Sarasota has been called “America’s Best Small City” by Money Magazine, and Sarasota’s Siesta Beach has been recognized as one of the top ten beaches in the United States multiple times by Dr. Beach. Sarasota is also among the nation’s top moving destinations, and one of the best places to retire. If you are thinking of living in Sarasota, and want to be in the middle of it all, living in downtown Sarasota may be for you!


If you love ditching your car for the ease of walking your city, downtown Sarasota is a great choice! The classic downtown properties are high-rise condominiums that have spectacular views. You will be just a short walk from many restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues and will never be lacking for something to do. Walk to Pastry Art Bakery Cafe and grab a delicious pastry or coffee, or meet friends for fresh, local seafood at Duval’s. If you love being close to it all, without worrying about always parking your car, walkable downtown Sarasota is for you!

Full of History

Homesteaders from Savannah started settling in Sarasota in the mid 1800s, and Sarasota has come to be a literary and artistic center in Florida. Downtown you will find sculptures, old hotels, old gas stations turned into cafes, the beautiful Selby Public Library, and the Sarasota Opera Company, which dates back to 1926. Because downtown Sarasota is so walkable, you can talk a great walking tour of all of these buildings, and soak in the architecture of historical Sarasota. You will encounter Neoclassical Revival structures, Art Deco buildings, Corinthian columns, and the granite John Iwersen Block building that survived the downtown fire of 1915. If you love history and architecture, you will love exploring the rich cultural history of downtown Sarasota.

Interesting Entertainment

There is so much to do right in the heart of downtown Sarasota! Historic Burns Square boasts 1920s bungalows, stores, restaurants, jazz at Burns Court Cafe, and foreign movies at Burns Court Cinemas. If you need a dose of nature, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens have more than 20,000 plants to peruse and enjoy. Take in the beautiful views on the John Ringling Causeway Bridge that extends about 60 feet up from Sarasota to Bird Key. You can also grab some bait under the bridge at Hart’s Landing and fish from the T.J. “Tony” Saprito Fishing Pier. There is so much unique entertainment in the heart of downtown Sarasota!

As you can see, downtown Sarasota is a great place to be! If you are someone who loves being close to it all, but still within reach of some of the most tranquil beaches, downtown Sarasota is perfect for you! If you are looking for a realtor, Al Dumas and Team would love to help you find your perfect property in downtown Sarasota! We have many great properties to choose from, and you can conveniently search them by neighborhood! Call us today to schedule an appointment to see one of our great downtown Sarasota properties!