Why move to Sarasota, Florida?
Posted by Bill True on
Money Magazine has called Sarasota, Florida "America's Best Small City," and every year, thousands of people relocate to this beautiful jewel on Florida's Gulf Coast.
One reason they come is because Sarasota offers big-city amenities while retaining its small-town charm. The city is the cultural capital of Florida, home to the Sarasota Orchestra, the Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, and the world-famous Ringling College of Art and Design, as well as dozens more theaters and art galleries. Downtown Sarasota offers a wide variety of shops and boutiques, restaurants, and nightclubs. Music, arts, and film festivals are sponsored throughout the year.
Dozens of public and private golf courses offer challenges to players at every level of skill and on every budget. Many of the private courses are also part of golf-centered communities with a choice of homes and condominiums. Tennis players here also have their choice from dozens of public and private courts. Thirty-five miles of beaches (including the beautiful Siesta Key) provide beach-goers and sun-worshipers with the world's whitest sand and most spectacular sunsets. Fishermen, divers, and boaters will find an assortment of deep-water marinas and yacht clubs. Enthusiasts can pursue any and every kind of water sport from skiing to windsurfing to parasailing and more.
Sarasota residents are only two hours from Disney World, Universal Studios, and the other famous Orlando attractions, and they're only an hour away from the Tampa Bay Rays, Buccaneers, and Lightning home games.
A wide variety of residential properties for sale in Sarasota are available. You'll find beautiful new high-rise condos and penthouses, waterfront homes, and golf course communities as well as lower-priced single-family homes and assisted-living retirement communities. Townhouses, condos, and single-family homes begin at $100,000 (and sometimes slightly less). More upscale waterfront homes and mainland estates are available to those seeking such properties.
If you're looking for other reasons to relocate or retire to Sarasota, consider this. The state of Florida has no personal income tax, and Sarasota residents benefit from a property tax millage rate that is one of the lowest in Florida. A Homestead Exemption provision ensures that permanent residents pay no taxes on the first $25,000 of their property's appraised value. So if you're looking to relocate your family, retire, or simply to make a smart property investment, Sarasota is the spot. With current low interest rates, and with a market where lenders are more willing than ever to work with prospective buyers, now is the time.