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Old 02-28-2021, 07:55 AM
Location: Midwest
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Our family loves to visit the Anna Maria/Longboat Key areas when we vacation 1-2x/year. On our last trip in November, we stayed one night in downtown SRQ at the Art Ovation Hotel and requested late check out. We got out early that morning and walked all over downtown and ate breakfast, then walked some more around the Bayfront Park. It's beautiful and amazing! Couldn't believe we had not ever done this before. The hotel we stayed at felt like Miami Beach with neon lights, sculptures and all sorts of cool art installations-very modern! The last time we had visited downtown SRQ (2015-2016?) I remember it feeling kind of shady and homeless camps near the library. It wasn't a place we wanted to hang out too long. Anyway, all this got me thinking about investing in downtown area real estate instead of the beach areas we have always dreamed of. It feels like Sarasota is on the verge of a major breakout. Not to mention, you can drive to good beaches within 20" of downtown!

I found these plans in my research and just wondered if those of you who live in the area would comment. Do you see evidence of these projects moving forward or have things slowed down because of the virus? Do you feel that Sarasota is poised to become more business oriented and draw in larger companies in banking, tech, etc. Or are you thinking it stays a wealthy, retirement hub similar to Naples? Do you visit the downtown area much and what are some of the activities you like to do there?




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Old 02-28-2021, 09:43 AM
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Comparing Sarasota to Naples is a bit far-fetched despite the efforts of some City Of Sarasota's finest constant attempts to turn it into "naples north"...and believe me, they are trying very hard and have been trying hard since the early 1980s.

The City itself is tiny in sq miles. DT is not indicative of what is going on outside the 15 sq miles of the City. The City is trying to remake itself centering around higher density living and a bit or exclusivity and walkability for the artsy-fartsy, urban dog walking set.

Then, you have the suburban unincorporated Sarasota COUNTY (not the city), and the huge unincorporated Manatee County satellite and ex-urban set who cares little about living in or even near DT City of Sarasota, but just want to have access to the so-called amenities.

Young families with or without resources aren't giving a c rap about the za zou vogue developments and lifestyles being touted by the City of Sarasota.

Witness the massive developments of Lakewood Ranch, West Manatee, NorthEAST Manatee, and everything around the newer Waterside communities waay east of I75

Residents living in The City of Bradenton also aren't enamored with what's going on in The City of Sarasota, even though both can share a small bit of the same vibe.

The developments outside the City of Sarasota dwarf what's going on within the city, notwithstanding the wasteful expense, through snob appeal.....which rarely appeals to growing businesses, and smart newcomers, and repels natives .

Keep in mind, The City of Northport is the largest city in Sarasota County, and the residents of Northport could care less about Main Street bistro outside dining or high density living.

There is a huge shift in mentality underway. People are sick of living 12.5 ft from their neighbor and paying 400k for the privilege to do that. (except people moving here from lousy urban areas).

There is a variety of areas to spend your money on housing etc. The de-centralization of the population is continuing at breakneck speed.....residences, parks, schools, shopping, roads etc.

Most people who buy houses here don't live in The City of Sarasota, and probably wouldn't want to for a variety of good reasons. I would never ever live in the city again, lol, if you gave me a downtown condo, it would be for sale that afternoon.

Examine exactly where large developments are being created in order to get the full picture of the total area. Looking at The City of Sarasota will give you a very warped sense of goings on.

Most everything in the City is very much overpriced and might continue that way - I like competition, but not competing with inflated egos and sense of self-worth.

You like pretense and inflated egos? The City of Sarasota will be welcoming.

You want the real deal? move to Naples or Brickell or Kiawah or LaJolla.

Even people with a ton of resources, education and social sense/accomplishment aren't getting suckered by The City of Sarasota's "charm" or future "status".
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:49 PM
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Prior to the pandemic we frequently visited the downtown Sarasota area. We particularly enjoyed the proximity of the Van Wezel for brand name entertainment. Often that would include either dinner downtown or at a restaurant located in St. Armand's Circle. We have a 2nd (and future retirement) home in the Bradenton area, closer to Anna Maria, but have enjoyed the amenities and proximity of the downtown Sarasota area. Look forward to seeing the work that has been going on in the past year.
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Old Today, 11:26 AM
Location: Tampa
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Its a cute little downtown area in Sarasota. Its a break to visit Sarasota from Tampa. Its nice, but looks like the average young professional would get bored easily.
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