Sarasota, Florida Makes It To The Top of Another List



Ringling Bridge
Ringling Bridge

In its August edition, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance places Sarasota, Florida at the top of an unnumbered list of “10 Great Places to Retire in 2015.” Esplanade By Siesta Key, a Taylor Morrison built community, is a perfect example of why Sarasota, Florida is sought by retirees. They have the resort style lifestyle offering that appeals to so many that want a maintenance-free, community structured, amenity plus, lifestyle. No state income tax, estate tax, or inheritance tax also draws many to Florida who want to decrease their cost of living.

In addition the Sarasota, Florida area has over a half dozen beaches within a short distance including the “most beautiful beach in the US,” Siesta Key Beach.  Sarasota County has just invested $21 Million Dollars in improvements at the world-renown beach to expand the parking, provide pavered walk ways and add playground areas and picnic facilities.

Sarasota, Florida is also well known for it’s cultural offerings with  a number of community based theater groups and arts communities for every taste.  It has been the home of a growing film festival for a number of years and draws big name stars to the area.  The Ringling Museum has long been a draw and the Ringling School of Arts will have a new location for a museum when the renovation of the historic Sarasota High School is complete.

Education opportunities for the elite student are available at New College, one of the nation’s most prized honors colleges.  The University of South Florida has expanded their campus to Sarasota and has plans to grow the campus and the curriculum.  Their are a number of private universities such as Keiser University and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

I’ve lived in Sarasota for over 30 years and have no intention of living anywhere else.  It has everything and more.  If you want more information about the home buying options in Sarasota, Florida, just give Susan Phelps a call at 941-726-2227.  2014-10-26 12.51.25

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