” by USNews & World Report as well as one of the “10 Largest Safe Hospitals in the U.S.” by Forbes.com. And of course, the weather also plays a role here.
Sarasota offers a vibrant arts scene that you’d expect to only find in a large metropolitan city. The Van Wezel performing arts center hosts popular shows and performances from well-known musicians, bands, and comedians. Asolo Theater, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, and the Sarasota Opera House all put on high-quality live musical performances. For art, the city boasts a number of art galleries, exhibits, festivals, and The Ringling Museum of Art, displaying hundreds of fine arts pieces.
Sarasota’s extensive calendar of events and fun things to do make it easy to make new friends and keep the old. Whether you’re looking for a night out on the town or something to do on a date, there’s something for everyone. Get tickets to one or all of the social festivals including the Suncoast Food and Wine Fest and the Sarasota Film Festival. Meet the region’s marine life at Mote Marine, stop to smell the roses (and other flowers) at Selby Gardens, or participate in one of the many local charity events scheduled throughout the year. The list goes on and on!
Sarasota is close to a number of popular destinations, from the beach to theme parks. When you live here, paradise is quite literally right outside your door, complete with surf, white sandy beaches, and palm trees. But when you’re planning a vacation away from home, the city is just a couple of hours away from Orlando, which puts you close to Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld, as well as Busch Gardens and Adventure Island water park in Tampa.
Parks and Wildlife
One big perk of living in Sarasota is the year-round sunshine, which comes with the added benefit of having more days in the year to enjoy the great outdoors. While Sarasota is famous for its beaches, its inland attractions like Phillippi Estate Park, Rothenbach Park, and Celery Fields are equally charming. Stop by Historic Spanish Point to experience one of the largest butterfly gardens on the Gulf Coast, as well as a jungle walk and sunken garden. No outdoor Sarasota adventure is complete without a visit to Myakka River State Park! Bird and wildlife watching, camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and canoeing are just a few of the activities you can enjoy at the park.
The food scene in Sarasota is thriving with a stellar roster of restaurants ranging from comfort food to fine cuisine. One of the top-rated restaurants is Indigenous, owned by chef Stephen Phelps. Make sure to save room for the house-made ice creams when you dine there! If it’s a hopping happy hour you want, then stop by Selva on Main Street in Downtown Sarasota for ceviche and updated Pisco cocktails. Seafood lovers rave about Owen’s Fish Camp for its Old Florida classics such as fried oysters and cornmeal-crusted catfish.
That rounds out our list of reasons to love living in Sarasota, but there are many more! Stop by our leasing office and we’ll tell you what we love most about our city – we’re always more than happy to show you around The DeSOTA and talk about what it’s like to live here. You can also take a virtual tour of our luxury apartment homes online or give us a call at (941) 328-2400.
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