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Tampa Homese…, Home Seller in Tampa, FL

Which are the bohemian neighborhoods in Sarasota right now...the areas where struggling artists and the like

Asked by Tampa Homeseller, Tampa, FL Sun Feb 24, 2008

are choosing to live & are generating an energetic community vibe?

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Hello SRQurious, My finance moved from NYC 2 years ago and I moved from Pittsburgh 4 years ago. We bought an eclectic, funky, mid century home just east of downtown in an area called Paver Park Estates. We try to live green so I bike to work. Its about a 5-10 minute trip downtown trekking through scenic Payne Park. On Saturdays we peddle to one of the four Yoga studios nearby, eat brunch at the farmers market and then usually hang out at the bay front for a bit. Prices in the neighborhood have finally dropped to around $200,000 for a 1100 to 1700 sq ft pad. There are some rentals as well for around a $1000. It’s a safe neighborhood with some very cool people to be found. Drop me an email if you like.
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Burns Court in Sarasota ....of course!!!!
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Thanks everyone for the insights and recommendations!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 29, 2008
Yeah, Paver is great as well, and I was thinking Alta Vista kind of fits in with Paver and Arlington. All nice, safe, affordable neighborhoods close to downtown and the waterfront!
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Sapphire Shores/Indian Park . . . very nice -- but spendy. Also for artists, of course, Laurel Park or West of Trail, but they're super spendy. I might recommend Arlington Park. (South of Bahia Vista, North of Hyde Park, East of Tamiami Trail (us 41), West of Tuttle). It's very close to downtown, has a very active and forward thinking neighborhood association, a terrific park (with walking trails, dog park, tennis courts, and swim center), and has a terrific small town feel with a canopy of mature live oaks. I've seen some very reasonable small places in there right now -- You might be able to get a nice small place for ~$170k.
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My picks (modernsarasota.com) for SARASOTA FLORIDA BEST BOHEMIAN NEIGHBORHOODS are Indian Beach and Sapphire Shores, located between the Ringling College of Art and Design http://(www.ringling.edu) and the Ringling Museum of Art http://(www.ringling.org). This area is "west of trail" meaning you can walk to the bayfront without having to cross a major thoroughfare. It is bordered by three universities and is home to Sarasota's best theatre, ballet, lectures, and visual art experiences. Prices range from high 100K to over $10 mil. Eclectic, bohemian (4 art students renting the house next door) to the mansion two blocks away on the bayfront, these two neighborhoods are my favorites. Huge trees, great for walking, still very Sarasota without all the charm trimmed off. You'll see one on my website. Martie Lieberman - martie@modernsarasota.com
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If you travel north along the Tamiami Trail corridor from downtown into Manatee county, you will find many neighborhoods that appeal to "struggling artists." Of course, everyone's idea of "struggling" might be different, but these areas offer everything from inexpensive homes and condos to more expensive properties near the water, and many neighborhoods offer older properties and mature landscaping that provides the feel of "Old Florida."

The attraction of this area is the proximity to the Ringling College of Art and Design, The University of South Florida, New College, the Ringling Museum complex, and numerous theaters. You'll find artists, musicians, students and faculty, and residents who just like the feel of the community.

As has already been mentioned, there are artists in the Towles Court area, but property in the surrounding are has become rather pricey in recent years. It would be helpful if you could provide a price range and describe the type of housing that appeals to you, so that we can help you to focus on areas that will work for you.

Another area that has developed rather nicely in the past couple of years and definitely has a "bohemian feel" at more reasonable prices is the Village Of The Arts in Bradenton, which is conveniently located just east of downtown in an area bounded by 9th Ave. West (ML King) on the north and 17th Ave. West on the south. The west boundary is 14th St. West, and the east boundary is 9th Street West. You'll find that the Art Center-Manatee is nearby, and the South Florida Museum is not too far away. It's not Sarasota, but it really is not very far from the colleges, theaters and museums that are either on the north side of Sarasota or downtown. If you get a chance, do that Art Walk on the first Friday of any month in Bradenton's Village of The Arts. You might find that you like it.

Getting back to Sarasota, you might try snooping around just east of downtown, but be prepared to see some pretty pricey real estate. Go just a little farther eat, though, and you might find some more reasonable properties.

As is always the case, it's difficult to steer you in the right direction without a little more information. Your budget, your interests, your knowledge of Sarasota, the type of housing that appeals to you, and plenty of other factors are important things that we need to assist you.

I would be happy to answer any other questions that you might have, and to email you listings of properties in the areas mentioned. This will help you to focus on the neighborhoods that are likely to have the greatest appeal. I can be reached on my cell phone at (941) 321-9664, or by email at charlesoffer@comcast.net.

If you would like to see all of the properties that are currently listed for sale in the various neighborhoods, please visit my web site at http://www.CharlesOffer.com . If you click on "Sarasota Homes", you will see a map of Sarasota. Click on any area of the map, and you will have access to all of the listings in that neighborhood. I think that this is very helpful to people who are unfamiliar with specific neighborhoods and street names. You can easily click on the map along either side of north Tamiami Trail for example (areas 31 and 32), and can search for homes and condos in your price range.

I hope that this has been helpful to you.

Charles Offer
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, LLC
Web Reference: http://www.CharlesOffer.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 24, 2008
LA Buyer,
I would have to say there are three main areas in Sarasota that fit your question. One would be Towles Court near Adams Lane and US 301 another would be Burns Court off of Cocoanut and Burns Ct and the last would be Palm Ave. near main Street. There is another area that is dedicated to Multi Media Art and that would be the Ringling School of Art and Design. All these areas have residential or condo homes available in the general vacinity. I would be happy to forward information and listings from these areas if you will provide me with your email address.

William Gregory, Realtor
Michael Saunders and Company
941-504-3404
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