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Old 10-10-2010, 07:05 PM
 
Location: CT
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I want to retire from CT to the Sarasota area. My wife recently passed away so it's just me and visiting family. Ideally I'm looking for an older house in an established quiet area. Problem is I don't know anything about the Sarasota area so would appreciate any advice from people who have lived there a long time.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Sorry to hear about your wife.

Well older established area sounds like maybe Gulf Gate, Whitfield, South Gate, Southside Village. How far do you want to be from the beaches? What kind of things do you like to do-tennis, golfing, boating? What is your price range? Have you ever been to Sarasota? If not, I recommend renting first or coming and taking an extended vacation to scout out areas. So, if you are retiring I'm guessing work or schools aren't an issue-correct?
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:22 AM
 
Location: CT
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Thanks. Sailing is my main interest so being about 30 min from a place to sail would be OK. Schools and work aren't important. I guess your suggestion to take about a week trip is next.
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Well, if you like sailing them Punta Gorda might be a good option for you. Specifically Punta Gorda Isles or Burnt Store Isles. It's a well established area. There are many boaters, it has a quaint downtown. The prices for waterfront are very reasonable right now. You could get a home or condo on sailboat water for in the low high 100's and low 200's. If you just wanted to be on a canal with boat access (not sailboat water), the prices start in the 150's. BigHouse (one of the posters here lives in PGI and can tell you more about it).

Gulf Gate in Sarasota starts at about $120K, South Gate starts at around $90k. This should give you a little idea of what you might be about to get.

North Port has a few established neighborhoods and the homes there are running $30k+. NP is about 25 minutes from the beaches but the boat ramps are about 10 minutes or less.
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:18 AM
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Location: Massachusetts
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Check out Venice
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