Best Neighborhoods to Retire in Around Sarasota, FL
Sarasota, Florida remains the nexus for retirees who share the town with tourists and as the winter home for the Ringling Brothers Circus. Sarasota is a beach front community that rests on the Gulf of Mexico with annual temperatures around 71 sunny degrees. This international southwest city has an economic climate that is thriving and growing. Its educational system has a national rating of 9 out of 10 for all levels of elementary, high school and colleges. There is a healthy mix of blue and white collar workers with emphasis on service oriented industries.
Sarasota Retirement Communities:
What are the retirement communities like in this sunny paradise, well first you will find them under the headings of “active adult” and “independent” communities. A unique blend of retirement communities range from high rise apartments in downtown Sarasota to luxury gated neighborhoods. An example of these amenity laden adult communities, include:
Cascades of Sarasota Adult Retirement Community
Price Range:Low $100s – Low $300s
The Cascades is a beautiful resort style gated community with a guard house. There are 450 independent homes with varying floor plans. The models are called Harbour, St. Kitts, Antiqua, St. Thomas, and Grenada. The living designs include spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchens and breakfast nooks, walk-in closets, master suites and a two car garage. Many Cascade homes are surrounded by planned lakes. Other features encompass local cable and Internet connections, security systems, fitness center, screened in lanais, and free maintenance. Activities include private tennis lessons, indoor and outdoor swimming pools/spas, saunas, tennis/bocce courts, and walking paths. A large community center hosts birthday parties, anniversary parties and social clubs that come together to enjoy arts and crafts, reading, karaoke, dancing, yoga, cooking, card/board games and billiards. The Cascade residents can enjoy a van ride to the nearby beaches of Lido Key, Longboat Key, and Siesta Key.
The Palmer Ranch Retirement Community
Price Range:High $100s – High $400s
The perfectly planned neighborhood of Palmer Ranch is surrounded by calm lakes, a nearby wildlife center and a state nature preserve, nearby beaches, chic shopping centers and multi-cultural restaurants. The community features a fitness center with an activity director, playground for tots, an on ground post office, basketball/bocce/tennis courts, heated pools and scattered gazebos around peaceful lakes. There are five different independent style homes with varying floor plans to choose from: the Cambridge, Dunwood Trail II, Monterey, Tifton and the Vernon Hill II.
The models include carriage homes, townhomes, ranch, and villas. Each home unit has an attached two car garage. A newer structure, called the Carriage, is a 2 story building with single level living on either floor level. Open realty space is available for growth, with a finished community that could contain about 674 adult retirement homes. A majority of the interior features of each home consists of fully equipped kitchens with stainless steel appliances, tile flooring, granite and Corian countertops, master suites and baths, screened in lanais and tile roofs.