Situated on Florida's Gulf Coast, Sarasota welcomes thousands of tourists every year to access some of the most pristine beaches in the nation. Lido Beach and Siesta Key Beach are two of the most famous stretches, the latter located just across the bay from Sarasota. But Sarasota is more than a beach town, which many of the 54,816 locals living there can attest to. From the Sarasota Jungle Gardens to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the city isn't short on attractions catering toward both the laidback and culture-seeking lifestyles.
A dynamic city like Sarasota, that also has a prime climate with year round sunshine and warm temperatures, comes at a price not fit for every buyer. The average list price last year was $505,665, a 7.06 percent rise from 2014. Inventory, on the other hand, declined minimally by .28 percent. The number of listings on the market dropped from 2,147 to 2,141, marginally affecting the range of options for buyers searching for homes in Sarasota.