Street Smarts: Top Tips For Checking Out Potential Neighborhoods

Sarasota Homes For Sale, Neighborhoods

Picturesque tree-lined streets in Cherokee Park, Sarasota

The perfect home is about more than the home itself. That age-old expression ‘location, location, location’ certainly holds a lot of truth, as even the most spectacular home may not be within the kind of neighborhood you have always pictured. When it comes to navigating Sarasota homes for sale, Michael Saunders & Company agents are true experts, building on four decades of local experience and knowledge. To make the experience as seamless as possible, it’s always a great idea to have your own vision when it comes to your perfect neighborhood. With the back-to-school period just around the corner, some may have schools at the top of the list, while others may be more concerned with the investment side of things. Whatever you may be looking for in a neighborhood, we compiled a quick list of tips and considerations to help you on your way:

Do your Homework: Whether you have children or not, a school district’s performance impacts housing prices. Fortunately, Sarasota and the surrounding area is home to some of the best schools in the country, including Pine View School for the Gifted, Out-of-door Academy, IMG Academy, and locally renowned Southside Elementary. In a recent study by, 90% of those surveyed rated school district as “important” or “somewhat important” in their real estate decision making.

Travel Time: While the average commute to work nationally is about 25 minutes, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that Sarasotans can expect about 18 minutes, Venetians 17 minutes, and Bradentonians 21 minutes. If being close to work is high on your list, be sure to consider the time it will take you to get from A to B.  At the same time, if you want to relax on Siesta Key Beach every weekend but like the country club lifestyle, find out how long it will take you to get from the golf course to the Gulf.

Good Eats: With so many gourmet restaurants in our area, many people find themselves eating out regularly. Similarly, we enjoy wonderful boutique shopping along with the great selection of malls. Check out the restaurants and stores local to the neighborhoods you are interested in – it will give you a great indication of not only the fun to be had, but the people you may be calling your neighbors. Visit the neighborhood pages on the Michael Saunders & Company website for a connection to local hot spots and reviews from

Parks and Recreation: An active lifestyle is something many residents in our area continue to enjoy. Do you see yourself teeing off at the golf course every day? You may wish to be closer to nature trails or even the beach for your morning run, and how about your pets? Many communities offer dog parks to keep tails wagging. Make a list of activities you wouldn’t want to be without, and think about whether you can check off that list with your desired neighborhood.

Savvy Investment: Keep an eye on real estate trends in your neighborhood of choice. Your Realtor can assist you with this, but you can also get a head start by checking out the number of homes for sale, the number of vacant lots and staying on top of local news coverage regarding new construction. The real estate section of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune is a great place to start.

Browsing the Michael Saunders & Company website is an excellent way to explore neighborhoods – there are even neighborhood videos taking you on your own personal tour. Remember though, to truly experience an area before you consider buying your home, you should physically visit and feel it out. Wherever you choose, our Gulf Coast region is sure to have you saying “There’s no place like home”.

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