Here’s an interesting statistic, I just found. There are 78 million baby boomers in the U.S., and professionals predict that one-sixth of them will spend part of their lives in the state of Florida. That’s almost 13 million new residents of Florida between now and 2023.”
Those future residents will be looking for the most attractive Florida places in which to live. The Sarasota and Manatee County area will be high on their list of “most attractive places.”
You may ask, “Hmmm…, should I be considering the Sarasota- Bradenton – Venice Florida area in my plans?” The answer is “yes” and here’s why:
For starters, Manatee and Sarasota County offer over 80 golf courses ranging from public courses to semi-private and private courses to challenge every level of play. Many of our golf courses lie within planned golf course communities like Lakewood Ranch in Bradenton and Venetian Golf and River Club in Venice which have wide ranges of housing options in various price ranges.
For sun and surf lovers, there are 35 miles of white sand beaches including world-famous Siesta Beach, voted the “Top Beach in the U.S.” in 2011, with the softest, whitest quartz sand in the world. And for lovers, nowhere will you find more romantic sunsets than on Florida’s West Coast.
The Sarasota area is known as “Florida’s Cultural Coast”; home to the renowned Ringling Art Museum, Sarasota Orchestra (formerly named the Florida West Coast Symphony), Sarasota Ballet, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Asolo Theater as well as many art galleries, jazz clubs and local theater groups like the Manatee Players in Bradenton and the Venice Little Theater in Venice. Downtown Sarasota offers dozens of upscale shops and restaurants. And no one disputes the charm of the eclectic shops at famous St. Armands Circle. For a less formal experience, Village of the Arts is a vibrant artist community in Bradenton. Throughout the year, there are arts and cultural events, festivals and parades. American Style Magazine ranks Sarasota high on list of Top 25 Small Cities for Art and cultural offerings.