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Rosemary District transforms itself

by Roger Pettingell

Over 1,300 new residences in the district

New construction and new attitudes promote its Sarasota resurgence

BLVD downtown Sarasota
BLVD - One of the most visible new construction is rising quickly on the edge of the Rosemary District

It’s no secret that the Rosemary District in downtown Sarasota is getting a major overhaul, Rosemary 3.0. It’s taking shape with new mid-rise residences, apartments, restaurants and services that cater to the new denizens of the area. For decades it had already all the conveniences and entertainment venues that downtown Sarasota had to offer, most within easy walking distance.

This resurgence has displaced many of the elements that resembled a Bowery section of town. Business owners and developers are reacting, or creating this new atmosphere. On Fruitville Road along N. Tamiami Trail it is most visible with the BLVD in a fast pace of construction. Although on the other side of Fruitville on the south is the new Embassy Suites finished this year.

Travel down 4th Street and the array of new construction comes into plain view. Zahrada is soon to blossom into its own luxury enclave of six modern, multiple-story residences with retail and office space near North Orange Avenue. On residence is over 3,300 Square feet of living space while residences 2-6 offer 3,542 square feet of living space. Each unit has its own 2-car garage and pool deck.

332 Cocoanut
332 Cocoanut Avenue in the Rosemary District

The Sarasota Film Festival building at 332 Cocoanut Avenue will be razed for a five-story mixed-use building to include the new home of the film festival and 36 residences. The property was owned by the film festival president and chairman, Mark Familglio. Plans call for 18 homes of 900 square feet and one bedroom each. The remaining 18 residences will be two-bedroom units with 1,200 to 1,600 square feet. Office space and the garage will occupy the first floor.

These six new residences are among the 1,300 new residences within walking distance. The newly completed Risdon on 5th has six Active listings for its 3 bedroom and 3.5 bath homes in ranges of $409,000 to $999,000. These 22 modern residences are in the heart of the Rosemary District.

The 30 townhouses in Valencia at Rosemary Place between 601 to 649 Cocoanut Avenue are sold out. Ranging in size of 1,900 to 2,500 square feet of living space, this enclave was completed in three phases in the heart of the Rosemary district.

Under construction, the Courtyard at Citrus is a mixed-use community of retail space and ten modern residences between 505 and 555 North Orange Avenue with two active listings before they are sold out. They are 2 bedroom and 2 baths around 1,000 square feet of living space.

The Rosemary District is bordered by 10th Street on the north, the Trail on the west, Fruitville Road on the south and North Orange Avenue on the east. It’s had a rich history since it was first platted in 1855 and known as Black Bottom for its first settlers, then changed to Overtown in the next century. For over 70 years it maintained its name until 1994 when it picked up its current name in honor the Rosemary Cemetery that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Music nightly at the Blue Rooster Bar and Grill
Blue Rooster - Nightly bands in this Rosemary District bar and grill is in the heart of new construction

With all of its new development around the successful Blue Rooster. The menu of southern cooking and lively entertainment, the Blue Rooster has become the place to be. Its Happy Hour, Gospel Brunch Buffet on Sundays, this venue has some of the hottest bands in Sarasota. Other businesses are popping up in the Rosemary District that cater to a younger population. These include restaurants, fitness programs and even a Whole Foods store across the district boundary on Fruitville. The furniture stores and other retail stores sell modern products.

In the past few years many other community developments have started and completed. A list with summaries, their progress and expected completion dates are reported on the New Condominium Construction page of this website.

I listed a wonderful West of Trail home last week at 1835 Lincoln Drive near downtown Sarasota in the Avondale community. It has 4 bedrooms and 4 baths under 3,476 square feet of living space. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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1835 Lincoln Drive $1,799,000 Video Photo Slideshow

 

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New construction off the beaten path in Sarasota

by Roger Pettingell

Spurt in Rosemary District revitalizes area

New constructions in downtown Sarasota are filling needs

Valencia in the Rosemary District of Sarasota, Florida
Valencia - There are plenty of good opportunities here in the Rosemary District of downtown Sarasota.

Drive off the beaten path of Sarasota’s Tamiami Trail, and you will find an explosion of new condominium construction, revitalizing the downtown area. The Rosemary District has been neglected for years but is now in the middle of a growth spurt that will turn around this area. Its boundaries begin at Fruitville Road on the south, extends northward to 10th Street, then to the trail on the west and Orange Avenue on the east. The location is ideal with its close proximity to downtown shopping and dining. Take in a performance at the The Players Theatre or the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Its history is as long as Sarasota itself, platted with the city in 1885.

Drive up Cocoanut Avenue and the large new building Cityside on the right looms in your line of sight at Boulevard of the Arts. In two phases 489 apartments will be completed and ready for rental soon. To the left at the intersection is Valencia at Rosemary Place. These luxury townhouses are expected to be completed this winter, with the Pamplona floor plan sold out by Icon Residential. However, there are plenty of available residences as the construction project continues to the north. Ten units of the Almeria floor plan along May Lane are offered with 2,099 square feet of living space, complete with a deck and garage. The Cordoba is slightly smaller and also has a garage with each residence. As bookends at each end of May Lane where 10 units of the Almeria floor plans will be built are the Madrid on the west and the Barcelona on the east at the Cocoanut Avenue intersection. Icon has other construction projects in Tampa Bay, Orlando and Atlanta.

When completed in the summer of 2017 there will be 22 new residences that are selling in the range of $350,000 to $900,000 at Risdon on 5th. Six remain unsold in this gated community. Award-winning architects Michael Halflants and John Pichette are planning a rooftop swimming pool with great views of downtown Sarasota. Halflants and Pichette are also the involved architects for Vanguard Lofts at 1343 Fourth Street. One residence of the six remains unsold and is a 2BR/2BA with two-car garage. It is listed for $799,000 with expected completion of this community in March of 2017.

Cityside
There will be 489 new apartments in the Rosemary District when all of Cityside is finished.

No discussion of new construction in Sarasota would be complete without mentioning The Vue at Gulfstream and Tamiami Trail. When completed in early 2017, there will be 141 residences in 18 stories that overlook the Sarasota skyline. Five properties are active in MLS as of this morning’s writing, which includes these two penthouses. Residence number 1802 is a three bedroom, three and one half bath property that includes three parking spaces listed at $3,399,000. Unit 1801 listed at $2,999,000 has four bedrooms, four and a half baths with two assigned parking spaces. Nearing completion, there is still time to purchase and add your finishing touches to the design.

If your wishes are to be on the barrier islands and want to move in soon, the Park Residences on Lido Key may be right for you. Three of the 18 residences here are still active listings. You are steps to the Gulf of Mexico white sand beach and bordered by 100 acres of nature preserve at Ted Sperling Park. All floor plans are sold with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The famed St. Armands Circle is close and Sarasota is a short drive away over the Ringling Bridge.

The newly completed Aria at Villa am Meer and the contemporary Infinity communities have sold all of their properties on Longboat Key. However, there are many Longboat Key residences for sale that have been updated with modern finishes and available.

Last week I listed two homes and two residences for sale on Longboat Key. The luxury home at 5080 Gulf of Mexico Drive has five bedrooms, five full baths and three half baths. It is complete with infinity-edge pool and boat dockage. The home for sale at 1011 Longboat Club Road is a golfer’s paradise on Longboat Key Club’s Islandside golf course and is only one of seven custom homes there within walking distance to the beach. A short distance is my new listing at L'Ambiance Dr, #D906, also on Islanside golf course and overlooks the newly renourished Gulf beach at this elegant community. I have also listed a rarely available three bedroom walk-down to the beach residence at Beachplace, with its many fine amenities. Please contact me at (941) 387-1840 for an exclusive showing or if you have a property to sell or buy.

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5080 Gulf of Mexico Drive $6,990,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1011 Longboat Club Road $2,795,000 Video Photo Slideshow
415 L'Ambiance Dr, #D906 $2,600,000 Video Photo Slideshow
1055 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #106 $1,299,000   Photo Slideshow

 

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