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JS Cooper, Home Buyer in Port Charlotte, FL

Where in Sarasota should I look?

Asked by JS Cooper, Port Charlotte, FL Mon May 5, 2014

I'm looking for a single family home, preferably 2 or 3 bedroom with 2 baths. I'd like to be as close to St. Armands or a beach as possible. I have about $350,000-$400,000 to spend. Where should I be focusing my search? I am also a single female, early thirties and so would like a safe community. I'm not interested in condos as I have a dog. Thanks.

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon May 19, 2014
Hi Suzi,

How familiar are you with Sarasota? Generally speaking, the closer the homes are to the waterfront the higher the prices. Being closer to the water/bay will also increase the potential of the homes being in a wind zone, which will increase the annual insurance bill on the properties. Flood zones and flood insurance are another factor you should take into consideration in a home purchase, flood insurance rates are going thru some significant changes over the next few years thanks to changes to the national flood insurance program.

There are quite a few neighborhoods that would meet your price point and bdrm/bath criteria that are within a 15 minute drive to either St. Armands or Siesta Key. Actually, depending on your other preferences, needs, etc you may be able to find something for under $200,000.

What type of homes appeal to you, older homes with character or newer construction? Older homes will typically come with higher insurance rates, newer construction homes will have lower insurance rates but may have annual HOA fees and usually have detailed deed restrictions on what you can and cannot do with the exterior of your property. Do you want a deed restricted community or non deed restricted? You mentioned having a dog, would you want a larger yard? Fenced back yard? Not all neighborhoods (especially newer construction) allow fencing or have restrictions on the style of fence allowed.

Knowing more specifics as to what appeals to you in regard to style of home and neighborhood features would make it easier to suggest communities for your search.

As a 30+ year resident of Sarasota - Bradenton, I know the area well. Please feel free to contact me to further discuss your needs and preferences, I would be happy to share my knowledge of the local neighborhoods with you.


Diane Christner, Realtor, GRI, SFR
Realty Executives Solutions
cell: (941) 726-7109
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 8, 2014
Hi, Suzi. If you want to be as close as possible to the beach, there are a couple homes that meet your criteria currently on the market that are within biking distance to a beach on Siesta Key. If you'd like, I can email you the info on them. Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 7, 2014
Hi Suzi,

While there are neighborhoods and communities that offer homes in your price range, the question is how "close" do you want to be to St. Armands. Price points increase exponentially the closer you get to St. Armands and change from single-family to condos (which won't work for you).

I'd love to better understand your locational needs. Please call me and we can have a constructive conversation. Thank you!

Terry Brown
Real Estate Consultant
Keller Williams on the Water Sarasota
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 5, 2014
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