Considering Relocating to Sarasota?

By | October 30, 2012

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If you have been considering relocating to Florida, there are many reasons to consider the Sarasota area as your primary destination. Sarasota has been ranked:

  • “One of Best Places to Retire” by CNBC and Portfolio.com
  • “The Best Small City in America” by Money Magazine
  • “The # 1 Market to Buy a Home in” by Real Estate expert Barbara Corcoran
  • “One of the Best Places for Business and Careers” by Forbes magazine
  • “One of the Best Places to Re-invent Yourself” by AARP
  • “The Best Place to Retire Young” by Money Magazine
  • “Among the ‘Top 25 Small Cities for the Arts'” by American Style Magazine
  • “The Ultimate Beach Town” with 35 miles of pristine beaches by Money Magazine

 

Intriguing, isn’t it ? But how much do you actually know about Sarasota, its next-door neighbor cities, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Osprey and our gorgeous waterfront barrier islands Longboat Key, Lido Key, Bird Key, Siesta Key and Casey Key.  Here are some interesting facts for you to evaluate and consider:

  • The Sarasota area offers a very pleasant year-round climate with an average of 251 sunny days each year. The average year-round temperature is 72.6 F (22.6 C)         The average annual high temperature is 82.8 F (28.2 C). The average annual low temperature is 61.9 F (16.6 C).
  • The Sarasota – Bradenton area is definitely “Florida’s golf town.” With over 80 public and private courses, and dozens of golf course communities, there is golf courses that exactly match your level of play.
  • Compared to the rest of the United States, the cost of living in Sarasota is 6.70% below the national average according to BestPlaces.com
  • As reported by the Sarasota Association of Realtors, as of August, 2012, the median cost of a Sarasota area single-family home for the past 12 months was $169,000. For condominiums, the 12-month median price was $163,950, just slightly above the national average. Recognizing that these numbers include everything from modest homes to multi-million dollar waterfront mansions, it should be noted that there are also more modestly priced homes  available throughout the area.
  • Sarasota County public schools, while top-rated, cost taxpayers  an average of $5,575/student, less than the national average yet the average class size is only 17.2 students. Sarasota County also offer a wide range of charter and private religious-affiliated schools.

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