You'll find plenty of options for good "55 and older" communities in the Sarasota area. As others have already mentioned, there are so many of them and they are so different that it is impossible to make recommendations without knowing your budget and your interests. Do you want a high rise condo, a mobile home, a villa, or a single family home? You say you want a "new" home - does that mean newly-constructed or "new to you?" Have you considered the idea that some country club communities without age restrictions may actually offer the activities and amenities that you are looking for, with more variation in housing styles than some "55 and over" communities? You may also find other beautiful communities such as Village Walk on Palmer Ranch that are not age-restricted, and that have plenty of social activities. The same is true of the Pelican Cove condominiums, where the list of activities will amaze you. I mention these possibilities because I'd hate to see you miss some great options because you have focused entirely on "55 and over" communities. Remember that the demographics of Sarasota are such that you'll find plenty of neighborhoods where you'll fit right in, and the interests of home buyers today are such that numerous communities will provide the activities and social life that you are looking for.
If you would like a fairly comprehensive list of the registered 55+ communities in the Sarasota area, please visit this web site that is provided by the state of Florida: http://fchr.state.fl.us/housing_directory/search/Sarasota/County/0
. You'll find numerous options in various locations around Sarasota county. A simple Google search should then lead you to web sites for some of the communities, where you will be able to learn more about them.
I hope that this information and the information posted by other Realtors has been helpful to you. Please keep in mind that it is difficult for us to provide you with comprehensive answers on an internet forum. It will be very beneficial for you to pick up the phone and contact a Realtor who can discuss your needs and interests in detail, and then provide you with the information that you need to make a wise choice. There are several of us here on this forum who would be happy to assist you, and I hope that you will choose one of us. I'm confident that any of us would do a great job for you.
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
423 St. Armands Circle
Sarasota, FL 34236