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Amber14, Renter in Sarasota, FL

Dog Friendly Neighborhoods/Areas within Commuting Distance of Sarasota

Asked by Amber14, Sarasota, FL Tue Oct 9, 2012

We are being relocated to Sarasota for work and are two professionals in our late 30s and early 40s. We have 2 small dogs and a 50 lb. dog and would like to rent for a year while scouting out something to buy. What neighborhoods/areas of Sarasota or surrounding cities should we look into? We're willing to go as far north as St. Pete. Thanks!

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Lynn Brock’s answer
Amber14, Finding a place to rent that allows dogs will be up to the owner/landlord. Single family homes will be your preferred choice as most condos will not allow tenants to have pets. The inventory of annual rentals is particularly slim this year, as many owners are opting to rent seasonally only and not annually.

We are now at the beginning of our winter season and finding a rental will be challenging at best. Be prepared to pay a security deposit for your pets along with a security deposit for your housing. In addition, due to the low rental inventory month rates have jumped up. What rented last year for $1450 is renting this year for $1950.

You will be limited to what is available when you are ready to rent/move in. If you will be moving in January and looking in November, you may have to rent the home for December as well. The demand for rentals that accept pets will be a challenge.

Best regards,

Lynn Brock
Brock Realty Inc.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 12, 2012
You can have a pet in nearly any area; it just comes down to the renter or renting community allowing pets. I would recommend you visit the areas and see what you like and don't like about them. This way, you can start to narrow your search to areas where the two of you like and from there, can begin searching for rentals that will allow 3 dogs and is in your price range.

Many rentals, whether they are private or part of a community, will only allow 2 pets with a max weight limit (many times, 50 pounds is the max). The other thing to consider will be breed restrictions. There are some communities that have breed restrictions for dogs. Your best bet will probably be renting a single family home, since the restrictions in condos are much more strict.

Most communities will also require your pets vaccination history so that you can prove that they are up to date on all of their shots. I would be sure to get into a vet (and there are PLENTY of options) as soon as you arrive to make sure you get the proper tags and complete the registration for your pets.

Here is a list of rental sites so you can start your search:

My Florida Homes -
Ebay Classifieds –
Florida Rental Ads –
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Rent Range –
Vacation Rentals by Owner –
Sarasota Herald Tribune -
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Craigslist –

You will not have trouble finding dog friendly areas where your dogs can run, play, or be on a leash. Someone had mentioned Brohard Paw Park in Venice-- this place is awesome! Would strongly recommend taking your pets there. You can also go to Bird Key Park which is just across the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota. Dogs can play in the shallow waters of the bay and you can enjoy the beautiful views of downtown and the boats.
If you have any questions, please call or email.


Andy Richardson
Suncoasteam Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 10, 2012
ALL sarasota neighborhoods are "Dog Ffiendly" as are many restaurants. We also have many DOG parks. You will have difficulty finding a rental with your three dogs but it can be done. Depending on your goal pricepoint for both rental and purchase we can certainly determin where you will find the perfect home. Please contact me directly and we can start your search.

Faye Doyle, LLC
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 9, 2012
You should consider the Lakewood Ranch area, just 11 miles from downtown Sarasota. LWR has several dog parks both for small and large dogs. Great area for young professionals. Average age between 43 and 47. Great schools, shopping, restaurants and plenty of new construction. Gated and non-gated areas.
Price range 150,000 to 3 million. 9th Best selling community in America. You may find it more difficult to rent something with 3 dogs with a home owner, although Lakewood Ranch is very pet friendly. You'll love it here. Just another day in Paradise.
Jim Soda ...
Keller Williams Realty
Serving the Greater Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch Areas
Re-sell, Rent and New Construction
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 9, 2012
Hi Amber,

There are several nice pet friendly communities in the Sarsota/Bradenton area. No need to go that far as St. Pete. Just contact one of the nice Realtors who made comments to your question, everyone will find you a great house. You will love the area, I am here for almost twenty years and feel very comfortable.

Kind Regards

Werner Untrieser
Broker Associate, CRS, GRI, CIPS, TRC, SFR
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 9, 2012

Additionally, Sarasota is very canine accommodating at our outdoor dining .

Be sure to register your doggies with local County through your new Vet for local license.

Arlington Park & 17th Street Park a super fun for my dogs. Bird Key now has a dog/picnic access point for water fun.

Hopefully we'll see you soon -- it's fun, frolicking and furry friendly :)


Sandra LaFlamme, Realtor
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 9, 2012
At Wagner Realty our goal is to help you in all phases of finding a home. We have many rental resources.
If you would like to contact me I can give info of what is currently available in the Bradenton/Sarasota area. With the understanding of your 3 Best Friends.

Carl Pallas

Wagner Realty
5215 State Rd. 64 East
Bradenton, FL 34208
941-720-0723 Direct Line
941 741-8177 Fax
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 9, 2012
You should look for a single family home because of the number of pets you have. Most condos only allow 2 maximum to the condo owner, and many times do not allow tenants to have pets.

Any area near the beaches or your work will give you a lot of choices. Nothing in Sarasota is that far and you shouldn't have to worry much about the commute.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 9, 2012
Look right heree in Sarasota plenty of vets in this area from the big ones like Banfield to mindependent Drs. Just opened a new pet hotel on tamiami just near the airport. there are several dog parks to visit dogs are big here in Fl. My wife is a dog groomer at Hagens Pet Resort. Be perpared to put up a non refundable deposit if you are planning on renting. Rentals are very hot right now it may be easyer to actully buy something.

Michael Beninato
Re/Max alliance Group
cell: 941-479-2777
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