If you've been in Sarasota for any length of time - or have begin the process of looking for a home - you have likely heard the term "west of Trail." The phrase indicates the areas west of Route 41/ the Tamiami Trail, generally considered desirable for its proximity to beaches, bayfront and downtown areas.
Although you may think that these communities might be cost prohibitive, in actuality there are a wide variety of choices in many price ranges. Here is a quick rundown of some of our favorites.
Indian Beach / Sapphire Shores: With homes currently listed from $215,000 to $8 million, there is a home for everyone in this up and coming area. Located just south of the famous Ringling Museum, and just north of downtown, the neighborhood is expected to continue to grow in value. With close proximity to Sarasota Bay and Sun Circle Park, the neighborhood offers eclectic homes, some with historical significance. You'll find your new home convenient to beaches, our thriving downtown, and the theater and museum districts.
Indian Beach Listings
Sapphire Shores Listings
Harbor Acres: Harbor Acres is located just south of downtown Sarasota, in close proximity to all that this city has to offer. In fact, two of Sarasota's most popular destinations hem in the community. To the north, Selby Gardens beautifies the bayfront with its acres of exotic trees, plants, and flowers - including some of the most gorgeous orchids in the world. To the south, the Hillview District provides excellent dining and shopping opportunities, not to mention frequent special events. Homes in Harbor Acres currently range from $689,000 to just over $6 million dollars for waterfront property.
Harbor Acre Listings
Granada, Granada Park & San Remo: These adjacent communities are located on the mainland side of the north bridge to Siesta Key, giving you fast and easy access to this popular destination. San Remo is located directly on the Bay, while Granada is just next door. Fishermen and walkers will love spending time at the bridge and exploring the lush north end of the Key. Just a mile or so south of the Hillview District and well located for all shopping and dining, you will be surprised by the serene canopied streets and historic homes which characterize this area. Granada homes from the low $500's, San Remo from $1.6 million.
Granada & Granada Park
San Remo Estates
Tahiti Park: Homes in this popular neighborhood rarely come to market, so you'll have to keep your eyes open. This exceptionally quiet enclave of single family homes is contained, meaning there is no through street. Some homes have architectural significance. built by Ralph Twitchell and considered wonderful examples of the Sarasota school of architecture. With serene canopied streets, ponds and preserves filled with wildlife, and eclectic, unique homes - Tahiti Park is a true gem. (Note: Because homes come on the market so rarely in Tahiti Park, call us for ideas as to how to maximize your chances of living in this idyllic community)
Ready to explore West of Trail opportunity? Here are some additional communities to consider!
Aqualane Estates ($800,000 - $3m)
Bay Point Park ($1.25m - $4.3m)
Baywood Colony ($2.2m -$3m)
Buccaneer Bay ($600,000 -$850,000)
Cherokee Park ($850,000 - $2.7m)
Holiday Harbor ($1.2m - $1.3m)
McClellan Park ($850,000 - $1.6m)
Oyster Bay Estates ($2m - $3m)
Pine Shores Estates ($485,000 - $4.9m)
Poinsettia Park ($1m - $3.3m)
Southpointe Shores ($500,000 - $3.4m)
Pease note that all all list prices are accurate as of the time of the writing of this blog. Markets are subject to change at any time.