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Thinking of Moving to Sarasota?

Let me help you discover the Sarasota area and what it offers.

Greetings. My name is Julie Larson and I'm your Sarasota relocation expert. You landed on the page because you've given some thought to moving to the Sarasota area. To help you out, I've organized my site as a resource to help give you a general overview of the area as well as my TOP 10 Reasons on why you should consider relocating to the Sarasota area. If you are ready to make the move, or have a specific question not answered on my site, feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!

Overview of Sarasota, FL

Sarasota is a booming small city on Florida's west coast. Located just an hour south of Tampa, Sarasota is best known for its top-rated Siesta Key Beach, its rich arts and theatre performances as well as its connection to the famous circus-performing Ringling family. Sarasota offers its residents a high quality of life with year-round outdoor activities, a strong and growing employment market as well as quality healthcare from top-rated area hospitals. The population of Sarasota is approximately 54,000 persons (total Sarasota county population is roughly 452,000).

Sarasota Awards & Accolades

The City of Sarasota commonly receives awards and accolades for its white sand beaches, its quality retirement lifestyle as well as top-rated healthcare services. See recent awards below.

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Map of Sarasota

Your Guide to Understanding the Sarasota Area

The following map overviews the greater Sarasota area. Further down this page, I've listed the best residential neighborhoods within each area. Additionally, I've marked our airports and popular beaches for your convenience. Once you connect with me, I'm glad to show you the best Sarasota housing opportunities matching your exact needs, lifestyle preference and price point.

Your Guide to Sarasota Real Estate, Beaches, Attractions & Employers

Sarasota Real Estate

Listed below are the best neighborhoods of Sarasota and the surrounding barrier islands.

Best Neighborhoods Downtown Sarasota

  • Golden Gate Point
  • Bird Key
  • Harbor Acres
  • Rosemary District

Best Neighborhoods in North Sarasota

  • University Park
  • The Meadows

Best Neighborhoods in South Sarasota

  • Southgate
  • The Landings
  • Gulf Gate Estates

Best Neighborhoods in Palmer Ranch

  • Village Walk
  • Isles of Sarasota
  • Silver Oak
  • Sandhill Preserve
  • TPC PRestancia
  • Turtle Rock

Best Neighborhoods East of I-75

  • Laurel Oak Country Club
  • Heritage Oaks Golf & CC
  • Bent Tree Country Club
  • Misty Creek Country Club
  • TPC PRestancia
  • Tuscana

Best Neighborhoods in Lakewood Ranch

  • The Country Club
  • Country Club East
  • The Lake Club
  • Edgewater
  • Central Park
  • The River Club
  • Waterside
  • The Isles

Best Neighborhoods on Siesta Key

  • Siesta Isles
  • Siesta Cove
  • Tortoise Estates
  • Sara Sands

Best Neighborhoods on Longboat Key

  • Longboat Key Club
  • Country Club Shores
  • Bay Isles
  • Harbour Oaks

Best Neighborhoods on Lido Key

  • Lido Shores
  • St. Armands Key

Top Beaches in Sarasota

Sarasota is home to the #1 rated top-rated beach in the country, as well as other great local beaches.

  • Siesta Key Beach (#1 in the USA)
  • Lido Key Beach
  • Longboat Key Beaches

Popular Sarasota Area Attractions

  • John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
  • The Ringling Estate (Ca' d'Zan)
  • Asolo Repertory Theatre
  • Sarasota Classic Car Museum
  • Sarasota Jungle Gardens
  • St. Armands Circle
  • Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Save Our Seabirds
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
  • Circus Sarasota
  • Ed Smith Stadium
  • Big Cat Habitat
  • Historic Spanish Point
  • Oscar Scherer State Park
  • Venice Theatre
  • Venice Jetty
  • Venice Fishing Pier

Sarasota Area Shopping Centers

The Sarasota has three main shopping centers including the following.

  • University Town Center Mall (UTC)
  • Westfield Siesta Key
  • Westfield Sarasota Square

Sarasota Relocation Reviews

"Julie is awesome. She is very personable, knowledgeable and professional. We had confidence in her from day one. She made the whole experience great. We recommend her 100 percent!"
"Julie was very professional yet she made us feel like family. She was very timely in returning calls and scheduling viewings. Julie made our home purchase peaceful and pleasant. She has a vast of knowledge and resources in the surrounding area of Sarasota."

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Sarasota Employers

Sarasota is home to many of the top and best employers in Sarasota County, and several are headquartered here locally. I've also listed the largest employers in Sarasota and nearby Manatee County.

Top Medical Companies in Sarasota

  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH)
  • Doctors Hospital
  • Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

Top Technology Companies in Sarasota

  • Voalte
  • Clickbooth

Top Financial Services Companies in Sarasota

  • FCCI Insurance Group
  • Northwestern Mutual

Top Business Solution Companies in Sarasota

  • TriNet
  • S-One Holdings Corporation
  • Shared Services Center

Top Manufacturing Companies in Sarasota

  • PGT Industries
  • Tervis
  • Sun Hydraulics
  • Tropicana

Largest Employers in Sarasota County

  • School Board of Sarasota County
  • Sarasota Memorial Health Care
  • Publix Supermakets, Inc.
  • PGT Industries
  • Sarasota County Government
  • Venice Regional Bayfront Health
  • Goodwill Industries Manasota
  • Sun Hydraulics Corporation
  • Tervis
  • City of Sarasota
  • Tidewell Hospice
  • City of North Port
  • Doctors Hospital of Sarasota
  • The Ritz-Carlton of Sarasota
  • ASO, LLC
  • Shared Services Center
  • FCCI Insurance Group
  • Ringling College
  • Expert Global Solutions
  • Englewood Community Hospital

Largest Employers in Manatee County

  • Manatee County School District
  • Beall's Inc.
  • Manatee County Government
  • Manatee Memorial Hospital
  • Manatee County Sheriff's Dept
  • Tropicana Products, Inc.
  • Blake Medical Center
  • IMG Academies
  • Publix Supermarkets
  • Feld Entertainment
  • TriNet
  • SCF Manatee - Sarasota
  • City of Bradenton
  • SYSCO West Coast Florida, Inc.