- Sarasota Ranks #1 as the Best City to Retire in the US
In 2020-21, Sarasota was ranked as the # 1 Best Place to Retire in the Country by US News & World Report. The study was based upon the happiness of local residents, housing affordability, tax rates and healthcare quality. Sarasota commonly received awards such as this each year.
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- There's No State Income Tax in Florida!
One huge benefit of being a Florida resident is the lack of a state income tax. This means that you get to keep more of your income. In place of a state tax, Florida earns its dollars from the millions of tourists that vacation in our state each year through a 7% sales tax (state level) and a 5% tourist tax (county level) on revenues from rental properties and hotel stays that are for a term of six month or less. Once you become a Florida resident, you will be thankful for the tourists as they pay your share of the state taxes.
- Top-Rated Siesta Key Beach
Sarasota's area beaches are among the most gorgeous and most popular in the state of Florida. Its top-rated Siesta Key Beach has been named the #1 Beach in America in recent years by multiple review sites including Trip Advisor, Dr. Beach and Conde Nast Traveler. The powder-like, sugar sand stays cool to the touch, even on the hottest of Florida's summer days. View
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- Lakewood Ranch - The #1 Best Selling Community in the US in 2021 (mid year)
Sarasota is home to Lakewood Ranch, the #1 best-selling master planned community in 2021 (mid year) for the entire US. View Lakewood Ranch Ranking
. Located just east of the Interstate at the University Parkway exit, the 48-square mile community of Lakewood Ranch offers residents a high-quality of life with a central town center, endless shopping and dining options with the new University Town Center Mall, top-rated schools, miles of parks and trails and more!
- Sarasota is a Year-Round Playground
With an average year-round temperature of 73’ and 251 sunny days per year, Sarasota is the perfect city for outdoor enthusiasts! If you like a good workout, try kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding through the natural mangroves to see native wildbirds and sea life. If you’re seeking a more relaxed activity, rent or charter a boat for the day and explore remote sand bars and local islands. There's also lots of recreational parks and area trails to explore where you’ll see an alligator or two.
- Sarasota is an Affordable City for Real Estate
The Sarasota real estate market offers affordability for young families and retirees alike. In early 2021, the median Sarasota home price is $319,793 and the median Sarasota month rent is $1,995 per month. Obviously living downtown Sarasota or one the keys will cost you more. I am glad to show you all housing options within your price range when you arrive to town.
- The Sarasota Area Offers Great Dining Options
Downtown Sarasota and its surrounding keys offer a full array of casual sidewalk cafes to elegant, five-star restaurants. They’re also lots of cool, hip craft breweries and beer gardens to check out. Many establishments are pet-friendly and offer daily live entertainment. St Armands Circle and Siesta Key Village are some of the top destinations you’ll definitely want to check out!
- Sarasota Has Top-Rated Healthcare & Hospitals
When relocating to a new city, it’s important to have quality healthcare choices and for both preventative and emergency care. Sarasota’s top hospitals include Sarasota Memorial Health Care (just south of Downtown) and Doctor’s hospital which is located near the Interstate. Both are top-rated hospitals and have received numerous awards in recent years.
- Sarasota Has Endless Events to Check-Out!
Sarasota offers an active scene of events, outdoor festivals and entertainment performances to check out! There's also the many popular community events that take place each year including The Blues Festival, The Offshore Grand Prix, The Jazz Festival, The Film Festival, The Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, the 4th of July Fireworks Show, The Firehouse Chili Cook-Off and more. I'm glad to keep you posted on happening events when you come to tour Sarasota.
- Sarasota is a Cultural Home for the Arts
Sarasota has long been known as Florida's "Cultural City" with its active performing arts and theatrical scene. The city enjoys a connection to the famous Ringling family as the Circus Magnate, John Ringling and his wife, Mable, built their famous Estate Home (Ca' d'Zan) and Ringling Museum of Art when they settled here in the 1920's. Both their home and art museum are now open as attractions to tour year round.