South Florida’s tri-county area (Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach) is one of North America’s most interesting and diverse cosmopolitan places to live. Whether you are looking for a condo on the beach, an urban loft or single family home in a suburban community there are a multitude of residential options and price ranges to choose from.
Along the southwestern coast of Florida lies the city of Sarasota, Florida, which is itself in Sarasota County. It is famous for its plethora of environmental and cultural amenities, such as resorts, beaches, and the Sarasota School of Architecture. Within the city limits is Sarasota Bay as well as various barrier islands between the Gulf of Mexico and the bay. The islands are referred to as keys, and include world-renowned white sandy beaches praised for their quality, such as Siesta Key and Lido Key. Other islands within the boundary are Otter Key, St. Armands Key, Coon Key, and Bird Key. In 2013, Sarasota recorded a population of 53,326.
The settlement was founded in 1763. In the late 1840s, European settlers arrived in the area in substantial numbers. The region was already given a Spanish name of Zarazote, which can be found on documents as early as the eighteenth century. As homage to the original name, it was kept as Sarasota. The new settlers were drawn to the city due to the beauty of the bay and the climate. The town was not incorporated until 1902. Sarasota was governed by Manatee County up until 1921 when the county was then divided into three new counties. The city then became a part of Sarasota County and it has remained that way since.
The city has countless enriching attractions and events. The Sarasota Chalk Festival in 2010 was the first international festival for street painting in the United States. Each year the festival has a new theme and has been responsible for introducing new techniques for street art. Since 1998, the city has been home to the annual Sarasota Film Festival. The event draws independent films from around the globe and is one of the largest film festivals in Florida. There is also the Sarasota Orchestra, which holds the Sarasota Music Festival three-week event each year. It is known internationally and attracts the most talented students of chamber music, as well as teachers.
The city has been heavily influenced by Italy as Italian culture and architecture are very prominent due to the Ringling Museum. A high percentage of homes and buildings were designed in the Italian style, primarily Venetian. Statues inspired by Italy are quite common, and Michelangelo’s David was chosen to be the symbol of Sarasota.
The economy of the city benefits greatly from tourism, as it is a significant contributor. Boar’s Head Provision Company is based in Sarasota. Other major employers are the Sarasota Memorial Hospital, The Zenith, Capgemini, and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.
For a luxury real estate agent and realtor in Sarasota, FL, Georgia Salaverri is a realtor you can count on. Georgia has relocated eleven times, so you can trust that she knows how stressful the process of buying and selling homes is. She uses her experiences as her motivation to help mitigate the hassle so you can fully enjoy the real estate procedure. She listens to the needs of clients to ensure that she does everything possible to exceed their expectations. She is located in Sarasota, FL to proudly serve Sarasota, especially in the West of Trail and Downtown Core areas. Call her today to discuss your real estate opportunities.
FLORIDA RELOCATION FAQ
How does the cost of living in South Florida Compare to the other US cities?
The State of Florida does not have an Income Tax, but the property taxes are higher than in many areas of the country.
Do hurricanes occur every year?
No. 36% of all hurricanes ever recorded have hit the State of Florida. It’s important to be prepared for a hurricane during the season of June 1-November 30.