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Sarasota, The Best Place To Live

The Sunshine State has a lot to offer and many localities have their own unique environment. One place outpaces all others in Florida, the Sarasota-Bradenton area, which bested many other communities on the peninsula According to a Gallup-Healthways poll, "The Bradenton-Sarasota area topped all other Florida communities as a satisfying place to live and ranked No. 23 in the nation out of 189 communities surveyed," the Bradenton Herald reports.

With a population of just over 52,500 residents, this resort city offers affordable living, with a median home price of slightly over $151,000 and a wonderful appreciation rate of nearly fifteen percent. The cost of living is quite attractive, coming in at 3.8 percent under the national average and the unemployment rate hovers around 5 percent. What's more, the area offers short commutes, with an average of only 19 minutes, compared to the nationwide average of 25 minutes. In addition to these, Florida has more to offer. There's no state income tax, property taxes are low, especially for those who claim a homestead exemption, and there's no snow or ice to contend with. Vehicles have a longer lifespan and the state lives-up to its promise of being a business friendly environment.

Because of the wonderful weather, there are plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities, such as boating, sailing, biking, sightseeing, hiking, camping, kayaking, snorkeling, golfing, tennis, volleyball, and much more. There are many arts and culture venues here, along with performing arts, and several shopping areas where you'll find a healthy mix of retail therapy. It has a vibrant nightlife but also offers a lot of tranquility. In addition, there are communities to suit practically every type of lifestyle.

Best Place to Live in Sarasota for Families


There are several choices for families to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of the area, but perhaps the most convenient is the master planned community of Palmer Ranch. Once a huge tract of land used to grow citrus and raise cattle, it is now a modern living community. With over 20 individual communities, such as Turtle Rock, Huntington Pointe, Stoneybrook, and Deer Creek, these neighborhoods are newer, well-developed, and friendly. This master planned community is located away from the hustle and bustle and is situated between Clark Road, South Tamiami Trail, and Honore Ave.

Within the neighborhoods, there is a mix of single family homes, villas, townhomes, and condos. Some of the communities have golf courses and/or clubhouses. Each is planned exquisitely to provide residents with a peaceful location that's surrounded by unspoiled nature. The neighborhoods are friendly and welcoming, strategically situated to make travel in and out of the area a cinch.

Siesta Beach is the number one beach in the 21st annual Top 10 Beach List, produced by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, Director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research. The beautiful blue-colored water is clean and clear, making it so inviting to bathers and swimmers. The beach is hundreds of yards wide, attracting volleyball players and beachcombers as well as those who just want to find their place in the sun. --Dr Beach.com

You'll find the beach easily, with Siesta Key about 15 minutes away and you'll also be able to enjoy the beauty of the natural landscape. A short drive to the east is Myakka River State Park, while just to the south is Oscar Scherer State Park. It's also home to some of the best shopping, dining, and schools in the Sarasota area. Sarasota County even has the #1 rated public school in the state! Right inside the neighborhoods, you'll find plenty of amenities, as well as walking trails and recreation facilities.

Best Place to Live In Sarasota for Seasonal Residents


If you're considering coming to Florida for a few months out of the year, you'll find along and nearby the beach is a great location. Here, there are many affordable condo, villa, and townhomes, most of which allow you to rent your home. These communities offer much in the way of convenience, on-site amenities, and easy access to the beach and eclectic shopping districts. There are plenty of golf courses, art galleries, and places to just relax.

Best Place to Live in Sarasota for Retirees


For those entering or near retirement, you'll have many options from which to choose. Single family homes, condos, townhomes, and villas, are all available, and in a wide price range. Many of the communities offer maintenance free living, so you have more time to enjoy the surf and sun. Whether you want to live on Sarasota Bay, on the Gulf of Mexico, or a bit inland, you won't ever be far from recreation and relaxation.

Throughout Sarasota and the rest of the state, there's plenty to discover and enjoy, like the many famed and fun theme parks, which are a short drive away. There are music festivals, farmers' markets, performing arts, spring training baseball, museums, art galleries, planetarium, shopping malls, marinas, county and state parks, and most of all, the wonderful weather.