While the Sarasota area is world-renowned for its pristine beaches and near-perfect weather, the downtown area is known for its culture, dining, shops and diverse residential real estate opportunities. From its opera house to its many art galleries, from its charming boutiques to its lively nightlife, downtown Sarasota has something for everyone.
For the art enthusiast, the numerous art galleries, museums, festivals and artisans found throughout downtown Sarasota will bring nothing but pure joy. In fact, the downtown area is considered to be the heart of the city’s rich art scene. While Palm Avenue with its numerous art galleries is referred to as “Gallery Row,” virtually every street downtown is close to an art gallery or cultural venue. Nearby State Street, for example, is home to the State of the Arts Gallery, while Main Street regularly hosts a variety of art festivals and other events.
Aside from the rich art scene, there is also a variety of boutiques and unique shopping opportunities. Elegant shops and galleries can be found along beautiful Palm Avenue. Everything from clothing stores offering women’s fashions to gourmet food stores can be found on Main Street. For the antique lover, Burns Court is the place to go while those interested in purchasing art may want to visit the friendly artists’ colony at Towles Court.
Thanks to the vibrant music scene, numerous bars and nightclubs, downtown Sarasota also has much to offer for those who enjoy the nightlife. Everything from acoustic jazz to rock can be found at the many restaurants and other venues on any given evening. Looking for something a little bit more laid back? Visit one of the cozy lounges located within one of downtown Sarasota’s historic buildings.
For those interested in living downtown, there are a variety of housing options. Those who are interested in condo living will find more than 50 different condos from which to choose. With condos available in a variety of different prices, locations, and amenities, there is bound to be a condo to fit just about anyone’s lifestyle and budget. On the other hand, those who do not want to live in a condo may consider purchasing a home in one of downtown Sarasota’s vintage neighborhoods. Regardless of where you choose to purchase real estate in the downtown area, all of the city’s attractions are always within just a short walking distance.
With its rich culture, tropical charm and historical significance, it is no wonder why a growing number of people are so interested in calling downtown Sarasota home.