Long renowned as a coastal resort and retirement destination, Sarasota has become a sought-after first home destination as well. Florida’s low taxes, business-friendly climate and quality of life have been raising the state’s profile with out-of-state movers, and many are zeroing in on the Sarasota region, which boasts miles of waterfront, natural beauty and a thriving cultural scene. Sarasota, which is about an hour from Tampa and two hours from Orlando, continues to attract new residents with a favorable business climate, excellent schools, significant health care, exceptional sports, year-round outdoor activities, vibrant arts and culture, and high-end shopping and dining.

Accolades

Sarasota  has won a multitude of accolades for its places to go, play, and dine. Here are a few of the kudos Sarasota has earned in the last year:

#1 Best Places to Retire U.S. News
#1 Top 25 Beaches un the U.S. TripAdvisor
#2 Best Places to Live in Florida U.S. News
#2 Best Small Cities to Start a Small Business Verizon
#3 Best Coastal Small Towns USA Today
#5 Best Small Cities in the U.S. Conde Nast
#6 Best Beach Towns to Live In WalletHub
#8 The Best U.S. Islands (Longboat Key) Conde Nast
#11 Best Beaches in the World TripAdvisor
#16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. U.S. News
#21 Best Places to Live for Quality of Life U.S. News
Top 10 Places to Live on the Coast Coastal Living
25 Most Desirable Places to Live in the U.S. U.S. News
World’s Best Hospitals Newsweek
Downtown Sarasota Development Report

Downtown Sarasota Development Report

This report tracks real estate development with construction values of over $500,000 within and adjacent to the Downtown Community Redevelopment Area.
Siesta Key Beach #1 Again

Siesta Key Beach #1 Again

Siesta Beach has been named #1 in the U.S. and #11 in the world by the 2020 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice™ awards. Here's a few reasons why this island oasis has earned the top ranking for the third time since 2015.   Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida...

Sarasota Beachfront Real Estate

Sarasota Beachfront Real Estate

Live on the Beach For most people, living on the beach may be what dreams are made of, but these dreams come true in Sarasota, Florida. It all starts here with the powder white sands and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With sunny weather year-round, life on...

Moving to Sarasota? We Are Your Sarasota Connection

Moving to Sarasota? We Are Your Sarasota Connection

Buying a home from out-of-state requires a real estate advisor with skills that spark and sustain long-distance relationships. Our global real estate advisors are the masters. Over the last year, they have successfully helped remote buyers find their place in Sarasota from thousands of miles away.
The State of Real Estate: July 2020

The State of Real Estate: July 2020

Watch the July 2020 Real Estate Market Report video presented by Craig Cerreta, managing broker at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Downtown Sarasota office. Craig explains why “real estate is on solid ground and there is no reason the believe it is going to change.”
Why Artists Love Sarasota, Florida

Why Artists Love Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota County is enriched by its arts and culture. Known as Florida’s Cultural Coast, one can enjoy museums, art galleries and performing art venues year round.
Florida’s Tax Freedom Day Ranks #3

Florida’s Tax Freedom Day Ranks #3

Tax burdens vary among states, and Florida ranks #3 in Tax Freedom Day rankings. Tax Freedom Day® is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year.
Florida’s Favorable Tax Climate

Florida’s Favorable Tax Climate

Florida’s stable and highly favorable tax climate provides advantages that make a Florida location profitable for every type of business.
Why Florida?

Why Florida?

A large and talented workforce, 0% personal income tax and a streamlined regulatory environment provide a rich landscape for businesses to thrive. But don’t just take our word for it, check out Florida’s latest accolades below.
A Short History of Cherokee Park

A Short History of Cherokee Park

Cherokee Park is one of Sarasota’s most treasured neighborhoods. Located just west of Southside Elementary, within one mile of the Southside Village and Hospital districts, and two miles south of Downtown Sarasota, the neighborhood’s 92 residences are in high demand.
Sarasota-Manatee Real Estate Still Strong with Foreign Buyers

Sarasota-Manatee Real Estate Still Strong with Foreign Buyers

Southwest Florida apparently escaped the free fall in foreign investment in residential real estate that hit much of the country. And the Sunshine State remains the most appealing to those property buyers, besting California and Texas. Among Florida's metropolitan...

How to Connect City of Sarasota Utilities

How to Connect City of Sarasota Utilities

The City of Sarasota Utilities Department manages billing for water, sewer, solid waste collection and recycling. Plan on going to the City of Sarasota Utility Billing Office on 12th Street on the day of your closing to set up your account.
Gulf Coast Location

Gulf Coast Location

Florida's Gulf Coast is a growing region that caters to the affluent lifestyle. The natural beauty of its waterfront location complements the favorable business climate, excellent schools, significant health care, exceptional sports, vibrant arts and culture, and...

#1 Beach in the World

#1 Beach in the World

Known as one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world, Siesta Beach features sand comprised of 99% pure Quartz (Silica sand), making it soft and cool on the feet.
$0 Income Tax

$0 Income Tax

Florida finished in a four-way tie for first place in a new study by the Tax Foundation ranking which states have the most business-friendly income tax structures.
Vibrant Arts & Culture

Vibrant Arts & Culture

Florida’s Gulf Coast is enriched by its arts and culture. Sarasota, known as Florida’s Cultural Coast, is ranted #1 top small city for art.
Exceptional Sports

Exceptional Sports

Florida’s Gulf coast is home to a bustling medical community. Hospitals, clinics, practices, specialists, diagnostics and research centers abound to keep residents healthy and fit.
Significant Health Care

Significant Health Care

Florida’s Gulf coast is home to a bustling medical community. Hospitals, clinics, practices, specialists, diagnostics and research centers abound to keep residents healthy and fit.
Welcome to Sarasota

Welcome to Sarasota

Welcome to Sarasota, Florida. Watch lifestyle video and find helpful links including Visit Sarasota Guide and Sarasota Luxury Homes.
How to Start FPL Service Online

How to Start FPL Service Online

It’s easy to start FPL electric service at your new home. Watch this informational video and getting started is just a click away.
Downtown Sarasota New Development Report

Downtown Sarasota New Development Report

New luxury real estate Downtown Sarasota. The City of Sarasota provides this quarterly report to keep residents, visitors and businesses informed about the evolution of our City. Here’s the latest Downtown Sarasota Development Update report.
Sarasota Tops National Luxury Real Estate Market

Sarasota Tops National Luxury Real Estate Market

The Sarasota County luxury real estate market in Florida continued to experience the fastest home-price growth. Prices increased 21% in June compared with the period one year earlier. Even with loftier prices, higher-end homes in Sarasota sell quickly.
Sarasota Rosemary District Luxury Real Estate

Sarasota Rosemary District Luxury Real Estate

The Rosemary District stands out for its unbeatable location, just a few blocks from downtown Sarasota and the bay. In 2014, the city increased density for new projects in the neighborhood from 25 units to 75 units per acre. Now, the district is developing as a mixed-use urban hotspot rated as one of the 1- most walkable neighborhoods in Florida.

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