Living and Loving the Gulf Coast: Top Reasons to Move to Sarasota

Some of us are lucky enough to call Sarasota “Home”, and it’s easy to see why those who live, work and play here are so passionate about it. Frequently gracing lists of the world’s best places to live, people from across the nation and around the globe have discovered the exceptional lifestyle the Gulf Coast has to offer. With this in mind, here are a few top reasons to make the move to Sarasota:

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Crescent Beach – Siesta Key

– Beaches

Sarasota is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Siesta Key is renowned for its endless stretches of impossibly soft crystal quartz sand, framed by the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With many other gorgeous beaches, you’re truly spoiled for choice in this area. From sunrise to sunset, the unsurpassed beauty of Sarasota’s beaches makes our area truly unforgettable. Check out our top 10 Sarasota area beaches HERE. 

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Lakewood Ranch Country Club

– Golf Courses

Florida’s Gulf Coast has long been associated with some of the country’s most challenging,  sophisticated golf courses ever since John Hamilton Gillespie brought the game to Sarasota in 1886. With gorgeous year round weather and a beautiful backdrop of lush tropical foliage, our area attracts golfers from around the world to test their skills on over 100 professionally designed fairways and greens in the tri-county area.

– Schools

Sarasota’s Pine View School for grades 2-12 was recently ranked sixth in the entire nation by the US News & World Report. In addition to highly rated elementary, middle and high schools, a number of notable colleges and universities highlight the area including The Ringling College of Art & Design, internationally recognized for its design programs, and New College of Florida, a national leader in liberal arts and sciences.

– Arts and Culture

Sarasota has a rich tradition of art and culture, weaved into our foundation by John and Mable Ringling and their appreciation for paintings, sculpture, architecture, performance and more. Recognized as one of the nation’s best small arts cities, Sarasota offers a wide array of vibrant activities. Whether you catch a ballet performance at the Van Wezel, admire 17th century art at the Ringling museum or visit one of the many award-winning local theatres, there is always a chance to immerse oneself in culture.

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John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

– Florida Taxes

Florida is one of only seven states that impose no state income tax on its residents, and has safeguarded this provision in the state’s Constitution. Read more about this in our post “Florida: The-No-Tax-Me State”.

Sarasota, Polo

– Recreation

Life along Florida’s Gulf Coast provides wonderful recreational opportunities. Year round sunshine and moderate temperatures combine with an abundance of attractions and venues to create the perfect environment for many leisure activities, including nature trails, fishing, tennis,polo and much more.

Sarasota,boating,harbor– Boating

Boaters are drawn to the Sarasota area for the Gulf of Mexico’s miles and miles of tranquil, clear waters.  Sarasota County waterways cover more than 50 square miles, and there are several yacht clubs and marinas throughout the area that offer opportunities for socializing with other boaters.


Check out what our President, Drayton Saunders, has to say about the wonderful lifestyle offered in Sarasota in our “Ask Drayton” post!

For advice on how to find your dream home along Florida’s spectacular Gulf Coast, contact a Michael Saunders and Company agent.

What are you favorite things about living in Sarasota?

  • User Gravatar Katie
    April 29th, 2013

    Great post – I wish I could move there – it’s paradise!

  • User Gravatar Veronika Bajtala
    April 30th, 2013

    Yes, I feel lucky to live in Sarasota too! 🙂

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