Sarasota, Florida, USA

por: Derek Duncan

Located on Florida’s southwest coast Sarasota Bay area is a sophisticated enclave known for its luxury waterfront living and prestigious golf communities. The city of Sarasota is known for its arts, galleries and superior dining and shopping and plays a major role in attracting area residents. Among the attractions are the Historic Asolo Theatre, an intimate 18th century baroque Italian theatre transported to Sarasota in the 1950’s and located on the former estate of circus magnate John Ringling. There’s also the Asolo Rep Theatre, hosting national Broadway productions, the respected Sarasota Ballet, the Sarasota Opera, currently is in its 53rd season, and the Ringling Museum of Art.

Visit places like Longboat Key and Siesta Key on the state’s southwest coast just outside Sarasota and several things become evident: the sand is like powdered ivory; the Gulf of Mexico waters are smooth and soothing; and the intense sunsets are of an incomparable magnitude of beauty.

Straddling the Gulf and Sarasota Bay, these islands—along with neighboring Lido Key, Bird Key and Anna Maria Island—are known nationally for their soft-sand, shelling, seafood that is to die for, boutique shopping and rare oceanfront and bayside properties that allow easy ocean access. Pockets of extreme luxury and privacy mingle with a more casual, semi-tropical lifestyle, but certain things are transcendent: each evening, up and down the islands, residents come together on beaches and patios to watch the sun go down.

Modern high-rise luxury residences that overlook Sarasota’s bayfront and marina command top dollar, and the “West of the (Tamiami) Trail” area just south features desirable neighborhoods like Harbor Acres with large waterfront estates. Even for the most traveled and discerning, Sarasota real estate leaves nothing to be desired. Have you heard about those sunsets?