Downtown Sarasota

Those looking for an ideal place to call home in Downtown Sarasota will be able to choose from a great selection of top-quality properties for sale. The neighborhood is perfect for anyone who wants to savor a relaxing coastal lifestyle in the heart of the city, thanks to its plethora of year-round attractions, incredible shopping and dining, and more.

Downtown Sarasota condos offer the ultimate maintenance-free lifestyle in a place that’s right in the middle of the action. In addition to having high-end amenities such as valet parking, 24/7 concierge, fitness centers, resort-style swimming pools, and other terrific features, condos in Downtown Sarasota are minutes away from picturesque beaches, scenic parks, interesting museums, and other terrific destinations for residents of all ages.


Southside Elementary School
Alta Vista Elementary
Booker Middle
Booker High
Sarasota High


McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre
Sarasota Opera
Asolo Theater
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
Florida Studio Theater
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens


Lido Beach
Biking and Jogging
Lido Beach
Biking and Jogging

Downtown Sarasota


The name “Sarasota” originated from the Native American word “zota,” which means clear, blue, limpid, and beautiful – words used by the area’s original Native American occupiers to describe the beauty of the coastal bay known today as Sarasota Bay, long before the Spaniards discovered this slice of paradise. “Zota” was combined with “Sahara” to form the name “Sarazota,” which eventually became “Sarasota.”

Initial plans for the city took place during the late 1800s, when the Florida Mortgage and Investment Company of Edinburgh purchased 60,000 acres for development purposes.

The city began taking shape in 1885, as many Scottish colonists started arriving in the area. While many of them eventually relocated due to the challenging conditions posed by early settlement life, the small town transitioned from a sleepy fishing village to the lively community it is known as today.


Arts & Culture

Fine arts and culture are a significant part of Sarasota’s rich history. One of the very first cultural venues in Sarasota is the Edwards Theatre, which was established back in 1926. The palatial theatre is known today as the Sarasota Opera House, which hosts everything from opera, classical ballet, symphonies, film festivals, comedy shows, and other performances.

Another historical and cultural highlight established in Sarasota during the 1920s is the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the legacy of John and Mable Ringling for the people of Florida. The museum is the official state art museum of Florida and is part of the sprawling Ringling Estate, which is also home to several attractions and destinations including the Ca’ d’Zan, Bayfront Gardens, The Circus Museum, and the Historic Asolo Theater.

Other major cultural institutions in Sarasota include:


Things To Do In Sarasotaby John Brink

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