Who Lives Here and Why

When prospective clients contact me to live in Longboat Key and Sarasota they generally have a good idea why they want to move here. If they vacation here first they witness the splendid sites and activities this area has to offer.

To think of great year around weather your first thought is to draw a mental picture of the beaches and the amount of sunshine that this state has to offer. Florida is a larger state than it may appear, so the complexion of each area represents a different way of life. The hustle of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, the equestrian lifestyle around Ocala or the college cities of Gainesville and Tallahassee each are attractive in their own ways.

Sarasota and the six barrier islands attract a different type of resident. They are looking beyond the great beaches, golfing, restaurants, fishing and boating that other beach communities share in Florida and settle here for a more relaxing life with a home style atmosphere of luxury homes in quaint neighborhoods.

Planet Venus at sunset shines like a bright star in the southwest from any location on the Gulf of Mexico coast beaches at sunset.For the most part they have worked hard all their life to achieve their status and want to share that with others of similar backgrounds. Neighbors are friends with similar backgrounds but security and privacy is a priority they all share.

The list is impressive of those who have purchased real estate here in the Sarasota County area. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, Brian Johnson of AC/DC, thrill author Stephen King, professional wrestler 'Macho Man' Randy Savage, talk show king Jerry Springer, Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, actress Jane Lynch, sports commentator Dick Vitale, tennis coaching legend Nick Bollettieri, tennis star Martina Navratilova, TV series host Jack Perkins, R&B recording legend Donald 'Duck' Dunn, founding Moody Blues band member Graeme Edge, and our most recent addition actress Rosie O'Donnell, have all purchased property here.

It is likely that this area originated as an arts center through the contributions that famed circus promoter John and Mable Ringling brought to the area. Nearly a century later of classical arts Sarasota was voted the number one top art destination in the nation for small cities by readers of American Style Magazine. Northern neighbor Bradenton was voted number two in that same poll.

Sarasota is home to the oldest continuing orchestra and the oldest theatre company in the state. It is home to the first professional ballet and opera companies on the Gulf coast of Florida. An annual film festival for one week in April attracts visitors from around the world.

America’s favorite pastime begins each year here in Sarasota for the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium in downtown Sarasota. A total of 16 teams from the National League and American League have a hefty pre-season schedule in March.

Recreation, fishing, boating and relaxation; there is more that Sarasota and the Gulf of Mexico barrier islands has to offer. Come to Longboat Key and Sarasota for the beaches and sunshine, stay for all that remains.

Happy Thanksgiving. It is my hope that your travels are safe and your visit with family is memorable.